Minister of Local Government Mani Shankar Aiyar of India

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In Cambridge, Aiyar joined student politics and once even tried to win a presidential contest.
This article once again proves that Mr Aiyar is a windbag of the highest order.
Mani Shankar Aiyar was a participant or observer in the following events: November 24, 2004: Pakistan, India Discuss Iran-Pakistan-India Oil PipelinesEL('1626004942-31067','31067') Pakistani prime minister Shaukat Aziz meets with Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar in Delhi.
Tribune (Chandigarh), 6/5/2005] At a press conference on June 6, Aiyar is asked about US concerns expressed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in March (see March 19, 2005) that the pipeline would strengthen Iran.
24 May 2004Highlights: Cabinet for talks with naxals-Naidu Govt.
Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar has taken over as new Minister of Petroleum Natural Gas and Panchayati Raj here today.
Shri Aiyar was elected to the Lok Sabha for third time on Congress ticket from Mayiladuturai in Tamil Nadu.
Born on 10th April 1941, Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar has held important assignments as Member of Parliamentary Committees and also in his party.
Shri Aiyar has been in the Indian Foreign Service during 1963-89.
Aiyar was speaking at a conference `Beyond Tsunami: Significance of the Dandi March' organised by the M.
Manish Shankar Aiyar has said that the terror attacks in Assam will not delay the scheduled National Games.
In an interview to Karan Thapar, Aiyar said the language of the speech was not as clear as it should have been.
Mani Shankar Aiyar says there's a silent revolution happening in all of India's 2,50,000 panchayats.
dictated entirely by the demands of the moment.
similar questions, in his book, Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist.
Aiyar is certainly right to urge a passionate defense, even advocacy, of secularism.
NON CONFIRMIST: Aiyar says it's time for the UPA to go for a course correction at the mid-point.
Born in Lahore in 1941, Mani Shankar Aiyar received his education at the Doon School, Dehra Dun; St.
Mani Shankar Aiyar is the founder-president of the Society for Secularism.
Earlier, Aiyar has expressed hope that the charter on Panchayati Raj convention would help the actual implementation of the Panchayati Raj system to move to a higher trajectory.
In his opening meeting with the Afghan Minister, Aiyar discussed local governance matters and how the Indian experiences of the Panchayati Raj decentralization could have synergies with the proposed sub-national governance structures and processes in Afghanistan.
It is perhaps with this premise in mind, and his own personal reflections, that Mani Shankar Aiyar has attempted to explore the depths of subcontinental history to unearth the contradictions of “secular fundamentalism.
Unfortunately, however, Aiyar is also only one of the handful of secularists that exercise the power of voice in India.
A bureaucrat, politician, diplomat and author, Mani Shankar Aiyar joined the Indian foreign service in 1963 and went on to become India’s first ever consul-general in Karachi.
This in essence is the crux of the debate that Aiyar has tried to frame.
Stating that it was reprehensible for newspapers to portray a different picture of what Aiyar had originally written about her in the article, Jayalalithaa said "many newspapers are deliberately changing the words used by him to play down the outrageousness of what Aiyar had written.
Do those Opposition leaders, including Karunanidhi, endorse and approve what Aiyar had stated," she asked.
Aiyar was a Member and Secretary of the All India Congress Committe (AICC.
Blaming Hindutva forces for destroying communal harmony, Aiyar said that all the terrorist activities are reactions to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.
The same sect of people, who have assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, have demolished Babri Masjid and it is a result of the demolition of Babri Masjid that today we are scared while walking in Delhi's Cannaught Place," Aiyar said addressing a meeting as chief guest at a closing ceremony of a book fair in Faizabad near Ayodhya.
Mani Shankar Aiyar was born at Lady Aitchison Hospital in Lahore on April 9, 1941.
But an Aiyar has to do what an Aiyar has to do.
Aiyar is not your everyday oil minister.
Indeed, within a week of joining the ministry Aiyar had worked out that India couldn’t have enough oil for its needs.
Aiyar had asked for Ahmad by name.
As for the domestic oil companies, Aiyar found that while they had the same owner (the government), their CEOs all had a conflicting ambition: to reach the top of the pyramid and pull the other guy down.
determined efforts by private and international players to enter the sector would undermine PSU dominance, to which Aiyar is firmly committed.
Aiyar has suggested broad alternatives: massive mergers of oil companies to create the megamoths; bringing them into a self-supervisory system that involves goal-setting; and innovative management structures for greater synergy.
Aiyar has announced a committee headed by PSU expert V Krishnamurthy to advise him on how the “behemoth” would be organised.
Aiyar has been awaiting clearance of the proposal by the cabinet secretariat for two months now — and it is no secret that Aiyar has clashed frequently with Manmohan Singh on economic reform.
Aiyar has announced that a Council of Panchayati Raj Ministers of all states will be set up to ensure the implementation of recommendations.
Aiyar describes himself as a “man of very strong convictions” but “one who has an open mind.
And Mani Shankar Aiyar is making full use of the opportunity he has got.
Mani Shankar Aiyar is not an easy man to work for.
But Aiyar is big on using hammers where flyswatters will do.
But Aiyar has never claimed he’s in politics to win friends.