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cow vigilantism is far from extinguished in India | Photo: John Hill / Creative Commons

India’s Cow Vigilantes

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian politics continues to amaze and appall. The surge in cow vigilantism – a uniquely Indian phenomenon that has lately begun to flourish under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government – is no exception. Many orthodox Hindus, particularly in the northern Indian states that comprise the so-called Cow Belt, worship the cow as gau ...

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India’s Sacred Cows and Unholy Politics

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – The headlines out of India in recent weeks have often made sickening reading. Startlingly, the central protagonist in most of these stories is that most peaceable and innocent of animals, the cow. A Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in a small town an hour from New Delhi in response to ...

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What makes Lalu an aid as well as an albatross for Nitish

[By Narendra Kaushik] It was sometime in February 1998. A pale orange sun was going down behind the white clouds opposite Barauni Oil Refinery.  Our ambassador car driver had just returned after unsuccessfully scouting for a mechanic in nearby cities to fix the vehicle’s broken axle. We, four journalists, were haggling with the driver on the roadside for the return ...

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Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comments on rape create uproar on Twitter

Mulayam Singh Yadav has done it again. Last April he invited wide-spread criticism when he said ‘boys will be boys’ and that boys ‘make mistakes’ while opposing capital punishment for rape. On Wednesday, the Samajwadi Party chief made some more controversial statements on rape while addressing a gathering where the state government was distributing free e-rickshaws. According to Mr Yadav, ...

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Why is Pankaja Munde trending today?

Maharashtra’s rural development minister Pankaja Munde, now famous for the #ChikkiScam and #BiscuitScam, has fallen into further trouble. Media has gone into an overdrive reporting that one of the BJP minister’s aide was seen carrying her footwear during a recent visit to Sonpeth, Parbhani district. While Munde promptly explained “that person was my private employee and not government servant,” and ...

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What is Twitterati saying about #CongressMPs?

With no doubt in the public’s mind that the present monsoon session will be a complete washout with zero productivity, Twittterati has taken to tweeting their displeasure about Congress MPs whom they blame for stalling Parliamentary activities. Pointblank7 presents a few choice rant tweets on #CongressMPs. This is what Congress MPs have done all monsoon : EAT. SLEEP. DISRUPT. REPEAT ! ...

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Modi jibes make #SoniaGandhi trend big on Twitter

When Sonia Gandhi gave a strong-worded speech against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Loksabha on Monday, it created a huge buzz on Twitter. #SoniaGandhi was trending in one of the top spots and Twitterati had a lot to say on this issue. Pointblank7 presents to you a few choice tweets on this hashtag. Sonia Gandhi speech (same old, ...

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Twitter trolls Azam Khan and his buffaloes again

Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan has built up a reputation for making news for all the wrong reasons. While he will forever be remembered for sending police in search of his lost buffaloes, on Thursday he made a statement that sent ripples of reactions across India, especially on Twitter. He said BJP is trying to orchestrate riots in every district ...

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India celebrated International Yoga Day with great fervour with the Prime Minister himself joining people in doing yoga on June 21

Rediscovering Yoga

[By Narendra Kaushik] When Vikalp Singh, a farmer in Nawada Village of Greater Noida, would walk to nearby City Park in the wee hours of the morning to carry out his routine of physical exercises last summer, he would not find many people out. But since last month he has noticed a big increase in the number of people who ...

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India split on Modi Anniversary

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan says that expectations from Narendra Modi Government were ‘probably unrealistic’ he is stating only half the truth. In reality, the expectations were not just unrealistic they were – and are always – vested in the case of many people across the length and breadth of the ...

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