Archive for September, 2015

You thought Modi & Zuckerberg came together to end net neutrality, asks KUMAR SUNDARAM

Sep 28, 2015 No Comments

Mark Zuckerberg’s idea of internet.org, claiming to create free internet but actually leading to separately sellable and controllable segments within internet has found a partner in the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi is India’s Hindu supermacist PM brandishing himself as a ‘development man’ who will bring progress to the country by pushing technological growth, [...]

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True to form, SUBRAMANIAM SWAMY is beginning to show his displeasure with Government

Sep 28, 2015 No Comments

Dear Prime Minister: Based on my reading of the various indicators of Indian economy, I feel compelled to inform you that the economy is in its early phase of a tailspin. If curative measures are not taken then a major crash is inevitable between the coming November and February, 2016. To reverse the trend, two [...]

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NARESH FERNANDES recounts the papal visit to then Bombay that included a Ravi Shankar concert

Sep 28, 2015 No Comments

At 5.15 pm on December 2, 1964, Bombay poured into the streets to greet a famous visitor: Pope Paul VI. “Pilgrim of peace gets tumultuous welcome: 15-deep cheering crowds pack streets,” said the Times of India’s headline. Both Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Vice President Zakir Hussain were on the tarmac at Santa Cruz [...]

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Ganesh processions are not religious but provocative, says blogger MILISAYS

Sep 28, 2015 No Comments

For a country that has been battling ‘religion’ based atrocities and crimes like dowry, sati, child sacrifice etc we’re extraordinarily naïve and easily misguided. Anyone can push anything under the red carpet of ‘religion’ and rest assured that it will not be touched and if touched, he just has to deliver a loaded speech and [...]

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Declassify Bose files, fumigate the folklore and end the meaningless mystery surrounding his death, says PARSA VENKATESHWAR RAO Jr

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments

There is nothing much to speculate about the British snooping on Bose before his bold escapade from his home in Kolkata in 1941. But the British intelligence sources, along with the Americans, seemed to have followed the Bose tracks even after the War and up till 1949, the year of the Chinese civil war between [...]

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TAMIL & FARSI beat SANSKRIT, eat that Hindutva Brigade

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments

Language evolution is like biological evolution – it happens minutely, generation by generation, so there’s no distinct breaking point between one language and the next language that develops from it. Therefore, it’s impossible to say that one language is really older than any other one; they’re all as old as humanity itself. That said, each [...]

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US Academia faculty’s response to threats by Hindu Nationalist Groups on Modi’s visit

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments

Over the Labor Day weekend, most signatories of the “Faculty Statement on Narendra Modi’s Visit to Silicon Valley” received threats from individuals in South Africa and Canada and email harassment from the Hindu Vivek Kendra,  a Hindu nationalist organization affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a member. Several letter signatories have also been targeted [...]

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Why PC needs our boot camp more the one in Quantico, writes NISHA SUSAN

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments

So here is ABC trying to do a pro-diversity type TV show. Never mind that the brown person with the white name (Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish) is the terror suspect in the big scary terror attack after all. To this end, someone’s coached Priyanka Chopra to say in the pre-show publicity that she was ek dum hardcore [...]

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But the World Bank report itself is quite suspect as revealed, says PRATIK SINHA

Sep 17, 2015 No Comments

A lot of Modi Fans are excitedly tweeting a report which states that World Bank has declared Gujarat as the best Indian state for doing business. So have all Modi bhakts started applying for jobs in Gujarat? Have the Non-resident Gujaratis tweeting this report renounced their green card and left for ‘Aapnu Amdavad’? No, none [...]

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RAKESH KRISHNAN SIMHA explains why India quit when it was winning the 1965 War

Sep 17, 2015 No Comments

In May 1964, Indian Defence Minister Yashwantrao Chavan made a visit to the Pentagon, the HQ of the American defence department. Chavan, who was trying to rapidly modernise the Indian military, requested the Americans to sell India the F-104 Starfighter – the most advanced jet fighter of that era. Although the US had supplied the [...]

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