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Ashali Varma

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Manufactured Dissent 2.0

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Ashali Varma A few years ago after Narendra Modi became PM, and there was an uproar from the Intolerance Gang and Award Wapsi from the Congress/ leftist brigade, I wrote an article on Manufactured Dissent, which went viral. Today, I am compelled to write about... More »

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Is Arundhati’s negativity her strength?

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Ashali Varma I have to admit that at one time I really admired Arundhati Roy for her first and only readable book – The God of Small Things. I was aboard then and when one lives abroad for a while, one appreciates India more for its support system; for its anc... More »

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What will it take to have clean air?

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Ashali Varma Every year it is the same problem — End October to January, Northern India literally chokes on bad air. Farmers burn rice stubble in Punjab and Haryana. In the capital of India, Delhi, the air is so hazardous, schools have to be closed and people ... More »

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Their main worry is terrorism

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Ashali Varma At a press conference in Srinagar, 23 European Union MPs from countries that included the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, and Spain spoke about their information gathering trip to the Valley. MP Henri Malosse said that th... More »

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The Myths of foreign media – Part 2

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Ashali Varma (Read part-1 of the blog) I headed to Residency Road, the area with expensive shops. They are all shuttered. It is around 4 pm. I ask my “all-knowing” driver, who has been born and brought up in Srinagar, why are they doing this? He says from the ... More »

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The Myths of foreign media – Part 1

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Ashali Varma I decided to go with a friend who has a family home in Srinagar, for a visit and talk to people about their fears and challenges. Arriving at the airport I was stunned to see hundreds of people that had come on different flights. The airport was b... More »