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Sir, as far back as I remember you have only done columns on wine/vodka and whisky/scotch but never on beer.
I'de love to hear something from u on it especially coz we now have bira91(Indian) and other craft beers making their way into our country.

Posted By: Gagandeep Singh  |  Posted On: 23 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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Sadly, I am not much of a beer drinker. 

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How can you support Nitish Kumar over the Congress when his main electoral plank in Bihar which he is recommending and trying to mainstream nationally is total prohibition? I thought you were a social libertarian, not to mention a discriminating drinker yourself.

Posted By: Mohit  |  Posted On: 22 Apr 2017  |  City: Thane

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 Sure. Nitish is a bad man because he believes in prohibition. And the Congress are such wonderful people that they never did anything dodgy during UPA II.
 
Come on!
 

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There seems to be a real risk of many of us losing our Indian-ness and freezing our perceptions of the world as 'Hindus' or 'Muslims'. News TV is much to blame: the Sanghi vs. Maulana 'debate' battles are corroding Hindu-Muslim relations. What's the solution? More discerning TV editors willing to draw the line on who they invite and how much to stir the pot? Or are we, the people, excited by Hindu-Muslim TV slugfests, the problem? In which case, is there a solution?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 22 Apr 2017  |  City: Muscat

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 There is a certain cynicism pervading newsrooms these days. If editors and anchors prefer nuanced reporting and refuse to focus, each evening, on a debate between a sadhu and a maulvi, they lose ratings. 
 
I do not exclude them from blame. But let's look at the primary cause of this phenomenon: the Indian viewers' love of black and white, simplistic shout-fests.

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I found that biting review you shared on that Michelin restaurant hilarious
But a super expensive restaurant failing at this level seems incredulous, and that they continue to hold that premium.
How do they manage to do that, and would such reviews help the public stop going to such restaurants.

Posted By: J Abraham  |  Posted On: 22 Apr 2017  |  City: Bangalore

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 Let's be fair. All restaurants have their off days. Not all critics are always right. Often, reviewers take down famous places only so that they can shock readers and have their reviews read all over the world via social media. 
 
I haven't been to the restaurant in question. So I don't know how fair the review is. But, as a general point, there is no denying that many famous and successful restaurants are content to sit back because they know that they will be full every day. The majority of them are reviewed once a year at best and usually not even that. A critic will review a great restaurant once and will then move on to newer openings.
 
That's why I admire the New York Times where the critics go back when they hear that standards have slipped. The Times is so fair and has so much credibility that a takedown (Le Cirque or Per Se) makes the whole world sit up and take notice without the critic having to write only for shock value. 
 

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I have no doubt that the BJ{ patriach shri L.K. Advani will be aquitted. Will this help the BJP in the 2019 general elections?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 21 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 No. He makes no difference either way.
 

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what did you think of the reprising of the Babri Masjid case & how it will affect the BJP?
Will the party gain even more support now or will it gain sympathy votes (if Advani is arrested?)

Posted By: Shweta Sinha  |  Posted On: 20 Apr 2017  |  City: Bhilai

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 I think it's irrelevant. There is a new generation of voters and today's BJP supporters only know Narendra Modi. LK Advani is a historical figure for them. And they have no clue who Murli Manohar Joshi is.

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Sir since you were going to write a piece on Indira Gandhi and Modi I have a question about them. Today a somewhat strange phenomena we see is every issue, every news item, every thing is discussed from a pro Modi vs. anti Modi standpoint. I mean his supporters bring his name and his opponents bring his name in any discussion both when totally unnecessary. It's quite absurd how much everything revolves around the personality of this man. Was the same thing true of Indira Gandhi as PM?

Posted By: Vishwas  |  Posted On: 19 Apr 2017  |  City: Ulhasnagar

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 Absolutely. It was exactly the same kind of polarization, the same kind of personality cult, the same dictatorial approach and the same overwhelming national popularity. 
 

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Do you expect incumbency would be a factor during the next national election?
I know its too soon but certainly most of the national govt/ BJP seems to be firefighting while the fringe is undoing any little advantage they had.
and they don't seem to be really bothered at all, no?

Posted By: Harry Dev Singh  |  Posted On: 19 Apr 2017  |  City: Auckland

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 Hard to say. I thought that anti-incumbency would work against the UPA after its first term. In fact, the party actually won more seats the second time around. These things only become clear a few months before the election.
 

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Vir,Do you this that is is the beginning of the end for India as a democratic,forward,secular country?Im too old to be scared for myself but am terrified for our future generations.What can we do?????

Posted By: aneel  |  Posted On: 18 Apr 2017  |  City: Goa

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 Wait for the public mood to change. It always does.

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Hi Vir,I am 60+.Have always voted in every election but NEVER for the congress(DONT BELIEVE IN DYNASTY).Post emergency I voted for Janta and ever since always for the BJP.It now seems that Modi is nothing but a con man.The Hindu fanatics seem to have taken over the asylum.The SC has gone crazy,the govt totally confused and the Hindu brigade flouting the rule of law.There seems to be no one who can stop this slide towards a pakistani stae of mind.Your thoughts

Posted By: aneel  |  Posted On: 18 Apr 2017  |  City: Delhi

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 I do not endorse your characterization of the Prime Minister as a conman. But yes, you are right. He has no opposition. He can do what he likes.

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