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is Bollywood ready, we can totally imagine where he got all the magic and charm from. “The question is whether they will take it as being just a film. I think it would get a very interesting reaction.most were forced to leave because their service was only considered necessary while men were away at war. Men in patriarchal cultures have formulated social systems to their advantage When women like Usha are taking responsibility of modern day hunting-gatheringits time to recognise them If men cannot muster enough guts to admit women can have calibrethey should at least not come in the way of their aspirations in life Shombit is an international consultant to top management on differentiating business strategy with execution excellence (wwwshiningconsultingcom) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Radhika Singh | Updated: December 2 2016 11:56 am TM Krishna (centre) during a performance Top News A lecture-demo on Carnatic music an interaction with a writer and a collaboration with a transgender musical community These myriad activities are unlikely accompaniments to a programme with focus on Carnatic music But renowned musician of the genre TM Krishna believes that it is important to look beyond the form in order to break the barriers that our approach towards art can sometimes build “There’s something very incestuous about the way we deal with art” says the renowned Carnatic musician in an interview with First Edition Arts an organisation that curates and promotes Indian music theatre and dance “Art builds closed communities based on caste gender race or religion; we are always inclined to create chambers in which we feel secure But the chamber itself is a limiting construction It creates barriers and stops people from engaging in the music” he adds Watch What Else Is Making News In an attempt to break those barriers First Edition Arts is holding the Carnatic Modern Series where Krishna will interact with musicians and audiences outside of the sphere of Carnatic music He will be in conversation with author Jerry Pinto about the intersection of society and music today at SCM Sophia Bhulabhai Desai Road and on the same day participate in a lec-demo with Hindustani classical musicians at G5A Laxmi Mills On December 3 Krishna will have a concert at Swatantraveer Savarkar Auditorium Dadar and on December 4 he will collaborate with the Jogappas a transgender musical community at Sitara Studio also in Dadar “We’ve specifically chosen venues that are not typical sites of Carnatic music such as Sion or Chembur to draw a more varied audience” says Devina Dutt founder of First Edition Arts “We want to push the city beyond its existing zones and preferences Moreover Mumbai is the heartland of Hindustani music and therefore it’s important to us that we expand the base of people listening to Carnatic music There needs to be mixed audience for the arts and who better than Krishna to help us achieve that” Dutt believes there’s a misconception about Carnatic music in Mumbai; people think it is rigid and lacks creativity as compared to Hindustani music “Every musical culture has different ways of being creative The lec-demo that Krishna is holding with Hindustani classical musicians is a very unusual encounter where the two forms will engage with each other deeply in the spirit of wanting to learn about the other” she says Such unconventional views on the arts and society have augmented Krishna’s popularity “But at the heart of it all he is a brilliant and dynamic classical musician The Carnatic Modern Series tour will be a testament to that” adds Dutt For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top News902 pm: Amethi will not forgive Modi for insulting my father says Priyanka Gandhi Since the Gujarat CM neither spared Sonia nor the deceased Rajiv Gandhi pointing out how a very young Rajiv had behaved arrogantly with the much older Andhra CM in the past Priyanka Gandhi predictably came to her family’s defence Priyanka seemingly unperturbed by the accusations of arrogance levelled against her told reporters that the voters of Amethi will avenge the Gandhis and will pay back the BJP in kind – by gifting them defeat Zee News reports Priyanka saying "BJP has insulted my late father (Rajiv Gandhi) in Amethi and people here will never forgive it" She added that Congress will answer BJP’s ‘petty politics’ as will voters in Amethi "Each and every booth of Amethi will give a befitting reply to BJP’s petty politics” she said 622 pm: Modi plays the rare caste card against the Congress too Narendra Modi frequently mentions internal affairs of the Congress to emphasize how the party is ready to sideline anyone to make way for the Gandhis He has mentioned Manmohan Singh he has mentioned Pranab Mukherjee in the context Today he added another name to the list That of Sitaram Kesri who was the president of the part for two years between 1996 to 1998 Kesri was stripped off his position in the party in 1998 when Sonia Gandhi took over However Modi narrated the incident with a definitive caste twist Aware of the fact that Rahul Gandhi was quite popular with the Dalits in the area Modi suggested that Kesri was pushed out of Sonia’s way While qualifying Kersi he however mentioned that he was from a backward caste like Modi himself "Kesri ji was from a backward