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New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia’s press conference on Wednesday clearly showed that the Aam Admi Party was on a back foot following the CBI raid on the principal secretariat of Arvind Kejriwal, Rajendra Kumar’s office.
Here are reasons that show that the AAP was clearly on the back foot:
Sisodia walks out: A visibly irked Manish Sisodia left the press conference when he was asked questions on Transparency International India.
The walkout clearly showed that the question left Sisodia speechless. He had nothing to answer to the journalists.
Reportedly, officials of corruption watchdog Transparency International said that it was in May that the body wrote to Arvind Kejriwal asking him to probe into Rajender Kumar.
The watchdog alleged that Kejriwal did not look into the issue.
Sisodia dodging the media clearly indicates that he was disturbed by the question.
Sisodia lashes out at Jaitley: Sisodia categorically stated that Jaitley’s statement in the parliament regarding the CBI raid was false.
Instead of clarifying issues regarding the raid, Sisodia resorted to personal attack.
Sisodia unleashed a barrage of allegations on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a very personal manner.
Sisodia’s problem with the files: Sisodia openly expressed his disgust with the raid.
“I want to categorically say that it was CM’s office where the raid was conducted, DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) files were looked into,” Sisodia told the media.
“File movement register of the chief minister’s office has been seized. If the raid was not about the chief minister’s present term, why was the register seized?
“If this was not a raid at the CM’s office, then why was CM office’s file movement register of November-December seized?
It was only after the raid that Sisodia alleged that DDCA had corruption.
It was really strange that only after the raid that the AAP realized there was corruption in the DDCA. This clearly shows that AAP leadership is trying to juice the political mileage as has been its habit for the last few months.
AAP chooses to sell itself as a party with zero tolerance towards corruption but that veil is wearing thinner. It is bizarre that they are crying over spilt milk as if they cannot constitute another enquiry in to the alleged DDCA irregularities. It must also be noted that DDCA doesn’t fall under Delhi government’s jurisdiction.
Among the Tamil epics written during the Sangam age, only a few survived to this day. Manimegalai is one such. It is written as a sequel to the Sillapadikaram, taking the story forward of Kovalan and Madhavi's daughter, Manimegalai. The Sillapadikaram is about the injustice of the Madurai kingdom in the execution of Kovalan, which turned Kannagi, his wife into a goddess seeking vengeance for her husband's death. Kovalan, before his death, has an affair with a court dancer, Madhavi, and his daughter, Manimegalai, is said to begin a different tradition among the Tamils.
The epic, written by Sattanar, introduces Buddhism to Dravidian culture, something that has been alien to them for years. Manimegalai is the protagonist, who flees constantly from the pursuit of Chola prince Udhayakumara, and tries to lead an ascetic life. Throughout the plot, Buddhist tenets are used to avoid the culmination of a love-story. Manimegalai is believed to be the anti-love story sequel to the Sillapadikaram.
A complete work of Tamil epic written by hand on leaves Image source: wikimedia commons
The Sillapadikaram was written by a Jain monk, Illango Adigal, and Sattanar, uses the sequel to question Jainism. It is almost a political battle between two new religions competing for a place in a predominantly Hindu society. Parts of Manimegalai even go to the extent of opening ridiculing Jain practices and beliefs.
Critics of Tamil literature have stated that while the Tamil epics have great poetic significance, they are inferior to other world epics when it comes to clearly portraying religious affiliations. In fact, they refer to the newer religions with an infant's perspective. Some scholars have found that Sillapadikaram has more ethical substance than its sequel, but in and of itself, despite being written by a Jain monk, reads like Hindu poetry (Subhramanya Aiyar, 1906).
Keywords: Manimegalai, Sillapadikaram, Tamil Epic, Sattanar, Ilango Adigal, Chola kingdom, Sangam Age, Buddhism
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. In its Ecoscope report, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, said: "With Covid-19 hurting India's 'Household' (HH) and 'Government' sectors adversely, the continuity of strong consumption growth is in question."
"On the contrary, with listed companies' financial positions improving and an uptick in household investments in the Real Estate sector (called physical savings), the narrative of investment-led recovery is gaining momentum." The report prescribed that various economic participants - households, governments, listed companies, and unlisted corporates -- to increase their fixed asset investments in the immediate future based on their financial position.
The Covid-19 pandemic could act as an inflection point to shift India's growth model from being consumption driven to investments-led. | Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash
At present, the listed and unlisted corporate sector accounts for only about half of total investments in India. The 'HH' sector including unincorporated enterprises accounts for 35-40 per cent in India's investments, while the remaining 12-13 per cent is contributed by centre and states governments. Besides, the report cited that demand environment is expected to remain subdued due to weak financial position of 'HH' and government sector.
"Despite household investments picking up strongly in 2HFY21, given that Indian households bore the maximum brunt of Covid-led losses in CY20 (and CY21), we believe household spending would remain subdued over the next few years." It further pointed out that unless 'HH', 'Unlisted Corporate', and government sectors can improve their financial positions -- leading to a demand uptick -- a strong revival in investments seems challenging. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, covid, pandemic, growth, household, government, investment
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that next time the Dragon spacecraft will have food warmer and free WiFi. Taking to Twitter, the crew of Inspiration4 shared a checklist of things they have been enjoying while orbiting safely around the Earth.
"Can't believe we're eating cold pizza in space. It's extraordinary!" Inspiration4 tweeted. In response, Musk apologised for the cold food, saying: "Sorry, it was cold! Dragon will have food warmer and free WiFi next time."
Inspiration4 Crew | Wikimedia Commons
After lifting off for space, SpaceX's Inspiration4, the first all-civilian crew, is healthy, happy and doing well in the orbit, the company said recently. The mission lifted off at 8.02 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday (5.30 am IST on Thursday) aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from the historic Launch Complex 39 in NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It is commanded by tech entrepreneur Jared Isaacman who has been joined by medical officer Haley Arceneaux, a pediatric cancer survivor; Mission Specialist Chris Sembroski, an Air Force veteran and aerospace data engineer; and Mission Pilot Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, entrepreneur and trained pilot. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Elon Musk, SpaceX, Inspiration4, Dragon, Wifi, food