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The "black money" PR fiasco the Modi government is in could be blamed on someone whose careful and cautious instincts are at odds with the decisive quasi-populist Modi: Jaitley.

But don't deeper problems exist -- the same factors that ingloriously ended UPA-2? The CAG putting out fictitious 'losses' based on its own narrow-minded economics. The top court, never critiqued, given to using florid and abusive language, producing sweeping and questionable judgments with little sense of judicial self-restraint. Hyperactive and detail-and-nuance-free TV channels amplifying this with accusatory, wild-eyed anchors.

Modi rode this three-headed tiger to victory. Now, how to dismount? Agreed?

Posted By: Chinmay  |  Posted On: 28 Oct 2014  |  City: Pune

Answer

  I will restrict myself to the black money issue. I don't think the Modi government's position is unreasonable. It is the position that any responsible government would have to take given international agreements. The problem is that too many BJP leaders shot their mouths off when the UPA was in power. Now that they are in office, they are coming to terms with the constraints of government. 

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Hi Vir,
Is there a moral angle to airing real life crime-based TV series like Crime Patrol? I mean it just does not seem right to allow people to profit from real life crime and the misery of victims. What do you think?
Vivek L Dev

Posted By: Vivek L Dev  |  Posted On: 27 Oct 2014  |  City: Mumbai

Answer

 Good question. I am on the Broadcast Content Complaints Council, the regulatory body for television in India. We grapple with this issue from time to time. So far, our conclusion has been that if the show does not overly sensationalise the crime then we must allow it to go on air. But yes, some of our members have the same reservations as you.

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Hi Vir, I am a big fan of yours and have watched most of your star talk and cover story videos on youtube. Two questions:1. Please release those videos on youtube again. When i try to revisit what i have seen I cant. 2) Why dont you do more shows where you do a one to one interview with celebrities. Thanks and regards. Reshma

Posted By: Reshma  |  Posted On: 27 Oct 2014  |  City: London

Answer

 Thanks so much but the videos belong to Star. They decide when to put them up and take them down. I have no say in the matter. I have often been offered one-on-one interview shows but have always refused because I believe that times have changed and that there are now too many interview shows on air. 
I changed my mind only for Achievers Club on Star World a couple of years ago because it allowed me to spend several days with the subject and move out of the studio. That kind of show excites me. But the standard two-guys-in-a-studio chat has lost its appeal.
 

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Hi Veer! Great article about kheema. Can you post a good recipe of Ghotala.
cheers
Vijay

Posted By: Vijay Manthena  |  Posted On: 26 Oct 2014  |  City: Melbourne

Answer

 It is essentially the same as the keema pao recipe we carried with an egg added to the tava.
 

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Vir,
Thanks for your to the point responses in the past. My questions:
1. Do you personally support Paid Media?
2. Is there a single new channel which does not accept paid media phenomenon?
3. Why does not media self-criticize on this issue esp the ones that are involved in bad practices? Why double standard for politicians than their own brothers (media)?

Posted By: Nitin  |  Posted On: 26 Oct 2014  |  City: Pune

Answer

 It depends on what you call paid media. The term has been devalued because hardcore Sanghis use it to describe anyone who disagrees with them. In reality, paid media refers to articles that have been paid for by their subjects even though this is not disclosed to the reader. The Election Commission has found that the practice is prevalent throughout the language press and on many TV channels. Journalists have frequently criticised it but we face a problem. Proprietors want to make money and so far at least, there is distressingly little evidence that readers are up in arms about it. 
 

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I used to think that wine is immortal; you can keep it stored horizontally in a dark, cool place for years (no limit).

I am not sure this is true. Can you please educate?

How do we know when is the best time to drink a particular wine, i.e. how many months/years after we buy it?

Thanks!

Posted By: Douglas Thapliyal  |  Posted On: 25 Oct 2014  |  City: Sitwe

Answer

 There are no hard and fast rules. Different wines age at different rates. There is a vast body of literature on the subject if you are really interested.
 

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Hi vir . As you know this diwali pollution makes hard to breath.Is Diwali pollution became inevitable situation?

Posted By: Avinash Chauhan  |  Posted On: 25 Oct 2014  |  City: New Delhi

Answer

 I am afraid so. Every year, we run campaigns against it. And every year it persists.

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Hi Vir,
I am reading lots of reports on kobane. While most westerners see Kurdish as friends, Turkey brands them terrorists. Sadly now terrorists fight terrorists and countries pick favorites. But what is terrorism? Isn't the role of Turkey, Israel,USA, Russia another face of terrorism? I would like to see our editors spend some more time criticizing such acts, or deconstructing facts.

Posted By: Shobhit Kaul  |  Posted On: 23 Oct 2014  |  City: bhopal

Answer

 Terrorism is violence directed at civilians for political purposes. State repression is reprehensible but it is not the same as terrorism.
 

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Hi, Vir. Something I have noticed for a long time as a foodie is that India has had a rich tradition of cooking wild and exotic meats(the days of 'Shikaar') but this has vanished in modern times with everything being about chicken or lamb or goat now.

Are there still people who keep alive the traditions, recipes and techniques for cooking deer, rabbit, wild boars, bison, pheasant and so on? Can anything be done to revive this tradition in our restaurants? Like deer and rabbit farming?

Posted By: Gautam  |  Posted On: 23 Oct 2014  |  City: Mumbai   |   Comments:(1)

Answer

 I am sure we can. But at present we have very strong laws on hunting and, therefore, on the serving of game meat. For instance, when we considered including imported farmed venison as one of the ingredients in Foodistan, we had to drop the idea because we were scared of legal complications.

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I have enjoyed reading your columns since the time you edited “Sunday”. Your hosting of a range of group discussions during Doordarshan days impressed the hell out of me. Things have changed a lot since then. Times Now has mastered the art of asking closed ended questions, chastising people for holding dissimilar views, and shouting down dissenting voices on issues as complex and difficult as J&K or national security. The anchor who has recently moved to Headlines Today from CNN-IBN seems to think that he is morally bound to uncover truth by asking thick-skinned politicians dense questions with self evident answers ad nauseam , and to rush in to quiz frenzied crowds to ascertain their degree of hysteria (cowards be damned!). And last but

Posted By: vishwesh  |  Posted On: 21 Oct 2014  |  City: faridabad

Answer

 I don't comment on other journalists, as a rule. So I will publish this without comment. Thank you, however, for the kind things you say about me.

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