articles by Lakshmi Chaudhry

Politics

Red corner notice ahead: 'Maun Modi' govt prepares to bring Lalit Modi down

Lalit Modi may have finally done himself in! Each of the missiles he fired willy nilly at his former friends and eternal foes are headed right back in his direction. Sushma Swaraj may be embarrassed, Vasundhara Raje may be on her way out, but Lalit Modi may well end up alone and in jail, as the biggest casualty of this latest political scandal.

Entertainment

All hail Marathi pride: Maharashtra govt's diktat a boost for tyranny in cinema halls

Maharashtra is rapidly turning into the ultimate nanny state with Devendra Fadnavis deciding exactly what we citizens need.

Life

First Deepika, now Shabana: Why can't videos on empowerment treat women right?

Tis the season for women empowerment videos. First came the #VogueEmpower debacle. Now we have a more politically correct version anchored by Shabana Azmi.

India

Aadhaar cards for cows? Three reasons why this vegetarian is against the beef ban

If we care for animals, let's push instead for more stringent regulations requiring humane conditions for all animals, be they raised for dairy or slaughter.

India

German professor to Leslee Udwin: The white woman's 'rape in India' burden

. By banning the documentary, the Indian political class and their supporters managed to turn a mediocre documentary into a symbol of free speech; offer damning "evidence" of our cultural blindness to the plight of our own citizens; and render invisible the critical and concerted resistance of Indians against such violence. The long-standing paranoia the Indian government displays against foreign journalists achieves exactly the same effects.

World

Spouses of H-1B visa holders can work in US from 26 May: Why this is a human rights victory

Today, the US government made a significant announcement that will affect scores of Indian women (and some men). Spouses of H-1 B visas will be allowed to work in the country starting 26 May, 2015.

India

Modi govt vs Priya Pillai: Insanity of the 'doodh mein makkhi' theory

One can make endless fun of the government’s Red Queen-like capriciousness, but the jokes begin to wear thin when we recognise why the words ‘mad’ and ‘dictator’ go so well together. The arbitrary and unpredictable use of power is the essence of dictatorship. That our government can so willfully and ludicrously wield power is no laughing matter, after all.

Politics

Delhi poll results: AAP's landslide victory show how media misread Modi wave

The BJP rout will undoubtedly hearten Modi critics but it should offer little comfort to Kejriwal who is likely to feel the brunt of all that impatience very soon.

World

Dear Indians, please calm down: Obama didn't single out India for his intolerance remark

Oh my god! Obama talked about religious intolerance! And he name checked India. Whaaaat? Bring on the totally cooked up media-fueled controversy.

World

Jordanian pilot burnt alive: What IS terrorists and Hollywood producers have in common

IS is almost coy compared to Hollywood which no longer taxes our imagination. Our screens are flooded with serial killers. Think Dexter is bad? Hannibal can do it bloodier.

Politics

#IRunBedi: Kiran Bedi's Times Now interview proves she's right not to debate with Kejriwal

Let's face it: Kiran Bedi is a loose cannon with loose lips. She has a tendency to babble and veer constantly off subject and script, at times with unfortunate results.

Life

Snickering at Hindutva science: Why it feels good, and why it's self-defeating

Why do we feel compelled to not just laugh but deride — and at length — every such instance of Hindutva delusion? Wherefore that delicious feeling of self-satisfaction that descends upon us when any such story becomes front page news?

Entertainment

Happy 64th Birthday, Rajinikanth: Five reasons why you are a rockstar

There's something about the Thalaivar that inspires affection in all of us — including those who aren't his fans — but it has little to do with his famous style.

India

Parents murder Delhi University student 'for honour': So much for educating the girl child

Yes, we must all educate the girl child. But that begs the bigger question: Who will educate her family?

India

Kissa microphone ka: Here's why publicly flogging Robert Vadra is absurd

Robert Vadra was foolish to attack a journalist. But going all-out on the story, our news media have also acted shamefully. In fact, the whole issue trivialises the kind of corruption that Vadra is guilty of.

Politics

Maharashtra elections: BJP win will be the electoral demise of 'marathi manoos'

The Maharashtra assembly elections may well mark a watershed moment marking the ideological exhaustion -- at least in an electoral sense -- of the Shiv Sena/MNS brand of politics.

India

Omar Abdullah does a Dubya: Here's why Kashmir floods will be his Katrina moment

Kashmir floods mark the complete failure of leadership — but in this case, at the local and not national level

Life

Failing the exam: Modi's Teacher's Day speech is a giant PR blunder

PM Narendra Modi's Teachers' Day speech reeks of old school self-aggrandisement and the the PR dividends from this exercise will remain slim.

Politics

The 'har har Modi' problem: After Hooda, Jharkand CM booed at PM rally

It's officially a boycott. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda led the way when he declared that he would no longer share a dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now the other Congress CMs are jumping on the bandwagon.