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Pakistan spent a lifetime denying it's non-Islamic heritage from Indus Valley Civilization to Taxila to Bhagat Singh. Do you foresee that the new Hindutva version of Taliban rule, we are about to see under the watchful eyes of the pied piper of Hamelin, will make similar effort to deny the contribution of Muslims to the Indian culture as we know today i.e. In the fields of cuisine, literature ( from Khusro to Ghalib), music ( from Hindustani classical to Ghazal to quawwali), dance (kathak) and of course architecture.

Posted By: Kanupriya  |  Posted On: 10 Apr 2014  |  City: Jamshedpur

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 I don't think so. Murli Manohar Joshi tried his best when he was HRD minister but it is not so easy to rewrite history. Especially not if the most important city of the state you belong to is named after a Muslim ruler: Ahmedabad.
 

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Dear Vir: Many fortuitous circumstances seem to have coalesced for the BJP at this moment: the governance-communication disaster of Manmohan gravitating voters to Modi, his polar opposite; early disenchantment with Akhilesh Yadav; some favorable cyclical states; the likelihood that AAP at present divides the anti-BJP vote more.

So the BJP can maximize its seat catchment area -- still only to a limited 200 or so -- even when helped by these one-time, lucky factors.

Do you agree? If so, doesn't that make it all the more imperative that, for a hypothetical 2019 Election, the BJP grow beyond its limited area and social base -- most importantly, seriously try to win Indian Muslim support?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 09 Apr 2014  |  City: Muscat

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 Yes, I agree. But I don't think Modi does.

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As per you do you think that the recent incident of a man slapping Kjriwal durig the road show is a outburst of anger of the masses on him because he resigned from the office so quickly(in fact he ran away). And what might be the reson for not scheduling the fresh elections in Delhi just after his resignation. Also any sya on KUmar Vishwas who sys he will defeat Rahul Gandhi from Amethi.

Posted By: Rohit Srivastava  |  Posted On: 08 Apr 2014  |  City: Dehradun   |   Comments:(2)

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 Kumar Vishwas is a stand-up comedian so he is entitled to make jokes. I would be careful about linking the assault on Kejriwal to any specific incident. People assault Indian politicians fairly often and then such political parties as AAP give them tickets for the elections. Remember the guy who threw a shoe at Chidambaram? He's an AAP candidate now.
 

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when is custom made comming back and can we get the address of the shops etc

Posted By: suryaveer singh  |  Posted On: 08 Apr 2014  |  City: gandhinagr

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 We've done two seasons already and I think we'll take a break before considering a third. The NDTV website should have the addresses you require.
 

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With the continuously-changing dining scene in New York, what are your current top restaurants in that city? And any Indian names to recommend?

Posted By: Arif  |  Posted On: 07 Apr 2014  |  City: Mumbai   |   Comments:(1)

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 I have not been to New York for several months so I am out of touch, I am afraid.

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Hi Vir - Haven't the national parties (and ofcourse the regional ones) "merged" into a single person or family ? Aren't the 'converts' voting for Modi and not BJP ? Wil Bengalis vote for TMC without Mamta ? Will Tamilians vote for Jayalalitha or AIADMK ? Ditto Mayawati, Mulayam, Lalu, Paswan .....

But I am conflicted about congress - would the supporters vote for congress or Gandhi family ?

Posted By: YK  |  Posted On: 07 Apr 2014  |  City: Singapore

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 It's hard to say. But statistics tell us that the Congress has never won an election unless it went into the campaign with a member of the family at its head.
 

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We all need to introspect and further, be humble about our own culpability at this moment when a far-right takeover seems eminently possible. Don't you think that by taking such a hard and unforgiving line against Pakistan especially after the 2008 Taj incidents you at that time made common cause with anti-Pakistan communalists, and thus you indirectly contributed to increased communal polarization in India and so bear some resonsibility for the rise of Narendra Modi?

Posted By: Aaditya Chenoy  |  Posted On: 06 Apr 2014  |  City: NCR

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 Don't be so ridiculous. You are the worst kind of communalist yourself if you equate opposing Pakistan with opposing Muslims in India. If we have a problem with Sri Lanka, we don't see it in Hindu-Buddhist terms. It is people like you who see India-Pakistan relations in Hindu-Muslim terms who are part of the problem.

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Which of the indian wines do you like? if any?

Posted By: Amey  |  Posted On: 05 Apr 2014  |  City: Mumbai

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 Fratelli Sete and the Chandon rose.

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Let us assume Modi becomes PM. Let us assume also that he is faced with a communal situation. Do you believe that the other forces in Parliament (moderate BJP leaders, supporting parties) will force him to act in a rational and positive manner ?

Posted By: Srinath  |  Posted On: 05 Apr 2014  |  City: Chennai   |   Comments:(1)

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I don't think that the communal situation will prove to be Modi's Achilles heel. He will bend over backwards to prove the world wrong and to try and ensure peace and quiet on that front. 
The problem is that his core constituency is the middle class which has such high expectations. How long before his supporters decide that he simply lacks the intellectual sophistication to grapple with the problems of India in the 21st century?

 

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Vir, There are so many statistics floating around claiming that Gujarat is not the only state that has progressed in the last 10 years, even if it is there is no evidence that the main factor is Modi. Then which of the following is the main reason that Modi is forging so far ahead of his competitors:
1. Congress' incompetence;
2. Congress' incompetence in taking credit for the states that have done equally good Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi etc.;
3. Mute Man Mohan Singh;
4. Modi's fekuness has worked really well with masses;
5. There is genuine goodness about Modi;
6. most people don't pay attention to the stats and are gullible to whatever Modi says is taken as true;
7. or people are so much

Posted By: Asad Saifi  |  Posted On: 05 Apr 2014  |  City: Calgary

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 It's much simpler than all that. When there is a leadership vacuum and an apparent inability to move against corruption, then people turn to anyone who offers strong incorruptible leadership -- or at least somebody whose image suggests that he is strong and incorruptible.
 

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