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Aug 17, 2015

PM Modi visiting Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque is no ‘conciliatory gesture’ to Indian Muslims

To try and spin Narendra Modi’s visit to Abu Dhabi’s #1 tourist attraction as some sort of conciliatory gesture to Muslims is just plain ridiculous. #Abu Dhabi #Dubai #InMyOpinion #Muslims #Narendra Modi #Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Aug 16, 2015

Against all odds: From the streets of Kolkata to an American college. And back

A an Indian success story albeit with an American touch, the Community College Initiative Program that began in 2007 has seen some 2,300 students, spending a year in American community colleges. This is the story of Ashok Pal, Pratap Kundar and Zeeshan Ali from Kolkata #American Center #ChangeAgent #Community college #Rugby #street children

Aug 16, 2015

Without subtitles: The Sholay test for interracial relationships

By the time the great emotional roller-coaster ride was approaching its explosive end I was drained from my role as the one-man tour guide for 'Sholay'. But it was then that I finally understood the miracle of 'Sholay'. #Amitabh Bachchan #Asrani #Bollywood #Dharmendra #Hema Malini #Inpraiseof #Pather Panchali #Sanjeev Kumar #Sholay

Aug 11, 2015

‘We don’t want to do moral policing': Modi govt’s bizarre doublespeak on the porn ban

Why did the government wilfully slap egg on its own face and make itself the butt of jokes last week with its porn ban? #child pornography #CriticalPoint #India #Mukul Rohatgi #NDA #PornBan #privacy #Supreme Court

Aug 11, 2015

Clear as Madh: Hotel raids to porn ban, the nanny state fuses with moral police

The Mumbai raid raises far more disturbing visions of the midnight knock that can also come at midday or 3pm as it did in Madh Island. #ConnectTheDots #Homosexuality #Madh island #Mumbai #Mumbai Police #party #PornBan #privacy #Rakesh Maria #Supreme Court

Aug 9, 2015

Lalit Modi row: Sushma Swaraj’s case will weaken by playing the gender card in this soap opera

With wrenching details about how the cancer had relapsed for the tenth time, and melodramatically blaming her own stars, Sushma tried to turn the saga that embroils her into a three-hanky sob story bound to melt the stoniest heart. And then finally she threw herself at the mercy of Parliament in full-fledged self-sacrificing Nirupa Roy glory. #BJP #Cancer #Congress #Gender #InMyOpinion #Lalit Modi #Sonia Gandhi #sushma swaraj #Women

Aug 7, 2015

Adani’s roadblock in Australia is about his record in India

The humble skink and the shy ornamental snake seem to have done what few could – halted the Adani juggernaut. #Adani Group #Australia #Carmichael coal mine #ConnectTheDots #Gautam Adani #Mundra Port #Narendra Modi

Aug 5, 2015

No ‘happy ending’ to porn ban: Why BJP’s decision to put blame on ISP is a blunder

This means that if anything is unblocked, and child porn happens to be found on that site, the ISP can be held liable for the content under Section 79(3)(b). #Chief Justice H.L. Dattu #HowThisWorks #Kamlesh Vaswani #Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad #Online Porn #PornBan #Suhel Seth

Aug 4, 2015

Porn ban: Modi sarkar’s bid for swachh internet has become a source of mockery

It’s surreal enough that our politicians are jousting with high minded rhetoric about porn in public. Once upon a time they just minded their own business and watched porn quietly in parliament on their mobile phones. Now they are minding everyone else’s business. #BanPorn #BJP government #Gajendra Chauhan #Narendra Modi #Pahlaj Nihalani #porn #Shashi Tharoor #Swachh Bharat