Archive for April, 2015

Deepika Padukone’s illness has now become a celebrity, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Apr 10, 2015 No Comments

Shove off Saifeena and Abhi-Ash, with your relentless, pouting narcissism and marketed excess, it’s now Hail Deepika, Angelina be thy name. After a decade of a Posh and Becks style simulated celebrityhood—of endorsements, luxury branding, manic shopping, P3 partying, splashy holidaying—it’s now about celebrity agony, Jolie style. In a televised and viral fervid week, Deepika [...]

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MUZAMIL JALEEL on the preposterous idea of separate settlements for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley

Apr 10, 2015 No Comments

Top PDP leadership says that “composite township” means that such a housing project won’t be exclusive to a community but open to all. I am unable to understand this. If a township is planned for Kashmiri Pandit migrants, how can it be open to all? How will the government make it “composite”? Why build exclusive [...]

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Sanskrit and English, why do Saudis want Sunni soldiers from Pakistan, & other notes, by MOHAN GURUSWAMY

Apr 10, 2015 No Comments

WHO ARE THE REAL MACAULAY KE AULAD? “Sanskrit played the elitist role in ancient India, being the language of religion, government and literature. Pali and subsequently Prakrits and Apabharamshas were spoken by the masses. This is evident from classical Sanskrit plays, which have brahmins and noblemen speaking Sanskrit while lower orders (including women!) use Pali. [...]

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Jammu has four; Ladakh has one; Kashmir has no art gallery, says HAROON MIRANI

Apr 10, 2015 No Comments

In 1981 when the state government organised the famous Al-Hijra exhibition, entire Kashmir swarmed the two spacious halls of Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) where numerous Islamic artifacts were put on display. The Islamic calendar had just entered into 15th century AH and some bright minds in government thought it was the best opportunity to showcase [...]

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