Saturday, August 13, 2016

Some unusual sights and sounds.

1. Salute to a loving dad.

I was sent a snap, this afternoon on my What'sApp page by a course mate, of Col Vijendra Thapar(Retd) - the father of the late Captain Vijayant Thapar, VrC, who was martyred in the Kargil war - resting on the rocks after having climbed about 16,000 ft to fulfill his emotional wish of 17 years, which was the same spot where his son had fallen.

It shows his immense love for his son. He, perhaps, was trying to capture his son's last moments in the solitude. My salute to him and a prayer for his valiant son.

2. SFI opposes Sankaracharya's statue.

A bitter row has erupted between the student unions affiliated to the left and the BJP on the installation of a statue of the philosopher at the new entrance of the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit at Kalady.

The decision to install the statue was taken at the university's syndicate meeting in Nov '15. The funding for the project has been provided by the central government under the 'Rashtriya Uchchattar
Shiksha Abhiyan" and ever since, has been opposed by the SFI and certain teachers' unions. TG Jyothilal, the well known sculptor and the head of the painting department at the university, has been tasked to make the 7 ft high concrete statue that will be made in four parts, the first of which was installed yesterday.

It's yet a case of 'much ado about nothing'.

3. KM Mani leaves UDF only to be wooed by the LDF.

The former Finance Minister in the UDF cabinet, after having left the dispensation, is being wooed by the LDF which was, till recently. hammer and tongs at him in the infamous 'bar bribery case'. The reason that is being given is that Mani and his party will be decimated if it were to join the BJP-led NDA, with the likely induction of his son, an MP, into the central cabinet.

  (a) For the BJP to get him into their fold will be a shot in the arm as he belongs to the Christian
  (b) He's known to cosy up with anyone to retain power.
  (c) In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies!


My prayers are for Dipa Karmakar, who will be vaulting in the finals tomorrow at the Rio Olympics. I'm sure that she'll get the gold. The supremely daring vault or the death vault is named after the Russian gymnast, Yelena Produnova, who'd done it first in 1999. Dipa is the first Indian and the fifth woman to make it into an Olympic final, since Produnova doing the vault! 

For me, Dipa doing the Produnova, shall be the frozen snapshot of the Rio Olympics '16!

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