President-elect John Kennedy has chosen Prof. Galbraith, the noted Harvard University economist, to be the United States' Ambassador to India, it was reliably learned on January 6. While Mr. Kennedy has not yet made any announcements on Ambassadorial assignments, Prof. Galbraith's name had been the subject of speculation in connection with the New Delhi post for some time. Informed sources said the President-elect had now finally decided that Prof. Galbraith should be his representative in India. Prof. Galbraith, a Professor of Economics at Harvard since 1949, was Mr. Kennedy's chief economics adviser during the Presidential campaign last year. Now 52, the Canadian-born Professor has also won distinction as a writer. His book ‘The Affluent Society”, written in 1958, became a best-seller.
Re-naming of Mysore
The demand for re-naming the Greater Mysore State as Karnataka was reiterated at the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, which had its annual conference at Manipal, near Udipi, in the last week of December 1960. The question of “doing justice” to Karnataka by the inclusion of large areas, predominantly Kannada, now in the States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madras, was also discussed and the State Government, which was accused of “being lethargic” in this regard and the legislators of Mysore and the Mysore members of Parliament were urged to take steps to see that all the areas were integrated with Mysore. Mention was made of Kasargod (now forming part of Kerala), Talawadi, Nilgiris and Hosur (Madras State), Madakasira, Rayadurg and Adoni (Andhra Pradesh) and Akkalkot (Maharashtra).
Purity of scouting
Lady Baden Powell, the Chief Guide of the World, said in Madras on January 6 that boy scouts and girl guides and those who were old in the movement, but still “with a spark in them” to carry on the movement, should all rally together and take the movement to greater purity and perfection in future. The World Chief Guide attended a rally of scouts and guides at the Scout Headquarters at Wenlock Park, South Beach Road.