Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Politically incorrect-Maya's criticism

According to a report in Hindustan Times of 18-9-09, Mayawati, Bahujan Samaj party chief, famous for building statues across U. P., has criticized Maharashtra government’s plan to build a massive monument to honor the Maratha warrior king (Shivaji ), off the cost of Mumbai.
According to the report, Mayati spake thus: “ The austerity measures initiated by the Congress led UPA are a drama. Is spending several crores on the Shivaji memorial not misuse of public funds?”
Coming from a person who has built her own statues at the cost of rupees two thousand crores of public fund is rather daring, to say the least. If you ask me, it is a perfect case of pot calling kettle black.
What Mayawati actually meant was that Mumbai has no land for its population. So why waste this short supply of land on statues? U.P. on the other hand, being the biggest state, has ample space which is unused. And Mayawati being Mayawati, all the land she can see is hers. She is the monarch (ess) of all she surveys. May be she thinks she is using this excess land to better use, whereas, there is no land in Maharashtra to waste.
Another point- the warrior of Maharashtra is long gone, but the warrior (ess) of U.P. is still fighting it out with Congress-UPA. And of course, this battle which she is fighting is far more dangerous then what Shivaji fought.
Last but not the least, never mind if the majority of poor in U.P. have no food to eat, by looking at her statue, these people will realize that their saviour is here, still alive, good and proper. So they have hope.
I see children playing one game- STATUE- in which one child calls the other ‘statue’ and the other child freezes midway in whatever action he is doing. The second child de-freezes only when the first child calls ‘over’. I believe someone should play ‘statue’ with Mayawati, take her to a secluded hill, call her ‘statue’ and never call ‘over’. That will save U.P. and our nation a lot of trouble.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Crime-Manu Sharma

Is there a lesson to be learnt in Manu Sharma parole episode? Yes, there is. Don’t enter into any criminal activity if you are not Manu Sharma. If an ordinary mortal like you and me, ever gets into a fight with his neighbor and arrested, God help him. But, if you are Manu Sharma, you can get away with murder. Manu Sharma almost did. He was acquitted in 2003. It was only after tremendous public outcry, Manu got life imprisonment, of course with all possible comforts he would have in his own house.

Life imprisonment? Manu laughs. There is always parole. One month’s parole extended to two months, enjoying night club parties and if he did not have altercations and scuffle with another top lad, his parole would have extended further.

Meanwhile, his ailing mother, reason of his parole, happily moving around in her circles, enjoying her high status and merrily making some public announcements, all under the watchful eyes of the law, always sure of the invincibility of her family.

In short, there is a lesson to be learnt, if you want to indulge yourself in crime, first be rich and influential. How you become rich is not important. Just be rich, be Manu Sharma. End justifies means. Once you do that, once you are Manu Sharma, indulge yourself in any in any activity you like, criminal or otherwise. Every time there won’t be public outcry. And even if there is, you can expect help from top class lawyers, you can expect the trial to linger for life. After years of trial if you are sentenced, there is always parole. If you are Manu Sharma, you can replace yourself with a substitute after sometime. The condition is: you have to be Manu Sharma.

In long and short: The trial is long and punishment is short. So enjoy your crime and shoot whom you like.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Indian politics-Poor tribal

Ex-chief minister of Jharkhand, Madhu Koda has gone on record to declare that he is a poor tribal being unnecessarily harassed by the authority.

Rightly so. His counter part, ex-chief minister of Bihar, our very own Sri Lalu Prasad Yadav was involved in the fodder scam of Rupees nine hundred crores. That was years back. Considering the inflation since, this scam of four thousand crores is nothing. So Koda considers himself poor.

On top of this, authorities are keen to make him face economic offence directorate for questioning. How inconsiderate? He has two solid reasons not to face the enquiry. One, as soon as he was found to have bungled money, he conveniently fell ill. How can you question a person who is not well? Second, his wife is standing in elections. So, he wants to campaign for his wife. It is his solemn duty to stand by his wife. His wife is not involved in any scandal. Ours being a democratic nation, he has every right to help his wife in time of her need, scam or no scam.

In case his wife wins this election, government can make as many enquiries as it likes. Where is the harm? More then half of Koda’s ill-gotten wealth is already safe, invested in foreign countries. If nothing happened to Lalu Yadav, how can anything happen to Madhu Koda? That will be injustice. Even after proved guilty, Lalu enjoys one ministry or the other, so will Koda. More so, because he is a tribal. Even if there is a token trial and a token sentence and even if all his wealth in this country is seized, he can bank upon his investments outside this country when he comes out of prison, that is, if at all he goes to prison, which is unlikely.

In long and short: By all means get involved in scams. But they should be long scams. And in short, invest in foreign shores. You will be as safe as ever. Enjoy your scam.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Politically incorrect-Reliance

Just yesterday, I came across a poster near my society’s main gate wherein, employees of Anil Ambani have demanded some explanations from their employer. The said poster is in Hindi. The poster claims that Anil has some six thousand employees working under him. There is a balance of only 4400=00 in their Provident Fund account. They have demanded to know from Anil, who is responsible for Rs. 150 crore fraud. There are other questions like why they don’t get ESIC facilities etc. The poster claims: “ ANIL AMBANI JAWAB DO. “

There can be no smoke without fire. Even if a fraction of the employee’s claim regarding their Provident Fund is true, it is a serious offence. If the alleged charge is true, leave alone employer’s contribution, even employees’ contribution which is deducted from their wages is either siphoned off or not deposited in their P.F. account. They claim not to have received annual P. F. sleep, which I suppose is mandatory.

