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Jul 9, 2015

The Return of the Native: The extraordinary life and times of Shashi Tharoor

To map the long and winding road of Shashi Tharoor, from a young boy in Mumbai to UNHCR chief to a new life in new India as the two-time (and counting) MP from Thiruvananthapuram, played out in blaring headlines, is no less an extraordinary tale; the great Indian story of a different kind of survivor. #Firstpost Salon #India #Shashi Tharoor #The Elephant #The Tiger and the Cellphone

Jul 9, 2015

Flogging Jana Gana Mana: How Kalyan Singh dishonours history in the name of patriotism

Kalyan Singh used his bully pulpit as the Governor of Rajasthan to demand that Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka Jaya He be replaced by Jana Gana Mana Mangala Jaya #Babri Masjid #BJP #ConnectTheDots #jana gana mana #Kalyan Singh #Rabindranath Tagore #Rajasthan governor #Sadananda Gowda #ThatsJustWrong

Jul 8, 2015

Exposed by Vyapam scam deaths: Like other netas, Chouhan shows no empathy

In Vyapam each victim, by contrast, finds their death dismissed, diminished, swatted away as irrelevant. For the opposition it’s a political football. For the government it’s more a liability than a casualty.And a Prime Minister happy to comment on everything else under the sun fails the empathy test as well by his silence here. Vyapam is not merely a Madhya Pradesh story anymore than the US massacre was just a South Carolina story. #Akhilesh Yadav #Barack Obama #CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan #Mamata Banerjee #Sheila Dikshit #Vyapam scam

Jul 1, 2015

Beyond the rainbow: Charting BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s obsession with LGBTs

Subramanian Swamy seems to know an enormous amount about gays and what they have been up to over the ages. #Arun Jaitley #BJP #Homosexuality #India #Section 377 #Shaina NC #Subramanian Swamy #swamyisms

Jul 1, 2015

Trolling dissent: Abusing Kavita Krishnan, Shruti Seth destroys the point of #SelfieWithDaughter

When someone trolls Seth asking her how dare she ask the PMO to go beyond a selfie, they undermine the spirit of #SelfieWith Daughter itself. ##SelfieWithDaughter #Kavita Krishnan #Narendra Modi #Nishrin Jafri Hussain #OnOurMind #Sheuli Seth

Jun 30, 2015

Friends with benefits: Lalit Modi’s just a beneficiary of India’s ‘who-you-know’ culture

This is not a defence of Lalit Modi and his connections at all but really an indictment of our system which makes his kind of connection-building one of our highest aspirations. #Indrajit Hazra #Lalit Modi #Lalit Modi Affair #OnOurMind #sushma swaraj #Tavleen Singh #Vasundhara Raje Scindia

Jun 27, 2015

Sushma, Raje and Smriti: BJP’s women are smart politicians, not weepy ‘abla naaris’

These scandals prove that political skullduggery, favour-trading, nepotism, shady financial deals are not the domain of men alone. #BJP women #BJP's women #Narendra Modi #Pankaja Munde #Smriti Irani #sushma swaraj #Vasundhara Raje Scindia