In the Times of India, Sadanand Dhume points out the trouble with Union minister Sushma Swaraj: To be a world power that’s taken seriously India needs a superior foreign minister.
Appealing to the court of public opinion is a dangerous precedent, not to be resorted to easily, warns Sanjay R Hegde in the Indian Express. Yet, by coming out in public, what the four dissenting Supreme Court judges have done is destroyed the illusion that the judiciary decided cases in an objective manner only on the law. It is now clear that the personal opinions of the judge presiding over the case plays a significant part.
Four individual judges spoke out in the cause of institutional integrity on Friday. We are all in their debt, writes Mukul Kesavan in the Telegraph.
Data protection legislation should be about protecting people, not innovation, writes Apar Gupta in the Hindu.
United States president Donald Trump’s eruptions against Pakistan acknowledge a longstanding historical reality, argues Husain Haqqani in the American Interest: for all practical purposes, Pakistan and the United States are not allies.
Writing in the Economic and Political Weekly, Anagha Ingole explains what Bhima Koregaon means in the times of Hindutva.
The combined force of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan has shifted Tamil politics from the ideological to the personal, writes Vaasanthi in Open.
The United State’s nuclear policy review loosens constraints on the use of nuclear weapons. We should all be worried, argue Robert Anderson and Martin J Sherwin in the Guardian.
UK prime minister during World War II Winston Churchill was no hero – he was a vile racist fanatical about violence and fiercely supportive of imperialism, writes Richard Seymour in the Jacobin.
Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down, asks Shahidha Bari in Aeon.
In Futurism, Kristin Houser explains how scientists are rethinking the very nature of space and time.
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Movies have the power to inspire us like nothing else.
Why do we love watching movies? The question might be elementary, but one that generates a range of responses. If you had to visualise the world of movies on a spectrum, it would reflect vivid shades of human emotions like inspiration, thrill, fantasy, adventure, love, motivation and empathy - generating a universal appeal bigger than of any other art form.
“I distinctly remember when I first watched Mission Impossible I. The scene where Tom Cruise suspends himself from a ventilator to steal a hard drive is probably the first time I saw special effects, stunts and suspense combined so brilliantly.”
— Shristi, 30
Beyond the vibe of a movie theatre and the smell of fresh popcorn, there is a deeply personal relationship one creates with films. And with increased access to movies on television channels like &flix, Zee Entertainment’s brand-new English movie channel, we can experience the magic of movies easily, in the comforts of our home.
The channel’s tagline ‘Leap Forth’ is a nod to the exciting and inspiring role that English cinema plays in our lives. Comparable to the pizazz of the movie premieres, the channel launched its logo and tagline through a big reveal on a billboard with Spider-Man in Mumbai, activated by 10,000 tweets from English movies buffs. Their impressive line-up of movies was also shown as part of the launch, enticing fans with new releases such as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Life.
“Edgar Wright is my favourite writer and director. I got interested in film-making because of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead. I love his unique style of storytelling, especially in his latest movie Baby Driver.”
— Siddhant, 26
Indeed, movies can inspire us to ‘leap forth’ in our lives. They give us an out-of-this-world experience by showing us fantasy worlds full of magic and wonder, while being relatable through stories of love, kindness and courage. These movies help us escape the sameness of our everyday lives; expanding our imagination and inspiring us in different ways. The movie world is a window to a universe that is full of people’s imaginations and dreams. It’s vast, vivid and populated with space creatures, superheroes, dragons, mutants and artificial intelligence – making us root for the impossible. Speaking of which, the American science fiction blockbuster, Ghost in the Shell will be premiering on the 24th of June at 1:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M, only on &flix.
“I relate a lot to Peter Parker. I identified with his shy, dorky nature as well as his loyalty towards his friends. With great power, comes great responsibility is a killer line, one that I would remember for life. Of all the superheroes, I will always root for Spiderman”
— Apoorv, 21
There are a whole lot of movies between the ones that leave a lasting impression and ones that take us through an exhilarating two-hour-long ride. This wide range of movies is available on &flix. The channel’s extensive movie library includes over 450 great titles bringing one hit movie premiere every week. To get a taste of the exciting movies available on &flix, watch the video below:
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