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Chennai floods: Bureaucrat refutes expert's analysis of development plan

Dec 16, 2015

Chennai floods: Bureaucrat refutes expert's analysis of development plan

The bureaucrat tasked with preparing the Chennai City Development Plan-2009, which forms the crux of Firstpost’s two-part series on the floods (read here and here) that afflicted the city earlier this month, MG Devasahayam, has refuted assertions made by the expert, AK Roy, quoted in the second segment. #ToTheContrary #firstpost #Chennai Floods #Chennai City Development Plan-2009 #MG Devasahayam
Facts ignored: What the complaint against Kumar Vishwas reveals about the 'illicit relationship'

May 04, 2015

Facts ignored: What the complaint against Kumar Vishwas reveals about the 'illicit relationship'

All it took was a news flash that AAP leader Kumar Vishwas had been summoned by the Delhi Commission for Women over some charges #social media #ToTheContrary #Twitter #Kumar Vishwas #AAP #Twitter Khap #Female volunteer
No need for outrage: MHA decision to put Ford Foundation on watch-list is no big deal

Apr 24, 2015

No need for outrage: MHA decision to put Ford Foundation on watch-list is no big deal

The home ministry's decision to scrutinise the usage of funds remitted by the Ford Foundation is more about checking where the money goes rather than a comment on what it thinks of the foundation's orientation #ToTheContrary #Ford Foundation #Teesta Setalvad #Gulbarg Society #MHA #Home Ministry Watch-List #Watch list
Arvind Kejriwal's desperate appointment of 21 'backdoor' ministers may face a legal challenge

Mar 17, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal's desperate appointment of 21 'backdoor' ministers may face a legal challenge

By appointing 21 parliamentary secretaries, who may draw no remuneration but would hold ministerial status, Arvind Kejriwal is probably trying to keep his 67-strong MLA flock together. But the move could face legal hurdles #Politics #India #ToTheContrary #Delhi #Goa #Arvind Kejriwal #Himachal Pradesh #Haryana #Kejriwal #Delhi Assembly #MLAs #Parliamentary Secretaries
Jesuit priest Prem Kumar contradicts govt story: Did India pay Taliban for his release?

Mar 05, 2015

Jesuit priest Prem Kumar contradicts govt story: Did India pay Taliban for his release?

The family of Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumarhas indicated that the government of India paid ransom money to his captors which eventually led to the release, a charge that the government has denied. #ToTheContrary #Taliban #ransom #hostages #Hostage taking #Jesuit priest #Father Alexis Premkumar #Jesuit priest paid #Ransom to Taliban
Activists, Modi govt oppose Leslee Udwin's BBC documentary on Indian rapists

Mar 04, 2015

Activists, Modi govt oppose Leslee Udwin's BBC documentary on Indian rapists

Activists however have pointed out that there are several problems with the framing of Delhi gangrape documentary and how Udwin has taken a very 'white-saviour-perspective' in the film. #ToTheContrary #Delhi #Delhi gangrape #Mukesh Singh #delhi gangrape accused #16 December Delhi gangrape #Delhi gangrape convicts
Attack on Sureshbhai Patel: Alabama governor's apology shouldn't whitewash US bigotry

Feb 19, 2015

Attack on Sureshbhai Patel: Alabama governor's apology shouldn't whitewash US bigotry

It’s no trifling matter that Alabama governor Robert Bentley has apologised to India for the way his police treated Sureshbhai Patel when they threw him onto the ground and left him paralysed. #United States #ToTheContrary #US #Alabama #Sureshbhai Patel #Alabama Police #Alabama Governor #Sureshbhai Patel attacked #Indian man beaten up
Misreading between the lines: Why Kejriwal's swearing in speech evokes fear and concern

Feb 16, 2015

Misreading between the lines: Why Kejriwal's swearing in speech evokes fear and concern

How we perceive events and people around us reflects a lot about us; doesn’t it? Kejriwal’s success and speech posed a challenge to the set beliefs of many of his critics. #ToTheContrary #BJP #Delhi #Arvind Kejriwal #Hindutva #Aam Aadmi Party #AAP #Delhi Assembly Election 2015
Why new Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani should ban his own films first

Feb 14, 2015

Why new Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani should ban his own films first

Pahlaj Nihalani, the new Censor board chief is nursing delusions of being the Dada Phalke of today’s Indian cinema. But somebody should quickly remind him of what he once was: a poor clone of Dada Kondke, #ToTheContrary #JustSaying #Censor Board #Aankhen #Censor Board chief #Pankaj Nihalani
Beware a Congress-mukt Bharat: AAP is not the BJP counter that India needs

Feb 11, 2015

Beware a Congress-mukt Bharat: AAP is not the BJP counter that India needs

Despite all its sins, Congress has a cogent philosophy and a worldview; a mass base even if it has been neglected and allowed to rust; and an instinctive feel for the inherent cultural diversity of this country. #Politics #India #ToTheContrary #Congress #BJP #RSS #Bharat #AAP