How low can Anil get? It is said that even thieves and dacoits leave alone seven houses and villages surrounding their own house and village. Anil, it seems, has no such scruples. He is fleecing his Reliance Energy customers on whose strength he is having his fun. That is why consumers are now opting for Tata. Now it seems, he is playing with the future of his own employees on whose labour , he is running his empire. What is more, he has gone to court against his own brother for something that does not belong to either of them. And he is talking of honesty, moral and conscious?

The biggest question is: What is government doing about it? It is not possible that P. F. tribunal is not aware of this. Or people like Anil Ambani are above law? I understand his celebrated wife is connected with several social activities while the husband is busy in such unethical ( to put it mildly ) activities. Can there be a bigger example of hypocrisy?

Or is Anil’s empire another bubble like Satyam which can burst anytime? This poster is a awake up call for concerned authorities. Of course, if they want to wake up at all.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Political views-Tale piece

So, the Supreme Court has halted the statue installing spree of the Mayawati government. The top court has blasted the U. P. government for wasteful expenditure of public money in the name of constructing memorials of Dalit icons in Lucknow. (Hindustan Times-September 9th , 2009).

Mayawati has installed her statues along with those of her mentor Kanshiram, Ambedkar and her party symbol elephant at various places in Lucknow and God knows where else, at the expenditure of more then two thousand five hundred crores of public money. News papers and media have been quite critical of her. And now this Supreme Court order.

Personally, I don’t think Mayawati has done anything wrong. Most politicians do it, that is, waste public money. That is why they are there in the first place. Only their modus operandi is different. So why lament?

To be fair to Mayawati, she has declared that though right now she has spent money, after some initial months, she will charge money form public who wish to enter the garden where her statues are installed. She is sure people will wish to have her ‘DARSHAN.’ Money thus collected will be spent on public welfare. See? How fair? She will collect money from public and spend on public. Nothing for her. Media has been unnecessarily critical of her. She has only public interest in mind. And this time she has given double benefit to the public. Here is how:

Those of us who want to seek her blessings have to travel quite a distance, thereby spending good amount of money on transportation as well as our time. She has solved this problem. Where ever you are, just get out of your house, walk a little distance, turn left or right as the case maybe, and there is your Mayawati: life size to bless you. No more distant travel, no wait. Money saved, time saved. That is one benefit. Now what little pay as entry fee is going to be spent on your welfare only. So your money is back in your pocket by way of welfare schemes. This is your second benefit.

Mayawati has just made one little mistake. She should not have erected statues of Kanshiram and others. Her own statue is alright, but it should have been without her purse. In place of other statues, she should have, instead, installed life size statue of her purse with ‘piggy bank’ hole in it, big enough to slide thousand Rupees notes in it and small enough so that no body can take them out. After the Taj fiasco poor Mayawati is left poorer. Just as she is thinking of public welfare, we should also think of her. Those visiting Mayawati ‘s statues after paying a little entry fee, which in turn will be used for their own benefit, should also put something in that ‘ Piggy bank’ suitcase in appreciation of Mayawati’s whole hearted efforts to save your money and time. So let’s reciprocate. One good deed deserves another.


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Indian politics-Tale piece / Twist in tale

L. K. Advani’s luck is running out, but not his cunning. The old man can still give a lesson or two in politics few can match, particularly to media. According to Karan Thapar, (H. T. 30-8-09 ), in 1990 he ( Advani ), first snubbed Karan and later apologized when he realized his mistake. Great. Karan may be right. On the other hand, it (apology ) may be a calculated political move. Advani is well capable of that. One cannot make Advani move even after exposure of his Kandahar fiasco. Here is how:

Scribe: Advaniji, did you have prior knowledge about Kandahar exchange of terrorists?
……silence…..
Scribe: Advaniji, Jaswant Singh says you knew about Kandahar exchange. But you denied it at that time.
Advani: I did not give my consent.
Scribe: Earlier, you denied having any knowledge of the exchange.
Advani: Words mean nothing. I meant I did not give my consent.
Scribe: According to Jaswant Singh, such a big decision was not possible without cabinet meeting and your approval. That means you were there in the meeting.
Advani: Let me put it this way, it did not have my consent.
Scribe: But you had to be present there in the meeting for you not to give your consent.
Advani: Not necessarily. I did not give my consent.
Scribe: But Sir, media…………
Advani: It’s all hype. I………..
Scribe: Sir, I want your specific answer in yes or no…. After Jaswant Singh’s claim, do you still insist that you had no prior knowledge of the terrorists’ exchange?
Advani: You are playing with words. It did not have my consent….

The scribe lost the game and patience.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Politically incorrect-P.M. Advani

Since Sri L. K. Advani was a Prime ministerial candidate, it would be interesting to anticipate how the man who declared Jinnah, a secular, (Jinnah was a nationalist), would have behaved as our top national leader. I have always found Advani inconsistent. He will give one statement this moment and deny it the next, saying he didn’t mean it.

