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The problem in Pune: Sorry Indians, it's we who hate the poor, not McDonald's

Jan 19, 2015

The problem in Pune: Sorry Indians, it's we who hate the poor, not McDonald's

McDonalds is facing a PR crisis of sorts in India. The story of the street kid being thrown is no doubt bad, but the general hypocrisy in this whole tale is hard to miss. #McDonald's #ToTheContrary #Poverty #McDonalds India #street kid
Greenpeace vs Govt: Why NGO agendas and funding need a much deeper scrutiny

Jan 17, 2015

Greenpeace vs Govt: Why NGO agendas and funding need a much deeper scrutiny

Its high time we stopped giving large, well-funded and powerful NGOs a free pass and subject their agendas and their funding sources to the same scrutiny as we would any interest group such as an industry lobby. #ToTheContrary #NGOs #Greenpeace #Modi Govt #Eco Activists and Development
Je Suis Perumal Murugan or Tiruchengode? Free speech vs defamation

Jan 15, 2015

Je Suis Perumal Murugan or Tiruchengode? Free speech vs defamation

There are always two sides to every coin. The controversy over the withdrawal of Perumal Murugan's novel mathorubaagan is about free speech, but surely the temple and community has a reason to feel defamed? #ToTheContrary #Perumal Murugan #The Other Side #Mathorubaagan Controversy #Tiruchengode #Gounders
Arvind Panagariya at Niti Aayog reveals Modi govt's disdain for public sector

Jan 06, 2015

Arvind Panagariya at Niti Aayog reveals Modi govt's disdain for public sector

By appointing Panagariya, the government seems to have sent out a worrying message because the economist enunciates an economic philosophy that prefers growth to welfare. #Economy #India #ToTheContrary #Arvind Panagariya #NREGA #Growth #Welfare #Private sector #Public Sector #Niti Aayog
From ghar wapsi to PK 'protests': Hindutva mob violence is also terrorism

Jan 02, 2015

From ghar wapsi to PK 'protests': Hindutva mob violence is also terrorism

Mob violence is to radical Hindutva groups what guns and grenades are to the revolutionary Left. Mob is the vanguard of rightwing politics, sent to terrorise Hindu-Muslim couples, whether married or romancing each other. #ToTheContrary #RSS #Right wing #Minority #mob violence #ghar wapsi #Godse #reconversion #Hindutva violence
Don't rejoice welfarists, Jaitley's policy doesn't mark failure of liberal economics

Dec 21, 2014

Don't rejoice welfarists, Jaitley's policy doesn't mark failure of liberal economics

The public investment-led revival that Subramaniam is advocating is not the dig-ditches-fill-them approach that came to mark the interpretation and execution on the ground of the Keynesian model. Nor does it involve reckless government spending. #ToTheContrary #Welfare economics #Public Sector #Arvind Subramaniam #Keynes #Private-sector model
OMG Obama for Republic Day in India! Calm down, this is PR not diplomacy

Nov 24, 2014

OMG Obama for Republic Day in India! Calm down, this is PR not diplomacy

Obama gracing the R-Day is not going to make any difference to long-term India-US ties. Such occasions never do beyond generating momentary goodwill. #India #Barack Obama #ToTheContrary #US #Narendra Modi #diplomacy #Republic Day #Foreign Office
Please ignore 'Ebola in India' headlines; they are alarmist

Nov 19, 2014

Please ignore 'Ebola in India' headlines; they are alarmist

All men who have been successfully treated for the Ebola virus are counselled about the high possibility of transmission of the virus through sex. #India #ToTheContrary #Delhi #NewsTracker #West Africa #Delhi Airport #Ebola Virus #Ebola #Ebola Epidemic #Ebola in West Africa
Smriti isn't completely wrong: Teaching German is against National Education Policy

Nov 18, 2014

Smriti isn't completely wrong: Teaching German is against National Education Policy

German would have had no place in the 3-language formula evolved in 1968 to promote national integration. But few states implemented the formula in letter and spirit. We need a new approach to it in the era of globalisation. #ToTheContrary #InMyOpinion #Smriti Irani #Sanskrit #german #Modi Govt #Three-Language Formula #National Education Policy 1968 #Anti-Hindi Agitation #Kendirya Vidyalayas #Sanskrit in schools