POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 23, 2014 AT 01:36 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 23, 2014 02:24 IST

While a war rages and the world tries to come to grips with the violence let loose by Israel on Gaza, a photograph of a Lebanese journalist kissing her Jewish boyfriend has gone viral.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 23, 2014 AT 01:36 IST, Edited At: Jul 23, 2014 02:24 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 22, 2014 AT 23:55 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 22, 2014 23:55 IST

Just as at the time of the global financial crisis, the only commentator on mainstream American TV who seems to be able to call it as he sees it on Israel-Palestine seems to be Jon Stewart.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 22, 2014 AT 23:55 IST, Edited At: Jul 22, 2014 23:55 IST
POSTED BY News Ed ON Jul 17, 2014 AT 16:34 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 17, 2014 16:34 IST

Chetan Bhagat has done it again. His ill-considered tweets on the situation in Gaza have stirred up a controversy. The best selling novelist has often managed to enrage the Twitterati, including the furore he caused by comparing the fall of the rupee with rape.

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POSTED BY News Ed ON Jul 17, 2014 AT 16:34 IST, Edited At: Jul 17, 2014 16:34 IST
POSTED BY A. Sanzgiri ON May 12, 2010 AT 21:01 IST ,  Edited At: May 12, 2010 21:01 IST

Dear Amitav,

We are members of an internet mailing list concerned mainly with South Asian literature.

In light of the recent letter campaigns, online petitions, opinion columns and blogs variously urging you to reject the Dan David prize and/or condemning you for refusing to take such a position, we thought of writing to you expressing our admiration for your writings, especially for your responding to these with grace and firmness while sticking to a principled position.

We have no common position on the Palestinian question. We do have a common position on the need to expand the common ground that writers such as yourself seek to establish - a ground on which all human beings can celebrate their commonalities and negotiate their differences.

With regards

Manisha Amin
Farah Aziz
Amitabha Bagchi
Rumjhum Biswas
Razia Husain
Soniah Kamal
Anu Kumar
Karen Leonard
Latika Mangrulkar
John Matthew
Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
K. V. Bapa Rao
Ajit Sanzgiri
Denton Taylor
Ekta Thakur
Pamela Tweedy

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POSTED BY A. Sanzgiri ON May 12, 2010 AT 21:01 IST, Edited At: May 12, 2010 21:01 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Feb 23, 2009 AT 04:13 IST ,  Edited At: Feb 23, 2009 04:13 IST
One reason for my decision was that all too many people advised me not to do it. Perhaps, like many other novelists, I tend to do the exact opposite of what I am told. If people are telling me -- and especially if they are warning me -- "Don't go there," "Don't do that," I tend to want to "go there" and "do that." It's in my nature, you might say, as a novelist. Novelists are a special breed. They cannot genuinely trust anything they have not seen with their own eyes or touched with their own hands.

And that is why I am here. I chose to come here rather than stay away. I chose to see for myself rather than not to see. I chose to speak to you rather than to say nothing.

Please do allow me to deliver one very personal message. It is something that I always keep in mind while I am writing fiction. I have never gone so far as to write it on a piece of paper and paste it to the wall: rather, it is carved into the wall of my mind, and it goes something like this:

"Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg."
The full text of this powerful must-read speech is at Salon
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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Feb 23, 2009 AT 04:13 IST, Edited At: Feb 23, 2009 04:13 IST
     
 
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