Archive for June, 2013

Why Arun Jaitley must be smirking now in the Ishrat Jehan case, by FARAZ AHMAD

Jun 29, 2013 No Comments

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha is relentlessly pursuing the numerous Gujarat fake encounter cases against Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director Rajendra Kumar and his subordinates as well any number of Gujarat Police officers, some absconding like former Joint Commissioner of Ahmedabad Police P P Pandey, but it’s Arun Jaitley who must be chortling, telling Gujarat chief [...]

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The sordid story of Tata Telecom and its intimidating collection policy, by ANUBHA

Jun 29, 2013 No Comments

The Cell Phone is the New Age God. It can do almost anything, but owning a cell phone can be a downright nuisance sometimes, especially when you are in the middle of something important and you get a call from a telemarketer selling housing projects or a travel package or some scheme or the other. [...]

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How Congress spin doctors don’t let the bad news singe Sonia & Rahul Gandhi, by SANDEEP BHUSHAN

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

It was in 2005 that I had my first brush with the dangers that confront every beat journalist covering the Congress party. An electoral verdict that year had given the NDA the numbers in the Jharkhand Assembly. Yet, Sonia Gandhi’s handpicked Governor Syed Sibte Razi had invited the Congress-backed Shibu Soren to form the state [...]

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Rajdeep Sardesai’s moral code for the Press on reporting Narendra Modi is crock, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

There’s a kind of hush when self-styled media moral crusaders make pronouncements on the media, especially when they are of the “elite, liberal kind”, and also have the added muscle of being leading captains of media networks. CNN-IBN’s Ed-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai has also been president of the Editor’s Guild, and so his guidelines on setting [...]

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And why media must verify evidence before making it public, say ACTIVISTS IN A LETTER

Jun 15, 2013 No Comments

It is a clear indication of the desperation being felt by the IB establishment as the heat turns on its senior officers in the Ishrat Jahan probe, that they are down to doing what they do best: use pliant sections of the media to plant stories to deflect scrutiny and create a favourable public mood.  [...]

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BHARTI KHER’S anguish over India’s shameful absence at VENICE BIENNALE because of bureaucratic stupor & nepotism sparks debate among top dog artists & virtuosos

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

To Whom It May Concern (if at all) As I sit these mornings and look at my mailbox something about where I’m from and at bothers me as the news from Venice Biennale filters in:  pavilions from Angola (population 19.6 million, civil wars 1975 to 2002) Azerbaijan (9.173 million) Bangladesh, Tuvalu (population 9,847)  …yes smaller [...]

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The resignation drama is call for a fight, not petulant submission, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

Can the chest-beating and lamenting, mind you, not by BJP leaders and party workers, but by the commenterait on television news channels, please stop? The mourning for BJP patriarch LK Advani’s resignation from all party posts, is not about defeat and a life of solitude, but a head-on collision with his party colleagues, for a [...]

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Nothing like an old-fashion snub to bring Modi & fantasists down, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 08, 2013 No Comments

It seems the irony has come back to bite Narendra Modi! For, it’s not the opposite that took place in Goa yesterday, but a repeat of exactly what took place in 2002! If Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, also Chief Champion of Modi-for-PM, and his fantasists were hoping for a repeat of 2002, when party patriarch [...]

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The war between Modi fantasists and Advani revivalists is tyranny vs team, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 05, 2013 No Comments

Who will win the unseemly fight that has broken between Moditva fantasists and Advani revivalists in the BJP, for the top spot in the coming May 2014 general elections? It may not be the most obvious answer (!!) and it has certainly jettisoned the 86-year-old forever also-ran “Lauh Purush” (Iron Man) up and running in [...]

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