POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 30, 2015 AT 19:25 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 30, 2015 19:25 IST

Retired SC judge Markandey Katju today tweeted some advice for BJP for the upcoming Delhi polls.

 

 

It didn't take much time for the Twitterati to start slamming the 'sexist' statement.

 

As a controversy started, Katju decided to come to his own defence.

 

And then the retired justice came up with a blog trying to explain his original tweet.

 

Which, also, was not spared some slamming.

 

Amusingly, this comes just a month after he had remarked how single women are more prone to have psychological problems.

This is not the first time he has attracted attention for his Twitter activities. Remember the time he turned into a 'shayar' and attempted to set up a 'mehfil' on Twitter? #KatjuKaMushaira

Wonder what's coming up next on his timeline.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 30, 2015 AT 19:25 IST, Edited At: Jan 30, 2015 19:25 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 30, 2015 AT 00:13 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 30, 2015 00:13 IST

What happens when a girl decides to hit back at the famous Gen-X rapper Honey Singh for the derogatory way that women are viewed in, in his songs and rap in general?

Rene Verma from Delhi Poetry Slam perfectly captures the essence of how all women would like to respond to the misogynistic lyrics, in this brilliantly performed rap of her own.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 30, 2015 AT 00:13 IST, Edited At: Jan 30, 2015 00:13 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 29, 2015 AT 20:27 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 29, 2015 20:27 IST

American President Barack Obama says Narendra Modi is tough and has style too. Let's scratch tough for now, and look at his style first. There have been numerous comments about Modi’s headgear, his penchant for being well dressed and colour coordinated. Why, more recently, he attracted criticism for his pin-stripe Modi suit. But has enough attention been paid to his handshake, or his greeting style in general?

Ask Suu Kyi, whose stylish hand has vanished under the stylish hand of Modi. That looks like a real bone-crushing handshake.

 

Then there’s the enthusiastically-grab-the-hands-folded-in-a-traditional-namaste style.

 

Look at how Modi greets a couple, in this case Mukesh and Nita Ambani. Please note: left hand to Nita Ambani and right hand to Mukesh.

 

The next style is best called crush-the-pinkie-till-its-numb. Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, gave a thumbs up to this handshake at the G-20. Incidentally, two days ago, Rousseff asked her cabinet to support tightened belts, economically speaking. Tough, but stylish.

 

Modi's ultimate handshake style, which is not a handshake at all, is simply the conventional bearhug.

 

Check out his meeting with the Mayor of Tumkur. For some reason, the PM chose a Japanese-style greeting.


 

Modi maintained a polite cooperative federalist's distance when given an audience with J Jayalalithaa, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

 

Finally, Obama should eat his words. Modi held Michelle Obama's hand in a stake, sorry, shake, quite gently. Wonder why Obama looks worriedly at this handshake.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 29, 2015 AT 20:27 IST, Edited At: Jan 29, 2015 20:27 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 28, 2015 AT 16:22 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 28, 2015 16:22 IST

As the Allahabad HC commutes the death sentence of Surinder Koli (see the full details here), the infamous 'Nithari killer', we take a quick look at how he escaped the death row. Outlook's cover story in the issue dated December 15, 2014, The Daily Noose (by Uttam Sengupta), had examined the incidence of death sentence in the country with special reference to the Nithari case.

Sengupta made the following observations on the case:

  • Koli was arrested seven years ago and convicted for allegedly kidnapping, raping and cannibalising 16 girls and women in a house on the outskirts of Delhi (where he worked as a domestic help).
  • During the conduction of the trial, the Supreme Court had refused to reconsider the thin evidence against him, presumably on the assumption that the lower courts would have already weighed it.
  • As happens with so many cases, the trial by the media had already declared him guilty, which might have gone on to shape the turn of events.
  • The conviction was based on his own confession, but the parts where he talked about police torture and threats received against deviating from the statement, were not taken into consideration. Ironically, his confession was recorded in English, a language he didn't even understand.
  • An important role was played by Moninder Singh Pandher, Koli's employer, who was a doctor and had been accused in organ trade cases in 1997. As investigations revealed, the victims' bodies ad been cut with surgical precision and indicated a strong possibility of organ trade, as forensic experts said. But there is nothing much to suggest the CBI investigated this angle at all, barring a passing reference by the HC (reported by a Hindi daily in '07).

The article also quotes a study by the National Law University conducted on 400 convicts on death row across the nation, shows that

  • A majority on death row are first-time offenders
  • Direct evidence missing in most of the cases
  • Confessions extracted through torture relied for conviction
  • Death row prisoners are kept together. Lights are not switched off in death row cells.
  • Convicts on death row receive poor legal assistance
  • Convicts on the death row are not allowed to work in prison
  • Padlocks on death row are rattled at regular intervals
  • Prisoners on the death row fed on a richer diet
  • A majority spend 10-20 years before the mercy petition is rejected
  • Trial courts under pressure to ‘act tough’, award more deaths
  • A majority of convicts on death row are poor, Dalits, minorities, tribals
  • Convicts do not have access to quality counsellors, lawyers, psychiatrist

In light of all this, should the cases of death row convicts in the country be reconsidered?

Full coverage of the case

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POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 28, 2015 AT 16:22 IST, Edited At: Jan 28, 2015 16:22 IST
POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 27, 2015 AT 18:41 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2015 18:41 IST

An advertisement released by the Information and Broadcasting ministry on January 26 2015, has caused a controversy as the image of the preamble in the ad's background is seen without the words 'secular' and 'socialist'.

Congress leader and former Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari attacked the Centre on the issue, claiming the government advertisement "deleted" the two words, which was only a prelude to their "substitution" with "communal" and "corporate".

Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, however, was quick to dismiss the charge, saying his ministry had only used an "original" picture of the Preamble as it appeared before the Amendment, to "honour" the first Preamble.

The Union Minister also claimed that the same picture had been used in an advertisement by the I&B Ministry in April 2014. Tewari had helmed the ministry at that time.

"Let me assure you, we are celebrating the 66th Republic Day, that is, we are celebrating an anniversary of the Preamble that was made way back then. The photograph that we have put is of the first Preamble that our great leaders had made at that point of time," Rathore said.

"Are we to say that the governments before 1976 were not secular? That's not the point. We were secular we will always be secular. We are honouring the first Preamble, hence this picture for the advertisement," Rathore said.

Twitterati have reacted to the ad, mostly expressing displeasure with the government:

 

 

While some have explained how the original preamble actually did not include these words and that 'secular', 'socialist' and 'integrity' were added to the Preamble in 1976 by the then government:

Meanwhile, indiaresists.com has launched an online petition condemning the 'mischievious government ad', urging social media users to protest against the ad. The petition says:

At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf

"At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable."

 

(With inputs from PTI)

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POSTED BY OWD ON Jan 27, 2015 AT 18:41 IST, Edited At: Jan 27, 2015 18:41 IST
     
 
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