Kamal Haasan movie banned in TN

Hours before its release, the Tamil Nadu government banned Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus Vishwaroopam for two weeks following protests from various Muslim organisations.

The Muslim groups petitioned the government, seeking a ban over alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.

Haasan failed to soothe tempers of the community, who blamed him of hurting their sentiments in his earlier movies like ‘Hey Ram’ and ‘Unnai Pol Oruvan’, which is a Tamil remake of  ‘A Wednesday’. His decision of screening the high budget movie on a DTH platform ahead of its theatrical release was faced by strong protests by screen owners in Tamil Nadu

Kamal Haasan at a press conference ahead of Vishwaroopam's release.
Kamal Haasan at a press conference ahead of Vishwaroopam’s release.


For more information – http://www.thehindu.com/arts/cinema/twoweek-ban-on-vishwaroopam-in-tamil-nadu/article4336941.ece


Rape Law: Justice Verma Speaks Out for the Common Man | India

By (author unknown) Justice Verma Committee's suggestions should and must be implemented. Read on to find out why..

Voices of women in India'srape capital”

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My city is known as the so-called “rape capital of the country”. They say it's unsafe, it's dangerous, it's full of wolves looking to hunt you down. A lot of it may be true. As a single woman working, living and breathing in New Delhi, I have had my

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India gang rape trial begins in fast-track Delhi court

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The trial of five men over the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman has begun at a specially convened fast-track court in India's capital, Delhi. If convicted, the men could face the death penalty. A sixth suspect, who is thought to be 17, is

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Rahul continues dynasty politics

Is he the one?
Is he the one?


On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi finally became the party’s Vice President; an announcement for which every party-member was eagerly waiting. This much-awaited appointment was made in Jaipur. As the No. 2 of the party, Rahul may take on Narendra Modi for the post of Prime minister in the 2014 General elections.

The news was well received by the Youth Congress members and party-men who celebrated it with great pomp and splendour. In his acceptance speech, Rahul expressed gratitude towards all the members present at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting. He said that Congress is a great organization which will transform the country. Before Rahul was promoted, he was the general secretary in-charge of the Youth Congress and NSUI.

The following day saw Rahul Gandhi getting up-close and personal with the packed auditorium at Chintan Shivir. The speech was impressive and managed to strike a chord with the audience. During the course of his speech, Rahul mentioned the worries that his mother harboured after his promotion given that the world of politics is unforgiving and poisonous. This came across as a shocker since it was believed that Sonia Gandhi was instrumental in persuading him to take charge of the party.

Rahul’s expressive speech was filled with references to Rajiv and Indira Gandhi. No wonder he received a warm standing ovation from the audience. People like Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik and party leader Anil Shastri have shown great confidence in the 42-year old scion of Nehru-Gandhi family. They commented that they see the youth in him and it is Rahul only who can bring Congress back in power in the state.

With people’s hopes riding high, will Rahul Gandhi be able to deliver his best? Surely he is young, focused and dedicated. However, despite being the ultimate mascot for not only his family but for the nation, especially youth; he doesn’t come across as a confident and eager leader. He is in such a position that his every move will bear consequences, both good and bad, and he will be held responsible for it.

He still needs to connect with the youth and that is possible only if he makes the right choices. Strategies will now hold an imperative role because if a situation of facing a politician like the chief minister of Gujarat comes, then the Prime Minister’s Office is not easy to conquer.

There is no doubt that India is going through a rough patch and its future is uncertain. It needs a leader that can take control of the situation and bring the much deserved stability in every corner of India. The question lies whether or not Rahul is that leader. The answer is unfortunately still unknown.

Trial set to begin in New Delhi gang rape case

By CNN (CNN) — The trial of five men charged with the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi is expected to begin Monday in a fast-track court, the latest step in a case that has appalled and transfixed India. In the December 16 incident,
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Rahul Gandhi appointed Congress party’s new Vice-President

New Congress VP Rahul Gandhi with PM Manmohan Singh
New Congress VP Rahul Gandhi with PM Manmohan Singh

Rahul Gandhi , the 42 year old leader on Saturday was officially raised up to the number two position after being appointed the Vice –President of the congress party. It was formalized at the meeting of the Congress working committee (CWC). Amidst all this his role in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls is yet to be decided.  But it seems the opposition party‘The Bharatiya Janata Party’ (BJP) is none too happy with the move.