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VP Naidu surprises journalists, makes calls to enquire about well-being

Vice-President Naidu has been around in Delhi for so long, it is quite natural that he would know most fixtures in the capital by name, even journalists of a certain age.

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Business Standard  |  New Delhi 

.M Venkaiah Naidu
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu likes talking to journalists and his signature remark is: “Nothing is off the record.”

Unexpected call!

Getting calls from your family and friends, enquiring about your well-being amid crises such as Covid-19 is not unforeseen, but if the caller is the Vice-President of India himself, it certainly is. Just before the third was announced, several journalists were pleasantly surprised to get a call. “Up-Rashatrapatiji will speak,” the caller said. M came on line and asked if everything was okay and any help was needed.

Vice-President Naidu has been around in Delhi for so long, it is quite natural that he would know most fixtures in the capital by name, even journalists of a certain age. He likes talking to them and his signature remark is: “Nothing is off the record.” He is jovial and loves cracking jokes.

Thirst for power

It is always a pleasure to delve into history with former foreign minister K This week he writes in his column in the Sunday Guardian: “On February 27, 1967, I sent a note to (then) Prime Minister regarding what a German Member of Parliament, Felix Von Eckardt, had said about nuclear power. I thought it would amuse her. It did. “is like a club of notorious boozers who demand a written agreement from the teetotallers that they never take alcohol and won’t even touch a drop when a glass is offered to them. And then after the pact is signed, these drinkers not only sit together and booze again, but throw the empty bottles at the teetotallers.”

First Published: Sat, May 09 2020. 21:28 IST
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