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Dont you think the current govts' getting feet of clay? From nepotism to corruption and favouritism, there are doubts even if there is no full blown scandal?

My question however is that if corruption does come up in consciousness (like when the 2G / fodder scam veredicts) - does it end up benefitting the BJP as people will see them as the 'lesser' of the 2 evil.

Posted By: Jensy Abraham  |  Posted On: 30 Dec 2017  |  City: Mumbai

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 I think there is broad agreement that the Prime Minister is personally honest and that he does not tolerate dishonesty in his Cabinet.
 
You can argue that this agreement is contrived. And that the government is not really as clean as people believe. But as long as the perception of honesty persists, it benefits the BJP.
 

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Your article on Goa was interesting esp when you spoke of your first visit with your then girlfriend. My question is that the India of the past seems to have been more tolerant - everything from Polygamy to homosexuality, infidelity in public life seemed to have been tolerated much much better than what it is today
Hotels today dont allow a couple to stay together and when they do everyone from the youngsters to their families are put thru unnecessary embarassment
Has India changed u think?

Posted By: Utkarsh Unadkat  |  Posted On: 30 Dec 2017  |  City: Singapore

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 On the contrary, India is much more liberal than it used to be. You guys don't know how tough we had it!

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Have you seen NETFLIX's CROWN ?
If yes , how would you rate it on parameters like quality, acting, authenticity , direction , screenplay etc.?

Posted By: Jayant Yadav  |  Posted On: 24 Dec 2017  |  City: Bangalore

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 I liked it very much. But I can't vouch for its authenticity. Every day brings new criticisms of the way in which Peter Morgan has just made up stuff. 
 

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Hi Vir,
How healthy is mustard oil for cooking purposes?It tastes so different and so unique compared to refined oil.

Posted By: Rithwik  |  Posted On: 17 Dec 2017  |  City: San jose

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 Opinions vary. It went through a period of infamy but the general opinion now seems to be that it is okay. 

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Hi Vir, guess we must be almost the same age.During our younger days it was just the odd uncle(never an aunt) who was married to a white woman.Most people were in awe of Indian men marrying white women(guess it had something to do with our colonial past)In this new age India it seems a lot of inter racial marriages are taking place.Almost 50 % of my friends are either married or dating white women.Even many Indian women are marrying/dating white men. a full article

Posted By: Aneel Verman  |  Posted On: 14 Dec 2017  |  City: New Delhi

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 Thanks. Will think about it. 

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I think India is having a living former prime minister still active in politics and a new current prime minister , maybe for 1st time in a generation, What does history tell us? How have these relationships been in the past?

Posted By: Smeet  |  Posted On: 12 Dec 2017  |  City: Sunnyvale

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 There are precedents. Rajiv Gandhi was alive for all of VP Singh's prime ministership and most of Chandra Shekhar's.
 
Narasimha Rao was alive for Deve Gowda and Inder Gujral's prime ministerships. AB Vajpayee was active during UPA I. Deve Gowda is still active. 
 
 
It's not by any means unusual. There are other examples. Morarji Desai, for instance, which I have not listed.  

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Vir, 2 questions a) Is it too soon to start missing MMS as PM? b) Modi going out of his way to prove MMS right when he said history will be much kinder to him?

Posted By: Shiv  |  Posted On: 12 Dec 2017  |  City: nyc

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  I think MMS was a disaster during his second term and nostalgia should not blind us to that reality. But yes, I miss MMS the Prime Minister in UPA I. 

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Some Taj & Leelas have "Club Rooms" like Ritz Carlton, but Oberoi doesn't. Most of the useless VIP stuff u wrote about comes with these rooms like the awful wine and fruit. Would you want hotels do get rid of these rooms like Oberoi? Were you reffering to these rooms in particular out of curiosity? All rooms should be classy not just a select tier.

Posted By: Shahid Azad   |  Posted On: 11 Dec 2017  |  City: Kremlin

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 I am not a fan of club rooms. Basically, all that you get are a couple of amenities and the use of a lounge. And they charge you through the nose for these dubious privileges. You are right: every room should be a club room.
 

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Hi Vir,
When are you going to publish the article you promised on your top fragrances ?
Thanks,
Azhar

Posted By: Azhar Ali  |  Posted On: 08 Dec 2017  |  City: Santa Clara

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 There are two already on the site.
 

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Hi Vir,
Too many politicians on Virtuosity. How about getting some Indian Industrialists such as Anand Mahindra to share their unbiased perspective on present scenarios and where we are headed or the course correction needed. Some very senior IPS officers would also be great to share the good work police is doing but goes largely unnoticed.

Posted By: Akarsh Mathur  |  Posted On: 04 Dec 2017  |  City: Daman

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 Okay. Good idea. Will work on it.
 

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