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India is beautiful, Indians make it ugly
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India is beautiful, Indians make it ugly

Thursday was Ganesha Chaturthi, the festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha, the revered elephant-headed Hindu God. But on his birthday, an elephant was beheaded!  One of the elephant sculptures at Highway Circle was severed from the main pedestal. We are a nation of vandals — wilful destroyers of what is beautiful or venerable….

Finally, they can say they are Gay
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Finally, they can say they are Gay

When political parties know what is right, but cannot do it, they have a magic mantra they chant which is, “We leave it to the wisdom of the courts.” And thank God our Supreme Court has wise Heads because finally the Apex Court has decriminalised homosexuality. It is not only an important judgement for the Gay…

Ego & Political Blindness
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Ego & Political Blindness

Our Defence Minister visited Kodagu district to take stock of the situation and see how the Defence personnel were performing. Unfortunately, her visit became more about her ego than about Kodagu disaster. By now we all know about Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s outburst at the press conference. But what caused this? It seems, when the…

A Statesman and a Survivor
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A Statesman and a Survivor

Vajpayee is gone and everyone has good things to say about him, even the Opposition. He was the first Prime Minister with no connection to the Congress and coincidentally, it was Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister who, impressed with Vajpayee’s oratory skills, said in 1957: “This young man will one day become the country’s…

Hug + Wink = Hoodwink
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Hug + Wink = Hoodwink

After Wimbledon, Cricket and Football World Cup, we thought we had enough of watching TV, but then Telugu Desam Party (TDP) moved a No Confidence Motion against the BJP government and it was time to watch TV again. And yesterday from 11 am to 11 pm, we had a political drama unfold on TV. Sadly,…

Fat in Khaki
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Fat in Khaki

By Vikram Muthanna The Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) with 14,000 Police personnel is a rather large force — both literally and figuratively. It seems, our cops have large figures and it’s becoming a problem. That is why a few days ago the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Bhaskar Rao, who is the Chief…

CM playing Favourites?
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CM playing Favourites?

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy at a post-budget press conference asked, “What is wrong if I give a little more to the districts that voted for our party?” He was talking about Mandya, Hassan and Ramanagara districts that voted overwhelmingly for JD(S) and got special attention in his budget. Well, favouritism is wrong in a democracy….

The Language Dilemma
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The Language Dilemma

Last week I received a video clip on WhatsApp showing our recently elected MLA from Chamundeshwari Constituency G.T. Devegowda (GTD) replying to some questions posed by an English news channel. Though the video clip was circulated as if it were just an interview, the real intention was to mock the MLA’s English. Similarly, our ex-Mayor…

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