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Democracy, Secularism, and Bodybags

loc killing

By   7 years ago

India has become such a vibrant democracy off late that we are now experts at playing politics on any thing, be it money bags or body bags. The latest case in point is the incident where 5 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack on their forward post at the LOC in the Poonch sector […]

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The Epitaph of Freedom of Speech

Nandana

By   7 years ago

A long time back, in a big country, there lived a poet who would not be afraid. In fact, he was so reckless that when an autocrat tried to chain the nation in the shackles of emergency, he directly asked her: इंदु जी इंदु जी क्या हुआ आपको, सत्ता के नशे में भूल गईं बाप […]

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The New Age Politics of Intolerance

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By   7 years ago

Indian Politics is funny, the way it tries to demolish Democracy, and its very cause of existence can be a classic case study. Leave alone the bigwigs who cannot bear being questioned; even the smaller fish are increasingly intolerant to scrutiny. I had an interesting experience with some Aam Aadmi Party folks on Twitter and […]

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Has Nitish Redefined ‘Himalayan Blunder’ ?

Nitish

By   7 years ago

Long back in our childhood, we had read a story where two cats are fighting for a piece of bread and unable to reach an amicable understanding, they decide to consult a monkey.  The monkey judge divides the bread in two unequal pieces, puts them on a balance and then keeps eating from one side […]

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Hindi – Chini Bhai Bhai Again

By   7 years ago

Breaking News:  The Chinese  got thoroughly disheartened after realizing that even if they come 100 km inside India, the Indian public will still not get over this intrigue called IPL and give them even as much as a second look. Couple this with a total lack of reaction from the enemy and it was no […]

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And Sajjan Kumar goes free …

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By   7 years ago

  “Gawahi badal do, muawza milega aur flat dilwa dunga” “Change your testimony, you will get money and I will give you a flat” This sums up the 28 years of the quest of justice for Anek Kaur, a victim of the 1984 anti sikh riots in which more than 3000 Sikhs were butchered in […]

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Attack on Presidency College and the Rot in Bengal

By   7 years ago

Kolkata, April 10 – The City of Joy seems to have reached a point where merely saying that not everything is right with the city will be a gross understatement. The city as well as the whole state has literally gone to dogs. Yesterday’s attack on the Presidency College was unlike everything this university had […]

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Homeless – 23 Years and Counting

kashmiri-pandits-human-right

By   8 years ago

23 years and they are still leaving lives of Refugee in their own Country. If you raise question, ask what state Govt. and central has done – you are tagged communal because you asked question about Hindus Exodus. Questions start pouring like, forget Kashmir what about Gujarat. Dumb heads see Riots and ethnic cleansing by […]

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    The Politics of Morality And Poor Mannequins

    Amul

    By   7 years ago

    The problem with a democracy is that any idiot, who has the capability to gather a mob around him, can call the shots. A perfect example of this is the Municipal authority of Mumbai. In a sudden flash of (marijuana induced?) wisdom, someone identified the root cause of the increasing number of crimes against women […]

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    A Tale of Two Suicides

    farmer-suicide

    By   7 years ago

    The tragic suicide of Jiah Khan has sent the Indian media in a tizzy. Writing expansive articles on her depression and a troubled relationship with her loser boyfriend, the newspapers are in an overdrive to tell (or sell?) us what exactly went wrong in her life. Times of India even published the full text of […]

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    Is there an End to the plight of the Vidarbha farmers ?

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    By   7 years ago

    Two cotton farmers from the Yavatmall district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra committed suicide on the day President Pranab Mukherjee visited the region. The deaths of these two farmers, Prashant Sidhewar, 25 and Ramkrishnna Pandurang Kathale, 32, pushes the number of farmer suicide in this year to 176. To put this into perspective at […]

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    Hypocrisy or Cultural Setback

    Hypocrites

    By   8 years ago

    There were lots of demonstrations and protests of late after the heinous rape incident of a 23 year old. Common people – men, women, youth, and celebrities took part in demonstrations across the country. Everyone voiced their opinion about the increasing number of rapes, pondered about the reasons behind the same and ‘Socially’ where we are […]

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    No Country for Young Women

    molest

    By   8 years ago

    India has been a peculiar country for long. It is only now that it has started changing into appalling and sometimes disgusting. Incidents in recent past, from Khap diktats on mobile phones to molestation in Guwahati and beating up of girls in Mangalore have cast a big question mark on the way we are “evolving” […]

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    No hospital in 8-km range of ‘New Jharia’

    Jharia

    By   8 years ago

    2600 hundred families have been shifted to 1500 quarters in Belgaria, 22 kilometers from Jharia town, a new colony surrounded by jungles with no basic amenities within commutable range. There is no hospital or medical care, no school, no shops, and, worst of all, no jobs at all. The people of Belgaria have to travel […]

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    An Olive Branch full of Thorns!!

    jharia-coal-fires

    By   8 years ago

    Jharkhand is one of the richest areas in the whole country, rich in minerals deposit and forests. Coal alone contributes about 92- 93 per cent to the total revenues from mining received by the Jharkhand government. Infact Jharkhand receives the maximum mining royalty among the coal producing states of India. Since its formation, the Jharkhand […]

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    Life expectancy of coal miners below 40 – Jharia

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    By   8 years ago

      As Jharia burns, the people who have  chosen to make this place their home brave the fire and fumes to somehow make a living and feed themselves two square meals a day. Hardly any of the workers in the open cast mines wear any protective gear, no masks and no boots. Most end up with a film […]

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      Economy View All →

      The First Falling “BRIC” ?

