Kejriwal’s big challenge



Arvind Kejriwal is proving to be an astute politician. He has hijacked the plank central to the Congress’s electoral strategy by naming his fledgling party after the aam aadmi.

In other words, the anti-graft activist has sought to give the aam aadmi– whom the ruling dispensation professes to serve— a party of his own. That at least is the promise.

But Kejriwal’s proclivity for self-projection enhanced by an obliging media saw him naming himself as the convener of the new outfit. The AAP’s first impression would have been telling had he chosen a lesser known but well-regarded person to head the party.

That said, the AAP that’s yet to demonstrate a Pan-India vision except the resolve to fight corruption, would have reasons to rejoice if it opens account in the Delhi Assembly polls it’s gearing to contest. Kejriwal has been more cautious than valorous in selecting the national capital as his first battle-ground.

The anti-graft movement has had a bigger impact in Delhi than in any other urban centre. It’s here that it stands a good chance for registering maiden electoral victories. But if it fails in the first past the post system, it might end up helping the Congress by dividing the anti-incumbency vote.

Be that as it may, the poll outcome in the capital would help one predict better the future of the new party in relation to the older, somewhat maligned players — the Congress, BJP, the Left and the regional parties. A good percentage of polled votes will raise nevertheless the AAP’s value as an ally. That alone can keep it in business for years to come.

But the expectations it has fuelled and the standards it has tried to set for the political class could also prove to be the AAP’s undoing. It can’t be found violating its own principles; one bad apple in its lot could be one too many for it to live down.

The AAP will not just be on test on the probity issue. Very much under watch will be the democratic credentials of its leading lights. Role models can’t have downsides. It they do, they tumble in popular esteem.

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  • vijay !

    Kejriwal will certainly have some impact in Delhi and in Haryana, Rest would just amount to chipping of the COng and BJP vote.

    Surely considering that he is centre stage now– and that to in a period of 3 years , it is a huge achievement.

    The very fact that he is against dynastic succession means he is better then the Congress in a huge manner.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Viju It will be tough for Kejrwal under the current system to compete. He should (as he is ding) fcus on metro like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc and the booming 2nd tier like Pune, Coimbatore Slow and steady is fine. There was a time when Vajpyee ws the only MP for Jansangh/BJP. water carriers like Vind Shrma will try to corner them, put them under a different scale..

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well Kejriwal has made beginning like few others have done before. He is young. He will at least win the HIssar seat. it is a long haul.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Kejriwal must follow Advani’s model to raise the MP’s from 4 to 184. It’s long time since India saw a big spectacle.

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  • Runi

    From a social activist to politician,what a fake man Mr.Kejriwal whatever.

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    Synapse Reply:

    So what’s wrong there? If no one is willing to clean your house, will you not do it yourself??

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  • Synapse

    We have tried out all parties and we know where they stand. Kejriwal has lot of stakes. He will have to perform or perish. He means business and must be given a chance.
    I will vote for him any day. We are not giving him a chance instead we are giving ourselves a chance to sort out the mess and hope for a better future.

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  • Synapse

    “From a social activist to politician…”
    So what’s wrong there? If no one is willing to clean your house, will you not do it yourself??

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    anangsen Reply:

    THe writer of the article seems steeped in our great Indian Hypocrisy. Why should Kejri NOT be astute? What the hell is so wrong about having the single point agenda of anti-corruption when that is the ONE common denominator across all our problems???

    I think the writer of this article is a myopic, smug, low IQ sort of garden variety ‘thinker’.

    About time we got some more intelligent and practical people.

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    Pushkar Hate Reply:

    question is why would u expect some one else to clean ur house

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  • Deepak

    He is our last hope against corruption..

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    WE NEED A LEADER WITH IMPECCABLE INTEGRITY.HE MUST BE FAR SIGHTED.ARVIND HAS TO COME A LONG WAY.SO FAR IMPACT OF ARVIND IN DELHI ,CORRUPTION GOES ON UNAFFECTED.CAN MR SHARMA TELL WHICH FACET OF DELHI HAS BEEN AFFECTED SO FAR.
    GOOD LUCK TO ARVIND,WE DO NEED HIM.
    PEOPLE MUST CHOOSE A MASS LEADER WITH PROVEN INTEGRITY FOR NATIONAL SCENE.I WILL GO FOR MODY.PARTY FOLLOWS LEADER.
    A GREAT LEADER CAN CHANGE SHAPE ,CONCEPT EVERYTHING.WE NEED A MASS LEADER ,WHO TALKS OF NATIONAL PRIDE.
    I HOPE TO HEAR MR.SHARMA’S VIEW.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    agree.

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  • Anonymous

    How China’s rulers put country before family – and India’s leaders putting family before the country.. A great article by TJS George

    How the Congress of the two countries are so entirely different… He also says Indira Gandhi could have instituted customs and rules for the betterment of the country – such as term limits, internal competition etc that Chinese leaders have put in place

    http://newindianexpress.com/opinion/article1353475.ece

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  • keriwal
  • AshishC

    Vinod Sharma damns Arvind Kejriwal with faint praise. So, let’s see…feeling lazy to do anything much else but cut (and snip and tuck) and paste from his own prose..

    But Sonia Gandhi’s proclivity for self-projection enhanced by an obliging media saw her
    naming herself as the President of the Congress Party. The Congress’s first
    impression would have been telling had she chosen a lesser known but
    well-regarded person to head the party.

    That said, the Congress that is yet
    to demonstrate a Pan-India vision except the resolve to fight under the banner
    of corruption, would have reasons to rejoice if it comes back to power in the Delhi Assembly polls it’s gearing to contest…..

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well one fact is kejriwal is here to stay. His agenda too fits in with the mood of India. Now can you blame him for calling his party “aam Aadmi party?’

    The Congress is after all “special aadmi party.’ The special aadmi’s only being Son of this and daughter of that and chacha of this and mama of that…. etc :)

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  • Anonymous

    Why does the the Congress party insist on repeating history ? …. When Rajiv Gandhi’s govt was facing a barrage of charges of the scams in which his govt had been involved , the craving to stick to power was so strong … he came up with the St Kitts forgeries .. Seymour Hersh Fairfax CIA allegations ..persecution of Indian Express and late Ramnath Goenka .. a bill to muzzle the Press ..
    Now we see the Congress Party headed by his widow Smt Sonia Gandhi repeating the same tactics …. hurling charges against each whistle blower .. whether Constitutional …political or non political. So Baba Ramdev .. Kejriwal … Gen V K Singh… Kiran Bedi …CAG ..Political Opposition and everyone who the party finds is revealing its wrong doings .. has seen muck thrown at them .
    One more sinister charade is being played out.. … the badly choreographed RP Singh allegations…. Sonia Gandhi jumped up and shrieked ..BJP and M M Joshi should apologise .. and the foot soldiers ..the Kapil Sibbals and the Manish Tewaris started their stone pelting … but now that RP Singh is seen making a fool of himself on every TV Channel ….what could dirty tricks planners be doing …gone back to their furrows and planning the next dirty trick .

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Whoever comes to power should run an enquiry into top 100 Congress men including their sycophants.

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  • Jot Singh

    Kejriwal will definitely succeed in Delhi election.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I wish and pray for — it will be very difficult to compete with the Congress money, But as the US elections showed, spending a billion dollar didnt help Romney; the foot soldiers worked hard for Obama and made him victorious.. 0

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  • Anonymous

    A political system that does not allow voters to express choices ie- my first vote for party x, second for party y, and so on- hampers rise of honest but small time players like Kejriwal. My abba said last night that he would simply steal votes from Congress and may still not get elected.
    NEED OF HOUR IS TO REFORM our political system so we get multiple choices.
    my vote for the man Kejriwal, however, anyday even if it is wasted. My family is fed up of bribing everyone to run our busineess- gets stressful

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Recently a CD was circulated wherein an activist fron Kejriwal group was heard bargaining with somebody from Khurshid’s group. They proposed not to demonstrate against Khurshid if a certain congress was removed.

    Kejriwal’s party is yet to take off, but the degeneration has already set in.

    So don’t keep much hope on Kejriwal’s men.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I am, sure you have very special glasses which see degeneration in Kejriwals party but those glasses cant see the billion dollar loot by Vadra and the dynastic sycophancy of the Congress.

    In case you see Vadra’s crony capitalism and the loot as a good thing, why dont you ask Sonia G to include the Vadra style of business in the CBSE syllabus fro teaching children the way of earning money.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Anything and everything degenerates over a period of time. So I am aware of the degeneration in congress. That’s why I consciously look for good things in the Congress party.

    I am surprised by good things in congress like the quick degeneration in the newly formed party.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bure waqt pe aise khayalon se dil behla sakte hain aap.

    Anonymous Reply:

    That is because when Pathak ji turns his head to look at Vadra Saab, immediately somebody comes and removed the “chashma”.

    vijay ! Reply:

    To this I will just sing an old mukesh number on behalf of vinodji

    Chashma uttaro
    Phir dekho yaaron
    Congress wahi hai
    Cronyism ki raani
    Sent from my BlackBerry® on Reliance Mobile, India’s No. 1 Network. Go for it!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Rizwan,

    my feeling is that Kejriwal is splitting the vote base of the BJP in urban areas.

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  • vijay !

    @ Devdutt

    Last night you confused networking with crony capitalism.

    here are a few example of true crony capitalism. And you can answer them… I;ll only see the result tomorrow as I am on the move now.

    —> Sobha Singh, Khushwant Singh;s fahter testifyiNG against Bhagat sIngh in court to get contracts for buildig delhi. Bhagat Singh was hanged. Sobha Singh became very rich

    –> Indira gandhi clsoing down car manufacturing facitlites in India thru licencing but then awarding a licence to son Sanjay Gandhi. Only my son will be allowed to make cars in india, besides Ambassador and Fiat, she said. India did not get any cars till 1984 till Suzuki steped in.

    –> Vadra being told about solar plants in Rajasthan and acquisition of land for hotels and industry in Rajasthan and given clearances and licences at supersonic speed to that he made his billion dollars.

    —> Raja only allowing the bribe givers to get telecom licences.

    —> Rahul and Digvijay shedding crocodile tears for farmers against land acquisition but paving the way for Vadra to acquire land from farmers i bulk and very cheap

    –>
    I will give more tomorrow. Now got to move on!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    What you mostly indulge in is too crony capitalism. Business networking is nothing but crony capitalism.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am told Digvinash Singh has a crocodile farm in MP and he has collected gallons of their tears for applying to the eyes of the prince, whenever the situation arises.

    In this way, he has convinced the gullible prince that even while he sheds these tears, they are genuine.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    After 2014 they can sing

    Dil ke arman crocodile aansoyon mein beh gaye

    Hum Baby G ki wafaa kar ke bhi tanha reh gaye…
    Sent from my BlackBerry® on Reliance Mobile, India’s No. 1 Network. Go for it!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    You got it wrong.

    The best crocodile farm used to be in Ayodhya.

    Advani reared them well.

    Ahh! the saddest day of his life….and there go tears….few seconds later, he had his dhoti all wet…..with tear you silly !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Viju – behind all these is a willing and participating and sharing bureaucracy – The role of bureaucracy has to be minimized if any meaningfl improvement is to be achieved

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    vijay ! Reply:

    @gopi

    Very true. The bureaucracy’s slide down is unparalled. With top leaders stealing the public servants know that nobody will dAre to catch them. Khemka the guy who exposed vadra loot is an example of what happens to honest people
    !
    Sent from my BlackBerry® on Reliance Mobile, India’s No. 1 Network. Go for it!

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Read or heard a news item, where people of Jharkhand did havan/ Pooja for ‘Machhar” Bhagwan, to save themselves from Dengue.
    Ashamed to be known as Hindu, today. And also ashamed to be an Indian, where people are so backward, who indulge in this mumbo-jumbo. Who is responsible? Governments or people in large??

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It takes all types of people to make this wonderful world.

    A girl in Ahemedabad got married at 1PM and rushed to appear for
    exams at 2.30PM. She wants to become a psychologist. Another girl
    in the same city gave away all the monetary gifts she got when she got married to old age home. And 50 crores were spent on a marriage few days back where guests attending the marriage were gifted Mercedes,
    Audi, fully paid foreign trips and many other things.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, Mohan. These are good and bad extremes.
    ostentatiousness got a new name called benzing.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I hope you did get a mercedes… in this India trip… :)

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohanji; Welcome back to blog.
    Yes, it take all people to make this a wonderful and funny world. Indian fat wedding is one of them, where it is said that it is most public display of very private intentions.
    Reminded me of a scene, where husband, when asked by judge, during a case for diavorce, that his wife says that you use very filthy and abusive language against her, when sleeing in bed, said in a halting and conspiratorial manner- who sleeps.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    In Metros, we run to see milk drinking Ganesh. Why blame people who are still far away from the power bikram yoga and Gaultier !
    Are we becoming snooty selectively ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    there is no evidence that people who saw Ganesh drinking milk came back changed persons. WHile people did rush to mandirs and mutts hearing the rumour, hardly anybody believed the miracle.

    By the way, what is “bikram yoga”?

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    You know who is adept in creating such strong rumour !

    Bikram Yoga is not for you. You have a faint heart and pocket for this.

    It’s usually practiced in a very heated room with quite highe level of humidity popularised by Bikram Choudhury.

    Mostly beauties with fat purse hit Bikram Yoga Studio. Definitely not recommend for you.

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Devduttji;
    Thanks for looking at me after all these months duelling with Vijay. Some time you become very acerbic in your replies for no apparent reasons. Anyway,in my comments on this particular activity of vector’s appeasmeent, you missed my pain and took it as being snooty. Your own reply to me and Shenoy is showing, who is snooty and highbrow.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    I rarely miss things.

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    is this answer, in itself not snooty and scornful?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Acknowledgement.

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks;
    Tree, full of fruits (of wisdom), is the one which acknowledges.

    Anonymous Reply:

    well, everything is relative. this is much better than the female feutocide in Haryana and other states

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Gopi;
    Theory of relativity is quite interesting. This is practiced in India, in different way. Foeticide has already been criticized thoroughly and we are seeing its consequences. Havan /pooja for machhar is another extreme and show that, we have not even touched the basics in far flung areas. Minimal public sanitation, like filling water holdng ditches or not permitting breeding ground for mosqitoes would have taken care of it. Your defence of this havan/ pooja is surprising.

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  • Anonymous

    Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Some say Whisky is risky,
    Some say Whisky bina Zindagi Miss ki,
    But Baba says..
    Rum Beer ya ho Whisky
    Koi Nahi Grlfrnd se zyada Risky.

    Aaj Iski kal pata nahi Kiski?
    Lekin main sochta hoon,
    yah sab hai nahin mere bas ki.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Wow.

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  • Anonymous

    Why is congress pushing FDI in Retail as the number one priority facing India?
    It doesnt make any sense – other than Vadras and their ilke see golden opportunities from Walmarts

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well Foreign companies cant buy real estate. Thye need to lease the malls from DLF and other builders.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    viju – makes sense. Much needed power generation most probably will happen in government owned or rural lands/no VadraDLF game/ hence power no priority, but retail is!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    You get to hear things that’s usually controversial. It does not mean things are happening or must happen in sequence.

    If you read newspapers carefully, you would get to know about a lot more Govt. programmes other than just Power and retail.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Devdutt/Viju –

    Is foreign FDI in retail the numero ono priority in a country with more poor people than the 26 impoverished countries in Africa combined? For whom survival is the aspirational goal than success? What is the need/priority for FDI in retail? If foreign investment is welcomed, let us put it for manufacturing, road building, railway modernization etc where the invisble people can be employed a better living standard can be built. I sense big racket/money making for few in this whole retail sh–t.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This looks like a big game being played where the likes of Wallmart wants to capture the huge retail market of India.
    Properties owned by politicians/big business people will be
    leased/sold to these big retailers which will fetch them huge profits. Once these big retailers are in our country we will
    see many industries closing their shops who will not be able
    to compete with imported cheap Chinese products. Most of the people working for these big retailers will turn into robots within few years who will be follwing the systems only without being allowed to use their own brain/imagination as their only job will be to restacking the counters with the items which will be purchased by the customers.
    I won’t be surprised to know the some leaders of BJP who are opposing FDI openly are also part of this game.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Actually Walmart is coming all the way to India to help the politicians earn their rent.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?pagewanted=all

    Wal-Mart’s U.S. Expansion Plans Complicated by Bribery Scandal

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/business/wal-mart-bribery-scandal-complicates-us-expansion-plans.html?pagewanted=

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Now, Walmart is coming to India so that the politicians can get some bribes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You keep on posting you wisecrack comments but that will not deny the fact that big retailers have always bribed local politicians to et their job done. And if bribe is paid than one wonders how much of this is done legally.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Who doesn’t pay bribes? As if you never did. Though none of your friends here never paid bribes in their life.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, I have paid bribes. I paid bride to get my mother’s death certificate, I paid bribe to get my electricity disconnected,
    I paid bribe to an immigration officer who would not let my wife travell to Singapore from Bomay because of the ECR stamp on her passport. On the same passport she had earlier travelled from Dubai to USA, Europe, Australia, China and Hongkong without any problem. If you think these types of bribe should be compared with huge amoint of money received in bribes to illegally facilitate big retiailers to start their business in India and people like Raja, Vadra using their power to loot tax payers money and Khursheed who looted money belonging to handicapped people than I have nothing to say.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Your bribe isn’t bribe, their bribe is !!!!

    You couldn’t fight your way through for smaller things, but you expect others to wait for things to happen causing them large financial loss.

    You think you are smart to do get things done with a little bribe without wasting your time. Others shouldn’t be as smart !!!

    Ain’t we being a little cheesy ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You are being cheesy by comparing apples with oranges.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I know your apple tastes like their oranges.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You are being cheesy by comparing apples with oranges.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Ever wondered why most malls get McDonald first ?

    McDonald is an “anchor brand”. It helps get the “foot fall”. Then other brands follow.

    Over the years, India’s middle class has developed. The disposable income has increased.The purchasing power has improved. It’s a big market for retail.

    But why so much interest in FDI in retail now ?

    In last 2 and 1/2 years, for various reasons, India had become less attractive for fresh investment. The overall sentiment is low. The investors have a “herd mentality”. The come in and fly out in droves at the slightest opportunity.

    As far as investment sentiment is concerned, a good presence by Walmart and carrefour will open up the investment market again. Others will soon follow when the overall sentiment again goes up.

    It’s a strategic decision.

  • Anonymous

    Aaj kal ki ladkiyon ka dress:
    .
    .
    .
    .
    Yahan se less
    vahan se less
    kabi sleevless to
    kabi backles.
    .

    .
    Aur koi ladka ghoor ke dekhe
    to kehti hain……
    .
    “SAALA KUTTA KAMINA
    CHARACTER-LESS”.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ha Ha.

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  • pankaj#1

    जब भी जलाईं सीली यादों की लकडियाँ
    होता नहीं चरागाँ उठता हे सिर्फ धुंआ.
    ये मिसरा काश नक्शे हर दरोदीवार हो जाये।
    जिसे जीना हो, मरने के लिये तैय्यार हो जाये।
    साहिल के लब से पूछो दरिया के दिल से समझो
    इक मौजे तहनशीं का मुद्दत के बाद उभरना ।
    _____तहनशीं=तलछट sediment

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    engrich Reply:

    great pakaj.i like it.

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  • pankaj#1

    In a medical class, some 40 years back, girls use to sit in front two rows, followed by boys.
    One day, boys thought to play a trick, they occupied front rows and perforce, girls had to go up, in next, unoccupied rows.
    Enter the Professor, surveyed the class and said gravely, how come saris are up and pants are down??

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  • Anonymous

    Twenty Two Yards Of Dead Bodies

    http://www.mediacrooks.com/2012/11/twenty-two-yards-of-dead-bodies.html#comment-form

    “He who joyfully marches to music, rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would surely suffice.” – Albert Einstein

    According to a TOI report some 4000 soldiers have died since 1999 for various reasons when there has been no “official war”. There is something strange about soldiers being recruited in the Army. Quite a lot of them are from villages, rural towns and mostly from poor families. There are villages in Rajasthan and Himachal that have at least one veteran or soldier in the army. There are villages in Rajasthan where at least one member of every family is in the Army or is a veteran. You know… young men and women around the age of 21-22 willing to die for their country if required. Many, if not all, fortunate ones in the same age-group are addicted to the latest mobiles, malls and movie stars. The slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” does seem to have a deep meaning and prudence. It’s either the farmer or the soldier who is dying lately. Very frequently!
    ——–
    Great article.

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  • Anonymous

    SACRED FLOWS THE YAMUNA
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Devduttkumar,
    Somewhere below you said :

    “In last 2 and 1/2 years, for various reasons, India had become less attractive for fresh investment. The overall sentiment is low. The investors have a “herd mentality”. The come in and fly out in droves at the slightest opportunity.”

    I don’t think above statement measures so well against the global investment weather. That the investments are not happening is not something unique to India.

    A related observation – UPA Government appears far too keen (even to the extent of subverting and bypassing debate in parliament or ignoring the warnings of parliamentary committee) to push FDI in retail. I hope they realize and understand what they are “playing” with.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahesh,

    Aapke shahar Mumbai mein hoon. Would love to meet you. Pease send me an email on melody_enterprises@hotmail.com

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Am out of Mumbai currently. Will drop you email in either case..
    Possible raha toh mil lenge.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I think it would be good. Let us see if Mahesh starts cracking naughty jokes after the meeting….

    Or

    Mohan starts gives us mind bending stuff on BJP …

    Anonymous Reply:

    I sincerely hope that Mahesh and I meet. I don’t think I will be giving any mind bending stuff after only one meeting with Mahesh. It will take me several meeetings with him to understand what he is trying to say. :) :) . By the way I m in touch with another blogger with whom hopefully I will meet this Sunday.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    I sincerely hope Mahesh comes under your influence and learns to crack long and juicy jokes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    MAHESH,

    is this ID real? or like all of us had our IDs faked?

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    If you ever dealt with funds/VC’s, then you would know apart from regular global funds, we have had BRIC specific, then India-China specific funds.

    In last decade India-China specific funds have been bullish. They have been outperforming other funds.

    In India-China centric funds, we had a few which were pretty bullish on India. Some of them wanted to roll out in India after a great success in China and few were totally India centric.

    Because of policy paralysis in recent years, the India centric funds have put all plans on hold.

    If you have gone through VC funding before, then you would know how VC’s come and go away in flocks. They are very sensitive to the corporate whispers ( despite all that due-diligence **** ).

    In this context, you must understand how to use available tools to pep up the investors’ mood.

    I talked about the anchor brand Walmart in that context.

    The Govt. has already given the states “freedom” and take federal decision either to invite or ignore FDI in retail.

    The present logjam is not about FDI in retail. It’s all about not letting the Govt. to create a positive FDI environment and perform.

    Hope it clarifies.

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  • Anonymous

    A thought crossed my mind about the new Scheme …the Game Changer. Transfer of Cash to the beneficiaries. The Congress is so upbeat about it that it calls it the game-changer . I do not know … it may well be. But will it not hasten its demise. Why should parties like the Samajwadi and the BSP
    allow the Congress to survive to implement that scheme, if it is going to work to advantage of the Congress .. and not to them .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    NREGA and waiver of farmers loan helped Congress in last elections and they are expecting the similar results with this scheme.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Apart from the political benefits it would offer to Congress, do you see any other issue with cash transfers in principal? Should we worry about the impact it would have on inflation etc? How long should we wait before the nation-wide roll out on the scheme?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The usual ones .. corruption leakages, misuse, lack of home-work ….. and inflationary .. because it will go to the wrong people

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  • Anonymous

    This FDI in retail is going to be the granddaddy of property/land flipping.

    Mamta is right in this instance.

    Draculas are in charge of blood bank.

    India does not need retail; what it needs is 24/7 power, better roads, clean streets, garbage collection, preventing shi–ing on the road with public toilets spread out (where is jairam ) etc etc. Retail will not be in any economists or planners ten most important stuff for India.

    This retail thing has to be stopped. Let FDI come, but let it be where we need.

    BTW China has a new leadership now – all of them are somebody’s children, but not Zemen’s or Deng’s or Jintao’s. They have their next ones lined up for 10 years from now; like the VicePresident of RotaryClub. Here everything is at a standstill because everybody in Congress is working overtime to persuade/cover up for the incompetent, reluctant, family prince.

    The FDI in retail has to be stopped.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Where all do you expect to get FDI that have your and Mamta’s stamp of approval?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    From the same place

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Which are the sectors you hope to get FDI in?

    Anonymous Reply:

    24 x 7 power, roads and bridges, railways, sanitation/sewage disposal/public health engg, large scale manufacturing, hydrology/drought management, food/produce preservtion/refrigeration/distribution/storage etc etcr etc etc l..

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Only Japan Govt. gives “loans” for these sectors. Time you looked at the FDI details carefully.

  • Anonymous

    FIRST GAY MOSQUE IN PARIS…
    Well, lambs willingly going to the slaughterhouse!

    http://news.yahoo.com/gay-mosque-open-paris-223459517–abc-news-topstories.html

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  • Anonymous

    FIRST GAY MOSQUE IN PARIS…
    Well, lambs willingly going to the slaughterhouse!

    http://news.yahoo.com/gay-mosque-open-paris-223459517–abc-news-topstories.html

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  • pankaj#1

    Mohan/All;
    If u EVER find a Woman who is beautiful, has a great body, intelligent, gets things done on her own, drives a car well, has very little expectations , is not materialistic n loves u unconditionaly, please realize that the alcohol you have consumed is of the highest quality!

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Really good !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Wow. I always dream of such woman.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    I knew that what you take is always of high quality.
    Thanks for confirming it.

    [Reply]

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    I knew that what you take is always of high quality.
    Thanks for confirming it.

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  • pankaj#1

    मै उदास रास्ता हूँ शाम का
    मुझे आहटों की तलाश है। -बशीर बद्र

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Beautiful.

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  • vijay !

    @ Pankaj

    Well in todays times one cannot even beleive your own wife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here is a story of a MAN WHO DISCOVERED HIS WIFE WAS A MAN !!

    ——————- fROM NDTV and Reuters reporting from Belgium!!!!!!———–

    The man, only named as Jan, married Monica,

    But it was only in recent weeks that he discovered that his wife had originally been a man and had undergone a sex change.

    “I feel I’ve been assaulted,” he told the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.

    “I brought her to Belgium. That was not easy. The Belgian courts had serious doubts about the authenticity of her birth and her identity papers, but eventually they accepted it anyway. I thought she was an attractive woman, all woman. She had no male traits.”

    Jan, 64, said that he and his wife had decided not to have children because he had two by his previous marriage and she fooled him by pretending to menstruate, using sanitary towels, “to conceal the truth”.

    “Even during sex, I never noticed anything,” he said.

    For many years the couple lived a normal family life and Monica, 48, was like a “big sister” to his children until their marriage started to come under strain when she got a new full-time job.

    “Monica began to change very much,” he said.

    “My oldest son saw her sometimes at a nightclub. She began to wear very flashy clothes, those ultra-short skirts or tiny tops, so her abdomen was completely exposed.”

    I am devastated and need psychiatric treatment, jan said

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks Vijay;
    This story is really funny.

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  • pankaj#1

    In college days, a professor of surgery narrated one incidence where, when a patient, in a quasi sleep, gulped his artificial eye( which he kept in a glass with some water) and was referred to professor for proctoscopy. He told us students that he had seen thousands of rectums but that was the first time that a ****** was looking at him. The class was up in a riotous laughter.

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  • Anonymous

    ‘Bhujbals’ net worth up 100 times in 3 yrs’

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Bhujbals-net-worth-up-100-times-in-3-yrs/articleshow/17421053.cms

    MUMBAI: BJP leader and former MP Kirit Somaiya on Thursday launched a fresh attack on senior NCP leader and PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his family. Somaiya alleged that Bhujbal family’s net worth jumped 100 times in the past three years and has demanded an open probe into the enormous rise in the assets value.

    Somaiya said that during the 2009 polls, Bhujbal, his son Pankaj and nephew Samir, in their election affidavit, disclosed the value of their family assets as Rs 21 crore. Three years on, the balance sheet of the companies owned by the Bhujbal clan is worth around Rs 2,100 crore. “Bhujbal should make the money multiplying formula public to help the poor become rich in a short span,” said Somaiya, adding, “If Bhujbal is unwilling to reveal the reasons for the rise in his assets value, the DF government should probe it. The ACB is waiting for a nod from the chief minister’s office for an open inquiry against Bhujbal. The rise in the assets value too should be investigated.”

    Refuting the allegations, Bhujbal said, “For the past few months, Somaiya has been making allegations against me and my family. The charges levelled against the Bhujbal family on Thursday are not new. In recent the past, the BJP leader has made similar baseless allegations. If Somaiya has the details of the rise in the assets value, then he should forward it to the income-tax department.”
    ——

    Did Bhujbal learn this money multiplying scheme from Vadra?

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    No. He perhaps did it by recycling and multiplying through his driver. He went to a school nearby – Gadkari’s school in Nagpur

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gadkari has learnt the trick of investing his black money in his own companies using IDs of his drivers, house boys and gardners. He has still to learn how to multiply his money manifold in a very short period of time, like Vadra, Bhujbal, Jagan, Kamalnath and many others.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Part 1 :

    You said :

    Gadkari has learnt the trick of investing his black money in his own
    companies using IDs of his drivers, house boys and gardners.

    ===
    Thanks.

    **********************

    Part 2 :

    He also learnt Mahajan’s principle. Benaami investment and multiplication through Benami shares.

    Remember Mahajan ? Vajpayee’s Laxman !!!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gadkari learnt the trick of investing black money in his own companies from Sahara Group who are still trying to wriggle out of the order issued by SC to repay Rs 24000 crores to its non existent investors.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Gaddar Gadkari !!!

    Day time : BJP’s honourable President
    Night time : Student of a SP sympathiser !!

    Do muha saanp !!!

    Am I surprised ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    How many muha saanp is Rahul Gandhi?
    He is baby (Amul) when he is with his mother Sonia.
    He sometimes calls himself a Brahmin and claims to be friends of Dalits when he pretends to sleep and eat in a hut
    with some Dalits. Chamchas in Congress treat him like Yuvraj
    and consider him as a future PM. No one dares to state the fact the he is an idiot and will always remain a baby and should not have been removed from the cradle.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You are a son,brother,father,friend,husband, father-in-law, grand father ( !!!)…………

    Anonymous Reply:

    You could have come up with something better than this.
    Not a perfect reply. By the way I am not yet father in law and grand father.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This blog is becoming too much to “manage”, for Pathakji.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I know subtlety is no more in vogue.

    Anonymous Reply:

    He has also claimed to be friends with LeT.

    vijay ! Reply:

    He was fond of bhoot bangla type of horror films and saw a 70 ft pit of bodies !!

    I think our Devdutt also saw that 70 ft deep pit.

    The whole thing was a smokescreen to show concern for farmers while secretly he and Vadra g were buying farmers land for 30,000 per acre!!

    Imagine castigating Mayawati for acquiring land at 32 lakh [er acre… whiel thesemleves they looted land at just 30,000 per acrea… one hundreth of the price!

    Only fellow crony capitalists saw this as business acumen of Sonia and Vadra property dealers pvt ltd !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji, you can use your real ID card.

    vijay ! Reply:

    Did Vadra learn crony capitalism from Gadkari or did he learn the ropes from Rajiv Gandhi assuring profits to Quotrochchi thru crony capitalism?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The NCP leaders, including its president are all, without any difference. They are all rich beyond their means, particularly the top two.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    What is illegal in what Mr. Gadkari has allegedly done?

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    It has been discussed here many times. Let’s not go all over again.

  • Anonymous

    One good thing coming out of this FDI news is that share market has responded positively. BSE has gone up by more 600 points in just three days.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This shows that PathakG was right after all – its not about the need for FDI in retail per se, it was all about the sentiment and sending the right signal to the investors – domestic or otherwise.

    I am unable to see any other merit in allowing FDI in retail.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is (supposed to be) a pot of gold at the tail end.

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  • Anonymous

    Did I ever like Amar Singh ? …Yes I did . When I read that he had caught hold of Mani Shankar Iyer’s collar and gave him a kick at a socal gathering where Iyer had made some nasty remark about Amar Singh which he had heard.
    Why does not Amar Singh keep doing it ?

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Amar SIngh is now running a CD shop.

    At that point Mani Aiyar had claimed that His father had fathered Mulaym SIngh.

    Now Amar SIngh is making a lost and found film on that script as Mulayam has kicked him out and will only take him back in case Congress needs to be bribed in case Mulayam has a chance to be become PM in 2014

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Will he have Bipasha as his heroine?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I also liked Amar Singh, when he chose our dear friend, Vinod Sharma to leak the fake CD on the Bhushans.

    And I liked Vinod Ji all the more, when he went public with the CD, after ‘due diligence’ of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat Congress kept talking about Narendra Modi’s wife and gave ticket to Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Saab ..let me put it another way ..they were searching for Narendra Modi’s wife but they found Bhatt’s wife. ….That was a good one.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    jaate the Japan, pahunch gaye cheen!

    The Gujarat congress is behaving like a headless chicken with its tail on fire.

    They wanted a starving Gujarati baby, but got a photo of a Somali baby morphed in Sri Lanka!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A good one Praveen Saab.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Modi’s wife is hidden like a skeleton in a cupboard. Difficult to find. It will only tumble out in an appropriate moment.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Modi’s wife ? … nobody knows …. u may go on opening and looking in cupboards. But Bhatt had left his wife with the Congress long time back …

    devduttkumar Reply:

    “Modi’s wife ? … nobody knows ….”

    You know so little about your own leader !

    Ohh! I forgot you are the 4th one in the select dumb group !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Please do tell us when you find her in some cupboard … good luck till then. But Bhatt’s wife and the company she keeps are there for all to see. … and dumbs are better than fakes … you fake.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Look for her in a 10′x10′ room and taking bath in open.

    Make some effort and you will find your future PM’s wife living in shame in a remote village – frightened, practically in house arrest.

    Anonymous Reply:

    First it was cupboard … now 10x 10 room… make up your mind… fake.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Going by the designer clothes Modi wears, expensive hair weaving and 1 crore declared assets, her 10′x10′ room in a remote village is no better than a cupboard which is locked and watched over.
    I told you you are the 4th one in the select dumb group. And you are definitely proving to be one !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Cupboard …Her room is 10x 10 …. it is locked and watched over … she takes her bath in the open…. make up your mind fake
    And many women take there bath in the open in the country… and you are one of those who finds a reason to stand there …

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Good, you have started feeling a little ashamed.
    You have many reasons to feel so. This is just the beginning.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Modi is destined to be PM of India whether u like it or not. It is you who should be ashamed of your fascination for” the white European skin. ”
    Please Warn your respected wife … she should not go Bhatt’s wife way ….the bad company she keeps.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I hope you got to know enough about Modi’s wife.

    Modi’s wife is yet to come out of her village, not that she does not want to, but she is not allowed to.

    Bhatt’s wife fighting a man who tortured her husband with all his might. It does not matter whether she is fighting on a congress or XYZ’s ticket.

    Now tell your wife about both Modi’s and Bhatt’s wives.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I know only of Bhat’s wife …and the company she keeps. but you stop loitering around where you see women bathing

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I told you before you know very little about your own leader. Time you learnt about your leader’s wife also apart from Bhatt’s wife. Next time discuss about Modi’s wife before discussing others’ wives.

    Remind your future PM that he is rich enough to build an enclosed bathroom for his legally wedded ( not divorced ) wife so that people don’t watch his wife taking bath in public.

    Special Note : Don’t forget to tell your wife what we discussed about these celebrated wives. I am sure she will really feel proud.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Special Note-
    Assuming for a moment that Modi has a wife …she is a private person . Bhatt’s wife is a candidate for the elections and is an aspirant for a public office. She is seeking our votes… she will be a subject of public discussion.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Quite amusing – for a moment you assumed that Modi has a wife !!!!

    Glad you started distingushing between a public and a private person. Hope your memory doesn’t fail you in the near future.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Wow. Modi’s declared huge Rs. One crore value of the property owned by him (- value of this same plot was Rs 30 Lakhs in 2007, only the value of the property has increased, there is no increase in the number of properties he owns- ) must be shaming the other beekhmangas like Bhujbal 2100 crores, Jagan 500 crores, Kamalnath 300 crores, Vadra – incalculable wealth.
    You also should have mentioned Modi’s mammoth investment of Rs 4 Lakhs and a huge bank balance 0f Rs 4200/-. With so much wealth, Modi seems to be the richest person in our country.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Perhaps Modi’s wealth is as non-visible to the public as his wife.

    Let’s see.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I along with most of the people from Gujarat are sure about this fact that Modi is not corrupt. He does not believe in hoarding money as most of us do.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    ………as most of us do”

    -
    Nice. The change is appreciated.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Saab ..let me put it another way ..they were searching for Narendra Modi’s wife but they found Bhatt’s wife. ….That was a good one.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Maybe when they want to show a healthy lady in progressing Congress states they will get photos of Sunny Leone and Sherlyn Chopra…!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    After Digvinash SIngh’s “differences” with rakhi Sawant, she is definitely out.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    So, the so-called independent and honest police officer was after all a Congress worker. Now, when Justice Arnab invites him on his TV show, how would he address him – a whistle-blower, an upright cop who took on Modi or a Congress agent who has been exposed.

    Whoever in Congress decided to give the ticket to the poor lady has done Mr. Modi a huge favour – Sanjeev Bhatt can’t be used as a weapon against the CM anymore.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Arnab Goswami is judge, jury and executor all rolled into one big megalomaniac editor.

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  • Anonymous

    Veteran diplomat loses his ‘diplomacy’ when he needed it the most.

    Mani Sankat Aiyar puts congress party into maha sankat by calling MPs “jaanwar”.

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  • vijay !

    —————————————————————————————————-

    ~~~ are these naukers different from congressi naukers? ~~~~~~~

    —————————————————————————————————-

    There is a tendency among the Crony capitalists and crony mediamen aligned with the Congress to be very possessive about the antics of Vadra and Baby G and creating nice fiction fairy tales about their intellect and business prowess.

    Yet these same guys would pass snide comments about the dynasties of other parties. Let us see what these gays say about the rise of Prateek Singh yadav and the clamour by the Mulyam family to get him as the 7th member of the family as an MLA!!

    This is what the COngress teaches other parties!!

    ———————From NDTV~~~~~~~~~~~

    The Samajwadi Party often faces the charge of furthering dynasty politics with its unabashed and unabated promotion of its First Family. Six members of the Yadav household are already active in politics. Now party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son, Prateek, may join them.

    Older brother Akhilesh, 39, is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

    Prateek, who is 25, is a body builder of local acclaim.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay

    Dynastic politics has made us a joke in the world. Just back from a short visit to Malaysia and was surprised to see the snooty remarks our host y passed on Indian politicians. They now consider malysian democracy to be far superior to Indian democracy which is family obsessed and is just feudal and family owned.

    malaysia envied India twenty years back. Now they have left us behind by doing away with family worship. I hope my old pal devdutt/ Pathak g is not celebrating this fall of India just because he lands crony capitalist contracts thru family worship

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Did you tell your host when a Gandhi was the PM of India last ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Of course I told him. But then a fellow Indian added that whatever gains India had made with a Gandhi not being there had been lost with in the past five years with the Congress party prostrating itself to get the nincompoop Gadhi onto the chair.

    Furtheron this obsession with families is refleccted in Most states of India as those parties ahve copied the Congress.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    How many years have passed since a Gandhi became the PM of India last ?


    When are you inviting your smart intelligent fellow Indian friend to this blog ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Repeating wont hide the fact is that the Congressis are all puppets in the hands of the gandhis. This has resulted in all the states fo india putting in copy cat politics.

    Sadly even Malyasia is well above this now. Mahathir did not leave behind a daughter, grandson, great grnd daughter … as someone else did in India.

    Go there. See the difference. Their democracy is superior now

    devduttkumar Reply:

    What did you tell your esteemed Malayasian friends about your beloved country India ?

    How many years have passed since a Gandhi became the PM of India last ?

  • Anonymous

    Zee journalists sent to 14 days’ judicial custody
    ———————————————————–

    A good precedence – let there be no holy cows. Till now, we have only had the politicians and bureaucrats along with a few others deemed corrupt. Now, someone has shown the guts to take on the ‘almost god like’ journos on TV.

    Navin Jindal may have got the coal blocks using some unfair means, but that should be probed independently of the alleged extortion charges by Zee editors.

    Another related issue is this – is Zee News the only channel which indulges(ed) in such an activity or there could be others too. Would someone dare to take them on too? I am sick of seeing these media people act as semi-Gods. Instead of reporting events as they occur, they present a verdict on almost every issue – of course driven by their economic (or other) agenda.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar,

    Agree with you. I will blame mainly our media for not highlighting or pursuing strongly the various scams our politicians and businessmen are involved in. Most of the journalists are either bootlickers of politicians or blackmailers.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think a thorough evaluation of assets of journalists will show that many have made huge bucks by selling themselves.

    This exposure of Zee editors is a good thing and concurs with what Barkha and Sanghvi and Chawla were doing earlier.

    In the end these guys are making a living… in the same manner a call girl does.

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  • Anonymous

    The high priest of net-morality and Inspector General of the Moral police of India, Kapil Sibal’s website has been hacked by angry netizens determined to teach the moral gendarme a lesson!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “the moral gendarme”… nice one :-)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Anytime police will be knocking at their door and we will also hear about their arrest.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The noise has bee raised by the media because Thackrey was the villian here. The same media never spoke up when your favourite “Digvinashs ” got 24 people arrested because they made fun of him on facebook.

    I hope this horrible IT act dies for ever.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;

    चीनी फौजियो के डिब्बे मे अकेला चीनी देहाती सफर कर रहा था।सारे फौजी मिलकर उसका मजाक उड़ा रहे थे।लेकिन देहाती किसी प्रकार बर्दाश्त किये जा रहा था। जब उसने देखा कि फौजी चुप होने का इरादा नहीं रखते तो उसने अपना थैला खोला और उसमे से एक खिलौना निकाल लिया।
    “इस खिलौने से तुम खेलते हो?”-एक फौजी ने पूछा।
    “नहीं हुजूर।”-देहाती विनयपूर्ण स्वर मे बोला-’अपने लड़के के लिये ले जा रहा हूँ।बहुत समय बाद घर लौट रहा ह…

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  • pankaj#1

    Jisne haq diya mujhe muskurane ka.
    Use shouq hai ab mujhe rulane ka.
    Jo lehro se cheen kar laya tha kinaro pe.
    Ab use hi intejar hai mere doob jane ka…!!

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  • pankaj#1

    दीवार हिल रही है ज़मानो-मकान की
    गिरता हुआ ये घर कोई आकर संभाल ले

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj

    Seems you have become a shayar!

    Khoob jame ga rang
    jab kabhi sab blog wale baitthege sang…

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vinoo;
    No, these are not my creations, I borrowed them from friends with their permission.
    These lines, reflect our nation in some way or other and are ” maunjoo’.
    Haan, jame rang jaroor. infact, some of us are in touch with each other, even outside this blog.

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    engrich Reply:

    great have changed the atmosphere of blog.thanks.

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  • engrich

    is a Canadian Jewish author.

    “Basically, Makow’s philosophy is simple: all that is satanic, which is
    mainly feminism and homosexuality, (and pinko commie Jews) are the doings of the
    Illuminati.”

