Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Govinda, Preity Zinta, Shivani Tanksale
Director: Krishna DK, Raj Nidimoru Music: Sachin-Jigar Writer: Krishna DK, Raj Nidimoru, Sita Menon
Running Time: 136 minutes. Continue Reading..
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New manager of Manchester United Louis van Gaal was responsible for a major overhaul of the club’s squad which saw faithful servants like Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic leave for Queens Park Rangers, Juventus and Inter Milan respectively.
Everyone was left wondering who will step into the shoes of these tactically sound defenders and van Gaal responded by signing young Argentinean Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon and the versatile Dutchman Daley Blind from Ajax. Rojo can play as a left-footed centre back where as Blind can play at left wing back and even in the middle of the park. Continue Reading..
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When a man like Rampal sets up a faith factory where simplistic solutions are produced on an assembly line and fed to the innocent for a price, it is time to worry.
The power of religion lies surely in its ability to provide answers. But every so often a godman pops up, as one has done in Haryana just now, who raises questions. Religion is not, at least in my opinion, the antidote of reason, but works somewhere to the askance of it. Religion emerges from belief; and belief is beyond the compass of the mind, and will remain so until the human brain, a part of the creation of the being, is incapable of understanding the rationale of existence or the meaning of death.
A poster featuring Rampal. | Photo: Pramod Pushkarna
Only atheists believe in death. For the uncertain, death is a step into the unknown. For believers, death is a transition into celestial space, whose full nature will be determined by some form of accountability for what we have done in our time on earth. The reassurance of linkage serves as sanction for broad moral order, although of course the divine force did create leeway for depravity by offering free will in the human package. If we drive logic along a very stern line, we could even suggest that barbarism is a trenchant manifestation of atheism, for only those who reject the creative and serene genius of the divine would indulge in cruelty or murder or mayhem. And when tyrants indulge in barbarism in the name of faith? It is not a coincidence that all religions have a particular place in hell reserved for hypocrites.
The tricky part might be an acceptable definition of morality. All too often, ruling elites have usurped and rewritten morality to serve their economic and political interests. Religion is the operational vehicle for such inequity. And so, when the French rebelled in the last quarter of the 18th century, they smashed the Catholic church with just as much ferocity as they beheaded the Bourbon kings, queens and dukes. The people jeered, and cheered. When Karl Marx took the thought a nuanced mile forward, described religion as the opium of the masses, and abolished religious institutions from the framework of social management, he found a response that gripped generations across two vast continents, particularly in societies where the poor had been drugged by intellectual and economic torpor. Continue Reading..
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M J Akbar