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NEW DELHI — While our PM has been quite silent, our health minister has no qualms about raising his voice. And quite a few eyebrows. His comment on homosexuality: the ‘unnatural disease’ has obviously stirred up a decent amount of controversy. What is perhaps more disturbing is that he might have used it as a ‘tactic’ to mobilise political support.…

With Christine Lagarde as the first woman to lead the IMF and Yingluck Shinawatra’s victory in the Thai elections, making her Thailand's first woman prime minister this week is dedicated to women in power. But now there are questions being raised about whether Shinawatra is just a shadow of her brother, Thaskin Shinawatra who was exiled by the military dictatorship that has been ruling Thailand…

A few months ago I read an article in the Times of Indiaon the aging world leaders, like  Berlusconi, Mugabe, our own  Manmohan Singh and Mubarak as he was still in power then. Today that same article crossed my mind when reading Rajdeep Sardesai's tweet: "60 per cent india under 35, only five of 81 ministers are in their 30s.…

Mumbai, INDIA — It’s always bothered me when I hear Indians dismissing their own government as corrupt, not because I'm in denial, but because of how casually we tend to assign such labels. And it usually comes from those who have distanced themselves from politics, the ones who can 'afford not to care about who's in power' so to speak. Of…

As an Indian citizen, one can’t help feeling slightly patriotic this week, considering our Constitution just celebrated it’s 61st birthday. Similarly, one can’t help but flinch on reading a facebook status that calls this constitution a ‘farce.’ “61 years since the biggest farce of the constitution came into effect. Yay,” to be exact. What a brilliant way to express our…

An article in the Times of South Mumbai struck me- it was a feature during Independence Day, which I can’t find online anymore, but it was a series of questions pertinent to civic responsibility and active citizenship. One of the questions was “do we have the right to criticize the government when we don’t vote?” I found it interesting, because…

India has often celebrated the success of its soft power. It is somewhat an asset to our grand nation be it the bollywood movies, or its portrayal in Hollywood with the Oscar-worthy Slumdog,  Gandhian ideals or even as an instrument to promote regional peace with media campaigns like Aman Ki Asha. Sometimes it becomes unclear as to whether the success…

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