It’s preposterous!  When Rahul Gandhi travels by train, the media rants and raves over the money saved. And when he breaks bread with Dalits and spends night in their homes, Mayawati fumes, his party sulks.

I know not many admire Rahul for whatever he does. Not because they don’t like his face or functions, they simply hate him for the fact that politics and power has come to him on a platter. Read more

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Every time I travel to the remotest areas of the country my conviction grows that there is no one India, but two India. One in which we live and the one that lives in abject poverty- only seen in films like Mother India. Read more

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Is the BJP trying to unburden the Muslims, who till date believe they carry the slur of country’s partition? I never connected to the ongoing clamour over Jinnah in the BJP with the post partition trauma of the Muslim community till a friend MA Khan, an intellectual with plans to float an independent political platform for the Muslims, brought it to my notice.

I am still skeptical about his arguments, but then he believes the issue over Jinnah’s secular credentials had potency to influence the voter’s mind. Read more

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Have you ever tried watching Tollywood films with the volume off? It’s hilarious — the melodramatic scenes and stunts, the dance movements, the pelvic thrusts (sorry they look vulgar to me). Read more

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It was sometime in early 1990’s. I was on a trip to the United States under International Visitors’ Program. As it was an all women delegation, the issue that dominated deliberations was women welfare. One of them was domestic violence.

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