Archive for Politics

Do millions who subsist on artery-clogging street food matter in this debate, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Apr 11, 2012 1 Comment

Now, if the Archangel of the Moong Sprouts, Sunita Narain, believes she has guilt-tripped parents in urban India by her scaremongering statistics on the heavy doses of trans-fat in popular foods, she is in for a nasty surprise. A straw poll among colleagues with kids scattered in cities have basically told her to get stuffed. [...]

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Will the media stop mocking Indian activists and liberals, and not play the state’s authoritarian game?

Apr 11, 2012 1 Comment

Pakistan has Asma Jahangir and I A Rehman. They are indomitable of spirit, fearless in action, forever battling the state to provide a voice to the helpless and marginal. In India too, there are many such bravehearts, who don’t subscribe to the dubious dictum that the state can do no wrong. Among them is Gautam [...]

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Saif Ali Khan’s fantasy of India and Pakistan, by Ajaz Ashraf

Mar 31, 2012 2 Comments

Bollywood kitsch has the remarkable quality of expressing the subconscious thoughts of Indian viewers, their secret fantasies and fears, and their perpetually changing perceptions about India-Pakistan relations. You realise this as you watch the spy-thriller Agent Vinod, tapping your feet to its music, following its protagonists around the globe as they try to wrest from [...]

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How do you defend your defence of Gandhis, asks FARAZ AHMAD

Mar 15, 2012 2 Comments

Politicians seem to suffer from bouts of amnesia or they start with the assumption that the audiences they are addressing lack either memory or intelligence or perhaps both.   Take for instance the latest example of Subramaniam Swamy, who walked all the way the other day to the CBI headquarters at CGO complex on Lodhi [...]

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IT’s inflicting all of South Asia, says AJAZ ASHRAF

Mar 15, 2012 No Comments

Pakistan’s political families — the Bhuttos, the Sharifs, the Chaudhrys, et al — should commission an Indian psephologist to parse for them the results of the recent state election in Uttar Pradesh (UP). On the psephologist should rest the responsibility of answering the question: has the allure of great political dynasties of the subcontinent, boasting [...]

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Feb 19, 2012 No Comments

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Raja Sabha!!

Dec 10, 2011 No Comments

Can we please stop referring to Rajya Sabha MPs as Elders? First of all, going by the composition of the Rajya Sabha or Upper House today, it should be called the Raja Sabha! The Rajya Sabha has 250 members, where 12 members are nominated by the President based on their eminence in arts, culture media [...]

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Look beyond Sonia, Sibal, & you can take on Facebook!

Dec 09, 2011 1 Comment

It is the Minister alone who can convince social media networks that the law is not an ass Communication and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal sounded more like an ardent Sonia Gandhi loyalist than an articulate advocate while admonishing social media networks to screen blasphemous and defamatory content. Sibal perhaps forgot that he is a [...]

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The absurd tyranny of iSibal

Dec 09, 2011 1 Comment

Is Kapil  Sibal being tempted to book “clicktivists” at some later stage, after the successful British operation to crack down on Facebook rioters of August 2010? Well, Information and Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal’s prickly suggestion to pre-screen content on social networks like Google, Facebook and Twitter, has invited such derision from the internet world in [...]

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