Q@9: Justifying Op Bluestar; An Average Magnum Opus and More
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1. Two Things to Think About This World Environment Day
So, it’s World Environment Day. Big deal. It’s just another day in our increasingly polluted calendars, where one day can be celebrated as ‘Burger Day’ and another, ‘Left-handers’ Day’. There’s a reason for this cynicism.
2. Op Bluestar was Justified, Man who led the Attack Says
A day after curfew descended on the Sikh holy city of Amritsar on June 1, 1984, a young Sikh army Captain Jasbir Singh Raina, dressed in the traditional Punjabi kurta-pajama, entered the Golden Temple. He was just one among a couple of thousand devotees and pilgrims feigning to pay obeisance at Harmandir Sahib that day.
3. NIA to Probe Manipur Ambush
A day after 20 soldiers were killed in the ambush on the Indian Army in Manipur, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) is all set to register a case and also look at how insurgent groups got access to sophisticated weaponry.
4. BPA Present In Most Canned Foods Can Alter Your Hormones
Maggi might be off the shelves but are you sure it is the only toxic food in your kitchen? Canned food eaters, here’s a heads up: Notice the lining inside the can you open? Believe it or not, there is a very high chance that lining is made from a synthetic estrogen. That’s right, a sex hormone!
5. Shivraj Chauhan ji, Listen to Gandhiji, Give Eggs to Those Kids
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on May 31 had said: “Milk and bananas will be served, but never eggs’’ after he dismissed a proposal to include either egg curry or boiled eggs in anganwadi meals. Probably because a large part of the Indian population in the country, like Chouhan, considers eggs to be a non-vegetarian food item. But Chouhan probably didn’t know that the “Father of the Nation”, Mahatma Gandhi wouldn’t agree with him.
6. No Flats to Let, No Friends to Keep: Mumbai Muslims
Tenants, flat buyers and even youths seeking jobs are being discriminated against in the supposedly pluralistic city of Mumbai. But Mumbaikars, irrespective of their community, are not surprised.
7. Critics’ Verdict: ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ Is Good But Not Great
...this 170-minute long film set on a cruise ship moves as slowly as a rowboat in the Pacific Ocean. The pace picks up in the second half, but by then you may already be wondering why you should care about any of the beautiful people holidaying in Turkey. For those who like the glossy world of fiction that was Akhtar’s terrain in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do may be just the lavish fix you want.
8. Book Review: Powerful Women, Power-Packed Stories
“The best thing about a glass ceiling is that it it’s made of glass. And glass can be shattered.” This comment by Debjani Ghosh, Intel India’s first female managing director in South Asia, sums up succinctly the belief of thirty high-profile women featured in 30 Women In Power, an eminently readable book edited by Naina Lal Kidwai.
9. Is ‘Wazir’ Inspired by ‘The Bone Collector’?
The latest trailer of Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar starrer Wazirhas created quite a buzz. But look closely and you will find similarities between this film directed by Bejoy Nambiar and the 1999 Hollywood film The Bone Collector.
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