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By Sunil Kumar Another day in the cross-currents of life. A literary sun is a different day, so yesterday found me at the inauguration ceremony of the 9th Annual Tata Lit Fest. After an understated beginning, attended by lesser people …

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By Sunil Kumar Today is an auspicious day in India, Bhaiya-Dooj in the North and Bhau-Beej in Maharashtra. So, spreading the good vibes of this festival and cheer is better. Somewhat inappropriate to dwell on the existential angst and suffering …

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By Sunil Kumar ISKCON is Srila Prabhupada’s gift to the modern world. Based on the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, it is open to all regardless of caste, nationality, gender or religion. Reading Prabhupada’s life, you are struck by the unmatched …

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By Sunil Kumar Dark; the German science fiction series was spookier than Stranger Things. It is kind of like it, but with a more dense and philosophical overtone. After you start watching- it may be as engaging(obviously dependent on whoever …

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Before 1935, did India have or allow elected legislative assemblies for provinces or princely states?

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By Sunil Kumar The answer to your question can possibly be on two levels; firstly India as it existed in antiquity or the present-day republic that evolved out of partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947. Ancient India that had a …

 

If you could ask your favourite character from Orange is the New Black a question, who and what would it be?

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By Sunil Kumar My favourite character from Orange is the New Black would be Laura Prepon; who plays Alex Vause in ‘OITNB’. One question is not enough for me. I’d rather go for a dinner; and ask a load of …

 

Did Morarji Desai hate Marathis?

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By Sunil Kumar Truthfully – to some extent, yes, I think so. Most of what I’ve read about Morarji Desai gives one the impression that he was a strict puritan, a proud Gujarati and a follower of Gandhi. He’s also …

 

Is Bachi Karkaria anti-Hindu?

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By Sunil Kumar In a few words – probably Yes. Have met and seen Karkaria in many events across Mumbai- my U.K university event in Mumbai, organizing lit fests and an audience in plays etc. According to me, she’s more …

 

Is the Mumbai Mirror pro-BJP or pro-Congress?

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By Sunil Kumar The Mumbai Mirror is a Bennett Coleman publication(i.e the Times of India group – firmly under the Jain family). Media coverage is dependent on editorial stance and owner pressure(their likes and dislikes as well as proximity to …

 

Why did no one ever dethrone the Mughals despite the fact that Delhi was conquered so many times by the Maratha, Durrani, British, etc.?

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By Sunil Kumar Interesting question. I will attempt to analyze the three disparate forces mentioned here and possible reasons for why nobody ever tried to dethrone the Mughals. After the invasions in the early 11th century, the Sultanates starting from …