Free speech has been much in the news recently: Salman Rushdie; the writers who read from The Satanic Verses in Jaipur; Jeremy Clarkson; and even Jay Leno. Though every case is different, the uproars that have resulted serve to reflect how much our society has lost sight of the underlying principle that must govern all our decisions on freedom of speech. Read more

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There are few days sadder than the anniversaries of the exile of the Kashmiri Pandits. Over the last few days, there have been postings on the internet and some impassioned tweets but we all know – with an air of tragic inevitability – that when this anniversary passes, when bloggers have moved on to other subjects and something else is trending on twitter, that the Kashmiri Pandits will be exactly where they have been for the last two decades: nowhere people with no homeland to call their own. Read more

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Are you surprised by the demand to deny Salman Rushdie an Indian visa? Well, Rushdie clearly was. As he tweeted, he doesn’t need a visa to visit India because he is a Person of Indian Origin and therefore entitled to come and go as he pleases. Read more

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There is an unwritten rule of cinema and TV direction. It goes something like this: if you are making a period picture or TV series then you must settle on a tone. Read more

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