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THE ME TOO MOVEMENT: Sunscreen for Skin Cancer? Law / Society

During a press conference at the White House on November 7, 2018, President Trump responded to CNN’s Jim Acosta’s searching questions relating to the President’s diatribe against the immigrants saying, “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.” Acosta persisted with his questions and refused to let go of the microphone when a White House intern tried to take it from...

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NAVTEJ SINGH RULING: Gaping Pitfalls Law

With Navtej Singh [Navtej Singh v. Union of India, Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 76 of 2016, Decided on: September 6, 2018] ruling the Supreme Court brought down the axe heavily and surely on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 shearing off in one fine blow all such undesirable aspects of the provision that did not agree with the constitutional morality, which the apex...

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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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What do these BJP people say? To whom does it make sense? twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 1 day ago

@kritish2007 @tavleen_singh And how exactly do you know her ordeal in such intimate detail? She was a terror suspect under arrest on charges of having killed her own countrymen. Terror suspects are not questioned softly. What is this 'leftist' rant? And who is a leftist? The one who talks of the poor? 1 day ago

@battakhushboo23 Pragya Thakur is not so much of a political candidate as she is part of the hardline posturing that started with Yogi Adityanath's appointment as UP's CM. It's simply about how far can they push the envelope on the force of 'Modi wave', which might be waning but is not out yet. 1 day ago

@virsanghvi Accused of killing her own countrymen for the politics of hatred, she goes on to belittle the sacrifice of a police officer who laid down his life in defense of his countrymen. And she is contesting to represent the same countrymen in Parliament. Layered cake of insults, that. 2 days ago

@ReallySwara If BJP comes back in power, regardless of whether she wins a seat in the Parliament or not, the possibility of her conviction will get dimmer, if any possibility is left by that time, given that the evidence tends to disappear and memories fail as the time passes. 3 days ago

@ReallySwara No, she has been but in all likelihood will be. She has been charged by the court, but the investigation agencies are in no mood to do the legwork needed to obtain a conviction, which is what the 'clean chit' by the NIA and the like means. 3 days ago

@vrsrini @virsanghvi They are not there to understand or discuss, only to counter and abuse, which is why they don't engage in meaningful discussions but in pointless shouting matches on national television. 3 days ago

@virsanghvi You could be Archangel Gabriel far more convincingly than Ramdev can be a saint. 3 days ago

@PritishNandy No, I don't think that's really the right response. What is needed is not "giving it back" but giving it right. Calling someone anything should not lead to violent backlash, no matter who the person is. That's suppressing dissent all the same. 3 days ago

@narendramodi Unless one is voting for you, one is not voting for the nation, right? These kiddies seem unaware that they wouldn't be electing a 'head of the government' but an MP. They don't know the first thing about Parliamentary Democracy. They are not electors, they are cheerleaders. 3 days ago

@ashokepandit "Doosron ke paap ginaane se apne paap kam nahin hote." Salim-Javed made one of his characters say that in one of the films written by them. Filmein dekha keejiye filmein, Pandit ji. 'Deewar' hi dekh leejiye jab tak Vivek Oberoi sahab ki behtareen adaakari parde pe nahin aati. 😂 3 days ago

@ashokepandit Furthermore, why are you engaging in this pointless whataboutery? Counting their sins wouldn't take away from yours. If you are doing what Congress has done, how are you any different anyway, if that was the point? 3 days ago

@ashokepandit Do you even understand the difference between being accused of a murder and being accused of a terror act for political gains? And, worse, when the person has her political visibility solely on account of such alleged gruesome acts and hate speeches. 3 days ago

Someone thinks that there is “no difference” between being intellectually lynched and physically lynched. Really? 😐 twitter.com/ashokepandit/s… 7 days ago

Actually. That’s how I now know who are the crazed animals who can do little than follow blindly and defend viciously any kind of insanity aa long it’s favoured by their ‘Supreme Leader’. twitter.com/ShashiTharoor/… 3 weeks ago

They would credit Modi for the change of season, too, if the idea was not completely absurd. But one never knows; they just might. 😂 twitter.com/OmarAbdullah/s… 1 month ago

No, I am not a chowkidaar. I am a citizen of India whose interest the chowkidaars are constitutionally bound to protect and serve. 1 month ago

Chowkidar Narendra Modi?! Really now? This gimmick from the Prime Minister of India? Clever comebacks are fine for election rallies. Twitter profile of the Indian Prime Minister is unfit for electoral rhetoric. Maybe Modi couldn’t really be anything other than a BJP campaigner. 1 month ago

