If only netas could play a Salman!



I briefly met Bollywood star Salman Khan here in Lucknow. Initially he looked quite shy, unlike his celluloid image. As the guests in a crowded hall cheered him, girls offering him red roses, he stood tight-lipped. I prodded him to say something, even narrate some dialogue of his new film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, for whose promotion he was visiting the city. But he stood quiet, disappointing me and many. I wondered as to how he could be so damn dumb that he could only render dialogues written by his directors!

However, he still stood out amongst others, simply because of the sentiments he had for the old and kids. “I avoid crowded receptions held for me as often children come with their grandparents. I don’t mind if teenagers get pushed and jostled but can’t stand same happening to small kids or old people.”

The man definitely has a golden heart. And again this was at display recently when he sent 2500 tankers to drought hit areas of Maharashtra. This reminded me of the disgusting comment powerful minister Ajit Pawar had made sometime back: ‘I can’t pee…’

I just wondered why we can’t have more Salman Khan’s in this country brimming with moneyed netas. A study has confirmed what is commonly believed that majority of our MPs are members of the millionaires’ club — to be precise 315 of the 543 Lok Sabha members and 100 out of 250 Rajya Sabha members are crorepatis. And when UP can boast of 271 crorepati legislators, more than 50% of the state assembly’s strength of 403, I am sure Maharashtra, with Mumbai as the country’s financial capital, will have a much larger number.

Why can’t our politicians play a Salman Khan? Why they always look at empty government coffers when it comes to providing relief and not at their overflowing personal funds? Tankers would cost the moneyed a few peanuts but it will get them loads of satisfaction.

Sharad Pawarji, are you listening.

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  • Anonymous

    While vinod gave a good advice in the last para, his whole focus was on Anna and his team (or lack of a team), their issues and nothing on the corruption itself in all aspects of the government.

    The country would not have needed an Anna if Vinod and his co journalists did their job – relentless pursuit/exposure, coverage until the issue is resolved/prevented etc .

    In fact, many journalists “poopooed” Amir Khan for bringing up some of the issues – mostly social corruption – in his Satyameva Jaayte progarm.

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  • Anonymous

    India’s electricity/infrastructure woes in two graphs:
    Washington Post 6th Aug

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=indian+infrastructure+woes+in+two+graphs&oq=indian+infrastructure+woes+in+two+graphs&gs_l=hp.3…15927.30506.0.31364.40.27.0.13.13.1.351.4112.5j18j1j3.27.0…0.0…1c.OrBywuDWJLo&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=9600a25012b85218&biw=1001&bih=391

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/06/indias-infrastructure-woes-in-two-graphs/

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/08/06/indias-infrastructure-woes-in-two-graphs/

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    anil Reply:

    Very well researched article but the thing is if something is well researched, by definition this is a burden on Indian political class. It is therefore not meant for the political class to understand.
    This is the crux of the matter and there lies the irony!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Binoy,
    These issues fairly known here. Power infrastructure is just one part of the problem.
    The administration needs to be -
    1> Competent
    2> Empowered
    3> Accountable
    Which , it is not.
    And hence the growing popularity for private participation.
    Incidentally, the private participation is going to have somewhat similar issues and lesser accountability.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    Three nice words – Who is suppose to make the administration
    Competent, Empowered and Accountable ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan ,
    There is nothing new in the story of incompetent political class.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, in politicians ki upparwale ne ek alag hi breed banai hai.

    vijay ! Reply:

    They have made Gujarat a power surplus state. The electricity board too is profitable. Can we learn from them?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,
    If you are hinting at Mr. Modi’s achievements – it is going to be a very very hard sell with me. I strongly hold the view that a very larger part of Mr. Modi’s “achievements” are PR hot air and un-sustainable deficits. More on those deficits later when I have enough time.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    Definitely Gujarat is not a heaven and PR is used by Modi
    to exaggerate his achievements and one of the reason is
    because he is the only CM of India who has been hounded relentlessly by the the government at center with the help from media to discredit him. This is probably his way of countering the allegations which most of them are false.But, you cannot just dismiss the actual achievements of Gujarat by calling it as a PR exercise. Supply of electricity has definitely improved though not yet 100% but almost 90% of Gujarat has uninterrupted power supply. Water scarcity is still there at many places but things have improved and are improving at a good speed. Agriculture production has increased . What is really noticeable in Gujarat is that red tape has reduced in most of the government departments and you can get your things done almost every time without bribing the babus. I will also credit Modi for creating a business friendly environment which is attracting many investors to Gujarat.
    By the way about two weeks back on the similar subject you had promised that you will come back with your comments. I am still waiting .

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-
    You are right.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,
    I remember the discussion on Gujarat’s fiscal deficit that we owe each other. Given that it will require me considerable time in composing the blog-post , am deferring it to until availability of sufficient time.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Owe is a very strong word. I thought it was promise you
    had made that you will come up with your comments on
    Gujarat. Promises made to wife are often broken – because
    we make plenty of them – but promises made to friends should be kept, specially if those promises are made to
    blogger friends whom we have never met.

  • Anonymous

    Mohan-

    The US authorities have identified the shooter at the Milwaukee Gurudwara. He is an ex army guy belonging to a neo Nazi hate group.

    He was dishonorably discharged from the army for alcoholic issues/ problems with superiors.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Binoy,

    I read about this guy that he was the leader of some racist band and
    used to attend regularly hate events. I am surprised that a person
    in his forties can be influenced by hate speeches and acts in such a
    horrendous way.

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  • anil

    Let all Vinod Sharmas of India now give their advice on how they are going to root out corruption and how many years it will take. Give a road map so common people cam also understand not just a few in the inner coterie (whatever it is) of the higher echelon (also what ever that is)! Also they might like to exclude words like “complex” etc. in their vocabulary, since common people by definition not supposed to understand “complex” things in their otherwise simple lives!

    People waiting to hear Mr. Sharma!

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  • At Cheruti

    Socialism concentrates power in the government and when government has the power to dispense favors it is always corrupt. Neither Anna Hazare, nor “Civil Society,” nor anyone else can do anything about this till we get rid of socialism.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    well put.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The current system is Socialist ?!?

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    At Cheruti Reply:

    Yes. Should not be surprising to anyone. The government still controls the economy by regulation and licensing. The Indian constitution still declares India to be a socialist country. The Indian government still follows tax and spend on social policy logic.

    Except in the eyes of socialists (for whom no amount of socialism is enough), India is a socialist country.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Do yourself a favour please. Grab any standard book on Political Philosophy and see what the definition of Socialism is. Will cut you all the slack and pulp fiction.

    At Cheruti Reply:

    Socialism encompasses a wide variety of systems. India is socialist. Just the word in the constitution, the existence of state owned enterprises and the licencing requirements is enough to call India socialist.

    And yeah, cut out the cynical rot.

  • Anonymous

    Vinodji,

    you have shed crocodile tears in the headline, “IAC FAILURE BIG LOSS FOR CIVIL SOCIETY”. The body of the article doesn’t show any concern for the so called civil society. There is, however, plenty of veiled gloating over the idea of anti-corruption itself, with the government repeatedly entering the witness stand as an accused in the people’s court.

    You have clearly shown that your sympathies are with the corrupt, discredited establishment. Despite ANNA repeatedly saying that he is not interested in becoming a political party, you have advised him what he should do as the head of a party.

    BUT, MARK MY WORDS, VINODJI. YOU ARE IN AN UNSEEMLY, UGLY HASTE TO WRITE OFF ANNA AND THE ANTI-CORRUPTION MOVEMENT.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy-

    I also thought it was interesting that Mr Sharma was giving suggestions to Anna team, while keeping mum on the gigantic corruption happening in the country, both at the centre and in states, by congress and other parties.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mr. Sharma will never write anything against Congress.

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  • anil rai

    there are people like mr vinod sharma who think they have panecia to roort out corruption and they are in the habit of critcising everything happening around.rather prasing the efforts of team anna they give an altogether different perspective to the whole thing,make it complex and try to blunt the edge . best of luck. happy criticising.

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  • Anonymous

    First olympic sailing result just in. Great Britain have taken gold, Australia have taken silver and Somalia….

    ….have taken the boat!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Somalia actually beat them all. They can demand huge ransom for the
    boat now.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Lets quickly load our politicians on the boat… and not pay the ransom

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  • Anonymous

    About a month back our PM had talked about the revival of animal spirit
    in our economy and now our new FM Mr. Chidambaram has vowed to take
    some action on our floundering economy. Now that the retro policy maker
    FM has been kicked upstairs, hopefully some positive action will be taken
    by the government to revive our economy.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-
    I hope too. He was a good FM, hope he will take action (and Sonia/UPA will go with that!)

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  • Anonymous

    In Haryana, you are punished if you fight corruption!

    http://www.rediff.com/news/special/in-haryana-you-are-punished-if-you-fight-corruption/20120629.htm

    Sanjiv Chaturvedi, an officer of Indian Forest Service in Haryana, has been
    forced to go on leave for unearthing several scams worth several cores in the
    forest department of the state. Gopal Krishna reports.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The officer should be careful. Haryana politicians have been killing their ‘enemies” per recent reports.

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  • Anonymous

    I was in US when Rajat Gupta was declared guilty by the Manhattan Dist Court. It was a case initiated by the “District Attorney” (in this case, Preetam Bharara, an Indian born dist attorney). My friend gave me a briefing on the system/process through which these district attorneys go after private and public corruption. I am told the incidence of a public servant/politician stealing is very rare due to the fear of prosecution by the district attorney. Several governors, senators, house members, private businessmen etc have been prosecuted under the system. Spirrow Agnew, Vice President of Nixon, was
    sent to jail under this.

    Our US friends can elaborate and give more info on this.

    Something like this – a sysem of “district attorneys” (Lokpals?), prosecution, fast courts etc will alleviate most of the big corruption issues. There has to be a system to check in on the criminal corrupt acts committed due to greed.

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  • Anonymous

    Vinod Sharma displaying a certain aloofness … says that the failure of the IAC is a big loss of civil society. As if civil society and Vinod Sharma , or those he speaks for , were mutually exclusive. As if the people who supported Anna Hazare and his movement were fighting for some cause which was intended to harm him and his principals . However those who watch TV News or are visitors to this blog shall not be surprised with his posturing . … ghuma phira ke woh Congress ki hi baat karte hain .. ..okay ..that his choice.
    I recall what a friend who was a special correspondent with the “Observor of Business and Politics” a paper started by Ambani many years back but failed and had to be closed down , that for any idea to succeed in the country it has to be politicized. He was going to attend a meet on “Swadeshi” to which he had been invited. The setback to Team Anna at the hand of the political class … for the moment …reinforces what my friend had told me then.
    It also reinforces that Indian politics survives on corruption and it will do its utmost to resist any move to eradicate it. The real tragedy is that sections of bureaucracy … the media … corporate business ..and even the judiciary have happily become partners of the political class .

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  • Anonymous

    More on the black out from WashingtonPsot today. “lack of Power symbolizes India’s inequality”..
    btw US papers have been covering the story ever since the blackout. Is the Indian media keeping this in the forefront?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/lack-of-power-symbolizes-indias-inequalities/2012/08/06/ecdbef64-df20-11e1-a19c-fcfa365396c8_story_1.html.

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  • Anonymous

    Teesta’s foundation received $250,000 in 2009 to promote “reconciliation and peace”

    http://www.fordfoundation.org/grants/grantdetails?grantid=110816

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi-

    Most of these NGOs are fronts for vested interests. Centre is not going to do anything as long as these do not oppose Sonia (or the central govt); it is upto the states to ban their activities in their states.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahadevan
    The only occasion when the Centre spoke out against them was when some of these NGOs opposed the Nuclear Plant in TN. It had then disclosed how much money they had recieved from abroad. Many of these are Evangelist organizations.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Nobody will ask her to reconcile her accounts.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Really gr8. !! Her accounts on TV are known to be fake anyway…

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  • Anonymous

    Some random thoughts.

