7 November 2008: Being a senior, (previously) rewarded member of the dynastic Congress party (which is, in a sense, no different from our family-run media and other businesses), Margaret Alva has every reason to feel aggrieved that those dynastic benefits don't flow to her own kith and kin. In the last Karnataka elections, one of her sons, Nivedith, was denied a Congress ticket from a supposed safe Bangalore seat. She alleged the machination of some currently high-flying Congress party managers, including Digvijay Singh (likely, off the record), the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, who has emerged a key player in the party, next in importance, perhaps, to Sonia Gandhi's "political secretary", the ultra low-key Ahmed Patel.