Bombay

Democracy
Women's rights

Pride, prejudice and Hadiya

The Hadiya case has quickly turned into a war of political interests between Hindutva and Islamists. Prima facie, the issue is simple. A woman choses to convert to another religion and marry a man of her choice from that religion. Enter evil parents. The marriage is anulled. Hadiya is becomes a prisoner. Clamour grows with […]

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Thermal Plants want water, farmers need it
Media
National

Drought and Farmer Suicides 101 for Manu Joseph

Not sure how to do this, given that this is a data free hatchet job by Manu Joseph. So it isn’t like he is claiming that his absurd claims are backed by data to begin with. Still, because I’m irritated enough, doing a limited take down of yet another attempt to trivialize the gravity and […]

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Indian flag photographic collage
Democracy
Environment
National

What independence Day? The freedom struggle isn’t over!

It is the day for cute messages and wearing your patriotism on the sleeve. It is a day that has increasingly lost meaning for me. We got independence from the British Raj. That was 68 years ago. Are we free? What does independence mean? Was #India really racist enough to think that we needed the […]

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Sify.com cartoon on Yakub Memon hanging by Satish Acharya
Democracy
Politics & Political Commentary

Who profits from hanging Yakub Memon?

Yakub Memon is the brother of Tiger Memon and provided him and Dawood Ibrahim financial assistance in the planning of the Mumbai train blasts of 1993. After the blasts, Dawood Ibrahim and the Memon family escaped to Pakistan, where they lived under the protection of the ISI. To make a long story short, anecdotal accounts […]

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Admiral D K Joshi (retd) interview by Nitin Gokhale for NDTV
Media
Politics & Political Commentary

‘Vested Interests Have Stalled Reforms,’ Former Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi Tells NDTV: Full Transcript

This interview transcript went missing from the NDTV site without explanation, so here it is. Here is the full transcript of NDTV’s interview with Former Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi. NDTV: What prompted the government to accept your resignation with such haste? Admiral DK Joshi: On the speed of its acceptance I really have no […]

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