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Kishwar Desai

Kishwar Desai

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Author/Columnist, Winner of Costa First Novel Award for Witness the Night. Her 3rd novel The Sea of Innocence is out.

By Kishwar Desai

May, Merkel and Clinton prove silver-haired women are here to rule the world

It will be great if we get more leaders in sari.

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How should India certify noir cinema in times of Udta Punjab?

The film's focus on a real social malaise like drug abuse has thrown open an important debate.

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How refugees of Partition inspire the youth of India and Pakistan

The realisation of a shared heritage between the people of the two countries could lead to lasting peace in the neighbourhood.

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Does India treat a newborn as commodity?

Babies-on-demand are produced for a variety of reasons - most of them quite unromantic.

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Young India must escape quota trap, let the inner entrepreneur grow

Is enterprise in this country being killed by our anxiety to have a safety net?

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Why is the Indian Left trying to win polls with cold blooded murders?

Ahead of Kerala and West Bengal elections, we need to ask why, in a democracy, is it necessary to kill your opponent?

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Shame on Kejriwal for ignoring the elderly in Odd-Even plan

AAP, which receives a lot of support from NRIs, must be educated by them about how countries in the West look after their senior citizens.

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Latehar tragedy: Cows have a religion in India and it's deadly

Why would anyone deny the child of a cowherd the right to go to the market? And kill him for it?

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Homosexuality is normal, kudos to Kapoor & Sons for showing this

Would a mainstream Indian actor have been able to play Fawad Khan's role without worrying about his image?

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India needs to rein in MLAs like Ganesh Joshi who attack hapless animals

In the wake of Shaktiman's tragedy, all political parties must tell their troops to behave.

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Does Kejriwal truly understand Punjab's woes?

Most politicians take the short-term view. They do not speak with their hand on history.

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Minor thrashed for not resisting rape by father exposes the limits of news

In the race for prime time TRPs and breaking news, stories which need attention are tragically left unexplored.

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Good tolerance, bad tolerance and the rise of Aunty National

As parliamentarians laid out before us the subtle nuances in a difficult debate - our very noisy democracy is finding its voice.

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How will arresting students protect national pride?

If you don't agree with them, advise youth. Perhaps, just give them good jobs?

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RK Pachauri case shows anti-rape bill fails in front of power

People are out on bail and one wonders why we think the law is harsh on men.

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Maneka Gandhi: What's sex got to do with it?

Let's not forget the trauma and fear most of the pregnant women in India already live under.

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Why India's temples and politics need Trupti Desai

Political parties would do well to connect with the likes of her as they raise India's profile as a modernising society.

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Rohith's death was a slow, deliberate killing of ambition

In the late University of Hyderabad scholar, we see all those young men and women who have had no mentors who cared.

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Aparna Sen's Saari Raat shows cinema can lend literature a new dimension

It takes a director like her to construct a powerful, unforgettable narrative.

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What prime time news won't reveal about Pathankot terror attack

Should we have the right to an immediate, often erroneous idea of the situation at 'ground zero'?

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New Year resolution for Bollywood: Stop distorting history

Directors are still stuck in Mughal-e-Azam era of a romantic saga with elaborate mahals and a thousand elephants.

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Is motormouth Kejriwal the Indian Donald Trump?

Like the US presidential hopeful, AAP will find out soon enough that people actually do not enjoy a constantly vengeful attitude.

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How releasing juvenile rapist shames Jyoti Singh

Doesn't this leave the victim with a sense of being raped not just by the minor but by the entire legal system?

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Why Sushma Swaraj's visit to Pakistan gives Indians hope

By showing simple courtesies to one another, we can definitely deal with the long pending problems in an easy and swift fashion.

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We need to support AAP's odd theory for a clean Delhi

An experiment like this will have to be done, as we are left with few choices.

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From Sonia Gandhi to Modi, how 'outsider' can become insider in Delhi Sultanate

Their handling of this key disadvantage has made a big difference in their strategy and positioning in public perception.

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Will Europe lose the freedom of Schengen to Paris attacks?

The latest attack by Daesh has begun to break down the easy confidence that countries shared.

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We are all Parisians today

In this bizarre world created by terrorism, everything is black and white, and the subtle values and lifestyle that a cosmopolitan city like Paris represents have no place.

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What Modi can learn from Gore Vidal versus William Buckley

For a bi-partisan system to work, both sides must have equally strong intellectual fire power.

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Modi government needs to go Sufi

The NDA, instead of being defensive, should simply speak the language of love and peace.

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