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Warning: Violence on screen is injurious to YOUR kids

Tamil actor Ajith’s new film poster released recently showed him lying while holding a child in one hand and a gun in another. In a shot in a recent film Kamal Haasan appeared, playing guitar quite engrossed, even as he held a gun in his grip. In a poster of a film in the making, Rajini flaunts...

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Violence in films
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1980 conference a turning point for Narikuravars

The union government’s decision to include Narikuravars in the list of Scheduled Tribes – a welcome migration from the MBC list - has not come out of the blue. It is a hard-earned final victory for the long suppressed people’s struggle of sweat, tears and blood. The air had long been thick with...

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Who celebrated Onam first? Answer: The Pandyas

As Keralites throughout the world are celebrating Onam festival, the cultural festival of Malayalees cutting across caste and religion, a public holiday has been announced in several districts of Tamil Nadu too. Political leaders of Tamil Nadu have greeted Keralites on the occasion. But, the...

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Onam
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How the pain of a transgender turns spiritual

The rights of a transgender may have been secured legally but their right to be recognized as humans in society is still not available to them. Larger society doesn’t recognize them as humans. The turf of the transgenders is invisible – society would rather have them out of sight. When they are...

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transgender
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Liger: The pan-India marketing gimmick

If Liger is Bollywood's foray into pan-Indian films, then it shows Bollywood hasn't learned how to make those films. In the past, Hindi films were naturally considered pan-India merely because Hindi was spoken by more people than other languages. Others were called regional cinema. But each...

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Liger
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For Methagu director, Prabhakaran is God

Here are some facts: LTTE leader V Prabhakaran was responsible for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. He ordered the assassination of a host of Sinhalese leaders and other Tamils including long standing leaders of repute and men of unquestioned scholarship and wisdom. Prabhakaran killed almost...

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Methagu
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Thandatti — forgotten history on earlobes!

The image of my grandmother is strikingly alive and fresh in my mind. Sporting an affable, paan-stained smile and her wavy hair tied in a careless knot, my grandmother was a vivacious village woman, born decades before Independence in the interior Dindigul district of southern Tamil Nadu. The...

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Thandatti