Sen is still holding on to his ‘dhotie’



As Union Railway minister Pawan Bansal presented the Railway budget, I remembered my battle with cockroaches and rats in a second AC compartment of Doon Express. Cockroaches from every corner kept sprouting while the rat made many of my co-travellers jump from their berths. The night was spent wide awake with no one even daring to blink their eyes once. Using the quilt and the bed sheet was also a challenge with big stains all around.

As for the nature’s call, the choice was limited. Only those used it who were actually not worried about catching infection. Others had no option but to hold on till the next station and used open fields with some even cursing themselves for polluting the environment.

The harrowing experience reminded me of my childhood journeys by train to my grandmother’s place every summer vacation. More than the grandmom’s affection, it was the train journey that we used to look forward to with my mother packing the most favourite dishes, especially aloo-puri and achar for us. Irrespective of the time of the day, we would binge on the goodies finding it near impossible to resist the aroma that filled the air from mom’s basket.

Now it’s filth and the stink that greet you even in the so called AC First, forget the sleeper class (earlier called third class) that in any way hardly allows access to your reserved berth with without-ticket commuters brazenly flouting all norms while the ticket collectors making some quick bucks. How people travel in unreserved classes is beyond our imagination!

Every time I travel by train I am reminded of a letter, written in broken English by one Okhil Chandra Sen in the year 1890, “Dear Sir, I am arrive by passenger train at Ahmedpore station and my belly is too much swelling with jack fruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing the nuisance, that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with lotah in one hand and Dhotie in the next when I am fall over and expose all my shookings to man, female, women on platform. I am get leaved at Ahmedpore station. This too much bad, if passenger go to make dung, that dam guard no wait five minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers.”

The British government introduced toilets while the letter went to the archives of the Indian Railways. The budgets are presented every year with no solution to Sen’s complaint.

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  • Anonymous

    Coalition Govts have worked well/reasonably well at state level. Kerala has been governed by coalition govts since early 1960s – leftist coalition headed by CPM, or a ‘centre” coalition headed by Congress. All/most of them finished their term or got a second term.

    There will not be a single party majority at the centre for a long time to come. Coalition at the centre is going to be the norm. In fact, next Lok Sabha will be worse off because there is going to be three 150-170 member coalitions, assuming Samajwadis retain 60-70 seats from UP, which seems quite possible at this time.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Gopi

    The sort of reforms PV Rao got and the achievements of Atal Bihari to build up infrastructure would ever have been possible with coalitions.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    your state is fortunate in two respects. One, the commies and their left bhais are basically not corrupt; and two, your states resources are being bank-rolled by the Gulf, relieving the political leadership the worry to find the resources for running the show.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    More than that, both Marxists and Congress know the only way they can form ministry is with forming coalitions, especially because of the Muslim voting block (Muslim League party) always voting for the congress coalition.

    The current Congress/Muslim League administration has only a 2 seat majority that can go down potentially to a 1 seat majority based on a bye election we had on Saturday. But Congress has already “boought” an MLA as a safety belt

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  • Anonymous

    The core party must accept that it has got a mandate from the electorate to govern in consultation with its allies. The incumbent govt. had started to think otherwise and has shown arrogance on multiple occasions in last couple of years. The result is not surprising. The smaller partners need to respected and consulted as Mr. Sharma rightly suggests. In the hind sight, the left were a better ally of UPA-I. At least their position on specific issues was clear and well stated.

    People get the govt. they deserve. In UP, people have given a big mandate to the SP and their acts in the first few days in power is not a good sign. Who do we blame now? They preferred to be ruled by the goons and have got it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is already talk that Mayawati was better…

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–~~ MANMOHAN SINGH HAS TO RETAIN THE MORAL HIGHGROUND ~~~
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    Manmohan Singh of UPA 1 ruled well because he was not undercut by trolls in his own party. We all loved him and believed that we were lucky to have a scholar as a PM, an economist the world respected, a man of peace who could be firm in the interest of India, as he had been for the Indo US nuke deal and even after 26/11.

    When Arjun Singh tried his sycophancy stunts by calling on Yuvraj to take over to “save” India, we all scoffed and spat at Arjun Singh. We knew like a typical Congressi domestic servant, Arjun Singh was playing a game to perhaps pitch himself higher.

    But alas….

    Ever since UPA -2 took over, Sonia too seems to have set the dogs after MMS. there is a palpable fear that he may put up his hand in 2014, finishing off the Amul baby’s chances forever. Further on Digivjay could not be making all the statements about MMS being average, and Rahul being as being a potential Genius of a PM. Maybe Vadra, Rahul and Sonia G have given this a tacit approval.

    But with one stroke they have destroyed MMS’ grand legacy which has got us this great growth. Further on, the policies espoused by Rahul and Digvinash ji are a copy of what VP SIngh pursued. That is wooing people on minority trligious lines and caste lines.

    The result will only be what VP Singh delivered. VP SIngh ended his reign with 23% inflation and caste and religious battles.

    Rahulji and Digviajy ji may well be piloting that…

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  • Anonymous

    LATEST WEATHER REPORT (VALID FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS)
    =========================================================

    It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good.
    Congress party is particularly exposed to the vagaries of this ill wind blowing from the plains of West Bengal, gathering strength over Orissa and delivering hammer-like blows on the doors of PMO, 10Janpath and 24 Akbar Road and also 7 race Course Road.

    Strengthening of door-hinges and locks is recommended, because the ill wind is likely to cause bodily harm and mental agony to the inmates of these buildings.

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  • Anonymous

    Vinodji

    You concluded

    “For its part, the Congress must remember that the prime responsibility for making any coalition work is that of the core party. If arrogant, it can alienate allies. If reasonable and persuasive, it can have is way on complex issues”.

    Good piece of advice. However, even if followed, there is no way that leaders like Mamta Bannerjee would ever co-operate. The smaller allies must follow the coalition dharma and abide by the consensus on policy matters and not insist on having their own way (and worse humiliate the Government publicly) – as amply demonstrated in the last 12 years or so.

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  • Anonymous

    Jayalalithaa government gives go ahead to Kudankulam nuclear plant

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Jayalalithaa-government-gives-go-ahead-to-Kudankulam-nuclear-plant/articleshow/12328263.cms

    Preparing for a showdown with the anti-Kudankulam agitators, the state government on Monday gave its nod to commission the plant.

    A decision to this effect was taken in the state Cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The Cabinet accepted the report submitted by the state-appointed experts’ committee headed by former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, MR Srinivasan, which said the plant is safe.

    ————–

    So why did she sided with the agitators earlier and not wait for the report of the expert committee?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Jayalalitha, unlike the Congressis at the centre, is an astute and capable politician. She knows the only thing standing between Tamil Nadu’s meteoric rise and a so-so growth is the need for energy/electricity. She knows that she can commission nuke much faster; she also knows it is a safe source.

    Her initial “empathization” was a political stunt to get the populace on her side. Tamil Nadu lost 3000 or so people to the 2004 Tsunami. The 2011 Fukushima Tsunami/nuclear radiation is quite green in peoples minds. So, she was just playing the sequence of further safety analysis, review etc. Now her people will know that she was against, she reviewed, found safe, ——

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat third fastest growing state, lags behind Maharashtra

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gujarat-third-fastest-growing-state-lags-behind-maharashtra/925509/

    Excerpt

    Economy-wise, Gujarat was India’s third fastest growing state in the second half of the last decade (10.31 per cent), but citizens of nine other states bore healthier babies, 10 states appeared to have better family planning programmes and four states appeared to have a healthier set of citizens (if death rate is considered a measurement).

    Interestingly, being a citizen of one of the fastest growing economies does not appear to mean the average Gujarati is doing better economically — citizens (rural and urban) of nine other major states have higher monthly expenditures.

    ————–

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  • Anonymous

    ‘Laden, Saddam had also featured in Time magazine’

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Gujarat/Laden-Saddam-had-also-featured-in-Time-magazine/Article1-827784.aspx

    Excerpt

    While answering a question on the population covered under the Narmada drinking water scheme, Patel said, “Because of the incredible work done by Modi, the ‘Time’ magazine has featured him in its latest issue.”

    Modi has been applauded for his effective administration, which is also an appreciation of the state of Gujarat, Patel said.

    Responding to this, GPCC chief and Congress MLA Modhvadia said, “Not only have the world-famous people been featured in the ‘Time’ magazine, but Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussain, had also been featured in the same magazine.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar, it is a cheap shot for you to have this MLA’s remark… bin Laden and Hussain were featured as evil men, not leader ofa growing populace..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Do not shoot the messenger. If you have an objection, please direct your ire at the person concerned – the GPCC chief.

    In any case, the point being made is that it is no big deal to be featured on the cover of Time or Newsweek or Christian Science Monitor. At least, I will give credit to Modi for not going to town about it this time (he seems to have learnt a lesson), even though his minister did.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    Your anger at Modi, you can not stand his name in any form, may be not even in Modak, as it has 3 letters, related with MODI.
    This reminds me of a film, Sardar Patel, where, when he visited the asylum seekers during partition, at Hazrat Nizammudin dargah, and was spat at by an angry muslim on face, he coolly wiped it off and said, at least one brother has spat out his anger. Now even if you do not chew Paan, is gusse ko thook do. Please, and give appreciation, where it is due.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    Me angry with Modi? In that case, I must be angry with everyone else, as I keep posting links to uncomplimentary news/articles of others too (if you have cared to note, read and remember) and that includes the Congress Party and its ruling family – if that is what you are hinting at.

    Even if I am/was angry with him, is it a crime or not allowed?

    To me, whether he is on Time cover or not does not matter to me and moreover, it was I who posted the link here when the news broke out and I did not pass any judgment or remarks then or now. My comments were on the reactions of the bloggers.

    Moreover, I have never made any disparaging remarks about him or twisted his name or put labels on him, even though IMO, he has lot to answer for the events 10 years ago.

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Are Bhai;
    Yeh answer bhi gusse wala hai. Manohar, who can stop you? No, getting angry is every one’s right and it is even desirable in some situations, but permanent state of anger is harmful.

    Anonymous Reply:

    My apologies if I sounded angry.

    The point being made was not to go to town about Modi on Time cover precisely for the reason that Saddam Hussain, Osama and many others from a rogues’ gallery too have appeared. Perhaps Modi realises it and hence did not react, very sensible of him.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    He did react.

    http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-happy-to-feature-on-time-cover-says-narendra-modi/20120317.htm

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    I wish he hadn’t. One should take bouquets and brickbats in one’s stride and move on.

    I do not recollect Dr, Manmohan Singh or the Congress reacted when he was on the cover.
    Prove me wrong, I will stand corrected.

    http://www.time.com/time/covers/asia/0,16641,20040531,00.html

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Man Mohan Singh is not a politician.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    I really do not know what to make of your post below.

    Are you justifying Modi’s reaction?
    Frankly, is it in good taste to blow one’s own trumpet?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Politicians is suppose to blow his own trumpet. This is one of the way of garnering votes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    Does the picture on the Time cover fetch votes?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Only the picture on Time magazine may not, but talking about that might impress
    voting public.

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    I do not write to make you angry or uncomfortable. Question of apologies does not arise. As mature people, we may speak to each other in lighter vein but I have no intention to hurt even my critics and you are a friend.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Anger is never a solution to any problem, it will only make it worse and reaction(s) bordering on hysteria.

    Anonymous Reply:

    So are we comparing Mahatma Gandhi and Nehru with Laden & Saddam? Where is the minimum common sense?

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  • Pankaj#1

    Mohan/ Shan;
    In this gloomy atmosphere of SP’s goondagardi, Mamta’s threat and looming catastroph.
    Also in continuation with Shan’s observation about French attending office at Sharp 9.00 and your lament of workers in India not doing work, and also Khade rahane ki… here is one observation, sent to me by one friend about work in government offices.
    A man struck by cnacer had to undergo operation of testis removal. After operation, he applied for a government job under handicapped quota and was selected. When he was about to join, his supervisor told him to report at 11.00, the man felt insulted and asked, why when every one else is coming at 8.00, he should report at 11? Supervisor told him in a consoling tone that, when we come to office at 8, we scratch our crotch( Tatte khuja te hain) for first three hours and then start some work around 11. Since you have that operation, you have nothing to do till…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,
    I find it difficult to believe..but is very funny. I have seen ladies wasting time in govt. offices knitting sweaters and men discussing politics.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Rajeev;
    It is a joke but reality may not be far from it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I thought so..but people scratching Tatte is a common sight in India..especially roadside dhabas where waiter serves you food and also keeps scratching balls at every given opportunity.. :)

    Anonymous Reply:

    I think it is time pass. There was a classic phot of Punjab police… four senior cops standing in a row … all scratching their balls.

    I’ll have to locate it in m mail … and will post it here… some day !

    Anonymous Reply:

    scrotum scratching is done usually unseen. (of course, some blase sexists do it particularly when female co-workers are in the vicinity).

    Many believe, too, that politics is best discussed with one hand on the crotch, Michael Jackson style.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    A very good joke.

    Shenoy, being a gentleman won’t say anything, but the similar joke was posted
    by him few days ago.,

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Mohan.
    I did not read the joke sent by Shenoy Sahab.

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  • Anonymous

    UPA has better chance of winning Presidential poll: Analysis

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/UPA-has-better-chance-of-winning-Prez-poll/Article1-827780.aspx

    Excerpt

    “In fact, no candidate can become the next President of India without the support of as many of this group of regional parties. More specifically, support of any two of the three parties — SP, Left and BSP — is essential for winning,” the analysis said.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Left has been decimated, except in kerala.At the most they will get 10 seats here; so I do not think their support is crucial.

    AIAMDMK with 39 potential seats will be influential , along with SP.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The presidential elections would be based on the current strength in the parliament and the legislatures (and not based on the potential seats) as the election is due in July this year.

    My feeling is that merit may not be the only criteria for the candidature, there will be other considerations to get a wider support. As you are aware, the candidate has to garner 50% plus 1 of the votes to get elected to the post of President and Vice-President (elections for the latter are due in August this year).

    As of today, Jaya is keeping her cards close to her chest. Later, whether she aligns with the NDA or UPA, only she knows.

    Frankly, the Congress and the BJP are left with Hobson’s choices as far as allies (current and potential). Each of the allies have lot to hide and have their own axes to grind. The two biggest parties find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sorry, my notes are related to the 2014 Lok Sabha and not president eelction.. I aagree with the article and your analysis

  • Anonymous

    SP is basically a Goonda party and you can not expect it to change ever. It is party of Yadavs and Muslims who when in power loose fear of law.
    I have been talking to people in UP after SP came back in power. There are reports of policemen getting beaten up by SP goons. The BSP leaders and supporters are being targeted on daily basis. We saw Rahul Gandhi slamming SP and its style of politics in UP election but now Rahul’s party is eager to join hands with SP.
    I think TMC will be eased out of UPA in a phased manner, followed by SP becoming part of UPA and also Trivedi will join Congress.

    I also think that UPA will (and it should) finish its term. It will be very irresponsible for BJP and others to impose mid-term elections on India.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    SP is the pits ! Akhilesh does seem to be a decent guy… but the past is so notorious.

    One big issue is all of India has this hangup of loving protesters… but never doers. There are very few CM’s around who have a development oriented vision for the state.

    You may or may not agree with their policies on social fronts, but they have managed to move things in their state, without being too corrupt. Here is a list of doers

    a) jayalalita (a bit corrupt.. but not building dynasty)

    b) narendra modi (Not corrupt… but has to discard riot blind eye taint effectively)

    c) Sheila Dixit (Not really corrupt… however has got her son in)

    d) B C Khanduri ( now gone)

    e) Mayawati ( at hindsight I would give her some marks for letting builders plan the UP cities, otherwise UP would have remained undeveloped. However massively corrupt. Was good for getting education programmes for schools)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Shiela Dixit’s name did surface in CWG fiasco. Was that her son who was involved?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well, Sandeep was on the panel of the CWG. But Mohan, between you and me… the CWG scam was never so big. It was a bloody scandal created by delays… due to Mani Shankar Aiyar, which forced everyone to work non stop in th last 6 months.

    The corruption and kickbacks would have at nest been 2000 crores which is normal Indian standard, happening everyday.

    Anyway companies and consultants work for profit, which can be at best be fair only thru competition. And working in emergency mode meant that at times fair rules for tender allocation were not fully followed.

    Baaki sab Mani Aiyar ki whispers hai, which the Congress does not have the guts to rebut.

    Sheila Dixit did a grand job in cleaning up Delhi. That she managed to host the games despite our socialist press hunting for scandal, is by itself worthy of a salute.

  • Anonymous

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    ~~~ joke of the day !!! CONGRESS GPCC CHIEF INSULTS CONGRESS ~~
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    Sharma ji

    Two hours back on TIMES NOW you were jumping up and down upset that Modi had made it to the TIME magazine cover while Rahulji and Digvinashji had made it to the dustbin of history cover !

    ANyway congrats!! I feel comely babe Smriti Irani has a soft corner for you and was distinctively blushing when you were addressing her… kya baat hai !!

    Dekho Sharmaji, while you were gallavanting on TV, some sub in HT has made a classic mistake (hope it is not my close friend…). The HT header of a story tries to compare Modibhai with Osama and Saddam !

    OF course the BJP is not amused– so yours and HT’s purpose is served…

    But funny part, Rahul G and Digvianshji are NOT AMUSED AT ALL …

    Becasue for them OSama is Osamaji… !! their hero and leader….

    And as for Saddam, many of us fel that he was not as bad as the despots in Pakistan which US supported and were behind terror. DEFINATELY >>> CAN THE CONGRESS CALL SADDAM AVILLIAN IN PUBLIC ?

    I am again throwing a challnge that I will shavve off my head… in case Rahulji, Digvinahsji or Salman ji call Saddam a villian…

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  • Anonymous

    ‘Laden, Saddam had also featured in Time magazine’

    So have MK Gandhi, Nehru, Indira and Rajiv..What’s the big deal?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Arre baba Rahul G nahi aaye… that is the big deal.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    RahulG will also be featured one day when TIME does a feature on DEMISE OF NEHRU-GANDHI DYNASTY…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I hope there is a feature on all the domestic servant type educated people who say, “Maalik aur malikin ki sewa karna hamara karm hai…”

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am told by a friend who works for Time that the issue on Rahul G is under preparation.

    The headline: How to lose elections consistently, the Rahul way is the highway.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And Lal Bahadur Shastri, Vallabh Bhai Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They are not true CONGRESSMEN according to the popular definition.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And Narasimha Rao’s name makes congressies hang their heads in shame.

  • Anonymous

    Bride, who demanded toilet after marriage, rewarded

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3013568.ece?homepage=true

    Excerpt

    Anita Bai Narre of Chichouli village of Betul district in Madhya Pradesh was handed a cheque for Rs. 5 lakh by Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, on behalf of Sulabh International, for standing up for her dignity on reaching her husband’s place and demanding the construction of a toilet.

    Sulabh International chairman Bindeshwar Pathak presided over the function.

    Anita’s courage has changed the picture of her in-law’s village (Ratanpur) which is now heading towards cleanliness. Out of its 157 houses, 100 now have toilets — thanks to the bold stand taken by her on her arrival there after her marriage to Shivram Narre in May last year.

    ————

    I salute her.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Ae really good news, very happy to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Afghanistan as “Lost Cause”
    Praveen Swami

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3013743.ece?homepage=true

    In 2004, at a packed gathering in southern Afghanistan’s troubled Paktia province, the eminent Pashto laureate, Matiullah Turab, read out a wrenching new poem: “war is a female fly,” it went, “hatching a hundred eggs a day.”

    Last week, a deranged United States soldier shot dead 16 people in a village near Kandahar: the latest evil spawn to join a swarm of events that could ensure the war in Afghanistan will run on without end. In February, murderous riots broke out after copies of the Koran were found to have been burned by U.S. troops; earlier, video surfaced showing soldiers urinating on the corpses of killed enemies.

    ————-

    Read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Congress gets allies aligned

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Congress-gets-allies-aligned/Article1-827957.aspx

    Excerpt

    Key UPA ally Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the two Uttar Pradesh rivals — the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) —worked with the government to vote out the BJP and the Left’s three amendments to the presidential address on the NCTC.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Walking out is a drama eacted by political parties. Outwardly they claim that the reason
    of walking out Is because they do not support the bill, but in reality but they are supporting the bill by not voting against it. Actual business of parliament is conducted
    beforehand. What we witness in parliament is all drama.

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  • Dr Mishra

    GODHRA- I CRIED ON SEEING THIS VIDEO
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    An unknown hindu man called Anand from Pune contacts Qutbuddin, the man whose face became the face of the Gujrat riots, and invites him to his house in Pune. They bond, a simple act of friendship borne out of India’s darkest hour.

    If you dont have the time watch it from 8.30.

    Oh God, please make this India’s last riot.

    http://www.youtube.com/​watch?v=ypCm_6xCOC4&feature=rel​ated

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You should read book on partition by Gurucharan SIngh Talib, SGPC and their lies the answer why/how muslims burnt the bogey?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The link is non-existent

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Link does not work.

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  • Anonymous

    Good morning guys,

    Thought of the day.

    Husbands are like split AC’s. No matter how loud they are outdoors, they are
    designed to remain silent indoors.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    silent is OK, as long as the husbands do not remain ‘cool’ in the bed room.

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  • Anonymous

    Gurgaon erupts again

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gurgaon-erupts-again/925915/0

    Nearly 2,000 workers of apparel export house Orient Craft, which counts some of the leading global brands among its clients, went on the rampage in Gurgaon on Monday morning, destroying company property, setting vehicles on fire and hurling stones at policemen.

    The contract workers, angry over an alleged pay-cut and manhandling of a colleague, set 12 two-wheelers and three cars on fire near the Hero Honda Chowk. The car of ACP (Traffic) Ravinder Tomar, who is also ACP (Bhondsi), was among the vehicles targeted.

    ———–

    Read on.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    try doing that in china

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  • Anonymous

    Great news. Maharashtra governments has decided to construct 309 foot high statue
    of Shivaji. Now this statue will make sure that Bombay remains clean, corruption free.
    All the babus will work diligently and files in government departments will move at rapid
    speed without anybody paying bribes. All citizens will pay their taxes honestly. In short
    we will see Ram Rajya in Bombay. I am elated to read this news, finally our country is moving in a right direction. Jay Maharashtra.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And everyone will live happily ever after. The End.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    if anybody deserves a statue in India today, it is mamata Di, for single-handedly destroying the evil called UPA II.

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    AshishC Reply:

    ..In short
    we will see Ram Rajya in Bombay
    Can we call it Shiv Rajya instead?

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  • Anonymous

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/TMC-MPs-guard-urinates-on-passenger-pulls-out-gun/articleshow/12335951.cms

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ‘Bare’ arrogance on display.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ‘Bare’ arrogance. That was good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Doormat

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/doormat/925707/0

    Excerpt

    Mamata Banerjee does not act like an adult, she acts like a despot. Over and over again, whether it is land acquisition, FDI in retail, the Lokayukta bill, NCTC, or water-sharing with Bangladesh, the UPA has cowered and given in to her demands. What may look like coalition pragmatism to the Congress has ended up destroying its dignity. It is clear that the UPA only cares about its own bare survival. It does not even have the initiative to craft a new arrangement with the SP or the BSP, either of which can easily replace the TMC (the recent NCTC vote saw the Trinamool walk out with the opposition, even as the SP voted with the government). And now that Trivedi has accepted his “error” and resigned, the rail budget hangs in tense balance. If Mamata Banerjee’s nominee Mukul Roy takes over as railway minister, will the revised passenger fares be rolled back?

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  • Anonymous

    Media gone bonkers.

    Virat Kohli has been put on top of the tallest tree in the world. If in future he fails, then the same media will throw him into the deepest well on the planet and throw boulders at him.
    ————–

    Is there no such thing as moderation and balance?

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  • Dr Mishra

    ppl said link did not work- so here goes again, -

    GODHRA- I CRIED ON SEEING THIS VIDEO
    ——————————​—————
    An unknown hindu man called Anand from Pune contacts Qutbuddin, the man whose face became the face of the Gujrat riots, and invites him to his house in Pune. They bond, a simple act of friendship borne out of India’s darkest hour.

    If you dont have the time watch it from 8.30.

    Oh God, please make this India’s last riot.

    try this link- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypCm_6xCOC4&feature=related

    or addd www. to this youtube.com/watch?v=ypCm_6xCOC4&feature=related

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    Dr Mishra Reply:

    rajeev, tell us about the book on partition you mentioned and why it links with Godhra

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The modus operandi used in Godhra train burning was identical to what they used in west pakistan against hindus.

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  • Anonymous

    I think you are a proud bhrashtachari ! You should be proud of honesty rather than be bhrasht. Chori karne se khuda aur bhagwan aapko danda dega :)

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  • Anonymous

    Manohar

    With the killings of civilians by a crazy American GI, the already announced withdrawal will be accelerated. The soldier was on his fourth tour of duty, looks like he flipped.

    It will be same old same old.. Taliban and Northern Alliance will start their mutual killings and maimings, Pakistan will play its double and triple games…India has quite a lot of people there involved in infrastructure/construction projects. India will have to rethink about being there after US leaves.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    As we all know that a state of war is not a natural and normal environment for people to behave rationally, though most would still wish to maintain their sanity, there will be always the errant ones, who choose to go berserk for various reasons.

    I do not think the USA is going to leave very soon – the Karzai government is not strong enough militarily and the Pakistan/ISI is waiting for the coast to clear for it to dictate terms across the Durand line. whenever the US leaves, yes – India will have to think whether it is worth the trouble to stay on.

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–~~~ LIES ! DAMNED LIES…. AND STATISTCS !!! ~~~~~~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    The UPA government has unleashed a new version of Garibi Hatao . It has lowered the defination of poverty by announcing that under new laws only people who spend less than Rs 22/- a day are poor. Suddenly a few hundered million Indians are now rich !

    Further in another twist to Congress statistical juggelry, people from non COngress states are becoming poorer– Bihar, Chattisgarh, Gujarat… while the Congress ruled states are full of people who become richer by the second !!!!!!!!!

    By the way people who are dependent on the unsung labour of Biharis and Chattisgarhis would testify that suddenly Biharis who have built most of the NCR and also ploughed the wheat fields of PUnjab and Haryana are no longer coming here… or WORKING CHEAP …

    all Because of the dynamic leadership of Nitish Kumar who has opened up enterpise and opportunity in Bihar…

    But then Congress’ statistical departments will tell you that Bihar has become poorer despite the 10% growth rate under Nitish !!! :) :)

    yeh kaisa mazaak hai…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    You have habit of criticizing this great government actually everybody
    should be grateful. At least this government make people ‘feel’ rich.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    I think I can give them a wonderful idea of how to make everyone a crorepati.

    CYBER MONEY!! virtual rupees !

    All of India should be given one crore, per person, on the computer to play cyber games. They can play on cyber casinos, farmiville games… buy virtual houses, food and cars…

    Everyone will feel rich… Government bhi khush, public bhi khush!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Only problem with that is that most of the people will use this
    money on cyber sex.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I think cyber sex will solve the problems of population growth also. Hum do hamaare paanch… per saare virtual kids …

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shortly, cyber space will get clogged by the sex starved, sex maniacs’ search for sexrotica.

    Anonymous Reply:

    safe, hygienic and as enjoyable as the real one and NO COSTS!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ministry of Health can give virtual condoms, Shenoy sahab. Saara budget exhaust ho jayega…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    I welcome your ‘re-entry’ to this blog. After the advent of the other Sanjay, people were finding their posts disappearing in bulk. I only hope your posts, innocent as they are, will be spared the “kainchi”.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Funny if we apply scissors to innocous comment. What is the mood in the South? General happiness with the government or despondancce at non performance.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sex and Mohan cant be separated! Liked your jokes and attitude. But this fantasy is really really funny…

    Thanks guys for making my day.!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    Thanks. One day I want to feed your dog whiskey soaked bread.

    AshishC Reply:

    now for the RGFRY
    —-

    “Rajiv Gandhi Feel Rich Yojana”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    Very good one.

    Anonymous Reply:

    A real beauty !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Is this RGFRY virtual, too?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manmohan Singh and Montek Singh should be declared joint winners of Bharat Ratna for lifting 5crores of poorest Indians above poverty line.

    AND ALL THIS THEY HAVE DONE SITTING INSIDE THEIR OFFICES!

    But the beggar on the street knows of this sleight of hand.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Beggar can become a crorepati now with cyber money. Will pay cyber tax…

    The UPA growth storymarches on !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    That is the funny part or should I say sad part that, even the beggar on the street understand that this is nonsense.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Coming to the blog after a long time. But seems like home coming. Yes I feel richer now… thax for telling me this Vijay. Or should I thank UPA?

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  • Anonymous

    TMC leader Mukul Roy sworn in as railway minister

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/TMC-leader-Mukul-Roy-sworn-in-as-railway-minister/articleshow/12338480.cms

    Tragic indeed.

    ————–

    15 killed in train accident in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/15-killed-in-train-accident-in-Hathras-Uttar-Pradesh/articleshow/12338261.cms

    Is that a ominous sign for the new railway minister?

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  • Anonymous

    The moral of the story is: UPA loves being a hostage and loves more the hostage taker.

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  • Anonymous

    Folks 2015 MAY BE THE YEAR THAT CHANGED INDIA.
    India will be at crossroads . Sonia gandhi as mamta let the ” cat out of the bag”
    IS NOT WELL. So 2015 Congress may see a CHURNING.Sonia was used to remind the SENTIMENTAL indian people PLIGHT OF A WIDOW WHO SACRIFICED HER HUSBAND IN THE HANDS OF THE TERRORIST
    Now given what happened in UP , I dont think YUVRAJ will be seen as an asset , more of an liability.Is it possible FIRST TIME since this congresswas split by Indira Gandhi WE WILL SEE A PROPER DEMOCRATIC ELECTION TO SELECT OFFICE BEARERS.
    Also Gen Next of Congress is MILES AHEAD OF BJP with scindia, pilot jindal et al.
    THE MOST ENDERAING THING TO MY HEART IS INDIA WILL GET RID OF THE WORST COMBO OF PRESIDENT AND PM.
    I mean the president was aggressively nominated by CPM AND SHIV SENA , the scum and bum.When she visited Mexico in a state visit SIX PEOPLE TURNED UP IN THE MEXICAL PARLIAMENT TO LISTEN HER SPEECH.
    This PM is a Economist who is as up to date with modern economics as someone who graduated in medicine before antibiotics were invented.When Manmohan singh graduated economics as a subject was more like history NOW IT IS A BRANCH OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS.
    Next is INDIAN INDUSTRY , barring BPO and SOFTWARE , it is shit.
    IT IS LIKE A FAITHFUL HUSBAND WHO ONLY PERFORMS AT HOME.
    Voltas refrigerator has DANFLOS compressor(Danish)
    Same with each and every manufacturing
    NO WONDER I DONT SEE A SINGLE INDIAN MANFUCTURED ELECTRONICS AND WHITE GOODS IN INDIA.
    There are bloggers in this blog with a science background.
    WHY INDIA’S ENGINEERING IS SO POOR, why cant we make a CAR ENGINE from SCRATCH , that stands out in the world, or for that matter TV , FRIDGE
    Only TWO INDUSTRY india has done well , one is PHARMA , the other is TEXTILES
    (Again all the heavy machinery is imported like ALL OF RELIANCE’S MACHINE ARE SWISS)
    WHAT WILL THE LIBERATIONOMICS wallah’s have to say on this .
    AS FOR WORK CULTURE AND WORK ETHICS AND INDIAN MAN MANGEMENT ,
    that is a reflection of HINDU SOCIETY , laid back ,SMUG the traits of the raw sewage caste which apparently according to SANSKRITIZATION precess rest of india have emulated and absorbed into their genes

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sorry the line NO WONDER…………
    READ the last word as UK

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    The six people who turned up at Maxican Parliament to listen the speech of our
    beloved President were all her body guards.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    U r funny!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They were there only to see that some Mexican mafioso will not pump bullets in our Presidente, which will cause a bye-election, when the main election itself is so near!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Singulate,
    this is the best congress bashing I have ever read from you.
    You deserve shabash for the bash….

    You have litreally sounded the death-knell of the party of dynasty after the matriarch.

    Vinod Sharma will never ever excuse you for this turning of the knife inside the wound, despite your claim to be a doctor who heals.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Your take on MMS is quite interesting.

    Is anybody here from DSE ? if so, please give a little preview on econometrics taught in DSE years back and perhaps a little credentials on MMS.

    One of the finest comment on MMS – ” When the Indian PM talks, the World leaders listen” – Obama

    It’s perhaps a matter of chance that India is being led by an economist in the era when the economic engineering matters the most on the World stage. As they say India has always been lucky.

    Why Car Engine could not be manufactured here ?

    India and Indians never had disposable income. So there was hardly any indigenous market.

    The money came all of a sudden after opening of the economy. The purchase power soared. People suddenly clamoured for new consumer goods. There was hardly any time for the domestic industry to respond. The country was flooded with best of the brands. Still, you had Tata developing Indica platform and Mahindra SUV platform. Both of them have survived and grown. Maruti local engineers now design the full car here in India. Today, India is the best place for auto ancilliaries.The whole World now sources components from India. I thought as a science student you were always a little deliberate !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinodji,

    There might have been a time when Obama needed to ego-massage Manmohan Singh. Those days are long gone.

    Now the saying is, “when the Indian Prime Minister gets kicked around by tottering old ex-cms and sari-clad devils, world leaders snigger”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Kamaksha Prashad,

    Do not wish MMS’s time away. You are in for a long haul.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Nobody need to “wish MMS away” as you put it.
    But, if Mamata Didi can put a date on Sonia Gandhi herself for fading away, what is poor MMS?

    I may be in for the longest haul, but the yuvraj is sniping at MMS’s feet so persistently, MMS has his days numbered.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Speculative September is yet to come. We have been waiting since 2004.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @Sanjay Dhawan , In bengali there is a saying , NACHTEY NA JANLEY UTHON BANKA.Roughly translated The one’s who cannot dance will always find the dance floor uneven.
    Dont think India govt would have penalised indian car companies if they produced quality vcars that would sell like hot cakes in west thus bringing in foreign exchange.
    China bought IBM’s laptop and PC business renamed LENOVO , which is the third largest selling brand .
    With the PC and Laptop , most of it is ASSEMBLING for there are ONLY two processors that power every pc in the world, and they are both american , AMD AND INTEL. As for RAM and all other paraphrenalia all can be imported , YET THERE IS NOT A SINGLE INDIAN COMPANY ABLE TO COMPETE GLOBALLY.
    If you care scroll back and read a post by MohanR, YOU WILL WAKE UP FROM YOUR SLUMBER.
    According to MohanR , who imports goods from all over the world
    1.Indians cannot produce consistently high quality finish and deliver on time.Oh Yes 40-50% they want in BLACK
    2.Indian work force cannot be relied to work to a schedule , they can only work in FITS AND STARTS.
    Subcontracting work is BPO OF ENGINEERING

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    The domestic market always provides the platform for any new product.

    Think. China does everything so well, yet has no passenger car of any repute !

    Very few can design, manufacture and market passenger cars. It’s easier to do design,manufacture a missile than a passenger car. The risk is huge. It’s takes a lot to accept a car and so little to reject one! You must have seen families rejecting a car, just for a colour ! Think for a moment you being a manager / promoter ! Trust me managing a car brand is very difficult. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea.

    I agree with Mohan about quality and labour problem. You must understand the basic psych. Today, a guy get 20000 for an entry level job while he knows his father struggled for 5000 perhaps with a better qualification. It’s not about higher salary. The problem lies in the fact that the boy is not sure why he is getting 20,000. Is it for his calibre or the company can not find decent talents ? Suddenly, the boy finds himself in the middle of an unrealistic equation of high salary and low talent. With few months into this tentative job situation, he develops a feeling that he could win the World. After all he got such a salary that nobody in his neighbourhood knew it possible. Then he starts demanding more with less of efforts and slowly gets into corrupt practices. It’s a problem with both the employees and the employers. The employers do not build organisations with some values and ethics. They follow the rule of profit maximisation policy at any cost. So it reflects in the chain down the line as well.

