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A Dictionary for Our Times?January 272011) had argued that Indian politics defies all traditional definitions The economicpolitical and social revolution of our time requires reinterpreting old vocabularies of government; our language is breaking under the weight of innovation Over the last couple of years the conceptual revolution has only deepened You cannot approach Indian politics with any conventional grid Appearances are deceptive This is the sheer magic of our democracy Before we can explain what is going on we need to once again fix the names and clarify meanings Perhaps these new definitions will tell us more than the reams of political analysis that are wedded to old assumptions How can we judge and explain the brave new world we are making through old standards and expectations Can we really understand news if we cling onto old categories Have we not underestimated our capacity for conceptual and institutional innovation The previous column had identified new meanings for a range of phenomenonfrom the separation of powers to inflation Here are some recent additions to our lexicon Let us begin with government: Ministry of External Affairs: The ministry that advocates the doctrine of non-intervention everywhereexcept in family matters It is generally against the Responsibility to Protectexcept in the case of Norway Finance Ministry: The ministry that can defy the arrow of time and logic of mathematics It can change the past It can make any numbers add up to predefined target Defence Ministry: The only ministry that has triumphed in a theatre of war that is the biggest threat to the government of India: the Supreme Court It even ousted a general in the process Planning Commission: Keeps poverty in India lowby definition Railway Ministry: Chief Minister of West Bengal Prime Minister: The guy who still does not get to pick his cabinet Ministry of Coal: Coal is a national treasure Like all treasures it shall not be usedonly smuggled Ministry of Civil Aviation: The ministry that ensures a level-playing field for both private and public airlines Both should have an equal chance of being ruined Ministry of Rural Development: The ministry that shall forever be fixing MGNREGA The Supreme Court of India: The institution that can also change natural geography all under the constitution of course Presidential Reference: Pleasemay we have our discretionary power back Attorney General: The office with the constitutional obligation to make sure government loses most big cases Coalition Politics: The first rule is: ally is never a friend The second is: a friend need not be an ally Opposition-Government Relations: Absolutely wonderful Next time around we will swap Andhra for Karnatakaand with some luckGujarat for Maharashtra Party Manifesto: The promises that you cannot talk about in election time Secularism: Politicians against Salman Rushdie Legislative Assembly: The one place where legislators refute Freud power is not about sublimation It is about acquiring vicarious knowledge in public display National Counter-Terrorism Centre: A Centre to Protect the Constitution It energises defenders of federalism It even converts Jayalalithaa of the cause of civil liberties NGOs: The new foreign hand Rights: Something the Supreme Court gives uswhen government cant give the real thing There are of course interesting regional variations in a diverse country like India Our federalism is being truly redefined: A National Party: A party whose leaders belong nowhere A Regional Party: A party that thinks the Centre is always unfair Narendra Modi: The projection of him as prime ministerial candidate is perhaps just a plot to finally liberate Gujarat Minister of Jails: The only ministry where minister might have first-hand domain knowledge West Bengal: Its historical destiny lies between the Left and the extreme left Manipur: The state where the blockade was so successful that the opposition could not unite Andhra Pradesh: The problem the Congress thinks it has solvedtill there is a by-election Chief Minister of West Bengal: The office that saysthough shalt not give an inch to Bangladesh Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu: Thou shalt not cut any slack to Sri Lanka Like all genuine revolutionsthe reconsideration of language is not confined just to politics or institutions It reverberates across all sections of Indian societyinto economics as well The functions of departments changecommodities acquire different meaning Inclusive Growth: Every party will get an opportunity to stand in the way of growth Economic Reforms: Bring back the seventies Reserve Bank of India: Whatever optimistic projections the government gives youreality will be 20 per cent worse Income-Tax Department: The only department that takes the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act seriously It tries to meet its March targets Service tax: The tax you pay because government does not deliver services Life Insurance Corporation of India: Insurance against disinvestment gone wrong Free trade: Free to exportfree to restrict exportfree to remove restrictions on export all in a week Micro-Finance: The illusion that high interest rates to small borrowers is noblejustviable and profitable all at once Gold: The commodity whose import makes India even more economically