Ten­der Tears

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Po­lice of­fi­cer Charu Sharma briefly be­came In­dia’s favourite per­son af­ter footage of her emerged wip­ing away a tear af­ter stand­ing up to a crowd and the blus­ter­ing, bul­ly­ing Radha Mo­han Agar­wal, BJP MLA from Gorakhpur, home turf of UP chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath. Sharma later claimed on Face­book that her tears were the prod­uct of ten­der­ness, not weak­ness, that she was touched by a se­nior of­fi­cer who stood by her as Agar­wal waved his fin­ger in high dud­geon. Agar­wal re­fuses to apol­o­gise. You can’t blame him. In his world, be­ing a jerk is how politi­cians dis­tin­guish them­selves from the lit­tle peo­ple.

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