Category archives: Celebrity

Gandhi and the guerilla

In Pic :Nehru smiles as Che Guevara gifts him a box of Cuban cigars. Despite his own convictions, Che Guevara understood India’s non-violent resistance as arising from a cultural context in which war was distant from the spirit of the people Jean-Paul Sartre was impressed enough by Ernesto Che Guevara (1928-1967) to call him “the most complete human being of our age” after Che’s death. It was a reference to […]

VHP's Togadia detained at Jammu airport, sent back.

Vishaw Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia was on Thursday detained by the police at Jammu airport and sent back by authorities, fearing law and order disturbance.   “I have been detained at the Jammu Airport and not allowed to move out of the complex,” the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader told PTI. “I was served notice by the additional deputy commissioner which said that I will not be allowed to enter […]

What David Cameron did not apologise for

By making a statement of regret over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, David Cameron has opened up a can of other questions and grievances over Britain’s colonial past. What about the British museum returning all the treasures looted from India during the Raj? What about sending back the Kohinoor diamond still embedded in Queen Elizabeth’s crown? And many commenting on this blog say it shouldn’t stop at India – what about the many casualties of […]

Photos of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's son morphed: Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s envoy to India said on Wednesday that photographs showing the late LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran’s son alive before being killed were morphed. “Prabhakaran’s son could have been killed in crossfire while he was in a little bunker. There is no need for an international probe. The photos are morphed,” Prasad Kariyawasam told a news channel. A section of the media carried photographs of 12-year-old Balachandran Prabhakaran seated […]

David Cameron marks British 1919 Amritsar massacre

David Cameron has become the first serving UK prime minister to pay his respects at the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres in British history. Mr Cameron is visiting Amritsar in the state of Punjab on Wednesday, at the end of a three-day trade trip to India. This was where hundreds of people at a public meeting were shot dead by British troops in 1919. The prime minister described […]


Punch lines from Narendra Modi's speech at SRCC

Punch lines from Narendra Modi’s speech at SRCC Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pitched the state’s model of growth and governance. Modi said that vote bank politics has spoilt the country and emphasised the need for good governance to make India globally competitive. According to Modi all three major sectors of the economy viz., agriculture, industry and services should be given equal importance for development. This, he said, […]


Obama State Of The Union Speech Demands Vote On Gun Control Bills

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for Congress to vote on a variety of gun control proposals that are currently up for debate, and he offered a heartfelt, but not sharply political, endorsement for the proposals. Towards the end of his State of the Union address, as the speech reached a crescendo, the president turned to the topic of gun violence: “What I’ve said tonight matters little if […]

'Blade runner' Oscar Pistorius charged with murder in shooting of girlfriend

RETORIA—Oscar Pistorius has been charged with themurder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside the Olympic athlete’s home in South Africa. Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but police spokesperson Brig. Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home after the death of the 29-year-old Steenkamp and “there is no other suspect involved.” Beukes said the suspect was undergoing […]

Praveen Togadia booked for 'hate speech' in Maharashtra?

NEW DELHI: Acting on pressure from the Union home ministry, the Maharashtra Police on Thursday registered a case against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia for making an alleged hate speech in Maharashtra’s Nanded district, according to Times Now. Nanded police who listened to the speech following the row said that they didn’t find the speech “communal”. Earlier, the home ministry had asked the Prithviraj Chavan-led Maharashtra government to […]

Pakistani militant strikes a less militant tone.

Lahore: Ten million dollars does not seem to buy much in this bustling Pakistani city. That is the sum the United States is offering for help in convicting Hafiz Saeed, perhaps the country’s best-known jihadi leader. Yet Saeed lives an open, and apparently fearless, life in a middle-class neighbourhood here. “I move about like an ordinary person – that’s my style,” said Saeed, a burly 64-year-old, reclining on a bolster as […]