UK Royal Family

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Oct 27, 2023

A recent report by a British tabloid threatens to upend the UK Royal Family, revealing the root cause of the strained ties between King Charles and Harry-Meghan duo. A new expose by Byline Times suggests that a royal rift may have been sparked by an alleged “cash for leaks” scheme. The report suggests that the Royal Family may have benefited from the dissemination of derogatory stories about Harry's wife Meghan Markle.

The anonymous source cited in the British newspaper indicates that King Charles had concerns over Prince Harry and Meghan potentially overshadowing him and the rest of the royal family in the media landscape. The source is quoted as saying, “The undeniable truth is that Harry and Meghan generate far more attention than King Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate. The idea of them continuing to be in public service, yet residing abroad beyond the institution's control and dominating the media narrative, was untenable.”

The report also suggests that King Charles had two distinct choices: allowing the Sussexes to maintain a lower profile in the UK or distancing them from the family to minimize the risk of their media presence surpassing the rest of the royals. The report further claims that Charles was displeased with Prince Harry's legal actions against tabloid publications, actions that could potentially expose the palace's interactions with the press.

A startling revelation in the report asserts that King Charles withdrew £700,000 in funding from Meghan and Harry and encouraged them to embark on a trial year in Canada. This move followed a bombshell royal cash-for-leaks scandal ignited by journalist Dan Wootton. Byline Times also alleges that a close associate of a key aide to Prince William received £4,000 from UK-based The Sun in exchange for stories related to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

According to the report, these allegations came to light through anonymous emails purportedly sent by administrative personnel within Rupert Murdoch's media empire. These emails reveal transactions linked to stories about Archie's nannying arrangements and the momentous ‘Megxit' narrative that unfolded in January 2020.

London's Metropolitan Police launched a probe into the leak allegations but encountered significant obstacles in securing a warrant to search royal staff properties due to the lack of whistleblower identities. This prompted Prince Harry to issue formal ‘letters before action' to News UK, outlining the allegations against Wootton and the palace's involvement. The Royal Family was evidently uncomfortable with Harry taking legal action against the tabloids.

As per the report, the British Royals at first anticipated that the threat of exposure would compel Harry and Meghan to return to the UK, ensuring a more controlled public image that would not overshadow the future King. However, the financial cut-off and subsequent legal standoff exacerbated the fractures within the Royal Family. This report seems to corroborate what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed in their Netflix docuseries and Prince Harry's book, “The Spare,” asserting that they were targeted by both the royal family and the media.

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Adopt AI by putting right governance in place

Posted By: Ajay Rawat Posted On: Dec 09, 2023
Member of executive board for human resources, safety, IT and DE at Maruti Suzuki Rajesh Uppal.

New Delhi: Organizations are going through an important phase of adopting artificial intelligence (AI), but the process of adoption will hinge upon putting right governance processes in place, said Rajesh Uppal, member of executive board for human resources, safety, IT and DE at Maruti Suzuki. He was speaking at the 2023 Mint AI Summit, and highlighted the ways in which companies today are on their journeys to adopt generative AI in their operations.

Explaining how organizations, including Maruti Suzuki, are adopting generative AI solutions and services, Uppal said, "There are four different areas to look into for generative AI—day-to-day work, internal processes, external process, and transparency. Each of these four pillars need to be adopted in our organizations, which is important for generative AI solutions to be integrated into existing processes."

It is this that Uppal said is the focus of organizations like Maruti Suzuki right now, in a bid to make internal company processes more efficient. "The whole adoption journey of AI is important, and it is most important for us to adopt it by putting up the right governance processes in place," he said.

A large part of the adoption narrative and development of governance processes, Uppal added, is being undertaken by large corporations in order to be early adopters of the technology, and not fall back on the overall innovation curve, Uppal added. Adoption of generative AI has been a key theme of the technology industry throughout the year, ever since OpenAI's ChatGPT opened the generative AI gates since being introduced in November last year.

Industry executives have stated that 2024 will be the year when generative AI matures, leading to developed use cases for the nascent technology. On this note, Uppal added that both technology providers and corporations are working together to adopt the latest technology—even as AI becomes more sophisticated.

"Each version of AI is becoming more adoptable and reusable, and we have been working very closely with our partners to work on the latest technologies. It is all about breeding a culture of tech adoption within our company to make this technology work for us, and we are on the right path to make sure that we get the maximum out of it," he summed up.

