Like Shakespeare, Ghalib is so often misquoted that a list of couplets wrongly attributed to him could make a whole book. The bard would have been horrified by some of the stuff that’s often credited to him. But he would have also been flattered as it confirms his popularity. He is perhaps the only Urdu poet who literally everyone has heard about irrespective of their interest in Urdu or poetry.
British socialite and politician Nancy Astor may have been a bit of a maverick but she was not much off the mark when she said, "The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing.'' One was reminded of Astor's warning on reading that the Modi Government, in a rush to "change everything'', now plans to junk even Delhi's historical name for no obvious pressing reason. And,it will have not one, but two names.
On Wednesday, India will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule. Over in Pakistan, they will get into party mood a day earlier to mark the birth of a new Muslim nation carved out of India’s Muslim-majority states. British diplomats in Delhi and Islamabad will duly line up to greet the natives. But amid the toasts, the fireworks and the pomp and ceremony, the ghost at the top of the table will be studiously avoided by all.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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