by Will Wilkinson Here is one of the most spectacular shifts in public opinion in our lifetime. What explains this? Don’t ask the psychologist and social s...
Archive for 01/01/2012 - 02/01/2012
It was an unusually chilly evening in
, yet a crowd of
fifty thousand didn’t want to go home without watching Sharukh Khan, the King of
Bollywood, dance with the damsels from God’s
own country to the music of Akon. Dubai
Not only did Khan manage to enthral the huge crowd but also get the shy and untrusting damsel heroines of Kerala to warm up to his steps and gestures and forget themselves in his charming and infectious dance movements. Sharukh Khan proved himself to be a great maestro of inspiration if not the art of dance itself.
India has ushered in the New Year with a desperate invitation to all foreigners to invest in its stock markets! Is there an X Factor, a real show stopper, for the Incredible India show you need to worry about?
Beset with high fiscal deficit, withdrawal of funds by foreign Institutional Investors who lost confidence in the
and political opposition to foreign direct investment in the corporate retail
sector, the government has opened
the Indian stock markets to everyone who would like to invest. India
Even Oprah Winfrey could be in India for the much celebrated Jaipur literary festival to see the calm beneath the chaos that is
a celebrated and invited guest and author was forced to stay away. India
There is an auspicious time for almost everything in
Then there is elections one need to watch out for the rest of the matters! India
For Salman Rushdie, the celebrated author of ‘Satanic Verses’, an English novel considered offensive by many Muslims, the invitation and the visit n must have been a routine event.
underbelly, its cricket pride, is being battered around the world, it looks
like its judiciary thinks it is time to play ball. The Supreme Court has ruled
that the $2.2
billion claim of the Indian tax department on Vodafone for the
purchase of shares from India
is illegal. It has taken the judges of the Supreme Court to see that Hutchinson
needs to play fair to claim its position among the G20. India
No doubt, the remaining ‘five star’ communists of
and its available polit buro in India ,
will see this as an overture by Indian judiciary, even a gross capitulation, to
the American Imperialism. However its cautious secretary, Prakash
Karat is likely to stay clear of any comments against the judgement as it
can be construed as contempt of court in Delhi
for which he can be locked up in the infamous Tihar Jail which already holds a
number of Indian politicians. India
The simple answer, like in the case of
is “yes”. However if the question is, can India afford to take such extreme
measures, the answer is likely to be “not really” because, simply put, India is
not same as China when democratic values are concerned. China
Concerned with the rising and abusive character assassination of the political leaders through morphed images and the dangers of inflammatory posts in a religiously super sensitive nation, the flash points of which the government has to strive very, very hard to keep from exploding, the Indian government and now the Indian judiciary have warned the Internet giants that they need to act.
The Channe4 show, Grand Designs, in which TV presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams, is exciting as the episodes depict how the almost impossible dreams of people somehow materialise. But one always wondered if the price in terms of the financial, physical and psychological struggle was worth it.
That was why when one of my close friends and colleague told me a few years back that he and his wife too were excited and serious about living their eco friendly dream and were relocating to
I didn’t realise how serious he was. I
always thought the dare devils who become celebrities on the TV were always a
minority who you don’t meet in real life but, Les and Christine Sheldon really
proved me wrong. France
Though it is a gross exaggeration to call the recent visit of twelve Russians to Sabarimala the ultimate capitulation of Marxism Leninism to the Indian Mythology, the event has opened a rare and unique travel experience to people from all over the world who seeks exotic adventure of a different kind.
If you are not a woman under menopausal age and if you are willing to do a spiritual penance for 41 days, abstain from eating meat and enjoying sex in your thoughts and life, let your hair and beard grow uncut and lead a Spartan existence, then you can venture in to this life changing trip to Sabarimala which more than 50 million Indians of all religions already make every year!
For the team of Russians from Moscow led by Induchoodan, who has made this trip more than fifteen times and who practices Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, this unique pilgrimage to Sabarimala has probably come to mean what it does for millions of Indians: