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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Indrajit Hazra

Chargé your own affaires

But why would Burleigh even want to ‘suggest’ to Naidu, a key player in any possible Third Front formation, to dump the communists and choose between the UPA and the NDA? Indrajit Hazra examines...

Pstunning psephology

I also strongly believe that Manmohan Singh as the brand for a new government has made a deep impression on voters young and old, shaved and bearded, S&M. The nuclear deal, which still hardly means anything to anyone, showed that Singh is willing to take a stand when he is willing to take a stand, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Jumbucks at the billabong*

As in brutal forms of ragging, racially targeted violence is all about perception. You see the archetypal well-combed, good boy and take him to the corner. Under this latest outbreak of racial stereotyping, Indian students are the well-combed, good boys, writes Indrajit Hazra.

A feminist manifesto

If every profession is seeing a growing participation of women today without help from the quota fairy (with media and publishing houses overrun with the ladies), professional politics should also follow suit without creating a modern-day zenana. Indrajit Hazra writes.

It’s all in the jeans

So, much of everything that surrounds the business of women in jeans boils down to what men make of it — and what women make of what the men make of it, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Coming out of the other closet

So what if all homosexuals jump on each other just as much as all heterosexuals jump on each other — and as many homosexuals pounce on unsuspecting boys as heteros lunging at unsuspecting girls, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Under the influence

Oh shit. It turns out that there is a bad, bad person in the new clean government. Or is there? Thankfully, nothing’s been confirmed, writes Indrajit Hazra.

To tell you the truth

If I’m told to give a simple yes or no answer to whether I have ever put one hand in my pocket while urinating against a wall and hummed songs from Muqaddar ka Sikandar while thinking of pleasant thoughts that might involve Laila Rouass at the height of her powers, then I will lie and say yes, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Quetta India!

Is the mention of Balochistan in the joint statement really a diplomatic coup for Pakistan? Do India and its Kashmir-hugging politicians really have to rail against Manmohan Singh and his coffee-denied team for selling out by accepting India’s role in decades-old Balochi insurgencies? Indrajit Hazra ponders.

Post-moron critics

I want to make it absolutely clear that my war is not against the ever-expanding community of morons. My anger is against a few members of that community who have succeeded in banning Habib Tanvir’s masterful play, Charandas Chor (Charandas the Thief) in the playwright’s home state of Chhattisgarh some two months after his death, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Jai Hindsight!

If the nation had somehow forgotten to raise the tricolour, sing Jana Gana Mana Oh What Funa! and do all those special things we do every August 15 — including sleep till midday to pay homage to those who fought or fasted for our freedom — who knows, it may have also slipped my slippery mind, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Return of the BJP

Even a zombie BJP crawling out of a grave situation would be more alive than the BJP before Jaswant’s Jinnah ruckus. Indrajit Hazra writes.

I want to be No. 32

To show that here in India we don’t break into obeisances every time our boss’s peon’s cook is passing, there was the ‘Note’ at the bottom of the board: “This list has been arranged in alphabetical order and in no way reflects the respective seniority or protocol/position.” I thought that was a sweet touch, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Re-experiencing Jimi

The special features on A Film About Jimi Hendrix are worth their while in Fender Stratocastered gold. There are some silly, long interviews though. Indrajit Hazra writes.

Live forever, folks?

Has the idea of immortality struck you as something you can handle? Remember, it not only means that you never get to die, but it also means you having to keep yourself active enough forever so that you don’t get bored, writes Indrajit Hazra.
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