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In Russia, All Policy Roads Lead to the War

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Dec 08, 2023
Just as in domestic politics, the war is becoming a mainstay of the Kremlin?s economic policy.

Vladimir Putin broke with tradition when delivering his New Year’s televised address on the last day of 2022. For more than two decades, the Russian president had appeared alone, usually in front of imposing Kremlin backdrops. This time, he stood before a group of men and women in military uniforms who he said had been taking part in the “special military operation"—the Kremlin’s code for its brutal war against Ukraine.

It was a sign of things to come. The 12 months following Putin's unorthodox address have shown that the war is at the core of Russia's domestic, economic and foreign policy—the organizing principle around which most decisions are made.

First, on domestic politics: My colleagues Andrei Kolesnikov and Denis Volkov have found that the war has general approval among about 75% of the population. Many Russians see the conflict as one between their country and the West, not Ukraine.

More specifically, my colleagues have found that up to 22% of the population strongly support the war and oppose cessation of hostilities. Another 53% are somewhat more passive in their support, and most of them agree with the government's course. So if tomorrow, Putin would argue that Russia should start peace negotiations, many of these people would accept that, too.

What war?

That data reinforces what is clear on the ground—that the war has been fully internalized by the majority of Russians, at both the popular and elite levels.

It makes sense. Unlike Ukraine, one-fifth of whose territory is occupied and which is subject to missile and drone attacks every day, most of Russia hasn't looked like a nation at war throughout 2023—except some settlements on the border with Ukraine that witness regular shelling, and, of course, the territories occupied and annexed by Russia, including Crimea. In fact, when the Ukrainians launched attacks against government buildings in Moscow this summer, Muscovites shrugged and life continued as normal.

“The real downside is that if you live outside of the city, when wining and dining in central Moscow you need to get home by 1 a.m. to beat the drone attacks, just like you would beat the traffic," one of my contacts said to me.

What's more, fewer people than last year are ready to express any form of opposition. Since the full-scale invasion last year, nearly 20,000 people have been detained for antiwar actions, and some have faced Kafkaesque trials and draconian prison terms. So despite occasional acts of individual bravery, Russia hasn't witnessed any mass antiwar protests since September 2022, when a partial mobilization was announced.

At the same time, the elites have demonstrated remarkable cohesion and the inability to challenge the Kremlin's course. Even the failed mutiny by the infamous mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose improvised march on Moscow in June was soon followed by his fiery death in a plane crash, has only strengthened Putin's grip on power.

A war economy

Just as in domestic politics, the war is becoming a mainstay of the Kremlin's economic policy. In the 2024 budget, military spending is set at 6% of GDP for the first time since Russia's independence in 1991, exceeding social expenditure. Around 39% of the budget will go on the war in Ukraine, including beefing up Russia's defense industry and payments to soldiers, and domestic security.

And that isn't all. The rest of the Kremlin's economic policy is shaped by the war and resulting Western sanctions, including efforts to encourage import-substitution, reintroduction of capital controls, and a tolerance to high budget deficits.

War and the boom in military production has driven unemployment to historic lows of 3%. The money that families of those killed and wounded in Ukraine receive from the state is a genuine windfall for the poorer regions from which the Kremlin is predominantly drafting soldiers, and where going to fight in Ukraine has become a rational economic choice for many: the ability to earn more money—dead or alive—than they could ever make in any other legal way under Putin.

This “coffin money," compensation for injuries, and soldiers' salaries are driving domestic demand and being channeled to finance domestic production or purchase the Chinese imports that have replaced Western brands. As a result, the Russian economy is expected to grow by 2.8% this year, despite mounting sanctions from the West. Bypassing the sanctions has become a cottage industry, and millions are being made by creating logistical and financial schemes to circumvent Western restrictions and smuggle in goods that feed Putin's war machine.

Foreign ties

Finally, war has also become a central tenet of Russia's foreign policy. Every relationship with a foreign power is assessed from the viewpoint of whether ties to that country can directly help Russia's war effort through the supply of military goods, by filling the Kremlin's war chest, or helping Moscow punish the West for its support for Ukraine. This new reality gives tremendous leverage to countries that are still willing to do business with Russia, allowing them to extract hefty prices for their services to Putin's war effort.

When in September, Azerbaijan resorted to military force to resolve the decadeslong conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Moscow didn't lift a finger to protect the interests of its treaty ally Armenia, mostly because Baku and President Ilham Aliyev's patrons in Turkey have become indispensable in helping the Kremlin to withstand sanctions.

