Stop pandering to individual religions, or pander to ALL of them. If the government bans beef for "Hindu Sentiments", then please also ban meat for "Jain sentiments". No special treatment.

Why a Beef Ban and no Meat Ban?

Let me understand this right. The Shiv Sena and MNS are against a meat ban in Maharashtra because they don't want to give in to the Jain community's demands. Fine. But when it comes to banning beef to protect "Hindu Sentiments", the same parties … [Continue reading]

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It's time we stopped justifying the poor treatment of women and others in the name of tradition. We need to move on and adapt better values, better ideas, and leave old ones behind. But for that to happen, we must all get together and murder this beast called "Indian culture". As long as that remains, it will continue to hold us back. <br></br>
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We Need to Murder “Indian Culture”

Was reading this blog post by Women's Web on what Indian women need to do right from the start of their marriage. Including: Calling your husband by his name Not being solely responsible for cooking/cleaning Not quitting their job All this … [Continue reading]

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Indian parents need to learn to discipline their kids and prevent them from making a nuisance of themselves in public spaces. Compared to the other children I see around me in the US, kids here are generally well mannered and if they raise a ruckus, the parents are embarrassed and make them keep quiet. Or they remove the child from the area. Why can't we do the same?

Dear Indian Parents: Control your Annoying Kids

Disclaimer: This is merely a trend I've noticed with Indian parents and their kids. Obviously there will be exceptions. Keep that in mind before leaping on me! Recently, Anupa and I decided that it's been a long time since we had Indian food. In … [Continue reading]

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Is this what we want to do to someone else? To kill innocent people and children? The Indian defense minister says he wants to use "terrorists to counter terrorists". Since when do we sanction violence against harmless people who have never hurt us in any way?<br></br>
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Sorry, but we can NEVER Fight “Terror with Terror”

I can't believe what I'm hearing. Our defense minister now thinks that "You have to neutralize terrorists with terrorists"! This is a shocking statement from someone who clearly has no idea what India stands for, and whose concepts of right and wrong … [Continue reading]

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When both the perpetrators and direct victims of a crime are dead, it's time to let the matter go. The children of perpetrators have clean hands - and a country is made up of people. Yes, the colonization of India was a terrible thing. But from today's perspective, it's like a natural disaster. There's no one to blame, and there are no reparations to be made.

No Tharoor – The British Don’t Owe us Anything

Two months ago, the Oxford Union held a debate on whether or not the British owe reparations to its former colonies. Sashi Tharoor took part in it claiming that yes - the British have a moral responsibility for the years of colonization and … [Continue reading]

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There is nothing wrong with Jindal wanting to give up his "Indian roots". He wasn't even born in India! It's profoundly racist to insist that just because he has a particular DNA and because his parents were born somewhere else, he has to attach a certain name tag to himself. Our identities are something we create for ourselves - they are not imposed on us.

Jindal Discards His Indian Roots – So What?

I think Bobby Jindal is a joker. His remarks about gay marriage itself are enough to mark him out as a silly guy catering only to his deeply conservative GOP base - whether or not he actually believes in what he says is anyone's guess. I have no … [Continue reading]

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Ready to eat food is an evolution over cooking. The debacle with Maggi simply means that processes are going to improve. Home cooking isn't inherently superior.<br></br>
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Despite Maggi, Ready to Eat is Awesome!

Ok, Maggi's been caught with its pants down. With reports of excess lead content and reports of other contaminants, it'll be a while before my favorite pre-packaged Indian fast food snack recovers. I never even used to cook it - just eat it raw … [Continue reading]

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A lot of people would like to see barbaric punishments like hanging in public, stoning, etc. While this is because of India's laggy and inefficient judicial system, we must not forget who we are. Due process is what separates India from many of its neighbors.<br></br>

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Criminals Have Rights Too – For Our Sake, Not Theirs

Recently the Supreme Court ruled that hangings cannot be carried out secretly and without first allowing the convict to inform their family members and seek legal counsel. Makes sense right? After all, one of the pillars of the Constitution and of … [Continue reading]

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The bail applications of Jayalalitha and Salman Khan should have only been heard after those of everyone else before them. These "expedited hearings" are what allow the rich and powerful to ignore the broken legal system in India. A strict "First in First out" set up would force them to provide speedy justice for everyone.

Salman Khan Case: Make Jumping the Bail Queue Illegal

Salman Khan and Jayalalitha - two cases in one week exemplify the problem of justice in India. I'm not commenting on whether or not their getting out was right or wrong. My big problem is the fact that while they were released, lakhs of other … [Continue reading]

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As natural disasters go, the Nepal earthquake has been a monster. So much suffering, damage, and carnage. So why does it not affect me in the least?

Nepal Earthquake – Why Don’t I Feel Anything?

By all accounts, the devastation in Nepal is unimaginable. With a magnitude of 7.8, it was a monster especially given that the Richter scale is logarithmic. I've heard of the devastation. I've heard of aid flowing in from all across the world. I know … [Continue reading]

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