On his next visit to Pakistan as our Prime Minister, he would have declared Musharraf as our only well wisher and Pakistan to be the only friendly neighbour India could have wished to have. Presently, He would have offered 10 percent commission to Zardari on all our government deals as a gesture of goodwill.

On to Bangladesh – He would have invited Bangladeshi refugees to India assuring them of residences, ration cards and voter’s rights, never mind our own overflowing population living in slums and shitting on streets. That would have ensured increased vote bank for him and would have earned that country’s gratitude.

China – Advani would have guaranteed import of all Chinese third grade products to India irrespective of their health hazards and expiry dates. To further strengthen our friendship, he would have gifted a few thousand square miles of our land to China to be used as burial ground for their bulging population.

Over to US – He would have declared Bush as our benefactor and would have accepted him as our guardian Godfather as Fontane had accepted Brando in Godfather.

In India, he would have ordered all government cars to be converted into chariots. Further he would have compared Narendra Modi with Mahatma Gandhi and declared Modi as father of Gujarat.

A man who could proclaim Jinnah a secular would be capable of these and many more things.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Current affairs-Hypocricy

I am yet to come across a bigger hypocrite than Anil Ambani. According to Anil, oil ministry is partial to Mukesh ( Ambani ) and that the RIL is firing from petroleum ministry’s shoulders. (Hindustan Times – 29-7-09). Whatever Anil’s differences with Mukesh, he has just conveniently chosen to forget his own immediate past.

Ever since he took over from BSES Ltd., he has fleeced more then twenty lacs electricity consumers right from the start by way of fixed charges and reliability charges and what not which were unheard of in the times of BSES. The charges of electricity per unit have doubled since he took over. Didn’t Anil fire from the shoulders of MERC? It is only after much opposition from political parties and huge public outcry that the recent hike was put off.

I am not in favour of Mukesh and I certainly do not want to judge who is right and who is wrong. But if, as Anil says Mukesh is trying to fleece him ( If at all ),Mukesh is fleecing a person who deserved to be fleeced. Anil himself is guilty of the same crime.

Lastly, it is heartening to know that Tatas are coming to the rescue of common consumers.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Politically incorrect-Had Advani been P.M.

Since Sri L. K. Advani was a Prime ministerial candidate, it would be interesting to anticipate how the man who declared Jinnah, a secular, ( Jinnah was a nationalist), would have behaved as our top national leader. I have always found Advani inconsistent. He will give one statement this moment and deny it the next, saying he didn’t mean it.

On his next visit to Pakistan as our Prime Minister, he would have declared Musharraf as our only well wisher and Pakistan to be the only friendly neighbour India could have wished to have. Presently, he would have offered 10 percent commission to Zardari on all our government deals as a gesture of goodwill.

On to Bangladesh – He would have invited Bangladeshi refugees to India assuring them of residences, ration cards and voter’s rights, never mind our own overflowing population living in slums and shitting on streets. That would have ensured increased vote bank for him and would have earned that country’s gratitude.

China – Advani would have guaranteed import of all Chinese third grade products to India irrespective of their health hazards and expiry dates. To further strengthen our friendship, he would have gifted a few thousand square miles of our land to China to be used as burial ground for their bulging population.

Over to US – He would have declared Bush as our benefactor and would have accepted him as our guardian Godfather as Fontane had accepted Brando in Godfather.

In India, he would have ordered all government cars to be converted into chariots. Further he would have compared Narendra Modi with Mahatma Gandhi and declared Modi as father of Gujarat.

A man who could proclaim Jinnah a secular would be capable of these and many more things.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Political views-Congress or Manmohan

Congress – UPA has won. I too was as confused as others as to the outcome of this election. All political pundits failed in their assessments this time. Some said it would be a close finish. Some predicted fractured verdict. Some went for the third front. No body was near the truth. No body anticipated clear victory for congress.

In retrospect, I feel there should not have been any doubt as to who will win. The picture should have been clear as to congress’ victory. I never considered the third front had any chance. The choice was between Congress and BJP, or so it seemed. But I have a feeling that actually the fight was not between Congress and BJP, it was between Manmohan Singh and Advani. I think people have lost faith in all parties, even these two. People were not satisfied with the working of any party, nor were they satisfied with their election campaign which was without any agenda. No party has done enough of anything for the masses. This time around, voters chose to vote for individuals. And the choice was, or comparison was between Manmohan and Advani. Manmohan was bound to win and win he did, hands down.

If, individual personality was as any factor, there can be no choice between the two. Advani is nowhere near Manmohan’s sophistication. Advani is loud whereas Manmohan is grave. Advani believes in theatrics, Manmohan is straightforward. Advani changes stance at the drop of a hat whereas Monmohan is steadfast. Advani always talks about the past, Manmohan believes in the present and the future. Advani’s image is not clean but no body can point a finger at Manmohan. Hence Manmohan’s victory. This is my personal view, but the choice was never between Congress and BJP, and the result could not have been any thing otherwise.

Last, but not the least, let us consider age factor. If Advani at 81 hoped to continue for full term of five years, Manmohan at 76 has exactly double the time, that is, for two terms. Here also Manmohan scores. What do you say?