    If Satyagrah of Anna and his team could not move the incumbent govt., why do we still believe that a certain Mahatma Gandhi won the freedom for us using the same method.
    a) Did the British had a greater sense of decency and fair play than the present set of rulers (and their pet journos)?
    b) Or, Satyagrah always was and still is an ‘over-rated’ concept?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar

    Good points.

    Anna type movements are huge change makers – The exact timing is an unpredictable thing. It is quite possible Sonia may bring a strong Lokpal in response to this before the 2014 eelctions–she is not dumb. Or it will have to wait another day, but it will happen.

    Martin Luther king followed Mahathma Gandhi’s satyagraha/non cooperation principles, and US granted voting rights and equal treatment before law to black Americans, almost 100 years after their emancipation from slavery by another great man Abraham Lincoln. President Lyndon Johnson was considered a southern racist; but he had a sea change after he witnessed the Martin luther movement and interacted with Martin Luther King. Nelson Mandela in South Africa achieved freedom of his people using Mahathmajis methods.

    You brought up a good point – whether British had a greater sense of
    decency vis-a-vis the current Indian rulers and their journo friends. I would say more than deecncy, they loved Britain, and decided that certain things have to be done to preserve Britain and protect its honour. My take is that many of our political leaders, mostly in Congress and leftist parties, do not care a sh– about India and its future. They are “rajyadrohis”. They will employ all means including a scorched earth policy to make a buck, to keep a leader, to preserve a dynasty.. It is high time we the citizens arise. “Uthishtitha! Jagratha! Prapa varyen nibhodita! (Vivekanada)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rajyadrohis is the right word for the politicians. They only believe
    in filling their coffers by whatever means available. They don’t care
    who suffers because of their looting. Today again one more
    politician has be charged in a scam.

    Alagiri’s son booked in Rs 16,338 cr quarrying huge scam

    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/alagiri-s-son-booked-in-rs-16338-crore-quarrying-scam/20120807.htm

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Jayalalitha will nail him if quarrying is under the state laws.. (many of the mining laws are centre driven and under center control). She has been quite aggressive in returning the stolen land (by DMK operatives) to its rightful owners. I believe six or seven ex ministers are in jail.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Excellent questions Ishwar

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I tend to believe that the british never had it so good during the entire period of Gandhiji’s non-violent, eoaceful non-cooperation movement 1921-1947.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And they have never found that peace in their own country
    also since then.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This what Sunita Aron , Editor HT Lucknow Edition, had to say in her blog which she aptly calls ” Let us corrupt the Nation”
    …. ” Somehow Anna’s contribution is being undermined. He has revived what we read in the history books, ‘the public movements and their strengths.’ He has activated a generation that otherwise remained glued to Facebook or their own agendas.
    It’s really sad the politicians of all hues and shades kept away from the movement which was aimed at curbing corruption. Did they want to promote corruption? Agreed, they may have had some reservation with the manner in which the movement was organized, they may be angry with the unwarranted speeches delivered, but can there be any divergent views on ‘ending corruption.’……
    Could Mr Vinod Sharma , Political Editor, ( and there are one too many in HT ) think and ponder about what Sunita has written? Her comments echo the feelings of many in the country.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen,

    I also read that brilliant article by Ms. Aron. I was very disappointed to see Team Anna ending their agitation.
    I believe that if they had continued for few more days,
    government would have bowed down and would have
    negotiated with them. I have serious doubt of their
    success politically. Politics is a completely different game
    and they will need huge amount of money to run the show.
    Winning few seats will not serve the purpose for which they
    started this agitation.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Will Sunita be safe now?
    will she get the sack now?
    or will she be demoted now?
    or transferred to Assam now?

    Rkhullar Reply:

    There was no ’satya’ or ‘agraha’ in Team Anna’s road shows. They just tried to be a ‘graha’ on the Govt’s kundali. That’s why they failed.

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Aur aapas mein ’sangraha’…

    Anna ka sutra, Kejriwal ka yantra
    Ramdev ka mantra
    yeh tha RSS ka sadyantra

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yeh kahani hai Sonia ke loot ki , Manmohan ke jhoot ki , aur public key marey joot ki

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Kahani rachaya RSS ne,
    Jaal bichhaya kejriwal;
    Swar tha Anna ka,
    Kyonki BJP kar na paya bobaal.

    Anonymous Reply:

    kyuon maarte ho pathar se
    jo desh ke diwane hain
    kehne par unke
    jo hum sab ko loot-te hain

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    mar gaye tum bohat pehle
    naada na khincho oongli se,
    woh naada triranga ka nehi,
    chhadi neekal jayegi kamar se.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Hum desh ki jaan hain
    Janta ka imaan hain
    kya maar sakega woh
    jo italy ki shaan hain

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Imaan bech daale reddy ke jhole mein,
    gahre raat ke andhere mein;
    bache jaise badbadate ho
    din ke 3 baje sapne mein.

    Anonymous Reply:

    teen abhi bajey nahin
    aur desh abhi mara nahin
    kyuon bad-dua dete ho
    kisse paisa lete ho

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    samay se pehle mar gaye,
    koi rone wala nehi;
    kyon tadap te ho
    saath koi dene wala nehi.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Jo aankh dikhayega desh ko
    us aankh ko desh phodega
    kaun loot sakega is desh ko
    pizza aur pasta kha kar

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Desh ka naam le kar
    kar gaye aap bohat vyapaar;
    jinjhodenge deemag aap ke
    sehna hamara atyachaar.

    Anonymous Reply:

    hum jeete hain desh ka naam lekar
    marte hain desh ka naam lekar
    hum kya jaane unko
    jinhe phakr hai sonia ka hokar

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Jeete ho sapno mein
    kaal mera din ayega,
    logon ko ghumraah karte ho
    laquila pe kamal khilega

    Anonymous Reply:

    hum karte hain byapaar desh ke liye nau dashamlav growth ke liye kyuon karte hain baat unki jo bechte hain imaan swiss bank ke liye par Baba ayenge..kaan pakad kar layenge aur sonia ka sach sab ko batlayenge

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Baba ke langot pakad rakho
    saayad delhi pahunch jao;
    salwar mein haat mat daal na
    kuch soch ke kisi aur cheeze mein bha na jao.

    Anonymous Reply:

    lagta hai kuch purane ho
    salwaar aur blouse mein haath daalte ho
    laaj aur sanskar bhuley ho
    sonia ke karibi ho ..kya isi liye itrate ho

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Hum toh salwaar mein haat daale, aur woh muskrai;
    lekin aap ke bawle haat kahan chale
    jo aap ki umeed paani paani ho gayi !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Jo Sonia ka naam leke sote hain
    Quattrochchi ka naam leke uth te hain
    Wo kya jaane desh kya hai
    aur deshbhakti kya hai?

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Deshbhakti ko ganne jaise chabaya,
    jhoot bol bol ke desh ko khokla banaya.

    Anonymous Reply:

    saat saalon mein aap logon ne yahi to kiya hai!
    doosron ki taraf ungli dikha ke haasil hota kya hai?

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Bekaar mein oongli uthate ho,
    jab chori pakadi jaaye muhn chhupaate ho.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Hamara munh kabhi chupta nahin
    hamari chaati bandh kabhi hoti nahin
    hamari dhradta ki mutthi dheeli kabhi hoti nahin
    kyonki hum aap jaise atyaachari nahin
    aur aap ki neta jaise desh ko loota nahin

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Desh ke zameen khod ke
    raat ke andhere mein bech daale;
    pakistaniyon ke saath dhanda karke
    reddy ke sahare deshbhakt ban ne chale !

  • Anonymous

    two days more.all come to ramdev rali.not come take mustad oild ramdev lathi.all poosies to **** come.jai hind.

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  • Fact

    Nauseating hyprocrisy from Congi lickspittle Vinod Sharma.

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  • Anonymous

    I had eighteen bottles of whiskey in my cellar and was told by my
    wife to empty the contents of each and every bottle down the sink, or
    else… I said I would and proceeded with the unpleasant task. I
    withdrew the cork from the first bottle and poured the contents down the
    sink with the exception of one glass, which I drank. I then withdrew the
    cork from the second bottle and did likewise with it, with the exception
    of one glass, which I drank. I then withdrew the cork from the third
    bottle and poured the whiskey down the sink which I drank. I pulled the
    cork from the fourth bottle down the sink and poured the bottle down the
    glass, which I drank. I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next and
    drank one sink out of it, and threw the rest down the glass. I pulled the
    sink out of the next glass and poured the cork down the bottle. Then I
    corked the sink with the glass, bottled the drink and drank the pour.
    When I had everything emptied, I steadied the house with one hand, counted
    the glasses, corks, bottles, and sinks with the other, which were
    twenty-nine, and as the houses came by I counted them again, and finally I
    had all the houses in one bottle, which I drank. I’m not under the
    affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I’m not half as thunk as
    you might drink. I fool so feelish I don’t know who is me, and the
    drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

    Goooooood nighttttttt

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I fool you are a think.

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  • Anonymous

    Go, Mary, Go!

    NYT on Mary Kom. Let us cheer her up for the semi finals victory tomorrow.

    http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/from-manipur-to-london-mary-kom-punches-her-way-to-medal/?smid=pl-share

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Yes… 3 cheers for mary..

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  • The Shaft

    I think the most horrible evil that needs to be eliminated from our society is violence and threat to violence. We can tackle corruption in a non-violent manner, when peace prevails in our minds and hearts.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    do u think there is so much violence there in india

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    The Shaft Reply:

    I am surprised at your question. Just look all around you please; the rate of violence is low – but with the kind of population that we have, the low rate itself is huge in numbers.

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  • Anonymous

    The husband was furious when he found out that their joint bank account was empty. When he confronted his wife, she simply said, “It’s my turn.” “What do you mean, your turn?” yelled the husband. “In bed,” she explained, “you’ve been making early withdrawals for years. Now, it’s my turn.”

    Good morning friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Every poor family may get a mobile

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Every-poor-family-may-get-a-mobile/articleshow/15395670.cms

    NEW DELHI: In what could turn out to be its calling card for the 2014 general elections, the government is finalizing a Rs 7,000 crore scheme to give one mobile phone to every family living below the poverty line.

    Sources in the PMO said the scheme—Har Hath Mein Phone—expected to be announced by PM Manmohan Singh on August 15, will not only aim to give away mobiles to around six million BPL households, but also provide 200 minutes of free local talk time.

    Top government managers involved in formulating the scheme want to sell it as a major empowerment initiative of the UPA 2. While the move will ensure contact with the beneficiaries of welfare programmes worth thousands of crores, there is also a view the scheme will provide an opportunity for the UPA to open a direct line of communication with a sizable population that plays an active role in polls.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Mummy G will give a recorded message on day of polls. I have given you the phone. Give me the vote.

    I think opposition states should get their recorded message ready.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Of course the original architects of Cheap telephony– PV Rao and Arun SHourie would be replaced by the G’s

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Namaskar! Mein Vajpayee bol raha hun..Agle dus din….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Kabhi Ram banke kabhi Shaam banke aana
    Prabhuji tum aana

    Kabhi Prahlad banke kabhi Prabhat banke aana
    Vinodji tum aana

    Kabhi Sanjay banke kabhi Pathak banke aana
    Vinodji tum aana

    Kabhi emotional banke kabhi atyaachaar KAR ke aana
    Vinodji tum aana

    Lekin kabhi yeh nahin sochna
    ki hame mushkil hoga pehchanna.

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Shube sham prabhu ke naam japna,
    phir bhi prabhu ke maya na pehchana.

    Anonymous Reply:

    pehchaan gaye… sab raaz jaan gaye
    naam to badley … par kaam na badley
    rangge siyar …ki niyat kabhi na badley

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Thodi der mein dekhe, kahin yeh na soche ki humare paas jawab nehi,

    har naarebazi ka jawab dete rahenge, niyat abhi badla nehi.

    vijay ! Reply:

    @ Shenoy

    I think atyachari is from Tora bora…

    Anonymous Reply:

    a) Did Mr. Vajpayee also gave people free phone?
    b) Did he waived off farmer loans?
    c) Did he gave away doles in the name of NREGA?

