Wednesday, April 16, 2014

is modi like reagan? when will america get its modi to massacre the obamistas?

http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/14/is-india-about-to-elect-its-reagan/

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Fwd: Welcome to India's new foreign economic policy



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http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2014/04/11/welcome-indias-new-foreign-economic-policy/

 

Welcome to India's new foreign economic policy

 

April 11, 2014  

 

By Robinder Sachdev

NEW DELHI: At the end of a historic parliamentary election in India, where over 810 million voters are eligible to cast their vote, a new government will take office by end of May.

The new government will have its hand full with domestic issues from the word go. It will have to prepare and present the annual budget in June or July. Tackle inflation and price rise, take firm steps to curb corruption, and improve gender security as an immediate concern. It shall need to decide on the contentious issue of gas pricing, decide on coal linkages to old and new power plants, and fast track at least a few infrastructure projects that can be switched on ASAP, and much more – before it can even say, "Voila…I have arrived!"

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violence against women: couple shoves chilies into 11 year old maid's genitals

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-horror-story-from-outskirts-of-mumbai-mira-road-couple-put-chillies-in-maids-genitals-1949873

Horror story from outskirts of Mumbai: Mira Road couple put chillies in maid's genitals

they had bought her for 15000 rupees.

so where is the women's rights cottage industry?

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silicon valley 150: top cos in the valley, where venture capital investments are happening

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

stanford: Week of April 14: Center for South Asia Events and Updates



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April 14, 2014


April 15, 2014, Film Screening and Discussion of "Fandry" with Director Nagraj Manjule
12 pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208
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Fandry is a 2013 Indian Marathi language film, written and directed by Nagraj Manjule in a directorial debut. It stars Somnath Avghade and Rajshree Kharat as the film leads. The story focuses on a romance amidst caste-based discrimination.

Nagraj Manjule is a National Award-winning Indian filmmaker and screenwriter known for his first short film Pistulya. He hails from a small village in Maharashtra and has written and directed his first feature film, Fandry





Upcoming Center for South Asia Events
 
April 15, 12pmFilm Screening and Discussion of Fandry with Director Nagraj Manjule, Encina Hall West, Room 208

April 21, 2pmKalpana Sharma, Visiting Professor, Journalism, University of California Berkeley: Elections 2014: The Day of the Argumentative IndianEncina Hall West, Room 208  

April 29, 12pmSaumitra Jha, Associate Professor of Political Economy, StanfordForging a Non-Violent Mass Movement: Economic Shocks and Organizational Innovations in India's Struggle for Democracy, Encina Hall West, Room 208

May 2-3, 2014, South Asia by the Bay: Feminist Interventions on Gender and South Asia (Graduate Conference), Humanities 1, Room 210, Humanities and Social Sciences Facility, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

May 6, 12pm, Ritu Birla, Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto: Fiduciary Citizenship: Law, Trusteeship and Philanthropy in Independent India, Encina Hall West, Room 208

May 8, 12pm, Film Screening and Discussion of De Sidere 7, with Lata Mani and Nicolas Grandi, Roble Hall Theatre

 








































 
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April 23, 2014, 5:15pm
'Ye Zindagi Usiki Hai': Illicit Desire and (Post)colonial Romance in M.G. Vassanji's The Book of Secrets
Dr. Gaurav Desai, Tulane University
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Fwd: COALGATE 39 Media Reports - Update dated April 14th 2014



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Namaskar,
 
Series of key media reports on Coalgate. Titles in bold mean make interesting reading.
 
