Wednesday, July 30 was clearly a day for collective laughter and smiles on Twitter in Turkey as hundreds of women posted pictures—mostly selfies taken with their phones—of themselves laughing.
It wasn't just grinning for the sake of a ritual. This was a laughing in the face of the deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinç, who in a speech a couple of days before on Eid had said that women should not laugh in public.
First came a shocking statement from a BJP leader in Telangana, K Laxman, who flayed the TRS government's decision to appoint tennis star Sania Mirza as brand ambassador of the newly created state, terming her as a "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan and questioning her credentials for the honour.
Sania was born in Maharashtra and settled in Hyderabad later and, hence, is a "non-local", he told reporters and sought to dub her a "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan, pointing that she was married to cricketer Shoaib Malik.
The tennis star responded on Twitter (we have also added a few of her tweets from earlier):
A couple of days back, when BJP announced the appointment of Amit Shah as its new party president, historian Ramachandra Guha had tweeted:
Some weekend levity from the brilliant folks at All India Bakchod who provide the following by way of an explanatory commentary:
The man whom many already proclaim as the Future Prime Minister of India refuses to take any questions.
The man who once famously said that he could be prime minister at 25 is also refusing to take questions — at least anymore.
But the man who is the President of the United States (POTUS) seems to be more than willing to take all sorts of questions.