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Aug 27, 2014

DMK’s Bharat Ratna demand for Anna revives memories of Dravidian self-determination

While the demand to award Anna with Bharat Ratna is never too late, what’s surprising is why the DMK had never raised it earlier, although it had been part of the NDA and the UPA governments. #bharat ratna #CN Annadurai #DMK #India #MK Karunanidhi #Tamil Nadu

Aug 26, 2014

India needs to be ready, even if Ebola is a distant threat

The union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan maintains that the threat is still low, but measures are in place to face the situation if Ebola reaches India. #Ebola #epidemic #Harsh Vardhan #HowThisWorks #India #Virus #World

Aug 23, 2014

Drug price debate; Don’t cow down to pharma pressure, activists tell govt

Countering the industry’s claims that the decontrol of prices will cause an annual loss of revenues of over Rs.600 crores, activists note that NPPA’s action on the market will be marginal. It will affect only those brands that were selling at very high prices. #DPCO 2013 #Drug Prices Control Order #Drugs #India #ll India Drug Action Network #Medicines #NLEM #pharmaceuticals #Price control #Supreme Court

Aug 22, 2014

Kerala heading for complete prohibition: Will ban on booze help Chandy?

It may sound ironical that little Kerala, which has the dubious distinction of being the highest per capita consumer of alcohol in the country, has begun on a historic journey towards complete prohibition. #Ban on alcohol in Kerala #ConnectTheDots #Kerala alcohol ban #Kerala Police #moral policing #Oommen Chandy #Police in Kerala

Aug 21, 2014

Life post force-feeding: Does Irom Sharmila have a reason to start eating?

The all important question now is where does Irom Sharmila go from here? What shape does her agitation take from this point? Will she eat now that the court has released her? #AFSPA #Armed forces #heroes #India #Irom Sharmila #Manipur #Manipur court #Northeast #protest #WhatNext

Aug 19, 2014

Why BJP has next to no opposition in Tamil Nadu

A remarkable feature of electioneering during the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu was the near lack of opposition to the BJP from principal political parties, except the Congress and the Left. #AIADMK #BJP #Jayalalithaa #Narendra Modi #Tamil Nadu

Aug 14, 2014

PM Modi and economic nationalism: Where NRI economists got it wrong

Politically, Modi, as well as the BJP, know that their loyalty should be to the parivar. Without the cadre and their political contribution, Modi as a political leader and prime minster doesn’t exist. #ConnectTheDots #Economic Nationalism #Liberalisation #lobby #Modi #Narendra Modi #PM Modi #US economists #WTO

Aug 13, 2014

Robin William’s death: The enduring stigma and mystery of depression

The alleged suicide of celebrated Hollywood actor Robin Williams turns the global spotlight on depression and suicide yet again, more so in India, where there is little awareness about the condition and its treatment. #depression #Elizabeth Wurtzel #Health #lifestyle #Prozac #Prozac Nation #Robin Williams #Serotonin #World

Aug 12, 2014

Faking foreign ‘degrees’: What Smriti Irani reveals about ourselves

The episode brings to the fore the Indians’ fetish for foreign degrees, or rather titles, and the short cuts they take to acquire/procure them. #Certificate #Degree #degree mills #didyouknow #fake universities #foreign degrees #Harvard #India #Oxford #Smriti Irani #Yale