    If BPO pays well for less effort, it will impact other industries too ! I know my friends from IIT’s chucking their cushy managerial jobs and starting all over in IT after 10-12 years because of the better pay ! But then some people have built great organisations even during in the middle of these churning and turmoil. Look at the organisational growth of Airtel. Or, young Birla’s. Or, Adani. These are great entrepreneurs of today with terrific organisational support. they have built the organisation in such a way that it will help them to move to the next orbit quite easily.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh yes NANO , has a BOSCH engine under is bonnet . It is like a white man calling himself INDIAN.The indica has a pueguot engine , the design is Pinafirina ,italian. God knows where the gear box came from , presumably german or japanese

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BTW Bosch specially manufactured to TATA’s specs like any other suppliers. Suzuki kept supplying gear boxes to Maruti for a long long time. If I remember correctly TATA has its own gear box. TATA outsouced probably every component from the suppliers. The model / concept was based on that. That an entrepreneur will assemble Nano in different parts of the country with parts from known, tried,trusted suppliers. The entrepreneur will get them in Kit format. TATA helped develop the specs and design alongwith the suppliers. There is lot more to NANO than just a cute design. It’s a huge case study for design/manufacturing processes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    A) Your prediction is music to the ears of some here and they would shower you with flowers, if not done already.

    I would not dare venture to make any prediction myself, as our political scenery keeps changing by the day.

    B) Regarding our state of our industry and economy, especially lack of any original product innovation, as you know it requires enormous (gross) sums of money (which we lack) and time to pump into R&D. As a corollary and also due to the fact of global integration of commerce, one may argue why reinvent the wheel? Wherever, enough money has been made available, there have been successes – for example, our space programme – our infrastructure is used to launch satellites even by the first world countries and companies world-wide. We have the cost advantage.

    C) IMO, the emphasis on the above is not necessary. Our efforts must be to raise the living standards of the vast majority of fellow citizens.

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  • Anonymous

    @ Ashish

    A real six— Rajiv Gandhi feel rich yojana !!

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  • Anonymous

    Narendra Modi gets featured on the cover of Time
    But, what about Rahul? for him Time has no time

    It feels, of course, such people are a dozen a dime
    and that featuring them on its cover would be a crime.

    while ‘discussing’ Modi, we saw Vinodji agitatedly jumping
    on another channel we also saw Teesta’s adrenalin pumping

    the fact is, these pseudo seculars find it difficult lumping
    the fame Modi has managed to get without for it plumping.

    Modvadia asks, has Time not cover-featured Osamaji?
    But, others are asking, ‘what about Robbeji’s sasoomaji?’

    “Rahulji,Time is a worthless rag”, counsels Digvinash,
    “We all will be on the cover, when the party faces sarvanash”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    Wow very good one.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    applause! I hope VInod Sharma ji reads this on TV or in the secret meetings of “launch dynasty cell” of COngress :)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Tusi great ho!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Steve Jobs is now working with God to make an I-Wife.
    Slim design, beauty with brain and most important a mute button.

    Booking already full till 2060.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Arre baba!! Iss jahan mein number nahi aaya…
    Pehle UPA cyber crorepati
    Phir Rajiv Gandhi feel Rich Yojana
    Ab I-Wife…

    Lagata hai gauna bhi virtual hoga…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Vijay

    Mute button of I wife is most important. SO Virtual Gauna will be worthwhile for that single reason alone.

    Mohan seems to be a repositary of wisdom !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Only available in AFTERWORLD

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    I am not in a hurry.

    By 2060, we may even get disposable/use-and-throw types.

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  • Ramesh Talwani

    MM SINGH cannot be compared to other PMS.HE is a bare babu ,without any leadership qualities.The man if has any INTEGRITY can QUIT.HE WILL NEVER DO THAT.
    RAJIV GANDHI COULDNOT TREAT CHANDER SHEKHAR,the way he wanted and CHANDER Shekhar resigned.
    Respectable people live with their PRIDE INTACT.
    MR SHARMA SHOULD WRITE ABOUT INSTANCES WHERE HE SHOWED LEADERSHIP SKILLS.

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  • Anonymous

    TMC MP’s guard urinates on passenger, pulls out gun

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/TMC-MPs-guard-urinates-on-passenger-pulls-out-gun/articleshow/12335951.cms

    -

    @ Mohan

    Has it got something to do with the AC?

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  • Anonymous

    A) BJP faces revolt against Jharkhand RS nomination

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/BJP-faces-revolt-against-Jharkhand-RS-nomination/Article1-828326.aspx

    The conflict within the Bharatiya Janata Party on the Rajya Sabha nominations came out in the open on Tuesday as senior leader Yashwant Sinha slammed the decision not to field a BJP member from Jharkhand.

    BJP’s decision to support Anshuman Mishra, an NRI who has been principal
    secretary to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as an independent candidate for the seat, has not gone well with several of its leaders. The issue was raised in the meeting of its parliamentary party Tuesday morning.

    B) Arun Jaitley discloses assets worth Rs 158 crore

    5-fold rise in Arun Jaitley’s assets

    http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/GUJ-AHD-5-fold-rise-in-arun-jaitleys-assets-2994219.html

    Jaitley’s assets were listed at Rs23.86 crore in a report published by The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in November 2011, but he has declared assets worth Rs120 crore in the affidavit submitted during his Rajya Sabha nomination on Monday.

    According to the affidavit, Jaitley, who is eyeing a second consecutive term from Gujarat, owns movable assets worth Rs38.97 crore, and immovable assets worth Rs34.70 crore.

    With declared assets of more than Rs120 crore, Jaitley is the richest of the candidates who filed their nominations for the Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat on Monday.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    I want to know where these politicians invest their money. Their funds
    always manage to multiply manifold within few years.
    Even George Soros and Warren Buffet are not able to achieve this.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    First of all, I will not cast aspersion on Arun Jaitley. His 5 fold increase may be all legitimate.

    As to your question as to where they invest or manage to multiply their wealth faster than others – frankly I do not know and do not wish to speculate. Your guess would be as good as mine. May be some other members will know better.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I believe Mayawati’s doubled in a year to some 100+ crores?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mayawati had no known sources of income except her salary as CM.

    She was being very modest about her assets. Though not as modest as the guy who owns a second hadn wagon R

    Anonymous Reply:

    i am surprised he did not make any investment in any of the IPL team ! Modi was not kind to him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay

    jailtey is much much much much more honest than a young man who lives on the royalites of a few books his gr8 gr8 gr8 grandfather wrote— who travels by air and chartered planes…. and … yet owns only a second hand wagon R

    There is another gentleman who can buy ALL the IPL teams. He travelled by rickshaw in 1998 in MOradabad and now owns “vast tracts” of land in Rajasthan in partnership with DLF, owns the Aman Hotel along wth DLF, is probably going to get Taj Delhi by outbidding Tata….. has boutique hotels, flight charters etc….

    Of course you never noticed.

    And as for Jailtey, he is a high profile lawyerre… frank enough to declare his income… and what about the other hgi profile lwyers…whoare siBBalings and monished and Sigivied….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan wants some tips on investment. You have any ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sure buy bonds of ” Rajiv Gandhi geel good Yojana” and he can get 1 crore cyber cash.

    He can invest in cyber shares… satisfaction bhi… riches bhi…

    Anonymous Reply:

    The tip which I want can only be provided by politicians.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You have one in making. Vijay surely would make the grade with all his dinner contacts.

    Anonymous Reply:

    My dinnerr contact is now a Majnu with a beard… talking about how he saved UPA 1. Your upcoming dinner contact is the rising star… who,,, Gopi feels is the future PM

    Anonymous Reply:

    A beard ! You surely keep a track !

    Anonymous Reply:

    I only saw his photo in the HT… he was manning a CD and video parlour…

    Anonymous Reply:

    We read HT, yet don’t remember noticing him. Perhaps it’s all about one’s interest !

    Anonymous Reply:

    nobody reads the books written by the gr8, gr8, gr8 grand father. Still less people buy them.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Notice the attempt to take the discussion away from Jaitley to non-BJP politicians.

    Obfuscation, any one?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well, didn’t you expect ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is a stale trick to avoid discussing anything negative about the ‘God-ordained’ party and their ‘heaven born’ leaders, because they do not have the courage to face ugly reality of their heroes. Attempt to obfuscate and the two abusers here also get into the act to shoot the messenger.

    Anonymous Reply:

    What is negative about jaitley declaring assets of 120 crores? In case he has been honest let us praise him and ask others to emulate , especially those who live of royalties of books of gr8 gr8 grandpops.

  • Anonymous

    The fun has started in UP. IAS and IP officers are being transferred en masse.

    http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=756198

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is 5 years of fun…The congress who called SP party of goondas is now cosying up to Mulayam..so much for tearing off SP manifesto.

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  • Anonymous

    The politicians only delare WHITE money for election process so I don’t take these figures seriously.

    However I find it amusing when leaders claim that they don’t own a car especially the one who have been in power for 7+ years.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Rajeev

    That is why we need a Lok Pal to dig out the truth.

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  • Anonymous

    SC dismisses govt’s review petition on Vodafone tax case

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_sc-dismisses-govt-s-review-petition-on-vodafone-tax-case_1664916

    So, what was the point in formulating the law retrospectively?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Ishwar

    If the revenue is collected in India… and the companies are both regiestered overseas… wherre are they going to pay the capital gains?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar,

    Who made Capital gain from this transaction? Vodafone who acquaried
    67% or Hutchinson who sold this stake to Vodafone.?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan/Vijay,

    Capital gain is the difference between a higher selling price and a lower purchase price, resulting in a financial gain for the investor. (Source: wiki)

    As per the case in SC, the IT dept. sought to tax Vodafone. The SC in its judgemnt said Vodafone Group was not liable to pay any tax on its acquisition of Indian mobile assets. It has upheld this view again.

    I have absolutely no knowledge of these things work. My only question is: If I have to pay tax on my monthly Vodafone mobile bill, why is it that a foreign company which acquires the Indian company (which operates in India) is exempt from paying any tax to the govt.? If any profit was made, the tax on it is due, where was it paid – UK or Hong Kong?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think thye need to oncorporate their Indian operations in a company based in India. Ultimately it an Indian licece being sold. Why should they escape tax. Or for that matter why should UK get the tax.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar,

    What I understand from the article is that Vodafone bought
    67% stake from Hutchinson who had earlier invested through
    FDI. Hutchinson would have made a capital gain if any.
    If any tax is due on capital gain than it should be Hutchinson
    who should pay, but I am sure there would be some loophole in
    the law where capitan gain tax can be exempted if money is invested through FDI. It will be interesting to find this out.
    The tax which you are talking about is the income a company
    makes from its operation in India. I am sure those taxes
    are being paid by this company while submitting their returns.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    You are right about the taxes on its mobile operation in India. They must be payong it.

    As far as the case is concerned, this is what I found on google.

    Vodafone was being sued for tax which it was said it should have withheld from a payment it made to Hutchison Essar for a stake in that company’s Cayman subsidiary that in turn owned its Indian mobile phone operations. Vodafone did not, as a result, ever make a profit in this matter: it was being sued for tax that might have been due by a third party if that third party had made its gains in India. It did not make that gain in India for what might be considered a straightforward reason, and that was because it had ensured that ownership of the Hutchison Essar mobile phone network in India was not recorded in India at all, but in the Cayman Islands. The claim was Vodafone should have withheld the tax due on the capital gain as a result.

    The SC ruling seems absolutely right then. The govt. lost yet again. Why can’t the laws be simpler for people and business to interpret? The tax havens are a wonderful thing for businessmen to get around the existing laws of the land.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar,

    Deliberate loopholes are created when forming such laws. I have a
    investment in Real Estate fund which is based in Maurituas. The investment made by this fund is
    100% in India real estate market. The reason of setting up such funds in
    Mauritius is because of some tax consideration they get from Indian government.
    There are strong rumors that many big Indian corporates send money out of
    India through havala and bring back through Maurituas route. Funds invested in IPL franchises is one such example.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This mauritious route is a joke. Why only Mauriious? Why not St Kitts, Hamburg or Pattaya?

    yeh saala Politicians ka paisa waapis aana ka zariya hai.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay/Ishwar,

    This happens in other countries also. In Jersey many people from UK park their funds.
    . People from US keep their ill gotten money in Cayman Island and Bahmas .
    Corporates and politicians all round the world are hand in gloves and they formulate laws with loopholes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Wish I could get my hands onto their gloves

    Anonymous Reply:

    There is a strategic angle to that. There is Geo-politics involved in it.

    India needs to cover its neighbourhood through strategic means. Please don’t look at everything in a linear manner. There are certain things that can not be discussed in Ramlila Maidan.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Cmon Sanjay

    mauritious is 99% sea and 1% land. yes becasue fo the old Indian connect… we invariobly do get PIO’s as PM’s there.

    We can invest, macke money and what not out there. Bu tp make it a tax haven…?

    Well one good reason is that we know that the PM’s and government out there wont object and wont reveal our politicians and big business’ dirty money secrets to anybody. The Indian law protects something which should be illegal…

    Of course giving Pattaya the same status risks all this black money details being leaked out by netas on massae parlour beds..

    Anonymous Reply:

    No comment.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Permit me.

    Income Tax on profits and other taxes for operations in India are indeed paid in India.

    The dispute is about transfer of ownership of the company, which is not the same as operations in India. The Supreme Court has said because the buyer and seller are not companies incorporated in India, they are not liable to pay any capital gains tax to Govt. of India. Of course, they would and must have paid any fees and charges levied under the Companies Act to the Govt. of India for the transfer of shares.

    Anonymous Reply:

    One needs to differentiate between the transfer of ownership/sale of shares and sale of assets.

  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    ~~~ TALIBAN WITHOUT BEARD ~~ Imran justifies LeT and JuD ~~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    Just watching Buck stops with Barkha interviewing Imran Khan. Starry eyed Indian socialities and shallow journalists always beleived that since Imran spoke English and was from Oxford, he was a liberal and one of them…

    Well justifies his sharing the stage with Hafeez Saeed saying that “there is no evidence aganist LeT… let us engage them constructively… they are human beings… You Indians should talk to them and ensure they remain friendly….”

    As I warned before, Imran is going to eb the big danger to India. his sauveness will win over the shallow Indian journos who will give him the right to screw them…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Musharraf had said about Imran Khan ‘ he is a Taliban without beard’.

    However, he is considered the most liberal person from Pakistan by
    some selected media of our country.
    Zahreelay saanp ko dood pila rahe hain.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think we as a nation are too kind to our possible enemies. In case he was bluntly told by our journos that his lauding juD and leT as humantarian NGO’s will make him pesona no grata with Indians, maybe it would have moulded his thinking.

    The Indian press and thereception he gets here, is very important to him in his image building excercise in Pakistan. When he was down and out after his wife hooked up with other men and his party had floundered it was NDTV which got him out of his solitude by getting him on tho their programs time and again. CNN-IBN gives him star ratings always… but Imran is just bound to use them for his own selfish game and end goal of demolishing India.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    this “interview” is actually a platform for Imran Khan provided by NDTV, to air his views, liberal, as he says they are.

    But the greatest damage has been inflicted by a stupidly arrogant Salman Rushdie, who has, in one fell stroke enabled Imran bring the 250 million Indian Muslims to his side. He is now wholesome, has the highest approval ratings as far as his so called liberal views are concerned. And the cruel joke is that Imran thinks and expects Indians to believe that he is trying to civilise some elements of Pak society who have gone astray (read JuD, LeT, Hafiz Saeed, etc).

    Earlier, he was the heart throb of muddle-aged aunties and social butterflies, b ut after Rushdie’s attack on him, now Imran may gloat over the winning over of the Indian Muslims, wholesale.

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  • Anonymous

    Mohan, earlier you wrote

    “Manohar,

    Only the picture on Time magazine may not, but talking about that might impress
    voting public”

    You really think the voter is so gullible!. Haven’t you noticed the recent elections results? What did they (the voters) tell the politicians – ‘We are not stupid’.

    In any case the point was about blowing one’s own trumpet. Topic closed.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Yes, voters are not stupid, but our politicians think that they are stupid.
    I hope they have learnt their lesson from these elections.

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  • Anonymous

    Gopi and others.

    BJP will support govt on key financial bills, says Sinha

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BJP-will-support-govt-on-key-financial-bills-says-Sinha/articleshow/12345499.cms

    Excerpt

    “The Finance Minister (Pranab Mukherjee) has talked to our party and we said most of these (bills) are from our time. So we will support, but you (government) need to put your house in order,” he said at a meet organised by FICCI here. Sinha, a former Finance Minister and chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance said, “on all these bills and any future bills, the BJP as a party will be ready to extend support to the government with some minor adjustments here and there…we will not be found to be wanting. There will be no act on our part to stop legislation, provided we work in a truly bipartisan spirit”.

    ————

    Have the two parties decided to regain their place and authority and not let the small-time parties dictate terms?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Next election they should join together and fight against all other small parties.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,
    How can pro-muslim corrupt but secular Congress ;) work with pro-hindu corrupt & communal BJP?

    The Congress party provides an umbrella to all corrupt politicos against CBI whereas BJP has not yet learnt the art of using CBI well.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Rajeev

    Actually the regional parties are the most corrupt! I have seen some parties as a close witness, and I can say that the order is like this

    a) Regional parties… most corrupt. Their basic goal is money making playing o the insecurities of the region or a particular caste or relgion

    b) Congressis second most corrupt. Some liberals are there inside, but then the dynasty factor and its tottering against terror and strong adminstration makes it a flimsy party.

    c) BJP. Least corrupt. But at times boring because of moralsiing. however it does have some strong nationalist foundations.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is called srilanka responding to india’s decision to support UN resolution against srilanka’s war crimes

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    Anonymous Reply:

    One does not have to join hands and fight election together. NDA took many decisions that UPA supported quietly without raising a storm. And perhaps slowly Congress/UPA developed that positive image. BJP/NDA has been dismantling their own foundation from the day one with negative posturing. They are too tactical. They fall for cheap tactics and lose out on the bigger strategies. Somebody in BJP must give that strategic guidance and must not allow short term tactics to overpower the party image. Infact UPA II is too suffering from the same problem. You like it or not, we Indians like a little dominating leadership personalities. Maywati, Modi, Jayalaita and Sonia for example. You give a little leeway to the second rung leaders, you have chaos everywhere.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP has been playing wrong cards for a long time and the mud was about to get stuck. This change of track will help. They still have 20 odd months to correct their image before the election.

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  • Anonymous

    Dear Sri Lanka,

    When we asked you to lose to Australia, you win. When we told you to beat
    Bangladesh you lose. Are you Mamta Banarjee of cricket ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    No, It is called fixing.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Found their whole approach very funny. I am sure Australia lost deliberalty as they did not want to face India with a resurgent Kohli.

    Today… either Lanka was too lax, as i seemed… or there was some mood to lose. I hope it is not fixing… as I would not like to get in a conspiracy theory needlessly.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay/Rajeev,

    Today’s match looked little funny. Anyway after losing to Bangladesh, India did
    not deserved to be in finals.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I don’t follow cricket anymore because there are too many matches plus Indian team is very inconsistent.

    I read today that Sachin’s 100 but India loosing is OK with India but Sachin’s 40 and India winning doesn’t excite people. With such kind of fans, India deserves to be in dumps.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    Great. I love it.

    Now you have taken on a whole country, which is already wilting under UN focus for human rights violations.

    I think India should avenge this defeat by voting against Sri Lanka in the UN debate.

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  • Anonymous

    Curfew in the brain – Gurgaon’s 8pm jinx
    Babita Basu

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/the-enchanted-word/entry/curfew-in-the-brain-gurgaon-s-8pm-jinx

    Excerpts

    It’s the umpteenth time that a gender crime has been reported in Gurgaon. Then what? Deputy commissioner PC Meena is quick to react. And what does he say? “Permission from the labour department would be required for a woman employee to work beyond 8pm”, and “…for staffers permitted to work after 8pm, the employer would have to provide transportation for them to go home”.

    ———–

    Will the metro railway stop ferrying Gurgaon-based women passengers after 8pm? Too funny. Er…no, it’s not funny anymore, believe me.

    ————

    But, horror of all horrors, there is much more to it than meets the eye. Gurgaon’s indigenous (as opposed to migrant) population comprises two kinds of predominantly cattle-rearing communities. It’s about an ethnic-demographic profile that defines the region. And a condition peculiar to these communities is a clearly-skewed sex ratio which is often the subject of census-related debates and the determinant of national policies. Why so? Because men (and also probably some women) from this community were ruthless enough to leave their newborn girl-babies under trees, to wither and die. Because pre-natal sex determination and its subsequent ban came decades later. It’s a mindset, a habit that has now left these communities bereft of women that they consider their own kind. Hence the aggression, or a ‘reason’ for aggression. Because women ‘of their own kind’ there are few, these social problems would naturally emanate. Add to that the prosperity and education of migrant women. Somewhere, something burns – and the aggression shows up in the form of gender crimes.

    ———

    And there’s more politics in it, too. Voting in Khapland happens as a matter of collective decision, refraining from or pushing in favour of a certain candidate from either community, both communities alternating turns at the kursi. Therefore, politicians of the respective communities often protect/ shield/ defend offenders of their own clan. Political-ethnic immunity prevails, sometimes more efficacious than diplomatic immunity. Hence the heartlands of Gurgaon district (call it ‘deep Gurgaon’) have ganglands where angels fear to tread

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  • Anonymous

    Muslim juror asked to stand down for refusing to take off veil in UK

    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Muslim-juror-asked-to-stand-down-for-refusing-to-take-off-veil-in-UK/926058/

    In a first of its kind ruling, a veiled Muslim woman was barred from serving on a jury in a London court by a judge who wanted her to remove the face cover as it concealed her expressions.

    In an extraordinary ruling yesterday, the judge said she could not sit on an attempted murder trial because her full face covering, known as the niqab, concealed her expressions, a media report said today.

    ———–

    The sooner, this veil ‘business’ is done away with, the better for the community.
    Read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Dr.Sharma,
    Please read this book on partition documenting almost every event in west pakistan partition riots. The links to the chapters is at the bottom. When I first heard of Gadhra train burning, I was reminded of this book. This book details many Godhra style pre-planned attacks by muslims. The kind of collective cold heartedness shown by muslims can never be matched by anyone.
    http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Muslim_League_Attack_on_Sikhs_and_Hindus_in_the_Punjab_1947

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev,

    Thanks for the links.

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    Link to the Book on partition (this was compiled immediately after partition).
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/mla/index.htm

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  • Anonymous

    Dr. Mishra

    Thanks for the video link re: Anand Saraf and Qutubuddin.

    Only a ‘patthar dil’ will not shed a tear watching the video.

    I salute Anand Saraf and his family.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    I feel for the Qutubuddins but given a chance same Qutubuddins will turn into Ghazis.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajiv,

    the very shareef Qutubuddin Ansari, the much celebrated “face of Gujarat Riots 2002″ took 10 years to come out with the truth that he was NOT begging Hindu rioting mobs to spare his life, but was entreating the military to come to the assistance of women and children in his house.

    Our secular media had gone viral with the photo those days, saying that Hindus made Ansari beg for his life.

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  • Anonymous

    Gulam Azad says IMR (infant mortality rate) in India is worse than all our neighbouring countries, except Pakistan.

    Ours stand at 47/1000; with Kerala at 12/1000 to MP at 67/1000 (and UP, the most populous state at 63/1000..

    I am sure lot of money is “spent” to improve this — but like teh recent scandal in UP about the medical funds going to corrupt officals and businessmen and lack of education stand in the way of improving basic health system.

    We cannot be a shining India at these high levels of IMR, and at the horrendous level of Female/Male gender ratios..

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    Just watched Vinod debating on Timesnow (Modi’s TIME coverage).

    This guy is shameless to the core. He is a disgrace to his profession.

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    Folks this is ISLAM also known as HYPOCRISY GONE BARMY

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bacon??? Do these nuts even know what is BACON?

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    This is Zionst, brhmnst consprcy.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    And some of the bloggers of this blog are also part of this
    conspracy.

    [Reply]

  • AshishC

    A rare and touching tribute… to a great man.

    Sailen Manna

    Sailendra Nath Manna, a saint among footballers, died on February 27th, aged 87

    Mar 17th 2012 | from the print edition
    THE game of football regularly produces playboys, celebrities, racists, billionaires, fashion models and spoilt brats. What it does not produce is saints; with one exception. When Sailen Manna died, 2,000 people followed his body to the Keoratala burning ghat in Kolkata, on the banks of the Hooghly river that flows out of the Ganges. They acknowledged they had lost rather more than a decent player.

    …. read more
    http://www.economist.com/node/21550233

    .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Holy Maccaroni , you Economist to inform Indians , when The Telegraph from Kolkata had paid a fullsome tribute 0n 28th February. As they say Geyo jogi bhikh payena(for non bengali readers that means Gaon ka Yogi, isliye na miley
    Bheekh.
    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120228/jsp/sports/story_15188777.jsp

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    AshishC Reply:

    1. I rarely read the Telegraph, Calcutta.
    2. My posting the link from the Economist was not meant to inform anyone about the passing away of Sailen Manna. I am sure most people on this blog knew already. I wanted to let people know that Sailen Manna was accorded the rare honour of a full page obituary in a respectable journal – with several other stories competing for the same space. The Economist covering Manna’s death was news- not the death itself.

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  • AshishC

    Those who liked RGFRY
    RG, in my post-grad school days was an acronym for Relative Grading.
    RG-Giri was the despicable and dishonourable (and almost universal!!) act prarcticed by all toppers – an omnibus term which included not sharing class-notes, giving vague and slightly inaccurate answers to “doubts” raised by fellow students, hiding books in libraries etc..
    Gandhi-Giri to RG-Giri.
    Ah, those days. Incodentally, and purely co-incidentally- our batch topper’s initials was RG!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish…

    While I truely believe what u r saying, knowing what happens in engineering college… we can also use this as spin in case the Congress Gestapo of SiBBal and siblings sets its dogs after us… :)

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    You mean to say that to reach top one should be despicable, dishonourable,
    who does not believe in sharing and helping anyone.
    Not very difficult to do this, I wish I had this knowledge when I was young.

    [Reply]

    AshishC Reply:

    Mohan,
    what I omitted in saying is that direct correlation between grades and later on achievement in life is, while not entirely missing – far from a perfect 1.
    We recently had our 25th reunion of our engineering college- it was quite gratifying to note that many of my fellow backbenchers have more than outshone the frontbenchers in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Congress wins the Udupi-Chickmanglore Lok Sabha bye election – the seat that was held by BJP’ Sadananda Gowda, who took over as CM from Yedurappa..

    BVS, did Yeddi faction do any mischief????

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    my earlier response to you got censored.

    It indeed is a resounfding slap on the face of the BJP. It is notable for the fact that in this constituency, there are all communities except Yeddyurappa’s Lingayat community.

    And this constituency distinguishes itself for its high level of education, culture, social harmony, religious tolerance etc.

    While Udupi and coastal areas have large numbers of fishermen called mogaveeras, Chikmagalur is famous for its coffee estates.

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  • Anonymous

    After some democracy and fair treatment in the blog, once again the spectre of censor has raised its ugly head. One of my posts on Narendra Modi and Gujarat riots made this morning has been censored.

    Vinodji, please say something, even if through your alter ego on this blog.

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  • Anonymous

    Now, Gujarat BJP MLAs accused of watching porn :

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Gujarat/Now-Gujarat-BJP-MLAs-accused-of-watching-porn/Article1-828602.aspx

    -
    Nice. It’s becoming universal !

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Watching porn at your work place is more fun than watching at home.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Something kinky about it ! Actually the research shows that maximum people watch porn at work !

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    But most people practise it at home.

    Anonymous Reply:

    By hand?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Apna haath jagannath.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Sanjay

    This is worse. Watching porn is one thing but harassing your daughter is another. Our politicians need a danda of Anna hazare

    Politician nabbed for sexually harassing daughter
    ———————————————————————-
    Mid-Day.com, Updated: March 21, 2012 12:23 IST

    Mumbai: The president of the minority cell of the Thane Congress was yesterday booked for allegedly sexually harassing his 17-year-old daughter. The accused, Anis Qureshi, was produced in court and remanded to police custody.

    According to the Vartak Nagar police who are investigating the case, the arrest was made following a complaint registered by Qureshi’s daughter who studies in Std XI.

    In the complaint made on Monday, she has alleged that her father has been making vulgar advances at her for the past one-and-a-half years. She stated that on several occasions Qureshi tried coming physically close to her when there was no one in the house.

    “Qureshi has been showing her obscene photographs on his camera; he even tried coming close to her on several occasions, the victim has stated in her complaint,” said an officer from Vartak Nagar police station.

    The girl broke her silence after one-and-a-half years and approached the police to register an offence against her father.

    Qureshi has been charged under sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.

    For NDTV Updates, follow us on Twitter or join us on Facebook
    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/politician-nabbed-for-sexually-harassing-daughter-188376?pfrom=home-otherstories&cp

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    This monster happened to be a politician.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    Imagine holding an important position as “President of Minority cell Congress,”

    I hope the COngressis dont try to dodge the issue and get RSS and Modi into the picture.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    This person should be punished and because of the
    position he is holding the punishment should be more
    severe. What I was trying to say was that it is person
    who is responsible for such horrible act. It has nothing
    to do with the position he is holding.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, Vijay Kumar,

    my post in response to Vijay Kumar’s above post got deleted.

    The congressies have their engriches with readymade awnsers to such “prickly” issues.

    Anonymous Reply:

    SiBBAL and sibblings
    at posts they are nibbling

    Facts they can’t understand
    Janata’s gussa they cannot withstand !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Good take on the Sibbalian insecurities being felt by the immoderate moderator.

    Is there anyone who can explain the concept of level playing field?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, actually, this politician happened to be a monster.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    You have put it correctly.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bilkul sahi kaha…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks to BJP, perhaps Anna Hazare will get to know the word “porn” !

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is never too late to learn anything.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Are you really suggesting this to Anna ?

  • Anonymous

    PornoGate : Please help BJP !

    It’s kind of becoming a joke !
    More and more MLA’s are found to be watching porno materials inside the assembly.

    One must find a solution to this. Allow me to narrate a real life solution to this problem.

    A top grade College in Delhi has 2 wings of hostel with a swimming pool in between. Earlier it used to be only for the boys. The girls used to come for swimming at 6 O’ Clock in the morning. So invariably one would see the “freshers” roaming on the roof and watch the girls swimming. They would pretend either brushing, exercising or reading newspapers. This used to go on every morning.

    After a bit of ragging, typically the freshers would be welcomed in a restaurant with a cabaret show. The show used to be held exclusively for the hostel guys. The show used to loud, intimate and interactive ! The guys would be back to the hostel around 3 O’ clock in the morning.

    Next morning you would not find any guy on the roof. Not even the morning after that. Or, next fortnight.

    The craze for nude body used to get satiated in that very night. People used to return to normal life after that. This is a fact.

    I guess the Govt. should have a budget for a nightlong picnic for these MLA’s in a resort and help them overcome their constant desire for nude pictures.

    Atleast the party with bachelors should do it.

    Then they can focus on the Governance.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay

    There are reports of the president of Minorities cell of the COngress, Mumbai, sexually harassing his own daughter. Let us all report this to the NMC. And also to the National WOmen’s council.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Do you want the email id? or, you can Google yourself ?

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Cmon Sanjay

    It is our national duty to save young girls from predatory fathers, especially those holding high positions like being president of the COngress Minorities cell. Agreed? or not…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay has a separate e-mail ID in the NCM.

    If I were to make a guess it would be vinodsharma_ncm@nic.in

    Anonymous Reply:

    Kamaksa prasad,

    You have not stopped seeing ghosts in broad day lights !

    Anonymous Reply:

    I only see a ghost writer.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I rather not discuss men / father like them. It evokes only extreme feeling.

    But I am willing to discuss politicians going astray in the house.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I think we need to punish the murderers first like kasab and Guru. Punishing the small criminals like pickpockets and 10 rupee rishwat clerks is okay… but the big guns… they are more important.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I would love to analyse you a little deeper.

    When we talk about the politicians who watch porn in the assembly, you bring in Kasab and Guru

    Let’s see.

    Politicians who watch porn, kasab and Guru….interesting combination to discuss at one go !

    Yet you accuse others of deliberately ….

    Anonymous Reply:

    What else do you expect, if not obfuscation?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    No way this is going to help. You are comparing freshers with old experienced
    people. No chance their hunger will get satiated by few cabaret dancers. Different age different needs.
    Unlike the people who were caught the freshers have many other interesting
    things to do.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You know why parents are reluctant to give tablets to the children ! These incidents have such negative impact on the technology enabled education !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    Can we really stop our children from accessing such web sites? We have to teach them moral values and should also
    keep some check on them. No way we can keep 24 hours
    surveillance. Somewhere we have got to trust our children.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Trust me, it’s not about our children. The parents and teachers have phobias and stray incidents like these compound that fear in them. Though I personally believe in self-empowerment.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @Sanjay ,MohanR, Michael Jackson had a pet chimpanzee called BUBBLES. When he came upto a certain age , the zoo people took him away. Otherwise a lot of bottom in the jackson household would have been bruised.
    Now there is no evidence Bubbles was accessing porn over the net, but as laws of PHYSIOLOGY his HORMONES were going in a TURBO MODE.
    With the BJP MLA’s IT IS THE HYPOCRICY that makes me angry. There is also a small matter of DECENCY. I understand performing sexual act in view of the public is punishable by law , similarly watching or bringing porn material in the assembly or parliament should be punishable by law

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    Diwali pasta …. Watching porn in
    parliament should be punishable.
    What about throwing desks, mikes,
    trearing bills, using abusive language etc.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Good points and add disrupting proceedings of the legislatures.

    Now we are getting somewhere.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    I wrote etc in the end. That covers all.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Good spin !! BJP retards India’s techno growth willbe a gr8 headline for tomorrow’s HT.

    Let us bet. What news gets more prominence.

    a) President of Minority cell congress, sexually harassing Daughter (most likely HT wont report it tomorrow)

    or

    b) BJP MLA’s watching porn

    Two questions

    a) WHat is a more heinious crime

    b) What report will get prominence tommorow.

    I have thrown in 1000 bucks on BJP…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Please decide what you want to bring to the table for discussion. You are yet to know about the private lives of the guys, who watch porn openly in the assembly.

    Guess.

    The guy you want to talk about will get the punishment he deserves now that his daughter has filed an FIR.

    Hope you will campaign as vigorously against the guys who have been watching porn in the assembly.

    Did you hear anything from the Anna team today on this?

    And for God’s sake stop messing and trivialising the issue of watching porn on the tablets and its impact on the technology enabled education in this country. For you it may be a matter of trivia. For others it’s not. So please….

    Anonymous Reply:

    As mentioned earlier, an old trick – take the discussion away from the discomforting ugly reality.

    Anonymous Reply:

    They should also give the maids working in the house of MLA’s an emergency alarm linked to the police station. Else we will seeing a lot of mutiliated bodies of former maids discovered in the nalas , in the outskirts of the city

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Singulate,

    it is a very puerile idea, really.

    What prevents the lecherous MLA from switching off the alarm at the police station end?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    One reason these MLAs watch undesirable stuff in the assembly, if the latest Gujarat reports are true, may be because of their ‘dharampatnis’ at home, who true to their description must be really ‘dharmic’ and do not allow their husbands to watch Dirty Picture(s). ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    ~~~ RELATIVELY SPEAKING WE ARE CLOSER TO 1990 ~~~~
    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    1990 was a special bad year for India. Corruption scams and the kickbacks in Bofors had got the Rajiv Gandhi Congress government get a kick.

    What followed was a VP SIngh 3rd front tamasha. Loan waivers and melas,23 % inflation, caste and religious wars, Petro hike becasue fo Gulf war, general discontent, rise of terror, minoirty appeasement through regressive policies, people fighting Mandal and Masjid-mandir battles on the road….

    I think we are heading for that

    BECAUSE EXACTLY THE SAME BACKGROUND MUSIC IS HAPPENING!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is no background music. Just muted sound. And images are all Blue !

    Ah! Did you miss ? You must have blinked !

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat by-poll: Congress snatches Mansa constituency from BJP

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_gujarat-by-poll-congress-snatches-mansa-constituency-from-bjp_1665327

    Congress on Wednesday wrested Mansa assembly constituency from BJP in Gujarat by-polls.

    ———

    I believe by over 8000 votes.

    Having also lost the Chikmagalur LS seat, is the BJP ’sleep walking’ to defeat?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    ” BJP works overtime to lose ”

    You are right Gopiji.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi has been saying this for a very long time.

