Yesterday, the seventh phase of polling ended and several news channels and political research teams predicted that the ruling NDA would come back to power.
For the first time in the history of Indian Sporting history an athlete has come out as homosexual, Dutee Chand who hold the 100 m record holder and silver medalist at 2018 Asian Games revealed that she was in a same-sex relationship.
In an interview to Sunday Express, the athlete who is training for Tokyo Olympics that will take place next year said that she had found her soulmate.
“I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her”
DUTEE CHAND, ATHLETE
Dutee who hails from Odisha reveals she found the courage to speak out after Supreme Court decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
“I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets”
DUTEE CHAND, ATHLETE
Dutee has found support online, where many supported her decision to come and express her sexuality..
It is the seventh phase of polling in the Lok Sabha elections and like every responsible citizen Farhan Akhtar took to Twitter to appeal to voters to cast their votes. But instead of receiving praise for his effort, the actor was laughed at and scorned at. But why?
Well for starters the actor took on BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur, so of course BJP supporters were to counter the actor, but the actor also made a glaring factual error
While asking voters from Bhopal to not to vote for BJP, the actor made a fool out of himself as the constituency already witnessed polling last week.
The actor was also slammed for being insensitive. His usage of the phrase ‘full-of-gas’ also irked many as they believed it was disrespectful towards the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
Here is how the Twitterati responded to Farhan’s gaffe.
Hours later Farhan responded to his trolls, saying that while many ‘held his neck for getting the date wrong, those who got history wrong were welcomed with open arms’
Days after a massive controversy erupted over Rajiv Gandhi’s ‘Luxury Trip’ to Lakshadweep islands onboard INS Virat in 1987, yet another sensational disclosure has marred Rajiv’s image. Former Karnataka DGP revealed how the former Prime Minister allegedly broke protocol while he was campaigning in Karnataka’s Gulbarga district in 1985.
In his book called as ‘Corridors of Intelligence’ DV Guruprasad reveals how the then Prime Minister drove a VIP vehicle and overtook a slower moving escort car which was ahead of him. This allegedly is an instance of departure from protocol by a Prime Minister.
Here are the excerpts of what the fomer Karnataka intel chief has revealed in his book. ‘As the VIP vehicle started moving, I noticed that the Prime Minister himself was sitting on the driver’s seat. The PM had become impatient and started honking furiously. PM overtook the pilot vehicle and started going ahead. I was worried because this was against the security drill and the PM did not know the road.’
While speaking to media, the former IPS officer revealed the following startling details.
‘In 1985 Rajiv Gandhi came to Gulbarga for assembly elections. He was supposed to go back to Hyderabad in a helicopter. But since it was late, Rajiv’s helicopter could not take off. He had to go back by car. So we hurried and fixed a VIP vehicle for him and I was asked to escort the vehicle. He was driving a private car and as you all know during elections, they cannot use their official vehicle. A private car was arranged for him and I found out the Prime Minister was at the wheel. When the pilot vehicle of the police department could not drive fast enough, the Prime Minister overtook the pilot vehicle and I was very worried, because I think it is a security breach. The Intelligence Bureaus officers were there for VIP security and they should have cautioned him not to drive the vehicle, but nonetheless..He had just taken over as the Prime Minister of the country a few weeks back. He was impatient that the police vehicle which was ahead of him was driving very slow. As you know, the vehicles we had were very old Ambassador cars. They could not move fast enough. He had to reach Hyderabad and that is the reason why he was impatient. Subsequently, at the Andhra border, he did not drive the car. He sat at the back seat of a Andhra govt. car and went away.’
These revelations are certainly interesting, if not controversial. However, what remains to be seen is if this act was indeed a breach of protocol. As of now, neither the ministry of Home Affairs nor the IB have reacted to this news report. If these claims are indeed true, then it shows a breach of protocol by one of India’s most admired political leaders.
Regardless of which political party comes to power on May 23, the elections of 2019 will set a very dangerous precedent in the history of Indian politics.