K.R. Malkani and Rama Jois, as Lt Governor and Governor of Pondicherry and Jharkhand respectively. While Malkani is a Sangh old-timer, Jois, ex-CJ of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, is close to the RSS.
A New Law, for the first time in China, to protect the practices of religious people and organisations. China was recently criticised for persecuting Falun Gong.
Rowan Williams, as the archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican Church. He backs gay, woman clergy and is a critic of US-UK policies in Afghanistan, Iraq.
For Ramashray Sahani, Bihar’s animal husbandary minister, for a Samastipur cop’s murder in the ’80s.
Alexander Ginzburg, at 65, in Paris. A dissident writer during the Soviet era, he published USSR’s first independent magazine and suffered the gulag.
All India Radio, 75 years of existence. The retro mood was capped by a new archival museum.
Arvind Trivedi, as the new censor board chief. The ex-Gujarat BJP MP also played Ravana in the TV serial Ramayan.