Talk Point

Talk Point: Should concerns of a particular community come in the way of Padmavati’s release?

The debate around the historical accuracy of fictional cinema like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati raises critical questions, once again, about barring art for hurting ‘public sentiment’.
Hardik Patel addressing an audience.

Talk Point: Should sex tapes of politicians influence election outcomes in India?

The emergence of Patidar leader Hardik Patel's private videos in the middle of a heated election campaign raises questions about just how much such scandals affect election outcomes.
PAAS(Patidar Anamat Aandolan Samiti) Convener Hardik Patel interacts with members of the Patidar community

Talk Point: Hardik Patel should take heart, porn as political weapon always fails

There is plenty of recent evidence that suggests personal porn as a political tactic doesn’t work in India, writes Shekhar Gupta.
Hardik Patel addressing the media

Talk Point: ‘Objectionable sex CD’ is politics by other means

Indian voters make a crucial distinction between sexual harassment and intimate sexual relations between consenting individuals, writes Prof Ashwani Kumar.
Hardik Patel addressing a rally

Talk Point: Be it Hardik or Modi, why should someone make a CD of their private lives?

Gujarat is looking for a Vikas CD a not a CD of someone’s personal life, writes Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani
Hardik Patel in a rally

Talk Point: Sex tapes have no impact on polls, unless they show crimes like murder or rape

The Patidar issue and the sex video have nothing do to with any standing on morality or pubic cause whatsoever, writes Yashwant Deshmukh
A screengrab from a video that purportedly shows Patidar leader Hardik Patel with a woman

Talk Point: Hardik Patel’s opponents come off as frustrated losers by releasing ‘sex tape’

What is striking about the public reaction is the increasing number of politically unaffiliated Indians, who are now defending Patel’s right to have his privacy respected.
Congress party workers paying tribute to the first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

TalkPoint: In many significant ways, Nehru’s vision for India seems passé

Nehru’s vision and idea of India could only take shape to the extent that other strong men allowed it room, writes Neeti Nair.
Nehru addressing a crowd

Talk Point: Nehru’s pragmatic approach to foreign policy will continue to endure

Jawaharlal Nehru was a successful leader of his time. The important thing to remember is the expression “of his time”.
Gandhi and Nehru

Talk Point: Nothing of Nehru’s vision could endure, he should be placed peacefully in history

Jawaharlal Nehru was not original in his views. He was of a poetic nature, but his views were formed by the liberalism in Europe and Fabian socialism.

On Camera

Xi Jinping addressing the conference in Beijing

A shorter Belt & Road by China will be even more dangerous

A leaner Belt & Road will allow China to better deploy its infrastructure firms, subsidies, technology & finance non-bankable strategic projects.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.