In Bihar, we are being told, no matter who is being attacked, it is PM Narendra Modi on whom all blows are landing. So after JDU leader Sanjay Jha attacked LJP leader Chirag Paswan calling him a jamura, Paswan said, “They are insulting PM Modi as they've been saying that this 'jamura' is dancing on his tunes.”
Next in line was RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar passed a snide remark on those who have “eight to nine children and have no faith in their daughters”. Tejashwi is unmarried. Not marrying doesn't stop anyone from having children. But Tejashwi has none. The attack was meant for his father, Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu and his better half Rabri Devi together have nine children – seven daughters and two sons, including Tejashwi.
Tejashwi, however, doesn’t feel the pain of the attack because he believes Nitish Kumar’s attack also covers PM Modi, who has six siblings. To be precise, Modi has five siblings - Soma Modi, Amrut Modi, Pankaj Modi, Prahlad Modi, Vasantiben Hasmukhlal Modi – and he is the sixth sibling.
It may feel bad if you fail an exam but if the class topper also fails, you get a cushion against parental blows – verbal or physical – as the case maybe.
But we would let both Modi and Tejashwi pass because no one is responsible for how many siblings they have. They are, however, responsible for how many kids they produced. Both have none.
But talking of Modi, let’s talk about what former CBI chief RK Raghavan’s autobiography says about Modi. If you have forgotten, Raghavan headed the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the 2002 Gujarat riots. Raghavan says in his book, A Road Well Travelled, that during the questioning, Modi kept his cool through the 9-hour questioning and did not accept even a cup of tea from investigators. Forget tea, Modi even got his own bottle of water.
With that water, he refused to even break for lunch, but later ‘obliged’ the investigators because, well, they needed a break. He later got a clean chit in the case.
The Modi government today cleared the way for you to buy land in Jammu and Kashmir as the Centre had notified the land law for the Union Territory. So you can buy municipal, not forest or agricultural, land in J&K as people of J&K can buy land elsewhere in India.
The Hathras case, meanwhile, will be probed by the Uttar Pradesh Police and monitored by the Allahabad High Court. The Supreme Court has refused to move the trial to a Delhi court. It has also refused the request for an SC-monitored probe. The SC has instead asked the Allahabad High Court to do the monitoring.
But the trial, the SC said, can be moved out after the investigation is complete and the need is felt.
An advocate, arguing in another case yesterday, felt he didn’t need his shirt. He appeared shirtless during a Supreme Court hearing that was happening via videoconferencing. Justice Indu Malhotra, who was also part of the bench hearing the Sudarshan TV case, found this Salman Khan act ‘unpardonable’.
Since the laws on Work From Home haven’t been codified yet, lawyers are doing what they want to. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan was recently seen smoking a hookah, while a Rajasthan High Court lawyer chose to make an appearance in his vest. This led to the judge adjourning the hearing. Remember most lawyers get paid for appearance per hearing, and get paid even when the hearing is adjourned. So when your advocate briefs you on what you should or shouldn’t say in court, you must remind them they should not appear in the briefs but come clad in their uniforms. Do you know why advocates world over, barring a few countries, dress in black robes or why their uniforms are mostly all black and white?
The answer can be traced to death of Queen Mary II in 1694. Her widower, King William III, ordered all judges and lawyers to wear black gowns as a token of public mourning. Only he never revoked the order. Later, those in the judiciary began to like it as the ‘uniform’ gave them a sense of identity in court of law. The culture developed in Britain and travelled to British colonies, India being one.
Another reason the practice didn’t change was back then there weren’t so many dyes to colour the robes with. Black was also seen as a colour of authority, which law must command. But all black is also associated with evil so it was tempered with white, the colour of peace and purity.
Working from home means work in what you may please. But if your work involves presenting yourself in front of others, then spare them the torture of seeing you in your vest, or worse, shirtless.
If you present yourself in front of someone in person, you can forget the vest, but not the mask. A day after Union Minister Ramdas Athawale inducted actor Payal Ghosh in his party, Republican Party of India (Athawale), with masks firmly on the chin, Mr Minister has tested positive. Athawale, you may recall, had told corona to go, but the virus didn’t budge. One of the things now confirmed about coronavirus is that it is highly infectious and majorly disobedient.
Ramdas Athwale, who complained of cough and body pain after the induction event, has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. We wish him a speedy recovery.
While Union Minister Athwale is recovering, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar signed the long-awaited Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, or BECA, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper, in New Delhi.
What does BECA mean for India? Access to classified geo-spatial data as well as critical information having significant military applications from the US. Mark Esper also remarked that the growing defence and security partnership between India and the US will keep a check on China’s expansionism.
From China, let’s head to Pakistan, where a bomb went off today morning and left seven dead and over 70 injured. The explosion happened at a madrassa in Peshawar. A similar explosion was reported from Karachi last week.
Did you know that originally explosion was used to mean ‘scornful rejection’? The word explosion, our Word Of The Day, originates from Latin explosion, which meant a rejection that was scornful. Gradually it came to mean a sudden and often violent burst of energy. That could apply to an emotional outburst, but in the sense of exaggeration. Explosion widely means the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb.
If Pakistan witnessed an explosion in Peshawar, India’s Faridabad witnessed the daylight murder of a woman after she resisted being pulled in a car by two men. Both men have been arrested and the victim’s family has alleged ‘love jihad’.
The protest in Faridabad over the incident is however rising.
Also rising are the subscribers of Aapli Aaji, a YouTube channel where a farmer from Maharashtra is churning out some easy recipes.
The thing with recipes is that even those not interested in cooking like to watch them. Sometimes only to motivate themselves to enter the kitchen. No matter which category you belong to, Aapli Aaji and her recipes are for you.
That will be all for today.
We will be back tomorrow.
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