Proudly Indian

Urban India is in the throes of an obsessive examination of the corrupt nature of the polity and governance of our country. Anna Hazare’s movement against the corrupt has galvanised our cities into examining the state of our nation with missionary zeal. Some zealous followers of Team Anna tell us that our nation’s culture itself is corrupt. After all, don’t we sell our precious votes for bottles of liquor from a person from our “community”?

The best of times

If Charles Dickens had been alive today and if he were to divide his time between the two cities of Delhi and Mumbai, he would have possibly changed his immortal line to: “It was not the best of times

Liberal by faith

My editor at The Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle was quite surprised when I suggested the topic for my column this month: religious intolerance.
She reminded me that I wanted to avoid controversy. She’s right. I do. But this topic is important. And every discussion in this area does not have to be controversial. It’s a matter of how we convey our thoughts. So I’m going to try my two bits here.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.