    Some more results

    1) TN by-poll: Thumping win for Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK in Sankarankoil

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_tn-by-poll-thumping-win-for-jayalalithaa-s-aiadmk-in-sankarankoil_1665315

    2) Odisha by-poll: BJD emerges winner in Athgarh

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_odisha-by-poll-bjd-emerges-winner-in-athgarh_1665358

    3) Kerala by-poll: ‘Piravom win a recognition to govt’s functioning’

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_kerala-by-poll-piravom-win-a-recognition-to-govt-s-functioning_1665339

    4) AP by-poll: TRS wins 4 seats; BJP bags one

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_ap-by-poll-trs-wins-4-seats-bjp-bags-one_1665349

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  • Anonymous

    Guys this blog is fearless , we can CONFRONT anything. Now here is a news , swifty BURIED like mainland china by all major dailies
    “Kolkata, Mar 20 (IBNS) Sporadic protests by a minority group over publication of an image carried by an English daily in Kolkata on Tuesday promoted West Bengal Chief
    Minister Mamata Banerjee and Left Front chairman Biman Bose to appeal for peace and communal harmony.

    An image purportedly posted on Twitter by model Poonam Pandey, which depicts a morphed visual of a Pakistani cricketer bowing before the portrait of a Hindu god and Poonam herself, sans clothes, triggered street disturbances since its publication on Monday. ”
    NOW CAN ANYBODY EXPLAIN WHAT HAS MUSLIMS IN CALCUTTA GOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT LAMPOONS PAKISTANI CRICKETERS.
    Or perhaps there is , FOR THEY ARE THE QUOM
    This explains UP election , despite CONgress doling out largesse , muslims voted nearly en masse for SP. It did not escape my attention SHAHI IMAM sitting next to Mulayam EXHORTING MUSLIMS TO VOTE SP, and this is beamed prime time all over UP.
    I have come to realise Islam is not religion as we understand , IT IS MORE OF A CULT , and you know the cult followers, how passion overrides reason.
    IT IS MORE LIKE SUPPORTING A FOOTBALL TEAM , (You need to come to UK to see what football supporters mean)you do not see mistakes of your own team , get emotional if they loose , VIOLENT AT TIMES all for the sake of your football team
    This is exactly what I see in medical graduates in Hijab in Uk and even long bearded IT experts I have conversed with. In their heart of hearts they know THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE TO THEIR ARGUMENT , particularly having been born and brought up in UK , YET THE FOOTBALL SUPPORTER TYPE ALLEGIANCE to the religion can only be explained by CULT sociology

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Poonam Pandey is a brainless publicty seeker who feels dropping clothes can get her news.

    The Pandeys of the world have not united together to haul her for insult.

    The protesters– who I bet are publicity seekers like Poonam– are either fighting for a mronic cause or want their pics flashed on front pages….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Poonam got your attention. That’s what she wanted and she got it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    But I did’nt want her …. !

    My eyes are still on Sush…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Individually, a number of Muslims come across as sane/normal people. However, when they are in a group, its a different story.

    “I have come to realise Islam is not religion as we understand , IT IS MORE OF A CULT” – I absolutely second your opinion. Your comparision to the British football fans is also apt – they are unable to see any faults in their own team and a possess microscopic vision of opponents/referees errors.

    And which party supports them the most in India?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “they are unable to see any faults in their own team and a possess microscopic vision of opponents/referees errors”.

    Now where did I hear that? Oh!, right here, but it is not a football team, but may be a B-team.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    :) :)

    You do have a microscopic vision. Nothing can escape you!!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Thank you for the sharp ‘observation’ ;-)

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    Onam lasagna.. There is difference. British football fans show their hooliganism
    during the match and than go on and lead normal life until next match.

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  • Anonymous

    No more news of poor Trivedi? The Congis and their media pals like Vinod used and discarded him like toilet paper once their purpose was served.

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  • Anonymous

    What’s Akhilesh’s economics?

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/whats-akhileshs-economics/926150/0

    Now that the dust has settled after the electoral battle in Uttar Pradesh and a new government is in power, what will decisively change for the state? Akhilesh Yadav, who represents a younger generation within the Samajwadi Party, who has promised to introduce change in his own party and in the state, has become chief minister with an absolute majority. One must also remember that the young voted in unprecedented numbers this time, heralding a generational change in the UP electorate. What, then, are the challenges facing the new SP government and how is it equipped to deal with them?

    ———–

    Read on.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Student politics back, so is campus violence

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/student-politics-back-so-is-campus-violence/926431/0

    Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to restore students’ unions in the universities that were lying defunct for the last five years, seems to have brought campus violence back.

    ———-

    Read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Govt won’t seek death for those given life terms

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/govt-wont-seek-death-for-those-given-life-terms/926343/

    Excerpts

    The state government has challenged before the Gujarat High Court the acquittal of 31 accused in the 2002 Sardarpura massacre case but has not sought death term for another 31 accused who were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a special trial court.

    In the Godhra train carnage case, the court had convicted 31 persons, of whom 11 were given death sentence while 20 were awarded life imprisonment. Sixty-three other accused were acquitted by the court.

    Challenging the verdict in the Godhra case, the government has sought capital punishment for all the convicts.

    ————-

    I wish the Gujarat government had an even-handed approach and not practice double standards.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Looks like the super fast BJP Express has decided to skip this station, because too many ‘football’ fan(atic)s on board.

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  • Anonymous

    The writing on the wall
    Era Sezhiyan

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3017402.ece?homepage=true

    Excerpts

    Addressing the media on March 7, a day after the results of the five Assembly elections were announced, Congress president Sonia Gandhi attributed the outcome against the party to “wrong candidates, organisational weaknesses, party members not taking serious responsibilities, and too many leaders in the party.”
    ——–

    During his lifetime, even Nehru — during the course of the freedom struggle and in independent India — had to contend with veterans such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Abul Kalam Azad and C. Rajagopalachari. Compared to those times, Sonia Gandhi has a highly subservient and docile party machine to reckon with. She has become the unassailable leader.

    Apart from holding the post of party president, in 1999 she was appointed Leader of the Opposition. And since 2004, she has been the chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance in all its forms (first during 2004-2009 and then from 2009 till now).

    No other president of the Congress party, or any party in India for that matter, has ever wielded such a level of control on all aspects of the party organisation, and on all crucial decisions of its governments at the Centre or in the States. In a recent historical narration of the latest phase of the Indian National Congress that has been published, there is extreme adulation. It terms Sonia Gandhi a ‘Mahatma.’

    ————-

    The sooner there is genuine democracy better in the Congress party (it applies to other parties too) , otherwise it may rue the results of the 2014 elections.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “wrong candidates, organisational weaknesses, party members not taking serious responsibilities, and too many leaders in the party.”

    The assessment by Sonia Gandhi is right except for “too many leaders in the party” part.

    This is a bad expression. This will create a major internal strife.

    It should have been “too many divergent voices”.

    Too may leaders started giving divergent views / opinions / comments / promises during the UP election.

    Towards the end of the campaign, too many people jumped in and started giving ridiculous comments – a major spoiler.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    All these are due to the fact that there is no real inner party democracy and the growth of the regional leaders is discouraged. When the high command ‘appoints’ a party chief or a Chief Minister in a state, at least one other is let loose to make sure that the former does not grow bigger than number 5 size Bata shoe, thanks to practice set by Indira Gandhi.

    A far cry from the days of Pandit Nehru.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Cmon Sanjay your spin is only bowling you out !! Lage raho sanjay bhai !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,
    Did we miss the over-centralised decision making in Congress as Manohar alludes to in his response below ?
    Second and more important aspect is what and whom does Congress represent ? Those that are upwardly mobile or those who seek a level playing field ? More importantly, is this aspect being discussed at all internally within the Congress itself or it is just that Congress is trying to manage the “classical conflict” at times maintaining a posture of balancing act ?
    Sometime – as and when possible let us also discuss some of Congress’s priorities in policy terms.
    I know BJP is terrible – but time and again Congress appears to be racing with it down the bottom. As much so that somehow the degree of overlap between American Republicans and Democrats in policy terms has started emerging as a clear comparison.

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  • Anonymous

    Can we trust a woman?

    A boy and a girl in love decided to commit suicide because their parents would not
    allow them to get married. This is what actually happened.

    Hum saath marne ka soch kar dariya mein kud gaye
    upar pahunch kar farishte ne bataya ‘teri girl friend
    to swimming champion thi.’

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  • Anonymous

    Ishwar,

    Vodafone will have to pay the tax of Rs.11000 crores if IT act amendment
    is approved in parliament.

    http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=756674

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vodafone can afford it and Indian govt shud pursue ALL FIRANGI COMPANIES aggressively for tax. In my business, we tried to help a Scottish company order machones from Jalandhar. The bugger did a runner from the 4 star hotel where he had stayed in Jalandhar. Because he gave address c/o Sandhu at Hayes address, the hotel sent me the bill.
    Someone pl tell white licker shwetha_lingam upbhogta Dr Cingulate this

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Cabbage head , you are living on the CRUMBS that the goras give you.WHY DONT YOU PACK UP AND SETTLE IN JULLUNDER, rather than finding fault of the people whose TUKRE you are dependent for your SURVIVAL,.
    THEN AGAIN YOU SEE THIS WHEN YOU LOOK INTO THE MIRROR

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks for the link Mohan.

    Let’s hope the parliament approves it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Two points

    1) This will be challenged in the Supreme Court for sure and the judges may strike it down. Just because the parliament passes a law does not make it legitimate, the Supreme Court will have a final say.

    2) it is going to send a wrong signal and the FDIs will be hard to come by.

    IMO, it is a retrograde step, especially making it effective retrospectively
    .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Agree with you. Even I am not comfortable when laws are changed retrospectively.
    This sends wrong signal.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    IMO, the retrospective part will surely be struck down.

    I do not understand why the Government is hellbent on enacting such a law, when the Supreme Court said no to review its earlier judgment.

  • Anonymous

    Jim Yardley’s assessment on congress party/problems ..He is the chief correspondent for ny times in India
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/world/asia/for-indias-ruling-party-an-electoral-setback.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Binoy,

    A good analysis of the congress party. Our fellow blogger Vijay has
    been saying similar thing since many days.

    Excerpts from this article.

    The mediocre showing in Uttar Pradesh has been portrayed as a personal comeuppance for Mr. Gandhi, but some party insiders say the deeper problem is the structural disconnect between party leaders — the so-called High Command led by Mr. Gandhi’s mother, the party president Sonia Gandhi — and grass-roots workers.

    Like most Indian political parties, the Congress Party lacks much internal democracy; the High Command selects candidates for state and national elections rather than holding competitive primaries. Many analysts say primaries would help the party cultivate stronger organizations at state and local levels — and make it more competitive, as regional parties are presenting themselves as more attuned to local concerns.

    “There is such concentration of power right at the top that the connection between the leaders and the workers is completely broken,” said Mani Shankar Aiyer, a Congress Party member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament. He added, “That’s the kind of lesson that my party needs to learn.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    I believe a US style “primary” system will reduce corruption, cronyism etc…however, parties will have to articulate clear positions, ideas (free enterprise, extent of regulation, extent of social programs etc etc as in the US)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thx Mohan

    That is what I have been saying… and frnakly with the interest of India in mind.

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  • Anonymous

    I am not allowed in Gurgaon.

    A lone male visitor cannot have drinks at any pub.
    Vijay kuch karo.

    http://www.samachar.com/Couples-in-Gurgaon-bars-to-prove-who-they-are-mdvuKGbbbce.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In India, some states have a weird sense of enacting and enforcing drinking laws. Like in Maharashtra no women employees after 9-30 PM, a case is pending in the High Court. The Gurgaon thing is another. In Tamil Nadu, no dancing (*) was allowed in the bars, the High Court struck in down.

    * In September 2005, the Government had prohibited the grant of licences for performing Indian classical dances, western dances and floor dances at hotels. It also asked municipal authorities not to issue any fresh licence for such performances.

    Assailing the order, the writ petitioners said that such a restriction went against the freedom and fundamental right of practising any profession, as guaranteed by the Constitution. By way of an executive order, the Government could only regulate the performance and not prohibit it.

    The Government justified the order stating that it was meant to prevent immoral and indecent dance shows on public premises. Citing a report by the Senior Superintendent of Police, it said some commercial establishments were staging ‘obscene’ dance performances.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    I think we Indians have to revolutionise our view of women and Indian women frankly have to revolutionise their view of themselves.

    We are still partly caught up in the two versions of women our films and sensibilites have created. The fast one which most men would like to have a good time with… and the sati savitiri dharmpatni who can only be a pure maa– behen aur biwi…

    Well you know when your Sheikh Zayeid (?)wanted to convert Dubai into an area where international businessmen would make a hub to do business with the rest of the puritan Arab world… he made sure he allowed so many things which normal Arab sensibilites would not allow. Including Cyclone (?) ! :)

    Our politcal cutlure is based on hysterics of the Mamta kind. The sort of lies even a mainstream party like the Congress used in UP elections, made me fear that for the purpose of getting power, we have no qualms about sacrificing princples of secularism and harmony for getting power and as well as sacrificing the shahdat of MC Sharma for votes. Deep down we still have to learn how to live and let live…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Agree with you. By the way it is Sheikh Mohammad who is ruler of Dubai and has
    made this a world class city. Sheikh Zayed was ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of
    UAE. After his death his son Sheikh Khalifa has taken our.

    Sati savtri biwi reminds of some thing I had read long time ago.

    What is the difference between a scooter and a motor bike?

    You will take you wife on a scooter and your girl friend on a motor bike.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Folks;
    this true incident has been sent to me by a unreliable witness.
    A gentleman, living in middle east, on way to malaysia, had one too many at Airport bar. He had to rush to washroom, and by mistake entered a wrong one, A woman, thoroughly alarmed, said loudly, : But this is for ladies: Our friend, though in hurry, said with equal loudness: So this is but only after making water. I wonder, who the gentleman…

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    I have no answer for this. You have left me speechless.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    No way. I can not bear to have a speechless Mohan, who gives us so many high class jokes.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    I also took this as joke only. Both yours and Manohar’s.

    Anonymous Reply:

    but you managed to to tell the lady, “yes, yes, this is meant for ladies” or something like that, if we are to believe the story 1000%.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    You got it ‘wrong’. Actually, this gentleman makes a mistake of entering the ladies’ washroom when he is sober and when he has had one too many he does not. This is from a reliable witness.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    Here I see an untrue story from an unreliable witness. Mohan is an acknowledged gentleman. My comment was a kind of personal joke with him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “Here I see an untrue story from an unreliable witness”.

    That i s why I have never been called to ‘testify’ anything by any court of law. ;-)

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ha;
    Good one.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    You have truned out to be the big daddy of the jokesters !

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vijay;
    This is one of the good pass time.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj ji

    the video clip of the incident might have been of some use to some of our MLAs.

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  • Anonymous

    Soumitra Chatterjee has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Soumitra-Chatterjee-named-for-Dada-Saheb-Phalke-award/articleshow/12358205.cms

    Legendary Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, who has portrayed a versatile range of lead characters in films by Satyajit Ray, has been selected for India’s highest film honour – the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2012.

    He has also received ‘The Officier des Arts et Metiers’, the highest award for arts from France and lifetime achievement award from Italy.

    ———-

    Earlier there were reports that Pran, the Hindi film actor, was to be honoured. Now, perhaps next year.

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  • Anonymous

    One Bengali nationalist claimed here that Congress was formed by Womesh Chandra Bannerjee. I’d like to correct him. The Congress was founded by Indian and BRITISH members of the Theosophical Society movement, most notably A.O. Hume.

    Womesh Chandra Bannerjee was first president of Congress.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ rajeev

    the big thing today is that the Indian National Congress is a national jewel which has fallen into the hands of a dynasty and a brigade of chamchas. These chamchas suffer from the domestic servant mentality.

    In Hindi films, there always was a loyal domestic servant who would mouth dialogues like, “Humne bade thakur ki sewa ki hai… ab yovraj ko palna hamara karam hai…”

    On the side this brigade of deomstic servants are piflering the house…

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  • Anonymous

    Manohar-’

    four takeaways from the byelection results

    - Sankarankoil — Jayalalitha (AIDMK) routes DMK — DMK’s percentage goes down to 10% or so from the last year’s 42%
    - BJP gets a seat in Andhra (is this the first seat for BJP there?)
    - Congress gain in Gujrat – while Congress vote percentage was the same as last year’s. BJP went down… Enthusiasm gap or complacency?
    - TRS in AP – they should be brought in to the NDA or UPA alliance for the Lok Sabha, looks like they have become a force

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    1) I have always had a very a low opinion of DMK. All that telecom hanky panky was just one example. Just desserts.

    2) BJP win in AP. Good beginning, but still a very long way to go.

    3) The reasons given by you may be true or is it something else – wearing off the sheen? Only time will tell.

    4) Whoever takes TRS on board is asking for trouble. Their one point agenda – separate statehood – is fraught with danger. Having smaller states can be possible, if the Central Government/parliament sets up a States Reorganisation Commission.

    5) BJP’s loss in Karnataka.
    This is what Pankaj Vohra (in his blog) has to say

    If sources in the BJP are to be believed, supporters of former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa were instrumental in getting the BJP defeated from this prestigious seat since they were sure that this would send a clear message to the present CM as well as the party’s central leadership that it was Yeddy who was the big boss in the state.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,
    I am perversely happy that BSY and his ilk are asserting himself.
    My cynical calculation is – BSY is forcing yet another conflict on RSS that will accentuate RSS’s own internal conflict between the fundoos and the moderate conservatives within RSS.
    On a related note, here is a link to excellent interview of Bhosala Military School’s ex-director Anand Moonje by Tehelka. Notice the particular statement he makes on RSS dis-owning Lt. Col. Purohit.
    http://www.tehelka.com/story_main52.asp?filename=Ne240312Military.asp
    In case we are missing the point – with waning of communal polity RSS appears to be severely conflicted about its past flirtations and positions courting extreme communal polity.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    tehelka is like a toilet tissue… or even worse

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    I would love to have your view through the prism of history about nations who insult the soldiers who lay their lives for nationhood. has there been parallels in India or anywhere else in the world?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Can you be a bit upfront and clear ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    even a moron with a small pea for a brain can understand mwhat Vijay Kumar has asked.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am sure you understand human communication involves both the context and message. I was asking him about the context.
    BTW, you answered my another question. Now that Engrich and Ravi are not around I am the new target of your abusive behavior. Go ahead, raise your head and spit at the sky if you will. But then don’t complain if it falls back on your own face.

    Anonymous Reply:

    “if it falls back on your own face”.

    It surely does all the time.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    you do a shirshasan and shit. It will have a sobering effect on your imagination. May be then some of us at least would know what you are conveying in your long posts.

    Anonymous Reply:

    That sounds a lot like personal experience. Little curious – which Shakha do they teach this new kind of yoga ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    yes, your personal experience.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mahesh

    I thought I had put it lucidly enough.

    You see Mahesh, Sandeep Unhikrishnan and Tukaram Omble died defending our rights and freedoms. MC Sharma died defending India against an attack from terrorists.

    The mentor for the COngress PM in waiting thought it was expedient to mock at their sacrifice. His calculation was to pitch the 26/11 terror attacks as those done by the Hindus right wing to needlessly blame Muslims and also to make a mockery of the sacrfice of our brave by saying that it was a small RSS ki saazish.

    Not recognising or pretending not to recognise your enemy is either slyness or cowardice of the hghest order.

    To make a mockery of the life of your own soldiers, in my eyes, a bigger crime than murder.

    What about your eyes?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You saw my response below to shenoy ?
    Let me repeat the question – how is what you say here related to the context of discussion ?
    As far my eyes and sight – it is clear enough. Clear enough that I don’t go around hounding people opportunistically using a facade of patriotism.

    Anonymous Reply:

    mahesh

    Din mein daroo ka side effect!

    Did you not notice that the topic had shifted to porn viewing which you approved off– but it still was a diversion from the main subject.

    Of course you never noticed.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Can you point out on this thread where the topic shifted from Porn ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Porn is such a delicious, salacious subject, it is never a diversion for the congressi trolls-two of them, actually.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Toilet tissue? I will not even use this to wipe my a….

    Anonymous Reply:

    Even as a toilet tissue it does much better than your
    Viveks, Organisers and Panchjanyas.
    Oh, BTW, I also note you have conveniently skipped the point. Typical RSS tactic.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Toilet Tissue!

    Absolutely. We need to keep cleaning up the mess. How else do we keep our nation clean by getting rid of the muck?

    Anonymous Reply:

    By saying this, you have definitely offended the feelings of Prahlad, Prabhat, Sanjay Dhawan, engrich and also fake Ravi besides, of cvourse, the congressi troll here, all of whom hold this rag in extremely high esteem.

    (you can also add Mahesh to this small list of Tehelka cultists).

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh

    The reason BSY is asserting himself (in the normal circumstances given that the RSS/BJP is supposed to be cadre based, a stern look by a top RSS functionary would have been enough to put a stop to his recalcitrance) because RSS honchos are incapable to bring home the ‘Shrikhand” from the hustings. Their supporters may give the spin – look how democratic and non-dynastic the organisation is – it is as dictatorial as any, the form does not matter.

    Moreover, there are other cases pending against him. What if he is indicted (after he is made the CM once again), will he be asked again to resign with a promise that he can have the job back if he is cleared of the charges. Actually the BJP has got itself (do not blame others) between the devil and the blue sea. Damn, if it reinstates him and damn if it does not. Power does strange things to the people.

    The conflicts the RSS faces is on account of its flawed (and should I add unnatural) ideology. They have seen that the extreme positions got them to control the levers of power once (they had to mess up the opportunity for the same reason – the flawed ideology). You cannot scare all the people all the time from the demons (mostly imaginary and historical). Hence all that public ’sweet talk’ of all inclusiveness. As I had mentioned earlier – they have misjudged the Indian ethos completely.

    They have no escape from the conflicts – it is a natural corollary to their ideology. The veneer of cultural orgainisation is all hog-wash. Given that, can the BJP on its own ever hope to get 272+ seats in the Parliament – I have serious doubts.

    Lt. Col. Purohit and his accomplices are just one of the numerous examples. Didn’t they disown Nathuram Godse and company, and perhaps many others down the years, once they have been caught with blood on their hands?

    The motto of the Bhonsala Military School says it all and is a variation of the RSS’s own motto (nefarious one at that).

    Anonymous Reply:

    Your post, a perverse one by your own admission, is amounting nothing more than wishful thinking.

    As far as Karnataka is concerned, the RSS has tried its best to make the erstwhile swayamsevak see reason, but looks like their counseling has fallen on the deaf ears of a Yeddy, who has tasted power twice, but not to his full satisfaction.

    If you believe that there is “internal conflict” in the RSS, you are fooling none but yourself. It also shows you understand very little about this organisation. Also there doesn’t exist any kind of distinction of some being fundoos and others being moderate conservatives, whatever Tehelka, with its severely limited credibility might like you to believe. RSS has been a preserve of moderate conservatives and moderate progressives. There has never been any place for what you call fundoos.

    If you want to believe what your post says, be engrich’s guest.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am sure you are aware it is not the first time RSS has failed to discipline its errant swayamsewak. Forgetting can at times lend a helping hand when it comes to facile arguments. Ditto with Mr. Moonje.
    Oh never mind, you don’t even read – even if it is a n interview.
    BTW, given that these days you don’t see Engrich and Ravi much on the forum – how are you coping with life ? I mean whom do you target your abuses at these days ?

  • Anonymous

    Panel discussions on TV re: alleged Porngate in Gujarat.

    It was bizarre (but not surprising) to see the BJP spokespersons’ (Shaina, Oza and Vyas) hypersensitive reactions. Their argument that the publication of such a report was an attack on Modi by vested interests, instead of discussing the incident. In short, indulging in their favourite sport – shoot the messenger and ‘accusing’ the media of shouting ‘Modi Modi, rape, rape’. (Damn it, it has nothing do with Modi).

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    It is a typical way of politicians defending their colleagues/party.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I wish the Congress and BJP change most of their spokespersons – they are a pain in the …….. and end up doing more damage to their parties the moment they open their elephantine mouths.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    I wish you had watched the so called panel discussion on Times TV about the Gujarat porn gate.

    After his 100 crore defamation law suit, Arnab Goswami has now become prime time ’sansani khes programme host, badgering the inconvenient panelists.

    In the “discussion” we saw him interjecting loudly, gesticulating, shouting and literally out-talking the Ojha-Vyas duo, finally proving with convenient inputs from the Outlook panelist (who else) that it was “Modi, Modi, rape, rape”.

    You may also note here that this congressi troll has more than ably filled the void left by the jihadi, fake Ravi. Now nobody need miss Ravi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I don’t get CNN-IBN and Times Now here in Dubai. The
    landlord of the building where I stay does not allow us to
    fix a dish. The only Indian English news channel I get is
    NDTV. That is why I am one the biggest ‘fan’ of Ms. Barkha
    Dutt.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is good that Barkha Dutt comes only for one hour at 10PM. Or else, you would have stopped seeing Indian news altogether.

    But, I must say, Nidhi Razdan is an eyeful. Even after all these years.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    You can watch these channels (live or recorded) on the Internet

    http://www.ibnlive.com/

    http://www.timesnow.tv/

  • Anonymous

    @ Sanjay

    I hope you answer this honestly. I am sure you may feel satisfied that tomorrow’s HT and other English papers and media would focus on the porn thing in Gujarat and would probably skip the incestous assualt by the President of the Congress minority cell on his daughter.

    In my view both are bad, though the assault on the daughter a much much more graver crime.

    But the biggest crime of the past two years has been Digvijay Singh, with the tacit support of Rahul and a blind eye from Sonia, insulting the Shahdat of our brave soldiers.

    When he called “26/11 a RSS ki saazish” was he not insulting the brave soldiers of India, like Sandeep Unhikrishnan who gave their lives to save YOU and me from assault by LeT and ISI? Is not hiding the name of the real enemy, giving the enemy a shot in the arm to launch more attacks? Was he not trying to tell the Muslims that 26/11 , an attack by the Hindu right wing to spoil the name of Islam?

    Since he is the official face of the Congress and the horse on which Rahul rides, why does he not hold an enquiry to prove that kasab was a RSS guy as were the rest of the LeT killers, exactly what hafeez saeed says.

    When he cries for the dead terrorists of batla house, is he not saying that MC Sharma a villian who killed them? Why does’nt the Congress hold an enquiry agsint Delhi Police and Chidambaran who insists that the dead were terrorists, before it goes to UP and claims that “Sonia ji phoot phoot kar rone lagien ja pata chala ki Batla house ki terrorist mar gaye…”

    You wont have the answers for all this. Perhaps just a dodge and then get BJP into the picture. I think that is seeing the picture from a small vision. Look beyond BJP and Congress.

    The big picture is that the nation gets terribly damaged whenever you insult the person who lays his life for you.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You love moving in a circle.

    Go back and check the pages on this blog. Your RSS sajish stuff have well been answered.

    How come you never get tired listening to your own voice?

    Same stuff, every Friday !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay ji , like I said you wont have the answer.

    Not even a full bedcover can cover the shame of what has been done, leave alone a fig leaf.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    thought for the night :
    ——————————-

    How many of us would want to send your father, brother or sister or son and daughter to fight for India in the army or police after you know that

    a) If he or she dies fighting a terrorist, the would be PM and his mentor will make a mockery of the sacrifice saying that he or she was actually targetting innocents.

    b) In case your close one dies fighting for India against an evil army or terrorists fo the leT or the ISI, hwo would you react when the mentor of the would be PM– with complete silence of the party– says that the attackers on India, were not from any terrorist army, not from the ISI, not from LeT– but chotta motta local rif raf.

    Even if you dont answer this, out here, think about it. Tonight.

    And think about Sandeep unhikrishanan and MC Sharma…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    so many questions.All inconvenient. Answers to some are going to be anti-national.

    So what does Vinod Sharma do? Says you are moving in circles, same questions, RSS saazish proved etc etc.

    Blah, blah, blah,,,,,,,,,

    Therefore, I suggest, get the answers directly from the horse’s mouth.
    Why don’t you meet the real Sanjay Dhawan (assuming there is one), in Cafe Coffee Day in Connaught Place?

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  • Anonymous

    Sanjay Dhawan,
    Referring to your past thread of discussion where you indicated India being lucky to have MMS as Economist and a Prime-minister.
    I am kind of curious about the metrics you are using to make this statement.
    BTW, GDP growth for past few years are known . We may want to look slightly beyond those ,say , the rate of growth trickle down, Downward trend in rural migration, HDI improvements, increased per capita spread in housing ownership (notice the term “per capita”), increased spread of consumption of – say – fruits , meat and milk in per capita terms, and yes – lowering trends in inflation.
    Let us worry about something as esoteric as income inequality later.
    Another thing, time and again those farmer suicides keep rearing their head. Any luck with those ? Last I heard MMS doing something about it was a “package” for Vidarbha region in Maharashtra. Unlucky him, it resulted more in tidying some of the PSU Banks balance sheets. Oh, and BTW, microfinance appears to be on increase in rural India replacing traditional sahukari. Now, some will point out the RBI regulations on microfinance – hoowever, us mere mortals look at several anecdotal evidences flouting those norms.
    One last thing, one of the highlights of current budgetary announcement is maintaining a deficit target of 5 p.c. of the GDP. Think again, these are deflationary times. Will austerity work here ? What is the past global experience with such measures ? Is 5 p.c. of GDP such a high deficit ? What if it were 8 p.c. ? Did we look at Spain , Greece, Germany ? Are we bought into “internationally exerted compulsions” on deficits ?
    To be sure Congress and MMS are not as much brazen yet in proclaiming “India Shining” – but somehow an indelible impression of their tone of finality in judgement and actions does rhyme with it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In a breakfast meeting during NDA rule, while Prof. C K Prahlad was passionately urging the Govt. to be ambitious and aim for 9% growth, Mr Rakesh Mohan, the economic advisor to Vajpayee said the Govt. could at best aim at 4 – 5% growth.

    Repeat 4 – 5 %.

    It’s no hearsay. I was there.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Sanjay
    If you see with intent, you will find that you forgot to type a khada danda, across seedha danda of 4-5%. In fact it makes it 9%.
    Even congress was surprised to have this 9% gowth. this did not happen overnight. Wise policies of 91, followed by subsequent governments, resulted in this number.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There was no khada danda those days !!!

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ha !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    viagra bhi invent nahi hui thi… tab

    Anonymous Reply:

    The gentle man spent too much time in full body oil massage…and with astrologers…too often….hoping….

    Anonymous Reply:

    So you seem are another Shankar Singh Vaghela. No wonder you hate BJP with so much passion.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shankar Singh Vaghela still wears a khaki chaddi inside his dhoti, but at least he has not changed his identity.

    Here we have the case of a man adopting multiple identities and still managing to lose the debate. Which is why there are so many censoring of inconvenient posts of bloggers with opposing points of view.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You need a bit of jhaad phoonk… something got to be done with your problem of seeing ghosts in broad day light !

    Anonymous Reply:

    very simple: simply censor my posts!

    Anonymous Reply:

    What can you expect from sidekicks of Digvijay Singh?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,
    We need to look beyond “Growth rates”. I gather you know the limitation of this metric. Moreover, if the argument is based on comparison with NDA – it is seriously self limiting one.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    I am not able to spend much time on the blog because of the work. Just snatching some time to check the progress on the blog. I will try to answer your points later.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Big brother– breakfasts with the Vajpayee government and now lunch with the barmy army of COngress! Gr8 show.

    By comparison my dinner with a has been pales out into insignificance…

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  • Anonymous

    I think BJP MLAs across the country are sex starved. I propose UPA govt. arrange a trip for them to Hira Mandi Lahore.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Rajeev and others,
    I am a little curious- what are we objecting to?
    1. Is watching porn a crime?
    2. Is watching porn in the assembly a crime? Remember these MLAs were not making an exhinition of themselves (in more senses than one!).
    Two ministers and 10 MLAs in K’taka (and now 2 MLAs in Gujarat) watching porn becomes a huge issue- for what? Perhaps these MLAs should have been throwing chairs, shouting and disrupting proceedings or otherwise being “normal”.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,
    “Two ministers and 10 MLAs in K’taka (and now 2 MLAs in Gujarat) watching porn becomes a huge issue- for what? Perhaps these MLAs should have been throwing chairs, shouting and disrupting proceedings or otherwise being “normal”.”
    Both behaviors are objectionable. The legislators are there in assembly for legislating. If they intend to watch they could as well do it within the private confines.
    Also, IMHO – watching consenting adults play it out doesn’t necessarily indicate depravation.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Mahesh,
    “both behaviours are objectionable”..
    I have not seen so much moral outrage over much more objectionable behaviour – like dancing on the table of the presiding officers and coming to blows.
    They were watching porn in what they considered privacy. It was just unfortunate that they got videoed.
    You know, this temple of democracy thing is all hogwash- all this hyperventilating is going on because of this “how could they do it in the assembly, omigosh”.
    Their only fault, to me was that they got caught and it caught the imagination of 24/7 TV.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,
    While I agree with you on asymmetrical treatment meted out to both behaviors (watching Porn and rowdy behavior) – isn’t it fair expectation to expect a certain level of discipline from the legislators ?

    AshishC Reply:

    Certainly..
    In fact why only a certain level? These guys are sent there, elected by a gullible electorate to (or so they think) plan and work for their welfare.
    What bugs me though is again this s ex obsessed and titilation starved media.
    I mean, let’s say you create a simple spreadsheet with all MLAs in K’taka/ Bengal/ Gujarat…. take your favourite state.
    S. No. MLA Name/ No of sessions attended/ No of possible sessions/ No of time disturbed the proceedings/ Amount of constituency funds spent/ No of criminal charges pending/ No of questions raised/ …..
    You get the picture.
    I don’t care which state you do it for, I do not care even if you do it selectively for BJP or TMC or INC…
    It is a worthwhile thing to focus on- this is what they were elected to do; and against those “Business Fundamentals”, this is their report card.
    That kind of debate we do not have.
    We do not have a simple report card by constituency which says – on these 20 parameters, your constituency was at this level (determine those parameters nationally, between the PM and Leader of opposition) and publish monthly/ quarterly/ yearly numbers per constituency. This is the report card of the elected representative.
    Have a mix of law and order, communal harmony, health, nutrition.
    But, no. That will be no fun. Where’s the S E X??

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish

    I have a different take on this.

    1. Whether these MLAs caught doing doing something (right or wrong) during office hours can be debated and to me is totally irrelevant. The media and opponents will and have taken them to the cleaners (how apt). Do not expect any mollycoddling from them.

    2. The problem / fun (take your pick) was/is that the BJP blindly walked into the trap. The result – pathetic and hysterical defence. In case of Gujarat, the BJP people turned it into a Modi- vs- Media & Others debate (Modi should give them a dressing down). In case of Karnataka, they started investigating the journalists and wanted to put all sorts of restrictions on their jobs. It seems – shoot the messenger is a very popular sport (should we lobby it for to be included in 2016 Olympics? India is bound to win all the medals). Jokes apart. All I can say, Grow up, BJP (applies to other parties too) and stop lecturing us about Bharatiya Sabhyata, Paramparaa, Sanskruti, blah, blah, blah and move on. The BJP people are just one of us and can be bad or good as the rest of us in their (private) lives.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Manohar,
    Gujarat episode to me is stupid- the Karnataka embers had not yet died down and to be caught in the same act, is, well very stupid.
    I have never been one for moral posturing and I am as happy as you are in the discomfiture of the puritanical brigade in BJP.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Ashish

    the next assembly elections are in Gujarat. The congress paid Pipe piper of spin will now take their media army of folk story tellers to Gujarat now. Just wait for the entertainment.

    As in UP where Salman Khurshid, Digviansh SIngh and the engine driver of the freebies gravy train, the “budhiman” prince got 94% of media coverage and less than 7% seats, (28/403 = 6.9%) , the result
    will probably be the same.

    However till then let them enjoy.