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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Political views-Lessons from Sri Lanka

India has a lot to learn from Sri Lanka. I will not go into the moral issue of Sri Lankan government’s attack on LTTE. People may have different views on that. To each his own. But it is a fact that Sri Lanka has shown exemplary perseverance in dealing with LTTE that India should have shown while dealing with Pakistan and Taliban terrorists. India has been suffering from terrorists’ attack for the past more then twenty years. There have been heavy casualties including Parliament attack and Mumbai suffering on 26/11 among numerous others. Still we have not gone beyond “we will not tolerate, we will see” (humen dekhana hai, hum dekhenge). Pakistan and Taliban prompted terrorists make mockery of our threats, laugh at us, deny their involvement, reject our proofs, wait for a while and continue with their game. Not a single politician has guts and political will to control internal and external terrorists.

Sri Lanka too has been suffering from LTTE & Prabhakaran for quite sometime. There was truce and ceasefire between Sri Lanka & LTTE for quite a number of times. Every time LTTE broke the truce. But once the Sri Lankan government decided that enough was enough, they set about the task. They set a massive military attack on LTTE. There were casualties on both sides. They may be right, they may be wrong to have put lives of so many civilians at risk. It is a matter of individual opinion. But once they decided to eliminate LTTE, they set about the task with full force. They continued with their task even after international outcry for ceasefire. They continued because they believed in their mission. That required tremendous political will, which their President showed. They wanted Prabhakaran & LTTE eliminated eliminate they did. Prabhakaran is dead.

The result is there for everyone to see.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Politically incorrect-Traitors within

How can India fight terrorists’ attacks from Pakistan and Taliban etc. when it has our own so many terrorists within our country? And that too in commanding positions? Take for example DMK chief Karunanidhi. He has openly declared that he was friends with Prabhakaran. He aptly meant in his statement that he supported Prabhakaran’s cause. That Prabhakaran, who was instrumental in assassination of our Prime Minister,
that Prabhakaran who was responsible for the murder of their own President. That Prabhakaran was Karunanidhi’s friend who committed innumerable murders in the name of Tamilians’ welfare. Karunanidhi is roaming free, fighting elections whereas he should be behind bars.

Jayalalitha has declared she is going to send army to Sri Lanka and see to it that the Tamilians get a separate Tamil state inside Sri Lanka. What a statement? It was simply made to get political mileage. But the question is, could she make such irrational statements and getaway with them? It looks like.

These are the leaders who are leading our country and even have followers of their own. That is the irony. India is a democratic country and everyone has the right of expression. But democracy comes with responsibility, which our politicians lack. That is our misfortune. As for Prabhakaran, I am yet to find a person who is more coward and mean then Prabhakaran was. He was always involving and hiding behind women and children. He called himself a warrior. His elimination is well deserved. In fact he should have been eliminated years back.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Flamboyant Feroze Khan

With Feroze gone, an era has gone. I am yet to come across an actor or a person as good looking and as handsome as Feroze Khan. He had confidence and style and what is more, he was aware of it. Though I was not an admirer of his acting, his presence in a movie was formidable. There was pride in his gait and actions true to his Pathan ancestry. He acted as a sidekick for quite a few initial years, he had what it takes- a tremendous screen presence few could match. He acted with the likes of Manoj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar and Vinod Khanna and I am sure they had to make extra efforts against Feroze’s screen presence. Few could carry off style, flamboyance and even arrogance, if I may say so, as he could.

He was the same in both reel and real life- proud, chivalrous and macho- a true Pathan. I had an occasion to see him at a couple of feet’s distance in a posh club in his much younger days (and mine too). He was strikingly handsome and good looking even without those paints, in fact, more so. He was talking to a producer in that club. In the course of their discussion, the producer said something that Feroze probably didn’t like. In his true fashion Feroze just raised his eyebrows for the producer to cower. A true man. Today’s heroes with six and eight ebbs, bulging biceps and broad chests stand nowhere near Feroze’s manly personality.

With Feroze gone, that breed has gone, style and poise has gone, chivalry and grace has gone and gone are the movies like Qurbani. May God rest his soul in Peace. AMEN.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Criminalization of our children

The mindset. All schools want one hundred per cent result. As a result, a child is pressurized to work harder then it is good for him. Parents too are to be blamed. They have great expectations from their children. They are always after their children to fair well. These days children have no time for themselves or to play. They go to school, come back, go again to this tution classes or some other extra curricular activities. Plus there is always homework to do. No time for healthy activities like sports and other out door games.

Parents and schools forget that every child is not brilliant. Most children are of average intelligence. Very few are bright. Every child is different. Their grasp is different, their temperament is different, their power to concentrate and absorb is different. Brilliant students take pressure in their stride. Ordinary students can’t. This mindset of parents and schools instigate children to commit crimes like copying, procuring question papers, giving bribes to get marks increased and even go to the extent of kidnapping in order to get money for all these criminal activities. They are caught, punished, humiliated and thus, a criminal is born.

