He smiles down upon you as you come out of the airport at Bhubaneswar. His photos are plastered on every street corner, and every lamp-post in the main avenues of the capital city. Despite the Supreme Court's ruling, his chubby face is ubiquitous in every petrol pump and LPG point in the State. The huge image building spree undertaken by Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas in the Narendra Modi led NDA Government, in the last few months is something which was never seen earlier in the state of Odisha.
The International Yoga Day or World Yoga Day has come and gone. Besides setting up new records, the brouhaha that was generated both in the Indian and international press was unprecedented. Agreed it was an over hyped media event, but then who is complaining?
BJP-led NDA government's Mahanadi-Godavari link programme is a messy message. With its mellifluous words, government mauls to Mahanadi. The Union government should know it will create a midden for Mahanadi. Water Resources and Rivers Development Minister, Uma Bharati's upsurge ideas for Mahanadi-Godavari river link will bring uprising and upbraid for her ministry.
Mahanadi and Godavari river interlinking is a mischief for Mahanadi and gaunt for Godavari. On Mahanadi-Godavari River interlinking proposal neither government nor the elected representatives are ready to listen the sorrows of Mahanadi and Godavari.