Tag: Vikram Muthanna

Pay attention to… attendance
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Pay attention to… attendance

Come November, it’s anxious times for parents and greedy times for a few colleges as everyone’s attention turns to attendance. Ever since 75% attendance was made mandatory to get a hall ticket, November is the month of drama in colleges. Every year protests for attendance are reported across the city. Four years ago, a Principal…

Renting to Foreigners: Know the Law
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Renting to Foreigners: Know the Law

Earlier foreign students were seen as the ideal tenants to have. Most landlords preferred them to Indian students because they assumed foreign students could be charged more, that they would pay rent on time, were well-behaved, and could be vacated without much trouble. But this is not true anymore. Recently, the Committee of an Apartment…

Man Vs Wild
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Man Vs Wild

On Thursday, a leopard cub crossed over to the Zoo from Chamundi Hill and for once was captured without much harm or chaos. As reports of elephants, tigers and leopards coming in contact with humans is increasing day by day, it is clear that man-animal conflict is here to stay and is only going to…

English Kanglish
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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…

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