Tag Archives: India

The Fifth Pillar of Indian Democracy

Indi­an democ­ra­cy is said to rest on the ven­er­a­ble four pil­lars of the leg­is­la­ture, the exec­u­tive, the judi­cia­ry, and the press. All the four pil­lars have cracked to a great degree and Indi­an democ­ra­cy is not healthy. In brief, we … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2014

What is UPA? What does it stand for? Under­cov­er Pay­ment Agree­ment. This coali­tion is all about not let­ting any­one know who paid how much to whom for what. Who is the UPA’s PM can­di­date? They thought they had an ace … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Road From Democracy to Fascism

The recent storm cre­at­ed by the Shiv Sena in Maha­rash­tra is indica­tive of a resur­gent Fas­cism as cor­rect­ly not­ed by Soli Sorab­jee. This rot in Maha­rash­tra is elo­quent­ly ana­lyzed by Prat­ap Bhanu Mehta, which you must read to get a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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In Remembrance of 26/11 and Thanksgiving to the Heroes

Warn­ing: A post with­out struc­ture, theme or com­po­si­tion. Sense­less unedit­ed out­pour­ing. Read at your own risk. Blood, bul­lets, and deaths. Bru­tal vio­lence. Screams. Help­less­ness. Despair. Pain. Courage. A nation of a bil­lion aspir­ing to be on the UN Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What Is Wrong With This Picture?

When I was a kid, I loved to play a game that came in some comics and mag­a­zines: What’s wrong with the pic­ture? You had to spot illog­i­cal, unre­al, mis­matched and oth­er such odd­i­ties hid­den in small details in the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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India Swine Flu Helpline Details & Contact Information

With the first swine flu death report­ed in my city of Pune, I thought I’d pro­vide some Swine Flu relat­ed infor­ma­tion spe­cif­ic to India. Swine Flu India is the cen­tral web­site for all infor­ma­tion and updates. The Min­istry of Health … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Mentally Challenged, Raped, Pregnant. Abort?

While Barack Oba­ma pro­claims White House sup­port to the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties to which India is a sig­na­to­ry, the Indi­an Supreme Court has deliv­ered a land­mark judg­ment in a unique case of young woman … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Encouraging Superstition on TV

A few days back, I was watch­ing a children’s real­i­ty show on TV, Zee Saregama­pa Lit­tle Champs. Young chil­dren sing and com­pete in this show, and there are two judges, one of whom is Ms. Alka Yag­nik. After one of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Religion vs. Gender Equality & Feminism

How do reli­gions treat women? How do eman­ci­pat­ed women treat reli­gion? A sequence of events recent­ly has made my mind unqui­et over this sub­ject. Nita asked if Hin­duism was com­ing of age, with peo­ple per­form­ing the sacred ‘thread cer­e­mo­ny’ on … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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