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  • Sarath Fonseka – Resigned or Shown the door?

    Precisely one week after the United States administration attempted to get a confession from Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff, Sarath Fonseka on possible war crimes by Gothabaya Rajapakse – the Defense Secretary of Sri Lanka, the Army General has submitted his resignation.  The resignation letter submitted by Sarath Fonseka outlines the frustration he had…

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  • Chennai’s media, movie stars and sex scandal

    Chennai based Tamil news paper Dinamalar in a shocking news report published photos of several leading movie actress’s and accused them of being involved in sex scandals in the city. The editor of the magazine had published the news article based on information he gathered from an arrested TV artist Bhuvaneshwari who was in police…

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  • The struggle to annihilate caste – Meena Kandasamy’s Interview

    Meena Kandasamy is a promising, young and progressive English writer we have today. Meena articulates her thoughts precisely and positively on the challenges India faces today in this interview with Ujjwal Jana of the West Bengal Sate University. The interview is published at the Postcolonial Text – an international, refereed, multi-disciplinary electronic journal presenting a global forum…

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  • Sashi Tharoor – the unholy cow

    On his page on the micro-blogging site Twitter, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor was asked, “Tell us minister, next time you travel to Kerala, will it be cattle class?” His reply: “Absolutely, in cattle class out of solidarity with all our holy cows.” Reacting to Sashi’s remaks, Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said…

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  • Kapil Sibal’s brand of Education Reforms

    Reforms suggest learning Hindi by all and moots for abolition of X’ th standard Board Examinations. The Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has announced the so called educational reforms and has satisfied himself that he has fulfilled a promise made in UPA election manifesto to go for educational reforms within 100 days of assuming…

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  • Labour strike – Nokia’s salary revision irks employees

    While the liberalised economy of India has been great for investors, large corporations and highly skilled professionals, it has not been so great for the average shop floor worker. Corporations throughout India try to find some way around the labour laws to pay their workers less than they should. It is an open secret that…

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  • Can India try to break up China?

    An article appeared in www.iiss.cn in the name of  XinLang Bo ke, suggesting certain strategic steps to break India. This article was in Chinese language and therefore was translated and commented upon by Indian media. The very fact that such an article has been allowed to be published in a website by China where no…

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  • Dadagiri – “How can she slap?”

    [Ed: This is a little outdated news item, but got my attention just now.  So here I go…] Dadagiri is a reality show, of course interleaved with choreographed/scripted material.  Apparently, in the segment below, the participants are expected to go through a few rounds of bullying (similar to college ragging) to claim the prize money. …

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  • Nandan Nilekani’s ideas for India’s future

    The NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman has this to say about Nandan Nilekani: “Seattle has Bill. Bangalore has Nandan. What makes Nilekani unique? For me it comes down to one phrase: great explainer.” Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine…

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