39. Govt admits to irregularity in coal block allocations 9/1/14 - Allotments were made in good faith but could have been done in a better manner, Attorney-General tells Supreme Court
38. What is hidden in missing coal allocation files? 23/8/13 CBI tells SC its probe in alleged irregularities being hampered as coal ministry has not shared key documents relating to allocations

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/what-is-hidden-in-missing-coal-allocation-files-113082300829_1.html

Officials could not find the records of the recommendation made by Cong MP Darda 17/8/13

 
36. CBI files case against Naveen Jindal, Jindal Steel in coal scam in MINT 12/6/13
 
 
34. CBI a caged parrot speaking in its masters' voice, observes SC in Business Standard 9/5/13 http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/cbi-a-caged-parrot-speaking-in-its-masters-voice-observes-sc-113050900032_1.html
 
33. Coal scam report shared with law minister: CBI in MINT 27/4/13
 
Last update
32. CBI to probe Coal Allotments since 1993 25/9/2010– 7 UPA MP's meet the CVC request the scope of investigation to be increased. CVC writes to CBI. Efficiency suprises! Note that the present CVC was part of the Screening Committee at some point as well. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/cbi-to-probe-captive-coal-block-allotments-since-/93/487546/
 
31. Indira Rajaraman: Coal and the CAG 25/9/2012 http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/indira-rajaraman-coalthe-cag/487450/. The author urges readers to read the CAG report carefully before forming opinions on the loss to revenue figures mentioned in the CAG reports.
 
Coal block allocations were against national interest. So does it matter whether the company had started coal mining or not!
 
 
28. Mining and Undermining by santosh tiwari 14/9/ – art takes you through the various policy changes during NDA and UPA regimes. Comprehensive. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/santosh-tiwari-miningundermining/486322/
 
 
26. Do trust strangers – editorial says that Manoj Jayaswal of Abhijeet Group had named the Coal Minister as an arbitrator in his fight with his brothers, the Minister said this was done without his knowledge. http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/76rYkdvHQ4GVyi1lpXl4SL/Do-trust-strangers.html.
 
25. Similarities between 2G scam and Coalgate by bhupesh bhandari 14/9/ - http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/bhuhpesh-bhandari-2gcoalgate-parallel-scams-/486380/
 
 
 
22. UPA said free mines mean lower power cost. Power sector got 43% of blocks 11/9/12 - http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/power-sector-got-43blocks-/486080/
 
21. Ex-coal minister Bagrodia's brother got hefty mining contract - Josy Joseph, TNN | Sep 11, 2012 - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ex-coal-minister-Bagrodias-brother-got-hefty-mining-contract/articleshow/16345499.cms
 
Last Update
 
19. 'Companies grabbed free coal, now they want to profit' 6/9/– interview with BJP MP Hansraj Ahir by Sheela Bhatt. http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-final-part-interview-coal-gate-/20120906.htm
 
 
17. Private companies who gained Rs 1.86 lakh crs from 57 coal blocks per CAG – their names and reserves allotted - http://www.business-standard.com/coalgate/news/who-got-what/485770/. To see names see attached PDF file. Number 1 is Congress MP Naveen Jindal JSPL with 1944 tons million reserves, 2 is Strategic Energy Technology Systems, a Tata-Sasol joint venture for a coal-to-liquid project 1500 M tons, 3 is Electrosteel Casting 1150 M. 4 is Tata Group 797 M tons, 5 is Abhijeet Group 573 M tons.
 
16. List of companies that won coal blocks between 2005-2011 MINT – see PDF file link - http://www.livemint.com/2012/09/07005907/Firms-may-have-falsified-equip.html?h=A1
 
15. Ujjal Upadhyay: The man who controls 14 coal blocks – though not related to Coalgate makes interesting read. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/indl-goods/svs/metals-mining/ujjal-upadhyay-the-man-who-controls-14-coal-blocks/articleshow/16275258.cms
 
14. Losses from coal block allocation by K Subramanian Asst Proff Finance ISB in MINT http://www.livemint.com/2012/09/05220950/Losses-from-coal-block-allocat.html
 
 
12. Coal Scam – glitch in Allotment letters 5/9/12 - Asked why the government had not forfeited the bank guarantee in even a single case of delay in development of captive blocks, a senior official told Business Standard, "There is a technical flaw in the format of the allocation letters. As per the letters, the government can invoke the bank guarantee clause only in cases of less production, and not nil production.
 
