Archive for December, 2012

Does Narendra Modi’s grand image of himself come from his roots, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Dec 24, 2012 No Comments

Longing is like the rosy dawn/After the dawn out comes the sun/Longing is followed by the vision of God. These are thoughts in my mind as the first blush of the morning light sweeps over the inky sky. The dew has settled on the rows of blooming flowers as they awaken in their bed. The [...]

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Our Resident Critic FILM DOCTOR reviews Dabaang 2 and comes out screaming

Dec 24, 2012 No Comments

Dabaang 2 RATING: * Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna, Arbaaz Khan and some goons & gals, Director: Makkhi Music Director: ENT Disasters Screenplay: Nobody Producer: Munni and Makkhi _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  ——————————————————————————————————————————————— The above space is always devoted to plot. But we found the plot only in the public service film on [...]

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Five valuable ways Jaya Bachchan can be useful as a Rajya Sabha MP

Dec 20, 2012 1 Comment

Now, why is it so disturbing to hear a Rajya Sabha MP, and that too an influential 70s Bollywood cinestar like  Jaya Bachchan, say that she is ashamed and helpless sitting in the august House and that she can do nothing to help the young 23-year-old paramedic who was brutally attacked, both sexually and physically, [...]

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Labels sensationalise, then diminish, violent crimes, says SHARMILA JOSHI

Dec 19, 2012 No Comments

“Rape Capital”, “zinda laash”, “victim”—the labels are proliferating in the news media and Parliament, ostensibly in outrage over the prolonged brutal assault on a young woman in a bus in New Delhi on Sunday, December 16.   Various aspects of this recurring discourse—which surfaces every time such a crime occurs, as it did, for example, [...]

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Can media networks please show families of criminals rather than grieving families?

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

In yesterday’s horrific sexual violence case of a young 23-year-old in a moving bus in the Capital, television news networks are disturbingly beaming pictures of a grieving father of the young victim.   CAN NETWORKS INSTEAD PLEASE SHOW PICTURES OF THE FAMILIES OF THE PERPETRATORS OF THE CRIME?? AND THE FACES OF THE CRIMINALS WHICH [...]

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SITA & DRAUPADI SYNDROME

Dec 18, 2012 No Comments

Can male MPs stop harking back to mythological honour and chastity to illustrate sexual crimes, asks VRINDA GOPINATH They were sombre and anguished as MPs in both Houses of Parliament stood and spoke of the heinous and barbaric gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student in the heart of the Capital — the mood was subdued [...]

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Mukherjee’s decisive role in mercy petitons reveals things to come for UPA, says VRINDA GOPINTAH

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

The ‘Hang Afzal Guru’ mob cry from self-proclaimed nationalist political parties and the easily aroused media, will give our esteemed First Citizen of the country, President Pranab Mukherjee, yet another opportunity to ‘out’ himself from the stately and ceremonial mise-en-scene of the presidency.  The first four months of President Mukherjee’s tenure has certainly been the [...]

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FDI will make the shopfloor caste-neutral, says Dalit pundit CHANDRABHAN PRASAD

Dec 07, 2012 1 Comment

Arun Jaitley, the esteemed Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of Parliament and senior BJP leader, is certainly contemptuous of salesgirls and salesboys, going by his stupidly elitist statement on the floor of the House. What did Jaitley say? “When we open our markets to foreign retailers…. We will be consumers and our children [...]

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Muslim countries will be uneasy if BJP anoints him its PM man, says AJAZ ASHRAF

Dec 07, 2012 No Comments

I am writing on the impending election in the coastal Indian state of Gujarat because of its significance for both India and the region. Indeed, the battle of the ballot there is not just a contest between personalities and national parties, or a mere referendum over the five-year rule of its chief minister Narendra Modi, [...]

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Post-Babri, the new faultline is on the suitability of Narendra Modi, writes AJAZ ASHRAF

Dec 03, 2012 No Comments

Twenty years ago, on a crisp Sunday morning of December, I was in a deep and dreamless sleep typical of people below 30 years, until the persistent ring of the telephone woke me. At the other end was a friend, a Hindu. His voice trembled as he said, “It is happening in Ayodhya. They are [...]

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