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SC/ST ACT RULING: A Balancing Act Law

The judgment of the Supreme Court in Dr. Subhash Kashinath Mahajan v. The State of Maharashtra [Criminal Appeal No. 416 of 2018, decided on March 20, 2018] came under sharp criticism from several quarters and was also vigorously and, on some occasions, even violently protested against by the organizations and unorganized groups of people purporting to be the representatives of the class of people under...

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MUMBAI, INDIA - JUNE 16: LGBT members take out a march "Vigil for Love" as they protest against the attack on Orlando Gay nightclub and demand support and solidarity for victims of attack at Azad Maidan on June 16, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) Law

The bedroom goings-on must be no concern of the State unless there is a violation of the law involved, which is precisely the point one would do well to bear in mind when it comes to the issue of the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in the light of the observations made by a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court of...

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Right to Privacy: Fundamental Right, Why Not? Law

State is a monster sentinel that serves only a vigilant master. When the master gets complacent, the monster takes over, and a tyrant is born and tyranny let loose. That’s the short and scary operating manual for democracy. The indubitable truth of the treacherous nature of all political systems no matter how well structured and how firmly founded is missed or doubted only by the...

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Taareekh Pe taareekh – Judicial Delays : A Lot More Needed, A Lot Sooner Law

For long before and ever since Sunny Deol thundered away the iconic ‘taareekh pe taareekh’ in Damini (1993), judicial delay has been a bone permanently stuck in the throat of Indian legal system apart from being a ready stick for anybody and everybody to beat it with by parading judicial delays as evidence of how completely ineffective and inefficient law enforcement in India is. The...

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Gujarat 2002: Defending the Indefensible? Law / Politics

Tavleen Singh’s widely shared opinion piece in the Indian Express titled Fifth column: Political pundits. Really? carried the byline that prominently quoted from the article declaring that: “In Gujarat in 2002, both Hindus and Muslims died, but we called it a pogrom and the demonisation of Narendra Modi began.” She started by pointing out that the ‘political pundits’ — whatever that means, but she counts herself among them — have...

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Aadhaar Act: Fraud on the Constitution? Law

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery Of Financial And Other Subsidies, Benefits And Services) Act, 2016, or the ‘Aadhaar Act’ for short, started out as a government scheme after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was established on January 28, 2009 by a notification issued by the Planning Commission, and Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys, was appointed the head of the project on June 23,...

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THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ORDER: Bad in Law, Bad in Fact Law

First off, in stressing the need for the promotion of ‘constitutional patriotism’, the Supreme Court seems to have presupposed the existence of other kinds of patriotisms and to have also underscored the preferability of ‘constitutional patriotism’ to the other kinds, even if the apex court did not go as far as to deride or denounce the way ‘nationalism’ and ‘patriotism’ is being used as a...

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Jallikattu Protests: Right to Animal Cruelty Now? Law

In India, our hearts never stop bleeding for the cows, but their husbands — the bulls — are an altogether different matter. Compared to their human counterparts, the bulls might not have quite as many husbandly complaints of spousal maltreatment, but in the times of Jallikattu they can almost definitely plead gender discrimination. When the issue of animal abuse and needlessly endangering human life quickly...

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Salman’s Continual Tryst with the Law Law / People

The sporty, ever-exercising lover boy of Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) who could pull a punch or two if the need be turned into a Baaghi (1990) for love almost immediately after. It was smooth sailing for many years thereafter. But by the time he was family-loving boy swearing Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) some nine years later, he was also hunting Chinkaras, an endangered species...

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NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: A Cricketer-turned-MP’s Struggle with the Law Law / People

Navjot Singh Sidhu’s is among the most easily reconizable faces on Indian television, and almost everybody who has spent any amount of time watching television in India is familiar with his catchy oneliners that are now fondly referred to as ‘Siddhuisms’. But it is not the small screen that made him famous. It was his explosive performance as a cricketer playing for the Indian team...

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NARSIMHA RAO – II: Corruption Scandals Law / Politics

Narsimha Rao’s darkest hour came when he found himself accused of corrupt and unethical practices on more than one occasion. The nightmare began in 1996 when Rao’s term in office came to an end, and investigations were initiated primarily against him along with Buta Singh and nine others on the charges that he had offered huge amounts of money to the members of the Jharkhand...

