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Jun 13, 2010
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Robin Hood: This Robin is more Gandhian

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Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood and Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood are looking over the shoulder of Ridley Scott’s Robin Longstride.

So rather cleverly, the movie is a sort of prequel to these and may justly be titled “The making of Robin Hood”. It ends at the beginning.

Jun 5, 2010
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Raajneeti: An epic nicely retold

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First things first, “Raajneeti” is not about the first family in Indian politics even though some characters might resemble familiar cardboard cutouts.

So don’t go expecting some dope on a reality which is much stranger than fiction.

May 21, 2010
via India Insight

A rare news conference by the PM

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“The prime minister of India rarely gets to speak, face-to-face, with the people of India,” writes historian Ramachandra Guha.

We might add the next-best-possible substitute ‘the media’ to this plaint.

Apr 26, 2010

Office space rentals in India seen stable in 2010

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rents for office space are seen stable in 2010 as increased spending by IT and ITES firms absorbs space put out over the last few quarters, a recent survey by real estate consulting firm C.B. Richard Ellis showed.

The market for commercial space in major Indian cities has seen a boost in demand in the March quarter even as rents remain hobbled by excess supply.

Apr 20, 2010
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Role of the media in Jessica Lall case

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The Supreme Court has upheld the life term for Manu Sharma who was convicted for the 1999 murder of Jessica Lall.

The case became a cause celebre for the media, helping it grab eyeballs in a decade when private news channels mushroomed in the country.

Apr 13, 2010
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Who are the Commonwealth Games for?

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As India races to get ready for the Commonwealth Games, graffiti questioning their mass appeal has appeared over the last few weeks near some of the venues hosting the October event.

The graffiti in English, a language many middle-class well-to-do Indians are proficient in, questions the Games’ focus.

Apr 3, 2010
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Maruti 800 – an obituary?

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After the iconic Bajaj scooter,  another symbol of the eighties and the then acme of middle-class ambition — the Maruti 800 — is driving into history.

With new emission norms kicking in, it won’t be sold in 13 major cities.

Nearly three decades ago, this delicate looking car in various hues begged for space on Indian roads next to ageing off-white rivals whose stolidity was misinterpreted as dependability and ruggedness.

Apr 1, 2010
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Right to education: a leap that falls short?

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Is the government short-changing the nation on right to education?

Not all is hunky-dory with the ‘right to education’ law that has come into force.

The law puts to work a constitutional amendment of 2002 that made education a fundamental right.

Mar 8, 2010
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Some questions on the Women’s Reservation Bill

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The Women’s Reservation Bill has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha on the International Women’s Day.

It may be the most consequential act of lawmaking since independence.

It is probably too late to discuss alternative proposals for getting more women into parliament or the opinion of those women who don’t agree with the reservation route to political empowerment.

Mar 3, 2010
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Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar?

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The Maharashtra government is going to recommend Sachin Tendulkar for the country’s highest recognition — Bharat Ratna.

Not only politicians of various hues but former cricketers have also rooted for Tendulkar.