New Delhi: From political potshots to myth-busting — Twitter was preoccupied with multiple things Tuesday. Take a look:
Looks like Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the ‘long speech’ jokes to heart.
Congratulations to the PM for saying in 45 minutes what the FM said in 7.5 hours over 5 days. Shows the power of precis-writing of his speech writers. Now Atma Nirbhar Bharat will not only move forward but run.
— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) June 2, 2020
Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh takes a dig at PM Modi for his love for alphabets and acronyms.
First he spoke of 3 Ds.
Then he threw out 5 Ts.
Thereafter came 3 Ss.
Today the PM has come up with 5 Is.
Once is fine, but such repeated attempts at governance by alphabets without delivery, is a joke and an insult to the people of India.
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) June 2, 2020
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien claps back at Amit Shah for BJP’s alleged mishandling of the migrant crisis and and calls out the home minister for having his eyes set on West Bengal elections.
. @AmitShah Ji thx for confirming in this intv what ur party’s topmost priority today is: the 2021 Bengal elections.
Overcoming Covid challenge? No.
Standing by those affected by Amphan? No.
Keep doing your politics. Let @mamataofficial do what she does best—stand by people 1/2 https://t.co/12bQtU5rVD
— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও'ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) June 1, 2020
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Mythologist and author Devdutt Pattanaik busts some myths with this tweet.
Nationalists are fake patriots, as the love the king more than the kingdom or its people.
राजा से मोह को राष्ट्र प्रेम नहीं बोलते .
— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) June 2, 2020
Even though the Covid-19 pandemic mandates wearing a mask, they don’t necessarily have to be dull.
Just met the DM, Darbhanga. He’s had masks made in collaboration with Madhubani folk artists, to give to arriving migrants. Lovely idea. pic.twitter.com/rOTqHXWjqS
— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) June 2, 2020
Does India’s home minister ‘walk the talk’? Congress’ Srivatsa doesn’t think so.
Amit Shah has asked all Indians to reject foreign products and buy Indian ones
Amit Shah's son Jay Shah is defacto head of BCCI which is sponsored by Chinese funded companies PayTM, Byju, Oppo & Dream11
Can Shah first ask his Shahzada to drop Chinese money in Indian cricket??
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) June 2, 2020
Oncologist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee is quitting Facebook and Instagram — and his reasons are more grave than a ‘social media detox’.
I am going off Facebook and Instagram & trying to delete my accounts. I cannot support an organization that pretends to support free speech, but actually enables hate speech. Neutrality in the midst of violence is violence. Bye bye Facebook. Bye bye Instagram. No more posts.
— Siddhartha Mukherjee (@DrSidMukherjee) June 2, 2020
‘Nazma Aapi’ Saloni Gaur has something to say to news channel Aaj Tak.
— Saloni Gaur (Nazma Aapi) (@salonayyy) June 1, 2020
Tech billionaire Arun Pudur recalls the age-old name-changing debate.
I agree we must revert to ’Bharath.’
I say go further & revert all cities, towns, villages, roads & monuments to Vedic names.
How shameful we still use names of invaders, mass murders & looters in our land.
Do you agree?
— Arun Pudur (@arunpudur) June 2, 2020
Author Chetan Bhagat takes a potshot at the Republic’s prime time debate last night about Pakistani spies.
The news channels who pay two Pakistani people to come and get insulted when we have a dispute, why don’t they pay two Chinese to come for the same when we have a dispute with China?
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) June 1, 2020
And onto news from the US, where protests continue for the seventh consecutive day against the American police force, after 46-year-old George Floyd’s killing.
US President Donald Trump, quite unsurprisingly, is more interested in attacking his opponent Joe Biden than take stock of the ongoing protests.
Sleepy Joe Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more. Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe. They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2020
US Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders highlights the number of Trump’s “lies”.
Liar in Chief: According to a new report, Trump has made 19,127 false or misleading claims since taking office. A new poll finds only 35% of Americans believe he is honest. In a democracy we can have different views, but not a president who is a pathological liar.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 1, 2020
These numbers quoted by late night talk show host Samantha Bee are worth a thousand words.
Instead of arresting 4400 people you could have just arrested 4…cops. https://t.co/IzRS6rFeDS
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 1, 2020
And finally, BJP leader Kapil Mishra gives his definition of protests, the “right” and “wrong” of them and how to go about it.
Dear US citizens
when wrong people hijack ur roads, burn ur city & attack the cops
Right people shd not remain mute
come out on roads, look direct in their eyes & tell them firmly – we will not let u burn our city
Non Violent But Very Assertive
— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishra_IND) June 1, 2020
With inputs from Shubhangi Misra
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