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Opinion
Amit shah's potshot at Gandhi
Casteist slur typical of BJP, RSS
By Amulya Ganguli
Amit Shah's wisecrack is neither a good-humoured jibe, nor a back-handed compliment to a chatur saint/politician. However, he is not alone in his denigration of the person about whom Einstein said that "generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this, in flesh and blood, walked upon the earth". The BJP chief, Amit Shah's quip about the Mahatma being a chatur bania (wily trader) is not in the same league as Sarojini Naidu's cheeky description of the Father of the Nation as Mickey Mouse because of his large ears and her dig at him for not knowing how much the Congress had to spend to keep him poor. While Naidu's was the witticism of a friend, Shah belongs to what can be called the enemy camp which believes that Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram Godse's intention was good, but h...
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Spreading Laughter..!
By Robert Clements
Each morning as I return from my walk, I find a slightly oldish man waiting for me, his back bent, body trembling with Parkinson’s, but eyes staring eagerly at gate. As soon as I enter, they light up; he totters forward, grasps my hand and presses, “Ouch!” I shout, “my fingers are broken! I’ll tell all my readers you’re to blame for no column today! Ouch!” “Ha, ha, ha!” he laughs the sick man, and for a moment I see him straightening up and there is a smile on his face as he walks home. “You make my dad’s day,” said his son, “you make him laugh and with that he gets over his depression which Parkinson’s is known to bring.” I’m happy I can do that. There are days when I feel gloomy, and want to do anything but make somebody laugh, but when I see him waiting eagerly for me, I make it a p...
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Borders versus Memory
By Nyla Ali Khan
The predominant theme of my work is the crossing of frontiers of nationality, culture, and language in three areas of the Indian subcontinent: India, Pakistan, and Kashmir. To that list, I would add my attempt to cross the barrier of citizenship as a self-conscious political philosophy. I hope, through my work, to make my readers aware of the humanist response to the ridiculousness of war, a response that transcends national boundaries and barriers. A couple of days ago, I got a chance to go to Attari Railway Station and Wagha Border, on either side of which the flags of India and Pakistan are brandished with pride as well as a belligerent ferocity. I witnessed the histrionics and performativity of the Border Security Force of India and Pakistan Rangers. The complex and elaborate perform...
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Just above the clouds..!
By Robert Clements
I sat in my seat next to the window, in the airbus that was taking me from Bangalore to Bombay yesterday, and heard the voice of the pilot over the PA system, "Ladies and gentlemen," he said, "We will be hitting turbulence for a while, but trust me, I will take you up, just above the clouds!" I looked out of my window, and all I saw was a huge expanse of grey. It was not nice to look at and I shuddered, as there were even streaks of threatening lightning, and the aircraft rocked a bit. I heard a passenger sighing worriedly behind me, and in the seat next to me, was sure the woman was tense as her fingers gripped the armrest tightly and brushed my elbow. And then I felt the airbus lift. It fought the clouds, it cut through the grey and like a knife went through the threatening turbulence...
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Three Years down the lane
Has Modi govt taken citizens for a ride?
By Ram Puniyani
On May 26, 2017, the Modi Government completed three years in office. Various programmes such as the Modi fest were organised at various places and there are plans to celebrate them in different cities across the country. The underlying message of these programmes is that the Modi Government has done remarkable work and the country is moving towards prosperity for all. Modi has been labelled as 'Garibon ka Masiha' (Prophet for Poor) by his acolytes. Many channels and commentators gave him excellent grade citing various achievements. As such, what has happened during last three years? Precisely, there has been centralisation of power in the hands of the Prime Minister. It seems the Cabinet system has been given a go-by. Modi Mirage and the Politics of Disillusion To begin with, one does...
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Switch off your phone..!
By Robert Clements
My cell rings "Hello!" I say. "Sir this is a call from your mobile phone company. We offer you a 20% discount if you talk more between now and the end of the month. There are also prizes if you talk for more than twenty minutes a day." "To whom?" "I beg your pardon sir?" "To whom do I talk to?" I ask. "To your family, your friends sir." "I speak enough when I meet them, why should I talk anymore?" The poor fellow at the other end is flabbergasted. He can't imagine anyone refusing the chance to talk more, I on the other hand can't imagine why people want to talk so much more. The other day a group of us friends went out for dinner. We invited a new friend Thomas to come along. As he got into my car, I saw him dialing a number. "Busy fellow," I thought to myself and then listened ...
