Monthly Archives: May 2015


Jihadist Terrorism: Is Death Penalty Enough? Law

With Kasab’s judicially mandated death, if and when it takes place, we would finally have the satisfaction of having buried another drying leaf of the carnivorous forest of terrorism. Of course, none of us is naïve enough to believe that the forest would even do as much as spend a moment in silence at the burial. It’s business as usual. But the newly planted saplings...

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Lamhaa: No ‘story’ and nothing ‘untold’ Movies

Training camera on Kashmir’s truth is no child’s play because there are simply too many versions of too many truths involved in the composite reality of the blood-soaked heaven-on-earth. Likewise, understanding the politics of Kashmir is quite a daunting task because there are just too many players with varied interests grinding their respective axes. Lamhaa promises to tell the ‘untold story of Kashmir’ and ends...

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HIGHWAY: Stale Dish Overheated Movies

One can’t simply mix Stockholm Syndrome, Child Abuse and the idea of love-on-the-go in different proportions, throw in some rustic dialogues, and tout it as path-breaking cinema. It is a ‘different’ movie only to the most naïve of the audience; for the rest it’s a cocktail of The World Is Not Enough, Monsoon Wedding and Jab We Met. Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) wants to bask in...

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Beggars and Salesmen General

A salesman is a beggar in suit and a beggar, a salesman in tatters. That’s what finally marketing comes down to. I read an interesting piece (Beggars can be retailers) by Indrajit Hazra and enjoyed it thoroughly for its hilarity and the punch it packed. Indrajit feels that beggars, if they are properly dressed, could make great salesman. Well, no, because there talent lies in...

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Gujarat 2002: The Unforgettable Personal / Philosophy / Politics

Let me start off by admitting that no matter how hard I try I just can’t forget Gujarat 2002. No, I was not personally affected by the pogrom; not even remotely. And, no, I am not a Muslim behind a Hindu pseudonym, in case you are wondering. I am a normal Indian. An average Indian who believes in simple things, and has simple – almost...

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Marxism, Anarchism and State Theory

Abolition of the State is the central theme in both Anarchism and Marxism. State is considered evil and the source of exploitation. In the opinion of the Marxists it is the instrument of class rule installed and run by the dominant class to further its own interests and aspirations. Marxists see the society divided into the worker class and capitalist class. The concentration of the...

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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ANARCHISM Theory

Anarchism is a system of belief in political philosophy according to which State is evil and undesirable, and must therefore be abolished. It is true that anarchism and anarchists find their number one enemy in State, but it would be fallacious to consider anarchism to be an anti-State social philosophy that supports chaos and disorder and whose only objective is the abolition of the State....

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RICHARD KUKLINSKI:  The ‘Iceman’ Who Killed Over 100 Crime File

The ‘Iceman’ killed and walked away, and it took the investigators a long time to even surmise that it could be a serial killer on the prowl because, unlike most serial killers, ‘Iceman’ did not have a preferred way of killing, or a preferred class of victims. He killed over 100, but was convicted of killing only 5. It took very long for the law...

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LUCIAN STANIAK: The Red Spider of Poland Crime File

He brutally raped, killed and mutilated over 20 teenaged girls as per his own confession, but was charged with and convicted of six homicides. It was July 4, 1964, the ink was red, the handwriting spidery, and the letter chillingly announced to Marian Starzynski, the editor of Prezeglad Polityczny in Warsaw, “There is no happiness without tears, no life without death. Beware! I am going...

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JESSICA LUNSFORD: 9-year-old, Raped and Buried Alive Crime File

She was kept in the closet for three days, raped repeatedly and when the rapist found it difficult to hide her, he buried her alive. On the morning of February 24, 2005 Mark Lunsford was getting ready for work when the alarm started ringing in his daughter’s room. But when his daughter, 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, did not switch off the alarm Lunsford decided to check...

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