vulnerable than oil The Tablet: Even the humble technological marvel has so many uses It is a sign surfeit with meaning Think of what it means for so many political parties For the Samajwadi Partyaccepting the tablet is a sign of modernity For the Congressthe dream of Aaakash reignited the old passion for indigenous technology and self reliance with roughly the same results For the BJPit was an occasion for clarifying: we are not against sexonly sexy sex Of coursethe revolution extends to foreign policy as well Security Council: The place you always wanted to bebut had no idea what you would do when you get there Global Financial Crisis: Please bail out Kingfisher Like the first dictionarythis list this is radically incomplete and random But hopefully the reconstruction of our language will continue For otherwisewe will look at the newspaper every day and have only one response: utter befuddlement Nothing is what it seems The writer is presidentCentre for Policy [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: New York Times | Published: December 15 2014 2:49 am Hollywood movies especially but far from exclusively — made kissing more visible Related News Who was your first kiss Not the actual physical kiss — that is really none of my business — but a witnessed meeting of two mouths on-screen Was it the smooching pooches in The Lady and the Tramp their lips serendipitously joined by a strand of spaghetti Jack and Rose in the boiler room of the Titanic Jack and Ennis in Brokeback Mountain Cher and Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck Or was it an older more canonical osculation from the era when a kiss was as far as an on-screen pair were allowed to go with or without the benefit of clergy Bogey and Bergman in Casablanca Bergman and Cary Grant in Notorious Did you think it was gross Boring Sexy Romantic Did it get in the way of the action or was it the action you wanted to see Did you learn anything about your own desires or your techniques for fulfilling them Were you moved to emulate what you saw on-screen perhaps with the person sitting next to you in the dark These are loaded questions and with some variation they have haunted every generation of ticket buyers and channel surfers all the way back to the days of the nickelodeon Cinema may not have invented kissing but I suspect that over the course of the 20th century movies helped make it more essential What is undeniable is that movies — Hollywood movies especially but far from exclusively — made kissing more visible They established a glamorous iconography and an elegant choreography for an experience that in real life is frequently sloppy clumsy and less than perfectly graceful Which is all part of the fun of course Kissing was permissible as a hint at “the sexual act” that could not be directly represented; and in the movies thanks to the enhancements of lighting makeup close-up and decoupage it was an even broader and more suggestive hint than it was onstage A movie kiss was also for a long time and under various formal and informal censorship regimes a substitute for everything else A kiss was all the sex you could show on-screen and it is precisely the turning of a particular nongenital sexual activity into the whole of sexuality that fulfils Freud’s definition of perversion In the present where internet video of any imaginable sexual act is a few well-chosen search words away we sometimes look back on old movies as artefacts of an innocent more repressive time But it may be more accurate to regard them as the force that made perverts of us all by invisibly smuggling all that other stuff in through soft innocuous hints Movies have always been about sex and have always provided under cover of harmless amusement the tools of sexual initiation This is an open secret The industry the audience and the critics conspire to pretend that something other than erotic fulfilment is the reason for the art form’s existence And as such the cinematic kiss is open to endless interpretation Scroll through the famous kisses of classic Hollywood and you find yourself in a dense forest of sexual semiotics There is yearning and hostility defiance and pleading male domination and female assertion There are unlikely physical contortions and suggestive compositions sometimes imposed by the anti-lust provisions of the code sometimes by the desire to breathe new formal life into a weary convention You can find upside-down kisses side-by-side kisses and various attempts to solve the problems of height difference and hand placement There is a lot of hair-stroking cheek-caressing and finger-clasping activities that like kissing itself manage at once to suggest and to mask other things And because those other things remain unshown the kisses themselves function equally as foreplay and as refusal proof that the pair will go to bed together or symbolic compensation for the fact that they won’t In other cultures with different rules and taboos the kiss itself could be implied and deferred In India until very recently on-screen kissing was frowned on and so the Bollywood musical developed an elaborate often intensely sexual choreography of near misses nose grazes and close-in face-to-face singing And the kiss meanwhile has sacrificed its uniqueness lost its glorious perversity Other kinds of sex no longer need to be implied Kisses can also