Archive for October, 2014

A MUCK RAKER cruises & digs up funny stories at the talked-about party in a London restaurant

Oct 31, 2014 No Comments

  Friday night I was hanging out with billionaires and royalty, and was reminded of Dorothy Parker’s quip, “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” I was at the book launch of How Google Works by Eric Schmidt, the boss of Google, a [...]

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It’s embarrassing how media became fans when they met the PM, writes FARAZ AHMAD

Oct 28, 2014 No Comments

He came, he spake, he left smiling, enthusiastically encouraging the obsequious hacks to get selfies with him. This was Narendra Modi’s highly billed, covered live by all news TV channels, first interaction with the media on the 152nd day of becoming the Prime Minister of India at the BJP headquarters 11, Ashoka Road on October [...]

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An INDIA RESISTS report on why SURINDER KOLI is being taken to the gallows

Oct 28, 2014 No Comments

Surinder Koli may hang any day after 28th October. The ‘man eater’ of Nithari has been charged with raping, killing – and cooking – children and women, 16 of them, over 2005 and 2006. As the first of these 16 cases concludes with the confirmation of his death sentence by the Supreme Court, Koli’s hanging [...]

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Modi double deals on corruption, is afraid of holding polls in Delhi, among others. By VRINDA GOPINATH

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

1. DRUMBEAT OF RISE OF NATIONAL PARTIES IS HOGWASH: After results of the two state legislature elections were announced, there was a rush of several scribes to rush and declare the death of regional parties, from the Shiv Sena, NCP and MNS in Maharashtra, and the INLD, HJC in Haryana. For starters, the BJP couldn’t [...]

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VIDYADHAR DATE on how urban planning leads to social cohesion or unrest

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

Kamu Iyer , a veteran Mumbai architect, is a mild mannered man and not at all known as a leftist. But he has posed a key question in his just published book Bombay from Precincts to Sprawl. The key point, which is rarely made by architects, is that you can judge a city by the [...]

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Modi’s Swachh Bharat is so 70s, where’s the 21st century Development Man, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Oct 10, 2014 No Comments

Did you think you had dived into a 70s Bollywood movie when you saw the beaming pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi participating in his mega-publicized Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India drive? The PM was not in his favourite trademark  Rajesh Khanna buttoned-to-the-neck kurta, and V-jacket but the pictures of a keen Modi with [...]

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Mass media coverage of Mission Mars leads to rational thinking & rejection of superstitions, says DINESH C SHARMA

Oct 10, 2014 No Comments

Traveling from my home in Mayur Vihar to the studios of the Rajya Sabha Television in New Delhi on the evening of September 24, I struck a conversation with the driver of the car that the channel had sent to fetch me. The driver must have been ferrying guests for television shows on the channel [...]

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An open letter to all the ABCD Modimaniacs out there, writes ANU ANAND HALL

Oct 10, 2014 No Comments

My parents voted for Barack Obama, presumably because like so many immigrants in America, they see the Democrats as more inclusive than the Christian-right-dominated, overwhelmingly white Republican Party. Yet, as nostalgic and devout Hindus who left for the US forty years ago, my parents are also huge supporters of India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi, [...]

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Why Sardesai alone can settle the debate about him, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments

The last 24 hours has seen a social media storm on the ugly and contemptible public fracas between India Today’s Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai and a gang of pro-Modi supporters in Madison Square, New York City. The incident and its aftermath played out like the dream sequence of The Blazing Life of A Twitter #Hashtag. [...]

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