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NARSIMHA RAO – I: Economic Liberalization and Babri Masjid Demolition Law / Politics

Pamulaparti Venkata Narsimha Rao or P.V. Narsimha Rao – born on June 28, 1921 at Laknepally village in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh in a Niyogi Telugu Brahmin family – had almost retired from a very active political life when the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 forced him to step into the very center of the politically charged atmosphere to hold the reins of...

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NELSON MANDELA – III: The Rise, The Imprisonment And The Presidency Law / Politics

Mandela, having been elected a member of the executive committee, ANC, Transvaal, forced the Regional President, C.S. Ramohanoe, to resign when the President went against the wishes of the Transvaal Executive Committee in cooperating with Indians and communists. When after the 1948 general elections, a racialist party came in power, and began practicing racial segregation openly through their policies, Mandela, having gained sufficient influence within...

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NELSON MANDELA – II: The Political Beginning Law / Politics

Nelson Mandela (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela), born on July 18, 1918, went on to become the first ever elected President of South Africa in a fully representative democratic elections in 1994 and remained in office until 1999. Mandela, a militant anti-apartheid activist, was arrested in 1962 and was convicted of sabotage apart from other offences, and was sentenced to life imprisonment, as a consequence of which...

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NELSON MANDELA – I:  Sharpeville and Jallianwala Law / Politics

On April 10, 1919, a demonstration was staged at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, Punjab, demanding the release of two popular leaders of the Indian Independence Movement – Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. The two were part of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement and had been arrested in that connection by the British Government. They were held at a secret location. The demonstrators...

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ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – II Law / People

To Arundhati Roy it seemed wholly unacceptable that the Supreme Court served notice on her. The Court had displayed “a disturbing willingness to issue notice,” she said. So, the Supreme Court should have automatically assumed that despite being part of a Dharna and shouting slogans against the Supreme Court, Ms. Roy ‘could not have’ committed contempt of court for the simple reason that she was...

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ARUNDHATI ROY: Contemner Beyond Doubt – I Law / People

Arundhati Roy, born on November 24, 1961, shot to fame when she won one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Booker Prize in 1997 for her debut novel, The God of Small Things. Although the Booker Prize awarded to Ms. Roy was hugely celebrated, the events that followed brought her to the forefront of public debates in a much bigger way...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING – III: ‘I Have A Dream’ And The Assassination Law / Politics

The Birmingham Campaign employed a number of non-violent methods of protests including sit-ins at public places and kneel-ins by the Blacks at churches used by the Whites. Hundreds of protesters were arrested across Birmingham. Courting arrest was one of the pressure tactics used by the leaders of the Campaign. The idea was to flood the prisons and thereby force the government to act. However, the...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING – I: Montgomery Bus Boycott And The Rise of the Legend Law / Politics

“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is inter-related, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be...

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RAJIV GANDHI: Bofors & Shah Bano Law / Politics

Rajiv Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944 in Mumbai, became India’s sixth Prime Minister after the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, on October 31, 1984. However, Rajiv, depite being the elder son of India’s then Prime Minister, had no interest in politics and did not want to become an active politician. It was his younger brother, Sanjay Gandhi, who was actively involved in Indian...

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Muhammad Ali and Civil Rights Movement – I: Clay turns Ali Law / People

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942, Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers of all times, but his preeminence is as much attributable to his boxing prowess as to his struggle as a black man in the White Man’s World and to his famous refusal to join the US Army to take part in the Vietnam War on grounds of religious...

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MIKE TYSON: “The Baddest Man On The Planet” Law / People

Mike Tyson (Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson) is one of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen. If statistics are anything to go by, of a total of 58 bouts that he took part in, Tyson won 50, out of which 44 were straight knockouts, and lost only 6. Also, he has in his name the record of being the youngest boxer to win the...

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Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal Law / Politics

Impeachment of the constitutional authorities is a cumbersome process all over the world, and it has been made difficult so that the possibility of impeachment does not prevent or discourage the authorities from taking strong or largely unpopular measures in long-term public interest. Not only can the constitutional authorities not be impeached easily, but also cannot be impeached on the expressly stated grounds. While in...

