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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Indrajit Hazra

The unusual suspects

Frankly, the mistake we make is to club all Islamicist nutters baying for their particular brand of jihad as being straight out of Taliban Comprehensive, Tora Bora, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Our White supremacists

It also has something to do with the innate belief that a non-VIP, non-celeb Indian’s demands and expectations are far lower than that of any White person. I don’t blame White people for this Indian attitude, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Of unknown Nobelists

Till Thursday, I didn’t know anything about Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio and he didn’t know anything about me, writes Indrajit Hazra.

BlackBerried  under

Am I the only one who finds it sinister that just after I started carrying a BlackBerry, my life has changed completely? When I first got the dark object, I played down its intrinsic ‘Hmm, I see you’ve got a BlackBerry’ factor, writes Indrajit Hazra.

A Thackeray clears the fog

It’s a happy coincidence that Raj Thackeray is telling non-Maharashtrians to vamoosh from Mumbai after the city has turned into a giant stale pav, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Journalism & a bit more

As a man who earns his monthly bread from trying to figure out new ways of saying the same old goddamned things, the concept of the Unidentified Narrative Object has come as a blinding revelation, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Temple tantrums

Sure, Narendra-bhai may be ‘doing a Babri’ on illegal temples as part of a larger public relations exercise that includes throwing lavish iftar parties, locking up psychotically violent Bajrang Dal goons and saying yes to a photo-op with Medha Patkar, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Of causes and effects

Every once in a while, imbued with the spirit of Larry King, my mother calls me up to ask me why I smoke. Each time I tell her that I smoke to relieve the ‘incredible amount of stress’ that my job demands, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Fodder of the nation

So the liquor baron gets the granny glasses. India’s izzat has been restored and kingfishers are gently flapping their wings all along the banks of the Sabarmati river in joy, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Not on the Atkins diet

But if you’re really serious about fasting, there can be no better motivator than the Government of India. Our good old national institution has worked wonders by pushing someone to forego a proper meal since Nov 2000, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Varun...

Have you ever experienced a ‘party flip’? No, it’s not something sprung by Naveen Patnaik on unsuspecting allies expecting a manly pre-poll hug. It’s actually something far less sophisticated and commonplace.

What’s all the fuzz about anyway?

But the leap from keeping a beard against school rules and that of, say, divorcing your wife in a flash and then refusing to pay alimony because that’s the way the Muslim personal law prefers it, is a rather big one. Indrajit Hazra examines...

Damned if they don’t...

If one actually goes through the BJP’s 2009 Lok Sabha Election Manifesto, one will be disappointed. That is, if one is hoping to find the text littered with references to ‘appeasement’, ‘Hindutva’, ‘terror’. Indrajit Hazra comments.

It’s too darn hot

I’m still unsure about whether I’ll step out in the sun to vote on May 7. Would I have been more inclined to step out in the moon? I think so, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Of flying pigs & Kasab

What about the pigs? Well, ‘Is Kasab guilty?’ is as tough a question to answer as ‘Can pigs fly?’ But according to the law, that secular scripture we bow to whenever it suits us, you need to jump through a set of agreed-upon hoops before effectively proving that Kasab is a guilty man, writes Indrajit Hazra.
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