Check it out, battle moves to cyberspace
The violence on the roads against north Indians all through this week was real. Equally real is the war Raj Thackeray's supporters in the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena are fighting in the virtual world.
Numberless supporters of Thackeray are advocating the anti-north Indian campaign of the party on websites like Orkut, a popular social networking portal. North Indians, and some locals, are opposing Thackeray's men but they are outnumbered even in cyberspace. For instance, in an online poll conducted by Thackeray's supporters that asked who the state belonged to, 96 per cent votes were cast for the original people.
MNS general secretary Nitin Sardesai denied any role of the party in the Internet debate and said it reflected the views of the common man.
"Raj Thackeray has been an icon and is extremely popular among the citizens," said Sardesai. "We are happy with such discussions as these convey the views of the people."
The number of communities on the Net supporting Raj Thackeray is four times those standing behind his cousin and political foe, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray. The happenings of the week have even revived some dormant communities supporting Raj.
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- The finance department has written to the top brass of various departments, offices and administration to ensure strict compliance to the finance and treasury rules for maintaining fiscal discipline.
- In a letter to Puri king Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb, Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan urged him to launch a mass fund collection drive to enable contribution by crores of devotees of Lord Jagannath for the development of the Jagannath Temple heritage corridor.
- Cryptocurrency is, however, not legally banned and the government is in the process of enacting a law on this matter.
- The PM asked the three services to rid themselves of legacy systems and practices that are no longer relevant.
- According to the police, some young men were dancing at the DJ night in a wedding ceremony, during which one of the accused pointed the pistol at the forehead of another youth.
- In January this year, Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde ruled out any reopening of courts for the present.