@Zebaism This is certainly outrageous. 1 month ago

@shekharkapur What's going on Shekhar? Why do you want us to believe anything and anybody without being sure? Asking questions does not make us a 'soft target', it makes us a vibrant democracy that our future generations would be proud of and thankful to us for. 1 month ago

We were a civilisation once. We are a raging mob now. Be proud of it, if that’s possible. Interestingly, it is possible, which says a lot about us. Need I say more? twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 2 months ago

@IAmSudhirMishra If you must know, they also ask inconvenient questions. And who among the hero-worshipers ever liked hero-questioners, if you will, in any civilization at any point of time in near or distant past? 2 months ago

So, again, how much damage did we inflict on the terror organization after risking the lives of our brave pilots who conducted the airstrikes, and after making Wing Commander Abhinandan go through the ordeal? Or is it an anti-national question these days? 2 months ago

"We do not count human casualties," says the IAF. The Prime Minister tells us to trust the Armed Forces (the fact of airstrike is not under question anyway). So, not trusting the number of casualties initially given until established does not amount to distrusting the forces. 2 months ago

If we all remain patriotic and nationalistic, the 250/300/350 unconfirmed casualties of the airstrike would remain dead even if some, many or none of them died. Faith keeps finding new ways to kill, shall we say? 2 months ago

India must ensure that Pakistan is held to account for the misuse of F-16s. thehindu.com/news/internati… 2 months ago

People crying for war with Pakistan neither understand war, nor Pakistan, nor 'war with Pakistan'. 2 months ago

@OmarAbdullah Better still if there was no bragging at all. 2 months ago

Heartening to know that Wing Commander Abhinandan has been treated with due respect by the Pakistani Armed Forces. youtube.com/watch?v=nIHs7p… 2 months ago

Absolutely. He is a soldier doing what he is duty-bound to do. He, as an individual, is nobody's enemy. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 2 months ago

All military engagements, howsoever small, are serious situations involving human casualties. Stop dancing around. This is not a wedding. 2 months ago

Let's bring the celebratory drumming down a few notches, shall we? We have done what needed to be done. The air strike was more of a retaliatory gesture than a solution. There are no lasting solutions on the battlefield. 2 months ago

@HarishKhuranna @sardesairajdeep I believe, Mr. Sardesai is the kind of man who looks for the truth in face of contradictory claims by two sides opposed to each other. One might call such people the 'seekers of the truth', if you will. 2 months ago

And that you should continue doing, Mr. Sardesai. That's your job. Armed forces will do theirs, I am sure, and you should continue with yours. A crucial part of your job is to verify, which is inherently opposed to the idea of 'trust'. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 2 months ago

No, that is not entirely true. India has called it a 'non-military' strike. That description has been carefully used to communicate that the strike was not against Pakistan but against JeM within Pakistani territory. We want no war. That has been the message. twitter.com/GulPanag/statu… 2 months ago

@virsanghvi China and Pakistan are not like Jai and Veeru. They are more like Gabbar and Sambha; not exactly though. :-p 2 months ago

There you go. That's what happens when cow worshipers become VCs. twitter.com/ANINewsUP/stat… 4 months ago

@ArvindKejriwal Help me understand exactly why you need his permission. 5 months ago

@nytimes Show respect? This sounds pretty North Korean. Trump should not over-fraternize with Kim Jong-un in the national interest of the US. Trump seems to be learning at the feet of Putin and the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Nothing good can come of it. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am perfectly at ease with the term 'liberal'. I am not deleting any tweets. And the discussion stands terminated forthwith. I did that twice earlier. 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @_Mauna_ @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 You will not tell me how to take someone's name. He is plain Savarkar. End of the story. I am free to call him by his name. I don't consider him 'veer' at all. So, it's time to end this discussion. I have sent my last tweet to you. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! I like Jack Nicholson, too. 😀 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The context of 'Indian' comes from citizenship. Check what I said. This is the last tweet in response to you. Farewell. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! Rest assured of your beliefs, for that's all one is left with without the truth. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Identity politics by people like you. Hard to see? You are welcome to not see. Good Night, again. 😀 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am talking of today, and not of the bygone era. The fact stands acknowledged. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 So, the Congress was fighting the British without considering them enemies? Hmm. Okay. We are done here. Good Night. 🙂 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 It is indeed a bad word when it is used to divide, which is what it is being used for now. Back then it was used to unite. 'Indian' is also a community. Use it to include and it's good word, use it to divide, it's bad. I am sure you understand. 🙂 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Sorry. I am not into attempting to challenge history and refashion the truth to suit one's beliefs, or offer a person based or class based explanation for why history is what it is. Recorded history is the truth until credibly challenged. You can believe what you like. 5 months ago

