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Story Posted on 19-04-2019

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Congress, Nepotism, Rahul Gandhi, Dynastic politics

Dynasty Vs Democracy: How feudal political families have ruined India's governance and representation

So feudal is our politics now, even single politicians like Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati have 'heirs'. This has ruined inner-party democracy and lowered standards of national governance too.

VOICES

 |  #PostcardsFromParas  |  4-minute read
Kamasutra, Human Rights violation, Gay stigma, Pride parade

Brunei, don't be a pain in the ass! The rich little nation decides on stoning gay men to death. It should learn lessons from India

Love is love. And Brunei, with all its money and monarchy, should take a lesson from our desi handbook. We knew all about love and respect before the West invented the terms.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Terrorism, Lok Sabha elections 2019, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Bhopal

Sadhvi Pragya has a right to be nominated. And the electorate should defeat her. But it won’t happen

Liberals demanding that persons like the Sadhvi, accused of terrorism, be debarred from contesting elections are missing the point. Entirely.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Lok Sabha election 2019, 2611 mumbai attacks, Mumbai Terrorist Attack, Hemant Karkare

'My torture,' 'my curse', 'Hemant Karkare's karma': Is Pragya Thakur accusing a hero of the country to rile up emotions in this polarised poll?

Action against 'torture' should be taken. But will accusing a dead man serve any purpose legally?

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Amit Shah, Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi

Can the Election Commission play a good referee and ensure a good match...err, poll?

It is natural for political parties to try and bend the rules as far as possible. Even a little headstart is a big advantage. EC's role as the 'referee,' therefore, is a very important one.

VARIETY

 |  5-minute read
Egypt, Indian museum, Ghost, Tutankhamun

Voices from Beyond: Does a mummy’s curse haunt the Indian Museum?

Everyone who handled artefacts belonging to King Tut's tomb died under mysterious circumstances. The Indian Museum in Kolkata has a small Egyptian collection.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Satyamev jayate, Kesari, Uri the surgical strike, Parmanu: the story of pokhran

The Other Mr Bharat: John Abraham's desh-prem movies are consistently delighting the box office

John Abraham, with his good looks and rugged physique, has managed to crack the code of a sure-fire hit — nationalism!

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mainpuri, Lok Sabha elections 2019, Mayawati

Mainpuri Ki Main: In Muyalam Singh's bastion, Mayawati underlined she is the queen

Mulayam Singh Yadav asked SP workers to show respect to Mayawati. Akhilesh Yadav said the SP will never forget her favours. Mayawati reigned supreme over a political present which includes the dreadful 'Guest House incident' past.

LIFE

 |  5-minute read
Dating, Marriage, Relationship, Divorce

The 10-Year Itch: Why men suddenly have to break their decade-old marriage. Surprisingly, it's less painful than what we thought

All mobility gives confidence. And men need that. And it's all about them. And no. It's not your fault.

VOICES

 |  3-minute read
Marxist, Sheikh Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir, Lok Sabha elections 2019

Red Star in Jammu: How a Marxist who took on Sheikh Abdullah in the 1970s has kept the fight for workers’ rights alive

Abdul Majid Khan has fought for workers' rights and communal harmony all his life. He has Bhagat Singh's photograph tucked in his pocket. He remembers when his house was raided by the govt, and his wife's only pair of gold earrings taken away.