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Jun 21, 2015

Red corner notice ahead: ‘Maun Modi’ govt prepares to bring Lalit Modi down

Lalit Modi may have finally done himself in! Each of the missiles he fired willy nilly at his former friends and eternal foes are headed right back in his direction. Sushma Swaraj may be embarrassed, Vasundhara Raje may be on her way out, but Lalit Modi may well end up alone and in jail, as the biggest casualty of this latest political scandal. #InMyOpinion #Lalit Modi #Narendra Modi #P. Chidambaram #Pranab Mukherjee #sushma swaraj #Vasundhara Raje

Apr 6, 2015

First Deepika, now Shabana: Why can’t videos on empowerment treat women right?

Tis the season for women empowerment videos. First came the #VogueEmpower debacle. Now we have a more politically correct version anchored by Shabana Azmi. #CSSG #Deepika Padukone #Indian women #Shabana Azmi #Vogue Empower videos #Vogue My Choice video #Women Empowerment initiatives in India

Apr 1, 2015

Aadhaar cards for cows? Three reasons why this vegetarian is against the beef ban

If we care for animals, let's push instead for more stringent regulations requiring humane conditions for all animals, be they raised for dairy or slaughter. #Ban on beef in Maharashtra #beef ban #Hindu rashtra #Hindu right wing #Hindutva #Maharashtra bans beef

Mar 10, 2015

German professor to Leslee Udwin: The white woman’s ‘rape in India’ burden

. By banning the documentary, the Indian political class and their supporters managed to turn a mediocre documentary into a symbol of free speech; offer damning "evidence" of our cultural blindness to the plight of our own citizens; and render invisible the critical and concerted resistance of Indians against such violence. The long-standing paranoia the Indian government displays against foreign journalists achieves exactly the same effects. #Annette G. Beck-Sickinger #BBC documentary #German Professor #Leslee Udwin #Sabrina Buckwalter

Feb 25, 2015

Spouses of H-1B visa holders can work in US from 26 May: Why this is a human rights victory

Today, the US government made a significant announcement that will affect scores of Indian women (and some men). Spouses of H-1 B visas will be allowed to work in the country starting 26 May, 2015. #Employment #GoodNews #H1 visa #H1-B visa #Indian women #US #World

Feb 20, 2015

Modi govt vs Priya Pillai: Insanity of the ‘doodh mein makkhi’ theory

One can make endless fun of the government’s Red Queen-like capriciousness, but the jokes begin to wear thin when we recognise why the words ‘mad’ and ‘dictator’ go so well together. The arbitrary and unpredictable use of power is the essence of dictatorship. That our government can so willfully and ludicrously wield power is no laughing matter, after all. #APPG #Delhi HC #doodh mein makhi #Greenpeace #Home Ministry #Priya Pillai #UK

Feb 10, 2015

Delhi poll results: AAP’s landslide victory show how media misread Modi wave

The BJP rout will undoubtedly hearten Modi critics but it should offer little comfort to Kejriwal who is likely to feel the brunt of all that impatience very soon. #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Delhi Assembly Election 2015 #Delhi election results #Narendra Modi

Feb 7, 2015

Dear Indians, please calm down: Obama didn’t single out India for his intolerance remark

Oh my god! Obama talked about religious intolerance! And he name checked India. Whaaaat? Bring on the totally cooked up media-fueled controversy. #Barack Obama #BJP #Gandhi #India #Narendra Modi #religious intolerance #ToTheContrary #Twitter #US #White House

Feb 5, 2015

Jordanian pilot burnt alive: What IS terrorists and Hollywood producers have in common

IS is almost coy compared to Hollywood which no longer taxes our imagination. Our screens are flooded with serial killers. Think Dexter is bad? Hannibal can do it bloodier. #"Fiscal Cliff" #Hollywood #HowThisWorks #IS #islamic-state #Jordanian pilot #Moaz al-Kasasbeh #Nick Berg #Violence