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Jun 11, 2014

Bull in a China shop: Ajit Pawar should ban mobs, not Facebook

Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar is right to be concerned about what caused the Pune techie to be killed by a mob. But by even talking about a social media ban ala China he is confusing the medium for the message. #Ajit Pawar #China #CriticalPoint #facebook #Freedom of Expression #Kapil Sibal #Pune Techie Murder #Section 66A of the IT act #social media #Technology #Twitter

Jun 9, 2014

Slap dash AAP: Kejriwal must get over his thappad problem

Arvind Kejriwal says Yogendra Yadav is like an elder brother who has every right to slap him. But it seems everyone has the right, and ability, to smack Kejriwal. That does not work well for his image as the plucky little tough guy. #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Arvind Kejriwal #Kejriwal #PoliticsDecoder #Slap #slapped around #thappad #turn another cheek #Yogendra Yadav

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