A. Faizur Rahman


Video and virulence

Despite the US justice system somehow finding a way to arrest the fraudster behind the horrific hate-video Innocence of Muslims there seems to be something sinister about the regularity with which hat

Which world do economists live in?

On September 20, the Montek Singh Ahluwalia-led Planning Commission filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that anyone capable of spending more than Rs 965 a month (Rs 32 per day) in urban India and Rs 781 (Rs 26 per day) in rural India is not poor and, therefore, will not be allowed to benefit from Central and state government schemes meant for people living below the poverty line. Many may have forgotten that the aforementioned “generous” estimates were arrived at by the Planning Commission after it faced criticism from the Supreme Court for claiming in May this year that a person is not poor if s/he earns more than Rs 20 a day in urban areas and Rs 15 a day in villages.

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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.