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Harini Calamur
Harini  Calamur

Harini Calamur is a media entrepreneur, film maker, columnist, writer, blogger, teacher & the main slave to an imperious hound(ess)

Blogs By Harini Calamur

Combating child sexual abuse

Combating child sexual abuse

1 April 22, 2013 in Current Affairs

A 5-year-old girl was out playing in Delhi, when she was kidnapped. Taken to a room in the same building in which she stayed with her family, she was raped and brutalised with objects. The men then scurried back to their villages in Bihar, abandoning the child without food and […]

Twitter echo chambers and the “hashtag wars”

Twitter echo chambers and the “hashtag wars”

2 April 14, 2013 in Current Affairs

When Rahul Gandhi addressed the CII conference, those who oppose him and his party, got #PappuCII (stupid) to trend on Twitter. A few days later when Narendra Modi addressed the FICCI conference, Congress supporters on Twitter got #Feku (someone who makes tall claims) to trend. (Hashtags are a useful way […]

Dissecting the Gandhi speech

Dissecting the Gandhi speech

3 April 5, 2013 in Current Affairs

Jane Wyman, the first wife of the late US President Ronald Reagan was once asked how it was being married to him. She answered that he was a great guy, but had only one shortcoming, “Ask him the time and he’ll tell you how the watch was made.” In the […]

Manufacturing Consent – for the pardon of Sanjay Dutt

Manufacturing Consent – for the pardon of Sanjay Dutt

17 March 25, 2013 in Current Affairs

Ajmal Kasab had just turned 21 when he and his fellow band of terrorists attacked India on 26 November 2008. He was 18, when he began his descent into crime and terror. The youngest unnamed accused in the horrific Delhi gangrape case was just a shade under 18, when he […]

Doordarshan News – Opportunities in Today’s Market

Doordarshan News – Opportunities in Today’s Market

4 March 11, 2013 in Culture & Society

This is a folk tale/parable based around the characters of the Mahabharata. I am not quite sure if it forms part of the main body of work comprising the Epic, or if it is a localised tale, but it is a tale that comes to mind often. This story takes […]

Of Media Centres and Media Peripheries

Of Media Centres and Media Peripheries

6 February 25, 2013 in Current Affairs

25th February  headlines and story links via Google News – India Edition Google News is my landing page for news and opinion, and has been for the best part of the last decade. It acts as an aggregator of news from local, regional, national and global sources, and provides it […]

IIPM  and Blocked URL’s – with the Draconian IT Act what did you expect ?

IIPM and Blocked URL’s – with the Draconian IT Act what did you expect ?

4 February 24, 2013 in Current Affairs

This is section 66a of the IT Act :  Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc. – Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,- 66A. Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc. Any person who sends, by means of […]

Inglish Hamari Hai

Inglish Hamari Hai

1 February 8, 2013 in Culture & Society

There was a time when very little English was used by Bollywood. What little was in the form of expletives  – Dharemendra flaring his nostrils and casting blazing looks at the bad guys as he rasped “you bloody bastard”, or the heroine giving drop dead looks to the hero as […]

‘Secular’ States of India

‘Secular’ States of India

3 February 1, 2013 in Current Affairs

When stars collide, there is a tremendous amount of destruction, energy release and new beginnings. It is the law of nature. When maverick superstar – actor, director, producer, dancer, iconoclast – Kamal Haasan, got on the wrong side of the Tamil Nadu State Chief Minister, Puratchi Thalaivi Dr Jayalalitha Jayaraman […]

Justice Verma Report – Taking it Step by Step

Justice Verma Report – Taking it Step by Step

1 January 25, 2013 in Culture & Society, Current Affairs

  The Report of the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law, also known as the Justice Verma Committee – unveiled its recommendations yesterday. Constituted after the spontaneous protests following the Delhi Gang rape case, the Committee headed by Justice J.S Verma, and with Justice Leila Seth and Gopal Subramanium – […]

Top Five Bollywood Films with Terrorism as the Backdrop

Top Five Bollywood Films with Terrorism as the Backdrop

9 January 14, 2013 in Culture & Society

Zero Dark Thirty has hit the screens to much controversy, debate, acclaim and box office success. The film deals with the decade long hunt for master terrorist Osama Bin Laden The film is a fascinating study in looking at shades of good and evil. There is a thin line between […]

Where is the Outrage Tonight (to be sung to the tune of where’s the party tonight) ?

Where is the Outrage Tonight (to be sung to the tune of where’s the party tonight) ?

2 January 8, 2013 in Culture & Society, Current Affairs

This is a story from the Mahabharata, that like many from from that epic , this too has lessons for the modern age. Dronacharya the guru to the Kuru Princes – the 100 Kauravas and the 5 Pandavas – and assorted nobility in the region, decides to test his students […]