Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Story of the Corporate India - Racold #WhatsThatSmellBoss

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Its a very well known fact that there are a lot of guys and gals who skip bath for various reasons including unavailability of hot water, lack of time, laziness, etc. These days, the deodorants and perfumes are used to smell good. But then, when sweat mixes up with deodorants, it produces a very nasty smell and becomes intolerable, not just for the neighbors, but for oneself too. A fresh bath early in the morning has numerous benefits like it energizes the mind, relieve tension and stress, improve blood circulation, removes toxins, etc. Doctors even advise people to have a warm bath at night and it helps in getting good sleep. Forget the benefits, its perhaps the bare minimal and the least expensive thing one can do to follow the principle of "Cleanliness is next to Godliness".

We all have come across such people in our lives. Unfortunately, for various reasons, we can't even tell them that they are smelling nasty. All we can do is stay away from them or take some jibes on them, at least until they understand. Some people are so idiotic that they do not understand at all or behave as if they don't. I have been through such situations. As I remember some such people, this one guy comes so much to my thought. I've scripted this song on the lines of "Hotel California".

On a super pretty Monday, My life becomes unfair...
Nasty smell of sweat and bad breath, Rising up through the air...
Up ahead in the distance, I could see my colleague, an idiot...
My head grew heavy and my frustration knew no limit...
I had stop for a fight...

There he sat on the next chair, His mouth opened like a contaminated well...
And I was thinking to myself, How the hell will I tolerate this smell...
Then I walked up to his place, And asked him #WhatsThatSmellBoss...
There were jitters down his spine, He tries his best to escape...

You're listening to a story of Corporate India...
Could be a ghastly place, With a nasty face...
Plenty of scope to spray more perfumes and deos...
Any brand any price, You can sell them here...

After all it was winter, I suggested him to buy a Geyser...
And he take bath everyday, Lest he lose all his friends...
How I love my Racold Geyser, I told him its the best...
Some bath like its a ritual, Some bath to rejuvenate...

So I called up the market leader, "Please suggest my friend a Geyser"...
He said, "We have had that pleasure since nineteen ninety nine"...
And until you throw your laziness far away, I'll wake you up in the morning and show you the way...
Just to ensure you bathe...

You're listening to a story of Corporate India...
Could be a ghastly place, With a nasty face...
They're also many bathing everyday for the sake of Corporate India...
What a nice surprise, its worth its price...

There were times in our living, the disgusting sweat on display...
And they said, "We have problems with water here, either cold or not there"...
And in the board rooms, they'd gathered for the team meetings...
They pollute the air with their foul smells, we can't just escape the nasal taste...

Last thing I remember, I was running for the chair...
I had to find a place to ensure, that this guy doesn't come near...
"Relax", said my colleague, "I've learnt my lessons over the days...
You can happily sit next to me, Because I'll never skip to bathe!"...

The conclusion written by me is too positive compared to the reality. In reality, we still continue to fight him and people like him. People should realize that brushing teeth and taking bath are the most important part of a wellness routine. Dirty clothes, shabby hair, unpolished shoes, etc are all the other issues, which can somehow be tolerated. So, to all those people who skip bath for any reason whatsoever, I'd like to just say, "Do good to India, take bath everyday."


Monday, 31 March 2014

Crayons of Hope - Episode 1 - What's in a Name?

After nearly 10 years, I stepped into a school. Honestly, it was neither very nostalgic nor did any memories of school flashed on my mind. I walked in to meet the principal. But then, the peon stopped me and asked me to sit down at the entrance. I waited for nearly half an hour and then, I was sent in to meet the headmistress. As I mentioned in the introduction post, we decided to go ahead with the Crayons of Hope project.

After a few days, I was scheduled to take up the first session at the school. This session was focused on self discovery. In this session, our objective was to delve into ourselves and discover what's within us. We started with the meaning of our names. A lot of thought, idea, discussion goes in when parents name their children. They choose between hundreds of names for their kid. In most cases, parents try to ensure that the kid grows to represent what he is named, in some or the other way. In fact, the names also represent, in some way, the parents' aspirations from their kids. This more so true in India where each name has a story behind it. So, it was very normal for me to assume that all these kids knew the story behind their names.

