Archive for December, 2011

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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PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

Dec 10, 2011 2 Comments

The Finance Ministry’s cautionary noting that the Rs 21,000 crore restructuring debt plan for dying Air India, that too an unsecured loan, will cripple banks to the effect of Rs 10,000 crore, should zip up Vijay Mallya’s mouth. The beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines King, who is reeling under a huge financial crisis, had declared when he [...]

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LAGERFELD IS RIGHT!!

Dec 10, 2011 No Comments

Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Bombay show where he unveiled his India-inspired new collection have got its howls of protest from editorials here for  his allegedly intemperate remarks about celebrating Indian poverty chic. For god’s sake that is not what he meant at all. For starters, Lagerfeld said he was celebrating the “fantastical idea of India” when models [...]

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After Beti B, it’s a Designer Baba!

Dec 09, 2011 4 Comments

So, it is a week since Superstar Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao announced they had a baby boy through a surrogate mother. or assisted pregnancy, as the hauteurs would have it. As Bollywood gasped and an amazed people applauded, Aamir and Kiran were crowned the new hi-tech couple of traditional Bollywood. Not only [...]

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WOPWOPWOPWOP — A sound you will soon hear

Dec 09, 2011 No Comments

Imagine a high-speed chase on Marine Drive in Mumbai with not just wailing police cars but a chopping chopper above too? There’s a new eye in the skies over Delhi and Mumbai: Specialized helicopters deployed by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to track “terror strikes or urban warfare” in the cities. ‘Project Heli-Teli’ will include [...]

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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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