No power, more power

‘By promoting failures like Sushil Kumar Shinde to Home Minister, the UPA is setting a trend in order to promote its biggest failure, Rahul Gandhi, to Prime Minister.’ That tweet, from a certain Gaurav, was one of many attacking the decision to promote the former Power Minister in the wake of India’s biggest power crisis. Ramesh Srivats tweeted: ‘What? Sushil Kumar Shinde may become Home Minister? When he was Power Minister, we had no power. Now he becomes Home Minister, then?’ Comedy Central India added: ‘Sushil Kumar Shinde’s biography can be called The Dark Night Rises.’ There was this amusing comment from Doctor at Large: ‘Now that Shinde has been promoted despite his record as power minister, Rohit Sharma should be made captain of the cricket team.’ And from Nigel Britto: ‘Story of Sushil Kumar Shinde: Incompetent as Maharashtra CM, promoted as central Power Minister. Incompetent there, promoted to Home Minister.’

Management issues
Another minister clogging timelines was Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, after he told the media his state was not to blame for the power grid failure. Arsh Singh tweeted: ‘Blame the Mauryas and Mughals then.’ Prakash Sharma added: ‘Akhilesh Yadav asked shops to down shutters by 7 pm and stop using ACs during peak hours. Progressive CM makes Mayawati look good!’ And from Shivam Vij: ‘Akhilesh Yadav’s government must do more, and quickly, says father Mulayam. All in the family!’

US writer Gore Vidal was another trending topic following his death at 86. Rob Lowe paid tribute with this tweet: ‘Now there was a man who knew how to use his pencil.’ Frankie Boyle added: ‘My favourite Gore Vidal thing is that Norman Mailer punched him and Vidal said “Words fail Norman Mailer yet again”.’

The last word
From American singer Chris Brown: ‘The world is so bent on social acceptance that we’ve forgotten what makes us special — our individuality!’

— Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online

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