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Tharoor: One year since

It is more saddening to see that Tharoor is not exiting on his own, but being sacked around accusations of corruption. If he had resigned in protest against “the red tape”, or “allocation of funds to Kerala”, or even “ludicrous nature of Indian foreign policy” it would have been a worth while tenure. I do […]

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Sania Pakistani and Sonia Italian

My friend’s status message on facebook asks a simple question to Papa Bear (Emperor of the Hindu hearts) – If Sania becomes a Pakistani by marrying Shoaib Mallik, how is Sonia still Italian? It’s confusing. May be Thackerays were born into a matriarchal system, may be into a patriarchal system, may be they shouldn’t have […]

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The fault, dear Brutus

May be some of us should be outraged, may be the girl was plain unlucky, may be some of us managed a subtle turn on, may be parents should take better care of their young children, or may be the fault dear brutus is not in the stars but in ourselves.

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Ending terrorizing ourselves

Friedman has a beautiful piece on America’s priorities and the precariousness of the national psyche. In his OP-ED in times, Friedman talks about “my president, whose agenda can be derailed at any moment by a jihadist death cult using exploding underpants.” And what does the war on terror give us? Better drones, body scanners and […]

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Telangana,Self-respect, and Identity

Lets go back to 1982, to the political vacuum of Telugu’s land. To Begumpet Airport. T. Anjaiah, the Chief Minister of Andhra, yet another Congress chief minister installed through the “revolving door policy” of the Congress high command, was humiliated at the Airport by a novice AICC General Secretary – Rajiv Gandhi. This was all […]

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Why The Hindu?

In the cess pool that is Indian mainstream media, yet another reason why The Hindu stands out. Friday Review November Fest 2009 In response to the sentiments expressed by our readers, we have cancelled the associate sponsorship of Dow Chemicals International Pvt Ltd for The Hindu Friday Review November Fest 2009. This sponsorship was obtained […]

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Can media legally violate a prostitute?

Many of us who read newspapers would have seen the furore when B.Lenin, editor of ‘Dinamalar’ was arrested in Chennai a few weeks back, after film actress Bhuvaneshwari’s prostitution racket was busted. Bhuvaneshwari it seems had mentioned the names of a few very prominent film actresses who were involved with prostitution rackets. The next day […]

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King Thackeray and Dhara Patil

It can’t get better – My Man is going to wrestle My Useless Man. It seems Raj Thackeray said “he would beat Patil with shoes for neglecting his constituency“. And Patil, who effectively beat our terrorist cousins out of India, said “If he has the guts to come out in the open, I challenge him […]

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Cricket as a Metaphor

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is celebrating its 100th Anniversary of inception, and Tehelka has come up with a Special Issue, which I picked up at the stands two weeks back but got to read fully only now. It’s not really a collector’s dream, but the Opinion piece by Tarun Tejpal (the editor) was nice, […]

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