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Ponniyin Selvan and the politics of Vetrimaaran

The films of Vetrimaaran have politics. His movies are to do with power, authority and a politics against it  In Adukulam, he explored the power dynamic between the guru and the disciple. In Visaranai, he critiqued lawless authoritarianism. In Vada Chennai, he talked about political forces...

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Politics

Unpacking the PFI ban

The PFI, Popular Front of India, has been banned and the National Intelligence Agency has filed many cases against it for on several charges such as chopping off the hand of a college professor, of people associated with organisations espousing other faiths, collection of explosives to target...

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Politics

RSS rally: Will AIADMK govt show the way for DMK? 

Following the state police submission to the high court that permission for an RSS rally would be considered if it were not to be held on Gandhi Jayanthi (October 2), the court ordered that the rally be held on November 6. The RSS rally has had a troubled history with state governments often...

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Entertainment

PS-1: Mani Ratnam lost in the Chola maze

Ponniyin Selvan sticks to the script. It's less a Mani Ratnam movie and more a faithful adaptation of Kalki's novel. Raja Raja Chozhan was a glorious emperor, about whom Kalki wrote a well-researched story Ponniyin Selvan in the early 1950s – serialized in the Kalki magazine for nearly...

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Sports

Fantasy cricket apps are little different from online rummy

The recent ban on online rummy by the Tamil Nadu government has thrown the focus on online gambling affecting the lives and health of our people. The Tamil Nadu government has decided to pass a law banning online rummy and poker. This was decided at a recent cabinet meeting headed by Tamil Nadu...

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Online gambling