Archive for November, 2012

Can we stop this inane blood cry for Afzal Guru’s death? VRINDA GOPINATH tells why

Nov 22, 2012 1 Comment

The BJP and the Sangh Parivar’s cries for Afzal Guru’s hanging have all the ingredients for a Hindutva political hotboiler — Afzal Guru is a Kashmiri-Muslim (therefore, an enemy of the Indian state and bolsters the BJP’s cry to revoke Article 370 which gives Kashmir special status in the Indian Constitution); he has been given [...]

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Meaning of self-immolation in politics & our shameful silence, by AJAZ ASHRAF

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

It is an eloquent testimony to our skewed priorities that we in South Asia devote reams of newsprint on the American presidential election and ignore the spate of self-immolations in Tibet. We do not see the cruel irony in celebrating the tawdry drama of one of the world’s oldest democracies even as Tibetans court death [...]

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Srikrishna Commission reveals Bal Thackeray’s hand in the 1992-3 murderous Bombay riots

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

“Even after  it became apparent that the leaders of the Shiv Sena were active in stoking the fire of the communal riots, the police dragged their feet on the facile and exaggerated assumption that if such leaders were arrested the communal situation would further flare up, or to put it in the words of then [...]

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Srikrishna Commission gives a chilling account of the Shiv Sena communal operation

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

Volume II (SRI KRISHNA COMMISSION REPORT)   Introductory   The Commission examined the evidence police station-wise. The Commission has also examined media persons, senior police officers and politicians. In each police station jurisdiction, police officers and public witnesses have been examined. In all, there are 26 police jurisdictions which are covered by the evidence. ALTGAZE [...]

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Our Resident Film Critic FILM DOCTOR is grateful for coming out blank

Nov 19, 2012 1 Comment

Let us, for a bit, believe that the legendary Yash Chopra is with us (in a sense he always will be) and that we are not going to allow ourselves to review his film with the same kind of emotion displayed in it. There is poetry being recited as Samar (Shahrukh Khan) dressed like Rambo [...]

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MANOJ LADWA talks about Brand Modi exclusively to VRINDA GOPINATH

Nov 08, 2012 3 Comments

Now, how in the world did Gujarat CM Narendra Modi turn from a “maut ka saudagar” (merchant of death) after the murderous Gujarat riots of 2002, to “Gujarat ka Sher” (Lion of Gujarat) and “Vikas Purush” (Man of Development), must be a question intriguing all the CM’s political adversaries, who must envy the media blitzkreig [...]

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Rushdie conceals Family’s embarrassing Pak links to reinvent himself, writes AJAZ ASHRAF

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments

There are as many versions of an event as there is the number of witnesses, a profound truth Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa tellingly conveyed in Rashomon. Thus, people writing their memoirs are prone to concealing embarrassing episodes of their lives to cultivate the image they have of themselves. It is a frailty Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph [...]

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