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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

Manas Chakravarty

Strip clubs? Casinos? Stalin’s undies, anyone?

Russia risks new Cold War: The Telegraph, UK

Follow Arvind’s train of thought closely

All the brouhaha about Kejriwal trying to project a particular image of himself is completely uncalled for. Which politician doesn’t try and build his image, asks Manas Chakravarty.

Modi’s speeches: alliterations, rhymes, acronyms and word play

Modi’s speeches are truly mesmerising, with their alliterations, rhymes, acronyms and word play. It is impossible to match their awesomeness, but here’s a shaky stab at it:

Just what we needed, a lovely free-for-all

Jayalalithaa has kept her promises of free TVs, free fans, free mixer-grinders made during the state elections. She has now assured us free fans, free milch cows and free goats if her party becomes part of the government

It’s not a Maoista plot, Anna Hazare really likes Mamata

Given Hazare’s saintly status, other political parties are kicking themselves. “If only we had responded first,” sobbed an alleged AAP supporter, “we could have got Annaji’s endorsement.” Writes Manas Chakravarty is Consulting Editor, Mint.

Pepper the proceedings with some entertainment

This simply isn’t done. It’s terrible, absolutely terrible, the way our parliamentarians go about wasting taxpayers’ money.

There’s only so much buffaloes Khan take

Buffalo Protection Force Commandant's letter to CM: "Immediately on filing of complaint, we launched Operation Triple B (Bring Back Buffalo) on a war footing. Our elite teams fanned out far and wide to retrieve said buffaloes... click to read the commandant's full letter.

What children learnt from the Rg interview

Youngsters across the country have been inspired by Rahul Gandhi’s interview, with interesting results in schoolrooms. Here is how.

A capital anarchy tour, dinner’s not included

Dear fellow-anarchists, we have lined up for you a deliciously subversive itinerary. Let us all get into the tourist coach, writes Manas Chakravarty.

Moving from activism to being merely active

AAP does not believe in any ‘-isms’ says Yogendra Yadav: Mint, January 13, 2014. This is wonderful news. It’s great to see the party is against communism, writes Manas Chakravarty.

A new rent-seeking scheme for Parliament

Imagine having your wedding reception in the Central Hall of Parliament, where the transfer of power from the British Raj took place. The bride and groom could sit side by side on the chairs of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha speakers. Writes Manas chakravarty.

How not to ring in a New Year

The hospital’s ‘vegetarian-food only’ policy seemed to be to scour the kitchens of Nazi concentration camps, the Soviet Gulag and Guantanamo Bay for the most horrible vegetarian recipes known to man. Manas Chakravarty writes.

The untold story of the mysteries of 2013

It’s that time of the year when we hacks are expected to put together year-ending pieces, penetrating insights pregnant with meaning, spotting trends and patterns in the mishmash of events that made up the year. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Bond’s getting the shakes with his vodka martini

James Bond’s alcohol consumption puts him at high risk of cirrhosis, liver disease, tremors and impotence: British Medical Journal

This electoral deficit disorder is contagious

The BJP says it doesn’t have the people’s mandate to govern because it doesn’t have a majority. AAP says it will neither give nor take support from others. Have you thought of what will happen in Parliament if all parties started thinking the same way?
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