Talking at the signing of an MoU between Railways and Urban Development ministries on Wednesday, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu quipped that a marriage cannot take place unless both the boy and girl agree to it. “In this case, both have consented. Now we hope the marriage is solemnised soon,” he said, referring to the two ministries’ project to redevelop railway stations in each of the proposed 100 ‘Smart Cities’. With Prabhu subsequently refusing to take questions, UD Minister M Venkaiah Naidu rushed to his colleague’s defence. Stretching Prabhu’s analogy, Naidu said, “When the boy and the girl have agreed to the wedding, how can you raise any questions?”
On Wednesday morning, hours before State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myamar Aung San Suu Kyi met PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju tweeted a video that asserted that the Indian Army had struck at militants “inside Myanmar” last year. “Short memory? Or is it a case of ‘You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.’ Even MPs are asking, is it first Surgical Strike?” Rijiju posted. The accompanying video claimed: “On 10th June 2015…. When Indian Army striked (sic) militants inside Myanmar…Pakistan said, Pakistan is not Myanmar.” The video went on to a clip of an official briefing on the operation by the DGMO. Rijiju’s tweet prompted responses about whether it was an official acknowledgment that Indian troops had carried out a surgical strike inside Myanmar, and whether such a statement was damaging when Suu Kyi was in India. The tweet was deleted on Wednesday evening.
Love For Kabir
While the Ram Temple issue seems to be taking centre-stage for many in the BJP ahead of UP elections, the party’s Sant Kabir Nagar MP, Sharad Tripathi, is singing paeans to Kabir, the medieval poet who was opposed to religious rituals and mindless customs. Tripathi, whose constituency has a large population of Dalits and Muslims, has just finished writing a book on Kabir, Ek Mulakat Kabir Se, and now plans to have Prime Minister Narendra Modi release the book during the winter session of Parliament. Among the biggest icons of Hindu-Muslim unity, Kabir is known for his stinging criticism of religious leaders. something not everyone in the BJP may be comfortable with.