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Fall of the Anarchists – Part I

Fall of the Anarchists – Part I

No one was really surprised. In fact, the media houses have been predicting that Arvind Kejriwal will resign on the 16th February when the court ruling on Lt. Governor’s stand is awaited. February 16th, give or take a couple of days, they said. At some sections of the public he is being hailed as the […]

Talibanising Hinduism

Talibanising Hinduism

As you read this, in one of the warehouses of Penguin Publications, all the copies of the book titled ‘Hinduism: An Alternative History’, written by Wendy Doniger, are being destroyed and reduced to pulp. Penguin announced that it is unilaterally withdrawing the sale and distribution of this book with effect from today. Only that the […]

The Bigotry of the Telugu

The Bigotry of the Telugu

I have had a great respect for Telugu people. They are one of the communities in India who merge with the local culture of wherever they are. I have seen Telugu-speaking people in Tamil Nadu who live and behave like Tamils. I have seen them in Bangalore where the live like Kannadigas. You actually won’t […]

Congress-bashers

Congress-bashers

They say, there’s a time and place for everything. And this is not the time to praise Congress. We need to ensure that the Congress is defeated in this election and are made to sit in the opposition for at least the next five years. Perhaps they need to be given that time to reflect […]

Aam Arrogant Party – Part 2

Aam Arrogant Party – Part 2

Nearly a year ago, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed this time-immemorial saying, ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees,’ little did he know that his bitter-most critic Arvind Kejriwal will come to learn that lesson. As his nascent government completes a month, Kejriwal is finding out that not only does money not grow on tress, that […]

Aam Arrogant Party

Aam Arrogant Party

I hope those who had proudly proclaimed their endorsement for Aam Aadmi Party are wondering what hit them. The last few days of AAP has been nothing but scandalous. It is, in a way, hard to believe that such a spectacular movement has reached such an absurd state. Those who are wondering what has really […]

Killing Gandhi with Apathy, Every Day

Killing Gandhi with Apathy, Every Day

I had been to Agha Khan Palace during my recent visit to Pune. For starters, here’s a brief history primer: Agha Khan Palace is a relatively comfortable bungalow where Mahatma Gandhi was interred during the Quit India movement. He was not confined in the regular jail because the British feared that if something happened to […]

AAP’s Main Challenge

AAP’s Main Challenge

On the eve of AAP’s takeover of the Delhi administration, it is worth pondering over some of the challenges awaiting them. For those who raised hands in the mohalla meetings and sent mobile text messages urging the Aam Aadmi Party to form government may not know the travails of the minority government. Kejriwal would know. […]

Dhoom 3

Dhoom 3

Cast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bacchan, Udhay Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Jackie Shroff; Music: Pritam; Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya The biggest drawback of Dhoom 3 is that Aamir Khan is in it. Had he not been there, the makers would not have attempted to ‘build’ any story in the first place. Therefore, where the story is absent, […]

We, The Petulant People

We, The Petulant People

The whole nation is boiling in rage. The street protests have sprung up everywhere. The left parties have started issuing serious warnings. The Dalit leaders such as Mayavati and others are wagging their fingers at the US asking it to ‘behave’. The Indian pride and, more importantly, the Dalit pride is at stake here. The […]