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May 30, 2014

Two girls in a tree: Badaun gangrape photos are inexcusable

The photographs of the two Dalit girls, raped and strangled and then left dangling from a mango tree in Badaun have caused a firestorm. On one hand it’s been blasted as the “pornography of rape”. #Badaun rape #India #photos of Badaun rape #Rape in India #rape in UP #sexual violence against women #Uttar Pradesh

May 29, 2014

Maya, Marquez, Mandela: The disease of social media fekus

Is your timeline flooded with inspirational quotes by Maya Angelou? Do you feel somehow embarrassed that you don't have one? Are you feeling the pressure to google one quickly? Don't worry. You are not alone. #CultureDecoder #faking knowledge #Google search #Maya Angelou #social media #Twitter

May 28, 2014

Smriti vs Madhu debate: It’s okay to ask why Irani got the job

Raising questions about Smriti Irani's qualifications to be the HRD minister is not automatically elitist or sexist. She should get the benefit of the doubt. That does not mean there is no room for doubt. #HRD Ministry #India #Madhu Kishwar #Madhu Kishwar versus Smriti Irani #Narendra Modi #Rabindranath Tagore #Smriti Irani #Smriti Irani graduate #Smriti Irani's degree #Swapan Dasgupta #Uma Bharti

May 27, 2014

Freeing Nehru from the Gandhis: A 50th anniversary tribute

Both the Ambassador and Nehru once epitomized a certain post-colonial national pride. Now it’s fashionable to run both down – as out-of-date, stodgy, lumbering, unable to move with the times. #Benjamin Zachariah #Inpraiseof #Jawahar Lal Nehru #Narendra Modi #Ramachandra Guha #Shashi Tharoor #Sonia Gandhi

May 27, 2014

Farewell Panditji: Modi takes power on Nehru’s 50th death anniversary

The ghost of Nehru might be a little rueful. Had his great-grandson managed to lead the Congress to victory in the elections this month, tomorrow might have seen a very different kind of commemoration of Nehru’s death anniversary. Instead it is Modi who will have his tryst with destiny as the first Indian prime minister born after Independence. #Atal Behari Vajpayee #BJP #Independence #Jawaharlal Nehru #Mahatma Gandhi #Narendra Modi #Nehru-Gandhi dynasty #PoliticsDecoder #Sardar Patel

May 24, 2014

Mystery solved: 5 things we now know about Rahul Gandhi

After months of an acrimonious electoral campaign, we now know a lot more about Rahul Gandhi -- likely more than he would prefer. #Congress #Congress party #Election results 2014 #JustSaying #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Rahul #Rahul Gandhi

May 22, 2014

Threatening Ananthamurthy: Will Modi-led BJP say no to right wing thugs?

The protection has been given because Ananthamurthy has said he has received threatening phone calls from unknown persons. A group called the NaMo Brigade has also sent him a one-way travel itinerary to Karachi. #ConnectTheDots #Freedom of Expression #Malavika Avinash #Narendra Modi #Sagarika Ghose #Seshadri Chari #U R Ananthamurthy

May 22, 2014

No comeback for Kejriwal, 5 reasons why he may lose in Delhi

We will go to polls, ask people for forgiveness and win them back,” Arvind Kejriwal said at his press conference. The first two are easily done. The third one will prove far more challenging for AAP for five reasons. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #AAP's Delhi victory #AAP's Delhi win #Arvind Kejriwal #Delhi elections #Delhi re-election #Kejriwal in Delhi #kiran bedi

May 20, 2014

The 69% issue: Will Modi stand for those who didn’t vote him?

Just because only 31percent voted for Modi, does not mean his election is somehow tainted and illegitimate. But there is a different lesson to be drawn from the 69 percent who chose not to vote for him. #69 percent #BJP #BJP vote-share in 2014 Elections #Election results 2014 #Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 #Modi #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Results 2014 #vote share

May 19, 2014

Varanasi Flashback: Noisy election drowns in river older than democracy

This is an audio portayal - a soundscape of Varanasi if you will, that maps how the sounds of India's most important election reached a crescendo and then died down. #Arvind Kejriwal #BJP #Elections 2014 #FP Audio #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #Varanasi