A hero's welcome

Apr 10, 2012, 07:42 IST | Lindsay Pereira

'Welcome home, Yuvi! May you inspire millions in the fight against cancer.'

That tweet from journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was fairly representative of the adulation in the wake of cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s return from medical treatment in America. Actor Anupam Kher added: ‘You are our real life hero. Your journey and courage is inspiring. Waiting to see you on the field.’ In the words of Ramesh Srivats: ‘A big round of applause for Yuvraj for doing to cancer, what he did to Stuart Broad.’ Not everyone chose to gush though. Take Angry Bombay Girl, for instance: ‘If Yuvraj could survive Deepika Padukone, he can survive anything!’

Rest in peace?
2002’s post-Godhra riots haunted timelines again after a sessions court convicted 23 people and acquitted as many others for want of evidence in connection with the Ode village massacre. It prompted a certain Madhu Shala to tweet: ‘SIT should be commended for securing 31 and 23 convictions in Sardarpura and Ode massacres respectively. Justice is late, but not denied.’ Jiten Gajaria weighed in with this: ‘Ode riot case was completely handled by Gujarat police. 23 convicted. Now compare this with police records for 1984 or 1992 in Mumbai.’ And from Kiran Kumar S: ‘23 people (most likely Muslims) died in Ode in 2002. 23 convicted and 23 acquitted. Justice done in Gujarat. Can we move on?’

Easy does it
Famous break-up lines were an interesting topic of discussion for a while, throwing up clichés like ‘I don’t deserve you’ and ‘I’m doing this to protect you’, as well as intriguing excuses such as ‘I just bought a Tata Nano’ and ‘Yes, I cheated on you, but with your brother, not your sister.’

The last word
From former IPS officer Kiran Bedi: ‘Makes me a proud Indian where all our places of worship are equally revered. Unlike in our neighbourhood where temples are gone or in decay [sic].’

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

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