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BILL CLINTON: A President and a Sexual Predator? Law / Politics

It is in the very nature of power to be intoxicating, which is why it tends to make inroads into the psyche of the powerful and makes them act irresponsible. Bill Clinton was just one of them who thought he could get away with. And, interestingly, he pretty much did. Of course, he had to carry the blemish, but his presidency sailed through the impeachment...

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M. F. HUSSAIN: The Painter Who Died Elsewhere Law / People

Liberal tolerance may not be a virtue at all times, but fundamentalist intolerance is always a deplorable vice. And there have been many artists, writers, social reformers and spiritual leaders who have suffered on account of such intolerance. However, sooner or later – most often later rather than sooner – the world found a way of making peace with them as it realized that it...

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SANJAY DUTT: A Life of Endless Turmoil Law / People

The struggle stories comprising of sleeping-on-the pavement anecdotes are quite common in the film industry – Hollywood or Bollywood – with some of them real, others fake, and among the fakes some are spiced up realities while others are plain lies. Then, there are those fake stories that are tall tales told by the artists themselves whereas there are others that are the thoughtful PR...

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MICHAEL JACKSON: A CHILD ABUSER ‘KING OF POP’? Law / People

“MTV Generation” is a rather dismissive way of referring to the ‘ferociously independent’ – whatever that means – and ‘loud-music loving’ generation of youths with heavily ‘studded’ nostrils, earlobes and eyebrows, and sometimes, well, also the tongue, navel and what not. That, of course, is just one of the impressions that many oldies carry. There might certainly be many other equally, more or less charitable...

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SHAYAN MUNSHI: Better Known For Courtroom Lies Than Acting Law / People

The boy-next-door-look coupled with a conventional model’s body gave him some of his modeling contracts and also landed him a Bollywood flick with acclaimed Indian actors, Rahul Bose and Sanjay Suri. What’s more, the movie turned out to be a hit. We have neither forgotten Jhankar Beats , nor Shayan Munshi, the unsure lover boy, but he is remembered far less for the part he...

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Facebook and the Law: Nothing ‘Private’ About It Law

Sharing is life. Enter Facebook. No, I am not beginning to run it down for the simple reason that for all its flaws and ill-effects – if ‘it’ has any of those and not the users – it is a remarkable tool to connect and answers to our most basic need at all times since the Stone Age – collaboration. Yes, ‘collaboration’ is indeed a...

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No ‘clean chit’ possible, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

Modi’s ‘clean chit’ flag-hoisting followed by the pompous ‘fasting’ and the post-fast boasting was a three-stage tragi-comedy of no consequence and left me more disgusted than amused exposing my misgivings about my ability to go giggling even over the most ridiculously phony theatrics. Mr. Modi, who had maintained a ‘studied’ – rather, ‘tactful’ – political silence, finally found a bit of his voice when he...

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Freedom of Press: Is Regulation Encroachment? Law

Unhe raha gurez jis bewajah ke shor se; Jamooriyat hai zinda un kehkahon ke zor se Democracies are clamorous because people are noisy, and the senseless noises they make are generally not only of no consequence, but are also born of selfish motives in most cases while in some it’s plain malice at work. But, it is this baffling disorder that is the heart and...

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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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Pornography Law: Savita Bhabhis must go Law

When a certain website with pornographic content was ordered to shut shop, the debate whether the government had the right to slap such an order under the existing law came raging ahead. But then, it is not just a question of whether or not the existing law allows the government to take such a step, but whether or not the state has the right to...

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Live-ins: Legally valid, culturally well-endorsed Law

Pairs are made and marriages arranged in heaven; only weddings are organized down here. This divinity-laced understanding of the very social institution of marriage must have suffered massive setback at the hands of the divorce courts. The heaven-made bond could be so easily undone by things as ephemeral as ink and paper. It was bound to raise a few very relevant questions and a far...

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Abetment of suicide, Rathore and 3 Idiots Law

Smirk. Yes, it was that disgustingly mocking smirk on Rathore’s face that made the nation turn around and say collectively, “Wait, you dirty old man, we’ll wipe that sickening smile off your shameless face!” And a public trial began, wherein he was promptly held ‘guilty more-than-charged’. The media zoomed into Rathore and put him under such dazzling light with such consistency that he could neither...

