Sushma Swaraj’s eloquent Urdu speech is mercifully her way of showing individuality, says KAJAL BASU

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech in (almost) impeccable Urdu, at the 30th All India Annual Hajj Conference, has the media AND blogland sitting up all agog. To those spewing fervent admiration for the only Union Cabinet member who has the gumption to play against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his own backlot, here’s a [...]

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ABU ZAFAR lists out number of rioters, criminals et al in the present Lok Sabha

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

In the newly elected 16th Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Indian Parliament, there are 87 Members who are facing rioting charges in different courts of the country. At least 13 of them are facing charges related to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his [...]

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NIVEDITA MENON is mystified by the sudden disappearance of the libertarian blog KAFILA from cyberspace

Apr 26, 2014 No Comments

Yesterday from about 3 pm, nobody could get into Kafila. All we could see was a notice that said WordPress had suspended the blog for ‘violating terms of service’. We wrote immediately to WordPress, who replied that they would get back to us.  No reply from them so far, but Kafila suddenly reappeared at about [...]

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Noted filmmaker ANAND PATWARDHAN has made up his mind who to vote for

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

Election notes (stating the obvious) : At the risk of repeating myself I am going to say this again. For all of us who believe in the secular democracy that India was meant to be, the options are increasingly clear. And there should be no confusion about it. In each constituency, whom we vote AGAINST [...]

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Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

Can male MPs stop harking back to mythological honour and chastity to illustrate sexual crimes, asks VRINDA GOPINATH They were sombre and anguished as MPs in both Houses of Parliament stood and spoke of the heinous and barbaric gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student in the heart of the Capital — the mood was subdued [...]

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Oct 16, 2012 No Comments

Vadra’s dodgy Corp Bank draft can invite a probe, says VRINDA GOPINATH   Will the mysterious overdraft of Rs 7.94 crore issued by public sector Corporation Bank on behalf of Robert Vadra’s Sky Light Hospitality invite a probe? Last week, as details about the Family’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s brass-to-gold business dealings emerged, one particular transaction [...]

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Oct 15, 2012 4 Comments

Please save us from pompous & self-obsessive hacks, writes VRINDA GOPINATH   The Salman & Louise Khursheed full-blown media eruption because of their alleged misappropriation of funds from their private trust, the Zakir Hussein Memorial Trust, raises several issues for journalists. The Union Law Minister Salman Khursheed himself began his Press conference on Sunday afternoon [...]

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Bollywood Loves Indian State

Aug 31, 2012 No Comments

But Ek Tha Tiger questions intel agencies, says AJAZ ASHRAF There has always existed a chasm between the narratives of Bollywood and those the Indian state spawns. But this gulf seems to have widened over the last six months, during which three significant Hindi films have questioned, in their own kitschy ways, extant perspectives on [...]

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Jun 01, 2012 No Comments

It’s time for an ethics rule book & transparent business model for IPL Did you get a sense that it was a somewhat defiant Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) who once again strutted on the Chennai grounds with his troop of wife, daughter, their friends, especially in the aftermath of the Wankhede Stadium fracas? It was [...]

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Jun 01, 2012 3 Comments

Lessons from the Red Carpet, by VRINDA GOPINATH God alone knows if Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is on some Manglorean post-natal chubby mummy nourishment diet but what she could do now is to finally grasp at what most global celebrities do in dire times – hire a fashion stylist and an ace publicist. Ash made her [...]

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