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Hello Vir, I have observed that in the past couple of years people have lost trust in the news in India, they are ready to believe random Whatsapp forwards but not in journalists. Losing trust in TV news in understandable considering how horrible they are but newspapers still seem to be doing a good job comparatively. In your personal opinion, what made this change?

Posted By: Jefferson  |  Posted On: 31 Jan 2018  |  City: Wolfsburg, Germany

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 The availability of news delivered free to your phone. It is so much easier to just look at a WhatsApp forward than to buy a newspaper and negotiate through its pages. 
 
It's not a question of trust. Usually people don't even know who authored the WhatsApp forward so it is not as thought they trust the whatsappers more than they trust journalists. 

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how do you think the latest feminist wave & activism thru #metoo & #timesup campaigns will affect the subculture of groupies that countless celebrities (& non celebrities) enjoyed?

Will this die down?

Posted By: Unnati Singh  |  Posted On: 30 Jan 2018  |  City: Toronto

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 I wondered about this. I am amazed that there have been no scandals involving rock stars and their behavior with groupies. 
 

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I enjoyed watching Rani Mukherjee episode of Virtuosity. Just a suggestion if you can consider having Smriti Irani, John Abhraham and Rishi Kapoor on the Panel?

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 30 Jan 2018  |  City: Delhi

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 We did Smriti Irani for the second episode of Virtuosity. Thanks for the other suggestions. I like John who is an intelligent and thoughtful conversationalist. 

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I found Shashi Tharoor's interview fascinating but frustrating as he seemed rather one sided, deluded & sticking to a particular narrative convenient to his party. He just stopped short of blaming RSS/ HIndutva for India languishing after 70 years of independence
My question to you is if Congress missed an opportunity in adopting a more moderate tolerant version of HIndutva? Perhaps even the Ram temple issue could've been handled better?

Posted By: Talvin Gill  |  Posted On: 26 Jan 2018  |  City: London

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I am planning an episode of Virtuosity on this where we will discuss this question. 

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Do you want to weigh in on the GoldenMoose restaurant Dublin face-off with the blogger, whereby they banned bloggers?
who do you think is right?

Posted By: umesh  |  Posted On: 24 Jan 2018  |  City: Sharjah

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 Read The Taste this week, which is inspired partly by events such as this one. 

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Hi Vir,
Was not the rashtrabhasha issue settled in the '60s when Nehruji promised not to force it on non-hindi states? Also the Gujarat High Court ruled Hindi an 'alien' language in Gujarat in 2010. Further the union was forged on the basis of equal respect for all languages. So when the government forces Hindi on non-hindi states is it not in betraying the trust of the people, and disrespecting the courts and the word of former PM?

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 19 Jan 2018  |  City: Mumbai

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 Yes, the issue is settled. Even such passionate advocates of Hindi during the 1960s as AB Vajpayee later moderated their positions. The truth is that Hindi has spread all over India because of popular culture and mass media. This is how it should be and we should resist all attempts by cow belt politicians to impose Hindi by force. 

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Hi Vir,
Did you see the Stevan Spielberg directed 'The Post's? Do you remember any such acts of courage by Indian newspaper publishers, apart from Ramnath Goenka's defiance of Indira Gandhi's censorship during the emergency?

Regards,
Amit.

Posted By: Amit  |  Posted On: 15 Jan 2018  |  City: Bengaluru

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  Yes, I have seen it and I knew Ramnathji well. He was a very brave man though I think that the parallels between the Pentagon Papers case and his resistance to the Emergency are limited. 

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I am an ardent follower and reader for years and recently went through your rude food book which answered a whole lot of my queries. Your lifestyle aesthetics are quite relateable and the phrase "sensible luxury" is something I totally agree with. Big Thumbs up on that.
I request you to update your book with a new version if its possible.
P.s. since the oberoi deli is closed down, could u suggest any alternative for buying sausages/imported meats

Posted By: Gagandeep  |  Posted On: 13 Jan 2018  |  City: Delhi

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 The Oberoi deli should have reopened by now and Penguin is supposed to publish the second Rude Food book later this year. 
 
And thank you so much for the kind things you say. 

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I think by sheer public demand you must invite Moon Moon Sen back to your studios to recreate that iconic interview done 2 decades ago
that would be historical & quite something
this time you could discuss politics too

Posted By: Mehul  |  Posted On: 13 Jan 2018  |  City: Kolkata

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 Yups. She is an MP now so there is a new angle. Will ask her. 
 

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The BJP seems to be still obsessed with their platform of a congress mukt Bharat
After the Gujarat election results do you think this still holds resonance among its supporters or the larger voter base?

Posted By: Elango  |  Posted On: 13 Jan 2018  |  City: Tuticorin

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 I am sure that there is a core base of supporters who hate the Congress and everything it represents. In particular, they hate the idea of a secular India and believe that this should be a Hindu country.
 
I don't think the majority of Indians share this view or want a Hindu Rashtra. As for the rest of the Congress' policies, it is hard to say which one this government is opposed to, given that the Prime Minister has hijacked the Congress' platform and modeled himself on Indira Gandhi. 
 
So, I think that the idea of a Congress-mukt Bharat has very little appeal to most voters. Ultimately,  they will vote on the basis of performance not rhetoric. 
 

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