Current Affairs ONLY Daily Special Editorials Analysis, Date: 8th July 2018

EDITORIALS

1. Inside Track: Line of division

2. Gained in Translation: Running out of charge


1. Inside Track: Line of division

Context

Clearly, Sushma Swaraj is not on the same side as the majority in the party, who feel she tweets for personal PR and not for the party.

Why In News

  • Most in the BJP have chosen to ignore the fact that Sushma Swaraj was recently trolled by virulent Hindutva-BJP sympathisers. Their hands-off attitude is reflective of the division in the BJP high command. Prime Minister Narendra Modihas not expressed support for Swaraj. In fact, he recently tweeted that the immense and frank use of social media “is a method to exchange ideas and is very endearing’’.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

No hero to valet:

  • The conventional political story is that the rift between Indira Gandhiand P N Haksar, once the late prime minister’s key advisor, was bridged after Sanjay Gandhi’s death.
  • In a letter to Bakul Patel, Rajni Patel’s widow, in September 1997, Haksar objected to Bakul referring to him as “Indira Gandhi’s conscience keeper’’.
  • Haksar replied that he could hardly be the conscience keeper of someone who did not have a moral compass of right and wrong. He bitterly dismissed his own brilliant career as an administrator as “an errand boy during the Nehru years who graduated to become a valet’’.

 Fifth gen out:

  • The fifth generation of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, Rehan Vadra, will turn 18 next month. Star-struck invitees at a launch of Srinath Raghavan’s book on US policy in South Asia got an opportunity to click photos of Priyanka Gandhi’s son, who posed good-naturedly with his mother.
  • The nattily dressed teenager has graduated from Doon School and is likely to study at King’s College, London, and not Cambridge University, the alma mater of his ancestors.

 Bus or bust:

  • During the Karnataka election campaign, Ghulam Nabi Azad arranged for a Volvo van. The squabbling state Congress leaders were sent in the vehicle on a yatrathroughout the state to demonstrate that it was a united party.
  • Now the same Volvo is parked outside Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath’s residence in Bhopal. But can Nath persuade rival leaders, such as Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh, to accompany him in the Volvo? Travelling by bus in a group is rather infra dig for those with proud royal lineages.

 Upholding the bar:

  • Supreme Whispers, authored by Abhinav Chandrachud, who happens to be the grandson of a former chief justice of India and the son of sitting Supreme Court judge, is bound to generate much talk in the bar and bench.
  • Chandrachud has based his book on notes kept by the late American legal scholar George H Gadbois Jr of his conversations in the 1980s with more than 66 judges of the Supreme Court, 19 of whom were chief justices.
  • The startling revelations suggest that it is not just today’s Supreme Court which is divided by petty rivalries and plagued by appointments influenced by personal or political considerations.
  • One judge’s appointment to the Supreme Court was nixed simply because he attended the funeral of the RSS chief, his father’s old friend.
  • Another was given papers by a PM on her family property case and, according to his widow, some people came to his house and whisked the papers away immediately after he died.
  • Chandrachud, a protégé of Gadbois, believes that since most of the conversations are about people who have passed away, it is now a part of history and not contempt.

 


2. Gained in Translation: Running out of charge

Context

A ‘charger’ isn’t a mere object now, it’s a concept, and not just one related to gadgets.

Why In News:

  • A six-minute 3D animated film titled Charging Batteries. In the film, an elderly woman receives a parcel at her village home with a brief letter from her son, who lives abroad, and who can’t make it home that year. Because she needs someone to take care of her, he has sent her a rather splendid gift. On opening the parcel, she discovers a dinky little robot.
  • The gadget becomes her daily companion, doing whatever needs to be done around the house. In the evening the two sit in the verandah and watch the sunset. One day at the dinner table, she notices that the robot is drooping, and realises it needs to be recharged. She takes out the metal pocket in the middle of its chest and replaces the old battery with a new one, and it is instantly revived. And life goes on.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • One day, she receives a pair of tickets to the circus in the post and, wanting to take the robot to the circus, explains to it what a circus is.
  • The boy toy is delighted at the prospect, but the very next day, she falls ill, and as her age and illness grow, there comes a day when she is unable to rise from her chair, and droops over it.
  • The robot collects all the batteries it can find and places them on different parts of her body, not realising she’s dying.
  • Almost everything can be recharged, except life itself, the one thing we’d like to charge again and again.
  • We’re sent in with a one-time charge, which drains out every day, and then, when the warning messages start to appear, we realise we still have plenty of unused data, lots of free talk time left over. But there’s no time.
  • There’s no recharge option. We’ve spent the prime time of life in pointless talk, pointless play, futile usage.
  • As the warnings beep out, a few among us try to quickly cram the things worth doing into that brief time slot still left. And when the call of the unknown arrives, ‘The person you are trying to reach is not reachable at this moment. Please try again later.’ That person is out of reach of the network area forever.

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