Moscow was forced to source artillery shells, drones and missiles from Iran and North Korea in exchange for large payments and sharing sensitive military technology with these pariah regimes, and to take sides in regional conflicts where Moscow had previously hedged its bets. This is why the Kremlin's muted reaction to the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas and ensuing full-throated criticism of Israel's war in Gaza would once have been unimaginable, but is hardly surprising in 2023.

Nor is it any surprise that in 2023, China has finally become Russia's single most important foreign partner. The relationship with Beijing checks all three boxes, providing the Kremlin with critical components for its war machine, keeping the Russian economy afloat, and making sure that U.S. influence is kept in check by a more assertive and military powerful China.

In 2024, when Putin is set to win a new six-year term in staged elections slated for March, he will continue his course of destroying Ukraine in the hope that he will be able to wear down the Ukrainians and their Western supporters. With war the organizing principle of Russian life, the continuation of aggression against Ukraine and the crusade against Western interests at home and abroad is becoming the raison d'être for the entire machinery of Putinism.

Alexander Gabuev (@AlexGabuev) is director of Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center in Berlin. He can be reached at reports@wsj.com.

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Ukraine Goes to Washington With a New Ask

Posted By: Tarun Kumar Posted On: Dec 07, 2023
Ukraine Goes to Washington With a New Ask: Help Us Make Our Own Weapons

KYIV, Ukraine—This summer, two seaborne drones called Sea Babies left Ukrainian territory and sped across the Black Sea before striking a Russian-built bridge and exploding.

The attack was heralded not just for the damage done but because the so-called sea drones were designed and built in Ukraine.

Since Russia's full-scale invasion of its neighbor in 2022, the U.S. and its allies have sent Ukraine nearly $100 billion worth of ammunition, missiles and tanks through the end of July, according to the Kiel Institute, a research group.

Now, Ukraine wants to wean itself off Western weapons and start producing more of its own supplies.

Rebuilding Ukraine's arms industry could help secure the country's long-term security and boost its economy, government officials say. The effort gained added urgency Wednesday when Republicans in the Senate blocked a Ukraine aid bill that earmarked funds for military support. The White House has warned that the U.S. will be unable to continue providing more weapons and equipment to Ukraine if Congress doesn't approve additional funding by the end of the year. Moreover, Western stockpiles of weapons are running down and the war shows no sign of ending.

This week, the U.S. government is hosting Ukrainian ministers and weapons makers for a two-day conference aimed at encouraging joint production with American companies. U.S. arms makers expected to attend include Lockheed Martin.

Ukraine was a major arms manufacturer during Soviet times but has suffered since then from a lack of investment. It has, though, increased its production of weapons, including artillery shells and drones, since the war started.

“We have some products that are unique in the world," said Anna Gvozdiar, deputy minister at the Ministry of Strategic Industries, speaking before the conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday.

While other countries are working on sea drones—unmanned vessels that can travel on or below the water's surface—Ukraine has proven its fleet in combat several times. The so-called Sea Baby can travel some 500 miles through moderately stormy conditions before delivering a large payload, according to the Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, which operates it.

But despite successes in a few areas, Ukraine remains dependent on its allies. Rebuilding its arms industry is expected to take years, and Western manufacturers are unlikely to produce their most sophisticated weapons in the country.

Kyiv has already encouraged some big European arms companies, including Britain's BAE Systems, Germany's Rheinmetall and Turkey's Baykar, to start operating in Ukraine. They all say they are moving toward manufacturing in the country.

“Ukraine wants to show that there is a path to them being more self-sufficient," BAE Chief Executive Officer Charles Woodburn said in an interview.

BAE is in discussions with several Ukrainian companies and aims to make spare parts in the country within the next few months. In time it says it could start making a light howitzer too.

Rheinmetall is already repairing German military vehicles in Ukraine, a spokesman said. The company intends to start assembling its Fox armored personnel carrier in Ukraine soon by sending its components over the border in what it has dubbed a “Fox in a box."

Further out, Rheinmetall's ambition is to produce its new Panther tank and air-defense weapons in Ukraine. Armin Papperger, the company's CEO, said manufacturing in the country is cheaper given lower labor costs.

In June, Turkey's Baykar broke ground on a new factory in Ukraine to produce its drones, which were used by Ukraine to defend Kyiv last year.

“By the end of the next year, we plan to finish general construction works," said Haluk Bayraktar, the company's CEO.

