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The NDA named Jaswant Singh its vice presidential candidate, prompting everyone and his aunt to share an opinion online. Varun Grover tweeted: ‘If he wins, Jaswant Singh will be our first Vice President who wears shirts with buttons on his shoulders.’ There was this comment from Vivek Chandan: ‘I can think of no better candidate than Jaswant Singh for the dignified post of VP: Highly erudite, highly experienced and highly deserving.’ And from a certain Shekhar: ‘Jaswant Singh’s nomination for VP is like posthumous recognition of his political career after the NDA themselves killed it two years ago.’

We, the people
How would you define typical Indian mentality? That topic yielded a number of interesting responses such as this one from Shamoly Khera: ‘Travelling abroad? Do not forget your theplas and pickles boss!’ In the words of Alakananda B: ‘Your kid isn’t an engineer or doctor? He must be a weak student.’ There was this example from Janita: ‘Speaking way louder than your normal voice if it’s an international call.’ Deval Nakshiwala cited this example: ‘Goddesses are worshiped, but girls are killed in the wombs.’ There was this from Sukriti Saade: ‘If you’re talking to a boy, it must be your boyfriend.’ And from Doctor at Large: ‘All white foreign women have loose morals and are willing to be laid at the drop of a hat.’

Family ties
News reports of MNS chief Raj Thackeray meeting Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray after the latter was hospitalised prompted Prasad Patkar to tweet: ‘Blood is thicker than water. Bhai aakhir bhai hota hai.’ Yogita Limaye added: ‘Uddhav Thackeray is one of the fitter politicians, not overweight and relatively young at 51. Nice that Raj is going to see him in hospital.’

The last word
From journalist Barkha Dutt: ‘Jaswant Singh versus Hamid Ansari is an interesting contest; one with stature — and how political contests should be.’

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

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