When Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, a staunch proponent of the view that Ramayana and Mahabharata are truthful accounts of events present in the collective memory of people, known for placing primacy of faith over reason, was appointed the head of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) by the BJP-led NDA government, there was widespread dismay in academic circles, but little surprise.
But when Lokesh Chandra, the 87-year-old Indira Gandhi loyalist, with links to leaders of the erstwhile Soviet Union, was appointed president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the country’s cultural interface with the world, many eyebrows were raised.
The health minister Harsh Vardhan was recently in the news for his views on sex education.
EastIndiaComedy looks 'at India's attitude towards sex through a "government approved" sex education lecture.'
So how did the expert commentators react to Arun Jaitley's maiden budget? Some reactions from the main newspapers:
The BJP-led NDA is projected to form the government at the Centre with exit polls tonight giving between 249 and 289 seats to the Narendra Modi-led grouping, which is close to the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.
This week, Outlook asks on its cover whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can save the Congress.