Archive for March, 2014

Manifesto Day revealed a loosened up Congress VP, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Mar 29, 2014 1 Comment

There is a simple, straight-forward rule that applies to journalists about their worth – you are known by your last by-line. It’s a lesson that the perennially-hesitant Congress VP, Rahul Gandhi should learn and understand by now. For instance, after the disastrously mishandled television interview RG gave to Times Now, his handlers and managers should [...]

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The Public Health Foundation of India ails with cronyism, says KAPIL BAJAJ

Mar 29, 2014 No Comments

Dear Ms Anumita Roy Chowdhury, Executive Director (research and advocacy) Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) New Delhi It’s interesting to find your name on the list of participants in Public Health Foundation of India’s foundation-day celebrations on Friday, 28 March 2014 – not surprising though given A.K. Shiva Kumar’s presence on the boards of [...]

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…And vice-versa is our campaign, says MEDHA PATKAR, AAP candidate of Mumbai North-East, to JYOTI PUNWANI

Mar 26, 2014 No Comments

Well-known activist Medha Patkar is fighting her first electoral battle on behalf of AAP after having been part of people’s movements all her life. Her voters know her as the only one who resisted the tsunami of slum demolitions unleashed by former Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2004-05, organising slum-dwellers and being dragged by [...]

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How Gujarat Govt dredged up an old land law to try fix SETALVAD

Mar 26, 2014 No Comments

The First Information Report against Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand is for allegedly cheating residents of Gulberg Society of money collected in 2008 by Sabrang Trust and Citizens in for Justice and Peace. The money was collected to convert Gulberg Society into “a museum of resistance”. Below is the story: This FIR was [...]

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Noted filmmaker ANAND PATWARDHAN has made up his mind who to vote for

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

Election notes (stating the obvious) : At the risk of repeating myself I am going to say this again. For all of us who believe in the secular democracy that India was meant to be, the options are increasingly clear. And there should be no confusion about it. In each constituency, whom we vote AGAINST [...]

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How Nirupama Kaul & Rabia Baji can forge peace in J&K, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

Could a multiple religious identity be the answer to understand and grasp the discrimination, intolerance, hurt and grief of two hostile communities? It’s the incredulousness of her own life in the story of Jammu and Kashmir that makes Rabia Baji a dramatic irony in the Meerut sedition drama. Baji is perhaps the only known Kashmiri [...]

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Reproducing mail between JYOTIRMAYA SHARMA who wants to withdraw his books & publisher CHIKI SARKAR

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

etween 22 February and 8 March, I wrote five mails to Penguin reiterating my request to withdraw and pulp my books. On 10 March, I received a reply: Dear Jyotirmaya, My apologies for not writing sooner – as I had said it would take a couple of weeks for me to get back to you. [...]

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ROUND TABLE INDIA questions why Roy wrote her essay ‘The Doctor and the Saint’

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

Dear Ms. Arundhati Roy, We are writing this letter to clarify our position on the rumors spreading in New Delhi about the cancellation of the launch of the book, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste, introduced by you and published by Navayana. The rumors claim that Dalit activists and intellectuals in Hyderabad have allegedly [...]

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Where she disagrees that only Dalits are qualified to write on BR Ambedkar and other retorts

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

Dear Friends at Dalit Camera Thank you for your letter and your straightforward questions on this complicated and vital debate. I am not aware of what rumours are circulating in Hyderabad or what sources local newspapers there were using to speak about the event. Let me clarify that there was no connection between the cancellation [...]

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RAKESH SHARMA, Director of FINAL SOLUTIONS, releases some shocking film clips of Narendra Modi

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

As the marketing whitewash continues to sanctify BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, many of the videos have vanished, its footprint wiped out by Modi’s marketing team. However, SHarma has dozens of such clips where Modi is shown making hate speeches and inciting the crowds in his various public meetings soon after the GUJARAT carnage. [...]

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