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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 GST promises growth, reform and opportunities

[By Milind Sathye] The passing of the India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) constitution amendment bill through the Upper House is not only a shot in the arm for the country’s economic growth and a historical reform in its tax system, it also presents some opportunities for Australian industries. A proposal to bring more than a dozen different types of ...

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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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Replace Movie Names with Modi

On PM Modi’s 66th Birthday twitter surprised him with a trend – “#ReplaceMovieNamesWithModi”. This trend saw hilarious tweets in which people replaced movie names with MODI. Point Blank 7  takes a look at some of the most funniest movie names after they got replaced with MODI. Finding modi. Finding fanny. #ReplaceMovieNamesWithModi — पत्रकार (@rowdy_rambo) September 18, 2015 My Name Is Modi ...

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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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OROP: Modi govt must know that ‘Acche Din’ will last only with ‘Acche Karm’

[By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] At 3pm on 23 August 2015, my neighbour Brig IS Lamba, veteran ASC Officer, and I, like many others took the Metro to reach Jantar Mantar and take part in the OROP rally and the Candle March up to Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, to pay homage to the martyrs of 1965 Indo-Pak War. Even ...

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#ModiInDubai is hit on Twitter

Modi ji is in UAE on one his foreign trips and while his visit is gaining applauds for being the first Indian prime minister to visit the Middle Eastern country in 34 years, Twitterati has been busy voicing their opinion about his trip on social media. Seeing the tone of the tweets, one can say Modi has no dearth of ...

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It is Nitish Kumar Vs Modi going by #NKLetterToModi trend

Our PM found fault with Nitish Kumar’s DNA during a rally in Bihar and the Bihar CM wrote an open letter to Modi ji, requesting him to ‘take back’ his words. This issue has been trending non stop on Twitter on Wednesday and Pointblank7 presents a collection of tweets on #NKLetterToModi. @NitishKumar Don't insult bihari people by comparing yourself with ...

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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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Taking the BRICS Seriously

[By Shashi Tharoor] BEIJING – Sailing down the Moscow River on a cool evening earlier this month, I found myself in intense conversation with the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress (NPC). Meanwhile, South African and Brazilian parliamentarians were swaying to Russian music and a guide pointed out the sights. The first parliamentary forum ...

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