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.


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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