To sum up – today, a student of a class six or seven is more burdened and stressed than, say a grown up man like somebody working in a bank or a government office. These persons are stress free at least before going to office and after leaving it, whereas a child is under stress all day.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Commercialization of Education

What is our education coming to? Schools no more remain temples of learning. Education, for the past few years has been commercialized and schools have become business houses. In our times school fees were hardly 10-12 Rs. Now even an average school charges Rs. 2000 plus per month. Education is given for hardly six months in a year or even less, considering 60 days of summer holidays, 20 days of Christmas holidays, plus nearly 100 Saturdays, Sundays and other public & private holidays. Six months gone. They charge fees for the entire year, plus some schools charge admission fees, term fees etc. It is a known fact that schools have arrangements with uniform suppliers, book-sellers etc. Now here is the cake. On an average, schools take around twenty thousand Rupees as refundable or non-refundable deposit. Schools have two or three shifts a day. Now consider this. If a school has 2000 students, then the deposit amount comes to 20000 deposit x 2000 students = 4 crores cool. Good business, I would say. Same is true for school bus service. Here too, they make good profit. Buses ply for six months but they charge for entire year and an exorbitant charge at that. On an average, cost of educating one child even in a small class comes to clean Rupees five thousand a month. An average middle class household earns twenty-twenty five thousand a month. Twenty five per cent of the income goes in educating one child. Good show. India shining?

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Politically incorrect -Mercy

This refers to the news in Hindustan Times dt. 12-3-09 about the residents who had paid their hard earned money in booking flats at Oswal Paradise and then finding it reduced to rubble in front of their own eyes, as the construction was illegal, while the builder went scot free.

When we were small boys, we often used to hear a story about “Puri Nagari and Chopat raja” from our parents and elders. This story fits here. How is a purchaser, an ordinary lay man to know who the land belongs to. Whereas the builder ought to know. Municipal Corporation should know. How did the registrar office carry out the registration? How did the builder get water and electricity connections? And how did financial institutions grant home loans if the title was not clear? Obviously, the builder stuffed pockets of all these people.

What kind of law and what kind of administration is this? Knowing fully well that the builder and permit givers are the real culprits, innocent buyers are made to suffer for no fault of theirs. Before demolishing the structure, the builder and his accomplices should be booked first. They should be made to fully compensate buyers including registration fees, stamp duties etc. along with cost of the flat. Then only the structure should be demolished.

Instead, the builder here is free to look out for another illegal plot, bribe concerned officers, tempt other innocent buyers, pocket the money and leave the hapless buyers at the mercy of our able administration and GOD. This happens only in India. Shining India?


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Slap on the face

The terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, whoever did it, is a slap on Zardari’s face and thereby on Pakistan’s face. Of course, if Zardari is sensitive enough to care. It is evident that Pakistan is a terrorist state even if not declared so. What more proof than this terrorists attack on Sri Lankan team, and that too in a city like Lahore.

When the entire world, cricketing world that is, had refused to visit Pakistan fearing the worst, Sri Lankans extended their hand of friendship and paid the price for it. That worst fear came true. The security provided by the government was not enough. Of course the security personnel escorting the team did their job well and gave up their life to defend the Sri Lankan team. And defend they did. Zardari- Gilani & co. should take a lesson or two from these men. The presence of mind and courage of the coach driver saved the Lankan team. They escaped with minor injuries.

Either Zardari doesn’t care enough or the situation is no more in his control. Several terrorist groups are calling the shots. Zardari is only a bystander and barely able to save his chair .How long he will servive is anybody’s guess. But one thing is for sure. Cricketing days in Pakistan are over. Even security equivalent to Fort Knox will not tempt any cricketing team to visit Pakistan, at least not for a long time to come. I guess Imran Khan will agree with me.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Politically incorrect-Big loser

President Zardari has lost the game and with that, he has lost his face and much more. Under pressure, he had to agree to reinstate Chief Justice Choudhry. Earlier too, he had to give in to Taliban in Swat valley. This is his second blunder or defeat, which ever suits you.

Zardari is no Benazir Bhutto. He does not have that political sense, perseverance, public support and that guts. He gave in to Taliban, he gave in to Nawaz Sharif and it appears he will go on giving to the army and ISI too, till he is ousted. His days are numbered. When he became President, the first thing he should have done is to invite Choudhry to be the Chief Justice of Pakistan, as promised earlier. Instead, he chose to ignore all promises he had made. Zardari does not have farsightedness. He doesn’t have the ability to mobilize opinion which Nawaz Sharif has in plenty. Zardari’s own manipulations are harming him and his nation.

Now that Chief Justice Choudhry will be back in power on 22nd March, Zardari may face further trouble if Justice Choudhry decides to end immunity granted by Musharraf for graft charges. If that happens, Zardari won’t have any leg to stand on, let alone retaining President ship.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Is it really Pakistan?

Pakistan is in complete chaos. There are at least three parallel governments in Pakistan, if not more. One Taliban, second ISI and third, Zardari government, the last being the least important, it seems. The very fact that that the Zardari- Gilani government had to compromise with Taliban in Swat valley is proof enough that the Zardari-Gilani& co. are not in complete command. One wonders if Pakistan is just a name, nothing more .It should be state of Taliban. It will not be surprising if Taliban takes complete control of Pakistan. Zardari is aware of that. He himself has confessed this on more occasions than one.

