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Throwing Stones at the Government

Throwing Stones at the Government

General V K Singh’s ill-conceived remark that ‘if someone throws a stone at a dog, the government can’t be held responsible’ is obviously a grave insult to the Dalit children who were burnt alive. However, there’s also evident a careless attitude towards animal rights and other overarching problems associated with it. Let’s discuss them a […]

Beefeaters

Beefeaters

In a manner of speaking, the murder of Akhlaq for allegedly eating beef is just another stop in the long journey of Cow Protection movement in India. It’s the success of the campaign that Hindutva movement has been orchestrating for a long time, to show that the Indian landscape has always been kind to cow […]

Death Penalty

Death Penalty

For the past two weeks, I have been noticing posts for and against death penalty in India. I didn’t participate in any of them as I myself was torn between the two sides. I needed to confront my own conflict before I could clearly address the question. There is no doubt that death penalty is […]

Bahubali

Bahubali

When the film was originally conceived, SS Rajamouli must have clearly imagined that this was going to be a visual spectacle. It was going to be promoted as a grand epic and therefore the entire effort would be spent on that. Clearly, that’s what they have achieved. Bahubali is a spectacle of great imagination. Yes, […]

Cockroaches in the Coaches

Cockroaches in the Coaches

There have been talks of improving our rail services and better manage the huge monster called the Indian Railways. To analyse this, the new government had appointment a committee headed by Bibek Debroy to study and prescribe measures to improve the Railways. This committee had recently submitted its prescriptions. Among others, the key ones include […]

On Yoga

On Yoga

Yoga has become an international business today. A study claims that in America alone, about 15 million people practise yoga today. As the world celebrated this ancient art, Indians made world record with 35,000 people doing Yoga around the India Gate in New Delhi, ably supported by the Prime Minister himself. Of course, the run […]

India’s Sixty Years

India’s Sixty Years

India has seen tremendous progress since Independence. In order to understand that we need to know the kind of society we had inherited from the British. Our literacy was 17%. The largely peasant nation didn’t know what democracy meant. It was a huge challenge building the new nation from such society. When India chose to […]

O Kadhal Kanmani

O Kadhal Kanmani

[Cast: Dulqhar Salman, Nithya Menon, Prakash Raj, Leena Samson; Music: AR Rahman; Direction; Mani Ratnam] I’m not sure whether O Kadhal Kanmani was the first Tamil film to deal with the idea of Living-In Relationship. I believe it is. There have been films that portrayed pre-marital sex. Nammavar did it way back in 1995. However, […]

Shamitabh

Shamitabh

[Cast: Amitabh Bacchan, Dhanush, Akshara Hassan; Music: Ilaiyaraja; Direction: R. Balki] Self-referenced indulgent movies aren’t new to Indian cinema. Many of Shah Rukh and Rajini movies continually refer back to their previous hits in the hope of extracting some excited cheer from their fans. Shamitabh is the next milestone in that journey of self-referenced films. […]

A Rose in Any Name

A Rose in Any Name

In 1982, when Rajiv Gandhi visited Hyderabad, the then Congress chief minister T Anjaiah went to the airport with a group of supporters to receive him. Rajiv, who clearly didn’t expect the slogan-shouting crowd, was so upset that he chastised Anjaiah for bringing a crowd and making a scene. This he did it in full […]