    What’s your point?

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Vajpayeeji aank khole hote toh kya baat thi;
    desh jal raha tha, phir bhi whisky unke haat mein thi.

    Anonymous Reply:

    aap jaise dalalo.n ke liye desh sirf ek baar jala tha
    84 mein dilli mein tytler aur sajjan ne kya kiya tha

    quattrocchi ko bhagane wale,anderson ko bachane wale,
    kalmadi aur raja ki kamayi khane wale,
    manmohan ke peechhe chhup jaane wale,
    tumhara number bhi aayega
    duniya mein der hai, andher nahi.n!!

    do saal ki mauj le lophir pata nahi.n,
    dilli ki gaddi dekho ya na dekho

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Desh ko jalaya, mantriyon ko control room mein baithaya;
    LET ko sikhaya, phone pe kaise goli nisaana pe lagaya.

    Anonymous Reply:

    SIT bhi bithaya
    phir bhi kuchh nikal ke nahi.n aaya

    jhooth bolne walo.n
    ab to sharam karo saalo.n

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    SIT ko jahaaz mein udaya, doston se biwi ko gehna dilwaya;
    SIT sharminda ho raha hai, neekal ne ko raasta na paya.

    Anonymous Reply:

    ye bhi teri chaal thi
    jhooth pe jhooth tha

    SIT chief ne kaha:
    You have carried a report suggesting that I compromised my position vis-a-vis the Gujarat government by accepting two trips to London in 2008 and 2009.Please note that on both occasions, I was in London in my private capacity and had to visit to Ahmedabad at great personal inconvenience to attend to urgent SIT work.Although I was entitled to executive class travel, I traveled economy class on both occasions.My return air tickets cost less than Rs 40,000 each time. On the other hand, had I traveled from Chennai (instead of from London) to Ahmedabad by executive class, it would have cost Rs 65,000 each time. So, I saved the government Rs 50,000 on two trips.To say that the state government favored me by sending me to London is mischievous and utter falsehood aimed at maligning my reputation.

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Jo aam ko kele se tulna kare;
    woh deekhaye din mein taare .

    bhai, london ki baat ho rahi hai toh chennai kahan se a gayi;
    ticket mili ya na mili baat karo sahi.

    SIT hai Supreme court ka
    kharchapaani aur ticket de Modi SIT naam ka !

    Anonymous Reply:

    tum kehna kya chahte ho?SIT chief ko Modi ne kharid liya

    agar wo bikna hi chahte
    to ek baar usi durbar mein jaate
    jaha.n tum jaise roz chakkar lagate

    unhe mata ji noton se dhak deti
    phi aisi report aati
    ki modi ko chhupne ki jagah nahin mil pati

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Aap ne badi pyaar se net se copy paste kia,
    lekin thoda deemaag nehi lagaya;

    samjh aap mein bhi toh hai
    lekin jagaye kaise jo ankhe khole soya rahe.

    Anonymous Reply:

    jhhoth ki kamayi khaate ho
    raat ko kaise so paate ho
    biwi aur baccho ko tum
    kaise mun.h dikhate ho?

    vijay ! Reply:

    Ishwar u r the new poet laureate !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Usse bhi badh haal mein Rajiv ji Gandhiji the, jab Dilli jal rahi thi aur chaar hazaar Sikhon ka khule-e-aam katl kiya gaya thaa, Pathakji.

    Anonymous Reply:

    She can give the phone, because she herself is phony.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Where will this public welfare spending end? Is mobile a life necessity – wheat/rice -yes, but mobile phone?

    See where the endless government spending took Greece. And Spain.

    One day this deficit spending will smother India.

    This mobile phone giveaway is bad for the country.

    The 2012 Presidential election here is fought on who – republicans or democrats – will cut the government spending more. The citizenry and politicians have come to the understanding that the government spending has grown way out of control.

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  • Anonymous

    When I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look at the beer bottle & think of the workers in the beer factory, their hopes, families & dreams. If People like me dont drink they’ll become jobless. It really feels good to live for others.
    So drink and help Humanity.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I whole heartedly believe in helping Humanity that is why I never miss
    whenever I get a chance of drinking.

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  • Anonymous

    L K Advani remarks that UPA 2 is illegitmate makes Sonia Gandhi angry .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Truth hurts and legitimate truth hurts more.

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  • Anonymous

    Maharashtra gives Rs 111 a month to 1971 war hero

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-15/mumbai/32684931_1_war-veterans-chopper-crash-helicopter-pilot

    MUMBAI: They are ready to lay down their lives for the country, often shed
    blood for it. But when it comes to repaying our war heroes, the country cuts a
    sorry figure.
    Take the instance of Squadron Leader (retired) Parvez Jamasji, who flew
    hundreds of sorties into East Pakistan during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War
    and received a bullet wound on his leg. After the war, his bravery was
    acknowledged with the Vir Chakra. The Maharashtra government feted him with the
    Gaurav PuraskarTwo weeks ago, he made his way to the Sainik Board office in south Mumbai and
    gave a cheque for Rs 2,245 after the state finance department found he (and some
    others) was paid more than his due.
    Rules stipulate 65-plus war veterans are entitled to only 50% of their
    allowance. So Jamasji’s paltry Rs 2,670 annual allowance was to be reduced to
    just Rs 1,335, but some clerk forgot to scale down the payment.
    The 69-year-old brave heart said he had been collecting this pittance for the
    last 10 years not because he needed the money. “If I don’t take it, someone may
    misuse it,” he said at his Dadar Parsi Colony apartment.——–
    —————-
    For the Kalmadis of India, a free ticket to Olympic for heaping ignominy onthe country, for the Rajas, a heroes welcome in Tamil Nadu for pilferingthe nations wealth, but for a war hero a mere pittance is asked to be returned. HAMRA BHARAT MAHAN.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hamara Bharat Mahaan
    Yahan ke sarkar mahaaNeech.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shameful.

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  • Anonymous

    The country should start shivering with fear. Newspaper headlines say Sonia Gandhi is very angry. Why ? L K Advani called her govt illegitimate. Manmohan Sigh suddenly found his voice . Called it “disgraceful”. Riots in Assam..hundreds dead lakhs displaced ….he hides behind Sonia …not worthy of a comment. Economy in shatters …not worthy of a statement . Mounting inflation…Rising Prices ….not worthy of a statement . Shameful nationwide Power breakdowns …. not worthy of a statement .
    That is the PM of India for you..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Agree with you.

    I was surprised too when MMS spoke against Advani’s remarks. This is the man who was mum when Asam was (and still is) burning. And he represents Assam in Rajyasabha!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The treasury bench couldn’t answer any of the points raised by Mr. Advani while initiating the debate on Assam violence. They picked up one of the side-remarks and made an issue out of it. This was gracefully withdrawn by Mr. Advani, but the media would have none of it. They highlight the ‘illegitimate’ remark so as to move public’s attention away from the main issue. Top-spinners.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP, by now, should assume that media will spin, and should always plan 2 step ahead. Everything is aligned for them, but they will have to execute.
    Congress thugs know the script – they have perfected this over 60 years. They can be real bad and still win. BJP has to eb three times smarter

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    apni swarth ke liye advani teen MP ke balidaan chadhayaa,
    chaurahe pe khada karke unke izzat lutwaya.

    hum bikau hai karke chalis mobile number ghumaye,
    6 ghante bit gaye phir bhi na koi aye.

    amar singh ka haat pakad liye, haat mein ek khoka le aye,
    advani se pooche baaki do khoke kahan se aye.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    dilli police aur CBI kabhi hamare haath mein hogi
    us din tum jaiso.n ki haalat dekhne layak hogi

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Third class bcom fail auditor Modi ka honesty utarega,
    jab woh gujrat chodke ramlila maidan ayega.

    6 saal mein bofor ka boo bhi nehi neekala,
    sirf election mein badi badi naare uchhala.

    Anonymous Reply:

    dus saal mein modi ko koi hila nahi.n paya
    teesta ne jor lagaya, sanjeev bhatt ne bhi ajmaya

    bofors ke chor quattrocchi ko
    batao kisne bhagaya?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Teesta tried her best, with best support from Ford Foundation, which gave her $250,000/= to “finish off” the Hindu Hriday Samrat. Lekin nikla chooha.

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Q ke baare poocho vajpayee se
    jaane kaise diya malayasia se.

    Modi ki kahani abhi khatam nehi hui,
    madhyantar hua hai, akhri reel abhi suru nehi hui.

    dekha na villain kaisa husten hain thehka lagake
    saare philum lagta hai unka sirf akhir dus minute chhorke.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Q ka account kisne defreeze karaya
    3 million euros ka account kisne khali karwaya

    argentina mein jab pakda tha interpol ne
    CBI ko dheela case banane ke liye kisne bataya

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Vajpayee na bheja Q ke naam par kagaz,sahi thikane,
    sarminda karaya desh ko videshi court ke saamne.

    Malayasia ki kahani argentina se pehle thi,
    argentina mein khana baasi ho gayi thi.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vajpayee ne hi pehli baar Q ke naam ki FIR likhwaya
    Sonia mata ne to jaan ki baaji lagakar uska london a/c defreeze karwaya

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Vajpayee ke kagaz agar sahi hote,
    Bofor file na chhune Fernades ko na bolte.

    Vajapye kalam jaisa toh nehi,
    sach likhne ka himmat jo nehi.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Q to bas ek dalal tha, sabe badi chor to aaj bhi kursi par baithi hai
    MMS ke peechhe chhup ke, raja aur kalmadi se chori karwati hai

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Jis deep throat ke kandhe pe goli chalye tumne besarmi se,

    usne toh girya tumhe aur latka diya khajoor par bade araam se.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I give up. No idea about this deep-throat

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    wahi jo khabar chitra ko diya,
    chitra ne bharat mein sansani phailaya.

    woh ek police office tha,
    lekin uske paas khabar galat tha.

    saalon ke baad usne maana ki rajive ne paisa nehi liya,
    phir bhi tumne apna zid deekhaya.

    Anonymous Reply:

    agar rajiv ne paisa nahin khaya
    to Q ke account mein 3 million Euro kahan se aaya?

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Q toh haryana pwd ka peon na tha,
    na woh pramod ka tentwala sudhansu tha.

    poochna padega uske baap se,
    kahan se aya yeh euro kis hissab se.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Q ki wakalat mein jitni jaan lagate ho
    is kaam ki waise kitni tankhwah paate ho

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Yeh Q ke liye nehi, ladhta hun un logon ke liye
    kisike kehne pe jo bhatak gaye;

    alag alag ho gaya hai ghodo ka deesha,
    koi kahin keenche koi aur humesha;

    kaise badhega desh hamara; jab jhoot ka yeh khel din raat chalta rahega,
    apne haat mein apna takat toota rahega.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar, Are you not seeing the hand of an incensed, angry, spit-fire Vinod Sharma jumping to the defence of the indefensible Italian two-some, Sonia Gandhi and Quattrochchi?

    Anonymous Reply:

    waise malaysia se pehle 1998 tha
    tab tak FIR mein Q ka naam bhi nahi.n tha

    64 crore ki chori ka pata lagane mein
    250 crore laga diye CBI ke jawano ne

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    2500 khoke bhi karcha ho jaate,
    dus aur joginder dunia ghum ate.

    phir bhi na kuch neekalta’
    kyon ki usme sachai kabhi na tha.

    Anonymous Reply:

    But for the UPA it already THE END.

    After you are shown the door by the people, it will only be Modi, Modi, Modi, Modi………….

    Anonymous Reply:

    It was actually your pesha-bhai, Rajdeep Sardesai, who was the gaddar. He sold out to Sonia Gandhi, who gave him Padmashri.

