Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Aug 2017 12:03:19

THANKS to the crackdown on separatist leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for funding terror, incidents of stone-pelting by protesters on security forces have come down. Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley have lauded the NIA for starving the terror outfits of funds.

This proves that the unrest in Kashmir was being fuelled by Pakistan with the help of separatist leaders. Credit for unraveling the ugly face of separatist leaders also goes to some of the television channels, who caught the leaders on the camera in a sting operation, confessing that stone-pelters were being paid for the job.

This prompted the NIA to begin an investigation and launch an action. It is a known fact that terror outfits thrive on the funds they get from various sources. It had, therefore, become essential to cut their money supply lines. However, no attempts were made in this direction in the past. The NDA Government deserves kudos for showing guts to take action against separatist leaders. It must keep the pressure on till the end of terror.


THE passing away of American actor, singer, director, Jerry Lewis, has ended a wonderful era in slapstick comedy. The Prince of low-brow comedy ruled the theatre and movies for decades, dishing out films that were downright silly but extremely funny. Lewis’ famous quote ‘I have had great success being a total idiot’ talks of the man and his mannerism that ruled hearts. Starting as a theatre artist, Lewis found a magnificent partner in Dean Martin.

The Martin-Lewis combo was toast of comedy for over a decade, till late 50s. The physical chicanery and perfect timing the duo found made them a great chemistry. None of their films earned less than five million dollars in those days.

Lewis took stupid, slapstick comedy to an altogether different plane through ‘The Bellboy’, ‘The Errand Boy’ and the biggest grosser of them all, ‘The Nutty Professor’. The comedic genius entertained the world with characters steeped in moronic looks. In the present generation, Jim Carrey successfully carries the great baton. The King has made his exit but the legacy remains.