However, I was totally astonished when I could see that 90% of the children didn't know the meaning of their names, forget the story or logic or reasoning behind it. They kept saying their name and asking me for the meaning of it and I was taken aback. After all, I didn't know the meaning of all their names. I'd often read in articles on social welfare that the ground realities are different but then, never did I feel in the wildest of my dreams that the ground realities are so different. And yes, the kids I was speaking too were scholarly, could speak all 3 languages (English, Kannada, Hindi) and were sufficiently mature and knowledgeable.

Unfortunately, this is the truth in our lives. We speak and discus about so many matters everyday but if we are asked to speak a few words about ourselves, we are dumbstruck. Our focus on details for other things is very high but our focus on understanding ourselves is too low. We spend a lot of time to give ourselves things, like we buy, we spend, we talk, we boast, we socialize, etc. May be, we just don't give that time to ourselves to introspect who we are and what are we doing. Long ago, I started an exercise to do a quarterly review of my life to quantify my progress, and I stalled it after 3-4 quarters. May be, that will be an interesting thing to do to promote self realization. Defining ourselves is quite a tough task and can get really challenging at times.

The time spent with the kids was extraordinarily amazing. There were so many questions. I tried to get some teachers who helped some kids with the meanings of their names. However, we could not help a lot of them. Unfortunately, I had no access to the internet too. I promised the kids that I will come up with the meanings of all their names in the next session. We progressed into self realization and the kids came up with their own ideas about themselves. All these ideas were put up in the postcards. The postcards indeed turned into amazing pieces of art.

It was a great experience for me, and I believe, for the kids too. They looked excited, happy and curious to find out more about themselves. May be, this little hint will help them to get an understanding. May be, they'll go home and ask their parents, "Why did you name me this?" May be, they'll go on and google more about themselves. The path to discovering, uncovering and exploring has just been opened. I hope to find out more as the days go by. We've just sowed some seeds of hope.

Its time for some homework now.

Name
Meaning
Ajay
Victorious
Aneesa Banu
Pure
Bhavana
Feelings
Bhumika L
Earth, Role
Chethan
Consciousness
Eram
Paradise
Faisal Pasha
Decisive, Wise
Geethanjali
Collection of Poems
Girish
Lord of Mountain
Gowthami
Removing Darkness
Hamsa
Swan
Irfan Khan
Gratefulness
Jeevan
Life
Kishan Kumar
Young Krishna
Lakshmi
Goddess of Wealth
Leelesha
Playful, Light hearted
Mary Stella
Star
Mir Hamza Ali
Powerful
Mirza Abbas Ali Baig
Prince, Lion
Mohd Kousar Ali
Abundant
Mohd Sharif
Honest
Nanditha Nandu
Happy
Neetu
Moral
Preethi Singh
Love
Puran Joshi
Success
Raghavendra Nair
Destroying Sins
Rubiya Sultana
Queen
Ruwell
Saba Farheen
Jubilant
Sabiha Banu
Beautiful
Saniya
Moment in time
Shahid Mubarak
Blessed
Shaik Mujaheed
Head, Warrior
Shakti Kiran
Power
Simran
Remembrance
Sukhendu
Pleasure
Trisha
Wish, Desire
Umme Salma
Peaceful
Venkatesh
Lord of Venkata Hill
Zabi
Zahid Ali
Devotee, Unselfish

So, this evidences that I am a sincere student. Haha ;)


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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Crayons of Hope - An Introduction to the Fellowship program

Towards the mid of 2013, I started feeling that life is incomplete. After living over here, on the earth, for 26 years, and working in the banking and financial services industry for nearly 5 years, things looked not so bright to me. Despite attempts to discover reasons for this new found sadness, I wasn't able to point at one. There was a strike of some unsatisfied feeling in me and I felt my life lacks something. Some void, something missing. The search led me to the grand old Maslow's need hierarchy theory. I wasn't sure but probably, I was just moving from the Safety needs to Belonging needs. Slowly, I started realizing that it had always been my dream to do something for the society, for the people around me, as soon as I am done with certain responsibilities of life. May be, the time had come.

Source: Wikipedia

Over the last 2 years, I had been searching for opportunities in this direction but all the volunteering opportunities wanted me to engage over the 2 days on the weekend and it seemed an impossible task to me. I tried to do some advisory work or support some of my friends who are in the social sector but then, that too was very heavy on me. I enrolled for the M121 Fellowship, an online social entrepreneurship course conducted by Movement121, Chicago. The course taught me more about running a social business. I have always been interested in these things, be it volunteering at NSS (National Service Scheme), attending rural camps, participating in debates on empowerment, reading about NGOs, thinking about Micro-finance, etc. After completing the M121 fellowship in mid of 2013, I was desperately in need of something to fill the gap that its absence would create.

