Months after they fled their homes because of the communal flare-up, many of the displaced victims of the Muzaffarnagar riots returned to their villages to cast their votes. With transport being taken care of by the administration, the refugees told the waiting crew of journalists —who wanted to know how it felt to be returning to their old homes — that they cast their votes and immediately returned to the camps.
As a rule of thumb, I rarely ever accept the dubious explanations from Western outposts on current world occurrences.
What really went wrong with the India story? The rapacious attitude of Indian businessmen, government corruption, inflation, or global slowdown?
Some time back, I stumbled upon the work of an Italian photographer who had courageously travelled to Syria’s troubled and war-ravaged city of Aleppo. The theme of his gallery of disturbing pictures is ‘deserted homes’, a silent glimpse into what the war has done to the abodes of ordinary people. The homes featured are mostly of the rich and the well-heeled, who seem to have left in a hurry once the bombs began to go off.
Arvind Kejriwal leaves no one in doubt about who he is – an aam aadmi or a common man.
When political journalists travel to different parts of the country during elections, we ask people some obvious and occasionally boring questions.
In the 1990s, Brunei was not just famous in India for its oil riches, but also for its Sultan’s proximity to the extremely politically influential godman, Chandraswami.
From Kenya to Iraq to Peshawar — streams chilling coverage of hate-induced violence, death and mayhem.
There is more to it than merely depreciation of the Indian rupee
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
I remember what food rations meant in the 1960s and ‘70s. Long queues would form in front of the ration or fair price shops as soon as word got around that the trucks carrying wheat or rice had arrived. Sometimes, the arrival of food grain turned out to be plain rumour — causing great anger and anxiety amongst those who went back with empty bags. India was still not self-sufficient in food grain and was forced to import it from the US and other countries. Much of the wheat that India got from the US’s PL-480 was resent as it was rumoured to be for cattle.
The most willing recipients of such dubious videos were Al Jazeera, BBC and Al-Arabiya. Western print media too gave legitimacy to these events while deploying a manifestly sectarian prism
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
There is so much fear and loathing for the police that it is difficult to say anything charitable about them.