Setting up in Ukraine brings a particular set of challenges. When Russia invaded, it bombed Ukrainian weapons factories, and any new facilities would offer a fresh high-profile target. Arms-industry executives say that there are also concerns about sending staff into a war zone to oversee production and that plans for weapons could fall into Russian hands.

Despite the challenges, Ukrainian weapons production has increased 68% so far this year compared with the same period last year, said Gvozdiar, the government deputy minister. Some local companies spread out across the country or moved operations abroad to avoid bombardment.

One area of focus for Ukraine has been drones, which have played a big role in the war. The country is home to some 200 manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to Gvozdiar.

Ukraine has an insatiable appetite for drones, going through around 10,000 a month, according to the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank.

The country needs to develop longer-range drones and missiles, analysts say, because its foreign allies are reluctant to let Kyiv use their weapons to hit Russia for fear of escalating the conflict.

Vadym Yunyk, the co-founder of drone maker ISR Defence, said he planned to talk to U.S. companies at the conference in D.C. about supplying parts and potentially setting up joint ventures. He has already visited British, French and Czech companies and arms fairs to secure components.

Modern weaponry is typically assembled from a wide assortment of different components bought from other companies. Many of the most important components used to make drones, including computer chips and surveillance sensors, are bought from abroad, including China, creating potential supply-chain vulnerabilities.

To reduce that risk, Ukraine is trying to source more components domestically. One prototype drone being developed is made entirely from Ukrainian components, said Gvozdiar.

ISR's Yunyk said foreign companies could learn from working with Ukrainian manufacturers that have quickly modified weapons based on lessons from the battlefield. For example, ISR has tweaked its drones to account for changes in Russian electronic warfare, which can block or confuse navigation signals.

Before Russia's invasion, ISR only produced a few military drones a month. Now it makes around 100 and is working on a new drone that aims to travel up to 150 miles. The company also makes autonomous ground vehicles.

“You can compare Ukraine's defense industry with a child, a two-year-old that looks like an adult," Yunyk said.

Ukraine, though, still requires more weapons and ammunition that it can make itself or get from overseas.

“It's never enough, our need is much, much bigger," said Gvozdiar, the deputy minister.

Oksana Pyrozhok and Jared Maslin contributed to this article.

Write to Alistair MacDonald at Alistair.Macdonald@wsj.com

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Reliance Industries pursuing sugar mill operators for biomass plant plans

Posted By: Vishal Maurya Posted On: Dec 07, 2023
Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries (REUTERS)

Reliance Industries (RIL), India's most valuable company, is in discussions with sugar mill operators to procure sugarcane press mud—a crucial raw material for producing compressed biogas (CBG), as per an Economic Times report citing internal sources.

"RIL is actively seeking press mud from large sugar mills to support its CBG plants. The company has approached major sugar mills capable of supplying substantial volumes of press mud daily, spanning various locations nationwide," an executive involved in the discussions told the paper.

RIL did not respond to queries, it added.

Also Read: After telecom and retail, what is Mukesh Ambani's next big plan?

In a September announcement, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani outlined ambitious plans to establish 100 CBG plants within the next five years. These forthcoming plants are projected to utilise 5.5 million tonnes of agricultural residue and organic waste.

Presently, RIL operates a CBG plant in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, marking its entry into the CBG production landscape.

Big Plans Ahead

More lately, speaking at the 7th Edition of Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata on November 21, Ambani said the conglomerate has become India's largest bio-energy producer, based on the company's indigenous developed technology.

Also Read: RIL ready to double its green energy investment to ₹1.5 trillion

"Reliance is carrying out this responsibility with multiple initiatives in new energy, including bio-energy. India has the potential to become the largest producer of bioenergy in the world. We target to establish 100 compressed biogas (CBG) plants in the next three years, consuming 5.5 million tonnes of agricultural residue and organic waste," he added.

Ambani further informed that Reliance will also help farmers grow energy plantations. “We will also help farmers to grow energy plantations on a large scale. This would help mitigate nearly 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions and produce 2.5 million tonnes of organic manure annually. We are planning to set up CBG plants in Bengal that will enable Bengal farmers to increase their incomes by doubling up as anna daatas and urja daatas ─ producers of food as well as energy. With our current and new investments in these three businesses, Reliance will march together with the great people of Bengal towards a future of shared prosperity, technological innovation, inclusivity, and harmony," he said.

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Congress Doesn't Tolerate Anyone With a Mind of Their Own

Posted By: Aditya Gogoi Posted On: Dec 07, 2023

Like father, like daughter. Late President Pranab Mukherjee was known for his temper and also being meticulous. Sharmistha has inherited these qualities.

