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English Kanglish

Last week I received a video clip on WhatsApp titled “Special English from Mysore Mayor.” The clip showed the Mayor replying to questions in English, posed by an English news channel during Dasara.  Indeed, the Mayor’s English was bad, but I did feel sympathetic towards him. The comments posted on the clip were condescending and…

Dreading Justice
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Dreading Justice

In November 2013, a Special CBI Court in Ghaziabad, headed by a Judge, who was to retire that month, left with a judgement that has come back to embarrass him. Judge Shyam Lal had declared that Dr. Nupur and Dr. Rajesh Talwar, parents of Aarushi, were guilty of murdering their daughter and their house help…

Rohingya Refugee crisis: Why are Arab nations mum?
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Rohingya Refugee crisis: Why are Arab nations mum?

On 25th August 2017, a group called Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)  attacked Myanmar security forces killing nearly 80 personnel. The Myanmar government declared ARSA a terrorist organisation and mounted a campaign in Rohingya villages populated by the Muslim minority called Rohingya people. Soon they began to flee…and many of them landed up in India…

Words Vs Swords… And the Trolls
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Words Vs Swords… And the Trolls

Journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh has been assassinated. The gun has silenced the pen. After the news of her death broke, I received calls from friends and family warning me to watch what I write as we now live in an atmosphere of hate. When I asked one of them why he felt no outrage…

Monsoon Mayhem
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Monsoon Mayhem

The monsoon season in India is about ushering in hope, prosperity and wealth. But in India’s urban concrete jungles, monsoon is a nightmare and requires great survival skills. One good heavy rain and urban India plunges into chaos. Shamefully, the most affected are the big cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru — cities where nation’s…

Dadagiri of Babagiri…!
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Dadagiri of Babagiri…!

The first time I heard of Dera Sacha Sauda was in 2008 when Mysuru Assistant Commissioner issued notice to the sect for violating the Karnataka Land Revenue Act. The sect had bought agricultural land in Kalasthawadi village near Siddalingapura on  Bengaluru-Mysuru highway and built huge structures without alienating the land. Interestingly, back then the Dera…

A visit to Passport Seva Kendra
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A visit to Passport Seva Kendra

Most of us dread facing a Government official or stepping into a Government office, the reason being anything to do with Government can be time-consuming, stressful, belittling and a traumatic experience.  So I was fearful when I was told that I have to go to the Bengaluru Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) to get pages added…

Raids, Resorts and Saffron Reign
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Raids, Resorts and Saffron Reign

On July 29 last Saturday at 4 am, 44 Gujarat MLAs were escorted into Eagleton  Golf Resort on Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway by D.K. Suresh as per the instructions of his powerful brother, Power Minister Doddalahalli Kempegowda Shivakumar, popularly known as DKS. DKS, like former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, is well-versed in moving people and keeping them…

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