The manner in which Zardari has behaved after 26/11, frequently changing his versions shows his inexperience and lack of political wisdom. On the one hand he refuses to accept that Pakistan was involved in Mumbai attacks. On the other, he asserts that it may be possible and asks for more evidence from India. And then he accepts that the attackers were from Pakistani soil but not their citizens. And after all that, house arresting some people under US pressure.

US too is playing game in its own interest. US warns Pakistan to take action against terrorists and at the same time increasing financial aid to Pakistan, thereby financial aid to Taliban. Why then the name Pakistan? Why not Taliban?

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Forced truce

A few days back it was reported in news papers that LTTE had offered negotiations of truce to Sri Lankan government and the President and the army chief laughed it off. Way to go. The Lankan government realized that the LTTE was buying time as it was cornered. Years of negotiations had failed and now there was no reason to believe that the LTTE had good intentions. Sri Lankan government is out to wipe it out of existence. Whether it will succeed is a different matter. But the decision is absolutely right.
The will is there.

The same is true of India & Pakistan. Where Pakistan is intentionally applying delaying tactics, India is satisfied with Pakistan taking little actions against terrorists after three months of attack. With that Pakistan also asserts that it is not satisfied with evidence provided by us so far and wants further questions answered. While war, probably, is not the solution at present, India doesn’t need to supply further evidence or answer any further questions from Pakistan. The whole world is satisfied that Pakistan is involved. India should unrelentingly put pressure on Pakistan to accept responsibility and behave. There should be no negotiations, no exchanges, no trains or buses, no embassies. Pakistan has more to lose. We should stick to one word: ACTION.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Inevitable split

It is widely reported that the Slumdog star Frieda Pinto has dropped her boyfriend (now ex) as the relationship might hamper her rise as world renowned actress. (Hindustan Times,dt.19th Feb.’09.) Now it is proved beyond doubt that Rohan Antao was indeed her fiancĂ© and they were engaged. Freida had an incredible opportunity but would not be able to make most of it if she was tied down.

Is Rohan better off? Most certainly. It is said that Frieda was very unassuming, shy & invisible in college. Being a simple and ordinary girl then, she may not have thought of or expected to be in limelight. That too on this scale. So now sky is the limit for her. Earlier, she may have wanted emotional support from Rohan, not now. She has left him behind.

I admire Rohan’s silence, dignified silence at that. Frieda has moved up in life and Rohan remains where he was. Even if Freida had not broken ties, would they have been happy together? Probably not. Rohan is certainly better off. He should continue to maintain his silence and with that, his dignity.

The gap now is wide. Where Rohan is still an ordinary boy, Freda, an ordinary girl from Malad now thinks in terms of settling in New York because she can gather her thoughts only there. That’s how wide the gap is.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Crime-Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile crime is on alarming increase. Latest victim being Mukim Khan, 17, and accused being Amir Shaikh and Sarfaraz Shaikh, just 19 & 17 respectively. This is not an isolated case, it is one among several others.

It is reported that the accused said during interrogation that they had committed the crime as they wanted money to bribe someone to pass their HSC exams. There lies the point. Who is that someone? The boys should know. Both media and police should go after that someone. Though that person is not directly connected to either kidnap or murder, he is equally responsible, in fact more so, for the crime committed. That someone demanded money from the boys knowing fully well how young the boys were, that they could not lay their hands on that kind of money without committing some kind of crime. The police should seek that person. He should be put to trial before the boys. In a way, he instigated the two young minds to commit that crime. Had he not offered to pass them in exchange for money, probably the crime would not have been committed and Mukim would be alive today.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shocking Reliance

In his letter dt. 3rd March in Hindustan Times, MR. Hansraj Bhat has written that money-hungry power supplier Anil Ambani robs consumers every month.

Anil Ambani’s greed knows no bounds. Till it was BSES there were no fixed charges.Minimum charges were Rs. 10 then. The day Anil took over, and BSES became Reliance Energy, Anil started fleecing consumers. He introduced fixed charges, reliability charges, security deposits etc. What are fixed charges? It’s a loot. Fixed charges should be for those who are not using electricity with 0 unit consumption, that is, minimum charges. But when you are using electricity, you are charged per unit along with all other taxes. Why then fixed charges? He makes millions by way of this one charge.

Reliability charges? What are they? No body knows. He charges for fuel adjustment, when fuel is at it’s lowest throughout the world. In these four-five years, Reliance has called for security deposits at least two or three times. With millions of consumers in his fold, he must have minted several hundred crores of Rupees by way of this one loot.

This trend should be controlled. Administration should allow other players in this field. It should be remembered that along with rich, ordinary people can’t do without electricity. Like in Telecom, other players should be invited in order to make it competitive.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Want Padmashri?

Now comes the news that Aishwarya Rai is awarded Padma Shri. What has congress come to? Couldn’t they find a better person? A host of persons, for example, those who try to protect the environment, are better suited for the award.

Mind you, I am a admirer of Aishwarya’s beauty and those big smashing eyes. I don’t know about her acting. I am not much into films. May be she is a good actress. But then let Bollywood honor her with hundred awards. But Padma Shri? How does she deserve it? What has she done for the society? Or what is her contribution to the nation? It is purely a political move. Congress is clearly trying to woo Amar Singh and there by Samajwadi Party for their support. Even a blind man can see that.

