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Setting an example?

President Pratibha Patil clogged timelines for all the wrong reasons following a news report claiming she was building a palatial home for herself on land belonging to the defence forces. It prompted Mister India to tweet: ‘Good to see President Patil trending, but sad to note it’s for bad reasons.’ Shiv Aroor was harsh: ‘After neutering the armed forces over five years, grabbing their land would seem like the perfect swansong for President Patil.’ Yogesh Kulkarni asked: ‘Isn’t this an insult for the entire nation?’ And from Shadab Ahmad: ‘I don’t see any logic in keeping an expensive post like President. Anyway, the President never takes decisions on her own.’

The learning game
The Supreme Court upheld various provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2009, making it a trending topic in the process. Sucheta Chadha tweeted: ‘It’s going to be really interesting to see how a good thought can be executed.’ Purba Ray had this to say: ‘Right to Education is not enough. We need right education.’ Someone using the handle Ratty Miller added: ‘Saw kids (10-18 years old) walking around with flags of various political parties for the MCD election. Right To Education, indeed.’ And from a certain Ravindra: ‘Great news. Children now have the right to education. Now need to ensure they also get the right to life.’

Story continues
Nupur Talwar, denied bail in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case, continued to be a trending topic following reports that she was absconding. Patrick French had this to say: ‘To all the people writing horrible things about Nupur Talwar — name one journalist who has investigated this case and believes she’s guilty.’ And from Ashok Bagariya: ‘For TV channels, Talwar absconding is bigger news than the right to education for poor children.’

The last word
From former MP Pritish Nandy: ‘Without Hina Rabbani Khar as their Foreign Minister, is peace with Pakistan worth it?’

— Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online (twitter.com/lindsaypereira)

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