Archive for September, 2014

TOI lost in the gritty media discourse on body parts, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments

OMG! The Old Lady of Boribunder has Boob envy! Well, if you can be sexist, misogynist, misanthropist, egotist, chauvinist, you may as well add ageist, in the Deepika Padukone-Times of India cleavage controversy. The Old Lady of BB was certainly throwing a high-octane fit of a Super Madam, after all, it was one of her [...]

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Chief Justice in Waiting HL Dattu is not good news for civil sociey and investigating journalists, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 24, 2014 No Comments

In the on-going saga of CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s all-revealing guest register, the plea by Prashant Bhushan’s Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) to keep Sinha away from the 2G Spectrum case because he was regularly meeting some of the accused as the register reveals, plus the counter perjury pleas filed by the CBI against [...]

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Media did great disservice focusing only on Army rescue ops & not brave locals, says resident KALPANA TIKKU

Sep 24, 2014 No Comments

I could not save anything – not my suitcase packed with clothes, not my bag. It all happened within a flash. I was not prepared for it. In fact no one was. If only warnings had been issued by either the State or by Police through loudspeakers or by Radio!  My heart skipped several beats [...]

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A free show at Madison Gardens, and no dinner announcement with Obama is slighting, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

NO STATE DINNER IN WHITE HOUSE: It pays to be diligent and exacting, especially the Gush Modi media, when they broadcast to the world about the awesome glittering and sparkling reception the PM is going to get in the White House during his visit to the US. For, it should have been clear to any [...]

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NEHA SINGH on reclaiming the Chai Tapri for girls and women

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

I had always been fascinated with chai tapris, whether in Bombay, Delhi or the ones in my hometown, Haldwani. Whenever my family went to Nainital, Ranikhet, Almorah or the other mountain towns, we always stopped at the beautiful mud sheds, with creaky old benches and breathtaking views of the hills for some chai and pakodas. [...]

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And other notes like the RSS’ bizarre history on how Dalits became untouchables, by MOHAN GURUSWAMY

Sep 23, 2014 No Comments

India is the world’s largest arms importer. America is its principal supplier of military hardware, and Indians exercise more with U.S. armed forces than with anyone else. It is now time to engage in joint planning for contingencies that impact both countries. The 2008 Indo-US civilian nuclear deal was designed to help—but Indian liability laws [...]

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But politicians are condemned to ignore it, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments

Indian Voter Wit: They said it three months ago, they are saying it again – “We are not stupid” – In May 2014, the Indian Voter, fed up with palace politics and intrigue that paralysed the country and brought it to its knees, came out to kick the Congress Party out, putting their faith in [...]

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It was a rare rebuttal when the former C&AG told Dr Singh there was no Coalscam, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 13, 2014 No Comments

Now what kind of a Munimji is former Comptroller & Auditor General Vinod Rai that he flipflops on the enormity of the Coalgate scam? It certainly raises some pertinent questions about Mr Rai and his intentions going by the sequence of events in the last two years. On March 22, 2012, the Times of India [...]

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By asking Kashmiris to hug soldiers today, the media is bringing triumphalism in a tragic situation, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 11, 2014 No Comments

Why is the media increasingly sounding like the Khaap Panchayat when it smarmily asks the question if there’s no irony in the Indian Army’s role in playing the savior in Occupied Kashmir? Because by asking this question needlessly, it’s like telling the Kashmiris that they should now love/respect/worship/marry their captors/occupiers/subduer/subjugator, in the light of the [...]

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It’s revealing to read Sathasivam’s judgement on Graham Staines, writes AJ PHILIPS in a brilliant analysis

Sep 11, 2014 No Comments

Decades ago, while teaching punctuations, our teacher who considered Wren & Martin as the Bible of English grammar, told us a little story. He was trying to teach us how important even a little comma was. A judge who heard a murder case read out a short, pithy, written verdict, “Hang him not let him [...]

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