11. This chart shows why Coalgate is more UPA's scam than NDA's 28/8/12 – explains how prices of coal went up starting 2004 making coal blocks an attractive business.
 
10. Coalgate Timeline 5/9/12 – gives you quick snapshot of issues and dates. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Coalgate-timeline/articleshow/16259543.cms
 
9. Getting Captive Mining Wrong by A K Bhattacharya 5/9/12 - Now that the coal mining scandal is all set to get bigger than even the 2G telecom spectrum scam, it is perhaps time to review if the revelations in the last few weeks offer some policy lessons for the government. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/a-k-bhattacharya-getting-captive-mining-wrong/485365/
 
8. Now, Jaiswal's relatives in CBI net, Coal Minister directly linked 4/9/12- Sriprakash Jaiswal and Manoj Jayaswal are related by marriage. Sriprakash Jaiswal's daughter is married into the same family that Manoj Jayaswal is married into. Sriprakash's daughter has married into a Kolkata-based business family headed by Ganesh Prasad. Manoj is married to the daughter of Prasad's brother.
 
 
6. Coal in the Earth's womb, govt's false arguments by K Subramaniam 28/8/12 - Using the principles of finance used to value assets and firms, one can build a case why Chidambaram's defence is incorrect. http://www.livemint.com/2012/08/28213317/Coal-in-the-Earth8217s-womb.html?h=D
 
5. Coal's way forward raise royalties and end dependance on CIL BS editorial 5/9/12 - http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/coals-way-forward-/485362/
 
4. Coal MAAL and Companies 18/8/12– Coal blocks: India Inc under scanner as CAG report names Tatas, Jindals, Essar, others as undue beneficiaries
 

3. Chimpanzee Ai knows what zero means, but does Chidambaram? 25/8/12 - http://www.firstpost.com/business/chimpanzee-ai-knows-what-zero-means-but-does-chidambaram-430073.html

2. The Coal Allocation Mess MINT editorial 19/8/12 - http://www.livemint.com/2012/08/19212708/Ourview--The-coal-allocation.html
 
 
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Fwd: SOS : LATEST PERSECUTION IN SELANGOR, MALAYSIA

looks like ahmadiyyas are being 'tolerated' in malaysia. to be followed by hindus, of course.

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Fwd: Gujarat model is antidote to failed Bengal model of Nehru and Mahalanobi-14-04-2014



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FIRST POST –BIZ- 14-04-2014

http://www.firstbiz.com/economy/gujarat-model-is-antidote-to-failed-bengal-model-of-nehru-and-mahalanobis-82196.html?utm_source=firstpost

Gujarat model is antidote to failed Bengal model of Nehru and Mahalanobis

By R Vaidyanathan

Jawaharlal Nehru's model of the heavy-handed state had the backing of Bengali intellectuals like PC Mahalanobis. It has failed miserably. Time to take up the freedom oriented Gujarat model. AFP

Whenever someone talks of the Gujarat model of development, experts on both sides of the political divide pounce on statistics to appreciate or condemn the state's performance. But the issue goes beyond some statistics about power production or enrollment in government schools. It goes beyond mere growth or social indicators.

After independence, and particularly after the Avadi Congress (1955), the Congress party decided to adopt the "socialistic pattern of society" as our development mantra. The country opted for economic planning under the tutelage of PC Mahalanobis and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. We essentially opted for the Soviet model in Devnagari script.

The entire planning process and the role of the state was hijacked by different shades of Left-wing thinkers, with some criticising the others for not being adequately red. From Mahalanobis downwards, Bengali intellectuals played a very large role in this leftward tilt for more than 40 years and, during the entire period, economists from the other side were denied space or official patronage.

If you go back in history, the theoreticians of this failed model - which we can call the Bengal model for simplicity and also because most of its proponents were (and still are) from that province - dominated national discourse. Even today, we can say that Amartya Sen is the ultimate guru of this idea of development where the state plays a domineering role.