@Kalbhoja I did not use the expression 'British' in terms of fighting. The expression "for his people". There was no 'India' back then. Also, this 'inviting' business has been our problem for sure, and many people committed that mistake. We were divided back then. Try preventing that now. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I have called the Sangh what I thought best described them. I am not putting labels on bottles. Sorry. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 No, what I call 'Indian' is everybody who is a citizen of this country. What you call 'Indian' might be different. And perhaps that where we irreconcilably differ. 🙂 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Maybe because they were not sufficiently 'dangerous'. Savarkar? You are welcome to your beliefs, my friend. 🙂 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Freedom struggles are by the people and for the people. They are not communal in nature. So, the question of it's being 'Hindu' does not arise. But I guess with a handle like 'Spirit of Hindutva' you would want to argue in that 'spirit'. 🙂 5 months ago

@3M0nks @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @INCIndia I did not talk about partition at all. So, the question of blaming someone or the other for it does not arise. You are perhaps trying to talk about something you are more comfortable talking about. I don't get into those kind of 'debates'. So, this is my last response to you. 🙂 5 months ago

I am perfectly willing to leave history behind and move forward, if they are willing to treat all Indians on the same plane without playing the Hindu-non-Hindu politics. twitter.com/debiacharya196… 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The following may help. They have always been more Hindu than Indians. Hope they would do better going forward. thewire.in/history/rss-hi… outlookindia.com/website/story/… hindustantimes.com/india/hindu-ma… 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Is it really news? Did you never wonder why nobody mentions any RSS functionary as having been part of the freedom struggle, my friend? 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 But, like I said, let the history be where it belongs, which is in the past. Look forward, shall we? 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 You are under the mistaken assumption that I support Congress somehow. I don't. So, let's assume they were 'servants', but they were also the ones fighting for our freedom. The RSS were servants and refused to take part in the freedom struggle. 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 Servants don't sit as equals with the masters. Also, the pictures you showing are part of the take over from the British. Furthermore, Congress is not in power at the moment. We'll question them when they are in power. Let's deal with our government for now. 5 months ago

@vhsindia @Swamy39 But then, the likes of you prefer to look at the perceived glory of the past rather than deal with the real problems of the present day. 5 months ago

@vhsindia @Swamy39 Why am I reminded of the RSS, the servants of the British? Tipu Sultan fought for his people at least, which the RSS refused to do during the freedom struggle. So, let's not discuss history and focus on the future. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli So, I respect Virat's right to free speech and condemn what he said in the same breath, just as you do, but I do not recognize his right to say whatever he wants. Sportsmanship, I demand, both on and off the field. This ill mannered person must get his act right. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli He has the right to free speech just as those who condemn him have the right. Right to Freedom of Speech does not include the right to be not criticized for what you say. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli No, he cannot respond "in anyway he wants", which is exactly the point here. We expect dignified speech if he opens him mouth in public or on the field. If he wants people to judge him by his batting, he should speak only through the bat, like Tendulkar did. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 And unlike Virat, who asked the fellow to leave the country, we are not asking him to step down as the captain of the Indian cricket team although we should. If it's a 'national team', we don't want a man like Virat leading it. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 What you seem to be trying to do is what your kind try to do all the time, which is to digress and muddy the waters. Media is slamming the erring. The person disliking Virat's game is within his rights to dislike him and like anybody else, but Virat can't say what he did. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 The people slamming Virat are also exercising their freedom of speech. So, the 'right to free speech' part is not under question. What is being criticized is the way that freedom was exercised by this non-sportsman of a captain that we have the misfortune of having. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 Nobody can tell any Indian that he or she should leave the nation for anything, and the least for liking the sportsmen of a foreign nation. Also, Virat is the captain of the 'national cricket team' talking to a lover of the game, and his conduct was wholly unbecoming. 5 months ago

@Acosta If it's any consolation, you country is not alone in doing this. I am from India and 'anti-national' is thrown around here, too, mostly by people who don't have the first idea about what patriotism, culture, civilization, brotherhood and fraternity stand for. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy What's wrong with relating to any human beings anywhere in the world? Don't soldiers pay due respect to the bodies of the combating enemy soldiers? Hatred must be kept for things like irrationality, bigotry and such, and not for people, not even the irrational and the bigots. 5 months ago

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