Archive for March, 2012

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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Punters give party 60-63 seats. Is it money or fame that’s swinging its fortunes, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Mar 03, 2012 3 Comments

The narrow, winding road to Hapur’s Mandi Patiya (traders market), in the heart of the bazaar, is a cliché – the distorted view of brief visits – of colour, variety and drama – but polling day has pulled the shutters down on the usually bustling, choco-block market road. The towering iron gate of the mandi [...]

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