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Jug Suraiya

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Going forward in reverse gear

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Jug Suraiya When asked by his superiors why he had retreated on the battlefield when his specific orders were to advance, a commander known as much for his grasp of semantics as of military strategy, replied that he had in fact advanced – to the rear, a strata... More »

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Saint Nicholas might soon become Saint Nicola

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Jug Suraiya Will the tubby gent with the red suit, white beard, and his genial leitmotiv of `Ho, ho, ho!’, who slides down chimneys to leave behind Yuletide gifts, be replaced by a lissom lass for the sake of equal opportunity and gender correctness? While suc... More »

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Making the Stars and Stripes bigger and bolder

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Jug Suraiya America, the self-proclaimed land of the brave and home of the free, has long projected a larger-than-life image to the world, be it through Hollywood hyperbole or the humungus hamburgers purveyed by its globe-girdling Golden Arches. Now it seems t... More »

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If it came to it, would you kill a rapist?

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Jug Suraiya That’s the crucial question to ask in the context of mounting public rage against a pandemic of rape and bestial sexual assaults on women, including female children and infants, which is sweeping the country. Rape and other forms of gender violence... More »

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Developing a taste for the picture perfect

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Jug Suraiya Commenting on the friendishly ingenious forms which creative aestheticism can adopt, Kipling observed that such endeavours are egged on, ever since Adam, by the Devil who “whoops as he whooped of old/`It’s clever, but is it Art?’”. The poet’s satan... More »