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“Let’s stop fighting over who we believe created the planet, and work together against those that choose to destroy it.” — Jack Barker

Mysuru, May 29- Opposing the massive unscientific developmental works being undertaken by the State Government atop Chamundi Hill which would destroy the ambience and serenity of the hill, hundreds of people of all ages and from all walks of life, most of them sporting black dress and black arm bands, including members of various organisations, climbed the 1008 steps of the hill as a symbol of protest this morning.

The protest, Chamundi Betta Ulisi (Save Chamundi Hill), was organised by Let’s Do It! Mysore, a citizens’ forum, to give public a chance to make their collective voice heard.

Speaking after flagging off the protest walk at the footsteps of the hill in the presence of Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and others, Novelist and Saraswati Samman awardee Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa said that e...more

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Congress sphinx Sonia smiles!

I have been watching the theatre of the absurd on English National TV channels and also national newspapers, particularly one from Chennai which seems to have sold its soul to Leftists and surely to Congress. Just a sample: On Friday May 6, 2016 the Congress held a “Save Democracy” march in “Lutyens’ Delhi,” as media are maniacally calling Delhi which in truth has been Nehru-Gandhis’ Delhi. Let it be. To come to the point that I want to make about how tendentious a major section of the media is in reporting in order to protect the Gandhi family, here is an example:

“Lalit Desai, General Secretary at Congress’ Gujarat Unit, walked with a group of a dozen workers, holding the party flag. He said he came to Delhi to attend the rally because he felt that ‘The BJP Government’ was unnecessarily harassing the Gandhi family.”

Harassing? Well, I guess helping. If at all, it is Dr. Subramanian Swamy who is harassing Gandhi family.

Now, the point to ponder is how relevant and important the report on Lalit Desai is except to make a sympathetic statement in favour of Gandhis. And if the march is for saving democracy, then they must carry our National Flag, not Party Flag, which may be understandable if the march was to ‘Save Gandhi family.’

I say this after reading the political chapters of Tavleen Singh’s book ‘India’s Broken Tryst.’ Of course, much of what is in the book has come from what was already published in the newspapers over the years, hence a recall for regular newspaper reader interested in politics.

She writes about BJP’s Atal Behari Vajpayee becoming the Prime Minister “for the third time in three years at the end of 1999.” Talveen Singh writes what many BJP leaders and sympathisers, that includes yours truly too, were thinking about this poet-Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who had Brajesh Mishra, whom many political observers considered as the Trojan horse of Congress inside BJP fort, as his Pr...more

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By June Gaur

The work of Ai Weiwei, Chinese artist and social activist, will almost certainly never be seen in India, given that so much of it is politically loaded. This makes him one of the most controversial artists working today and also one of the most important. Some of the questions Ai Weiwei (Aye Wayway) raises, such as the value of freedom of expression, are fundamental to human rights. And he often employs shock tactics to get his message across.

I got to see the rebel artist’s work at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne, where it was featured recently alongside that of Andy Warhol, the 20th century American pop artist. The Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei blockbuster exhibition premiered at the NGV in December 2015 and ran for four months till April 24.

Forever Bicycles

It was the chance of a lifetime, but madness even so, to have braved the weekend queues for tickets. Luckily, an obliging niece offered to stand in line for both of us, leaving me free to wander around the foyer.

It was way too dizzying for me to be sitting in one place staring fixedly at the mesmerising arrangement of 1,500 stainless steel bicycles piled almost to the top of the foyer — the latest in the Beijing artist’s Forever Bicycles series. A second Ai Weiwei creation, a five metre tall crystal chandelier, loomed by the water wall near the entrance. On a platform facing the bicycles, visitors jostled for space to photograph the bicycle sculpture.

That the humble bicycle can also be used to make a powerful political statement may never occur to us, accustomed as we are to personal freedoms here. But, when Ai Weiwei was growing up, a Forever Bicycle stood for freedom of movement. That freedom was curtailed for some time when his passport was confiscated by his government. So Ai Weiwei uses these static bicycle installations as a strong commentary on specific aspects of life in China’s cities as well as the changing social environment aroun...more

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