    Women
    Of Esoterica: Makow on The Illuminati and Gays

    Some people think Makow is wrong in putting the blame for the New World
    Order more on Satanists than on certain Jews.

    Henry Makow — EXPOSED! – Birdman
    Bryant

    Website
    for this image…

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  • Anonymous

    Papu: Mamma kal papa kaam wali ko sofay per leta kar…
    .
    .
    Mom: Beta! Bus raat ko jab papa aayein tu phir batana…
    .

    .
    Papa Ke Aatay Hee
    .
    Mom: Haan beta ab batao kiya howa?
    .

    .
    .
    .
    .
    Papu: Papa kaam wali ko sofay pe leta kar jo sharma Uncle aap k saath karte hain… woh kar rahe thay .

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  • vin0059
  • Anonymous

    Our Media.

    Today’s establishment media practice very little journalism and they devote minimal resources to reporting actual news… They spend most of their resources to create a false reality for the public while they distract you from the most important issues facing our world. For all practical purposes you can safely say that the reality portrayed by the establishment media bears little resemblance to the actual world in which we live… An easy way to think of this is that the people in the establishment media are holding up an orange for you to look at while they tell you that it is an apple…. Lies come in many forms. Partial truths, selective facts, out of context quotes and information, partial historical perspective and out right misrepresentation of facts. It is easy to manipulate the public. If you become aware of the methods of deception you are better prepared to sift through the propaganda for the few facts that are actually made available by our broadcast our news media.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan ..the Zee News episode was waiting to happen . The other paper tigers are no different and it is a question of time before they are also exposed .
    The legal precedent shall be 3 days police remand… after that 14 days JC.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Parveen;
    I know personally that how much powerful and venal, media people have become in India. Blackmailing and even murder/character assassination, is not above them.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    See movie’ Matrix”. That will further support, what you are saying.

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  • Anonymous

    I never thought Congress will be so stupid to nominate Mrs Bhat against Mod.

    Obviously, many pro BJP/leaning BJP/light Congressis will now realize that Sanjay Bhatt ts an active partisan bureaucrat. So, Modi will get more votes.

    I thought they will put a Muslim candidate to milk the2002 riots. May be it has lost any vote getting value.

    It looks like Modi is going to win with a larger number of seats, with Keshubai displacing Congress as the second party.

    Mohan, any reading?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    By standing against Modi, Mrs Bhatt will go a long way in politics if she chooses to stay on. Anybodyelse wouldn’t matter much to Modi. He will win anyway.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    but why would congress make an already bad situation for them worse

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It’s simple. The Congress has nothing to lose. If Mrs Bhatt can make her presence felt it will be good fo the Congress.

    I don’t think she is a giant killer,anyway. Even then she will have a good future in Gujrat Politics, if she sticks on.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mrs. Bhatt won’t make any dent to the vote share of Modi. I will surprised if she does not lose her deposit.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bhat’s wife candidature against Modi is going to be more of a Media event than political.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    What I am hearing is that BJP this time should get somewhere between
    125-135 seats.

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  • Anonymous

    devduttkumar wrote

    Quite amusing – for a moment you assumed that Modi has a wife !!!!
    Glad you started distingushing between a public and a private person. Hope your memory doesn’t fail you in the near future.”
    We do not discuss private persons unless there is misconduct and a nexus with a public office.

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  • Anonymous

    Pranab Mukherji is in the city for the 60th anniversary celebrations of Tamil Nadu assembly.
    He talked about the contributions of the illustrious CMs – Kamraj, Bhaktavalsalam, Annadurai, Ramachandran.
    .
    Did not mention Karunanidhi name…

    Pranab knows who is the boss when Jayalalitha is present!

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  • Anonymous

    Kejriwal does appeal to a large number of people who are fed up with the never ending/ ever increasing corruption.

    The issue is whether the rural folks who are under the control of the “local MLA” can be persuaded.

    His initial thrust should be cities/urban areas. He will win a couple of seats in each of the cities.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Tamil Nadu is one state which has never voted a party like COngress of BJP into power in the past four de3cades. Do you think it is possible?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Do you think it’s necessary?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    National Parties are always better in the long run. DMK is like the Nehru parivar– nominating theri sons and daughters.

    AIADMK has Jaya … but does she have a succession plan?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You are contradicting yourself.

    You don’t like DMK for having a future heir all planned and AIIDMK for not having one.

    Besides, if the regional parties can fulfill the aspiration of the people, why do we need National parties ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am not impressed by succession plans centring around handing gaddi to children.

    Most regional parties are private enterprises of single families.

    Few have pan India vision and most end up picking fights with neighbouring states to impress their local populace.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Each state has its own aspiration. What is so big deal about a little tiff with the neighbour ? There is always a resolution mechanism / court available to us.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Raj thakrey flexing his muscels and bashing up innocents… is a prime example of regional parties running amok. Furtheron the periodic fights over water,,, the astounding corrpution of regionals… is all a worrying sign

    Anonymous Reply:

    Raj Thackeray is playing to the gallery. He is doing it to impress his own constituency. Even if there are minor problems, they are mostly local ones and they stay localised.

    We can not say he is not trying to fulfill the local aspiration !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Akalis are regional… and they tried serparatism…

    PDP in Kashmir is regional and sides with terrorists.

    Gorkhaland was asked for by a regional party… and so on.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Again these events reflected the local aspiration. The local parties just tried to fulfill that.

    Anonymous Reply:

    They also pick up divisve issue to make a base

    Anonymous Reply:

    They are not divisive issues.
    Welcome to the “federal structure”.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Jaya is superb; DMK is dead, will not get a single parliament seat, and will get only 20 or less in any assembly elections in the near future.

    Jaya is delivering on her commitments; TN will become the highest GDP state soon (if mumbai is excluded from Maharashtra numbers)

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo-

    Well, there is no way he will get a majority in TN. However, I do believe, he should be able to get a few assembly seats in Chenai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Tirupur, Tirunelveli etc which are business/education centres.

    Regarding your comment on Congress/BJP winning in Tamil Nadu – Tamil Nadu was a big Congress state with stalwarts like kamraj, C Subromoniam, Krishnamachari, Bhaktavalsalam, R venketaraman etc… There were stupid Congress policies then as now destroying Congress. Annadurai, Karunanidhi etc were waiting for Congress to make a mistake – which they did in the Hindi imposition – and Congress has lost ever since.

    I believe BJP never took off because the DMK/AIDMK had monopolised all the non-Brahmins, leaving no void to fill.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The Congress certianly made a big mistake with Hindi imposition. But there is a chance for a comeback with Karunanidhi in his last legs… literally.

    My visit to Chennai last year gave me the impression that none of Karuna’s children really fill his void.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo,

    two funny things happened with me which were, in fact not at all funny.

    In 1968, I attended a meeting of CS in Coimbatore, when the anti-Hindi agitation was at its highest. There was lathi charge on the crowd. I and a colleague of mine ran for our lives, losing our chappals in the bargain.

    The same year, I went to Bombay to attend a marriage, when the anti-South Indians agitation was at its highest. And when we were having tiffin in one Shetty hotel in Matunga, there was heavy stoning on the restaurant, the entire hall, full of diners, emptied through the back door within seconds.

    This time I lost a pair of shoes!

  • Anonymous

    Hindustan Times declares Shwetha Bhatt as having already lost against Modi

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Smruti Koppikar, as per the management’s hate-Modi policy, says that Shwetha is there symbolically, not for winning, but for the sake of contesting.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Specials/Coverage/Gujarat-Assembly-Elections-2012/Chunk-HT-UI-GujaratAssemblyElections2012-TopStories/Win-or-not-Shweta-Bhatt-s-here-for-the-fight/SP-Article10-966701.aspx

    [Reply]

  • engrich

    PANKAJ,chootee see naseehat,

    baywaqoofi he hukumat se baghawat karna
    jaisi ik sher se bakri ka adawat
    karna
    pankaj tum na kabhi aisee himaqat karna

    KUCH JO BAN NA HE TU WAADAY SE MUKARNA SEEKHO
    YAANI GIRGAT KEE TARAH RANG
    BADALNA SEEKHO
    .

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  • Anonymous

    Punjab entrepreneur sets up 10-storey building in Mohali in 48 hours

    MOHALI (Punjab): It was a promise delivered floor by floor. In just 48 hours, an entrepreneur has constructed a 10-storey building in this suburban town in Punjab.

    The red and grey facade building, Instacon, stood tall on an industrial plot in Mohali, 10 km from Chandigarh, Saturday, two days after Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had laid its foundation stone.

    Work on the building’s construction started around 4.30 pm Thursday. By Friday evening, the building saw seven floors in place.
    As the deadline of 48 hours approached, all the 10 storeys of the building were in place even though the glass-panes on the windows and other fittings inside were still being put by the workers and engineers.

    The building used pre-fabricated material, including 200 tonnes of steel.

    “Our effort was to put the 10-storeyed structure in place within 48 hours. We wanted to prove that this could be done. That feat was achieved well within 48 hours. Just some finishing touches remain. This is only a sample structure,” an official of Synergy Thrislington infrastructure company told IANS at the site.

    Entrepreneur Harpal Singh, who heads the Rs.1,000-crore infrastructure company, had promised that the 10-storey building would be completed within 48 hours.

    “This will be the first building of its kind in the country to be built in just 48 hours. The model has been cleared for Zone-V seismic area, the highest risk area (for earthquakes),” Harpal Singh, who owns the JW Marriot Hotel in Chandigarh, said here earlier.

    Three floors of the building were constructed in just six hours Thursday.

    Over 200 skilled workers, technicians, engineers and equipment were engaged in the building construction.

    The material being used was manufactured in the past two months in a nearby factory.

    “No bricks and sand has been used. The outer wall is a double-skinned PUF panel. The cost is almost the same as of conventional construction material. It saves a lot of time that goes into construction otherwise,” said officials at the site.

    Harpal Singh said that the idea to construct such a building came to him when he was constructing his own house, which took two years to complete – thanks to truant workers.

    Singh’s company, Synergy, took over Britain-based Thrislington Products, a re-locatable steel partition manufacturer, to set up the new infrastructure company here.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Great effort. A surprise from a relatively small company. This will push them to a different league.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This is amazing stuff. I am highly impressed by this technology.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    We have been using prefabs for the bridges and flyovers, but I guess this is for the first time they have used for a high rise residential building.

    vijay ! Reply:

    Prefabricated and steel buildings have their own plus and some negative points.

    In this case the work on the foundation had been done and had taken three months. The prefabrication of structure too also took 3-4 months.

    The final paint polish etc will take its time. Similarly wiring and elect fittings will take some time.

    Technology is good for offices and two storey factories and malls but may not be liked by multi stroeyed apartment and house owners.

    Still a good thing to have.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I work with fly ash Prefab slabs and bricks some times. These involve putting the slab on girders and save a lot of time.

    But people resist the idea as you canot have cieling fan points, and lights. For this you require a false ceiling.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This look like a great technology which will save lot of time and it should also bring down the cost of building.I am sure in long run these small problems will be solved.

  • Anonymous

    Politics of pardon in Maharashtra: Govts drop cases against rioters, embolden them

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thane/Politics-of-pardon-in-Maharashtra-Govts-drop-cases-against-rioters-embolden-them/articleshow/17446542.cms

    MUMBAI: The Facebook fracas in the Palghar township triggered national outrage that resulted in the suspension of two top police officials. However, the rioting mob, which ransacked Dr Abdul Dhada’s hospital, could escape the consequences of their crimes if, as activists say, the Maharashtra government acts according to its past ‘politics of pardon’ in riot, arson and other related cases.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Elsewhere, the rioters don’t get prosecuted and naturally there is no need of the politics of pardon.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Don’t know when our political parties will rise above all this and treat such incidents as criminal cases and punish the culprits.
    If they do this it will make a huge difference to our society.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    We are to be blamed.
    When we bypass the system and short-cicuit, and benefit ourselves we think it to be our smartness. When somebody else does it we think to be bad.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathak G,

    I understand and accept what you say is correct. I also understand your POV when I read your anti BJP views, but
    what I am still not able to understand is why an intelligent person like you keep on supporting highly corrupt Gandhi family and their Congress party. The reason cannot be only
    because they are keeping ‘communal’ BJP, the party you hate, out of power.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I believe the present Congress top team is far better than we had in recent years. This team has the commitment. I believe they are here to deliver.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Frankly I was part of the Youth Congress during my college and CA internship years. This was 76-81. Never made it big, Never tried to.

    It was all about praising Sanjay gandhi’s dynamism and collecting crowds to support Indira during janata rule.

    Ambika Soni switched sides after Sanjay’s death and started living with Chandrajit yadav and become a member of Charan Singh’s party.

    The fire i the youth to do somthing for the country looks false now as it was routed to shout slogans for Sanjay’s greatness and Indira’s Durga like powers. All hsi cronies got the DTC contracts, the hoardign contracts, the DDA contracts, the government licences.

    Same story now. NOthing has changed.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Sanjay Gandhi’s story was different.

    As I told you the recent Congress team is far better.

    You may push this team through a rigorous grind before you trust. No issues, you must.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    Sometimes, on rare occasions, you show you have a funny bone too.

    Anonymous Reply:

    My experience with the communal BJP is very deep, perhaps much closer than any of you on this blog. I have seen many of your leaders from a close quarter even at 2 am when their usual guards are down.

    Trust me you wouldn’t like even a bit about them when you see them with their usual guards down.

    Is it same with the top congress leaders ?

    Not really. Hence you know my POV.

    Anonymous Reply:

    seems you did not get a ticket… or a contract!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Your top BJP contract guy used to fall for a “half a sentence whisper”.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Which one is that… ane what is half a sentence whisper?

    All I know is that Kamal nath takes 15% (check Radia tapes for confiration) , vadra makes billions thru crony capitalism, Hooda makes a huge amount thru Change f land use… and Quotrochchi was hte official banker to the royal family.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You wouldn’t understand. You never really dealt with people in the power corridor. That kind of precise communication is beyond your training.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am the aam aadmi. I can see vadra’s bullions. You cant.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Stay there.

    Anonymous Reply:

    So you will never see the Vadra Billion or Qoturochchi of Bank of Commerce and credit fo the parivar, ever? I think you have been brainwashed into loving the Congress family… too much.

    Mahthir after retirement runs a resturaunt in malaysia. Even they have done better. he never left behind a son to take over though he built modern malaysia

    Anonymous Reply:

    A few postings down the line, I can read a question still left unanswered by you.

    Anonymous Reply:

    No point in debating on conjectures. Hard fact is that the Congress can never be clean as it is just a family melodrama.

    No clean man can ever aspire to reach the top.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You have never given a sincere try.

    Perhaps you are not clean enough.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is not the same with the congress leaders?

    It is your hatred for the BJP which is making you speak like this. Having seen congress leaders for well over 50 years, I can say with certainty, they have the worst track record.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well, we are entitled to our views.
    That’s why we are on the opposite sides.

  • Anonymous

    The implosion of BJP

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/The-implosion-of-BJP/Article1-967121.aspx

    ——————————————————————————————–

    ….a top BJP leader couldn’t help but remark, “Joh dikhta hai, woh hai
    nahi; aur joh hai, woh dikhta nahi!” (What appears real is only
    apparent, and what

    is apparent, is not real)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Why dont you propose a debate between Modi and Rahul on TV?

    Or may be between Rahul and even the lower levl BJP guys like Rajnath Singh, Naqvi or even Chauhan?

    Sab dood ka doodh pani ka pani ho jayega?

    In case Rahul has still to learn HIndi… why not Sonia va any of these leaders?

    Try raising the issue in the next AICC session. In case you become unemployed…. we will take up your cause then…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It’s always proposed between equals. You are off the mark like always.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In your rule book there is no equal to mummy and baby?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Another mummy and baby. Nobody can compare a mummy and a baby.

    Get off the highway.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gud one !

    let us then pitch them against Papa and Baby… mulayam and Akhilesh to see the result.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Young un !!!!

    Glad you couldn’t make the best guy in BJP a “Papa” !!!!

    Haha!!!

    Or,

    Is he a papa on the sly ?

    vijay ! Reply:

    Best guy in Congress cannot become a Papa becasue…..you need to like women for that !

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Looks like you got a wrong taste in the mouth !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Rahul and Modi? Vinoo, please don’t insult Modi for even thinking of him debating with good for nothing Amul baby.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I think we should ask for this scenario.

    It could be a TV conference debate. Baby G can have Kapil Sibal and manish Tewari as prompters, sitting below his table and whispering answers– while still invisible ot the world.!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Good. You got the scenario.

    Now check out Modi’s credential in that scenario.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Devdutt… My gk may be poor… but facts are clear. Baby has not answered a single press conference till date.

    Only PM in waiting in the world to have achieved this. Real ajooba… surrounded b a fauj of fiction story tellers giving panchtantra tales on his genius!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Rahul consciously chose to go through the grind. Let him. His recent public speeches have been good. Better than expected.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    some of us here may have abysmally low IQ, as you have so generously granted.

    But the issue at debate is the level of Baby G’s IQ. If he could tell the US ambassador that he considers LeT harmless compared to the “Hindu right”, where will you place him, well below some of us?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    A “kannad terrorist” is difficult to trace than a “Bihari terrorist” in Bangalore, hence more deadly.

    Recall the detailed discussion that we had before?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Kannad terrorist? That was a good one.

    But, Pathakji, Kannad policemen are good enough for Malayali IM terrorists.

    Remember, it was Kannad police who ferreted out Shivarasan, Rajiv’s killer, in Bangalore.

    Anonymous Reply:

    And Digvinash as errand boy running chits with messages.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well Rahul may just tear those chits as he did in the UP elections.

    Worse he may confuse Narendra Modi with Lalit modi and start berating the quality of cheer leaders in IPL!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Nice.

    Not bad. Narendra Modi could be mistaken for Lalit Modi !

    Looks like the designer hair weaving is working !

    Anonymous Reply:

    But, for Sonia Gandhi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi, Sushil Modi, K.N.Modi all are same-all are maut ka saudagar.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo,

    what an impossible proposition you are posing for Pathakji!

    Rahul, being the undisputed PM candidate,m can only debate with an equal. But this equal being Narendra Modi, Rahul will get out hit wicket with the first straight ball.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The trouble with Rahul would be– he would have no views o Foriegn- fiscal-social- education – culture policies for India.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    That’s the easier part.

    Anonymous Reply:

    The difficult part being collecting money thru CWG and Vadra loot?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    No.

    These days, the excise department collects from the industrialists on behalf of the sadbhavna party.

    You are not in sync with the new age tools.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    I don’t believe you are so naive. These are ancient tools perfected over six decades of trials by the congress.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The Bell Bottom is back in vogue !!!

    Anonymous Reply:

    what kind of bottoms is Baby G interested in?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Check in the mirror.

    Keep the door locked.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is remarkable that he shares such intimate “details” with a member of the “fauj of fiction story tellers”. Or are you the only one to share the confidence?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The intimate details are all yours. Did you check in the mirror?

    Perhaps you need two mirrors.

    Anonymous Reply:

    After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver’s license to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home
    and come back later.

    The woman said, ‘Unbutton your shirt’. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, ‘That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me’ and she processed my Social Security application.

    When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office..

    She said, ‘You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability allowance too.’

    And then the fight started…

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Ha ha ha ha.

    That’s so original !!!!!!

    Just one reality check. The fight was with your self to prove ?

    You can be honest.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The intimate details are all yours. Did you check in the mirror?

    Perhaps you need two mirrors.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is remarkable that he shares such intimate “details” with a member of the “fauj of fiction story tellers”. Or are you the only one to share the confidence?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Check in the mirror.

    Keep the door locked.

    Anonymous Reply:

    OK, then we will ask Modi to only pose easy points/issues to Baby G, so that at least his “fauj of fiction story tellers” will be able to clap occasionally.

  • Anonymous

    A lady broke the traffic signal…
    .
    .
    .
    Police :- Stop!!

    .
    .
    Lady :- Plz let me go.I’m a teacher…
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    Police :- Aah, I’ve waited for this moment all my
    life.
    .
    .
    .
    .
    Now write…’I'll never break signal’ 1000 times

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  • Anonymous

    A la Tamil Nadu, a temple is coming up in Uttar Pradesh, dedicated to Mulayam Singh Yadav. A “Samajwadi Chalisa” – for the Samajwadi Party – is already out.

    Will it be called a secular mosquemple?
    Will Mulayam also be the Maulana of this new thing?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Only seculars will be allowed to visit that temple. We Sanghis will be thrown out the moment we step in to that most sacred place in UP.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sanghis can always go to Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
    Poor secular Hindus, they can neither go to temples nor to mosques!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    well, it is time that other states insist their income tax contributions be not diverted to UP. May be UP should be disallowed centarl funds until they meet certain progress milestones. They were always a major drag on India; it is worse now. I thought Akhilesh, having seen a level of growth and achievement in the southern states during his four years of Engg study at Bangalore, would want to promote trade and industry and education; it looks like the son is cut from the same place as the father. I wonder if the constitution allows other states to intervene/take over a state because that state’s functioning is a ” moral hazard” for the well being of all other states.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Up , where I come from is just too big. It has everything… but size goes agaisnt it. it will fall to simple emotive religious issues as that is the only way to woo 20 crores of people.

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  • Anonymous

    Just now met our old blogger friend Manohar. We spent about two hours and had lunch together. A very fine gentleman and as we all know a highly knowledgeable person. Though I told him to start visiting this blog again but I am not sure whether he will do that.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    you are such an adorable, unadulteratedly fine gentleman, even engrich will love to meet you!

    If Manohar chooses to write here, I promise, I will have nothing but sweet nothings for him!

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well Manohar is surely missed on this blog. There was little we agreed with. Still he added a dmiension to this rollicking blog.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Great- Hope he visits

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    I hope he is doing well. Would love to see him around this space again.

    Looks like, you have met/spoken to more people on this blog than anyone else. I’m happy for you.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    If given a chance I would like to meet all the regular bloggers.

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Hum bhi hai “regular blogger” yahan, phir bhi aap humse na milenge,
    agar hamare baat na aye samajh, phir mil kar do minute kaise katenge ;

    Accha hua aap hamare tookbandi nehi padhte,
    nehi toh savere savere aap ke mood kharab ho jaate;

    De Taali.

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    I had a healthy friendship with him. Not agreeing on everything but agreeing on many. would love to have him back.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I hope he he will come back to this blog after he reads all the comments that everyone wants him back.

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  • Anonymous

    Parliament to be adjourned for Gujral’s death!

    These guys look for excuses not o work!

    Reminds me of my youth when the Indian government declared a holiday to mark Kosygin’s death. Funnily there was no holiday in USSR then!

    This culture of adjoiurning for every possible reason shows that our Parliament is just a joke.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well it is not only parliameent — we have too many holidays. We talk about “karma nye va dhi karastE” , “niyatham kuru karmathwa” etc — value of work — but the government, schools etc have too many – too many – holidays.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    If a ex PM dies… well the best way to pay tribute is work harder! Or maybe havve a two minute silence after paying tributes…

    But holiday is funny!

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Ped ke oonchai pe ek patta doosra patta ko girte hue dekh kar hans raha hai;
    girenge saare patte ek din,,jo hai apne bhi, yeh khayal usko na aye;

    De Taali.

  • pankaj#1

    Friends;
    Try this link, you will be amazed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIJtKxdRQzY

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  • pankaj#1

    engrich;
    Subject: God bless the parents who drugged us
    >
    > > The other day, someone at a store in our town read
    > >that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old
    > >farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a
    > >rhetorical question.
    > >
    > >”Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were
    > >growing up?”
    > >
    > >I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young: I
    > >was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to
    > >church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family
    > >reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
    > >
    > >I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to
    > >adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I
    > >disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad
    > >report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of
    > >the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth
    > >my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
    > >
    > >I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed
    > >out with soap if I uttered a profanity.
    > >
    > >I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and
    > >flowerbeds and cocklebur’s out of dad’s fields.
    > >
    > >I was drug to the homes of family, friends and
    > >neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to
    > >mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some
    > >firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took
    > >a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would
    > >have drug me back to the woodshed.
    > >
    > >Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my
    > >behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are
    > >stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if
    > >today’s children had this kind of drug problem,
    > >America would be a better place.
    > >
    > >God bless the parents who drugged us
    > >
    > >

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  • pankaj#1

    I had a bunch of Canadian dollars I needed to exchange, so I went to the currency exchange window at the local bank.
    Short line. Just one lady in front of me .
    An Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars and she was a little irritated.
    She asked the teller, ‘Why it change?? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo same yen. Today I get hunateighty?? Why it change?’
    The teller shrugged his shoulders and said,’Fluctuations.’
    The Asian lady says, ‘Fluc you white people, to

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the
    stranger turned to her and said, ‘Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights go
    quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.’
    The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to
    the stranger, ‘What would you like to talk about?’
    ‘Oh, I don’t know,’ said the stranger. ‘How about nuclear power?’ and he
    smiles.
    ‘OK, ‘ she said. ‘That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a
    question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff
    - grass
    - . Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat
    patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that
    is?’
    The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks
    about it and says, ‘Hmmm, I have no idea.’
    To which the little girl replies, ‘Do you really feel qualified to discuss
    nuclear power when you don’t know shit?

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Gr8!! All of us discuss so much here… but wont know that answer..

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  • pankaj#1

    Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed quietly, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, slipped quietly into the garage to hook the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into torrential downpour. There was snow mixed with the rain, and the wind was blowing 50 mph.
    I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad throughout the day.
    I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. There I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with different anticipation, and whispered, ‘The weather out there is terrible.’
    My loving wife of twenty years stretched seductively and replied, ‘Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that ****?’
    I still don’t know if she was joking….

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  • Anonymous

    Kejriwal is one who can capture the imagination of crores of citizens. He does command respect, similar to what the older generation had for the selfless leaders of 60 s and 70s – Communits like EMS Namboodiripad and AK Gopalan, , Socialists like Fernandez and Jayaprakash Narain, right oriented leaders like Mody, Lobo; center leftist Congressis like Indira Gandhi (before she screwed up stuff), centre rightist Congressis like Morarji –

    With the population below 30 years of age being the majority part of the demographics, the country is ready for a saviour like Mahathmaji, or a leader of the calibre like the leaders of 60s and 70s. Politics, practised right, is a noble profession. Even now, with all the negatives around many of them, there still are good politicans in Congress as well as other parties. Hopefully, Kejriwal can attract all the good ones, and accomplsh things matching the aspirations of am admi.

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  • vijay !

    Manohar is welcome back!!

    Well I hope he does come back. I enjoyed reading hsi posts,,, even though they were many a time diamterically opposed to my views.

    Not that we had the most pleasant of relationships as he somehow felt that I was abusing him– which I never did!! In fact he called me a wasted education as Sanjay Dhawan urf Pathak also does. But then I take that out of my other ear and plod on.

    In between we did have lengthy duels on fuel prices and Railways.

    To use Vinoo’s phrase– forensically speaking- I suspect that he left because he felt Ravi was made fun off and demolished time and again for his jehadi views. To support Ravi is Manohar’s right. But to get offended just because Rajeev, Shenoy or me hung Ravi upside down is not right.

    Ravi after all gets smacked for being a closet Hindu/India hater and people who pull down his pants and smack him are only reacting to his actions.

    I sum total… I look forward to Manohar’s return. This blgo unlike all other blogs is about dialogues between the bloggers. Manohar;s views were always welcome.

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    Ravi Reply:

    जिधर जाते हैं सब, जाना उधरअच्छा नहीं लगता
    मुझे पमाल रस्तों का सफ़र, अच्छा नहींलगता

    गलत बातोँ को ख़ामोशी से सुनना, हामी भरलेना
    बहुत हैं फाएदे इसमें, मगर अच्छा नहीं लगता

    मुझे दुश्मन से भी खुद्दारी की उम्मीद रहती है
    किसी का भी हो सर, कदमों में सर अच्छा नहीं लगता

    बुलंदी पर इन्हें मिट्टी की खुशबू तक नहीं आती
    यह वोह शाखें हैं, जिन्हें शग्गर अच्छा नहीं लगता

    यह क्यों बाक्की रहे, आत्रजनों यह भी जला डालो
    सब बेघर हों और मेरा हो घर, यह अच्छा नहीं लगता

    ‘जावेद अख्तर’

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    engrich Reply:

    why afzal guru should not be hang

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/ColumnsOthers/Stick-to-the-core-values/Article1-967458.aspx

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Except few words which I didn’t understand, a beautiful poem.

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Yeh kavita aur bhi achha lagta,
    agar Javed Akhtar ke badle koi aur leekha hota;

    De taali.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Good poetry! Javed Akhtar is really gr8.

    I wish Ravi, that you reform. In case you are able to see the anti-humanity game of jehadis, LeT, Chacha hafeez and Osama (peace NOT be with him), kasab you would be appreciated more.

    Dont try to balance Kasab’s act with a non existent violence by a Hindu and justify it.

    Dot try to create non existent rapes to defame India and Hindus.

    Dont try to create divisions between Hindus and Muslims.

    Dont try to suppress the voice of reform In Islam– like Pervez…

    The blog and world would be much better…

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Peeta hai doodh Billi karke band aankh din doopahar mein,

    sochta hai kisine na dekha kyuonki saare hai andhere mein;

    De Taali.

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Good one;
    More or less my thinking.

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Aap doosron ki baat kaan se neekal dete hain,
    aap ke baton pe sayad saare apna khayal badal dete hain;

    Baton se chala murari badalne duniya,
    khud ki deemag hai kamzor yeh khayal kabhi nehi aya;

    De taali.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ae mere tukbandi ke munhboley raja
    bajate rehtey ho khali dhol tasha
    besura ho gaya tumhara baaja
    Sonia hai rani aur manmohan hai raaja
    ban gaya Bharat andher nagri aur chaupat raaja
    takey ser bhaaji aur takey ser khaja
    kya karengi choron ki khala
    jab janta pehnayegi jooton ki maala
    Kaise de taali jab sab taraf behaali

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    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Badi shradha se aap ne banaya Sonia ko Rani aur ManMohan ko Raja,
    kyuon bhai aaj kaal kya aap ke rani ki Raja, chhodke aap ko, koi aur hai duja?

    De Taali

    Anonymous Reply:

    apne ghar ka khyal rakho
    ghus gaya hai tumhara maali
    bajate reh jaoge sirf taali

    emotionalatyachaar Reply:

    Maali se darta hai wahi, jisme hota nehi dum,
    karta hai wohi “hai hai” dekh ke doosron ko, bharta hai aahe, jisko ho gum;

    De Taali.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    ” Manohar is welcome back!!

    Well I hope he does come back…..”

    -

    Who is not welcome back here ?

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  • Anonymous

    FDI in retail should be defeated. Nobody who loves India should support this. This is a big give away to land/property mafia including possibly Robberji

    We need massive FDI; but not in opening department stores or super markets

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Section 48:The Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999

    Rules and regulations to be laid before Parliament.- Every rule and regulation made under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may b comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or regulation, or both Houses agree that the rule or regulation should not be made, the rule or regulation shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule or regulation.

    ———————————————————————————
    Now, RBI has made amendments to this act allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. However, as per the above rule: any amendment to FEMA needs to be passed by both houses of parliament. So, these amendments have no sanctity till the same have been approved by both houses of parliament

    Mr. Kamalnath was claiming a few days back (in an interview with Karan Thapar) that it is enough to get the amendments passed in Lok Sabha.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The haste, the treatment of this initiative as the numero ono priority in nation’s development, all point to ulterior motives.. invite FDI for 24 x 7 power generation/distribution..or some other national priority- we have hundreds b4 retail stores become a priority.. iswar, why do you think Kamalnath is ignoring the constitutional requirements as if theose will not stand in the way..unless they have wired this well..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    PathakG (using a different ID perhaps) explained the need for allowing FDI in retail as a sentiment booster for investment in other areas pointed by you. I see his point. The movement of Sensex after this proposal is the proof.

    I also tend to concur with you when you say that the move is meant to benefit the land/property mafia primarily run by politician’s kin – I’d let them have it. However, please do not say that you are doing it for the benefit of the farmers.

    Kamalnath would learn things as he grows – he has just been given the charge of ministry of parliamentary affairs.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Once the Engine is given green signal, the bogies will follow.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I would let the elected govt. take executive decisions without having to get it voted in parliament. However, on amendment to FEMA act by RBI, the rule clearly says that it needs to be approved by both houses of parliament – this can’t be side stepped.

    Let Mulayam and Maya earn a bit more.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Once MP’s in the parliament get the bigger picture and agree, other things will follow.

    Remember the bogies don’t drive an engine.

    Anonymous Reply:

    and the bigger picture being ???

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The FDI in retail would boost up the investors’ sentiment. The economy has chances to bounce back with more investment in other sectors.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Reluctantly agreed – the almost unidirectional movement of the stock market doesn’t lie. Let everyone make money.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The opposition is not about the FDI.

    The opposition is not giving the UPA a space to bounce back.

    There is no point discussing economics or policies in this context. It’s all about politics.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    How many Walmarts can your city have ?
    -
    Then move upto Bangalore, Chennai,Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi.

    Give your best estimate.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    India does not need any Walmarts.. In fact, there is an uproar in US against Walmarts, Congress has many problems; but this is stupidity to the power of n, or a easy way to make money for the connected and related. Jawaharlal Nehru’s party should not be a part f this highway robbery.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    I just asked you a very simple question. You really went tangent. We already have your broad viewpoints over last few days. It’s time to understand the rationale.

    It would be nice if you could answer in specifics.

  • Anonymous

    Direct Cash Transfer to people’s bank account – a good idea as long as it is budget neutral. However,

    a) Are our banks ready – does everyone have an account?
    b) Has everyone in the first 51 districts got an Aadhar card already?
    c) Is Aadhar a legal document yet?
    d) How could we stem out any possible frauds – if we had fake ration cards, coudn’t there be fake Aadhar cards around?

    etc.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    It’s a good attempt in this imperfect world.

    There is nothing called ideal situation in life.

    You drive to the office everyday, despite many accidents on the street.

    We always lived with the lesser evils. I am sure we wouldn’t stop that in the near future.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Should we have started earlier or waited a bit longer before formally announcing the launch from 01st Jan,13?

    Is it again politics?

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    The process started in 2009 with the UID project. The pilot was done more than 3 months back.

    It must be rolled now. Otherwise in 2014, it will be known as a poll bonanza. We are still 2 years away from the election.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh seriously!!

    Is aadhar a legal document yet? I don’t need any kind of cash transfer – can I use it as an address proof to renew my passport?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Aadhar is an instrument.

    Start driving the car to office for the time being. Later, you may take it on an adventure tour when you are comfortable and the road is deemed fit.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Illegal?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar- Cash transfer instead of subsidy for this and subsidy for that is a good idea. There will be implementation issues; hopefully it will be ironed out as the roll out proceeds.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi ji – as per the current proposal, food, fertilizer and fuel subsidy is not even the part of the programme. It is far too complicated for the govt. to handle.

    I hope the launch is successful, else it could backfire on the incumbent government.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar – But these -t least food, fuel – should be included in this as a pase 2 or 3. That will reduce a big piece of corruption between bureaucrats and cronies.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Of course. However, it would take at least another five years. No more than 25% of population has got the card yet. It’s not even a legal document either.

    We can’t substitute rationed food/fuel with cash transfers and leave it at market forces. It would complicate things even further. By the way, at least Chhatisgarh is doing well with its PDS – thanks to computerisation. People are informed about the availability of ration in their respective shops, the food grain trucks are tracked etc. There aren’t too many complaints there.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    What are the complications do you expect if the consumers are given the cash subsidy and urged to buy food and fuel from the open market ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I should have added ‘at this stage’ when
    a) not everyone has got a card yet
    b) its authenticity is not confirmed
    c) its inflationary impact on others is unknown

    Plus, we don’t know yet if the last mile delivery of cash is fool-proof. I read somewhere that the enablers of different banks are in fact offering money (as opposed to charging the govt.) to handle cash meant to be transferred to the poor.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bank might be charging the customers for these transfers which will be made to their accounts. In Dubai, we are not allowed to pay salary in cash to our employees, everything has to go through the banks. All employees in whole country has a bank account and salaries every month are credited to their accounts as per the lists provided by the employers.
    Banks make money by charging employers for such transfers.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Sir, the story is different here. Banks in fact invited bids for enablers (I am yet to recollect the exact term) to handle the transfers for them. Instead of getting paid for such a service, these so-called enablers are ready to pay the banks Rs 2 per Rs 100 to handle cash. Someone has definitely found a way to play with this huge amount of money – one particular company has bid and won in a no. of states. I’d let you know the exact story and term for such a group of people.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I hope there is nothing sinister behind this.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Hundreds of private agents handle cash ( Cash Management ) for various banks. There is nothing new about the system.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, PathakG,

    Well, I was talking about this…

    http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-08-13/news/33182571_1_vakrangee-finserve-clusters-auctions

    The word is Banking Correspondents. Is there nothing fishy here?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    heck the latest :

    Government plans micro ATMs for transfer of cash to poor

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/government-plans-micro-atms-for-transfer-of-cash-to-poor/articleshow/17435797.cms

    ========

    The government is likely to shoot down the Department of Financial
    Services’ (DFS) plan to appoint common banking correspondent (BC)
    companies for transferring cash to poor people and replace it with a
    country-wide network of ‘micro ATMs’, as it seeks to finalise the last
    mile payment architecture for cash transfers.

    In a meeting on Monday evening, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani, and Planning Commission officials met Finance Minister P Chidambaram
    to share their reservations about the common banking correspondent
    model. An official who attended the meeting told ET that it was agreed
    in-principle to junk this model but a final decision will be taken by
    the Finance Minister.

    Anonymous Reply:

    What is a “micro ATM”?

    So, you agree that even various arms of the govt. are not sure of how to do it as yet – the report is dated 01st December. But, they have announced a roll-out nevertheless.

    I would be leaving for now and would join the debate later.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    There is nothing wrong to pitch in with ideas by different agencies.

    People bring in the established practices. New methods evolved based on the available technologies.

    The system will keep improving.

    Micro ATM :

    Think it as a biometric/smart card verification device. After the verification, the agent can pay out cash to the user. This device could be owned by the shops like Credi Card Merchant device.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This article talks about government appointing companies through auctions to handle transfers. According to this article there are already some apprehensions about some companies who have put their bids to get the contracts.
    Isn’t it funny that one of the benefit government talks about where FDI is concerned is that middle men will be removed and here where Lakhs of crores will be paid every year and government is bringing in middle men – agents- to handle such huge amounts.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I don’t think this article is about these transaction.

    Anonymous Reply:

    What I understand from this that who are elligibile to get money by this scheme will get these funds transferred to their accounts electronically. Every month after their accounts are credited they have to just visit the bank and withdraw their money. ATMs Can also be used for such withdrawals.
    Don’t understand why any agents are required

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Full fledged ATM’s need 24×7 power which is still a luxury in many places where the poor Indians live.

    There have been efforts to design solar powered ATM’s which also not been so satisfactory.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    If you are getting your money in your accounts on regular basis, then the last mile delivery is fool-proof.

    Inflationary impact, if any, would be very marginal.

    People who have card, may get through their accounts. The system will roll out in phases.

    If the payment is through the bank account, the beneficiaries could be traceable.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This direct cash transfer (DCT) is going to make the doctors everywhere rich, because the poor people will have huge indigestion from getting so much and so regularly.

    Earlier, even to get NREGA payments, which is basically unemployment allowance, people had to work hard!

    THEREFORE, IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA, EXCEPT AS A VOTE BANK ALLOWANCE.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You are partially right.

    We had lots of road accidents when Maruti was introduced.
    We were not ready for the soft clutches and brakes after our long struggle with the ambys and fiats.

    Eventually, soon enough, people learnt to drive marutis properly. Now we have Hondas, Scodas…on the road.

    Anonymous Reply:

    When you drive a Skoda,
    drink only soda
    and whiskey thoda thoda.

    Anonymous Reply:

    That is why I don’t drive Skoda.

  • Anonymous

    I admire the bravery of one of the most patriotic party of our country, Shiv Sena. In Karachi a hundred year old temple was demolished and in retaliation Sena activists burnt the flag of Pakistan. Wow what a courageous job they have done.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    mohan – may be shiv sena is cooling down after Thackerey;s death. Pakistan has too many actors; a lot of them beyond the state’s control (and a few under the state!); the only thing we should do is to be vigilant here- no friendly overtures until the picture there is clear.

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    engrich Reply:

    79 unauthorised temples were dmolished by modi in ahmadabad.few years back.media was silent.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    unauthorized mosques, churches, temples etc should be removed/demolished. SO also, unauthorized land grabs, forest reserve grabs….

    Anonymous Reply:

    By demolishing unauthorized temples and mosques in big cities of Gujarat, mainly Ahemedabad, Modi has finished land grabbing mafia, but main stream media never talks about this.

    engrich Reply:

    one of the muslim shrine was authorized but still demolished.hindus have habit of builting temple at any place of their choice.

    Anonymous Reply:

    One of the Muslim shrine was authorized? That means you accept that other hundreds of Muslim shrine which were demolished were unathorized.

    engrich Reply:

    ambani kouse in mumbai is built on muslim qabaristan.by illegally occupying it.

    vijay ! Reply:

    You should jump out of the grave and shout… bhoot bhoot !

    akb Reply:

    I have been to the mandir kinda chali at Soldier bazaar Karachi….it was in
    dilapidated and despite notices the Hindus mostly poor dalits working as
    janitors did not do repairs. This posed threat to their lives hence they
    demolished it rather than go through the expenses and are selling it over to
    some Mirjai?

    .

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Hey ABK or abk;.
    Can you tell me something in more detail? Or are you trying to shift blame of Jihadists on poor Hindus??. if they are poor, why they are poor? did you provide thm equal opportunities?? nah. would you like to discuss this?? Mirjai? Wow, what is Mir and what is Mirjai??

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    This guy AKB is our old friend Engrich/Tajender.

    engrich Reply:

    akb is not engrich.

    engrich Reply:

    **** hindus has harijans like in india.they are badly treated by hindus and muslims alike.this temple belongs to harijans.when babri masjid was demolished,many hindu temple were damaged,but goverment later repaired all.i hope this temple will also be repaired by pak goverment.
    high caste hindus who rob the backwards and harijans more than muslims use these opportunities to provocate muslims and incite hindus.
    modi demo;ished 79 temples in ahmadabad being unauthorized.media was silent.this looks to be case of land grabbing not religious.
    in punjab 2200 mosques and dargah are illegally occupied even today.brhmns are not hindus ,they take these opportunities to take leadership of hindu community.another point is rape/marriage.they twist the news.

  • Anonymous

    25 US Congressmen urge Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to continue denying
    visa to Modi.

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    engrich Reply:

    modi is selling the land of nation to corporates,that is why he is darling of corporate world.in last 30 years rss ignited around 16 big communal riots to occupy land of muslims,dalits and weaker section of society at throw away price and sold to corporate at market price,making huge profit.that is how palestine was occupied zoinists.they are local agent of international zoinism in india.doing the same.
    i hope being murderer and killer goverment of america will not issue visa to him.i dont think this matter is in the hand of clinton.
    is it not a matter of shame that a country of 120 crore dont have one single clean man.he was using his police for money extraction bussines and fake encounters.
    an ex-teaboy of road side restraunt of gujrat cannot be wise enough to hold the. important office of PM.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    well, he seems to have earned the respect and vote of the gujratis who will vote him big into CMship fora third time

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    engrich Reply:

    hitler came to power through vote.a man who is involve in mascare,who was running money extraction bussines with his home minister using state police,involve in fake encounters,selling the land of country to multinational will be our pm. is it not matter of shame.this semi educated person cannot handle the complex problems of our country..

