In some ways the national guidelines on communal harmony appear quite significant though I am not sure how far they would be practical. The guideline suggests an active role of the victims in tackling communal riots. Can sufferers actually turn into saviours? Perhaps yes. Read more

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I loved the message that the three words flashed. ‘I Am She’, the theme of this year’s Miss India contest. Sushmita Sen gave a brilliant explanation, ‘When I can take pride in being She, then why add a NAME to it?’ I will take it beyond ‘She’ and add, ‘Why even mention Pandey, Verma, Zaidi too?’ Read more

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After all the hugs and honeymoons in full public glare, has come the objection on a poster that shows them simply smiling with their hands locked in a handshake. Read more

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It’s baffling. After 25 years, over 15,000 deaths and 5.7 lakh maimed for life, they, the convicts get two years imprisonment. They don’t even spend two hours in jail as they get bail on personal bonds of Rs 25,000 and Rs one lakh fine each. Read more

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Before taking off for London, my daughter mused, “Mumbai is my dream city. But sometimes I do feel that I should pay back to the city (Lucknow) I grew up in.” Read more

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