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  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
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  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
  • The Bihar assembly passes a resolution to stick to the old NPR form, making it the first NDA state to do so
  • Arms deal for advanced helicopters, worth $3bn, signed with the US, but the trade deal remains elusive
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  • Trump once again offers to mediate in the Kashmir issue
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Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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A Devilish Excuse By Laloo Yadav

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2015-10-09 16:22:30

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The campaigning for the Bihar assembly elections, variously touted as the ‘watershed’ or the ‘turning point’ elections is turning out to be the most acrimonious one in recent memory. The way the barbs and the epitaphs are flying, one could be forgiven if one thinks that there are no real issues at hand to talk about. Leaders of all political parties have turned trivializing real issues into a fine art. In the process, they have also turned campaigning into a tamasha, where each one of them competes hard to see who can make a better public spectacle of himself.

At the very top of the list is, of course, the irrepressible Laloo Yadav. He is well known for his one-liners and repartee, along with the accompanying theatrics. His “Hindus also eat beef” remark was a case of speaking before thinking. His effort to make amends by saying that the devil made him talk like that was even worse. Laloo first tried to win Muslim votes by implying that beef eating was not bad or prohibited in India, but made a mistake by dragging Hindus into it. Then, after the uproar, he sought to put the blame on the devil.

Laloo needs to be reminded that there is no extraneous devil. The devil is inside him and he has nurtured it through the years by indulging in vote bank politics and displaying hatred towards certain classes. He has nurtured it by promoting his clan and turning politics into a family business. Fed on the continued misdemeanors of his host, the devil has bloated enough to now occupy the entire mind space and turn the host himself into a devil.

Chest thumping local satraps, who on their own cannot win an entire district let alone a state, have turned politics into a game of one-upmanship by following disruptive politics by employing lumpen elements. They make irreverent remarks about almost anything under the sun, never for a moment pausing to think of the havoc their remarks might create. Former justice Markandey Katju, although himself given to making irreverent comments (Netaji Bose was a “Japanese agent” and Tagore was a “British stooge”) is not wrong in castigating politicians in very colourful language, including recommending that they be hanged. Problem is, many people think like Katju but do not have the courage to speak out.