As they collected in Delhi to claim their National Teachers Day awards, many educationists from across the country shared one common opinion. They felt that with corporal punishment now looked down upon, they had no way to discipline children. “If we tell them something, they just laugh at us and know we can’t do anything. In senior classes, the students are bigger and stronger than us,” said a teacher from Uttar Pradesh. “All I need is a wooden scale and the ability to use it to balance the scales,” he said.
Not the best tactics
With the BJP restricted to only three MLAs in the Delhi Assembly, the Delhi unit is striving to keep itself relevant. At a monthly meeting of the unit, a decision was taken by senior leaders to propagate the work done by the Modi government at the Centre and criticise the Delhi government. However, many leaders felt that they should desist from criticising the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). “Why should we spend so much money on exposing the AAP. It is as if we are keeping the party in the minds of people constantly,” said one such leader.
Mosquito, a terrorist
With cases of dengue surfacing each year despite efforts to control mosquito breeding in the capital, the Health department is contemplating new health communication strategies. During discussions last week, a senior official said, “Maybe the mosquito needs to be projected as a terrorist. Nothing else will scare people in removing mosquito-friendly conditions like stagnant water.”
‘We are serious’
The special court hearing final arguments in the 2G spectrum allocation case asked all defence counsels to make a “serious note” of the prosecution’s arguments. The defence said they are taking down every point to an extent that their clients have been texting them via Whatsapp, appreciating their effort. “Sir, we are taking down every point argued by the CBI counsel… You just wait for our rebuttal. You will see how seriously we have been on noting down every point,” a defence counsel said.
The erstwhile chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women wrote to the union minister for information & broadcasting last week, raising several objections to a TV advertisement featuring a leading actress. Incidentally, beside the letterhead of the chairperson DCW, the word “former” was written in blue ink on the typed paper.
Last week, thousands of workers came out on to the streets of Delhi to observe the All India Trade Union Strike. Seen hanging in a trade union office in Bawana, were photos of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Mao. Karl Marx was spelt incorrectly as Karel Marx in the photo. When it was pointed out, a union member sitting on a chair shrugged and said, “Oh, yes yes. I know who he is. Bade aadmi the, achhe aadmi the. Isliye photo yahan laga hua hai. (He was a great man. He was a good man. That’s why his photo is here).”
Delhi High Court Judge Justice Kailash Gambhir retired on Friday, days after he had pronounced a judgment favouring permanent commissions for women officers in the Navy. Amidst several farewell speeches, one was made by a lawyer who praised the judge profusely for that judgement, and said the women officers would always thank the judge.