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Consent to abort: Supreme Court in error? Law

The Indian Apex Court has ruled that a physically major and mentally minor girl, who has no concept of sexual intercourse, pregnancy or motherhood, has the right to decide whether or not she wants to give birth to a child conceived of rape. Since under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) pregnancy cannot be terminated without express consent of the mother, the...

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Section 377: Questionable exercise of Judicial Review Law

Delhi High Court’s ‘decriminalizing’ homosexuality has been an interesting event because the ‘relief’ that High Court granted does not really enable two consenting adults to do behind the closed doors anything that they could not do earlier. No person can be prosecuted without evidence and to gather evidence to support a charge of unnatural sex between two consenting adults, the authorities would necessarily have to...

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Terrorism: Force is no remedy, Mr. Modi Law / Politics

“They are not concerned about innocent people dying but are more concerned about innocents getting caught,” lamented Modi recently. Yes, Mr. Modi, that’s the priority and it’s certainly not misplaced. Innocents caught and punished howsoever mildly can only lead to more innocents getting killed. Perhaps, the saffron hues blind Mr. Modi to the unmistakable connection between the two. When innocents get killed, it’s sad, but...

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Gujarat Blasts: Payback Time Law / Politics

Gujarat was rattled with bomb blasts and the headlines cried murder. And then there were our very own netaswith their all too familiar rants about terrorists being a blot in the name of humanity and so on. Not to forget those sickening microphone-wielding TV journalists who walk around proclaiming in their almost-prophetic voices that no religion teaches hatred or endorses killing of the ‘innocents’. Wake...

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A NARCO STORY: Possibility of gross injustice Law

Acquittal of the guilty is certainly unjust, but conviction of an innocent is gross miscarriage of justice. A doubtful science like narco-analysis, with its status as a ‘science’, could indeed lead to such gross injustice. Here is a hypothetical case to demonstrate the point. The facts of the case are indeed fictional, but by no means fanciful. This could happen anytime, anywhere with disastrous results....

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Is Narco-Analysis A Reliable Forensic Science? Law

Using scientific evidence in a criminal trial is a serious affair because science by definition is exact, uniform and verifiable, and scientific inferences are logically unimpeachable. Therefore, scientific evidence cannot be easily brushed aside. The only way available to disregard a scientific finding or the testimony of an expert witness is to show by cogent reason that either the scientific finding in question has no...

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NARCO-ANALYSIS: Constitutionally Questionable Law

So, finally the Nithari Killings case seems to have been solved and the guilty brought to book – “thanks to the truth serum,” many of us are likely to add. Truth Serum is used to extract the truth but what is thus ‘extracted’ may not, necessarily, be the truth. But before we proceed to the efficacy and reliability of a method, the question of legality...

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The ‘Judicial Adventurism’ Judgment is Judicial Adventurism Law

Supreme Court’s ‘Judicial Adventurism’ judgment could not have come at a more inopportune moment and in no worse form than obiter dicta. At a time when the walls of Parliament are still trembling with the parliamentarians’ deafening cry for ‘judicial accountability’ and when the Indian legislature seems to be bent upon ‘reining in’ the judiciary that has been fiercely independent all these years, a two-judge...

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt Law

In an article titled Dance of the Wolves in Tehelka (weekly magazine; Vol. 5, Issue 17), the box declares: Many of the accused were given anticipatory bail even before they were arrested. The result: accused are roaming free. Well, for the sake of clarification, anticipatory bail can only, and only, be granted ‘before the arrest’. After the arrest, it’s regular bail. And ‘accused’ are ‘roaming free’...

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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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Matto Judgment: ‘Rarest of Rare’ on trial Law

The noose is off. Santosh Singh will live despite having raped and killed, thanks to the Supreme Court’s magnanimous approach and its merciful application of the ‘Rarest of Rare’ doctrine. Ever since the doctrine of Rarest of Rare was evolved in Bachan Singh v. State of Punjab to answer the mandate of Section 354 (3) of Cr.P.C., the question as to what constitutes ‘rarest of...