    Cyber khushi you see. Rajiv Gandhi feel good yojana !!! :)

    By the way porn is something which even the Hindustan TImes entices the readers to watch. E.g — a few newstories

    Poonam Pandey strips… well it probably unleashes a million panting teenagers and a few panting adults onto the net search

    or

    Pam Anderson makes new adult tape (also from HT) .
    —– What does the HT editors expect. People will read this and then talk about Nehru’s discovery of India?

    or

    Sunny Leone to give hot scenes in Jism2 — should not the HT by its own professed moral standards be discussing structural desiging of Eskimoo igloos instead?
    :) :) :D

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    AshishC Reply:

    Vijay,
    you have raised 2 pertinent if somewhat related questions:
    “Poonam Pandey strips..or
    Pam Anderson makes new adult tape
    —– What does the HT editors expect. People will read this and then talk about Nehru’s discovery of India?
    or
    Sunny Leone to give hot scenes in Jism2 — should not the HT by its own professed moral standards be discussing structural desiging of Eskimoo igloos instead?”
    HT editors do not expect people to read Discovery of India- they are happy if we buy the paper and read, if only page 3 instead of the edit pages. Its the race to be no 1 in bad taste won on readership numbers.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well in UK that is the case. At least they have separated the two. For quality news you have BROADSHEET, for tits tattle you have TABLOID
    which has mandatory full frontal nudity every day on page three(that is where the still mentally colonised indians have got the india)

    AshishC Reply:

    In Delhi- we have two tabloids in broadsheet format..

    Anonymous Reply:

    Watching porn inside the assembly while assembly is in session is a SERIOUS BREACH OF CODE OF CONDUCT
    just like making love in full view of public is a crime

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev,

    I do not think sex is the exclusive obsession with only BJP legislators.
    You have read about the congress party’s youth leader trying to sexually
    abuse his own daughter.

    You have also seen and read about how the Rajasthan minister participated in a gang-rape of a nurse and then murdered her.

    The Karnataka MLAs are guilty of watching pornographic clips inside the assembly house while on duty. But it is a modern day vice afflicting large sections of our males. AND it is, at best a very minor violation of rules of public behaviour and at worst a major flaw in their character.

    Against this, the Gujarat issue is a clear case of character assassination with absolutely no proof against the alleged guilty. (EVEN ARNAB GOSWAMI ADMITTED THAT ALL THE DEBATE IS MERE CONJECTURE)

    Here is what the MLA has said on TV:

    “I do check mails, do some work related to cooperative bank work, and also use Ipad for party related works as I am General Secretary of Gujarat BJP. I used IPad for this purpose only in the assembly. But those elements who can’t defeat me in political field, have used media against me acting in lowest level. I will continue to fight against this and will prove that this was a conspiracy,”

    Shankarbhai also said that he himself has voluntarily surrendered his Ipad to the Speaker demanding to check it completely in Forensic Science Laboratory.
    Shankarbhai said how he can be targeted for what he has not done or not seen?

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  • Pankaj#1

    Friends;
    I see reflections of our past leaders in this blog as well. For a person, with some extra timee.I mean. extra time from the serious business of writing in this blog. I will request him/her to find persons present, from past luminaries.
    Krishna Menon, Rajaji, Sarvpalli Radha Krishnan, Lala Lajpat Rai, Himmat Rai, Y.B. Chavan, Datta Samant, Dange, Swami vivekanand, Bhagat Singh, Ashfaqullah Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil, Rajguru etc. List is by no means exhaustive.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ????

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    Chalo, parde main rahane do, parda na uthao. Blog is still youthful for this kind of appraisal.

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  • Anonymous

    Pl. watch Fareed Zakaria interviewing Anjem Chowdhary. Zakaria got so upset with loudmouth Anjem that he almost abused him.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko0qQJMN_dk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1UFD2g3o6A

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  • Anonymous

    Nobody wants a poll

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nobody-wants-a-poll/926635/0

    As we know from experience, it takes very little to topple a government. Chandra Shekhar’s government fell after Rajiv Gandhi complained about two Haryana police constables posted outside his house. A.B. Vajpayee’s government collapsed soon after Subramanian Swamy arranged a tea party for Sonia Gandhi and J. Jayalalithaa to re-connect. I.K. Gujral’s government ended because the Congress was upset that the DMK was indicted in the Jain Commission in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. In all these cases, the reasons for bringing down the governments were flimsy. It was simply that one or the other of the allies in the government saw an advantage in precipitating a fresh election.

    ——–

    Read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Lost spring in Lahore
    Raza Rumi, a writer from Lahore

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/lost-spring-in-lahore/926634/0

    Lahore, a centre for the arts and learning in the early 20th century, has been the custodian of a plural, vibrant culture for decades. Its walled city, unlike several other old settlements, has continued to survive despite the expansion of the city. So have its peculiar features: its dialects, cuisine, community linkages and, of course, rich festivals such as Basant. As the capital of Punjab, Lahore used to celebrate Basant — the arrival of spring — in a colourful manner.

    ———–

    For many decades, the Pakistani mullahs have ranted against Basant as an “unIslamic” festival and one that endangered public morality.

    Unfazed by these fatwas, Lahoris continued with the festival. It even received state patronage on various occasions. A citizen of Lahore, Mian Yousaf Salahuddin (the grandson of Iqbal), turned his old Lahore haveli into a cultural hub and, over time, Basant celebrations became an international attraction. By the 1990s, proactive civil servants turned Basant into a great regional festival. Lahore’s then deputy commissioner, Kamran Lashari, provided full backing to the holding of this event in the 1990s. That was perhaps the time when Basant also became most controversial due to its scale and the increased hazards of unregulated kite-flying in which metallic or chemical-coated string was used.

    ———–

    The courts intervened and asked the Punjab government to ban the festival in 2007.

    Ironically, the banning of Basant did not take place in the name of religion but through a public interest litigation.

    ———–

    Tragic to say the least.

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  • Anonymous

    Modi’s Lavasa Visit Stumps State BJP

    Visit seen as indication of a new equation emerging between Modi and Pawar

    ROHIT CHANDAVARKAR

    Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s sudden visit to Lavasa — a private hill station near Pune — and his invitation to the promoters of Lavasa, the HCC Group, to launch similar projects in Gujarat have taken the Maharashtra unit of the BJP completely by surprise.

    The state BJP, which has vehemently opposed this private hill station in the legislature and outside, is now not too sure whether to continue with their opposition or not. What’s more significant is that Modi’s Lavasa visit, in some ways, indicates the emergence of a new political equation between Modi and NCP president Sharad Pawar, who is known to be the mentor of this hill station development.

    About two months ago, Modi had praised Pawar’s agricultural policies in a special interview given to the mouthpiece of Nationalist Congress Party.
    Pawar is widely seen as the chief mentor of Lavasa and had even defended the project openly when Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) had blocked permission to the construction work at Lavasa. Last weekend, Modi quietly flew to Lavasa and spent over 24 hours there, surveying various sites within the hill station and held talks with HCC chairman Ajit Gulabchand.
    Asked about Modi’s visit, a Lavasa spokesperson said, “We have already signed an MoU with the Gujarat government for a major project in Dholera but after visiting Lavasa, Modi suggested that we should participate in the Sabarmati river front development. This is a clear indication that he liked the development here.” Modi’s visit to Lavasa was a lowprofile and secret one. But the Gujarat chief minister’s praise of the project soon spread to political circles and put his own party men here in a spot of bother.

    The Pune unit of the BJP, which held demonstrations against Lavasa recently claiming that the water cuts in Pune were happening because of water had been diverted to Lavasa under instructions from deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, finds itself in an embarrassing position because of Modi’s virtual endorsement of Lavasa.

    Asked about BJP’s position on the issue, the party’s state spokesperson, Madhav Bhandari, said, “This was a personal visit by Modi and it was not organised by the party. He did not hold any public function at Lavasa and only held private talks, so this cannot be interpreted as Modi’s endorsement of Lavasa.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    I read this article with a different angle. Modi believes in development and the
    reason of his visit to Lavasa probably was whether similar type of project is
    viable in Gujarat. It has nothing to do with politics or with Mr. Pawar who just
    happens to be the mentor of Lavasa project.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You are possibly right. Each one of us can draw or not draw conclusions from the report.

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  • Anonymous

    A Must read.
    —————-

    Who’s afraid of Salman Rushdie? Imran Khan a punny politician?

    Nadeem Paracha

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/12335838.cms

    Excerpts

    Recently, Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan boycotted an annual event in India in which controversial author Salman Rushdie was also invited to attend. As a Pakistani and a Muslim I can entirely understand Khan’s stand in this respect, both as a matter of principle as well as a political move.

    ———–

    What gets missed in the recalling of the whole Khomeini vs. Rushdie episode is the fact that the Iranian regime was desperately looking for high-profile distractions that it could offer to its subjects squirming from the economic and political (as well as the psychological) affects of its prlonged war with Iraq.

    ————

    Of course, one just cannot expect a man like Imran Khan to even bother considering to look at this particular aspect of history from the lens of a detached political observer. He’s a reactionary.

    I also seriously doubt he’s even read Rushdie’s book which, ironically, is one of his weakest works. I read it and disliked it. It just doesn’t have the satirical punch and power Rushdie’s other books are known for, especially Midnight’s Children.

    But was I offended by Verses as a Muslim? That was a question for me (and me alone) to answer; I didn’t have to be told by a bigoted spiritual leader of a murderous regime about what constitutes blasphemy in my faith and what should be done to those who supposedly commit blasphemy.

    —————-

    And here is where I would like to put Imran as well. A fantastic sportsman, a passionate philanthropist, but a puny politician and man of faith. For more than 15 years this man has been hogging television screens, mouthing loud big nothings about how terrible Pakistani politicians are and how he has this magic formula to eradicate corruption. A fool fooling the foolish.

    ———

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    People like Nadeem Pracha are last few left in in Pakistan. Very soon
    this country will be entirely taken over by taliban type of people.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,
    There are many like Nadeem Pracha in Pakistan especially Najam Sethi, Hassan Nisar, Raza Rumi, Marvi Sirmed..The unfortunate part is that India lack UNBIASED political commentators like the one I mentioned above.

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  • Anonymous

    Citizen scientist

    Suprio Das quit his well paying engineering job to work on low-cost technologies for the poor in West Bengal. His inventions are not about rocket science, but routine needs of the people.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Kolkata/Citizen-scientist/Article1-828939.aspx

    Last year, during a lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, scientist Suprio Das was asked what drew him to invent low-cost technologies for the poor. Das’s answer was typical — find out what sucks and then fix it.

    ———–

    His first project, a wheel-***-pulley attached with a mobile battery charger charged the cellphones of Sunderbans residents without any electricity when the cyclone Aila struck in 2009. In 2006, he devised a unique battery, the Firefly, fitted on the wheels of a cycle-rickshaw that could be charged with a few hours of pedalling. The charged battery, when attached to a LED light, could illuminate a room. “Six hours of light with four hours of pedalling,” summed up Das, with some pride.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Such people deserve all the respect we can give and more exposure than they get.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I liked his answer (a classic one, if there was one).

    Find out what sucks and then fix it.

    Fantastica.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Suprio Das for Railway Minister, anyone?? The fare structure sucks…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    “Six hours of light with four hours of pedalling,” Superb. You get electricity at
    almost negligible price and your health also improves.
    I have huge respect for such people. Let this tribe grow.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    But will he get a PAISA in govt grant , NO , rather spend that money on buying BMW’s for govt ministers.
    Not even a padmashree , wait for saif ali khan to get padmabhushan and aamir khan bharat ratna.
    Where I live in kent there are shops run by sardarjis.and there are sardars and other south asians in plumbing and building jobs.
    MOST OF THEM DEMAND PAYMENT IN CASH
    Not a single BRITISH guy I have met like gardner or whatever WHO HAS INSISTED ON CASH. You can give cash or cheque and they wil give you receipt.
    Now there is reason . India has been colonised for close to 1000yrs.
    Here the christian faith does not talk about MAYA or whatever malaki , but simple things , LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR(which Queen in her golden jubilee celebration speech put first on the order of things), Do not steal etc
    Gopi as much enamoured with sanskrit texts will bear me out about CHRISTIAN BASIC SIMPLE TENETS.
    Thus 90% of the CROOKS are asian , and in UK asians are generally perceived to without MORAL FIBRE and prone to dishonesty
    Let the abuse begin(with acknowledgement to Ravi , for borrowing his lines)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    Diwali pasta.. Yes you are right that he and people like him do get
    any grant from government. Sad but true. It is their sheer dedication which has made them what they are .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    Baisakhi Spaghatti. I am surprised that you are now advocating what
    is written in bible.

    This love thy neighbour and do not steal is
    taught by us to our children. It is another matter that some people do not follow this. Queen still feels that the people there needs reminder
    of this basic stuff. When will she understand that she is addressing
    to adults ? Or she knows that people of England have not really
    grown up.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    When 50% of the population dont go to school , the talk of teaching them basic moral codes is a bit rich.
    In UK , kids are TAUGHT by taking them to the crossings , as to how to cross the roads, similarly there is compulsory RELIGIOUS STUDIES which teaches about ALL RELIGION.
    BOTTOM LINE IS PATRIOTISM .
    There are exceptions, then again
    EXCEPTIONS PROVE THE RULE

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    Onam lasagna.. The problem is that in India all the religions can be taught except
    Hinduism. All hell will break loose if any one even suggests teaching Hinduism.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Nirad Babu,

    enough of your “gora ***-lckg.”.

    For all her “speech” about loving thy neighbour and also about not stealing, the queen’s worthy ancestors stole the whole country of India from its rightful owners. They ruled us for 150 years though they had no right to even a paisa of our wealth.

    Still, they looted and plundered and even killed 10 million people in Bengal by following scorched earth policy.

    Therefore, I will advise ALL ASIANS, PARTICULARLY INDIANS TO TAKE PAYMENTS ONLY IN CASH, NOT TO GIVE ANY RECEIPT FOR WHAT IS BY RIGHT THEIRS TO RECEIVE.

    And I would advice you, too, Shaan Nirad Babu, get rid of your slavishness and holier-than-rest-of-Indians attitude.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Konkan lootera ex bank manager , your lines
    “Still, they looted and plundered and”
    YOU ARE KEEPING THAT TRADITION ALIVE
    First by looting hapless bank customers , by not releasing their loans without a cut , and now paying a pittance to your garment factory workers , and no anual leave , no health care benefits , your exploitation is probably worse than what goras could ever muster

    Anonymous Reply:

    will all these “crimes” of mine ever match the shenanigans of ZShan babu, who “mistreats patients and when they die he screams, :euthanesia! euthanesia!”

    Reminds me of Archaemedis’ “eureka!”

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    Not sure whether he has requested for any funds from any quarter. He probably makes enough from his inventions and is not complaining.

    Perhaps some industrial houses may be get interested (after reading this) or may have already in going commercial with his inventions and he would earn enough from the royalties. A pure commercial relationship between the inventor and the manufacturer.

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  • Anonymous

    Shenoy
    &

    Sanjay— since you accused me of being unwavering in my support for opur soldiers and our effort to fight terrorism

    The earth also almost takes circles around the sun. And it circles around its own axis.

    I think we should all take circles around our principles– even if others mock us.

    A resolute man would always circulate around his core agenda of India first!! India first!! India first !!

    and my paisa and profit and position second ! Second ! Second !!

    Come let us all take circles around this agenda !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    you are right, of course. If we keep our country as the centre and the core of our very existence, we will necessarily circle it as many times as we need to, in order that the looting is at least brought to the notice of the aam aadmi, who unfortunately, far from circling, is in deep slumber.

    Sanjay Dhawan urf Vinod Sharma is a small example of the aam aadmi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    …”Sanjay— since you accused me of being unwavering in my support for opur soldiers…”

    -

    Wow! You create a pedestal for yourself, firmly place your self on the pedestal and then shower flower on yourself !

    Height of self-indulgence ! Some compulsive disorder !

    Even the word “Brazen” will fall short of the expression !!

    Then you have a man to “fan the tandoor” !

    [ You know how it's done with the tandoor, I guess . The fan is placed near the bottom opening or the south-end. Now you can describe it in rustic punjabi.]

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thx Sanjay

    When you said that I move around in circles when it come to admonishing Digvinashji for his love of LeT and admonishing him for lauding the terrorists of Batla house I take it as a compliment.

    I would never let a momentary temptation of coming in somebody’s good books or getting a personal financial reward, change my tune on how we need to punish terrorists or how India has been made soft state by people who throw muck on our soldiers’ bravery in an effort to divide communites along religious lines for votes.

    For me unless Rahulji apologises the nation or at least kicks Digvinashji out of his team and also either acknowldeges that the dead of Batla house were terrorists, if not, punishes the Delhi government, would redeem my view of him and his bandmasters.

    If patriotism is the last resort of the scoundrel… I would rather be a scoundrel than a coward.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    When you debate on any topic either say that you are not convinced and extend the debate or accept that the issue is resolved for any further debate.

    Don’t repeat the same stuff all over again after few days.

    Don’t do more of the same thing for the heck of it.

    You are a brilliant engineer with an MTech from IIT. We expect some natural rationality in your debate.

    I am sure you will find it intellectually stimulating to talk about new issues or bring in new angles to the old issues.

    That will be worth your talent. Put a price on your talent.

    And it will make our time worthwhile and our visit so compelling !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay Sir,

    why do you expect others to “debate” in a way which has your approval?

    Every blogger is entitled to have his say in his own way, niceties be damned.

    You can always censor inconvenient posts, can’t you?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,
    This guy is basically a top class cheat. Don’t expect this SOB to be honest.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Clunky lad ! You definitely had problem with your education !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Old ****!!! You not only had problem with Babu education but also upbringing. You turned up as cheat..no amount of education can change that.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Only education!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Look who is talking..the man who accepts college dropout as his savior, condones corruption and has sympathy for terrorists..

    and now is henchmen of cheat Dhawan..

    probelm hi problem..right from education to everything.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Let Vijay say that. He is intelligent enough to decipher my comment. I would love him raise the bar.

    Stop fanning the tandoor.

  • Anonymous

    While media is talking about some MLA’s watching porn, our country has been
    looted again figure is something like 10.7 lakhs crores. Is it bigger than 2G?
    My head is spinning by just reading these mind boggling numbers. I was not aware
    that India was so rich.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-lost-Rs-10-7-lakh-crore-by-not-auctioning-coal-blocks-CAG/articleshow/12360183.cms

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    Absolutely miondboggling.

    There is a graduation in loot

    70,000 crores

    176000 crores

    10700000 cores

    Wah re Congress !!

    CAN anybody find the Highest common factor or lowest common multiple of these numbers !!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There are in fact two common denominators: Kapil Sibal and Mani Shankar Aiyar.

    But CAG has again proved that when it comes to corruption, the congress is laaaaaaaajawaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaab!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    this latest coal scam is 5 Kapil Sibal times bigger than 2G
    And 1000 MSA times bigger than CWG.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Anybody here who has participated in big Govt. tender in the past?

    I want certain opinion from people who have either got / lost large Govt. tender(s) in competitive tendering situation. I want the person to help our bloggers here understand the process, timeline of a typical large Govt. tender process irrespective of the parties ( UPA / NDA ) leading the Govt.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    CAG has accepted that this was a mistake on their part. Let CAG come up with full clarification.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Report on coal block loss ‘exceedingly misleading’: CAG

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Report-on-coal-block-loss-exceedingly-misleading-CAG/Article1-829217.aspx

    The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said that the media reports quoting an audit report of a loss of Rs 10.76 lakh crore by not auctioning coal blocks did “not even constitute our pre-final draft and are exceedingly misleading”.

    ———–

    1) One can rubbish this news report and believe the earlier one only.

    2) Leave the above aside for the moment. Let us assume that the presumptive loss is to the tune of 10.7 lac crores to the Government. Therefore the Companies did pay the amount (60% plus by the public sector undertakings) involved.

    Coal is primarily used in power generation. If indeed the Companies had shelled out the amount being quoted. via the auction route, they (not being charitable organisations) would recover the money from the consumers, who would then end up paying Rs 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 or higher per unit of electricity. A huge portion of the money (10.7 lac crores) collected would then have been used to subsidize (with all the attendant corruption and leakages) the electricity tariffs, so that Mamata does not go more bonkers to set the Hooghly on fire.

    3) Does one really think that these Companies (60% plus would be the share of the PSUs), who got the mining rights have this type of money U$ 220 billion lying around just to acquire mining rights? If not, would the Indian banks have spared 60% of the amount (US$ 130 billion) with US$ 110 billion to spared by the Companies?

    The total lending by Indian Banks in 2009 was Rs 30 lac crores.

    Any answers?

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  • Anonymous

    Compromise or it was just a drama from the beginning itself.

    “” Mukul Roy said fares for first and second class passengers in AC carriages would still go up, but there would be no increase for other classes of travel “”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I believe they are mistaken if they think they will retain the votes or increaase their voting share..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    very very short sighted. Seems we are ifor that period of anarchy just before the emergency. Khuli loot….. no law… no stomach to take steps which can be unpopular.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mamata Bannerjee is preparing for the 2014 general and 2016 assembly elections, using one of the national economic assets – the Railways. A very ‘farsighted’ leader, if one may say so. ;-)

    Watch out now, the Railways will be asked to spend money to paint all stations in and around Calcutta blue (that is ‘poriborton’ for you) and all will be hunky-dory, with all the Calcutta walaas living happily ever after.

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  • Anonymous

    engrich,

    now, will you please translate in Hindi this arabic?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    He is simply chanting. Brahmins, zionists, brahmins, zionists, Brahmins, zionists.

    Osama Osama Osama .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Bhaiyaa both u guys are incomparable !

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  • Anonymous

    Why are Gopi, Shenoy and Mohan suddenly blowing hot against Tehleka ?
    Was there any news? Have I missed something ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay

    I was always against Tehelka; I am old enough to remember their monkey business on an honourable Indian George Fernandes, and their perennial sucking

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A man does not stay honourable if he openly encourages his associates to use his resources / premises for corrupt practices.

    In spite of his eccentricities, I always had respect for him. It is said that he was one of those rare politicians who would wash his own clothes everyday. But he was very much aware how Jaitley was raising money. Besides, he has backstabbed many.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    All through Morarji desai’s public life, he was hounded by magazines like Blitz (the precursor to Tehelka) alleging corruption by his son, Kanti Desai, as he was staying in Morarji’s house and working as his secretary.

    Not a shred of evidence was ever produced.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Tehelka and Karanjia’s Blitz are not in the same class. Not even targetted to the similar audience.

    Anonymous Reply:

    that is because those days editors had dignity, self respect and professional integrity. They also had opponents in politics who had towering personalities and with clean images and considerable record of public service.

    Morarji Desai not once flinched, never responded, whereas, he filed a defamation case against the American editor who called him a CIA mole.

    And nobody can go below the level of Tehelka in servility, witch hunting and character assassination.

    AshishC Reply:

    Sanjay,
    what was the George Fernandes connection to CDOT? I think I missed it totally.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Without going into much details… he had promised the delegation from CDOT that he would make sure NDA treated CDOT issues with all fairness. But he did nothing when NDA was witch-hunting CDOT.

    AshishC Reply:

    Thanks.. I did not know.
    My impression of George Fernandes was that he did not much know about technology. So, it is conceivable that he did not understand enough to help – one way or the other.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Actually it was nothing technical. It was all political. CDOT was too closely identified with Rajiv and Sam Pitoda. So it was sidelined during NDA rule.

    AshishC Reply:

    I used to be a frequent visitor to CDOT in Akbar Bhawan- mid to late eighties. CDOT lost its soul when they had to merge with TEC and absorb all the ITS guys.
    IMO, and not trying to refute anything you said, CDOT was already a shadow of its former self by the time the NDA was in power. But, I really do not know and the fernandes angle was news.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay & Gopi

    Many years ago, I had met an IAS officer who was Secretary, Ministry of Industries under George Fernandes during the Janta Party regime (1977-198). he was all praise for the Minister for his efficiency in discharge of his duties.

    Gopi,
    Please do not shoot the messenger (Tehelka in this case). We all saw what Jaya Jaitely was up to in that sting operation.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I maintain tehelka cannot be even used to wipe off the as..
    It has nothing to do with the message or mesenger.

    A land that produced Yajnavalka, Agasthya , Shankara, Rig Veda also produces Tejpal and Tehlka. It is a law of the nature!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Suit yourself. I have no (T)issues with it.

    Anonymous Reply:

    The question is why Tehelka has never done any sting operation exposing Congress Ministers? They had ample opportunities in CWG, 2G and other scams.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev, here is why Tehelka doesn’t do any sting on congress and its leaders:

    Tehelka is funded by the Congress. Tarun Tejpal’s father is a Punjab Congress State Committee member.

    Isn’t it true that Tejpal’s father was a close associate of Arjun Singh?

    Isn’t it true that Tejpal and his father were close to Singh when he was Governor of Punjab?

    Isn’s it true that Tejpal used to look after the publicity department of Tewari Congress of which Arjun Singh was the president?

    Isn’t it true that Manoj Prabhakar agreed to contest Lok Sabha election from South Delhi in the mid-nineties at the instance of Tarun Tejpal?

    The latter also used Prabhakar as a weapon to target Indian cricket, though in the end Prabhakar was also found guilty.

    Isn’t it true that Tejpal was used by Arjun Singh to launch a campaign against Narsimha Rao?

    Isn’t tehelka reporter Mathew Samuel a close associate of Tom Vadakkan, in-charge of the Congress media cell?

    Why didn’t Tehelka investigate any scam related to congress or at least 1984 riots or Godhra train fire? (remember the “sting” on Babu Bhajrangi?)

    Anonymous Reply:

    very appropriate. Difference between COngress propogands is that it does emply a lot of females and the propoganda is in english.

    Unfortunately a girl speaking English makes all lies believable in India.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am serioous… but then only a shrewd media watcher would understand this…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay Sir,

    nobody can miss anything by miissing something about Tehelka.

    You have to just lift the phone and talk to Tarun Tejpal. You will get all the juicy exploits about the BJP, JDU, CPM etc. But please don’t ask about congress party.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There must have been something. How else sensible people like you, Gopi and Mohan suddenly started abusing Tehelka. No issue with that. I was just wanting to know the context.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Dhawan is basically a corrupt man who was chucked out of BJP.

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  • Anonymous

    Har cheez mein baat kaa batangaD banaayaa jaa rahaa hai.

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  • Anonymous

    Shenoy/Ashish,
    1. It is simply wrong to defend BJP leaders’ PORN addiction by pointing out alleged sexual harrassment by Congresssmen or ND Tiwari sleeping with women. Both are wrong but BJP always talks about ‘CHAAL-CHARITRA-CHEHERA’ so it is cornered in tight spot by media and rightly so.
    2. Watching porn in public space/office is illegal. I don’t think watching porn is illegal but it should be done in private space and time.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev,

    as is now a common feature of this very democratic blog, my response to your post got promptly censored.

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  • Anonymous

    Where is PAANCHAALI (ravi) of Paanch pandavas (Prahlad, Prabhat, Sanjay Dhawan, engrich, Manohar_T)?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Rajeev

    I have news that Ravi is undergoing penence in Tora Bora. I hope and pray that he comes out a better man. We will soon know.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    and the ends of his walrus moustaches have reached his navel!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I know he has to penance 5000 times…= 14 years…

    Anonymous Reply:

    You can replace him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shikhandi ko Mirchi lagi..

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  • Anonymous

    Vijay,
    You want to see Ravi in action. Please go to outlook’s rant and raves section and follow guy named ‘ANWAAR’. He too gave same ‘1984 Closure’ logic around the same time as Ravi. After reading ANWAAR, you can make your own conclusion on true identity of Ravi. According to Shan, ‘RAVI from New York’ praised him but we all know Ravi is based in London, UK. This ANWAAR guy is member of CAIR.

    http://www.outlookindia.com/letters.aspx?0-1-Web

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    ~~~ THE UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE OF A GOVERNMENT TENDER ~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    Sanjay had mentioned government tenders. I am tempted to talk about an experience which gives insight into why NRHM officials are being murdered and why infrastructure inside the country is in shambles.

    Doing a job with a fairly large engineering concern saw me scurrying around a few places, hunting for work for the company and attending tender meetings. One such was that for cleanup of a canal in a state not know to be at the edge of 21st century.

    We were supposed to meet the Minister in a hotel. Before the meeting the senior engineer sized me and my two collegues– including a rather dishy girl from Delhi, who made it a point to attend all these meeting in an executive suit and tie.

    The state engineer took me aside and this is what briefly emerged. And honestly someday I would love to make a film on this !!!

    a) The total work would be for 64 crores ( remember that figure ? !!)

    b) 25%, that is 16 crores were to be paid to the MInister. 8 crores now and 8 crores on award of tender

    c) another 20% were to be paid to the department during the course of work as kickbacks !

    d) We were supposed to do work of about 10 crores and keep the rest as profit !!

    “ACTUALLY RAINS WILL WIPE OUT ALL THE WORK ANYWAY… you just need to create video graphed evidence that your cranes, dredging machines and trucks worked for 3 months…. before the onset of rains….. !!! ” The officer told us.

    There was no way my employer and company would have done anything of this sort. SO I thanked the officer, and refused to submit the tender…

    “Madam mind toh nahi karengi… agar mein unka handshake kar loon?” The state officer asked.

    “Go ahead , ” I sighed, “aapka toh kuch faida ho gaya….”

    And then we left the hotel.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Trust me, it’s almost there in every state / department. Even the MCD engineers behave no less when they drop by for a courtesy drink in the evening. The language sounds familiar.

    But I was requesting people to share the experience how long a typical big volume tendering process take India.

    A typical scene in Coal India, Ranchi – people rarely turn up after the lunch, if they at all do it would be barely for few minutes before the office closes. That’s for a tea break ! I have not talked about the morning scene yet !

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  • Anonymous

    Pakistani liberals have succeeded in getting local Lahore authorities to rename Shadman Chowk as BHAGAT SINGH CHOWK. This chowk is on (or about) the same sport where Bhagat Singh-Sukhdev-Rajguru attained martyrdom.
    This is an old article on same topic but gives a very interesting historical event connected to this chowk.

    https://lahorenama.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/shaheed-bhagat-singh-chowk-by-haroon-khalid/#more-2312

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @RajeevS , watched BOL. Outstanding film , SHOULD BE A MUST FOR ENGRICH.

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  • Anonymous

    SHAN AND SHWETALINGAM OBSESSION
    ———————————————————————
    Yes, with ravi downn a manhole in Tora Bora only one idiot left- cingulate white licker shan. Says gora christians best morally and indians bad- does he type these lines face down in bed as a gora mounts him from behind?

    Let blogers consider facts-
    - no of prisoners is highest in Pak, afo-caribean and gora community. Indians hindus and jains have LOWEST
    - GORAS FROM SHANs uk attacked chinese emperor when he tried to stop opium ingestion in his country. Goras grew opium in India and shipped it forcibly into China under cannon gunfire- famous OPIUM WARS
    - last night there was documentary in BBC by Jeremy Paxman called Empire. It said goras took slaves into caribbean and had competitions about who would rape maximum. Won by a chap called Parsons who raped 3000 black girls on his sugar plantation over 15 years

    stinking repulsive white cockk licker dr shan of cingulate mental asylum

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    Anonymous Reply:

    your biradri sucked up to those GORAS and GAVE THEIR LIFE to LIBERATE THE GORAS TAKEN HOSTAGE IN LUCKNOW DURING THE SEPOY , THUS BREAKING THE SEIGE.
    That led to the retribution by the GORAS.
    Also your biradri lend itself as His MAJESTY’S CANNON FODDER during the ww2 , and was rewarded by allowing 5000 of your biradri settle in CANADA circa 1943.
    Goras may have done vile things , BUT NEVER GADDARI TO THEIR OWN PRIME MINISTER AND COUNTRY

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    Anonymous Reply:

    very sad

    This was really rape. I hope our rape brigade sits outside the British parliament to protest.

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  • Anonymous

    Pak lawmaker suggests selling alcohol openly

    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Pak-lawmaker-suggests-selling-alcohol-openly/927033/

    A Pakistani legislator caused consternation among his colleagues when he suggested in the Sindh Assembly that alcohol should be as easily available as soft drinks in a country whose majority Muslim population is barred from drinking liquor.

    Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, a leader of the Pakistan People’s Party that is power at the centre and in Sindh, made the suggestion while Excise Minister Mukesh Chawla was answering questions

    ————

    Read on.

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  • Anonymous

    19 MPs kill a Budget

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/19-mps-kill-a-budget/927145/0

    Finally, despite reports that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee would address the debate on the rail budget, it was Roy who was allowed to announce the roll back, put on hold the independent tariff regulatory authority proposed by Trivedi to de-link railway fares from politics, and scrap the expansion of the railway board.

    For the record, therefore, the PM has allowed himself and his cabinet to suffer a gigantic insult and damage at the hands of an ally that has torpedoed, relentlessly, every major policy initiative. The Congress has also failed so far to work out an alternative with the SP or the BSP to bypass the TMC’s blackmailing and bullying. Given its deep coalition crisis and policy paralysis, does UPA 2 propose to pass the remainder of its term put upon by every despotic demand without a rudimentary political will to do what it knows is necessary? Maybe, Mamata Banerjee has an answer.

    ————–

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well, whoever wants to form a coalition after 2014 lok sabha better look for reliable partners.
    As no single party wwill form a majority in decades to come, and coalition inherently is a national survival threat; may be it is time to discuss presidential system or some other fool proof systems that fits Indian ways. What we witness , whether Mamta /UPA issue, or issue like BYS even within a single party etc are not conducive to create a shining india.. with disarray, our notoriously corrupt IAS/IPS will steal more..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    See my response to Mahesh also.

    The two main parties will (and should) be wary of parties like the DMK and TMC, though the others are not going to be any less ruthless. Mulayam, Mayawati and Jayalalitha will extract their pound of flesh, the only redeeming feature may be that they will not publicly humiliate and insult coalition partners. Mamta is one of kind.

    I am only hoping, but would not bet on it though, that the voters having seen the shenanigans of these one-agenda small parties for the lat 12 years or, may decide to vote for the larger parties for stability and avoid policy paralysis. We, as voters, have always risen to the occasion to show parties/politicians as to where they belong. The most telling example was Indira Gandhi and her party in 1977, as you know, she even lost to Raj Narayan, a bumpkin in comparison if one may say so.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,
    Co-alition politics demands , and justifiably so, some level of agreement between partners on policy decisions. No matter how informally the process is followed by the co-alition partners. My sense is somewhere during Rail budget episode this contract was violated. More likely wilfully – from the Congress side. Nowhere did we see any hints at formal or informal sign-off on Rail budget between TMC and Congress during the whole episode. What apparently emerges now is – Congress has finally blinked.
    We can all argue – based on Mamta Di’s demeanor – about TMC chief’s immaturity, but that would be shying away from the core issue of contractual violation.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh

    Partly agree. However, some of the smaller parties do not seem know the meaning of the wider consensus and busy ramming only in furthering their own parochial / one point agenda and it does not pay. DMK – have already paid the price and are down in the dumps. TMC will also follow sooner or later.

    Wishing you and others a delightful ‘Gudi Padwa’.

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  • Anonymous

    Shenoy,
    A small personal comment. Your getting graphical about the bowel movements reflects on you and not on me.
    Beyond that – as I said – keep spitting at the sky.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    I am aghast that my bowel movement keeps coming out of your mouth since yesterday. Spit it out and as your fellow congressi troll may like to tell you, “mahesh, take a walk”.

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  • Anonymous

    Clunky lad ! Told you before – you definitely had problem with your education.

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  • Anonymous

    Let Vijay say that. He is intelligent enough to decipher my comment. I would love him raise the bar.

    Stop fanning the tandoor.

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  • Anonymous

    Dhawan is so busy that he has time to delete posts that bothe him. What a rut!!!

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  • Anonymous

    @ManoharT, something that may not make you happy and sink Ashish into deep depression
    KOLKATA, 21 MARCH: The state government has proposed to follow the public-private partnership (PPP) model to set up mental hospitals in the draft on the state mental health policy.
    However, it is silent on the existing ones whose condition is deteriorating fast. The first meeting of the newly-constituted state mental health authority was held on 27 December last year. The principal secretary (health), Mr Sanjay Mitra, is the convener. The special secretary ( mental health), director of health services and superintendent of Pavlov hospital are the members of the authority. There are three non-official members, which included a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist and psychiatric social worker.
    It has been proposed that the state government will provide the infrastructure for 100-bed mental hospitals while the private partner will have to look after its maintenance, including payment of salary to doctors, para medical staff and health workers. The state government will provide an amount for each patient who would be admitted to the hospital.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,
    Movie Recommendation ….
    “In the loop” is just fantastic.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Many many thanks , will watch it , well will download it and watch it.
    A similar film is GHOST by Roman polanski , also involving Tony blair and the lies about Iraq war.
    Watched PAPILLON in Blue Ray, reminded me what my granddad said about the scenario if French had colonised india defeating the british. According to the old man , they would have made a boti kebab of gandhi . I am sure you have the watched the film , if not then it one thing that no film lover can afford to miss

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    AshishC Reply:

    Shan, while I am sorry that Mamata needs help, I salute her for recognising that she does need help. I will happily contribute in setting these hospitals.

