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Anil Dharker

Anil Dharker is a writer and columnist on social and political issues.

Feb 27, 2014

Pulping Doniger’s book: Will publishers only print ‘safe’ books?

Will no one be able to question conventional wisdom about history, politics and mythology? Will no one be able to expose the wrong-doings of politicians and corporate leaders? #Academia #Freedom of Expression #InMyOpinion #Internet #Penguin #religious sentiments #research #Right wing group #The Hindus: An Alternative History #Wendy Doniger

Dec 28, 2012

‘Hang them’ is no solution when 3 out of 4 rapists walk free

The real problem is the drop in rape convictions. The conviction rate in 1990 was 41 percent; in 2000 it was 30 percent; in 2011 it was only 26.6 percent. #Death Penalty #Delhi gangrape #InMyOpinion #Protests #Rape

Aug 28, 2012

How we have created a mess with our police force

The shifting of Mumbai's Police Commissioner recently sends all the wrong signals- to the people, the politicians and the police force. #Arup Patnaik #Mumbai riot #Police Reforms #PoliceReforms #Raj Thackeray

Jul 20, 2012

Does it need a foreign hand to goad Manmohan to action?

If Manmohan Singh wants to undo all the wrongs that Pranab Mukherjee did as FM, what does it say about Singh himself? #Congress #Manmohan Singh #Politics Decoder #Sonia Gandhi

Jul 7, 2012

Is Sangma worthy of contesting the presidential poll?

Sangma has no noteworthy achievements against his name and we now have the unedifying picture of one presidential candidate begging for votes. #OnOurMind #PA Sangma #Pranab Mukherjee #Presidential Poll

May 31, 2012

Why we deserve someone better than Anna and his Team

Team Anna's targeting of the PM and almost the whole cabinet shows exactly why the movement is failing. We, the people, deserve better civil society leaders. #Anna Hazare #Anti-Corruption movement #InMyOpinion #Lokpal #Team Anna

May 15, 2012

Dignity of house? Sanctity? Who were our MPs talking about?

Parliament is celebrating its 60th anniversary. One wished its members could show the level of maturity of a 60-year-old. #Ambedkar Cartoon #B. R. Ambedkar #ConnectTheDots #parliament #Sonia Gandhi

Apr 26, 2012

Kalam should decline Prez job; Why not Manmohan?

Abdul Kalam is being mentioned for the top job only to spite the Congress. He should decline it. But Manmohan Singh could be an option. #A. P. J. Abdul Kalam #Pranab Mukherjee #Pratibha Patil #The Presidency

Apr 7, 2012

Gen Singh failed on decorum; time for him to stop speaking

Army commanders should be seen and not heard. Gen VK Singh lowered his dignity by flouting this cardinal principle. #AK Antony #Gen VK Singh #The General's War

Feb 25, 2012

Despite BMC loss, Maharashtra CM is doing the right things

Calls asking the Maharashtra CM to quit after the loss in municipal polls are wrong-headed. The CM is working on the right long-term issues for city and state. #BMC #Builder Lobby #Kripashankar Singh #Municipal Polls 2012 #Prithviraj Chavan #SRA