Sunday, 22 July, 2018


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Lyricist Neeraj penned some of Bollywood's memorable hits | Commons

Short sentences, easy rhymes and simple words made poet Neeraj immortal

Some of Neeraj's best and most popular songs were actually the well-known poems that he adapted for movies.
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Lawyers argued women are untouchables at Sabarimala, because Constitution left term vague

Constituent Assembly did not restrict scope of Article 17 to caste-based untouchability. Lawyers in Sabarimala cas e invoked it to argue ‘gender untouchability’.

As China and military transform Pakistan, voters weigh their options

Possibility of Chinese neo-colonialism, excessive military intervention, and incoherent agendas of political parties are major challenges confronting voters. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Lok Sabha on no-confidence motion | PTI

Rahul’s hug-wink and Modi’s mockery is an aberration. Indian politics wasn’t always like this

From Rajiv Gandhi to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, contemporary Indian politics has been littered with instances of cordiality between opposing parties.
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No-confidence motion against Modi was a clear sign that 2019 mahagatbandhan is yet to form

Amidst high drama of no-confidence motion against Modi govt, what seems to have gone unobserved is the implication of division of votes on 2019 elections.
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Plot to build temple at Kolkata Fine Arts Academy foiled, but mosque inside airport stays

There has been a sustained attempt to relocate the mosque facing the second runway of the international airport in Kolkata.
A still from the film | @DhadakMovie/Twitter

Dhadak review: Bollywood still can’t take caste head on

The caste marker, particularly the Dalit identity, is still too loaded a theme for filmmakers in Mumbai.

Modi govt must assure everyone that changes in RTI won’t dilute rights of those who uphold it

Democracies become lame if citizens are denied openness, transparency and access to necessary information about the government they elect.

Growing food mountains mean India needs to move beyond shortage mentality

Hike in rice procurement prices & milk subsidies will encourage more output, when policy should be pointing farmers the other way.

The original Sairat check-list you need to see before you watch Dhadak

As Dhadak hits cinemas, it is important to recount all the things that made its inspiration, Sairat, an exceptional tragic love story.

You can take Rahul out of Pappu but not the Pappu out of Rahul

A Rahul Gandhi who hugs his inner Pappu is Narendra Modi’s clear challenger and target for 2019.