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Modi, Shah attend mundan ceremony of IAS officer’s daughter

Lutyens Delhi’s power circle was abuzz Tuesday after lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted about a high-profile mundan (hair shaving) ceremony of a civil servant’s daughter that was attended by the who’s who of the Capital’s power circuit. Those in attendance were President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and a number of chief ministers, among others.

“Apparently this blue-eyed Joint Secretary is the son in law of a senior SC judge & the Mundan ceremony of his daughter was at the residence of that Judge!” Bhushan had tweeted.


The bureaucrat in question is Diwakar Nath Misra, a joint secretary in the commerce ministry, according to his colleagues. He is the son-in-law of Supreme Court Judge, Justice Arun Kumar Mishra. A 2000-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre IAS officer, Misra had worked in the petroleum ministry before his current assignment in the commerce department. He was the secretary, Oil Industry Development Board.

The commerce ministry also has another well-connected son-in-law. Shyamal Misra, a 1996-batch Haryana cadre IAS officer with degrees from IIT Kanpur and Harvard Kennedy School, is the son-in-law of Nripendra Misra, former principal secretary to PM Modi.

Nripendra Misra was recently appointed chairperson of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

Of awards, diaries and calendars

In an apparent attempt to check wasteful expenditure, the Narendra Modi government now wants details of awards given annually by each ministry as well as their expenditure on diaries and calendars. 

In a communication to all ministries last week, the office of Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, attached two proforma seeking information regarding awards given annually by all ministries, departments and government organisations. 

Singh’s office, which also sought information on how much money ministries spend on diaries and calendars procured in a year, had set 3 February as the deadline for the information. It’s a different matter that many of the ministries have chosen to ignore the communication despite instructions that it should be treated as “most urgent”. 

Preamble missing from the Parliament Constitution Calendar 

Parliament Secretariat has issued a new calendar for 2020 with the Constitution as its basic theme. Different sections and articles of the Constitution are displayed on all 12 month-wise pages of the calendar. They also carry the logo (emblem) of the Constitution. What has, however, got tongues wagging is the absence of the Preamble, which has been central to public discourse in the context of the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, from the calendar.

(Contributors: Moushumi Das Gupta and Rahul Sampal)

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  1. AFAIK, there is no who’s who of Lutyens and I lived there for 16 years. Delhi. This BS is like the Plastic surgeon in early India.

  2. Officials are entitled to choose the functions they would like to attend. CAA protests are waste of resources….. nothing happened. People assumed things and behaved assess. Now, you want to dictate which functions one should attend and one should not….lol desperation

  3. Won’t there be a law for wasteful attendence when there are other important burning issues to attend to ,attending mundan ceremony of IAS officer’s daughter !The PM always lectures to everyone on not wasting time on unnecessary things !What about him and his batch if liers and fraudsters to the core !Or is he the gang leader ,leading the worthless team to a not so important event !

  4. This is really sad piece of reporting. But thats what these ‘whistle blowers’ do…blowing whistles even at mundans & marriages….You are all the same – prashant Bhushan, kejru, print, ndtv…just same. Anyway its good of PM that he attended, those who wear their honesty on their sleeve can only afford to ignore stray noise and fulfil their social obligations without fear. The PM also attended marriages of Priyanka Chopra, Viraat Kohli. Wonder what link the urban naxals made out of those?

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