Delhi Confidential: Travel to Lanka

The visit of RSS functionary Ram Madhav to Colombo, amid controversy over the contract for wind farms with the Adani Group in Sri Lanka, has sparked curiosity. Madhav, who does not hold any official position in the government, met Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Word is that they discussed how Sri Lanka can get more Indian investment and aid. It is not clear who Madhav was representing. But at a time of great political and economic instability in the island nation, when India has been eager to state that its aid is unconnected, there is concern about signs that the visit of a prominent politician .

in a soup

Former Puducherry governor and IPS officer Kiran Bedi has found herself in hot water with the National Commission for Minorities. Earlier this week, Bedi made fun of the Sikh community at the launch of her book in Chennai. The NCM has now received a complaint, which states that the sentiments of the Sikh community have been hurt by the joke. NCM President Iqbal Singh Lalpura has sought a report on the matter from the Chief Secretary of Delhi and said that the commission will take action on the basis of this report. Bedi has already apologized over the issue and posted several pictures of herself praying in gurdwaras, while she claimed that her husband was a direct descendant of Guru Nanak Dev.


At a joint meeting of the opposition on Wednesday, as journalists were busy tracking people in cars entering the premises of the Constitution Club of India, an SUV rolled over, failing to identify a person. As the mysterious man reached the threshold of the conference hall, he was stopped by the security personnel there. On his way back, the self-styled godman, who attends press conferences in places like the Press Club and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, announced that he had come to seek support for his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections. “I have got assurances from the leaders,” he declared..

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