In her book, ‘Pranab, My Father: A Daughter Remembers', she gives several instances of her father showing little tolerance for what he called the silly mistakes of the Congress party.

Sharmistha, who left active politics two years ago, spoke exclusively to News18 and explained why she is disillusioned with the Congress. “Ideologically, I believe in Congress. It stands for secularism and liberalism. But now look at it. It's doing everything that we accuse the BJP of. I have found that the top leadership does not like to be pushed. They don't tolerate anyone who has a mind of their own. They claim to be liberals but then why do they and their supporters show so much intolerance?” she asked.

In her book, Sharmistha documents the relationship between her father and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling it “amazing” that two people from two different ideologies could hit it off.

“PM Modi would always touch my father's feet in private. They would discuss politics and had ‘addas'. When he became the prime minister for the first time, my father told him that he would give him advice on the Constitution but he won't be dragged into any politics.”

It's a known fact that the Congress was never happy with the proximity between PM Modi and Mukherjee. The BJP has always revelled in this discomfort, accusing the Gandhi family of being against anyone who has a mind of their own or chooses to have a cordial relationship with the BJP.

This perhaps is also one reason why no invites have been sent to Congress leaders for the book release and they are unlikely to turn up.

Pranab Mukherjee would often quote from Rabindranath Tagore to say “there is no point in asking why something didn't happen. One must learnt to accept and move on”.

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Cannot differentiate between the am and pm

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Dec 06, 2023
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (HT)

Pranab Mukherjee was aghast at Rahul Gandhi's ordinance-tearing act in 2013 and said he has all the "arrogance" of his Gandhi-Nehru lineage without their political acumen and that this episode was the "final nail in the coffin" for the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls the subsequent year, a book on the late president says.

"In Pranab, My Father: A Daughter Remembers", Sharmistha Mukherjee says that her father also told her that "maybe politics wasn't Rahul's calling" and his "lack of charisma and political understanding is creating a problem" besides his "frequent disappearing acts".

In another related incident Sharmistha Mukherjee says,"In the morning one day Rahul Gandhi came to meet him(Pranab Mukherjee)...as it turned out that Rahul was actually supposed to meet him in the evening...when I mentioned it to my father he sarcastically commented that, if Rahul's office doesn't differentiate between the am and pm, how do they hope to run the PMO one day".

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Pranab Mukherjee Wanted to Become The PM

Posted By: Anita Mamgai Posted On: Dec 06, 2023

Former President Pranab Mukherjee wanted to become the Prime Minister, but he knew that he couldn't become one, so he was not in any disillusionment, Sharmistha Mukherjee, author and daughter of the former President has claimed.

“He wanted to become the PM, but he knew that he couldn't become one, so he was not in some disillusionment that he'll become a PM one day,” Sharmistha Mukherjee told ANI about Pranab Mukherjee's chances of becoming the prime minister in 2004.

Sharmistha claimed that she asked Pranab Mukherjee once if he wanted to become the Prime Minister, to which the latter replied, “Any serious politician would like to become one but that doesn't mean that I'd become the PM.”

She also said, quoting her father, that Sonia Gandhi had assumed that the former President would challenge her authority and therefore she safeguarded her family's interest and made “someone PM whom they felt would not challenge her authority.”

In the book, the former Congress spokesperson who quit politics in 2021 provides a glimpse into the illustrious life of her father, where she also says that he did not have any rancour against Sonia Gandhi for not making him the prime minister, and definitely not against the man chosen – Manmohan Singh.

Through her father's diary entries, personal stories narrated to her and her own research, Sharmistha uncovers new, hitherto unknown facets of his political life – his unfulfilled ambition of becoming India's prime minister arising out of his inability to emerge as the ‘number one person' to earn Sonia Gandhi's trust, the personality cult around the Nehru-Gandhi family and Rahul Gandhi's lack of charisma and political understanding among other things, according to the book's publishers Rupa Publications.

Pranab Mukherjee also felt that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only PM after Indira Gandhi who has the ability to feel the pulse of the people so acutely and accurately”, according to his daughter Sharmistha.

According to the book, Pranab Mukherjee described Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as “courteous and full of questions but not yet politically mature”. He also thought that Rahul Gandhi's tearing of the ordinance publicly while Dr Manmohan Singh was abroad was the “final nail in the coffin of the UPA”.

Speaking of Gandhi, Mukherjee wrote in his diary: “He has all the arrogance of his Gandhi-Nehru lineage without their political acumen.”

