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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Pratik Kanjilal

Log on, switch off, make a difference

A new trend of campaigns, courtesy technology, allows the public to take action against politicians and corporations. It signals better times ahead as the real power now seems to vest with the common man, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Who’ll be the party-pooper?

Many vote for the BJP only to deny the Congress. But they are also uncomfortable with the party’s violent history. This means that there is now room in the polity for a humane conservative party. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.

Plucking the same old strings

Does copying or recreating a tune qualify as plagiarism? Despite intellectual property laws, in an open-source environment it is tough to differentiate between what’s original and what’s not.

The new breed of chaddi-buddies

The face-off between the self-proclaimed moral warriors and the pink-undies brigade is beyond class war. It’s about who earns maximum publicity at the lowest cost. This is the latest crime against the people, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Extreme hues of the Tricolour

A multicultural society like India is bound to have religious differences. The loopholes in our legal system help hardliners to victimise whoever they might wish to target, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

All roads now lead to India

By winning the Oscars, we have pushed the door open to the Western world. But it’s also true that for some time, indirect ways will be the only way to reach out to the world markets. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.

Missing the Mahatma’s message

The report Selling memorabilia of Mahatma is immoral (February 25) is really a shame. How we value Gandhiji’s priceless treasures is doubtful, given the rampant corruption in all walks of Indian life.

Strengthen the security cordon

The ring of fire around India is making it difficult to identify our real enemy. Instead of searching for answers to the various problems that South Asia is facing, the country must return to protecting itself, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Going left, right and Centre

This week, the two major powers of the subcontinent are in the throes of change, an idea whose meaning seems to be location-specific.

The evidence speaks for itself

Hate speeches and filmi tactics are not new to Indian politics. But our politicians’ blatant disregard for the law means that now they must be placed under constant surveillance like criminals, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

The poll circus comes to town

We have heard and endured everything in the name of Indian elections: half-baked truths, outrageous claims and doctored speeches. But do we care anymore? Pratik Kanjilal examines...

Here’s some plane truth

No matter how much we beef up our security apparatus, in our heart of hearts we know that it can never be foolproof. It is this nagging feeling that’s making us jumpy, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

Watch it Beijing, here it comes

A crazy situation demands a crazy protest strategy. Therefore, there comes a time when hurling a shoe at someone — literally or symbolically — is the only way to get heard, writes Pratik Kanjilal.

An error of judgement

Clerical mistakes can have grave consequences and they are perpetuated by computers. So there is possibly some merit in the Samajwadi Party manifesto which seeks to trash automation. Pratik Kanjilal elaborates.

Right message, wrong method

With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article What a flip-flop (Third eye, April 11), any shoe-throwing protest should be discouraged.
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