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Law, Morality and Limits of Reason Law / Philosophy

“Drinking itself is not bad.” “Is it good, then?” “No, I am not saying it is good. But just because someone drinks does not mean he or she is bad.” “Okay, drinking does not make one bad. Agreed. So, what is bad, who is bad, and what ‘makes’ one bad?” “The one who is immoral, does wrong and deceive people for his own benefit is...

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When men treat women as their 'precious property' to be guarded at all times, most women (not all) understand only the 'precious' part and ignore the 'property' part. They are happy until they realize the order of significance in which most men (not all) arrange those two words. 3 weeks ago

If Hindus condone the fundamentalist way in which the fringe Hindu elements have taken the center stage, tags like 'Hindu Talibans' and 'Hindu terrorists' would keep coming. Hindus must protect Hinduism from such branding by standing against violence in the name of religion. twitter.com/sambitswaraj/s… 4 weeks ago

What would she be called? Instead of the 'youngest billionaire', she should be called the 'First Crowd-Sourced Billionaire' -- a true 'democratic billionaire', a 'billionaire by the people'. Hopefully, she would also be 'for the people'. businessinsider.in/People-are-don… 1 month ago

I saw a video in which the people of Benaras expressed their dissatisfaction with the Modi government. Why not change it's name to 'Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Shiromani Hindu Nagar' and call it 'Modi masterstroke'? 2 months ago

@Tweet_WithLove @BDUTT If you find your nation the same then either you are blind and deaf, or you are talking of a nation other than India. And I am also an ordinary citizen who walks the same roads that you do everyday. Just that I can see, hear and empathise. 3 months ago

@ZMalekActor @NilanjanaSengu4 @awryaditi So, not the 'nostalgia and old movies', only the consumerist fixation with the new and the next is allowed to cloud one's judgment, right? Not Shakespeare or Dickens, but Chetan Bhagat must determine what's literature. Classics, after all, are old and nostalgia-inducing. 3 months ago

@NilanjanaSengu4 @ZMalekActor @awryaditi Also, Aamir and Shahrukh still don't have the body of work that could qualify them for such comparisons with Mr. Bachchan. Aamir Khan may still be in the reckoning. SRK? Certainly not. 3 months ago

@NilanjanaSengu4 @ZMalekActor @awryaditi Oh, by the way, if it is about the 'God Of Cinema' remark against someone's saying that it's Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan, well, I agree with you, and that's because it is a mistake to club Aamir and Shahrukh in a single bracket, to begin with. 3 months ago

@NilanjanaSengu4 @ZMalekActor @awryaditi You will stick to your opinion because you still consider your opinion defensible or simply because "everyone has their own opinion"? I don't know the context of this remark, but I find it funny that people want to "stick to their opinions" for such weird reasons. 3 months ago

@awryaditi @SrBachchan Also, please do understand that it morally obligatory for you to explain yourself because you can't assert the moral right to criticize someone for something that you practice yourself unless you categorically admit that the criticism is also, in part, self-criticism. 3 months ago

@awryaditi @SrBachchan Could you please enlighten us about your 'master creeper' reference to Mr. Bachchan? I am assuming you have some very strong reasons. And if not, your said remark falls in exactly the same category of 'abusive remarks/comments' that you are taking issue with. 3 months ago

@nytimes Look for one, find a thousand of such mindless people anywhere in the world. After all mindlessness is more widespreas than even air. It can be found in sulphur caves too. 😂 3 months ago

@SambittPatra But you can't understand this, can you? Saying that there is an atmosphere of intolerance is not the same thing as saying 'India is or Indians are intolerant', just like criticizing the PM or the government is not the same thing as being 'Anti-National', whatever that might mean. 3 months ago

@SambittPatra And the Supreme Court was never targeted. A motion for the impeachment of any judge does not imply a distrust of the courts or the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of India is not the Supreme Court. He is one of the judges of the Supreme Court, only 'first among the equals'. 3 months ago

@SambittPatra Any Bench for any matter will be convened by the CJI only. So, one should not approach the Supreme Court and should not accept the verdict if one is not satisfied with the way the CJI functions in order to protest or 'target'? 3 months ago