be clichés — in the rain on a plane in a boat on a train — but they still seduce When two characters in a movie kiss it means that they have stopped talking and that the emotion between them requires another form of communication This is inherently powerful whether the meeting of the lips is an act of aggression — think of Michael Corleone locking lips with his traitorous brother Fredo on New Year’s Eve in Havana a fratricidal kiss of death — or of tenderness For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: July 13 2016 7:21 pm Who will come out on top in 2017 Top News With barely a few months left for the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh the BJP-led NDA and its chief opposition Congress seemed to have taken a lead over state parties Samajwadi Party and Bahujang Samajwadi Party in poll preparations The BJP appears to have already kickstarted their campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah holding events in the state BJP Amit Shah has begun touring the state by meeting booth presidents’ from Kanpur (of Kanpur-Bundelkhand region) on June 4 followed by Kasganj (Braj) Meerut (Paschim) Barabanki (Awadh) Basti (Gorakhpur) and Jaunpur (Kashi) Shah also addressed a Dalits convention in Lucknow on June 4 a Jan Swabhiman rally in Varanasi on July 2 and ‘Ati dalit-ati-pichda mahapanchayat’ (extreme Dalit-most backward meet) in Mau on July 9 Shah at these events targeted Congress (UPA) and BSP for being corrupt when they were in office and the SP on the ‘failing’ law and order situation in the state He also blamed the SP for the alleged ‘exodus’ of Hindus from Kairana and the recent violence in Mathura that left 24 dead Shah announced that if voted to power the BJP would act strongly against the ‘land-grabbing mafia’ in UP With a focus on backward caste voters Shah also announced alliance with OBC-backed Apna Dal and Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) for the 2017 polls Earlier Shah had addressed the Sardar Patel Kisan Mahasammelan in OBC dominated Jhunsi area of Allahabad on May 31 after having lunch with backward castes and Dalits at the residence of an OBC party worker in Varanasi With an eye on UP polls the party held its national executive meet in Allahabad on June 12-13 where all the top party leaders including Prime Minister Modi stayed for two days The BJP concluded the meet with a grand show of strength at the ‘parivartan rally’ where they appealed to the people to break the sequence of ‘SP-BSP-SP-BSP’ governments and vote them to power in 2017 Modi launched the ambitious Pradan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana from Ballia district of Eastern UP on May 1 To mark completion of two-years of his government PM addressed a rally on May 26 in Saharanpur which falls in communally sensitive western UP On July 22 Modi will be in Gorakhpur to unveil the statue of former head priest of the Gorakhnath temple Mahant Avaidyanath and lay foundation stones for re-opening a fertilizer factory and a new AIIMS To make the pre-poll campaign more aggressive BJP has planned to take out four yatras from different places in the state The finer details of these yatras will be decided at the state executive meet scheduled in Jhansi on July 16 and 17 which Shah is expected to preside The party also announced its new 40-member state team where the majority of the members are under 50 years of age The team comprises of 13 leaders from communally sensitive western UP and 10 from Eastern UP including four from Prime Minister’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi Keeping the caste equations in mind the team has accommodated Brahmins Thakur Vaishya OBC and Dalits Bahujan Samaj Party BSP chief Mayawati BSP was the first political party that started preparations for the 2017 assembly elections by declaring its candidates as early as 2015 It was in a strong position against the SP and BJP until the roles were reversed with the exit of the party’s OBC face Swami Prasad Maurya and Dalit leader RK Chaudhary Both accused Mayawati of ‘auctioning’ party tickets for assembly polls and their exit was followed by Ravindra Nath Tripathi and Paramdev Yadav In a damage control exercise the BSP has selected five of its leaders all from different backward castes for leading the party’s outreach campaign in their respective caste groups The five leaders are former MLCs R S Kushwaha Pratap Singh Baghel Virendra Singh Chauhan former MP R K Singh and MLC Suresh Kashyap Kushwaha has been tasked with reaching out to Kushwaha-Maurya and related caste groups in central and eastern UP while Baghel will mobilise Gaderiya-Pal-Baghel community in Agra and Aligarh divisions Chauhan will work to mobilise the OBC Lonia-Chauhan caste in eastern UP Patel has been asked to contact Kurmis in Bundelkhand while Kashyap will woo the Kashyap-Nishad caste group Mayawati has deputed general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui to woo Muslim voters by targetting western and eastern parts of UP As a replacement for Maurya Mayawati picked four-time MLA from Bundelkhand Gaya Charan Dinkar — a Dalit — as Leader of Opposition in UP Assembly Also in the recent Rajya Sabha polls she selected another community leader Ashok Sidharth while picking her party’s national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra a Brahmin as the second nominee