Mukherjee served as India's finance minister and subsequently became minister for External Affairs, Defence, Finance and Commerce. He was India's 13th president (2012 to 2017). He died on August 31, 2020 at the age of 84.

As the president of the single largest party Congress to win the Lok Sabha elections in 2004, Sonia Gandhi was tipped to be the prime minister and had the full support of the coalition partners.

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Has Arrogance of Gandhi-Nehru Lineage Without

Posted By: Preeti Dabar Posted On: Dec 06, 2023

The late Pranab Mukherjee was known to be a man who kept most facts close to his chest. Given his years of experience, there were many who confided in him, and most of it was jotted down in his diary.

Years after his death, his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee, who has now retired from active politics, has put his views together in the book ‘Pranab, My Father: A Daughter Remembers'. But care has been taken to omit controversial details that Pranab Mukherjee had insisted would go with him.

Pranab Mukherjee had the experience of working with many prime ministers and several generations of the Gandhi family — from Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi to Sonia Gandhi and finally Rahul Gandhi.

The book makes it clear that he had an uneasy relation with Rajiv Gandhi. It also explains that the Congress veteran was not impressed with the political side of Rahul Gandhi.

Pranab Mukherjee described him as “courteous and full of questions but not yet politically mature”. He also thought that Rahul Gandhi's tearing of the ordinance publicly while Dr Manmohan Singh was abroad was the “final nail in the coffin of the UPA”.

The book says: “On 15 July 2013, Rahul Gandhi came for lunch. He spelt out details of his plans for revamping the party. He appeared confident of meeting the challenges. But had Pranab known what Rahul was about to do two months later, he would have advised Rahul against it.”

The incident mentioned here is when Rahul Gandhi walked into a press conference being held by Ajay Maken, who was defending a proposed ordinance on convicted netas, and tore it publicly, sending across shockwaves.

When Pranab Mukherjee heard the news, he was angry and red-faced. “Who does he think he is? He is not a member of the cabinet. Who is he to publicly trash a decision of the cabinet? The prime minister is abroad. Does he not even realise the implication of his actions and the effect it will have on the PM and government? What right does he have to humiliate the prime minister like this?” he had asked.

In his diary, Mukherjee wrote: “He has all the arrogance of his Gandhi-Nehru lineage without their political acumen.”

According to Mukherjee, this was also one reason why UPA lost in 2014. He asked why anyone would vote for a government where the prime minister was not respected.

This apart, the book mentions the good equation Mukherjee shared with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the many ‘addas' he had with him.

However, the fact that he could never become prime minister was a remorse he carried to his death.

In the book, Sharmistha makes the point that when she heard in 2004 that Sonia Gandhi had refused to be PM, there were rumours that her father would get the post. However, Mukherjee told her: “Sonia Gandhi will not make me PM. It is Manmohan Singh.” Later, when asked if he was disappointed, he said: “If there is no expectation, there is no disappointment as well.”

This is exactly why Pranab Mukherjee is often called the PM India never had. Or the PM in forever waiting.

Source: News18
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Rajasthan Bandh today

Posted By: Preeti Dabar Posted On: Dec 06, 2023
Rajasthan Bandh today: Supporters of Rajput Karni Sena during a protest, in Jaipur on Tuesday (ANI) (HT_PRINT)

In response to the alleged killing of Karni Sena Chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, the Rajput community has declared a statewide bandh on Wednesday.

Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, the leader of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena, was fatally shot by unidentified individuals on motorcycles in Jaipur on Tuesday. Here are the top ten updates on the Rajasthan Bandh.

1. Bhawani Singh Kalvi, the son of Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi, has called for prompt action in the case, emphasizing that public discontent will escalate without a positive outcome in apprehending the culprits, ANI reported. Urging unity among all party leaders, Kalvi emphasized that the incident transcends political affiliations, and the public anticipates swift government intervention in the matter.

Also Read: Jaipur: Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi shot dead, two injured

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Ashok Gehlot is responsible’ says Balmukund Acharya on Sukhdev Singh's murder

Posted By: Ramesh Sharma Posted On: Dec 06, 2023
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Swami Balmukund Acharya. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

On the murder of Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi, BJP leader Balmukund Acharya slammed the previous Congress government in the state and alleged that Ashok Gehlot was responsible for this incident.

As reported by ANI, Acharya said, “Ashok Gehlot is responsible for this incident. Mafia flourished in the state under this government."

Source: Live Mint
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