Category Archives: Politics

Immigration, peace and contentment

Oh, the severe, languishing irony in this story. In short, the daughter of an immigrant turns into a rabid anti-immigration politician. And then gets tired of the country she lives in and moves to another, because she’s looking for peace … Continue reading

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The BNP and the Pizza Prophet

Warning – Random political rant Walking through Hyde Park during the pseudo-spring this country witnesses – I came across a strange prophet. It was a funny experience, as always the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park has its share of loons … Continue reading

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All this joy about 49-O and Elections

Elections are expensive. If you have friends, you would by now have received some ten thousand forwards on this elusive little section in the People’s Representation Act – a fabled 49-O. Here’s what it says. 49-O. Elector deciding not to … Continue reading

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Ugh!

Sometimes you read stuff that should be screenshot-ted and preserved for posterity. This is the case of the really boring and bordering on self-pity blog called Sir John Bull. Now you would expect someone who is a member of the … Continue reading

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On being Offended and Taslima Nasrin

There’s something so disturbing about this incident. When you read these words A group of 20 All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) workers, led by MLAs Afsar Khan, Ahmed Pasha and Mozum Khan, stormed the Press Club premises and raised slogans … Continue reading

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Women, veils, religion and the bravest 13 year old in the world

Vidya sent me a link to a fabulous video at YouTube. It’s a part of a documentary called “A stranger in her city” by Khadija Al-Salami. al-Salami’s documentary follows a fabulous, spunky 13 year old girl – Najmia in Yemen. … Continue reading

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India at 105 in the Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006

According to the Reporters sans frontières – Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index – 2006, India is at 105 out of 168 countries listed. Yemen (149th) slipped four places, mainly because of the arrest of several journalists and closure of newspapers … Continue reading

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Blogger held in Egypt and censorship in Pakistan

Even as Hao Wu is still held by the authorities, a prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa is held by the authorities in his country. The Skeptic writes When I first met Alaa in the summer of 2005, I told him I … Continue reading

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The Chinese Dream, Hao Wu and India

Rebecca MacKinnon writes in the Washington Post about Hao Wu. One aspect that really hit me was Problem is, the Chinese Dream can be shattered quickly if you step over a line that is not clearly drawn — a line … Continue reading

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