caste Even I am from a backward caste" he said However he left it at just an insinuation "They practice the politics of anger Kesri was thrown out of the party dragged out of his office in the middle of the night because he angered Madam Sonia ji" he said voice seething with resentment Since his poll plank has been ‘development’ he talked extensively about the absence of clean toilets in Amethi’s schools and houses He mentioned how girls in Gujarat before he became the CM dropped out of schools because there were no toilets in them etc and Amethi suffers from the same disease The caste touch is yet another example of his political cunning – and how he plans to leave no breathing room for the Congress on any issue they can think of 530 pm: Modi harps back to his chai-wallah roots in an emphatic ‘us versus them’ appeal "People have been asking if Rahul loses he will sit in the Opposition but if Modi loses what will happen to him" Modi asks his voice dripping with condescension "What will I do I have my tea-making kit ready" he thundered Oh no don’t be mistaken Tea doesn’t have the same effect on Modi that Slice claims a mango has on Katrina Kaif The Gujarat CM just said that he will go back to selling tea if he lost in the polls this year There’s also no reason to consider that a demonstration of immense hubris BJP’s PM candidate has secured himself a victory by contesting from two seats where he is hugely popular which are traditional BJP strongholds The repeated references to his chai-wallah roots was in fact a well-thought out weapon to strike against the Gandhis’ reputation In Amethi Rahul is ‘Rahul bhaiyya’ Priyanka is ‘Priyanka didi’ – the Gandhi siblings position themselves as people who belong to Amethi Rahul’s much criticised home-stay in Amethi might have given enough fodder to the opposition and critics in the media but for the hundreds who turn up in the scorching sun to catch a glimpse of their leader such acts of tokenism make quite an impression It just helps reinforcing the ‘we’re with you’ pitch of a political party quite literally A way to counter a reputation like that would be to convince the voters that the Gandhis are not Amethi traditionally considers them – as one of their own And to make that possible Modi needed to harp on to his poor chai-wallah roots which works in sharp contrast to the realm of dynastic politics that Rahul comes from Hence unlike in his other speeches Modi’s chai-wallah avatar was back in full force trying to play on issues of class and privilege to trump Gandhi in his own turf Modi built the pitch quite early in his speech "Sonia ji keeps saying that I ask for votes She is angered by the fact that a chai-bechne wallah has dared to challenge royals like them" he said at one instance accusing Congress of looting the country While questioning Priyanka Gandhi’s dismissal of Smriti Irani he mentioned that people like them poor tea-sellers and suchlike are as much parts of a democratic nation as anyone else At one point he mentioned how his 90-year-old mother took an auto to the voting booth the day she voted emphasising he is more aam aadmi than the entire AAP can ever stake claim to While you’d think if he suffers from the Ghajini-syndrome and needs "Chief Minister of Gujarat’ tattooed on his arm given how he completely ignores the fact that he is that while making his appeals as the ‘poor chai-wallah’ such declarations no doubt make a strong impression on an electorate which kept Irani’s Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi running for centuries Therefore while closing his speech he asked if Amethi is going to vote a ‘chai-wallah’ to power And appealing to India’s soft-corner for familial ties (which Modi doesn’t make claims about too often) he named Irani his ‘sister’ and asked Amethi to vote for his ‘chhoti behen’ Given that he has now left the Gandhis no space and time for a comeback the Congress can only hope that Amethi is not as Bollywoodised that they fear it is and BJP hopes it is Otherwise one can say with some confidence that Modi just scored a brownie point for the BJP in the battle of the ‘behens’ 502: Modi gives Rahul a break attacks Priyanka instead Flogging the idea of Rahul Narendra Modi must have now realised is now equal flogging a corpse In fact one just needs to switch on the TV and sit back to watch how Rahul Gandhi stumbles through a speech pushing fistfuls of Congress’ votes away However the same doesn’t apply to Congress’ new-found voice in a cold abrasive Priyanka Gandhi The Gandhi which gave enough heartburn to the BJP to bother even a 56-inch chest So Modi launched on an attack that would attempt dismantling the defence mounted by Priyanka So at first Modi transformed the ‘shehzada’ to the ‘bhaiya’ Thereby hinting that Gandhi is nothing on his own He is either a privileged son or the lucky brother He repeatedly referred to Rahul as ‘Rahul bhaiya’ "We’re not sending Smriti to bother Rahul bhaiya Rahul bhaiya is anyway quite disturbed himself" he said to a hooting crowd One needs to mention here that Priyanka has launched a strong abrasive defence of her ‘bhai’ She ticked off Modi for calling her bhai a ‘shehzada’ Therefore by making ‘bhaiyya’ sound like a joke Modi sought to make a mockery of Priyanka’s defence He then went on to express how he has greater faith in his sister – Smriti Irani The message about the other