Archive for January, 2014

Congress could have gained from Aiyar’s jibe rather than lost if it was smart, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 27, 2014 1 Comment

Narendra Modi’s acerbic pitch of Chaiwallah vs Dynasty in his election campaign in Gorakhpur, UP, yesterday is seriously contrived, hollow and melodramatic. Really, after the collective howl from Modi’s colleagues in the BJP, the media and the pontifical commenteriat, over Congress MP, the irredeemable Mani Shankar Aiyar and his reference to the “chaiwallah” comment last [...]

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Here are SEVEN good reasons why Kejriwal and his Band are still a good bet, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

Let’s be clear: There are no excuses for Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s disgusting, outrageous and most importantly, illegal raid on a residence of Ugandan women in Khirkee Extension, a suburb of Delhi.  Bharti not only exhorted his followers to chase and nab African residents, but instigated them to thrash and violate the victims, apart [...]

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There is no duty that binds ministers in the face of crime, says KAVITA KRISHNAN

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

Deeply worrying how academicians and activists and human rights lawyers – with years of training in exactly how to identify racism and human rights violations – are blandly telling us, now that they’re political leaders, that it’s not really ‘racist’ for a Minister to say ‘outsiders’ should be thrown out of India if they do [...]

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In his first media interview, RAHUL GANDHI speaks from his heart to VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

Rahul Gandhi may have just got himself a new job, the fifth-generation heir of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty is all set to become a parliamentarian from Amethi, and the excitement and anxiety of a new beginning is palpable. Campaigning is over, the day of reckoning has come. However, Rahul would like the world to believe he [...]

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Food & drink in many Indian embassies abroad is atrocious, moans MOHAN GURUSWAMY

Jan 14, 2014 No Comments

When you are abroad the last place you want to go to is an Indian embassy dinner. The food is rate contract stuff and you always get an uneasy feeling that somebody is making money, or all the good stuff has been interdicted. The quality of food is a uniform third-class to indifferent. Even the [...]

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AAP volunteers are hired in administration by innovative means, writes FARAZ AHMAD

Jan 08, 2014 No Comments

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s repudiation of Prashant Bhushan’s views seeking a referendum on retaining the primacy of the Indian Army in Kashmir has come at a crucial time for the people to judge Kejriwal’s party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),which is now slowly but surely showing its real face.It has decided to supply 700 litres [...]

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And can we not have Benign Billionaires like Infy Bosses to save politics, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jan 08, 2014 No Comments

Now that Arvind Kejriwal can justly be called India’s first Mactivist chief minister, the Big Cheese of a people’s activism movement, can the pontifical commentariat give us a break about foisting their favourite lodestar on the republic? It’s bad enough the public had to once deal with celeb activists like Nafisa Ali in the last [...]

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