CHIEF JUSTICE of India T S Thakur on Thursday made an appeal to the judiciary to remain united to ensure its independence. Speaking at 37th Bhimsen Sachar Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, the CJI pointed out that it was imperative for the judiciary to speak in one voice whenever there were attempts to tinker with its independence. He referred to “internal and external” threats of aggression that the institution should guard against. CJI Thakur’s statement has come at a time when one of his colleagues, Justice J Chelameswar, has spoken out against the manner in which collegium has been selecting judges. The CJI heads the collegium.
INDIA’S ENVOY to the UNESCO, Ruchira Kamboj, on Thursday broke the news on Twitter that Yoga had joined UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. While she pointed out that all 24 member countries of the inter-governmental group had unanimously voted in favour of it being part of the list, she tagged not only official Indian government handles, including PM Narendra Modi, but some others as well — Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and BJP’s Ram Madhav. This has raised some eyebrows in South Block about the propriety of a senior Indian diplomat tagging spiritual leaders and political personalities.
IN THE chaos that prevailed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, BJP MP Virendra Singh saw an opportunity to do some muscle flexing of his own. As the din created by the opposition benches on the demonistisation issue drowned out much of the discussion pertaining to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Singh stood up to announce that he was a wrestler and that no parliamentarian in the world could defeat him in the sport of wrestling. He proceeded to tell Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that if she permitted he could teach all those who had been disrupting the proceedings of the House how to wrestle.