We enter the New Year with an all-pervasive grief across the nation along with a strong resolve that we would not allow the sacrifice of India’s Braveheart to go waste. Never before tears were shed in every home of India for an unknown girl whose dreams were crushed by such a horrendous act. Read more

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I am not a great fan of Congress leader Renuka Choudhary. She comes out as a leader completely confused on most of the issues. But the compassion and the passion with which she suggested ‘parading the culprits with their faces blackened and heads shaved’ compelled me to think over it. Read more

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Watching television the other day, I saw a young kid taking his extraordinary meal, straight from the cow poo. He kept picking grains from the poo and popping them directly into his mouth. Read more

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As I watched the swearing-in ceremony of new Uttarakhand chief minister Maj Gen BC Khanduri, I couldn’t take my eyes off the person who had literally been discredited in the public eye, not by any opposition party but his own the Bhartiya Janata Party. Read more

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He, in his early 20’s, was dressed in flashy jeans, black shimmering shirt, dark shades with a cigarette between his lips. Read more

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It was quite a shocking scene. Three girls gyrating to Bollywood music on the streets of Bihar on the day (July 5) Opposition had waged a war against the UPA government on the burning public issue of Inflation. 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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Politicians have penchant for different forms of sycophancy. I remember the first time I had met late Pandit Kamlapati Tripathi– he was very old and was sitting with his legs stretched out on a table. Read more

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Here is some news for those who believe that cheerleaders have invaded only urban India.

A few days back, a bunch of them enthralled crowds at a village in Lucknow for a district level kabaddi– a rural sport– tournament. The organisers wanted crowds. And they got them. Read more

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Sometimes I feel the politicians of today are oblivious of the hard realities the poor people face in the country. No doubt the policies that they formulate sitting in their air-conditioned cabins often go haywire.

Recently Sonia Gandhi was on a tour to Rae Bareli, a constituency represented by the powerful Gandhi family- Feroze Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and now Sonia Gandhi. Ideally people would expect the ground situation to be better in the Gandhi’s bastion than the rest of the Hindi heartland. Read more

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