    Pavlov is a very appropriate name for a mental hospital that will soon house the TMC cabinet. Witness how they are conditioned to blame CPM’s “Chakranto” for every thing plaguing their state and image.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pavlov… well maybe the right name for the TMC…

    It is all about conditioned reflex you see !

    I hope they have a tree lined avenue outside the hospital and maybe … all the dogs would display their reflexes..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish

    ‘a mental hospital that will soon house the TMC cabinet’.

    You are right. Anyone in his right mind by now would have quit the cabinet and the party. Dinesh Trivedi and Kabir Suman (though not ministers) have already started extricating themselves out of her clutches. I believe there are one or two more MPs, who are planning an escape too. The Group needs 7 MPs in total to engineer an split and not attract the provisions of Anti-defection Act.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I believe there were some issues with PPP in case of toll. People refused to pay. If this gets a little more prominence then this PPP model could be in danger all over India.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    Perhaps now she has realised that arrogance, unilateralism, hysteria and publicly humiliating others does not fetch dividends and no showers of money. One has to earn and command respect and not demand it. I am only hoping and would not bet one paisa at the moment. She has already wasted 10 months of the mandate for that real poriborton.

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  • Anonymous

    B-day for Poschimbongo
    ===================

    West Bengal budget: Amit Mitra under pressure to mobilise resources without taxing public

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/west-bengal-budget-amit-mitra-under-pressure-to-mobilise-resources-without-taxing-public/articleshow/12375501.cms

    Fridays may bode danger even if its not the 13th. On Friday the 23rd, Amit Mitra risks a lot as he rises in the assembly to present his maiden state budget for West Bengal .

    If the Dinesh Trivedi incident is any indication, he would by now have banished all thoughts of taxing what chief Mamata Banerjee frequently refers to as Ma, Maati, Manush – the all-inclusive formula for either getting votes or arm-twisting Manmohan Singh. The other great headache for Mitra is that no amount of pressure tactics has made the Centre open up its purse strings for Mamata’s impoverished state.

    ———–

    Read on.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ManoharT , Note the sentence
    economic problems of West Bengal are so many and so intense
    ALSO NOTE THESE PROBLEMS DID NOT APPEAR OUT OF THIN AIR IN LAST NINE MONTHS, THERE WAS A PRECEEDING 35 YRS OF PLAGUE

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    What she inherited was there for her and for the rest to see (as you rightly say 35 years of plague) , still she chose to take up the fight to replace the leftists (and she did).

    Having known what she was getting into, there is no justification for her hysterical ‘performance’ the world has been subjected to for the last 10 months (can we call it a torture?) Any sane person knows that it is going to be a very slow and extremely painful process to repair the comrades-induced damage, but instead of setting on to do so, she has made the atmosphere worse that no one is coming forward to assist her administration to rebuild the state.

    What did she think? Arrogance, hysteria, blame-game and publicly humiliating others would see ‘poritborton’ in Bengal. What a waste of 10 months and God alone knows how many more months will be wasted till such time some sense gets drilled into.

    Someone should tell her that there is no such thing as free lunch, nor a cheap lunch. Better start working one’s butt off in right earnest first thing in the early morning then hope to get lunch on credit by midday (one has still to pay), so that creditor is reasonably sure of getting his money back before sunset.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Newspaper clippings are no way to judge a place. You need to visit the place and ask the people living in that place.
    THERE HAS BEEN A SEA CHANGE

  • Anonymous

    @ Sanjay

    C’mon…. you did not have to edit out your comments just becsue you felt that somebody can construe them to be anti-Congress!

    Lunch with Congress does not mean surrendering the right to your own free mind..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I guess you are referring to my reply to Mahesh. I posted that early morning and now after few hours i do not find it on the site. Perhaps the moderator found it to be extremely abusive.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Sanjay

    A lot of people think that VC SHukla could never have faced the cnesor’s scissors in the emergency. :)

    And before u react think this to be rustic Punjabi humour…

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  • Anonymous

    @ Mahesh

    I posted a bit longish reply to your queries early morning. Looks like they ( including a copy as reply to your original post ) have been deleted by the moderator. I do not find it on the site after few hours. I am not sure if I have the patience to write it all over again. If i find a copy of that ( on a different machine ) I will try to repost.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay

    Check your own disqus dashboad. Just above the Add new comment on the RHS, click Dashboard from drop-down menu under DISQUS.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I did. There is no reference to that post.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is nothing on my disqus too. But never mind, always willing for a good civilised debate whenever possible.

    Anonymous Reply:

    you can ask the moderator why this “apnon ke ooper hi zulm”.

    Why did the moderator allow your post to remain on the blog for a few hours, when some of my posts have been repeatedly censored the moment they are posted.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Not sure, whether stayed for few hours. I checked few hours after posting.

    If it happens immediately, then it must be a technical error. But if happens after some time, then it must be deliberate moderation.

    Just a guess.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,
    Sure. Whenever possible again.

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  • Anonymous

    Papu was asked to explain sex without using any offensive word.
    This is how he explained.

    It is an entry of Poland into Holland in between Thailand when both
    Man and woman are in Nagaland.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    What is the name of Papu’s school? ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Obscene for you, okay for us

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/obscene-for-you-okay-for-us/927149/0

    Watching porn in the assembly seems to be the latest occupational hazard of BJP legislators, whether in Gujarat or Karnataka, and this could explain the extraordinary clarity on finer legal points displayed by former BJP minister in Karnataka, Laxman Savadi. He claimed, quite correctly, that his act of watching an obscene video on someone else’s phone was not illegal. As recently reiterated by the Bombay high court, possession of pornography is not illegal and only distribution and sale is a criminal offence. There is a thin line dividing possession from distribution, between watching a video on your mobile phone and showing it to two other people, but for the sake of our tenuous collective freedoms, it is an important distinction that we must remind ourselves about.

    ——–

    What is appalling here is the hypocrisy of the BJP governments that would like to forget that it was their legislators who were caught watching porn, while they continue to speak about declining moral standards. The moral policing by the right wing on sexuality, culture and religion has increased to an alarming extent. In Karnataka, women have been assaulted for their attire, inter-religious couples targeted and churches attacked in the last two years.

    ————

    The larger paradox here is, whatever turn public debate takes now, the anti-pornography position will still be upheld by the BJP, even though they were the ones repeatedly caught with porn in their hands, while the pro-pornography position would be safeguarded by those who are liberal and anti-censorship.

    — caught with porn in their hands. Brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Shan,
    This would interest you.

    Doctors find clue in quest to predict heart attack.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/world/usa/doctors-find-clue-in-quest-to-predict-heart-attack-1.998660

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks, Not sure how much that test will help, for there is already a neraly 100% sensitive blood test available, it is called TroponinT test
    http://www.theheart.org/article/1277167.do
    More fascinating is the latest theory making rounds that this heart attack or the disease of blood vessels leading to heart attack may have nothing to do with fatty food and cholesterol.The may be well down the chain of events , what is proposed and it is revolutionary , that it is some kind of inflamation that starts off the whole process.
    We live in hope for the advancement in knowledge in that area

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    Very interesting that fatty food and cholesterol has nothing to do with heart attack.
    If this is proved correct than we may see a complete change in people’s life style.
    I know of this Tropnin test. My partner’s ECG test was negative but Tropnin test
    confirmed that he had had a mild heart attack. He had to go through angioplasty
    after few days.

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    ~~~ WHY some PEOPLE TURN UP LATE AT OFFICES ~~~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————–

    @ Mohan

    This is a gem which I heard in a government office and you can add to your reservoir of jokes! But this one actually happened.

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Having turned up at sharp 9.30 at a government office, I was not too surprised to be greeted by an empty hall with even the peons yet to arrive.

    Finally at 10.30, when people actually marched in, I accosted my contact, Tomar, a man with true rustic Haryanvi humour, for having asked me to come early and then himself arriving late.

    “It is has to do with kids, most of office starts late… ” he said sheepishly.

    “Ok,” I said, ” Everyone has to drop the children to bustops or parent teacher meetings..?’

    He again smiled sheepishly and then his eye lit up,”No…No…” He lowered his voice, “With grown up kids around, husband and wife dont get place for entertainment in the evening and night and there are chances of disturbance.”

    As the meaning of his words was sinking in he added the punchline, “and it is only after the kids go to school at 8 in the morning… there is free time for action and fun….”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Very good one.

    I had read somewhere that morning time is the best for this act.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    empty offices can be blamed for this reason !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, Vijay Kumar and all our fun-loving friends,

    here is one that says, “get on with IT”.

    A lawyer married a woman who had previously divorced three husbands.

    On their wedding night, she told her new husband, “Please be gentle, I’m still a virgin.”

    “What?” said the puzzled groom. “How can you be a virgin if you’ve been married three times?”

    “Husband no.1 was a psychologist: all he ever did was talk about it.

    Husband no.2 was a gynecologist: all he did was look at it.

    Husband no.3 was a stamp collector. All he ever did was… God! how I miss him! But now that I’ve married you, I’m really excited!”

    “Good,” said the new husband, “but, why?”

    “You’re a lawyer. This time I know I’m gonna get screwed!”

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gr8 one !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    read? not practiced yet !

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  • Anonymous

    An unfinished legacy
    S Irfan Habib

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/ColumnsOthers/An-unfinished-legacy/Article1-829487.aspx

    On this day in 1931, Bhagat Singh was hanged to death along with two of his comrades for waging war against the colonial State. Singh had been valorised for his martyrdom, and rightly so, but in the ensuing enthusiasm most of us forget, or consciously ignore his contributions as an intellectual and a thinker. He not only sacrificed his life, like many did before him and also after him, but he also had a vision of independent India. During the past few years, it has almost become a routine to appropriate Singh as a nationalist icon, while not much is talked about his nationalist vision. Even Dinesh Trivedi invoked Bhagat Singh while talking about his commitment to the nation over his political party. It sounds good but Singh was not just a patriot, with a passionate commitment to his nation, he was a visionary, with a clear perception of independent India.

    Singh institutionalised his thinking, when he founded the Naujawan Bharat Sabha in 1926 in Lahore, which was also a public platform for the otherwise secret group of revolutionaries. He saw to it that the Sabha remained above religious politics of the times. It is all the more important because the 1920s saw the emergence of the RSS and the Tableeghi Jamaat, leading to intense communal polarisation. But here was a group of young men who were thinking differently. They asked the member before enrolment “to sign a pledge that he would place the interests of his country above those of his community”. Even Lala Lajpat Rai, the pillar of extremist nationalism in India, could not escape from the scathing criticism of the Sabha when he joined hands with the Hindu Mahasabha leaders. Rai was dubbed as a traitor by Kedar Nath Sehgal in a pamphlet – ‘An Appeal to Young Punjab’ – while Lajpat Rai responded by calling Singh a Russian agent who wanted to turn him into a Lenin.

    —-

    A must read.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    One feels so small, so insignificant after reading such glorious stories !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Very interesting. Some people rate Bhagat Singh higher than Mahatma Gandhi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    To each is own. Bhagat Singh was also one of factors that created the atmosphere for the British to realise that their stay in India was not going to last forever. Salute the great soul.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Irfan Habib, the leftist leach, knows well that dead men will not talk; and any garbage can be written, any colour painted, when the dead man does not leave an organization a ka kangress.

    Bhagat Singh is a shining star in our history – a doer who gave his life for the country at the young age of 23.

    One plus year on the run and two years in jail compressed into this young life, to attribute the normal monkey business of secular vision, (secularism was not even in the Indian dictionary at that time) is Irfan going crazy at his old age.

    Bhagat Singh was a revolutionary. He died for the country so a generation of pampered traitors like Irfan can write anything under the protection of the system his death eventually contributed to.

    Bhagat Singh and his young friends gave the ultimate to free the country. He did not have any “secular” vision for the country, for petes sake, he was a little boy.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    you have put it so nicely and with clarity.

    Irfan Habib calls himself an atheist, a Leftist, a leftist historian (what the hell does that mean?) and a rationalist to boot.

    But most of what he writes and has written is from a pre-conceived position that all of India’s problems and difficulties arise from the majority Hindu community. It is from this position hew has written this essay on Bhagat Singh.

    Incidentally, my response earlier to Sir Sanjay was censored. Not that I didn’t expect it, of course.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BVS

    Good point. Unfortunately we do not have historians like in the west, for example, David Mccullough. His book on John Adams, one of the founding fathers of America, is to me an example of what a good history book is. What was the man like, how did he interact with members of the community, what family heirlooms/history has been kept by his descendents, what types of thoughts may have crossed him when he participated in the constitution, etc rather than regurgitating the “documentation” facts which all know.

    I believe as the country’s economy progresses, we also will have historians who do not need the cover of NCERT , Education depts etc.

    Anonymous Reply:

    @Gopi Thomas Indian historians lack SCHOLARSHIP,that may have something to do with general state of the country. Third world country , lack of resources. In west they get HUGE grant , travel all over the world to collect material.
    Though I hear RAM CHANDRA GUHA had received an ADVANCE OF ONE CRORE RUPEES for writing a biography of M K GANDHI.
    Hope it doesn’t turn out to be a hagiography

    AshishC Reply:

    Gopi,
    As I had tried to point out to Ravi some weeks back..
    There are various schools of history writing in India; the prominent ones are Nationalist School and Marxist School. In addition, there are the subalterns (Ranajit Guha) and the Cambridge School- Anil Seal.
    Within the Indian Historian community, the most well known are the Marxists- Thapar, Sarkars, Mukherjees, Habib, Moosvi- they are all Marxists.
    In scholarship, they can hold their own against the best of them, anywhere in the world.
    Mccollough is a type of historian- you may enjoy reading him, but that does not mean that is the only way history is or should be written.

    Anonymous Reply:

    What is the source of your anger in this particular case?

    Habib wrote something nasty about the dead man Bhagat Singh?

    You think Bhagat SIngh was not a visionary. He did not have any vision.He was too young to have a vision for his motherland !

    Is Habib trying to EXTRA-GLORIFY Bhagat Singh ?

    Is 1920 so far away to have a clear picture or a truthful reference point?

    That little boy was the man of his time. Or, of all times ?

    Is secular word is so demeaning to you that you are ready to ruthlessly demolish somebody’s point of view about a revolutionary character like Bhagat Singh ?

    ——
    They asked the member before enrolment “to sign a pledge that he would place the interests of his country above those of his community”.
    —-

    the operative phrase : “sign a pledge ”

    I am sure there would be some historical evidence.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Anger ? All I see is malice borne out of frustration.
    Saffron brigade has been trying for quite some time to “appropriate” Bhagat Singh as a symbol. Unfortunately for them Bhagat Singh happened to be a staunch leftist. Habib’s highlighting this makes it deeply inconvenient and hence the malice borne out of frustration.

    Anonymous Reply:

    They have trying to appropriate a lot many others (who do not belong to their school of thought) to strengthen the extremely thin / non-existent veneer of respectability and acceptability in order to appeal to a wider audience. They ‘bloody’ well have realised that extremism and exclusiveness takes them a few metres and not beyond.

    Anonymous Reply:

    And u think, it is only u and ur corrupt party that owns them. I’d let you live in ur world along with your mates.

    We don’t care about the wider audience. Kutte ki dum kabhi seedhi nahi hoti. We have learnt to accept that.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Et tu, Ishwar using foul language to drive home your point? Let it pass, I will not make a issue out of it.

    My party??????

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Nothing that I have posted is abusive. What I have said is a universal truth. Please don’t take it personally.

    So, like Mr. Vinod Sharma, you also claim that you are a neutral (not sympathetic to Sonia Congress) and the opinions expressed by you here are not biased. You may have a few buyers of this theory, not me.

    I don’t hide my love for the party I support as I am proud of it!!

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am not a peddler or a hawker, so no question of selling anything to even one buyer. You have certain view on me, so be it, it does not bother me and will make no efforts to correct that wrong impression , as I know it would be one waste of time.

    I have no problem if you love your party and ideology, and make a public display of it. You don’t have to say that again though, remember the post (addressed to Engrich), which Vijay hurriedly asked you to edit several blogs back – that was more than enough said then about your inclinations and thinking. As you yourself has noted, nothing escapes my microscopic vision. Have a nice day.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    as usual, your views are muddled.

    There is no need to “appropriate” Bhagat Singh. He is a national hero. And if didn’t know, the saffron brigade loves, respects and honours all national heroes.

    The sad part is that the congress, which has appropriated all honour and glory for “winning” freedom for the country, has forgotten and ignored such great sons of India like Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose. Incidentally both were anti-thetical to the show-the-other-cheek kind of mumbo-jumbo, which Gandhiji preached, even while greatly appreciating Adolf Hitler’s good work in Germany.

    The saffron brigade is only trying to restore the glory to the great heroes, which they richly deserve.

    And compare those heroes with the puny tinpots of today like Digvinash Singh, who do not hesitate to insult our martyrs of 26/11 merely to get some handful of Muslim votes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,
    Saffron brigade has chosen to highlight Bhagat Singh as staging armed resistance against British rulers and just that. Several leaders staged similar armed resistance during the period. And yet there were ideological differences. Bhagat Singh leaned leftwards. Saffron brigade’s not highlighting this aspect amounts to dishonesty and appropriation.
    p.s.: For no reason you chose to bring in 26/11 and Congress when it was really un-necessary. I have let it pass.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Attempts to take away the debate from discomforting discussions is a stale tactic. Too much acidity is injurious to their health, hence ………..

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    “secularism was not even in the Indian dictionary at that time”

    Is the existence of the word in a dictionary essential to the existence of a concept or an idea?

    And what were great souls like Guru Nanak and Sant Kabir (to name just two) telling the world? Was it not secularism or a variation of it?

    ———–

    As Sanjay has rightly wondered – you have been a very angry man lately and have started shooting the messengers more often than not (one does not have to agree with the messenger, but shooting ….).

    PS: I expect flood of abuse to begin (certainly not from you) to my post. Watch this space.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Gopi,
    S Irfan Habib is NOT the Irfan Habib of AMU; a historian for whom I have a lot of respect; leftist or not, he is a true scholar.
    That said, Bhagat Singh may have been very young but he was a very well read man.
    And, I did not find much to object to in what S Irfan Habib wrote either- let’s say he expected his fellow travellers to be seculars (as the word has come to be known today, what is the problem?
    If you think Habib is on shaky grounds, historically, name your sources.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Bhagat Singh is above religion or caste or dirty politics. This is the reason even pakistanis are realising that Bhagat Singh is not only the hero for Indians but for pakistanis as well.

    I come from the city from where Bhagat Singh grew into a revolutionary but the sad part is that local admin. hardly ever gives importance to hsitorical sites asscoaited with Bhagat Singh.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Figure it out– We have thousands of Rajiv Gandhi buildings and roads..

    Forget naming a road after Bhagat Singh, we should at least preserve the site, house, and any other structure connected with him.

    I remember visiting an American historical site years ago… they have these marked places — sometimes to a ridiculous extent (and may not be historically true too) where the park rangers in charge of these structures will recite the history of the place “this is where Lincoln urinated on his way to Gettysburgh” , or this is where xyz wrote a letter to be delivered to yyy….

    May be a country without much history has to create these artifacts and stories — may be our problem is too much history…but that should not be an excuse to preserve what should be preserved.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I do not know about other places and cities. In Bombay, one of the main thoroughfares (perhaps over 3 km long) in the heart of the city has been named as Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg. The only regret is that they chose a road whose name had acquired a iconic status and continues to be referred as Colaba Causeway in daily parlance. Blame the citizens.

    Swami Vivekananda has been honoured by renaming a road (Ghodbunder Road) that runs over 25 kms (starting from Bandra to Dahisar., where it merges with Western Express Highway. Must be record of some sort.

    In fact, many of our other national heroes and icons from other parts of the country too have been thus honoured by the city.

    A partial list

    http://www.mumbai77.com/pages/old-new-street-names-mumbai/

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bhagat singh’s 82nd death anniversary is being commemorated today in WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY presided by Mamata Banerjee.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,
    Most of the revolutionaries came from 4 states, Punjab, U.P., Bengal and Maharashtra (also Bihar).
    The punjabi Jai Gopal and bengali Phonindra Ghosh turned out to be traitors. Jai Gopal was never traced but Phonindra Ghosh was gunned down by revolutionaries from Bihar (Baikunth Shukl).
    Another traitor Hansraj Vohra immigrated to US and later returned to work as journalist for Indian express.

    Anonymous Reply:

    There have been few more bengalee traitors.Maharaj Nandakumar , a bramhin , WHO BETRAYED THE FRENCH BY PASSING ON THE MOVEMENT OF FRENCH IN CHANDENNAGORE, that led to their defeat. for few sovereign coins. The same nandakumar was hanged by british when he accused Lord Curzon of accepting bribe.

  • Anonymous

    All,
    If you ever get chance to visit Ferozepur, Punjab, you should pay visit to Hussainiwala (on indo-pak border) where a memorial was erected in the memory of Bhagat Singh-Sukhdev-Rajguru.
    This is the same place where their bodies were hacked up and unceremoniously cremated. The nearby villagers found the pieces of their bodies & cremated them with honour. It is also said that some of their remains are still in Pakistani punjab.

    Trivia: Father of Khushwant Singh ‘Sardar Shobha Singh’ was a prime witness against Bhagat Singh. The UPA govt. thinks very highly of this traitor.

    http://expressbuzz.com/thesundaystandard/bhagat-singh-vs-sobha-singh/297202.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The same SEX MANIAC SARDAR , said after the operation bluestar ,
    “Sikhs should pay it back with guns”
    It is still there in BBC archive.
    Sikhs broke the seige and recsued the goras from LUCKNOW , thus putting an end to the SEPOY MUTINY.
    The gora retribution was swift and vicious.
    NO WONDER THE SAME ONES INVITE THE QUEEN TO PUNJAB AND AKALI DAL FOLLOWERS SHOUT QUEEN ZINDABAD

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This Sardar pretends to be athiest but keeps his sikh identity.

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  • Anonymous

    It is funny that BJP tries to appropriate ATHIEST Bhagat Singh. The congress will never appropriate him because Congress is all about power at any cost whereas Bhagat Singh stood for genuine change.

    Lastly communists who work in tandem with anti-national forces too can’t appropriate Bhagat Singh.

    It is only honest Indians who can call Bhagat Singh as their own.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @RajeevS, Holy Maccaroni , CONGRESS , WELL THE OLD SOFA(MK GANDHI) CONDEMNED BHAGAT SINGH FOR HIS VIOLENT MEANS.
    Haven’t you seen the film by Raj kumar santoshi , starring Ajay Devgun.
    ONLY SUBHAS BOSE WAS THERE TO COLLECT HIS BODY FROM LAHORE JAIL AFTER HE WAS HANGED

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Netaji SC Bose collected body of Jatin Das not Bhagat Singh. However Bhagat Singh and comrades were defended by Jinnah and then Nehru but were condemned by wily Gandhi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev,

    proving the ever-right and always righteous Chingulate wrong on history, that too about Bengal’s greatest son?

    Toba………Toba……….

  • Anonymous

    Good attempt spin of words. Keep practising with others here in the hope of earning some waah waahs. If that doesn’t work I’m sure your co-swayamsewaks would appreciate your sense of humour.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Was posted to Shenoy – somehow the response thread structure got mangled.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    those words were specially conceived for you. Cannot be and will not be used on others.

    My sense of humour can be appreciated only by those who themselves have sense of humour.

    You have shown by your petulance and hurt that you are NOT one of them.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Interesting . By accusing me of being petulant you have granted yourself the concession of using words in a jest. If you go back to your own posts and re-read them surely the you will realize the intonement was anything but that of jest.

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  • Anonymous

    The contribution of Sukhdev are often ignored but he was the brain behind HSRA. I have read book on him by his brother Mathuradas Thapar and it basically describes a man who worked behind the scenes.

    http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20070513/spectrum/main1.htm

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  • Anonymous

    Happy Gudi Padwa to you too.
    p.s. : Too bad my itchy throat couldn’t allow me dollops of Shrikhand.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Was posted to Manohar – somehow the response thread structure got mangled.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I love shrikhand and tonnes of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Profile of often ignored Rajguru from MNS webite (ironic).

    http://www.manase.org/en/maharashtra.php?mid=68&smid=23&pmid=4&id=930

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  • Anonymous

    Mohan

    As you are very fond of ‘daaru’, here is one that may further cheer you up.

    An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you.
    — Dylan Thomas.

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  • Anonymous

    Manmohan Singh would have retained me even at cost of TMC: Dinesh Trivedi

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Manmohan-Singh-would-have-retained-me-even-at-cost-of-TMC-Dinesh-Trivedi/articleshow/12382401.cms

    Former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi, who was forced to quit over raising fares, today claimed that the Prime Minister would have preferred to retain him in the Cabinet even if it meant losing Trinamool Congress’ support but he resigned to save government from the trouble.

    ———–

    Looks like he is needling Mamata Bannerjee, so that she expels him and he would be a free bird (he will not lose his membership of the Lok Sabha).

    Read on.

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  • Anonymous

    Anna Hazare threatens of a bigger Lokpal movement

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Anna-Hazare-threatens-of-a-bigger-Lokpal-movement/articleshow/12381502.cms

    “Today (Friday), an all-party meeting was convened on the Jan Lokpal bill but no consensus could be reached. If the government does not bring the Jan Lokpal bill by the 2014 election, we will have to organize a big movement,” said the anti-graft activist after the meeting.

    ————

    Big movement? After the fiasco in Bombay and Delhi in December?
    Some people never seem or do not wish to learn.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “Some people never seem or do not wish to learn.”

    They never wish to learn that corrupt people like you outnumber honest Indians.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I’d be there at the Jantar Mantar this Sunday.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar,

    show all the corrupt bas…ds that they are nearing the end of their corrupt

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good luck. Dissent and protest (without the use of abusive language) are one of the main pillars of any democratic society.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar,
    Now that you have called Manohar Congressmen, you are in cross hair of Coongressi-Jihadi axis. On top of that you have done the cardinal sin of opposing the corruption.

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  • Anonymous

    @ Ashish, Sanjay, Gopi

    There was a discussion on C-DOT and somehow George Fernandes and NDA was dragged into it fpr C DPT’s failure. This is absolutely wide of the firing range !!

    One person who works with us on a project is a senior guy who had worked at CDOT. Here is his factual take, which he tells us whenever someone raises this issue.

    a) C-DOT had started failing the day KP Unhikrishnan took over in 1990.

    b) PV Narasmha Rao was in a hurry to privatize and did not really wait for indigenous tech to be developed, tested and then be available. It was against the concpet opening of the sector which had begun in 1993

    c) Sam Pitroda was primarily an ideas guy. To create communication setups you require manufacturing tech and hardware which keeps evolving daily in competition with international companies

    George and NDA only came in 1999. To blame them for CDOT’s failure is funny.

    Now the UPA is around since 2004. Sam is here and Sonia is in charge. SO IF IT WAS AN NDA failure… why has glory not been restored for the past 8 years !!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “Sam Pitroda was primarily an ideas guy.”

    I am not sure how senior your guy was at CDOT ! You have very little info. Practically nothing.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    from 1989 to 2012

    Congress has ruled for a majority of the time. Why has CDOT not been revived since 2004?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The mandate was hijacked long back. Now CDOT needs to reinvent.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It should fous on becoming an R&D organisation supplementing the need of private companies.

    NONE of our private companies have a good record in devloping softwae and hardware for indegeinous use. They do it well in case they are contracted by the videshis.

    Sorry for th slip up. I typed now instead of none… giving the sentence an entirely different meaning. And that too without daroo… sleep/age catching up…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,
    A related question – how much was CDOT really in a position to compete with foreign players ? As far as I remember while CDOT was instrumental in setting up semi-conductor based telephone exchanges , the subsequent WTO agreements saw the sector getting opened up and losing out to external players. Any idea what happened ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    With a limited budget ( 3 years / approx. 36 crores ), CDOT / CDAC delivered. Idea was to help them move to the next level. If they could come up from no where to that level with such resource constraint, it was because of the commitment of the team. Because of the Govt. apathy, or deliberate marginalisation, CDOT became just another department. Everytime their reference came up it was treated with disdain as it was too closely identified with Rajiv and Pitoda.Hence the sliding was too fast and soon lost its relevance.

    Anonymous Reply:

    The long and longer of it is that CDOT joined the pantheon of hundreds of public sector undertakings that promised the world but delivered zilch.

    AshishC Reply:

    Vijay,
    my own impression was that CDOT started its downward journey when from a RAX/ MAX focus (read digital switches), it expanded focus to include RF/ MW and digital radio.
    In addition, as I posted to Sanjay, the merger wirh TRC brought in old timers- ITS officers. All had their axe to grind, technologies to push. There are sordid tales of technology leakage – I can not be more specific.
    Sam was not just an ideas man- he had assembled a good team too- but, those were very early days in India. He also got pulled in various directions- literacy, immunization, oilseeds …by 1990, it is fair to say that Sam was doing many other things in addiition to CDOT- and the ITS bureaucracy struck back.
    In short, by the time NDA came to power, CDOT’s transformation was well under way. But, if Sanjay has anecdotes to relate re’ Fernandes vs Pitroda, I am happy to listen.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Correct me if I am wrong , LOCAL AREA NETWORK (LAN) was invented by CDOT with collaboration with AMERICAL COMPANY ?Nortel

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    Anonymous Reply:

    No. See Ashish’s posting for the broad product ranges.

    Though they dabbled with few stupid products / solutions in between.

    They later collaborated with Alcatel-Lucent for Wimax based solutions. But nothing dramatic.

    AshishC Reply:

    Wrong.. CDOT did not invent the LAN.. LAN was invented in US in the mid seventies. Don’t remember who or where.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You got the broad context right. There were specific issues / events. As i said before I rather not get into details.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay and Ashish,
    As a quick question…..
    What if Cellular technology had not happened ?
    Could CDOT still be same as it is today ?
    p.s. for Sanjay : Since you mentioned CDAC ….
    My own impression about CDAC is the story was fairly different from CDOT’s. Outside PARAM, GIST they even tried attacking the high end training segment in Software. Subsequent period saw them marrying with NCST , an marriage that dragged NCST down the hill too.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes. CDOT would have been in the same situation as it is today. But not for Cellular Technology, but for the change in the Govt.

    I agree with you on CDAC. CDAC’s story is very different. I mentioned CDAC in the context of creating National assets with meager resources and missionary zeal.

  • Anonymous

    There was a discussion on Bhagat Singh and Rajguru. I wonder how they would react to the situation prevalent today. Specifically to the ridculous obfuscation of the LeT’s and Pakistan’s role in 26/11 as well as the mourning for the dead terrorists in Batla House.

    yes How would Bhagat Singh and Raj guru react to this?

    I would lovde to have honest answers.

    Of course some people would want to shout out., “enough… being a soft state let us forget our martyrs and hail the powerfull…. let is change the topic to somthing more pleasant…”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I was reading interview of Durga Bhabhi (wife of Bhagwati Charan Vohra, close associate of Bhagat Singh).
    She said “Aaj agar Bhaiyya (Chandrashekhar Azad) hote to Aatmhatya kar lete”.

    Bhagat Singh and other would have done same thing.

    Batukeshwar Dutt was punished with life imprisonment and after 1947 when he was released, he struggled whole life to make ends meet. I even read that he was asked bribe when he applied for operating travel bus service.
    He died in 1965 and was cremated at Hussainiwala as per his wishes.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Rajeev

    Very sad state of affairs. We had a headstart above many many nations becasue we began as a democracy. However instead of strenghtening the rule of law, we have strenghtened the rule of the criminal as our justice sytem is paralysed.

    The rulers are only busy in establishing family rule and filling their won coffers. We are now at the bottome end of democracies as very few countries have family rule.

    The will to fight terror has been sacrificed in a race to gather votes.

    The life of Batukeshwar Dutt only exemplifies how badly we insult our heroes, be they MC Sharma, Dutt or Omble.

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  • Anonymous

    Pak seeks petrol supplies from India; New Delhi agrees immediately

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3206684.ece?homepage=true

    Seeking to cash on the “thaw” in relations and opening up of borders for liberalised trade between the two neighbours, Pakistan on Friday sought immediate supplies of petrol from India through the land route to meet the widening deficit and flaring demand in its country.

    ———–

    What have the right-wingers (abusers included) have to say about this?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Nothing wrong with this move except that Pakistan won’t use this same petrol in anti-india activities.

    What have corrupt left-wingers abusers and cheats have to say on this?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I , the abuser honestly swear on oath that our mission should be to free Baluchistan from Pakistani terror. If by selling petrol, it helps in the mission, so be it.

    In case this is a soft headed mission to help beleagerd Pakistan since a strong Paksitan is in India’s interest… it is foolish enterprise. As foolish as I K Gujral surrendering the RAW assets for Jhelum diplomacy and as stupid as a section of the COngress believing that in case we dont blame Paksitan for 26/11, Hafeez Saeed will become a good boy.

    After all, the hero of Indian media , Imran Khan was announcing on NDTV two days back that Indians should understand why hafeez Saeed and LeT gets angry and then win them over with love…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,
    More the growing trade between countries – lesser the likelihood of an armed conflict.
    That said, I have a question about India’s own Petrol reserves. How much are we in a position to cater to this new demand ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh

    Pakistan probably lacks refining capacity to meet its needs, may be due to a lot of their money (own or aid) has been spent on defence, rather than on infrastructure and development. They have requested for petrol and not ore. Diesel and jet fuel (which is 100% pure kerosene) may follow in due course.

    Our oil reserves are peanuts (able to meet only 15% of our requirements).

    It makes eminent sense for Pakistan to buy from an immediate neighbour rather than from far off places – say from the Gulf countries. Though this may be a short term measure, as the Iran-Pakistan pipeline (whenever commissioned) would reduce the need to import it from India, but then they would need to set up refineries. The pipeline cost (having to traverse through a mountainous terrain for most part) may be very high, as a result the petrol prices may not come cheap there. I do not know if the work on it has started. It makes more sense to have a pipeline between India and Pakistan as the terrain across is almost flat. The news report says that this is being discussed too.

    BTW, a lot of kerosene meant for distribution though PDS and sold at subsidized rates gets smuggled to Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and perhaps Sri Lanka too, as the prices are two or three more across our borders.

    Yes, I agree, lesser the likelihood of an armed conflict. We should not have any objections as long as it sold at a profit (minus the subsidies we Indians are so accustomed to, having made it a fundamental right to demand it cheap and bring the world down even if the price increased by mere 50 paise a litre). I suppose it would be sold at a real market prices plus profit, there is no reason to believe otherwise.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    All the Mani Shankars and Vinod Sharmas are finding it difficult to hide their blushes at the mere mention of trade in petrol.

    Trade ko trade hi rehne do
    usse aur koi naam naa do.

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  • Anonymous

    On the wrong side of history

    In trying to strike a balance between Iran and Saudi Arabia, India seems to have lost the plot on Syria.

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3155854.ece?homepage=true

    In casting its vote on Syria with the West and the Arab League at the United Nations Security Council, India may have lost a rare opportunity to impart solid political content to the Brazil-Russia-China-India-South Africa (BRICS) grouping, which has so far focussed on economic issues.

    Two key countries belonging to BRICS — China and Russia — vetoed the West-backed resolution, which did not explicitly call for the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to quit. However, it implicitly did demand the President’s departure as it backed the position adopted by the Arab League, which had earlier called for Mr. Assad’s exit.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Friends;
    I remember a well meaning guy, hailing from East bengal( Now Bangladesh) who was not a bad soul but his command on language, particularly, Urdu, was shaky. In order to impress his Urdu speaking friends, he once greeted them: Na geela karta hun, Na sukha karta hun, Tum Saala mat raho, yehi doa karta hun: Any resembalnce is incidental and nothing to do with any real life person.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A good joke. I had a hearty laugh.

    It is not in anyway hurtful to Bengalis.

