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Batras [बतरस] – after Ma Durga, its now Mahishasur’s turn to take the mike!

  The great Strife: choreographed! By Ratnakar Tripathy Recently a friend of mine sent me a mail which was all attachments – not a word in the mail but altogether 11 attachments in a multi-storeyed arrangement. These were news reports, pictures, photographs of posters hung in the Jawaharlal Nehru University by students who decided to organize a Mahishasur martyrdom Day on 29th October. Yes, Mahishasur, the famed character slain by the goddess Durga all over the pooja pandals in North and often South India being the man-buffalo in focus! Then there was a photo of the posters destroyed by... 

Hindi to be taught in Australian schools!

Welcome Hindi Melbourne: Declaring that Asia’s rise is “unstoppable”, Australia on Sunday unveiled an ambitious plan aimed at forging deeper links with India and other booming economies of the region, including through teaching languages like Hindi and Mandarin in its schools. “While Australia was changing — Asia was changing too. Whatever else this century brings, it will bring Asia’s return to global leadership, Asia’s rise,” said Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who was recently on her maiden official visit to India. “This (Asia’s rise) is... 

Hundreds of mukhiyas in Bihar want bodyguards!

  Mukhiyas: want protection! Patna: Hundreds of ‘mukhiyas’ (village heads) in rural Bihar have sought bodyguards for their security, citing threats to their lives from Maoists, gangsters, criminals and rivals. Since the panchayat elections were held in Bihar over two years ago, 33 elected heads of panchayats have been killed in the state. Most of them were murdered over disputes with Maoist guerrillas and gangsters or rivalry related to development work in their areas. “More than 400 village headmen, including 300 in Maoist-hit districts and 100 in flood-prone north Bihar... 

Now the politician’s turn to expose media: Naveen Jindal vs Zee!

    Politician vs Press: new-found mutuality! New Delhi: Congress MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal and Zee News were involved in a public spat on Thursday with the former claiming that the channel attempted to extort Rs 100 crore from him for not airing stories against his company in coal block allocation, a charge strongly denied by the media house. Amidst dramatic scenes when a family of an RTI activist from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh shouted slogans against him, Jindal Power and Steel Ltd chairman Jindal said the Zee executives demanded Rs 20 crore for four years. They later raised... 

Bihardays salutes king of satire: Jaspal Bhatti is no more!

  It’s indeed a sad day for humour in India and one is left wishing it was just one of Bhatti’s many spoofs! Already suffering from a humour-drought, we Indians will miss the great satirist Jaspal Bhatti – Punjab’s great gift to the nation. News is satirist Jaspal Bhatti died in a road accident near Jalandhar early on Thursday. The car in which the 57-year-old actor, director was travelling hit a roadside tree near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the district around 1 am, Bhatti’s associate Vinod Sharma said. Sharma said that Bhatti was going to Jalandhar from Bhatinda for the promotion... 

Gadkari’s driver is also his business partner: pity is he didn’t know that!

  Windfall without telling! Mumabi: according to a recent report in the Mumbai press, Manohar Panse, the driver of BJP president Nitin Gadkari, was found to be a director on several of Gadkari’s companies. But this is no exception. Peons, clerks and drivers of leading politicians have become overnight millionaires or secured key assignments in the institutions set up by their employers. At times they don’t even know it. Even in the 1990s, there was a case of a young journalist from a media group dabbling in real estate who ‘discovered’ that he owned 100 acres of prime land. He... 

Chew over this: Above 60% rural Biharis are ‘first generation’ consumers of urban products!

  Consumer: the rural avatar! Thiruvantapuram: while the levels of productivity in rural Bihar remain stubbornly low, there is one area where the rural folk are picking up pace. Even intuitively, for someone who moves around in rural Bihar, it does appear that the rustic population is giving up ‘rustic’ habits – the youngster in the family uses tooth brush and not ‘datoon’, shampoo and not ordinary soap – the list could go on. A research paper read in Kerala however brings the figures together. A research paper on rural India’s consumers has shown that ‘first generation’... 

‘You are allowed to come’, says Narendra Modi: and Bihar BJP jumps with joy!

  Alright, you may come! Patna: after a great deal of controversy that Bihar BJP leaders were unwelcome in Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called up state president CP Thakur inviting him and other leaders to his state to campaign for the party. “Modiji telephoned me today to say that unnecessary confusion has been created that Bihar BJP leaders are barred from elections in the state … all BJP leaders and workers are welcome in Gujarat for the elections,” Thakur said. The deep satisfaction felt by Bihar BJP over this is however puzzling. Is canvassing in Gujarat... 

Mr Bean bothered by increasing intolerance: is there a right such as ‘not to be offended’?

  Indeed, is there? London: do democratic rights include the right not to be offended and should they? If I decide to feel hurt and humiliated at everything anyone has to say about me, who is there to stop me? But should the laws chase down everyone who offends me, intentionally or otherwise? Is this a case of individual rights turning inside out into the tyranny of the ‘hurt’? listen to what Mr Bean, aka Mr Atkinson have to say: The Blackadder and Mr Bean star attacked the “creeping culture of censoriousness” which has resulted in the arrest of a Christian preacher, a critic... 
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