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Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s taunt at Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for ‘turning secular’ is deplorable. A governor who mocks one of the basic features of the Constitution can’t be trusted to preserve, protect and defend it. Bringing religion and politics into pandemic management is a sure recipe for disaster.

Tanishq ad was not offensive, pulling it down can have chilling effect on the industry

The Tanishq commercial didn’t portray anything offensive about either the Hindu or the Muslim community. But the advertisement was still pulled down. This can have a chilling effect on the industry, because it signals that even a trendsetter brand like Titan couldn’t stand up to the shrill social media campaign.

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  1. Is there a problem if Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ‘turns or is turning secular’?
    The word SECULAR is special and should be used only by a select few.
    Thank God the Raj Bhavan has not followed in the foot steps of the Bhuta Singh and Romesh Bhandari.

    • So long as the India of 2020 does, that would be wonderful. On a lighter note, those who are not secular should be sent to Pakistan.

      • Its only wonderful for perpetuating a Farce of pseudo secularism – a nonsense that is utterly meaningless and distorts the intent of the Constitution.
        People who arrogantly and ludicrously assume Ambedkar made an oversight are not just uneducated about the Constitution but Indian society. Pluralism and secularism are distinct and apart as anyone educated would know .

        Those championing the logic of foisting “secularism” on India, should explain how reservations focused on one religion would stand the Constitutional guarantee of state “secularism”. The word secular predates India – its definition cannot be twisted for the convenience of the poorly educated or the politically inept.

  2. Secularism is a fraud and a lie in our constitution. Inserting the word during the emergency does not legitimize it. We have a farcical constitution that claims to be secular but is filled with articles that discriminate based on religion.

  3. Good column by Shri Vir Sanghvi in HT, in which he traces the evolution of this story from the ban on Satanic Verses. However, I would draw a distinction. Saving lives is important. If Charlie Hebdo cartoons contain something deeply offensive to the Islamic faith, I would value human life over the abstract concept of freedom of expression. However, this was a perfectly sweet, innocuous ad, celebrating the miracle of an inter faith marriage. If that has become a red rag in New India, we should all start growing beards and wear black gowns. As it is, protesting my sartorial restrictions, daughter tells me, Papa, you should join the Taleban …

  4. It was a beautiful, bejewelled ad. Sought to reclaim the space and sensibility – rapidly shrinking in New India – that all Indians can live in peace and harmony with each other, occasionally fall in love and marry across what remains a major fault line. Today’s edit in IE about Bollywood refers to a similar cultural battle that is playing out between old ideals and a new power structure. 2. One cannot either applaud or fault what Titan has done. So many stores all over the country, covered with large sheets of glass that a careless child could shatter with a rock. When most needed, the police choose to look away.

  5. An early riser, from a lifetime of morning PT. Organising a pre dawn swearing in ceremony is a breeze. Like the zephyr that billows through the Malabar Hill Raj Bhavan all through the day. Earlier occupants of the elegant, wooded estate have included Dr P C Alexander and Air Chief Marshal I H Latif.

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