    I am reminded of Mehmood in Padosan.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Pankaj,
    I have heard this earlier as well..funny.
    But, I have never dared ask- what exactly is the “original” version of sukha and geela.. Shikwa? okay. But, Geela??

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    gila shikwa. gila = ninda .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    A very good joke.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Bloggers;
    I read some sniggering about George Fernandez, though mischief maker in the eyes of establishment, not shy of using violence during emergency, was an honest person to the core. His associate, may have taken his advantage in certain manner, but then, you can not paint a guy black because his associate did wrong behind his back. If it functions like this then, right from Gandhi down to Mulayam, no body can claim any virtue.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Again;
    Lot of shit is flying around. lot of stink. Fail to understand, why people can not put forth their views in a cohorent manner and rush to private acts.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    I do not think your appeal will make any difference to habitual offenders. Perhaps ‘aadat se majboor’ or has it become a second nature.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    He is talking about you and Dhawan & co.

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  • Pankaj#1

    All;
    Just to lighten the atmosphere, a friend, who was running his office in car, met a very nasty accident, hit by a Blue line bus. After the dust settled, onlookers, consoled him,: Achha hua, Bal Bal bach gaye: The guy in bewilderment and suppressed rage shouted back, looking down : kya Achha hua, Bas Baal hi Baal bache hain.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    :) Kuch toh bacha…

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Vijay;
    You have proved again that punjabis can laugh on themselves. Proud of this race.

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  • Anonymous

    Ashish and Shan

    West Bengal Budget plan outlay higher

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/west-bengal-budget-plan-outlay-higher/927538/

    Items where VAT rates were increased from 13.5 per cent to 14.5 per cent are: cars costing over Rs 10 lakh, TV sets with MRP in excess of Rs 25,000, mobile phones with MRP higher than Rs 20,000, watches costing more than Rs 15,000 and ACs with capacity of more than one tonne.

    ————-

    The Budget also proposed to reintroduce entry tax on goods into the state for creating a Compensatory Entry Tax Fund.

    ———

    Banerjee, however, declined to elaborate how her government proposed to earn the revenues for the projects and programmes announced in the budget. “Why will I tell you how we will earn revenue? There are many options and we will have to nurture them,” she said.

    Stating that Finance Minister Amit Mitra had ‘forgotten’ to mention a number of programmes in the budget.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    West Bengals ONLY path to salvation IS MASSIVE EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Agree, but one has to create an friendly physical environment and more important political atmosphere and that is the challenge before TMC..

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  • Anonymous

    President must reconsider order, censure CM: Lokayukta

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/president-must-reconsider-order-censure-cm-lokayukta/927358/0

    Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin has called for a review of the President’s decision to not censure Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for ethics violation as he had recommended in an order last year.

    Last July, Sarin ruled that Dikshit misrepresented facts by announcing ahead of the 2008 Assembly polls that 60,000 low-cost flats were ready for handing over to the urban poor, “knowing fully well they were not ready”.

    As per procedure, Sarin recommended to the President that she warn Dikshit to be careful in issuing public advertisements.

    ———-

    Read on.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Bloggers;
    This word ” Safforan Brigade” is being used in a derogatory manner here, all the time. Fail to understand, what is the fault of poor colour Saffron?
    In all situations, safforn is used in an exalted manner. Zafaran- as in sweet rice, preferred by Muslims, Kesari halwa- preferred by south Indian Hindus, Safforan in Thandai- by North Indians, Kashmiri Saffron, one of the costliest condiment, innumeable ballads from Rajasthan, praise Kesariya, Maharashtra’s favorite dish, Shri Khand, get kesar, another Maharashtra icon, Shivaji- very fond of saffron and other innumerable occasions like holi colours made from Tesu, Basant panchmi, having kesariya colour.
    Why people degrade saffron and inadvertantly, praise Green Army, of pure green and of different shades.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    Brilliant. Fully agree.

    That is why I never use the word saffron when referring to the RSS/BJP. It is not theirs alone, even though they imagine otherwise.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Some hindus like to kick themselves just to keep minorities especially muslims in good humour. It is effect of 800 years of slavery.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajeev, Pankaj ji,

    very well put. We have nothing to be ashamed about saffron, keshar or saffron brigade.

    If at all, we must be alarmed by the shananigans of the secular brigade, who have already given clean chits to killers of Rajiv Gandhi, parliament attackers, killers of 26/11 and terrorist LeT, JuD etc.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj/Rajeev/Shenoy,

    Very well put by all of you. People have sort of become very
    defensive when they talk of safron colour/brigade. The are being propogated as the biggest enemies of our country.

  • AshishC

    Mamata didi pitches for investment- to call her style inimitable is to state the obvious.

    ” Japan, do you want to invest in Bengal?” she asked a Japanese delegation. “What about my Chinese friends? US? Are you interested? UK? My German friends?” she queried. As some German representatives nodded in affirmation, the chief minister looked pleased and thanked them. “Bangladesh er keu achen ki?” she wanted to know. As none responded, she turned back to the bureaucrats seated on the dais and asked, “Didn’t you invite them?”

    It was then the local industry’s turn to face her inquest. ITC chairman Y C Deveshwar was the first to be picked out. Then JSW chairman, managing director Sajjan Jindal. “ITC? Interested? DLF? Mr Jindal when will your industry happen? We have done everything possible to clear your proposals fast, haven’t we?” she said. “And what about you Mr Patton Tank?” she asked industrialist Sanjay Budhia, MD of the Patton Group. “Haven’t we been quick to help you as well,” Mamata asked Budhia, who seemed taken aback by the address.
    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-01-10/kolkata/30611049_1_mamata-banerjee-sajjan-jindal-industrialists

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gordon Bennet(this is a expression used in UK when faced with incredulity)
    THE ABOVE NEWS IS DATED 10TH JAN .
    Mamata’s govt may with a bit of luck turn out to be a game changer , well state’s fortune changer.
    Remember what BISMARCK said “the best form of govt is BENEVOLENT RATIONAL ABSOLUTISM.Bar the middle one , the first and last is in ample supply. The CPM govt had one goolie cusped by the alimuddin street (CPM HQ) , the other goolie cusped by CITU(the brown shirt of communist party)
    With both your dangly bits squeezed at different occasions , depending on the govt decision , it is no wonder THE PARTY REPLACED THE STATE FOR LAST 35 yrs.
    Mamata is not handicapped as she does not have dangly bits , but enough of the chemicals produced by that organ , but from other source , adrenals and body fat

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I have seen you defending mamta often. I always wanted to ask you what really pushed you to take that stance. Were you disgusted with CPM, so anybody was a fresh welcome ? Or you are fond of Mamta for some of her traits ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Sanjay Dhawan , TV in India is ONLY entertainment.
    If you think COMMUNIST china is a nice place to live , then CPM ruled West Bengal was a nice place.
    Why I say this .Because I have watched two episodes of “China , the triumph and the turmoil” by Prof Niall Fergusson of HARVARD on chanel4.
    I couldn’t beleive what i was seeing.
    Chinese Communist party INTRUDE into every nook and corner of an individual’s life down to the village level.
    They were singing songs PRAISING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION(yes you are reading it correct)
    The same revolution THAT WIPED OUT 3 MILLION PEOPLE.
    Mao’s LAND CONFISCATION AND THEN COMMUNE FARMING AND LIVING (there was no kitchen or cooking in any house IT WAS ALL COMMUNAL) LED TO 3 MILLION STARVATION DEATHS.Official records speak of one Mr Tan ATE HIS SEVEN HIS SEVEN YEAR OLD SON AFTER KILLING AND THEN BOILING.
    Now why the villagers were singing song in praise of that nightmare.
    Ferguson asked one lady , she said “Look we are eating two square meal a day , SO PARTY WORKERS TELL US TO DO , WE DARE NOT CHALLENGE THEM”
    Exactly same thing happened in West Bengal
    THE PARTY REPLACED THE STATE
    In Bengali the expression used was “Chatar tolayee Thaka”
    “Under the protection of umbrella”, the umbrella being CPM party. Thus EVERY appt was vetted by alimuddin street.
    In my Mohalla in Kasba ballygunge , there was a A MAWALI(Bahubali)
    who had one drink too many and had fallen arse over his head in a nala , and fractured his ankle .
    The CPM party arranged for him to be treated in a PRIVATE NURSING HOME.
    To write about their kartuben will surpass MAHABHARAT , the world’s biggest work with the largest number of words

    Anonymous Reply:

    You got me wrong. I was not advocating for CPM. I am keen to know more about Mamta.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It’s kinda funny. But interesting.

    She touched upon the whole spectrum in no time and also gave that old World charm ( exclusive boutique hotels ) by addressing guests individually. I guess she took the issue head on by raising direct questions and not pleading. She showed her intent. if she maintains that then she will have a distinct style.

    I was not getting any clue about her. Now i am intrigued.

    I just hope she has a policy back up and good team to follow up and take it further.

    I know she has made too many faux pas in recent times. They were expected. She was never known for keeping her emotions in control. Very Un-Jaya like. Let’s see if she grows out of those handicaps in coming years.

    I know many awkward actors have proven their mettle in later years.
    I have not fogotten the public reaction in the hall to the first entry scene of Amitabh Bachhan in Bombay to Goa or Akshay Kumar in Khiladi ( I guess ). They were laughed and booed at. Let’s say she is a small town CM ( lady ) and give her some margin.

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    AshishC Reply:

    What was really cute was her “Bangladesh theke keu achhen naki?”- anyone from Bangladesh here? question.
    Now West Bengal is in such shape that it needs investment from Bangladesh- or more charitably, Mamata-di thought Bangladesh is a valid and expected participant in a investment summit.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ha ha…I get it now.

    She does not want any stone unturned for Industrial development of WB. Even help from Bangladesh is welcome !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bangladesh can surely help by sending another 10 millions working hands to Pashchim Banga :) :D

    Anonymous Reply:

    If a tenth of what Mamta di performed was performed by Sushma Swaraj or Uma Bharati or even Mayawati or Jayalalithaa, the congressi trolls here would have called it nautanki.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hope you say the same thing when NDA reaches out to her in future.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    From the article

    “I may not know as much as you do… but may I ask what is it that’s stopping you from investing in Bengal?” asked Mamata, who took a bullish posture in pleading for quick investment at the meet.

    ———

    Does one need to answer the above question?

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    AshishC Reply:

    Mr Patton Tank…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good one.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    if we take the sweep of history her freak occurance should be at best taken to be a period where some genuine entreprenuerial talent would be born in Pashchim Bonga.

    Where industrialists and businessmen would no longer be viewed as exploiters of the poor and youngsters would want to shun Marxism as a solution for economic growth and instead look to private enterprise and clean, quick adminstration.

    Till now the villians in Bengal are clearly defined– the mill owner, the Marwari, the money lender, the decison maker, the hardworking worker who works silently without rebelling

    The heroes too are all too cut and paste– the rebel with the beard, the social activist, the journalist who exposes big business and politician and the union leader.

    I doubt whether clean, quick administration would be possible under her as she remains in a perpetual state of hysteria and is given to histronics. Still, maybe Bengal would discover a grey area.

    And also start loving the wealth creator.

    Is it possible ?

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    AshishC Reply:

    Kuchh nahi hoga.. kichhu hobe naa
    Pass me the fish and mishti doi to follow.
    Only thing different between Mamata and the left is the colour- during Jyoti’s reign some PWD minister coloured the top of Shahid Minar a bright red. Now Mamata wants to colour the city blue.
    Brainless.. utterly she is.. ruling a state of brain dead people who elected her.
    Vijay- the stereotypes you mention have not gone away- they have only been strengthened. That is the tragedy.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    Though we have never met, I sometimes visualize whenever you write about Bengal.
    I see smile on your face and lot of sadness in your eyes. You do love Bengal.

    AshishC Reply:

    A lot…
    you are very perceptive, Mohan. Thank you for your kind words. I know my take on Operation Barga is pending- will attempt to put finger on keyboard – sometime. Life has been more hectic than usual.

  • Anonymous

    An interesting article in todays new York Times about the miserable state of preserving historical records/history in India..
    Just read comments here from Rajeev and Gopi and Shenoy about Bhagat Singh/lack of preserved history ..

    http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/indias-archives-how-did-things-get-this-bad/

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  • Pankaj#1

    Rajeev;
    Your narrations about Bhagat Singh and his friends, were impressive and moving. Their sacrifice, ultimate sacrifice, done by anyone should not be forgotten, ever. Hope, younger generations take inspirations from their Shahadat.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj ji,

    you are right.

    I only hope the younger generations will one day acknowledge the sterling role played by revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru and also leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose.

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  • Anonymous

    National Interest: The states strike back
    Shekhar Gupta

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/national-interest-the-states-strike-back/927692/0

    Excerpts

    The result is almost every new initiative of the Centre, from the Lokpal Bill to GST to NCTC to a clutch of economic decisions ranging from FDI in retail to mining, land acquisition and food security, is running into a wall of opposition from these formidable chief ministers. Given how effectively most of them have been able to translate their state-level popularity into seats in both houses of Parliament, their opposition counts for more than mere noise and nuisance. They now have the numbers to block anything they want in New Delhi. And they are doing it now consistently, pre-determinedly and, in many cases, illogically and unreasonably as well. Example: the BJP’s chief ministers opposing FDI in retail, GST and NCTC, ideas from their own book.
    ————

    It is easy to figure out the whys of this. The Congress returned to power with 206 seats in 2009, believing it had already won the election of 2014 as well. And, with the BJP underlining its own decline and irrelevance with every misstep subsequently, the Congress concluded that the happy days of brute majorities were inevitably around the corner. This gave it the arrogance to treat not just chief ministers of the opposition (most of whom are ruling India’s key states) but even its own allies with arrogant disdain. Ask Sharad Pawar how the Congress has humiliated him over these two years. His word has been ignored, his policies overturned, his closest friends and interests attacked and now an upstart Congress minister is even encouraged to challenge his sway over the one thing he truly values: Indian cricket. You may believe the entire folklore on Pawar’s corruption, whispered allegations of his being the richest man in our politics, the “belief” on the “street” that he has a finger in so many corporate and real estate pies. You have the choice to not have him as your partner at the Centre, as well as in India’s most gravy-laden state, Maharashtra. But you cannot have him on board, and kick him around. You can see why he has spoken out in anger now, and will look for an opportunity to get even in 2014. Further, if this is how an ally is treated, what can political and ideological adversaries expect? As a report on the front page of this paper on February 29 told us (indianexpress.com/news/blocking-upa-style-governors-centre-stall-over-20-bills-in-bjpruled-states/ 918035/), UPA’s stooges in various Raj Bhavans have been sitting, in many cases for more than two years, on at least 20 bills passed by their state assemblies. They have no authority to do this without giving reasons. The states see the Centre as having displayed bad faith in not fully compensating them for their share of Central sales tax, so how can you trust it on moving towards a national GST and so on. Orissa is seething that its industrialisation drive has been destroyed. Uttar Pradesh has been denied clearance for landmark PPP projects, including expressways and an international airport. These chief ministers fight the Congress for power in their states, and will challenge its comeback in 2014. So the Congress party is already fighting them. And its government at the Centre does not have the confidence to rise above that politics.

    ———–

    Vajpayee said he was not playing politics or seeking a defection. He was reaching out to reform-minded Congress people to call a meeting of all chief ministers, irrespective of their party affiliations. He was keen that it be hosted not by a BJP state, but by S.M. Krishna who was then the reformist chief minister of Karnataka. Only if chief ministers have a consensus can reform move forward, he said.

    That idea failed to find the Congress high command’s approval and that conclave never happened

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,
    With NCTC there are two issues at play.
    One is obviously the infringement on State government’s powers. This has been variously highlighted by the opposing CMs.
    Second, not so obvious, is the amount of powers that willl be vested in NCTC given that other than being the investigation agency it will also have the powers of detention. In vesting these powers in the single agency it has been granted some legal bypasses as well. Add the weak or missing parliamentary oversight framework of the proposed agency. Now look at it again, doesn’t it start resembling a lot like laying down the groundwork for ISI and Soviet era internal security apparatus ?
    Incidentally, from amongst the oppposing CMs Jaylalitha has specifically brought up this point.
    p.s.: Me distinctly remembers Shan bringing up this point on the forum some time back .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh

    Yes, there is the infringement of powers. The problem was the UPA just did not bother to take the state chieftains on board, thinking as it is a matter of dealing with terrorism no one will object. On the other hand, even if there were prior consultations, would the state governments have played ball – not likely as they seem to oppose everything the central government proposes. There is a total policy paralysis.

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  • Anonymous

    Gopi and others

    This something we have discussed earlier.
    ———————————————————–

    Water a cause for war in coming decades: US intel

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/developmental-issues/water-a-cause-for-war-in-coming-decades-us-intel/articleshow/12380929.cms

    Excerpt

    An assessment reflecting the joint judgment of federal intelligence agencies says the risk of water issues causing wars in the next 10 years is minimal even as they create tensions within and between states and threaten to disrupt national and global food markets. But beyond 2022, it says the use of water as a weapon of war or a tool of terrorism will become more likely, particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

    ——-

    The report predicts that upstream nations – more powerful than their downstream neighbors due to geography – will limit access to water for political reasons and that countries will regulate internal supplies to suppress separatist movements and dissident populations.

    ———–

    “Shortages could cause social and political instability, geopolitical conflict and irreparable environmental damage,” the report warned.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Suddenly Shekhar Kapur’s movie idea “Paani” does not look such a farfetched idea !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    So does my ad for national TV… which almost won an award once… :)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Congratulation !

    Anonymous Reply:

    That is why we need to build water security on urgent basis.

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat pron episode. An interesting article about how biased media twisted
    the truth. Actual videos also can be watched.

    http://www.mediacrooks.com/

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Was there any video ?

    The journalist passed a chit to the speaker’s secy who called the MLA’s over and asked them to stop.

    Wasn’t that the news ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay

    Excerpts from the article.

    “” All the channels played the video of the MLAs with their Ipads with grainy pictures and the Ipad images blurred. Not one channel bothered to stop and verify if there was really evidence of the MLAs actually watching obscene material on their Ipads. Truth is: The channels did have the evidence to the contrary but they chose to stick with the lies. The videos, without the blurring, can be watched here and here. One posted by Deshgujarat and the second one by Congress leader in Gujarat, Arjun Modhvadia. In what is visible one MLA is actually scrolling pages from left to right. Hardly looks like keenly watching anything in particular at all.”"

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh I see. The channels have been showing a video clip while talking about this news !

    All channels or a particular one ?

    These jokers must have played some stock video. Not sure. I hardly watch TV.

    Anonymous Reply:

    The journalist who reported the incident to the speaker must be a BJP well wisher. That’s why he tried to do it quietly by sending a chit to the speaker. He tried to stop them before others could notice and create a ruckus. Else, he could have borrowed a camera with super zoom lens and could have got a closeup.

    Poor guy will get a flak even for trying to help the BJP !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    You have any inside information and just pure speculation.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pure speculation.

    With thinking cap on.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sir, Sanjayji,

    what a beautiful imagination! what sexing up!!

    You have confirmed that if you are not Vinodji himself (or itself), you are no less in twisting facts on their head!!!!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    He has admitted that this post of his is mere speculation. I now wonder how
    many of his earlier posts -they have become plenty, almost every alternate post is by him- are of same category.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Speculate !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    You do have sense of humor.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks.
    And I credit you for that. You have taught us how to take things easy and enjoy.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    thank you for the link. It exposes the media’s nefarious designs aimed at destroying the saffron flavour from the Indian political dish.

    I also particularly liked the following paragraphs, which mention at one place that Sir Vinod Sharma is a congress spokesperson! (and look at the congressi troll’s cheek asking for replacement of congress spokesperson/s!)

    A few weeks ago during the 10th anniversary of Godhra it already appeared our media had nothing to really say and was suffering from Modi-fatigue. The lies and untruths about Modi were no more being bought by people. It was clearly ‘Game over for Indian media’ and as with the Sibal censorship plan it is now the foreign media that is reporting on Indian issues with a lot more balance. The same TIME is often lampooned in the US for its bad reporting on US but their world editions do report fairly on other countries. You can expect a similar behaviour from Indian journals where you will find them being more objective about Syria or Egypt but absolutely biased and untruthful when it comes to India. This is obviously because in India our media is driven by their own political agenda of serving the Congress. TIME and Brookings do not have such a compulsion.

    Teesta Setalvad (who else?) naturally responded by stating it was a PR exercise by Modi. She brandished Frontline and Outlook magazines, with cover stories about Modi and Gujarat riots, as proof of TIME not being reliable. Oh yeah! Frontline and Outlook are fountainhead of honesty and fair journalism, in her dreams. The Gujarat Congress responded with: “Even Laden and Saddam Hussein were featured on TIME cover”. They forgot Gandhi and Nehru were also on TIME cover so Shaktisinh Gohil and Arjun Modhvadia, Gujarat Congress leaders, may now need to ponder if Gandhi-Nehru are also in the same league as Laden and Saddam. Sagarika Ghose of CNN-IBN, the journalistic-bimbo, even suggested TIME may not help Modi escape his “Image trap”. Haha! If the articles in TIME and Brookings were worthless why were these people so worked up and agitated? ‘Pulitzer winner’ Shobhaa De (Yes her name has two As) even asked “Who reads TIME magazine anymore… drop all the fuss about Narendra Modi, who cares”? LOL! Yes, she doesn’t care that’s why she had to tweet her wisdom over the issue.

    The best, of course, was saved for by TimeNow. Nobody does it better than Arnab the Armpit. His pompous suggestion: “India is too big to be determined by opinions in TIME or Brookings”. Nobody said TIME or Brookings were in any way the opinions of India but you can trust Arnab to see imaginary devils. And he brought the Congress spokesperson, Vinod Sharma of Hindustan Times (Yes the same guy with the DGP Rathore smirk), to set the record straight. I don’t think TIME or Brookings may influence many opinions but they surely managed to rattle Vinod Sharma into a Raging Bull, who wasn’t willing to let anyone else speak. What’s Vinod’s argument? That he would have accepted an article favouring Narendra Modi in ‘The Economist’ rather than TIME. After his fretting, fuming and kicking and screaming for a few minutes Vinod Sharma had to be chastised by India’s Bahu, Smriti Irani. After being badgered and interrupted frequently, she had a good estimate of how Agent Vinod might be treating his staffers and had to remind him: “I am not one of your staff writers that you can snuff out… let me finish”. From being a great alternative to Congress channels like NDTV and CNN-IBN Arnab has reduced TimesNow to a mere doormat of the party. Worse still, like the other two cousins TimesNow too has started quoting tweets in support of their nonsense.

    I could hardly believe on being told by friends on Twitter that TimesNow quoted a tweet of mine during the hearings against TIME and Brookings. I really have to wonder if TimesNow has sunk that low to be quoting MediaCrooks, an account that regularly lampoons our media. So it was indeed a surprise on learning they quoted me as under:

    @Mediacrooks: “India is too big to be determined by a TIME or Brookings article..”

    I should be so lucky and thrilled that a news channel should be so fair and balanced to quote one of its most consistent critics. Ah well, some clerk at TimesNow forgot to read the name and the account handle. Enthusiasm! The actual tweet read as under:

    @Mediacrooks: “Arnab, If India is too big to be determined by a TIME or Brookings article why are you debating it? Who r u fooling? @thenewshour @timesnow”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    All these TV channels are in race to become Rupert Murdoch of India, and sadly
    truth is the victim.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Shenoy

    I had pointed out that TIMES NOW will change its tune becasue of the 100 crore libel suit agiasnt it by Justice Sawant. Right ow it needs all sarkari help… and patronage.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I suggest they change their name to “CHAMCHANOW TV”

  • Anonymous

    Dumped by BJP, NRI Anshuman Mishra targets MM Joshi

    accusing PAC chairman Murli Manohar Joshi of seeking to meet the functionaries of companies involved in the 2G scam.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dumped-by-BJP-NRI-Anshuman-Mishra-targets-MM-Joshi/articleshow/12386696.cms

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    What is the rate of Rajya Sabha seat ?

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Need to check with Anshuman Mishra !

    Must be pretty high. Anyway, his advance is forfeited now. Or, paid full in advance ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Dhoot brothers got the Jharkand seat– Lot of TV sets and some conning

    Mallya got COngress suport— can’t be just for old bottle sof royal stag(?) and Kingfisher.

    Mamta is nominating the editors and maaliks of three prominent dailies and Channels…. ab Mamta ke liye press ka raag jaldi badlega….

    Anonymous Reply:

    Anshuman Mishra, direct import. NRI !

    BJP does not think small ! Good going.

    Any chance of corruption? Nah !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP must have been jealous of all the daroo COngress was getting from Malya and all the free Kingfisher calenders which came as a bonus. The papers at least said that the BJP were side actors in this and JMM was the major player as they called the shots.

    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP were always side actors. It’s time they realised that and worked accordingly.

    Anonymous Reply:

    And you wish that they should always remain side actors.
    You don’t want any compitition to Congress?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You did not read my comment properly.

    I said “…act…”

    Anonymous Reply:

    You actually said that the BJP always were side actors and it is time they saw their limitations remain within them.
    Correct, Sinjay Sirrrr?

    Anonymous Reply:

    No. Work harder to improve.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    are you suggesting that while BJP legislators watch porn on video, the congressi ones can be “satisfied” by mere calendar photos of skimpily dressed models?

    Anonymous Reply:

    some people see a trailer and feel happy…

    Anonymous Reply:

    But, Sir Sanjay,

    I liked this paragraph in Mohan’s link to the imaginary porn gate in Gujarat assembly:

    “So on March 21, a day when the Congress was wiped out in the by-polls in Andhra Pradesh, the media mafia found a thrilling story in the form of two BJP MLAs in the Gujarat assembly being caught watching porn pictures. That’s it! From Rajdeep Sardesai’s CNN-IBN to every scumbag’s Aaj Tak and the filthier cousins of NDTV, TimesNow, Headlines Today all went to town with the story from noon till night. TimesNow, of course, is quickly acquiring the status of ‘liars to the nation’ in an effort to beat other English channels for TRP.”

    By the way I had mentioned in an earlier post how Arnab Goswami went on attacking the Gujrat MLA and the BJP party even while admitting that there was nothing in the video suggesting porn.

    Anonymous Reply:

    what about Mallya’s poster girls?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    if you had asked Sir Sanjay what is the rate for the media expose’s of a Rajyasabha seat, perhaps he would give you a more believable reply.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It proves Mohan does not have a brain like yours. He is sooo dumb ! Poor Mohan ! He just can share jokes. Can’t think like you !

    You surely don’t lose time in bending down and fanning the tandoor ! Some reflex at this age !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    A childish way of provoking me. Won’t work. You have to try something different.

    Anonymous Reply:

    No provocation for you. relax.

    Anonymous Reply:

    childish and stupid. Arrogant too.

    That he is rattled by the demand for apology and also the fact that he was proved utterly wrong on the Gujrat porn is making censorscissors work overtime. Today, more than a dozen posts of mine have been censored!

    This is Vinod Sharma’s true face!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sir Sanjay,

    you haven’t seen half of what Mohan is or what brains he possesses. It would be height of your arrogance and also stupidity to call him brainless.

    And just so you may remember: He owns a huge business in Dubai. It is only stupids who take multiple IDs and pass themselves off as wise journalists.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks for adding to Mohan’s credentials.

  • Anonymous

    Ashish, you said, “Bhagat Singh may have been very young but he was a very well read man.”

    Since he was an admittedly well read man, it is possible that if he had not been sent to the gallows at 25, he would very likely have discarded communism as an utopian panacea for all the ills that afflicted Indian society.

    He would very well have understood the meaning of this quotation often attributed to Sir Winston Churchill: “Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head.”

    Well, the British rulers never allowed Bhagat Singh shape his life as he thought fit beyond the age of 25.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Shenoy

    At that time communism was an ideolgy which was against exploitation of the poor and talked about equality of man. It fired the imagination of men and women… before it started putting men and women on fire during Stalin’s concentration camp time and Mao’s long march.

    Bhagat SIngh would have surely rebelled against it, especiallly after 1942, when Indian communists chose to say Lal salaam and still supported the British Army.

    1n 1962… Bhagat SIngh would have turned the bandwagon of the Communists into a handwagon…

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    AshishC Reply:

    I think that is not an unfair statement at all though speculative.
    An individual is a sum of many parts- none immutable.
    And, who are we to judge? We owe him and others like him so much.
    In any case communism is not a character fault as some think it is- to you your ideology to and to me mine.
    Peace

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    ‘ communism is not a character fault ‘.

    Fully agree with you.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Agree with both Mohan and Ashish.

  • Anonymous

    Good news!

    Orissa MLA gets abducted by Maoists..

    I “hope” he was corrupt with several pending cases… ..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    It has happened what you had wished for.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    Maoists/Naxalites, instead of kidnapping police constable and teachers, should abduct MLA/MP/ministers/IAS/IPS..
    Fear is a great motivator.. The reason why we have rapist MPs, corrupt bureaucrats etc is that there is no fear — because of even if they are caught, law takes its course..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    I can feel your frustration at how these people are looting our country without any
    care because they know that they can get with this. I don’t know what will be the outcome
    of this kidnapping episode, but I have a feeling the head of these Maoist’s organizations
    are also hand in gloves with few of our politicians. The big game is being played where our natural resources are being looted in this business of mining. During Anna’s fasting,
    Prashant Bhushan, in one of his interview had said that 2G scam is peanuts in
    comparison to what is happening in mining. We saw glimpses of that few days ago.
    In this deadly game poor policemen, teachers and whoever are the soft targets get killed.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Fear is temporary.
    People go back to their real thought level quickly / after sometime.
    If you are looking for a real solution then you need to think of somethingelse.

  • Anonymous

    @ Sanjayji

    You broke the news of Porngate in Gujrat on this site witha bhangra. SOmebody even quoted reams of newpapers to prove that it was double standards of the BJP.

    Now all that has been proved wrong.

    Rajdeep Sardesai has apologised and even tweeted so.

    Would not be in the fairness of things that you also aplogise.

    Of course the primary purpose of tarnishing the Narendra Modi article in Time has been served, so even if you apologise, you will only be clearing your won conscience,

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “Rajdeep Sardesai has apologised..”

    What did he tweet ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Sanjay

    Guilt bhi maan li… aur 100 crores ke libel case se bachchne ke liye diplomatically apoligse kar diya. Why dont you rise above personal bias and do the same.

    @sardesairajdeep
    I think it’s a tad unfair to pronounce the Gujarat MLAs guilty of watching porn without any corroborative evidence. (22.10 March 21)
    @sardesairajdeep
    Shoot and scoot journalism will be the bane of our profession. We pass judgements too easily, often without fact checking. (22.16 March 21)
    @sardesairajdeep
    @dineshdasa1 Well, I said it 2 days ago, the BJP MLAs alleged to have watched porn were not given fair hearing in media. (17.20 March 23)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    What a way to apologise !

    Hope you don’t write a statements of apology like these for anybody you know ! Or, expect from others !

    Anonymous Reply:

    I know this is not the correct way to apologise. All the journalists including Rajdeep should actually run an apology on their channel. giving it equal prominence as the salacious news item they ran on behalf of the Congress. If I had done this sort of greedy and wrong reporting I would have have personally sent letters of apology.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Why can’t you just say ” This is not an apology” ? Period.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Why should I say that? Rajdeep has admited that the news report was wrong. In normal course he would still like to deflect attention from Time Magazine’s Modi cover, bu the scare of a libel suit has made him apologise– and admit that the news was wrong and was without evidence :)

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjayji

    By the way now that the news is wrong will you take back the accusations against BJP or will you let them continue?

    Imagine you even invoked the lack of technology in India to BJP MLA’s porn watching in Gujarat— so now that the news was false, do we take it that India is going to become tech savvy by tomorrow?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You know how the pickpockets work in tandem in DTC buses?

    They work in groups.
    The first guy will pick the pocket, then quickly pass it on to the next guy, who in turn pass it on to the 3rd guy and so on. Then the last guy would cooly walk off.

    When the passenger realises about the missing purse, the 1st guy voluntarily offers himself for a “full frisk up” and even goads the passenger to take him to the police station !

    When the cop sees them together, makes a serious face but smiles nevertheless.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    You accept that these journalists are not any better than pickpockets.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Joutnalists or people who watched porn in group ?

    Take your pick.
    Now, reread the passage.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    Discussion was about journalists who had twisted the story and about MLAs who were
    allegedly watching porn. Mainly journalists. You came up with some to do with pickpockets. I chose to compare them with our eminent journalists.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Discussion was about the “porn politicians” trying to prove their innocence. Read Vijay’s posting above mine.

    Anonymous Reply:

    “Ek jeb katre ki aatma katha”

    (subject to censoring)

    Anonymous Reply:

    Use the plural form for the right effect.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    you must be joking. Vinod Sharma never apologises. Remember the fake CD? Then too, even after it was doubly proved that the CD was fake, he didn’t say a word, either in apology or by way of why he did such fake due diligence or whether he got conned by the congressi spin doctors.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Shenoy

    Amar Singh Dahla has threatened to leak out more CD’s, this time genuine in case he is touched…

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  • Anonymous

    HT and double standards
    ————————————-

    HT has again featured SUnny Leone in an extensive interview. Now is Sunny Leone acceptable as a front page star? Well…

    In case you expect the kids and adults to appreciate Sunny Leone, dont you think you are leading them to her “art.”

    Becasue nowhere in the interview has it been stated that Sunny Leone is a good actor but her “art’ is bad. In fact all her acting till now has only been seen in her “art” films.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I hope there is no BJP hand in the featuring of Sunny Leone in HT.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Universal fact. Sex sells.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Murphy’s law Men want sex , women want security

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Some woman are different.

    On a wedding night husband was telling her wife ‘ hamari family mein sabse pyaar
    se rehna, unka trust jeetna, unki care karna, sach bolna ‘
    Wife :( opening the room’s door) ‘ sab andar aa jao yahan satsang ho raha hai.’

    Anonymous Reply:

    Can I have the email of that woman please

    Anonymous Reply:

    hotsatsangini24@gmail.com

    Anonymous Reply:

    Really gr8 !!

  • Anonymous

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dumped-by-BJP-NRI-Anshuman-Mishra-targets-MM-Joshi/articleshow/12386696.cms
    —————————————————————————————–
    Any idea who is this “female friend” of Sh Joshi ?

    PAC Chairman trying to connect to 2G scamsters ! What a facade !

    How BJP-like !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay I thought u were ha[[ily married and settled…

    Ab kya interest hai is female freind mein? Remembr Niira Radia the female friend of former editor HT has got him interned to Bangkok, from where he writes his food columns of Cowboy street and Barkha Dutt has yet to shake of the tag. Of course… several UPA MInsters have paid heavily for this friendship, though the most powerful has got away…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan has been troubling and tempting us.

    I am keen to know about Sh Joshi’s “woman friend”. Any idea?
    Any idea how Sh Joshi has been networking with 2G scamsters ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Notice the attempt to hide it under the mattress (where else) by discussing other women.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar

    If I reply to you dont cry “abuse abuse.” You cant be selective.

    Aap kahein toh satya vani…
    Hum kahein toh abuse

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP comes to Joshi’s rescue, terms him ’sage’ politician

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/BJP-comes-to-Joshi-s-rescue-terms-him-sage-politician/Article1-830348.aspx

    “It is our fervent request to media not to give any credence to such wild allegations which do not have an iota of truth. Dr Joshi is a rishi (sage) politician, a symbol of crusade against corruption,” BJP spokesperson Tarun Vijay told reporters in New Delhi.

    “Those who were in the forefront of demanding action in corruption cases are now being targeted because of ulterior motives,” he claimed.

