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Why PM Modi loves a white lotus more than a saffron one

Why PM Modi loves a white lotus more than a saffron one

If you’ve seen the speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run up to the elections this year, you’d have noticed a big white lotus almost poking at his face in photos and videos. Why does a man renowned for being camera hungry, share his limelight with a black and white paper flower? And wh...

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How India forgot its most famous woman on her 150th birth anniversary

How India forgot its most famous woman on her 150th birth anniversary

Today, 150 years ago, a little girl let out her first cries as her parents held her up. These were parents who would not know in their lifetime that their child would become the most famous Indian woman, someone who’d change the destiny of India in her own way without realising it and yet whose cont...

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Is a New Wave of Indian Cinema Afoot Right Now?

Is a New Wave of Indian Cinema Afoot Right Now?

A former conman finds his calling taking tourists to visit the real underbelly of old Delhi, giving them a heady mix of sights, smells and tastes of the ‘gutter’. In one such tour, a young, well-meaning tourist is so disgusted seeing the truth that she leaves saying, “I’d rather hug a polar bear.”...

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50 Years of R&AW - Is India's Foreign Spy Agency Dreaded or Dreadful?

50 Years of R&AW - Is India's Foreign Spy Agency Dreaded or Dreadful?

In an article hatefully titled How RAW extends India’s evil agenda?, S Qamar Afzal Rizvi credited as an ‘an independent ‘IR’ researcher based in Karachi’ writes this about India’s foreign spy agency Research and Analysis Wing, (R&AW): “To create a powerful tool within the organisation which coul...

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Terrible Trailers: Why I will not watch 'Parmanu'

Terrible Trailers: Why I will not watch 'Parmanu'

As a young adult in 1998 when the Pokharan tests were conducted, I was amazed. Not so much by the blasts itself – for I couldn’t understood how nuclear tests could feed our hungry millions - but by how our scientists and intelligence agencies fooled the mighty American surveillance systems.A deca...

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15 years of Gujarat 2002 riots - why every Indian must remember

15 years of Gujarat 2002 riots - why every Indian must remember

During the times of Kabir in the 15th century, India simmered with communal tension, the reason why he wrote and sung so passionately about Hindu-Muslim unity. Like a huge flash in the pan, a riot would erupt quickly, consume what it could and die. In India in the last few decades, this flash has b...

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Surviving Trump: Tips from the world's largest democracy to the oldest

Surviving Trump: Tips from the world's largest democracy to the oldest

Dear Citizens of USA,While democracy - yours oldest, ours largest - connects us, we have a lot of differences. You may be one third our population while we are one third your landmass, yet the complexity of language, culture, viewpoints in India is exponentially more than yours.Today however you are...

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Udta Punjab Suffers From Self-Censorship Even Without Any Cuts

Udta Punjab Suffers From Self-Censorship Even Without Any Cuts

I shall never forget that scene from a serial I saw as a child where the parents of a once enthusiastic boy, seeing their son now screaming for drugs, not recognising them - break down. To my ten year old self it was devastating to see such a sad transformation of a once doting child.As I moved in...

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How can one man decide the morality of the whole nation: Anurag Kashyap

How can one man decide the morality of the whole nation: Anurag Kashyap

In Picture: Anurag Kashyap and director of Udta Punjab Abhishek Chaubey (in black t-shirt)The Indian film industry – be it commercial, indie or regional cinema - known for being spineless, has perhaps for the first time shown a kind of united fortitude for a common cause. They have rallied behind ...

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What Tagore said in 'Nationalism' and how it applies today

What Tagore said in 'Nationalism' and how it applies today

Few people in the history of India have had the clarity of thought that Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore did. This clashed with those of his peers and he had famous tiffs with Mahatma Gandhi about what is patriotism and nationalism.  The two men, though they admired each other, agreed to disagree. G...

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