    Anonymous Reply:

    Modi will get visa — US needs market for their stuff — plus the Jewish lobby, I guess, will push for Modi’s visa

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    Anonymous Reply:

    But engrich is staunchly opposing the issue of issuing visa to Modi.

    And Clinton and Obama are deeply indebted to engrich for his support in Obama’s re-eloection.

    So, no visa for Modi.

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  • Anonymous

    Citizens forcibly ‘inaugurate’ skywalk in Kharghar

    MUMBAI: Sunday came an embarrassment for politicians and administrators who delay inauguration of completed public infrastructure projects to suit their schedule and then use those ceremonies to garner votes.

    Fed up of waiting for nearly months for the CM and other senior Congress, NCP leaders to inaugurate the Kharghar skywalk, angry citizens on Sunday aiting since three months for the dates from Chief Minister and other top Congress-NCP leaders for inauguration, the Kharghar skywalk was forcibly opened the bridge and marched on it with the Tricolour. Most of the citizens who “inaugurated” the skywalk are also members of the newly launched Aam Aadmi Party.

    “Infrastructure projects like this are built for us and through our taxes we pay to the government and certainly not for leaders who delay and use inaugural ceremonies to showcase themselves,” said a Kharghar resident. , mostly belonging to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), who after cutting ribbon marched on the skywalk to mark its inauguration.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan – this is good news.. Hope our citizens take these one or two steps further, holding PWDs , Elec Boards etc accountable for timely completion of infrastructure projects

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  • Anonymous

    In a boring seminar. I wish rahul comes here and we get some great jokes.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Advani does not have much of work these days. He cracks good jokes. Ask Dr Mishra.

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  • Anonymous

    Sixty years ago, Raj Kapoor sang “Mera joota hai Japani, yah ptloon Englistani, sar pe laaltopi Roosi, phir bhi dil hai Hindustani”

    Now Kapil Sibal is singing, “mera hardware hai Cheeni, mera operating system hai Ameriki, phir bhi mera Aakash hai Hindustani”.

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  • devduttkumar

    How do you do a multimillion dollar business with just $64 ?

    Contact Shri Modi, the honourable chief Minister of Gujrat.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well, he is a highly capable guy, Well, he has done wonders, whatever distracters may say. Congress also has leaders who can set a vision and execute; however, they are always sidelined.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The congress is full of Shashi Tharoors, all superficial gloss with an empty kernel.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This deal stands cancelled since 2010 – next one, please.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    From 2003 to 2010 , after a growth of company share by 15000% !

    Love your casual approach BJP and Modi’s corruption.

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  • Anonymous

    Today’s ’so-called’ expose of Kejriwal on Modi has not been given prominence by the media.

    The news has been completely blacked out by HT. The last time they had any article with anything to do with Kejriwal was 3rd December.

    I am loving it. This is what I think about him.
    a) Kejriwal is no one’s friend.
    b) He hasn’t got much to lose either.
    c) Only Congress can fix him
    d) BJP and its sympathysers should keep safe distance from him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    But, Ishwar, if you look at the fate of so many expose’s of Kejriwal’s, you will realise that the political class, including the media is too big, too deep into this corruption that a hundred Kejriwals cannot make a small dent in the thick exterior of India’s blighted corrupt.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I supported him as an activist but I don’t support him as a politician. He should have joined or worked with one of the existing political parties who agreed with most of his proposals on Lokpal.

    His decision to form his own political party doesn’t help things – at least in the short term. Practically, he can’t win enough seats in any state assembly or LS elections to have any significant. I don’t think his party could realistically win even one. He can’t ally with any one because he has been abusing everyone. So, where does that leave his supporters and his vision – nowhere.

    Shenoy sahab, I agree that the politicians, business and media houses are corrupt but I don’t think Kejriwal’s political party would fix this for us.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ISHWAR-
    I have travelled wide; but have never seen this bad anywhere else.. There are corrupt people in other places too; however, all of them draw a line when it comes to the loyalty and love for their country. There are corrupt ones in China; but they go overboard to bring back their old glory, to project the old middle kingdom’s strength and reach — no compromise there. Ameirca has a different types of corruption – influencing the government direction – but, it is a fight between two parties as to what “founding fathers meant”. There is corruption and womanizing in France; but when it comes to their country and culture, they are all together.

    But only in our country, the leaders loot like there is no tomorrow; and more importantly as if there was no yesterday. You and Shenoy are right – this nexus of business, mafia, politicians, media, and bureaucracy has to be destroyed.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I had problem with Kejriwal as an activist. He was not honest in his approach. He took the whole world for a ride by offering them a show that was so unreal and full of deceits.

    He was a political animal all through.

    But as a politician, I do not have any problem with him. Infact I think he is a better option than many politicians out there. I do not have problem with his methodologies also. He is doing fine within his limited resources.

    Similarly I still have issues with V K Singh. For example, he was supposed to leave his official residence within 3 months. He asked for a special extension for 1 year. Now while overstaying at the Govt. quarter, he has got into political activities against the Govt. I resent him for things like that.

    Once he becomes a full fledged politician, I wouldn’t have any issues with him. I would treat him like any other politician.

    Anonymous Reply:

    V K Singh has sought official permission to stay on which is permissible under the Rules. He has to pay market rent for this period. He does not forcibly occupy Central Pool accomodation like many press persons, politicians, select civil servants, social workers .. whose rent arrears run into crores. Nothing to speak of Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert something who occupy a prime govt bungalow in Lodhi colony

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Market rent? Do you have any idea about the market rent in the area ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Looks like u do not know ..even the Market Rent is decided by the Urban Development Ministry… Find out what Rent are Priyanka Gandhi and her husband are paying.. and under what category were they alloted that bungalow.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    V K Singh, the Extension man is just getting extended. ,

    vijay ! Reply:

    @ pRAVEEN AND Devdutt

    Arre baba Jamai to the nation needs a big bunglow to keep the billion dollar cash looted in Haryana Rajasthan crony capitalist land deals…

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay . and SPG to guard it

  • Anonymous

    Mother: Son I’m sorry I slept with someone that is not your dad 23 years ago. And that person is your real father.

    Son: Mum, what rubbish! How am I to deal with this?

    Mother: I am sorry he was my first love and I could not marry him.. ’cause we are of different caste. He is on the phone at the moment and wants to speak with his son for the first time ever.

    Son: No i am speaking to no one. Mr. Trivedi is the only father i know and so will that be.

    Mother: Please don’t be so upset. Just talk to him.

    Son: Ok, I will give him a piece of my mind!

    Phone: Morning Son, I am Mukesh Ambani. I am your real father.

    Son: Maa ki Aaaannkkhhh…Dad! Dad! Dad!!!

    Thank God! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Thank God!!!!!!

    Luv u so much Dad!!!! I always knew there was something special
    about me..

    Thank you soooo much mum.

    You are the best mum in d world!

    Moral: Na Biwi Na Bachha Na Baap Bada Na Bhaiya Sabse Bada Rupppaiyaaaa..:D

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  • Anonymous

    I m glad Maulayam is blocking FDI in retail. He may be waiting for his pound of flesh; I hope Congress doesnt yield…

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  • Anonymous

    Is BJP a Political Party or a Zodiac Sign ?
    =================================

    Continuous and hollow statements are so much part of BJP and its supporters !
    Time and again, we see the political bosses indulge in shallow and shrill debates.

    The latest to join is Sushma Swaraj. To buttress her argument, she picked on McDonalds saying that the company imports ship loads of potatoes from abroad and does not consume the local potatoes.

    It was true when the McDonald started the business here. The quality of potato was bad. But now McDonalds and Pepsi have collaborated with the local farmers and produce the process quality potatoes in Punjab and Haryana. Infact Pepsi picked up more than 240,000 metric tonnes of potatoes locally in 2012.

    In a non-polarised environment, Sushma Swaraj perhaps would have been a PM candidate from BJP. It’s unbelievable that a political leader of her stature can sound so hollow !

    Only shrills. No substance.

    Exactly like her followers here.

    After all they all belong to the same Zodiac Sign – BJP !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And you must have found the Lalu Yadav inspired Madari show by Kapil Sibbal very impressive.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    “Logon ko pata nehi aap ki “nitti” kya hai, lekin logon ko pata hai aap ki “niyat” kya hai.

    Very impressive.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Niti hai bhrashtachar , fake secularism aur vote-bank politics ki khilaafat karna. Yehi niyat bhi hai.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Thanks for telling the World. Few here have been in dillema.

    Anonymous Reply:

    ” Few here have been in dillema.”
    The dumbs or the fakes ?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Only a dumb needs to be told who all are in dillema.

    Anonymous Reply:

    even though told by a fake …thanks

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Going by the standard of treatment you get from the so called fakes, think what will happen to you when you meet up the original !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Everyone knows the original behind the fakes. and what standards can fakes set .. they can set standards only on faking .. fakey

  • Ravi

    Picture Story

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  • Anonymous

    Walmart payed bribes in India. Who were it paid to. ? Those who are fighting a do or die battle for it in the Parliament and their drummers in the Media..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Wallmart is known for paying bribes all over the world. Both our honest politicians and media would have been the beneficiaries of their goodwill.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The headline this moment …Congress appeals to all to support FDI for strengthening “secularism”… the bribes look to be working .

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Walmart in India comes with he same guy who took one crore rupees along with Harshad Mehta to the PM house.

    I think with the bribery index going up… it could well be 100 crores now.

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  • vijay !

    @ Pathak

    Well please understand that to vilify Modi you are using all sort of false accusations… including against the family of the owners of Hindustan Times.

    Shobahana Bharitya has done a good job with the Hindustan Times and her husband has done a good job in his power companies in Gujarat. To attack Modi you dont have anything else but rumors and innuendo. Leave them out of it…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay, Mohan
    ..Ishwar pointed out that HT did not carry the Kejriwal allegations … Could it be because the allegations also refer to the Jubilant Group being one of the beneficiaries.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Absolutely.

    There is no news on Kejriwal today either – it has to be due to the editor’s husband’s connection. I don’t mind it though. Whoever has a problem with any decision of a state/central govt and thinks there is a case of nepotism or favour to any industrial house should approach the courts.

    Media trials must stop – they don’t have the credibility to raise a finger at others.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar we need to retract. The E-paper of HT Delhi does have the story on the Inside pages.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I have checked the online edition and looked into the search option – last result on Kejriwal in for 3rd December.

    Anonymous Reply:

    It is on page 15 of HT Delhi e-paper of 5 December 2012.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Point taken Mr. Saxena. Thanks!!

    I was referring to hindustantimesdotcom and not its e-paper.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Do you think like you, people build their edifice on a false foundation ?

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I will network with Vadra and find out how to make a billion by having a mother in law who calls up Chief MInisters to helpt the poor baby/.. :)

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    First Vajpayee, now Chief Ministers !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Find time to do a bit of research or take the help of any junior blogger here.

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat minister of state for Energy and Industry Shri Saurabh Patel today termed Delhi based Aam Adami Party’s leader Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations as bogus and baseless. Patel said Kejriwal has made these allegation with motive to defame Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He said Arvind Kejriwal’s name has been added to the list of those who are not able to tolerate the love and people’s support being received by Narendra Modi during the assembly election. Patel said not a single allegation can last against Narendra Modi because even in past Congress party had made such types of false allegations but six crore people of Gujarat and others are not ready to believe, because in last 11 years of Modi’s Gujarat experience, people have experienced Modi government’s clear intentions, transparent policies, development and good governance.

    Shri Patel said, “the allegations about financial benefits to Adani group company are baseless. Adani Grou has been given 1700 ha land for the development of port and related works on 30 years lease on BOT basis. Every year rent is taken, and after 30 years this land would be a developed land and the prices worth crores would be returned to the state government.”

    “Another 500 has land was allotted to set up a railway line so that the port could be connected to north India, and it is this decision which has resulted into 250 million cargo transport through this port, and 33,000 crore custom duty income to the central government.”

    “The government of India has approved 10,000 ha land for Adani SEZ, of which only 5590 ha land has been allotted. Rest of the land will be allotted in future is need arises, but its continuously growing prices will be earned by the Gujarat government. Thus the state has protected its future financial gain.”

    “Gujarat has provision of transparent land allotment system, and policy to decide the land prices. Even Supreme Court has approved and admired state government’s transparent procedure on land.”

    “In past, Congress government had allotted lands to industries at throwaway prices. Shankarsinh Vaghela had allotted 33 lakh square meter land at a price of Re.1 to industries. In one case, then Chief Minister had extended 1.50 lakh square meter land allotment proposal to 3 lakh square meter. While the present Chief Minister has not allotted the land at price as low as Re.1 to anybody.”

    “The land allotted to Adani group is non-productive, non-agriculture, padtar land and large part of that land comes under submerged area of sea. It is the central government that has given all permissions. Adani group has developed the land to use it. Present government has not acquired any land from the farmers to allot it to this company. Not only this but the state government has charged 25 times higher rates compare to previous governments while allotting the land. Thus the allegations of allotting land to Adani in Kutch at Rs 300 per square meter price are baseless.

    “PPA agreement with Adani on purchase of power from Adani Energy Power was done in February, 2007 and as per the agreement, Adani was to be paid Rs 2.35 paise per unit for power. This was the lowest rate in entire country, and Gujarat Electricity Board had decided to purchase 1000 MW power through competitive tender bid in which Adani Power had quoted the lowest price to provide power. Adani Power plant purchases imported coal and supplies power to Gujarat government for Rs 2.35 paise per unit. As this rate was not affordable to Adani, the company had gone to Gujarat Electricity Regular Commission(GERC) for rate hike nod, but GERC had rejected Adani’s application. Adani went to tribunal in appeal where again its plea was rejected. Other than this, as per one more PPA agreement, electricity is purchased from Adani at competitive lowest price of Rs 2.89 per unit. Thus the allegations against Narendra Modi on power purchase from Adani can not last on any basis.”

    Reacting to Kejriwal’s allegations on plot allotment to Member of parliament and MLAs in Gandhinagar, Shri Saurabh Patel said this policy exists in the state for a long time when Congress was ruling the state. “In last five years, Narendra Modi has stopped allotting plots to MPs and MLAs, and wherever such land has been allotted at concessional prices, he has stopped selling of such land. Even a public interest litigation has been filed against such a decision in the Supreme Court.”

    Shri Saurabh Patel said, “GSPC’s agreements with Geo-Global and Jubilant Enpro company were approved by Government of India’s Director General of Hydro carbon and Petroleum ministry. Even after this, the agreement has been terminated and the government of India has been asked time and again to do proper procedure on this. But the central government has not reacted to it. Thus there’s no question of giving any benefit to Geo Global or Jubilant.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Kejriwal would lose his credibility if he bases his so-called exposes on info. from Tehelka. I wonder if the Tehelka editors believe in their own stories!!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    They call it Living in Denial.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Patel’s reply to allegations by Kejriwal is better than giving clean chit to Vadra by all Congress members without even bothering to check anything.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Just because the statement runs to few paragraphs, it’s not a reply. It doesn’t even touch the peripheral of the issue.

    In the middle of the statement like a typical BJP guy he talked about DGH. Verifying a company’s equity structure is not DGH’s mandate.

  • Anonymous

    An interesting piece of info-

    Dr Subba Rao, the RBI chief, in a ceremony few days ago in Kochi, dedicated Ernakulam district in Kerala as the first meaningful “financial inclusion district” in India. The average per bank branch population in Ernakulam is the lowest in India, at 4400/branch, while the all india average is 13,000/branch. Ernakulam has 3.7 million bank accounts for a population of 3.2 million.

    Nandan Nilekani reported in the meeting that Kerala has achieved 78% Aadhar registration, with a 100% registration targeted to be completed by March 2013.

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  • ehgrich

    ABC OF BENGALIS

    A is for
    Awpheesh. This is where the average Kolkatan
    goes and spends a day hard at
    work. And if he works for the ‘Waste Bengal
    Gawrnament’ he will arrive
    at 10, wipe
    his forehead till 11, have a tea
    break at 12, throw around a few files at 12.30,
    break for lunch at 1, smoke
    an unfiltered cigarette at 2, break for tea at 3,
    sleep sitting down at 4 and
    go home at 4:30. It’s a hard life!

    B is for Bhision. For some reason
    many Bengalis don’t have good bhision.
    In fact in Kolkata most people are
    wearing spectacles all the time.

    C is for Chappell (as in Greg).
    Currently, this is the Bengali word for the
    Devil, for the worst form of
    evil. In the night mothers put their kids to sleep
    saying, ‘Na ghumaley
    Chappell eshey dhorey niye jabe.’

    D is for Debashish or any other name
    starting with Deb. By an
    ancient law every fourth Bengali Child has to be
    named Debashish. So you have a
    Debashish everywhere and trying to get
    creative they are also called Deb, Debu,
    Deba with variations like Debopriyo,
    Deboprotim, Debojyoti, etc. thrown in at
    times.

    E is for Eeesh. This
    is a very common Bengali exclamation made
    famous by Aishwarya Rai in the
    movie Devdas. It is estimated that on an average
    a Bengali, especially
    Bengali women, use eeesh 10,089 times every year. ‘Ei
    Morechhey’ is a close
    second to Eeesh.

    F is for Feeesh. These are creatures that swim in rivers
    and seas
    and are a favourite food of the Bengalis. Despite the fact that a
    fish market
    has such strong smells, with one sniff a Bengali knows if a
    “feeesh is fresss”.
    If not, he will say ‘eeesh what feeesh is
    theesh!’

    G is for Good name. Every Bengali boy will have a good name
    like
    Debashish or Deboprotim and a pet name like Motka, Bhombol,
    Thobla,
    etc. While every
    Bengali girls will have pet names like Tia,
    Tuktuki, Mishti, Khuku,
    etcetera.

    H is for Harmonium. This the Bengali
    equivalent of a rock guitar.
    Take four Bengalis and a Harmonium and you have
    the successors to The
    Bheatles!

    I is for lleesh. This is a feeesh with
    10,000 bones which would
    kill any ordinary person, but which the Bengalis eat
    with releeesh!

    J is for Jhola. No self-respecting Bengali is complete
    without
    his Jhola. It is a shapeless cloth bag where he keeps all his
    belongings and he
    fits an amazing number of things in. Even as you read this
    there are two
    million jholas bobbling around Kolkata, and they all look
    exactly the same!
    Note that ‘Jhol’ as in Maachher Jhol is a close
    second.

    K is for Kee Kaando !. It used to be the favourite
    Bengali
    exclamation till eeesh took over because of Aishwarya Rai (now Kee
    Kando’s
    agent is trying to hire Bipasha Basu).

    L is for Lungi, the
    dress for all occasions. People in Kolkata
    manage to play football and
    cricket wearing it not to mention the daily trip in
    the morning to the local
    bajaar. Now there is talk of a lungi expedition to Mt
    Everest.

    M is
    for Minibus. These are dangerous half buses whose antics
    would effortlessly
    frighten the living daylights out of all James Bond stuntmen
    as well as
    Formula 1 race car drivers.

    N is for Nangto. This is the Bengali word for
    Naked. It is the
    most interesting naked word in any language!

    O is for
    Oyil. The Bengalis believe that a touch of mustard oil
    will cure anything
    from cold (oil in the nose), to earache (oil in the ear), to
    cough (oil on
    the throat) to piles (oil you know where!).

    P is for Phootball. This is
    always a phavourite phassion of the
    Kolkattan. Every Bengali is born an
    expert in this game. The two biggest clubs
    there are Mohunbagan and East
    Bengal and when they play the city comes to a
    stop.

    Q is for Queen.
    This really has nothing to do with the Bengalis
    or Kolkata, but it’s the only
    Q word I could think of at this moment. There’s
    also Quilt but they never use
    them in Kolkata.

    R is for Robi Thakur. Many many years ago Rabindranath
    got the
    Nobel Prize. This has given the right to all Bengalis no matter where
    they are
    to frame their acceptance speeches as if they were directly related
    to the
    great poet and walk with their head held high. This also gives
    Bengalis the
    birthright to look down at Delhi and Mumbai and of course ‘all
    non-Bengawlees’!
    Note that ‘Rawshogolla’ comes a close second !

    S is
    for Shourav. Now that they finally produced a genuine
    cricketer and a
    captain, Bengalis think that he should be allowed to play until
    he is 70
    years old. Of course they will see to it that he stays in good form by
    doing
    a little bit of ‘jawggo’ and ‘maanot’.

    T is for Trams. Hundred years
    later there are still trams in
    Kolkata. Of course if you are in a hurry it’s
    faster to walk.

    U is for Aambrela. When a Bengali baby is born he is
    handed one.

    V is for Bhaayolence. Bengalis are the most non-violent
    violent
    people around. When an accident happens they will fold up their
    sleeves, shout
    and scream and curse and abuse, “Chherey De Bolchhi” but the
    last
    time someone actually hit someone was in 1979.

    W is for Water.
    For three months of the year the city is
    underwater and every year for the
    last 200 years the authorities are taken by
    surprise by this!

    X is for
    X’mas. It’s very big in Kolkata, with Park Street fully
    lit up and all
    Bengalis agreeing that they must eat cake that day.

    Y is for
    Yesshtaarday. Which is always better than today for a
    Bengali (see R for Robi
    Thakur).

    Z is for Jeebra, Joo, Jipper and Jylophone

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  • Anonymous

    Male airport – GMR issue.

    I am again loving it – GMR has been kicked out by the radical islamists of Maldives. What does the GoI do? Do they support their crony GMR or islamists? It such a stalemate that both would be eventual losers. GMR would lost a contract and a future source of revenue and the countrymen (mostly salafi supporters) a decent infrastructure.

    Its similar to a drawn match between Chelsea and Manchester City (United’s closest rivals in English Premier League) – both lose points. ha !!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    India’s interest in Maldives goes beyond GMR. The company caters to India’s strategic presence in the region.

    To understand the significance, try to understand the geo-politics in the region.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    OK. So, what do you think the GoI would and should do?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    GOI would push for the continuation of the contract, It will extend more support and aid.

    Anonymous Reply:

    agree

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  • Anonymous

    Indian guy goes to a Jew
    to buy black bras, size 38D.

    The Jew, known for his skills as a businessman, says
    that black bras are rare and that he is finding it very difficult to buy them
    from his suppliers. Therefore he has to charge $50.00 for them.

    The Indian guy buys 25.

    He returns a few days later and this time orders fifty.

    The Jew tells him that they have become even harder to get and
    charges him $60.00 each.

    The Indian guy returns a month later and buys the Jew’s remaining stock of 50, and this time for $75.00 each.

    The Jew is somewhat puzzled by the large demand for black size 38D bras and asks the Indian guy, “…please tell me – What do you do with all these black bras?”

    The Indian guy answers: “I cut them in half and sell them as skull caps to you Jews for $200.00 each.”

    …and this is why
    the Indians have taken over most of Jewish Businesses

    “Business is Business”

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    vijay ! Reply:

    gr8 chutkala!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    great one- Indians are more Jewish than Jewish … we even wrote a book about making money from the bottom of the pyramid (by your fellow Kannadiga Dr Prahlad)

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  • Anonymous

    FD in retail really wont be such a big issue. Malls did not destroy the nmkiryana guy. It may make retail more competitive.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    the concept that we need FDI in retail is oxymoron.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    FDI in retail is not only about food stuff. Once these big retailers are here we will see market flooded with cheap Chinese products. Small scale industries which produce goods like shoes, candles, stationary items,
    cycles, toys etc will be seriously affected.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    As if Chinese Ganesha has not flooded the market.

    90% of those traders importing chinese goods are probably affiliated to BJP !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You should be happy as all these traders will not vote for BJP
    because of their opposition to FDI.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    They know FDI wouldn’t harm them. They will buy from Walmart under schemes and sell at much higher price in their neighbourhood kirana shop, like the thella wallas do.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You are, Pathakji, hopelessly ignorant of these things. 70% of these small cottage industries manufacturing things of daily use are Muslims. It will be they who will first get laid off.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You are the shining jewel of the SDG Club. Do you read a posting ? Moreover do you read your own posting ?

  • Ravi

    Yaseen Ali Ege murder: – Mother killed son over Koran studies

    A mother who beat her seven-year-old son “like a dog” when he failed to
    memorise passages of the Koran has been found guilty of his murder.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20596854

    Rest in peace Yaseen, your only sin was to have been born to a stupid mother who mindlessly followed a pointless tradition.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This is just one of the many such cases we keep on hearing regularly.
    Few days back in Saudi a 5 year old child was severely beaten for the same reason.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Fake Ravi,

    you must quote and widely publicise in Pak media your own example of “voluntarily” converting to militant, jihadi Islam and still learning to recite the Quran by heart all by yourself. This must come as a morale booster to all mothers intending to subject their children to dog’s deaths.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is why Sharia and the Shari mindset is bad.

    Today’s ruling by deoband that Muslim girls can’t do receptionist jobs as Sharia was against it ( imagine a receptionist in 7th century!) is an outcome of this mindset. Remember my friend you emotionally defended Sharia as your birthright.

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  • Anonymous

    India suspended from olympics Committee

    India 96th among 175 or so countries in corruption..

    India growth contracts to 5-5.5%

    Is India a growth story or just a blimp ?

    Elected representatives are unaccountable

    Haryana, if a separate country, will lead in negative population growth, because girl children are killed in the womb

    India has more poor people than all the poor people in the African countries combined…

    Just few headlines in the last two days

    Good morning

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  • engrich
  • Anonymous

    The nurses and ward boys at Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital have refused to put up with what they call ‘dirty work’, which is the most basic element of healthcare. At a meeting to discuss increments with the management that took place a couple of days ago, the unions representing 450 nurses, 124 nursing assistants and 150 ward boys said the workers under their banners will not hand over urine and stool pots to patients.

    This comes at a time when the hospital on Monday agreed on almost 100 per cent increments for the staff. A hospital official said, “The nurses, ward boys and nursing assistants will get hikes between Rs 4,000 and Rs 8,000. Overall, the hospital will spend an additional Rs 38 crore towards salary expenditure.”

    The meeting on Monday was attended by representatives of Bharatiya Kamgar Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and Maharashtra Samarth Kamgar Sangathan, which control the workers’ unions at Lilavati Hospital.

    The hospital sources said the leaders of Kamgar Sena, which has around 150 workers under its banner, raised the issue of the hospital staff having to clean the patients after they urinate or pass bowel movement. Both MNS and Samarth Kamgar Sangathan toed the line, saying their workers too should not be forced to take up such tasks, the source said.

    MNS leader Gajanan Rane, who heads the party’s union wing, said: “Our demand is the female staff will not give urine and stool pots to male patients. It is totally unfair to ask the female staff to clean male patients, which is the ward boys’ job. The management has to ensure the patients are not inconvenienced.”

    As a stopgap arrangement, the hospital has hired around 20 temporary workers, but they are far overstretched to meet the demand, a hospital source said.

    Already, the hospital, which has 300 beds, is feeling the pinch. One nurse told this newspaper that things came to a head just two days ago, when a patient recovering after a surgery asked for stool pot. She said, “We asked the ward boys, who refused to help. Even we (the nurses) didn’t budge, leading to the patient’s family members lodging a complaint.”

    Defending the ward boys, Jaywant Parab from Kamgar Sena said, “The ward boys’ job is to shift patients from the operation theatre to the wards. The nursing assistants are shirking work by not attending to patients, and the ward boys are being blamed.” The hospital authorities played down the issue, saying the patients weren’t being inconvenienced. The Lilavati spokesperson, Sudhir Dagaokar, said, “We have made alternative arrangements.”

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  • Anonymous

    A man was riding a bus, minding his own business, when the gorgeous woman next to him started to breastfeed her baby.

    The baby wouldn’t take it, so she said, “Come on sweetie, eat it all up or …I’ll have to give it to this nice man next to us.”

    Five minutes later, the baby was still not feeding, so she said, “Come on, honey. Take it or I’ll give it to this nice man here.”

    A few minutes later, the anxious man blurted out, “Come on kid. Make up your mind! I was supposed to get off four stops ago!

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  • Anonymous

    After his great claim of ‘zero loss’ in the 2G scam, Kapil Sibal now says there will be ‘zero loss’ of jobs with FDI in retail.

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  • devduttkumar

    Let’s remember Advani and Crocodile on this very auspicious day.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Advani has already stopped shedding his tears since quite some time but
    poor Sonia Mataji is still crying over Batla house encounter. If you have any doubt than please get the confirmation from Khursheed, the looter of
    funds meant for paralyzed people.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    From a distance you can’t see Advani’s tear. He sheds tear in his closed room these days. He has one more guy to embarass him – Modi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    If he is shedding tears in his closed room than those should be treated as real not fake crocodile tears of Mataji which only her chamchas had seen.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Let’s collect the real crocodile tear in bottles and sell through Ramdev TV.

    7% is mine, 93% yours.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Not a bad idea. I am leaving for Dubai today, meanwhile you start collecting their valuable tears. Next time when I am here we will share according to the percentage you have set.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    7% only for the idea.

    93% ( for you ) for the collection and setting up the franchise network. We have few good people who are pretty adept at networking. Let a new crony capitalism begin.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You may mix something else with the tears and sell it, saying that it is mataji’s.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    You have said today is an auspicious daY, unwittingly, of course!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    It’s an auspicious day definitely. First time, many people realised they were Hindus, thanks to Advani. More than parents’ gene, they needed Advani’s to help them know their lineage.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    We shall remember Advaniji you may remember the crocodile .. you know very well . and today is Brihaspativaar … the day of Lord Vishnu … very auspicous.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Whenever I see a crocodile, I remember Advani.
    And Advani reminds me of a Crocodile.

    They go together.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Seems that he swallowed you like a river fish! Will require a forensic surgeon to get you out of his liver…

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Member No 3 of the SDG Club,

    Advani tried to shallow, but couldn’t digest me. Here I am responding to your posting.

    Anonymous Reply:

    fakes should not go near crocodiles

  • Anonymous

    In his 3D speech on Tuesday evening, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi asked political pundits to look into the Gujarat Congress election campaign with a particular angle.

    Modi said, in last 60 years history, the Congress party has always campaigned with the photographs of the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty.

    “But in Gujarat election campaign, Congress has not used the photographs of Nehru, Indira, Rajiv, Sonia, Rahul in any of the advertisements. Why they had to withdraw their leaders from their advertisements? Do they accept the fact that these faces are not able to garner votes in Gujarat?” Modi asked.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathak G from Congress disinformation bureau as Manish Tewari’s right hand can answer this best.

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  • engrich
  • engrich

    THE MUSLIM PREJUDICE

    The war on terror & the collateral damage. 33 innocent lives destroyed

    Over 10 years in jail. For a crime they did not commit. Baba Umar on the Muslims whose lives became hell in false terror cases

    ON 31 July
    2001, Syed Wasif Haider’s life changed, going from the humdrum to the
    hunted in the course of one long night. The plainclothes policemen, who
    came knocking at his door that night, were not guests the 1972-born
    sales manager in American multinational Becton Dickson was expecting.
    Haider calls it a kidnap because “they didn’t have an arrest warrant”.
    In the FIR, the police claimed to have arrested Haider on 3 August 2001.

    The next morning, a credulous media splattered the story across its pages. It made for ‘big’ news. Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran’s headline screamed: “Chamangunj Mein ISI Key Teen Agent Giraftaar”
    (Three ISI agents arrested in Chamangunj). The story quoted “highly
    placed sources” on Haider’s links with the Kashmir-based outfit, Hizbul
    Mujahideen. The condemnation came before the trial, and much before the
    case even reached the courts.

    So
    when, on 18 November 2012, General Secretary of the CPM Prakash Karat
    led a delegation to President Pranab Mukherjee to demand the
    rehabilitation of wrongly imprisoned youth, Haider, who had spent eight
    long years in prison, found a place in it.

    The
    CPM had warned Parliament of the “dangerous consequences” of certain
    provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) Bill that
    are similar to the now-abolished TADA and POTA. Now, he told the
    president, these youth needed to be rehabilitated.

    “What
    has happened with many of these youth justifies the apprehensions we
    had spelt out then,” he said. “The new provisions of UAPA, added in
    2008, in fact, give sweeping powers to police; and make it extremely
    difficult for the accused to get bail. So our party wants those
    provisions to go.”

    With
    Haider were Mohammed Aamir from Delhi and Syed Maqbool Shah from
    Kashmir. Both had stayed behind bars for 14 long years, only to be
    acquitted.

    Aamir told the president that in the name of fighting the war on terror,
    Indian security agencies were inventing terrorists where none existed.
    Shah recounted several years of incarceration, of how young men are left
    to rot in jails for years together before being freed with a hollow
    redemption that leaves them jobless, stigmatised, and with the question:
    “Why us?”

    Aamir,
    the most outspoken of the trio, handed over a list of 33 youth who had
    been “implicated” (in a total of 22 cases) and remained in jail for over
    a decade before being acquitted by the courts. Each of them is today,
    Aamir asserts, without work, considered unskilled, and faced with a
    future that looks uncertain at best.

    ‘Justice came to me only to make me realise that I was guilty until proven innocent’
    Mohammad Aamir, Delhi
    Read More >

    ‘I’m jobless. I can’t start a business also because friends refuse me loans’
    Syed Wasif Haider, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
    Read More >

    ‘I couldn’t walk without falling. My family saw a disorder in me, but that had become my order’
    Syed Maqbool Shah, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
    Read More >

    ROLL-CALL OF THE INNOCENT1. Mohd Marouf Qaamar (Delhi)
    Acquitted on 11 November 2008

    2. Tariq Ahmad Dar (Kashmir)
    Discharged in 2006

    3. Tasleem (Moradabad, UP)
    Discharged and released in 1998

    4. Najeem (Moradabad, UP)
    Discharged and released in 1998

    5. Shamim Akhtar (Kolkata)
    Discharged & released in 1998

    6. Syed Maqbool Shah (Kashmir)
    Acquitted on 8 April 2010

    7. Mohd Aamir Khan (Delhi)
    Acquitted & released on 9 January 2012

    8. Haroon Rashid (Bihar)
    Acquitted in January 2010

    9. Dilawar Khan (Odisha)
    Acquitted on January 2010

    10. Salman Khurshid Kori (Manipur)
    Acquitted on 14 December 2011

    11. Syed Mubarak (Sitapuri, UP)
    Acquitted in December 2009

    12. Abdul Mubeen (Siddharthnagar, UP)
    Acquitted in August 2008

    13. Ghulam Mohd (Kanpur, UP)
    Acquitted on 12 August 200914. Sajad-Ur-Rehman (Kishtwar, J&K)
    Discharged on 14 April 2011

    15. Mumtaz Ahmad (Sopore, J&K)
    Acquitted on 6 April 2003

    16. Faheem Ansari (Maharashtra/ Mumbai 26/11 Case)
    Acquitted on 21 February 2012 by the Bombay HC & Supreme Court upheld acquittal on 29 August 2012

    17. Saba Uddin (UP/ Mumbai 26/11 Case)
    Acquitted on 21 February 2012 by the Bombay HC & supreme court upheld acquittal on 29 August 2012

    18. Rehmana Farooqui (2000 Red Fort Case) Acquitted in 2007

    19. Jogeshvari Rly Stn Case
    2 persons acquitted in october 2006 (Ehtesham Qutub + 1 more)

    20. Tilak Nagar Ry Stn Case
    2 persons discharged (Masoom Ali & Nazar Alam) & 2 acquitted (Sadiq Hussain & Shalil Ur Rehman) in September 2011

    21. Ghatkopar 2002 Blast Case
    8
    persons acquitted in June 2005 (Abdul Mateen, Sheikh Muzamil, Imran
    Rehman Khan, Mohammad Altaf, Toufiq Ahmad, Arif Hussain, Haroon Rashid,
    Rashid Ansari)

    22. Gateway of India 2003 Blast Case
    2 persons acquitted (Mohammad Ansar & Hasan Batterywala) in November 2008

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Instead of giving a list here you should give this list to the ISI, Jamaat,. Syed ali Gilani, MIM, Hizbul, Osama, Digvijay, Syed Shabbuddin, Owaisi etc… who have given Muslims a bad name and made them a target of suspicion because some other Muslims use Islam to cause terror.

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  • devduttkumar

    ALOO WAR : Sushma and Mohan [ Gopi may avoid ] must watch -

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/fdi-hot-potato-in-parliament-the-mcaloo-wars/257245?v_also_see

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Your comment quite fittingly was no 420 on the list of postings.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    You always follow 420’s ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Nice one and read these comments what our other esteem politicians had said about FDI.

    “Why is the DMK supporting FDI here and opposing it in Tamil Nadu? Is Tamil Nadu in Sri Lanka”
    -M.Thambidurai, AIADMK

    “Many said KFC will drive the dhabas out of the market..Dhabas have driven out KFC.Don’t underestimate Indian brands.”
    -Kapil Sibal, Congress

    “Gandhiji would not have allowed FDI in retail.When Gandhiji set fire to foreign cloth, he said this was to benefit Indian weavers. I request Soniaji – there is Gandhi in your name.”
    -Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And these.

    “We do not want the government to fall, but if you don’t roll back FDI in multi brand retail, we will roll back the government.You may win this battle, but we will win the war.”
    -Sharad Yadav, JD(U)

    “I come from Bengal, where Siraj-ud-daulah lost the Battle of Plassey. Quoting Tagore, I can say, ‘they came as traders and became kings’. Does America want to do that too?”
    -Saugata Roy ,Trinamool Congress

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  • devduttkumar

    Anna says he will not vote for Kejriwal’s party

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Anna-says-he-will-not-vote-for-Kejriwal-s-party/Article1-969158.aspx

    =====================================

    “This revolution is not complete. We need to stand united. We all,
    Ramdev, Arvind, should fight together. Arvind faltered on the way.
    Ramdev also should severe links with communal organisations,” he said.

    On Narendra Modi, he said that there was a lot of corruption in Gujarat
    and as chief minister, he has not brought Lokayukta Bill in his state.
    “Why is he not bringing the bill? Everyone is into making money using
    power,” he said.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Kya baat hai, suddenly you are latching on to Anna’s comments.
    Just few months back he was of no importance to you.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    Possible forensic explanations

    1) Rahul G has appointed Pathak G to get Anna to his side. Mission impossible is on.!

    2) Pathak tried rum and coke instead of his usual dawa. The effect is on

    3) Possibly divide and rule is an old old policy!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Modi, you silly.

    [ Go back to late 2010, early 2011 comments on this blog.]

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Absence of crowds and public adulation seems to have affected Anna Hazare adversely. The other day he said I will support Kejriwal. Now this. Criticising Narendra Modi comes very easily to everybody who wants to be known as (pseudo)secular. In fact, it is the sine qua non.

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  • Anonymous

    @ MOhan, Devdutt, Shenoy and Gopi

    At best FDI in retail can only lead to shifting of Jobs. The market is as it is flooded with cheap Chinese goods. In case Indian manufacturers get their act together, they can match the rates and quality.

    I would have worried more in case India was NOT a manufacturing coutry like say Phillipines or France (only arms manufactured there)

    95% employees of Walmart and Carrefour would be Indian. In fact the suppliers would soon become INdian too. Other copycat retail operations of Indian supermarkets like Big Bazar and Reliance would come up.

    yes we can put restrictions like

    a) Making the operation foreign exchange nuetral for 10 years. That is export from India more than what you buy from outside

    b) Have at least 60 % goods of Indian origin in display

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Maruti came in and we developed a huge Auto ancilliary network.

    Today the global auto industry sources the components from us.
    Then TATA goes and takes over Jaguar and also gives the world a Nano !

    Unfortunately, we only belittle ourselves by underestimating our own capability. We just need a little exposure and we are ready for any competition.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    As far as I am concerned it is no big issue. nobody died after Wal Mart came to Amritsar. Yes only Bharti became richer. SO the operation is pan India a lot more guys will have the opportunity.

    IKEA will change our quality of furniture manufacture.

    You stilll need the local guy for your local shopping.

    You need the internatinal brands for matching their quality

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    actually you are underestimating the power of the MNCs to ruin domestic small business.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A Videocon or a Diamond shoe deserves to perish.
    But a Haldiram shines.

  • Anonymous

    Latest unofficial opinion poll from Gujarat. From a loyal BJP person.
    Keshubhai Patel may eat into vote share of BJP members more than what was earlier expected. Now BJP is expecting somewhere between 100-110 seats instead of 125-135 they were expecting few weeks ago. There is still sometime
    left and anything can happen before elections.

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  • Anonymous

    From the article written by Mr. Minhaz Merchant

    In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party (SP) brazenly panders to Muslims’ sense of grievance. Instead of educating its 38 million Muslims (19% of UP’s population), it appeases them with promises of quotas in jobs and education.

    Poor and jobless Muslims take the bait. Most want modern education but get madrassas. It suits Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav to keep their Muslim voters under-educated, deprived and poor lest they begin to ask uncomfortable questions.

    Consider three:

    Question 1: Why does Uttar Pradesh, despite the Samajwadi Party having been in office between 2002 and 2007 and for 9 months since March 2012, have among the worst human development indices in the country?

    Question 2: Why, despite Narendra Modi, are Gujarat’s 6 million Muslims better educated, higher paid and more gainfully employed than Uttar Pradesh’s 38 million Muslims?

    Question 3: Why does Uttar Pradesh become the communal riot capital of India whenever the Samajwadi Party forms the government?

    Neither Mulayam nor Akhilesh will provide answers to these questions because they have none. To them governance means power. Power means money. And their politics stops there.

    The Muslims of Uttar Pradesh, like those in many states across India, are pawns in this damaging exhibition of political populism. They vote for the Samajwadi Party but get little in return – a regressive education, poorly paid jobs and an inflated sense of communal grievance.

    The Congress practises a more sophisticated form of quasi-communalism. It ducks and weaves its way through Uttar Pradesh’s complex politics to ensure that the Samajwadi Party supports it in the Lok Sabha when needed. It uses union ministers to dangle carrots, including quotas for Muslims, in front of the glazed eyes of Uttar Pradesh’s Muslims and the knowing eyes of Mulayam and Akhilesh.  

    The poor Muslims of Uttar Pradesh, numbering nearly twice the population of Australia, live in suspended hope of a better life while their kin die in politically motivated communal riots across the state.

    To add to the cruel irony, the SP and its solicitous senior partner-in-mufti, the Congress, say they are both secular. Their mission is to fight “communal forces” and keep them out of power at any cost.

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  • Ravi

    How India moved on from Ayodhya

    Hindu extremism has failed to take hold in India, says writer and historian Patrick French, 20 years after the deadly riots that followed the demolition of the Babri mosque.

    When young men with saffron flags stood on the broken dome of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, looking exceptionally pleased with themselves, it appeared that Indian politics had changed. ……………………

    Back in 1992, two political impulses appeared to be on the rise: self-assertion by disadvantaged castes and the use of Hindu identity as a mass rallying cry
    for voters.

    While the first has revolutionised democratic politics, and is still mutating today, Hindutva has faded away as a significant electoral force. There will always be vociferous people who believe that Hindus are a voiceless majority facing insidious persecution from “pseudo-secularists” – but their influence
    is declining.

    ………………….