significant sister in the constituency is absolutely obvious Finally he chose to spin his ‘us-them’ pitch around Priyanka this time not his favoured ‘sehzada’ "Ek netri ne bola kaun Smriti Irani" he asked Referring to Priyanka’s dismissal of Irani he asked how can she make such an arrogant statement "When pride drown everything else you know the end is come Who is Smriti Irani Smriti Irani is a child of Mother India She is citizen of our country That should suffice In a democracy a royal family cannot make such statements" he reminded Amethi And finally he didn’t offer himself to Amethi He offered his sister "My younger sister will take care of you Give her a chance She will take care of you like your own sister" he says There’s no missing the strategy here A sister to fight another 450 pm: Narendra Modi gives Modi-sarkar a break pitches for Smriti-for-Amethi instead While you expect Narendra Modi to start every speech with a rousing round of Gandhi-bashing he surprisingly took a break The speech didn’t kick off with Pappu jokes instead dwelt on why Smriti Irani was a fitting candidate for Amethi One would have to call it a brilliant move given that Amethi’s politics revolves around an axis called the Gandhis In fact this is one place where Rahul Gandhi has managed to transform into ‘Rahul bhaiyya’ successfully – someone the electorate chooses to fall back upon It is therefore important for those voters to know Smriti Irani first Hence Modi started his speech pointing out why she was the best bet the constituency has "She is a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat I gave her a backward constituency and asked her to do whatever she can for it She did a fabulous job of bringing in development that is when I decided she is the best candidate for Amethi" "People have a lot of faith in their sisters I have more faith in my sister" he said possibly thinking in his head ‘beat that Priyanka’ 431 pm: Congress is intimidating BJP workers complain Smriti Irani No demure Tulsi in your angaan she is Smriti Irani spewed fire onstage at Amethi as she accused the Congress party workers of intimidating BJP workers in their bastion "In the darkness of night some Congress workers have threatened our workers that after May 7 Smriti did will leave what will happen to you" she said But worry not BJP workers Irani promised to remind the Congress workers of ‘chhati ka doodh’ – ie their days as infants 415 pm: "Hum Modi ji ko laane waale hain" fills up the air Like a good Bollywood film a good Indian rally neither lacks in colour nor in music And playing by the hugely successful rally rulebook the BJP first got Olympics medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to exhort the crowd to sing ‘Vande Mataram’ with him Given that the temperature in Amethi is not too conducive to patriotism of the musical kind the chorus heard was not befitting a Narendra Modi rally The party swiftly changed tact and as Modi settled down on the stage they started blaring the hugely publicised ‘Modiji ko laane waale hain’ song on speakers that would put Dolby to shame Meanwhile BJP PM candidate seemed busy exchanging some quick notes with his Amethi candidate Smriti Irani 402 pm: Modi’s supporters at Amethi however want Karachi not toilets yet Sandip Roy Firstpost’s senior editor reports that people are literally sitting on each others laps at the venue Others claiming to be organisers are bragging about traffic jams Apparently Modi supporters have arrived in thousands leading to a 30-kilometre long traffic snarl on the way to the venue A local bard meanwhile has found his song for Modi And no he is not wasting time conjecturing whose ‘sarkar’ it will be ‘ab ki baar’ Instead he sings ‘Rawalpindi aur Karachi Bharat le lenge’ Guess who’ll be the architect of this ambitious Pakistan-annexation programme Who but Modi 355 pm: What has Amethi gained from voting three members of a family ask Modi Modi set the pitch for his hyped Amethi speech by tweeting about the Gandhis and Amethi https://twittercom/narendramodi/status/463260471458402305 He also tweeted out a ‘charge-sheet’ prepared by the BJP seeking to tell people the ‘truth’ about Amethi The charge-sheet collates several government data and raises questions about claims of development in Amethi The document among other things points out that the per capita income of Amethi is way less than that of UP or that of India It points out 838 percent of Amethi’s households don’t have a toilet From the ‘charge-sheet’ one can envisage the kind of attack Modi is preparing to launch on his opposition It seems that this time his speech will be less rhetoric more facts something that the Gandhi siblings will find difficult to counter effectively 1210 pm: Modi takes on Gandhis in Ambedkarnagar On his way to Amethi BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Ambedkarnagar where he took on the Gandhi-led Congress party saying it was time for it to shut shop "Have they fulfilled their promises Have you got any employement from them Shouldn’t they go for cheating you" Modi also slammed the Congress for neglecting its own leaders like Sardar Patel promising to build a statue of unity in Gujarat the tallest in the world "America has a statue of liberty but we will build a statue of unity. a statue of Patel in Gujarat. I thank you all for send us your farming tools that will be