‘There is one thing that journalists and lawyers have in common, we both love to gossip!’ a senior jurist reminded me helpfully a few days ago. In the week since four Supreme Court judges virtually ‘revolted’ against the Chief Justice of India, gossip has often replaced fact.
With apologies to the great poet-laureate, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, a prayer for my country in 2018. Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. Where every citizen is blessed with equal rights and opportunities, not an India which is divided and discriminates on religion, region, caste, class, gender and income. Where we keep religion out of politics and politics out of religion.
In India, a politician’s son or daughter has a fair chance of getting elected, a business house may actively promote hereditary succession and even the children of film stars can aspire and succeed on joining their parents’ profession, but a Test cricketer’s son cannot wear the India cap without being one of the 11 most talented players in the country. I am a living example of this. Famous surnames don’t work in cricket, that’s why there are no cricketing dynasties in India.
21 AAP MLAs disqualified under a nebulous 'office of profit' rule; disqualify them for office of misuse if proven. If they have received privileges, withdraw them. Disqualifying them is a disproportionate response IMHO. #AAPMLAs
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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
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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