    At the ballot box, Hindutva consistently plays badly.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20552040

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hindu extremism might have failed to take hold (?) in India, but Hindus who believe in a strong India based on Indian values have taken hold of India as never before in India’s five thousand year history. Very soon, they will also be ruling in Delhi.

    As against this, this Patrick Finch must be happy that Islamic extremism has totally succeeded in taking hold of Pakistan.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ravi- Patrick french either understood India wrong or he labelled it wrong. One disgruntled group took over what they legitimately believed belonged to them. It then went through the legal process and a verdict was made. Colouring it Hindu extremism like the mother killing her 8 year old son for recitng Quran wrong (your report yesterday), or the daily killings of one sect by another sect in Pakistan, or the Sunni /Sha Alawi killings (in the disguise for “freedom”) in Syria is imagination going wild. Inda will never have a Hindu extremism. Had it, there would not have been prosperous Chrstians and Muslims in my part of India

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Most of the people write what sells and negative always sells more than positive.

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  • vin0059
  • devduttkumar

    ‘Farmers are not against FDI’

    http://www.indianexpress.com/video/business/25/farmers-are-not-against-fdi/13961
    =================================
    A credible and sane voice in Rajya Sabha.

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  • rex minor

    I think I do. Angkor is the example where according to archeologists was the
    oldest city of Hindu civilisation and became defacto the first industrial city
    in the world. This compares to India, the original home of Hinduism, apparetly
    got bogged down with the DIY made little Gods and dreamy mythologies that even
    in the 21st century millions want to live in make believe stories and are not
    able to distinguish between the truth and a lie. Remember the story of the child
    who tells a lie with innocance since it makes him feel happy. Let me give you a
    more concrete example which occured in France last month. The French industry
    minister accused Lakhshmi Mittal of consistantly telling lies to the French
    Govt. for years and told one of the biggest investor employing more than 20,000
    workers in France that he is no more wanted in France.

    Mr Mittal family was shocked to hear this, says press reports, but did not go
    to court for defamation. It was voltair who is quoted to have said that if there
    was no God one needed to invent one so as to have some regulations for morality
    and ethics. These are the igredients of a society in the western world and used
    in world standards. I make an allownce a handicap for the people of India
    because most still live in the world of innocence, mythologies and usualy bite
    them which the high priests of their temples tell them and therefore I hesitate
    to judge all as equals to the enlightened and informed people. Iuse the term
    ‘avatar’ for the land. The alternatives are upleasant labels.

    Rex Minor

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    JOKE OF THE DECADE.

    Home minister Shinde has vowed that he will bring back all terrorists from Pakistan including Dawood Ibrahim to face trial here.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Instead of trying to do the impossible, he should try to become Pakistan’s home minister and do there what he promised here.

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  • Ravi

    Nepal girls in mass Hindu Kanya Puja prayer ceremony

    …They have also opposed what they have described as the domination of
    high-caste Hindus – such as Brahmins and Chhetris – within “the body
    politic”…..

    ….The main objective of the Mahayagya, according to organisers, is to preserve Hindu traditions, philosophy and values of life.

    Priests from neighbouring India have been invited to this programme.

    Formerly a Hindu kingdom, Nepal was transformed into a secular republic six years ago.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20608721

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  • Anonymous

    Why does the Congress Party leave its secularism behind when it goes to Gujarat ? Large prominent Tilaks on the forehead….. no skull caps ..no kaffkas.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is Congress for you…as they say Muslim League in Kerala is NOT communal

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  • Anonymous

    I always told people, even in ninties – “the Congress is not as weak as it seems, and the BJP is not as strong as it appears”.

    Even after decades, the incompetent leaders of BJP have not proved me wrong.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Rejoice.. like Abhay Chautala and Lalit Bhanot.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I don’t know how they rejoice. Perhaps you know them better.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You only told us about their party…how else would we know…and you know so much more

    Anonymous Reply:

    I also told you about your party. The party you barely know. Keep learning.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I said that you always know much more… you also knew about Bhanot”s Party. I will keep learning but you should keep mending ..your ways.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Till the time you don’t learn enough you wouldn’t know who should mend….you or others.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Tell your teacher that .. …

    Anonymous Reply:

    Logic has never been your forte.

    Anonymous Reply:

    started your stone pelting ..

    Anonymous Reply:

    “Tell your teacher that .. …”

    you don’t know where to scratch.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    we all know where you scratch and whose.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You will rejoice about your party till the party is over, which is close by.

    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP WORKS OVERTIME TO LOSE. YOU GIVE THEM A GIFT WRAPPED; THEY WONT KNOW HOW TO OPEN THE GIFTWRAP!

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    engrich Reply:

    WHEN THEY ARE SO IDIOT,WHY U SUPPORT THEM.

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  • engrich

    GOOD NEWS,

    ‘No change’ in US policy on visa to Narendra Modi

    The US on Thursday said that there has been “no change” in its policy with
    regard to granting a visa to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

    Last
    week, a bipartisan group of 25 US Congressmen in a letter, had urged Secretary
    of State Hillary Clinton to continue denying visas to

    related stories

    Can’t
    ignore Gujarat if you want stronger ties with India: Britain

    We
    don’t care about US views on Modi: BJP

    US
    Congressmen ask Hillary to continue denying visa to
    Modi
    Modi as his government has not adequately
    pursued justice of the victims of 2002 violence.

    “I can confirm that we’ve received this letter, and I can also confirm
    there’s no change in US policy,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told
    reporters at his daily news conference when asked about the letter written by
    Congressmen to Clinton.

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  • engrich

    hindu justice system,
    on 6th december 16 poor innocents rickshaw pullers were cut into pieces by goons of rss and vhp.till now no fir is registered.
    afzal guru did not touch the gun but senrenced to death.at the time of attack he was in jammu.

    pankaj need your comment.

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  • Anonymous

    Red tape in India is ‘nightmare’, says British retailer

    http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/red-tape-in-india-is-nightmare-says-british-retailer-1.1115575

    New Delhi: Leading British shoemaker Pavers, one of the first retailers to be allowed to operate in India under new 100 per cent foreign ownership rules, has attacked the nation’s infamous red tape.
    In an interview with India’s Mint newspaper, published on Friday, Stuart Pavers, president of the family-owned firm, said: “Regulations are a nightmare for every retailer, whether from outside India or the domestic retailer.”
    The criticism comes after India’s recent introduction of a string of reforms to further open the economy to vital foreign investment and entice overseas businesses to set up shop.
    In Britain the firm can deliver fresh stock nightly to each store, said the Pavers chief, but in India “it takes five to 10 days to deliver from the warehouse to the store” due to taxation and suffocating paperwork.
    Moving stock is also a problem, Pavers said. While the process takes two to three days in Britain, in India shipments take up to two weeks and involve “20 pieces of paper and three different taxes to be paid”, he said.

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  • Anonymous

    Ratan Tata lashes out at ‘venal’ Indian business climate

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/ratan-tata-lashes-out-at-venal-indian-business-climate/article4175055.ece

    Ratan Tata, the outgoing head of the Tata business empire, has said that a lack of government support was preventing Indian industry from competing with China and lashed out at a “venal” business environment.

    In interviews published ahead of his retirement as chairman this month, Ratan Tata criticised what he called a lack of coherence in government policy and said the Mumbai-based group’s ethical standards had cost it business.

    Tata, a sprawling conglomerate whose portfolio ranges from salt to software, has earned itself a global reputation for its eye-catching purchases of Western companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Corus Steel.

    Tata told the ‘Financial Times’ that his Group planned to look to other emerging markets for expansion and accused the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of forcing it to look abroad by failing to address complaints about bureaucracy.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan ..this is what the Hindustan Times reported today
    ” ” The United States has welcomed the decision of the Parliament to allow FDI in multi-brand retail ”
    This is the reward that the UPA led by Manmohan Singh is working far . He does not have have time for Ratan Tata or his problems. What can Ratan Tata give in return. ..nothing . But Walmart can ..have we not read about the bribes they have paid in India.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The negative effects of FDI will be known only after 4-5 years and

    by that time everything would be forgotten that how and why

    Mulayamand Mayawati had helped to pass this controversial bill.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Early ninties liberalisation is hurting us so badly. Now this !

    Anonymous Reply:

    I have no reply to this, we can only wait and watch.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mahathma Gandhi considered certain endevors fundamental to a country’s sovereignty. His Khadi movement was one of that.

    Govt pushing for and allowing FDI in retail is an abomination. A country with more poor people than all of Africa combined surely should focus on so many other high priority investments.

    As Viju indicated elsewhere, this is a pretext for land grab/property flipping.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    How many acres of land walmart will grab in your city or in the heart of Delhi ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    As many as Vadra will give on lease.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Have you hypothecated yours to Vadra ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    The COngress party has hypothecated theirs to Vadra. All the land of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan belongs to Vadra and cronies.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You grabbed your share in Delhi from Vadra or begged him ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am a smal guy. Cant fight with the COngressis use of CBI and Police for furthering the dynasty. Vadraji of course grows bigger with Hilton, Aman hotels under his belt and the huge property in Greater kailash as well as Mahrani Bagh.

    Why dont you share his recipe with us ?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Be his intern.

    Anonymous Reply:

    U need to be aCOngress crony for that. First sell your izzat… I cant do that.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Then don’t look for Vadra recipe, try Gadhakari soup.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gadkari is history. People in BJP will remove him, even though his crime is only a fraction of what Rahul and Vadraji do.

    Vadra is a mystery. Since you know the Congress set up, can you enlighten us on whether Quotrochchi is also a partner and how much share Sonia ji has in those properties?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Long back I told you only people like Bangaru Laxman get evicted from the BJP not people like Judeo or Gadhakari.

    Do you know the difference ?

    When will you learn the basic about your own party ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    yes Sonia G will never get evictd as she has the key of the treasury. Imagine the Natinal Herald is willed to Rahul G! What a party!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Both parties are corrupt; one, Congress, zillions times more because they have perfected from their 60 years of rule.

    It is time we rise above party and really care about the country. The Chinese are corrupt too; but the glory of the middle kingdom is central to all their endeavors – only indian politicians sell the mother ship.

  • Anonymous

    Countering Sonia Gandhi’s charges that the ruling BJP’s promises were “hollow
    and false”, Chief Minister Narendra Modi today attacked the Congress president
    saying she was “spreading lies” against his government.

    “It is shameful how Sonia Gandhi is spreading lies on issues about which
    Congress has lost right to speak,” Modi told a poll rally.

    “Mrs Gandhi says Gujarat roads are bad. Is that believable? She says Gujarat
    farmers are ruined. Is that how Gujarat sees 11 per cent growth in agriculture?”
    Modi said.

    Earlier in the day, while addressing poll rallies in Mandvi in South Gujarat
    and Keshod in Saurashtra, the UPA chairperson had criticised BJP’s development
    claims in Gujarat terming them as “hollow and false”.

    Treading cautiously, Sonia highlighted “failures” of the state on a range of
    fronts including law and order, welfare of farmers and tribals, amongst others,
    without naming the Gujarat Chief Minister.

    “Women do not find it safe going outside after 6:30 PM in Delhi….But Madam
    Sonia ji says situation of law and order is not good in Gujarat…She has no
    right to speak on law and order,” Modi said reacting to Sonia’s comment.

    The chief minister addressed public rallies in Falla, Jamnagar and
    Ahmedabad.

    Giving an example of the girl, who had been arrested from Palghar in
    Maharashtra for her comments on Facebook about late Bal Thackeray, Modi said,
    “She prefers to stay in Gujarat over Maharashtra.”

    The girl and her family have shifted to Gujarat.

    “Think seven times before spreading canards on Gujarat,” Modi said.

    On the farmers issue, Modi said, “You say farmers are ruined in Gujarat. I
    want to ask you (Congress)…our hard working farmers grow cotton. From 23 lakh
    bales in 2001, the production has risen to 1.23 lakh crore bales in the last 10
    years.”

    “But UPA stabbed them in the back by banning exports, when its price was
    highest globally causing a loss of Rs 7,000 crore to the cotton farmers of
    Gujarat,” Modi alleged.

    “In the name of farmers, they (Congress) are misleading people and seeking
    votes. This is election time, you are going to the court of the people, at least
    speak the truth,” Modi said.

    Refuting the Congress President’s allegations against his government, Modi
    said, “Madam Sonia Gandhi ji said Gujarat’s roads are not good as compared to
    the nation.”

    “Do you believe this?,” Modi asked people saying “the first thing people from
    all over the world tell me is that the roads of Gujarat are wonderful.”

    “Everyone knows how Gujarat’s roads are. Sonia behen has not stepped on the
    roads and is talking about them,” he said.

    Modi pointed out that although the Centre has Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak
    Yojana, Gujarat does not get any money under the scheme.

    “The reason they give (for not releasing funds) from Delhi is that the roads
    in Gujarat are already very good,” Modi said.

    How come on one side of government under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is
    saying one thing and Sonia Gandhi is saying another in Gujarat, he asked.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gujrat is a good economic model for India. If one can “bottle” Gujrat economic model/implementation and Kerala social model together, and replicate all across India, we will have a national platform on which to build on aggressively…nobody can beat us then…

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  • Anonymous

    Fundamentally Wrong

    Guha is
    wrong, ‘Hindu fundamentalist’ is an oxymoron

    http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?283162

    I must take issue with Ramachandra Guha’s latest polemic (Outlook, Nov 19). This is not the first time he has
    used the phrase ‘Hindu fundamentalist’. Five years ago, he asserted, also in
    this magazine, that “as long as Pakistan exists there will be Hindu
    fundamentalists in India”. Enough is enough. While I have no quarrel with
    Guha’s use of the word ‘Hindutva’, I suggest that he drop ‘Hindu fundamentalist’
    from his vocabulary. The beast does not exist, ‘Hindu fundamentalist’ is an
    oxymoron

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, you are absolutely right. Also, there is no living philosophy called Hindwata. It was a term coined by secularists.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Height of confusion.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It was a term coined by secularists.

    One more addition to the group of dumbos here.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    and one more addition to the group of Fakes

    Ravi Reply:

    Hindutva (Devanagari: हिन्दुत्व, “Hinduness”, a word coined by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in his 1923 pamphlet entitled Hindutva: Who is a Hindu? ) is the set of movements advocating Hindu nationalism. Members of the movement are called Hindutvavadis.[1] According to a 1995 Supreme Court of India judgement the word Hindutva could be used to mean “the way of life of the Indian people and the Indian culture or ethos”.[2]

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ravi

    You are normally asleep… but jump up to propagate Sharia or to denounce HIndus.

    Yeh majra kya hai?

    engrich Reply:

    hindutva is nationalism while hindu is religion.both are not race.it is as if prisnors start giving their loyality to jail warden,because he feed them.it will be fraud to call hindutva as way of life or culture and ethos of indian people.

    Ravi Reply:

    Engrich
    The formula is simple…
    Hinduatva = Hinduism
    Anti Hinduatva = Anti Hinduism
    Anti Hinduism = Anti India
    Anti India = Muslim
    Muslim = Pakistani
    Pakistani = Jihadi

  • devduttkumar

    Sonia’s rally in Keshod a bigger hit than Modi’s show

    http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-gujarat-election-modis-influence-on-gujarat-voters-is-waning/20121208.htm

    ====

    Gandhi’s body language and speech was aggressive yet toned down, as
    she addressed a 20,000 to 25,000 strong crowd that comprised Congress’s
    traditional voters –the Harijans, kshatriyas, adivasis and Muslims.

    In
    a stark contrast, and what some in the crowd believe is Modi’s waning
    influence on Gujarati voters, only 3,000 people attended Modi’s rally in
    Keshod on December 6.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Will you write this after the results come out?

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    There is nothing to talk about a rally after the result.

    I know why you and your twin have been quiet for last few days.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I dont know who my twin is. But yes… i get time during lunch… and weekends.

    I love to hear Congress spin

    I am ashamed to know that our Dynastic democracy no longer inspires countries like Malaysia which looked up to us once.

    I find your stories on he superiority of the mental GOD like faculties of Gandhi parivar very funny as it reminds me of my days as a member of Youth COngress and the stories given to prove that Sanjay was a dynamic leader and Indira gandhi a durga mata and nobody can ever rise so high , so it is better to become their worshipper to get some crony capitalist benefiet.

    Raunaq SIngh of Apollo tyres where I went for accounts as a CA student would adivse this to his staff and this way he got his licences…

    So did Ashok Sharma who got all the advertising contracts fromm MCD and so did Sikka builders ( now in jail). I hope you rise as high by serving the parivar… :)

    I hope one day you rise to be the Raunaq SIngh

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Delhi outdoor display business was always dominated and controlled by a few…Ashok, Shashi etc..

    It didn’t matter whose Govt. was there, they always found their way.

    Raunaq Singh was a good entrepreneur in his own right.

    Anonymous Reply:

    DLF latched onto the COngress in 1980. Till date it has Vadra like a puppet on a string and by default saasuji.

    No wonder tata finds the atmosphere in India suffocating.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Try be another K P Singh.

    Anonymous Reply:

    “cONGRESS’ TRADITIONAL VOTERS – Harijans, Adivasis, Kshatriya, Muslims” — How long can Congress continue this divide and rule strategy? I sense India, at least in certain parts and moving fast to other parts – is changing to an Indian mode first before their caste..Let us see.BJP can leverage well this trend; however, they are so clueless; good at kicking victory away

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  • Anonymous

    Mohan Vinoo and the Walmart guy
    This govt won the vote because of the cut-throat ,cynical , politics of Mulayam and Mayawati. Both are desperate .. fearing also the UPA controlled CBI. So far UP has suffered because of them ..now the country is suffering .
    But this victory of this govt on the floor of the house is like the victory of Abhay Chautala and Lalit Bhanot. They are celeberating but the country is mourning. Look at the debate …except for the Congress nobody gave an unqualified thumbs up to this FDI. But the govt is shameless and the scoundrels are grinning…. but will they continue to grin after the Assembly results ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Praveen

    Frankly have no fear of FDI in retail. The Jumbo shops in malls sell Sony products more expensive than my neighborhood dealer.

    The trick is to make these Walmart and co foreign exchange positive for 10 years and compel them to display 60% Indian goods.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Compel them to display 60% Indian goods ?
    Vinoo, I must say that you are an optimist person.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well there can be a poloicy on this for say 10 years

    Anonymous Reply:

    High hopes. Within no time we will see only Chinese products
    on display. For your information Walmart is the biggest buyer
    of Chinese products in whole world.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Let them buy. The Chinese used them to enter world markets. Let us be smart to leverage our manufacturing.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    People don’t like in manufacturing business anymore. They can trade chinese goods and make more money.

    Walmart will not be the first one to get chinese goods to India. Our market is already flooded with the chinese goods. Our dear local traders are doing it. So stop blaming Walmart.

    1) Walmart or anybody bringing in FDI in multibrand retail has to put 50% in setting up the backend infrastructure.

    2) 30% of the goods must be sourced locally.

    This will help set up a new breed of quality manufacturers, like new breed of potato farmers in the country because of McDonald and Pepsi ( Poor Sushma !).

    This may have a multiplier effect and we soon may have many quality manufacturers in India. Then walmart will buy more from India itself.

    If we can’t take advantage of the situation, then we just don’t deserve to be in the market.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I agree with you whatever you have written above. But for all
    this to happen India has to change the way it works now.
    The article I posted this morning where Ratan Tata was complaining about the red tape everyone has to face while
    doing business here. Once those stringent laws are loosened
    than I am sure we can perform much better than China.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Ratan Tata will dread even more when the Lokpal comes into effect.

    Anonymous Reply:

    1. How much is 50% of total FDI they are bringing in? What percent of our annual budget is that amount? Have we not got that kind of money to do what we expect them to do?

    2. 30% – to be sourced locally. Who would verify it? Would the verification done on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis? Or, this would be done after a decade? When the coal blocks were allocated, it was said that the country has acute power shortage and the electricity production would begin in 2-3 years. Mining hasn’t started in most places – is anybody bothered?

    In November alone, MacFries (McDonald’s trademark French fries) worth Rs 3.5 crore were imported through Nhava Sheva port.

    Data show that the company imported a total of Rs 6 crore worth of frozen French fries since January-November 2012. (Rs 1.4 crore worth of frozen fries in January, Rs 58 lakh worth in August and Rs 59 lakh worth in October), through just that one port.

    This is as per Business Line. So, Sushma is not completely wrong.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    1) The minimum investment is $100 Million. If money wasn’t important the Govt. wouldn’t have auctioned off the hotels in Delhi !

    2) Like every good citizen file his Tax return on time, the corporates too file the compliance certificate. When any deviation is noticed, a full audit is done.

    3) You perhaps didn’t read McDonald’s statement properly. They import only when the local supply fall short.

    What’s Rs. 3.5 crore worth of import to the total McD business ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I concede point 3 to you.

    1. My point is simple. $50 million is peanuts considering our annual budget – we don’t need Walmart to bring this in and then use it exploit our huge market. I beg to disagree with you on this. There is another side to FDI in retail – the cons associated with it. Is $50 mil. worth the trouble?

    2. What is the current requirement? Do they need to show 30% locally sourced goods every year or at the end of 10 years?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    1) Who said we will get $50 million ?

    $50 million is the “minimum” one needs to invest to do multibrand retail business here.

    A serious player needs a lot more.

    2) You may need to check the details through a bit of research. But usually it’s annual procurement.

    That’s why they get serious local vendor development.

  • Anonymous

    India on the verge of losing one more test match against England.
    Only if they improve in 3 departments than no team will be able to
    beat India.
    Batting, bowling and fielding.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Our spin departmetn concentrates on spin for COngress

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  • Anonymous

    A country without manufacturing abilites is going to lose as China will take over the world.

    For India to increase its manufacturing capability laws have to change, the cultre has to change and true competition has to come in.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Not only some laws should be changed but more computerization is
    also required. Less the human intervention there are less chances
    of bribery and delays.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    True.

    We are a nation of 1.2 billion. We need to produce and consume. Imports can only be a small part. But we need competitin to produce cheap.

    Look at cement. There is a cartel and despite havong so many companies making it in India, our costs are almost double that of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand and CHina. Vijay had pointed this out somewhere, but I guess I will go by his word.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo Mohan Gopi and the Walmart guy
    The main reason why I think that it was wrong on the part of the Govt to have forced that decision is that Country did not want it. Going beyond the economics…except for a small minority in the Metros ..if you visit and talk to the people in the country side..the towns and mofussil areas .. they oppose Malls for the lifestyle they spawn.. which they call “Mall culture ”
    A reflection of the widespread opposition could be seen in the debate in the two houses. I just cannot understand what is so vital about FDI for the country’s economy that Govt went to such an extent to get it.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    you must not waste your precious energy and time on something that you don’t understand.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Manmohan Singh must have learnt his economics from you ….

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I told you….

    You must not waste your precious energy and time on something that you don’t understand.

    BTW, he was always loved in DSE.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I understood that but you did not understand what I said ..Manmohan Sigh must have learnt his economics from you

    devduttkumar Reply:

    We all understand about your understanding.

    You are the 4th one in the SDG Club.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Let me complete ..Manmohan Singh learnt his econimics from you and you learnt it from the Walmart PR dossiers..Fakey

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You poor chap, you never learn.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Actually, Manmohan Singh taught Pathakji his brand of economics and Pathakji taught MMS his brand of naukari-politics.

    And we are seeing the result: Both are big zeroes!

  • Anonymous

    A good article in NY Times complementing Maharashtra CM Chauhan on his initiatives to control building/land corruption : Hope you guys get more of these types of leaders.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/world/asia/indian-official-starts-pulling-up-corruptions-roots-in-mumbai.html?src=rechp

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Interesting – May be Mahesh/other Mumbiites can vouch if this is happening. Akhilesh Yadav etc should do apprenticeship under Chauhan. I think it is high time to change our party/electoral system – ie did citizens really want Akhilesh, Kiran Reddy etc as CMs, or MMS as PMs..should the people be given an opportunity to vote for a CM/PM candidate — I think it can be accommodated under the current balloting – a person votes for his party as well as choose one among four or five leaders the party has recommended as chief executive candidates. So, in the 2014 elections, Congress will put Rahul, Digvijay, Salman etc as their PM candidate; BJP will put Modi, Sushma, Jaitley etc as their PM candidate. Citizens will vote for a party and a nominee for PM, CM. The party nominees cannot fight elections for the position, because party position is any of their nominees is OK; so people decide….just a thought

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  • Anonymous

    It looks that Mohd Morsi may become a Muslim Brotherhood version of Mubarek in Egypt. Had high hopes for the jasmine revolution, the millions of youngsters who spearheaded and moulded the bloodless revolution… I even wonder whether US is secretly supporting Morsi in the name of stability in the region and to control Hamas in Gaza.

    Hope Morsi will allow freedom to breathe. Otherwise it will be sad for the Muslim middle east/Arab region, dragging them further down to abyss.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    This is a good article on the current situation in Egypt.

    http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/islamist-secularist-rivalry-underlines-standoff-1.1115951

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  • Anonymous

    BVS
    Will Yeddi do it — Can his new party win on its own without aligning with Congress or BJP. Of course, he will not team with BJP; so it means Congress – or Kumaraswamy?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    it is one hell of a mess here. Yeddy cannot win anything on his own and if he aligns with the congress, both the parties will lose. Yeddy believes that he has a vote bank among the Lingayats, but the Lingayats may very likely go the congress way, because they will calculate that they can wield power through them rather than lose heavily by backing Yeddy.

    The BJP too will have its vote banks split, with Yeddy’s misrule earlier and now the split. People are very likely to vote for congress in a big way.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    without 12-15 Karnataka Lok Sabha seats, it will be difficult for BJP to pull a majority in the Lok Sabha elections — they will have to cede the PMship to Jaya or other parties .. They have to get the party organization straightened with Gadkari out, and recruit additional leaders.

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  • Anonymous

    FDI vote: ‘Anand Sharma lost and Kamal Nath won’

    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/fdi-vote-anand-sharma-lost-and-kamal-nath-won/20121207.htm

    While a lot of the credit is being given to newly-appointed Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath for his politics of ‘jugaad’ and putting together the numbers, the actual fact, says sources within the Congress party, is that the prime minister, for whom a great deal is riding on the FDI issue and who pushed the agenda both within the government and the party, himself monitored the collection of numbers and is learnt to have played a key role in persuading the SP and the BSP to bail out the government. Sources say the PM used the “resources” at his command to ensure the vote did not falter and the resources include his influential friends from abroad.

    The AIADMK has given a solemn assurance to the House that the next government (read a non-Congress government) would reverse the decision on FDI and there was no question of going back on this. Maitryan said, “(Commerce Minister) Anand Sharma has lost and Kamal Nath has won”, meaning that in terms of FDI and its implementation most states are not opting for it and have rejected it while Kamal Nath has succeeded in putting together the numbers.

    The FDI vote has opened the government to the charge that it is now a minority government and on every issue it would have to depend on either one or a number of regional formations to bail it out, and in the process it may have to pay a heavy price for the support it gets.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan- And the Indian citizens lost too….

    [Reply]

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Sounds more like Congress vs Congress !
    Did you see BJP anywhere ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP is not seen anywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    90% of Indians are ‘idiots’, Markandey Katju says

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/90-of-Indians-are-idiots-Markandey-Katju-says/articleshow/17536647.cms

    NEW DELHI: Ninety per cent of Indians are “idiots” who can easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju claimed on Saturday.

    “I say ninety per cent of Indians are idiots. You people don’t have brains in your heads … It is so easy to take you for a ride,” he said at a seminar.

    He said that a communal riot could be incited in Delhi for as meagre an amount as Rs 2000. He said that all somebody has to do is make a mischievous gesture of disrespect to a place of worship and people start fighting each other.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    well, Katju is nuts.. It is the same everywhere..

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes Katju is right, but just about.

    90% of Indians are idiots, the rest are imbeciles.

    [Reply]

    Anonymous Reply:

    I 100% agree with Mr. Katju. We have been voting Congress to
    powers since independence and that proves that we are idiots.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You voted for the BJP for many years and that makes you an idiot as well.

    Anonymous Reply:

    At the age of 17 I came to Dubai. I have never voted in my life.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Hahaha…

    We have been voting Congress to
    powers since independence and that proves that we are idiots.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad the 20th anniversary of babri Masjid went offf without any noise (except a few outbursts in the Parliament, shows how out of touch these parliamentarians are) .

    Looks like young Indians are more interested in riding the economic expansion than going after these monkey (oops, Rama’s ardent disciple was a monkey God) business.

    There was a report from Gujrat that the citizens are not that excited about the polls, because they are busy trading stocks, or running their shops, or growing their cattle or whatever.

    It is good if peoples attention is diverted by themselves to value creation ctivities than any divisive/destructive activities.

    I really believe what a fellow Malayali ICS officer. Mr K K Nair, did in Ayodhya in 1949 is a good thing, in the sense it led to the beginning of the closure of a long long years of mosque vs temple issue started ever since Babar razed the temple. Mr KK Nair closed his eyes when – or may have even abetted – the planting of Rama’s idols in the mosque on Dec 22, 1949.

    I believe historical buildings that can be traced to a group should be restored to the group. I am all for Cordoba cathedral in Spain being handed over to Muslims for their worship. Vatican and spanish govt have been against this in spite of the repeated requests from Muslim congregations.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    I agree with you here. Mr.K.K.Nair wanted to establish a Hindu temple of Lord Rama at a place believed by Hindus to be his birth place in Ayodhya without bloodshed. He achieved his aim.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I believe there still is a place called Nair Colony somewhere near there.

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  • Anonymous

    When V Narayanaswmy, the union minister states that “BJP is a party of money lenders and commission agents” does he mean that moneylenders and commission agents are not Indians? Congress has divided the country into Kayasths, Muslims, Adivasis, dalits… now they are adding a “professional” dimension too…

    It simply is bad pitting one aginst the other..Congress is trying its losing trick in Gujrat (they have been losing with this trick again and again, in UP, Andhra and everywhere elsee), of grouping people into buckets…Let us see if it will work there in Gujrat

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    Anonymous Reply:

    According to Narayan Swami money lenders – bankers- are bad people.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    According to Narayan Swami the BJP supports money lenders and commission agents.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The congress owns them.

    The worst commission agent in history is Quattrocchi, followed by Win Chadda.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ask the Tentwalla friends of Mahajan.

    Quattrocchi is a joke.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Your sense of justice is truely weird.
    Thieves, rapists too are Indians.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    First of all money lenders and commission gents are not illegal. . They perform a vital economic activity. Second, all parties should represent all Indians…their means and ways and philosophies may be different to achieve the well being of all (Congress takes pride in stating they are a party of this, that, Dalits, Muslims, non money lender …how long can they divide and rule?

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  • Anonymous

    One senior politician missing from former prime minister I K Gujral’s funeral was Mulayam Singh Yadav. The SP chief is still peeved that Gujral pipped him to the post and was made PM in 1997. Gujral was CPI(M) general secretary Harkishen Singh Surjeet’s candidate. Though Lalu Prasad Yadav was opposed to him, Mulayam continued to expect that he would be made PM on the presumption that he had the backing of the Marxists. Instead, Surjeet picked Gujral, a dark horse, as the compromise candidate without consulting anyone except then Congress president Sitaram Kesri. He announced Gujral’s name and immediately went abroad for a Communist international meet. Mulayam who tried desperately to contact him by telephone could not reach him.

    ……………………………..INDIAN EXPRESS, 9TH DEC., 2012

    The question is whether Mulayam is destined to repeat his misfortune a second time?

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  • Anonymous

    Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir invited Delhi journalists for the traditional annual get-together on November 26. It was only belatedly that the Pakistanis woke up to the fact that 26/11 was not the most appropriate date to host the event since it was the anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack. The date of the party was hastily changed to November 27…………………….INDIAN EXPRESS, 9TH DEC., 2012.

    I am sure many of those invited journalists (and some uninvited too) wouldn’t have minded the date.

    What do you say, Pathakji?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Most of our journalists will go to any party which will give them free
    booze.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I was young and I used to dance nights out with my embassy friends ( mostly european ). Once I had to leave the Pak Embassy party early because of my early morning engagement. The Pak embassy limo was taking me and my friend to drop us to our hostel.

    I casually whispered that I didn’t have enough of Champagne because of the meeting early morning.

    After a little while the driver slowly parked just a little ahead and got down. he went back and got a new bottle of Champagne and two glasses and offered us.

    He said he always had enough stock in the car for the guests.

    And we went on a free drinking spree till our hostel and he surely didn’t speed up !

    You talk about the lure of Free booze !

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Tab se aaj tak

    Pakistani daru ki kasam

    Dil kehta hai…

    seperated at birth!

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  • Anonymous

    Eden Gardens Curator Prabir Mukherjee arrested…..FAKING NEWS
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Kolkata. High drama unfolded around lunch time here today as sleuths from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a joint-operation, arrested the 84-year old curator of the Eden Gardens Mr. Prabir Mukherjee.

    He was arrested under the National Security Act, 1980. The action was taken following acomplaint from the BCCI.

    Investigators collecting samples from the place where Indian honor was threatened due to pernicious acts of Prabir Mukherjee

    The BCCI, in their official statement, said, “The third test match lasted for five days as Mr. Prabir Mukherjee failed to create a pitch that would give us a result in three days. He has costed our national cricket team two precious days of rest before the fourth test at Nagpur. We deem his actions as anti-national.”

    MP Rajeev Shukla was furious and echoed the BCCI views, “India played well, Zaheer consistently bowled faster than Panesar and our young batsmen showed that they can match Sachin’s recent average. It was the pitch that stopped us from losing within three days. Mr. Mukherjee’s work ethics have shamed us all.”

    In a brief interaction with this Faking News reporter, Sehwag was candid as always: “Naturally Indian cricket fans are disappointed with our performance and so are we but don’t forget that our team is capable of loosing within 3 days on any kind of pitch conditions. We will give our best.”

    In a separate development, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut confirmed that BCCI has approached him to prepare the pitch for the Nagpur test. He said, “Shiv Sena will not tolerate that our cricket team has to toil for 4-5 days to lose a test match, that too in home conditions”.

    “Shiv Sena will dig deep to prepare the pitch exactly as Dhoni wants. If the English do not win the test match in a few hours then we will teach them how to play cricket in Shiv Sena style,” he added.

    Meanwhile, it is learned that Mr. Prabir Mukherjee has been detained at an unknown location; he is considered to be a high-risk security threat to the heroes of Indian cricket.

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  • Anonymous

    Today 9th December is the International Anti Corruption day
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    it’s also the birthday of Sonia Gandhi .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Sonia Gandhi has demanded that this day 9th of Dec should be
    correctly declared as corruption day.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    It’s resonating more in Dubai than in Delhi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You only hear what you want to hear.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Thanks. You just did.
    You always make my life easy.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Chalo koi to meri baat aapko achi lagi.

  • Anonymous

    Copied one paragraph from an article on Mediacrooks.

    MRV _ M R Venkatesh (full
    speech on Youtube) then took the podium to
    address on FDI/FII – Implications for India. He demonstrated how the whole
    investment was not from foreign sources from our 36% household savings which is
    also drove the Macro-level Economic growth. The FDI/FII that has come so far is
    less than 2% and Goldman Sachs studies say Indian Investments in infrastructure
    predominantly comes from Indians. In the list leaked by the Ex-Employees of
    HSBC, Zurich – 700 are Indians which most probably would have got settled in
    Settlement Commissions of IT Department. Agreeing with Kerjiwal
    who said it is easier to transact in HSBC, Zurich than Operating in SBI.
    Despite HSBC being considered a rogue bank by every country, RBI Governor’s
    silence is baffling. More damning was the complicity of Mauritius route for
    money laundering where a residence certificate or registering a company is
    possible with low investment on paper.

    When Politicians,
    Ministers and reputed Banks indulge in such acts silence of finance ministry is
    worrisome. Drawing a parallel to a verse in Bhagavad Gita where Lord Krishna
    describes the immortal soul says, Weapons cannot cut me, Fire cannot burn me,
    Water cannot drench me and Wind cannot dry me – the same is the case with Hawala
    money– IT Commissioner cannot touch me, ED cannot issue notice to me, RBI cannot
    question me, SEBI will not know anything about me. Money
    laundering is canonised by Media and the FDI proponents as item of huge
    reverence. On the ruins of the West India will rise. World crumbling is
    an opportunity, India not rising enough is the challenge. We have a challenge
    and responsibility to educate and ensure that discourse and debate on FDI/FII is
    based on facts.

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  • engrich

    Uttar Pradesh has earned the dubious distinction of witnessing over 100 communal
    clashes this year that left 34 people dead.
    The towns where incidents of such
    violence took place are Kosi Kalan in Mathura, Faizabad, Pratapgarh, Sitapur,
    Ghaziabad and Bareilly. More than 450

    people were also injured in these clashes
    which took place from January till October 31, Home Ministry officials said.

    There were 84 incidents of communal clashes in the state in 2011 in which 12
    people lost their lives.

    The country witnessed 560 incidents of violence this year till October end,
    which claimed 89 lives, while in 2011, 580 clashes took place that left 91
    people dead.

    UP was followed by Maharashtra where 83 incidents were reported so far this
    year in which 13 people were killed and 88 incidents in 2011 which claimed 15
    lives.

    Madhya Pradesh saw 78 incidents of communal violence so far this year in
    which 11 people were killed and in 2011, 81 incidents of communal clashes were
    reported that left 15 dead.

    In Karnataka, there were 54 incidents of communal clashes in 2012 and 70
    incidents in 2011 in which three and four people lost their lives
    respectively.

    Rajasthan had witnessed 42 incidents of communal clashes in 2011 leading to
    death of 16 people while this year the state has witnessed 30 incidents of such
    violence and six dead.

    There were 47 incidents of communal clashes in Gujarat in 2011, in which
    three persons lost their lives, and 50 incidents so far this year in which five
    were killed.

    Andhra Pradesh saw 33 communal clashes in 2011 in which one died and so far
    this year, 45 clashes took place in which two were killed.

    There were 30 incidents of communal clashes in Kerala in 2011, in which one
    died, and 46 incidents in this year in which one was killed.

    Bihar witnessed 26 incidents with four deaths last year and 17 incidents this
    year in which three persons were killed.

    Tamil Nadu saw 21 incidents of communal violence and two deaths in 2011 and
    11 incidents with two deaths this year so far.

    There were 15 incidents in West Bengal in 2011 in which three persons were
    killed, and 22 incidents in this year, in which eight persons were
    killed.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    so, what is your point

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  • devduttkumar

    Scindia uses water, power to take on Modi

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Specials/Coverage/Gujarat-Assembly-Elections-2012/Chunk-HT-UI-GujaratAssemblyElections2012-TopStories/Scindia-uses-water-power-to-take-on-Modi/SP-Article10-970418.aspx

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    The Modi government found itself in the dock on other parameters too.
    The minister reeled off data: infant and maternal mortality rate is 5%
    in Kerala, 50% in Gujarat. Similarly, the state is high up on
    malnutrition and drinking water shortage charts.

    -

    The “son-in-law of Gujarat” was greeted with loud cheers. But, the
    biggest applause was reserved for the mention of the lack of drinking
    water. A man in the audience murmured, “It’s a miracle that there has
    been no epidemic in the city. The water here is like sewage.”

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    vijay ! Reply:

    There was no water in Gujarat till 1995. After the Narmada project came in and despite the hinderances put in by Medha Patkar and co, there is a huge improvement.

    The current government has been good in increasing the water supplies.

    I can put in a huge number of charts here.

    I work on water…

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Please don’t say you can, just do when you feel the need.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Narmada project has made a huge difference to the people
    of Gujarat.

    Anonymous Reply:

    the right solution for India is a combination of Gujrat economic model coupled with kerala social model. We should have IIM guys “bottle” it and assist other states implementing that.

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  • Anonymous

    The last 10 years look good because the previous two decades were also years of sound economic growth, apart from the odd year of drought. Since 2000, there has been no serious drought. The drinking water problem has been solved after the Narmada project became operational. The agriculture sector has grown, but at the cost of foodgrain-producing areas.

    Dr.Sudarshan Iyengar in Indian Express, 7-12-2012

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Is Congress claiming that all over India except Gujrat has clean drinking water, elecricity etc… Jews label these types of claims chutzpah

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy-

    Denying and belittling the progress made by Gujarat in the last ten years will backfire against Congress, further eroding its appeal.

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  • Anonymous

    ManMohanSingh in a speech in Gujrat said “We do not play divisive politics, putting one community against the other, like the present state government”….

    I think a brilliant mind is totally taken over by alzimers disease

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    Anonymous Reply:

    These are not his comments. Poor guy, he only says what has been
    instructed to him.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Honestly MMS passed his exams with a little help from Venkaiah Naidu

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Our PM was said that the foundation of development in
    Gujarat was laid by Congress in 70s – this means that he accepts that Gujarat is developing – . I am just wondering what
    stopped Congress from laying similar foundation when they
    were ruling all the states, like UP, Bihar etc during that time.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    People in Bihar and up are not same as people in Punjab and Gujarat.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Wow. Now blame the people of these states instead of
    divisive and non progressive policies of Congress.

    In Gujarat Congress party is offering so many freebies that I
    am sure if they come to power than no one in Gujarat will
    need to work. Ghar baithe everything will be provided by
    Congress.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Check the latest how bmp has started offering similar promises.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Who/What is bmp?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    My tablet’s auto suggestion is driving me crazy. Every time I try to type your party’s name, it types bmp. You read it as that sickening political party.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Neither Congress nor BJP is my party. I have always said

    that the difference between the two is Bada chor and chota chor. BJP is lucky to have person like Modi as a CM of Gujarat
    who believes in development of the state and is working very
    hard and honestly to achieve that.

    Congress has offered free laptops, saris, free land for homeless woman, free electricity for farmers and many other things. On the other hand, Modi has not promised any freebies so far, but has announced a series of populist measures like the government offering to become guarantor for youths seeking bank loan and relaxing the age limit for government jobs.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-

    Modi has his heart and head in the development of his state/country; one thing only a very few Congress politicians can claim these days!

    Anonymous Reply:

    In their heart all the political leaders of Congress know
    about Modi and his great work in Gujarat. But because
    of being in the rival party they will not admit this fact.

  • Anonymous

    Gujarat —

    Gujarat does not even have the luxury of earning from alcohol. In spite of that, draught prone and resource constrained state has painstakingly taken a huge leap to be called “Credible India” within Incredible India. Whenever I am asked what is Gujarat model or why Gujarat can do things differently, first thing that comes to my mind is that CM does not have to nurse any constituency for political reason. Neither his birthplace (Janmabhoomi) nor Maninagar (his karmabhoomi) gets any special treatment. Everything happens from the yardstick of “Interest of Gujarat’. Hence if world’s largest Solar Park is built it is erected at the place where maximum solar irradiation is captured near tropic of cancer and not at some minister’s constituency. If Asia’s largest Water Desalination plant is announced in the presence of global company heads, this does not happen closer to election but on world water day. This discipline and commitment from top has its own trickledown effect in the most profound way. The State officers are free to apply their mind and energy on how efficiently tap the potential of state rather than worry about losing their job by refusing any politician a favor. What almost all states of India are failing in curtailing losses of their SEBs, Gujarat makes sure SEBs are profitable with zero tolerance towards inefficiency. The reputation of Gujarat is very high among agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Japan Bank of International Cooperation, that they are ready to consider Gujarat case even without sovereign guarantee. That’s no small achievement in world of global finance.