used in the statue" he said "You may have the lotus in your mind on your tongue and in your heart. but on 7 May you must have it on your finger when you vote" 10:00 am: Modi to hit out at Rahul while campaigning for India’s favourite bahu Narendra Modi is taking the battle straight into the proverbial Gandhi citadel The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate is holding a strategically timed rally in the constituency of Amethi traditionally considered a Congress seat in the hope of giving a final boost to the party’s candidate Smriti Irani While that may be the official reason it also gives Narendra Modi a chance to take on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in his pocket borough The rally is expected to begin at 3:30 pm and Modi will hope to end his speech as close as possible to the Election Commission prescribed deadline of 5 pm He already has one FIR against him for allegedly violating the model code of conduct and despite his fighting words is unlikely to want to antagonise the commission further Amethi will go to the polls along with other seats in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday Modi is expected to go after Rahul Gandhi in his constituency Naresh Sharma/ Firstpost Irani is facing off against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who has had his sister Priyanka campaign for him in the constituency and AAP’s Kumar Vishwas who was the first to throw his hat into the ring for the contest For the Congress it isn’t just about victory but the margin by which it wins Rahul Gandhi has won by huge margins in the last two elections and will be fighting a tougher battle on this occasion Though the Congress Vice President had won the seat in 2004 and 2009 elections with huge margins Congress had lost in three of the five assembly segments falling under Amethi parliamentary constituency during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2012 Modi has been attacking Rahul throughout the campaign trail at times mocking him and on other occasions being scathing in his criticism In Amethi today it would be fair to expect the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate to go all out against the Congress Vice President not only for the condition of his constituency but many other issues By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: March 27 2017 6:27 pm Richa Chadha has been a part of films like Gangs Of Wasseypur Fukrey and Masaan Related News Off screen she is a vociferous campaigner against sexual abuse and gender discrimination But when on screen acclaimed performer Richa Chadha doesn’t want the “burden” of imparting social messages a responsibility she says belongs to political leaders “I don’t want to do this flag-bearing thing Cinema should not have the responsibility of changing society Sure you should make good films which have some meaning and lead to something positive for someone but one doesn’t want that burden” Richa told IANS during a tete-a-tete during a visit last week “Sometimes you just tell a story instead of looking for what lesson it imparts We should look for messages from our political leaders whom we elect as our representatives and not from actors” added the 30-year-old Are our politicians giving out enough meaningful messages Zero came the pat reply from Richa who added: “And this is something that unites them whichever party they may be from They are not inspiring and that’s why the youth of today is more inspired by cricket stars film stars or athletic stars” Having said that she admits films filmmakers and artistes have a responsibility “We shouldn’t do unethical things like we shouldn’t show women in bad light or even show a particular community in a bad light or sing stuff like ‘Hum kaale hain toh kya hua…’ Don’t do those things… (But) There should not be an unnecessary burden Like when we tell a story about a murderer or con man we are judged for glorifying crime But we’re really just telling a story” Also read |Bollywood didn’t consider me good looking: Richa Chadha Richa who has made the Hindi film industry sit up and take notice of her craft with movies like Gangs Of Wasseypur Fukrey and Masaan however says celebrities must take on the responsibility of doing their bit to champion a worthy cause She feels Hollywood actors can “afford to” take time off films and other projects to indulge in philanthropic works but in India actors are always in a hurry “I wish we get a system of royalty or something that secures actors and artistes Artistes are self-sponsored — at least the outsiders They have to worry about rents family and liabilities So in that space whatever you do is appreciated and people are doing it” she said citing superstars Shah Rukh Khan Aamir Khan and Salman Khan as examples Any specific area that she would like to contribute to “Child abuse and education What happens with you in childhood shapes you for the rest of your life” said the actress who finds Hollywood actress Demi Moore — her co-star in upcoming film Love Sonia — “very inspiring” for pursuing her movie career alongside supporting multiple charities That Richa tries to do her bit in changing mindsets came across through two small gestures during the chat at a city hotel First when she asked the hotel’s staff for a fresh cup of coffee in a cup already used by her “Just use the same cup I like to save