Archive for August, 2012

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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Some startling revelations, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Aug 31, 2012 5 Comments

Are the Prime Minister and his officials out of their minds when they made the long and laborious defence of their actions in coal block allocations, now famously called Coalgate? The last six days has seen Parliament stalled and no business conducted because the main Opposition party, the BJP, has accused the Congress-led UPA Government [...]

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Kasab’s trial could have exposed lame security set-up, says JYOTI PUNWANI

Aug 30, 2012 No Comments

The din has started. How long will taxpayers keep subsidising this Pakistani terrorist? How long can we keep feeding him biryani? Hang him immediately to show the world we are not a soft state.   The trial of Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving terrorist of the dastardly 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai, and his subsequent [...]

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Assam was never really liberal, writes Rakhee Kalita

Aug 29, 2012 1 Comment

A month after the bizarre sexual assault by a band of young and not so young urban marauders on a teenaged girl in the high streets of Guwahati, life is limping back to normal. But while the anger of the city seems to have seethed somewhat the actual repercussions of that bestial evening are just [...]

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Why is one a hero, the other a villain, asks AJAZ ASHRAF

Aug 29, 2012 No Comments

The standoff between Ecuador and the United Kingdom over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is yet another instance of selective amnesia that suddenly afflicts the west in situations inconvenient to it. Barely three months ago, the world followed breathlessly the fate of the blind civil rights activist, Chen Guangcheng, whom the Americans sheltered in their embassy [...]

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