    We are Cautious but Ready SIR!
    One may argue that every state had their own dream run either by favourable economic condition or location advantage, Karnataka and Andhra had IT, Chennai Automotives but things changed. Why then things may not take adverse turn for Gujarat? It’s quite possible. It was thus very heartening to hear Mr. Saurabh Patel minister for Industry and mines, instead of gloating in success of State’s leadership was heard ringing warning bells saying, State will have to think how frugally to use water, both by industry and by Agriculture for future. The Krushi Melas (Farmers Meet in summer) held by his govt has seen record results in Agriculture. The Green-house farming is also now quite prominent in villages for value-add results. While state is surplus in power and plans road ahead of time, but how do you make sure a sustainable development shall take place going forward. The answer lies in SIR: Special Investment Regions. SIR is the framework under Independent India’s most ambitious project till date the DMIC an acronym for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor.

    The CEO of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Mr. Amitabh Kant always says DMIC is India’s largest Urbanization project ever. The project designed on the blueprint of Japan’s industrial Cauterization approach is gathering stem. With active Japanese participation and commitment by Indian Govt, there is lot of excitement among states as well as global companies. The core ingredient of this project is to create SIR. Again Gujarat leads the pack, being the first state to pass SIR Act to take care of holistic development in the line with Indian Govt guidelines and global standards.

    The renowned economist Mr. Gurucharn Das’s latest book is titles “India Grows at Night”. It’s a satire on non-reforms of last 8 years. In his own words, “It has three pillars: One, the ability to take quick and collective action; two, that action is bound by the rule of law and three, that action is accountable to the people. In India’s case, these three pillars often act against one another. It is the mark of a weak state.” However surprisingly one part of India excels in all these aspects and that’s Gujarat. The State has managed to keep away from the subsidy culture and still seen higher agriculture growth. The institutional reforms which are almost stopped at center is improved to much efficiency at the periphery level.
    In his first avatar of reformist Chiadambarm used to quote a Tamil proverb which loosely translated means, Reforms are like jumping over a mud swamp or well, you have to jump completely can’t stop in between. The lower growth of India, rising inflation, dissatisfaction among people is the outcome of non-reforms for 8 years? Gujarat on the other hand showed how a policy of Sauno Saath Sauno Vikas could make difference even within India.

    Here comes poll and the seasonal Santa Clauses
    With poll season around, from land to laptops to what not is being offered. What amuse me is the myopic desires that only focus on winning election at the cost of growth of State. If one wants to learn synonyms of FREE in all form, the classic documents could be poll bound parties manifestos. Free, Subsidy, Waive, Write-off, the list goes on. In the end all these populous scheme come back to haunt state budget. One example of this myopic sensational scheme could be Ghar nu Ghar. The only explanation given is it will be provided via Gujarat Housing Board at normal rate. Thanks to our enlightened economist at the helm, we are seeing unprecedented inflation. I first of all could not understand what is normal rate? Also what kind of Magic wand GHB holds that it will procure reliable material at cheaper rate? Building houses should not be Govt job. It creates more controversies, be it Delhi or Mumbai, why do they want to create one more system to favour or increase corruption?

    The difference between Nehru and Sardar many argue was on one major point. Nehru like Brazilians (as pointed out by Ruchir Sharma in his book Breakout Nations) was keen to distribute wealth even before it is created. Sardar Patel belonged to different league leaders such as, Tanaka Kakuei, Deng Xio Pings, Lee Kwan Yu who knew that creating Equitable Growth first brings better prosperity all around.

    The political parties in their lust to regain power are playing with fire without even realizing how harmful it could be for state. When the mission focuses only on winning election and enjoying fruits for next five years, biggest casualty is state economy and her people. Every day the parties call out for press conferences to announce freebies, without even explaining how they will fund it. Ironically the perception on the street is that the opposition party is a rich one as they have amassed a huge wealth over a period of years. When one of their ministers says that 71Lakh is too small amount for ministers to even indulge. It’s a slap on the face of people but reinforces stereotype. The cartoon here tells the story.

    When DMK had also gone overboard by announcing freebies and doling cash, Party thought the greed of people is won over. But when it came to election, people punished them for their corrupt practise and non-performance. And there lies the biggest problem for political parties who think they can buy voters with freebies.

    Somehow I was amused by the wise words of UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi, when she came to Rajkot. She said Guajarati are wise and know what the best is for them. I for once could not agree more by these words filled with wisdom. Guajarati do not have to look much further. Looking around other states should give them fairly good idea on what is good for them.
    ____

    Sorry gentlemen for this long copy paste. Could not resist myself.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan- Nehru did not believe in the need for wealth creation before it could be ditributed. In that process, he amde rich and poor poorer.India lost pretty precious 45 years under him and his daughter!

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  • Ravi

    The Butterfly Effect

    As a young man I was fascinated by the concept of butterfly effect one of many examples that were the common currency of youthful scientific curiosity during the late 70s and early eighties. Edward Lorenz explained how
    the flapping of butterfly wings in Australia could become the trigger for the
    formation of a hurricane in England.

    Earlier this week, in stunned silence I heard about a prank – ostensibly as harmless as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings – being played by two radio DJs in Australia, and I was stunned to hear that it directly resulted in a hurricane of stress which led to the suicide of a devoted nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

    Rest in Peace Jacintha, your life may have been as short as that of a butterfly, but it was many many times more beautiful. Your family is proud of you, Shriva is proud of you, Karnataka is proud of you, India is proud of you, anyone who cares is proud of you.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    yES, it was a sad news. I hope this will put some control/squeeze in these pranks/reality shows prevalent in TV/radio shows.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A sad news indeed and an apt comparison with The butterfly effect.

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  • vin0059

    the man who conquered 5 subcontinents and 68 countries in his life,was disable,

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/international/2012/12/121205_tamerlane_disabled_pk.shtml

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Digvijay says that BJP is winning elections by taking money from Naxalites. Ha Ha x 100 times.

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  • pankaj#1

    The renowned economist Mr. Gurucharn Das’s latest book is titles “India Grows at Night”.
    Do not know about all India but when one particular village head was questioned about explosive population growth of his village, put the blame on railways.
    surprised, reporter asked Railway? how come railway can be responsible? headman said that every night, when this particular train pass nearby, its driver gives a long whistle, and that is too early for farmers to go out to plough the fields, and they plou…..

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    Ravi Reply:

    I picture my friend Gurcharan Das walking toward me on a cold Chicago day, a small, round man around five feet five, dressed in an expensive camel-hair coat and an elegant black felt hat Gurcharan exudes warmth and gentleness. He is also very funny. Invariably, Gurcharan has great curiosity about the other person.Gurcharan Das came to Chicago in 2002 to learn more about classical Indian thought from Wendy Doniger and other scholars at our university. He audited my class on Literature and Ethics in Ancient Greece and participated vigorously. The next year he came to talk to my graduate seminar on Religion and the State. Perhaps this history biases my account of him. I think, however, that the causation goes the other way: it was not an antecedent friendship that made me view his life differently from the other three lives; it was because of who he is, and the ways in which he differs from the others, that I wanted to form a friendship with him.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Ravi;
    Good to interact with you butlet us know, who’s lines you are quoting.

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    Ravi Reply:

    It is a paragraph written by Martha Nussbaum

    Anonymous Reply:

    Read the book, Dificulty of being good, written by Mr.Gurcharan Das where he has written why he had spent those few years in Chicago.

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    Ravi Reply:

    After taking early retirement from a career as the chief executive of Proctor & Gamble India, Gurcharan Das went to Chicago to study Sanskrit under the two great American scholars of the “language of the gods”, Sheldon Pollock and Wendy Doniger, and The Difficulty of Being Good represents an attempt by Das to bring together the two sides of his life, the literary and the practical. The result is a highly personal and idiosyncratic, yet richly insightful meditation on the application of ancient philosophy to issues of modern moral conduct and right and wrong. Das is especially focused on his native India, which today is mired in corruption, with one out of every five members of parliament having had criminal charges levelled against him: “Moral failure pervades our public life and hangs over it like Delhi’s smog.”

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks.

    Anonymous Reply:

    In the prelude of his book The difficulty of being Good,
    Mr. Gurcharan Das has written that he had learnt Sanskrit
    from Mr. Daniel Ingalls. He says that in 2002 he had taken
    a academic holiday and had decided to read books like
    Kamasutra, Mahabhartha, Manusmiriti, Arthshashtra and
    few more old books of India.
    This is what he has written where he mentiones Ms. Wendy
    Doniger in his prelude.

    ” It was a stray remark by the poet A.K. Ramanujan that finally
    pushed me to Chicago. ‘ If you don’t experience eternity in
    Benaras, you will at Regenstien’. He was referring to the
    Regenstien Library with its fabulous collection of South Asian texts under the able stewardship of Jim Nye. Chicago was a logical choice. Indology had been in terminal decline at Harward, my old alma mater, ever since Daniel Ingall’s death. The University of Chicago had four Sanskrit scholars – two big names, Sheldon Pollock and Wendy Doniger, both students of Ingalls, and Sanskrit-knowing Buddhist scholars
    like Steve Collins, Mathew Kepstein and Dan Arnold”

    In another paragraph he again mentions Ms. Doniger second time in the book. This is what he has written.

    ” I wanted to read the texts in Sanskrit, but would have needed a life time – given my shallow grasp of the language.
    I was hungry and impatient. So, I decided on the next best course. I would arrive early in the morning at Regenstien and follow the drill I had learned from Ingalls. I would pull out
    from the shelf a volume of Mahbharatha’s critical edition.
    With Whitney’s grammer on my right and Apte’s dictionary on my left, I would read a small passage. It was hard labour,
    but Wendy Doniger consoled me, saying ‘ Reading Sanskrit
    is good for the soul ‘ ”

    No where in the book he has mentioned that he learned
    Sanskrit from Ms. Doniger, Yes, she did encouraged him
    in his mission of reading Mahabharta in Sanskrit. And I
    don’t think that Ms. Doniger is again mentioned in the book.

    By the he way got so much hooked to Mahabharta that he
    did not read any other book.

    Ravi Reply:

    Ok I will ask William Darlymple to withdraw his comment as it is not confirmed by Gurcharn Das – who should know what he was doing in Chicago.

    Once that is done then Gurcharan Das becomes that much more acceptable.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I have copied the exact words from his book, The
    difficulty of being good, and have posted above. I will repeat that
    in that book he has not mentioned that he went to Chicago
    to learn Sanskrit from Ms. Doniger.
    I have no idea what William Darlymple has written on this
    subject.

    Ravi Reply:

    The paragraph I copied came from a review of that book, written by William Darlymple in FT.COM

    Anonymous Reply:

    No idea who is correct. Maybe Mr. Das had personally
    told William what he has written in FT.COM but did not
    write in his book or William Darlymple is assuming/lying
    about the reason of Gurcharan Das’s visit to Chicago.

    Ravi Reply:

    Why would William Darlymple lie.
    What is in it for him. They are all good friends. Gurcharn Das acknowledges elsewhere that he was Wendy’s student. Not many people go to Chicago to learn about ancient Hindu texts and manage to avoid being Wendy’s student.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I have no idea as I said above, I am just assuming what could be the reason. I will just repeat again that Mr. Das had not

    mentioned in his book that he went to Chicago to learn Sanskrit from Ms. Doniger. His reason which he has written in his book of going there was to read the books I have posted above.

    Ravi Reply:

    This is from an Interview with the news paper The Hindu.

    IN CONVERSATION

    The ease of being Gurcharan Das

    HINDOL SENGUPTA

    The search of the answer brought him to the Mahabharata and The Difficulty of Being Good. The idea which took best-selling author Das (his India Unbound had been widely sold and translated and even filmed by the BBC) to the University of Chicago to study Sanskrit texts to the Regenstein Library where he “interrogated” the epic, cheered on by Sanskrit scholars like Sheldon Pollock and Wendy Doniger, the latter telling him, “Reading Sanskrit is good for the soul.”

    http://www.hindu.com/mag/2009/10/11/stories/2009101150100200.htm

    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks. I will go through this.

    Ravi Reply:

    Not sure what the point would be…lets face it, Wendy, Martha, Ramanujan and Gurcharan are birds of a feather.

    Considering most blogers active here detest Martha, Wendy
    and Ramanujan, so it must follow that they would hate Gurcharn Das as well. But what do I know??

    Anonymous Reply:

    I don’t detest anyone, I only disagree with the person’s views,
    like yours, most of the time. I read this book about a year ago mainly because the subject was Mahabharata which I find very interesting. When I read your post about Gurcharan learning Sanskrit from Wendy, I was surprised as I didn’t remember reading that. Incidentally I still have that book with me and I copied few sentences from there and posted.
    I was not aware of any article by William Darylmpe on this subject.

    Ravi Reply:

    William and Wendy both reviewed that book.

    Anonymous Reply:

    India grows at night-but only in certain parts of the male human body. The human mind also switches itself off during such times.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    :) :)

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  • engrich

    EHRAN: Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to
    compete against Google’s popular YouTube whose content is deemed
    inappropriate by the Islamic regime, the state television reported on
    Sunday.

    The website (http://www.mehr.ir) called ‘Mehr’, meaning affection in
    Farsi, aims to attract Persian-speaking users and also promote Iranian
    culture, according to its About Us page.

    “From now on, people can upload their short films on the website and
    access (IRIB) produced material,” said IRIB deputy chief Lotfollah
    Siahkali.

    A Facebook page dedicated to Mehr is providing links to some of its content, including music clips produced in Iran.

    Iran has consistently censored YouTube since mid-2009, in the wake of
    the disputed elections that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to
    power

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  • Anonymous

    TOI reports that Dr MMS in a speech yesterday in Gujrat stated “Gujrat is not a safe state for minorities”.

    It is quite sad that MMS in his evening of life regressing to an ordinary worthless politician.

    Isnt there honour any more? I can see Mrs Sonia G or Rahul G or Digvijay saying that, or even Sibal. I somehow cannot imagine Dr MMS (for that ma6ter PC or AK Antony) saying that….

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I really pity this gentleman who even being a PM of our country is not allowed to speak his mind. Congress is offering galore of freebies and our economist PM who knows that full filling such promises will have a very bad effect on the economy of the state but this poor guy is not allowed to say anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Center and UN had awarded Gujarat government for distribution and managing their water supply and now our honourable PM in his election speech claimed that there is no drinking water in Gujarat. I repeat that MMS is not being allowed to speak his mind. He is just saying what he has been asked to say.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am totally disappointed in Dr MMS. He is stooping to the level of the lowest congress politician instead of remaining a statesman.

    In fact, I am wondering whether it makes sense for any Prime Minister of India to campaign against a state government.. He is the PM of India, not the PM of Congressparty

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    “Aag lagaya kisne” ( Who set the fire?)…..

    If such a man could be called a statesman, then anybody could pass as a statesman.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Jab ped girta hai to dharti hilti hai… won a BHarat ratan.

    Sultan parivar rules delhi with help of serfs…

  • Anonymous

    Our MSM does not report full speeches of Sonia Gandhi in Gujarat election rallies. Her half of the speeches are asking public to vote for Congress in the name of Gandhi/Nehru family. Because current Congress party as nothing to show anything noteworthy they have done so she urges the voters to vote for them for the ‘good work’ done by Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

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  • Anonymous

    Addressing a campaign rally at Pavi Jetpur today, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi reacted to Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s remark describing Modi as ‘sultan.’

    “I said him Ahmed Miya just for once, and Congress people felt bad. And since I told him Ahmed Miya, his face has lost shine. And yesterday Ahmed Miya said that Narendra Modi is sultan.”

    “Ahmed Miya alias Ahmedbhai alias Babubhai…… in his case everything is alias alias… it is natural that you are using such words, because Sultans take birth in dynastic culture…. Grandfather as PM, and his daughter PM, and then her son PM……. (such) Sultani exists in dynastic culture. And you have spent your entire life in serving (this) Sultani, therefore you are not able to think beyond Sultani. We are standing here because we are elected by people. We are not here due to some throne offered to us due to dynasty. We have been given chance by people. Shriman Ahmed Miya if you had basic understanding of foundations of democracy, the word Sultan would never have come out from your mouth!”

    Ahmed Patel on Saturday had described chief minister Narendra Modi as ‘sultan’, a veiled attack on his style of functioning.

    “People in Gujarat don’t want a sultan, but are looking for a genuine people’s representative as a ruler. Modi is working like a sultan,” Ahmed Patel had said addressing a rally in Jambusar.

    Miya is used to show respect:Modi

    In the last rally on Sunday in Ahmedabad’s Jivraj Park, Shri Modi said that in Muslims, the word ‘Miya’ is used to give honor. Even wife addresses her husband as Miya to show love and respect. Modi said, “I said Ahmed Miya wants to become CM, and he got angry.”

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  • Anonymous

    In Punjab in one of the colleges girls have been asked not to wear jeans and T shirts and in UP, Muslim girls in one school have been asked not to wear black.
    We surely are progressing.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In the matter of “improper” dressing, we Indians are all the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Mohan, Gopi,

    It was a pathetic performance by Manmohan Singh, who couldn’t understand the dynamics of the present elections in Gujarat. Even Sonia Gandhi, with her severely limited intellect and scant intelligence, abstained from uttering the ‘M’ word. She was under strict instructions not to refer to 2002 lest she walks into Modi’s trap (?). But Manmohan Singh, for lack of debating skills and also issues for debate, walked directly into the trap and gave Modi an opportunity to ridicule MMS for the communal riots in Assam and also about the facebook arrest of a Muslim girl in Maharashtra.

    The arrested Muslim girl has now expressed a desire to settle down in Modi’s communal Gujarat.

    It is a big slap on the cheeks of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    If I am not mistaken than that Muslim girl has already moved to the
    so called anti Muslim state Gujarat

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  • Anonymous

    Was the Mayawati volte-face in the Rajya Sabha , a repeat of cash for vote deal by the Congress Party ? That is what Sitaram Yechury has stated in his interview to CNN-IBN.
    And Walmart’s own official discosure .. ” Wal-Mart has in its lobbying disclosure report to the US Senate said it has spent Rs 125 crore on lobbying and $ 3 million have been spent in 2012 itself for entering the Indian market. ”
    So now we know why there are so many “Walmart guys” in the Indian polity and the Media .
    There was a Congress spin doctor who was spinning away the yarn…. to who ever who cared to listen … that Mayawati changed her mind and voted in favour because of her anger with Sushma Swaraj…..that it was a result of BJP’s political incompetence…. a Walmart friend indeed…. De Tali

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    Anonymous Reply:

    FDI in retail is a bad idea , real bad for the country. let us hope a new government will roll it back. I am generally against a government nulling the decisions done by a prior government; but this one fits in the category of real bad stuff

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes Gopi ..I agree with you ..this deserves to be reversed..

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  • Anonymous

    Here is a column about the great cash transfer to poor in India from NYT latitude.

    Something like that, at that scale, will never get passed here in the US.

    A couple of questions -

    Is it really 720MM people? Does that mean 75% of Indian population gets some form of cash subsidy? How long the country can survive at this type of redistribution?

    Why did the govt (parliament) decide on individuals instead of household? (the article talks about a similar experiment in Brazil, but based on household)

    I just could not believe the picture of so many homeless Delhiites sleeping at the water fountain. It is a shame that we are so poor, wretched after 65 years of self rule. Obviously, the politicians are not interested in building a new India; they are interested in buying votes through these types of cash transfer, (wahtever limited) available wealth redistribution.

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  • Anonymous

    Accolades and Awards

    Over the past five years, Gujarat has made excellent progress on all fronts – and these efforts have not gone unnoticed. Whether it is the rehabilitation of earthquake victims or e-Governance implementation for transparency; best practices in solid waste management or environment consciousness – Gujarat has pursued excellence in several areas and won over 60 accolades and awards along the way. Not only is the number large, if one looks at the list of awards, it includes awards and citations for a variety of sectors right from economic freedom to environmental protection, e-Governance to energy conservation, health to heritage protection and sanitation to software development, reflecting holistic development of the state.

    The agencies conferring these awards also range widely from International bodies like the United Nations, World Bank, UNESCO, Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management (CAPAM), to various Ministries/agencies of the Government of India like the Ministry of power, the Ministry of non-conventional energy services and institutions like the India Tech Excellence Foundation, the Computer Society of India and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

    Besides several sector specific awards, Gujarat ranks No.1 in the Economic Freedom Index as per the research conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. However the icing on the cake is recognition of Modi as the No.1 Chief Minister by the people, thrice consecutively in five years in the India Today-ORG MARG Survey, a unique recognition ever achieved by any CM in the country. His being adjudged as the “Person of the Year” by the readers of a weekly magazine “Chitralekha,” rating ahead of Amitabh Bachchan and many others, speaks a lot about his popularity.

    A few of the awards bagged for different developmental initiatives/achievements in Gujarat during the tenure of Modi are:

    UN Sasakawa Award for outstanding reconstruction work in disaster risk reduction

    World Bank Green Awards for excellence in environment consciousness during post earthquake rehabilitation

    CAPAM Gold Award from Commonwealth Associations for innovations in governance

    Dubai International Award to Surat Municipal Corporation for Best Practices in SWM and Urban Governance

    India Tech Excellence Award 2005 for the most progressive and dynamic state in power sector reforms

    UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for reconstruction of a Gurudwara damaged during the earthquake

    Computer Society of India and Nihilant Technology Citizen Facilitation Award for the Best e-Governed State

    Computer Society of India and Nihilant Technology Best Service Orientation Award to Ahmedabad Collectorate’s Citizen Charter

    ELITEX 2007 – Best E-governed State Award from Government of India in January 2007

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Reading in Newspapers about Modi’s reluctance to give ticket to a Muslim candidate. Why this situation has arisen?? why muslims could not win the trust of Non Muslims??
    Still I will suggest to Muslims… Khudi ko kar… Not in sheer numbers only but in qualities befitting modern times through modern education, and attributes. These are the traits, which will take them forward and will release them from perpetual ignorance and second class citizenship. Many Muslims, who could do this are living examples in India and every where.Stop in believing on doles and artificial supports. This holds good for every section of society and religious denominations.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj-

    All parties should nominate the bes possible candidates (that may not be the reason why Modi did not nominate a Muslim or other minority groups).. A primary system like we have here in the US would help people to choose their candidate. In the absence of a primary, each party should nominate their best people..May be too much to wish for..

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    why muslims could not win the trust of Non
    Muslims??…..

    Interesting.

    You got carried away. All Non Muslims are not Modi.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Devdutt;
    You are speaking in riddles. would you like to be more simple? Please!!!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    I just repeated your words. Rather drew your attention to your own words.

    engrich Reply:

    anti-muslim hysteria is to unite middle class hindu votes.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj,

    This has nothing to do with Hindus or Muslims. Modi has fielded those candidates who he believes will win. Please go through this link –

    http://www.mediacrooks.com/2012/12/rajdeep-cnn-ibn-join-gujarat-election.html#comment-form

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Sad to know that muslims in Gujrat are not good enough to win an election and be an MLA.

    So much for the progress !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Since 1995 BJP has not fielded any Muslim candidate.
    Congress has fielded 4 Muslims in this election against 7 they had fielded in 2007.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    No womder the human index is so poor in Gujrat !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Don’t know why but some how political parties in Gujarat don’t feel confident of fielding Muslim candidates. Though in
    Municipal election BJP had fielded few Muslims and most of them had won.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Don’t try to analyse too many parties…..you might get confused. Try to analyse just one party – the one you are perhaps most comfortable with.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I was not trying to analyse any party, just posted what came to my mind. And I am not comfortable with any party.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Now you know why I didn’t want you to analyse too many political parties !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    elections are not about emotional recklessness. It is all about hard-headed realism. Even the congress has given tickets to only about 4 Muslims out of 182. And that is because it has no hopes of getting even 40 Hindu candidates elected, leave alone the minority candidtates.

    Modi cannot afford to lose even a single seat, because if he gets less than the last time, the world media, waiting like a hawk to pounce on him will declare that Modi has failed and it is all fake. Therefore, the reconciliation has to be slow and gradual.

    Moreover, even if he had given tickets to two or three Muslim candidates, your media would still have condemned him for insulting Muslims by showing tokenism.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You are right , our media will some how find fault in whatever Modi does.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    This is how most of the corrupt people think. They don’t try to change because they by changing themselves wouldn’t make any difference to the World. So rather stay corrupt.

    Nice Logic.

  • devduttkumar

    Justice Markandey Katju’s reply to two students who want to sue him

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/justice-markandey-katju-s-reply-to-two-students-who-want-to-sue-him-303556

    =======

    Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has replied to the two
    students from Lucknow who sent him a legal notice for his comment that
    “90% of Indians were idiots.”
    After Justice Katju’s statement at a
    seminar in New Delhi last week that at least 90 percent of Indians are
    “idiots”, who can be easily be misled by mischievous elements in the
    name of religion, law student Tanaya Thakur, and her brother, Class XI
    student Aditya Thakur, sent a sent a legal notice to Press Council of
    India Chairperson. They have said they will move court if Justice Katju
    doesn’t apologise. Justice Katju today replied to the legal notice. (Read: Justice Katju’s blog)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    These two students who had sent legal notice to Mr. Katju perhaps belong to the balance 10% who are not idiots. We, 90% idiots have accepted what Justice Katju said about us and are keeping quiet.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    To give the credit to Katju, he chose to reply rather than dismiss the notice.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    He would never let such opportunity pass as he enjoys living in limelight. By the way, he writes very good satires, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading one of those.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Actually we mostly think senior judges are usually economical with their words.

    I am glad to see Hegde fighting the corruption in his own way and Katju taking on the established norms openly.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji, Mohan,

    we should ensure that Justice Katju is not sent to jail, because if he is behind bars, after serving the bar for a life time, India will be deprived of a joker, who never ceases to entertain. And without any doubt he is the best entertainer.

    In his long reply while he told the two litigant students that they are NOT in the 90%, certified by a judge of the supreme court, he didn’t say whether he himself is included in the 90%. NDTV should seek a clarification on this very vital point, because, if he says he is in the 10% intelligent category, he will be liable to be convicted for practising casteism, practising class superiority amounting to fascism.

    Finally, when he was a judge in the SC, once said in a case that by claiming that growing the beard is a religious diktat, even for a student, is talibanising the Muslim society.

    Later, whenthe Mullahs and the secular brigade raised hell, he beat a hasty retreat and apologised to the student and reversed his decision!

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  • Anonymous

    Super 30 founder mixes maths with morality

    http://gulfnews.com/news/world/india/super-30-founder-mixes-maths-with-morality-1.1116809

    Patna: Renowned mathematician Anand Kumar, who has helped hundreds of underprivileged children crack the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) entrance examination, is now giving students lessons in moral values.
    He hopes they’ll fight social evils, such as the dowry system, and stop obscene displays of wealth at social functions.
    Kumar is the founder of educational programme Super 30 which has been giving free coaching to talented students from economically backward classes to help them realise their dream of clearing the IIT entrace examinations. In the 10 years since it was set up, Super 30, which was included in the list of Best of Asia 2010 by Time magazine, has helped 263 poor children make it to the IIT.
    What compelled Kumar to teach moral values to students, apart from training them for IIT exams was the brutal display of wealth during the marriage functions of former students who had passed out from his free coaching institutee. The unnecessary waste of money by the once-poor students moved Kumar so much so that he decided to teach the new students a lesson or two in moral values as well.
    “At the marriage functions of some former students who are doing well after passing out from IITs, I saw unnecessary display of wealth. That’s why I am teaching the students to shun dowry or display of riches at social functions like marriages,” Kumar told the media on Monday.
    Stating that even a small initiative from students can make a big difference in the society, Kumar said his prime ambition was to make them “good citizens”.

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  • Anonymous

    Rahul Gandhi is going to campaign in Gujarat elections today. Will he provide us few laughs with his usual guffaws? I hope he does.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Most likely he will tear Modi’s manifesto.

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  • Anonymous

    Ek garib kisaan ka beta jail me
    thaaa. . . .

    us budhe kisan ne apne bete ko
    jail me khat likha-

    “beta me aalu ki fasal nahi bo
    sakta, Itna bada khet mujse nahi
    khudega, kash tu meri madad kr pata.”
    .
    .
    Bete ne wapas jawab diya -
    “pitaji, aap khet mat khodna,
    mene waha hathiyar chhupa
    rakhe hai !!!
    .
    Agle din police force ne sara
    khet khod diya


    par hathiyar nahi mila…
    .
    Bete ne fir baap ko likha-
    pitaji, yahan se me itni hi madad
    kr pauga, Aap ab aalu uga dijiye..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    good one

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  • Anonymous

    HSBC is going to pay USD 1.9 Billion in US to settle money laundering case.
    Here also Kejriwal had alleged that HSBC is involved in similar kind of activities. Has Indian government any courage to take action against HSBC?

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  • Anonymous

    HSBC is going to pay USD 1.9 Billion in US to settle money laundering case.
    Here also Kejriwal had alleged that HSBC is involved in similar kind of activities. Has Indian government any courage to take action against HSBC?

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  • Anonymous

    Above the law?

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/headon/entry/above-the-law

    Ravinderpal Singh, an assistant sub-inspector in the Punjab police, was
    murdered in cold blood on the outskirts of Amritsar last week. He died while
    trying to protect his daughter, Robinjeet Kaur, from being stalked and harassed
    by Ranjit Singh Rana, a senior leader of the Shiromani Akalii Dal (SAD).

    Though arrested, Rana remains unrepentant. He symbolises the rot that has set
    into our political system which turns lawmakers into lawbreakers.

    The root of the problem lies in both our laws and their enforcement. Many
    were drafted in the 1800s to serve British colonial ends: exploit, occupy and if
    necessary punish – not the culprit but the complainant

    —-

    One more great article by Mr. Merchant.

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat Election 2012: Rediff Sentimeter

    SEATS
    PROJECTION

    Gujarat Election
    2012: The Rediff Sentimeter

    Close

    Welcome to our interactive map showing which way Gujarat will vote
    in 2012. The Rediff Sentimeter is based on the performance of each constituency
    in previous assembly elections and gives you the overall forecast, as well as
    down to each constituency as you click on it.

    How it’s done

    - The Rediff Sentimeter is based on past assembly election results
    after factoring in delimitation, and takes into account the impact Keshubhai
    Patel’s Gujarat Parivartan Party will have on the BJP’s fortunes.

    - What the Rediff Sentimeter’s legends mean:

    BJP – means a strong BJP win
    BJP TILT – means a moderate BJP
    win
    SWING – means could go either way
    INC TILT – means a moderate Congress
    win
    INC – means a strong Congress win
    Gujarat

    BJP
    77

    BJP TILT
    8

    SWING
    70

    INC TILT
    13

    INC
    14

    Total
    182

    http://www.rediff.com/news/gujarat-assembly-elections-2012

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  • Anonymous

    @ Pathak G/Devdutt

    I hope Mummy and Son pvt ltd gave you some part of the 125 crores handed over by Walmart for lobbying….

    You should share this loot with us, after all we give you the reasons for building up arguments for Mummy and Son pvt ltd!

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Dumb Head !

    I am not a US Lawmaker.

    If you are so particular, then you should rather ask those shameless BJP MP’s who used to take money for raising questions in the Parliament.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The money was given to Indians and Italians sir!

    I know you dont want to share it with us…

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Share the credible details.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo, Praveen saxenaji,

    the manner of Pathakji’s stout defence of Walmart and their seminars make me suspicious of his being a part of the seminar chakkar.

    Otherwise he is not usually so free with clean chits.

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  • Anonymous

    ” Mahatma Gandhi is my Guru ” , shouted Yuvraj Brahmin Rahul in an
    election campaign in Gujarat. He was begging pubic to vote for Congress in the
    name of Mahatma because Bapu was a Gujarati born in Gujarat and was a leader
    of Congress. I am sure very soon he will take a vow of celibacy.

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  • Anonymous

    Some “Walmart guys” were defending the the $125 million expense shown by Walmart as spent towards lobbying, as legitimate. It is an admitted fact that money was also spent in India . They said that it costs money to hold seminars /conferences/ conduct research and distribute literature. They could not suggest anything other than that in ihe Indian context.
    We ask where and when were those seminars /conferences /research done in India. Who were the organizers in India ….. (If they were they must have been very secretive about it ) …..How much money does it cost to hold seminars in India? Is there any other mode of “lobbying ” legally permitted in India…on which Walmart spent money ?
    Let us not forget that Walmart itself has initiated invetigation against its Indian officials for bribery.
    So was there something fishy about the Vote in the Parliament ? Knowing that Manmohan Singh is somewhat familiar with this strategy of floor management …the country cannot be certain.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    These seminars were held at Vadra’s place, reserched by Anand
    Sharma and organized by Kamal Nath. Participants where Mother,
    son, daughter and son in law.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    For your kind information, these kind of seminars are held for the people who are not convinced in normal course of business.

    Last time the US lawmakers made a special visit to Advani while lobbying for the US nuclear business. You might have conveniently forgotten as no political party is dear to you.

    The US lawmakers were told that the BJP would take care of their interest when in power, but had to oppose as the main opposition party.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is a lot of inside information…but still $125 million…. Let us ask Paronjay Guha Thakurta .was he ever invited or Sitaram Yechury or Mulayam Singh ..seminars for him would have been in Hindi….When US senators visited Advani for the Nucleur deal there was a press note on it ? We are not aware of any such effort by whther official or private for FDI

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Last I heard it was $25 million over 3 years.
    How much is $125 million in INR ?

    Trying to cover Vijay’s absence?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Congrats!! I heard you got part of the loot…

    And have hidden it in your pillows of the bed!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You seem to not only dumb but blind too. You don’t read news properly.

    Huh Budbak Billi !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Billi kahe meaow meaow… Pathak ki darri mein walmart ka tinka… !!

    Anonymous Reply:

    OK the loot and bribe was INR 125 crs. and not $125 million …I stand corrected … afterl all you have accurate information .

    devduttkumar Reply:

    That’s since 2008.

    $25 million in 3 years is practically nothing. Just one Lobbyist may charge upward $125,000 as the retainer fee. Incidental expenses are extra.

    Major focus is to make US India centric and making FDI in retail as part of US’s strategic tool.

    Recently a US bank financed reliance hoping more than 6000 jobs in US manufacturing sector. The bank too spent money in lobbying with US lawmakers.

    Anonymous Reply:

    ” Major focus is to make US India centric and making FDI in retail as part of US’s strategic tool.”
    So that is the larger US gameplan , which the Congress led UPA eagerly supported… ceratinly INR 125 crs is far too cheap.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The US industrial group is eager to move towards India rather than staying focussed on Pakistan. Even the Defence industry wants to get aligned with India, except the Pentagon and the white house.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pakistan used terror to leverage the US fund, India must use the lure of our middle class market to lure the US fund and the dual purpose technologies. Every time, US bargains for access to our market, we pitch in our access to their dual purpose technologies and push them to remove the ban on our labs.

    Anonymous Reply:

    1. You are mixing up… just as you mixed up your ids . Pakistan used terror to leverage US Aid and Indian middle class attracts American Invetsment .
    2. Could India leverage something from US when it permitted FDI in Reatail? None that we know.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You have a problem.. You don’t read properly.

    Anonymous Reply:

    When will you sort out your ID problem ..

    Anonymous Reply:

    Where was lobbying needed – in USA or in India? Is there a policy in US which bars Walmart from opening their retail stores in India? So, why would Walmart spend money in lobbying there?

    Now that we have allowed access to our huge retail market to a private firm of the US, would the government now allow us access to their dual-use technology? If yes, by when?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Even 71 lakh swindled by our law-minister’s kin was nothing!!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You got to take the help of a BCom fail guy.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    I think we get a good idea about the seminars for people not convinced about Walmart’s capacity to “help” our retail trade grow. A few crores of rupees must have, if at all, gone for these seminars.

    I am sure the bulk of the money has gone into what you call “normal course of business”.

    We are curious to know with whom Walmart officials did this ‘ normal course of business’.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    On one side you say “you are sure”, then you say “you are curious…”

    Your daily contribution to SDG Club is immense.

    Good now 3 esteemed members of SDG Club are here. Only one is missing…

    Anonymous Reply:

    What is SDG club, of which I m supposed to be an esteemed member? Is it SAVE DYNASTY OF GANDHIS?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Select Dumb Group

    Anonymous Reply:

    In India there is no lobbying just pure bribing.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Need to check out with Advani what was the US law maker doing with him – Lobbying or Bribing during US Nuclear Deal?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Did BJP vote for nuclear deal?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Still US money was spent lobbying BJP leader Advani in INDIA.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh yes, the lobbyists might have left the bagful of greenbacks at Advani’s place anyways – hoping that he has a change of heart…. and we have just passed class 2.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Looks like you just did recently.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathak G sees Advani everywhere. Even when Vadra makes his thousand crores… it has to be a BJP hand!.

    Conspiracy theory Pakistan style!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Ah Pakistan and Advani !! Sweet memories !!!

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am sure Advani was behind that loss of contract in NDA rule!!

    Fornesic analysis!

    devduttkumar Reply:

    No. Advani was too busy in sawing Vajpayee’s kurshi.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Either Amercians are very generous or simply idiots or maybe both that is way they bribe Indian politicians for not voting
    in their favour.

    Anonymous Reply:

    MOhan

    I believe Rahul made pasta and Madam served spaghetti — walmart brand…

    And Kamal Nath distributed wine bottles filled with green dollars…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    when they have chamchas why would they do this job.
    Duty of darban was given to Digvijay Singh, Manish
    Tiwari was seen serving snacks and tea, Sibal was strongly advised not to calculate the amount of bribe otherwise he would have come up with zero figure. Our PM was asked to head the seminar but was told not to utter a single word and he not surprisingly obliged. Mayawati has not yet got her share that is why she has again threatened them.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Khoob jama ho ga rang
    Jab baith gaye honge sab yaar sang

    Pathak G ne bhi dikhaye honge rang…

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha cooked potato khichdi in the kitchen for the guests.

    “my swaraj aloo is better than your process grade aloo”…she kept muttering while cooking.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    what happened to emotionsl athyachaari?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Kejriwal is not wrong in saying that both Congress and BJP are together in looting the nation.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, please also tell us who were the ‘beneficiaries.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @ Mohan

    Which place of vadra? There are 2000 acres. WHich of those acres was used to hold the seminar?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Another dumbo joins the group.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    My dear Gujarati friend, if your real name is Bipin Shah,

    What do have to say about Devduttkumar who has
    written this very intelligent post ?

    ” The leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha cooked potato khichdi in the kitchen for the guests.

    “my swaraj aloo is better than your process grade aloo”…she kept muttering while cooking.

    The leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha prepared the ****-tale for the guests.

    Advani used the hand fan to shoo away the flies. He has practised well in his free time that he had been spending on the window side chair.

    Vajpayee muttered a few lines which was supposed to be a poetry – “Aag aag mein pharak hai…kisne lagayi aag, yeh jan na jaroori hai…”

    devduttkumar Reply:

    In no time you started playing Guju politics !

    You are sliding occasionally (spiralling down ) even though you claim no love for any political party.

    Perhaps Bipin meant that.

    And never think your crack wouldn’t get an echo. it will always be a litter better and sharper, though calibrated one.

    [ Note: As usual you post only the part posting ! You left Judeo and Modi behind ! ]

    Anonymous Reply:

    Why are you answering on behalf of Bipin Shah or is this
    your way of telling him, how and what to reply ? Is he a
    child that you have taken upon yourself to teach him how
    to reply ? :)

    Anonymous Reply:

    Coming from Pathak G, this is CHEAP.

    Simply writing under a pseudo name doesn’t guarantee protection from criticism.

    Hatred for Advani and Vajapayee makes PathakG descend to engrich’s and fake Ravi’s debased level.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen Saxenaji,

    as usual, you are very incisive. Points well taken.
    There was a news that prime minister gave a dinner at 7Race Course Road to “celebrate” 3rd anniversary of UPAII.

    The “dinner” cost Rs.30000/= per head!

    Walmart’s Indian officials must be used to ‘this kind’ of expenses, besides of course, the usual expenses covering purchase of MP votes like in nuclear deal vote.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Saab if only Walmart was Italian and not American ..there would not have been any disclosure and matters would have been peaceful.

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  • Anonymous

    SDG= sab dabangg aur genius

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  • Anonymous

    There is definately some hanky panky in the Wal Mart kickbacks. The way MOhan of SP clarified that they did not know English and could not have taken kickbacks… means he was hinting that the English speaking congressis got most of the money.

    Of course SP would have taken its pound of flesh and Mayawati too would have bargained for share of this loot. But COngress would have distributed it as per the seat propotion in Lok Sabha,

    The Indian partners of Walmart would have ofcourse given at least three times of what Wal Mart has given

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  • Anonymous

    Everybody – Congress, BJP, others – knew Walmart/other lobbying; no meaning in bringing it up and creating another racket, now since the cows have left the barn, as they say in the West.,
    Focus on rolling back FDI if possible, otherwise leave the whole subject, focus on some other nation building activity.,

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  • Anonymous

    Mohan
    There may be an element of truth in Rahul’s statement that “Gandhiji is my role model” – he seems to prefer simple life, not much jada. Let us hope he said the truth; that way if he becomes the PM, he may follow Mahathmaji at least 5 % , and that is good

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    I sincerely respect your optimism. Few months back you were optimistic about young CM Akhilesh Yadav and you have seen the results of his rule in UP and now this Amul Baby. Sorry to say but you are keeping faith on
    wrong people. Would he not know anything about ill gotten billions made
    by Vadra ?

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  • Anonymous

    “We wonder if the Opposition or even the Allies of the UPA
    Government are privy to the hush-hush conclaves in league with Pakistan that
    could perhaps tantamount to treason and treachery.

    Far away from the South Block corridors, a group of
    Pakistani retired Military officers has been hosting foreign trips to exotic
    holiday locales for their handpicked group of India’s media and military
    veterans under the aegis of ‘Atlantic Council of Ottawa’ (a pseudonym for the
    ISI propelled agency). Their Aim: Achieve what their sustained military
    offensive could not achieve – SNATCH SIACHEN FROM INDIA – through innocuously
    camouflaged machinations. What is shocking is the Indian Government’s eagerness
    to oblige Pakistan in this disastrous anti-India move!……”

    Why China and Pakistan want demilitarization of Siachen

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    Anonymous Reply:

    wasnt there a case of a kashmiri Indian running a spying and anti-India publicity generation in the US under the facade of a think tank. If I remember, ISI funded it, and many of our prominent secularists and media guys were his permanent guests for symposiums in the US,

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes there was but he was not accused officially of spying but only for spreading anti India news where Kashmir issue was concerned.
    He used to host many of our eminent journalists who will write for/ against anyone for free booze and few kebabs.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, his name isGhulam Nabi Fai.
    And many of our star secular editors and journalists were lured by him with all kinds of “attractions” and free lunches.

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  • devduttkumar

    Mohan perhaps missed this :

    Never said Gujarat safer than Maharashtra: Father of girl arrested for Facebook post

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/never-said-gujarat-safer-than-maharashtra-father-of-girl-arrested-for-facebook-post-303995?pfrom=home-topstories

    ====

    “We never said any such thing. We have been living in Palghar for the
    past 27 years and we feel safe here. We went to Gujarat for a few days
    to see my ailing mother-in-law. Now we are back in Palghar and there is
    absolutely no problem. What Mr Modi said is his personal view,” he said
    today.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Blame Modi, the politician for lying in public. I had posted the part of
    the speech where he had talked about this family.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They are fast learning Muslims, taking their cue from Maulana Vastanvi, Shahid Siddiqi and Syed Shahabuddin.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You and Modi are faster to take the credit !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I only get debit.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Blame it on Mrs Shenoy.

