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Will Sudipti Iceberg Sink DLF?
 Date: Oct 5, 2012  
  • Reports - Editorials: Business & Economy   
  • There is something sinister about the proverbial tip of an iceberg. For one, its deceptive appearance makes you ignore the obvious. And then, you obviously miss the peril that lurks underneath. So when the Delhi High Court in early-January imposed a cost of Rs 2 lakh on realty major DLF Limited while dismissing its plea against an order by market regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to probe an allegation, it was seen as only an instance of a Delhi-based businessman being “duped” in an one-off deal. No one delved deep. In other words, no one told us the...Continue reading Will Sudipti Iceberg Sink DLF?
    The Game Changer
     Date: May 29, 2012  
  • Reports - Editorials: Art & Culture   
  • At the turn of the millennium, if 5000 copies of your book were sold, you would be a best-selling author. Then, in the next few years, the Indian publishing industry expanded by leaps and bounds. As the industry burgeoned, there was this author whose re-print runs usually exceeded 500,000. He was described by the New York Times as “the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history” and many others ascribed to him the “phenomenon” tag. The man in question, Chetan Bhagat, changed many rules of the game. You will agree that the paragraph above is replete with...Continue reading The Game Changer
    Review of Mark Tully's Non Stop India
     Date: Feb 9, 2012  
  • Reports - Editorials: Art & Culture   
  • Books by Indophiles make for tedious reading. They are usually unreadable and insufferable. Much as they try not to, they are invariably condescending and take the reader on a journey of cultural tourism that Indian readers are never interested in. Such books need to be read only to ascertain what perception outsiders hold of India. Mark Tully is an exception. Tully is no Indophile, as we know them. He was born in India and has lived and worked here for 40 years. He is probably as Indian as any of us are. Tully is also a journalist, one of the old school which believed that...Continue reading Review of Mark Tully's Non Stop India
    A common enough story
     Date: Feb 1, 2012  
  • Reports - Editorials: Women   
  • Minutes after I had put up a status message on Facebook saying that I was planning to pen first-hand accounts of domestic violence survivors, I was flooded with messages. Among those who responded was my friend, Nargis Yousuf *, from Bangalore. Er, was she a victim? No. But she had an account of someone. “Would you need the person to narrate it herself? As in, meet her?”, she asked. I thought otherwise. “But she won’t be able to speak to you here (on Facebook).”, Nargis added. So, was this person seeking anonymity? “No, it is just that she can’t be on a comp.”, she...Continue reading A common enough story
    Has Indian writing really come of age?
     Date: Dec 12, 2011  
  • Reports - Editorials: Art & Culture   
  • One would need to be blind not to notice the signs – that of the Indian publishing industry being on a roll. Every other person seems to be penning a book, and everyone seems to be buying and reading them. Newspapers every other day carry reports of one book launch or the other. To top it all, there are the literary festivals that all and sundry want to attend. Yes, the Indian publishing industry is certainly on the upswing, if one goes by sheer numbers, recession or otherwise. But then, all book lovers would have been taught while at school never to judge a book by its cover....Continue reading Has Indian writing really come of age?
    World Wide Fraud: The film that WWF does not want you to see
     Date: Nov 19, 2011  
  • Reports - Editorials: Environment   
  • The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is not just an environmental group — it is a monolith. It is also a big brand. And like all big corporate brands, it manages its media coverage quite well. There's so much of positive stories there to be read in the print media or seen on television, that you don't even know that there's a dark underbelly somewhere. Things, in fact,are so murky that your faith in the hitherto thought of as venerable NGO will stand shaken. Probably, for good. ...Continue reading World Wide Fraud: The film that WWF does not want you to see
    The Great Western Landgrab all set to devour the Third World
     Date: Sep 29, 2011  
  • Reports - Editorials: Business & Economy   
  • As much as 227 million hectares – an area the size of Western Europe – have been sold, leased or licensed in largescale land deals in the developing world since 2001, mostly by international investors. This modern-day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit, an Oxfam International study ‘Land and Power: The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land’ has warned. Most of these deals are ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living...Continue reading The Great Western Landgrab all set to devour the Third World
    Fashion Week boots out Uzbek dictator's daughter over rights abuses
     Date: Sep 19, 2011  
  • Reports - Editorials: Fashion   
  • The fashion community worldwide is not known to get into political wrangles. But the New York Fashion Week this time did – it booted out the daughter of Uzbekistan’s dictator who had planned to unveil her spring fashion line at the event. The organisers of the New York Fashion Week cancelled the show of Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzebekistan’s authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, after intense pressure from groups like the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to HRW, “Her father’s government forces up to two million Uzbek children to leave school for two...Continue reading Fashion Week boots out Uzbek dictator's daughter over rights abuses
    Indian poachers target a new species: a playful, cute hare
     Date: Sep 19, 2011  
  • Reports - Editorials: Wildlife   
  • The black-naped hare, or the Indian hare, is so commonly found in the wild in India that it is described as a species of Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and accorded least protection by India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act. But a recent spurt in poaching of this animal in South India has wildlifers worried. This came to light earlier this month when forest officials nabbed 21 poachers involved in the hunting of the Indian hare (Lepus nigricollis) in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. ...Continue reading Indian poachers target a new species: a playful, cute hare
    Why sexualisation of female news anchors doesn't really work
     Date: Sep 18, 2011  
  • Reports - Editorials: News Media   
  • In July this year, the Editor of Mint, R Sukumar, created a bit of a flutter when he wrote of an anchor with a business news channel who got three times her earlier salary, for agreeing to leave the top two buttons of her shirt unbuttoned, after switching jobs. Sukumar admitted that the column was all about losing friends and offending people, and maintained a diplomatic tone throughout. But did he have a point? Maybe. But a study conducted by two Indiana University researchers recently found that women looking to break through the glass ceiling into senior broadcast news...Continue reading Why sexualisation of female news anchors doesn't really work
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