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Sep 22, 2015

Is being gay a ‘social evil’? Gujarat film puts Supreme Court in tricky terrain

Meghdhanyshya by KR Devmani had been cleared by the Censor Board. But the Gujarat State Tax Commissioner balked at giving it an entertainment tax exemption. The tax exemption can be denied to films depicting blind faith, sati, dowry and other such “social evils” that go against “national unity”. #Devmani #InMyOpinion #LGBT rights #Manvendra Singh #Meghdhanyshya #Nepal Constitution

Sep 18, 2015

VHP should mind its own ghar instead of worrying about Rahman’s ghar wapsi

The VHP wants to organise a ghar wapsi to welcome AR Rahman home with “open arms”. But it needs to realise that AR Rahman does not need their open arms to come home. He is already very much home. In India. #AR Rahman #ghar wapsi #InMyOpinion #Iran #Muhammad: The Messenger of God #VHP

Sep 15, 2015

Uber does a U-turn: Updated fine print says that it does not take responsibility for your safety

This might just be legalese to protect Uber and it does not mean the company will not endeavour to provide the best service it can, but the language still sticks in the throat. #App-based services #HowThisWorks #OLX #taxis #ThatsJustWrong #Uber

Sep 15, 2015

The importance of being Amish

Amish’s books quietly suggest that in the end neither Good nor Evil can come as readily marked the way a Neelkanth does. Sometimes you need at least a trilogy to figure out what’s what. #Amish #Books #Firstpost Salon #Life #writer

Sep 12, 2015

#MeatBan too confusing: Need an app to tell us when and where we can eat meat. How about Meat-Up?

The Bombay High Court, in deciding to hear the arguments about the meat ban, has said “Mumbai is a metropolitan city. Such a straight ban on meat cannot be formulated.” ##MeatBan #BJP #Bombay High Court #Chhattisgarh #ConnectTheDots #Jammu and Kashmir #Maharashtra #Meat ban in India #MNS #Rajasthan #Shiv Sena

Sep 11, 2015

Lessons from the Saudi diplomat case: Should working for envoys come with a ‘slave’ warning?

A Saudi diplomat in India, the First Secretary at the Embassy, is on his way out of the country with his family. The two maids allege that for months they have been treated as sex slaves, passed around by the diplomat to his friends, beaten and sometimes not given food. #Devyani Khobragade #India #InMyOpinion #Modern slavery #Nepal #rape charges #Saudi Arabia #Saudi Diplomat #trafficking #Vienna Convention

Sep 9, 2015

The curious case of Rakesh Maria: How the Maharashtra govt shot itself in the foot

In the middle of the Indrani Mukerjea mystery we now have the Rakesh Maria mystery. Why was Rakesh Maria booted upstairs? Why was he promoted right now? #ConnectTheDots #Devendra Fadnavis #Indrani Mukerjea #Maharashtra government #Peter Mukerjea #Rakesh Maria #Sheena Bora

Sep 9, 2015

I’m fasting but you can’t eat meat: Why should BMC impose one religion’s practice on others?

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned of animal slaughter and sale of meat for four days this month during the Jain fasting period of Paryushan. That comes on the heels of the 8-day ban by the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation. #animal slaughter #BJP #BMC #HowThisWorks #Jain #Jain fasting season #Maharashtra #Meat ban #Mumbai #Muslims in India #Paryushan #Religion #Shiv Sena