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Laya sardesai ko kehke karenge ek bada khulasa;
    adhi raaste mein pata chala yeh toh hai saazsa !

    harkat kamini pesawar aurat jaisi thi
    khulke jism deekhaye phir chilaye jaise balatkar ho gayi thi.

    lanchhan ho aise neta par
    sadkon pe do joota maaron un par.

    Anonymous Reply:

    मनमोहना बड़े झूठे
    हार के हार नहीं माने
    मनमोहना …

    बने थे खिलाड़ी
    निकले अनाड़ी
    देश से बेइमानी करे
    जनता से ही रूठे
    मनमोहना …

    तुम्हरी ये हरकत
    गया देश का बरखत
    नौकर सोनिया के बने
    गद्दार देश के बने
    मनमोहना …

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    sabse bada jhoota woh hai jo kahe woh desh ke azaadi ladha,
    raha khada kinare aur angrez afsar ko kiya isaara
    jail bhijwaya apne deshbasiyon ko bohat saara
    lanat ho aise insaan par jisne desh ka viswaas maroda.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is far, far better than lying naked between two young harijan girls to prove that he cannot get it up!

    The commission for SC/STs should take a serious look at such ill-treatment of dalit women!

  • Anonymous

    A man outside the phone booth: Excuse me, u
    have been holding the phone since 20 mins and haven’t spoken a word.

    Man inside the booth: Sir, I am talking to my wife … !!

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  • vijay !

    O k !! Mary Kom had to settle with a bronze…

    But then still a grrrrrrrrrrrrr88888888888888888 performance to be there !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yesssss!

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  • Anonymous

    Gopal Kanda is a no show for the murder/suicide interrogation!

    The Rich and powerful dont have to worry about law and consequences in Manohar’s democracy!

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/air-hostess-suicide-gopal-kanda-is-no-show-for-police-interrogation-252773

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Another example of the ‘equality’ of citizens before the law is Sanjeev Nanda case of ‘99. This gentleman has been let off by serving a mere two year sentence for having killed 6 in the infamous BMW drunk-driving case.

    http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/item/52168-justice-neither-done-nor-seen-to-be-done/52168-justice-neither-done-nor-seen-to-be-done.html?start=10

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The sad thing here was that supreme court was complicit in this – there are always “technicalities” if one wants to go after.

    We can have lots of negatives about the Chinese legal system; but it looks like the criminals (low ’status” to high) get arrested and prosecuted. The recent arrest of the powerful Bo Xilii and his wife indicates how they are not wishy-washy in going after the powerful. And nobody thought they will prosecute the gang of four – including the revered wife of Mao tse Thung – 25 years ago for dragging the country thru unprecedented killings in the name of an agrarian revolution..

    Contrast with situations here. Forget about death by hanging/shooting or even life imprisonment – has anybody powerful ever spent a single day in a real jail as a result of sentencing on their crimes ( yes, A Raja/Kanimozhi spent some time; but that was before trials and sentencing; I am sure neither of them (and for that matter any other senior politician/bureaucrat) will be sentenced.

    long live Manohar’s democracy!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Indian law is a joke and most of the lawyers are criminals.

    When a person assists a criminal in breaking the law before the criminal gets
    arrested, we call him an accomplice.

    When a person assists a criminal in
    breaking the law after the criminal gets arrested, we call him a defense lawyer

    Anonymous Reply:

    100% agree with you.

  • Anonymous

    Funny tweets on angry Sonia

    Twitter was abuzz with funny posts on the Sonia Gandhi-LK
    Advani episode. Here are some of them.
    @fakingnews tweeted – “Check Sonia Gandhi’s iPad. Maybe she was playing Angry
    Birds.”
    Another user, @babumoshoy, posted – “Sonia Gandhi didn’t lose cool over LK
    Advani’s #IllegitimateUPA jibe. She fumed at Rohit Sharma’s frequent selection
    despite poor form.”
    @KJS_Arora said that “Sonia Gandhi’s gussa reminds us of Shashikala of old
    Hindi movies,” while @ssdatar posted – “Saw Sonia Gandhi screaming in Lok Sabha.
    She could make an excellent PT teacher.”
    @TheUnRealTimes borrowed a popular dialogue from one of Akshay Kumar’s recent
    films to tweet – “Sonia Gandhi to LKA: “DON’T ANGRY ME”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The latest is this:

    Manmohan Singh has sent an SMS to Advani: Chill mate, she
    gets angry even at me.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A good one, Ishwar!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    (: (:. Both of these gentlemen should retire gracefully and spend
    their remaining life peacefully with their family.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Or do you suggest ajnyatavas for them?

    Anonymous Reply:

    He should have sent the MMS of how he bends before his master, the Rajmata.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The last one is true and appropriate, because despite her false claims to the election commission and the Indian public, she is an SSLC failed, even in her Italian vernacular!

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  • Anonymous

    The big elephant in the room nobody is talking about; and hence nobody is acting upon-

    The monsoon arrived late over kerala. Its progress over the rest of India has been sporadic; and rains have failed to pick up in the west and northwest, the agricultural belt of the country. Todate, the rainfall is below 17% of the 50 year average; and in the agriculture belt of Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra 60% less than average.

    This drought will create a havoc in the country. Farmer suicides will only increase (not that it bothers Sharad Pawar, our agriculture minister.).

    The economic impact of this delayed rain and the subsequent drought is going to be quite huge. More than 50% of India’s overall consumption comes from rural areas dependent on agriculture. Money that would have gone for purchase of various consumer stuff is diverted to “repairing” pumps so the farmers can try to pump a non-existing and depleted ground water.

    The growth has already been reduced to 5.3% even before the drought.

    And I have not seen any central minister discussing any proactive initiatives to prevent an uprise in farmer suicides or to set the economy to do slightly better instead of leaving it to chance.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    If what you say is true, then why is the stock market not showing any signs of weakness. Is it all down to a possible rate-cut?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Though I am happy to see stock market going up – my losses have reduced – but I am surprised as I have not seen any positive news
    on economic front. The small effect could be because of retro policy maker Pranab Da leaving the finance ministry and
    Chidambaram taking over. There are some big players who are taking the market high and looking at the trend I won’t be surprised
    to see highs of 20000 very soon. There is something happening
    in the market which as usual common public is not able make out,
    they will only come in when stock market has reached the peak and
    will once again burn their fingers.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar-
    We cannot rely on the stock market as a leading indicator. The US DowJones is at an all time high (or almost); and they have too many issues, more and larger than us. And here in India, we are generally more optimistic. Also, Chidambaram taking over as FM may have had some impact.

    Although the agriculture share of GDP is only 17% or so, more than half of the people are employed in the sector. Half of farmland lacks irrigation (thanks to 60 years of congress rule and garibi hatao programs). The already high current account deficit and fiscal deficit will become unaffordable when we have to import certain agricultural products, and when we will have to add more relief schemes on the top of NREGS (I see Mohan has linked an interview with Dr Raghuram Rajan on the impact of high level of social expenditures)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is all because emotional atyachaaris have multiplied many folds and their atyachar has ruined the country.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Few days back I read an interesting article on this subject by Mr. Aiyar.

    Drought not a big calamity in India anymore
    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Swaminomics/entry/drought-not-a-big-calamity-in-india-anymore

    The monsoon has failed badly this year as it did in 1965. But it’s little more
    than an inconvenience this year, whereas in 1965 it was a monstrous calamity.
    The drought-proofing of India is a success story, but one widely
    misunderstood.

    India in the 1960s was pathetically dependent on US food
    aid. Even in the bumper monsoon year of 1964-65, food aid totalled 7 million
    tonnes, over one-tenth of domestic production. Then India was hit by twin
    droughts in 1965 and 1966. Grain production crashed by one-fifth. Only
    unprecedented food aid saved India from mass starvation. Jawaharlal Nehru talked
    big about self-sufficiency. Yet he led India into deep dependence on foreign
    charity. The 1966 drought drove India into a ship-to-mouth existence. Hungry
    mouths could be filled only by food aid, which reached a record 10 million
    tonnes.

    —-
    There remains a catch: a drought may no longer mean mass starvation, but still
    means food inflation

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-
    He is right in the sense we will not have starvation. But we will have huge economic issues that eventually can lead to a bankrupt country akin to nineties.

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  • Anonymous

    Gopiji, Shoeb, Mahesh and others.

    A good interesting article.
    —–

    Raghuram Rajan’s advice isn’t what UPA may want to hear.

    http://www.firstpost.com/economy/raghuram-rajans-advice-isnt-what-upa-may-want-to-hear-410694.html

    Excerpts.

    The question though is will the plain-speaking Rajan, who seems to like to
    call a spade a space, fit into a government which believes in the idea of a
    welfare state? In an interview I did for Daily News and Analysis (DNA)
    after the release of his book Fault Lines I had asked him “whether
    India can afford a welfare state?”
    His reply: “Not at the level that politicians want it to. For example,
    the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), if appropriately done,
    is a short term insurance fix and reduces some of the pressure on the system,
    which is not a bad thing. But if it comes in the way of the creation of long
    term capabilities, and if we think NREGS is the answer to the problem of rural
    stagnation, we have a problem. It’s a short-term necessity in some areas. But
    the longer term fix has to be to open up the rural areas, connect them,
    education, capacity building, that is the key.”
    This is a view that is not held by many in the present United Progressive
    Alliance (UPA) government. They politicians who run this country have great
    faith in the NREGS.

    Rajan had also written in Fault Lines that “the license permit
    raj has given away to the raj of the land mafia.” I had asked
    him to explain this in detail and he had said:
    “Earlier you had to navigate the government for permissions and this was
    license permit. You needed permission to produce. Now you have to navigate the
    government for land because in many situations land titles are murky, acquiring
    the land is difficult, and even after you acquire, protecting that land is
    difficult. So there are entrepreneurs who have access to the power of the
    government, who basically can do it. And then there are others who can’t. So you
    have made it a test of who can acquire the land in certain kind of functions
    than who is the best developer than who is the best manufacturer. Put
    differently what used to surround the license permit has moved to corruption
    surrounding land. The central source of wealth today in the whole economy is
    land and we need to make the land acquisition process transparent.”

    In answer another question Rajan had said:
    “The predominant sources of mega wealth in India today are not the
    software billionaires who have made money the hard way by being competitive in a
    global economy. It is the guys who have access to natural resources or to land
    or to particular infrastructure permits or licenses. In other words, proximity
    to the government seems to be a big source of wealth. And that is worrisome
    because it means that those who can access the government, who can manage it,
    are in a sense far more powerful than ordinary businessmen. In the long run this
    leads to decay in the image of businessmen and the whole free enterprise system.
    It doesn’t show us in good light if we become a country of oligopolies and
    oligarchs and eventually this could even impinge on democratic right.”

    What these answers tell us is that Rajan has clear views on issues that
    plague India and he is not afraid of putting them forward. But these are things
    that the current government would not like to hear. Given this, it remains to be
    seen how effective Rajan’s tenure in the government will turn out to be. The
    trouble is, if he calls a spade a space, it won’t take much time for the
    government to marginalise him. If he does not, he won’t be effective anyway.

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  • vijay !

    =============================================
    ~~~~ HUE AND CRY NOTICE FOR PATHAK G ~~~~~~~~
    ———————————————————————–

    Here is a list of COngress leadership in Kalyug!

    a) Mahipal maderna killer of women from Rajasthan— Health Minister of COngress
    b) Manu Singhvi exploiter of innocent girls promisiing judgeship for BJ– chief Spokesman (oral) of Congress
    c)ND Tewari exploiting Dalit maids — CHief minister, FM, Governner and chief charitraheen of Congress.
    d) Gopal Kanda killing young women for sex–Home Minister of Congress state

    O Pathak G aapki party SEXUAL-ATYACHARI HAI !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,

    Iss sexual balatkaar ke aage emotional atyachri bhi besharam ban gaye.

