Another day, another roadblock
Lalu Prasad Yadav made an appearance on Twitter after a long time, for demanding reservations in the Lokpal body. The ruckus he created in the Lok Sabha prompted Rajesh Kalra to tweet: 'The free run given to Lalu as the Lokpal is debated looks totally premeditated. Use a needy ally to stall everything and adjourn.' T S Sudhir wasn't impressed either: 'By sending Lalu as pinch-hitter, the Congress is only scoring a self-goal.' Sonia Singh weighed in with this: 'Irony of our times: Lalu charged with corruption in the fodder scam leading protests against the Lokpal Bill. Politicians are their own worst enemies.' And a question from Dinesh Nair: 'Congress, what a game you played by putting Lalu forward. Will he be the next Railway Minister now?'
The Lokpal Bill clogged timelines again, as it has for much of this year. MTV India commented: 'It's no surprise the netas are finding it so difficult to pass the Lokpal Bill. Most of them barely passed school.' Shiv Aroor had this to say: 'In terms of devious, diversionary tactics, please remember that Congress has more experience than all other parties put together.' Anna M.M. Vetticad tweeted: 'We need a strong Lokpal, but the last thing we need is a super-body with superpowers over everyone.' And Ramesh Srivats had a suggestion: 'The Lokpal should have a few honest politicians. They could be brought in under the minority quota.'
Naughty or nice?
Santa Claus was a pleasant trending topic as many posted wish-lists. 'Dear Santa,' went one, 'I would like a new face for Christmas; one without spots.' There was also this: 'What I want is your list with names of naughty girls.'
The last word
A valid question from musician Vishal Dadlani: 'Lalu, why do we need minority reservation on the Lokpal? Why can't it just be educated, honest, public-minded Indians?'
-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)