However another cause of worry for Mayawati is ticket distribution She had declared candidates for more than 300 seats in the past one year but repeatedly change of nominees is likely to cause more friction within the party Mayawati has also directed party nominees and prospective candidates to visit Dalit bastis and also asked leaders to revive BAMCEF (Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation) — a shadow organisation of Dalit government employees to counter BJP and Congress’ efforts to reach out to the community Mayawati has also asked party leaders to attract various castes in the 85 reserved seats of the state which have the largest Dalit population and where BSP had often failed to perform owing to lack of support from non-Dalit groups Out of the 85 reserved constituencies BSP had won only 15 in 2012 Assembly elections While SP had won 58 Congress followed with four BJP three RLD three and independents two Congress Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi during an event organised by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation at Jawahar Bhavan(Source: Express photo by Renuka Pur)i Congress’ top two leaders — AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi — are Lok Sabha members from UP and both have limited their presence in the state to their respective constituencies Rae Bareli and Amethi in past two years After appointing Ghulam Nabi Azad as in-charge of UP the party has picked actor-turned politician Raj Babbar as the new state chief and appointed four leaders as senior vice-presidents The second rung in UP include former MP Rajesh Mishra (Brahmin) from Varanasi OBC leader Raja Ram Pal Scheduled Caste leader Bhagwati Prasad Chaudhary and controversial Muslim leader of western UP Imran Masood Sources said that the party has been searching for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader in UP Assembly along with a leader to head party’s campaign committee for 2017 Assembly polls While the party has hired poll strategist Prashant Kishor who has been working in the state from almost four months sources said that Congress has decided to bring Priyanka Gandhi Vadra out of the ‘family pocket borough’– Amethi and Rae Bareli– for campaigning in other parts of the state The party is also planning to hold public meetings in Lucknow and Allahabad including one that will be the biggest political event of the party in the history of UP Presently the party is collecting information about issues prevailing in districts and seats that are winnable Samajwadi Party UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav With Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the helm the SP is turning out to be the least active of the four big parties preparing for assembly polls The party began its poll preparations on March 24 by releasing a list of 142 candidates for seats where party had lost in the 2012 election But for the past one month SP leaders have been locked in an internal battle On June 21 SP’s newly appointed state in-charge Shivpal Singh Yadav announced the merger of QED but Akhilesh who was against the move expressed his ‘displeasure’ by sacking minister Balram Yadav who initiated talks with QED On June 25 SP’s Central Parliamentary Party called off the merger and convinced CM to re-induct Balram in cabinet While sources said that Akhilesh does not want a pre-poll alliance Shivpal also approached RLD Chief Ajit Singh for a tie-up The move benefited SP as RLD MLAs voted for SP candidates in Rajya Sabha and MLC polls last month SP has announced that Akhilesh will soon take out Samajwadi Vikas Rath Yatra across the state but the dates are yet to be decided SP has also announced to hold its national executive meet in Lucknow this month but date is yet to be finalised Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav recently deputed 36 MLCs to conduct a secret survey in all 403 Assembly constituencies and produce a report of winning prospects of the party’s candidates He has also asked MLCs and Zilla Panchayat chairpersons to take responsibility of at least one assembly segment and ensure that the party candidates win in 2017 For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Madrid | Published: July 8 2017 12:00 am President Josep Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio on Friday that Marco Verratti “is a player that interests the club” (Source: File) Top News Barcelona’s president has confirmed widespread speculation that it wants to pry Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain President Josep Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio on Friday that Verratti “is a player that interests the club” But Bartomeu also acknowledged PSG was not looking to part with the Italy midfielder “PSG doesn’t want to sell him” he said “Their president has told me that he doesn’t want to speak to me about Verratti” Bartomeu said his club wants to sign “two or three players and bring up one or two players from the reserve team” Barcelona is said to be interested in Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin and Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos Also Barcelona said France defender Jeremy Matheiu will be leaving the club after three seasons to sign with Sporting Lisbon Real Madrid presented defender Jesus Vallejo who returned to the club after two years