KHEMKA STRIKES BACK

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE -

The Bhupin­der Singh Hooda govern­ment in Haryana has a bad case of the shakes. This, af­ter Ashok Khemka, the

spir­ited civil ser­vant who in Oc­to­ber 2012 had dared to ques­tion land deals in­volv­ing Congress Pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi’s son- in- law Robert Vadra, was ap­proached by two re­puted Delhi- based pub­lish­ing houses. They want him to write a ‘ telling text’ based on his in­sights on gov­er­nance. Re­cently trans­ferred for the 44th time in 21 years, Khemka hasn’t said yes. But the very prospect of it all be­ing out there in print is clearly un­set­tling for many on the fourth floor of the state civil sec­re­tariat in Chandi­garh which houses the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice.

In­dia’s Ambassador to China S. Jais­hankar has made a strong push to suc­ceed Ran­jan Mathai as for­eign sec­re­tary in July fol­low­ing res­o­lu­tion of the bor­der row and a suc­cess­ful visit by China Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang. Many in the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs be­lieve that the son of vet­eran se­cu­rity an­a­lyst K. Subrah­manyam has the best cre­den­tials among po­ten­tial can­di­dates. How­ever, se­nior­ity favours Su­jatha Singh, ambassador in Ger­many, as do po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions. She is the daugh­ter of for­mer Ut­tar Pradesh gover­nor T. V. Rajeshwar.

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