This search led me to the Crayons of Hope (COH) program while exploring an article on One Billion Minds. The program sounded too simple for me. Simple, not from the execution point of view but from the thought point of view. The program's plan/structure was easy to understand.
  • COH fellows will approach a school/NGO and ask for a class or set of students for the program
  • The students will spend 1-2 hours every month with the COH fellows
  • In each session, the COH fellows will speak/discuss about one topic of importance to the children over themes like self discovery, goals, dreams, environment, family, nation, sports, etc.
  • The children will sketch a postcard on their understanding/learning
  • These postcards will be sent to COH
  • COH receives postcards from all fellows
  • COH sends these postcards to other fellows, ie, the postcards are exchanged
  • In the next session, the children receive postcards from their friends in the other part of the world, an unknown friend, a new friend, and in the process, the kid learns about the thoughts, experiences and feelings of the children in a different location
  • Over the 12 sessions, the children get to convey their thoughts and also learn others' thoughts.

I applied to the fellowship and received a mail from Swastika saying I have been accepted. The next task was to figure out a school or NGO for me to get started. This process took quite a long time, almost 3 months. At last, I found the school next to my home, Subhash Memorial English High School, receptive to this idea. After an initial discussion and a lot of convincing efforts, the head mistress agreed to connect me to 30-40 kids of different classes for this project. The idea looked great to me. In fact, I thought I will take up one class, but then, getting kids of different age groups would be an interesting value addition. We thought that the kids from Class III to Class X would be our target segment. I left a couple of brochures with her and sent an introduction mail as well. In a week's time, the message reached the children and the interested children enrolled their names with the school office. About 41 children enrolled their names and I decided to go ahead with all of them, assuming some could leave the course over a period of time either due to transfers or change of school or in case they do not find this interesting.


      


The Need  
  • For millions of children around the world, destiny has already been written.
  • And for most of them it will not change in a lifetime.
  • Now. Imagine 1 million children exchanging 12 million postcards every year.
  • Each child will exchange 12 postcards during the year.
  • Postcards follow a different theme every month.
Target Impact
  • Every postcard is a hand drawn story of identity, hope and friendship from one child to another.
  • Children covered in the program follow 12 consecutive themes designed to bring out their perspective on issues concerning them.
  • Receiving a postcard will help her understand what the issues mean to another child somewhere else in the world.
How we work?
  • Crayons of Hope is a Not for Profit organization based in India.
  • We offer a global One Year Fellowship to young people around the world to help us run the program.
  • Fellows work with schools and institutions in their communities and help children craft their postcards every month.
Crayons of Hope is not a new program. The work has been in progress from nearly 2 years. With the fellows program, COH aims to improve its reach. The application to the fellowship is open through the year. The following links can be of help.

Web link - http://www.crayonsofhope.org/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/crayonsofhope
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/crayonsofhope

So, my hope journey with Crayons of Hope has begun. I'm excited to cover these 12 sessions with kids all around me. On a lighter (or serious) note, life has moved on from being called Bhaiyya to Uncle and may be, that just shows up that there is a lot more to share with higher responsibility. In my introduction session with the children, they almost assumed that I was there to conduct a drawing competition. In fact, even the teachers had a similar opinion until I explained them the whole objective that goes behind the final sketch.

Creating hope with a postcard is tough. Things that aren't tough make life boring. So, let's get going...

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

And all of a sudden, Sahara (Subroto Roy) becomes a villian

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The recent incidents in the life of Mr Subroto Roy have been baffling. From being one of the most respected businessman who has a strong network of people working for him, to being summoned by the Supreme Court and being sent to the Tihar jail, everything is confusing. It is the same Sahara group, which has sponsored the Indian cricket team for ages. Why didn't anybody raise questions over the group's business or about its money back then? How did the BCCI accept the Sahara group as the National Cricket Team's sponsor without verifying the details about the Sahara group? For sure, there are irregularities when you go by law, but then, are we battling egos?