In simple terms, the Bengal model suggested that the state owed every individual something – from womb to tomb. Family responsibility was nationalised and everyone, from children to senior citizens, had a right to expect something from the state.

The word 'duty' was abolished from the dictionary and a rights-based society evolved. Some sections of the middle class lapped it up, since the Soviet Union gave legitimacy to this draconian idea and the public sector provided job opportunities to the educated. Nehru called public sector units the temples of modern India. The system was built on layers of regulations and a solid licence-permit-quota raj was created to administer it all. It accentuated corruption and government employees and middlemen became extortionists. Politicians became experts at stealing public funds.

Entrepreneurship was frowned upon and profit became a dirty word. Businessmen were derided as "banias" and metaphorically threatened with hanging from the nearest lamp-post. For example, price increases have always been blamed on hoarding by banias – the solution to inflation is thus to go after the banias. However, the system began to crumble once it failed to produce results and the country went near bankrupt in 1991. Once the economy was opened up, people began to demand products and services, which was beyond the comprehension of the government system. Newer opportunities sent public sector units scurrying for subsidies, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s destroyed the theoretical underpinnings of the socialist system.

If, in the sixties and seventies, the dream of every new engineer was to join one of the public sector units like BEL, Bhel or HMT, in the 1980s and 1990s, their preferences underwent a sea change.

But the massively corrupt system refused to die and the Frankenstein state, created over 60 years, found new ways to extend itself by conferring new rights on the people: right to information; right to work (MNREGA), right to food; right to education and now right to health. This is nothing but the state seeking new ways to retain the system of loot based on public resources.

The moth-eaten state structure has been unable to cater to these rights, and people, anyway, found ways to buy their way into the system. With huge resources now being devoted to sustaining these rights, klepto capitalists have found ways to manipulate the free market and the state to fatten themselves.

It is in this bleak and degenerate scenario that we have seen the emergence of the Gujarat model with an alternate vision of a new polity, enabled by a minimal state. The idea has always been around – with the late C Rajagopalachari being one of its backers – but in essence the Gujarat model is about having the state play a lesser role, and the people a larger one.

The model is simple. Entrepreneurship is encouraged and celebrated. People should have huge opportunities for employment, but not necessarily in government jobs. Individuals and families should work/earn/eat and live on their own efforts instead of depending on a benevolent state. Individuals are responsible for their actions.

The concept of a small state means having fewer regulations and more self-regulation. A self-regulatory framework policed by an effective law enforcement machinery which guarantees swift and severe punishment for violations can be the best form of governance.

The Gujarat model, for example, is to charge for power but provide it 24 hours. The Bengal model is to provide power free or with heavy subsidies - with the people getting more power cuts rather than power. Unfortunately, the Bengal model has become the norm all over India. It is the Gujarat model, whatever its shortcomings, that offers a different paradigm and different set of possibilities.

The battle between Nehruvian socialism and Rajaji's self-restrained market economy has just been joined. It is a tectonic shift and it need not be trivialised by looking only at growth numbers or indicators based on one's ideological preferences. The fact is Nehru's vision has failed completely and it is Rajaji's that needs to be given a chance now. The Gujarat model is an antidote to the flawed Bengal model.

The author is professor of finance at IIM, Bangalore. The views are personal

 

 

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Fwd: "It is fundamentalism of the people who wear liberal mask": Sahitya Akademi Award winner Joe D'Cruz on cancellation of book translation due to his support for Narendra Modi

even the fact that he's RoL didn't save joe d'cruz from the new mccarthyites.

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http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-it-is-fundamentalism-of-the-people-who-wear-liberal-mask-joe-d-cruz-on-cancellation-of-book-translation-due-to-his-support-for-narendra-modi-1978449

"It is fundamentalism of the people who wear liberal mask": Joe D'Cruz on cancellation of book translation due to his support for Narendra Modi

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

In conversation with Mehernaz Patel, Sahitya Akedami Award winner Joe D'Cruz talks about the cancellation of the translation of his book, Aazhi Soozh Ulagu, by publisher Navayana on the grounds of support for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's growing popularity as BJP's prime ministerial candidate may be a very tangible reality for a large chunk of the nation and yet, for supporters like writer Joe D'Cruz, their allegiance has proved to be detrimental. This was observed, when, earlier this week, the translation of Sahitya Akademi award winner Joe D'Cruz's book Aazhi Soozh Ulagu (Ocean Ringed World) was cancelled on account of his support for Modi. 