water” she said And second when another staffer addressed her as “Jee sir” when she asked for a glass of water “Main sir hun (Am I sir)” Richa asked then commenting: “See how minds are conditioned This is why we need forums to discuss the changes we need” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: June 6 2014 12:15 am Related News BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s death in a road accident has abruptly awoken those in power to this quiet crisis Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has spoken of making rear seatbelts mandatory — but the fact that even this patently necessary precaution has not been enforced so far is a telling example of India’s attitude to road safety Each accident is an isolated tragedy but collectively they are a public health emergency crying for policy attention Indian roads are among the most dangerous in the world responsible for one out of every 10 traffic-related deaths and these have been rising steadily every year Cars race with bullying trucks motorcycles lurch and weave pedestrians and drivers seem unaware of the rules and insensitive civic design can pose its own dangers The crush of traffic is only going to worsen and public safety interventions are essential to keep up with the growing pressure Accidents on the road are disproportionately harmful to the poor — cyclists pedestrians and the homeless are most vulnerable Small changes in transport management can bring about enormous drops in fatalities — clear signs and road delineations accessible thoroughways overbridges and underpasses A comprehensive road safety plan must focus on public awareness as well as a strict enforcement and penalty regime Apart from changes in physical infrastructure safety features on cars and bikes helmets and tail-lights reflecting surfaces and better fencing quality human monitoring is crucial When drivers are perfunctorily trained and licences can be bought there is little likelihood we can be made more secure While India still lacks a country-wide road safety regime there have been improvements when policymakers see the need for an overhaul Tamil Nadu was the first state to announce a road safety policy in 2007 and uses a GIS-aided accident data management system This data has been analysed to identify high-frequency points on the road and crash types — for instance whether drunk driving is the cause at certain times This information is then used to decide on specific interventions Road deaths are rarely seen as the responsibility of any one agency but we need a dedicated large-scale policy response to make our towns safer For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWashington: Pakistan is "anxiously waiting" for the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks a top aide of Pakistan Prime Minister said on Tuesday and asked India not to give the non-state actors "a veto" over bilateral ties Sartaj Aziz the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that his government’s policy direction with regard to fight against terrorism is "clear" but conceded that the "implementation is not very easy" He said a Special Investigative Team (SIT) is scheduled to visit India to investigate the Pathankot terrorist attack and collect samples and evidences But the progress on the investigation depends on the co-operation from India he said in response to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations – a top US think-tank Sartaj Aziz Reuters "As our policy of peaceful neighbourhood we have reached out to India We are anxiously waiting for the dialogue to be resumed The Pathankot incident disrupted the process of the two foreign secretaries’ meetings" Aziz said "Once we begin the dialogue I am sure we would be able to deal with some issues even if we are not able to solve all the issues at dispute Our main purpose is that Line of Control should be peaceful normal relationship should start sporting links should resume so that tension decreases That prepares the ground for dealing with more difficult issues" Aziz said Responding to a question on how Pakistan would manage the "ability of the spoilers" to take off track the peace efforts of the government in particular with that with India he conceded that this is a tough task at their disposal "The question is obviously people who want to disrupt these talks non-state actors of course No country has totally controlled them So for somebody to orchestrate an incident with people on both sides of the border these kinds of incidents would always take place We have been urging India not to give a veto to these non-state groups "There is one incident and the whole relationship collapses" Aziz said Observing that a great deal of the problem being faced by Pakistan today is the result of fighting other people’s war including the war against Russia by Afghan Mujahedeen and the US "Should we have done that in retrospect I do not know Look at the cost to us. which would then enable us to proceed against whosoever is suspected, Being the cynosure on a cricket field might not have been that new an experience for him, “They will still be able to talk in general terms, “If I didn’t I wouldn’t be in the ‘A’ team so it’s definitely something I want. New Zealand chairman of selectors Bruce Edgar reiterated what McCullum had said earlier.

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