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Spooky entry

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan's profile on Wikipedia makes for interesting reading. Appointed Special Advisor for Internal Security to the PM after the UPA came to power in 2004, states Wikipedia, he was alleged to "plant" his staunch supporters as RAW and IB chiefs. He grew "infamous" when he "wanted to sack" the then RAW chief C D Sahay whom he began "systematically undermining" and eventually "planted his own man" Hormis Tharakan in place of Sahay. According to Wikipedia, the then National Security Advisor J N Dixit, whom he succeeded in 2005, countered that Narayanan (the then IB chief) had not been sacked when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated and that no intelligence heads rolled after the Kargil intrusions were discovered. He presided over a post-Rabindra Singh (a RAW officer-turned-double agent) defection inquiry that has not damaged a single officer's career; in some cases, the opposite has happened. The former intelligence czar has apparently not got any tip off about the Wikipedia entry as yet.

HAPPY HOURS

It was a case of mistaken identity but it ended on a happy note for Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa. Accompanied by party leaders, as Bajwa settled down to unwind during "happy hours" at an exclusive lounge of a five-star hotel in Delhi Monday, a guest approached him asking whether he was Sukhbir Singh Badal. While Bajwa was visibly taken aback by the obvious ignorance of the stranger, his companions gave his detailed introduction. Soon, Congressmen were happily chatting with the hotel guests about Punjab politics and bureaucracy. They even got their pictures clicked with Bajwa. Bajwa was in Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and the Congress president whom he apprised, among other things, of the problems in rolling out the food security Bill in the state.

BIT TOO EARLY

A Congress MP from Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday stumped Congress president Sonia Gandhi when he thanked her for taking a decision on the vexed issue. A surprised Congress chief told Palvai Govardhan Reddy, a Rajya Sabha member, to reserve his gratitude for the time being since a decision has not been made yet.

UNDER WATCH

Congress spokespersons are under a close watch. The party is keeping track of what they say and give them performance ratings and suggestions. Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam, for instance, got high grading for his strong defence of the government's decision to bring an ordinance to implement the food security Bill during a TV debate. Party sources confirmed that the TV programmes on which the party's 36 spokespersons appear are being recorded and watched. The official version is that the exercise was needed to give feedback to spokespersons so that they can improve if needed. Party leaders are, however, tightlipped about the agency to which this job has been outsourced.

NOT RAPPED

AIR India has finally closed the matter regarding a young pilot who had last February invited the wrath of senior officials after he uploaded a rap song criticising the airline. The song had gone viral on YouTube. The pilot was let off with a warning for the "offensive lyrics" after Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh intervened in the matter. The minister was said to have impressed upon the top Air India brass that the rap, by its very nature, is "like that". Last heard, the young pilot was back on active duty.

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