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Hello Vir,
I remember your article around 2014 elections that said "when things are not going well in the nation people want someone tough in a daddy role and get things in order". In that line of thought, what do you think people are looking for now (if elections were to happen now) ? Thanks

Posted By: Gaurav  |  Posted On: 23 Sep 2017  |  City: Chicago

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 I think they will stick with the tough daddy unless they feel that it's more important to be competent than to be tough. 

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HI Vir,
Read your book on Arnab, i try to avoid the guy whenever he comes on air. His style though very popular is a bit too much for me to digest. Watching one of his debate would increase by BP even if i agreed with his point of view. Your book on him makes several excellent points, some which i did not know. So as always good work. Question is can this style keep working, surely other people will take the good part of the style and make a less loud show and it will be more popular.

Posted By: Hsu Shen On  |  Posted On: 21 Sep 2017  |  City: Calcutta

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 The only thing that is constant about the television business is that nothing lasts forever. So yes, eventually, a new kind of television will emerge. But I am still not sure what form that will take or when it will happen.

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Hi, just so impressed & disturbed after that interview with Swamy
what I wanted to commend was that you reached out to him (yu know him of course) and he was quite civil with you and not as nasty as he's with others
For me that might be the way to go, between the left & right a civil discussion instead of the slugfest other programs survive on
Virtuosity seems to be the new soul of the moderate India
... theres hope!

Posted By: YASHICA  |  Posted On: 18 Sep 2017  |  City: LONDON

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 Thank you so much, Yashika. You just made my day. 

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I'm a big fan of your food column. Very few writers have managed to explore, describe and criticize Indian food as astutely as you. My question though, is a bit fanboyish. What are your favourite places to eat in Goa?

Posted By: Soggy D  |  Posted On: 14 Sep 2017  |  City: Pune

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 Thanks very much. I haven't been to Goa properly for ages, alas.
 

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Sir, seen your program in virtuousity about partition . One thing I would like to ask about the Islamic identity crisis just before partition and whether they got a sense of definite identity in a nation of Pakistan . If it is so then they must be having an ethnic and language identity crisis as was evident in the Bangladesh liberation war. What is the source of this never ending identity crisis in Pakistan ? Thanking you for a brilliant program on partition.

Posted By: Dr.Debasis Bhattacharya  |  Posted On: 13 Sep 2017  |  City: Kolkata

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 Pakistan never had an identity. As Sheikh Mujib said in 1969, "If the only thing we have in common with West Pakistan is that we are Muslims, then why don't we join up with Kuwait? They are also Muslims and they are much richer."
 
The collapse of the Pakistani identity in the 1970s led General Zia to recast Pakistan as an overtly Islamic state. The country is still paying the price for that.
 

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With the passing of Sir David Tang, I have been thinking about why no Indian brand has been able to replicate the aesthetic that defined his businesses. Why do you think that is?

Posted By: SR  |  Posted On: 13 Sep 2017  |  City: London

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 I have always wondered about that. He made such a success of Shanghai Tang that it seems difficult to understand why no Indian company has been able to create something similar. The same is true of his restaurants. I've been to the ones in Hong Kong and London and both served the same kind of food. Why can't Indian restaurants get as global?

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One of the many interesting findings from the virtuosity episode was a suggestion that the Muslims in Pakistan were more tolerant while the ones in UP/Bihar were more likely supporters of Pakistan.

feeds into the hands of those asking them to go back to Pakistan no?

But it does hold out the possibility that in future there could be reconciliation if the muslim communities come together
what do you think?

Posted By: Uday  |  Posted On: 12 Sep 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 The point of the discussion was that the electorate in that era constituted 14 per cent of the population. The Muslims who got to vote were rich, feudal types, many of whom went to Pakistan anyway. The average Muslim all over India was never consulted. And in Punjab, even rich Muslims were not keen on Pakistan or the Muslim League. 
 
The intention was to demolish the perception that all Indian Muslims voted overwhelmingly for Pakistan. The country was the creation of an elite that wanted power for itself. It has remained that way. The power hungry elite in Pakistan is the army and it continues to run the country as it wishes. 

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loved the virtuosity on the partition.

Am keen on if your views changed at all? I am guessing more love lost for UK
but what about Pakistan? Do you hold hope, and feel a little more softer towards how they are today?
Lovely program once again, very very very very SANE discussion

Posted By: Yashica  |  Posted On: 11 Sep 2017  |  City: London

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 Thanks so much. I am in the strange position of feeling warmly towards the people of Pakistan but of also believing that no lasting peace is possible because Pakistan defines itself in opposition to India. This wasn't how it should have been. But I think it's too late for Pakistan to change now. 

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Will the PDP - BJP Alliance survive it's full term? What do these parties gain by forming this allaince?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 10 Sep 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 It might. The BJP does not like giving up its governments. And Mehbooba Mufti has nowhere else left to go.

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How has the new GST affected you?

Inst the road to hell paved with great intentions?

Posted By: Tarannum  |  Posted On: 09 Sep 2017  |  City: Sitapur

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 It's a nuisance. But I guess we all have to put up with inconvenience in the pursuit of a greater national good.
 

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