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Sep 20, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Somebody made fun of Odisha, its culture and Bhagawan Jagannath Temple no less. He went on to mock the Konark Sun Temple standing right there. He promptly gets arrested under IPC Section 295A, maybe a first for hurting HINDU sentiments. Where's the problem? Oh, he's one of "us"!
Let's be honest. All those who are "surprised" and "outraging", over Abhijit's arrest, would you be as charitable with "secular" or a "liberal" saying the same, right in front of the temple? So why is he getting a free pass? Because he is good at taking down "presstitute" lies?
Sep 1, 2018 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
Yes the Men's semi v Malaysia was a let down, but beyond opportunity for a gold, jingoism and flag waving, India lost something far more valuable and of practical utility: #AsianGames winners get ticket to the Olympics. #hockey
The route available now is long-drawn and littered with banana skins. Here's the fruit salad of competitions India must digest to make it to Tokyo 2020. It's the same for the Men's and the Women's teams, differing of course, only in the rankings #hockey
Aug 16, 2018 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Nice to see @manoramanews try to be constructive instead of chasing TRPs. So refreshing #KeralaFloodRelief
General feel is that the administration is trying their best but the situation may slowly be spiralling out of their control #KeralaFloodRelief
Aug 15, 2018 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Never one for movies, even less so a First Day First Show. But then this was about hockey, so off I ran to watch #GOLDMovie
Initial reaction: Must watch!
Conformity to purpose: 4.5/5
Conformity to facts: 3.5/5 (But then this is #Bollywood. A little latitude is okay!)
Akshay Kumar was simply outstanding as the coach. I've always believed he'd make a much better Kabir Khan for #ChakDeIndia than SRK. His performance in #GoldMovie will show you just why!
Aug 10, 2018 • 24 tweets • 6 min read
A lot has been said about appropriation in the wake of the controversy over #TMKrishna's wanton provocation. One middle path favoured is that it should be okay if there are separate and new Christian or Muslim devotional material in Karnatic, not plagiarised ones @NamasteNiHao
That has riled a few feathers too, of many who believe Karnatic music shouldn't even be used, let alone as separate songs. The problem is it only gives the "art is universal" liberal brigade the perfect excuse to scream "Brahminical patriarchal exclusivity" and shift goalposts
Aug 4, 2018 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
Okay, so looks like nobody is being entirely honest about the #UIDAIMystery. Not the Government, Not @UIDAI, not @GoogleIndia, not phone manufacturers either.
The handset makers say every device on startup connects to the net and downloads a set of Emergency numbers for that country
In that case 1. Can your device just connect to the net and download any contact? 2. On what basis did they decide it's just two for India, 112 & #UIDAI?
Jul 25, 2018 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
If you think #GauRakshaks are mooing up the wrong tree, like rearing a cow is some outdated mediaeval fad in the world of 2018, consider this:
South Sudan is one of the world's newest countries. The 54th African and 193rd UN Member, they're the basket case for a typical African Least Developed Country. They seceded as a Christian/Animist country from the Arab Muslim north region of Sudan.
Jul 18, 2018 • 16 tweets • 5 min read
I've been to a few temples in my time but #Sabarimala is the only place where I've experienced this overused line that all men are equal.
Sixteen times I've undertaken the pilgrimage and that's the one place I've experienced contentment as I commenced the journey back. There are temples I loved, temples I've felt energised in, temples that are calming, but contentment? Just one. #Sabarimala
Jun 4, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Here's a sample of what the Manu Smriti says, about interest rates chargeable:
द्विकं त्रिकं चतुष्कं च पञ्चकं च शतं समम् ।
मासस्य वृद्धिं गृह्णीयाद् वर्णानामनुपूर्वशः ॥
Just two, three, four or five per cent per month may be taken from the four varnas respectively.
That's a MONTHLY rate of interest of 2% for a loan taken by a Brahmana, 3% for a loan taken by a Kshatriya, 4% for a Vaishya and 5% for a Shudra, far higher than today's base rates! This is the kind of half-story people would use, to misinterpret the Manu Smriti