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Ajmal Kasab and Amish school massacre

Ajmal Kasab who is dead now, was given due process, and legal help by the Indian state. That’s definitely something Maharashtra and Union governments can be proud of. We are not Somalia or Afghanistan or Gujarat. And we did much better than USA on prosecuting terror related cases. The Indian state can some more credit for the fact that they never gave up on due process in Afzal Guru’s or Kasab’s case despite the cacophony of ‘Bharat Rakshak’s on social and anti-social media, and blood stained Machiavellis like Narendra Modi asking for more blood.

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Kerala History: Glimpses from 1956 to 2011

Because it tilts more towards the generation that grew up in the 90s, so that’s what we are. Because there are multiple events and people and struggles we left out from our long list, we would like to hear your thoughts. Because rather than big events, we have focused on big patterns. And while we disagree on a lot many things here – political, cultural, developmental, social, and personal, I hope we all agree that Kerala got it mostly right in the past 55 years. Because Kerala is the No.1 state in India, here we go, and as always we would like to hear your thoughts.

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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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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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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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If Obama is…

Assassinated With less than three weeks until Election Day, a big question is looming over the campaign for the White House, and it has nothing to do with the economic crisis or the caustic exchanges between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain over character and credentials. It is race.   Finally! The Trump card lies bare […]

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Eventhough that time has come

Dear Shri Pranab Mukherjee, ….that time has come – Signed: Prakash Karat, A B Bardhan, Debabrata Biswas, T J Chandrachoodan – and a few of us sighed and others, Good Riddance! said the TOI editorial, Lal Salaam! said Bloody Mary and, in the mayhem added that airports must be privatized. I dont know why Sagarika […]

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Page 24 – 7th Standard Social Studies Textbook

Education Reform in Kerala - VIIth Heaven Standard…. Yet another pastoral letter across churches yesterday, KSU(Congress’s student wing) activists and police clash across the state, Muslim League enters the protests arena in its North Kerala strong holds, and today the opening session of the state Assembly comes to a virtual standstill on the issue. Education Reform […]

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