Archive for December, 2015

Upadhyay’s death is a loss to us 40-plus generations, says art critic & curator JOHNY ML

Dec 14, 2015 No Comments

Death provokes metaphors. And it suddenly makes us a bit wiser. When asked by the Times of India, Kochi edition yesterday night, I told the reporter that I found Hema’s death as a loss to the generation which I would call as the ‘40-plus generation’. Hema Upadhyay belonged to this generation of artists and art [...]

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FARHAN AKHTAR’s voice over in a 26/11 docu promotes jingoism rather than heals, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Dec 09, 2015 No Comments

Dear Farhan Akhtar, Now that the hysteria has died down over the awful incident of a couple being heckled and forced out of a cinema in Mumbai for not standing up when the national anthem was being played, let’s look at how you have unwittingly played into the faux nationalism charade. Not everyone outside Mumbai [...]

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Time to support Delhi Government on odd-even driving scheme, says NAMIT ARORA

Dec 09, 2015 No Comments

The government of Delhi recently announced several measures to combat the hazardous levels of air pollution in the city. This includes emergency measures to reduce some of the 80 daily deaths from the current spike in cardiopulmonary emergencies in Delhi’s hospitals. It also declared some medium- and long-term actions, such as shutting down one coal [...]

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Bizarrely, Home Ministry & its own National Crimes Records Bureau show different figures of communal incidents, says RAKESH DUBBUDU

Dec 09, 2015 No Comments

India experienced 644 communal riots in 2014, according to data released by the home ministry. But if you believe data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)–a home ministry subsidiary–there were 1,227 riots that year. The data discrepancy, reported by Factly.in, a data-journalism portal, is important because as an intolerance debate roils India, much [...]

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MARK ZUCKERBERG’S pledge of $45 Billion is actually funding his own fund, says SADHO RAM

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

By now you must have heard that Mark Zuckerberg along with his wife Priscilla Chan has pledged to give away 99% of his estimated USD45 billion in Facebook stock to charity. Basically, Mark is giving away enough money to fund one of the world’s biggest charities for the next 45 years. Instead, he is funding [...]

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In the intolerance debate, are television channels reporting or inciting, asks SEVANTI NINAN

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

One has had this sneaking suspicion for a while. Having stoked the intolerance debate and kept the pot simmering, the media finds controversies around religion too good to let go of. They can barely mask their joy with outrage when one more person in some part of the country pipes up and says something stupid. [...]

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Brazilian activists highlight racist trolls in billboards near sender’s home – game to follow India?

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

Recently, the Cleveland Plain Dealer announced it had turned off comments on stories about Tamir Rice because “just about every piece we published about Tamir immediately became a cesspool of hateful, inflammatory or hostile comments.” The Montana Standard shared plans to end commenter anonymity, retroactively and going forward, due to “posters who consistently offer destructive and [...]

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Women in the world hold key to climate change, says RENEE JULIENE KARUNUNGAN

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

Women must be recognized as agents of change who hold solutions to the world’s most pressing problems such as climate change. Young feminists from different parts of the world have gathered in Paris on the third day of climate negotiations, known as the Conference of Parties (COP) 21, sharing stories and statements on women and [...]

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