D'Cruz's publisher, 'Navayana' rejected the release of his copy on the grounds that he declared support for Modi and that they refused to be associated with someone they believe to be a 'fascist'. Even his translator V Geetha, a feminist, believes that his support for Modi was completely unfounded, quoting the 2002 Gujarat riots. 

In an email interview with dna, D'Cruz defended his stance and said that his support of Modi was founded on the fact that he truly believed in Modi's development model and effective leadership. 

In your opinion, why was your book's translation cancelled? Do you think this is a form of backlash from the elitists in Delhi?
It is because of my opinion expressed on Facebook as Narendra Modi is the right choice for PM. I think their actions show the form of narrow mentality.

In a democratic secular state like India, do you believe that it is wrong to chastise you or anybody for their personal support of a particular candidate?
Son of a tea vendor becoming the prime minister of India is a symbolic victory of Indian democracy.

It is the right wing that has been typically considered fundamentalist. Do you think the cancellation of your book is a form of fundamentalism on the part of the generally liberal left?
Of course it is fundamentalism of the people who wear liberal mask.

The Left often claims that if Narendra Modi comes to power, the Right will impede on the freedom of the populace. Do you think that even before Modi has come to power, the left is personifying the same evil they accuse him of?
May be...

What has been your overall experience after revealing yourself as a Modi supporter?
I have not revealed myself as a Modi supporter but expressed my view that if Narendra Modi come to power the marginalised sections including Coastal India will improve.

Finally do you have a statement to issue against your publisher and translator for the cancellation of your translation's release?
Attacks on me are panic reactions. I am not bothered the least; those who have attacked me have revealed their real nature. Creative writer is not an indentured labourer of some beliefs.



On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 1:31 AM, Ravi <curved.sabre@gmail.com> wrote:


http://news.oneindia.in/chennai/celebrity-tamil-novelist-supports-modi-gets-threat-lse-1429629.html



Celebrity Tamil novelist supports Narendra Modi, gets threat

There had been a lot of opposition, threat and blackmail after he posted his pro-Modi views a few days ago on Facebook.

Press Trust of India | Chennai | April 13, 2014

Popular Tamil novelist R N Joe D'Cruz finds himself "facing threats" and "hate mails" after he expressed his support for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, hailing his Gujarat regime as "a visionary government".

There had been a lot of opposition, threat and blackmail after he posted his pro-Modi views a few days ago on Facebook, Joe, a Sahitya Akademi award recipient and a champion of the cause of fishermen, told PTI.

On the reaction in literary circles, he alleged "certain people blackmail. Others threaten that my literary work that are currently getting translated will be in trouble. For instance, a translation of 'Aazhi Soozh Ulagu,' which is under the process of publication in English will be halted, they say. Some have sent hate mails that shower abuses."

However, Joe is unfazed by such opposition. "My decision to support Modi is whole-hearted," he said.

Asked if his support to Modi, accused of not doing much to contain Gujarat riots, would not be viewed as anti-minorities, he said, "I have travelled far and wide and understand socio-political and economic realities in our country. So far, all those who have been in power have only displayed a selfish attitude and lack of doable ideas to solve people's problems."

The development in Gujarat was actually propelled by "pragmatism" and the practical approach became "easy" owing to a real understanding of issues and workable solutions, Joe, who hails from a community of traditional fishermen, said.

"All other regimes failed to do this. More particularly, there you have a visionary government that truly cares for the common man," said Joe, whose novel "Korkai", an account of a 100-year history of fishermen, won the Sahitya Akademi award for 2013.