  • Anonymous

    While Indian government is busy attracting Walmart on its soil to do what it itself failed to do for the farmers, Sri Lanka has increased duties on cars made in India. This effectively kills all prospect of exports to the island country as Maruti Alto would become more expensive by at least Rs 250,000 and the price of Indian trucks would increase by more than Rs 10 lakh. Sri lanka is one of our biggest importers of cars, two wheelers and other commercial vehicles including trucks and autos.

    First Maldives in GMR case and now Sri Lanka – what next?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    We had almost lost Nepal and Srilanka. But we have been inching back. It’s a multiple innings game. Relax.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am not sure but there is something happening between India and Sri Lanka. Earlier we Indians used to get Visa at the Sri Lankan airport on
    arrival without any questions asked but now we have to get the visa in advance before flying to that country.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    We are so stuck up with our internal politics that we don’t have time for the international strategic geo-politics.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Aren’t there suppose to be different ministries/departments
    who handle their part of job. Everyone cannot and should not
    get involved in day to day internal politics of the country.
    Let the politicians fight among themselves but these important
    government departments should not come to standstill.

    Anonymous Reply:

    These things are political in nature. They need a coordinated and protracted approach involving various ministries. So it needs the attention of the PM and his top team.

    In recent years, they have been caught up with things which have been very distracting.

    But the words are out about few decisions that show MMS is of different mettle than people normally believe. He has adapted well and is in groove with these games.

    —————————————–

    A small question : If GMR is crucified by CAG here in India, then why the local politicians in Maldives can not question GMR ? Afterall, in India too the BJP questions the lobbying expenses by Walmart in US !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Btw, when are we going to get the dual-use technologies from US of A? We have done our bit by opening up our lucrative retail market to them.

    Anonymous Reply:

    These news are not discussed in the Parliament. They sometimes appear in the 5th / 7th / 9th page of a newspaper.

    Recently USA lifted the restriction on few of our defence and aerospace labs. And few more such decision will come qietly when FDI regime moves on.

    These are small quid pro quo played out with a grin and a wink.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Kisko keh rahe ho?

    Under SM krishna, he was so besotted with Hina Rabbani Khar that he had no time to study the globe or read any history books. He read Portugal minister’s speech in the UN instead of his own. He agreed to all the terms set by Hinaa, who had captivated what little imagination he had.

    If Sri Lanka has crossed over to China, the fault lies with the UPA government.

    Anonymous Reply:

    yup, that is what happens when a bunch of clueless people spend their time debating SC/minority etc reservations, why Gujrat is a bad place , why FDI retail is the most needed invesment etc etc. Modi has to be put in charge.

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  • devduttkumar

    A country of salesgirls and salesboys? Really Mr. Jaitley????

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/the-real-truth/entry/a-country-of-salesgirls-and-salesboys-really-mr-jaitley

    ———————-

    How come Jaitley didn’t think about his
    salesgirls and salesboys theory when these shops were mushrooming all
    over? Or is it Jaitley’s contention that if India had to become a nation
    of salesgirls and salesboys, then it would somehow be OK if they worked
    in Indian stores rather than foreign ones?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The answer lies here…

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/fdi-will-make-our-children-sales-boys-and-girls-arun-jaitley-301925?pfrom=home-otherstories

    What exactly is your problem with his assessment?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    His problem is that his kind of secular economics is not being liked by the mango man.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Jaitley has let down his college badly.

    The basic economics says source from the place where the price is right. It’s not national or International sourcing.

    If the quality and the price is right then the buyer would always prefer the local source for the obvious reason.

    So the answer isn’t there. He made a fool of himself on the National television and his juniors from his college are running for the cover.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Really?

    http://www.walmarts-egonomics.com/american-made-products-disappear/

    Walmart would invariable source most of its products from China. They do the same in US.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    You too have started jumping the lines.
    I said if the quality and price is right then Walmart or anybody will buy from you.

    People all over world are now coming to us for auto parts. This anciliary units developed because of Maruti and volume car sales.

    Walmart is all about the volume.

    It’s time you recognised the opportunity, dumped your silly job and became an entrepreneur to supply Walmart & co. If you don’t then your friends will.

    Don’t forget about the Quality and the Price. Never beg just because you are a local supplier.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Why are our local suppliers unable to supply their goods at a competitive price vis a vis Chinese? Do we need to fix those before we welcome Walmart here?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    We try to short-circuit. Like autowallas in Delhi who would idle around for hours and try to earn from one customer. The local manufacturers do the same.

    Besides I genuinely believe we have problem with our upbringing. Since our childhood, we dream to have a “small cottage” near the river bank, fall in love with a small and cute girl. This smallness and the desire to be happy with a little has blocked our mind to think big.

    So we need to fix ourselves.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Oh yes, and the govt. could carry on looting and earning commissions from lobbyists instead of working on providing better infrastructure, education, healthcare etc.

    WAlmart uncle aayenge – saare dukh bhagayenge

    We would fix ourselves and when that happens the economist PM wouldn’t be at the helm.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Remember everything has a Life Cycle.

    India is getting the World attention for a reason. The west would love to play India against China.

    But when we grow a bit and start asserting ourselves, the west wouldn’t like a bit. Then the struggle for dominance will start.

    So at this moment we must collect all the money we can. Make ourselves industrially and militarily strong.

    Then we will see what we can do with the walmarts & Co when we think ourselves to be strong enough. Who knows Indian entrepreneurs will buy Walmart.

    We still have a Mittal and a tata waiting out there for an opportunity ! To swallow a bigger fish.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Amen.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Wait for a big healthcare plan from UPA2.

    The BJP will then also crib. Like always.

    Anonymous Reply:

    This is what Jaitely said :

    “When we open our market to foreign retailers without reforms in manufacturing, what will happen? The first to be affected will be jobs in manufacturing sector. We (will) cease to be a manufacturing nation. We will be consumers and our children will be sales boys and sales girls,” he said.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Tell Jaitley the manufacturing units can’t survive without a local market. Walmart will consolidate the market. The manufacturers would follow.

    repeat : Jaitley has let his college down so badly with this uninformed and stupid speech !

    Anonymous Reply:

    And the most informed speech came from Prof. Sibbal who said that we lose 40-45% of our agri produce because of lack of adequate storage and transportation facilities.

    And, who needs to be blamed for it?

    Another gem: The purpose of FDI policy is that the farmer should get higher price than the market price for his produce. How does that happen?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The market has been shifting as the cities keep growing. The agri produces need to move across the states for better pricing.

    The Govt. can set up the infrastructure, but it can barely move the “corrupt minded people (us)”. It takes a good private operator to bring in the efficiency.

    FCI was supposed to do that. It didn’t.

    MTNL and BSNL were supposed to provide us the best telephones. They didn’t. Airtel and Vodafone took over the market.

    Similarly, in agri sectors, the private players would take over.

    The problem is that you don’t object to your Airport and Telephone being privatised, but you suddenly oppose when the farmers start getting a little attention !

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar ..this guy taught economics to Manmohan Singh … and he learnt it from Walmart .

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  • Anonymous

    Everything works better in Gujarat. Even Manmohan Singh spoke and gave a speech here: Narendra Modi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There is a magic in the water and air of Gujarat. Goonge bhi
    bolne lagte hain.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Only the water is in short supply. 25 minutes of water supply every thirds day !

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    Anonymous Reply:

    From when have you started believing liars ?

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Since the time you have started showing unflinching support for lies.

    Anonymous Reply:

    You should take out some time from your busy schedule and
    travel to Gujarat for reality check. Yes, Gujarat is not a heaven
    but it is much much better than most of the states of our country.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    I did. Surprisingly the airport looks like a smallish tourist island airport.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Well, isnt it a smaller city vis-a-vis BLR, MUM, DEL ec….Also, isnt airports under the central govt?

    Anonymous Reply:

    Also, Dvdutt et al – let us give credit and complements when one deserves — Gujrat has done great things compared to most of the other states… I am sure there are areas, such as in certain social metrics, other states such as my home state of Kerala may be doing better. As I mentioned somewhere else, we should have our bright minds from IIM/IIT “bottle” Gujrat economic model and kerala social model together and replicate in other states…problem solved.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    There isn’t anything magic about it. Force the Gujrat Govt to reply the pending 14000 RTI applications, then see how many projects would come to a screeching halt !

    All round development means something else.

    devduttkumar Reply:

    The Dhobi ghat talks a lot about the village itself.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, Ahemedabad airport is not that great in comparison

    to Delhi, Bombay, Hyderabad and Bangalore. And you are

    right about rich Gujaratis, very few of them live ostentatiously.

    Anonymous Reply:

    A story was filed from Gandhinagar on Vaghela ..and his assuming the role of “Captain” ….of a C class Congress team

    Anonymous Reply:

    aur bachcha leader bhi akalmandon ke tarah bhashan dene lagta hai.

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  • Anonymous

    The extent to which USA will go to save their citizens:

    An Indian American doctor,Dr Dileep Joseph (the son of immigrants from kerala, India) was kidnapped by Taliban a few weeks ago while he was with a medical services volunteer organization providing medical help to Afghanis.

    The US military sent their famed “navy seals” (the same team that captured Osama bin Laden) to save him. One young seal, Nicolas Ceque, was killed in the encounter, although Dr Dilip Joseph was saved and returned to the American base.

    India still has its Kargill heroes rotting in a prison in the fifth world country of Pakistan!

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  • pankaj#1

    Yet, Muslims say they want the narrative of eternal suffering, victimhood and persecution to change. A development-oriented state that supplies 24×7 electricity to all is also a state that does not hand out sops or special privileges. This, paradoxically, lessens the dependency trap and the vested interests of victimhood. In 2002, there were 260 Muslim educational trusts; today there are more than 800, all running schools with a single-minded focus on acquiring quality education. The Gujarat example shows, ironically, how dynamic a community can become when the state hands out ‘benign neglect’ and forces independence and enterprise.
    Many Muslims spoke to me about the need to change personal laws, about the drawbacks of identity politics and the underworld bhai leaders of the past. There is the recognition that they may be second-class citizens in Gujarat, but still do not fear to assert their identity in public. The Muslim story in Gujarat is a poignant example of how sometimes good results from the terrible, how the apocalypse sometimes brings a rebirth.
    Above mentioned lines are from Sagarika Ghosh in HT.
    This is what I was saying yesterday to which devdutt took exception to.
    some time I wonder whether I do have my moments of an epiphany?

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  • pankaj#1

    why muslims could not win the trust of Non
    Muslims??…..
    Interesting.
    Was it so easy for you to get carried away ?
    All Non Muslims are not Modi. Sounds far fetched ?

    Devdutt;
    so you just repeated my words, OK.
    Yes, I am repeating, why Muslims could not win the trust of Non- Muslims??
    where from we should start? Every oher community in India has won laurels for its work, yes, community, not individuals. Even in Muslim community, Individuals have done great, I am speaking about community. why Muslims are looked upon with suspicion. Is there any shortcoming from their side?? this is the point to ponder.
    I can take this discussion farther, if you have any inclination. Do not fall back on subterfuge, wisecracks and rhetorics.

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    engrich Reply:

    hate is duty.it is through hate and lies that sanghi minded hindus consolidate their position on middle class hindu vote.hate is neccesity to remain in power.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Hindus, including my mother, love to hate Muslims. I thought she was a little old fashioned. But I guess it’s quire pervasive amongst the so called literate and modern ones.

    Am I proud of my hindu brothers around me ? Perhaps not.

    They all touch the feet of hundreds of swamis, do 108 kalash pujas yet back home they are as bad as any nastiks.

    Whenever you have problem with any community, pick up few exotic food receipes from the mothers of that community and try them out. You will be at peace with yourself and with them as well.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ” Whenever you have problem with any community, pick up
    few exotic food recipes from the mothers of the community and try them out. You will be at peace with yourself and with them as well”

    SUPERB.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ” Whenever you have problem with any community, pick up
    few exotic food recipes from the mothers of the community and try them out. You will be at peace with yourself and with them as well”

    SUPERB.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    nalayak beta..

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    Pankaj#1 Reply:

    Devdutt,
    were we discussing Muslims? Yes. But you are speaking about Hindus.
    Kahain khet ki, suno khalihan ki. Now, your hatred for hindus is obvious in your mail. You also have a low opinion of them. So on this grand canvas where Aam Admi has to be judged on a very hig standard of being of scientific bend of mind and should not behave duplicitiously, and because of this, have lost your affection??
    But if you judge any other community on these points, which community earn your respect?
    Any basis of hatred of muslims from your mother to an ordinary person, any basis, whatsoever, which comes to your mind. Also you have not commented on Sagarika Ghosh article, she is saying samething as I said in my mail, a day earlier.

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  • Anonymous

    NEW DELHI: A petition has been filed before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seeking an investigation into the torture and killing of Captain Saurabh Kalia and five jawans of the 4 Jat Regiment (infantry) by Pakistani troops during the Kargil conflict of 1999.

    The petition was filed on December 7 with UNHRC’s Juan E Mendez, special rapporteur on torture in Geneva, according to a statement issued by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP who has been among those demanding justice for Capt Kalia. Among the petitioners is Dr N K Kalia, Capt Saurabh Kalia’s father who had recently moved the Supreme Court over the issue.

    “The petitioners urged the UNHRC to ensure a full and independent investigation is opened immediately, justice is achieved and also to conduct enquires into this matter and takes appropriate steps to urge the Government of Pakistan to conduct an enquiry into the matter and ascertain those responsible for the torture and death of Captain Kalia,” the statement said.

    Early in the Kargil conflict, on May 15, 1999 Capt Kalia and five jawans — Arjun Ram, Bhanwar Lal Bagaria, Bhika Ram, Moola Ram and Naresh Singh – were captured by Pakistani troops while they were on a patrol. It is believed that Kalia and his team encountered Pakistani troops and exchanged fire for a long time, only to run out of ammunition. They were captured, and in custody of Pakistani troops were tortured and killed. Their mutilated bodies were returned to Indian troops on June 9, 1999.

    The violation of the Geneva Convention on treatment of professional soldier taken as prisoners of war had led to a nationwide outcry. India asked Pakistan formally to identify the guilty, but no response has yet been given by Islamabad. Ever since then, Kalia family has been demanding that the torture of the six soldiers be declared a war crime.

    Dr Kalia, who issued a statement on Tuesday, said that this was a matter “about dignity and honour of Capt Saurabh Kalia and five soldiers and a national issue where country’s prestige was slighted due to such heinous crimes which go unchallenged.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    Hegde reports few blogs below what US did to save an Indian American doctor volunteering in Afghanistan; he says we let our Kargil heroes rot in Pak prison, while they send their navy seals to rescue/save one citizen.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes. Gopiji I read that post of Binoy. Is it the uncaring government or we Indians are like that we don’t really care for our fellow countryman ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    Mohan, it is both that and much more. At a base level, unlike in many other countries, we do not care about our Jawans, police force etc. I am reading a report on the new Chinese leader and what his articulations for China ar for th e next ten years. Patriotism, heritage etc all come in play.. More later

    Anonymous Reply:

    Our patriotism perhaps begins and ends at flag hoisting
    and slogans shouting.

  • Anonymous

    Sonia Gandhi in an election speech in Gujarat said ” all the money given by
    UPA to Gujarat has been diverted to Manninagar, constituency of Modi. There is no development in other areas of Gujarat.”
    Later Mrs. Shweta Bhatt who is contesting against Modi said ” In spite of being Modi’s constituency, in Manninagar there is no water, no schools and no hospitals.”

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  • engrich

    New
    Delhi: Pakistani scientist Dr Mohammad Khalil Chishty, 82, has been
    acquitted by the Supreme Court of murder after a 20-year legal battle in
    India.

    He came to Ajmer in 1992 to visit his ailing mother. There he was
    allegedly involved in a brawl in which one of his relatives was killed. Dr
    Chisty was arrested for murder and last year, was sentenced to life in prison by
    a Rajasthan court after an 18-year-long trial.

    In April this year, the
    Supreme Court granted bail to Dr Chisty, allowing him to visit his family in
    Karachi, Pakistan. He had not been home in 20 years.

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  • Anonymous

    A request to News Channels who get Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi on their programmes. Pl show full frame … audience gets apprehensive if only half frame is shown and audience sees him fidgeting .

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A very good one.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Whatever happened to the whole thing about him promising the high coutrt/supreme court judgeship to his mistress/liaison lady advocate? Is it all swept under the rug??

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    You are quite stuck up on his lower part !

    And Mohan relishes the act !!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Bhai mere, at least sometimes appreciate the humour instead of replying with your usual wisecrack comment.
    On second thought, aapki marzi hai, nahin bhi appreciate kiya to no problem.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    aapki marzi hai, nahin bhi appreciate kiya to no problem. Praveen Bhai akele jhel lenge.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Bhai mere, at least sometimes appreciate the humour instead of replying with your usual wisecrack comment.
    On second thought, aapki marzi hai, nahin bhi appreciate kiya to no problem.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    the relish is visible on your face…and you have been relishing it since long

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  • engrich

    pankaj,

    we are progressing through this sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;

    from spiritual faith to great courage;

    from courage to liberty;

    from liberty to abundance;

    from abundance to selfishness;

    from selfishness to complacency;

    from complacency to apathy;

    from apathy to dependence;

    from dependency back again into bondage.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    good for u

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good that you finally admitted your situation without blaming others.

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    engrich Reply:

    this is adressed to undia and indian.barring few lucky.

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  • Anonymous

    My gut is that Congress position in Gujrat will be worse than the current assembly. Their strategy of denials and belittling of what gujrat has achieved will backfire against them; with even congressis voting for Modi or keshu. It is a wrong strategy to fight on referendum on Modi when Gujratis in general are quite appreciative of the progress they have made under Modi. The referendum approach will not work.

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  • Anonymous

    My gut is that Congress position in Gujrat will be worse than the current assembly. Their strategy of denials and belittling of what gujrat has achieved will backfire against them; with even congressis voting for Modi or keshu. It is a wrong strategy to fight on referendum on Modi when Gujratis in general are quite appreciative of the progress they have made under Modi. The referendum approach will not work.

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  • Anonymous

    China effect: Noida’s manufacturing units are shutting shop

    http://www.firstpost.com/economy/china-effect-noidas-manufacturing-units-are-shutting-shop-554372.html

    In Noida, once a thriving manufacturing hub, industrial units now seem to be
    falling like ninepins. As cheap Chinese imports turn small and medium
    enterprises (SMEs) into losing propositions, Noida is being transformed into a
    trading hub, say manufacturers.

    Noida or the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority has one of the
    largest concentration of SMEs. Seventy percent of its 10,000 industries are
    SMEs, as per the Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA).

    “Seventy percent of the electronics market is now dominated by Chinese
    imports. If you look at the furniture market, it is all Chinese and Malaysian.
    Indian products are nowhere. Today the furniture manufacturing units in Noida
    have been converted into assembling units. They import the parts from China, put
    them together, and sell them in the Indian market,” says Vipin Malhan, President
    of the Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA).

    While the auto sector has remained largely unaffected, Malhan says, all
    electrical parts are being imported from China. “They are also slowly capturing
    the garment market,” adds Malhan.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Send the link to Jaitlay and Sushma.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Please give me their Email address.

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    devduttkumar Reply:

    Check out BJP.org

    devduttkumar Reply:

    Send the link to Jaitlay and Sushma.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    this government will slowly destruct us and take us back to the “hindu growth rate” of 2-3%. that will achieve their payback to Narasimha Rao

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  • Anonymous

    Shiv Sena dangles PM carrot for Pawar but adds join NDA clause

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/shiv-sena-sharad-pawar-join-nda-become-pm/1/237352.html

    Senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi today invited NCP President Sharad Pawar
    to join NDA, saying “he would be able to end quarrels within the BJP-led
    alliance and could also become Prime Minister”.

    Hailing the Maratha
    strongman’s political skills, Joshi, who attended a function organised here on
    the eve of Pawar’s birthday tomorrow, told reporters “Pawar should join NDA to
    end quarrels within the alliance and bring together all factions. If he joins
    NDA, he can also become the Prime Minister.”

    Asked whether other NDA
    constituents would accept such a proposal, the former Lok Sabha Speaker quipped
    “Pawar can get it done.”

    Earlier, the former Maharashtra Chief Minister,
    addressing the gathering, showered praise on Pawar and said the NCP leader has
    the capability to become Prime Minister.

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  • Anonymous

    From yesterday:

    MTNL and BSNL were supposed to provide us the best telephones. They didn’t. Airtel and Vodafone took over the market.

    Similarly, in agri sectors, the private players would take over.

    The problem is that you don’t object to your Airport and Telephone being privatised, but you suddenly oppose when the farmers start getting a little attention !

    =============

    This government isn’t working either – let’s privatise it too !!

    Farmer ke naam per loot ki tayyari.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A very good one.

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  • Anonymous

    To me the worst aspect of this government is Rahul Gandhi saying that the COngress did a favour to the nation by supporting the NDA during Kargill war.

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  • Anonymous

    Amidst protests by girls alleging arbitrary selection of beneficiaries, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday launched the ‘Hamari Beti, Uska Kal’ scheme, under which girls from minority communities are given a one-time cash assistance of Rs 30,000 on passing Class X, at Rampur on Monday.

    The CM gave cheques to as many as 16,322 girls from Moradabad division, which included Bijnore, Moradabad, Amroha, Rampur and Sambhal districts, under the new scheme and also the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme.

    While the function was in progress at Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, hundreds of protesting girls spilled on the road and marched towards the venue. They reached the collectorate building when the police swung into action and drove them into nearby Ambedkar Park. The police reportedly wielded lathis to prevent them from moving out.
    ——

    Wondering how will media and our secular parties react if BJP comes up with similar scheme offering cash rewards to Hindu girls.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Good question.

    I welcome cash rewards for girl students on passing class X. The girls could be from any community – at least it is linked to something constructive i.e. someone bothering to get educated. Hopefully, her family and future generation would be better and it would eventually help the society and the nation.

    Its much better than doles for doing nothing.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    That is lot of money –jut in one district…where is the money coming from? When do we have a “tax payer” protest/decision in allocation? I am for the right programs applied to all people–in this case it should have been to all poor girl students below certain wealth level

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is good to encourage young girls to study, but I am not sure whether this is right approach. This will create huge burden on the government exchequer.

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  • engrich

    everything the american public believe is false.general causey cia director 1981 followed by brhmnst of india.

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  • engrich

    we will know our disinformation programm is complete when everything the american public believe is false.general causey cia director 1981 followed by brhmnst of india

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  • Anonymous

    Get TB drugs at shops free, govt to pay up

    NEW DELHI: In a move to curb multi-drug resistant tuberculosis cases caused mostly because of irregular medication, the government has decided that relevant medicines will be available for free at all chemist shops and corporate hospitals.

    The scheme will be rolled out across the country by next March. A patient, confirmed positive for TB by a qualified doctor, simply needs to register with the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP).

    The patient will then be issued a unique ID which will have all information on medicines prescribed and the dosage.

    “Any hospital or chemist shop will be able to give the medicine to him/her as per the treatment schedule, which will be available online. The government will bear all costs,” said Dr Jagdhish Prasad, director general of health services (DGHS).

    The government presently spends about Rs 250 crore on providing free medicines to TB patients. The new scheme will cost about Rs 100 crore more.

    “We are in talks with manufacturers of the medicines and hospital groups to finalise the modality for reimbursement,” Prasad said.

    India reports 15 lakh new cases of TB every year. About one in six deaths among adults aged 15-49 are caused by TB. Nearly 10,000 cases of multi-drug resistant are estimated to occur annually.

    TB was declared a notifiable disease in May this year, making it compulsory for all private doctors, caregivers and clinics treating a patient of this air-borne disease to report the case to the government.

    “About 1.5 million people are registered with our DOTS (directly observed therapy centres). But data shows 10-17% of these patients tend to miss their regular dosage either because they are working or they do not want to travel to the centres to get the medicine, leaving the treatment module incomplete and ineffective and also exacerbating the risk of multi-drug resistance in them. Many cannot buy medicines due to lack of money,” said the official.

    A workshop involving top researchers and TB experts is being held to develop the standard model for TB treatment. “There is disparity in prescription of drugs among the private practitioners and the DOTS module, which is WHO approved. We need to address that too,” Prasad said.

    Dr Sarman Singh, professor of clinical microbiology at AIIMS, said while the idea of free distribution of medicines is welcome, strict monitoring will be required to ensure that needy patients get it and it is not misused.

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  • Anonymous

    Baby, a dog, Labrador in Bihar has been promoted to the rank of sub inspector
    for helping the police solve as many as six cases of murder, robbey and snatching. A suitable award has been recommended for canine handler, a
    constable who interestingly has now gone junior to the dog after its recent
    promotion.

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  • Anonymous

    CBI probe to go on against Mulayam and Akhilesh in disproportional
    assets. No probe against Dimple.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Is the Congress working to stitch a relationship with Mayawati ? Is Mulayams’s honeymoon with Congress over.. ? Let us see Mohan .what happens?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Or this is just a warning to fall in line.? SP has decided
    not to vote for bill on quota for promotions.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Cry, my beloved country! Mohan, I really had high hopes for Akhilesh – young, charismatic, educated; a “nice looking couple” who could be our Kennedys, etc etc who can make some positive changes for hat wretched state which in a way is the root of all of us…..But no; nd he seems to make it worse with a vengence…

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  • Anonymous

    A copy paste job.. but a must read
    “He came, He Saw, He Spoke …. And we all laughed. There’s never a dull moment with Rahul Gandhi. He does seem to be the ‘apparent’ in the Congress ‘hair’. I have never been interested in political rallies or speeches. In all my life I have attended only one rally sometime early in the 1990s. It had nothing to with any interest in politics but a group of friends and I wanted to hear someone who was known as a great orator. That was A.B. Vajpayee and it was in a small municipal ground with just around 500 people. His chaste Hindi, his humour, his assertive style didn’t disappoint at all. Narendra Modi is even better as an orator but I have not been tempted to attend any of his rallies or keenly look forward to his speeches. But over the last 2 years the only person I keenly look forward to hear is Rahul Gandhi. He has my complete attention every time he speaks and I get a chance to listen to him. To call it an experience is an understatement. So it was that when he turned up in Gujarat on the last day of campaign (before the first round of polls) on December 11 I had to listen. It’s not just what he says but I also listen to see how the media cronies of Congress reproduce those speeches which add to the fun. Especially when it comes to NDTV and CNN-IBN the report is even better than the speeches.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Congress TV channels NDTV and CNN-IBN can make virtue out of

    Rahul’s follies. Now, since Rahul has claimed that Gandhiji is his guru

    than will he do the same what Bapu used to follow. No Non-veg, no daaru,

    no girls, drinking only goat milk. He may be able to do all this for sometime at least but I am sure that he will never be able to follow the most important trait of Gandhiji. Truthfulness.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Wow.

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  • Anonymous

    The pundits have started saying that Modi cannot/should not/will not be allowed to be the leader of NDA/PM candidate if he does not win more than 125 seats in the assembly. They have set anything less than the last time as a disqualifier..

    However, the same media says Rahul will be the Congress candidate – how come the “number of seats won” is not an issue with BabyG?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    IN current assembly BJP has 121 seats and if this time BJP

    wins 120 than NDTV and CNN-IBM will scream ” MODI HAS LOST THE POPULARITY IN GUJARAT

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    Anonymous Reply:

    They may even say he lost the election…….

    btw did you read Vinod Sharma’s report on Guj election — he also talks about, lack of water, electricity blah blah….as if everywhere else in India is milk and honey and 24/7 power..he also says youngsters will vote in droves against Modi….hahaha he also is in the same bunch…

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Seema bhatt is facing Modi at Maninagar.
    Sher ke saamne Bakari rakh di? Bahoot na insafi hai re.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Gradually, US politics and Indian politics are resembling each other, at least in one aspect. Sexapades of politicians are no longer taboo in both countries.
    Roosevelt , Kennedy and Bill clinton versus N.D. Tiwari and Manu Singhvi comes to mind immediately. ( Mulayam confabulating with N.D. and Manu’s rehabilitation in congress)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pankaj-
    Sexapades were never a taboo for Indian politicians – karunanidhi had/even now has three “formal” wives; with children from all of them as ministers and MPs and stealers. Tamilians never cared..The Telugu people did not care When NTR fooled with a younger woman ; they made him a CM. And everybody knows the Edwina/Nehru relation…I am sure there are countless others. I believe US always put a puritan front; they wanted the leaders to be “pure” although citizenry could fool around ..In a way it is good; but glad that politicians are now accepted although they have so called personal blemishes —

    It is ok as long as they provide good legislation/governing and they do not commit illegal activities.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Thanks for this information. When I was growing up and cutting my teeth on Indian politics, Morals, in all its variations and variables, was supposed to be high, as leaders were supposed to be role model for ruled. Yes, present day situation is different.

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  • Anonymous

    18 Lakhs UP govt.employess to strike against quota bill with immidiate effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Why is a journalist such as Mr Sharma putting Kejerwal’s new political party that is just a few weeks old, to standards and expectations that he has not put on an old almost continuously ruling party like Congress?

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    But let’s face it, democracy contains no eternal truth. ‘Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than religion has made them good.’ Ascribing superior wisdom to the ignorant and uneducated and allowing them to choose a dictator has also not worked. Nor is it really acceptable that we should be made to listen and look up to those who should be locked up, merely because we have elected them for telling us what we think we want to hear.

    (India)needs political surgery performed by genuine surgeons and not abortionists posing as surgeons. They need not be working in spivy hospitals, which cut and torture for an undeserved fee, but honest men of proven experience in the management of the economy and the administration of the state.

    Of course, we also need a free media and an independent judiciary, much like the one we have, and with the same amount of spunk, albeit, led by a judge acting as primus inter pares (first among equals) rather than supra et al; and a free, not freely auctioned media. We need all of that or else the next happiness index study may show us to be more joyful even as our current bipolar, and as yet treatable, malaise becomes terminal.
    Written for Pakistan by a Pakistani columnist but represent Indian situation no less than our separated at birth…

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  • Anonymous

    It seems that evenpathak G has giveN up on BaBy Rahul.

    Seems that he has changed ever since I informed him that even Malaysia looks down on Indian democracy which only gives us children of CM’s and PM’s.

    I hgav e not seen Pathak urf dEVDUTT CHEERLEADING FOR Rahul for past 24 hrs.

    Seems sense has gone into him.

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  • Anonymous

    FDI: Most congressmen voted in favour of FDI because they thought FDI stood for… “Fixed Deposit in ITALY”… and didn’t want to upset madam…..!!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Italy needs lots of money now.. however, I think she is not putting any money there…must be swiss account, or blue chip US stocks

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  • Anonymous

    The Roman Agent In Gujarat

    http://www.mediacrooks.com/2012/12/the-roman-agent-in-gujarat.html#.UMrK8mthiSM

    Very good article.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Indeed – it is a good read.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Indeed – it is a good read.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-

    Good article; points precisely to the divide and rule of the Congress party. Gujarat has moved along; Muslims for most part have moved along; definitely the Young Muslims there in Gujarat and elsewhere in India are pursuing their own Indian and American dreams, in spite of the Congress party and the vested media/other nterests living with the baggage/holding back Muslims with this baggage.

    Rizwan runs a factory; Pervez is at St Stephens, and I am “globe trotting”. I know of Muslim businessmen on whose behalf Modi has intervened to straighten/accelerate licensing/registration issues. Let us see the exit polls on Muslim share of Modi votes. It is going to be a surprise!

    The question in the article “have Muslims moved away from the disastrous earthquake of 2000″ nails it!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Thanks Shoeb.

    Currently I am Management sciences in Delhi Univ after my stint at Stephens..

    I like your writings and wish that many more Muslims and Non Muslims recognise our desire to move away from religion based identities and instead be taken as normal individuals.

    The current quota row in Lok Sabha dismays me as it just proves that politicians have no wish to make India successfull, but only have bad ideas on how to make India into a disaster.

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  • Anonymous

    vijay phir gayab.

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  • Anonymous

    Shoot out at Connecticet in US. 18 children among 27 killed.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The right to guns is not a right which can be a basis for democracy.

    Very difficult to convince the Americans on this. as their liberal gun laws make them kill each other unnecessarily…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan/Parvez –

    Gunrights is a political hot ball here. Too many have been killed – just this year there was the Gurudwaa shootings, movie theater, Oregon shopping mall, etc etc. President Obama had the courage today to say that actions have to be taken without the consideration of politics. But the Republicans will not allow him to move. Let us see.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    HOw silly! Americans need to learn from India. States where guns are common– UP, Bihar, Punjab, J&K are always more violent than our non GUn states like Gujarat, Karnataka, Orissa.

    Seems Americans have forgotten hat guns are primarily meant for killing and should only be with the police.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo-
    The second amendment to the constitution guarantees individuals the right to carry guns/firearms to protect themselves from a tyrant government . It was passed in another era when the nation formation was in its infancy. However, as time passed, especially now, the individuals right has been expanded to include AK 47 etc. It is a political hot potato, with any politician who is anti-gun gets defeated by the powerful gun lobby. The Republican party is pro gun; Democrats generally are anti-gun. East coast and West coast states are against guns, while Southern and southwest states are for guns.. But since this tragedy affected young kids below 10, there is a feeling that some form of control will be enacted.. However, it will be difficult to pass any meaningful regulation because of the influence of lobbies like NRA National Rifle Association

  • Anonymous

    Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik compares 26/11 carnage with Babri

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-interior-minister-Rehman-Malik-compares-26/11-carnage-with-Babri/articleshow/17618899.cms?

    NEW DELHI: Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik dealt a blow to the efforts to normalize bilateral ties by raking up the Babri issue and seeking to draw a parallel between destruction of the mosque and terror attacks including the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai.

    “We don’t want any 9/11, we don’t want any Mumbai bomb blast (attacks), we don’t want any Samjhauta Express blast and we don’t want Babri masjid issue,” Malik said, stunning his hosts into silence and souring the positive vibes over the new visa regime designed to facilitate travel between the two countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Cash transfers can power Congress to victory in next two polls: Rahul Gandhi

    NEW DELHI: Heir apparent Rahul Gandhi on Friday said a successful ‘direct cash transfer’ can power Congress to victory in the next two elections.

    “If we get this programme right, we will win the next two general elections,” Rahul reportedly told a meeting of Congress chiefs of 51 districts where the cash transfer scheme is to be rolled out.
    The remark provided the bluntest evidence that Congress is banking on the scheme to change its political fortunes that have gone into a spiral. Congress estimates cash transfer will provide succour from routine woes over accessing benefits, and neutralize the negatives of UPA over two years.

    To hammer home the criticality of cash transfers in elections, Rahul said its successful implementation would “win the party not just the 2014 polls, but also the one after it”.

    There is visible urgency in filling the gaps on the ground to help roll out the scheme. The PMO urged the ministries concerned to work on a “war footing” to digitize database of beneficiaries, provide them Aadhar numbers and bank accounts.

    Congress made a similar call to its cadre. “Rahul asked partymen to be involved in constructive work like helping to link people to the system and securing Aadhar membership,” Union minister Jairam Ramesh and AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.

    The leadership’s stress on the political dimension of welfarist intervention was not lost on district chiefs, state presidents of Congress and Youth Congress, who later told TOI “it is our loan waiver for 2014″.

    As earlier reported by TOI, party biggies chose to call it ‘direct benefits transfer’, dropping the word ‘cash’ from the name which has led to criticism that Congress was buying votes.

    While banking on the magic of “cash delivery”, Congress strategy is to use the scheme to counter the bugbear of corruption a la Anna Hazare. Rahul said Anna and others only spoke about corruption but Congress was offering solutions to combat the malaise.

    As if in sync with Congress hopes, leaders asked about the possibility of the opposition hijacking the scheme. When a Punjab leader said rival parties could take credit in states they rule, Rahul asked if he would let that happen in his district. Kerala Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala urged the Centre to monitor the banking correspondents, saying the strong bank unions were mostly affiliated to the Left.

    There were concerns too. A district chief from Rajasthan warned that the pilot project in Kot Kasim in Alwar had drawn strong criticism from people who complained they were getting costly kerosene and the delivery of cash was not good.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    unbelievable -

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Only thing left for Congress is to officially announce that they buy votes using government funds.

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  • Anonymous

    Blog has gone completely silent. It seems that all the bloggers have gone
    to Gujarat to campaign for or against Modi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I was wondering the same. I think we need more of Vijay and Rizwan and Balwinder for entertainment and energy!

    Pathak G too has become an old horse and has not picked up my challenge. I seriously think that he has given up on Rahul and knows deep inside that Vajpayee and Advani were a better combo than the present corrupt dispensation.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathak may give up on Rahul though I don’t think he

    will do that but he will never have anything good to say about Advani. His extreme hatred for Advani is quite evident.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well the Congress is banking on giving money and buying votes. I hope Pathak G is in the pipeline of this money distribution.

    he hates Advani. WOnder why.

  • Anonymous

    UPA lacks spine to stand up to Malik’s remarks: Modi

    Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the PMO and Congress party of “keeping the country in dark” over Sir Creek issue and slammed UPA for “lacking the guts” to take on “authoritative” Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik for his remarks. The visiting Pakistani

    minister created a flutter yesterday when he equated 26/11 Mumbai attacks to the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.
    “Neither the Prime Minister has responded to my questions on Sir Creek issue nor has the Congress party….You have kept the people of India in dark on this issue..” Modi said addressing election rallies at different places on the last day of the campaigning here for the final phase of polls slated December 17.

    The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday had dismissed as “untrue” Modi’s claim that the Indian government was planning to hand over Sir Creek to Pakistan.

    He accused UPA of lacking courage to stand up to Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik’s remarks alluding Mumbai attacks to Babri demolition.

    “The Union government in Delhi is so weak that Malik comes to India and states authoritatively that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack is similar to the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition. The Babri Masjid demolition is an internal matter of India. If the Indian government had guts, it should have asked the visiting delegation from Pakistan to say sorry for its comments,” Modi said while addressing an election rally at Prantij here.

    Dismissing Congress’ allegation that he has raked up the Sir Creek issue to drive political mileage during Gujarat elections, Modi said, “If the Congress party feels that I have raked up this issue to get more votes, then postpone this elections. Let the polls be held after six months. Elections will come and go. But, I am more concerned about the security of the country”.

    He attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for doubting his “patriotism”.

    “I am the son of this soil. I was born and grown up here and fought on this soil. I don’t require your certificate of nationalism,” he said referring to Sonia Gandhi.

    Taking a dig at AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi for invoking Mahatma Gandhi during one of his poll rallies in the state recently, Modi reiterated that “I am fully confident that Rahul will fulfil Mahatma Gandhiji’s dream of disbanding the Congress after independence”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan
    Malik’s bringing in Babri Masjid into Mumbai 11/26 is an example of their audacity. The Indian government should have immediately asked him to leave the country. It is a shame no major newspapers criticized this. Modi is absolutely right on this, though the Sir Creek issue may be just a noise. Modi should use the Babri/11-26 statement of the Pakistan minister in his remaining campaign in Guj — and tie it to Congress’ neck

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Campaigning for elections is over so Modi won’t be able to use

    this issue extensively as he would have liked. I also agree with his comments that about the weak government not having guts to stand up to Rehman Malik.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan

    Rehman Malik should have been asked to leave or an apology. To me, it is almost treason and a violation of the oath these ministers/parliamentarians have taken. It is also sad that only Modi brought this up, and no other politician/media had the courage ..

    engrich Reply:

    The Indian government should have immediately asked him to leave the
    country. It is a shame no major newspapers criticized this. Modi i

    gopi,kya sharam agyee kya..demolition of babri mosque was a terroist and anti-national act.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ram –
    whatever was the babri incident, it was conducted by Indians — 11/26 was hatched by Pakistani genrals, mullahs, extremists; they trained and despatched the terrorists .

    .Rehman’s audacity to lump babri and 11/26 together and make the statement on Indian soil is admirable. India stood still when Lodis, Ghazanis, Moguls, British, Dutch, Portugese etc invaded and took our lands and honour away; now we are standing still on these verbal attacks and false propaganda.

    Anonymous Reply:

    We enjoy getting fu…..ed.

  • Anonymous

    UPA lacks spine to stand up to Malik’s remarks: Modi

    Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the PMO and Congress party of “keeping the country in dark” over Sir Creek issue and slammed UPA for “lacking the guts” to take on “authoritative” Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik for his remarks. The visiting Pakistani

    minister created a flutter yesterday when he equated 26/11 Mumbai attacks to the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.
    “Neither the Prime Minister has responded to my questions on Sir Creek issue nor has the Congress party….You have kept the people of India in dark on this issue..” Modi said addressing election rallies at different places on the last day of the campaigning here for the final phase of polls slated December 17.

    The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday had dismissed as “untrue” Modi’s claim that the Indian government was planning to hand over Sir Creek to Pakistan.

    He accused UPA of lacking courage to stand up to Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik’s remarks alluding Mumbai attacks to Babri demolition.

    “The Union government in Delhi is so weak that Malik comes to India and states authoritatively that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack is similar to the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition. The Babri Masjid demolition is an internal matter of India. If the Indian government had guts, it should have asked the visiting delegation from Pakistan to say sorry for its comments,” Modi said while addressing an election rally at Prantij here.

    Dismissing Congress’ allegation that he has raked up the Sir Creek issue to drive political mileage during Gujarat elections, Modi said, “If the Congress party feels that I have raked up this issue to get more votes, then postpone this elections. Let the polls be held after six months. Elections will come and go. But, I am more concerned about the security of the country”.

    He attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for doubting his “patriotism”.

    “I am the son of this soil. I was born and grown up here and fought on this soil. I don’t require your certificate of nationalism,” he said referring to Sonia Gandhi.

    Taking a dig at AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi for invoking Mahatma Gandhi during one of his poll rallies in the state recently, Modi reiterated that “I am fully confident that Rahul will fulfil Mahatma Gandhiji’s dream of disbanding the Congress after independence”

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  • engrich

    LUCKNOW: If Lakhimpur Kheri police is to be believed, a local BJP leader
    plotted his own murder. Sounds bizarre but according to police, former BJP
    district vice-president Harish Gupta, who was found dead under mysterious
    circumstances on September 20, paid Rs 10,000 to killers to kill him so that his
    family can get Rs 77 lakh life
    insurance money. However, BJP leaders and Gupta’s family members are not
    able to digest police’s theory and have demanded a CBI probe into the
    matter.

    On September 20, Gupta’s body was found near Dallapur village in Kotwali
    area. It seemed to be a case of murder. Police arrested one Shatrohan Lal on
    September 28 and claimed that he along with Ramasarey killed Gupta. Police said
    that the accused have confessed that Gupta plotted his own murder along with his
    friend Shatrohan.

    Police claimed that Gupta, a businessman, had taken loan worth Rs 4,50,000
    from banks and individuals. However, due to loss in business, he was unable to
    pay back the loan and was under depression and wanted to end his life.

    Gupta had life insurance policey of around Rs 77 lakh. He, therefore plotted
    his own murder, so that his family could get the insurance money and does not
    suffer after his death. The post-mortem report concluded that Gupta was
    strangulated.

