Firstpost Editor's Picks: Kamal Nath becomes MP CM, Sajjan Kumar gets life imprisonment; today's must-read articles
A quick rundown of the five best articles published by Firstpost today.
Reversing the 2013 acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, the Delhi High Court convicted him to life imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The high court said, "The mass killings of Sikhs between 1 and 4 November, 1984 in Delhi and the rest of the country, engineered by political actors with the assistance of the law enforcement agencies, answer the description of "crimes against humanity".
One of the biggest challenges before the BJP is to turn the next year's Lok Sabha election into a presidential contest instead of 543 localised fights between the MPs. It is imperative for the BJP to do so because Modi punches above his weight in the government and towers over his party. This is both a bit of a boon and a bane for the BJP. While it enables the party to exploit the prime minister's popularity in tough contests, it conversely hides the BJP's weaknesses and makes its trump card vulnerable to overexposure.
The taint of his involvement in the anti-Sikh riots, leading mobs that killed innocent Sikhs and looted shops and residential premises of members of that community, remained since 1984 but that didn’t deter Congress leadership to give him important positions — he got elected on Congress party ticket for 10th Lok Sabha in 1991 and for 14th Lok Sabha in 2004. He had been a Lok Sabha MP from Congress in 1984 when Indira Gandhi was assassinated and when he led riotous murderous mobs.
That familiarity and bonding, fostered over a decade, were on display when the team refused to buckle under last-minute eventualities. Emmanuel Stockbroekx and John-John Dohmen were injured, Simon Gougnard lost his father before the semi-final, but the team looked out for each other. Dohmen, in fact, made a short video with the family of every player and sent it to the team before the final.
On Sunday, 16 December, noted Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari used it to explain the problems that lie ahead for makers of self-driving cars. Harari — the author of Sapiens, Homo Deux and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century — was in Mumbai to deliver the Penguin India Annual Lecture 2018. His talk touched upon 'Challenges for the 21st Century', and if, by session's end, many people in the audience were still considering having children, it would have been a surprise.
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Narendra Modi seeks to allay fears over Covaxin, says vaccine was launched only after go-ahead from scientists
The prime minister had launched the inoculation drive on 16 January, however, authorities are grappling with hesitancy among the health and frontline workers who were selected to receive the vaccine in the initial phase
Budget session of Parliament: Narendra Modi to chair all-party meet to discuss legislative agenda on 30 Jan
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the meeting will be held virtually and an invitation has been extended to floor leaders of all parties
Narendra Modi launches vaccination drive against COVID-19, says campaign will ensure 'decisive victory' over pandemic
Modi reminded people that two doses of vaccine are very important and asked them to keep wearing masks and maintain social distancing even after receiving the jabs