June 21, Sunday—Summer Solstice, the year’s longest day, Father’s Day, Yoga Day…and Solar Eclipse Day this year. The sun hides in Calcutta, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ghaziabad, Patna, Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai.
Till just a few days ago, Union minister Ramdas Athawale was an exemplar of the dictum ‘Hindi Cheeni Bhai Bhai’. In the august company of the Chinese consul general in Mumbai, Tang Guocai, his chants of “Go corona go” reverberated so forcefully, one would imagine the novel coronavirus quivered in fear. Guocai, for his part, kept a straight face as he witnessed what he presumed must be an ancient Indian ritual. But like India and China, Athawale seems to have forgotten the dictum of friendship. After the incursions along the LAC, he wants Chinese products/food to be banned. We are not sure, though, if he is referring to actual Chinese food, or its misbegotten Indian progeny, such as chowmein samosa and paneer schezwan dosa.