Connect with us

India

Here’s all you need to Know about Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Published

on

krishna-wefornews

New Delhi, July 18, 2017: Opposition parties’ last week decided to name Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as it’s Vice Presidential candidate.

Currently, he is a professor of Political Science, History and Indian Civilisations at Ashoka University.

Gandhi was born on April 22, 1945, to Devdas Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari’s daughter Lakshmi. He completed his Masters in English Literature from Delhi University’s St. Stephens College.

He got married to Tara Gandhi, the couple has two daughters named, Divya and Amrita.

Gandhi served as an IAS officer from 1968 till 1992, after that he took voluntary retirement from service.

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson has also been the Secretary to the Vice President from 1985 to 1987, Joint Secretary to President from 1987 to 1992 and served as Secretary to President in 1997. He has been the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009.

Besides from his diplomatic, bureaucratic journey, Gandhi has been an author, playwright and columnist. He translated Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy into Hindi and wrote a novel on Sri Lanka’s Tamil plantation workers and a play in verse on Dara Shikoh.

Other prominent posts served by Gopalkrishna Gandhi

  • Minister (Culture) in the High Commission of India, UK
  • Director of The Nehru Centre in London
  • High Commissioner for India in Lesotho
  • High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka in 2000
  • Ambassador of India in Norway in 2002
  • Ambassador of India in Iceland
  • Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai (2012-2014)

Wefornews Bureau

 

 

India

Congress demands Goyal apologise for ‘tarnishing Vemula’s memory’

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!”

Published

on

Surjewala

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Congress on Wednesday demanded apology from Union Minister Piyush Goyal for accusing Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of using Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s family for political motives.

Terming it “utterly shameful”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet, said Goyal was “peddling fake news” about Vemula and his mother in order to tarnish the memory of the Dalit student who committed suicide.

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!” he added.

The BJP on Wednesday accused the IUML of using Vemula’s family for political motives, with Goyal said he was “anxious” after the statement of the student’s mother, claiming that the “IUML made false promises of providing a sum of Rs 20 lakh and asked her to address their rallies and misrepresent the unfortunate incident”.

Continue Reading

India

Government is committed to Air India’s strategic disinvestment: Union minister

Published

on

Air India

New Delhi, June 20: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the central government is committed to he strategic disinvestment of national carrier Air India. 

Speaking to media, he also informed that a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

“We are committed to supporting and strengthening Air India whatever its financial and liquidity requirements we’ll continue to support it like in the past.

The minister said a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

Alternate mechanism headed by Arun Jaitley is reviewing the situation&as required will take the appropriate decision ” News agency ANI quoted Sinha as saying.

The development comes after no bids were received for the Expression of Interest (EOI).

The BJP-led government, which had approved strategic disinvestment for the state-run carrier in last June, had on May 31 this year said no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale.

WeForNews 

Continue Reading

Entertainment

A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador

Published

on

A.R. Rahman

Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

WeForNews

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular