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Make fun of Rahul Gandhi, not Lata or Sachin

Make fun of Rahul Gandhi, not Lata or Sachin

Syed Firdaus Ashraf wonders why no one objects to jokes about Rahul Gandhi, but are upset when Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar are mocked. Stand-up comic Varun Grover was asked at the India Today conclave in March: 'Is it easier to make jokes about Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi?' 'Rahul Gandhi,' Grover said. If he woke a man up in the middle of the night and only said 'Rahul Gandhi' to him, Grover said the man would start laughing. The elite gathering assembled at the conclave laughed ..., 1 day ago

Mussoorie Diary: 42C, tidy tourists and stingy loo users

IMAGE: A view of Mussoorie. Photograph: Kind Courtesy: Akash Patwal/Facebook Syed Firdaus Ashraf tries to escape the Mumbai heat in the hills of Uttarakhand and ends up discovering the after-effects of climate change and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. On May 20, as I stepped out of Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport, I was taken aback by the gusts of hot wind. Me, a Mumbaikar, had come to the hills of Uttarakhand to escape the heat. A fellow Mumbaikar who stepped out of the plane told me in Marathi, ...
 Rediff.com5 days ago

Why Bharat won't be Congress-mukt anytime soon

Congress workers must feel what their BJP counterparts did in 2009, but that could change, argues Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I was standing outside the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New Delhi the day the 2009 Lok Sabha election results were being announced, and the mood was sombre. Party patriarch L K Advani had lost the election to the Congress and BJP workers had no idea what was going wrong with their party. It was supposedly the best chance for the BJP to win back power. The election ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago

A tale of two 'terrorists' and a cautionary lesson

The Malegaon blasts case and the 1993 Mumbai blasts case have a strange parallel.Syed Firdaus Ashraf explains how the two terror cases separated by ideological motives and nearly a decade between them found a curious commonality. In my teenage years I was the proud owner of a motorcycle that I drove all across the city. I often lent my motorcycle to friends and family who wanted it for a ride. It had become what they call in Mumbai 'janta ka motorcycle.' Whoever wanted the bike, perhaps to take ...
 Rediff.com2 weeks ago

Malacca take huge stride forward in Razak Cup defence

Police's Mohd Fitri Abd Manan (right) and Pahang's Muhammad Haziq Fawwaz vie for the ball during the Razak Cup tie at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca took a giant step towards retaining ... week ago

'We were more scared of AK-47s than snakes'

Santosh Bharadwaj, who works as a third engineer for a Singapore-based shipping company, was kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria on March 25, 2016. He was released on May 9, 2016 and returned to his Varanasi home on Thursday, May 12. Bharadwaj spoke to Syed Firdaus Ashraf/ about his ordeal in captivity. This is his story: IMAGE: In Nigeria, piracy is particularly rampant in the waters in and around the coast of the Niger Delta. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters On March 25, 2016, we were ...
 Rediff.com2 weeks ago

This man believes Modi's degrees are fake

'So what if Modi is prime minister of India? He is bound by laws.''He cannot be in the Himalayas and study in Gujarat at the same time.''Modi cannot have two dates of birth.''Everything cannot be coincidental just because he is Narendra Modi.' IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with school children. Photograph: PTI The controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's educational qualifications continues to brew with the Aam Aadmi Party adamant on disclosing what the party claims is ...
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Is the Modi government scared of this man?

'Defaulters like Mallya can't be offloaded, but activists like me are. And that too for raising questions.''Today, what is the meaning of development?''Take over land, water and forest from the Adivasis and hand it over to corporates.''I am surprised how a minister who is supposed to protect the forests and the environment is happy reaching out to investors for more and more clearances.' IMAGE: Gladson Dungdung, left, with then Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh.
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago

Why this RSS leader opposes the BJP in Goa

'We do not oppose any parent admitting his child to any English school.''We are opposed to the government grants that are to be given to such institutions.''If local languages are to be kept alive, at least they have to be taught at the primary level.' The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's Goa chief Subhash Velingkar is angry and his anger is directed at the state's Bharatiya Janata Party government. Velingkar explained to Syed Firdaus Ashraf/ why he opposes the Goa government's decision ...
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago

'People will now get beef in Maharashtra'

'Today we stand vindicated because the government's action has been struck down.' 'You can now bring beef from neighbouring states, far away states and other countries.' 'The government cannot tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Even if you are a vegetarian, this verdict is your victory.' Advocate Firoz Bharucha argued Arif Kapadia's petition challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to bring bullocks and oxen under the ambit of the beef ban which hitherto applied only to cows.
 Rediff.com3 weeks ago
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