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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 Jong-il the looniest tyrant of all?

Dec 19, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Kim Jong-il the looniest tyrant of all?

It's hard to say with certainty, but Kim Jong-il ran a close race, with his numerous idiosyncracies. #TheOddAngle #Kim Jong-il #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 Catch-22 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: Hero-worshipping Ratan, Mukesh et al

Nov 24, 2011

Cult of corporate personality: Hero-worshipping Ratan, Mukesh et al

Corporate tycoons are the new heroes of post-liberalisation 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
Flying on empty: The good life of Vijay Mallya

Nov 14, 2011

Flying on empty: The good life of Vijay Mallya

Playboy and bon vivant, Vijay Mallya is our pin up boy for the good life. Now with Kingfisher struggling to fly, the question is will the Mallya brand survive? Or is it a B-movie that has run its course, calendar girls and all? #Kingfisher Airlines #TheOddAngle #Vijay Mallya #Param Uberoi #Kingfisher Crisis