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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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,

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

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.

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

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

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

McDonald’s 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.

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

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

It’s 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.

Je Suis Perumal Murugan or Tiruchengode? Free speech vs defamation
India

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.