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POINT BLANK by VK Sreelesh /
November 2, 2012, 3:17 pm
Barack Obama may win his way to the Oval Office a second time. Now winning is his only agenda, so is his rival Mitt Romney’s. Both appeared in their debates like roosters in a ring, ready to go for the kill.
In their first debate at Denver, Obama looked tired, lacking in spirit. Romney fired past him with his best performance till date. The media prodded Obama for his spiritless approach.
Ravi M. Khanna /
November 2, 2012, 10:47 am
Now that Rahul Gandhi has made a crucial decision to continue his work in the Congress party and not join the government, he should consider the millions of Indians who have been waiting to be benefitted by the country's economic reforms as his own "constituency". He can use their "angry impatience" to create a "forceful impetus" to push their cause within the Congress.
Rajat Ghai /
October 29, 2012, 6:39 pm
Tilak Vihar could be just another congested neighbourhood in west Delhi until you take a closer look. Everywhere, there is a profusion of turbans and beards - a traumatic reminder that this is a Sikh resettlement colony built on the charred memories of riots 28 years ago.
The lapse of time has done little to dull the bitterness or erase the images of fathers, sons, brothers and husbands killed mercilessly in the rioting that followed the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards on Oct 31, 1984.
October 24, 2012, 10:43 am
A doyen of Bengali literature, Sunil Gangopadhyay called poetry his first love, but successfully delved into all literary genres with his versatility and varied experiences of life, leaving generations of readers in India and Bangladesh mesmerised over decades with his creativity and writing style.
Often a bohemian in lifestyle, Gangopadhyay was one of the most popular poets in post-Rabindranath Tagore Bengal, with his "Nira" series of poems having retained their popularity, particularly among the youth, through the years.
October 21, 2012, 5:04 pm
For the young and sections of the Indian middle class he is a "hero" who has "unmasked" corrupt politicians. But there are many who can't stand the Magsaysay award-winning activist-turned-politician's "methods" that have further vitiated the country's political discourse.
Politicians have reason to hate the 42-year-old Arvind Kejriwal. And he has spared no one.
October 21, 2012, 3:38 pm
He quit India's space agency many years ago to spur a revival of India's cultural traditions across the world. Today, Nataraja 'Soorya' Krishnamoorthy is busy trying to rejuvenate Kerala's age-old arts, enable folk and theatre artists to live a more dignified life and also integrate Malayali artistes living outside Kerala, especially those in the Gulf countries.
Madhusree Chatterjee /
October 20, 2012, 11:10 am
The decline in the art market in the aftermath of the economic meltdown has given the 15th century artistic tradition of printmaking a reason to survive and re-invent itself.
New printmakers in India are using high technology to push their art to budget collectors. Print art is a reproduction practice in which a picture or an image is reporduced using techniques like woodcuts, linocuts, lithography, etching, engraving and tinting.
October 15, 2012, 6:05 pm
Historian-scholar S Irfan Habib finds the idea of Islamic science as a category distinct from modern Eurocentrism as problematic and questions it along with some other fundamentalist notions being peddled in Islam today in his new book.
"Jihad or Ijtihad" is a study in which Habib tries to trace the trajectory of mainstream Islam's questioning of modern science.
Vishal Gulati /
October 14, 2012, 12:25 pm
Cycling through the rugged mountain tracks of Himachal Pradesh is on a roll. And this time, the adventurous mountain bikers are not just foreigners.
At a nine-day, 438-km long mountain biking (MTB) expedition here last week, 62 of the 75 cyclists were Indians - most of them with white collar jobs in big cities.
Nikhil Agarwal /
October 12, 2012, 10:23 am
As Irom Sharmila continues in solitary confinement in Imphal, a group of theatre activists has taken up the cudgels to ensure the story behind her 11-year-old hunger strike reaches people across the country.