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MOHAN GURUSWAMY’s round-up on the tumultous political events

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

LUXURY PRISONERS If the AIADMK MLAs are kept sequestered in a luxury resort under the close guard of thugs and hired bouncers, the Governor will have to let the matter of leadership be resolved on the floor of the house. Or by secret ballot by AIADMK MLAs held under the watchful eyes of appointed observers [...]

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Hateful speech is not hate speech, explains SHEHLA RASHID

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

A few years ago, a prominent (upper-caste Hindu woman) journalist tweeted: “Ram was an asshole”, referring to Lord Ram’s treatment of Sita, of having suspected her chastity, etc. Immediately, she was castigated, endlessly abused by right-wing Hindutvawadi trolls, branded as a whore of Pakistanis, issued rape threats, etc. They said she engaged in hate speech. [...]

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Has the Congress scion’s cup of ‘power is poison’ runneth over with love, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

Is Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi the ultimate bromancer of desi politics? In this climate of acrimony and hate, is Rahul bringing in saccharine, feel good politics; a kind of touchy-feely maha bhaibandhan, as is being witnessed in Uttar Pradesh? Can anyone forget the swoony, hereditary clique that Rahul and former J&K chief minister Omar [...]

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On the fourth death anniversary of Afzal Guru, an evocative essay on the small dreams of the people of the Valley. By MIRZA WASIM. Illustrations by SAIRA WASIM

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

As the year that gave us the age of anger came to a close, I tried to tell my seven-year-old son a happy story. In it, I tried to stay clear of strife, clear of the stories of global dysfunction, of nation states and contested ‘territories’, and the conflicts they continue to engender and suffer. [...]

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IS THIS A SELF-GOAL? The hopelesness of the India-Pakistan rivalries, by CYRIL ALMEIDA

Oct 05, 2016 No Comments

TRY this one for a conspiracy theory. Two months ago, on July 8 to be precise, the Indians did something stupid in the Valley: they killed Burhan Wani. Stupid not because Pakistan says so, but because many Indians themselves did: killing a charismatic 22-year-old who had stirred up Kashmiris was a recipe for unrest. And [...]

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Kashmiri photojournalist SHOWKAT NANDA on the lopsided war between stone-throwers and the mighty Indian state

Sep 23, 2016 No Comments

  Showkat Nanda took this picture of a young Kashmiri boy throwing stones at an armoured vehicle in the summer of 2009 just moments after another young boy, shot by Indian security forces, had died in his arms When I shot this picture in the summer of 2009, I remembered the image of a 15-year-old [...]

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Where Amitabh Bachchan, the star, overtakes all aspects of the film, good and bad, writes blogger BANNO

Sep 23, 2016 No Comments

The film, PINK, is a textbook example of the pitfalls of making a film as a star vehicle v/s making a film to tell a story. Increasingly, mainstream Hindi films are only about the stars. I guess the producer and director spend so much time and energy chasing the star to agree to do their film, [...]

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Meet the African-American Dr HENRY T SAMPSON, who created the cellphone 40 years ago

Sep 23, 2016 No Comments

On April 3rd, 1973, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cellphone according to the Verge. In midtown Manhattan, Cooper called Joel Engel — head of rival research department Bell Labs — saying “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.” The call was [...]

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The reasons & respnses by INSIGHT TEAM

Sep 23, 2016 No Comments

The recent attack on Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir has raised serious concerns for India as 17 soldiers were killed and 23 more were injured. This is supposed to be the heaviest blow the army has suffered in a single incident since the insurgency began in the valley in 1990 according [...]

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It was the everyday girls who shone at the Olympics and not the stars of the India contingent, says SHARDA UGRA

Aug 20, 2016 No Comments

Before the next few days blur the Rio Olympics past our eyes and minds and slide it into our ever-crowded memories, let’s pause and take a breath. Take a moment to remember this time in Indian sport because it will never come again. Not because Indian athletes won’t be able to repeat the achievements we [...]

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