Archive for September, 2013

By demanding the PM quit on honour, the media is sounding like the KHAP, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 30, 2013 1 Comment

It’s stunning how BJP leaders and some famous Editors of mainstream media are sounding more like Khap-panchayat leaders rather than sober statesmen, and sagacious people of letters. One does not expect sophisticated and insightful reactions from politicians – political discourse has hit such a despicable low, but even journalists and editors have junked wisdom, experience [...]

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A buffered & cocooned Rahul Gandhi makes Crown Prince into Cranky Prince, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 28, 2013 1 Comment

When did Rahul Gandhi turn from Crown Prince to Cranky Prince? Let’s look at Thursday’s Press Club bombshell when he crashed into Minister Ajay Maken’s press meeting, took it over, and rubbished his government’s ordinance for letting convicted MPs and MLAs to hold office. No one in their right mind can say Rahul was wrong [...]

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Narendra Modi’s Bhopal rally was typically high on crowd, low on substance, reports SMITA MISHRA

Sep 28, 2013 No Comments

As I enter the special gate designed for media persons at the Jamboori Maidan in Bhopal, I realise I’m the only journalist at the gate. The special gates, enclosures and arrangements meant for senior party leaders, media and other ‘privileged’ sections have all gone for a toss. The surging crowd has taken over and people [...]

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Aadhar & other affiliated cards create confusion & colossal waste of money, writes KAVITA CHOPRA

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance’s (PSCF’s) outburst some time ago on duplication of efforts and wasteful expenditure on provision of identity cards of all sorts to the public might open a can of worms. PSCF has barely scraped the surface of identity cards scam in its report recommending scrapping of The National Identification Authority [...]

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A fact-finding team sees it as violence by political design

Sep 18, 2013 No Comments

This fact-finding exercise was coordinated by the Centre for Policy Analysis. Team members were the human rights activist and former civil servant Harsh Mander, former Director-General of the Border Security Force, E N Rammohan, Professor Kamal Mitra Chenoy of Jawaharlal Nehru University, National Integration Council member John Dayal, senior journalist Sukumar Muralidharan and CPA Director [...]

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Yet another gem in the freak luck of good cinema this year, says FILM DOCTOR

Sep 18, 2013 No Comments

Director: Ritesh Batra Screenplay: Ritesh Batra Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nimrat Kaur Producer: Anuraag Kashyap, Guneet Monga and ArunRangachari   Rating: **** ————-   The four stars above, after a slight hesitation, are more like a call to viewers to patronize dignified andundumbed down cinema. We’ve had a freak year withLootera, Ship of Theseus and now The Lunch Box.  They are all very different in genre but all three seem to have been made with poetic [...]

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TEN reasons why Modi wants to be declared PM candidate now, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 07, 2013 1 Comment

Is the Hindutva Hriday Samrat beginning to lose his patience or his nerve? Over the last week, Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi, the self-anointed prime ministerial candidate of the BJP has sent a lot of mixed signals ever since the Letter Bomb from DG Vanzara, former state DG of police and Modi’s chief executioner of [...]

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Media’s deathly silence on Attorney-Gen GE VAHANVATI’s son-in-law & his ban by UK regulator for manipulating RIL securities is stunning. A report

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Tariq Carrimjee of Somerset Asset Management £89,000 and has banned him from performing any role in regulated financial services. According to the Financial Times UK, “In November 2011, the Financial Services Authority issued Dubai-based private investor Rameshkumar Goenka with a fine of $9.6m, the largest fine it has [...]

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On how SPECIAL CELL& IB recruit Muslim youths to create terrorists to keep their rank & earn rewards. By IRSHAD ALI from TIHAR JAIL

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

To, The PRIME MINISTER, I am writing this letter from Tihar Jail with the aim of saving innocent youths from getting trapped by unscrupulous security officials. My name is Irshad Ali, s/o Mohammad Yunus, incarcerated in ward no. 5 (high risk ward), cell no. 13 in jail no. 8 of Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Many of [...]

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