    Lakhimpur district police chief Dalbir Singh Yadav told reporters that
    Gupta’s close friend Shatrohan spilled the beans during intense interrogation.
    Shatrohan allegedly confessed before police that he hired Ram Asrey to carry out
    the plan. The day before he was to be killed, Gupta sent out registered letters
    to the district magistrate, superintendent of police, and some of his friends
    and relatives saying that he could be killed by his business partner to dress up
    his murder as a genuine one.

    Police also claimed that those arrested confessed that Gupta paid Rs 10,000
    to his killer to carry out his own murder. Gupta took sleeping pills and was
    strangulated while he was asleep.However, as pointed out by Gupta’s family,
    police’s theory of murder has several loopholes.

    They questioned why would a person agree to kill somebody for meagre Rs
    10,000 when he knew that victim’s family would get Rs 77 lakh. They also said
    that Gupta had a threat to his life which he had mentioned to his family and
    friends several times. BJP leader Ram Kumar Verma said that its hard to believe
    that Gupta hired killers to kill him. The BJP leaders in their memorandum to the
    district magistrate described police theory as bogus and demanded CBI probe into
    the case. Several BJP leaders on Saturday also met senior police officials to
    lodge their protest. Later, they told reporters that the police was trying to
    hush up the case

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This BJP guy – if the story is true – died for the benefit for his family unlike
    Khursheed who stole similar amount which was meant for handicaps.

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  • Ravi

    हिन्दुस्तानी मुसलमानों की खूफिया साजिश

    New Delhi: In a Gujarat Election related breakthrough in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, the anti-National Investigation Agency (aNIA) on Saturday arrested Rajesh Chaudhary, suspected to have planted bombs in the Kailash Parbat-bound train, from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.

    Chaudhary, whose real name is Aothimanda Lulla Khan, carried a reward of Rs five lakh.

    He was arrested and produced before a court in Ujjain which gave his transit remand to the agency, official sources said adding that he will be produced before a Panchkula court.

    The breakthrough came after a RSS Nationalist Hero squealed to the investigating Sanghi employed by aNIA which was handed over the probe in 2010, they said.

    It is the fourth arrest in the case. The aNIA has already arrested Kamal Amrohi, Aseem Khan and Lokeshameen Billal for their alleged involvement in the blast.

    In celebration the swayam sevaks in Nagpur were given one extra poori in lunch.

    http://www.firstpost.com/india/samjhauta-express-blast-nia-arrests-man-who-planted-bomb-558769.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hang them if found guilty.

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  • Ravi

    PAID FOR NEWS FROM MURIDKE

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested key right-wing terror accused Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar, the alleged bomb planter in Samjhauta Express train and Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad.

    He was arrested from Nagda in Ujjain district of MP. “In the initial interrogation, Rajendra has accepted that he planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Samjhauta train and Meeca Masjid in Hyderabad. He was active in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS – a harmless social service organisation) in Hatod of Madhya Pradesh,” a source said.

    Investigators believe that Rajendra’s further questioning can lead them to a senior functionary of RSS who has been under scanner of the agency in connection with the larger conspiracy to carry out bomb blasts in mosques and places frequented by Muslims (Pakistanis illegally living in Hindu India) in retaliation of jehadi terrorism. The senior RSS functionary runs many outfits in Jammu.

    Sunil Joshi, an RSS pracharak and the kingpin of gang of right-wing extremists that planted bombs all over India, had taken Rajendra to Jammu for training in 2006.

    For more read this from anti Hindu foreign press…..

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Samjhauta-Mecca-Masjid-bomb-planter-arrested/Article1-973325.aspx

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  • ehgrich

    key suspect in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast, which killed 68
    people and mostly Pakistanis, was arrested from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
    on Friday night.

    The arrest came in the midst of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s ongoing visit to India.

    The suspect, Rajendra Chaudhary alias Samandar Das, allegedly planted
    bombs in two coaches of the Samjhauta Express along with Kamal Chauhan,
    who is already under arrest.

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    19:23 India embarrassed by Samjhauta blast probe? Police have
    secured a transit remand for Mr Das and will produce him tomorrow at the
    Panchkula courts near Chandigarh, where the Samjhauta Express case is
    being heard.

    On February 18, 2007, two blasts had ripped through coaches of the
    Samjhauta Express near Panipat, when the train was heading from Delhi to
    Lahore.

    The blast is alleged to have been carried out by Hindu right-wing
    extremists. The National Investigation Agency, which probes terrorism
    cases, has chargesheeted six people, including Swami Aseemanand and
    Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

    For NDTV Updates,

    Story first published: December 15, 2012 20:48 ISTTags: Rehman Malik, Samjhauta Express blast

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  • Anonymous

    Rehman Malik says religious extremism triggers violence in India…

    ?????????

    As Jews say, he has chutzpah!

    As I indicated elsewhere, India Govt is Shikhandi, napumsakh.. why would not they ask him to leave the country, revoke the visa..

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    engrich Reply:

    what else indian goverment should do.brhmnsts wants to destroy india in religious wars between different communities of india.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    GoI should have formally asked him to leave the country .. I m sure there are diplomatic protocols thaat will allow this

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  • Anonymous

    Can’t trust India to keep my Oscar safe: Bhanu Athaiya

    India’s first Oscar statuette won by costume designer Bhanu Athaiya at the 55th Annual Academy Awards in 1983 for her work in Lord Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’, has made its way back to its original home – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Los Angeles.

    “I do not trust anyone in India to keep it. If Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel medal could be stolen from Santiniketan, what is the guarantee my trophy would be safe? In India, no one values such things and we lack a tradition of maintaining our heritage and things pertaining to our culture,” Athaiya said about her decision that she had announced earlier this year.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan She is absolutely right..We do not maintain the stuff related to our heritage .. I remember, during a trip to the US, visiting a sort of a museum related to a minor civil war event in Tennessee. It was a place where a minor character did some little thing — like urination on his way to participate in a major attack, something like that… They had a few museum employees excited to explain this guy’s travel, rest at this place etc. I visited Ujjain a few years ago; I thought there will be a well maintained museum where one can go back to how it was during the court of Vikramaditya with the “navaratna” Kaalidasa, ,

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Whether it is our past, present or future , we just don’t care.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am optimistic about the present under 30 generation. They are much different from my generation when we were at that age (getting a job, keeping the job, rat race to avail the limited opportunities available in those times etc prevented us from doing bigger, nobler stuff… but I see a marked change in many of the youngsters giving me a sense of optimism)..

    Anonymous Reply:

    I respect your optimism but the youth with whom I interact
    - that is including my own children and nephews – have a different approach. Everyone wants to become rich overnight
    and without seriosly working hard for that.
    Maybe aspirations of youth of Dubai are different from the
    youth of India.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t trust India to keep my Oscar safe: Bhanu Athaiya

    India’s first Oscar statuette won by costume designer Bhanu Athaiya at the 55th Annual Academy Awards in 1983 for her work in Lord Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’, has made its way back to its original home – the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Los Angeles.

    “I do not trust anyone in India to keep it. If Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel medal could be stolen from Santiniketan, what is the guarantee my trophy would be safe? In India, no one values such things and we lack a tradition of maintaining our heritage and things pertaining to our culture,” Athaiya said about her decision that she had announced earlier this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Maang bharne ki sazaa kuch iss tarah paa rahaa hoon
    Maang bharne ki sazaa kuch iss tarah paa rahaa hoon

    Uss ki maang poori karte karte
    Ab maang maang ke kha rahaa hoon

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  • Anonymous

    ‘Silly’ taxes make manufacturing Jaguar, Land Rover impossible in India, Ratan Tata says

    MUMBAI: Ruling out any possibility of manufacturing Jaguar and Land Rover in India in the near future, Tata group chief Ratan Tata has said that some “silly taxes” make even their assembly here costlier than the imports.

    Tatas are building a plant in China which will export these cars to different parts of the world and have been invited by Saudi Arabia as well.

    “India is still making it somewhat difficult for us to offer it,” he told PTI when asked as to when Jaguar and Land Rover could be manufactured in India.

    “They are being assembled now (in India). Unfortunately, today if we were to manufacture here, it would cost more than the assembled one,” said Tata, who would hang his boots as the chief of an over USD 100-billion salt-to-software conglomerate later this month on December 28.

    Asked about the difficulties in manufacturing these cars in India, Tata said, “Because we do not have scale of manufacturing here, we are selling about a 1,000 Jaguars a year and you would need to be at least four to five times that in order to justify the investment that you would make …

    “… so unfortunately, the assembly here is turning out to be more costly than importing the cars because of some silly taxes that they have been imposed on companies.”

    Tata said that the “government should really look at doing things to incentivise people to bring more investment to India so that it becomes a base of exports, which unfortunately is not happening and China is doing that.”

    “We are building a plant in China which will export to different parts of the world. Even Saudi Arabia is asking us to come there and India is still making it somewhat difficult for us to offer it,” he added.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    just imagine how many higher paying wage jobs will be created – both directly related to the manufacturing and the entire supply chain – and all other related entrepreneurial stuff – tea shops, bakeries, vegetable stalls (these tertiary jobs/small businesses may all go away with the Congress FDI!)

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is strange and very sad that an Indian manufacturer
    is being forced to produce cars in China and not in his own country because of some silly laws.

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  • Anonymous

    Measure for measure, it’s all in her bag

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/TheSiegeWithin/entry/measure-for-measure-it-s-all-in-her-bag

    What does Mayawati, the most single-minded politician of north India, keep in that ubiquitous handbag perched permanently by her side?

    Weighing scales.

    She measures every pound given with every pound taken, plus compound interest, in the tradecraft of today’s unstable parliamentary politics. Since every party on her horizon is either a declared enemy, like Samajwadi, or an adversary on polling day, like Congress, she plays the short game with politicians and the long game with voters. She plays hardball, and leaves softball to dreamers like Mulayam Singh Yadav who manages to surrender every option in the hope that Congress will either soften the CBI’s investigations about his assets or – and this is where dream slips into fantasy – make him Prime Minister in the next, fully-fractured Lok Sabha

    Delhi is a tough city. If Lucknow politics is a brawl then Delhi is gang warfare: you shoot first, never ask questions, and then call an ambulance depending purely on whether the wounded are potential allies or foes

    One more very good article by Mr. Akbar.

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  • Ravi

    Love Jihad reaches Banglahore

    Four year old raped by father’s friend, police arrest accused

    In a gruesome incident, a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her father’s
    friend in Bangalore. The child was admitted to a hospital with bite marks and
    other injuries.

    The police said that the accused brought the child to the hospital claiming she was injured while playing but the injury marks made the doctors suspicious who informed the authorities. Police said the accused sent the child’s father on an errand, promising to take care of her as the mother too was out of town.

    This anti Hindu paid for article comes from…. http://www.firstpost.com/india/four-year-old-raped-by-fathers-friend-police-arrest-accused-557521.html

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  • Anonymous

    Khursheed says that Rehman Malik is not speaking on behalf of Pakistan.

    How does this idiot who stole money meant for paralyised people know that

    Malik was not speaking on behalf of his own country. Malik is an interior

    minister of Pakistan and is here on a official visit and if he is not talking on

    behalf of his country than why our government is speaking to him?

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  • Ravi

    Birth of a Vote Bank

    It is well known here on this Blog that Congress and Congress alone creates and then maintains Vote Banks for its survival. Whilst all other political parties, both at regional and national level, indulge is conscious politics. In other words, with the exception of Congress, all other political parties in India encourages free political thinking among Indians, form long-lasting आम आदमी favouring pro-development policies and just hope that the electorate will look towards them in favourable light.

    Has anyone ever wondered how Vote Banks are born, if not then follow this example and I am sure you will find an explanation.

    1. Belong to a very large Caste for example the लण्डग्यात of करनाटका

    2. After decades of voting for Congress, become intolerant of their corruption and

    3. En-mass switch your allegiance to the BJP and cultivate an anti corruption image

    4. Once people believe you are anti-corruption, become corrupt like any other Indian

    5. When caught swindling state funds and nepotism – tricks learnt from the Congress, deny everything and threaten to leave the BJP.

    6. Ask for re-instatement as the CM of your personal fiefdom called करनाटका.

    7. When the BJP does not oblige, then.

    8. Get your caste brethren to form an orderly queue in front of a मुल्ला In-charge of लुल्ला, and have your fore-skin removed.

    9. You and your caste brethren have now become a लण्डग्यात Vote Bank.

    10. BJP will no longer touch you, because it only likes free thinking electorates.

    A very similar V O T E B A N K example can be constructed using Patels as an example.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ravi

    Sardar Patel would have been a Congress PM, cleansing congress of its apologetic, left leaning orientation to an India first, wealth/job/prosperity creating party along with Rajaji etc.. Nehru, of course was a lover of India, but devoid of pragmatism, with full of sh– from his England days filling his close advisory positions with Fabian socialists like Krishna Menon (yes he was a fellow Keralite; but he was so proud to state that he does not know Malayalam, or any other Indian language, but knew only English and other foreign languages!) The duo brought us the Chinese invasion and our miserable failure to deal with that and the humiliation we suffered. Just imagine if Patel was the PM at that time!

    Now regarding the vote bank, the process of the birth of new political parties follows what you articulated. However, the formation or aftermath is not a votebank generation as the Congress party does. Keshunbhai has not promised anything to Patels; Yedurappa has not promised anythng to lingayats; although there may be an implicit aspiration/expectation on the side of those segments that the Yedurappas or Keshus will do some good for the community — but they cannot explictly do anything — given an opportunity I am sure all these leaders will want to put their communities in the reserved category of backward/Muslim etc etc.

    Congress explicitly feeds its vote bank of Muslims and some of the segments of Hindus- putting them oppressed, making them afraid of others so they only become the protector, promising permanent backwardness, etc etc. The irony is that Sawajwadi Party has outfoxed Congress in this game. So, for a change, the congress party may for the first time do what is right. But their campaign in Gujrat was the same old stuff all over – that Msu;ims are not safe, that the poor people are not safe, The same worn out old sh– they have been preaching.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Gopi

    Wecan all indulge in fantasy “What if” scenarios. There is no doubt
    about Sardar Patel’s record and his right of centre leanings, but he was farfrom being a Hindu Fanatic and therefore a candidate for BJP and its predecessors, to understand that just compare him with B G Tilak, who in defence of Hinduism, opposed the raising of minimum age of marriage from 10 to 12.

    If one seriously wants to speculate on what trajectory India would have followed if X had become the PM instead of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, then why restrict your imagination to Sardar Patel. Why not include Jagjivan Ram, B. R. Ambedkar, or even Mohd Ali Jinnah. Every one of them was capable and would have steered India in a different direction to the one that Nehru did. What purpose would be served by such speculations, escapes me, other than a cheap rabid attack on the Nehru/Gandhi Family.

    As far as Congress keeping Muslims, poor and dependant and therefore a Vote Bank is concerned, strangely that is more in your imagination than it is in reality. The reality is that it is the HINDU RIGHT who explicitly wish to reverse India into a Caste Based Society which creates a large section of dis-enfranchised people – comprised mainly of Dalits, Tribals, Other Backward Classes and Muslims. It is this Religion Based discrimination that has directly led to Congress’s Positive Action, which you glibly characterise as appeasement. You do this because it ties with your un-reformed Right-Wing view of the world.

    When I was a student I knew Krishna Menon well. To blame the Chinese debacle solely on him is nothing short of character assignation. It would help you if you read Bertrand Russell’s essay on the Indo-China war.

    All Political Parties, every-where in the world, to some degree or another indulge in Vote Bank Politics. Both Congress and the BJP are no different in this regard. The point I was making is that the BJP accuses Congress of playing Vote Bank politics whilst itself practicing the very same thing. All the Riots that RSS orchestrates are designed to create fear among the conservative Hindus and keep them penned into a BJP Vote-Bank. BJP would have never
    ever come to power in Karnataka had the various Vote Banks not switched their allegiance from Congress to the BJP.

    Increasingly, it is becoming crystal clear that BJP politicians are just as corrupt as any other.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ravi..

    the Sardar Patel PM ship was in response to your statement that Patel would have been the BJP PM if Patel were alive or if BJP was in existence then. On vote bank, it is Congress and Congress only who perfected this, who practised this, who institutionalized this to their own detriment,. Lingayats in karnataka or Gujjus in Gujrat did not get anything that others were denied.

    Ravi Reply:

    Both Patels and Lingyats are not deprived communities. Discrimination against them has been institutionalised for centuries by the Majority community, furthermore the BJP wishes to continue such discrimination.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Congress makes sure by their appeasing policies that their vote bank remains uneducated and in poverty.

  • Anonymous

    Benefits of whiskey.

    Whisky restores elderly man’s eyesight after
    vodka blinds him

    65-year-old Denis Duthie decided to have a few drinks to celebrate his parents’
    50th marriage anniversary.

    A
    pensioner from Taranaki, New Zealand, who went blind after his vodka reacted
    with his diabetes medication, had his eyes saved by a bottle of whisky

    65-year-old Denis Duthie decided to have a few drinks to celebrate his
    parents’ 50th marriage anniversary.

    But when he walked into the bedroom of his home, he suddenly found that he
    could not see anything.

    “I thought it had got dark and I’d missed out on a bit of time but it was
    only about half-past-three in the afternoon,” the Daily Mail quoted him as
    telling the New Zealand Herald.

    “I was fumbling around the bedroom for the light switch but … I’d just gone
    completely blind,” he said.

    Duthie hoped he would be able to sleep it off, but after waking up next
    morning he was still unable to see a thing, so he went to Taranaki Base
    Hospital.

    As surgery got underway, the doctors thought that Duthie could have
    formaldehyde poisoning, which can be treated by administering ethanol- a strong
    type of alcohol found in drinks like whisky.

    However, the hospital did
    not have enough medical ethanol so a registrar was sent to the store to buy a
    bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky.

    The whisky was then dripped into his stomach through a tube.

    “I woke up five days later and I could see as soon as I could open my eyes,”
    Duthie said.

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  • Anonymous

    “Gujrat had good roads even before Modi”

    “Gujrat has poor villages”

    “Modi packages everything as Gujarati achievement”

    “Tamil Nadu and AP have accomplished similar growth; but Modi is the only one who makes a hoopla about progress”

    “Dalits and adivasis are left out in Modi’s Gujrat”

    HT journalists have been on a roll –these are from their articles in the last few days – Sharma, George et al

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And, NDTV also ran similar programmes on their English and Hindi news channels. In one of them, it talked about all kind of issues you have listed above and then summed up with a statement from a ‘not so smart’ looking young man who said that he would vote for the BJP. When asked why – he replied – because he was illiterate and would do as told to do by his village elders.

    It seemed as if they wanted to convey that you must be an illiterate to vote for Modi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    If there is a shade of little hope, it is that these guys did not dwell much on the 2002 riots.. They indicated only in tangential ways In 2007 it was all and only riots..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    There are some writers who will kep on writing about those riots. Read latest blog of Zia Huq in which he is still comparing Gujarat with Germany during WW2.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Zia Huq is a waste .. I, and many others,used to blog there before we all migrated here; but all quit in disgust because of his constant attempt of making a mole equate to a mountain, as this WW2 Nazi Germany/Gujrat comparison..

  • Anonymous

    Exit Poll on News 24:

    BJP: 140 (+/- 11 seats)

    Congress: 40 (+/- 11 seats)

    Others: 2

    Lovely!!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Media, sold out to Congress will be ready with their spin if results are as per the exit polls. They will make sure that Modi does not get any credit for the win.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,
    we can already see colours changing in the TV studios.

    We can also safely say, no, that wherever Rahul Gandhi goes, the victory for the opposite side is assured.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, BVS, Ishwar

    If Modi wins – looks like he will win big – it is time that the media and Congress start accepting the Gujratis’ verdict. People have spoken, once, twice, thrice; now it is time either to be with them and make Gujrat even better ; or just back off and not stand in its way.

  • Anonymous

    We Indians address terrorists also respectfully. Some time back Digvijay had called Laden as Osamaji and today our Home Minister Mr. Shinde adressed Hafiz Saeed as Mr. and Shri.

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  • Anonymous

    It is three weeks Mr. Sharma has not uploaded the new article. I hope everything is OK with him, or is he waiting for the election results of Gujarat ?

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  • Anonymous

    Sheila’s logic and changing ‘Haath’ scheme

    http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tiger-trail/entry/sheila-s-logic-and-changing-haath-scheme

    Sheila has recently made a statement that at best can compete fiercely with Montek’s for the coveted and utmost ‘ludicrous’ status. According to Sheila, a family of five in India (of course, not anywhere else!) can quite easily sustain itself on a monthly income of Rs 600. So doing the math, every member who is fortunate enough (thanks wholly to the magnanimity of the Government) to have Rs 4 come his way daily must look up to the heavens and prostrate before the Gods and thank him for the divine grace that this Government showers upon him. Lets see what you can buy in India for Rs 4 today? Maybe a small piece of bun from the local tea stall, and this one small piece would meet his daily nutritional and dietary requirements quite sumptuously. He would need to nibble 25% of the bun every 6 hours and get through the day. Dare he ask for more? They fattened up a terrorist with biriyani whenever he sought it, daring of the commoner to ask for anything more! He is lucky for what comes his way, in the form of a little piece of bread. What bewilders me completely is how Sheila could have come up with a ‘gourmet’ delight of ‘dal, roti and chawal’ all up for Rs 4 a day. Incredible. Instead of ensuring that the poor get fed, instead of ensuring the smooth functioning of the Public Distribution System, the Government has decided to place Rs 4 every day in the poor man’s hand and make it entirely his responsibility to feed himself and if he is not carrying the Aadhar card, he can starve to death. Bravo!

    ——

    Abdul Kalam rightly said “ If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher”. Obviously most of our leaders have not had these three key societal members imparting knowledge and helping them acquire beautiful minds. I hope we do not commit the same mistake with our children. I remain in hope for a better India.

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  • Anonymous

    I believe pathak g has joind the rajnish ashram for solsce after exit polls.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinoo,

    yes, I think Pathakji is suffering from an acute bout of vairaagya and virakti.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    And need for viagra after the congress limp

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  • Anonymous

    The central govt will fall in feb during budget session. Sadly bjp has not replaced gadkari or attacked vadra to make usr of this heaven sent opportunity

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  • engrich

    Analysts
    seem scared of predicting results of the Gujarat polls.Mainly because
    the electorate there is silent—at least as silent as the UP voter who
    stumped all forecasts early this year.

    Still, consider this: during the Gujarat elections currently under-way,
    Narendra Modi runs a high profile campaign with the help of PR agencies.
    These agencies sell the `vibrant Gujarat’ story under the rule of what
    one sociologist called “a benevolent dictator masquerading as a
    democratically elected leader”— in another context—with élan. After a
    gap of almost 12 years,Gujarat’s Saurashtra and Kutch regions face a
    difficult drought. 36 million farmers are affected. Rs. 10,000 crores or
    more are required as immediate drought relief. But both regions
    combined get a measly Rs. 500 crore official package, the majority of
    which gets siphoned off by corrupt officials,especially in the extremely
    poor districts of the Kutch region.

    At the same time, the PR campaign run by Modi’s core group for
    elections, owes no accountability either to the Gujarat BJP or the RSS
    or even government officials; a tightly knit circle of bureaucrats and
    private software experts and shady businessmen close to the Gujarat CM
    monitor the drive, which includes expensive tools like using 3D
    technology to relay Modi’s speeches, 29 Vikas Raths equipped with
    projectors, and 10 LED Raths each filled with 110 inch TV screens to
    penetrate backward villages of the state. Modi’s website has been
    promoted to extra-hi-tech levels; twitter and facebook carry several,
    staunchly pro-Modi new accounts which have sprouted suddenly; youtube is
    witnessing a flood of pro-Modi propaganda; what is more, the regularity
    of print-electronic-online ads have multiplied three times over. Just
    prior to the elections, Modi even launched his private NaMo TV
    channel—something which
    projects Modi like a demi-God. Even small towns of Gujarat have jhandu
    balm— made famous by the`Munni Badnaam Huee’ song from `Dabbang’—hawkers
    peddling a special Modi brand!

    Confident about the media blitz, Modi has even started speaking about
    the“incapacity” of the Congress to outdo him in the race of virtual time
    and space. The ahankaar in his style and vocalizations is obvious—it
    reminds you of memorable tales of Indian mythology where Ravan or Bonzer
    suddenly start appearing from several directions all at once or
    Rakhshasas cannot be pinned down as the real ones are hidden by several
    apparitions.

    The expenditure of Modi’s PR exercise remains fiercely guarded. Since it
    includes both public and private players—a large “grey area of”—what
    Sreenivasan Jain in his NDTV story calls—“accounting and
    accountability”—is left festering—almost like an unhealed wound.

    Jain interviews several key players in Modi’s team; Maulik Bhagat—who
    runs a software and media firm and whose father has been a key BJP
    functionary in the past—talks about the “low cost” of social media
    publicity and the “high cost”of buying prime TV commercial time on an
    unprecedented scale in the same breath. Maulik also claims to handle
    Modi’s facebook and twitter account,something that Raika
    Gaucherie—heading the BJP’s official IT cell—also claims to be
    co-ordinating. Both Maulik and Kacheeria are tight lipped about the cost involved in the operation.

    In Jain’s story, Mani Shankar, the director of some forgettable
    Bollywood films(his NChant 3D company has been given the contract for
    the 3D drive) describes a complex process through which a highly
    centralised hi-tech, singular studio,creates and transmits live 3D holographic images to especially built holographic theatres via satellite conveyors and receptors to as many as 53 locations in remote areas!

    Imagine the cost—even on rent, satellite and other equipment would cost
    more than Rs. 5 crores per relay. No one has the exact figure of how
    many relays have happened—so by the end of the elections, the cost of
    the 3D drive seems astronomical (to the tune of more than $ 10 million
    on a conservative estimate). But who is footing the bill? The publicity
    department of the Gujarat government possesses a meagre Rs. 1 crore as
    its annual budget. Agencies like Grey—engaged right after the 2002 riots
    to conduct Modi’s PR’s activities—had designed `Vibrant Gujarat’ as a
    Gujarat tourism operation. They had been told in specific terms that the
    image of Gujarat should go out as a state with“happy people”.

    Later, `Vibrant Gujarat’ turned into a business summit where Modi
    interacted with “foreign investors”. To call investment figures quoted
    by Gujarat government spokes per sons exaggerated would be an
    understatement—under Modi,Gujarat has attracted supposedly, $ 800
    billion; in the same period the total investment in China—which exceeds
    India as a FDI destination—has been $ 600 billion! Modi and his pals
    would have you believe that Gujarat is better than China, when actually
    Gujarat ranks 6th as a FDI destination even in India! Figures released
    by the RBI reveal that between 2005 and 2012 Gujarat has received only $
    7 billion dollars—5% of the total FDI received by India as a whole—in
    FDI.

    On human developments indexes—like education of the girl child,
    malnutrition and poverty levels— Gujarat fares worse than Bihar. BPL
    figures of Kutch and Saurashtra almost touch 50%—higher even than the
    Naxalite infested sub-areas of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.

    RTI activists Trupti Shah and Prajapati exposed the scam underlying
    Modi’s flagship Swami Vivekanand Employment Guarantee Week, which was
    supposed tocreate 65,000 jobs for the youth. A RTI inquiry showed that
    the Gujarat government was not ready to reveal the number of jobs it had
    provided or thelist of beneficiaries. The government failed also in
    giving the expenditure incurred by the state in the organization of
    melas and other expenses—travel of Ministers for one—involved in the
    Vivekanand scheme.

    Modi also set into motion another scam—he sought fund raising—to the
    tune of Rs.500 crores— through a dhansangrah crusade aimed at raising
    money from the people—after a while the entire initiative was shut down
    as it was found that the donation drive is turning into a form of
    extortion!

    Perhaps, it is only next year—when the CAG audits the accounts of the
    Gujarat government—that some idea of the campaign—in which Gandhinagar
    officials say government funds from other schemes were also used—might
    appear in public limelight. Even then, what if the major moneys were put
    in by Modi’s crony capitalists? In that scenario, the people of Gujarat
    and India will never get an opportunity to gauge the true scale at
    which a modern-day Nero of contemporary India’s “business friendly
    state” danced to the music of his images as the aam janata within his
    domains starved.

    It is well known that Narendra Modi favoured Tatas to the extent that
    the latter’s losses in Singur were offset to a large degree; when the
    BJP was in power in the early 2000s, Ram Naik—the central BP Petroleum
    Minister—sanctioned Mukesh Ambani to take over the ONGC discovery in
    KG-D6. Later, as Gujarat’s CM, Modi let Mukesh Ambani drill and take out
    Oil & Gas in GSPC Deen DayalFields.

    The excellent roads and highways Gujarat boasts of are largely due to
    the very high percent of National Highways connecting important ports
    and other destinations of the state to the rest of India. As far as
    irrigation canals are concerned, Modi couldn’t commission Narmada Canal
    system. Per capita ele ctricity consumption in 2009-10 for state’s 60
    million people came close to934 units, which is nowhere near, Modi’s
    claims of 1491 units per capita electricity consumption.

    An Internet agency discovered that 50% of Modi’s 1 million followers on
    twitter are fake—on the other side Shreyan Shah, the editor of Guarat
    Samachar, the state’s largest selling daily with an authentic 1.5
    million subscribers describes Modi as just “a good marketer” who “can
    sell a fridge on the North Pole”.

    Yet the unkindest cut Modi could have bestowed upon the people of
    Gujarat and India is the uncanny timing of the visit of Rehman
    Mallik—Pakistan’s Interior Minister—with the Gujarat elections. After
    the first phase on 13th December2012—in which Modi’s chips were seen as
    going down—Rehman comes to Delhi and makes a comparison between 26/11
    and the Babari Mosque demolition—and Modi getshis `Maut Ka Saudagar’
    moment. He is able to achieve what calling Ahmed Patel “Ahmed Miyan”—
    and inventing the fear of a Muslim Chief Minister of Gujarat inan
    atmosphere of xenophobia where even rich Muslims cannot buy property in
    posh localities of major Gujarati towns—could not: the handle to further
    ratchet up emotions and pitting Pakistan against himself.People of
    Gujarat can still surprise you—but with this hyperbole, Modi might have
    clinched the Gujarat elections. But he has also overreached and exposed a
    major
    weakness: his dependence on the `other’—the very `Pakistan’ and
    `Muslims’he likes to hate publicly—to win elections. This might or might
    not be Modi’s biggest victory— but either ways the India that was once
    proud of defeating Pakistan ideologically and militarily, not through a
    negative boost from the`enemy’s anti-India’, political class, stands
    humiliated, at least in Gujarat.Much more important than the results of
    the Gujarat elections—that indeed—the idea of an unholy alliance between
    extremists or fundamentalists on both sides of the border—might
    constitute a sober thought of reflection.

    Asghar Vasanwala
    20754 Tulip Circle
    Yorba Linda California 92887
    United States

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  • Anonymous

    India will replace China as the growth Engine ..Bloomberg News
    To my Indian friends of this blog – Is this real or “memorex”?

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-16/why-india-will-displace-china-as-global-growth-engine.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The writer either does not know the ground realities or he is deliberately ignoring. I would say that he is being highly optimistic.

    An optimist person is like a hot water boiling kettle. Bottom is on fire but still whistling.

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    SHENOYBV Reply:

    He meant Gujrat, not India.

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  • Anonymous

    FUNNY ONE…DON’T TAKE IT SERIOUS.
    WHEN…
    My wife asked me,
    “How many women have you slept with?”
    I proudly replied,

    “Only you, Darling, with all the others, I was awake.”

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ha ha

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  • Anonymous

    Friends,

    this Islamic terrorist ****, engrich is back with his jihadi fundamentalist literature.

    Please avoid the avalanche, particularly since he is also angry with the Hindus as well as the Muslims of Gujarat for voting Modi to a landslide victory.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Our friend Engrich/Tajender is active on a Pakistani website in his same style. If anyone writes anything against India on that website he makes sure of copying and pasting those comments here too.

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  • Anonymous

    Sheila Dixit should be given a Bharat Ratna for single handedly reducing the prices of all essential articles, so that even a poor family of four can subsist on a budget of Rs.600. per month.

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  • AshishC

    Where are you, Vinod Sharma?
    In the run up to the elections in Gujarat, the HT editorial team forgot the difference between news and views.
    Vinod was waving the flag of “secularism”, hoping, praying and camouflaging his desperation in blatant propagandist dispatches.
    He was misinforming us. And, folks like Manini Chatterjee, continue to spew bullshit on TV, refusing to believe the exit polls, saying “I saw a groundswell of discontent against Modi”.
    Why does not Vinod join politics? Oh, wait..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinod Sharma lives on hope! That one day… in the next 50 years, Rahul Sahab will finally show some brilliance.

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  • AshishC

    Indian secularism
    Two cases
    1000 people died in Gujarat riots: 70:30 ::Muslim:Hindu. Cases are on in courts. Verdicts being handed out; some big fish in the net.

    3000 people died in Delhi riots alone in 1984:: All Sikhs. Big fish are being rewarded with ministries in Union Cabinet.

    Media hypes the former as India’s Auswitz (HTH to spell??). How does rioting equates concentration camp? Don’t ask.
    This is a failure of the Indian education system- at least of the august (??) institutions that passed out such media personages.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    How right you are!

    You should have seen Sankarshan Thakur, the pseudo-est of all journalists, frothing at the mouth on Times TV, calling other editors who spoke neutrally, as stupid, preposterous and ignorant.

    The condition of some of these “editors” who swear by secularism is pathetic. They are, like Keshubhai, in total denial.

    The funniest thing is that none of these media worthies saw the irony of the congrerss depending Keshubhai Patel, a life-long chaddiwala swayamsevak and an ardent Hindutva proponent, to save its face with the crumbs the Gujarat voters might throw his way.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Yeah, I saw Sankarshan Thakur too; so many journos, so few RS seats available; not all can be fobbed off with an “honorary” membership of commissions.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    After the disclosure by Yoginder Sikand that he was being paid to
    write anti Hindu and pro Muslims/SC/ST articles, I have completely lost
    faith in our main stream media. Sab saale bhade ke tattoo hain.

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    Vinoo59 Reply:

    Is this true ? Did he really make a disclosure ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Google Yoginder Sikand and you will find that article
    which he had written early this year.

    Vinoo59 Reply:

    I tried. Do you have the link ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I will try to find out.

    Anonymous Reply:

    mohan, vinoo
    Sikand did make that statement a year ago. He does not write his usual sophisticated analysis these days!

    Anonymous Reply:

    http://www.countercurrents.org/sikand190412.htm

    I don’t know whether this article should be labeled as a
    disclosure or an introspection but whatever Mr. Sikand has
    written here has come out geniunly from his heart.

    Vinoo59 Reply:

    Are you sure this is the article where he disclosed that he was paid to write anti-hindu and pro-muslim articles?

    Anonymous Reply:

    You read this long article and you will understand what
    he used to do and write and whether everything he had
    said through his articles till now was genuine or not .

    Vinoo59 Reply:

    Perhaps this is not the article you are actually referring to.

    I am quoting from the article=

    Ever since I left home, at the age of eighteen, I’ve been desperately trying to change the world, as a self-appointed missionary of the ‘Revolution’. I began identifying with communities in India that saw themselves as ‘oppressed’, and took it upon myself to champion their ’cause’. How desperately I craved to be recognised as one among them!
    That is how I became what is called a ’social activist’, and began writing mainly about Muslims, but also about Adivasis and Dalits and other such ‘marginalised groups’……

    Anonymous Reply:

    Read these paragraphs

    ” All that energy and enthusiasm that went into my contribution as a ’social
    activist’ and in the cause of the ‘Revolution’ paid me well in material terms,
    however, though I have to say that this wasn’t the only or even major reason why
    I was in the business of championing the ‘Revolution’ in the first place. I won
    generous scholarships to go abroad to do a Ph.D. and then two post-doctoral
    projects to study various aspects of ‘marginalised groups’ in India. I was
    invited to attend conferences in over two dozen countries to pontificate on the
    same subjects. I was appointed as a full professor in an Indian university and
    was paid handsomely for the articles and books that I continued to churn out,
    machine-like, all about the ‘oppressed’. In addition, I was assigned projects by
    several NGOs to study the ‘oppressed’, for which I was well rewarded
    financially. Although I have to say that I did not quite intend this to begin
    with, writing and conferencing about the ‘oppressed’ soon turned into a
    lucrative source of livelihood for me. I was actually, and quite literally,
    living off the misery of the ‘oppressed’, although I did not fully realise it
    then.”

    —-

    Some folks I know made pretty neat fortunes this way, setting up NGOs and
    ‘think-tanks’ ostensibly to study and ‘work with’ ‘oppressed communities’, and
    raked in vast amounts of money from gullible foreign donors. In fact, barring a
    few really committed souls, a whole host of ‘progressives’ in the NGO, academic
    and media world, made their living out of the misery of the ‘oppressed’, earning
    in this way not just their daily bread but also the really serious money that
    they needed to buy their cars and houses and to send their children to the
    ‘best’ English-medium schools and then for higher studies to the USA (which they
    never tired of reviling in public, of course), where they, too, would often
    sojourn when their ’social activism’ became just a bit too tiring, boring or
    bothersome. Not many of them, who never ceased showing-off their ‘commitment’ to
    the ‘oppressed’ communities and their visceral hatred for ‘oppressor’ castes,
    would, I suspect, want to be treated in an Adivasi-run nursing home or to send
    their children to a Muslim-run school.

    —–

    Do you really believe that if he and other folks about whom he has written would have carried on with their ‘wonderful’ work
    if they were not paid handsomely by some foreign donors and some other groups with vested interest ?

    Vinoo59 Reply:

    The above article does not talk about that he was being paid to write anti-hindu and pro-muslim articles. You must be referring to a different news item. Find that article. It will be good to expose many fake journalists in this country.

    Such fake people who deliberately create hatred while trying to pose as good human being must be punished in public

    Anonymous Reply:

    didn’t know that you had a comprehending problem.

  • Anonymous

    We should be careful of what we purchase on the net. Wasimbhai spent $50 on a penis enlarger. ******** sent him a magnifying glass with instruction – dont use in direct sunlight.

    Fortunately they didn’t “advise” how to use it in the dark!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ha ha that’s a good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Invite a foreigner.
    Get humiliated by the foreigner on our own soil.
    Look on helplessly.
    Can’t decide if I’m talking about England or Rehman Malik.

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    SHENOYBV Reply:

    or Pervez Musharraf.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Saab
    Sonia Gandhi in her public rallies calls the Opposition ‘Yeh Log ..woh log..” .. her partymen when referring to the CM of Gujarat address him most disparagingly …thinking that some voters will love them more .. But Osama is “Osamaji” and Hafiz Saeed is “Shri Hafiz Saeed” and “Mr Hafiz Saeed.” again for the same reason… those voters will love them for it.
    This is the politics of secularism .

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    Vinoo59 Reply:

    She should atleast address Modi as Shri Modi…

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  • Anonymous

    “passenger gang raped in a Delhi bus”

    “12 year old girl raped by her brother and father”

    “6 year old girl raped and killed”

    What have we become?

    Where is the One who said He will revisit again and again .when Dharma ceases to be…..”Sambhava mi Yuge Yuge…” Or, is it not the nadir enoug for Him to revist?

    Are the journos and corrupt politicians missing the point that a large section of the people want a better leader in these times, one who is not tainted- hence Modi coming roaring back or a Kejrewal being accepted by a not so small segment..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I think there is something wrong with the upbringing. May be we are
    not teaching correct morals to our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Pathak G has come back with a double dose of Viagra.

    Unable to face the public because of his outlandish and madcap predictions of the milk bottle drinking Rahul’s charisma and sweep over India, Pathak G is coming to the blog in disguise.

    He has chosen my name vinoo59, and using a capital V !!

    Arre Pathak G, shakal dekha do! Zyaada mazzak nahi karenge aap ka!

    Like many imes before we will forgive you for being brainwashed by the Congress hare brained and jamai…!

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    vinoo59 Reply:

    You mean Mohan was being exposed by somebodyelse, not you?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well like a real dumb guy you have now made it small v! Anyway… are you scared to come back as Pathak G as your clown has become the joke fo the COngress circus?

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    vinoo59 Reply:

    whaat a forensic analysis ! hear hear hear ! clap clap clap !

    Pathak G Reply:

    I feel sad that the Congress is headed by duffers like Rahul and Sonia. Secretly Robert Vadra is creating billions.

    I wish the Cognress replaces all of them and comes in a new shape before the next elections!

    vinoo59 Reply:

    If Rahul and Sonia move out, hindu fundoos will have a free access to the Indian political market. No monopoly whatsoever.

  • Pathak G

    Why India needs to dump Gandhis and adopt the Modi model of growth!

    Friends and fellow bloggers. I have a confession to make. All along I have been a secret Modi and BJP admirer. In fact I know Modi would be one of the most admired CM’s in Asia. he has removed corruption in Gujarat whiel in Delhi the COngress men from Slamn Khurshid to Vadra are just looting and looting.

    However I had a fallout with Advani some years back. So forensically speaking the truth is that the Congress is corrupt and only serves one family while the BJP serves the nation.

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    vinoo59 Reply:

    “….forensically speaking…..”

    Did I hear anybody saying a jackal can never pose like a Lion, not even for a second ? What a pathetic attempt to pose like a Lion !!

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    Pathak G Reply:

    I always admired Vinoo. No harm in learning a few things from him. Actually I am quite drunk and happy today… as MOdi is winning. But tomorrow after going to the Congress office you will never catch me confessing that I love BJP!

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    vinoo59 Reply:

    A jackal gets drunk during day and starts posing like a Lion ! So pitiable !

    Pathak G Reply:

    Agha Hasan Abedi despite running a huge bank kept six passports in case the heaven fell on him! So I hope you have ur passports intact!

    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP does not serve the nation either…At the end of the day it is all leadership and execution.. Modi will do good for India, Nehru had the intent, love and respect of the people, and execution skills – the lack of wealth coupled with his socialist ideas and his relentless focus to be a biggie in the world held us back. Modi is a right of centre Nehru, with an India vision than Nehru’s unachievable world vision , wanting to improve the lives of Indians one road at a time, three bridges at a time, seven colleges at a time….It is the right time finally

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    Pathak G Reply:

    But BJP goes beyond family rule and dreams of a glorious India. Sadly the Congress only dreams of glory of their chosen families.

    yes you are right that Modi has done well for Gujarat.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Have you crossed 60 already. Lagta hai aap sathiya gaye hain.

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  • Pathak G

    Shekhar Gupta in Indian express treid his best to launch the failed duo of maa beta in Gujarat but like me today confesses that they have nothing to offer but Modi has a solid development plan.

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    vinoo59 Reply:

    It sounds more like one of those over a million fake twitter Modi fan.

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    Pathak G Reply:

    You mean Shekhar Gupta should bnot make a confession like I am doing now…?

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    vinoo59 Reply:

    Shekhar Gupta and You? Taken another glass of cheap daaru ?

    Pathak G Reply:

    Well… Never in the afternoon again. Otherwise all confessions come out!

    Please read Shekhar Gupta today and comment.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    SHekhar Gupta’s is a reluctant admission of reality in Gujarat.

    Pathak G Reply:

    Got to go back to the work table! But just a reminder. That 2 can play a game!!

    Here is a song from film Dharma which I saw as a 10 th class student on the game people can play.

