Forcing people to stand up for the national anthem is wrong. Nowhere is it written that standing equals respect. And if someone doesn't respect the national flag, what are you going to do about it? Put them in jail merely for having a thought you don't like?

Preity Zinta – Why Should I Stand For the National Anthem?

Preity Zinta is in the news, and has earned the love of the Internet for harassing a guy in a theater who refused to stand up for the national anthem. Even the title of the news piece in the Indian Express "Only she can do it!" - is congratulatory. … [Continue reading]

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Rajdeep Started it – Threw the First Punch

Like everyone else, I initially supported Rajdeep because I thought he was attacked first. He may have been provocative or whatever, but I believe that no one has the right to get physically abusive. Then Anupa showed me this clip which clearly shows … [Continue reading]

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Chennai Riots – Nothing But Organized Crime

Jayalalitha's conviction has sparked off riots all across Tamil Nadu. It was so predictable, that the restaurant we were sitting in closed its shutters as the verdict was being read out! They knew - they knew. But who are these assholes going around … [Continue reading]

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Feminism IS About The Right to Be Semi-Naked

Every time a woman asserts her right to dress the way she wants without being blamed for getting attacked, someone will say - "Feminism isn't about going half naked". But you know what? It is. The very fact that people are trying to tell women what … [Continue reading]

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Don't complain about losing members of your religion if you can't match the competition. When a Christian missionary offers a starving person food in return for conversion, what is your problem? Will YOU help them instead? How does offering a choice make someone's life worse, when that offer can be freely refused?
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We Need MORE Religious Conversions, Not Less!

India is being betrayed by the government, by the courts, and most importantly, by its people. What sets India apart from its neighbors - is freedom enshrined in the Constitution. Freedom of thought. Freedom of speech. And yes - freedom of religion. … [Continue reading]

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When will the government realize that as adults, we are free to make our own choices and our own mistakes? Why does it insist on treating Indian citizens like children who don't know what's good for them?<br> creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by octal: http://flickr.com/photos/octal/487607553

You Can Marry, Vote, and Have Kids…But No – You Can’t Drink!

When I heard that Kerala would allow 5-star hotels to continue selling liquor, I had the same reaction you probably did - "Wtf?". Either you have prohibition and don't allow people to purchase liquor (legally), or you don't. What is this half assed … [Continue reading]

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Death Penalty: Rise of the Bloodthirsty Indian

It's about time the government initiated the process for removing the death penalty. As it is, India hardly executes anyone. The courts rarely hand down death sentences and when they do, higher courts tend to invalidate them. And even if those go … [Continue reading]

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What If I Didn’t Speak English?

I've taken up French classes 5 days a week for 2 hrs a day. It's great fun and an excellent hobby into which I can pour my copious amounts of free time. Learning a new language inevitably brings up comparisons to my native tongue - English. While … [Continue reading]

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Israel definitely has good reasons to retaliate against Gaza. It can't just refrain from responding. The question is, to what extent do Israeli bombings continue? How many civilians is it acceptable to kill one valid target? And is it raising the next generation of terrorists?

Are the Israeli Bombings of Gaza Justified?

First off, I'm well aware that this is a gray area. Few people would dispute the right of a country to counter attack when under fire. While it's true that Israel's Iron Dome defense system is the most efficient in the world and stops a stunning 90% … [Continue reading]

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Can the Police Ensure Women’s Safety in India?

Politicians in Uttar Pradesh repeatedly put their foot in their mouth with their statements on the escalating rape culture. From the CM to the Governor Aziz Qureshi, they point out that it's not possible to "prevent" rapes completely. Apparently, … [Continue reading]

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