Of Padmavati’s historical veracity and belligerent sons of Mother India

The Rajputs in Rajasthan — or rather, a fringe group that claims to represent the entire community — has ensured that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is consigned, at least for the time being, to a limbo. Its release has been indefinitely delayed, different state governments have waded into the muddy debate and banned the film… Continue reading Of Padmavati’s historical veracity and belligerent sons of Mother India

Nine years after 26/11 attack, India is safer today but still vulnerable

India has become inexplicably safer over the past years since the horrific 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks but her vulnerabilities have not diminished, argues Ajai Sahni. Crucially, India’s policing apparatus – the ‘first responders’ in case of terrorist attacks and the most productive sources of counter-terrorism intelligence – remains decrepit, ill-equipped, and substantially unprepared. India’s internal… Continue reading Nine years after 26/11 attack, India is safer today but still vulnerable

Body with note ‘Padmavati ka virodh’ found hanging at Jaipur fort

The body of a 40-year-old man was found hanging from the outer walls of Nahargarh Fort here on Friday morning, with the message “‘Padmavati‘ ka virodh” – in protest against the film “Padmavati”. The message, written on the stones near the fort wall adjacent to the body, read, “Hum putle nahin jalate….latkate hain” (we don’t… Continue reading Body with note ‘Padmavati ka virodh’ found hanging at Jaipur fort

Padmavati row: A political weapon honed on mythology

A controversy has been raging over the release of the Hindi film Padmavati. As community leaders oppose its release on the grounds of hurt sentiment, others have offered huge bounties for beheading the filmmaker and the female lead. Various political leaders across states have spoken in favour of protesters. What is the political motivation behind… Continue reading Padmavati row: A political weapon honed on mythology

VIP treatment: Woman blasts minister as flight delay makes her miss funeral

Union minister K J Alphons was confronted by an enraged woman passenger at the Imphal airport over the delay in her Kolkata-bound flight she was taking to rush to Patna to attend a funeral of her relative. Alphons on Wednesday said he was not responsible for the delay of the flight due to VVIP security… Continue reading VIP treatment: Woman blasts minister as flight delay makes her miss funeral

Vivo launches V7 with 24MP selfie camera in India at Rs 18,990

After a successful run of its selfie-focused flagship smartphone V7+ in India, Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Monday launched V7 with the 24MP selfie and 16MP rear camera for Rs 18,990. Available in Champagne Gold and Matte Black colours, Vivo V7 will reach retail stores from November 25. The device was available for pre-booking orders… Continue reading Vivo launches V7 with 24MP selfie camera in India at Rs 18,990

iPhone X may go off the shelves as Apple cuts retailers’ margin by 30%

Apple Inc. has reportedly slashed the retailers’ margin on the anniversary edition iPhone X by nearly 30 per cent, according to a new report in the Economic Times. While other brand manufacturers offer retailers’ a margin of 10-15 per cent on their latest mobiles, Apple has been offering 6.5 per cent on the newly launch… Continue reading iPhone X may go off the shelves as Apple cuts retailers’ margin by 30%