Articles by Lakshmi Chaudhry
Jun 21, 2015
Red corner notice ahead: 'Maun Modi' govt prepares to bring Lalit Modi downLalit 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.
Apr 08, 2015
All hail Marathi pride: Maharashtra govt's diktat a boost for tyranny in cinema hallsMaharashtra is rapidly turning into the ultimate nanny state with Devendra Fadnavis deciding exactly what we citizens need.
Apr 06, 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.
Apr 01, 2015
Aadhaar cards for cows? Three reasons why this vegetarian is against the beef banIf 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.
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.
Feb 25, 2015
Spouses of H-1B visa holders can work in US from 26 May: Why this is a human rights victoryToday, 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.
Feb 20, 2015
Modi govt vs Priya Pillai: Insanity of the 'doodh mein makkhi' theoryOne 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.
Feb 10, 2015
Delhi poll results: AAP's landslide victory show how media misread Modi waveThe 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.
Feb 07, 2015
Dear Indians, please calm down: Obama didn't single out India for his intolerance remarkOh my god! Obama talked about religious intolerance! And he name checked India. Whaaaat? Bring on the totally cooked up media-fueled controversy.
Feb 05, 2015
Jordanian pilot burnt alive: What IS terrorists and Hollywood producers have in commonIS 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.