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A Book-Banning Nation

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I can imagine a lot of things that could really harm us – like nuclear bombs, cigarettes and speeding vehicles. But books? I have never known a book that exploded as soon as you read the preface. I feel sorry for the gentlemanly Jaswant Singh who has been thrown under the bus by his colleagues for publishing a book (Jinnah – India, Partition, Independence) that does not demonize Jinnah. I feel sorrier that a society could be so intolerant of books. Books?!!

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August 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Jagriti Yatra: Five point something!

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If asked to recount 5 top events of my life, I will perhaps always include my participation in the Azad Bharat Rail Yatra (Free India Train Journey) in 1997-98. A chartered train with over 200 students cris-crossed India in an exciting journey that celebrated India’s 50 years of independence. The second edition of this journey, called Jagriti Yatra (Renaissance Journey), takes place this winter, 24Dec08-11Jan09.

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November 16, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Doordarshan Years

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I sometimes think my generation is perhaps the last one in India to remember what I should call the Doordarshan years (pre-1991).┬áPeople born after us would not appreciate the pre-eminence of Doordarshan in our childhoods and people born before us were too old to enjoy sending SMS’s to their friends at the turn of this century. In that sense, we are unique as we straddle both the eras and carry life experiences from opposite ends of the spectrum. Our youth was spent on the cusp of an old India embracing a new one: the late nineties and early years of this century (roughly, 1995-2005).

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October 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Ginger Rogers & Sonia Gandhi did everything….

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The other day an American colleague asked me how different were Indian elections, compared to what US is doling out. I was tempted to denounce even the thought of comparison – to me, aside from being democracies, the 2 countries were a study in contrast. But, then as I began talking about India, I realized that my colleague was, sort of, identifying with everything I was saying. Perhaps, at a high level, both systems have the same strengths and same failings. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 12, 2008 at 11:06 pm

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