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The future of India now lies in rational reforms.
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And it’s not about turning the other cheek if someone slaps you.
2016: It's been a great year. I quit my job to follow my passion, travelled around the world, and attended a mind-blowing Coldplay concert in London. Just kidding! 2016: It's been a path breaking year...
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A whole book can be written on how Gandhiji's ideas are relevant today. He was a visionary and possessed a very powerful mind. His ideas continue to be as relevant to the issues and problems of India...
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It is important to remember that this ban isn't directed at women. It is actually meant to strike a blow at the patriarchal oppression of women. France wants no part in this systematic inequality and is also wary of the influence that these orthodox attitudes can have in pushing their own society back in time.
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Arnab Goswami -- and scores of influential but divisive people like him all over the world -- will immensely benefit by reading the wonderful book ‘The Story of Civilization’ by British philosopher C.E.M. Joad. This short book was written in 1931 as part of a “How & Why” series of books, the intended primary audience for which was most probably children and young adults.
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The British ruled over us because they knew that they could break India's integrity, turn Indians against each other and take advantage of the unrest to rule people. Right now, exactly the same thing happening.
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In these troubled times, with the attacks in Paris, Lebanon, Pathankot and beyond creating a climate of fear, I feel the collective and justified hatred towards religious terrorism. But when this hatred spills over to every human being practising Islam, I fear for my friend. And that's when I think, "Shit, my best friend is a Muslim."
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The cow, the trans community and the state of Bihar have been much in the national news of late. This is a tale of all three. It took place in the most religious month of the Hindu calendar, Magha, in the holy town of Puri in Odisha. This is a story that questions "hypocrisy and double standards, gracelessness toward 'sinners', high-minded judgmentalism, and not being pure in heart..."
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MUMBAI -- Advocating a strong response to the Pathankot terror strike, Shiv Sena today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "tolerance" to such attacks should end. "Our tolerance to terror attacks is c...
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Michael Billig developed the term "banal nationalism"to highlight the ways in which the rhetoric of a number of different players -- whether politicians, reporters or "common people" -- draws upon unquestioned assumptions about what it means to be a member of a nation. In this case, banal nationalism makes it possible to say without irony that one cannot tolerate being accused of any kind of intolerance.
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Perhaps, it is a tad overambitious, or even delusional, on my part to drag Milan Kundera into this. But in his latest novel, The Festival Of Insignificance, Kundera suggests that insignificance is "the essence of existence". Much like Diwali of today, where we seem to celebrate the insignificant and lose ourselves in the trivial. I seemed to look deep down into Kundera's soul and grasp the reality of "festivity" that lies at the heart of insignificance and despair. It is a call to restore that unbearable lightness of our beings.
MUMBAI--Even as he came under attack from sections in BJP, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan on Wednesday received support from ruling ally Shiv Sena which said that the superstar should not be targeted...
The RBI Governor says that an environment that encourages the questioning of received wisdom without the fear of being targeted for it is one where ideas will grow and flourish. This is an intellectual eco-system that fosters innovation, which is critical for economic growth. Surely the bhakts of India should understand this argument. After all, one thing they have been consistent about is the need for development. Anyone who questions this receives violent abuse on social media and is branded "anti-national".
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Why do some of you fall prey to easy arguments of majoritarianism? Consider the large numbers of your sons and daughters who have emigrated to the West. What if the West turned on them, these Hindu minorities? What if the granddaughter you adore so much in Birmingham or Atlanta or Boise suffered the same fate at the hands of rampaging Christian mobs that hundreds of equally adorable girls suffered at the hands of rampaging Hindu mobs in Godhra and elsewhere? Would you be singing paeans to majoritarianism then?
I felt like a preachy mother who doesn't know how to laugh. Because "funny" videos showing a toddler flying off the swing and falling with a thud also appall me. Does age have something to do with humour? As Aamir Khan said, "I am not a 14-year-old that I will be impressed at cuss words." Whether it was Bollywood or Twitter, the jokes at the AIB Knockout confused many and divided many more.