SCENE AND HEARD

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

“While I was writ­ing my speech a friend of mine gave me a new def­i­ni­tion of think tanks. Think tanks are peo­ple who are paid to think by peo­ple who build tanks.” CONGRESS GEN­ERAL SEC­RE­TARY RAHUL GANDHI, in his speech at the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­sti­tute for Con­tem­po­rary Stud­ies 20th an­niver­sary lec­ture on Oc­to­ber 18. It served two pur­poses. It proved that Rahul has a sense of humour. And that he wants to be seen as the writer of his own speeches. “I don’t know why the Govern­ment should be proud of some­one whose chief achieve­ment is to build a 27- storey house for his fam­ily.” CONGRESS MP MANI SHANKAR AIYAR on in­dus­tri­al­ist Mukesh Am­bani’s home in Mum­bai, at a func­tion or­gan­ised by the Stand­ing Con­fer­ence of Pub­lic Enterprises on Oc­to­ber 21 “The job is that of a

mukhya­mantri. Not sukhya­mantri.” DELHI CHIEF MIN­IS­TER SHEILA DIK­SHIT when asked at a din­ner re­cently why she was look­ing so tired. “If your day be­gins at 7 a.m. and goes on well past din­ner time then one has the right to look tired.” In­deed.

YASBANT Negi/www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

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