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Renuka Bisht

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How Kevin Spacey’s coming out fuels homophobia

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Renuka Bisht When Barack Obama awarded Ellen DeGeneres America’s highest civilian honor aka the Presidential Medal of Freedom last November, he paused mid-address. He almost choked up. Because that was how momentous Ellen’s coming out twenty years ago was, it ... More »

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The glass ceiling in China’s old boys party

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Renuka Bisht Like America, China has never had a woman president. In fact there has never even been a woman in the top political body, the Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee. And that didn’t change at the 19th Party Congress. While there were plenty ... More »

First they pirated Mersal

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Renuka Bisht In the pitched faceoff between the Vijay starrer Mersal and the BJP leadership of Tamil Nadu, it’s very cool how the state film industry has spoken up for their peers loud, united and bold. Threatening and threatened (photo by K Antony Xavier) Whe... More »

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When music fills the fort

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Renuka Bisht Last weekend the three day ASEAN-India Music Festival 2017 was in town. The venue was the Purana Qila grounds. While nobody can deny that the capital city is blessed with a magnificent heritage in monuments, many of these are not really a joy to v... More »

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Alt-fact is that Khattar did a great job!

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Renuka Bisht It’s preposterous how BJP is trying to claim that the Manohar Lal Khattar government actually did a good job, in how it acted quickly and strongly to bring Dera unrest within control within hours. This is a classic case of alt-facts. As the Punjab... More »

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Are these gaushalas or torture chambers?

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Renuka Bisht The horrifying scandals of government-aided gaushalas exposed in Chhattisgarh last week and in Rajasthan last year suggest that the elaborate sociopolitical architecture created around gau raksha since 2014 is essentially hypocritical. Unless beat... More »