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Vir, Never been a Congress support and absolutely loathe the Gandhi's(except Nehru). I am no sanghi either. I have to say this, seems like MMS's claim that history will be kinder to him might have some merit in it, especially considering the current incumbent's performance. Your thoughts ?

Posted By: SHiv  |  Posted On: 25 Sep 2016  |  City: nyv

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 I don't see how. He was given a historic second opportunity, screwed it up, gave secular governance a bad name, and created the vacuum that led to Modi's emergence. 
 
History will not be kind. It will hold him responsible for the mess we are in.
 

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Hi,
Some years back you had given a definition of terrorism in an interview on TV. I forget your exact words but they were roughly "The true definition of terrorism is when non-combatants and people with no connection to any oppression are attacked". The quote is from a recent article by you. Considering the recent attacks in Pathankot & Uri have been on soldiers would you classify these as terrorism?

Posted By: Amit  |  Posted On: 22 Sep 2016  |  City: Kolkata

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 That's a good question. Ever since it came under pressure from the international community, Pakistan has cut back on attacks on civilian targets. When it is accused of terrorism, it responds that these are Kashmiri rebels attacking legitimate military targets so there are no parallels with 26/11 or 9/11.
 
I take the view that these are military attacks carried out by special forces posing as civilians. And our response should be military attacks on training camps and military targets.

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What do you think of AAP chances in Punjab now after Siddhu? Winner or opposition in election results? Which two parties will be front runners?

Posted By: Nitin  |  Posted On: 20 Sep 2016  |  City: Pune

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 Before AAP imploded, they were heading for a 2/3rds majority. It's too early to assess how much damage recent events will do or how long it will take the party to recover.

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Have you seen Netflix's chef's table ? especially the episode on Gaggan, he recalls one of the the reasons he left India. In the restaurant he worked one of the traditional chef would not share his secret masala for biryani, also he insulted and manhandled gaggan for calling him out.

Posted By: Naveen  |  Posted On: 14 Sep 2016  |  City: Raleigh

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 Yes, I have seen the episode.

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Hi Vir,
Did you know that the Amar Singh interview video does not work here in the states? Any suggestions?

Posted By: Kumar  |  Posted On: 13 Sep 2016  |  City: Detroit

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 We have this problem with all our videos. Have your tried YouTube? It's a TV18 issue and I don't know what the solution is.
 

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Hi Vir,
Is not Patanjali the mother of all scams? Baba Ramdev poses as some kind of a deshbhakht, guru etc grabs the spotlight and then sets up a thousand crore empire in a matter of a few years, milking the goodwill and naivete of people. Is it not something like Gandhi setting up a khadi business?

Posted By: Vivek Laxman Dev  |  Posted On: 13 Sep 2016  |  City: Mumbai

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 Nobody is forcing anyone to buy Ramdev's products. As much as you may disapprove of Ramdev, you have to respect the individuals who have chosen to buy his products.

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Hi Vir, Thoroughly enjoyed reading your article on secrecy of recepies. I find the taste of Thumbs Up way better than COKE or Pepsi -- specifically the aftertaste of ajwain. Not sure if it's part of the recipe. Do you happen to know by any chance:)

Posted By: Gaurav  |  Posted On: 10 Sep 2016  |  City: Chicago   |   Comments:(1)

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 Sadly, no. I don't think that either Parle, who created the drink or Coke, it's current owners, are willing to part with the list of ingredients.
 

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Don't u also prefer Country Chicken 4 fried chicken? Would u say KFC uses broiler? U might have noticed how KFC worldwide often has a plastic taste? Cuz of the standardized recipes. Did u also like those unbranded fried chicken joints across America? Hope u tried the halal variants in nyc too quiet good. The secret to good fried chicken and biscuits is how much dedication and timing of the chef in frying and making it non standard. It has to be juicy 2 perfection but not too crisp or soft. Who wants to eat the exact same thing every time.

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 10 Sep 2016  |  City: Kremlin

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 I agree. Individually made is always better than fast food.

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Hi Vir, why is the BJP investing on their social media trolls ( who attack people on twitter and spam amazon reviews for certain people's books) , isn't all this giving a bad name for the BJP? Then why do they continue to invest in them?

Posted By: Tom  |  Posted On: 08 Sep 2016  |  City: Bangalore   |   Comments:(1)

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 It's a mystery to me. I think it does the Prime Minister of India no good if people believe that his most fervent supporters are goondas and foul-mouthed louts.

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Hey Vir, don't know if you're a Freddie Mercury fan. There's this strange relationship with India. He went to school in Pachgani and lived in Bombay. Parsi, not "Persian" parents as he claimed. Spoke Gujarati at home. Yet he seemed ashamed of or wanted to blot out India totally from his life. It's not like India was some kind of cultural hellhole back in the '60s, say - think of the Beatles and Ravi Shankar. Any info or views on this?

Posted By: Sumit  |  Posted On: 06 Sep 2016  |  City: Dubai

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 I've done several pieces making much the same point over the years. My obituary in Sunday is probably not online but later pieces should be Google-able.

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