Katju versus the media
Press Council chairman Justice Markandey Katju managed to clog timelines once again with his critical comments about the media. This time around, he attacked the prominence given by a number of newspapers to coverage of actor Dev Anand's death. Journalist Rahul Kanwal reacted with this tweet: 'Now Justice Katju wants to know why the media is giving prominence to Dev Anand's death on the front page. Maybe he should just start his own paper!' According to Siddharth Chhaya: 'I think Justice Katju was not allowed to watch movies in his younger days.'
Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik reportedly thanked the country's Taliban militant movement for not staging attacks during this year's Shiite ritual of Ashura - a remark that went on to draw an immense amount of criticism online. Faran Lala Meister tweeted: 'As Rehman Malik thanked the Taliban, 18 crore people thanked their gods for making only one idiot of his kind.' Kiran Kumar S added: 'Sad state of affairs in Pakistan. Rehman Malik actually thanked the Taliban for maintaining peace during Muharram. Now tell me who's the boss?' And Akhilesh Mishra weighed in with this: 'Just like Malik thanked the Taliban, should we thank Kapil Sibal too for allowing us one more day of freedom?'
End it all
A number of people decided, for some reason, to share tweets of 'things that should stop.' Examples cited included everything from 'animal cruelty', 'racism' and 'racial profiling' to 'beautiful women being insecure', 'the confusion between you're and your', 'obsession with money and material items' and 'people confusing their followers on Twitter with fans.'
The last word
From US President Barack Obama: 'Our success has never just been about survival of the fittest. It's about building a nation where we're all better off.'
-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online