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Aug 8, 2014

Not Modi, it’s Batra: Why we must go beyond Macaulayputra vs Dhartiputra

To meet Batra on his own turf, the liberals also could do with an erudite, devoutly Hindu scholar who can argue with Batra from faith and not just based on freedom of expression. The latter is critically important but a different playing field and a different argument. #CultureDecoder #Dinanath Batra #Hindu American Foundation #Pavan K Varma #Ramachandra Guha #Wendy Doniger

Aug 8, 2014

How to cook up a perfect communal riot: A 7-step guide from Akhilesh’s UP

By connecting the dots in over 600 cases of communal disturbances in UP since the Lok Sabha elections, a new investigation shows how aided and abetted by technology, almost anything can be turned into a communal conflagration. #caste conflict in Uttar Pradesh #communal riots #GoodReads #Muzaffarnagar #Saharanpur

Aug 5, 2014

UPSC row: Is BJP wasting opportunity to shed image as a Hindi heartland party?

The issue here is not about what language a neta gives speeches in. This is not even about the arrogance of the English mediumwalla over the Hindi Medium Types. #BJP #Civil service #CSAT #English #Hindi #HowThisWorks #IAS #India #UPSC #UPSC protest #UPSC row

Aug 5, 2014

Godson diplomacy: What we learned about PM Modi from Jeet Bahadur

The press is acting as if there’s nothing that unusual for a Prime Minister to be reuniting mothers and sons in different countries. Or that it even knew Modi had a Nepalese godson. Here's what we learned from this great emotional moment in Kathmandu. #diplomacy #Jeet Bahadur #Modi's Nepali Godson Sushma Swaraj #Narendra Modi in Nepal #Nepal #Saroo Brierley #ToWhatEffect

Aug 1, 2014

What’s in a name? In India, everything

The quest for that perfect winning name gets more and more complicated in India these days. It has to be unusual but not too jaw-breaking. It must be numerologically sound. A name isn't just a calling card. It's what people use to make flash judgements about who someone is. #baby names #CultureDecoder #Sonia Gandhi #weird baby names #Yogendra Yadav

Jul 31, 2014

Did Natwar Singh just cut off his nose to spite Sonia’s face?

Sonia Gandhi's famous inner voice belonged to Rahul? Here are four reasons why Natwar Singh's explosive revelation about why Sonia might have turned down the prime minister's post in 2004 is really a damp squib. #Gandhi family #K. Natwar Singh #Manmohan Singh #PoliticalPlay #Politics #Rahul Gandhi #Rajiv Gandhi #Sonia Gandhi #Sonia Natwar Singh #Sonia refuses to be PM

Jul 31, 2014

John Kerry’s visit: Indo-US ties need a therapist, not a traveling salesman

John Kerry promises that India-US relations are on the cusp of a historic transformation. But that's where they always seem be stuck. And gaffe-prone John Kerry will have his work cut out for him as he tries to sell America to a suspicious India. #Devyani Khobragade #India #Indo-US relations #Indo-US ties #John Kerry #John Kerry's India visit #Kerry #Kerry's India visit #Modi #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Penny Pritzker #US

Jul 29, 2014

Marxists, Hindutva and the ICHR debate: But who cares about the children?

ICHR chief Y Sudershan Rao wants to accurately date the sacred texts. The Marxist historians debate this hindutva version of history. In the middle of this debate, social sciences tend to be the biggest loser. #CultureDecoder #Devdutt Pattanaik #Dina Nath Batra #Hindutva #ICHR #INdian COuncil of Historical research #Mahabharat #Marxist version of history #open defecation #Professor Y Sudershan Rao #Ramachandra Guha #Ramayana #Salil Tripathi #Y Sudershan Rao

Jul 25, 2014

The sounds of silence: When PM Narendra Modi becomes ‘Maunmohan’ 2

Manmohan Singh's silence was legendary. But Narendra Modi, a compulsive communicator on the campaign trail, now seems to be following in Dr. Singh's footsteps. Except his silence is more selective that Singh's. #BJP #BJP lok Sabha poll campaign #Chapatti-gate #Congress #ConnectTheDots #Dr Manmohan Singh #Narendra Modi #Pune Techie Murder #Sania Mirza controversy