It is tempting to draw parallels between the Salman Rushdie case and the current uproar over an anti-Islamic internet video. But despite a co-incidence of timing – the protests coincided with the publication of Joseph Anton, Rushdie’s memoir of his years in hiding – the differences between the two cases far outweigh the parallels. Read more

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Last week, the HT hosted the second edition of the Brunch Dialogues in Bombay. This is a series of events focussing on conversations about Indian cinema. The first one, held some months ago, was on gangster movies. This one examined the role of the heroine in Hindi cinema. Read more

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It’s interesting how the debate over Aseem Trivedi’s cartoons has twisted and turned. It began with knee-jerk responses from most people who said that freedom of speech was being trampled on. Read more

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I don’t think the Indian government’s response to the Washington Post article about Dr Manmohan Singh can be termed the subject of a major controversy. A controversy occurs when there are at least two conflicting points of view, both strongly expressed. Read more

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