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Author: Land of the Wilted Rose (Rupa); Love & Honour (Bloomsbury); Rat Eater (Bloomsbury). Consulting Editor & Columnist: Swarajya. RTs, Likes ≠ Endorsements.
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Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
A clarification within 3 hours of the explosive Hollande quote, when normally it would take weeks. Tells you the seriousness of the allegation. Much more clarity is needed, both from the Indian and the French governments, including documents that prove otherwise. This. Is. Big. Only one story could begin the primetime tonight, that of President Hollande - the man who signed the Rafale deal with @narendramodi - and his EXPLOSIVE claim. Only one.

@ndtv, @IndiaToday carried it. Good on you.
@timesnow, @republic, and @CNNnews18 did not. SHAME on you.
Sep 18, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
You have GOT to be joking. Please tell me this is fake news; the ludicrous banners photoshopped. Have to be.

What @Iyervval said in his Konark clip was CLEARLY in sarcasm & jest, evident from his very next tweet where he admitted he was joking.

Can't believe this is happening. These fruitcakes don't know who they are dealing with. @Iyervval would probably egg them on to make sure he is jailed and stuffed inside a striped jumpsuit. Then he will tweet on the nuances of prison cuisine from inside.

STOP this nonsense and get to work. #IStandWithAbhijit
Sep 17, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Stop. And Ask.

Hullo, @nsitharaman, stop! And answer my question. 1 day. 1 lac views. Coming up tonight, another explosive #StopAndAsk.

We, the people, are the real masters. We can stop our sevaks and we can ask them anything.

Sep 10, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12; The Holy Bible)

“Slaves! Submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18; The Holy Bible) If a man rapes a woman not engaged, he must pay 50 silver pieces to her father. Then he must marry her. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29; The Holy Bible)

The man wasn't created for the woman; the woman was created for the man. (I Corinthians 11:8-9; The Holy Bible)
Aug 15, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Our Kerala needs our help. Just contributed to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (Transaction id: 822715002811). I stand, as do all Indians, with Mr Pinarayi Vijayan, in this difficult hour. Every little helps. In times of great calamity, all Indians come together, irrespective of language, religion, or ideology.

Also come together in such difficult times those who dream of nothing else but the break up of India, along linguistic, religious, or ideological lines.

IGNORE the latter.
Jul 28, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
Now reading @gchikermane's 70 Policies that Shaped India - 1947 to 2017, Independence to $2.5 Trillion. Jargon-free and meticulously researched (700 citations), this promises to be the go-to indispensable guide for policy-makers and laymen alike. PDF: orfonline.org/wp-content/upl… On to Chapter 10 of @gchikermane's utterly engrossing book - frank admission: I never thought reading government policies could be so riveting - I pause, and reflect on this particular DISASTER - Air India nationalisation. If only @narendramodi could be gifted this book. If only.
Jul 25, 2018 5 tweets 5 min read
Coming soon in @swarajyamag, a freewheeling, no-holds-barred, explosive interview with @swamy39; where @iyervval and I ask him questions on a host of issues - Economy, Homosexuality, the RSS, TDK, and his relationships with his BJP colleagues - in particular one gentleman. When Indira Gandhi called @swamy39 a Santa Claus and got him fired from IIT Delhi.

"I went to court & fought for 28 years to get my dues with interest - not that I need the money. I did it for fun, to make them FEEL THE HEAT."

Full interview coming soon. @SwarajyaMag @Iyervval
Jul 14, 2018 76 tweets 87 min read
Freedom of Expression under @INCIndia ever since @RahulGandhi joined active politics (2004) and had the power to intervene and stand for his belief that Freedom of Expression is a fundamental democratic right. A comprehensive, crowdsourced thread in response to his tweet: 1. In 2012, the UPA govt under @INCIndia moved to block the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Jun 30, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
The entire article is full of lies and gossip - that, too, from Pakistani secondary sources. Astonishing level of deceit to market it as History. Here are the facts:

1. Indian troops landed in Kashmir on Oct 27, 1947. Mountbatten met Liaquat only on Nov 1
2. Here is Mountbatten, very much in Delhi on Oct 27, 1947, confirming to Sardar Patel that Indian troops have landed in Kashmir. Mahajan, PM of Kashmir, writes a note of thanks re IoA. [Source: The Mountbatten Letters; Sardar Patel's Correspondence Vol 1] ia801608.us.archive.org/26/items/in.er…
Jun 14, 2018 18 tweets 8 min read
I am truly shocked and saddened at the passing away of Mr Shujaat Bukhari. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Terrible day. 1/n Saddened also because his tragic death is being used by many journalists to indulge in a sickening game.

