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Beyond the headlines

Beyond the headlines

In today’s milieu of crisp sound-bites, newsbreak a minute and short attention spans, the struggle to capture eyeballs and mind space of readers and viewers has become fiercely competitive. We, as consumers of news have become increasingly laid back and lazy, preferring our brains to be spoon-fed thoughts and ideas the anchors or journalists find fit to feed us. On the other side of the fence, newspapers and television journalists have become more and more … Read entire article »

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The Nehru Row

The Nehru Row

A spate of articles extolling the virtues of Nehru and castigatingng those criticizing him have appeared in the past few days. On the other hand, social media is flooded with posts deriding him and trashing his legacy. My take on the issue is that his contributions can’t be denied. Unlike his great grandson, he put advantage of birth in a leading political family to good use, working with intelligence and a vision. But the reasons … Read entire article »

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Who’s Tweeting What – Modi Vs Kejriwal

Who’s Tweeting What – Modi Vs Kejriwal

Having followed both @narendramodi and @arvindkejriwal on twitter for a while, I noticed a distinct pattern to the way they each tweet. To confirm my impressions, I did a detailed analysis of their tweets over a period of the past 50 days (1 Apr to 20 May 2016) and tried to broadly group them into different categories. For ease of comparison, I tried to make the categories as similar as possible. Wherever this was not … Read entire article »

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Citizen Soldiers

Citizen Soldiers

This post is a result of the 140 word tyranny of Twitter which, while well suited for one-liners and retorts, handicaps expressing of a complex idea coherently. I was trying to refute a view that serving soldiers of the armed forces are banned from expressing political views on social media, and after trying to argue my case via serialised tweets, decided that it called for a blog post instead. Let’s get some basics sorted out first. … Read entire article »

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Danda Democracy

Danda Democracy

I always regret not having studied Political Science, having been schooled in a day and age when it was sacrilege to even think of anything except PCM (Physics Chemistry Math) if you were a boy and PCB (Physics Chemistry Biology) if you were a girl. So my knowledge of what comprises a Democracy is very basic, gleaned from the little Civics studied up to tenth grade. Subsequent attempts to expand that knowledge by reading Fukuyama … Read entire article »

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OROP – Constitutionally Speaking (A guest post by Akshat Agarwal)

Guest post by Akshat Agarwal, a budding lawyer In light of the recent controversy over the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP), it may be pertinent to turn for guidance to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution of India. This document, drafted over thousands of hours of deliberation and discussion, provides the blueprint according to which the government of India is supposed to run the country. As such, the constitution lays down certain principles as inalienable and intrinsic to the very nature of India as envisioned by its writers, as well as by the millions of Indians they represented. One of the most important philosophical foundations of our state and it’s polity is the idea of equality. In a country recently ravaged by colonialism, marked by racial discrimination and … Read entire article »

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What if Nehru was still the PM in 65?

Barely three years after facing a humbling if not humiliating defeat at the hands of Chinese PLA, the Indian army was to be put to test again in 1965, this time with confrontation brewing on the western borders. But there was one major difference. This time, instead of a supposed statesman of immense stature, we had an unassuming Prime Minister with political stature to match his diminutive size. Lal Bahadur Shastri, who had taken over after Nehru’s death in 1964, was a political lightweight and a compromise candidate for premiership. Yet, as the outcome of this war clearly demonstrated, its the decisions taken by a leader, and not his stature or personalty which matter in times of such crises. In April 1965, when Pakistan launched its provocative though low level … Read entire article »

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Mere paas Maa hai

Mere paas Maa hai

          Since Rahul Gandhi is approximately the same age as me, it would be safe to guess that he watched the same movies that I did in early childhood. The staple Bollywood fare of the 70s, which had a recurring central theme – rich versus the poor. There would be variations of course. It could be the poor mill workers pitted against the unscrupulous tyrant of a mill owner, who often had a side business of … Read entire article »

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Don’t ‘Angry’ the Common Man

Don’t ‘Angry’ the Common Man

I wonder if Arnab Goswami has seen Chennai Express. If he has, he didn’t seem to have taken Shah Rukh Khan’s dialogue, “Don’t underestimate the power of an ordinary man”, seriously. Or maybe its the other way around, and he overestimated his own and his channels ability to control and direct viewers minds. That’s possibly why Times Now moved from reporting the narrative to trying to script it. With provocative hashtags scrolling tantalizingly across the … Read entire article »

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A Modi voter replies

A Modi voter replies

Dear Aakar Patel, I am a Modi voter, and I will try and answer some of the questions you put to me yesterday (A few questions for the Modi voter). First a little bit about myself, just to clear your apparent misconceptions about who I am. I am one of the 167.5 million Indians who voted for BJP / NDA, primarily to see Modi become the prime minister. Contrary to what you seem to believe, I am … Read entire article »

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