    [Reply]

    vijay ! Reply:

    Sunny Leone has floated a website called “I M Besharam.com

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    Anonymous Reply:

    poosie to ****.fly long patang in empty sky.see leone dream in night come ramdev ralli morning.dont come ramdev mustad oild lathi fix u all.jai hind.

    vijay ! Reply:

    Ravi

    The wolf’s tail is visible a mile away!! Anyway I beleive saande ka tel by chacha hafeez is still aRawalpindi favourite…

    Anonymous Reply:

    talk big englis poosie to ****.sleep soon.see leone drem wake up soon.come ramdev ralli.not come remember mustad oild ramdev lathi fix u. jai hind.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay,

    Ths guy Mangalm is also Pathak.

    vijay ! Reply:

    @mohanrr:disqus

    I bet my khota sikka from that this is Ravi….

    He has got bored of other blogs… bu is afraid to come here without Manohar… so is in disguise…

    Anonymous Reply:

    after atyachar from behind.

  • Anonymous

    all come ramdev ralli.dont come ramdev mustad lathi fix all. jai hind.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    gr8 incoherence… :)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    no big englis.india hindi contry.talk all understand. ramdev lathi fix all. jai hind.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Applozz phor mangle’am -ji

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mangled Mangalam manacled to Al qaeda cot.

    vijay ! Reply:

    Ashish

    Tell our pal not to hide in Mangalam clothing… it is better he comes out in LeT three piece suit :)

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is incoherent verbal diahrrhoea.

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first? The Dog of course…at least he’ll shut up after you let him in.

    Good morning friends.

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  • Anonymous

    How a Congress politician plots for prime property.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/How-a-Congress-politician-plots-for-prime-property/articleshow/15414219.cms

    NEW DELHI: Here is a curious case of a Congress politician from west Delhi first pleading for a huge plot of premier land to be acquired by the government, then asking for some of the acquired land to be denotified, and his brother ending up in possession of the denotified land. The land, located in Dwarka, is roughly the size of half a football field. Real estate dealers estimate its value at anywhere between Rs 70-100 crore.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They don’t even deserve half a badminton court size.

    This scam beats Yeddyurappa hollow.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Arre baba Congressi loot hai na.

    We should ask Pathak G and Vinodji to close their eyes as usual…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Jayalalitha administration here has an aggressive plan to reclaim government/private land that was illegally taken over by Karunanidhi and his cronies during the last ten years – many cronies including a few ex ministers are in jail.

    This Dwaraka land should revert to government

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  • Anonymous

    Govt to pick up medical tab for poor

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-to-pick-up-medical-tab-for-poor/articleshow/15413228.cms

    NEW DELHI: It’s raining sops for the poor. The government is making treatment of people below the poverty line suffering from mental disorders and diabetes free at government or public super speciality hospitals like AIIMS.

    Yesterday, TOI had reported the government’s plan to gift cell phones to the poor.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    So that the poor can lie down on the hospital bed and talk on the mobile to other poor people.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And he will be allowed to vote through that phone.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I like your “concern” for the poor people.

  • vijay !

    =============================================================
    ~~~ THE LOW LOW low standard of NAUKER SHINDE ~~~ ~!!! ~~~~
    =============================================================

    @ Vinod Sharma and Pathak G

    Both you guys are floored by COngressis and get floored every time a Congressi opens his mouth to yawn… almost as if God has spoken out.

    After being nonchalant about the world’s biggest power cut, Super NAUKER Shinde blunders again. But then since his charan sewa of Mama G is so complete you guys would be afraid to be critical of him.

    Here is what this NAUKER did today when he admonished Jaya Bhaduri. From NDTV

    ———————————————-

    New Delhi: New Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde caused an outcry with a gaffe in the Rajya Sabha today, when he admonished Elder Jaya Bachchcan for interrupting his reply to the debate on Assam.

    It was a classic foot-in-the-mouth moment for Mr Shinde. “Listen carefully sister, my sister, this is a serious matter. This is not a film issue,” he said when the Samajwadi Party MP rose to intervene. Ms Bachchan, who is a former Bollywood actor and the wife of superstar Amitabh Bachcan, sank back in her seat looking stricken. There were audible gasps in the House and then loud protests.

    A gallant Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley of the BJP immediately objected, saying Ms Bachchan was a respected member and Mr Shinde could not taunt her.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    For Shinde serious issue is touching feet of Sonia daily.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Really Gr8 !

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    And not leaving the feet till she helps him get it up.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    unbeatable !! Kumar Ketkar would now fantasise for becoming Shinde and achieveing charan success…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shinde told Prabhu Chawla last Sunday that he is a proud soldier of Sonia Gandhi, that he will do anything she tells him to do and further said that he will shoot to kill if she tells him to kill somebody.

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  • Anonymous

    Totally victimhood mentality, taken from the mouthpiece of victimhood celebration “TwoCirclesNet”.

    Work hard, achieve. Dont wait for handouts.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Absolutely right SHoeb

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  • Anonymous

    Indian manufacturing output shrinks 1.8% in June. Bad news –
    Third fall in four months!
    Capital goods production fell by 20%-

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/indias-manufacturing-slump-drives-a-18-percent-contraction-in-june-industrial-production/2012/08/09/a5dbfb9c-e202-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_story.html

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  • Anonymous

    The SC has rejected Jagan’s request for throwing the DA case off.
    However, his bail request is being considered.

    Rumours are circulating among YSR and Congress political types here in Hyderabad that he will spill the beans if he does not get the bail. He will talk about the big crores that YSR redirected to Delhi, and will present an argument that Congress/CBI came after him when he stopped the practice of directing money to Delhi that his father had put in place.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Actually he is a bachcha, he doesn’t know how money in such huge amounts is transferred to Delhi, because Sonia Gandhi herself doesn’t receive it directly.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    If the NDA comes to power, it should expose jagan and loot co for ever. Last time Vajpayee was too nice a guy to pursue BOfors. The Congress did not appreciate this.

    This time the Cor and lootera should be exposed right to the COngress office in Delhi.

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  • Anonymous

    Why is it so important for Muslims to brandish their religious identity – beard, skull cap,burkha, etc.? On the other hand, most of the Indian males wear the standard apparel (a shirt and a trouser) and this tribe is increasing day by day even among the rural folk. Muslim women who wear burkhas also stand out in a crowd indicating that they are different.

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  • Anonymous

    A farmer suicide in india every 30 minutes? I know it is high, even if not every 30 minutes. Read on

    http://www.ibtl.in/column/1259/a-clear-emergency–every-30-minutes-an-indian-farmer-commits-suicide

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  • vijay !

    The Sikh killing in US is sad. Wonder what can be done to stop such incidents from happening in the US, which largely is fair to all its citizens.

    On the flipside, Pathak G, Manohar and Ravi had lectured us not to bother about Paksitani HIndus.

    I wonder whether they would say the same about the US and about the Sikh murders. Ravi as a SIkh ( as he claims) will just say let us only bother about the death of Osamaji and nobody else.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay-
    The Sikh killing is the result of mistaken identity – not that it justifies. The killer thought Saradrjis are Talibanis/bin Laden followeres because of the beard, turban etc.

    USA is quite complex in the sense there is a boiling hatred among , say 20% of the people, to non-whites. The deteriorating economy has made it worse.

    Many in the news media openly promote this hatred for ratings. Fox News (Murdoch) is the leader. So also, all the popular radio talk shows like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity. They fill the airwaves with hatred 24 x 7 – against Muslims, Mexicans, blacks. All these three guys are the “constitutional experts” for the right wing masses – albeit none has graduated from college; and Glenn Beck did not even attend any educational program after his high school. He is their guru on constitution, economy, free market — he openly says Obama was not born in America, that Obama never attended Harvard/Columbia etc, Many believe him ( I thought UP voters are bad, the voters in the southern states of US, the blue collar voters in the Midwest etc are worse; there is no way UP/Bihar etc voters can be made as gullible as they have done here!)

    I believe the producer of Glenn Beck show is an Indian!

    The Republican Party rhetoric has further flamed some of these passion. Their implied message is that economy would have been better off but not for all the people on govt help, (implying blacks/foreigners are the bulk of the govt aid recipients, when it is not so)

    The elections here are fought on lies and inuendos – McCain lost South Carolina primary (against Bush) and a potential shot at presidency in 2000 because they spread a rumor that Mccain fathered a black child (he has a daughter adopted from Bangla Desh). John Kerry, a war hero, was projected as a person who is unpatriotic, who hated America (because he participated in anti war movement after he came back from Viet Nam)..

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well the US has to re-educate its populace. It WAS a superpower and a popular one.

    now it is not winning friends anymore. Some good books on respecting others in school and college could change the balance.

    Of course you are right that the attack on SIkhs was due to mistaken identity.

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  • Anonymous

    Distinction between Guts and Balls

    To those of you who are nit-pickers about the meaning of words: there is a medical
    distinction between Guts and Balls. We’ve all heard about people having Guts or
    Balls, but do you really know the difference between them?

    In an effort to keep you informed, here are the definitions:

    GUTS – is arriving home late, after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the Guts to ask, “Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?”

    BALLS – is coming home late after a night out with the guys, smelling of perfume and beer, with lipstick on your collar, and slapping your wife on the butt and having the Balls to say, “You’re next, Chubby.”

    I hope this clears up any confusion on the definitions.

    Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome.

    Both result in death.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well really gr8!! Bachelors RULE !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Death is preferable to balls getting crunched or guts getting cleaved.

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  • Anonymous

    My dear Ghandhi,

    You had written the same post on Pak Tea House and you got proper replies from the bloggers there. If you were not satisfied with those answers than I would say that either you are an idiot or you just want to create nuisance. Now you have come here on this blog with your same ridiculous post. I normally don’t this but you have forced me to say this – Apni ga….d me dam rakho and stop playing this victim hood card. No one is obliged to do you any favour just because of your religion.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/amit.ary Amit Chaudhary

    I see, all the intellectual people keep saying that, they are with Anna movement as far as fight against corruption is concerned, but they do not agree with their methods. Point taken, but…
    we have never ever seen these intellectuals speaking out their so called “right methods ” and using those methods to remove corruption….why?

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  • Anonymous

    Has there been any parliamentary discussion on this (potential) large scale intrusion from Pakistan? This Pakistani tunnel to Kashmir, according to the article, is quite wide for many to sneak in. How come our human/machine intelligence systems dis not detect that type of construction close to the border?

    More importantly, why there is no discussion in India on this? I just bumped into this; do not know if other Indian papers/TV channels covered this. There was no coverage in the US media.

    Will appreciate additional info on this.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/JammuSec/Tunnel-from-Pak-for-major-induction-into-India/Article1-911045.aspx

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  • Anonymous

    What are two reasons why women don’t mind their own business?
    1) No mind.
    2) No business.

    Good morning friends.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Not being able to mind their own business, they try to mind the husbands’ business.

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  • Anonymous

    What does Moody’s say?
    They say that the biggest reason for India’s down fall is its government.

    What does Moody’s NOT say (this time)?
    that the biggest reason for the government’s down fall is Sonia Gandhi.

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  • Anonymous

    BREAKING NEWS++++++++++++++++++BREAKING NEWS
    ————————————————————————————

    I have solved fake Sardar, Ravi Inder Singh’s prolonged, almost permanent chhutti from this blog
    ———————————————————————————————————–

    I have received an e-mail from an under cover friend from Tora Bora that fake Ravi is extremely BUSY.

    Like Einstein created the Unified Field Theory, this fake Ravi has been commissioned to write a “Unified Hindu Terror Theory”, by combining the worst from the books of Martha Nassbaum, Wendy, Kancha Illaiya and a host of anti-Hindu writers.

    My friend confides, confidentially of course, that Teesta Setalvad has sanctioned US$5000/- as “seed money” from the “gift” she received from Ford Foundation for anti-Modi activities. Also, she has promised that funds will NOT be a problem if the anti-Hindu work is of world standard.

