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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2009

Or what news­pa­pers and media will not tell you about the 2009 Indi­an Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tion. Will the new gov­ern­ment go in for reform? Absolute­ly! Though there may be a slight dif­fer­ence between what every­one under­stands by reform and what the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Digitizing Memories with a Techno-Bhajan Mix

The year was 1995, the place, Berlin. The Berlin Wall col­lapse was still in pub­lic mem­o­ry, and a per­son­al wall was col­laps­ing for me in the form of my first stay abroad. As a twen­­ty-some­thing year old young man, this … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Rulebook for Indian TV News Producers

Any new­bie TV News Pro­duc­er who wants to com­pete with the top Indi­an news chan­nels will be well advised to com­ply with the fol­low­ing guide­lines: All news is BREAKING NEWS. This also means that if there is no news, BREAKCon­tin­ue read­ing

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Virtues of Politicians

I’m sick and tired of all the poli­ti­­cian-bash­ing that blog­gers seem addict­ed to these days. Why do we have to be so crit­i­cal all the time? Why not see the glass half-full? Decid­ing to be an opti­mist, I present “Virtues … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Wordle US & Indian Constitution, Congress & CPI(M) Manifesto

Since it was intro­duced last year, Wor­dle has been very pop­u­lar with blog­gers and the gen­er­al pub­lic. So I decid­ed to join in the fun. Here are the US and Indi­an Con­sti­tu­tion wor­dle out­puts: Obser­va­tions? Noth­ing sur­pris­ing here. Putting aside … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Music Appreciation: मना तुझे मनोगत

I touched upon Indi­ans not mak­ing it easy for oth­ers to appre­ci­ate their art recent­ly. I then mused about the melt­ing pot that is India, and how dif­fi­cult it can be for Indi­ans to appre­ci­ate their own region­al arts. Hence … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Strengthening Indian democracy – What can we do?

From my news­pa­per read­ing of the past week, one line stuck in my mind: “The plain fact is that demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­ern­ment — which is sys­tem­i­cal­ly bet­ter than all oth­er forms of gov­ern­ment — inevitably pan­ders to nar­row but pow­er­ful inter­ests … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A Rahmanesque World: A Westerner’s Guide to A. R. Rahman

So, I heard about all this Rah­man stuff, you know, with the Oscars and all. But who’s this guy? He crooned into the micro­phone at the Acad­e­my Awards cer­e­mo­ny, but to be hon­est, I couldn’t make out what he was … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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