Be It Raining Poop in the Capital, 'Jail Yoga' or Vivek Agnihotri's Intellect, It Happens Only in India
From finding a leopard cub in your bed to getting showered with human faeces, here's a selection of the bizarre situations that are typical to India, the land of the cow
Manisha Barde, of Dhamangaon village, in Nashik, Maharashtra, had stepped out of her hut to relieve herself one early August morning, leaving the door ajar. Her children, who slept in the same bed with her, were inside. A bit drowsy, she returned home soon to the warmth of her bed. She noticed her pet cat curled up between her two kids, inside the mosquito net. As Manisha crawled back inside, she felt the cat cuddle up to her. That’s when she realized she wasn’t snuggling with a cat at all, but a leopard cub. It had been orphaned a month ago when his mother died in a road accident, and had snuck into the hut, going straight to the bed for a nap.
Forest officials, who were soon alerted, trapped the three-month-old cub. Last heard, the cub was doing fine and under the care of the local forest department. It will be released into the wild once it is old enough to hunt.
Spotted by Lester Santos, Mumbai Source: The Times of India
It’s raining poop over the capital! It all began in October 2016 when a disgruntled south-Delhi resident filed a complaint with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) after his house—and other houses in the neighbourhood—was splattered with human faeces, apparently dumped from aeroplanes flying overhead at night. The tribunal ordered the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to issue circulars to airlines to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 as environmental compensation if their planes were found to have dumped waste during flight.
The DGCA didn’t pay heed to the order, claiming the waste came from bird droppings. In a final bid to stop airlines from dumping waste mid-air, the NGT warned the DGCA that his salary would be withheld if he didn’t ensure the directive was met. He has also been asked to carry out surprise checks to ensure planes, while landing, do not have empty toilet tanks. Looks like the DGCA has to deal with an odd ground reality.
Here’s something you probably haven’t heard of: ‘jail yoga’. The Times of India reported that Ramesh Singh, 38, a businessman from Lucknow, served a 24-hour imprisonment, because—wait for it—an astrologer told him to! This astrologer said that his kundali (horoscope) predicted a jail term, which would eventually land him in trouble. Singh moved an application before the district administration with a copy of the kundali. After his papers were vetted, he was allowed to spend 24 hours in jail.
He is not the only one: Another believer in the higher forces of the stars, Ankit Chaturvedi, went on a jail ‘yatra’ for 24 hours too. Apparently, this is a regular affair in the office of Lucknow’s district magistrate. There is no legal provision to imprison a person without any criminal record, but they permit requests on religious grounds.
Spotted by S. N. Saroja, Pune Source: The Times of India
Examples of the intellectual prowess of social media ‘influencer’ and ‘thinker’ Vivek Agnihotri, from an interview with Abhinandan Sekhri:
■ “I never claimed I’m an expert on Maoism. So don’t put words in your mouth.”
■ “Who said facts are facts? This is the biggest scam in the world.”
■ Agnihotri also said the colour of the interviewer’s kurta, evidently white, may not be as we saw. It could be black, reflecting the colour of Sekhri’s heart. Enough said!