Newsmakers

Carrying deep scars

Samba in 2013 and 2015; Pathankot, Uri and Nagrota in 2016; Kupwara in 2017; now, Jammu in 2018.

The bloody timeline of attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir is a crude reminder of the repeated failures in fortifying garrisons from the suicide attackers. The army and the security forces have taken the hit where it hurts most – sometimes inside their own homes. Terrorists have entered family quarters in Jammu’s Sunjuwan Military Station recently, burnt down tents in Uri with unarmed soldiers sleeping inside two years ago.

A scar

Newsmaker: Lonely warrior

In his 20ft by 12ft shop in Delhi's Yusuf Sarai market, crammed with all the knick-knacks he thought had market demand, the shopkeeper was watching the news on television. There were lines of static across the screen and the snowy whiteness of a poor signal, bringing alive the charm of terrestrial TV, even though he had a cable connection. The small TV set had been kept on the top shelf, squeezed between a pile of paper plates wrapped in grimy cellophane and rolls of insulated wire.

Newsmaker: THE HIT MACHINE

Social media was flooded with congratulatory messages after ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth decimated reigning Olympic and All England Open champion Chen Long of China to win the Australia Open Super Series title last Sunday. The 24-year-old took just 45 minutes to script a memorable straight game victory, his first against Chen in six meetings, to bag his career’s fourth Super Series title. World No.

Newsmaker: Rift wide open

If one sees the teams that he was a part of during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Anil Kumble will not feature in the top bracket going sheerly by talent. He wasn’t really the kind of bowler who gave batsmen sleepless nights before a match, simply because they knew what was coming from the lanky leg-spinner: An unerring tight line, minimal turn with the ball travelling quicker through the air and each delivery blended with relentless aggression.

Newsmaker: Great Survivor

When Bharatiya Janata Party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani suggested that Madhya Pradesh’s three-time BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan could also be the party's candidate for prime ministership in 2014, it had seemed at once an odd suggestion but then, not an implausible one either. Odd because compared with Narendra Modi’s nationwide appeal, his standing as Hindu Hriday Samrat, and his flowing oratory, Chouhan had seemed dour, nitpicking and too much of a local leader.

Newsmaker: #Chopra-on-a-roll

We have it on good authority. King Midas has passed on his spectre to Priyanka the Chopra. Oh yes, it’s no coincidence that Chopra is turning everything into gold in her wake — hell, she even outshined The Rock and The Zac in the campy Baywatch. So if you are still humming exaahtic, tongue in cheek, we suggest you hit the pause button and start on that trumpet, the new queen has arrived.

Newsmaker: A General For The Masses

General Bipin Rawat would have retired last year had the government not broken precedence to make him army chief over two generals senior to him at that time. Rawat was deep-selected in a move that is not unusual but used sparingly by the previous governments. Only in the sixth month of his tenure, the general has put the army on the unusual path – singing to the tune of public sentiment.

Newsmaker: No ordinary economist

His research reports are now a mandatory reading for all those looking for leads on the economy with most of his predictions coming right on a number of economic trends. Months before the mammoth demonetisation exercise of last year, he had seen it coming. His predictions of inflation and other macro economic trends seldom go wrong.

Newsmaker: His very own man

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a bit like a method actor whose immaculately practised moves look spontaneous. Details emerging since he came to power reveal the depth of preparation into apparently on-the-spur-of-the-moment actions. The Lahore stopover for a Sharif family wedding or the demonetisation of high value currency comes to mind, even his victory walk in Delhi after the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. He answers to the description of the archetypal developing world charismatic leader, demonstrating a high level of engagement with his people.

Newsmaker: Man of peace at war

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar teaches the art of living to the world but practises the decidedly less accomplished art of infuriation to fend off allegations of ruining the Yamuna riverbed.
If reports are to be believed, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has found spiritual guru’s outburst on social media debunking the environment protection court as offensive.

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