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Jun 5, 2014

Hindi only please: Why Modi’s new policy isn’t about Bharatiyata

Narendra Modi might become the first Indian prime minister to insist on speaking in Hindi even in diplomatic settings where others have chosen to speak in English. That decision might be a first but it should really be a non-issue. #Atal Behari Vajpayee #Congress #CultureDecoder #Hindi #Indira Gandhi #language #Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #SAARC

Jun 4, 2014

The iPad Fallacy: Why there’s nothing modern about Akhilesh

Modernity is hard work requiring blood, sweat and tears not a consumer good. It cannot be bought off Amazon or Flipkart or in a mall. And now as Akhilesh Yadav has shown us it’s clear that the iPad does not make the man. #Akhilesh Yadav #Badaun #Crimes against women #Crimes against women in India #CultureDecoder #Delhi gangrape #Durga Vahini #gangrape #iPad #modern #Modernity #Mulyam Singh #Rape #Samajwadi Party #Uttar Pradesh

Jun 3, 2014

Didi was the real star at KKR party in Eden Gardens

"I can do crowd control better than police,” she quipped though it was not clearly she was entirely joking. Read the names she told the emcee June Maliah who was struggling through the long list of player names. #didi #Eden Gardens #Gautam Gambhir #JustSaying #Kolkata #Kolkata Night Riders #Mamata Banerjee #Shah Rukh Khan #Usha Uttup

Jun 3, 2014

Hubris unchained: What defeat has taught us about the Gandhis

We have seen the Gandhis in power. But the real test of their character seems to be right now as they grapple with adversity. And the Gandhis are flunking that test repeatedly. #Congress #Leader of Opposition #PoliticsDecoder #Rahul Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi

Jun 2, 2014

False Bengali pride: There’s nothing Kolkatan about KKR’s IPL win

Kolkata’s Number 1 local English newspaper The Telegraph, not surprisingly, looks like a Kolkata Knight Riders newsletter this morning. Eight pages are devoted to the Kolkata Knight Riders nail-biting (oh, Gautam Gambhir, do you have any nails left anymore?) victory over Kings XI Punjab last night in Bangalore. #Gautam Gambhir #India #IPL #IPL7 #Kings XI Punjab #KKR #KKR's IPL7 win #Kolkata Knight Riders #Mamata Banerjee #Shah Rukh Khan #SRK's KKR #Wriddhiman Saha

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