TWITTER: THE NEW POLITICAL FRONTIER
Well to you, but let us just wish Twitter a good morning as well, given the amount of attention the micro-blogging site has been getting. First up there was the anti-twitter rally taken out by bhakts to say that Twitter was biased. This is beside all the attention that politicians and influencers have been raking up with heir quick smart witted one-liners, that would explain the threat to BJP, the smarts are just not there. Two days back Behen or should we say Sushri Mayawati not only joined but also got a blue tick and several thousands of followers in no time marking her entry onto the platform. And as if this wasn’t enough, now Twitter remarks by Prashant Bhushan have even become a reason for the Supreme Court to feel contempt.
CENTRE GOES AFTER MODI’s HEADACHE PRASHANT BHUSHAN
It is 7th February 2019 and the question that perhaps need to be asked, but is getting ignored is, what the Scroll has asked today, How can a statement accusing the Centre of fabricating its submissions in court be seen as contempt of court?
In case you haven’t been following this, On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a notice to lawyer Prashant Bhushan in two separate contempt petitions moved against him by Attorney General KK Venugopal and the Union government. The petitions relate to comments Bhushan made on Twitter on February 1, in which he accused the Union government of misleading the Supreme Court regarding the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as the interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation on January 11. Bhushan had moved the court on January 14, challenging Rao’s appointment. While Venugopal told the court that he was not seeking punishment for Bhushan but for the court to address some larger questions he had raised in his petition, the Centre insisted that Bhushan is held accountable for his comments.
Bhushan’s comments on Twitter are nowhere close to being construed as contempt. The Centre’s stand, therefore, reeks of vendetta and is a clear attempt to muzzle a lawyer who has given the Narendra Modi government a serious headache in the Supreme Court.
PRIYANKA GANDHI TAKES THE BULL BY THE HORNS
While we are on headache, I am not sure how much your headaches, but this Vadra Vadra business has been going for so long that probably Ram Mandir would have been made in this much time. But for the BJP they have a new headache in town, and her opening shot on the first ball of the over indicates that her style of play is aggressive. A categorical assertion — “I support my family” — and an unscheduled visit to the Congress headquarters by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday dovetailed into a bold pronouncement that she wasn’t fighting shy of controversies surrounding her husband Robert Vadra.
By choosing to accompany her husband to the ED office this afternoon and then dropping in at the party office, she demonstrated her will to take the bull by the horns. Her outing appeared to be a carefully crafted strategy to send out a message that she can’t be cowed down by a political witch-hunt.
J&K GOVERNOR GETS POLITICAL AGAIN, SAYS MEHBOOBA NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Will BJP take her seriously? Well, they already are. In one single stroke what would have been a picture of Robert Vadra being taken into the grilling sessions by ED, now it was her all over the place. But talking about taking seriously, the Governor of J&K, Satya Pal is again shooting off his mouth. A day after PDP president Mehbooba Mufti demanded action against an Army officer who allegedly subjected a man from Pulwama to torture and threatened to kill him in an encounter, J&K Governor Satya Pal diving into sensitive political minefield said that ‘she should not be taken seriously’.
Fair enough that Mehbooba Mufti called the Governor for talking politics and taking sides. Even Omar Abdullah tried to remind Governor to consider the office he occupied calling the statement unacceptable and unnecessary interference in politics.
600 + SCHOLARS FROM US & EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY ISSUE STATEMENT AGAINST WITCH-HUNT AGAINST DALIT SCHOLAR TELTUMBDE
And moving from unconditional support by Omar on all things unfair and unconstitutional, we head to unconditional support on the witch-hunt in Maharashtra. Coming out in support of Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde more than 600 scholars from top US and European universities have issued a joint statement urging the governments of India and Maharashtra to bring the alleged “witch-hunt” to an immediate halt.
Protesting against the “false allegations” against Teltumbde, the statement issued on Wednesday “strongly” condemned the threat of Teltumbde’s imminent arrest calling him distinguished scholar, civil rights activist, and one of India’s leading intellectuals. Admired by many as an organic intellectual of the Dalit community, his writings have contributed immensely to critical debates on democracy, globalisation and social justice, the statement said. It also said, and we quote, “The state and central governments then acted in concert to concoct manifestly baseless charges against Dr. Teltumbde, and have threatened him with arrest under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) Act, a draconian law that allows the state to suspend a citizen’s right to a fair trial and detain him or her indefinitely,”
‘DESPITE EVERYTHING I’VE DONE, MY NAME HASN’T COME OUT IN THE #METOO MOVEMENT’: SHATRUGHAN SINHA
And before we head to the International news, a detour into the frank and bizarre statement by Shotgun Sinha, the Shatru of Modi-Shah, but this time not against the duo, rather on himself. “I really call myself fortunate that in today’s times, tamam harkate karne kay bawajood (despite everything that I’ve done), my name hasn’t come out in the #MeToo movement. Asking people to take in in right humour veteran actor- politician Shatrughan Sinha added, “Even if anyone wants to say anything about me, please don’t say,'”
DONALD TRUMP IS TALKING ABOUT DECLARING 100% OF ISIS DEFEATED NEXT WEEK
And onto the world’s favourite President, Not, Donald Trump.
Trump spoke to an international conference in Washington on the future of the battle against ISIS, after the US leader’s sudden decision in December to order the pullout of all 2,000 US troops as he declared victory.
“The United States military, our coalition partners and the Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by ISIS in Syria and Iraq,” Trump told senior officials from more than 70 countries meeting at the State Department.
“It should be formally announced sometime next week that we will have 100 per cent of the caliphate,” he said.
AND NOW: CHUG YOUR POTATO CHIP
And before we leave you for the day, our last bit of news is for those listeners who like their chips or crisps if you will but also don’t want to get their phones greasy and dirty after dipping into that bag. Well, the good news is, the Japanese have heard your cry. A Japanese snack company is offering chips that require only a single hand to consume – and you don’t have to touch the chips at all. The Tokyo company Koike-ya is behind One Hand Chips, which come pre-smashed so that you can essentially drink them like literally chug a chip.
That is all I have for you for today. Don’t wait for a research company to tell you that food is best enjoyed when you are not on your phone. Have a fantastic day ahead. Until tomorrow, good bye from takeapart.in