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Shri Arun Shourie Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?

In Karan Thapar’s interview, Arun Shourie looked grim, upset, even angry. That is unusual.  It is said that if you have facts on your side, you don’t need to be angry and if facts are not on your side, you … Continue reading

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Indian Express and its beef with Hindus

  140 characters don’t do justice to the layers of chicanery embedded in this Indian Express story. Hence this long note. First, a “backgrounder” is in order. The Christian church loves to play the persecuted. There are two reasons for … Continue reading

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Liberals should relax: Bahubali is not a “rightwing” film

Bahubali left me a little underwhelmed, partly because of not meeting the very high expectations set by the rave reviews. Now, if only the reviews had alerted me to the fact that this flick,  even while being technically slick, suffers … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Puran Bhagat

Stirred to intense curiosity by Chetan Bhagat’s novel thesis titled “Anatomy of Bhakts”, I decided to conduct an investigation into its validity. But then a dilemma arose. Am I a Bhakt too? If the answer is yes, then am I … Continue reading

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Net Banality

I expect left-wingers to endorse that which is popularly claimed to be “Net Neutrality”. And they are endorsing it, of course.  What I am a little surprised by is the eagerness of those who allegedly profess free markets to jump … Continue reading

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Total BS

This BS story caught my eye: “Govt against consent of tribals for displacement” .  It has received effusive praise from Adarsh Liberals such as Ram Guha: A fine piece by @nit_set on the continuing dilution of environmental and social standards under … Continue reading

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Kill-Joy Activism

One of the characters of English language fiction that impressed me most is Ayn Rand’s Ellsworth Toohey in her cult novel, “The Fountainhead”. Toohey aims for power over other men, and he discovers the ultimate secret to obtaining it: deny … Continue reading

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