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Political radicals but social Tories

by Chandrabhan Prasad

The entire anti-Congress formation, including the intelligentsia, had hailed NT Rama Rao as the saviour who uprooted the Congress from the largest southern state. To be bracketed in the "progressive" club then, one had to demonstrate his or her anti-Congress credentials. Quite logically then, NTR was made chairperson of the National Front. Read More His son-in-law inherited that legacy and became chairperson of the United Front's high power Steering Committee.

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DU: Hindustan's other Nathdwara

by Chandrabhan Prasad

About a decade back, Rajasthan's Nathdwara town was in the news. The town houses a Hindu temple into which Dalits are not allowed. The maverick Arya Samaj sadhu Swamy Agnivesh had organised a march to accord Dalits their right to enter the temple. Read More Most newspapers wrote lengthy editorials condemning the priests of Nathdwara. Nathdwara-type situations persist in most parts of India but only when such incidents come into the limelight, does the Varna media launch a spirited condemnation.

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Body language of the Varna media

by Chandrabhan Prasad

Politicians, usually, lack a sense of shame or remorse. When they were made to wait outside, while the general negotiated with Hurriyat leaders, Indian politicians didn't seem to mind and instead, argued that a head of state has "schedule constraints" to keep in mind. But what about the Varna-media?  When our editors lined up like school kids to shake hands with the general and breakfast with him, why didn't any one of them get up and say that the Mukti Bahini didn't target innocent people but only the Pakistan Army.

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Myth called freedom & Varna conscience

by Chandrabhan Prasad

Ever since Varna editors were caught postulating before Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at his free breakfast ceremony in Agra, they have discovered a time tested refuge of "Press freedom" to justify their shameful intellectual conduct.  They are into their old habit of "defining" freedom, where the Press has the spine to confront the government in a "mature" democracy. A free Press, to them is, the "conscience-keeper of the nation" or worse still of the Indian sub-continent.

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Bandit in life, MBC in death

by Chandrabhan Prasad

German philosopher George WF Hegel understood Indians fairly well. In his Lectures On The History Of Philosophy, he denounces Indians as "monkey worshippers" who are "incoherent' in their thought process. Nothing illustrates this better than the way Varna intelligentsia handled Phoolan Devi's tragic death.

 

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The Durban dip can cleanse a billion sins

by Chandrabhan Prasad

 

The Ganges is a monumental aqua-guard which has been cleansing Varna souls ever since the advent of their civilisation. A few Varna apologists describe the senseless Ganga dip as an act of "self-criticism", where devotees officially confirm they have committed a sin.

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