Madhya Pradesh is blazing new trails in academic innovations. The latest is the plan to open a cowshed in journalism university. It is a novel concept, the idea of one of the most fertile brains of our times. It’s protagonist, Brij Kishore Kuthiala certainly deserves a Bharat Ratna for that. It perfectly synchronises with his world view of an ideal education system – the Gurukul of Krishna where pupils take cows to graze in surrounding forests, milk the animals, collect firewood, beg for food in villages and then settle down to their studies.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is, normally, polite to the core. Social grace, or small talk, may not be his strong point. But friends and foe agree, alike, that he is courteous. “I try not to hurt even a worm, I sidestep it,” he said in the just-concluded monsoon session of MP assembly recently.
Hence, affable Shivraj took everyone by surprise recently when he publicly threatened to “hang upside down” District Collectors if they failed to clear pending land dispute cases.
Warning officers of strict action on pending patta (land ownership right) and demarcation cases, he said: “If they don’t resolve the issue within a month, I would make sure that they are removed. “Collectori karne ke layak nahi chhodunga”, was the colourful phrase used in colloquial Hindi. Continue reading “Shivraj Singh Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai”
As chief minister, Digvijay Singh did not keep a single department with him while distributing portfolios among his ministerial colleagues. “I am a chief minister without a portfolio,” he would proclaim proudly, claiming that his role was limited to “supervision and co-ordination”. He flaunted the “ultimate” sacrifice of power for the sake of decentralisation.