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Dear Vir
It is by chance whilst surfing I hit upon your website. I have always enjoyed getting the understanding from your views expressed in your columns, TV interviews you conducted et al on various queries I would have. You are explicit and that is useful to a reader. I enjoyed your drawing from Mr. Bachhan's life. This note was just to express my appreciation of your work. No questions. Regards

Posted By: Chanchala nair  |  Posted On: 27 Aug 2015  |  City: Mumbai

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 Thank you so much for your kind words.

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Modi - Doval Doctrine seems to have managed to completely out think Pakistan. Isn't this sending the message to Pakistan,that we are going to put with their nonsense any more? What is our take of this

Posted By: Manish Sharma  |  Posted On: 25 Aug 2015  |  City: Mumbai

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 Well, given that new terrorists continue to be sent across the border every week, it's possible that Pakistan never received the memo about Mr Doval's doctrine. 

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Hi Vir

A bit late but need to share that I Read Mandate some time back and must tell you it was unputdownable. also would really thank you for making it so economical..
Its been some time since we you have shared what you are reading now a days. What books would you recommend in the non-fiction category.

Posted By: raja  |  Posted On: 22 Aug 2015  |  City: odisha

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 I am thinking of doing a list. Will post it. Many many thanks, meanwhile, for the praise of Mandate. 

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who'd you rather have as the US president - bobby Jindal, jeb bush, Donald trump... or Hillary?
:-)

Posted By: Jaani Syed  |  Posted On: 22 Aug 2015  |  City: Jaisalmer

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 That's like asking me to choose which of the Three Stooges should rule the world.  
 

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thank God you and family managed to avoid the blast.
But I guess the twitterati and the liberatti were shocked and outraged:
* You admit to 'praying'
* at (gasp!) a Hindu Shrine!!!
* AND admitted it publicly on twitter....

Sacrilege, Suicidal, absolutely Scandalous!!!
:-p
Well your "liberal" credentials might be bruised - but glad you are safe and sound.

Pity about Bangkok too - if the land of smiles is not safe, cant say for the rest of the world...

Posted By: Vineet  |  Posted On: 19 Aug 2015  |  City: varanasi

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 Thanks. But my dedication to the shrine is no secret. I was filmed praying there for an episode of Vir Sanghvi's Thailand. And this week's Rude Travel is on that subject. 

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HI Vir,
Your video on Bollywood and secularism brought back memories of an elaborate coloum you penned in in the 90's titled " The death of Indian Secularism". You described the ill treatment of Dileep Kumar and how sad you felt. I wish I had a copy , do you. Everyone would love reading it again...

Posted By: raja  |  Posted On: 17 Aug 2015  |  City: odisha   |   Comments:(1)

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 I wish I had one. But I never keep clippings or reread my old pieces. Sometimes I regret that. 

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Mr Sanghvi , I love how food plays such an important role in your life - Who else to take a opinion from if not you :)
I am visiting Kerala for the first time in my life & really excited to explore the culinary world thr.
Please suggest some fabulous eateries which you would enjoy if you were thr .

Posted By: mousim   |  Posted On: 17 Aug 2015  |  City: delhi

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 Sadly, I am not an expert on the state. 

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Vir, I have never voted for congress in my life and don't think I will ever. But even someone like me can't help but wonder that P Chidambaram has been our finest cabinet minister in the last 20 years . Would love to hear your thoughts

Posted By: Shiv  |  Posted On: 17 Aug 2015  |  City: NYC

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 He has been a very good minister. But finest? God knows.
 

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Hi Vir,

The parliament is being stalled too often by the opposition. And there seems no relent form them. If we take the worst case scenario and assume that Parliament will not be allowed to function for next four years. Will it make a major dent in the way of BJP's development work and its plan? Because as we have seen in past, during Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi terms, where they had a huge majority which also made Parliament irrelevant.

Recently, India have done well without some legislations, for instance 1998 and 2009 the economy grew at 8.5 per cent without GST or a land Bill.

What is your point of view? What this government can achieve with a decisive Modi and a good civil service ?

Posted By: Jitendra  |  Posted On: 16 Aug 2015  |  City: Delhi

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 he civil service is the civil service, whether it is good or bad is a matter of opinion and has nothing to do with the government. 
 
My own view is that political parties who block important legislation are highly irresponsible. Take, for instance, the GST bill. It should have been passed five years ago. But both the BJP and the Congress have played politics with it. 
 
As for whether a strong Modi can deliver development on a national scale, let's wait and see. 

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I am sorry - the entire chorus of the opposition during Sushma Swaraj's speech was among the most disappointing points in this years parliament. I only wish the TV had focussed on those shouting so the people could decide who are the folks who thought that they can silence outshout a strong response from an established speaker like Sushma Swaraj

Disappointing!!!

Posted By: Rita Singhal  |  Posted On: 15 Aug 2015  |  City: Gurgaon

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 That is your point of view and you are entitled to it.

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