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Nov 19, 2014

World toilet day: Will Modi’s ‘swacch bharat’ really spell acche din for Indian hygiene?

November 19 is World Toilet Day. But in India it's always been Indira Gandhi's birthday. But now toilets are once again the focus but is there a hidden cost to the grand Swachh Bharat campaign? #Clean India #Hygiene #India #Narendra Modi #OnOurMind #PM Modi #Swacch Bharat campaign #Swachh Bharat #Toilet #Vidya Balan #World Toilet Day

Nov 19, 2014

Canceled flight, interview tantrums, whining to Jaitley: Mamata’s Delhi jaunt reveals her lost status

Mamata Banerjee usually arrives in Delhi as SuperMamata out to shake the pillars of power. But this time her itinerary is clear proof of how the might have shrunk. #Amit Shah #BJP #Centre #ConnectTheDots #Delhi #IndiGo #Mamata #Mamata Banerjee #Rajdeep Sardesai #TMC #Trinamool #Trinamool Congress

Nov 18, 2014

So who’s the most powerful Indian of them all? Answer: The usual suspects

In a year that saw seismic shifts in India's political structures, the Power List of the 50 most powerful Indians of 2014, seems largely unruffled. The five most powerful Indians are still five industrialists. #CultureDecoder #Gautam Adani #Mukesh Ambani #Narendra Modi

Nov 16, 2014

Dear Adoor Gopalakrishnan: We are all horny movie-goers; which of us will you ban?

Please do everything you can to expose audiences to world cinema outside film festivals. Please do everything possible to invigorate film clubs, to create audiences for films that push boundaries, and not just sexual ones. But please don’t give the impression that some kind of film watchers are more deserving than others. #Adoor Gopalakrishnan #Blue Lagoon #Cinema #Dirty Picture #Film festival #horny #movies #Rang Rasiya #Satyam Shivam Sundaram #ThatsJustWrong

Nov 13, 2014

Parsis maybe the desi panda, but what about other endangered Indians?

In Chattisgarh at least 13 women died thanks to botched sterilisations. Meanwhile the JiyoParsi campaign encourages Parsis to "not use condoms tonight." #Bo #Chattisgarh Sterilisation deaths #Chhattisgarh #Condoms #CriticalPoint #Jiyo Parsi #OnOurMind #Parsis #Sterilisation drive #tubectomy #vasectomy

Nov 11, 2014

Gujarat gets it wrong: Compulsory voting is patronising and undemocratic

A new law wants to make voting compulsory in low-level elections in Gujarat. The logistics would be daunting but more importantly, does it go against the fundamental principle of a liberal democracy? #Australia #compulsory voting #Gujarat #India #InMyOpinion #kiran bedi #mandatory voting #Narendra Modi #Rupa Subramanya

Nov 11, 2014

Right issue, wrong tactic: Why Kiss of Love protests miss the mark

It’s 100 percent not okay to have a lathi-wielding policeman come up and haul you off to jail under Section 294 for some consensual public pappi-love. However, it is also okay to be uncomfortable about seeing a couple making out next to you. The Kiss of Love protests seems to miss that key distinction, and therefore undermine the very cause they espouse. #CultureDecoder #JNU #Kiss of Love #Kiss of Love protest rally #moral policing #PinkChaddi #protest #slut walk #SlutWalk

Nov 7, 2014

Whipping girl of the Right: Attack Romila Thapar’s ideas, not her integrity

By suggesting that Romila Thapar’s opposition stems really from pique rather than principle, Swapan Dasgupta actually cheapens his own intellectual class as a whole. #ICHR #Ramachandra Guh #Romila Thapar #School of Oriental and African Studies #SOAS #Swapan Dasgupta

Nov 6, 2014

When life’s a ‘Cumberbitch': The unbearable burden of being Sophie Hunter

However when that 38-year-old is Benedict Cumberbatch, the reaction is one long howl of disbelief heard around the world as “Cumber-bitches” everywhere collectively wail “Nahiiiiiin”. #Amal Alamuddin #Benedict Cumberbatch #Benedict Cumberbatch engaged #George Clooney #OurObsession #Sophie Hunter