December 13 marked 10 years of the attack on Parliament, for which Afzal Guru was convicted. The fact that he continues to be on death row a decade later led to much cynicism online. Shiv Aroor tweeted: 'If we're not careful, this government might try slipping Afzal Guru a Padma Bhushan.' In Panchajanya's words: 'Guess who the safest people in India now are... Afzal Guru and Qasab.' T R Sriniwas asked, 'Are we going to hang Guru for his heinous crimes or use him as political ping pong ball?' There was this comment from a certain Raghunath: 'Guru deserves credit for exposing Indian Parliamentarians as weak, confused and partisan. 100 percent proved, as he is still alive and secure.' And Satish Acharya referred to him as 'The only Guru who has mastered the art of living.'
Ten years after
Parliament also clogged timelines as tweeters weighed in on the tenth anniversary of the attack. In Ankit Jain's opinion: 'No journalist or politician was killed, or the howling and shouting for justice would have been louder.' Ashutosh Singh asked: 'With Guru still enjoying meals at the taxpayers' expense, has justice been denied to the martyrs?'
The falling of the rupee to a record low of Rs 53.29 per US dollar was a topic of much debate for a while. Gautam Trivedi tweeted: 'Inflation is bringing us true democracy. Now, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price.' Subir Ghosh added: 'Attention, all those who owe me money: For the next few months, I will want to be paid in dollars only. Thank you.' And MTV India had this suggestion: 'Rs 53.29 should be a politician's monthly salary. After all, the rupee is as weak as their promises.'
The last word
From former MP Pritish Nandy: 'Sad to see Mario Miranda trending in death. Like Dev Anand. They never trended when alive.'
-- Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)