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BETWEEN THE LINE
A trumped-up charge
By Kuldip Nayar
The government has been using sedition laws to silence dissenting voices. And there are over 51 freedom of information activists have been found murdered since the law came to force in 2005. NDTV's news coverage has riled up members of Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP, many of whom accuse the network of being anti-BJP. The Central Bureau of Investigation's raid on the owners of NDTV for an alleged concealment of share transaction from the SEBI that has caused a loss of Rs 48 crore to a private bank has been termed by the channel as a witch-hunt based on "same old" false accusation. I tend to agree with the channel. Radhika Roy, the co-owner, and I have worked together at The Indian Express and I cannot imagine that she could have indulged in such activities attributed to her. I think ...
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Spreading Laughter..!
By Robert Clements
Each morning as I return from my walk, I find a slightly oldish man waiting for me, his back bent, body trembling with Parkinson’s, but eyes staring eagerly at gate. As soon as I enter, they light up; he totters forward, grasps my hand and presses, “Ouch!” I shout, “my fingers are broken! I’ll tell all my readers you’re to blame for no column today! Ouch!” “Ha, ha, ha!” he laughs the sick man, and for a moment I see him straightening up and there is a smile on his face as he walks home. “You make my dad’s day,” said his son, “you make him laugh and with that he gets over his depression which Parkinson’s is known to bring.” I’m happy I can do that. There are days when I feel gloomy, and want to do anything but make somebody laugh, but when I see him waiting eagerly for me, I make it a p...
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Gandhi's killers are National icons now
By Aijaz Zaka Syed
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi may have been born a bania -- someone from a community whose vocation from time immemorial has remained trade and moneylending in India's rigid caste pyramid. However, few in a country where one's birth still defines one's social station, and in many cases, calling, regard Gandhi as a bania. Most Indians, born long after his assassination at the hands of a Hindu fanatic, know him as the 'Mahatma' and the Father of the Nation. Gandhi has always been a powerful, unifying figure for the Indians -- over and above the petty, sectarian politics. Eminent historian Ramachandra Guha writes of an interesting incident, in March 1922, when Gandhi was arrested on charges of sedition. "When he was produced in court, the magistrate, after the law then prevalent, asked the pri...
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Paint a Healing Picture..!
By Robert Clements
So many of us have been hurt and wounded as we grow through life! Unfortunately we keep those hurts open and worse don't allow those wounds to heal. We let them fester and rot and spread the pus of hate from those injuries to all around. My father passed away ten years ago, but just before he died he gifted me with the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. But it's not the book I remember so much as what my father penned in the front page for me; Dear Bob, he wrote, "Courage comes in many forms, but to turn ones enemies into friends is one of the greatest!" Ah dad I know what you were trying to tell me. Look you were saying at a picture of healing then the hatred your mind is painting for you, look beyond your hurts and insults and show that picture to those who follow. That he who have bee...
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Saffron nationalism and its perils
By Ashok Celly
Thanks to the BJP and its sister organisations, the media is buzzing with the discourse on nationalism. The ruling party has emerged as the self-appointed champion of nationalism. Convinced that it is on a strong wicket when it comes to nationalism, it is adopting aggressive postures and trying to push the others-political parties, minorities-on the back foot by raising slogans like 'Vande Mataram Kehna Hoga'. In the prevailing surcharged atmosphere it is absolutely imperative that we discuss the entire issue of nationalism without passion and prejudice. Let us start with the most obvious, the most elementary question: who, after all, is a nationalist? Quite simply, a nationalist is one who loves his nation. A nation is not an abstraction. It means the land, the flora and fauna and, abov...
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Hatred for Gandhi is a fundamental element of Hindutva discourse
By Shamsul Islam
Amit Shah is no ordinary Indian ruler. He is president of the BJP which rules Centre and majority of the Indian States. Most importantly, he is the other half of our PM, Modi, they together rule as the most powerful duo ever to rule India after Independence. Additionally, he is a senior RSS functionary. With this bio-data Amit Shah is naturally the ideological face of the Hindutva ruling elite and his utterings hold the status of holy words for his followers. Recently, he was in Chattisgarh to speak to "eminent persons" for strengthening BJP in the state where assembly elections are due in 2018. While philosophising on the irrelevance of Congress, belittling its rule in the freedom struggle, he went to discuss Gandhi. According to him Gandhi, to quote original words of his in Hindi, "bah...
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