In Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh wayward Romeos would all be in the lock-up, says Sunil Sethi.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com 'The pursuit of happiness... in Lucknow of the 1950s meant pursuing girls... The theatre of operations revolved around Hazratganj... They would arrive in cars and rickshaws wearing tight, extremely tight, salwars and kurtas... Glances were exchanged, remarks were passed, optimistic conclusions were reached...' -- Vinod Mehta, Lucknow Boy, 2011. For generations ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
'How did you sleep through the cries of a Mohammad Akhlaq, or a Pehlu Khan being beaten to death? Did you then tweet, ‘Goondagardi hai, bas’?' Durba Dhyani addresses the singer. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com. Dear Sonu Nigamji, Please wake up. It is high time. I see your face on every newspaper and TV channel, and I must admit that the bald and beautiful look suits you, just as much as your gorgeous locks did. I also admire the fact that you stood by your words ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The real challenge is that the North Korean leader is very unpredictable, possesses nuclear weapons, and does not seem interested in dialogue.In part 1 of his insight into the North Korea problem, Dr Rajaram Panda explains why the US president needs to restrain himself and build a relationship with China to put any credible pressure on Pyongyang. Is Kim Jong-un planning for war? Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com In another act of provocation, North Korea conducted another ballistic ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
It's a month today, April 11, since the BJP's historic victory in Uttar Pradesh.Could a grand alliance between the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress -- built along the lines of the successful Bihar mahagatbandhan of 2015 -- have changed the outcome of the UP polls?Rediff.com's Aslam Hunani finds out.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The Bharatiya Janata Party's decisive win in the Uttar Pradesh elections -- despite the alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
'I can tell you, Mr Chairman, from personal experience that there is nothing sadder than witnessing a close one, a loved one with mental illness at close quarters.' 'I have lived with a victim of mental illness. Like many in that condition, very often such people are in a state of denial.''The National Crime Records Bureau has calculated in 2014 that at least 15 suicides take place in India every hour.''That is too many.' 'These 15 instances in every 60 minutes is our collective failure to ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'It will be a fine day when we can claim to have institutions in civil society as influential and as popular as ACLU, which is a strong body only because millions of Americans support its values.''When Indians take offence at how other Indians are treated, when we take injustice to others personally, we will begin to make India great,' says Aakar Patel.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Many Americans felt offended by an order of their new president banning immigrants from seven nations.Rediff.com, 2 months ago
StanChart India CEO Zarin Daruwala is building a culture of 'celebrating liabilities,' the tough negotiator tells Niraj Bhatt and Anup Roy over lunch.Illustration: Dominic XavierRediff.com Zarin Daruwala, who took over as Standard Chartered Bank’s India head in April 2016, has had an eventful nine months. The first thing she did after taking charge was to work with a consulting firm on the bank's future strategy. The strategy includes firing up the retail engine, starting off technology ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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