@chetan_bhagat So, you become this fountain of political sagacity only when your preferred political party is at the receiving end, or does your cup of wisdom brim with such sumptuous Machiavellian wine even otherwise? We know the answer, don't we? 3 months ago

@chetan_bhagat Because IT cells of the political parties -- including your openly and shamelessly preferred one -- are paid to tweet, but not to do 'instagramming', if that's even a verb yet. 3 months ago

@chetan_bhagat @Memeghnad Public accountability is not the same thing as legal accountability. When one is legally accountable, there are no debates; only legal consequences. There are Public debates when one is morally accountable, legal liability being the lowest threshold. 3 months ago

@chetan_bhagat No, they do not work on twitter either. Look at yourself. You are basically saying that there is no room for ethics in politics, which amounts to saying that politics is legitimately unethical. Only an unethical person can say that, even on Twitter, Mr. Bhagat. 3 months ago

@chetan_bhagat You are holding a mirror? Why don't you turn it to yourself for once? The first thing it would tell you is that you are not a writer. Start there, if you want to start with the truths. 3 months ago

फिल्में देखा कीजिये मोदी जी, फिल्में! “दूसरों के पाप गिनाने से तुम्हारे अपने पाप कम नहीं हो सकते। दूसरों के जुर्म साबित करने से ये सच्चाई नहीं बदल सकती की तुम भी एक मुजरिम हो।” -- दीवार (१९७५) तालियाँ!!! तालियाँ!!! तालियाँ!!! 3 months ago

Could we change the subject to something else, Mr. Modi. Why does your television switch on to and switch off from just one channel -- Congress. What they did or did not do is their problem. Tell us what you stand for, if anything? twitter.com/narendramodi_i… 3 months ago

Communalism is a Congress evil? Yes, could be. They let the 1984 happen, after all. But then, are we missing the irony here? twitter.com/narendramodi_i… 3 months ago

How does it matter what they are opposed to? They are not in power. You are. And if despite being in power you can be stopped or hassled by someone who has no power, there is something really very wrong with the people we have placed at the political apex. twitter.com/narendramodi/s… 3 months ago

There is no such thing as Triple Talaq in India after the Supreme Court judgment pronouncing it invalid. So, why are you 'abolishing' something that is not there? Don't you have something real to do? twitter.com/narendramodi/s… 3 months ago

The last I checked, Dr. Ambedkar was among the chief architects of the Indian Constitution and on 29 August, 1947 he was appointed Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, and was India's first Law Minister under the rule of Congress. So, how was he 'humiliated', Mr. PM? twitter.com/narendramodi/s… 3 months ago

Now, our 'nationalist' government can't even pay for the maintenance of the National Monument, no less, from which the Prime Ministers of the nation -- including the current one -- have always addressed the nation on the National Independence Day? 4 months ago

एक प्रधानमंत्री: मित्रों! आप लोग बहुत पहले भारत छोड़ आये थे। पर अब गैस सिलिंडर आराम से मिलने लगा है। स्वीडन वासी भारतीय: ओह! गैस अभी भी सिलिंडर में ही आती है वहां?! 4 months ago

कोई स्वीडन में ये बता रहा है कि देश में गैस सिलिंडर अब आराम से मिल जाता है, और कोई ये बता रहा है कि हमारे पास तो सदियों, सदियों से इंटरनेट था। मतलब, बस गैस सिलिंडर का ही बन्दोबस्त नहीं हो पा रहा था महाभारत के समय से? 4 months ago

Oh, and what happened to the Indian, macho, protector, hero man that Bollywood kept promising release after release since the beginning of Indian films? twitter.com/nytimes/status… 4 months ago

"Sometimes right, sometimes wrong." Just a few years ago. in.reuters.com/article/uk-ind… 4 months ago

While we continue to suppress, oppress and massacre our daughters at home, they continue to make us proud overseas. Ashamed yet, Indians? Is it just me, or do you, too, feel utterly and particularly undeserving of them today? thehindu.com/sport/other-sp… 4 months ago

Justice for Asifa: 8yr old girl raped and murdered in Kathua, J&K - Sign the Petition! chn.ge/2EG7jVK via @ChangeOrg_India 4 months ago

