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Apr 22, 2014

In Kolkata, the sandesh wears party colours

Kolkata's sandesh have jumped into the electoral fray. As Trinamool, CPM, BJP and Congress battle it out on the campaign trail for the hearts and minds of voters, their sandesh counterparts are engaged in a proxy battle for the city's sweet tooth. #Balaram and Radharaman Mullick #BJP #Congress #food #Kolkata #Sandesh #Sweets #TMC #West Bengal

Apr 21, 2014

Giriraj, Togadia et al: Narendra Modi’s excess baggage

The BJP might want to say Singh is just a storm in an election teacup but it proves that in 2014 you do not need a rerun of Gujarat 2002 as some of Modi’s foes are warning us against. #ConnectTheDots #Giriraj Singh #Hate #Hindus #India #Muslims #Narendra Modi #Politics #right-wing politics #Subramanian Swamy

Apr 21, 2014

B for Baith jao, V for Vande Vande: A-Z guide to Campaign 2014

Got a touch of election fever yet? Head spinning? Losing your bearings? Don't worry. Here's our handy ABC guide to the campaign trail. #Arvind Kejriwal #campaign #campaign trail #Elections 2014 #Kejriwal #Lok Sabha #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Lok Sabha polls 2014 #Modi #Sonia Gandhi

Apr 18, 2014

Graham Staines to Gulbarg Society: What Modi doesn’t know

The whole BJP campaign has focused on Narendra Modi as the Man Who Knows It All. That’s the gist of what Rahul Gandhi alleged when the BJP’s manifesto was missing in action. The Man was the Manifesto. So what was the point of poring over Murli Manohar Joshi’s fine print. Modi has all the answers. Modi knows all. #BJP #Christian Missionaries #Congress #Graham Staines #Gulbarg Massacre #Gulbarg Society #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Manoj Mitta #Modi #Narendra Modi

Apr 17, 2014

Why the #BollywoodSplit over Modi is just dialogue baazi

It is silly of us to hyperventilate about a recent open letter as #BollywoodSplit because Bollywood is never really split. It’s firmly on the side of the powerful. #Anand Patwardhan #Bal Thackeray #BJP #BollywoodSplit #BuzzPatrol #Imtiaz Ali #Mahesh Bhatt #Narendra Modi #Vishal Bhardwaj

Apr 16, 2014

It’s not all about Section 377: Giving the SC transgender ruling its due

The Supreme Court ruling on transgenders as a third gender is revolutionary for India. But not just because of what it might mean or not mean for Section 377. #Kalki Subramanian #LGBT #OnOurMind #SC recognition for transgenders #Sec 377 #Section 377 #Third gender #Transgender #Transgender activist #transgenders in India

Apr 16, 2014

Narendra Modi’s topi politics is all about appeasing his voter base

By snubbing a skullcap and embracing a veshti, Narendra Modi faces an uncomfortable question. Why is a veshti a sign of respect for someone’s traditions and a skull cap a symbol of pandering? #Narendra Modi #Rajnikanth #skull cap #veshti

Apr 15, 2014

Who is afraid of Modi? It’s intellectuals, not Muslims

Liberal intellectuals from Salman Rushdie to S.Irfan Habib bring up Gujarat 2002 to worry for Muslims in India under Modi . But a Modi sarkar is likely to be far more of a threat to liberal intellectuals than to Muslims. #Anish Kapoor #Narendra Modi #Salman Rushdie #U R Ananthamurthy

Apr 13, 2014

Time for an LGBT voting bloc? Section 377 and Elections 2014

This is going to be the 16th Lok Sabha but the first time LGBT issues have figured in a major party manifesto. Has the furore over Section 377 meant we now have the potential for an LGBT voting bloc in India? #2014 Lok Sabha Elections #Anjali Gopalan #Daya Rani #Humsafar Trust #LGBT #Section 377

Apr 12, 2014

Photos: Glimpse into the life of jhuggi dwellers of Delhi’s Majnu ka Tila

For the few hundred living in a Delhi jhuggi, displaced due to the Delhi metro, expectations from the upcoming polls are little or nothing. #BJP #Congress #Delhi #Harsh Vardhan #ImagesOfTheDay #Jhuggi #Land #Narendra Modi #Slums