      Economy

      By   8 years ago

      The biggest news of today was not the spat between Modi and Nitish or what ICC had to say about the match fixing Bimbo, but about S&P threatening to downgrade India to – the worst possible nightmare – Junk grade. This “warning” comes on the back of slowing growth, declining IIP, a falling currency and […]

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      Rs 32 for the Common man and Rs 35 Lakh for Toilets

      35LakhToilet

      By   8 years ago

      Call it the heights of frustration! For past few days, the nation’s mindspace has been taken up by 2 toilets built by the Planning Commission, at the cost of Rs 35 lakhs ! By the way this is the same planning commission which decided sometime back that Rs 32 was sufficient to fulfill the basic […]

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      32 ka Dum !

      india01

      By   9 years ago

       Long back in the 1960s, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, riding on the groundbreaking slogan of “Garibi Hataao”, became the Prime Minister of India. It will never be established how much “Garibi” was removed in those decades of the “Hindu rate of growth” but Garibi Hataao” remained the flagship of the elcetoral battle formation of the Congress […]

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        Musings View All →

        नंबर 473

        By   7 years ago

        जिंदगी में कुछ चीजे ऐसे ही होती हैं जो बहूत कुछ सिखा जाती हैं ..ऐसा ही कुछ हुआ मेरे साथ. सुबह सुबह मैं बस स्टैंड चला गया सोचा आज सफ़र बस से कर लूँ ..तभी अचानक बिलकुल नयी चमकती हरी बस मानो लग रह था जैसे सड़क पर नरम हरी घास  की सेज बिछी हुई हो […]

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        लड़की ही तो थी ?

        girl

        By   7 years ago

        परसों की बात है मेरे गोद में चहक रही थी बार बार मेरे गालों को चूम रही थी जता रही थी वो अपना प्यार कभी मेरे चश्मे को नन्ही उंगलियों से पकडती कभी चाभी के गुच्छे को मुह में दबाती कभी गुब्बारे के इन्तेजार में घंटो धुप में खड़ी रहती अचानक सब ख़तम होगया मैं […]

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        फुलवा नहीं रही ..

        By   7 years ago

        वो हर रोज आता कभी सड़क पर मेरे आँचल को खींचता कभी सरेआम दुपट्टे को ले भागता मैं रहती डरी सहमी अपने आप में घुट्टी सोचती क्या बोलूं किस्से बोलूं कोन सुने ये हाल मेरा चुप रही आगे बढती रही मानो जीवन एक चोराहे पर आ बट गयी हो पर जब देखती माँ बाबु को […]

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        मंटो के लिए ..

        Manto

        By   7 years ago

        मंटो …एक कश्मीरी, एक पाकिस्तानी या सिर्फ एक कलम, जिसने अपने समय से आगे जाकर वो लिख डाला जो आने वाली सदी के लिए बीते हुए पल का मात्र एक दस्तावेज ही नहीं सब कुछ हो ..”मंटो ” का मतलब होता क्या है ? इसका जिक्र मंटो ने अपने ही शब्दों में बड़ा खूब लिखा है। मंटो कहते हैं […]

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        हिटलर की नानी की जय हो!

        Nagarjun_(1911-1998)

        By   7 years ago

        इसके लेखे संसद=फंसद सब फ़िजूल है इसके लेखे संविधान काग़ज़ी फूल है इसके लेखे सत्य-अंहिसा-क्षमा-शांति-करुणा-मानवता बूढ़ों की बकवास मात्र है इसके लेखे गांधी-नेहरू-तिलक आदि परिहास-पात्र हैं इसके लेखे दंडनीति ही परम सत्य है, ठोस हकीक़त इसके लेखे बन्दूकें ही चरम सत्य है, ठोस हकीक़त जय हो, जय हो, हिटलर की नानी की जय हो! जय […]

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        The most insensitive ad on Indian Television

        ad

        By   7 years ago

        From the settings, it looks like a prison/ concentration camp in South East Asia. The prisoners have their hands tied behind their backs and they look clearly terrified. The Firing squad takes its position and at the signal of their chief, they start firing. The hapless men fall on the ground in a heap. No, […]

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        पंद्रह अगस्त की पुकार

        15-august

        By   8 years ago

        पंद्रह अगस्त का दिन कहता आज़ादी अभी अधूरी है। सपने सच होने बाकी है, रावी की शपथ न पूरी है।। जिनकी लाशों पर पग धर कर आज़ादी भारत में आई। वे अब तक हैं खानाबदोश ग़म की काली बदली छाई।। कलकत्ते के फुटपाथों पर जो आँधी-पानी सहते हैं। उनसे पूछो, पंद्रह अगस्त के बारे में […]

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        Jinhe Naaz hai Hind par wo kahan the ?

        rabbi

        By   8 years ago

          No words required.. Rabbi has said enough. Spoilers: This song may stir some extreme emotions in you.

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