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Please share your views about the new netflix show "Game Changer". What do you think about plant based diet and what are some ways to ensure vegetarian diet is balanced?

Posted By: Pratishtha   |  Posted On: 07 Nov 2019  |  City: Bangalore

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 Sorry, have not seen it.

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Unless I'm mistaken you have been a strong Labour supporter your whole adult life. Does Jeremy Corbyn's strongly pro-Pakistani and anti-Indian stance on issues such as Kashmir concern you? Historically, why have the concerns of India-origin voters in the UK been completely ignored by Labour in contrast to the great importance given to the concerns of Pakistan-origin voters?

Posted By: Shalini  |  Posted On: 11 Oct 2019  |  City: Hull

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 You're mistaken. I have not been a Labour supporter my entire life. I just don't have much time for the Tories.

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People including you put Modi and Indira in one category in terms of their power. But isn't there an additional way in which they are very similar? Having won huge election victories they both seem not to have had any substantive, detailed strategy or vision for India, but instead were/are content with just moving from populist trick to populist trick and show of power to show of power to retain popularity...

Posted By: Sruthijit  |  Posted On: 10 Sep 2019  |  City: Dubai

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 No, Indira had a left wing vision of India. Modi has a Hindu vision of India. You're welcome to call it populism. But the changes they have made altered the country profoundly. 

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Hi Vir, Have found the just-out Savarkar biography by Vikram Sampath fascinating. Savarkar's rationalist critique of Hindu superstitions and cow worship, his almost Ambedkarite attack on the caste system makes it clear he wasn't in the RSS mould at all. Shouldn't liberals, especially today, take these "shades of saffron" more seriously? I'd love to see India get a non-crackpot (i.e. non RSS/Dinanath Batra-type) political Right with intelligent ideas...

Posted By: Soham  |  Posted On: 10 Sep 2019  |  City: Mumbai

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 Here's my question. Shouldn't the RSS realize that at heart he wasn't one of them and stop venerating him? Let's sort that out first and then we will worry about liberals. 

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Hi Mr Sanghvi, tried the butter chicken at Daryaganj Aerocity today, only because of your recommendation. I didn't like it much, infact very little. Loads of tomato gravy and grilled chicken pieces in it. Not happening. I'd take a good dhaba any day. Or actually my mom's who roasts the chicken for hours on slow coal fire before building the gravy. Anyways, pls keep suggesting good places. Wait for your recommendations always..

Posted By: Veenu Grover  |  Posted On: 08 Sep 2019  |  City: New Delhi

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 Fair enough. Respect your view.

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Why is the Virtuosity not continued? I used to enjoy the wide variety of interviews.

Posted By: krishna  |  Posted On: 01 Sep 2019  |  City: bangalore

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  The season is over, I am afraid. Will update you on future TV shows. 

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Your Q&A section is updated very infrequently, about once in 2-3 months.

Why so occasionally? Is it because are asked less questions, or you dislike this section or you have less time for this, or something else?

Posted By: Soe Rae Win  |  Posted On: 03 Aug 2019  |  City: Bagan

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 I apologize. It is entirely my fault.

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Hi vir,
Looks like for lack of a better word you’ve gone lazy answering questions on ask vir , the section is one of the highlights of the website, it’s conversational , less preachy or one sided and just real pleasurable to read. Trust you to take this in the sprit it was written :)
Cheers

Posted By: Ashvin  |  Posted On: 27 Jul 2019  |  City: Sydney

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 My sincere apologies. 

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Hi Vir,
There has been no update on "Ask Vir' section and have been curiously waiting for new questions.
My question is- Post India's recent lok sabha elections, what is your take on India's relationship equation with Pakistan, given it also, like India, has a strong leader with decent mandate in Imran Khan? This could possibly be a topic for your next article :) !!

Posted By: Mohit  |  Posted On: 24 Jul 2019  |  City: Toronto

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 There is no comparison between Imran Khan and Narendra Modi. Without the support of the army, Imran is not particularly strong. 
 
Narendra Modi, on the other hand, is the most powerful leader India has seen since the days of Indira Gandhi. Imran aims to run Pakistan well. Modi aims to destroy the prevailing consensus in Indians politics and to take the country in a new direction.
 
Their strengths and their ambitions are entirely different. 

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Virji, I am still waiting for your piece demystifying Kashmiri cuisine for us.

Also, have you ever had the legendary Wazwan?

Posted By: Gautam  |  Posted On: 08 Jul 2019  |  City: Mumbai

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  I have had the wazwan many times. But there are many people who are more qualified than I am to demystify Kashmiri cuisine. 

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