Much against my wishes, it is important that they be countered, so that these hours be rather spent in remembering a journalist than in vile slander and propaganda. 2/n
May 25, 2018 4 tweets 5 min read
"Read the book. Because some people don't want you to." - @rahulroushan

Just arrived, and now reading, @vivekagnihotri's #UrbanNaxals. Promises to be as good as his film on the same theme. Lovely foreword by @MakrandParanspe, and fabulous production @GarudaPrakashan & @sankrant. At @vivekagnihotri's #UrbanNaxals book launch.

Vivek: I want to confess something to all of you today: I was once an avowed Marxist and an Urban Naxal. I have burnt buses and even been jailed. But I saw the light.
May 1, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Why is Ms @AzmiShabana too scared to say what needs to be said to save our children? This is NOT how you spread community awareness and tackle a Health concern.

Not one mention of those who are derailing the Kerala vaccination drive she writes of. 1/n indianexpress.com/article/opinio… 2/n SHOCKING how the anti-vaccination gangs in Kerala are trying to take lives of life-savers.

DMO: "They mislead people saying vaccination is administered to dwindle the Muslim population & the protein used for the vaccination is prepared from pig meat." thenewsminute.com/article/goons-…
Feb 28, 2018 12 tweets 5 min read
So Mr Nehru thought some random function where he was to be weighed against silver, was more important than attending the funeral of Rajendra Prasad.

Not only did he not attend the funeral he also advised president Radhakrishnan to not go. The president refused. (via @praashok) Truth has a habit of coming out no matter how hard you try and suppress it. Jawaharlal Nehru & VK Krishna Menon played a CRUEL hand against General Thimayya, one of the most decorated generals in Indian Military History. Cruel and SHOCKING. archive.org/stream/1962The…
Nov 24, 2017 12 tweets 7 min read
Tea, Triumph, Tragedy. Co-authored column on the forgotten Indian genius who saved millions of lives. [Long read.] #ForgottenIndianScientists swarajyamag.com/science/brahma… Qaid-e-hayat aur band-e-gham asl mein dono ek hain, phir maut se pehley aadmi gham se nijat paye kyoun?

Co-authored column on the the forgotten Indian wizards and the birth of modern forensics. [Long read.] #ForgottenIndianScientists swarajyamag.com/science/the-fo…
Nov 15, 2017 20 tweets 11 min read
Is Mysorepak a Tamilian invention or a Kannadiga invention? You. Cannot. Be. Serious. @timesofindia takes my old sarcastic tweet of the Macaulay story for real and PUBLISHES a piece on the Mysorepak spat. On #NationalPressDay. (via @vasudevan_k) timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mysuru/my…
Nov 2, 2017 28 tweets 22 min read
Freedom of Expression under @BJP4India. A comprehensive, crowdsourced thread in response to @PMOIndia's tweet: 1. @BJP4India BANNED Jaswant Singh's book Jinnah, India-Partition Independence. archive.indianexpress.com/news/modi-govt…
Oct 22, 2017 247 tweets >60 min read
Freedom of Expression under @INCIndia. A comprehensive, crowdsourced thread in response to @ShashiTharoor's tweet: 1. As a response to Romesh Thapar vs State of Madras (indiankanoon.org/doc/456839/), Pt Nehru brought the 1st Amendment.
Oct 8, 2017 21 tweets 10 min read
Traffic jams in the digital age. Well that escalated (16000 times too) quickly.
Aug 26, 2017 9 tweets 6 min read
29,000 have died in our one house since we began in 1952. We give them all the special ticket of St. Peter. [Laughter] - #MotherTeresa The one book the admirers of #MotherTeresa wish had NEVER been written, is the one book that MUST be read. amazon.in/Missionary-Pos…
May 5, 2017 24 tweets 10 min read
Remembering today, on his birth anniversary, a man who gave birth to an ideological cult responsible for the murder of 100 million people. "Who is a communist? One who reads Marx. Who is an anti-communist? One who understands Marx."
Apr 15, 2017 44 tweets 17 min read
Ambedkar on Islam: The Story That Must Not Be Told. My column. [Long read.] newslaundry.com/2017/04/14/amb… On Rangila Rasul, Ambedkar was outraged at what happened to Rajpal; Gandhi was outraged at what Rajpal did. #FoS