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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