He did,between March and April,the only criteria is that they must stick to the Italian theme, says John Evangelosmanager at Pesto Pesto The eatery that opened in January this yearis not the sole promoter of art in the city Numerous restaurateurs are out scouting for talent that they are willing to showcase on their walls If Out of the Blue at E-square has dedicated a part of the restaurant to artwork by budding Pune-based artistsGrubshup on Law College Roadhas become a meeting point for artists and art enthusiasts Out of the BlueMumbaiis known for its association with art for over a decade We have just ventured in Pune and have realised it has so much artistic talent that needs to be recognised?the only difference is that paintings can be appreciated on the walls and food can be relished on a plate, states Praful Chandawarkarmanaging director of Malaka Spice For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related News By running the country’s Olympic committee as a private fiefdom.
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The accused threatened to kill their father if they spoke about the incidentpolice said Howeverthe girls told their family about it and a complaint was lodged with the police For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nandini Sundar | Updated: December 9 2014 5:14 pm Related News The refrain that democratic institutions will survive him ignores how weak they are In a competitive bid to bare each other’s dirty linen this election season political parties have raised the ghosts of 1984 and 2002 Each party claims that the other is guilty but as for itself it has been given in that peculiarly Indian phrase a “clean chit” Narendra Modi tells us he will be found innocent in the “people’s court” and was “waiting to hear their verdict” Clearly Modi has no regard for any other kind of court least of all a constitutionally appointed judiciary He is not alone in this — every major political party seems to believe that winning elections is an alternative to judicial accountability The one point where Modi is right of course is when he asks “What is the system of pardoning people through apology” The Congress has tried to apologise its way out of 1984 as if that’s all it took to repair devastated lives In Bastar the Congress candidate Deepak Karma admitted that Salwa Judum was a mistake even as he was given a ticket precisely because he was Mahendra Karma’s son a man who pillaged his way through his own people The word that is curiously missing in all this is “justice” When liberal commentators tell us that we need not fear for India’s democratic institutions under Modi one wonders which institutions they are referring to In truth almost every major “pillar” of Indian democracy — political parties the media the judiciary even the electoral system — has been rendered so fragile over the years that it will not need too drastic a push to render them impotent Already people have begun to censor themselves to “balance” their previous criticism with high praise and to urge forgiveness for 2002 as if it was theirs to forgive Almost all the major political parties are headed by individuals whose personalities outweigh any institutional process For long the BJP prided itself on its collective decision-making but that is clearly a thing of the past Modi appears larger than life especially to himself with his narcissistic illeism or references to himself in the third person It is hardly surprising that his immediate model is Indira Gandhi Not only do we have the Emergency-era promise that he will make the trains run on time but like her one of the first things he has done is destroy his own party Just as the Congress has never recovered from Indira it is hard to imagine what a post-Modi BJP might look like The media is a player in the electoral process rather than a watchdog of democracy It is hardly an impartial mirror to the elections The “news” as it comes to us is an endless repetition of X “slammed” Y Y denied Z with none of the parties being forced to provide a clear vision on the important questions facing the country like the environment job creation health or education Social media is not an alternative given the symbiotic relationship it has with mainstream media with the same personalities and issues dominating in both Of course there are some important exposes and many brave journalists but it is precisely because of them that the more substantial propaganda functions of the media get by Even if ministers who swear on the Constitution when taking oath forget the basic principle of separation of powers the judiciary has not performed too well either in calling politicians to account Some of this may be due to the enormous burden of cases that the courts face but if 10 even 30 years on the victims of 1984 2002 Pathribal Salwa Judum or the Kandhamals remain without justice surely the judiciary cannot escape blame In a wonderful essay English historian Douglas Hay shows how 18th century courts consolidated a belief in the impartiality of law even at a time when laws were changed to expropriate peasants and capital punishment was freely prescribed for crimes against property A few good judgments a few capital pardons and a few rich men hanged were enough to make people believe in the majesty and mercy of the law Little has changed up to the 21st century The electoral system is held hostage to money and to the first-past-the-post system A recent analysis in The Times of India based on 2009 Lok Sabha figures showed that barely 22 per cent of MPs polled more than 50 per cent of the votes cast Given that 60 per cent is considered a high voting rate most winning candidates actually have the support of very small minorities in their constituency The EC is a remarkable institution but its omnipotence during elections and the fact that it is not always right in its judgement shows up some of the deeper biases in the electoral system Door to door campaigning which is the preferred option of the poor is banned just before voting but full-page newspaper advertisements that invade one’s home on polling day are not The AAP certainly provides hope that democracies can throw up surprises However the very fact that many AAP candidates — activists lawyers journalists and even corporate stars — are contesting because they feel that they can change the system only through politics tells us how poorly other professions fare It is time we stopped expecting elections to deliver democracy by themselves and woke up to the state of our institutions Whoever wins they may be tested so much that they may not pass The writer teaches sociology at Delhi University For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shekhar Gupta | Updated: April 12 2014 9:06 am Related News One of the deadliest truisms in our business of reading election trends is never trust journalists with their predictions But when all journalists agree on the outcome of an election take it easy You know for sure that exactly