Bhagwan Thadani & Deepak Chikramane rightly say that the importance of Padma Shri has diminished (H.T.30.1.09-Your space at H.T.) and I feel that the award will simply become a PAWN on political chess board.

So who is next? Salman Khan perhaps? Or what is wrong with our dear Govindaji getting this award? In my personal opinion Johny Lever deserves it more than all these people put together.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

Now pubs

So now, according to Hindustan Times of December 30th, Karnataka chief minister won’t allow any pubs. According to him pubs are not part of our culture. The K’taka chief minister has taken Sri Ram Sene line.

But there is a difference. What Sri Ram Sene did was total goondaism, ignorance of law or let us say utter disregard of law, mockery of law. They took advantage of the situation, took law in their own hands and if reports are to be believed, even molested girls present in the pub. That is Sri Ram Sene for you.

The case of K’taka C.M. is different. In a manner, he is a representative of law. He spoke in his official capacity. His utterances raise two Questions. One, either these pubs are operating without license and two, they are operating with license.

In the first case, if these pubs are operating without license, his own administration and police is at fault. He should take these people to task. Secondly, if these pubs are operating with license and our honorable C. M. doesn’t want pubs in his state, why did he allow his administration to issue licenses in the first place? Because the state earns solid revenue from these pubs.

It is a classic case of giving permit to a butcher and then punish him for killing animals.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Political views-Ex C.M. on picnic?

In his ‘letter of the day’ in Hindustan Times, Jimmy Dadabhoy writes that Maharashtra, which occupied numero uno position among all states, has deteriorated beyond belief in these last eight years. It has new transpired that the then C. M., Vilasrao Deshmukh did not hold a single meeting to launch the 5-star Plan. That if the single leader is to be blamed for misleading Maharashtra and trying to destroy its repute, the laurel must go to Deshmukh.

So right. A gentleman that he is, Dadabhoy has restrained his outpour. But I fully endorse his views. When I saw footage of his visit to Taj after terroritists’ shooting, I got the feeling that he was in some art gallery and was accompanied by his celebrity (?) son and a film producer. I doubt Deshmukh has achieved anything of purpose in his long tenure as C. M. Except perhaps promote his son’s career and of course acquiring land and other benefits for trust controlled by him. His tenure was not only a long vacation but a long enjoyable picnic for him.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Muscle politics

Senior Thackeray, Sri Balasaheb started it. His nephew Raj Thackeray followed suit. Now Narayan Rane is up to it. Muscle politics. When people don’t listen to them, they force them to. When people don’t notice them, they force them to.

It appears that the editor of Newspaper ‘NAVAKAAL’ criticized Rane for his journey in Sena and his flip-flops in Congress. And rightly so. So Rane’s supporters vandalized Navakaal’s office. A good politician should be able to take criticism in his stride. Rane can’t. So he got the newspaper office destroyed. Muscle politics.

Earlier, Sena workers vandalized and assaulted staff members of Inter Continental Hotel at Sahar for sacking some employees. Muscle politics.

Everyone is well aware about Raj ‘s jaunt of beating poor north Indians for express purpose of removing them from the state. Muscle politics.

Examples are countless. Rane’s is the latest flick. Administration is mute spectator. Every time one of the trio use muscle, vandalize properties, beat taxi drivers, set fire to buses, bring Mumbai to a stand still, the administration simply say investigations are on and strict action will be taken against culprits. Then nothing happens. Sometimes there are token arrests and bail is granted within hours, if not in minutes. What is more, arrests are royally treated.

Is this is our democracy or mockery of it.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Political views-Zardari's commission

Pakistan's President Zardari changes his statement everyday. First he said they (the terrorists) were not Pakistanis. Next he said that they were non-state actors. When proved that they were from Pakistan, he said there was not enough proof. He wanted more evidence. When more evidence was provided, he said the mastermind of Mumbai attack was under house arrest. First he said that Kasab was not a citizen of Pakistan. When Kasab’s parents were interviewed and they confessed that Kasab was their son, they were removed from the scene and the village was cornered off.

Zardari is a shameless liar and doesn’t deserve to be where he is today. It is rumored that he took 10 percent commission on every govt. deal when his wife, Benazir, was in power. He was popularly known as 10 percent Zardari. He has become president by the cruel twist of circumstances and not due to his own efforts or goodwill.

What can you except from such a person? How can you expect justice from him? How can you expect him to listen to reason?

Perhaps, Indian government should offer him some commission for him to act against terrorists and remove terrorist camps.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Politically incorrect-Threat to Cricket icon M.S. Dhoni

So Dhoni has been threatened by a local goon. Taslim, who has demanded Rs. 50 lakhs from Dhoni as protection money. The police have deputed a posse of 45 police personnel to tighten security around Dhoni.

Now, I an admirer of Dhoni. And I do believe it is state’s duty and responsibility to protect Dhoni. Why Dhoni, but every citizen for that matter. The Question is at what cost? And who’s cost? Would police have deputed such a large number of personnel had an ordinary citizen made such a complaint? They would have sent a couple of constables to an ordinary citizen’s place, and that would have been that.

