Madras Cafe

Madras Cafe

[Cast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Siddharth Basu; Music: Shantanu Moitra; Direction: Shoojit Sircar]   In the film ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’ there’s a line; a reporter says, ‘This is the Wild West my friend. When truth and myth contradicts, we print the myth.’ There’s this problem with making biographies or political […]

7500, 15000, or 20000?

When Bob Dylan wrote ‘How many people will it take till he knows that too many people have died?’ he would not have known how many times this question is going to be raised till we realise it is people we are talking about. Such was the plight last week when UN, Amnesty and the […]

The broken cyanide chain

‘It’s a tragic incident, that’s all’ was all Prabhakaran had to say about Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination twelve years after he executed it. He, however, didn’t have much say about the numerous Tamil leaders whom he ruthlessly eliminated. That’s notwithstanding the hundreds of Indian soldiers, Sinhalese civilians, and thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils who died in […]

War by terror

In a recent interview with NDTV, Anton Balasingam, the chief strategist of LTTE, termed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi as a ‘great tragedy’ and asked Indian people (read government) to be ‘magnanimous’ enough to put it aside and move on. He, however, did not mention about Padmanabha, Siri Saba Rathinam, Amirthalingam, and various other fellow Tamil leaders […]

One Good News

As I’m writing this, the European Union has just banned LTTE and is currently busy freezing their assets and bank accounts. The plan to declare LTTE as a terrorist organisation has been brewing for some time among the EU nations and I’ve read the news pieces about it a couple of months back. Since then […]