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Aug 24, 2015

Aman ki Asha is real but official India-Pakistan talks are always a farce

Let’s do everything else except official talks: Aman Ki Asha, cricket matches, movies, TV-shows and Sufi concerts. At least they radiate real peace and Pakistan army doesn’t feel threatened. #Atal Bihari Vajpayee #India #Narendra Modi #NSA talks #OnOurMind #Pakistan #sushma swaraj

Aug 19, 2015

Give up your climate policy: CEA Arvind Subramanian’s advice is no good for India

When Arvind Subramanian was chosen as the the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Narendra Modi government last October, what startled informed critics in India was how a man who had advised the US government to be tough with India in his previous Avatar could protect our national interests. #Arvind Subramanian #Asean #Chief Economic Advisor #Climate #climate change #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #US

Aug 19, 2015

Land for temple is fine, but Modi ignored the real problems of Indian labourers in UAE

At the heart of the migrants’ misery in the UAE, as well as in other Gulf countries, is their suspended life — unlike in the US and other western countries where Indians can seek to be “settlement migrants” (ILO terminology), in UAE, they can only be “contract migrants”, that too under the “Kafala” system, in which the government doesn’t take responsibility for the migrants and leaves it to “sponsors” that include individuals and companies. How much did Modi speak for them? #Dubai #Dubai Cricket Stadium #InMyOpinion #labourers #Migrants #Narendra Modi #UAE

Aug 14, 2015

‘Gandhis do not work for a living': Is Arun Jaitley breaking the Indian netas’ omerta?

In an obvious reference to Swaraj’s daughter working as a lawyer to the bad Modi, Jaitley accused the Gandhis of not doing any work for a living. #Arun Jaitley #indian politicians #parliament #Politicians #Politiciasn #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi #Smriti Irani #Sonia Gandhi #sushma swaraj

Aug 11, 2015

Ban porn, what we watch, eat, write and do in private. Is this really India?

This aggressive cultural nationalism playing out as bans, ideological re-imagination of the country’s political and cultural past, ideological takeover of national institutions, threats to dissent by the State and its cronies, and abusive online armies of vigilantes, who are particularly vulgar on women, together denote a mini Talibanisation in progress #ban #ConnectTheDots #India #Maharashtra #Nationalism #PornBan #privacy #RTI

Aug 8, 2015

Drama queen moment: Sushma Swaraj should make her case through evidence, not emotions

It’s not through human emotions that a person of official authority should make her/his case, but through evidence. #British government #HowThisWorks #Indian Parliament #Lalit Modi #Lalitgate #Nepotism #parliament #sushma swaraj #UK

Aug 6, 2015

90% IIT-Roorkee dropouts are backward caste: A case against affirmative action?

The revelation that 90 percent of the students that IIT Roorkee gave a second chance to after expelling them for poor performance last month belong to backwards castes (SCs, STs and OBCs) is hardly surprising because the writing has always been on the wall. #backward class #CGPA #ConnectTheDots #IIT Mumbai #IIT Roorkee #JEE #Joint Entrance Examination #OBC #SC #ST

Aug 4, 2015

Porn sites vanish without any govt ban: What happened to personal liberty?

The strange disappearance of porn sites without a government ban is the latest chapter in a series of extra-Constitutional measures adopted by Indian governments to effectively circumvent the Supreme Court. The issue is bigger than just porn, with personal liberty coming under fire. #ConnectTheDots #Fascism #Government #Internet #ISP #personal liberty #porn

Jul 31, 2015

Yakub Memon execution: India needs to become more humane and abolish capital punishment

The debate over the rights and wrongs of Yakub Memon’s execution on Thursday is yet another example of how opinion is bitterly divided between those who support death penalty and those who don’t. #anti-Death Penalty movement #capital punishments #CriticalPoint #Death Penalty #Europe #France #India #Saudi Arabia #Yakub Memon