Third Gender: End Of Discrimination?

As I picked up the copy of the Indian Express from my doorstep on Wednesday, one particular headline was staring at me right in my face—“Supreme Court recognizes third gender, glimmer of hope.” While I was really happy about it, there was something about this headline that got me thinking. I felt as if there was more to it than what met the eye.

India’s verdict

The Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ambition of winning 272 out of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha elections or Mission Impossible as it is referred to by various political analysts doesn’t seem too farfetched now. According to a new pre-poll survey conducted by NDTV the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will not win 272 but 275 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, and thus lead its way to the centre.

The Thin Line Between Private and Politics

A lot is being said in the media after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged his 40-year-old marriage to Jashodaben in his nomination papers from Vadodara. From Digvijay Singh to Rahul Gandhi and now Kapil Sibal, the Congress has now filed a complaint with the Election Commission demanding a FIR and prosecution of the BJP leader for his “wrong affidavits” in the past on his marital status.

Need For Better Leaders

From calling their opponents by different names—chaiwallah, AK-49—to comparing them to Pakistani agents, politicians and their party members are keeping things really classy in trying to woo Indian voters. But hitting the new low is Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, who in his attempt to woo voters said, “Boy and girl develop differences later on in the relationship, when that happens, the girl goes on gives a statement saying that she was raped…Now those three have been sentenced to death…Kya rape main phansi di jayegi…ladke hai galti ho jaati hai. This kind of law should be changed and we will do that.”

Lok Sabha Elections 2014 #2

As people step out of their houses to cast their votes in one of the biggest phases of the current Lok Sabha election in 91 seats across the country, the Twitter war has begun too.

Lok Sabha Elections 2014

India’s national capital will witness the first three way Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, when traditional enemies the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Congress will battle it out with each other and with the new competitor, the Aam Aadmi Party.

A Clean Sweep For The BJP?

On Saturday another opinion poll, this time conducted by NDTV, created a buzz among media channels and the voters. Yet another poll has predicted Narendra Modi led BJP’s victory over the Congress. Since the time I have gained some sense of what elections are all about I have seen that India is often witness to a fragmented sort of general elections. What I mean by this is that local factors play an important role in a party’s performance and they do well in some states and not in others. For instance the Congress may win in one state and lose with a large margin in the neighboring state. This is exactly what has been happening for the past four decades where we have seen that there is no consistency in the BJP or the Congress’ performance across states.

Is There Any Hope Left?

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed our worst fears when he said that new analysis by Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch team and British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat revealed that Malaysian Airlines MH370 ended its baffling eight-hour flight in the deep, remote waters of the Indian Ocean, about 1500 miles from Perth.

Twitter Turns 8!

Not many of you would know that Twitter celebrated its eight birthday on March 21 as it didn’t go bragging about the same like Facebook. Nevertheless, this news got me thinking as to how this social networking site within eight years of its existence has become an integral part of my life.

DGCA’S Overreaction Over Midair Celebration

SpiceJet the second-largest low-fare passenger friendly airline has been in the news for quite some time now. First it was its slashed prices, and now it’s the dance that the airline’s crews performed on the occasion of Holi while its various flights were cruising in midair. While the latter has got the company into a lot of trouble, I think that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is just overreacting.

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