on loan at Real Zaragoza and German club Eintracht Frankfurt He is expected to replace Pepe following his move to Besiktas in Turkey Espanyol announced the signing of midfielder Esteban Granero to a three-year deal The former Real Madrid and Queens Park Rangers player arrives from Real Sociedad For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: June 18 2017 4:12 am Municipal Corporation (MC) Joint Commissioner Manoj Khatri Top News With the City Beautiful plummeting down in the Swachh Bharat rankings from second position last year to 11 this year Municipal Corporation (MC) Joint Commissioner Manoj Khatri believes that the only way to improve the condition of sanitation in the city is by involving the residents in it He said that the only parameter in which the city scored less was citizen’s feedback and he strongly believes that the MC is responsible for not reaching out to the city residents and keeping them abreast of the efforts being made by it (MC) to keep the city clean When questioned on the deteriorating condition of sanitation in the city Khatri said “I am dealing with the city’s sanitation on day-to-day basis In the first category and the inspection by Quality Council of India(QCI) if we see the marks in the Swachh Survekshan we are way ahead of Indore which was ranked one We were on top in the country in these two categories The parameter in which we lost was the citizens feedback and we are responsible for not telling more and more people about works the MC did on the sanitation front We want to involve the city residents in the cleanliness drive” he added Talking about the steps the MC is taking to improve the civic condition Khatri said “We have started with the mechanised sweeping in the southern sectors so most of the issues in that area have been resolved We will soon start mechanised sweeping in the northern sectors as well Also we plan to divide the areas into beats covering an area of 500 metre where our safai karamcharis would be sweeping” He further added that the MC was purchasing carts so that garbage can be picked up from every corner Replying to the recent issue of the city resident on the dustbins being too small in the two-bin system Khatri said “I agree that the bins might be small As per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Urban Development(MoUD) the bins have to be of 10 to 12 litre capacity only and should be free of cost Moreover a family of five persons generates about 400 grams of waste But this criticism is taking us forward and motivating us to move ahead” Reacting to the recent decision of the house to reject the proposal of Jaypee Group to run the compost plant Khatri said “We have been in litigation with the company for a long time The house is not keen on working with the Jaypee group and decided to terminate the contract The next step will be to take up the matter with the National Green Tribunal where the case is pending We will inform the tribunal that the house was not keen on continuing with the contract and has already shortlisted an alternative operator” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: July 28 2013 4:47 am Top News The week-long free screening camp organised by the gastroenterology department of SPS Apollo Hospitals for hepatitis B and C on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day concluded on Saturday More than 1500 free screenings were performed over the past week Over 100 patients participated in an interactive patient education forum headed by Dr Nirmaljeet MalhiCoordinatorDepartment of Gastroenterology and Dr Harmeet SaljuaSenior ConsultantDepartment of Gastroenterology According to Malhithe forum laid special emphasis on early detection and timely treatment For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 11 2013 2:54 am Top News Following a six-day-long stand-off between the Panjab University authorities and the 10 student organisations protesting against the alleged violation of rules during the recently concluded Students Council electionsthe Grievances Redressal Cell (GRC) of the university on Tuesday dismissed all the complaints against the elected members of the council in the absence of corroborative evidence and upheld the elections The varsity authorities said the complaints were found to be too generalised and remained unsubstantiated in spite of the additional time and opportunity afforded to the complainants by the GRC The six-member committee took a holistic and objective view of the facts on record and after effecting an objective analysis of the various complaints and explanationsthe cell unanimously decided that no specific allegations had been levelled against the elected candidates? 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Analysis of data shows that 42 per cent of the BJP corporators are in the age group of 31-40 years of age while 11 per cent of them are actually below 30 years of age. “I have been publicly labelled everything from a drug addict, However,nearly quit the party to join the NCP last year. to guide them in some ways, East and Southeast Asia have been most severely affected. a relic from the previous Congress government, the 10th Fazilka Heritage Festival will open with the theme ‘Healthy Fazilka’ Thursday. In a report tabled in Parliament,visiting batsmen under pressure.

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