‘Trump may be persuaded to back the Iran deal’

By Vikas Datta Jaipur, Jan 23 : US President Donald Trump, who has virulently called the nuclear agreement with Iran the “worst deal ever negotiated”, may come around supporting it, says an American expert on the Middle East. “There may be some uncertainty… Trump, who had said it is a bad deal, may be persuaded […]

Police evict Jallikattu protesters in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Jan 23 : Nearly a week after watching on the sidelines the Jallikattu protest on the Marina Beach and in other places in the state, the Tamil Nadu Police on Monday morning started evicting the protesters. Jallikattu is a popular bull-taming sport of Tamil Nadu. The police action came on the day when the […]

Disappointed with Bollywood songs demeaning women: Prasoon Joshi

By Vikas Datta Jaipur, Jan 22 : Acclaimed lyricist, screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi is “disappointed” with both Bollywood songs demeaning women as well as the common people who enjoy them and urged bad work be rejected so good work can come up. Noting that the moral imbalances one can sometimes see in advertising […]

‘Contact with Napoleon a death sentence for Tipu Sultan’

By Vikas Datta Jaipur, Jan 22 : Napoleon’s life and career disapproves the Leftist challenge to the “Great Man” theory of history, for he not only influenced the course of European history but also of faraway India, where it was his talk of alliance with Tipu Sultan, that ensured a virtual death sentence for the […]

‘Literature must only aim for not being boring, not to change the world’

By Vikas Datta Jaipur, Jan 22 : Literature’s sole responsibility is to be exciting, not to change the world although novels do offer a unique way for the human race to view themselves, says Australian author and Booker Prize Winner Richard Flanagan. “Literature has no responsibility other than not being boring. Its role isn’t to […]

Social disparity to blame for molestation, rape: Javed Akhtar

By Saket Suman Jaipur, Jan 22 : Celebrated Indian poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar on Sunday rebuffed claims that Westernisation leads to rapes and other crimes against women. In response to a question from the audience at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), Akhtar said Indian actors going to Hollywood or some popstar “performing in Bengaluru” […]