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Dogs of War Urinating Marines and the bestiality of conflict

Jan 14, 2012

Dogs of War Urinating Marines and the bestiality of conflict

The video clip of US Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters is the latest in a long history of conflict situations where the objective is the total dehumanisation of the enemy. Why societies must never look away. #War/Conflict #TheOddAngle #Abu Ghraib #Seymour Hersh
Rahul Gandhi, the gawky, poor little 'Richie Rich' politician

Dec 31, 2011

Rahul Gandhi, the gawky, poor little 'Richie Rich' politician

Rahul Gandhi's gawkiness as a politician is only matched by his cynical exploitation of caste and communal identities that masquerades as empathy for the underprivileged. #Politics #Uttar Pradesh #Mayawati #Congress #Rahul Gandhi #TheOddAngle #Caste #Dalit politics
Mamata Banerjee, the domestic (abuse) Goddess

Dec 30, 2011

Mamata Banerjee, the domestic (abuse) Goddess

Mamata delivered her fatal blow against the Lokpal Bill. But the UPA is still standing steadfastly by its woman like a battered spouse who has nowhere else to go. #Mamata Banerjee #Manmohan Singh #Trinamool Congress #TheOddAngle #Jan Lokpal Bill
Ayes and Noes? Lets say nahin to this archaic tradition

Dec 28, 2011

Ayes and Noes? Lets say nahin to this archaic tradition

Why do we persist with mindless British traditions and archaic English words in our decidedly desi parliament? #Parliament of India #TheOddAngle #British Parliament #Westminster
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Kim Jongil the looniest tyrant of all?

Dec 19, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Kim Jongil the looniest tyrant of all?

It's hard to say with certainty, but Kim Jongil ran a close race, with his numerous idiosyncracies. #TheOddAngle #Kim Jongil #North Korea
The dirty picture of India A nation of petty marketers

Dec 08, 2011

The dirty picture of India A nation of petty marketers

Every success story in India, from Kolaveri di to The Dirty Picture, has to have a marketing moral. But isn't there more to success than being enshrined in a business school course? #TheOddAngle #Marketing #Vidya Balan #The Dirty Picture #Dhanush #Kolaveri di
Movie mystery Dev remained a hit even when his films flopped

Dec 05, 2011

Movie mystery Dev remained a hit even when his films flopped

Dev Anand represented our nostalgia for an earlier Age of Innocence. Evidently, he too was trapped in a cinematic past. #TheOddAngle #Dev Anand
Justice for Bhopal victims as elusive as India's Olympic golds

Nov 29, 2011

Justice for Bhopal victims as elusive as India's Olympic golds

India will not boycott the London Olympics. No one expected it to, not even the Olympians who called for it. It did put the Indian government in a Catch22 situation. But will that make any difference to the victims of the Bhopal gas leak? #Bhopal disaster #TheOddAngle #London Olympics #Olympic boycott
Cult of corporate personality Heroworshipping Ratan, Mukesh et al

Nov 24, 2011

Cult of corporate personality Heroworshipping Ratan, Mukesh et al

Corporate tycoons are the new heroes of postliberalisation India, each of us eager to bask in their reflected glory. But in this new era, Ratan Tata is a god of a lesser kind, less beloved than his more nouveau riche peers. #Tata family #Mukesh Ambani #Ratan Tata #TheOddAngle #Cyrius Mistry
The one percent of San Jose Occupy Silicon Valley, not just Wall Street

Nov 19, 2011

The one percent of San Jose Occupy Silicon Valley, not just Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street have targeted Wall Street banks and the government. But why are protestors not camped outside Facebook or Google in Silicon Valley? Are they not part of the One Percent as well? #Silicon Valley #TheOddAngle #OccupyWallStreet #San Jose