Awards (source: wikipedia)

  • Honorary doctorate in business leadership from the University of East London (2013).[29]
  • Business Icon of the Year award at the Powerbrands Hall of Fame Awards in London in 2011.[30] 
  • ITA – TV Icon of the Year 2007. 
  • Global Leadership Award in 2004. 
  • Businessmen of the Year Award in 2002
  • Best Industrialist Award in 2002
  • Vishisht Rashtriya Udaan Samman (2010) by a daily from India’s top most publication house
  • Vocational Award for Excellence (2010) by Rotary International
  • Karmaveer Samman (1995)
  • Udyam Shree (1994)
  • Baba-E-Rozgar Award (1992)
  • National Citizen Award in 2001
  • Academy Award in the Indian Television Academy Awards for his contribution to Indian television
  • Honorary degree of D. Litt. by Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga
  • Featured regularly in the India Today (India’s leading magazine) list of 50 Most Powerful People of India, since 2003.
  • 10 most influential businessmen in India by the news magazine India Today in 2012
  • In 2004, the company he founded was termed by Time magazine as "the second largest employer in India" after Indian Railways.
So, when all these awards were being given, did the jury close their eyes? Here's a bit of what the Subroto Roy's life looked like before pronouncing this debacle.
























































Now, who do we blame? For what? Should we even blame? What shocks me is the fact that our courts couldn't summon people who have used banks to their benefit, taken loans in crores, requested write offs and continued enjoying their lives. Why are the courts silent on other promoters/businessmen who have been listed as defaulters? There is nothing wrong in what the courts are doing with Subroto Roy, if that is in the books of law, but are they referring to the same book when it comes to the Mallyas, the Mittals, and others who have done something similar. There are no answers.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

One Month after Assembly Elections 2013 - What are Chief Ministers up to?

Wikipedia says, "A Chief Minister is the elected head of government of a state of India. The chief minister is the head of the state (governor is the nominal head (de jure executive) and does every thing under the guidance of the chief minister) Cabinet, and the leader of the state Legislature. By the Constitution of India, the chief minister is appointed by the Governor of the state (article 164)."

I often wonder how busy the lives of people who lead the state/nation are. These are positions of huge responsibility, involvement and commitment. CMs are required to comment on everything that is happening in the state, speak on every topic in the news, take action on everything that is reported to them and please the public with their superman power. Its true that a good number of people in a state might not know the CM of the state, unless its someone who has been ruling for ages or someone who keeps attracting the cameras all the time. CMs are required to attend to hundreds of issues across the state and thus, the larger the population and land area, the tougher their tasks becomes. They are also supposed to dedicate time towards their party's work. In all this, they seldom find time for family or themselves.





I wanted to understand what exactly these guys do. There are many ways to do that but for those who live by Google, here is a bit of research. I searched for the name of the CM in Google, filtered the search to News, and further, filtered it to pages from India and time period of last 1 month. I looked at the first few pages of the search results to find out what these Chief Ministers have been doing over the last one month. I chose the names of 5 chief ministers who come in to power after the Assembly Elections 2013.

The search results could indicate the overall direction of the CMs' interests and focus. It shows us how they are spending time, what kind of issues are important to them and what has been their focus in the last one month of coming to power. All the following information has been sourced from Google and various news providing websites that appeared in the search results.

So, here is what our Chief Ministers are up to.

Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan
Age: 60 years
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office - 13 December 2013 (previous tenure 9 Dec 2003 – 10 Dec 2008)
No of Districts : 33
Area: 342,239 sq km
Population (2011): 68,621,012
Literacy: 68%
Websitehttp://www.rajasthan.gov.in/
  • Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who won the state election last month, has decided not to live in the official residence that she is entitled to. She has also halved the security that surrounded her predecessor, Ashok Gehlot of the Congress.
  • Ms Raje, who comes from the royal family of Gwalior, has also instructed the police not to make special arrangements for the passage of her cavalcade.
  • Ms Raje has also decided to take commercial flights instead of using state planes to reduce her travel expenses.
  • Rajasthan government plans to make the desert state as a major tourism hub on the lines of Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said on Thursday.
  • Vasundhara Raje holds surprise inspection of night shelters
  • Apart from implementing the 60-day vision document, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now going to address all the problems and complaints received during the Suraaj Sankal Yatra on an individual basis.
  • Sources in the party informed that chief minister Vasundhara Raje had received as many as 10,000 memorandums during her 14,000-km Yatra ahead of Assembly polls. All these complaints and memorandums have been handed over to chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.
  • In yet another embarrassment for the Congress, Jaipur mayor Jyoti Khandelwal on Friday rated Vasundhara Raje-led state government's achievements of less than a month above the previous Ashok Gehlot-led government's accomplishments of five years.
  • Vasundhara Raje readies war room to fight unemployment, create 1 Lakh jobs
  • Vasundhara Raje to take call on Metro's North-South corridor
  • Chief minister Vasundhara Raje stressed on the need for forming special investigative teams for quick disposal of the pending FIRs in various police stations. She was taking a review meeting of the home department on Saturday where officers from the police headquarters, Jaipur police commissionerate, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) participated and showed their work through powerpoint presentation.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today directed officials of Home department to expedite investigation in pending cases and strengthen intelligence network to provide a better policing in the state.
  • A day after the review of Home department by chief minister Vasundhara Raje, work has started at war footing to improve the efficiency of the police and clear the old deadlock over promotions and new recruitments.
  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been left wondering what to do with around six million compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs worth Rs.66 crore purchased by the former Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot for free distribution among the below poverty line (BPL) families and those living in hamlets and shanty dwellings.
  • Amid controversy of sudden rise in prices of sand, chief minister Vasundhara Raje instructed the officials to ensure that rates remain within the reach of the common man. In a review meeting held on Monday, the orders were issued to take strict action against sand mafia. The government also decided to approach the court if need arises for keeping the prices of sand low.
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who spearheaded BJP's spectacular comeback to power in her state, recently, participated in the Lok Sabha election campaign meet in Delhi, called by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Raje along with other BJP chief ministers joined in to draw up strategies for the BJP to achieve success in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
  • JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today directed the power companies to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to domestic customers in the state. Faulty transformers should be replaced within 72 hours, and customers be provided hassle-free services, she directed. 


Raman Singh, Chief Minister, Chattisgarh
Age: 61 years
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office - 7 December 2003 (3rd term)
No of Districts : 27
Area: 135,194 sq km
Population (2011): 25,545,198
Literacy: 71%
Website: http://www.chhattisgarh.nic.in/
  • Raman Singh joined the elite club of BJP chief ministers who have scored hat-tricks in their respective states, leading his party to a historic victory.
  • He had several challenges like criticism from Opposition Congress after the killing of its senior leaders and anti-incumbency factor. But the Chhattisgarh Food Security Act, which he is credited of bringing in much before the National Food Security Act, is being dubbed as a game changer for 61-year-old Singh.
  • Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh on Sunday claimed that in terms of development in past 10 years, Chhattisgarh has fared better than other states in the country. In agriculture sector, the state has performed well in providing benefits to the beneficiaries under government schemes. He claimed that Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have fared well and taken a leap in terms of development.
  • Chhattisgarh's first international astroturf hockey stadium built at an estimated cost of Rs 22 crore at Rajnandgaon district headquarters was on Monday inaugurated amid a grand opening ceremony.
  • The stadium, spread over an area of nearly 9.5 acres, was dedicated to public on Monday at the hands of state Governor Shekhar Dutt and chief minister Raman Singh.
  • Strong reactions on social media and opposition from the Congress have forced Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to dump the plan to build a sprawling residence for him in Naya Raipur at a cost of Rs.81 crore.
  • The proposal sent by the Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) to the state finance department for approval has been finally disapproved by the chief minister who holds the finance portfolio.
  • Chief Minister Raman Singh today claimed in the Chhattisgarh Assembly that power tariffs in the state were cheaper than those in Delhi.
  • Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh on Tuesday dismissed Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan's reported call for referendum on deployment of security forces in the Naxalite areas as 'ignorance' saying that the AAP leader needs to study the problem.
  • Defending Narendra Modi after the Prime Minister's broadside, Chief Minister Raman Singh said here on Friday that the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate was dangerous for Congress, not for the country.
  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has asked his Cabinet ministers to bring more transparency in departmental functioning and adopt 'zero tolerance' against corruption.
  • BJP Government in Chhattisgarh has launched a helpline number for State’s people, facilitating them to help curbing the menace of graft and corruption in public life.
  • If a person comes across a corrupt Government officials or employees and is asked to pay bribe to get his or her work done, he can call on the two numbers- 0771-4053739 and 0771-2222410 to file the complaints.
  • Chhattisgarh Governor lauds Raman Singh government for fulfilling promises
  • "My government is delivering commendably on promises made to the people and has started working on the upcoming plans," the Governor said.


Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
Age: 61 years
Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office - 29 November 2005 (3rd term)
No of Districts : 51
Area: 308,252 sq km
Population (2011): 72,597,565
Literacy: 71%

Website: http://www.mp.gov.in/
  • Chouhan calls up Indore resident to know if his complaint made on government helpline had been addressed.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited pavement-dwellers and night shelters in the state capital, apparently to get the first-hand account of prevailing conditions there and check government preparedness.
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan rejigs portfolios, only 2 ministers retain previous departments
  • After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rejected to accept two five-bedroom duplex flats in the backdrop of criticism from the opposition parties, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protesters protest against Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for holding an unused bungalow for last eight years. 
  • BJP's Shivraj Singh Chouhan allows country liquor shops in MP villages to sell IMFL
  • Barely 48 hours after deciding to sell Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at country-made liquor shops, Madhya Pradesh government today decided to roll it back following stiff opposition from within and outside.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today admitted that 1,000 out of the over 1.47 lakh appointments and selections made by MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) since 2007 were found to be fake.
  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday urged the Vaish community to help in the growth of state’s economy and appreciated the community’s contribution to the society. He was addressing the International Vaish Convention at Ravindra Natya Griha in Indore.
  • More than 40 girl students from Mansarovar Dental College, protesting against re-examination ordered by Barkatullah University, waited outside chief minister's residence at Shamla Hills throughout the chilly night on Monday demanding an audience with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was in New Delhi on Wednesday to greet former Prime Minister and BJP patriarch Atal Behari Vajpayee on his 90th birthday.
  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala on the eve of New Year.
  • Buoyed by BJP's impressive win in the Assembly polls, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is playing Santa Claus. Minutes after he was sworn in as chief minister, Chouhan announced implementation of a Re 1 per kg rice scheme for the poor from January 1.


Pu Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister, Mizoram
Age: 72 years
Political Party: Indian National Congress
Assumed office - 11 December 2008 (2nd term)
No of Districts : 8
Area: 21,081 sq km
Population (2011): 1,091,014
Literacy: 92%

Website: http://www.mizoram.gov.in/
  • Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who won the recent Assembly polls from Serchhip and Hrangturzo, has resigned from Hrangturzo seat, assembly secretariat sources said today.
  • Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the exploration of hydrocarbon in the state so that the process is expedited


Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, New Delhi
Age: 45 years
Political Party: Aam Aadmi Party
Assumed office - 28 December 2013
Area: 1,484 sq km
Population (2011): 16,753,235
Literacy: 86%
Website: http://www.delhi.gov.in/
  • 'Mango man' Arvind Kejriwal, India's newest political star
  • A day after transferring 800 Delhi Jal Board employees, AAP govt shifts 7 IAS officers; CM gets chief secretary of his choice.
  • Arvind Kejriwal leaves his first Janata Darbar midway due to 'stampede-like' situation
  • No more 'janta darbar', Arvind Kejriwal's AAP govt to open call centre to register grievances
  • Arvind Kejriwal announces anti-corruption helpline number for Delhi: highlights
  • Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party ministers get Toyota Innova cars as perks
  • Arvind Kejriwal removes Millennium Bus Depot to save river Yamuna
  • Arvind Kejriwal hugs Kapil Sibal at Eid function
  • Arvind Kejriwal to Scrap License of Power Companies if they Refuse CAG Audit
  • After much sound and fury, Arvind Kejriwal does U-turn on power
  • Arvind Kejriwal distances AAP from Prashant Bhushan’s Kashmir remarks
  • Arvind Kejriwal: 2014 polls will be a contest between AAP & BJP, Congress not a factor
  • Arvind Kejriwal pulls the plug on FDI in retail stores in Delhi
  • FDI in retail would add to widespread unemployment: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi offers six housing options for CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • 'Court wrong' says Arvind Kejriwal, defending his Law Minister Somnath Bharti
  • Arvind Kejriwal may contest Lok Sabha poll; Kumar Vishwas to ‘build house in Amethi to live with people’
  • Amid anger over Danish woman's gang-rape, Arvind Kejriwal blames Delhi Police
  • Delhi Police 'highly compromised', says Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal threatens to disrupt Republic Day parade
  • AAP protest: 4 metro stations to remain closed today