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Gandhi, between hate & cliché

Gandhi triggers the experimental in one. I cannot see him as a statue, a monument I salute. I see him as an eccentric neighbour who harasses me and history asking difficult questions.

Democracy of disgust

Ananthamurthy believes Narendra Modi must be opposed because he is a very big bully and will break the spirit of India, creating a country of spineless, unfree cowards

Oscars: And the nominees are...

In India, the attitude towards the mounting pyramid of awards has been of love-hate. Everyone wants to win one but pretends that they care a hoot for them. By contrast, the Oscars are the ultimate trophy for their power and influence.

When ‘honour’ kills

Where do the Prime Ministers-in-waiting, king-makers and youth leaders stand on the notion of ‘honour’ that leads to murders of young boys and girls who wish to marry for love?

Anatomy of a riot

The Gujarat riots have been singled out by the secular brigade for obvious political reasons... But Gujarat has been the only state in India in which no communal riot has occurred after 2002.

A long road to America

Officials briefing media, at a US think-tank in New Delhi, explained that India-US relations appear stalled as high-speed cruising makes movement imperceptible. There are no new big takeaways as trophies.

The sum of gender bias in haloed halls

Oxford and Cambridge admitted women undergraduates but did not give them degrees. A woman undergraduate only received a certificate that she fulfilled the requirements of a degree.

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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.