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U wrote about bad airports and airline food. Isn't the solution for young people aspire to beat the system and own jets like Adnan Khashoggi his friend Prez Trump or Roman Abramovich? Than we can have unlimited onboard lobster, Blue Label, cuban cigars and don't need to worry about airports and airline food?

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 09 Aug 2017  |  City: Kremlin

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 I would rather eat disgusting airline food than have anything to do with the likes of Khashoggi.

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The manner in which the Gujrat Rajya Sabha election which played out might just have given the BJP's campaign the momentum it needed. What does this say about the congress which even after winning the Rajya Sabha seat looks like it is not in a sound position?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 09 Aug 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 Not clear to me how the victory of Ahmed Patel gave the BJP the momentum it needed. Sorry, but a little baffled by your question. 

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Your take on the upcoming Gujrat election in view of the latest developments there.

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 07 Aug 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 As of now, the BJP will win easily. But yes, things can change. A year ago, for example, the BJP was in trouble. Now, it has bounced back.
 

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Its absurd how some news channels that are an extension of the Central Govt and toe their line are considered nationalist,fair and unbiased. Whereas ppl who do d job of asking tough questions to the govt are unfairly targeted and called names. Surely at some point people will realize that these nationalistic channels are on the pay roll of the establishment. But currently these channels seem to be winning the narrative if you go by their high TRP. Plz tell us that things will change 4 d better

Posted By: Shiv  |  Posted On: 06 Aug 2017  |  City: NYC

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 No, they won't. I'm sorry but I am not an optimist when it comes to news television. 

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What is your take on Indian wines like Fratelli and Grover?

Posted By: MAROMI PANDA  |  Posted On: 04 Aug 2017  |  City: BANGALORE

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  I drink the Fratelli Sette all the time and am told that the quality of Grover wines has improved considerably, though I don't drink them myself.
 

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Sir, Do you see an end to bulletin style TV news reporting? And also we are seeing more of News studio than reporting from ground. Your views on this please.

Posted By: Hussain  |  Posted On: 02 Aug 2017  |  City: PUNE

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 There is very little TV journalism left in India. What we have is talk radio where people shout at each other in TV studios. Hardly anyone bothers to go out and report.

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1.)Have you visited Valley of the Fallen during your trips to Spain? Did you notice many similarities between Jose Antonio Rivera and Vajpayee since both r brilliant poets of the rightwing school of thought? 2.) I told u Vaghella will break away from INC. Hasn't this been for the better? What would you say history will remember him by when the books are written?

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 02 Aug 2017  |  City: Kremlin

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 So many questions! My experience of Spain is too limited for me to be able to answer those questions. On Vaghela, yes you were right. And no, I don't think the history books will remember him at all.
 

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Dear Mr Vir, I belong to a generation who was very young in early 90s hence can innocently recall how Advanis rath yatra poisoned the landscape of my motherland as we kids used to discuss how it is possible to bring down 'Gods house' . Do you think post-partition Advani remains the most hated-figure of our nation (depending upon which should one lean) but his rath yatra really poisoned the minds of generation to come.

Posted By: patia zelz  |  Posted On: 02 Aug 2017  |  City: california

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 Ram Guha, in an interview to me, called Advani the most venal politician in India. He argued that it could be said in Rajiv Gandhi and Narendra Modi's defence that they were inexperienced and had just taken over when riots occurred. 
 
In Advani's case, he argued, there were no excuses to be made. He set out to divide Hindus and Muslims.

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Hi Vir, I remember years ago reading a piece from you in which you wrote something on the lines of "of course he is smart, intelligent and well spoken and the next generation leader" etc referring to Rahul Gandhi. Recently, many well known names in the media have asked him to leave the kitchen if he cannot bear the heat. What is your current view of him? Is he the right person to lead congress?

Posted By: Pawan H  |  Posted On: 31 Jul 2017  |  City: Pune

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I think Sonia Gandhi is the best person to lead the Congress -- which may explain why she is Congress President. 


As for Rahul, he still needs to prove himself. 

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Sir with all respect why do you permit such questions as "have you considered alternative employment as a gaurakshak?" it seems a waste of time to entertain such people don't you think? many people have more imp questions for you about lifestyle and travel and politics! Thanks for being "VIR SANGHVI" - a fan.

Posted By: Shreyan  |  Posted On: 31 Jul 2017  |  City: London

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 Perhaps you're right. Many thanks. 

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