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Hi Vir,

When the controversy about Ved Pratap Vaidik broke out, he said in many TV shows (especially on Times Now) that he'll make the whole interview transcripts public withina week or so. And many journos defended his right to interview Hafiz given he'll make the entire transcript public.

Now it is almost more than 2 months, nothing has been revealed and media (both print and TV) has just completely forgot. What might be the reason?

Thanks,
Krishna

Posted By: Krishna  |  Posted On: 12 Sep 2014  |  City: Bangalore

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 I have no idea. It was not a subject I was ever particularly interested in. But these are media created sensations. They last for two days and then the anchors find new things to get indignant about.

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Does the disparity between the frequency of updates to Politics and Lifestyle sections reflect the demographics of the people reading the website ?

Posted By: Srivats Chandrasekeran  |  Posted On: 11 Sep 2014  |  City: Chennai

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 No. It is no more than a function of my schedule and my concerns at various points in time.

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Hey Vir,
The Scottish referendum is coming up and just want to know what your thoughts are on it. Do you support the Yes vote or No vote? If Scotland does become independent, who is to blame for the break up of UK, Thatcher or Cameron? I mention Thatcher for a very specific reason. Her policies in the 80s hurt Scotland the most.
Thanks.

Posted By: Saav  |  Posted On: 08 Sep 2014  |  City: Atlanta   |   Comments:(2)

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 Appalling woman. We can blame her for everything! More seriously, I hope the Scots vote yes. After all, the Brits are champions of Partition. Why deny them the pleasure of experiencing it?
 

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Hi Vir: It has been a really long while since I have posted a qs or comment here :) and it has been a while since i thanked you for keeping us entertained and engaged through your writings!

Posted By: scarpa amante  |  Posted On: 07 Sep 2014  |  City: bombay

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 Hey Scarpa, so glad you're back. Great to hear from you.

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Dear Mr. Sanghvi,
I visited Townhall and had the Tom Yum Soup (Prawn)and the Non Veg Mezze Platter and the vegetable platter.The food was passable and we did not attempt the main course after that.I think you are so well recognized by chefs across India that you get special service and food.Even the service was average though we had gone for lunch on a weekday and they were not even busy.
Maybe you could ask some ghost reviewers to also do a tasting otherwise people like me who trust your tastebuds end up going for a tasteless meal.

Posted By: Richa Gupta  |  Posted On: 07 Sep 2014  |  City: Noida

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 I recommended the Japanese food. As far as I can see, that is the one cuisine you did not order. So, if you want to go by my recommendations, then perhaps you should eat what I recommend. 
 

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Hi The delhi vs. Mumbai debate is quite unnecessary.
I am a vegetarian and Mumbai is definitely heaven for me - but Delhi even then tops it, even though its more expensive and commutes a pain. Must be the folk there who only encourage the best - who survive and thrive.
If I had to rate and rank the cities Delhi and Lucknow would take the top five - to show the gap between them and the rest!

Posted By: Hitesh  |  Posted On: 07 Sep 2014  |  City: Hyderabad

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 Not so sure about Lucknow. To be a gastronomic hotspot, a city has to offer a range of cuisines. And Lucknow does not do that.

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Just read your earlier piece on lobsters. Are lobsters served at the Taj and Oberoi imported live or frozen lobsters from the west or Cray Fish or what they call "Rock Lobsters"? If we import say Sushi why not real lobsters then.
I've only eaten Rock lobsters in curry form in India. But had Maine lobster many times with butter garlic sauce in the US. I don't mind paying a ton which they do charge anyway for lobsters on the menu here if its the real thing but not 4 cray fish.

Posted By: Shahid Azad  |  Posted On: 07 Sep 2014  |  City: Bombay

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 As far as I know, most Indian hotels serve the local langouste and do not import lobsters. But Souk at the Bombay Taj used to import lobsters from Oman. I don't know if they still do.
 

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Yes, Muslims face discrimination in India. And yes they have serious grievances. -Assuming U.P.& Bihar are part of India...
What is the reason for them not resorting to terrorism?

Posted By: Urmik Chhaya  |  Posted On: 06 Sep 2014  |  City: Delhi

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 I have answered that many times. The last piece we posted on the site deals with this issue and did a whole episode of Can India Recover.

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Not a Modi cheerleader but have a serious question. Jawaharlal Nehru -- while Prime Minister -- as early as 1957, going by photos I've just seen online -- celebrated his birthday by having children parade-march past him and doing RSS-style PT in front of him.

Were Modi to do any such thing, instead of the harmless brief address and Q&A he did with students, the "authoritarian", "fascist", "cult leader" taunts would be even louder than they are now about Modi and Teacher's Day. Why the double standards?

Posted By: Satish  |  Posted On: 05 Sep 2014  |  City: NCR

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 There is something to what you say. I think the objection was not to Modi's decision to address the children but to the suggestion that it would be compulsory to listen to him.

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Narendra Modi -- whatever you think of him -- does represent India well abroad. With charisma and a disarming common touch. His beating the taiko drums along with Japanese performers (and pulling it off) was the sort of thing to make any Indian proud at being represented well on foreign soil.

Which makes me wonder: does Rahul Gandhi have any political sense at all? There are some things you don't nastily attack with cheap shots like the one he came up with today. Who did he endear himself to by questioning a 30-second drum routine by PM Narendra Modi? What do you think of his tactic?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 04 Sep 2014  |  City: Pune

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 I think that heads of government should demonstrate the common touch when they travel. I have watched Rahul's father taking part in tribal dances in the north-east when he was Prime Minister. So yes, I approve of Modi's attempts to loosen up while travelling. 
 
And yes, Rahul should have thought a little more deeply before making that jibe.

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