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  • In reply to a question in Parliament, the government says it is empowered to lawfully intercept, monitor or decrpyt information stored in a computer resource in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of India
  • Police stop a 12-year old girl on her way to the Sabarimala shrine
  • In Karnataka, the JD(S) indicates that it might support the BJP government if it falls short of numbers after the bypolls
  • Congress pips the BJP in local body elections in Rajasthan, winning 961 wards to the BJPs 737
  • After Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, Jio also indicates that tariffs will be raised from December
  • Sources in Shiv Sena say that they might revive the alliance with the BJP if it offers the 50:50 deal
  • A miffed Sanjay Rout of the Shiv Sena says that it will take "100 births" to understand Sharad Pawar
  • Mobile operators Vodafone-Idea and Airtel decide to raise tariffs from next month
  • Sharad Pawar meets Sonia Gandhi and says more time needed for government formation in Maharashtra
  • Justice S A Bobde sworn in as the 47th Chief Justice of India
  • Supreme Court holds hotels liable for theft of vehicle from their parking area if parked by valet, says "owner's risk" clause is not a shield from such liability
  • Finance Minister says she is receiving feedback from many sectors that recovery is happening as there is lower stress
  • Sabarimala temple opens, but police bar the entry of women below 50 years
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says Air India and BPCL to be sold off by March
  • Media person Rajat Sharma resigns as DDCA president
Two Muslim litigants in Ayodhya refuse to accept the Supreme Court order, say review petition might be filed
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Rahul Gandhi Is Becoming A Habitual Offender

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.
There has been a lot of talk in the last few days regarding hate speeches. But it should be recognized that hate speeches are not only against religion, caste, community or even profession. Rahul Gandhi has redefined the meaning of hate to include that against a person’s surname too. Why do all thieves have Modi in their names (referring to Narendra Modi, Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi), Rahul asked, thereby branding all Modis across the world as thieves. Mr Gandhi now thinks that he is very smart and has a connect with the younger voters. His spin doctors, therefore, write lines for him that they think will attract these voters. But they have failed to realize that mouthing lines is one thing and knowing when and how to use them another.

Rahul has made much of the punch line chowkidar chor hai. But when he used it recently in the context of a Supreme Court judgment (without understanding what the court had said), he landed in trouble. His ‘all Modis are thieves’ line is also going to land him in a soup. There are lakhs of people with the Modi surname across the world. They are mainly from the Marwari and Gujarati communities. Some are ordinary people while others are doctors, engineers, artists and entrepreneurs. They have obviously taken strong exception to Rahul’s remark. Rahul has hurt their sentiments and shamed them. He should apologize.

At pains to rectify her brothers’ pappu image, Priyanka Vadra said at a rally in Wayanad recently that her brother is very different from how he is being portrayed. While the point is taken, one would like to tell her that he is even worse than that. He always says that those targeting him are stooping low and he will not descend to their level. But his comments show he has stooped even lower.