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Have been baffled by the commentary from U.S. Democrats and liberals last week. "..Obama now one of the truly great Presidents...cements his legacy...his most successful week.."

Umm, what? "Obamacare" doesn't deserve its name -- bestowed by Republicans. It was written by lobbies working with Congressional Democrats in 2009-10. Obama had little to do with it. And gay marriage? Obama unambiguously opposed it until the polling was favorable in 2012, while the court case was on.

So what is it with this "cements legacy" and "truly great" worship? What has the man actually done? Any bold, real reforms like FDR or LBJ? Your take?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 02 Jul 2015  |  City: Pune

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 I am not a fan. So yes, I agree with you about Obama.

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can we have longer videos

Posted By: dinkar  |  Posted On: 02 Jul 2015  |  City: pune   |   Comments:(1)

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 The youtube format is 2 minutes. Their research shows that people stop watching after 2 minutes or so. Personally, I would prefer a 5 minute format. 

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Hi Vir, many years ago during the time of the emergency pulitzer prize winning journalist Lewis M Simons who was the Washington post correspondent at the time created a stir in Delhi by claiming that Sanjay Gandhi had slapped his mother Indira Gandhi six times at a dinner party ( Sanjay always was a loony). Is there any credence to this story. Do you believe it to be true?

Posted By: vikram  |  Posted On: 01 Jul 2015  |  City: nagpur

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 I have never believed it. Though I gather that he stands by it.

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Vir, really love your short videos explaining complex issues in the world of politics and food. The background score is however really annoying. Also the frames move so fast between you and the pictures, its kind of seizure inducing. Don't know why you need uplifting back ground score which is often distracting. Hope to hear more from you about a whole host of issues.

Posted By: Gopal  |  Posted On: 01 Jul 2015  |  City: Atlanta

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 I shall pass these comments on to the producers. Many thanks.
 

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Hey Vir,
With SCOTUS's landmark decision to legalize gay marriage in every state of the US, do you ever see that happening in India? I mean forget gay marriage, with homosexuality itself being recognized as criminal activity, is there even a chance?

Posted By: Neel Trivedi  |  Posted On: 30 Jun 2015  |  City: USA

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 I don't know. I had high hopes of the RSS. But they have let us down.
 

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Vir - just wanted to compliment you for continuing with this Ask Vir on your website as it helps to go through your clarity of issues.
I thought the Yoga day was a mess, but there were too many reports, counter accusations, and it was a bit too much. Going through your columns and answers to questions helps get a better and clearer view of whats going on and clear through the chaff
Keep this column going ahead

Posted By: Sushrut Shah  |  Posted On: 30 Jun 2015  |  City: Ahmedabad

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 Thank you so much. Nice to hear that.

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Dear Vir,

Was quite interesting to see your answer, stating Kerala cuisine is the best in the country...I'm a big fan myself but can you say why? Can we get to see a piece on Kerala cuisine from you?

Posted By: Diwakar Raj  |  Posted On: 29 Jun 2015  |  City: New Delhi

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 I need to go to Kerala again for that. After the monsoon, perhaps. 
 

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Vir, As a 10 year old when emergency was imposed in India, all I have are good memories of those "dark" days. suddenly everyone was behaving properly shopkeepers, bus drivers, govt servants. the people whose "freedom" was culled were the opposition not the man on the street. Why don't people see emergency in the correct perspective. To me it was golden chance frittered away which could have quickly brought our country to the top by a disciplined and hardworking workforce of the govt, even if with a whip. Cajoling and mollycoddling for ages never had worked and never has worked since. We are drowned in an ocean of sarkaari damaads for far too long now...

Posted By: Rajiv  |  Posted On: 29 Jun 2015  |  City: delhi   |   Comments:(1)

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 And you forget to mention that the trains ran on time...

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why did that RBI fellow talk about world recession - is it really going to happen? what do you think
Has put me in a blue funk.
He's smart and handsome and all that. but talking about this frightens.
Is it true, don't say!

Posted By: Jency John  |  Posted On: 28 Jun 2015  |  City: Goa

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 Remember that he was the one economist who correctly predicted the last crash. Nobody believed him then. And finally, it was too late. So yes, I am in a bit of a blue funk myself. 

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Hi Vir,
Is it a crime to back the freedom struggle of Kashmiris and other groups? If some people do not wan to end up as slaves of Indian moneybags, what is wrong about it?
Vivek L Dev

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 28 Jun 2015  |  City: Mumbai

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 'Slaves of Indian moneybags'? Your bias is already showing. Not wasting my time answering this question any further.

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