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HindustanTimes Thu,02 Oct 2014

Manas Chakravarty

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?

It's a typhoon... It's a vegetable... It's Modi

Here are the results of in-depth sociobiological, epistemological and proctological surveys of the latest views about Narendra Modi. Manas Chakravarty writes.

It takes blood, sweat and toil to stalk

At a jam-packed conference on stalking and snooping held in US, unreliable sources claimed that the NSA, the US spying outfit, is planning to send a team of agents to Gujarat to learn shadowing techniques.

Freebies for everyone, the Centre is buying

The Congress and BJP are tripping over each other to announce freebies in poll bound Chhattisgarh. The problem is: how much of all this is hot air? Who is going to pay for the hand-outs? Manas Chakravarty writes.

Despite 66 years of democracy, India remains a strong plutocracy

After innumerable elections, where the will of the people has supposedly prevailed, despite all the socialist rhetoric and in spite of all that hot air about inclusive growth, India remains a strong and stable plutocracy. Manas Chakravarty writes.

Raise the bar with a statue of Sachin

Sardar Patel certainly deserves a statue. But, we should have a giant statue of Tendulkar, captured in the act of hitting the ball for a six. He is, after all, the guy who has done more for Indian unity than anyone else. Manas Chakravarty writes.
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