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Baba Ramdev caught discussing black money on camera

Baba ramdev & Mahant ChandnathAlwar, Rajasthan: this may be an embarrassment that Baba Ramdev will never be able to live down. The Yoga Guru went far beyond deniability yesterday when a TV camera caught him warning Mahant Chandnath, the BJP candidate from Alwar in Rajasthan, not to talk about money when the mikes of the TV crews were on. It turns out that the mikes were on and readily recorded the alleged conversation much to the embarrassment of Ramdev, who is busy touring various parts of the country, mobilizing popular support for Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee. In... 

Amir’s Satyamev Jayate: story chosen – Dashrath Manjhi’s /timing chosen – parliamentary elections

    Amir’s audience, Gahlaur, Gaya Gaya: Amir Khan who visited Gaya yesterday to announce the second season of Satyamev Jayate felt very humble when he was greeted by a huge crowd. The actor visited Gehlaur in Gaya, Bihar to begin his journey of Satyamev Jayate 2 from the very spot where Dashrath Manjhi had given 22 years by himself broke a mountain and made a road for the villagers. Amir, who visited Gehlaur in Gaya ­district on Tuesday to pay homage to Dashrath Manjhi (also known as the Mountain Man) said he was truly inspired and moved by Manjhi’s ­achievement. “I... 

Pitroda panel recommends Prasar Bharati autonomy: Tiwari says will study the report

  Public Media autonomy: a mirage? Delhi: with the mainstream media getting acquired steadily by corporate giants, and with the increasing incidence of paid news, not to mention the venial journalists, it is institutions like Prasar Bharati that may bring back the value of neutrality – but if and only if these public platforms are made autonomous. This may be the fundamental paradox of the state of the media in our times. With the audiences resigned to the partisan roles of media houses, are DD and AIR the only hope, if we care to shape them afresh to serve the need? In an interesting development,... 

Nepali cable blocks Buddha programme: saying he was born in Nepal not India!

  A scene from ‘Buddha’ Patna/ Kathmandu: ask any Bihari about Bihar’s history and he will rattle off the names – Mahaveer, Buddha, Ashoka as their own. The only problem is the borders had not been drawn in the eras referred to and its pointless debating if Buddha was a Nepali or an Indian. Just as we don’t declare our very own son of the soil Shershah Suri as an Afghan. Even today there are Indians on the border who may begin to stammer nervously if you ask them to choose between the Indian and Nepali identities. According to reports, cable operators in Nepal yesterday nevertheless... 

Songs/scenes shot in a single continuous take…

  Vijay Marur Many years ago, one of my cameramen, who had been trained by some of the black & white legends of the Indian Celluloid Industry told me about a shot that his guru had masterminded. Apparently, the shot required the hero to walk out of a room, walk along the balcony, come to the grand, curving staircase, walk down it and walk through the rather large curtain draped drawing room into the portico area where a car was waiting. All the while delivering a dialog. I was told about the difficulties of lighting the sequence because as we all know, lighting up for B & W films... 

Dumb, dumber, dumbest: attackers,defenders both miss Ashis Nandy’s sarcasm at Jaipur fest!

By Ratnakar Tripathy Ashis Nandy: literally! If familiar with Indian politics and society, here is an IQ test for you. This is what Nandy said during a panel discussion as transcribed from a video clip doing the rounds in the media. Read it as carelessly as you wish and see if you can get the sarcasm. I bet you will, unless you are a towering intellectual or a star media analyst-panelist-commentator. Here it goes: ‘It is a fact that most of the corrupt come from the OBCs and the scheduled castes, and now increasingly the schedule tribes. And as long as this is the case, the Indian republic will... 

Another TV channel for Bhojpuri: ’BIG Magic Bihar and Jharkhand’

    Welcome Bhojpuri TV! Mumbai:  Media firm Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL) today announced the launch of a new channel, ’BIG Magic Bihar and Jharkhand’, to reach out to the Bhojpuri population. While more channels devoted to Bihar languages, Magahi, Maithil and Bhojpuri etc are welcome on their own, there is an additional reason why Cable TV may be the answer to the burning issue of ‘vulgarization’ of cinema and music that the middle classes in Bihar and Jharkhand complain of. The main reason behind it is the middle class will have no part of its own music and cinema... 

Hurrah! Hockey, cricket has competition: Dabur takes Mumbai franchise of Hockey India League (HIL)

    Dhyan Chand: the glorious days of Indian Hockey! New Delhi:  India’s obsession with cricket has been moving at a rapid rate from wide-eyed fascination to disgust in the eyes of many. The national idiosyncrasy now seems like a pathological monomania to many who back away from the endless and forever ongoing national conversation on cricket. Forget about the players or the performers as they seem to matter the least, except as the newly emerging heroes from the newly emerging towns, Kasbahs and villages of India. It is the spectator who is the king in a ‘karaoke-ized’ world of... 

With permission from Great Goonda singers can sing: the Sur Kshetra shame!

  When a goonda hallucinates! Mumbai: the denizens of Mumbai, whether Maharashtrians or non- Maharashtrians, it would seem are now losing the right to despise or laugh at the Bihar, UP culture of small town rowdyism. Just because your goonda is a big man and more powerful doesn’t mean, your culture is any superior or you are any better as a civil society or a political system, is what a common man from other parts of the country will now say. Indeed the bigger the goonda a society obeys, the less culture and civility it may claim for itself! ‘The great goonda has given the permission –... 

Amir makes it to Time magazine cover: first male Indian star to do so!

    Amir; Making it here and there! Delhi: the ultimate achievement for any Indian, it seems is to figure on the front page of Time – a reward bigger than any other hype or hysteria. Now superstar Aamir Khan has made it to the cover of the iconic Time Magazine for dealing with social issues on his TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’. The recently-concluded TV show saw Khan taking up several social malaise and offering certain solutions through discussions at some times and debate at others.   Aamir Khan becomes the first male Indian actor to have made it to the cover of Time.... 
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