Sunday 23 June 2024

News Analysed, Opinions Expressed

Bloody Mary

In defence of Angrezi


English may not be our mother tongue, but it does remain our Father Tongue. We must own it, excel in it and promote it just as our modernist architects of Independence did. After all, Nehru, Ambedkar Gandhi and Patel were all British-educated.READ

Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author's own.

In search of the modern Hindu


Today there are protests by Hindu outfits against western culture, against art exhibitions, against films, plays, books and authors. Given this culture of incessant protest and outrage, few of us Hindus stop to actually think whether the religion of our birth has simply been reduced to a banner of protest against Islam, against westernisation, and against so-called pseudo-secularism. Why are many of those who declare they are Hindu perpetually offended?READ

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Ishrat killing just not an encounter


The "encounter killing" or the "fake encounter" is an obscenity that should be unacceptable, indeed repugnant to a civilised society. They are criminal acts of bad policing. Only a society mesmerised by perverse fantastical machismo lends moral sanction to policemen killing suspected "terrorists" on the street. READ

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Advani: The reluctant fundamentalist


Advani's own political cycle has gone from Jana Sangh moderate to Hindutva hardline to post-Vajpayee moderate again. READ

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The anti-neta Neta


So far AAP has an angry, anarchist, urban Naxalite image. Think of AAP and you think of unruly folk on the streets staging dharnas outside the power bungalows of Lutyensland, or tearing up electricity bills, or voicing the kind of strident anti-corporate anti-growth sentiments that strike fear in the heart of the middle class. READ

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Mr Fixit vs Mr Dreamer


Apart from the secular communal divide, which is a divide on identity rather than on than ideas, the contest between Mr Gandhi and Mr Modi, is hardly a contest of major new ideas.READ

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Sagarika Ghose

Sagarika Ghose has been a journalist for 20 years, starting her career with The Times of India, then moving to become part of the start-up team of Outlook magazine, subsequently joining The Indian Express as Senior Editor. She was anchor of the flagship BBC World programme Question Time India before moving to CNN-IBN as prime time anchor and Deputy Editor. She is the anchor of the award-winning flagship debate programme Face The Nation on CNN-IBN. She is also a columnist for the Hindustan Times. She has won numerous awards including FICCI Media Achiever Award and Gr8-ITA Award for Excellence in Journalism. She is a graduate in History from St Stephen's College and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where she gained an MA and M.Phil in History and International Relations. She is the author of two acclaimed novels The Gin Drinkers and Blind Faith, both published worldwide by HarperCollins Publishers.


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