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Is Soha entitled to her opinion?
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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 ... Rediff.com, 3 days ago
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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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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 ...
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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, ...
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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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4 reasons behind Britain leaving the European Union

'Britain always had a very special relationship with the EU -- it always was an on/off relationship. It retained its own currency and visa.''Britain always had what you call in EU lingo 'opt out clauses', which other countries don't have.' IMAGE: A vote leave supporter holds a poster in Westminster, London, June 24, 2016. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters India woke up to the Brexit shock on Friday, June 24, with the United Kingdom deciding in a referendum to move out of the European ...
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'Kejriwal is indulging in political corruption'

'Kejriwal has read the Constitution, still he misused office to benefit his MLAs.''If the BJP and Congress are wrong, does that mean even you will do wrong things?''So how is Kejriwal different from the others?' IMAGE: Arvind Kejriwal's AAP is under flak over the appointment of 21 parliamentary secretaries. Even as the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi helmed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal battles the Narendra Modi government at the Centre over the appointment of parliamentary ...
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'Faiz was devastated by the aftermath of Partition'

'The original dream of people like Faiz was that Pakistan would be something different from the old India: Progressive, forward looking, democratic (if not socialist), tolerant, diverse and pluralistic.''I don't think anyone foresaw the catastrophe that Partition was to become.' IMAGE: Faiz Ahmed Faiz's biography, penned by his grandson, delves into his heart and soul. Photograph: Kind courtesy Radio Pakistan/www.radio.gov.pk   It is difficult to explain what Faiz Ahmed Faiz means to the ...
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BJP probe team to visit Kairana today to find truth behind 'Hindu exodus'

A Bharatiya Janata Party probe team will on Wednesday visit Kairana to find the truth behind reports on alleged "migration" of Hindus from the Uttar Pradesh town.On Tuesday, the Union Home Ministry had sought a detailed report from the Uttar Pradesh government to verify the allegations.The BJP had raised the issue at its two-day National Executive meeting in Allahabad and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also said that "such migration, if true was unfortunate".BJP leader and Lok ...
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