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Gourav Vallabh’s advice, Bagga’s offensive shirt & why everyone loves Marine Drive

The Print logo The Print 08-06-2020 Tina Das
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New Delhi: Transphobia, racism, islamophobia — with accusations flying left, right and centre, Twitter was in a pretty mood.

Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh has a piece of advice for all ‘atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) Indians – check it out.

आत्मनिर्भर देशवासियों के लिए संदेश


कोरोना से आप स्वयं लड़ें

केन्द्र सरकार अभी बिहार चुनाव लड़ेगी

— Prof. Gourav Vallabh (@GouravVallabh) June 7, 2020

After a video of a policeman beating up a passerby in Chhattisgarh went viral, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel intervenes.

This is inhuman and not acceptable.

Departmental enquiry has been constituted and he has been sent on leave.

— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) June 8, 2020

Actor Sushant Singh asks a pertinent question.

डॉक्टर कफ़ील ख़ान अब तक जेल में हैं।


Doctor Kafeel Khan is still in jail.


— सुशांत सिंह sushant singh سوشانت سنگھ (@sushant_says) June 7, 2020


BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga loves making the headlines – usually for the wrong reasons. After displaying a T-shirt with the acronym ‘PKMKB’ — can easily expanded into a crude abuse — Bagga, innocently, offers an ‘innocuous’ explanation for it.

Full form :

Pakistan ki madad karega Bharat 🙈

— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) June 7, 2020


Badminton star Jwala Gutta is the subject of a pathetic racial slur.

So this is where we are actually heading!!! 👎🏻

— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) June 7, 2020


Catch journalist Barkha Dutt report on coronavirus from her ‘makeshift’ studio.

Welcome to my 'Studio' Day 83. The untold media story of this crisis has been how technology set some of us free. I've never felt as independent as I do today unshackled by the studio, by bosses, by censorship, by the staleness of TV. These Sad times have been oddly empowering

— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 7, 2020

Famed author J.K. Rowling has alienated plenty of Harry Potter fans and others with this anti-trans tweet.

If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020


After Shiv Sena accused actor Sonu Sood of siding with BJP, Maharashtra’s Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray shared a photo of his meeting with Sood. Interesting.

This evening @SonuSood met up with @CMOMaharashtra Uddhav Thackeray ji along with Minister @AslamShaikh_MLA ji and me. Better Together, Stronger Together to assist as many people through as many people. Good to have met a good soul to work for the people together.

— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) June 7, 2020


Coincidentally, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap lauds actor Sonu Sood’s humanitarian work.

You are doing a great job @SonuSood . Ignore the naysayers and haters. You are doing more than the respective governments even when it’s not suppose to be your responsibility. More power to you . Just be at it brother .

— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) June 7, 2020


Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani on why he shouldn’t be blamed for something.

Interesting that more than 9 years after I resigned as ambassador, 7 years after PPP govt. stepped down, & almost 2 years after their cricketer-savior assumed office & started seeking U.S. aid, youthias still want to blame me for every American’s presence in Pakistan. 😏

— Husain Haqqani (@husainhaqqani) June 7, 2020


Riddle us this: He wants America to be great again, but all he ever does is talk about his own ‘greatness’. Who is he?

I built the greatest economy in the World, the best the U.S. has ever had. I am doing it again!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2020

Here is Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage with some good ol’ Boris Johnson bashing.

If Boris Johnson won't lead and stand up for the country, as its symbols are trashed, then people will start taking it into their own hands. Full on race riots are now possible. Show leadership and fast.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 7, 2020

Looks like Mumbaikars missed Marine Drive the most during the lockdown—er, where is the social distancing?

Marine drive this morning 🤦

— Arjun.. (@iamZoomie) June 7, 2020

With inputs from Bismee Taskin

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