DailyOh! Why Rhea Chakraborty couldn’t turn down ED summon, to why National Handloom Day is on Aug 7

Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty was grilled by the ED today in the money laundering case against her.

 |  6-minute read |   07-08-2020
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Abiding by the law of the land, actor Rhea Chakraborty landed at the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in Mumbai today. The ED had summoned Rhea to question her in connection with a money laundering case related to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Rhea asked ED to wait till the Supreme Court decides on whether CBI or Mumbai Police will probe the case of Sushant’s death, but ED said whoever probes the death case, Sushant’s money case will be probed by them. That makes it a case within a case and Rhea for now is at the centre of all cases linked to Sushant.

rheaed_080720041500.jpgRhea Chakraborty at the Enforcement Directorate office in Mumbai. (Photo: India Today/Yogen Shah)

Rhea is in the dock because Sushant’s family has alleged she pushed Sushant to death. Sushant left no suicide note so we do not know about the push and pull but Sushant apparently wrote a diary. Suspiciously, some pages of the diary have been found torn. Sushant’s friend Siddharth Pithani, who was reportedly in the house when the incident happened, said Sushant had a habit of tearing pages if he did not like what he had written. Reading your bad writing could be more painful than reading someone else’s badly written note. While you can’t tear their work, you sure can oblige yourself. We aren’t saying Sushant did the same because we were not there. So weren’t a lot of others talking like they know it all.

Trust the investigating agencies who are now summoning Rhea to unearth the truth. But why do people in authority summon and not call you? Because the word summon has a bit of a warning added to a call. Summon, the Word Of The Day, comes from Latin summonere, which literally translated to sub - ‘secretly’, plus monere - ‘warn’. Oxford Dictionary defines ‘summon’ as a (formal) to order somebody to appear in court. Though formal, there is a sense of finality to summons. So, if Rhea would not have followed ED summons, she could have been arrested.

Sushant’s sister, meanwhile, posted a post on Instagram advising (no one in particular) to “be careful who you mess with because you don’t know who protects them in the spiritual world”.

Messing with China, a country which messes with all other countries, is the US. Donald Trump, who faces election in November, has threatened to ban Chinese app TikTok from the country unless an American company buys it. China, which doesn’t allow apps from other countries to operate in China, has asked the US to follow market principles. The only principle the market follows is: profit. Faayda kya? In an election year, Trump’s got to follow all principles that ensure victory, which doesn’t look likely for now.

In his series of attacks on China, Trump has signed an executive order which states that the federal government buys “essential” drugs solely from American companies. Can the move hurt India? No because the order targets high-tech areas such as fermentation-based API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient). China has been the single source of global supply for API. The order doesn’t apply to low-cost generics, where India holds the edge.

If the US reduces dependence on China, India stands to gain. Remember PM Narendra Modi’s call for making local global. This reminds us today happens to be National Handloom Day, so Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani asked people to send in their pics of people celebrating Indian handloom. Sharing photos is a national obsession so many jumped at the chance to share pics draped in handmade fabric.

Five years back in 2015, PM Modi declared August 7 as National Handloom Day, but 115 years ago this day was when the Swadeshi Movement, now known as Make in India, was launched from Calcutta Town Hall.

It was Bal Gandadhar Tilak who first encouraged boycott of British goods and endorsement of Indian goods as a protest against the British government’s decision to partition of Bengal. It was in July 1905 that Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India, announced the partition of Bengal. So, India decided to unite around Swadeshi. A full 115 years since then, India is once again trying to rally behind the call for Make in India.

From India and Make in India, let’s go back to China and Made in China. The latest Made in China product is a tick-borne virus which has already killed seven and infected 60. This one’s new too and hence called the novel bunyavirus. While it is assumed bunyavirus reaches humans through tick bites, China hasn’t ruled out human-to-human transmission.

While seven have died in China of the bunyavirus, 13 died because of a landslide in Kerala’s Munnar district because of heavy rains. Heavy rains won’t relent in Kerala till at least August 9.

When will cricketer Shoaib Akhtar relent from speaking his mind? Looks like never. Akhtar is angry because on Day 2 of the first Test match against Pakistan in Manchester, ex-Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed performed 12th man duties. Not like it was okay if he performed the duties on Day 1. The problem is with the duties not the day. So drop the day and let’s talk about the duties Ahmed performed.

Ahmed was seen carrying shoes to the ground after the wicket of his replacement Mohammad Rizwan fell. Later, he also carried water. According to Akhtar, this doesn’t suit a former captain.

We have been told koi kaam chhota ya bada nahi hota, but Akhtar believes performing some kinds of work make people chota bada.

The jury on that is divided and the best thing to do in all situations where divisions exist is to avoid them. So, we would leave Akhtar to cricket and Pakistan and move to Bollywood.

There is a world of divisions on the use of the word Bollywood too so we would skip that as well and move to a movie from the Hindi film industry whose trailer was released today - Class of '83. The Bobby Deol starrer has nothing to do with the 1983 World Cup win, for that there will be a movie 83, starring Ranveer Singh.

For now here’s the trailer of Class of '83.

We want to leave you with that but the Supreme Court has said it wouldn’t leave the Italian marines, Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre, till they compensate the families of the fishermen the two killed. Not that the marines are in Indian custody but the Centre requested the SC to close the case against them. The SC said we can’t do that till we have heard from the families of the two fishermen Girone and Latorre are accused of shooting off India's southern Kerala coast in 2012.

The court said, “Adequate compensation should be paid to families of those fishermen killed by Italian marines.”

Can there be a compensation for killing? Not really, but there can be some help for those the dead leave behind. What should that help be like?

We would leave you thinking over that for today.

We will be back on Monday.

Stay safe.

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Vandana Vandana @vsinghhere

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