Eminent sculptor Anish Kapoor's characterisation of the Modi government as a "Hindu Taliban" has invited instant action from Rajasthan Government -- in an obviously retaliatory move, it has scrapped Kapoor's nomination from the Governing Board of Jaipur's Jawahar Kala Kendra. I am no advocate of the Modi government, but as things stand today, even I believe that the descriptor "Hindu Taliban" is quite far-fetched.
Spectre does have its moments but it is one of the weakest of the four films starring Craig as 007. The culprits are its weak storyline and a runtime that's the longest ever for a Bond film. While there is no dearth of thrills and adventure in here, the suspense quotient is surprisingly low especially since the film is being projected as the final missing piece in the puzzle that would unlock the mystery that binds the four films together.
The power of the film is that it won't let us forget that it's within our power to avoid the worst consequences of climate change -- we need only choose to do so. That's important for all of us to remember, not just those who are tasked with reaching an agreement in Paris.
I want to know as a responsible citizen, from Amir Khan and Shahrukh Khan as well, why did they make such irresponsible statements and spoil the image of the 13 crores of Muslims in India? Who are they to make public statements based on their personal perception?
Today Adele was confirmed at the top of the UK's Official Albums Chart (no surprise there) - but with a sales total which is breath-taking. In seven days, her third album 25 sold 800,307 copies. To reiterate, that is the highest total for any Number 1 album ever. That's ever.
"People are realizing that the Middle East is not a big mysterious region where everyone is the same. Countries and people are different from one place to another. Persia is a very different place than the 'Arab world,' and the Arab world doesn't mean anything either, because life is very different between let's say Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. People need to talk about themselves and their lives. The comic expression is dynamic and the best medium for this."
In the beginning, the generously expressed emotional tributes on social media were as bright as the lights of the monuments that lit up around the world in the colours of the French flag. But within a few hours, the unpleasant, cutting comments began to fly all over social media. The sadness and shock gave way to ugly accusations of racism and insinuations of indifference. The judgmental finger-pointing and tongue-lashing was directed at people who had not expressed emotion for the victims of the suicide bombings in Beirut.
Within our schools, a locus for socialisation for young people, a biased education ignores the impact that bullying, ostracisation and harassment has on boys. As a result, many boys tend to internalise emotions and act out violence in their adulthood. They are unwilling to appear "weak" or "unmanly" in front of their peers, friends or family members. What does this have to do with women? Everything.
I enrolled on a matrimonial website some months back. That enrollment was half-hearted. Like a petulant child, I had hoped that at least now, after a bad marriage and the resultant heartbreak, God would send me my soulmate. No such luck!
SONEPAT, India -- ISIS' manslaughter in Paris has placed on Muslims across the world the agonizing task of self-definition and self-explanation. It has placed Muslims in India in the doubly agonizing predicament of fearing a local backlash for what ISIS does as part of its global agenda. I do not believe intolerance will prevail in India. The people here are not stupid. But they live in a trapezium of wildly swinging emotions. And there, belligerents want to have their macabre fun, get their bloodied thrills.
There is a growing resentment against India among the ordinary people of Nepal. This resentment stems from the non-availability of essential supplies, especially petroleum products, as a result of the blockade by Madhesis at the India- Nepal border, believed by the Nepalese government to have been engineered by India. In response, Nepal has signed a deal with China for oil and has ended India's four-decade-long monopoly. This has wider implications for India.
To view the Paris massacre as meriting an act of charity (by giving away what was earlier one's own --a profile picture!) on social media is regressive "political messaging" -- not an act of solidarity. It views the dead as simply eliciting a moral-emotional response, while brushing away the weight of political conscience into the backyards of history. It can be an outlet for outrage, but it is separated from every claim to solidarity by the very space of reason.
From his public airing of spats with investors to playing the media like a guitar, Rahul Yadav challenged the status quo at every step. He rejected corporate bureaucracy and a boot-licking culture. He was also brilliantly disrespectful, a self-serving narcissist (like many of the new breed of young entrepreneurs) and got himself fired. While there is much to admire about the man, there are some lessons on how not to do business embedded in his saga as well.
MOSCOW -- An ad hoc coalition created for a special purpose to solve one specific task is a modern approach that has been gaining support since the turn of the century when it was first proposed by then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Consolidation of efforts against ISIS, proposed by Russia, France and even the United States, is an example. Such a team would need no oath of allegiance or common values, but can be quite effective over a short period of time.
With World Heritage Week (19-25 November) being observed all over the country, I am reminded of my trip to the great living Chola temples of Tamil Nadu. Built during the 11th and 12th centuries by the kings of the Chola dynasty that ruled southern India for more than 450 years, these World Heritage Sites stand intact as a testimony to the affluence, brilliance and craftsmanship of the golden period. A stamp from UNESCO only confirms their significance.
The idea that "the self is an illusion" has become the bien pensant common sense of the day in many educated circles in the West. I think this is profoundly misguided, but I can see why it seems so compelling. In the English language, nouns label things while verbs label the things that they do. If you mistook this linguistic quirk for a deep philosophical truth then you would of course conclude that the self doesn't exist, because there is no single thing that "I" or "you" refers to. That is because on close examination "I" turns out to be a verb disguised as a noun.
From the times of the colonial Raj to modern India, Britain has always shown a strong appetite for Indian goods, with huge conglomerates such as Tata group and Reliance all making large indents across the British market. However, there still remains a stop gap in the connectivity of home-grown Indian brands in the British mass-market.
Hands up -- who changed a Facebook pic to show solidarity with Paris? Raged about the barbarity of the gunmen? Or even, for those "tragedy hipsters" among us, bemoaned the relative indifference of Westerners to other brutal attacks in Lebanon, Kenya and now Nigeria? What about the World Food Programme's confirmation -- for the umpteenth time -- that 1 in 3 North Korean children is stunted due to malnutrition? Anyone?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing visit to Singapore has already seen the signing of several bilateral pacts for increased cooperation in areas ranging from defence and cyber-security to culture and urban development. The visit has also created a lot of buzz in the Indian community, which is driving the logistics for his address at the Singapore Expo on 24 November, but how successful the event will be remains to be seen.