@GrrrGraphics -- This is supposedly your take on Indian media. I have no objection at all if this is your perception of our media. You are entitled to your opinion. I am just trying to ascertain the truth in the times of lies. Please take my inquiry in the right spirit. 5 months ago

test Twitter Media - @GrrrGraphics -- This is supposedly your take on Indian media. I have no objection at all if this is your perception of our media. You are entitled to your opinion. I am just trying to ascertain the truth in the times of lies. Please take my inquiry in the right spirit. https://t.co/JplPEHQCqr

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test Twitter Media - @GrrrGraphics -- Dear Mr. Garrison, Is this cartoon by you? https://t.co/GekkoYWITV

And Saif Ali Khan and Tabu (Tabussam Fatima Hashmi) were converted by the court before they were acquitted, right, Khawaja? Or has this completely wayward man become more of a Muslim than others only because he has been convicted? indiatoday.in/india/story/sa… 5 months ago

“ये सियासत नहीं आसां, बस इतना समझ लीजे, एक थूँक का दरिया है, और चाट के जाना है।” -- अज्ञात मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब की ज़मीन में किन्ही भद्रजन के तनिक अभद्र शब्द, मुख्यमंत्री केजरीवाल जी की क्षमायाचना के सन्दर्भ में। 5 months ago

@GautamGambhir @SAfridiOfficial @UN There has been no 'dismissal' of any kind of ball, 'no' or 'yes', Mr. Gambhir. Metaphors are not your forte. Stay clear of them. 5 months ago

@SAfridiOfficial @UN Are you wondering who these people are who have been shot for being militants when you don't recognize them. "They can't be militants! We don't recognize any of them! Innocents killed! Innocents killed!! This time for real!!" Something like that? :-p 5 months ago

@SAfridiOfficial @UN That could be because the "UN & other intl bodies" know that there is such a thing as sovereignty, and also, unlike you, Mr. Afridi, they are not so sure if the ones killed were 'innocent'. Speaking of which, how exactly are you so sure, Mr. Afridi? 5 months ago

Isn't the 'postal system' supposed to be the 'delivery boy'? What else is the purpose of the 'postal system'? Is 'use' itself 'abuse'? One doesn't pay 'taxes' to use the 'postal system', does one? What kind of drunken logic is this? nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/… 5 months ago

जब ‘कशिश’ जैसे नाम वाले लड़के मिलते हैं तो जी चाहता है पूछ ही लूँ, “भाई, पापा से कह के ‘जलपरी’ नाम ही क्यों नहीं रखवा लिया?” 😐 5 months ago

Why should someone even sound a warning in those terms? India is not as good a place as it could be precisely by reason of such morons who don't even know what to say in what words? outlookindia.com/website/story/… 6 months ago

And this is the man who is try to get things right between the two representatives of two communities. We are no Syria; at least I think so for now. Courts cannot be pressured into handing down verdicts of convenience for the threat of unrest. 6 months ago

@GauriKhanna20 No, Gauri, I don't think we are. Whenever a party gains near-absolute majority, it gets a little hegemonic. What you are witnessing is just majoritarianism, which is an aspect of democracy though not the prettiest. It has happened before, and will happen again. 6 months ago

The truth kills and brings you back to life. Lies turn you to ashes irreversibly and irredeemably. 6 months ago

An idea can change your life. And so can a wink. 😉 6 months ago

A monkey -- I am told -- challenged (empirically perhaps) Darwin's theory of evolution because he did not turn into a human being despite having been a minister for years. 7 months ago

क्षत्रियता निःस्वार्थ भाव से दुर्बल व दरिद्र व्यक्तियों की रक्षा व कल्याण करने में निहित है नाकि झूठे व स्वकल्पित गौरव के दमनकारी प्रवर्तन में। hrshindi.wordpress.com/2018/01/25/%E0… 7 months ago

पता चला है की ‘आधार’ वर्ष २०१७ का ‘वार्षिक शब्द’ (Word of the Year) माना गया है। २०१७ के पहले हम ‘आधारहीन’ थे ऎसा कुछ अन्तर्निहित सा जान पड़ता है। मेरे इस कथन से यदि राष्ट्रप्रेमी बंधुओं को आघात पंहुचा हो तो मैं क्षमाप्रार्थी हूँ। 7 months ago

