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May 22, 2015

SC ban on ‘personality cult': If PM Modi can be exempted, why not Jayalalithaa?

Who matters more to the people, in terms of day-to-day governance, policies and delivery of services? Who exactly is their real interlocutor - the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister? For people at the grassroots, who matters more - the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister? #Jayalalithaa #Niti Aayog #Tamil Nadu

May 20, 2015

Marriage diplomacy arms Stalin to galvanise opposition against Jaya after HC verdict

The Karnataka High Court acquittal of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa leading to her return was a given, but what was unexpected was how the judgment galvanised the key opposition parties against her. #AIADMK #BJP #Congress #DMK #India #Jayalalithaa #M K Stalin #NewsTracker #Subramanian Swamy #Tamil Nadu

May 18, 2015

Cherry-picking only Hindu icons: BJP’s cultural nationalism threatens idea of pluralistic India

The BJP-RSS plan to celebrate Hindu icons who participated in India’s freedom struggle along with its own ideologues such as Deendayal Upadhyaya to mark the completion of one year of the Narendra Modi government is yet another instance of historical revisionism aimed at religious and political polarisation of people. #BJP #Hindu only icons #Mangal Pandey #Narendra Modi #Romila Thapar

May 15, 2015

Don’t bring out the champagne: Here’s why Jayalalithaa is staying out of sight

The obvious reason for the suspended animation is the glaring arithmetic errors in the Karnataka HC judgment that dismissed the charges against J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case. #AIADMK #DMK #J. Jayalalithaa #Jayalalithaa #Karnataka High Court #PMK #PoliticsDecoder

May 13, 2015

Denial of license by home ministry: Kalanithi Maran’s media empire faces bleak future

The reported denial of security clearance by the Home Ministry for the renewal of licenses to about 50 FM stations of the Sun-TV group is yet another setback to billionaire businessman Kalanithi Maran, nephew of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. #Aircel-Maxis deal #CBI #Dayanidhi Maran #DMK #Kalanithi #M. Karunanidhi #NewsTracker #Spice jet #Tamil Nadu

May 12, 2015

Jaya acquitted in DA case: Amma’s comeback rings death-knell for DMK

For the DMK, this is only the beginning of possible setbacks. As it begins to lick its wounds in this case, major mega-buck corruption cases are staring it in its face. #AIADMK #DMK #Jayalalithaa #Kanimozhi #Karunanidhi

May 8, 2015

What if Salman killed one of them? Bollywood hates homeless, but wants their money

The staple of traditional Bollywood is the triumph of the underdog against the rich and the powerful, but on Wednesday, when it stood behind a drunken super rich man to slam the underdog, what was on display was its real character - completely rotten and immoral. #Abhijeet #Farah Khan #Salman Khan #Salman verdict

May 6, 2015

Government tom-toms arrest of top Maoist; so why is Kerala unimpressed?

The general response of the state to the arrest is one of incredulity. There hasn’t been single big-bang Maoist event that bespoke terror. All that the state has noticed so far are hand-written notice-boards and pamphlets promising armed struggle by the oppressed classes, peasants and tribals in the northern districts and a few other places. #InMyOpinion #Kerala #Maoists #Naxals #Roopesh #Shyna

May 5, 2015

#GoHomeIndianMedia: When Indian smugness met Nepali thin-skinned nationalism

What has prompted the people of earthquake-hit Nepal to flock to Twitter with their #GoHomeIndianMedia onslaught? ##GoHomeIndianMedia #Colonialism #ConnectTheDots #earthquake #Indian media #Nepal #Nepal earthquake #Nepali nationalism

Apr 30, 2015

Right issue, wrong cure: What Rahul Gandhi’s campaign for Indian farmers is missing

The sensational suicide in Delhi and Rahul Gandhi’s well-timed aggression have made farmers’ distress a politically expedient issue. #Agriculture #Congress #farmers #HowThisWorks #Industry #Rahul Gandhi #rural #Urban