    So, expect the unified ………..theory from fake Ravi shortly.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Gr 8

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  • Anonymous

    Why Do They Hate Us?
    The real war on women is in the Middle East.

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us

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  • Anonymous

    No smile? You’re arrested!

    A British man has been arrested for ‘failing to smile’ while watching the Olympics cycling road race. Mark Worsfold told Police he has Parkinson’s disease and it is difficult for him to express emotion. He told Howard Sattler of his ordeal.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In India too, in the olden days, anybody not touching the feet of Kamalapathi Tripathi was banished from his audience.

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  • Anonymous

    A UP ministers tells babus ‘ Work hard and steal little’

    Good to know that there are honest ministers in UP. Actually saying what is happening in the state.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ask PathkG to defend this and he would find a means to justify it.

    As long as they support param pujya mata Sonia Gandhi’s govt. at centre (and religiously send her cut), they could carry on without any fear.

    “Jab Saiyya bhaye KOtwal, to Darr kahe ka”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    His stye of justifying is blaming Modi,Advani and other BJP leaders.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    When he praises Mataji, betaji, netaji and Digvinashji, he becomes Pathakji.

    And when he attacks Vajapayee, Advani, Modi and RSS, he become atyachari.

    Anonymous Reply:

    mohan

    He also said stealing should be little and not looting like dacoits!
    What he said is true – these PWD employees all over India steal big!
    My guess is that there will not be an executive engineer in PWD anywhere in India with less than Rs 10 crore assets.

    And we say we do not have good roads!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Or he could have meant that only we can loot like dacoits, and babus
    can only steal little.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    hahah That makes sense!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Actually Shishupal Yadav is angry with the media for publishing what was an off-the-record remark. He is more angry with the media because the reported only half of his comment. He had also told the media, “tum bhi loot lo, magar thoda, thoda.”

    vijay ! Reply:

    Gopi

    In UP in every tender, 15% is taken by the Chief Minister and about 15 % by bureaucrats. Shiv Pal SIngh was basically saying that the Bureaucrats should not raise their stake above 15%.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Viju

    I just read that the new Islamist govt in Mali ordered cutting a hand off a robber and the sentence was executed according to Sharia.

    I am for a Sharia type punishment system for certain crimes including the stealing of public money/corruption.

    Ho w many engineers will steal from public works if some of their hands are cut off.

    vijay ! Reply:

    Trouble is Gopi, Sharia comes as a full package.

    Cutting hands is one part… but the other part is Osama, Hafeez saeed and gang.

    We need to get in the jury system which will do away with the drama our lawyers do to delay justice. We need to study the US and UK and see how they manage to get the criminals behind bars in three months.

  • Anonymous

    Assam sitting on time bomb – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

    http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=250480343

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  • vijay !

    ==============================================================
    ~~~ HINDUS RUSHING TO INDIA TO ESCAPE MURDER AND CONVERSION~
    ==============================================================

    I think Vinod Sharma should take this up. After all this blog is about birht separation.

    Let us rename it as

    THANK GOD ! WE SEPARATED AT BIRTH !

    News streaming on channels and Dawn talks about Thousands of Hindus applying for Indian Visas in Pakistan to escape Kidnapping, murder and conversion.,

    While Sikhs in US were targeted by a madman and not by state discrimination,, The minorities of Paksitan are butchered in the name of Islamic republic.

    Of course Ravi, Pathak G and Manohar told us that we should not bother.

    WHY THE HELL SHOULD WE NOT BOTHER?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinod Sharma will say, “Let us look after our own Muslims including nthe Bangladeshis, rather than bother about Pakistani Hindus whao are being raped, looted, beaten and killed”.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Let us ask Vinodji to reply to his…

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  • Anonymous

    I just watched a program hosted by Atlantic Council, a think tank. An Indian economist/political scientist, Arvind Subramanian was the main speaker. A young guy, ex IMF etc .
    He was superb with an interesting insight into what is in store for India.

    I am going to google him to know more.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    would look forward to it…

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  • Anonymous

    “Honey,” said this husband to his wife, “I invited a friend home for supper.”
    “What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I haven’t been shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don’t feel like cooking a fancy meal!”
    “I know all that.”
    “Then why did you invite a friend for supper?”
    “Because the poor fool’s thinking about getting married.”
    .

    Good morning friends.

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  • Anonymous

    According to this lady Ms. Sujata Anandan, the Assam problem is the creation of BJP.

    Blood on the windshield

    http://blogs.hindustantimes.com/singly-political/2012/08/10/blood-on-the-windshield/

    An excerpt from this article.

    I still remember how local Assamese Muslims complained to me then about Atal Behari Vajpayee. “He came here and deliberately tried to turn this into a Hindu-Muslim issue when it is actually a Bengali-Assamese one. He said, “If they kill one of you, you kill ten of them.’ That provoked so many others and that’s how we got massacred. Otherwise, we would have eventually sorted out our land issues without too much violence.’

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Did the wise Sujatha have any idea what the Muslimm said about how “eventually he would have sorted out the ‘our land issues’”?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In the same blog, she also says:

    Of course, there was always a serious issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh and for this the Congress is to blame – they have been content to allow it to happen in the interest of their own vote bank.

    If she knows (what everybody else knows anyways), why is she trying to give a spin to the facts? How many people can be accommodated in the Rajya Sabha? There are quite a few in the Q already.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ishwar/ All
    Beyond the lines- Kuldip Nayyar, page-88: It was not chaliha, who had initiated the issue of illegal migration but his senior in the congress, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who rose to be India,s president. In fact, the entire party was guilty. Its simplistic solution was to win the elections in Assam by allowing would be settlers from across the borders into the state thus creating a vote bank.
    Deshdrohi????? Who???????

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    Anonymous Reply:

    don’t think she is aiming so high. She will be content with a LAMP post freely doled by Ford Foundation.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Mohan my suggestion . Do not waste your time on that garbage bin.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-

    She is a Congress lackey.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Missing ALTRNATIVE VIEWS,
    Tum na jaane kis jahan mai.n kho gaye? is it going getting tough? Always knew, these peoples’ reality.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You are right Pankaj,

    Without the alternative views, this place looks like a gay community!!

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well many must have felt that they have finally lost as SHinde the nauker is the Home Minister and how can they ever defend all that…

    [Reply]

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ha Ha;
    Good one. But God, oh God, please save me from such auraton se like ..MRG.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes there is no fun without alternative views. I won’t be surprised to see this blog die very soon.

    [Reply]

    vijay ! Reply:

    Blog wont die… MOhan! It is just that it has progressed beyond Ravi’s single point obsession with getting an LeT agenda. Soon it will become more positive and move on to higher pastures…

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj ji,

    glad that you are back. Why worry about people who can’t face truth?

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Sudheendra Kulkarni’s article in Indian Express. excellent one. Modi’s interview to Shahid Siddiqui, where Modi scored major points, vis a vis secular brigade and entrapments of Muslims by secular brigade is eye opening for many intelligent muslims. Seculars were bitten by Jumman keeda, you know where.

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  • Anonymous

    There is also an easy to read article by Chetan Bhagat in ToI, which suggests more or less the same things as our own Saxena ji.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/The-country-can-still-benefit-from-the-changed-expectations-created-by-Team-Anna/articleshow/15439364.cms

    Excerpts:
    The current despair is the political opportunity. Someone needs to take the
    mantle from Anna. It doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be another activist
    outfit. For activists can at best create dreams. They cannot deliver on them.
    Only people in power can.

    This despair can be tapped. For instance, it seems likely that the Congress
    will be blamed for crushing Anna. People will vent this anger in 2014 against
    the Congress.

    The BJP can expedite this process, by reassuring people that even if Anna
    isn’t as prominent, the team’s message isn’t lost.

    Of course, they should make realistic promises, based on what they can
    deliver. The BJP has its corrupt elements, and it should work out a way to
    cleanse itself over time. For this, the top leadership of the BJP has to learn
    to get along, immediately. They have a historic opportunity here. The
    anti-Congress sentiment can be smelt in the air. The BJP has to offer a whiff of
    hope and people will come to it.

    At present, it seems the BJP leaders assume power in 2014 is guaranteed.
    Hence, several of them want to position themselves as PM. Such a short-sighted,
    selfish mentality will backfire. This isn’t just about winning 2014. This is
    about winning 2014 and the next 20 years. If they win and stay in power,
    everyone will get a chance to achieve their personal ambitions.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Ishwar
    In fact I was wanting to draw your attention to this article, which I read today. But due to some problem with Disqus , I could not do so. I then logged in thru Twitter.
    Pankajji welcome back . Maybe one of us should ll attempt to present the contrarian viw.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Saxena Sahab;
    This is a good idea.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP has to cleanse and restrategize to win in 2014 and to sustain its winning position for the next few decades.

    They have not shown anything bold and different from Congress. Yes they are less corrupt; but people attribute that to them not having many years in power.

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  • Anonymous

    Banned Islamic terrorist organizations operating under bogus names in Kerala, in my district and the other three northern districts..

    Mark my word — Kerala will be come another Kashmir, so also Assam.. only a western beachhead is missing for them now

    .http://www.rediff.com/news/report/simi-other-banned-outfits-work-under-bogus-names-in-kerala-nia/20120811.htm.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Mumbai ke Azad maidan main, toda phodi and attack on police and media?? Raza Academy? another AMU in west?? Illegal muslim infiltration and no protest allowed?? Jabra mare aur rone bhi na de??? Who is creating this psyche in modern India?? in assam, chicken are coming back to roost. digvijay, people are asking for answer. No hemant karkare there.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Last time I checked, there were no Bodos in Mumbai!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Two people have been killed. Raza Academy, a Sunni Muslim Social/Educational Services organization called for the protest.

    Why should Mumbai Muslims stage a violent protest against the Assamese situation – Hindus, Muslims, Bodos were killed there; why this one sided partiality just to Muslims? And why did they call for this during Ramzan, a peaceful reconciliation period?

    Raza wanted to keep the slaughter houses open and slaughter animals on Mahavir Jayanti day, in spite of the requests from the government/public.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Unfortunately rahul and Digviansh will take the cues… and frame a policy to appease the illegal migrants from bangladesh.

    Watch this space.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Enough of depressing news.
    heard on facebook:
    when some youths noticed a bomb ticking beside a resting old lady, who was unaware of it, and shouted at her” Aunty, bomb hai. lady: Naa, ab woh baat kahan rahi.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Gr8 !!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hearing the old lady’s comments someone said “Is khandar ko dekh kar lagta hai ki yeh imarat kabhi aalishan thi.”

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  • vijay !

    I am off sharab for today… so could do with a mindbending post by Mahesh or Shaan… !

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  • vijay !

    @Gopi_Thomas:disqus

    You are the resident historian here and this happens to be the quietr period of the blog. So picking your brains here…

    Where do you see the reconciliation between Islam and the world going?

    On one end we have fine people like Parvez and Rizwan and Shoeb here on this blog. And I personally beleive most Indian Muslims who would want to live peacefully with their brethren.

    On the other hand we have the Ravi and Engriches who want the supermacy of their religion and if we go outside the blog– the Digvinashes and the Rahul’s who would want to separate Musloms from Hindus, the way Mulayam an Owaisi do.

    In the media– from Rajdeep to Vinod Sharma, all would want to bend before inflexible version of Islam and would be scared to say Muslim wonen too need equality, that Muslims too need to ban aposasy and blasphemy laws…

    BUT…

    Now the serious part.

    Historically all this has lead to a confrontation. Or am I wrong…?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Viju

    you brought up a good point – reconciliation. My take, from a world stage perspective, is that it is not going anywhere. A reconciliation requires two parties who believe they are harmed by status-quo and a policy of give and take will benefit both. In the Islam vs non-Islam, 1) we cannot put all non-Islam as one homogeneous group, and hence there are multiple reconciliations needed and 2) the opinion makers in Islam – unfortunately the outfits like Deoband School – do not believe there is anything wrong and need any reconcilement/fixing.

    There is one side of me thinking that Indian Muslims will take the leadership among world Muslims to regenerate from within, to usher and live in a pluralistic society, contriibuting and enriching each other. Parvez, Shoeb, Rizwan etc from this blog, Azim premji, Amir Khan, AR Rehman etc from outside this blog are examples of people who could take the leadership if they chose to do so (I think).

    The reason i am saying this is that the basic platform for regeneration is already there in India – a democratic system (although it has flaws), a universal education system, free enterprise, privacy protection, tolerant society, etc etc. Whereas in other countries, such as in the Middle East or in Pakistan, the absence of these platforms make it significantly tougher, if not impossible, to bring in a change of the magnitude we envision. The Arabic Spring etc, even if it is successful in the long run, which is a big if as we see now, is a 50 year project.

    But the Indian change will come only if Muslims cut their umbilical cord with Congress. A biased image of Muslims is created by Congress actions, and not by any explicit request or action by Muslims – for example, as somebody remarked in these blogs, Muslims did not ask Congress to settle them in Assam and give them ration cards. Muslims did not ask Akhilesh Yadav to rename KanshiRam Urdu University. Muslims did not ask for Hajj subsidy. Instances are many.. But they get stuck with a distorted view.

    We see rizwan, Shoeb, Pervez etc approaching problems as Indian problems, Indian challenges, Indian aspirations – at the end of the day that is the only winning strategy for all; Hindus and Msulims and Sikhs and Christians alike. It cannot be a zero sum game.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Gopi

    Really well written. I think we need this re-conciliation but the short sighted, selfish politics of India won’t let it happen. They may just drive Muslims from other people.

    I feel that this reconciliation may happier easier in say France or Germany or Canada where there is no minority pampering and pandering and where terrorists will just be persecuted fast and furious.

    For me one of the highlights of the Olympics were really about the sole Saudi woman on the race tracks. Since many Madrassas teach and Muslim leaders believe that Saudi blood is superior, maybe the participating athlete would make the Taiban and Owaisis think that they too should change as the Saudis are changing….

    Today I am on the move… so I would not be able to carry out the dialogue before evening. But do look forward to your reply.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    viju
    Evil vs good has been a recurring theme in the Abrahamic religions. Evil took different forms – crusades (when Catholics considered Muslims as evil and to be destroyed), caliphate expansions (when Muslims considered all others evils – actually Prophet Mohamed did his philosophical
    expansion through the geographic conquering first). While the rest of the whole world has moved away from grouping a people as evil, a few in Islam consider non-Islamic people kauffers, to be sepaarted, to be killed etc. The clerical force in Saudi Arabia, with the tacit support from the kings here before has promoted this exclusion and fundamentalist approach worldwide – through violence, conversions, preaching.

    King Abdullah is focused on changing this paradigm. He haas promoted education; he has sent thousands of Saudi Arabians to foreign universities.

    However, I do not think education in itself will solve these divides. After all, the 19 hijackers who hit the WTC and Pentagon on 9/11 were all well schooled in exclusive private schools and foreign universities. We dont have to go too far. Look at what is happening in kerala. Muslims here are well-educated, they are rich (as a group, they are richer than Hindus), they have political power (Muslim league controls a good number of MLAs) – but they still go to Kashmir to fight, they are connected with several jehadist activities.. From being an integral part and parcel of Kerala for ages (Muslims were in kerala long before the Islamic invasions of the North), there is a Saudi Wahabi/Salafi inspired movement to separate in looks, deeds, lifestyles etc. While growing up, i have never seen a Kerala Muslim girl/woman in Burqua..there was no burqua in kerala till 25 years ago.

    One solution is for the world to cut petrol/diesel consumption so Saudis will not have money to spread their hatred rich philosophy., America will send drones and diminish Saudi Arabian clerical leadership once they have other sources of energy. But it may be too long in future, by then America may also become a spent force.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Very good analysis. However, looking at the incident of yesterday at Bombay it looks difficult that Indian Muslims will take up the leadership of the world very soon to regenerate from within. Until and unless religion is being given prominence above other things
    I do not think that any serious positive change will happen soon.
    Keep religion at home and things will start improving very fast.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well I hope thigns change… maybe freedom to women would change it.

  • Anonymous

    Why indian girls are Not good in sports..????
    Only 10% are playing Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, Chess etc..!!
    Remaining 90% are busy in Playing with jaanu..
    Jaanu kahan ho..??? Jaanu kya kar rahe ho…??? Jaanu kab aaoge..??? Jaanu u love me na..??? Jaanu i miss u.. Jaanu ice cream khani hai.. Jaanu chocolate khani h.. Jaanu aaj ghumne kahan jayenge..??? Jaanu ye suit.. Wo sari.. Wo

    jeans.. Jaanu falana- Jaanu dhemkana..

    Jaan lelo jaanu ki….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Too good…!!

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  • pankaj#1

    All,
    People, who at the drop of the hat, quote, wendy and nabbasum etc. How about Samuel hutingtons clash of civilization. Answee is important.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Pankaj

    You are quite a player.

    Who will answer this?

    Ravi is already in a process of change and I expect him to come to this blog head shaven, head hanging down, ashamed for having pushed chacha hafeez’s agenda..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A brain dead organisation like Chacha Hafiz’s will not easily let fake Ravi go. Moreover, this jihadi must be willing to come out of the “jihadi jaal”.

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  • Anonymous

    A man found Aladin’s Lamp.
    He asked jin to
    Increase his wife’s Brain Ten Times more..

    Jin Laughed & said
    “Multiplication does not Apply On Zero”

    Good morning friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Now even innocuous jokes are being deleted by the moderator. Two jokes, one by Pankaj and one posted by me have faced the wrath of censors of HT.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This shows that the moderator doesn’t consider the above item about Rahul Gandhi as a joke.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Arre, yaar,

    delete karne layak jokes kyon post karte ho? Hum iss blog mein achche, juicy jokes maangta.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Maybe You are right. let me try this.

    Why langouti is called langouti.
    Because it covers one L…… and two gotis.

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  • Anonymous

    Congress party took out a secret poll of its members across all India to find the

    person who will stop them from forming government in 2014 so they can form a strategy to counter that person. Few named Advani, Jaitley, Shourie
    Sushma Swaraj, Jayalalita, Nitish Kumar and many members
    voted for Modi as the main obstacle for Congress in next general election.
    But surprisingly or perhaps not very surprisingly the maximum members of
    Congress party voted for the person whom they thought will definitely stop
    them from coming to power in 2014.
    That person was Rahul Gandhi.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    A good observation, for Rahul.
    yes, I do not think joke was vulgar, this shows that some one from Ram sene has infiltrated HT.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    OR THE.Y HAVE LOST ALL SENSE OF ‘VINOD’

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    Anonymous Reply:

    good one!

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  • Anonymous

    History is like ly to be repeated with the new Rashtrapati.
    =========================================

    In 1969, Indira Gandhi dumped her own candidate for the RP post, Sanjeev Reddy and helped the opposition candidate Giri to win.

    Now Sonia Gandhi is likely to disown Pranab Babu, post facto.

    Reason?

    The website of the President of India has been re-designed and Mukherjee claims all credit for conceiving numerous flagship government programmes.

    This is a cardinal sin for any congressman to commit, because all such flagship or non-flagship programmes are always conceived by the Gandhi family and also named after two Gandhis, Indira and Rajiv.

    I think Pranab Babu will soon lose count of the knives that will start flying at him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    sanjeeva reddy was a strong capable leader unlike Giri who is a stealer (his wife too)

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  • Anonymous

    I ONLY HOPE MY LAST COMMENT WILL NOT FACE THE BUTCHER.

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  • Anonymous

    Defining “secular”..The war rages on. – Arvind Lavakare.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column_defining-secular-the-war-rages-on_1708072

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  • vijay !

    @Gopi_Thomas:disqus

    Thanks for the reply. My concern on Muslims being forced to go on a path of confrontation by people who claim to be their well wishers is genuine. I have some some good Muslim friends and employees and even a tenant.

    As i write this , i can see a scroll on CNN IBN about a LeT hijack threat before 15th August. Yesterday it was the violent protests in Mumbai. The day before ti was Owaisi threatening radicalism of Muslim youth. Where will all this end?

    Pakistan may claim the LeT are non state actors, but we all know that by world standards, Zardari and their PM too are non state actors– as their writ over Pakistan is limited. Nobody can see how much more damage Pakistan will do to the world before it collapses or will it ever?

    At this point, I don’t see the revolution which gets Muslims to protest against their MIS-leaders. Instead we have dunces and selfish vote bankers who are willing to take us all down the drain… by pandering to terrorists.

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    Kosy Reddy Reply:

    that owaisy is great friend of our vinod sharma and sonia, but he can do nothing other than inciting innocent Muslims, his time is up,

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Is he Gr8 friend of Vinod Sharma? I will tell Vinod Sharma to watch out. A man is known by the company he keeps….

    I hope Owaisi’s time is up. All this communal posturing and trying to mobilise people along religious lines and then claiming victimhood all the time, is only giving a bad name to Islam, the people who support him and his friends.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay, Kosy -

    Owaisi and his clan rule Hyderabad. He and his brothers trigger lots of problems in Hyderabad.

    And he did his college in Oxford!

    Anonymous Reply:

    An educated extremist is more dangerous. Osama Bin
    Laden was an engineer.

    Kosy Reddy Reply:

    sir, owaisy confines himself to Hyderabad, he never ventures outside city, his party has got no presence at all in rest of the state, they are actually supporters of razakars, but our secular leaders and journalist made him a secular messiah, he can not win not more than one MP seat and not more than six MLA seats but he gets all the attention due to these secular journalists, he put pressure on Late.YSR the then CM of AP for releasing ISI agent who has been convicted for killing of ACP krishna prasad, now he is putting pressure on govt. for release of khadir who killed ACP sathaiah, Hindus in Hyderabad never trust and vote this man

  • Anonymous

    Mohamed Moori,the President of Raza Academy, the organization that called for the Mumbai protest march against the Assamese and Mayanmar incidents, apologized to the community, police, media for the violence caused during the protest.

    That is a great and good gesture.

    However, he got carried away and stated – “The people who indulge in violence cannot be Muslims. No Muslim would dare to do anything like this during Ramzan”

    This self denial is one reason why we do not take initiatives to fix our problems with the community. There are still a large number of Muslims stating “the perpetrators of 9/11 cannot be Muslims. No Muslim will do a heinous crime like that.”

    I hope Mohamed Moori will not call for a protest march in future for the people in distant lands. If he does, I hope he also calls protest march for the injustice against the Tibetans, violence against Hindus in Pakistan, violence against Shias in Bahrain, violence against Ahmediyas in Pakistan, violence against kurds in Turkey etc –the list is long!

    Or better – do something for the slum dwellers of Dharaivi. A great thing to do in these holy days A protest march can wait till after these days. May be he should have said “I cannot be a Muslim. No Muslim dares to organize a protest march during these days of fasting and good will”

    Happy Ramzan, may the blessings be on all of us

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shoeb,

    Agree with you that the self denial is the main hindrance to fix the
    problem.When you don’t accept that there is a problem you will not take
    any effort to solve it.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shoeb, Mohan

    7 Muslim Associations have asked for CBI probe into the Mumbai firing. They did not blame the organizers!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Everyone asks for CBI probe. They ask for CBI because they
    know that once a case goes to CBI than it will never be solved. The organization which could not even solve Arushi murder case, how can they be expected to solve anything
    which is even slightly complex.

    Anonymous Reply:

    CBI is wrongly taken to mean cedntral bureau of investigation.

    In its true form it is congress bureau of instigation.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shoeb,

    I very sadly agree with you. The self denial seems to be an affliction most simplistic Muslims are cursed with. Some other instances of this dreaded disease are:

    Kasab is a Hindu, because he was wearing a tilak on his head.
    Karkare was a victim of Hindu terror.
    26/11 is an instance of Hindu terror.
    Pakistan had no hand in any of the terror acts in India or anywhere else, particularly 9/11, which was a Brhmnst, Zionst conspiracy.
    Ravi is in fact, a mona Sardar, vilified by Sanghis as a jihadi.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well said Shoeb.