Dhoni is a big shot. Dhoni is an asset to Indian cricket. And that is exactly why he needs big protection. The state should provide it. But at his own cost. He earns millions in cricket and endorsements. Police should provide him protection at his own cost. He can more than afford it. In present scenario he is enjoying this big protection at your and my cost, the honest tax payers.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Politically incorrect- Non state wars

Sneha Korde writes in Hindustan Times; “WAR should be an option.” She thinks in today’s scenario, war is the only option and that it is time Pakistan learns a lesson.

She is right and I also agree that we should teach a lesson to Pakistan. In fact we should have reacted the instant terrorists attacked our Parliament. It was an attack on our own nation. That was the right time and opportunity to attack their terrorist camps without bothering about international ramifications. That we did not react that time led to this and other attacks.

While agreeing I would play the same game that Pakistan is playing with us. They say that the Mumbai attack was the job of non-state actors. We should attack them, destroy all the known camps and pay them with the same coin. We should declare – loud and clear – that our war is against non-state actors and not with Pakistan. That these actors are on Pakistan soil – we can’t help.

I trust Sneha will agree.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Continued act

I was never a fan of Sri Balasaheb Thackrey. But for once, I agree with him, when, according to Hindustan Times of December 23rd, he said to the effect that only Indira Gandhi had the guts to handle threats, which endangered national security. There is no use of issuing just threats to Pakistan.

He is right and to the point. We have been issuing warnings and threats to the terrorists and enemy countries for the past several years. And they have been attacking us for those many years. We warn, they act. Against the loss of our two hundred lives, they loose ten. Sometimes not even that many. I don’t even count our financial, moral and social loss. They loose nothing on that count. Our voice is mild where as they shout from rooftops. After Indira Gandhi, no politician has guts. Balasaheb is right.

And with likes of Sri R. R. Patil, Rane and Antulay among us, Pakistan doesn’t need any other incentive to continue their act.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What now?

The war with terrorists is over. One captured alive and nine dead, or so they say.
Now what? Now nothing!

The sentiment of our politicians is clear from the utterances of our beloved leader R.R. Patil to the effect that such small incidents happen in big cities. How cool. Somebody should explain to Mr.Patil in the language he understands that it was an invasion, not just an incident. Hundreds of people don’t lose their lives in incidents. But it was an incident to our politicians – it didn’t happen in their front or back yards. They are surrounded by security at our expense. Even after paying heavy taxes, you don’t buy your security. You buy theirs. The only response from our Government is to warn terrorists and our enemy countries that they should not try our patience. Warning? They laugh at us, make mockery of our warnings and prepare for the next attack.

It is not patience-It is cowardice, it is lack of political will, it is politics of vote, it is a shame on the nation.

What now? Now nothing!

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Indian politics-About turn

So, finally, his highness Antulay has made a complete about turn. It was expected. After remaining adamant for a few days, he has accepted the explanations given by authorities. He had no choice. Perhaps he was given the ultimatum. Whenever Antulay has come in limelight, it is always for the wrong reasons. There must be something that is making him tick. Antulay presented them on a platter.

People like him come into politics to make money. But, even after making money they don’t hesitate to make unless and harmful utterances, which harm the sentiments of public and harm national feelings.

Why the congress is tolerating persons like Antulay is anybody’s guess. Such selfish and reckless persons should be ousted forthwith.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

More of Mayavati's Maya

On the morning of 25th December, the headlines in Hindustan Times shouted 'Mayawati's MLA held for lynching an engineer.' All for Mayawati's birtday bash. It is reported that the Govt. engineer ignored or refused to pay the extortion amount demanded by the Chief Minister's MLA for her birthday, and that she wanted to collect Rs. 10000 million.It is sheer irony that such are our Chief Ministers. Do you think we need extortionists like Abu Salem, Gawli, Memon & Dawood Ibrahim, with Mayawati around? Instead of recruiting henchmen, they might as well give contracts to Mayawati's MLAs. And for that matter, Pakistan's Mr. Zardari is wasting time and energy to create unrest in India. Mayawati is doing the job for him.When the entire nation is reeling under recession and terrorist attacks, the great leader Mayawati is keen on celebrating her birthday and that too, by extorting money. We have elected her and we deserve to be treated the way she is treating us.

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Mayawati's maya

On the morning of 25th December, the headlines in Hindustan Times shouted 'Mayawati's MLA held for lynching an engineer.' All for Mayawati's birtday bash. It is reported that the Govt. engineer ignored or refused to pay the extortion amount demanded by the Chief Minister's MLA for her birthday, and that she wanted to collect Rs. 10000 million.
It is sheer irony that such are our Chief Ministers. Do you think we need extortionists like Abu Salem, Gawli, Memon & Dawood Ibrahim, with Mayawati around? Instead of recruiting henchmen, they might as well give contracts to Mayawati's MLAs. And for that matter, Pakistan's Mr. Zardari is wasting time and energy to create unrest in India. Mayawati is doing the job for him.
When the entire nation is reeling under recession and terrorist attacks, the great leader Mayawati is keen on celebrating her birthday and that too, by extorting money. We have elected her and we deserve to be treated the way she is treating us.

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