AAP using education system for politics: BJP

NEW DELHI: Citing a ‘circular’ purportedly issued by the Delhi government, the opposition-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress-on Friday alleged that the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is asking parents about their political choices ahead of Assembly elections. However, the AAP termed the letter as ‘fake’ and said it was an attempt to derail the education reforms being carried out by the AAP government. A delegation led by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also met the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday on the issue and demanded cancellation of three…

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The politics of food

As you probably know, one of the triggers for the great revolt of 1857 (or the First War of Independence or the Mutiny, depending on your perspective) was a story that spread across India. According to those who claimed to be in the know, the British army had coated cartridges with animal fat. Soldiers had to bite off the covering of the cartridges to use them. This meant that they ended up eating bits of the animal fat. But, or so went the story, the fat came from cows and…

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What’ll she be wearing? Inaugural fashion, politics are intertwined this time

NEW YORK — What’ll she be wearing? It’s a question that fascinates fashion-watchers — and lots of others — every four years: Which designer will the new U.S. first lady choose to wear on Inauguration Day and, more importantly, on Inauguration Night? This year, as never before, the question is a loaded one. Dressing the first lady has long been considered a great honour for a designer — and a huge business boon. But in an industry that leaned heavily toward Hillary Clinton, a number of designers have indicated they…

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It’s time to talk about the politics of the fashion industry

Think back on the year in fashion and it probably looks something like this: Beyoncé in Formation or the latex look she served at the Met Gala, everything Kim Kardashian, Rihanna in a Saint Laurent red heart-shaped fox fur coat or Demna Gvasalia’s debut as creative director of Balenciaga. Consumers are less likely to ponder how the political and economic instability caused by events like Donald Trump’s election victory or the shocking Brexit vote impacted spending patterns, or how a bombing in the Instanbul garment district affected fashion’s supply chain.…

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Why Fashion and Politics Don’t Mix

Remember back in November when bemused Clinton backers wept in their ateliers and Parisian designer Sophie Theallet rallied designers to join her in boycotting the new FLOTUS? Well now fashion, the entity, is having a change of heart. Nicole Miller is the latest American designer to support the idea of dressing the next First Lady, Melania Trump. The designer told the Observer she’d be honored to dress her, “Melania used to come to my atelier for castings and I remember her always having a good attitude. She looks great in…

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