The ASL Ice Bucket Challenge to spread the awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) has been making headlines for quite some time now, with celebrities putting up videos of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads.
So how could Poonam Pandey possibly overlook such an opportunity to grab some eye balls?
A video purportedly showing BJP's controversial Loksabha MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, making incendiary comments has brought the focus back on the BJP's Hindutva agenda and the attempts to polarise people on religious and communal lines.
In the video, which is undated, and is said to be made during the campaign for 2009 Loksabha elections, Adityanath is shown and heard saying first that he was very concerned about a court directive to Uttar Pradesh government to investigate why Hindu girls were going [eloping] with Muslim men.
He goes on to say that later he heard about an appeal by a Muslim man from Gorakhpur that while elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh Hindu girls might be eloping with Muslim men, in Gorakhpur it is the Muslim girls who end up in Hindu households. At this point the assembled crowd of men cheer wildly.
He talks about converting people to Hinduism and then says, "wo agar 1 Hindu baalikaa ko le jaayenge to kam se kam 100 Muslim baalikaaon ko... ["If they take one Hindu girl away, there will be at least 100 that we will..."] and then he pauses, as the crowd cheers and completes his sentence.
He does not just stop there and goes on to say, "agar vo ek Hindu ko maarenge to 100 ko hum bhi...[If they kill one Hindu, there will be 100 that we" and pauses, as the gathered crowd shouts: "maarenge [kill]"
"We will return whatever they do 100 folds, with interest," he is heard saying.
On being asked about this speech, he refused to confirm or deny it and said it was the media's responsibility to find out the autheticity of any video before showing it.
In the run up to the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, while the BJP removed the controversial 'Love Jihad' from its resolution in a party meeting in Vrindavan last week, various Hindutva outfits and leaders continue to rake up the subject.
Alia Bhatt, whose stint on Karan Johar's chat show 'Koffee with Karan' turned her into the butt of online jokes, has now indulged in a bit of self-mockery by featuring in a parody titled 'Alia Bhatt-Genius of the Year'.
Alia is often teased by fans for her lack of general knowledge after she failed to name the president of India on Johar's show.
After a day of much tension at the International border with Pakistan firing on border posts and villages and the Indian Home Minister asking the BSF jawans to give effective replies, here is a gentle reminder by Indian-American artist Zeshan Bagewadi that we are essentially the same people.
Outlook archives: U.R. Ananthamurthy
Renowned historian Ramachandra Guha was one of the many leading public figures to pay rich tributes to U.R. Ananthamurthy today. Guha insightfully tweeted: UR Ananthamurthy had three simultaneous careers; as novelist, educationist, and controversialist: and he was influential in all. And true to form, controversy marked the Jnanpith awardee's death as well