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By Ridham Gambhir

With the B-town studded wedding of Shahid Kapur and Meera Rajput off the social media, Digvijay Singh and Amrita Rai’s wedding is now traversing the heights of the virtual world.

The 68-year old Indian politician recently tied knot with Amrita Rai, a 44-year old TV anchor. The considerable age 904569654-digvijay-amritagap between the two eminent personalities is of huge importance to people. So much so that there are trolls, memes and even tweets that mock their union.

While Singh’s wife expired in 2013, Amrita Rai’s ex-husband, Anand Pradhan has openly declared that he has no issues with Rai’s life and her prospective life partner. They have filed a mutual divorce and have been living separately now.

If Anand Pradhan has no qualms about his ex-wife’s marriage to another man, much older than her, then is it necessary for the entire world to take the burden of this issue and make a ruckus out of it? Browsing through some of the tweets that were written for the couple, one can not overlook the persiflage.

Indians wish to transform themselves from a developing nation to a developed nation. But is this possible when we are not receptive to a marriage wherein the age difference is not a bother to the partners but to us?

Sanjay Dutt and his wife Manyata have a difference of 19 years while veteran actor Dilip Kumar and Saira Bano have an age gap of 20 years. None of these couples were a target of mockery. Then why Digvijay Singh and Amrita Rai?

The politician is being poked fun at because he married at an age where people stick to their bed or chant the rosemary beads. Which constitutional law prohibits a man from marrying after he is 60? If there is no such law in practice, is it fair on our part to comment on their relationship?

From their age difference to Singh’s abundant property, all such reasons are being cited for their wedding. Does love stand nowhere? Or are we so dipped in politics that we have forgotten that love knows no age limits. Their marriage is a ‘hot topic’. Is it because of their age difference or our stereotyped mindset which is not welcome to this union?

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  • Aditya

    The mockery is mainly because Diggy commented on Modi’s wife, and repeatedly even now brings it up, in fact made some pretty caustic remarks, in very cheap language. So he is reaping what he sowed.

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  • Aditya

    The mockery is mainly because Diggy commented on Modi’s wife, and repeatedly even now brings it up, in fact made some pretty caustic remarks, in very cheap language. So he is reaping what he sowed.

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Centre receives SC notice on Madhya Pradesh college scam

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government on a petition seeking a CBI probe into the Dental and Medical Admission Test (DMAT) scam for entry to private medical colleges involving 42 percent of government-quota seats.

The bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amitava Roy, while issuing notice returnable in two weeks, said it may be worse than the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam.

“May be it is worse than Vyapam,” observed Justice Mishra, as the court also issued notice to the CBI.

At the outset of the hearing, counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for petitioner Ashish Kumar Chaturvedi, urged the court to hand over the probe to the CBI as things were not moving.

Initially, the apex court appeared reluctant to hear the matter as it asked Sibal to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court to deal with the issue.

“We agitated the matter in the high court but (it is) not moving,” he told the court.

On a batch of petitions, including one by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, the apex court on July 9 handed over the investigation into the Vyapam scam to the Central Bureau of Investigation involving government medical colleges.

It will hear the CBI on July 21 on the plea for court monitoring of the probe into the Vyapam scam.

The court also asked the two petitioners Anand Rai and Ashish Kumar Chaturvedi to move an application seeking transfer of other related cases to the apex court.

It would be appropriate if the CBI investigated the matter, counsel Prashant Bhushan appearing for petitioner Anand Rai told the court adding that it would make no sense if the admission scam involving 42 percent state-quota seats was to be investigated separately.

Referring to the statements by the Vyapam controller and others involved in the conduct of Vyapam examinations, Bhushan told the court that the modus operandi used in the DMAT examination conducted by the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges (APDMC) was the same as in the Vyapam case.

Bhushan told the court that the candidates who paid the money were told to leave the optical mark reading sheets blank which were later filled up.

The court was told that under the modus operandi, students pursuing MBBS would take the examination and upon being successful, take admission and later surrender on the last date of admission and that seat would be negotiated and given for a huge consideration to another candidate who had taken the admission test and succeeded but was not on the merit list.

Describing the DMAT examination as “just a sham” where “criminality is all pervasive”, Bhushan told the court that in the “dual kind of scam” in four years between 2010 and 2013, out of 1,533 state quota seats as many as 721 (47 percent) were given by the private medical colleges illegally.

(With inputs from IANS)