Archive for February, 2017

MOHAN GURUSWAMY’s round-up on the tumultous political events

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

LUXURY PRISONERS If the AIADMK MLAs are kept sequestered in a luxury resort under the close guard of thugs and hired bouncers, the Governor will have to let the matter of leadership be resolved on the floor of the house. Or by secret ballot by AIADMK MLAs held under the watchful eyes of appointed observers [...]

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Hateful speech is not hate speech, explains SHEHLA RASHID

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

A few years ago, a prominent (upper-caste Hindu woman) journalist tweeted: “Ram was an asshole”, referring to Lord Ram’s treatment of Sita, of having suspected her chastity, etc. Immediately, she was castigated, endlessly abused by right-wing Hindutvawadi trolls, branded as a whore of Pakistanis, issued rape threats, etc. They said she engaged in hate speech. [...]

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Has the Congress scion’s cup of ‘power is poison’ runneth over with love, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

Is Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi the ultimate bromancer of desi politics? In this climate of acrimony and hate, is Rahul bringing in saccharine, feel good politics; a kind of touchy-feely maha bhaibandhan, as is being witnessed in Uttar Pradesh? Can anyone forget the swoony, hereditary clique that Rahul and former J&K chief minister Omar [...]

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On the fourth death anniversary of Afzal Guru, an evocative essay on the small dreams of the people of the Valley. By MIRZA WASIM. Illustrations by SAIRA WASIM

Feb 09, 2017 No Comments

As the year that gave us the age of anger came to a close, I tried to tell my seven-year-old son a happy story. In it, I tried to stay clear of strife, clear of the stories of global dysfunction, of nation states and contested ‘territories’, and the conflicts they continue to engender and suffer. [...]

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