‘I regard myself as a Rajivist’
Rumour has it that a CD featuring a photograph of Mani Shankar Aiyar welcoming President Mahinda Rajapaksa to his daughter’s wedding, juxtaposed with alleged atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government during wartime, was what led to the Indian politician’s defeat in his constituency Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu in the 2009 elections. But in a political career spanning over two decades, India’s first Consul General to Karachi, Rajiv Gandhi’s former speech writer and India’s first Minister for Panchayat Raj, has learnt to take losing at the polls with good grace.
Impaled man survives to tell his tale

He was in agony but fully conscious and even held the three iron rods tightly while they were being sawed to a shorter length, so that he could be loaded onto the 110 Emergency Service ambulance for the ride to the Accident and Orthopaedic Service of the National Hospital in Colombo.

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