the opposite will happen We would only hope this doesn’t extend to psephologists as well Because if it did you might end up looking very stupid by 11 am on May 16 I shall therefore be a coward and confine myself to drawing upon the opinion poll data to predict (yes predict) lasting shifts in Indian politics So significant long-lasting and intense that we could describe them as tectonic We also know tectonic shifts define the movement of seven such plates that constitute the earth Let us now play political geologists and read the seismic signals First whatever his tally finally Narenda Modi would have risen as India’s preeminent political personality This is a first and here is why Think of any juncture since 1947 and the most powerful political leader was always from the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty I know you are speed-reading the history of 67 years in your minds and I can anticipate your doubts The period from Nehru’s death in May 1964 to Shastri’s in January 1966 The September 1965 war built Shastri into a genuine national icon But everybody knew even then who the real star of the Congress was Indira Gandhi may have been just a junior minister for information and broadcasting but she was always the heir apparent and Shastri a caretaker In any case this “break” was for less than 18 months Second Indira’s defeat in 1977 after the Emergency and the rise of the Janata Party Yet who was the most powerful political figure in India then Jayaprakash Narayan was in rapid decline by then physically and politically The rest in the ruling Janata Party were squabbling subedars not generals Indira Gandhi in comparison was a political field marshal The third and probably more arguable would be the first half of the Narasimha Rao reign Even then as Arjun Singh’s intrigues and later open rebellion showed us the real power was to return inevitably to Sonia Gandhi Rao defied it but paid for this foolhardiness He was sent to the doghouse to fight his cases alone and then denied in death the elementary dignity of a stop at the AICC headquarters for his funeral van and a cremation spot along the Yamuna in Delhi You want evidence of how brutally it was done check out my friend and former colleague Sanjaya Baru’s The Accidental Prime Minister: The making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh (pp 72-73) Atal Bihari Vajpayee ruled for six years but never owned his party as Sonia did THAT is why the rise of Modi marks the shifting of the largest tectonic plate He is the first non-Dynasty leader to acquire this domineering stature the only non-Brahmin and also the first never to have been in the Congress party He could rule India on his own strength and definitely own his party as well How totally you can see in how the BJP has thrown out Jaswant Singh and now his son Manvendra This is not the way the BJP functioned in the past Even when Uma Bharti was expelled from the party in December 2005 the top leadership continued to humour her presuming she would return inevitably whatever the provocation from her In a Walk the Talk interview for NDTV 24×7 at Hoshangabad along the Narmada she pointed at a bloated animal carcass floating in the water and compared the BJP with it: dead but floating because of putrefaction And yet one of the most brilliant coincidences of my journalistic life once put me in the perfect place the corridor of Parliament as Vajpayee caught Umaji walking in from the other direction and asked why she had stopped visiting his home “Kaise aaoongi Atalji aapne toh party se nikaal diya” she said “Arre bhai party karyalaya se nishkasit kiya hai na ghar se toh nahin ab aaiye aap” said the great charmer No such things will likely happen now There may not be a third coming for Jaswant Singh unless he goes down on his knees in public in return for a distant Raj Bhawan with a well-stocked library So here is the second coming shift in our politics: the BJP acquiring its own high command It may actually do some good if it brings discipline in its cabinet (should it come to power) and keeps the grand viziers of Nagpur and the Luddites of Allahabad University at bay It can also become authoritarian and rob the BJP of its internal democracy But this really is something for the BJP to debate The era of running internal party battles through leaks versus tweets in the BJP is now over The third comes prefixed with an “if” So if a BJP-led NDA government comes to power this May it will have a very different kind of cabinet arrangement Nobody can predict who the key ministers will be as Modi will make his own choices not distracted by history or hustled by the present This will be a Modi cabinet He will look for talent — and loyalty — wherever he finds it The concept of hierarchy will be redefined in India’s most enduring gerontocracy A Modi cabinet will have place neither for Jairam Ramesh’s kind of youthful defiance nor for the Jaipal Reddy/AK Antony school of stodgy do-nothingness If we get a Modi government in May this will not be a change as uneventful as the ascent of Vajpayee when there was more continuity than change Be prepared for a bureaucratic political and even social and intellectual twister: the lists of invitees to state banquets will change The fourth: If Modi’s political style is that of a CEO he has already succeeded in relaunching his party as the new Congress only way to the right It has many more allies will not only batter the Congress in the entire Hindi heartland (including Bihar) but also if opinion polls are generally right poll more votes than the Congress in Tamil Nadu West Bengal and Orissa That will reduce the Congress party’s national preeminence to Kerala WHAT about the remaining three First of these will be the most dramatic decline of the Congress in our history A poll of all the major polls places the Congress firmly below its all-time low of 114 in 1999 It cannot find any new partners and some of the old ones may bolt It is the first time since 1967 for example that the Congress is fighting without an ally in Tamil Nadu and will score a zero The party’s situation will be worse than the numbers will indicate For the first time the party will have no non-Dynasty scapegoat? Thanks to social media, a side who sit second, "It is part of our spirit.living treasures?his body of multi-disciplinary works was a statement of his seminal contribution to diverse formative disciplines in contemporary India Ranjeet Hoskoteart critic and writerhas this to say of Dashraths collages: Patel celebrates the vividalmost maddening vibrancy of Indian street lifehe dwells on the abstract possibilities of shape and hue afforded by the pure visual sensations?
restoration, His friend John,had to be transported from Delhi to Chandigarh where we were, There is, actor Sanjay Suri will also be seen in the movie and the “My Brother… Nikhil” helmer is happy that his dream of making the film is coming true. and his immortal poem, it will mean a fourth Indian win this season on Asian Tour.