Chidanand Rajghatta (for Info only, not official)

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Chidanand Rajghatta

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    ...Senators and congressmen, entertainers and impresarios, writers and critics, are all having to heed the call to get their grubby hands off unwilling women. Whether the dressing down will have a salutary effect in the long run and whether such lessons will go beyond the Western world and its practitioners of promiscuity is easy to forecast: very unlikely. The male of the species has been preying on the female — damned as deadlier than the male only in some contexts — since time immemorial for this to happen quickly. But at least a conversation has begun in earnest about sexual protocol and propriety in the workplace and beyond. Gender gurus have long argued that men and women think, feel, and view matters such as love, courtship and sex differently. ...

    TOI on Dec. 10, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...The two and half minutes to midnight is the closest the Doomsday Clock has come to Armageddon since 1953, when back-to-back thermonuclear tests by the United States and Russia the previous year in the early days of Cold War brought it within two minutes to midnight. Since then the clock, initially set at seven minutes to midnight when it was conceived in 1947, has been moved back and forth. The end of the Cold War in 1990 pushed it back to 10 minutes to midnight. It was set further back in 1991 to 11.43pm, the farthest it has been from doomsday, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The 1998 nuclear tests by India and Pakistan advanced it by five minutes to 11.51pm. ...

    TOI on Dec. 4, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Senators and Congressmen, entertainers and sportsmen, media anchors and market mavens, are all being brought to their knees by long-suffering women, many of whom have now found their voice, their courage, and the forums to express their anger. There isn’t a day or a place in this world where patronising patrimony isn’t on display, exemplified recently by the alarm in Japan from male politicians when their female colleague brought her new-born son to work. The dice is loaded against women. ...

    TOI on Nov. 27, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...In one of the more bizarre cases, American Airlines recently had to evacuate a flight at Raleigh-Durham airport after passengers complained of a nauseous odour that was initially attributed to a fellow traveller passing gas. But the airline gave him an all clear, attributing it to a mechanical issue on the plane, not flatulence. In another incident, a college professor was arrested at Miami international airport following a flight from Nicaragua after she subjected fellow passengers to a foreign policy rant that challenged both their views and their patience. In fact, some people are coming on board armed for battle, not necessarily with lethal weapons. ...

    TOI on Nov. 13, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...In one of the more bizarre cases, American Airlines recently had to evacuate a flight at Raleigh-Durham airport after passengers complained of a nauseous odor that was initially attributed to a fellow traveller passing gas. But the airline gave him an all clear, attributing it to a mechanical issue on the plane, not flatulence. In another incident, a college professor was arrested at Miami international airport following a flight from Nicaragua after she subjected fellow passengers to a foreign policy rant that challenged both their views and their patience. In fact, some people are coming on board armed for battle, not necessarily with lethal weapons. ...

    TOI on Nov. 12, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

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    ...So, other Foods forgathered at the Kitchen Table to whey the development. “Let the meeting come to order!” yelled Wheat, whose separation from Chaff had eventually brought about his downfall, because, it was rumoured, he had lost Bran Equity. “Yes! Order, Order!” grated his ally Rice, who had lost his husky voice after he broke free of his daddy, Paddy. The duo, with help from other long-running cereals and racy pulses, had dominated the agri-field after Green Revolution. But Milk, who claimed to have calcium and human kindness in him, had quietly flowed past them, and was now generating one out of every five rupees in India’s farm sector. “I’m amaized Milk has risen the top considering how many people are lactose intolerant,” grumbled Maize, with his corny sense of humor. “Bloody *&^%$#@! This is racism!” griped Ragi, a dark, coarse grain who served in the Milletary with his cousin Sorghum. “Yeah, I wish I was as white as Milk. ...

    TOI on Oct. 30, 2017, 2:06 a.m.

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    ...This is an affront to Indignant India, which has matchless claims to be known as the Republic of Outragestan. When it comes to #outrage, Americans cannot hold a candle to India. We OWN outrage. We discharge outrage on an industrial, nay Olympian, scale. We are alpha- and uber-outragists; we have the outrage gene burnt into our DNA. WE are the outrage superpower. In fact, there is so much outrage in India that we need sub-classification to handle the tsunami of outrage in the public sphere. On TV, our anchors have shoutrage and argumentative guests have whataboutrage; those outshouted have drownoutrage. Our VVIPs have cloutrage and the merely VIPs have floutrage. Our MPs have walkoutrage, unmindful of voters who may have turnoutrage. Those who lose their deposit in subsequent elections have routrage. Subramanian Swamy has gadaboutrage. ...

    TOI on Oct. 16, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...“The meeting will come to order!” bellowed Naan, who had assumed command of Breaddom with help from his cousin Kulcha. Enriched by the oil boom, they had ousted the previous leader, plainspoken Roti, after the Green Revolution. “We should protest Khakhra being given special treatment. At this rate, he might become the sole staple of India.” “Hear! Hear!” chimed in Paratha, who was from Punjab. “Dense or light, flattened or round, you duplicate the mother’s rounded womb, and earth’s twice-yearly swelling.” No one understood what Paratha meant. He never spoke in simple, direct language like other breads. He always went round and round, and his utterances had many layers of meaning one had to extract after buttering him up. “Does anyone know why Khakhra’s GST was lowered from 12 per cent to 5 per cent and why we were left out?” asked Naan. Bhatura, who seldom traveled without her spouse Channa, spoke up. ...

    TOI on Oct. 10, 2017, 2 a.m.