    ————-
    fervent request! Why?
    rishi? Shouldn’t it be ‘heaven born’?
    targeted by whom? By Congressies or by one of their own!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Folks there are some green shoots of a silent revolution underway in India.
    Apparently INDIA NOW ALLOWS CONTRACT FARMING , whereby a farmer is in a contract with MULTINATIONAL GIANT , with guaranteed price , so no farmer suicide for distress selling. Small pilot studies have taken place in PANIPAT and in WEST BENGAL.It is only with POTATOES. The result has been electrifying . As this humble blogger have been banging on for last couple of years THE MULTINATIONALS ARE PROVIDING MASSIVE TECHNICAL KNOW HOW IN THEIR OWN INTEREST, for they have already paid out the money for the crop, so they want to see the crop germinate properly.
    A ripple efffect has taken place in WEST BENGAL.I read in a vernacular daily ANAND BAZAR PATRIKA. 200 FARMERS have coalesced their land an formed a co-operative , and employed four FULL TIME agricultural labourers.
    THEY ARE DYING FOR FDI IN RETAIL , to bring in technical input , and READY MARKET.
    One guy is running pillar to post to get the multinational to provide him with technical expertise.
    whatever he could gather had TRANSFORMED HIS FARMING.
    He grows CORN and Capsicum in between.tHE SCIENCE is the pest that attacks capsicum will first attach itself to CORN . But that pest is BENEFICIAL to CORN. So capsicum plant is saved , corn has better yield.
    But with FDI there will be scope for FOOD PROCESSING, FAR FAR MORE input on soil management , INTENSIVE FARMING , DRIP IRRIGATION , AND READY MADE MARKET.
    For once WILL PATRIOTISM OVERIDE PETTY POLITICS , or indians will behave like a colonised caste ridden people

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    FDI. Sure that will bring in a lot of benefits, but who is in the forefront of opposing it, come what may? Need any hints?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    It is good news that better technology is being used for farming. We will see
    now less suicide cases of farmers. What will be long term effect of this ?
    Don’t you think that in a way farmers would be working for these MNCs.
    at a fixed ’salary’. Any extra earning in future from their land will go to these
    companies and farmers will be deprived of that. It will work like as if farmers
    have given their land on lease for fixed amount of rent for very long period.

    By the way I liked this ” As this ‘humble’ blogger have been braging”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Beggars can’t be choosers

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  • Anonymous

    Where donkeys fly

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/where-donkeys-fly/927645/0

    Excerpts

    The CAG learnt that in India donkeys indeed do fly, so it has come out with an even more outlandish assertion. In a leaked report, it has pronounced that industrialists in India were favoured to the tune of Rs 10.7 trillion in the years 2004-2009, just coincidentally chosen to be the years during which the Congress has been ruling, and for part of which time the prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, was also the coal minister.

    ————–

    All data are presented as averages for the six years 2004-2009. GDP averaged Rs 45 trillion a year. The popular CAG coal scam figure is of a loot of Rs 10.7 trillion. But this figure is in 2011 prices — in average 2004-2009 prices, the alleged loot is Rs 6.3 trillion or Rs 1.05 trillion a year. This is not the revenue from production — it is the excess profit, or windfall, that has possibly accrued to the power industrialists (all puns intended).

    In 2004-2009, all-India corporate taxes averaged Rs 1.2 trillion a year. So the hypothetical coal loot was almost equal to all corporate taxes gathered in India? Plausible, but not likely.

    —————-

    So it seems that all of India’s deficit problems can be solved by just taxing the coal sector — no corruption and even less deficit. Maybe the CAG bosses should become governors of RBI, failing which surely minister of finance.

    ———-

    One final point. The states that have the most coal in India are Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, two Congress-ruled states, together account for only about 10 per cent of the geological reserves. The administration of non-auction licences involves the assent and cooperation of the respective state governments. So opposition politicians, be careful before you join in the chorus on looting

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  • Anonymous

    Dignity is her birthright
    Prabha Sridevan
    (former judge of the Madras High Court and Chairman of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board.)

    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3207094.ece?homepage=true

    Women do not walk in a state of perpetual consent. But women do seem to labour under a delusion that it is safe for them to walk in public spaces, to travel in buses and trains. It obviously is not. They can be raped. It is difficult to understand rape. Rape is not about chastity or virginity. Long before these concepts were constructed, long before the institution of marriage was founded, a man raped a woman whenever he broke her sexual autonomy without her saying “yes.” It is a violation of her right to equality and her right to live with dignity which “We” promised ourselves when we gave to ourselves the Constitution. Surely women are included in the “We” of

    ——–

    But what is the reality? She is broken by having to repeat the incidence of rape again and again. “Madam, what was he wearing at the time of the occurrence? Did his tee shirt have a collar or no?” Oh yes, she can surely recall in vivid freeze-frames of “the occurrence.” And who will save her if she falters just once in the witness box? “See your Honour, the accused was wearing a blue striped chaddy, but she says red … totally unreliable, Your Honour.” The Supreme Court has given strict guidelines on how her evidence should be weighed, and how her complaint should be assessed.

    But a poor child who does not know an Ambassador from a Fiat was disbelieved by the trial court, until the Supreme Court came down with all its majesty to the rescue of the child and noted that the prosecutrix was a village girl studying in class 10 and her ignorance of the car brand, was irrelevant (State of Punjab v Gurmit Singh 1996 (2) SCC 384.)
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  • Anonymous

    For Vijay’s Forensic eyes only :

    Porn Politician :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FeQoaLnJy2A#t=34s

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    stop at 0.29 and then watch carefully the segment after that.
    ——————————————————————————–

    Any idea who is this guy in the clip ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjayji

    I started the clip huffing and panting… in anticpation…

    But… yahan toh dil ke armaan aansoun mein beh gaye…

    With 6/6 vision in one eye and 6/12 in my other, I could not find anything more exciting than standing in the colony mother dairy booth.

    Agar iss par media ne shor machaya hai toh , Indian media hai! hai !!

    Even HT gives us more exciting features likke Pam and Tommy tape details, and Sunny Leone’s adult Big Brother film coming up…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ofcourse we have a lot more exciting stuff in Ajanta, Ellora ! After all India gave kamsutra to the World ! So what is this in comparison ?

    Right Vijay ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Did you micrzoom to actually see something so horrifying that you seem to be in a state of shock, Sanjayji…

    Anonymous Reply:

    No. you stirred my curiosity about the case by talking in details how the case was a great art of fabrication. So it’s more for your forensic eyes only. So that when you write again, you remember the visual.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    Forensic lab gives clean chit to Gujarat MLAs.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-03-23/india/31229240_1_fsl-report-clean-chit-ipad

    Anonymous Reply:

    and two forensic labs gave thumbs down to Vinod Sharma on his fake CD, which he tried to pass of as genuine after due diligence.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Haven’t you still taken note of the cop in the pickpocket story ?

    I can’t believe of all people you can miss the undercurrent !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanjay,

    A friendly advice. It is not healthy sitting at home whole day. Sometimes please go out, look around, you will find much more exposure on our roads,
    in cinema halls, malls, clubs and many other places.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    Let me confess. This blog is addictive. Wherever i go i try to log in because of you guys. This is as addictive as smoking.I just need to call a quit. One hour a day kind of promise will not help.

    So someday I just have to say quiet goodbye.But I love you guys.All of you, irrespective of difference of opinion, make a great company.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sir Sanjay,

    I really admire your never-say-die spirit.

    Like the fake CD you tried to pass off as genuine and claimed that you had done “due diligence”! And in the end everything tumbled down like a house of cards.

    The fake CD remains fake CD. This is another of your desperate hope of showing some female shape and scream “Modi, Modi, rape, rape”

    I think your game is up.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Looks like we need to increase the dose of jhaad phoonk for you. You just don’t seem to stop seeing ghosts in broad day light !

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    ~~~ HOT NEWS !! HOT NEWS !! USA GIVES UP ON RAHUL G !! ~~~~~
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    A journo, who is otherwise all left front and COngress in print , happens to be a close friend of mine. And now… we are all sitting together at a small daru and discussion party.

    The topic changed to the Modi TIME cover and Brookings report.

    Well, the journo who should know and is in touch with American journalists at the Press club, says that the Americans feel that beyond MMS and Chidabaram, there is little in the Congress of promise. They feel that south Asia will remain in turmoil for next ten years when they withdraw from Af Pak.

    The US needs a strong player in India and not a flimsy unsure sly Rahul- Digviansh partnership.

    it may start backing Modi.

    Not that US matters in Indian elections as we are a free country which chooses its own leaders– unlike say Pakistan. But this is a major change in their approach to India.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Us has finally admitted what we most of the bloggers — particularly you — were saying this since very long time. These Americans are slow learners.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    My irritation with rahul began with this dynasty thing which is dangerous and bad for our democracy.

    Furtheron, his inability to talk to media on one to one question answer basis has further given the answer to all of us.

    His reliance on Digvinash and trying communal divisions for votes tells us of his shortsightedness and lack of long term vision.

    I wish he gives a stellar example by denoucning dynastic succession and giving up claims of iinheritence.

    He can dedicate himslef to social work like literacy and rural communities and then win our admiration by staying away from politics.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    One should be literate to improve others’ literacy.
    I must say that you are a very optimist person.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    Large tracts of Indian land mass have already given up on Rahul.

    It started with Buhar, went to Tamilnadu and Kerala, where too, like Bihar he drew a blank.

    The congress party, in a do-or-die battle, invested everything it has, secularism, pseudo secularism, communalism, reservations, caste equations the whole works On Rahul in the UP elections, but got resoundingly humiliating defeat, which has crushed the backbone of the Rahul-for-PM brigade.

    Now, with Manmohan Singh almost reaching the end of the road, the US has seen the writing on the wall-CHIDAMBARAM FOR NEXT PM!

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  • Anonymous

    Hail the new-age netas

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/HTEducation/Chunk-HT-UI-HTEducationSectionPage-OtherStories/Hail-the-new-age-netas/SP-Article1-828195.aspx

    Karam Thamarjit Singh
    Age: 38 years Party:
    Click Here!
    MSCP
    MLA from: Keirao (Manipur)
    Education: MBA (marketing), Bombay University

    Karam Thamarjit Singh’s father is a retired schoolteacher and his mother is a homemaker. Before taking the plunge in politics, Singh was area sales manager with Gillette Inc (USA) for seven northeast states.

    —————

    Read on.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Exception rather than the norm, sadly.
    The norm is Mukul Roy

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mukul Roy, who? ;-)

    It is a good beginning, but miles to go when the quality of representatives climbs several notches higher.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    More plausible Laxman Seth and Sudshanto ghosh
    Bloggers THIS IS THE PARTY OF ASHISH
    Susanta Ghosh is an Indian politician belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M), currently in jail on murder charges. He was an West Bengal state cabinet minister in the CPI(M) cabinet of 2006 under the Chief Ministership of Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, and
    is currently Member of the Legislative Assembly from Garbeta (Vidhan Sabha constituency).

    In June 2011, after the Trinamool Congress came to power in West Bengal, the police dug up an area near Ghosh’s ancestral house in Benachpara, Garbeta, where several bodies had long been suspected to have been buried. They discovered seven skeletons, leading to it being called the skeleton case in the media. Eventually, two of the skeletons were identified by matching their DNA with that of living relatives; they were identified as workers of the Trinamool Congress party, who had been killed in a well-known unsolved crime from 2002. Ghosh was identified as the leader of the murderous attack, and his anticipatory bail of two weeks was cancelled in August 10, 2011.[1] He has been remanded to further judicial custody after testimony from other arrested accomplices.[2]

    [edit] Abduction and murder in 2002

    In 2002, seven Trinamool Congress workers were abducted by the CPI(M) from Keshpur in West Midnapore. While two bodies were recovered, five others were never seen again.

    At the time, CPI(M) had been governing West Bengal for several decades. After nine years, when Trinamool Congress came to power, the area where the bodies were suspected to have been buried was dug up and the skeletons were discovered. One of the skeletons was identified by his son based on its shirt, and an FIR was filed against Ghosh. The case came to be known as the Garbeta Skeleton case.

    Meanwhile, the CPI-M party newspaper, Ganashakti claimed that the charges were politically motivated.[3] Shyamal Acharya, who had filed the FIR, had been arrested in 2009 for storing firearms unlawfully in his house.[4]
    [edit] DNA evidence

    Later, the Central Forensic Science Laboratory determined that DNA obtained from the teeth of two of the skeletons[5] matched those of two trinamool workers, Ajay Acharya and Swapan Raju Singh.[6] After this his anticipatory bail was cancelled.

    A CID officer indicated that one eye-witness to the murders, Gobinda Majhi, has been identified. Majhi has said that five Trinamul supporters rushed into his house in Godapiashala village while being chased by about 40 CPI(M) workers. They were then dragged out by the CPM activists, hacked and shot in the courtyard of his house. Gobinda had fled in fear. Next morning, he returned and found his cart missing. He presumed that the bodies had been taken taken away in the cart. Out of fear of the ruling CPI(M) party, he never told about the incident to anyone.

    At least two other Trinamool workers have testified about the attack that night; they had managed to escape with bullet injuries in the hand and arm.[7]

    A few days after this, the local administration quickly accepted the villagers’ long-standing demand of building a mud wall around the wetland. It was suspected that this was done so that no one could approach the area where the bodies had been buried; the CPM cadres in fact warned the villagers not to trespass there.[

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Nobody is denying that the comrades have been ‘paragons’ of evil that resulted in 35 years of plague. Currently, it looks like the plague will continue for next 5 years.

    See post above re: Mamta’s Act 2.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    I used to think that politicians are very intelligent people. Corrupt, looters, cheaters and

    some murderers too but intelligent. This guy Ghosh has changed my thinking. This fool
    kills and bury their bodies near his ancestral house. What an idiot.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    I hope these young politicians will be able to bring some positive change .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    These are some of the occasional good news that make you feel that all is not lost…

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  • Anonymous

    India Votes for UNHRC Resolution Against Lanka.

    Was this a right move or it was just to please DMK and save coalition ?

    Gopiji and others

    Would love to read your views on this subject. I read some very strong comments
    on another website on this issue.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Bad move.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think it is really a bad move as we should have abstained. we need to remember that the LTTE was responsible for the murder of our PM.

    After the demise of the LTTE, terrorism has come to zero in Lanka. Just proves that in case we knock of the balls of Hafeez Saeed and his gang, most of LeT will want honest decent lives.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Bad move is not for that reason.
    Srilanka is a strategic location. We are handing over that strategic location to China.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sri Lanka has never been a friendly nation for us. She has always sided with China in the past, yet remained away from the sphere of Chinese influence. Being a majority Buddhist nation and having problems with its Hindu Tamil population, Sri Lanka has retained its passively unfriendly attitude towards India.

    Therefore, India voting against it in no way will mean its automatically walking blind-folded into China’s welcoming arms.

    Being culturally very close to India, we would have liked it to be in our sphere of influence, but that has never happened.

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Agree with you. Indian politicians in past will go to any length to please nations of middle east but will negate its neighbours of hindu and buddhist origin,people culturally closest to indians.

    Anonymous Reply:

    DMK made noise, but do you think they would have resigned from the coalition? They are so weak, the central participation is the only money making thing for them now; they will be nothing after the 2014 lok Sabah.. Their candidate lost his deposit in the Sankarankoil by election, from a 42% share in 2011 to less than 6% or so this time.

    But Congress being so stupid, must have thought that DMK may leave if they do not vote with the resolution..

    Atrocities , real real bad atrocities were committed by the Lankan army; but I feel that India should not have sided with the resolution against Srri Lanka. Sri Lanka had to do what it did; at the end of the day innocents were used by Charles Prabhakaran and by the army…

    History will not be changed; neither similar thing will be prevented by India siding with the resolution. I look at things from that perspective. What will India gain? Nothing; in fact they will be attacked by Sri Lanka on Kashmir issue.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    Thanks.

    Agree with you. India did not gain anything by voting in favour of this. Now Sri Lanka
    will regularly raise the issue of human rights violation in Kashmir and North East region.
    Interestingly all the members of SAARC voted against this. India was perhaps the lone
    member voting for it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The dilemma faced India faced was to choose between friends and human rights. IMO, India did right by voting for the resolution after getting it watered down. A balancing act.

    There is a view (may turn out to be true) that Sri Lanka will become hostile and walk into the arms of China and Pakistan. If it does, it will make the same mistake as Pakistan has done all these years – take on your neighbour and look for solace and help from distant ‘friends’. Let us see how things work out.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar,
    Agree with you.

  • Anonymous

    New book warns of looming Pakistan anarchy

    http://books.hindustantimes.com/2012/03/new-book-warns-of-looming-pakistan-anarchy/

    A Pakistani journalist and best-selling author cautions that Pakistan is heading towards anarchy in his new book that offers solutions for his country’s frayed ties with the United States and how U.S. peace talks with the Taliban is crucial in its exit strategy from Afghanistan.

    The writer, Ahmed Rashid, who frequents the dinner tables of the world’s top leaders offering advice, gives a dire assessment of the region he has reported on for more than 30 years in “Pakistan On The Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan” released in the United States this week.

    ————

    Read on

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar

    I have some theories — have to formulate them in a cohesive thesis as to countries’ assert/disintegrate/decline…

    Pakistan belongs to the group that denies and negates its historical roots, civilizational norms, at the same time aspiring not for any greatness, but to “fit in” with a retarded, backward looking group – aka Arabs (I should qualify as current Arabs). Some of our earlier invaders, and later Aurangaseb fell into this same trap.

    India belongs to a group, which plays it “politically safe” by ignoring its rich heritage, wastinga great tool and opportunity to bring people together to accomplish truly great things

    US belongs to a group proud about its history and its continupusly evolving democracy, and one from many theme

    Germany and Japan belong to a group extremely confident of their “role” , but knocked off a little by the confidence gone wild

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    ‘ Pakistan belongs to the group that denies and negates its roots ‘

    ‘ India belongs to the group which plays it politically safe by ignoring its rich heritage’

    This never hit my mind. Brilliant. In two lines you have defined this superbly.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There are little signs that Pakistan has realised the folly of creating a bogey called India and denying themselves the friendship and the benefits that would accrue – as a result the heavy price they are paying.

    1) Their decision to buy petroleum products from us.

    2) First time, Pakistan opens Karachi port to let India

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/first-time-pakistan-opens-karachi-port-to-let-india/928048/0

    In a quiet, yet significant, exception to its transit policy for Indian goods, Pakistan has let Indian wheat pass through its territory to Afghanistan.

    Source said about 100,000 tonnes of wheat have, for the first time, moved over the past few months from Kandla to Karachi and from there by rail and road to Torkham, the transit point on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. This is part of the 250,000 tonnes of wheat India has pledged as assistance to Afghanistan.

    Officially, South Block officials explained that this cannot be considered as a change in Pakistan’s stand as the arrangement has been tied up in a manner to show that Afghanistan is picking up its consignment of wheat from Kandla. Technically, Afghanistan is using Pakistan for transit, not India and that is how a major obstacle was circumvented.

    ————-

    These are just first baby steps, let us not fool ourselves though, it is a very long journey ahead (note the third para above). Perhaps, they will also realise that nurturing monsters in their backyard does not pay either. Only hoping – the hawks are not going to give up so easily.

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  • Anonymous

    Anna lacks scientific ideas to end corruption: Justice Katju

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Anna-lacks-scientific-ideas-to-end-corruption/Article1-830343.aspx

    Press Council chairman justice Markandey Katju on Saturday said anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare lacks scientific ideas which are needed to solve the problem of graft. The PCI chairman also took a dig at the media for “hyping” issues such as the 100th century of Sachin Tendulkar, retirement
    Click Here!
    of Rahul Dravid, pregnancy of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and death of filmstar Dev Anand.

    “This Anna Hazare movement, I have not spoken about it because I am attacked by the media as if justice Katju is some kind of demon. I regard Anna Hazare as an honest man, there is no dispute in that. But what are his scientific ideas? I don’t think he has any scientific ideas,” justice Katju said.

    ————–

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    AshishC Reply:

    Pot calling the kettle black?
    I remember in some forum on TV, Katju was holding forth against Salman Rushdie’s literary merit or lack therof. While he was entitled to his views, he quoted Hanuman Chalisa as an example of great literature and even said, he did not understand why with such great literature available, why people bothered to read Rushdie.
    The height of scientific argument. Example. Quite.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Right you are. With all due respect, Justice Katju seems to hold views on all and sundry, but he has point about the media going bonkers about “”hyping” issues such as the 100th century of Sachin Tendulkar, retirement of Rahul Dravid, pregnancy of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and death of filmstar Dev Anand.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar/Ashish,

    There is nothing sinister about this. The poor guy is sick.

    He cannot sleep if he does not see his name mentioned in media.

    Anonymous Reply:

    The message to the media from Katju is: instead of speaking about Dev Anand’s death, you better speak about my life.(nahin toh kaat doonga).

    Anonymous Reply:

    This Markandeya is trying to be the “original” Markandeya, the learned sage of our ancient books…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    in a way, Justice katju is right, because the corrupt in this country have perfected the art of corruption and raised it to the level of a science. Hence Anna can be said to be lacking in knowledge on scientific corruption.

    In the coming years may be some universities may start courses in corruption, like Bachelor of corrupt sciences and name it BCSc. Then Master, then doctorate and finally post doctoral research in corruption.

    Several universities in Pakistan, China and even US may recognise these courses.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    The teachers of these universities would be our politicians,
    IAS officers, ministers, babus and headmasters will be from
    corporate world.

  • Anonymous

    Mamta’s Act 2

    Our govt would prefer begging to burdening common man: Mamata

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_our-govt-would-prefer-begging-to-burdening-common-man-mamata_1667005

    A day after TMC’s maiden budget spared the common man, West Bengal “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that her government does not mind seeking alms if the situation demands”.

    Beg from Peter to give it to Paul. Must be a some new theory (Harvard, please note) of funding (mo repayment and interest free as it turns out. After all there is something called a free lunch, lucky Paul) progress & development. This must be in their DNA too.

    Who wants to be Paul?

    —————

    “She said the government would not tolerate any attempt to stall the development process in the state”.

    Question: Is there any development process going on that can be stalled?

    ——

    Ashish, please do not pull your hair out, just grin and bear it.

    ————-

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Manohar T , Since you do not have access to bengali language , here are some information from the West Bengal Budget.
    REVENUE COLLECTION WAS 25% MORE THAN PREVIOUS YEAR , THOUGH SHORT OF PROJECTED TARGET OF 30%
    500 schools will be converted from secondary to Higher secondary
    100 schools will have VOCATIONAL/TECHNICAL EDUCATION , a SKILLS DEVOLOPEMENT CORPORATION IS BEING FORMED
    150 girls hostel are being constructed
    EVERY BLOCK(there are 341 of them) will receive a KRISHI RATNA AWARD for the highest yielding land , which carries 5000rs award and a citatioN
    NEW UNIVERSITY AT NORTH BENGAL(kOONCHBEHAR)
    Several NEW COLLEGES AT MAOIST AREAS AND A CAMPUS OF RAVINDRA BHARATI UNIV AT DARJEELING

    ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY , NOR WILL THE VESTIGES OF PLAGUE INFESTED CPM RULE VANISH IN COUPLE OF YEARS

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan

    All very well and good for Bengal and Mamta. Small mercies.

    Look at the irony. Instead of the industrialists and moneybags waiting in queue to invest Bengal, what do we see, they are called and asked as to why aren’t they in the line outside Writers’ Building? The answer is not far to see – the problem is Mamata herself with hysterical performance and seems there is no sign of the act getting over. If you do not send the right (and real) signals, no one would risk one’s dough. There are many more destinations, where the money canbe made to grow on trees.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    There is validity in what Shan says. I have also read something
    like that happening in Bengal. Maybe in midst of her shenanigans the actual good work is not getting prominent
    space in media. Bad news sell more than good news.

    Anonymous Reply:

    If it so, then fine. I am not complaining.

  • Anonymous

    Two Dalit girl students stripped in M.P.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3220299.ece

    In a shocking incident, two teenage Dalit girls were stripped and frisked by female invigilators, in front of 40 students, including several boys during a class X State Board examination in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur district.

    The two girls (both aged 15), appearing for their first board exams, were made to undergo the humiliation by two female invigilators during an anti-cheating inspection on March 15th.

    ————

    Shameful and shocking indeed. Those invigilators must be severely punished, jailed for 10 years at least.

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  • Anonymous

    Beware guys, it’s March end.

    Yamraj was taking 50000 people with him. On the way he came across Naradji.
    Naradji asked him ‘ so many people died at the same time ‘?
    Yamraj replied ‘ it’s March end, I have to tally the balance sheet.’

    Shubh Raatri.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    On 1st of April, Lord Brahma too will balance his books with a huge entry of 1million by giving birth to would-be fools.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, we can always count on Lord Brahma for this. May be that
    is the reason he is not revered as Vishnu and Mahesh

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  • Anonymous

    Guys, we were discussing history here a few days ago..

    A report in the Hindu newspaper about the discovery of a 2200 year old inscription in Tamil Nadu..

    ww.thehindu.com/arts/history-and-culture/article3220674.ece

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  • Anonymous

    discovery of an Inscription in Tamil-Brahmi language dated 2200 years ago

    http://www.thehindu.com/arts/history-and-culture/article3220674.ece?homepage=true

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    One more proof of rich heritage of India.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Very intersting. I hope they can recreate some knowledge of our ancient communities.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    300-year-old gold coins found near Bellary

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/300-year-old-gold-coins-found-near-Bellary/articleshow/12396234.cms

    Over 200 ancient gold coins, believed to be 300-years old, were today unearthed during a drainage work near a house at nearby Sandur.

    A total of 213 antique gold coins, depicting the images of Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and the Moon, were found by the house owner while taking up drainage work on his land, police said.

    ————

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  • Anonymous

    Now what do we have here?????????

    Revelation! Centre got Modi to do his Sadbhavana fasts

    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Revelation-Centre-got-Modi-to-do-his-Sadbhavana-fasts/928042/

    Excerpt

    The government’s home department wrote on 2-3-2012, as part of the interim reply, that the Sadbhavana fasts were organised in accordance with directives from various ministries of the central government to the state government, with an aim to preserve communal harmony in different communities in the state and to strengthen national integration and increase communal goodwill,” said the letter.

    ————

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————-
    ~~~ MUMBAI ATS TIES ITSELF IN very very funny knots ~~~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————-

    The Mumbai ATS and CBI first found SIMI to be behind Malegaon blasts. It has got their confessions.

    Then it has “got” confessions from the Aseemanand group, which he retracted.
    Congress bureau of investigations can come up with a lot of funny stories

    Now it has come up with a weird theory that the bombs were planted by SIMI, but under guidance from Aseemanand !!– as per TOI

    hai Ram !! Hai Allah !! Toba toba !!

    yeh sab kuch fixed lag raha hai…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Indian and Pakistani teams have in the past “collaborated” in match-fixing.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Very weird. Wonder it would be realisitc to get to the truth in case investigations are so complex and politically motivated.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Is that the new formula of appeasing and blaming people from both the main religions of India?

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    Good morning guys.

    One of the greatest illusion of life is that, we always believe that their is
    more time in tomorrow than today.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, A VERY GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

    Does this isslusion come only to lazy people or busy people?

    Anyway, here is one that will bring a smile to your face:

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, A VERY GOOD MORNING TO YOU.

    Does this isslusion come only to lazy people or busy people?

    Anyway, here is one that will bring a smile to your face:

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    Very good one. Sometimes I even practice this.

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    Good morning guys.

    One of the greatest illusion of life is that, we always believe that their is
    more time in tomorrow than today.

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  • Anonymous

    Do the local motion

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/IndrajitHazra/Do-the-local-motion/Article1-830410.aspx

    Excerpts

    1) The first thing that grabs your attention when you walk through the gates of the Uttar Pradesh BJP Committee office is the giant face of Atal Bihari Vajpayee looming from a billboard with the words, ‘Na ugahi, na goondayi, na bhrastachar’ (No extortion, no hooliganism, no corruption) peering down at you. This fine exhortation, coming after Battle Uttar Pradesh 2012 has been thoroughly lost for the BJP, seems less the election slogan that it was and more a bitter lesson to be learnt.

    2) Not too far away from the BJP office is the UP Congress Committee office on Mall Avenue. Unlike its BJP counterpart, the hoardings opposite the entrance of Nehru Bhavan showcases state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and her brother Vijay Bahuguna, the latter has since the poll results, become Uttarkhand chief minister. The faces of Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi are there, but are relegated to the sides. The effect of highlighting the Bahugunas and other local leaders in adjoining posters is that the Congress, unlike the other national party in UP, empowered and chose state leaders to do battle.

    That, unfortunately for the Congress, was just not how the battle actually went.

    3) GUJARAT: CONTROL ROOM

    In the BJP’s scheme of things, chief minister Modi’s government could well be an entity of its own. During the tenure of Modi’s predecessor, Keshubhai Patel, outfits such as the RSS and the VHP, as well as the BJP’s ‘national leaders’ would have a say not only in organisational and political affairs but also in the affairs of governance.

    All that ended with Modi’s arrival. He ‘centralised’ everything in the government as well as in the state unit of the BJP.

    —————-

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  • Anonymous

    Do the local motion

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/IndrajitHazra/Do-the-local-motion/Article1-830410.aspx

    Excerpts

    1) The first thing that grabs your attention when you walk through the gates of the Uttar Pradesh BJP Committee office is the giant face of Atal Bihari Vajpayee looming from a billboard with the words, ‘Na ugahi, na goondayi, na bhrastachar’ (No extortion, no hooliganism, no corruption) peering down at you. This fine exhortation, coming after Battle Uttar Pradesh 2012 has been thoroughly lost for the BJP, seems less the election slogan that it was and more a bitter lesson to be learnt.

    2) Not too far away from the BJP office is the UP Congress Committee office on Mall Avenue. Unlike its BJP counterpart, the hoardings opposite the entrance of Nehru Bhavan showcases state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi and her brother Vijay Bahuguna, the latter has since the poll results, become Uttarkhand chief minister. The faces of Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi are there, but are relegated to the sides. The effect of highlighting the Bahugunas and other local leaders in adjoining posters is that the Congress, unlike the other national party in UP, empowered and chose state leaders to do battle.

    That, unfortunately for the Congress, was just not how the battle actually went.

    3) GUJARAT: CONTROL ROOM

    In the BJP’s scheme of things, chief minister Modi’s government could well be an entity of its own. During the tenure of Modi’s predecessor, Keshubhai Patel, outfits such as the RSS and the VHP, as well as the BJP’s ‘national leaders’ would have a say not only in organisational and political affairs but also in the affairs of governance.

    All that ended with Modi’s arrival. He ‘centralised’ everything in the government as well as in the state unit of the BJP.

    —————-

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  • Anonymous

    Male version of Ms. Kiran Bedi, or should I dare to say that he is better than her ?

    Interesting interview of Ex-prison superintendent Mr. Radha Kant Saxena.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/no-one-is-absolutely-depraved-1.999184

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  • Anonymous

    I was reading a news a while ago that Mumbaikars have paid about Rs. 2.2 crores
    in fines imposed on them for spitting in just six months. I was wondering how much
    of that was paid by our fellow blogger friend – Mumbaikar.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    achchi ttang kheechi hai !

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  • Anonymous

    An article in support of Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s claim of poverty line
    of Rs. 22 and Rs. 28 for rural and urban areas respectively.

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Swaminomics/entry/poverty-has-truly-fallen-it-s-no-statistical-fudge

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    @ MOhan

    One tragedy of India is that we are still not okay with family planning. We still dont realise that the sheer numbers of India will keep us back. There is talk these days of a Young population we have.

    But it does not mean that we need to have a flood of youngsters without opportunities.

    This sarkar has paid not heed to the need for small families. And as we scout the less dvloped states we will see that high population densities have definately played a role in thier backwardness.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Few years back in India I had asked a lady who was working as a house maid at a friends place this question who had 5 children
    and was planning to have one more. This is what she told me
    ” Our children are our source of income. They start working at the age
    of ten”. Her one of the daughter of 19 years was already a mother
    of one child. Education is very very important and that can make a
    huge difference in their thinking. More important is – from where will
    the money come for their education ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Viju

    It has to be a focused effort with central/state/NGO driven programs. It does not have to be an India wide program, but concentrated in the worst offenders such as UP, Rajstan, West Bengal, Bihar, and MP.

    As I mentioned in a previous blog, UP created additional population of the size of Kerala during the last decade.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    saare mohalle mein condom baant do.

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    My son saw the movie Agent Vinod last night. He told me that the hero of the movie
    travels to so many countries that the name of the movie should be changed to
    Travel Agent Vinod.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Proves that sense of humour can be passed thru genes. Somehting which will puzzle docs …

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Your son is really funny.

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  • Dr Mishra

    Mohan, brilliant link to the male Kiran Bedi-

    http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/no-one-is-absolutely-depraved-1.999184

    “Kalu Ram Parihar was convicted for murder at the age of 17. After serving his prison term, in 1987, he opened a sweet shop. Today, Jodhpur Mishthan Bhandar in Udaipur is one of the most popular sweet shops”

    Here in UK, there is a vicious lock ‘em up campaign which has seen prison poulation go up from 55,000 in 1995 to 85, 000 today BUT VIOLENT CRIME HAS ACTUALLY TREBLED
    Rehabilitation of prisoners is a hall mark of a civilised society

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    Dr Mishra Reply:

    also this comment- “Mumbaikars have paid about Rs. 2.2 crores
    in fines imposed on them for spitting in just six months”

    thank god someone has satrted- I abs ABHOR SPITTING

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Dr. Mishra,

    Even I abhor this horrible habit, and Mahesh – I was just pulling your leg. Nothing personal.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Huh ? I thought you were encouraging me to contribute to state’s falling revenues. ;-)

    Dr Mishra Reply:

    haha that was a nice one on Mahesh

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Dr. Mishra,

    I bow with all my humility in front of these guys who are doing wonderful
    job in our country. May their tribe grow,

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  • Anonymous

    Aaj Dhanda kuch manda hai. Sitting idle nothing to do. Here is the joke of today.

    A man went to a doctor and said ” Har saal bachcha paida ho jaata hai, kya karoon ”
    Doctor : “Condom pehno.”
    Next year this gentleman again came to the doctor and said ” phir bachcha ho gaya ”
    Doctor advised him to wear two condoms.
    After one more year this man came and said the same thing ” phir bachcha ho gaya ”
    Doctor ” ab condoms poore mohale me baanto.”

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  • Anonymous

    While the picture is a testimony to the strength of our democracy/civilian control of the military, the details on domestic defence production should embarrass all of us!

    http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/why-has-india-become-the-worlds-top-arms-buyer/?scp=5&sq=india&st

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Binoy-

    It is a great picture indeed!

    It is high time we reassess the centre’s exclusive control on defence production. A US model of defence production is worth pursuing – huge companies such as General Dynamics, Martin Marietta, Boeing etc employing large number of people contribute to national security as well as economic security. Employment areas have to be created with a large growing young population we have/will have. Defence production is a huge employment cerator , especially when you couple with the multiplier opportunities.

    India should seriously consider handing over defence production to private enterprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Binoy,

    A good article. It is sad that India does not even produce normal clothes and boots
    for defense personells. An interesting comment by one the readers of that article

    ‘ It is best that India does not have a military industrial complex. The Americn military
    Industrial complex is destroying America by corrupting its politicians into going to war
    on a regular basis. We don’t want India doing that ‘

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  • Anonymous

    An Islamic ‘marriage guide’ advise men to beat their wives with ‘hand or stick or pull her by the ear.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Islamic-book-tells-husbands-to-beat-wives-with-hand-or-stick/Article1-830598.aspx

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    The name of the book is very funny “A gift to Islamic couple”…Men got the gift of danda to beat but what did women get.

    [Reply]

  • Anonymous

    Sanjay

    Regarding your comment that “fear” is short term solution (corruption, maoists….)–

    You are right; it cannot be a permanent solution, lest the society will degenerate into a fascist country..

    However, at this point in time, I would advocate that (“fear as an antidote) in the absence of functioning (I know our institutions are of course “functioning” from a Pak/Middle East or many other Latin American countries perspective; what i meant was from a “rule of law” Western advanced democracy perspective) institutions, fear aka Naxalite/Maoist, or self appointed vigilantes is one mode to get the politicians/bureaucrts to behave, and not to steal, plunder, and operate above law.
    (yes, we have to build responsive institutions, but it is another chicken and egg issue)

    At the root is human behaviour. Glaucon, the cynic in Plato’s “Republic” tells Socrates that people will behave ethically only if they thought they were being “watched”. Glaucon got it right.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    ” people will behave ethically only if they thought they were being “watched”

    How true.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi & Mohan

    1) Who will be the watchers? How many will they watch simultaneously?

    2) What is the guarantee that the watchers do not turn to be of the same ‘class’ as the watched and shake hands?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    If you remember the Emergecny was one period where the government was strong, but then power got abused. The mess can be sorted out by having no nosense adminstrators like Kiran bedi, Seshan etc make the la2ws and ensure timely punishments to the guilty.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo,

    I had applied for my passport during emergency. Before emergency it was a norm to
    pay bribes to police for clearance letter, than it would take at least six to eight months
    visiting passport office numerous times, and after paying bribe to touts you would get your passport. I got my clearance letter from police on my first visit, filled the forms and
    sent those to passport office by post. After one month I got my passport by post. Not a
    single paisa was paid by me.