    Ans happy Ramzan…

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  • Anonymous

    I-Day Special: Terror Threat Through Parliament
    http://www.mediacrooks.com/2012/08/i-day-special-terror-threat-through.html

    Lastly, I warn the central Government; I warn the hon. Members over here …
    If proper rehabilitation does not take place, you be ready for a third wave of
    radicalization among Muslim youth… You are not bringing it to the notice…
    I am bringing it to your notice……

    Asasudin Owaisi, MP ( In Parliament on August 8, on Assam Violence & Vicitims).

    —–

    Danish cartoons on Mohammad?
    Violence in India! War in Iraq? Violence in India! Rohingya
    muslims in Burma? Violence in India! War in Afghanistan? Violence in
    India! Osama Bin Laden killed? Violence in India! Offend Islam?
    Chop off arms in Kerala! And then Mr.Asaduddin Owaisi, after his
    intemperate language and open threat, repeatedly calls himself a proud
    Indian. Mahesh Jethmalani rightly called his speech “A call to arms,
    instigation and sowing seeds of civil war”. About AO’s defence, Jethmalani
    called it a Mark Anthony type speech which turns the mob against honourable
    Brutus.

    Had Owaisi made the same speech
    outside parliament he could have been prosecuted for sowing communal disharmony,
    instigation and motivating public violence and threatening terror against the
    nation. That is not mere imagination, one can easily attribute the violence at
    Azad Maidan to his extremely provocative threat. And mind you, there is no
    reason to believe the Mumbai crowd did not have a good sprinkling of Illegal
    Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. On the eve of another Independence Day India is
    probably the only country where a MP brazenly threatens radicalisation of
    muslims and by implication terror attacks and violence against Indians. The
    threat may not be an empty one.

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    Kosy Reddy Reply:

    some times radicalization helps for elimination of those radicals,

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-
    Owaisi was instrumental in settling 200 plus Mayanmar Muslim families in Hyderabad. He wants to bring in more.

    Thanks for bringing attention to his Lok Sabhah speech. It looks like a call to arms, and that a sharp legal mind like Jethmalini can find a clause under which he can be arrested.

    His younger brother is a goonda involved in many criminal activities. He
    was shot last year by his enemy goondas. He represents Chandrayanagutta, a section of Hyderabad in the assembly.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahadevan,

    I don’t think legally anything can be done about his comments as he said this in parliament. If I am not wrong than MPs have immunity over whatever they say in house of parliament. What I find strange is that he is openly inciting violence – Bombay incident is perhaps result of his speech – and niether mainstream media is talking about this nor any politician is saying anything
    about this very serious matter.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    @ Mohan

    Arre baba… sab darpok hai. Koi presswallah nahi bolega…

  • Anonymous

    If Dawood were to be born 20 years later he might have gone into the
    Media instead of the Mafia. (RGV)

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  • Anonymous

    I admit that it was because of my fault the fight started. My wife asked me what is on the TV. I said dust.

    Good morning friends.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A good one.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    O brother…

    Sab kuch mitti me mil gaya… uske baad !

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  • Anonymous

    Independence Day: O God, put out this fire for us.

    http://dawn.com/2012/08/11/independence-day-oh-god-put-out-this-fire-for-us/

    “Yesterday I went to Gujranwala and found the house where you were born. The house where you left behind your parents, drenched in their own blood,” wrote Mohammad Riaz in an e-mail he sent to his friend Mahinder Singh in Burke, Virginia.

    “Now a family of Muslims from Jullunder lives in your house and their story is not much different from your story. So together we lit a candle for your martyrs in the house where you left behind your parents soaked in their blood,” he wrote.

    Listen, when you go to India now, do visit the village where my sisters jumped into a well to save themselves from a marauding crowd.

    “There, in the darkness of that well, you light a candle too for my martyrs.”

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I wish this sentimentality gets translated into a thought process where they say, ” We believe fanaticism is wrong. Jinnah was wrong in demanding an Islamic state. It is wrong to have thew Sharia and wrong to ban propogation of Christianity, Sikhism and HInduism…”

    Further on… we will ban blasphemy and apostasy laws and hang Hafeez Saeed and dawood ibriahm….

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    A long list of do’s and don’ts, longer than Mullah Omar’s beard.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well we should also wish Mullah Omar is hanged…

  • Anonymous

    PIL alleges Rs 26,000 cr irrigation scam in Vidarbha.

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pil-alleges-rs-26-000-cr-irrigation-scam-in-vidarbha/987686/0

    Our country needs rain very badly but instead we are getting scams.

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  • Anonymous

    Mangalore had culture police. Media went hyper, blamed all Hindus.
    Pune had vulture thiefs, attacking north-east students, media silent.
    All- Indian Muslim groups commit emotional atyachar in Mumbai, Prithviraj blames “foreign hand”.

    All-Pakistan terror group of Hafiz chacha commits 26/11, Digvinash blames desi hand.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    The COngress symbol is a hand…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And a lady from foreign is heading the Congress party.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Ab pata chala yeh foreign hand kya hai !

    vijay ! Reply:

    Its funny… Mama G will send Chavan to Baby G for advice who will send him to Digvinash G who will mutter Modi…

    Very predictable !

    Anonymous Reply:

    I think that is the foreign hand Prathviraj Chauhan is talking about. He is rushing to Delhi to talk about this foreign hand.

  • vijay !

    ==============================================================
    ~ NOBEL bullshitting PRIZE TO MEDIA MEN WHO WILL DISTORT THIS. ~~~~
    ———————————————————————————————–

    I am copying this from NDTV. I fear Kumar Ketkar and Mani Shankar AIyar as well as Digvinash G will soon distort the truth.

    So i have announced a Nobel bullshitting prize for the master distortionist.

    —————- From NDTV———————

    Mumbai: The Mumbai police, sources say, was warned that a protest organised on Saturday at the city’s Azad Maidan ground would draw thousands of people, and that just before the protest began, a mob of nearly 1000 people, armed with knives and swords, was heading to the city’s main train station, the Chhatrapti Shivaji Terminus (CST).

    The police was expecting 3000-4000 people. Instead, 10,000 showed up. The demonstration had been organised to protest against the ethnic violence in Assam, in which more than 70 people have died in the last month.

    The riot in Mumbai began at 3:20 pm; two people were killed and 55 injured, most of them policemen.CCTV footage shows an armed mob boarding a train from Kurla station and arriving at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) armed with sticks, rods and swords.

    The Mumbai police believes this mob infiltrated the protest to execute a conspiracy of violence.The mob molested women and female constables. Members of the mob set media and police vehicles on fire and desecrated the Amar Jawan memorial dedicated to the Unknown Soldier at the CST station.

    Sources say that the intelligence wing of the Mumbai police had warned in early August that as the violence in Assam spiralled, provocative messages were being sent out in Mumbai, some via SMS.A day before the demonstration, the Mumbai police was warned, Friday prayers and gatherings were used to urge people to attend the Azad Maidan session.

    This should have alerted the police to gear up for a massive crowd.17 people who were present on the dais at Azad Maidan are being examined too, police sources said.

    The Congress government in Assam has been accused of ignoring early warning signs of escalating tension between the two groups

    The Opposition BJP has said the clashes should not be described as ethnic or communal. It says the problem lies in the unchecked illegal migration of Bangladeshis, who are settling in areas like Korajhar in large numbers. The Bodos, the BJP says, are feeling marginalised in their homelan

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay-
    Here is a sane view. Time for Indian Muslims to stop protest against activities in distant lands.. Need for hosh than josh..
    akin to what I wrote yesterday in the blog.

    http://www.anindianmuslim.com/2012/08/excessive-emotions-indian-muslims-must.html

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Very well written blog. I wish this view gets more publicity and becomes the touchstone of thought for the youngsters.

    The lines sum up everything in sensible words.

    ” Rather than taking proper routes or legal ways, we always go for rhetoric and streets, which turns counter-productive and hurts our image even more. It is not that you shouldn’t be concerned, but head must prevail our heart. “

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  • Anonymous

    Sonia, the super PM…
    It helps to rehash once a while..FirstPost article

    http://www.firstpost.com/india/the-unseen-hand-how-sonia-gandhi-operates-as-super-pm-416285.html

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  • Anonymous

    Another incisive post on Assam by Swapan Dasgupta…

    http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/item/52194-assam-will-never-be-same-again.html

    Excerpts:
    The likes of Ajmal (AIDUF MP from Dhubri, Assam) know that the threats of detection and deportation are empty. This is why he has no inhibition about directing his fire power at the remaining pockets of indigenous resistance. If Kokrajhar falls and the Bodo Territorial Council becomes history, the march into Lower Assam and even the Barak Valley will be relatively effortless.

    For the moment, the trends in Muslim politics are mixed. In most areas where
    the community is in a minority, the trend is to support and participate in the
    mainstream parties, particularly the Congress. However, in areas where the
    community is numerically strong, there is the emergence of Muslim parties. The
    Muslim League in Malabar, the MIM in Hyderabad, the AIDUF in Assam and the Peace Party in parts of Uttar Pradesh could suggest an emerging pattern. If this trend is reinforced and replicated in West Bengal and Bihar, we may see a shift in the pattern of national politics.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar

    Muslim League is the de facto ruler in kerala – Congress will fail without their 25 seats (congress has only 26)
    Congress appeasement policies will eventually make it a minority party in the country (I do not mean party of minorities; but a party that cannot win the majority of seats)

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  • Anonymous

    A welcome step, for a change

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-cell-phones-govt-plans-free-cycles-sop-for-minority-communities/987834/

    After cell phones, govt plans free cycles sop for (girls of) minority communities.

    Even if essentially looks like a poll gimmick, it should be welcomed. If the girl child is encouraged to continue her education because of this freebie, I believe it would help the nation in the long run. Can’t we afford this give away for every girl child?

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  • InderIndia

    Bharat Ratna for Salman

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    sunita Reply:

    no

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  • P C Madhavarao

    I agree with the observations and they are well made.
    I want to know how do we send our individual remarks to appear like this?

    [Reply]

    sunita Reply:

    yes

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  • Ankita

    No, I guess he is not doing this for bharatratna, neither he wants any appreciation. He is just listening his heart…….so many times our brain overshadow our emotions so we forget we are born humans…….. we shud just follow his good deeds…..

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  • Praveen Saxena

    This blog shows how successful Salman Khan has been In crafting a strategy to save himself from the punishments for his misdeeds. Ranging from allegations of links with underworld, killing of wildlife, crushing people under his car, misconduct with Aishwarya Rai ….and he fully delayed the legal processes reaching their rightful conclusion… now the good Samaritan acts as if he is Robin hood….. even journalists like Sunita Aron can be misguided into believing that he is after all a great guy…..

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  • Kyrasmith

    Leader is not Capability to compare with Salman khan Salman khan is Salman khan not any leader .Any leader can not Look as a Salman Khan .

    http://www.prlog.org/12112017-milanoo-coupon-code-enjoy-up-to-30-off-start-shopping.html

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  • nikita kaushal

    interesting photos.i wish i could smile like that ,if an opportunity comes by.this is the second time i’m reading your blog and i like it.

    hopefully,this delhi born travelled all india girl can know more about delhi.:) great going!!!

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  • Flaviasmith

    Indian Political leader should be Inspire from the Salman khan because Political leader should be think for Normal people .

    http://www.prlog.org/12111193-aliexpress-coupon-code-20-off-saving-option-act-soon.html

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  • Zinaidasmith

    I think that leader must be learn the Tips from Salman khan for running the Government and provide a good service for the people.

    http://www.prlog.org/12126245-toshiba-coupon-code-2013-20-savings-say-yes-to-best-deal.html

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