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Why I won't boycott Chinese products
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Why I won't boycott Chinese products

When Syed Firdaus Ashraf received messages last weekend, asking him to boycott Chinese goods, he laughed.   I was shopping on Mohammad Ali Road in south Mumbai on the weekend, checking out electronic items. For those who are unaware, you can buy all kinds of Chinese goods on Mohammad Ali Road. On Mohammad Ali Road one can get one's hands on cheap Chinese goods -- mobile phones, toys, watches, DVD players... While the Chinese products are cheap, one thing you can be guaranteed of is that ... Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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Boring! What I thought about Modi's US Congress speech

While some praised Narendra Modi's US Congress address, Syed Firdaus Ashraf had only two words to say: SO WHAT? In his opinion, the 48-minute oration was boring, with no real substance, and nothing new to offer. IMAGE: United State Vice-President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan look on as Prime Minister Narendra Modi does a Namaste after addressing a joint meeting of the US Congress, June 8, 2016. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters On Wednesday I decided I would ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago Why Bharat won't be Congress-mukt anytime soon  Rediff.com2 months ago
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Is Soha entitled to her opinion?

'How can Soha Ali Khan talk about RBI Governor? What can an actress know about Finance and Economics?' Syed Firdaus Ashraf glances at the times Bollywood actresses have been trolled on social media. Are actresses entitled to their opinions? If the trolls on social media have a say, they would say, no. Bollywood actresses have often been trolled if they express views on issues other than movies. When Soha Ali Khan tweeted about Dr Raghuram Rajan's exit from the Reserve Bank of India, she was ...
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Raghuram Rajan's Kafkaesque trial in Modi's India

Raghuram Rajan's exit reminds Syed Firdaus Ashraf of Kafka's The Trial. Amidst the brouhaha over Udta Punjab, producer Anurag Kashyap's tweet left me intrigued: 'I always wondered what it felt like to live in North Korea... Ab to plane pakadney ki bhi zaroorat nahin (Now there's no need to catch a plane).' Kashyap was venting his anger against Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani's ordering 89 'cuts' in Udta Punjab. So angry was Kashyap that he further tweeted: 'Joseph Ka Mukadama was a Hindi ...
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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 ...
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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.com1 month ago
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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 ...
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'Gau rakshaks are systematically targeting Dalits, Muslims'

'Gau rakshak groups are beating Dalits and circulating videos on social media because they know that no one will touch them.' IMAGE: Police try to detain Dalit protesters who blocked roads and attacked government buses in Ahmedabad. Photograph: PTI Protesters from the Dalit community have blocked roads and attacked government buses in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat for the past four days over the flogging of four men accused of skinning a cow in Una. A police officer has ...
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For Ayodhya litigant Hashim Ansari, the case meant everything

Though Mohammed Hashim Ansari was the oldest litigant in the case and was against the Ram temple coming up at the site, he never spoke ill of his neighbours who were Hindus.'Ayodhya is the best place where you can see Hindu-Muslim unity.''Even when the Babri Masjid was demolished, nobody harmed me.''The Hindus of Ayodhya helped me, but it is the outsiders who create trouble,' Ansari would say.Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf recalls his meetings with Hashim Ansari, who passed away on July 20. ...
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'Modi must say Zakir Naik is spreading hatred'

'The prime minister should come out and say Zakir Naik is spreading hatred, Praveen Togadia is spreading hatred, Sadhvi Prachi is spreading hatred.''Only then will he be making a strong statement.''Respect the law of the land and let the law take its own course.''You cannot pressurise the investigating agencies just because some TV channels are crying hoarse against Dr Zakir Naik.' IMAGE: Activists of the Shia National Front protest against Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik in Lucknow, July 9, ...
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