    I am not advocating imposition of emergency but I wish that things would move faster
    and without bribing in government offices.

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  • Pankaj#1

    All;
    Highly recommend Nadeem Paracha to all. Read almost all Hindi satire writers, many urdu satires and some english satirists. Nadeem’s satire make a person, like me, jaded and cynical, a laugh ball. Perhaps one of the best of subcontinent.Recommend Sahity Akademi Award for him(?). Or if this is not possible, then SAARC award, equivalent to Gyanpeeth.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I will nominate him for the nobel prize…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Before that, I would like to request you to move the powers for conferring at least a Padma Bhushan our friend Vinod.

    A total wooden actor Saif was honoured by conferring on him PamaShri and now he is Agent Vinod!

    yah saraasar naainsafi hai!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    Mr. Sharma’s colleague, Mr. Sanghvi has written an article
    praising this movie Agent Vinod. Since now no one reads
    and believes what he writes about politics, is he trying his
    hand at becoming a film critic ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well he writes a lot of stuff based in bangkok as I understand. Sukhamvit street, Cowboy street and Bangkok Bookshops feature prominently in his columns. He seems intenred there.

    However after reading Vinod Mehta’s biography, I feel he was the most decent of the accused journalists.

    MK Venu, Prabhu Chawla. Barkha Dutt continued working, pretending nothing had happened. Vir Snaghvi at least said that he wanted to rethink his approach…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy,

    I have not read Mr.Mehta’s biography, and did not know what he had written about Mr. Singhvi
    Thanks for the information.

    Anonymous Reply:

    err… are you talking abour “Congress agent Vinod” ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I like it.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Brilliant.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    I have read some of his articles and no doubt he is on of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Anna Hazare fever returns to Delhi

    http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_anna-hazare-fever-returns-to-delhi_1667272

    Tricolours, Anna caps, patriotic songs – the day-long protest had all its usual ingredients with almost 2,000 people assembled at the venue much before Anna Hazare arrived, after his visit to Rajghat.

    ———-

    Delhi resident Vijay Narayan Seth claimed: “It is easy to criticise. The methods used by Team Anna won’t do much.”

    —————

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  • Anonymous

    From the Philippines, with gratitude

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/from-the-philippines-with-gratitude/927646/0

    o

    The Honourable Finance Minister of India

    Dear sir,

    I wish to introduce myself as the finance minister of the Philippines.

    I am truly grateful for all the actions that your excellent ministry has been undertaking these past few years, which have helped the BPO industry in the Philippines a great deal. You may be aware that the Philippines BPO industry has been growing much faster than its Indian counterpart and is now all set to overtake the Indian industry, which till a decade ago was viewed by all of us with wonderment, awe and envy. We never dreamed that our country could be in the same league as India. But then we were earlier not well-informed about your income tax department, the frequent and arbitrary changes in rules that emanate from this department and the vicious harassment of Indian IT and BPO industries which over the last several years has become a concerted strategy of this great department. We in the Philippines count the Indian income tax authorities among our best friends.

    —————–

    But the more I dug into it, the more obvious it became to me that the Indian government is full of Friends of the Philippines and Friends of China. Your tax authorities are actually going back several years in time and raising demands on “service export revenues” (sorry — they are right — “body shopping revenues”), forcing your large, successful, world class companies to pay up, make provisions, issue guarantees and generally get weakened financially.

    ————-

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  • Pankaj#1

    Mohan;
    I do not believe that Mumbaikars paid so much fine for spitting. Spitting ke liye jagah hi kahan hai? Read somewhere that when a Mumbai dog visited Nashik, and met with a Nashik dog, both greeted each other with traditional tail wagging. Nashik dog noticed that Mumbai dog’s tails was going up and down in place of conventional side by side, he asked, why this strange pattern of greetings? Mumbai one told, wahan jagah hi kahan hai, side per hilane ke liye? Story sounds a bit exaggerated, Mumbai dog sounds like a liar, what is your say?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj ji,

    lagta hai, aaj kal mauj-masti, hasin-mazak ke taraf aap bhi apna interest dikha rahe hain.

    This dog story is seriously funny. Scary if you think more about it.

    It is time Mumbaikars stopped looking at the sun for spitting in the air and started looking inward.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Shenoy Sahab;
    Thanks for the compliment. I see, we Indians react very strongly to any well meaning comment also. I love all of them but fearful to hurt them, just in case. Try to send subtle messages in the guise of jokes but I enjoy good jokes immensely. Ab jindagi main jyada shauk bache nahin hain. I had posted some time back about our past leaders, I see Krishna Menon’s wit and Rajaji’s sagacity in you, but at the same time, har koi aap ke prasad ke liye Supatra nahin hai.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    May be it has something to do with ‘ Sanghis ‘.

    Shenoy, undoubtedly is the master. We have regularly seen
    funny side of Vijay, humorous gems from Ashish and
    lately brilliant humorous jokes/anecdotes from you. I sometimes try to chip in.

    We, ‘Sanghis’ do have a little bit of sense of humour.

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    Please do not treat me at par with you people. I am a student and you people are masters.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I think you should float a national Joke party as anyway most of the other parties have become a joke, without being funny !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj ji,

    when I was first posted to the INA Colony branch in 1972, I had the good fortune of personally meeting the great Krishna Menon. He used to visit the bank personally and I loved to be of service to him.
    He was a great human being. This is my impression even today.

    In 1978, I also met our then PM, Morarji Desai in his house during the morning “dharmadarshan”. Later, I had the great occasion to shake hands with Chaudhary Charan Singh in his office.

    I have the greatest regard and admiration for Rajaji for his superior intellect, rare wit and moral courage.

    But, I am an ordinary human being.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    Here is the link .

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Mumbaikars-cough-up-2crore-for-spitting/articleshow/12397625.cms

    By the way I can understand the situation of the poor dog from Mumbai.
    Try sometimes travelling by local trains at peak hours, I promise, you will
    ‘enjoy’ the best time of your life.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Na baba;
    Teesre ko khada karne ki ab himmat nahin hai. Aur fir mumbai ke mawali, toba toba.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    As they say, Singapore is the ” Finest city in World”. maximum fines for civic infringements. Hope, mumbaikars are not trying” Singapuri”.

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  • Anonymous

    @ Gopi

    I think you gave a good idea that we need to focus on a few problemsstated to get family planning into the picture again.

    Women’s empowerment and urbanisation and education are natural contraceptives.

    However I strongly feel that the we as a nation have still not inderstood the implication of the 1,200,00,000 number. Right now we are 300 million who are consurmers but once the entire population becomes consumers we will be fighting wars over land and water.

    Being from the building industry I can say that even if we manage to buil houses for 1.2 billion, we would have stripped of all top soil. And if we plan to give thermal power to all… well we will be very majorly polluted. Hydel power is already a jinx with activists putting a spanner there. Thermal is polluting…. So that is it !

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    ~~~ A JOKE FOR ALL THE JOKESTERS !!! and anybody who can smile :) ~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————-

    Mohan and Shenoy, both of you are from a bank background so you will enjoy it more… as it has been told to me by my banker, a senior guy. And Pankaj… you talked about waning desires.

    here is a true one for you guys
    ———————————————

    My bank manager is a full reservoir of jokes and though 15 yrs older to me, quite open. Some time back, when I was trying to negotiate a limit, the topic changed to my bachelor status and he called me lucky.

    “Arre boss… I have missed out some years of fun, ” I ruefully said.

    Now this manager looks as serious as Sanjeev kumar, the late actor and as expressive. He lowered his voich.

    “Vijay… the thing is, when you get married the initial days are really fun, you really look forward to the night, ” he paused, ” and in case your wife bolts the bedroom door… and parents and kids are outside… and you are in… well you can sing… Hum thum, ek kamre mein band ho….!”

    I got slightly embaressed at the turn the conversation had taken, as I know his wife and family well.

    But then he delivered the knockout punch, ” But now… if the wife closes the door and chitakani band kar de.. that is latch it….. G_ _ _ _ P_ _ _ jaati hai !!!!!!!!!!!! “

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Viju

    its very easy to laugh at people from the other side of the fence !

    Anyway it seems that the blog is in a fun moday today!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Very very funnny.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vijay;
    Thanks for the insight of a bank manager’s funny side. You are lucky. Back in India, bank managers were a formidable figures for me and I use to feel always, inadequate, asking them meager loans for my motor cycle etc.In my youth, I was a big fan of Royal enfield.
    Your lines about Married and Bachelors reminded me of a saying:
    Married man lives a life, like a dog and dies like a king. Bachelors, live life like a king and dies like a dog.
    Rahe hotels main and mare Aspatal main.
    These are two life styles. No Joke here, but simple observations of yesteryears. Nothing personal here either.
    No message or joke here.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankajji

    Now you have given good reason to Vijay to eat the laddoo… and diwscover whether it is poison or pastry !

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  • Pankaj#1

    Mohan;
    Read your comments about emergency some 3 minutes back. so you are still alive and on your computers.
    I have seen state power from very close quarters and if I say that I have shaken hands with Indira Gandhi, it is no joke. Personal secreatary of Indira Gandhi, V.S. Tripathi, IAS, a very powerful man and a thorough gentelman, who is credited with Micro Tower scheme, was a close family friend. He belonged to a small district and cricket team of that district was being captained by my friend. later this friend became, Ranji empire and was a superintendent engineer in government. He narrated to me that one day, Aakashwani people approached him, asking to be facilitated for broadcasting a running commentary for their district level final match. AAKSHWANI, APPROACHING A NON DESCRIPT PERSON, FOR PERMISSION TO BROADCAST CRICKET COMMENTARY? That is state power. Many good things happened during emergency. Wish, India, on its own functions like emergency days without emergency.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    The effects of the emergency diminished proportionally as one went further away from New Delhi.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Agree with you here. Lowly placed officials thought that emergency is power without accountability.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    I was still in my teens when I had applied for my passport and came to Dubai in the same year. Frankly did not know much about emergency or it’s effect at that time. Never
    used to read any paper and TV had not yet arrived at our small town in Gujarat. When I received my passport by post my father told me to thank emergency because of which
    I was saved from the hassles. Later in my life read extensively about emergency, heard
    many stories in favour of and against this period of emergency which was loved by few
    but hated by many.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Sorry mohan;
    disagree with you. it is only : Nasbandi, pushed forcibally, was the main hate generator. Though near to power, never misused it. I remained a common person. the kind of discipline I saw during those days, was an eye opener fpor me. Indians understand only danda??

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    As I said that I was very young at that time and had left India during emergency. Much
    later in my life I read and heard stories from some of my acquaintances . I personally
    did not feel/see any effects emergency.

  • Anonymous

    Shan

    Economic review paints a rosy picture

    http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=404240&catid=42

    Excerpt

    But what has been said in the book is far from reality. Two major flyovers funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) at Parama island and Vivekananda Road are running behind schedule and have not been included in the list of ongoing projects (page 182: 8.31) taken up by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA).

    The Cooch Behar airport was upgraded for commercial operation. The inaugural flight was flagged off by the chief minister on 19 July 2011. But the services were suspended and till date the operation could not be restored.

    Similarly, the state government is facing stiff opposition from villagers whose land would be acquired for the proposed Aerotropolis project in Andal. The review stated that the work on the project is going on smoothly hiding the real picture.

    —————-

    Budget: Opp gets vocal, others mumble

    http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=404239&catid=42

    Excerpt

    The Budget speech reads more like an address at a chamber of commerce than an in-depth study of the means of raising revenue and allocating them for various departments which usually characterise such a speech, a minister told reporters at the Assembly lobby. In his budget speech, the state finance minister, Mr Amit Mitra, makes no mention of the “heads” which would yield revenue and its subsequent allotment, the minister regretted.

    Moreover, Union government funds have been included in the state budget, he said. The introduction of entry tax, which had been withdrawn in all other states, would lead to further price rise, the minister apprehended. In a chain reaction, it would lead to corruption and delay delivery of goods to the market, he added.

    It’s a pity that I am not in the Opposition, as I cannot criticise it on the floor of the House, a Trinamul legislator said. Imagine what I had to go through when I spoke in its support, another legislator said.

    Going hammer and tongs at the budget, he described it as “directionless”. Mr Subhas Naskar, an RSP MLA, said that to conceal its shortcoming its draws attention to the so-called “debt burden” inherited from the Left Front government. Neither any state in the country nor the Union government is sans any debt, he added.

    The chief minister, Miss Mamata Banerjee, who had flooded the state with promises, has refused to disclose the source of funds which will help implement these projects, Mr Naskar said. Miss Banerjee is forgetting that this is a budget in which all information should be above board.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is getting hackneyed , PREDICTABLE and downright stupid.
    However chew on this
    Kolkata, Dec. 8:

    The West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday called upon industrialists to invest generously in the IT sector in the State while reiterating that her government was ready to provide all the necessary support to them.

    “Our Government is keen to see development in the IT sector. Our Government has already decided to set up a new IT policy and I reiterate my government’s commitment on it,” Ms Banerjee said while addressing IT industry mandarins at Infocom.

    According to her, the Government will set up IT hubs in Tier-II towns of Durgapur, Haldia, Kalyani, Siliguri and other parts of the State.
    Some more to chew
    In a recent Bengal Leads ceremony in Kolkata, the boss man at TVS Motors announced his plans to increase their production capacities. TVS is the third largest two wheeler manufacturer in India and they are planning to bring out more bikes on the road. As claimed by Mr. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman & MD, TVS Motors, the Ulberia plant will soon be used to produce a considerable chunk of TVS motorcycles.
    Yet some more to chew
    Good News for West Bengal. Renowned car manufacturing company volkswagen has shown interest to build up their factory in our state. They have sent a letter to WB govt. mentioning their interest and asked for a land of 200
    acre near Kolkata. For the first time an international Company shows interest to invest in West Bengal after Tata.

    This 75 years old company had sent their first letter concerning this issue in last December. After that they had also sent a few letters through Union Rail Minister Dinesh Trivedi. Soon they are coming for examining land and also having a chat with the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

    The head office of volkswagen is in Germany. But their business in the South-east Asian countries have been controlled from Dubai. The head office has already ordered Dubai to send a team in Kolkata.
    ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY , A STUDENT’S PROGRESS IS DECIDED AFTER THE END OF TERM EXAM , NOT AT THE BEGINING OF TERM

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shan,

    ‘ A student’s progress is decided after the end of term exam, not at the beginning of
    the term ‘ .

    I liked your this line. And yes, we should wait and watch.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am just posting links to what is being reported in the media. I am not very optimistic either.

    “A STUDENT’S PROGRESS IS DECIDED AFTER THE END OF TERM EXAM , NOT AT THE BEGINNING OF TERM”

    Not necessarily, if you follow the semester system – weekly/monthly milestones also count and if the progress is not up to the mark, the student counselor gets into the act. I see no counselors in sight.

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  • Anonymous

    100 km from Karachi, 500 years back in time
    Sajjad Ashraf – formerly in the Pakistan Foreign Service, is adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/100-km-from-karachi-500-years-back-in-time/928233/0

    Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province, constituting 43 per cent of its territory with just 4 per cent of its population, is undergoing another spell of violence, leading to calls for independence by the Baloch nationalist leadership.

    Strategically located, Balochistan provides the shortest land link to Afghanistan and to fast-developing western China. It has 700 km of Arabian Sea coastline, close to the Straits of Hormuz from where nearly one-sixth of world’s oil supplies pass. It is mineral-rich with potentially some of the biggest mines of gold and copper. Natural gas, first extracted here in 1954, has fuelled Pakistan’s economy for nearly 50 years. The area is also the logical route for the Iran-Pakistan-India energy corridor. Allegedly the home of Quetta Shura, the consultative body of Afghan resistance, its low population makes it easy prey for overseas predators.
    ————

    Read on.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar,
    balochistan is asking help from world. When world will hear that Guhar?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Balochistan can never be free because Pakistan is now a nuclear power. It can become free only if pakistani punjab becomes highly unstable and looses its firm grip over other provinces (nations).

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is a larger context – Baluchi people are spread over three countries – Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. So if there is going to be an independent Baluchistan, it may have to be carved out of these three countries, which would make the task very difficult.

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  • Anonymous

    Pak’s deputy attorney gen works off Taliban’s sins at Delhi gurdwaras

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paks-deputy-attorney-gen-works-off-Talibans-sins-at-Delhi-gurdwaras/articleshow/12407550.cms

    A man in a maroon kurta sits hunched on the floor on Sunday afternoon, polishing the shoes of devotees at a room in Delhi’s Gurdwara Rakabganj. It’s a common sight in gurdwaras, except that this man is Pakistan’s deputy attorney general, Muhammad Khurshid Khan, who had requested he be allowed to perform seva ( community service) at the shrine.

    ———-

    Read on.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    Very moving story. Hil gaye bhaiyya.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A rare muslim and pakistani. He must be a Kafir in the eyes of puritans .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manohar,

    Thanks for the link. I salute this person. We need such people in all communities to
    bring harmony.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Agree.

    Some of the comments under the news story are reprehensible.

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  • Pankaj#1

    All;
    Consequent to manohar’s story regarding a pakistani Attorney General, doing SEVA at Gurudwars Rakabganj, I went to TOI. Found an article written by Jawed Akhtar. Was tempted to visit his house, about a year and half back, when I stayed at Landsend Taj, Bandra, Mumbai from where, jawed and Shahrukh’s house are at stone throw distance.
    A fellow blogger had visited Bhopal few weeks back. Did some research and found Bhopal a fascinating cirt. First laurels:
    1. First Prime Minister of united India: Barkatullah Khan, Government in exile, contemporary of Subhash Chandra Bose.
    2. Jawed Akhtar: nationally acclaimed poet and Script writer.
    3. Inammur Rahman: international hockey player, many International and olympian hockey players from Bhopal.
    4. Nawb pataudi: heir of Bhopal riyasat after independence.
    5. Shaharyar Khan: Foreign Secretary of Pakistan and Cricket Board Chief.
    Now ignominity:
    1. Abdul Kadir khan: Thief in Chief of nuclear programme of Pakistan.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    All;
    In the field of films and entertainment:
    1.Abrar Alvi: Sahab biwi Aur Gulam: Director.
    2. Murad: Quintessential Zamindar.Do Bigha Zamin.
    3. Raja Murad Bhopali. Son of Murad.
    4. Shakila Bano Bhopali: Female Qawwal of yore.
    5. Asad Bhopali: Famous Lyricist of sixties.
    6. Surma Bhopali: Jagdeep, No he was from Karnataka. Sholay, but played to hilt.
    7. Salim: Father of Salman, Co- writer of Jawed in Sholay, Janjeer and numerous other films, From Indore, a sister town of Bhopal.
    8. A lyricist from Bhopal in film Pakeeza. Some Bhopali.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    1) A lyricist from Bhopal in film Pakeeza. Some Bhopali.

    Kaif Bhopali

    2) Inammur Rahman: international hockey player,
    He is the finest reverse flick artiste I have ever seen – a joy to watch.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Manohar

    Missing from the list is:

    Mohsin Bhopali a poet who left India for Pakistan in 1947.

    जब तेरी याद का तूफ़ान गुज़र जायेगा
    दिल किसी और समंदर में उतर जायेगा

    In my very subjective opinion Javed is a better poet than his father Jan Nissar Akhtar, but is not as good as his father in law as well as his maternal uncle. Both of them were great poets.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Welcome back. Long time no see ?
    p.s. : One hour since your post and no gaali giloch from your “fan club” yet ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You may have spoken too soon.

    Abhi to saaraa din baaqi hai.

    AshishC Reply:

    Hiiiii Raviiiii :D

    Anonymous Reply:

    That is not “gaali giloch” – Please try better next time. ;-)

    Anonymous Reply:

    ???????

    Anonymous Reply:

    A lame attempt at pulling his legs.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I must be dumb not to realise that.

    The gaali-galoch Toli is a different one.

    AshishC Reply:

    Difficult to live upto your exacting standards, I see :D

    Ravi Reply:

    Hello Ashish

    Enjoyed reading your posts

    Ravi Reply:

    Mahesh Sahib

    Ghalib has said the last word on gaali giloch. Here for you to savor.

    कितने शीरीं हैं तेरे लब के रकीब
    गलियां खाके बेमज़ा ना हुआ

    Anonymous Reply:

    BTW this piece of lyrics….
    जब तेरी याद का तूफ़ान गुज़र जायेगा
    दिल किसी और समंदर में उतर जायेगा

    Doesn’t it metaphorically rhyme with ……
    “…It is better to be off with the old love
    before you get on with the new….”.

    Ravi Reply:

    That might be one interpretation, it is quite a modern ghazal Tahira Syed sang it

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Manohar;
    You have widened my knowledge.

  • Pankaj#1

    Shenoy Sahab;
    Saare mohalle main…
    Reminded me of a joke,
    Wife; Aaj kaisa raha? nahin maja nahin Aaya.
    Next day, Aaj kaisa raha? maja nahin Aaya.
    Wife: pata nahin, inhen hi kyun maja nahin Aaya, mohalle main to kisi ne bhi koi shikayat nahin KIi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    Paraye maal ka mazaa hi Kuch aur hota hai.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, Pankaj ji,

    here is a related, almost real incident.

    The malkin of the house took the maid to task for her sloppy work.
    The hugely upset and angry maid tells her malkin, “you are simply jealous of me because I am better than you in bed”.
    The shocked malkin asked her, “who told you? your malik?”
    The maid, “No, your driver”.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Engrich;
    Tum Film ” BOL” dekh lo. Tumahare 10 gunah Maaf. Agar sabak le sako to.

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  • Anonymous

    The Power to do nothing
    Santosh Desa

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Citycitybangbang/entry/the-power-to-do-nothing

    Excerpts

    The question that arises is if there is any point at which power becomes dysfunctional. The implicit legitimacy of hanging on to power by successive acts of compromise must surely reach a stage where any more accommodation of the other side makes the very idea of being in power redundant. Worse, the compulsions of staying in power might push the government not only towards inaction, of which India has a long and glorious history, but of action with long-term and potentially far-reaching consequences.

    ———–

    Totalling up the balance sheet, there seem to very few advantages to staying in power. No possibility of any affirmative legislative action, the chance of being forced to take damaging decisions, the ignominy of looking limp and utterly helpless, the prospect of diminishing the aura around key leaders, the likelihood of running out of allies, the loss of self-confidence and belief within the party and of course the rapidly reducing opportunities to make money.

    Given this scenario, mid-term elections may not be such a bad thing for the UPA. It may not go into the elections believing that it can win but it can potentially limit the damage to its prospects that might occur if it waits in this condition till 2014. Alternatively, it can choose to strike a temporary deal with a party like the SP, give itself a short lease of life and go out with its legislative guns blazing. That way, it can go into the elections with a sense of martyrdom, having failed in its ambitious plans because of the intransigence of its allies. Given the track record of the present government such decisive action seems unlikely. Slow decay and inglorious death seems be on the menu.

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  • AshishC

    The Orissa MLA who was abducted seems like someone who did not quite fit our stereotype of a venal politician. In fact, it is being suggested that he was abducted precisely because his local development initiatives angered the Maoists.
    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/maoists-abduct-tribal-orissa-mla-who-boldly-took-them-on/927937/

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I thought it was revenge for the highhandedness of this MLA.. Looks like you cannot trust Maoists too!

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    AshishC Reply:

    I have been following this story.. it seems this MLA is everything that you want your MLA to be. Now, it does not help the Naxalites, does it? I mean, their black and white way of looking at every member of the “establishment”- as exploiters.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    actually, you cannot trust any of these MLAs. Nobody can predict which MLA gets the crazy idea of serving the people, even occasionally.

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  • AshishC

    During cabinet meetings, the standard practice is to put the phones on “Manmohan mode” :-P
    - courtesy the Economist
    Vinodji wanted a “credible newspaper like the Economist”- now he has it!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    How I wish and pray that Manmohan opens his mouth and asks Digvinash ji, Manish Tewari ji and Rahul G to shut up.

    History will remember him in case he gets the country back to the track it was on 2 years back, before Digvinashji tried to undercut him to portray Rahul G as fair and handsome.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    that would be the real 3G.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Jokes apart..
    The article itself has some heartening things to say about India
    For many Indians, a decade-long boom has brought obvious gains. Some are physical: a study in the National Medical Journal of India last year, looking at children among India’s wealthier population, found that at the age of 18 boys are 4.5cm taller and 4kg heavier than they were in 1992, when economic reforms had just got going. That seems to be down to better food and less disease.

    The good that’s been done

    Poorer Indians are apparently doing better too. An official study published on March 19th assesses the desperately needy, defined as rural-dwellers who earn a pitifully low 22 rupees ($0.44) or less each day (29 rupees for those in cities). Their number fell by 52m over five years, from 407m in 2004 to 355m in 2009; that’s a number lifted out of poverty equivalent to the entire population of South Africa (though still a fraction of China’s achievement). Critics are right to say that for almost a third of the population to remain in such penury is a terrible thing, and to note that if the measure of poverty is raised to $1.25 day, the total swells by tens of millions. But on that measure, too, there have been gains.

    Figures just released from last year’s census give further cause for hope. The country’s 247m households, two-thirds of them rural, have seen literacy rates rise to 74% from 65% in 2001; 63% now have phones, up from just 9%; nearly 60% have a bank account; 93% of those in towns and cities have at least some access to electricity, two-thirds cook on gas, and so on.

    Read more…
    http://www.economist.com/node/21551050

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Great. It means that certain things will happen (being on auto pilot) no matter who is in power or should it be credited to the party in power?

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    AshishC Reply:

    I think we are riding on auto-pilot. I will hate to live with “what would have been” feeling … this country deserves much better management and leadrrship.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    your posts are fast approaching the thin dividing line that separates what is permissible fun and what is offensively funny. Yours fall in the latter category inviting application of Sibbalian law of censorship.

    Don’t grumble like some of us keep doing that Sanjay has made your posts disappear. You are already warned.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Shenoy,
    arre sirji, gustaki maaf. Main to sirf Vinodji-ka favourite newspaper (as opposed to the terrible Time)ko quote kar raha tha..
    Don’t shoot the messsenger.
    As Sibal would say, there is zero loss of reputation.
    And, I don’t even know if my posts dispappear after posting- I never go back and check.

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  • Anonymous

    —————————————————————————————————————————–
    ~~~ WILL OUR VINODJI GET THE RAJYA SABHA SEAT ? ~~~~
    —————————————————————————————————————————-

    I think this issue will unite all of us bloggers. That VInod Sharma should get a Rajya Sabha seat now.

    In case the bloggers out here were to vote, Then from different parts of the globe– Pankaj in US, Mohan in Dubai, Dr Mishra in UK , me in Delhi, Shenoy in Banglore and Gopi in kerala would vote for Vinod Sharma.

    Mohan’s vote will be a joke

    Balwinder will send his vote along with a promise of party with Robin (who?) of the labour party.

    Shan will send his vote with a note —- (not cash, but a treatise on how we need to learn from Anglos Saxons)

    Even Ravi and ENgrich will send donkeys from Tora Bora to deliver the ballot paper.

    C’mon Vinod ji go for it…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    But only Ravi and engrich will get invites to the oath-taking ceremony and Vinodji’s private dinner at Taj Intercontinental, as separated-at-birth guests.

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    AshishC Reply:

    When you say Rajya Sabha seat, you mean one in the visitor’s gallery, correct?

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  • Anonymous

    What is this army chief upto?

    BJP has to stop calling for the government to quit on each and every allegation.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Any idea when did this incident happen ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The following does not say when this happened.

    ————

    I was offered a bribe of Rs. 14 crore, says Army Chief

    The country will soon see the sutradhar of the date of birth drama’

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3223758.ece

    The Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, has alleged that an equipment lobbyist offered him a bribe of Rs. 14 crore, which he reported to Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony.

    ————
    Read on

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi

    Why it cannot wait for investigation re: allegation be completed? Is the BJP in some hurry?

    If the BJP would have been in power and some allegation was made, whom would they ask to quit – the opposition?

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  • AshishC

    A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Rahul Gandhi fans.
    Not really knowing what a Rahul Gandhi fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny.
    The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different… again. Little Johnny said, “Because I’m not a Rahul Gandhi fan.”

    The teacher asked, “Why aren’t you a fan of Rahul Gandhi?” Johnny said, “Because I’m a BJP supporter.”

    The teacher asked him why he’s a BJP supporter. Little Johnny answered, “Well, my Mom’s a BJP supporter, and my Dad’s a BJP supporter, so I’m a BJP supporter.”

    Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, “If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?”

    With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, “That would make me a Rahul Gandhi fan”

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ashish;
    Great One.

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  • Anonymous

    The link to news item about the Pakistan’s deputy attorney general has been removed.

    Disqus is playing tricks?

    ————-

    Pak’s deputy attorney gen works off Taliban’s sins at Delhi gurdwaras

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paks-deputy-attorney-gen-works-off-Talibans-sins-at-Delhi-gurdwaras/articleshow/12407550.cms

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    Ravi Reply:

    Manohar

    For a complete understanding of this gesture, one has to ask, why he chose the Sikh Temple.

    Gurdwara Rakab Ganj is about a mile away from a very big Hanuman Temple. Why did he not choose that?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Please read the full story. Probably because one Sikh- Jaspal Singh – was beheaded in Pakistan.

    It also says he visits churches and temples in Pakistan.

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    Ravi Reply:

    I have read the full story as well as most of the comments it attracted.

    I still wonder if his simple act of remorse was triggered by that specific atrocity, or is there some other – benign – motive both at personal as well as at political gesture level.

    His choice of Rakab Ganj, as opposed to Sis Ganj/Bangla Sahib, is telling. I do not know the answer, but I do wonder why he made the choice he made.

    I ask only because I believe him to be a sophisticated and a kind hearted person.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Your guess is as good as mine.

    He must have his reasons for whatever he is doing and I would leave it at that.

    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Gurudwara Rakabganj is in a comparatively secluded place. It does not have big crowds of sisganj and bangala sahib Gurudwara. May be this could be an explaination.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It may be due to security reasons.

    Ravi Reply:

    Manohar

    Furthermore, many more Hindus, including Doctors have been slaughtered. They deserve just as much of an apology as do those who are impacted by the slaying of Jaspal Singh.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Only he can answer that and perhaps he is doing it in his own little way.

    Ravi Reply:

    I do not doubt his sincerity. It takes guts to do what he did.

    I respect him for that.

  • AshishC

    Manmohan Singh was likened just now (by a friend on Facebook) to a driver of an overloaded truck asleep at the wheels. He goes on to wonder, “and we crib because the truck is moving slowly? Tsk, tsk?”

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  • Anonymous

    Just desserts for Kejriwal & Co.!!!
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    Team Anna comes under sharp attack in Lok Sabha

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3233322.ece?homepage=true

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    Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that by speaking against democratic institutions, the civil society members were indirectly inviting dictatorship.

    She said while on the one hand, it wants the Lokpal Bill to be cleared by Parliament and on the other, it was accusing the MPs of being corrupt.

    She said if MPs were “looters”, “corrupt” and “rapists”, then why did Team Anna send three of its demands to be incorporated in a resolution passed by Parliament?

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    Several NDA members were seen supporting Nirupam’s demand that a probe must be ordered to ascertain who was supporting Team Anna.

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    Missing Ishwar

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  • Pankaj#1

    All;
    Har ek baat pe kahate ho ki Tu kya hai(aur kyun hai).
    Tumhi kaho ke ye andaz e Guftagu kya hai(aur kyun hai).

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    Ravi Reply:

    All

    बना है शाह का मुसाहिब और फिरे है इतराता
    वर्ना ग़ालिब की शहर में आबरू क्या है

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Ravi for completion.

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  • Pankaj#1

    All;
    This Guest bhai is desperate to join this blog. Wonder, what he is writing that deserve censor. Unless he is downright abusing, would love to see his arguments. Argumentative Indians ??

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    Anonymous Reply:

    My post re:Pakistan’s deputy attorney general was changed to Guest and removed.

    ????????????

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Manohar;
    This guest appears to be a wandering soul, he appears in different papers and some time get deleted there also.

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  • Anonymous

    Gopi and others

    We have been discussing likely international wars and conflicts over water in the future.

    We Indians are one better than the rest, we are fighting among ourselves.

    Don’t release a single drop of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu: Top Karnataka Congress leader

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dont-release-a-single-drop-of-Cauvery-water-to-Tamil-Nadu-Top-Karnataka-Congress-leader/articleshow/12415876.cms

    “Not even a single drop of Cauvery river water should be released to Tamil Nadu”, Siddaramaiah said, noting that the water-sharing is a delicate issue that whips up passion. He noted that there is already drinking water shortage in Mysore and Bangalore. He appealed to the government to take firm and tough stand on the issue, adding, “injustice” has been done to Karnataka in the final order passed by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in February 2007.

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  • Pankaj#1

    I believe, Sher is: Itne shirin he tere lab ke e Galib, Galiyan kha ke bemaza na hua.
    Raqueeb ki to Galib utar ke rakh deta.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is something truly interesting about “shirin”.
    It is both sweet sounding and literally translates to sweet.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Very popular name, being adopted amongst non muslims as well.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    True. Knew somebody born in Hindu religion with this name.

    Ravi Reply:

    Sweetness has no religion

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, but expression differs from culture to culture (AFAIK, origin of “shirin” is Persian).

    Ravi Reply:

    Mahesh that is true, and be prepared for a surprise.

    The wrod Divar (as in wall) is of turkish origin and I am at a loss to find a true Hindi equivalent of it.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Marathi has several Urdu words too. Khidki, Darwaaza, Purdah (pronunciation is slightly different) .
    AFAIK “purdah” has no equivalent “native” word.

    Ravi Reply:

    शाएर का नाम सिर्फ मकते में ज़ाहिर होता है.

    इस ग़ज़ल का मक्ता है.

    कुछ तो पढ़िये के लोग कहते हैं
    आज ‘ग़ालिब’ ग़ज़लसरा ना हुआ

    ग़ज़ल का मतला है.

    दर्द मिन्नत कशे दवा ना हुआ
    मैं ना अछा हुआ बुरा ना हुआ

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks.

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  • Pankaj#1

    All;
    Many of my posts have disappeared, latest one, which I wrote to Mahesh is also no where to be seen. Vinod ji, main to Aap ki Rajya Sabha ki seat ka supporter hun. Phir yeh zulm kyun? Chalo, Aap partial nahin hain, sab ko ek hi Aankh se dekhte hain( Not Ranjit Singh).

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  • Pankaj#1

    Mahesh;
    I would like to repeat my post again, though, I will never do it again in future, as feelings and emotions get stale in a repeat post.
    Chai la, has different connotation in different parts of india.We should not take abuses too seriously.
    A real incident is illustrative of that good humour and quick wittedness can overcome an adversary easily.
    At a busy Airport, when a flight was cancelled, there were long Ques at different counters. A person got very restless and pushed himself to the front of line and demanded immediate attention, Lady agent said that she can not attend to him and he should come in line. After showering some abuses, that man said, Fu.. you. The lady said, Sir, even for that, please come in Q. There was an uprporious laughter and the man sulked back to his place. That is power of restrain and good humor.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj bhau,
    Tone and tenor naam ki bhi koyee cheez hoti hai. It is not just “gaali” – the intonement counts too.
    That said – your point is well recieved.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mahesh;
    Agree with you. In weddings in North India, Gaalis are sung, mainly by bride’s side ladies, abusing father in law of the girl. They are never four letter word gaalis but short of that, this man is cursed in full view of people and father in law, just smiles. I am sure, this is being still maintained in the hinterland of North.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is funny story behind why Navjot Singh Sidhu returned back to India mid-tour while playing against England.
    Indian humor is laced with abuses and can at time hurt feelings.

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Rajeev;
    I believe, Indian repertoire of Gaalis, is the richest one in world. May be as this is the weapon of choice for weaks.

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  • Arj

    This is classic.

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  • Arj

    Thank God for Okhil Chandra Sen, else Indians would still be flinging their dungs out the window from moving trains.

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  • sanjeeb

    In this tough time also it brought me a long smile……excellent

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  • viv

    You have raised a Sen-sitive issue!Bansal Ji, hmmmmm!

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