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Sep 19, 2014

Good old whiskey to ‘Beam me up Scotty’: Here’s the hamara Scotland we Indians know and love

Though the referendum rejected independence, the very fact that Scotland was pondering its ties with England means the time has come for us in the ex-Empire to separate our Scots from our Brits. #England #independence vote #PhotosPlay #Robert Bruce #Scotland #Scotland referendum

Sep 19, 2014

‘Gau mutra’ to clean underwear: An anxious Hindu parent’s guide to fighting love jihadis

The organization has come up with a handy guide of how to avoid falling into the jihadi "love dragnet". #ConnectTheDots #gaumutra #Hindu Janajagruti Samiti #Love jihad #Maneka Gandhi

Sep 18, 2014

BJP lands in Bengal: Can a hundred lotuses bloom?

What Basirhat-on-the-border thinks today, can Bengal think tomorrow? The BJP says Basirhat is its beachhead into Bengal. Trinamool scoffs dream on. #Badal Bhattacharya #Basirhat #BJP in Bengal #Chandan Mitra #Derek O' Brien #Derek O'Brien #Mamata Banerjee #Matua #PoliticalPlay #Samik Bhattacharya #Trinamool Congress

Sep 17, 2014

No Muslims allowed: Forget love jihad, we now have ‘Garba jihad’!

The latest battleground for the so-called "love jihad" are garba halls in Godhra. A Hindu group wants to ban Muslim youth from coming to garba nights and luring Hindu women. #Amit Shah #ConnectTheDots #Garba #Godhra #Love jihad #Narendra Modi #Praveen Togadia #Rajnath Singh #Tavleen Singh #Yogi Adityanath

Sep 13, 2014

Lost and found: Seven fascinating stories of Calcutta’s Jewish past

The Jews of Calcutta are mostly gone but here are seven of the most intriguing stories they left behind, now saved on JewishCalcutta.in. #didyouknow #history #Jael Silliman #Jewish Calcutta #Jewish history #Jewism #Kolkata's jewish population #Recording history #Synagogue #Torah

Sep 11, 2014

Transgenders aren’t OBC: But that doesn’t let the govt off the hook

In April, the court had recognized transgender as a third gender and told the government they were entitled to reservations like OBCs. #Gay #Gender equality #Gender identity #Government #InMyOpinion #Lesbians #LGBT community #OBC #Section 377 #transgenders

Sep 10, 2014

Status insanity: India (Hearts) the I in iPhone

Technology was supposed to be in the service of man. But when in a world of Google Glass and Watch, technology became a status symbol and quickly turned into an extension of our egos. #Apple #Apple iPhone #BlackBerry #CultureDecoder #iPhone 6

Sep 10, 2014

India-US meet: Can Obama look into Modi’s eyes and see his soul?

The visa denial is history now but it remains the elephant in the room when it comes to US-India relations. But it would not be such an issue if Modi and Obama had more of a bromance going on. #Barack Obama #ConnectTheDots #India #Narendra Modi #US #US visa denial to Modi #Visa #Vladimir Putin

Sep 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says scrap Sec 377, but asks gays not to freak people out

Chetan Bhagat did not have to stand up for gays. Section 377 is not in the headlines. Bhagat’s latest novel Half Girlfriend is not short of publicity. Or front-page ads. So there is nothing opportunistic about his op-ed against Section 377, first very importantly in Hindi for the Bhaskar and then in English for The Times of India. #Chetan Bhagat #Chetan Bhagat on LGBT #Chetan Bhagat's Half Girlfriend #Chetan Bhagat's new Book #Flipkart #LGBT #Section 377 #Stalking #Women