ibtl Columns

  • The Art of Romance

    Dr. Rita Pal | Thursday, Feb 14,2013, 12:32 IST .

    The modern world appears to have lost the concept of romance.  Perhaps, it has been left behind in the caskets of  history. Defined as an “ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people”, the 21st Century has replaced it by elements of lust and physical attraction.

    Perhaps the media is to blame for influencing the recent generation..

  • Modi: Aspirational vs Asphyxiated India

    Sandhya Jain | Wednesday, Feb 13,2013, 21:59 IST .

    VHP leader Praveen Togadia’s tasteless response to MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi was not so much a warning in case the latter instigated communal mischief as an open indictment of his bête noire Narendra Modi for alleged complicity in the Gujarat riots of 2002.

    Using Owaisi’s ‘remove the police’ boast as a peg, Togadia bragged that police were a..

  • Rabid Grand Mufti Tells the Truth About Islam

    Sandeep Web | Thursday, Feb 07,2013, 13:00 IST .

    Be very scared each time you hear the words “Grand Mufti.” The first thing it reminds us of is the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Islamic cleric and extremist leader of Jerusalem who personally oversaw the massacre of Jews not once buttwice. The story of how he ordered the slaughter of thousands of Jews in Palestine first in 1929 and then in..

  • Shashi Tharoor's Good Turn U-Turn...

    Dr. Rita Pal | Monday, Feb 04,2013, 16:25 IST .

    MP Shashi Tharoor must, by now, be sorely regretting his decision to assist fellow Parliamentarian Naveen Jindal's Flag Foundation of India with the launch of the infamous Tiranga Bangle.

    Jindal is already famous for his seven-year court battle that won Indians the right to display the national flag, and infamous for the

  • Shashi Tharoor's Magic Bangles...

    Dr. Rita Pal | Tuesday, Jan 29,2013, 00:56 IST .

    Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the MP for Trivandrum. He sports a clipped British accent and an accessory auto-fringe flick of his greying hair. His biography reads like a man with a profound superiority complex. KC Singh, former secretary in the external affairs ministry, who coordinated Tharoor’s campaign..

  • Is there such a thing as 'Hindu Terrorism'...?

    Francois Gautier | Tuesday, Jan 29,2013, 00:01 IST .

    Is there such a thing as ‘Hindu terrorism’, as Home Minister Shinde is heavily hinting at? Well, I am one of that rare breed of foreign correspondents — a lover of Hindus! A born Frenchman, Catholic-educated and non-Hindu, I do hope I’ll be given some credit for my opinions, which are not the product of my parents’ ideas, my education or my atavi..

  • Women are Mothers and Motherland : President

    Sandhya Jain | Sunday, Jan 27,2013, 23:29 IST .

    In his first presidential address to the nation on the eve of our 64th Republic Day, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee invoked the glorious heritage of Indian civilisation and History to rouse the nation to address its contemporary challenges in a manner befitting our great legacies. It was a glorious departure from mundane speeches of the past, a speech to which routine newspaper reporti..

  • Rahul Gandhi - the Plastic Prince

    Dr. Rita Pal | Wednesday, Jan 23,2013, 08:46 IST .

    It is no secret that the Congress Party has no substance to them. They continue to capitalise on their past credibility, gathered during the time of India’s independence.

    They sport an Italian waitress as the hand that rocks the cradle and her progeny as show pieces for the population. Sonia Gandhi spearheads the campaigns but demonstrates little in the way of insight. Ma..

  • Do Bharatiya Epics Contain Only Rape?

    Sandeep Web | Sunday, Jan 20,2013, 11:31 IST .

    Nilanjana Roy’s Business Standard piece on Jan 08, 2013 entitled A woman alone in the forest is just the latest in what has become a much-lauded fad. A fad whose staple diet consists of a distorted reading of Indian epics, misin..

  • Do you know the real history of Kashmir?

    Francois Gautier | Wednesday, Jan 16,2013, 12:26 IST .

    For two thousand years, the Himalayan valley of Kashmir in Northern India has been the home of Learning and Wisdom. From this small valley have issued masterpieces of history, poetry, romance, fable, and philosophy and many of the greatest Sanskrit scholars and poets were born and wrote in the valley. Kashmir flourished under some of India’s greatest rulers, such as Mau..

  • Alcohol: an unnecessary evil

    Dr. Rita Pal | Saturday, Jan 12,2013, 02:07 IST .

    The art of decadence and glamour in Bollywood includes flashing their well toned flesh and sporting a fluted glass of champagne while being draped seductively across a rich, hot, six pack, whisky drinking male. It is a kind of east-west clash gone wrong. Expensive alcohol is flaunted by the rich and famous as a sign of opulence. Alcohol is apparently a status symbol these days. Bollywood par..

  • Dying Kindness in New Delhi

    Dr. Rita Pal | Saturday, Jan 05,2013, 12:58 IST .

    On the 16th Dec 2012, two people were in a state of emergency. Both had been violently beaten, and one was horrifically gang raped. The story has flashed through every news portal in the world. While there has been shock, horror and demands for justice, we have not examined the manner in which the population around the two victims behaved that night. Many of us wou..

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