Will he, won't he?
After offering to quit, Sharad Pawar promptly clogged timelines for much of the day. Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted: 'Pawar's message: Main hoon na! Don't take me for granted.' M K Venu had a prediction: 'Sulking Pawar and Praful Patel will bargain for better Cabinet posts on the eve of a reshuffle.
After offering to quit, Sharad Pawar promptly clogged timelines for much of the day. Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted: ‘Pawar’s message: Main hoon na! Don’t take me for granted.’ M K Venu had a prediction: ‘Sulking Pawar and Praful Patel will bargain for better Cabinet posts on the eve of a reshuffle. NCP will never leave the UPA.’ According to Suryanarayan Ganesh: ‘Pawar’s rant has to do with wanting to escape the agriculture ministry before a bad monsoon hits him. Praful Patel and NCP are not relevant.’ There was this comment from Bhupendra Chaubey: ‘Pawar is amongst the canniest politicians around. He has some tangibles up his sleeve, wants Congress to deliver on them.’ And from Ramesh Srivats: ‘So, Pawar will now spend less time in politics, so that he can focus on cricket. While Sachin Tendulkar...’
Maruti Suzuki’s plant at Manesar became a trending topic after violence there claimed the life of an employee. Great Bong had this opinion to share: ‘Shows once again what unions really are, once the layers of Marxist fluff have been stripped away.’ According to Sanjay Kaul, ‘The plant has become a menace. Almost medieval behaviour, killing co-workers! Industrial Maoism.’ And from someone using the handle KangressPR: ‘An executive gets burned alive by a mob of 300. If it hadn’t coincided with the Batman movie release, we would have discussed it.’
'Important life questions’ were also discussed, yielding these examples: ‘If twin sisters marry a set of twin brothers, will their kids look the same?’ ‘Will everything be worth it in the end?’ ‘Have I met the person I’m going to marry yet?’ and 'Where will I go after I die?’
The last word
From journalist Barkha Dutt: ‘So fake, so weirdly polite to term the killing of the Maruti manager the fallout of a clash with “workers”. A murderous mob is just that.’
— Lindsay Pereira is Editor, MiD DAY Online