Archive for April, 2014

NIVEDITA MENON is mystified by the sudden disappearance of the libertarian blog KAFILA from cyberspace

Apr 26, 2014 No Comments

Yesterday from about 3 pm, nobody could get into Kafila. All we could see was a notice that said WordPress had suspended the blog for ‘violating terms of service’. We wrote immediately to WordPress, who replied that they would get back to us.  No reply from them so far, but Kafila suddenly reappeared at about [...]

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MOHAN GURUSWAMY wonders why Muslims don’t have Indian names

Apr 26, 2014 No Comments

Why don’t Muslims in India have Indian names, is something I have long pondered about? Many Christians have Indian names and lose none of their Christianess by doing so. Some have mixed names like John Dayal or Satish Jacob. There is SP Udayakumar, the AAP candidate from Kanya Kumari, who is a Christian. He is [...]

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Secularism is dead, you say, but why is VIOLENCE not a big deal to you, asks DILIP SIMEON

Apr 26, 2014 No Comments

This is in response to Shekhar Gupta’s article: NATIONAL INTEREST: Secularism Is Dead http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/national-interest-secularism-is-dead/99/ There are four observations here that are crucial to Shekhar Gupta’s argument and with which I agree: the truth is, the Muslim vote has been hostage to fear - true mainstream, liberal politics in India has deliberately failed to treat the Muslim [...]

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Therefore, commercial exploitation of surrogacy allowed, exposes a documentary film, writes MOHAN RAO

Apr 18, 2014 No Comments

Some time back I interviewed a high official at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). His office was full of pictures of various Hindu Gods. We are used to that now and are told there is a difference, unlike the West. We, In India, do not believe in secular-religious binaries. In fact we overflow, with [...]

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RANA AYYUB raises some pertinent questions from the new, affable Modi giving interviews on TV

Apr 18, 2014 No Comments

In an interview on Wednesday to news agency ANI, Narendra Modi, took some rather straight questions with never before seen confidence. He smiled, acknowledged certain points and praised ANI several times through the interview. He asked them to clear certain misconceptions that had been prevalent in the media about him, and to compile news reports [...]

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After all it’s still INDIA, says documentary photographer SANJAY AUSTA

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

—————– The hungry wait for a free meal outside a dhaba in Ahmedabad, Gujarat Has Gujarat, the western most  lying Indian state finally fallen off India’s map to  sit at the high table of developed nations in the West?  It would seem so if you go by the frenzy that’s been whipped around what’s being [...]

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Authors of GAS WARS say they are being unfairly intimidated

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

This is the statement from the authors of GAS WARS: CRONY CAPITALISM AND THE AMBANIS regarding the legal notice served by  RIL and Mukesh Ambani earlier today. 1. The book ‘GAS WARS’ has been “more than fair” to Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Shri Mukesh D Ambani by quoting and providing their version of events, [...]

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Corruption & governance will be made accountable but secularism is non-negotiable

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

Dear FELLOW INDIANS, The best thing about our country is its cultural diversity, its pluralism – the co-existence of a number of religions and ethnicities over centuries, and hence the blooming of multiple streams of intellectual and artistic thought. And, this has been possible only because Indian society has prided itself on being essentially secular [...]

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And he ensured Subramaniam Swamy never became his Finance Minister

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

IT is common knowledge that there is no love lost between Atal Behari Vajpayee and Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, whom Jayalalitha desperately wanted as finance minister of a BJP-led government. But few are aware of Swamy’s autobiography serialised in the Tamil weekly Kumudham, where he has poured venom and vitriol on Vajpayee and cast [...]

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Farmer deposits have gone up but Bad Loans of Rs 3 Lakh crores to corporates is lost, says MOHAN GURUSWAMY

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

For the last so many years as food prices soared, ignorant people, notably anchors like Arnab Goswami, have been going berserk about how the farmers continue to be poor and the middlemen have cornered all the gains. The BJP and AAP spokesmen who I encountered in my panel discussions would all rail and rage, and [...]

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