Yes, thankfully, this has now been withdrawn. The idea of asking people to go hug a bovine on Valentine’s Day might have seemed like a masterstroke to some, attempting to hijack as it did the V-Day by celebrating the (holy) cow. Two mangoes in one stone, as they say in Tamil. What ended up happening was India became the laughing stock all across. Perhaps a ‘Hug An Animal Day’ would have worked better? Just thinking. Actions like better animal shelters? The more the far right pushes such an obvious agenda, the more the moderates who will move away – from this brand of their religion and the politics of religion.
Likely to be lonely on Valentine's Day? The government of India advises you to hug a cow. You can 'decolonise' in the same swift movement.
Cow Hug Day, 14th February. Unclear whether bovine consent is required but you'll find out, no doubt. pic.twitter.com/FsRjaaekpL
— Priyamvada Gopal (@PriyamvadaGopal) February 8, 2023
India urges citizens to ‘hug a cow’ on Valentine’s Day https://t.co/6WTMlBrEf3
— The Guardian (@guardian) February 9, 2023
After full international exposure and turning India into a laughing stock, they have withdrawn the Cow Hug Day appeal! 🙄 🤣
Poor SK Dutta, Secretary. IAS ki tayyari karte hue nahin socha hoga, kya kya karna padega…#ChutiyonKaJhund pic.twitter.com/06u7Qlab9j
— Rajiv Tyagi (@rajivtango) February 10, 2023
From ‘India’s attempt at Breaking Bad’ to other comparisons, there is no dearth of positive commentary on this new show. The casting has also come in for praise. The first episodes are attracting rave reviews. Can’t wait to watch it and wishing I was one of the early birds.
First two episodes of #Farzi seems like India's attempt to #BreakingBad. And I'm loving it. pic.twitter.com/eAsWSzRkfN
— manab jyoti sarmah (@manabsays) February 10, 2023
Only watched the pilot, and #Farzi already firing on all cylinders. Excellent set up, razor-sharp screenwriting by @rajndk, @MenonSita & @sumank, @shahidkapoor brings star power and commits to the part. Amol Palekar is ♥️. @hussainthelal’s dialogues are kadak and mazedaar! pic.twitter.com/JgZxTuNcoS
— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) February 10, 2023
Dear @shahidkapoor You were too good in #Farzi with a special mention to this scene. The way u have explained the Plight of the middle class man will surely connect with everyone. @rajndk this one is clear winner. Kudos to the entire cast. @PrimeVideoIN pic.twitter.com/Jf79xEARYR
— Rathish Nair (@nair_manny) February 11, 2023
This is great news. The missing ingredient in India’s self-reliant electric vehicles journey is now available. According to the official geological survey info, we’ve probably got more reserves of it than most countries. But there’s more to it. One needs all the elements termed MIFTs (Metals Important for Future Tech) to be in place and the chain to be completed. Availability of Lithium is an undeniable shot in the arm for the EV industry, but there’s work to be done.
The discovery of 5.9 million tonnes of #Lithium in J&K is a huge development! This is THE crucial raw material for battery technology and the EV revolution. India will now have one of the largest reserves in the world.
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) February 10, 2023
Lots of focus on #lithium, but the #energy transition depends on a host of raw materials, including #copper #graphite #zinc #boron #nickel #rareearths & more. BofA calls them the #MIFTs – metals important for future tech. #EVs #solar #wind #batteries
— Pippa Stevens (@PippaStevens13) February 10, 2023
The World Bank reports that the demand for graphite in #batteries is the highest among minerals, accounting for almost 53.8% of the total demand.
By weight, #Graphite is the single largest #mineral constituent of a #lithium-ion battery @IEA#WorldBank #EVs #BatteryMinerals #TGR pic.twitter.com/XbNrigLqHL
— Tirupati Graphite (@Tirupatiuk) February 9, 2023
It was a toss up between #IndVsAus and the #TurkeySyriaEarthquake and one had to pick the devastation over sporting action. The world has united to help the affected nations. There is proof that humanity is by and large alive. It just disappears from sight when hate is in the spotlight.
This video made me cry.
Small Syrian girl shields her brother beneath the rubble of their destroyed home.
She’s trapped under heavy concrete for 17 hours. #TurkeySyriaEarthquake 💔 pic.twitter.com/vcxUQkTkS8
— Vividha (@VividhaOfficial) February 9, 2023
Thank you world. 🫂🙏🌍#earthquakeinturkey #TurkeySyriaEarthquake #TurkeyQuake #Turkey pic.twitter.com/JEuwoAcvI7
— Sinem (@sinemtheturk) February 10, 2023
A year is a long time. It takes enormous will to fight a regime that suppresses opposing voices into silence by death for so long. The world needs to do more than ‘stand by the Iranian people’.
Today is the Anniversary of Islamic Republic of Iran sham revolution. As Iranians are calling it after 43 years the#Seditionof79 Killing of #MahsaAmini is only one reason among many, Iranians want to take their country back & end the #IslamicRepublic. #مهساامینی
— fearless Pen خودنویس✒️بی باک (@Za69R) February 11, 2023
We Iranian people have made our decision The Islamic Republic must be destroyed. Whether the international community fulfills its duty to protect human rights or not. No dictator in history has been able to resist the will of the nation.#IRGCterrorists #MahsaAmini
— Chris boblun (@ccupiedIRAN) February 11, 2023
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