Archive for June, 2014

Six signs of Modi’s creeping authoritarianism, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

It’s a month today, on June 26, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed a month in office, but going by the utterances of his own Cabinet colleagues, nothing seems to have changed from the previous UPA Government in policies and agenda! How do you explain his spin masters both in government and media who [...]

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It’s time the more glorious South India history got equal eclat as oft-defeated Indo-Gangetic plains, says MOHAN GURUSWAMY

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

There is one advantage that less educated people have over the highly educated. It is that they are more likely to have open minds. But there is always the danger that the open mind can actually be an empty mind. Smriti Irani has requested us not to judge her by her meager education but by [...]

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Sushma Swaraj’s eloquent Urdu speech is mercifully her way of showing individuality, says KAJAL BASU

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech in (almost) impeccable Urdu, at the 30th All India Annual Hajj Conference, has the media AND blogland sitting up all agog. To those spewing fervent admiration for the only Union Cabinet member who has the gumption to play against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his own backlot, here’s a [...]

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Constable RAVINDRA PATIL’S death raises serious questions about celebrity pressure in the SALMAN KHAN hit & run case

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

In India, the testimony of the prime witness is considered the most important document in a criminal case, which often influences the final verdict. In the 2002 hit-and-run case of Salman Khan, the man who found himself in the epicenter of the controversy, was the prime witness of the case — constable Ravindra Patil. Those close to Patil [...]

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NANDINI SUNDAR on why education should be more than enabling elite students to merge seamlessly into US higher education system

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

Even as the energies of Delhi University’s (DU) faculty and administration are absorbed in battling over the four year program, few are questioning the raison d’etre of higher education more broadly.  The real questions today are not how long a degree should be, but the extent to which universities enable their students to think critically [...]

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DILIP SIMEON on why PM Modi’s directive to Home Ministry to destroy 1.5 lakh files raises suspicions

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

In the absence of any assurance that files of historical value will be preserved or even vetted before being destroyed, (“asked if these files of historic value were saved or junked, an official expressed ignorance”), all those who respect knowledge and historical research have cause to be gravely alarmed at this news. This is particularly so [...]

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ABU ZAFAR lists out number of rioters, criminals et al in the present Lok Sabha

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

In the newly elected 16th Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Indian Parliament, there are 87 Members who are facing rioting charges in different courts of the country. At least 13 of them are facing charges related to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his [...]

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Modi’s bedding roll, monochrome look reveals more than it conceals, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

Has Prime Minister Narendra Modi become the national bird? Let’s not pretend that Modi’s sartorial flash is anything but a fashion parade of iridescent plumage colours, structural coloration, and buttoned up vanity.  He’s been peacocking ever since he made up his mind to leap into the prime ministerial race, and since then, there have been [...]

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Caste and religion cards were amply used, says JYOTI PUNWANI, in a probing analysis

Jun 15, 2014 No Comments

One of the myths doing the rounds in the English media, even before the election results were out, was that of “Modi the moderate’’. Media analyses of the results reinforced the myth that the traditional electoral ploys of caste and religion had been discarded by Narendra Modi, who had succeeded in reaching out to everyone [...]

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Everything you wanted to know about militant Hindu Rashtra Sena, by KAJAL BASU

Jun 15, 2014 No Comments

This is for those who’re wondering just WHO this guy named Dhananjay Desai is, and what the Hindu Rashtra Sena is all about: The Hindu Rashtra Sena is a Sanghí outfit, all right. But it seems to me that the organisation was specially set up and ‘cultured’ to act as the Sangh’s militant fringe. (Every [...]

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