His earlier novel novel "Aazhi Soozh Ulagu" received the state government's best novel award in 2005. 

He has also done documentary films and all his creative works deal mostly with the lives and sufferings of Tamil fishermen. He also penned dialogues for actor Dhanush starrer "Maryan," a film directed by Bharat Bala.

To a question about basing his support for Modi on Gujarat's growth alone, Joe said, "Not only that…I am one among millions of Indians who would love to see a strong and visionary leadership. I do not think there is any one else except Modi who fits the bill."

On what he expected Modi to do for fishing communities, the writer recalled the Gujarat Chief Minister's visit to Nagercoil in 2009 when he spoke on the importance of bringing systemic improvements like use of GPS to identify availability of fish.

"He understands coast, coastal life and sufferings of fishermen. I am confident, he will honour and improve the living conditions of fishermen who are unpaid guards of our lengthy coastline,"

"No past government has done anything meaningful for them. Modi understands their travails. He hails from a coastal State and has humble background. I am confident. He is committed to bring a change and will deliver tangible results."

On what he wanted to tell those who opposed him for offering support to Modi, he said such people who claim to be progressive were actually masquerading.

"They are in fact conservative and reactionary in their outlook. It is my right to support anyone. My heart and soul is always for the coast and Modi will bring justice to coastal communities that have been wronged by the rulers."

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Joe D'Cruz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joe D'Cruz
D'Cruz at 2014 Chennai Book Fair

R. N. Joe D'Cruz is a Tamil writer, novelist and documentary film director from Tamil Nadu, India. He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2013 in the Tamil language category for his novel Korkai.

Life[edit]

Joe D'Cruz was born in a Roman Catholic Parathavar family in Uvari, a coastal village in Tirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. He did his schooling in Uvari and Idaiyangudi.[1] He graduated with an M.A.(Economics) at Loyola College, Chennai and did his M.Phil at St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirapalli. He is married to Sasikala and has two children.[2] He has been working in the shipping industry for more than two decades.

Works[edit]

Joe D'Cruz published a Tamil poetry compilation, Pulambazhkal, in 2004. His Sahitya Akademi award-winning novel Korkai was originally published in 2009 and prior to that his 2005 novel Aazhi Soozh Ulagu was awarded the Tamilnadu state government literary award[3] and Tamil Literary Garden award. Both his novels are based on history and the lives of Parathavar fishermen of Tamil Nadu.[4] The first novel Aazhi Soozh Ulagu dealt with the lives of fishermen who used catamarans and their conversion to Christianity. The second novel titled Korkai refers to Korkai, an ancient port city ruled by Early Pandyan Kingdom.[5] It documented 20th-century history of the people in the region. It is considered as a well-researched historical novel.[6]

He also filmed documentary films such as Vidiyatha Pozhuthukal (2008), Towards Dawn (2010).[2] His films mostly based on sufferings of Tamil fishermen. He wrote the dialogue for Tamil movie Maryan. He opposed Kudankulam nuclear power project, arguing it will affect the livelihood of the fishermen.[6][7]

Threats and Professional Censure for Supporting Narendra Modi[edit]

The Indian Express [8] reported that Joe D'Cruz received threats and hate-mail after he expressed support for the BJP PM Candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Narendra Modi, on his Facebook page. A translation of his work 'Aazhi Soozh Ulagu' into English, was also halted in retaliation.

References[edit]

  1. "என் ஊர்!" (in Tamil). Ananda Vikatan. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  2. "ஆர்.என்.ஜோ–டி–குரூஸ்"Dina Thanthi (in Tamil). 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  3. "Joe D'Cruz wins Sahitya Akademi award"Deccan Chronicle. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  4. "Sailing high as a writer"The Hindu. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  5. "KORKAI"Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  6. "The Parathavas have come full circle"The New Indian Express. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  7.  "Sons of the sea show true grit"The Hindu. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  8.  "Celebrity Tamil novelist supports Narendra Modi, gets threat"The Indian Express. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.




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