Deepika Padukone vs Times of India
When ToI Entertainment tweeted about Deepika Padukone’s “cleavage show”, the actress was quick to respond, arguing the media house didn’t respect women. Instead of pleading mea culpa, ToI decided to brazen it out, with other posed pictures and barbs about the lady having begun her career as a ‘calendar girl’ for a liquor brand.
Surjit Bhalla vs Jean Dreze
The clash of ideas over our biggest public employment programme NREGA continues. Economist Bhalla asked the government to “junk corrupt schemes like NREGA” and suggested cash transfers as a way out. Chief architect of the scheme Jean Dreze hit back via letters and interviews, saying the new government “appears clueless” about how to reform NREGA.
Ram Jethmalani vs Arun Jaitley
It’s been a troubled relationship for long. But the acrimony hit new lows when the country’s top criminal lawyer lashed out at Jaitley, now FM, on the black money issue. “Your public statements are products of a troubled conscience and mental confusion, a deadly combination,” Jethmalani wrote. The FM was dismissive but later Karanjawala and Co reacted to the “innuendos” by snapping their five-year-long ties with Jethmalani.
Amit Shah vs Mamata Banerjee
When BJP president Amit Shah said that the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee herself is enough to destroy TMC, Mamata responded in her inimitable style, warning about people “looking for ways to stick a bamboo up the backside of those who are trying to do something”. Stakes in Bengal are indeed very high.