KHEMKA STRIKES BACK
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.