@rsprasad @UIDAI Please get your facts right, Mr. Prasad. All news reports have cited the said FIR stating the names of the reporters and the Tribune as accused. Are you misinformed or are you misleading? Either way it reflects badly on you. indianexpress.com/article/india/… 8 months ago

Woman gets an entire plane to herself due to booking error goo.gl/XqZ34L -via @inshorts 8 months ago

@Ashish_Shukla_ And Happy Human Rights Day to you, too. 🙂 8 months ago

@Ashish_Shukla_ Thank you, Ashish. 🙂 8 months ago

@RakeshSharmaINC Thank you, Rakesh. 🙂 8 months ago

Says a lot about the government’s resolve to keep people informed. hindustantimes.com/india-news/mod… 9 months ago

Finally a stand I can appreciate Mr. Gandhi for. zeenews.india.com/india/no-way-t… 9 months ago

That people thought the saviour was at work with the magic wand of demonetization killing fake currency, corruption and black money in one smooth swipe displayed hope, irrationality and hero-worship all rolled into one. 9 months ago

So much for killing counterfeiting. How could that be an answer to fake currency anyway? Burning the books is not the same as closing the printing press. economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-… 9 months ago

Those who say money can’t buy love have no idea what all money can really buy. 😛 9 months ago

A fledgeling politician was found having sex like normal people. The question is: So?! goo.gl/BKhGSH 9 months ago

Stop talking of Bullet Train. Our trains might take matters in their own hands. 😝 zeenews.india.com/india/mumbai-t… 9 months ago

What's your Birthday Month? — December. l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 10 months ago

I'm a student of yours and the only reason I'm writing … — It is both difficult and easy for me to answer your que… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 10 months ago

Respect the Prime Minister and keep suffering, guys. India is changing, nay, developing. We just need more faith. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad… 10 months ago

Perhaps this ‘represents’ Indian culture of the present day at least, right? timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/swis… 10 months ago

For the cracker-loving numbnuts, message from the divine. thehindu.com/sci-tech/energ… 10 months ago

Like crackers were not enough. Dhol too! 😑 10 months ago

2 Delhi cops suspended for failing to stop sale of crackers goo.gl/FXnDaA -via @inshorts 10 months ago

Sir what are your views on Aarushi murder case ? Do u t… — The acquittal was no surprise. All that I needed to say… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 10 months ago

Sir what is your email address ? Because hrs@hemrajsing… — This is not something you need to use ask.fm for. If yo… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 10 months ago

And Aadhaar was principally for better distribution for the sake of the poor, or was it? goo.gl/CRZCQQ 10 months ago

Wearing that underwear would not give you those abs. It's an ad, my dear, and that's a model whose principal qualification is the abs. 10 months ago

Afghanistan used half of its Air Force to protect Amitabh goo.gl/Rpo1Ub 10 months ago

And I thought Chetan Bhagat was just a crappy writer. How ignorant of me. 10 months ago

The temples and the statues are all they can deliver in the name of governance, is it? indianexpress.com/article/india/… 10 months ago

The jokes of a spiritual joker. goo.gl/ag92Li 11 months ago

Don't just show the map! Lead the way like a real adult. Leaving kids in the woods with a map is no good. goo.gl/iXdV4k 11 months ago

Sir thank u veryyy much for being kind , humble and gen… — You are welcome. I am glad I could be of some assistanc… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

Are u leftist , centrist or rightist? — I believe in generous/liberal fairness. Does that fall anywhere within tho… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

There ? Eager waiting for answers ☺🙈🙃 — Hopefully, in answering a few pending questions, I answered a few of you… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

What are your views on Karl Marx's theory of Communism? — Although I am familiar with the theory, but I don't thin… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

Sir what according to u is a solution to d Kashmir issu… — I don't have the required competence to answer the ques… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

Sir, you are an inspiration to your students ... but h… — I guess I answered the question already. One thing that… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

Have u learnt anything ( life lessons ) from your stude… — No, no life lessons really. They are way too inexperien… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

Sir why aren't u answering questions ??? — That's because I do not answer all questions here any longer. It was ju… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 11 months ago

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