    Raaz ki baat kah doon to jaane mahfil me
    jaane mahfil me phir kya ho
    Raaz ki baat kah doon to jaane mahfil me phir kya ho
    raaz khulne ka tum pahle ho
    raaz khulne ka tum pahle zaraa anjaam soch lo
    ishaaron ko agar samjho raaz ko raaz rahne do
    ishaaron ko agar samjho raaz ko raaz rahne do
    Raaz ki baat kah doon to jaane mahfil me phir kya ho

    vinoo59 Reply:

    Pathak and shayari !

    Heard a Lion sing ?

    Anonymous Reply:

    I read that article written by Shekar Gupta. Very good article. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Wal-Mart affiliate used bribes to open 19 new stores in Mexico: Report

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Wal-Mart-affiliate-used-bribes-to-open-19-new-stores-in-Mexico-Report/articleshow/17663051.cms

    NEW YORK: Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s Mexican affiliate routinely used bribes to open stores in desirable locations, according to a New York Times investigation published Monday, which cites 19 instances of the retail giant paying off local officials.

    The Times first reported in April that Wal-Mart had intentionally stifled an internal probe into bribery at its Mexican affiliate Walmex. Late last month, Mexico’s anti-corruption body said it found no irregularities in the permits Wal-Mart received in the country, but that two audits remain underway.

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  • Anonymous

    On Twitter: Subramanian Swamy ‏@Swamy39

    One reason for Congi Gujarat fiasco from a chamcha: In every meeting, when slogan was raised “Vote for Cong” Buddhu (who else!!) vigorously waved No No.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    The congress party is happy that Modi has won in Gujarat,
    because they say the BJP has no alternative but to project him as their Prime Ministerial candidate,
    and like Abhimanyu was destroyed in the chakravyooha, they can destroy him in the national chakravyooha by getting all minority votes.

    The BJP too is happy that Modi has defeated the congress’ prime minister-in-waiting, Rahul Gandhi in Gu
    jarat.
    The BJP is happy because this is Rahul Gandhi’s fifth straight defeat, after Bihar, UP Punjab and Tamilnadu. It is convinced that wherever Rahul Gandhi campaigns, the congress loses that state.

    So it is hoping that the congress will fight the 2014 elections under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, which will ensure that the congress will lose at the national level too.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BVS
    Modi team should manage the whole thing – campaign, messaging, PR, outreach etc etc – and not leave it to the stupid BJP organization. My gut feel is that people will migrate to Modi rather than BJP – Modi has a better ,cleaner, selfless, corruptionfree image ; BJP as a party may not be different from Congress from an “independent” perspective

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    Anonymous Reply:

    BJP is lucky to have a man like Modi in their party. If ever BJP manages to win enough seats to come in power at center that will be because of Modi.

    BHAI MAHAVEER YAGGI Reply:

    मालेगांव ब्लास्ट केस का आरोपी चित्रकूट से अरेस्ट

    8

    भाषा | Dec 18, 2012, 06.00PM IST

    भोपाल।।
    मध्यप्रदेश की सतना पुलिस ने सोमवार को मालेगांव विस्फोट के प्रमुख आरोपी
    को चित्रकूट के एक मंदिर से अरेस्ट करके एनआईए को सौंप दिया। यह आरोपी एक
    साधु के वेश में रह रहा था।

    पुलिस अधिकारियों ने बताया कि पकड़े
    गए आरोपी की पहचान धनसिंह के रूप में हुई है। वह इंदौर जिले के देपालपुर का
    निवासी है और वेश बदलकर चित्रकूट में साक्षी कुंड में लखनदास महाराज उर्फ
    लखनदास बाबा उर्फ रामलखन के नाम से रह रहा था। चित्रकूट जाने के बाद धनसिंह
    ने लखनदास महाराज के नाम से अपना हुलिया बदल लिया था और दाढ़ी-बाल बढ़ाकर
    साधु के वेश में रहने लगा था।

    पुलिस ने बताया कि लखनदास बाबा को
    सतना पुलिस ने एनआईए की सूचना पर सोमवार सुबह गिरफ्तार किया। शुरुआती
    पूछताछ में आरोपी ने अपना जुर्म कबूल कर लिया है, उसने माना है कि वह
    मालेगांव बम धमाके में शामिल था। लखनदास बाबा के जुर्म कबूल करने के बाद
    पुलिस ने उसे एनआईए को सौंप दिया।

    गौरतलब है कि समझौता एक्सप्रेस
    बम विस्फोट मामले में एनआईए ने दो दिन पहले उज्जैन से दशरथ गारी उर्फ दशरथ
    चौधरी उर्फ समंदर सिंह को गिरफ्तार किया था। उस पर पांच लाख रुपये का इनाम
    घोषित था। दशरथ ने ही एनआईए की पूछताछ में लखनदास बाबा के बारे में जानकारी
    दी थी। बताया जाता है कि दशरथ ने और भी कई राज एनआईए की पूछताछ में उगले
    हैं। पुलिस के अनुसार लखनदास बाबा ने पूछताछ में बताया कि वह मालेगांव
    विस्फोट की योजना में शामिल था। इसके बाद वह चित्रकूट में छिपकर रह रहा था

  • vin0059

    pundit mallaya jee ne employees ko salary nahee dee.bhagwan ko 3 kilo sona diya.isi ko kahte hain RAM RAM JAPNA,PARAYA MAAL APNA.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Obviously, there is a difference between company assets and personal assets. Giving whatever he wants to whoever, including an already wealthy temple, is his freedom.

    Anyway, the people of this country should be blamed for putting people like Mallya, Vadra, Karunanidhi, YSR, etc on a pedestal. Scoundrels rule!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    What is 3 kilo gold? About USD 160000/- only. Prince Waleed of Saudi Arabia is going to take delivery of plane costing USD 485 million which is called flying palace.
    It has got Turkish bath, storage space for Rolls Royce, a boardroom,
    a concert hall, five suits with king size beds, a prayer room featuring
    computer generated prayer mats which face Makkah and a lift between
    floors on all three levels.

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  • Anonymous

    Qatar to produce $1b movie on Prophet

    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/qatar-to-produce-1b-movie-on-prophet-1.1120609

    Manama: A $1 billion epic movie on the life and teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is set to be produced by Doha-based Al Noor Holding.
    The media company said that the movie endorsed by Islamic scholars, including Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, would be in seven parts and would be produced according to the highest international standards using the most sophisticated technical and audio-visual systems.
    The company on Monday said that the team of experts has finished writing the scenario after overcoming a series of artistic and dramatic challenges.
    The approval of leading Muslim scholars was necessary for the company to move ahead with the movie production.
    “We are aware of the fact that this (film) is a difficult and a challenging task,” Al Noor Holding said in September. “This is why we have consulted many famous Islamic scholars, among them Dr Al Qaradawi, who will guide us on the Sharia aspect of the film.”
    Under strict Islamic laws, prophets cannot be depicted on screen or in print and the movie will be no exception.
    However, his companions will appear in the movie screen, in a decision that breaks with long-held views that their status among Muslims does not allow their depiction or embodiment on screen either.

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  • Anonymous

    Former militants occupy top posts in J&K government

    SRINAGAR: Over the years, several former militants have made it to top posts in Jammu & Kashmir government after qualifying for either Kashmir Administrative Service or police service exams, besides judicial exams held by state public service commission.

    This came to light after the appointment of this year’s topper in the higher judiciary exam was stopped until February, pending CID verification. The candidate is now demanding treatment at par with other officers who were appointed despite past affiliations to militant outfits.

    When TOI asked a senior bureaucrat whether there were indeed such officers in service, he confirmed it on condition that he must not be named. He said a civil service officer of the 1996 batch, currently posted in north Kashmir, was a Hizbul Mujahideen militant trained in making improvised explosive devices. His left hand was damaged in a blast.

    Likewise, this source added, a senior police officer of the 1999 batch, also in central Kashmir, was a Hizbul man. There are a number of former militants holding posts in subordinate judiciary in Kashmir, he said, and gave instances of engineers in Srinagar Municipal Corporation who were even jailed earlier for abducting their current officers for extortion, etc.

    Astonishingly, one officer in the municipal corporation with links to militants was accused of abducting former chief minister and Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s brother-in-law. He is now working in the department with impunity and freedom, a corporation source said.

    “All such individuals joined the services before their CID verifications reached the concerned departments,” a senior police officer told TOI. In fact, a former Hizbul militant was arrested at the border trying to cross over to POK for arms training before he appeared in Kashmir Public Service exams in 1999, the source said.

    The candidate whose appointment opened this veritable pandora’s box is said to be the former deputy chief of Al-Jehad, responsible for several acts of terror. He topped the exams for the district and sessions judge this year. That is when other candidates challenged his selection owing to his militant past.

    A Supreme Court division bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Desai vacated the stay, but only in favour of seven respondent candidates. According to sources, one candidate was dropped because his marks were counted twice “inadvertently” to his advantage.

    The fate of another candidate, among the top of the list, too, is likely to be determined in February next. It now turns out that another petitioner has submitted an additional application challenging the topper’s selection on account of doubts expressed by the police after his character verification. The candidate is now likely to challenge the verification certificate.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    this indeed is shocking. It is also very funny that the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir is getting administered by erstwhile terrorists.

    But, it is too late to do anything about it. I suggest that in the interest of India’s safety and security, these “surrendered” and “reformed” militants should be posted outside the state, anywhere in India.

    Some of them may be posted to the various NGOs who are working to separate Kashmir from India.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Manachen Begin, and Nelson Mandela, were both lableled, arrested, tried and convicted as terrorists. Both became Head of states in their respective countries. I am sure there are many other such examples.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    dracula in charge of blood bank..

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  • Anonymous

    http://twitter.com/atanudey/status/280667499136163840/photo/1

    US Needs gun control and
    Delhi needs L…. control.

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  • Anonymous

    Gujarat assembly elections 2012: Bookies
    feel Narendra Modi won’t even score 100

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/gujarat-assembly-elections/Gujarat-assembly-elections-2012-Bookies-feel-Narendra-Modi-wont-even-score-100/articleshow/17675165.cms

    AHMEDABAD: Who should you believe? National pollsters or Gujarat’s bookies? The
    pollsters, through exit polls, have predicted 120-140 seats for BJP in the
    182-seat state assembly. The latter are offering odds that suggest the party
    will find it tough to cross 100 seats.

    If the pollsters are right,
    Modi’s national ambitions get the boost. If the bookies get it right, the
    Gujarat chief ministermay be coping with a win that comes packaged with a loss
    of face.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan
    That is interesting. Anyway, as long as he gets more than 91 seats that is all what counts. A win is a win. Several polls showed BJP getting fewer voter percentage than the last time –by 1 or two percentage.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I have very rarely seen bookies going wrong.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Adani Enterprise up 12% in last five trading sessions.
    Adani Power up 10% in last five trading sessions.

    The markets know better than the bookies – no less than 120 for Modi. Laddoo party on at work tomorrow.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am praying that I go wrong.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-
    I remember you mentioning after a visit to Gujarat that many people there felt Modi has become quite arrogant. Do you think this may be playing out in the election? Couple this with Keshubhai, Saurashtra region problems, Patels …bookies may not be that off. However, I cannot see a scenario where he loses.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Indian elections are always tricky and fun to watch. We have
    seen many opinion/exit polls going wrong in past – I hope that this time
    they are right – . Arrogance of Modi is one of the issue but what people
    have failed to notice that Congress had started their campaign
    long before Modi started. Congress workers went from door to door
    canvasing and they managed to cover most of the state. Their
    offer of cheap houses was also a massive hit with the public. .Though
    Modi did come up with his own version of 50 lakhs homes but perhaps that was little late in the day. All the pollsters are ignoring
    Keshubhai Patel who I think will make some difference in this
    elections. We also cannot completely ignore the anti incumbency factor.
    I Hope I am wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    A US friend sent me this link to the most recent article by Thomas Friedman – “Is Egypt the next India or next Pakistan”

    Very insightful and interesting. One thing for sure; with all our issues, we are doing something right; right from the original beginning and since 1947 when the country got independence. Indians should be proud of Prof Diamond’ (whom he refers to in this article) observations and conclusions.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/friedman-egypt-the-next-india-or-the-next-pakista-.html?n=Top%2fOpinion%2fEditorials%20and%20Op-Ed%2fOp-Ed%2fColumnists%2fThomas%20L%20Friedman&_r=0

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shoeb,

    Egypt is a Muslim majority country and looking at how the things are developing there, I won’t be surprised that Sharia will be adopted as
    a law of that country. Egypt will become more of a Pakistan than India.

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  • Anonymous

    In the newspapaers of today I read about the Bus and the Bus operator , which was involved in the Rape which has been the most horrendous incident which the country has seen in recent times. I have travelled by the ” Chartered buses ” run by this operator and a relative of his on the Noida – Dhaula Kuan routes. The drivers and staff employed were goondas and ruffians . There were numerous occassions when they would beat up drivers and conductors of DTC buses on the roads in Delhi and Noida with impunity and law enforcing agencies were too keen to look the other way. I recall DTC drivers complaining that the Operators had direct access to the then Transport Minister and there was none to protect them. I can say that this incident was waiting to happen.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is quite bad and sad. is the victim from the Northeast? I hear there have been lots of attacks on girls from Nagaland, Manipur .

    Is the bus operator a big Congress supporter?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Uttarakhand

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen Saxenaji,

    I agree with you. This horrendous incident should at least now open the eyes of Sheila Dixit and party.

    The strictest possible law should be passed against this evil and the perpetrators should be castrated without mercy even pending a court decision.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shenoy Saab
    It as open secret that the Delhi Police and the Delhi Transport department are on the payrolls of these so called “bus operators”. The money generated by way of “Entry” ( that is the term used for the payments made at every traffic point ) is so large that it could continue only if it was going right up to the top.
    I

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Any thing for money and looking at the past records I won’t be surprised that in few days everything will be forgotten. This time everyone is talking only because whole media has taken up this issue very strongly.

  • Anonymous

    Sonia must explain foreign NGO links

    http://www.niticentral.com/2012/12/sonia-must-explain-foreign-ngo-links.html

    Excerpts.

    Modi should specifically ask why the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation has accepted and
    perhaps still accepts funds from Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, which funds the
    Forum of Democratic Leaders in the Asia-Pacific that supports the secession of
    Kashmir. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is a co-president of this body, along with
    former Philippines President Corazon Aquino; South Korea leader Kim Dae-Jung;
    and former Costa Rica president Oscar Arias Sanchez. Others associated with
    FDL-AP include Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi; South Africa Anglican Archbishop
    Desmond Tutu; former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev; and former
    German President Richard von Weizsaecker.

    It is disgraceful that the Indian Prime Minister is member of a trust funded
    by such dubious sources. Since Sonia Gandhi has not quit the FDL-AP even after
    her association came to light some weeks ago, Narendra Modi could ask the Prime
    Minister about the genesis and growth of Track II diplomacy. In November 1996,
    the FDL-AP hosted an international seminar in Manila, Philippines, on Burma; the
    eminences from India were M Rasgotra, vice chair, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and
    George Fernandes, MP. It is safe to say that the RGF is committed to ‘promoting
    democracy’ in Asia, which in the context of democratic India means allowing
    J&K to go its own way. As a Member of the Lok Sabha who once bid to be Prime
    Minister, Sonia Gandhi must explain her personal stand and that of the
    foundation she chairs on the issue of India’s national sovereignty and
    territorial integrity.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    the contents of this article make it clear that Sonia Gandhi doesn’t know anything about India’s Kashmir policy. She must have felt great to be associated with world leaders, and felt nothing wrong in accepting tainted funds.

    Last year, we have discussed the Ghualm Nabi Fai’s Kashmir Foundation, which “gave” money, drinks, foreign travel and stay in exotic hotels to several media leaders and editors of a “certain” persuasion.

    This is similar to the Fai foundation and because it is Sonia Gandhi, it has to be investigated.

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  • engrich

    delhi gang rape,

    the only remedy iof malady is……..india should run under sharia.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    engrich- I agree with you that certain crimes, such as this one in delhi, – premedicated, preplanned atrocities – deserve Sharia type punishment

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    Ravi Reply:

    “Premedicated” – You mean they were on Viagra

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  • Anonymous

    Why Muslims might have voted for Modi.

    Zafar Sareshwala tells Rediff.com’s Sheela Bhatt why Muslims are better off under Narendra Modi’s rule than they were under the Congress

    http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-gujarat-election-2012-it-s-not-difficult-for-modi-to-convince-muslims/20121217.htm

    Excerpt

    Earlier, we never had so much interaction with Hindus. In the last 5, 7 years, I have had a lot of interaction.

    I also had misconceptions. If you put a question to Hindus like, for example: ‘Was it good that 2,000 Muslims were killed in the 2002 riots?’

    Not a single Hindu said, ‘Acha hua (It was a good thing).’ They regret it and say, “Yaar, bahut bura hua (A very bad thing happened, friend).

    After 2002, there was a barrier and there was a lack of communication. When we started communicating with the Hindus, that situation was never there before.

    In fact, in the 1990s, when there was no Modi, no BJP, believe me, no Muslim could dare open a non-veg restaurant on C G road or Ashram Road in Ahmedabad.

    Today, you will find at least 30, 40 Muslim-owned non-veg restaurants. You have Kareem’s, Barbeque Nation etc. All these are in the heart of a 100 percent Hindu area. There are Muslim-owned shops in a recently opened mall.

    During the Congress government, Muslims could not even think of buying an inch of land on CG road or SG road. Much before Modi.

    Even when Mahatma Gandhi was alive, in Gujarat, Muslims could not own land in Navrangpura. We were restricted to the ‘walled city area.’

    What are we talking about? It was impossible. Impossible!

    With Modi, the door has been opened.

    Now, at least 30, 40 different groups have met him.

    They have also taken up the issue of madrassa education with Modi. A team of madrassa managers went to Modi and said, ‘Our students study for eight, nine years, but their degrees are not recognised.’

    Modi said, ‘This is a great idea. Let us work on it.’

    I was there. There were all these madrassa people talking to Modi. The mufti of a very large Islamic centre was present.

    I don’t want to name him because then the whole secular brigade will go against them. Even the mufti said, ‘We need to talk to Modi.’

    About the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh agenda of making India a Hindu nation

    Is the RSS agenda new? It has been there since 1920. So what? How does it matter to us?

    In Hindustan, Muslims should have no fear. We have the Constitution.

    Even if Guru Golwalkar (the second RSS sarsanghchalak) had become prime minister of India, he would have had to abide by the Constitution.

    Try to change the Constitution and see.

    We know for sure that whoever becomes prime minister he or she has to follow the Constitution.

    What difference does it make to our lives, this RSS agenda? We are living our own lives, and our rights and duties emanate from the Constitution.

    Under the so-called RSS agenda we have built more schools in Gujarat than before.

    Until 2001, Ahmedabad had just two major Muslim schools. Now we have 13.

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  • Ravi

    Where is खप्लॉथिअ now that Love Jihad has gone mobile in Delhi

    8-year-old Dalit girl raped, killed in Bihar

    One reported only 4999 more to go.

    In yet another shocking reminder of the routine violence suffered by women, an eight-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Bihar’s Saharsa district. The body was found in a canal on Tuesday morning, a day after she went missing from home.

    The incident took place in the remote village of Belwara Punarwas, situated at a distance from the Kosi river. The child was from the Paswan community and belonged to a family of labourers. District hospital sources confirmed to The Hindu that the post mortem found evidence of rape.

    More…http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/8yearold-dalit-girl-raped-killed-in-bihar/article4218550.ece?homepage=true

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I wonder why the reporter used “Dalit” in her news coverage. A young minor, an 8 yr old girl is raped and killed. It is a heinous crime.

    The “Dalit” qualifier makes sense if it was done by a non-Dalit, potentially qualifying as a “hate crime”. I think India does not have “hate crime”laws; if it were committed in the US, and if it can be proved the crime happened because of “hate” towards a segment (race, nationality, religion etc) , the perpretator will be subject to a harsher punishment.

    Was she raped because she is Dalit? Was the Delhi girl raped because she was Dalit?

    Also, while one rape is too many, and a child’s rape is a definite no-no, India is a country of 1,2 billion people — bad things happen; hopefully criminals will be punished; hopefully they will not go free because of their political connections or wealth

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    Ravi Reply:

    Binoy are you asking me or telling me.
    Dalit is mentioned because most rapists believe that police will be less than enthusiastic investigating a crime which involves a Dalit victim.
    I am sure you remember how much song and dance was made when the case against 5 Muslim rapists was in progress in the UK. Where are those who were extremely vocal then, pointing to Islam as being a contributing factor in what they called “love Jihad”, where are they now??
    As I said one reported only 4999 more to report.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Well well well… They were five Muslim rapists..this is a “Dalit” who is raped..Who are the rapists here? It may be a Dalit – the news says it happened in the predominantly Dalit village – or a Muslim or a non-Dalit Hindu.

  • Anonymous

    Not only in Gujarat, even in HP BJP is leading. Will this lead be sustained?

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  • AshishC

    Bookie predicted less than 100, pollsters a range between 120-140; the result is somewhere in between. 115 for BJP.
    2 less than last time. What a major defeat for Narendra Modi :D
    The electorate has spoken.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A great victory for Modi and Gujaratis; may be a beginning of the end of the Congress nightmare in Delhi, ushering a “shining” India..

    Congress and pundits will disqualify him because he did not win with a bigger majority of seats.. And some in BJP will join that chorus..

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    dronacharya Reply:

    15-YR OLD RAZIA RAPED BY MARWARI ASHWITH in MODI VICTORY CELEBRATIONS.

    Minor girl raped in Bangalore shop
    Bangalore, Dec 19, 2012, DHNS:

    Police arrest 1 of the 3 accused

    As the nation showed its outrage over the recent gang-rape of a Muslim girl
    in a bus in New Delhi, Bangalore also witnessed yet another brutal rape of a
    minor girl on Tuesday night. The incident came to light only on Wednesday as the
    family formally lodged a complaint with the Kadugodi police. The police have
    arrested the main accused, Ashwath, a kirana shop owner (Hindu/Marwari).

    Raziya, 15, lives with her family of eight in a one-room temporary shed at an
    under-construction building site at Patalamma Layout, Kadugodi. The family,
    working as construction labourers in Patalamma Layout, is from Kadubooru
    village, Gulbarga, and had migrated to the City three years back. On Tuesday,
    around 6:30 pm, Raziya went out of the house to a street corner shop to buy some
    condiments. However, the girl never returned till late night triggering panic
    among the members of the family. Her aunt Ramzan Bi told Deccan Herald that the
    family started searching for the girl in the area.

    “We knew that the girl had gone to a street corner kirana shop. But that shop
    was closed. We could not find the girl anywhere. As her brother went near the
    shop, one of the men standing outside the shop misled us saying that the girl
    had gone towards the main road. However, as we returned after searching in vain,
    we saw that the shop’s shutters were half open with lights on inside. As we went
    in, we saw our girl lying there half naked, with her hands and legs tied with
    her “duppatta.” We rescued our girl,” says Nadeem, a close relative of the
    girl.

    Raziya said: “As I went to the shop to buy some condiments, the shop owner
    and his two friends teased me. When I tried to flee, two of his friends who were
    outside the shop pushed me and pulled the shutters down from outside. The man
    inside tied my hand and legs with my duppatta, stuffed some cloth into my mouth
    and brutally raped me.”

    Raziya’s father Hussain Basha lodged a complaint with the Kadugodi police on
    Wednesday. He alleged that Ashwath, the owner of the kirana stores “SLV
    Enterprises”, brutally raped his daughter Raziya, while his 2 other friends Ravi
    and Manju pushed her into the shop, closed down the shutters from outside and
    stood guard.

    An emotional Hussain Basha told Deccan Herald: “My daughter had earlier also
    complained that the shopkeeper and his friends teased her. But we never took it
    seriously. Now, my daughter’s life has been ruined. I will kill the fellow who
    has done this to my dear daughter,” he broke down.

    The police have arrested Ashwath. However, the BJP-RSS ruled Police Dept. is
    more interested inprotecting ASHWATH rather then getting jutsice for Razia.,
    turning the case into a case of “consensual sex”. T Suneel Kumar, Additional
    Commissioner (Law & Order), told Deccan Herald: “We have lodged the
    complaint and immediately arrested the main accused. We have subjected the
    alleged victim and the accused to medical tests at Vaidehi Hospital and reports
    are awaited.”

    ASHWITH will be out on bail (Rs. 5000) after 2 days – and infact – blame
    RAZIA – that it was she who wanted sex ! Tar the reputation of the girl for life
    – and move on with life.

    THIS IS RTR (RIGHT TO RAPE). HINDUTVA STYLE. SHAMELESS. BRAZEN. NO GUILT.
    HINDU BOYS CONSIDER IT THEIR RIGHT NOW., TO RAPE MUSLIM GIRLS. AND TO HELL WITH
    THE WORLD.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ishwar to Mohanr a day ago

    Adani Enterprise up 12% in last five trading sessions.
    Adani Power up 10% in last five trading sessions.

    The markets know better than the bookies – no less than 120 for Modi. Laddoo party on at work tomorrow.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You were 100% correct.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    all your fears have not come true.

    But, Modi has lost because he has got ony 115.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Vinod Sharma, analysing the election results on IBN Live (Hindi) this morning said:

    “The condition of Muslims in Gujarat is similar to the Hindus in Pakistan.”

    Shame on you Mr. Sharma for having said that – and that too being a member of the National Minority Commission.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shame on him, period. Vinod equating condition of Muslims in Gujrat to the condition of Hindus in Pakistan is no different from his colleague Zia Huq comparing Aushwitz/Nazi atrocities to the 2002 Gujrat riots. Looks like they all have to follow a specific “anti India” script at HT.

    Vinod and his cohorts tried hard to mislead the voters of Gujarat.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mr.Sharma shoud read the article which I had posted here to have the real picture instead of lying blatantly on TV.

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    engrich Reply:

    “The condition of Muslims in Gujarat is similar to the Hindus in Pakistan…………………….

    condition of muslims in india is far worse. .hindus in pakistan are considered rich community.1000 riots are perpetuated against muslims on india.nothing like this in pakistan.

    there are some problems but not like what indian muslims are facing.more than 20000 muslim lads are in jail for bomb blasts usually carried out by abhinav bharat from time to time..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    what r u smoking these days?

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    vin0059 Reply:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/hindi/india/2012/12/121220_idrees_india_pak_ia.shtml

    read this

    Pathak G Reply:

    Engrich always smokes smack from both ends.

    Anonymous Reply:

    proves my point – the article talks about a Pakistani national’s plight once his visa expired in India – did you find riots, bombs, abhinav bharat etc anywhere.

    I give up on you.

    vin0059 Reply:

    he was harrased because he was muslim.otherwise fine could be imposed on airport itself like in dubai.

    engrich Reply:

    smoke of his truthfullnes comes from both ends.

    engrich Reply:

    truth

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mr Vinod Sharma has a ” passion for working for the welfare of Indian Minorities”. Poor fellow. Ever since he was given that appointment in the Minorities Commission ..he had to be satisfied with that good for nothing position..and he has to put out that sob story… hoping that something more meaty may come his way later.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Ishwar,
    Mr Sharma got his job by making reckless statements like that..

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    AshishC Reply:

    Ishwar,
    Mr Sharma got his job by making reckless statements like that..

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  • Pathak G

    Well Modi has swept the polls. NO surprise. Let us all hope that the Congress changes from today onward The Congress has a vantage position in Delhi and has the Aadhar card trump card.

    Once funds are transffered to BPL families all over India with Sonia’s photo flashed on, 2014 can be easy for the Congress.

    Some people have also noticed that Rahul is getting better at making speeches.

    We must congratulate him for the latest assertive speeches. We cannot blame him for the lack of organisation which is basically Ahmed Patel’s fault.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    In Congress, it is always anyone but the Gandhis – they can’t be faulted. Good for them.

    By the way, can I use Aadhar as a from of ID to renew my passport?

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    Pathak G Reply:

    Why dont you become a primary member of the Congress and change things in case you dont like them?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Has the PM got a say in Congress?

    Pathak G Reply:

    He is a mukhota like Vajpayee. The real force is SOnia’s hand.

    Anonymous Reply:

    When will you find any fault in Sonia/Rahul.

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    Pathak G Reply:

    Nobody outside this blog says anything negative about Sonia and Rahul, except Advani and BJP nikkerwalas.

    Both are working selflessly and will steer in the Congress in 2014. Look at rahul’s character. Most Indians would have taken the PM’s seat which is there for his asking. Bu he has decided to have a first hand feel of things.

    Advani undermined Vajpayee, while Sonia and Rahul and even Vadra only backed Manmohan.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    ” NOBODY OUTSIDE THIS BLOG says anything negative
    about Sonia and Rahul, except Advani and BJP nickerwalas’

    Good to know that you have also started cracking jokes.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji is accepted into the congress “inner circles” only in that capacity.

    Pathak G Reply:

    Make white Kurta and Pajamas… you will also be accepted.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I amy be accepted as a tailor, but not as a joker.

    Anonymous Reply:

    So Mohan the satta bazaar was wrong…or was the Congress dirty tricks deptt was behind that news

    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes satta bazaar surprisingly was wrong.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    the PM’s seat may be Rahul’s for the asking. Why then is he not asking for it? I am sure he is not bitten by the Bharat bug of Ramayana. He is plainly incapable and the saving grace is that he knows it, unlike his mother.

    Pathak G Reply:

    When will you learn? Have you received new orders for chaddis at your tailoring factory? Maybe you should try for orders of white Kurta and Pajamas from Congress now as the youth will only follow Rahul.

    Rahul is a capable young man and the BJP is afraid of his charisma.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    to share a secret with you, I have received a huge order for chaddis from…….hold your breath……… Gujarat congress!

    Anonymous Reply:

    Both are working selflessly.. only grabbing Herald House and that plot in Mumbai. and nothing to speak of the lard in swiss banks.

    Pathak G Reply:

    Join politics and convince people to probe all this. Otherwise you have no reason to complain.

    You can also ask Gadkari to start a movement on this.

    Anonymous Reply:

    ..police is corrupt ..become a policeman….Doctors are cheating patients… become a doctor…Press extorts and takes bribes… run a TV channel…

    Pathak G Reply:

    You have a choice of new professions. All thanks to SOnia and Rahul who are actually making India shine.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Both polishing their faces with Cherry Blossom ..?

    Pathak G Reply:

    They are the fairest faces int eh COngress, anyday,

  • Anonymous

    The way forward from here:

    FirstPost reports:
    After getting the blessings of his mother, Modi meets his former mentor at his residence and they feed each other sweets. They seem to be pretty happy with each other despite past acrimony.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ishwar- I strongly agree with the last sentence. There is an unquenched thirst out there; Modi will appeal to the vast majority of people. One takeaway from all the elections of the past few years is that candidates win and not parties — Rahul is failing because he is Rahul. Jayalalitha is winning because she is Jayalalitha and not AiDMK. Jagan Reddy is winning because he is Jagan Reddy and not because he has a new party. Modi going directly to people will put him as PM, with the party/coalition he leads as the ruling party.

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  • Anonymous

    I suspect the posts below from Pathak G are not from the real PathakG.

    It might be vinoo playing prank here.
    If you have been caught, please raise your hand.

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    Pathak G Reply:

    Ha ha!! I think Modi’s victory has made you overtly suspicious!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    check the no. of posts from this ID on disqus – less than 20???

    and re-read the first few posts.

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    Pathak G Reply:

    Ok! You are in the software business my pal. Unfortunately accounts people always forget software glitches!

  • Pathak G

    Even Manish Tewari and Chidambaran have stated that the Congress has full reasons to celebrate as wherever Rahul campaigned, the Congress won.

    Further on we stopped Modi from getting 140 seats, so we have won part of the battle.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes… the Delhi Police Commissioner said did we not catch the Rapists in 24 hours

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    Pathak G Reply:

    Well the Gandhi name has weight all over INdia. Can the BJP name its PM candidate? tell your favourite party to name one who cna match SOnia or Rahul.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Not in beauty pageants ?

    Pathak G Reply:

    Modi has a new hairdo. Ask him to stand in a beauty contest with Rahul.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    with his effeminate looks, don’t you think Rahul is better suited to participate in a beauty contest?

    Anonymous Reply:

    It has already been conceded that none from the BJP can compete with Sonia and her son in a beauty pageant…none has that White European skin….

    Anonymous Reply:

    Pathakji,

    why doesn’t the congress name its own prime ministerial candidate?

  • Anonymous

    Has Himachal Pradesh chosen to have a chargesheeted Chief Minister ?

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  • Anonymous

    As per the election commission, the BJP has won the Gujarat elecions.
    But, as per the congress commission headed by Chidambaram, the congress has won!

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    Anonymous Reply:

    yes, the Congress and their chamchas have already started the delegitimisation process–that he did not win more than what he had last time, that Gujrat has cult worship, and as our esteemed Vinod Sharma said – that Muslims in Guj are like Hindus in Pakistan….Harshat Bal of Open magazine did not even wait for the full results to come out before trying to pull the platform under Modi, before implicitly criticizing a majority of Gujratis who voted for him. When will Congress and their friends learn that they cannot go on belittling people of this country..

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  • Anonymous

    Another good thing about Gujrat politics is that they essentially have a two party system – centre of left Congress, and centre of right BJP. Most of the other states have too many parties contesting the elections – there are five major parrties (nd BJP is to be seen nowhere) here in kerala. ditto in Karnataka, Andhra etc etc

    A Gujarat model of two parties give the winning party an opportunity to implement programs for the people whereas in coalition ministries like Kerala programs are implemented to satisfy an election coalition partner.

    Let us hope a two or three party system evolves over a period of time.

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  • Anonymous

    The chorus has started that Modi is not qualified to be the PM – Last time I checked there was no UPSC qualifications list…

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    engrich Reply:

    like patel he is also semieducated person.does not deserve to be pm.his close friends are in jail on murder and money extraction bussines.india want a clean man.gujratis will swallow india.his victory is victory of modrn propagaanda system.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Engrich;
    I believe, you are educated. Are you? or you are educated like Omar shaikh of LSE fame, who himself beheaded that American journalist.

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    engrich Reply:

    sardar patel was semi educated.so the modi is.he was mukhtar of lawyer.i dont know omar sheikh .hundreds of rss workers are in jail for planting bombs,blaming on muslims.yes muslims voted for modi.they shed their right for peace.removing modi is duty of hindus not muslims.

    engrich Reply:

    like patel he is also semieducated person.does not deserve to be pm.his close friends are in jail on murder and money extraction bussines.india want a clean man.gujratis will swallow india.his victory is victory of modrn propagaanda system.

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    Since last few days I was unable to access latest comments. My computer will always take me to oldest and any effort to go to latest will be thwarted. Anyway, now, all the usual suspects, including, Medha patkar, DP, Veer sanghvi are at pains to say that Modi is not acceptable as a PM. Yaa?? that is BJP/ NDA’s problem, why you are worried? Barkha dutt et el have tasted the dust, inspite of raking communal rhetorics/ stories of 2002, nothing came out of it.Certain section of Muslims, even in Gujarat have voted for Modi/ development.
    Communal congress, communal and casteist to the core SP/ BSP are real culprits. India needs leaders like Modi. period.

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  • Anonymous

    In Gujarat election Congress had promised free laptops, sarees, free electricity for farmers, cheap houses and many other freebies. Shouldn’t it be the moral responsibility of Congress to provide all these to the peope of 62 constituencies from where Congress candidates won?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    well, they will get fewer seats if they do not give. did they really promise free electricity — from where/how

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes, free electricity for farmers was one of the promise made. By Congress.

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  • Anonymous

    BJP could have won around 140 seats. They lost 22 seats by about 2000 votes
    only. Looks like Keshubhai did play the spoiler.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    For me the wonder is that he could not play the spoiler in more seats.

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  • Anonymous

    Chidambarm claimed that Congress was the clear winner in Gujarat because BJP seats tally came down by one and Congress increased their tally by huge margin of three. If the same method is applied than Modi lost the election against Ms. Bhatt as in 2007 Modi had won by the margin by 87000 but this time the margin came down massively to only 86373 votes.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Therefore, as a lawyer, Chidambaram has proved that Modi is a loser.

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    vin0059 Reply:

    hitler came to power through election.it is victory of corporates and looters of india over innocent s of gujrat..india has passed through sad period many times before as well.more than 26 communal riots were ignited to convert gundaas into hindu hraday samrat.perpetuators of violence on delhi girls are rss trained warriors.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Chidambaram is stooping down to his fellow Congressis.. sad

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  • Anonymous

    Shenoy Saab ..If Modi is given a more prominent central role in BJP … do you think Yeddy may reconsider his plans to seperate from the BJP.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen Saxenaji,

    totally unlike Modi, Yeddiyurappa is a jerk, highly corrupt, selfish self-centred man. His supporting MLAs are already having second thoughts, after seeing Keshubhai’s party and its end result.

    I think, the BJP should take a call on making Modi the PM candidate, irrespective of whether Nitish Kumar will walk out or not. Minhas Merchant and Ashok Malik have written in Times Of India that Nitish is one hell of a bloated pseudo secularist, who will need the BJP more than the other way.

    In my personal opinion, the urban voters all over India will plump for Modi.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes Shenoy Saab even I think that the Gujarat results may come as a dampener to his bloated opinion of the support he enjoys.

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  • Anonymous

    looks like there are a lot of hackers hacking the IDs of vinoo, pathak etc

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  • Anonymous

    Modi, if he loves India, should start focusing on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections starting yesterday, to be the PM with or without BJP, with or without Nitish. Gujratis are aspirational people; they have embraced him; his message will resonate through out India; especially when they compare him to babyg. ,.

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  • Ravi

    THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN MODISTAN !!!

    Nearly 1,000 rape cases await light of justice in Delhi’s courts

    Only 4000 more to count.

    In Delhi’s six district courts, as many 963 cases of rape are pending as on 1 October. Should Sunday night’s gang rape case be admitted to one of these courts, it will be at least seven to eight months before the verdict is announced.

    Delaying tactics by the defence, adjournments on frivolous grounds, insensitive public prosecutors and overburdened courts, say criminal lawyers, are some of the reasons why rape cases carry on for years without any

    More…http://www.firstpost.com/india/nearly-1000-rape-cases-await-light-of-justice-in-delhis-courts-566064.html

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    engrich Reply:

    FEW QUALIFICATIONS OF OUR FUTURE HOME MINISTER OF INDIA.

    Former Gujarat minister Amit Shah appeared before a local court on Friday in
    connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh
    fake encounter case. The Supreme Court had on September 27 ordered the transfer
    of Sheikh encounter case to Maharashtra after the CBI said witnesses were being

    intimidated and the trial could not be
    held in a free and fair manner in Gujarat.

    Shah was the minister of state for Home in Modi Cabinet before he stepped
    down after his name surfaced in the staged encounter killing. Shah won recently
    conducted Assembly election in Gujarat, results for which were announced on
    Thursday, from Naranpura seat.

    He appeared in the court of the metropolitan magistrate in Mumbai. Later in
    the evening, the court adjourned the proceedings to next month.

    Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi were allegedly abducted by Gujarat’s
    Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad and killed in a fake encounter near
    Gandhinagar in November 2005. While Tulsiram Prajapati, a key witness to the
    encounter, was allegedly killed by police at Chapri village in Banaskantha
    district in December 2006.

    The CBI had alleged that Shah was the “kingpin” of the conspiracy in the
    encounter episode in which most of the accused are policemen, some of them IPS
    officers. He was arrested in July 2010 but released on bail after spending three
    months in jail.

    Shah, the close confidante of chief minister Narendra Modi, is currently out
    on bail after Supreme Court rejected the CBI’s plea to cancel the relief granted
    to him in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

    He returned to Gujarat after a gap of two years, following the Supreme Court
    judgement allowing him to enter the state.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Who is reponsible for all this? RSS, BJP, Upper caste Hindus, Hindu religion or Modi?

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    vin0059 Reply:

    gopi thomas

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Engrich/Tajender

    You are a shameless person.

  • Abhi

    “Role models can’t have downsides.”
    Tell that to Ms. Sonia Gandhi with (allegedly) 198000 CRORES (and counting) of rupees in the Swiss banks.

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  • Ravi

    अब क्या बताओं मैं तेरे मिलने से क्या मिला

    इर्फाने गम हुआ मुझे दिल का पता मिला

    जब दूर तक न कोई फ़क़ीर आशना मिला

    वीरान-ए-आज्मंद तेरे दर से जा मिला

    मंजिल मिली, मुराद मिली, मुद्दा मिला

    सब कुछ मुझे मिला जो तेरा नक्शे पा मिला

    या ज़ख्मे दिल को चीर के सीने से फेंक दे

    या एतराफ करके निशाने वफा मिला

    “सीमाब” को शगुफ्ता न देखा तमाम उम्र

    कमबख्त जब मिला हमें गम आशना मिला

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  • Anonymous

    We need more people like Sister Mary who provide selfless service to the unwanted and thrown out..
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/a-nano-for-bangalores-mother-teresa-from-her-children/article4227026.ece?homepage=true

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A great inspiring story. Yes, we need many people like her.

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  • Anonymous

    First, it will be clear whether or not the electorate of Gujarat continues to retain faith in the leadership of Chief Minister Narendra Modi. With a 70 per cent turnout (in Phase 1 of the poll), a spirited election campaign that was centred on the State Government’s performance over 11 years, and little chance of a hung Assembly, the answer to this question should be unambiguous.
    The second issue will touch on the future of Indian politics. If the BJP is successful in meeting the combined onslaught of the liberal intelligentsia, the mainstream media, the local leadership of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Gujarat Parivartan Party, the Central Government and the local Congress, there will be compelling pressure on the National Democratic Alliance (which, naturally, includes the BJP) to discard the absurd idea of ‘collective leadership’ and anoint Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the next general election.

    I use the phrase ‘compelling pressure’ with some pre-mediation because I am almost certain that the process of declaring Modi the first among equals will not be without hiccups. Such a momentous step in a polity where succession planning is both non-existent and bereft of institutional structures is never without hiccups. Assuming Modi passes the December 20 test, the coming months will be delight for the media as a multitude of veterans, rivals and unnamed ‘sources’ will air their misgivings of such an ‘extreme’ step.

    There will invariably be questions raised about Modi’s suitability to move from local to national politics-as if participation in State politics automatically negates a politician’s ability to play in a larger arena. There will be doubts raised over Modi’s temperament: can a man used to being the supreme boss of a one-party Government adapt to the infuriating complexities of coalition politics? There will also be the Nagpur question: will the RSS leadership allow such a towering individual to put the parent organisation in the shade? And, finally, there will be the inevitable Muslim question: can India be ruled by a man whose very name is anathema to the Muslim minority, at least outside Gujarat?

    None of these posers can be brushed aside as irrelevant. No doubt the issues will be raised by people who have been opposed to Modi for the past 10 years and who are still hopeful that a ‘silent undercurrent’ will stop the Chief Minister’s juggernaut in Gujarat itself. But they are powerful people who wield considerable clout in the Establishment of what Modi derisively calls the ‘Delhi Sultanate’. For them, Modi is not merely someone they disagree with; he is an enemy. They would rather countenance the indefinite continuation of Gandhi-Vadra rule and the perpetuation of cronyism than imagine an India in the hands of an outlander from Vadnagar. Modi threatens their ‘idea of India’.

    What we have witnessed and perhaps will continue to witness till the last voter in the next general election has pressed the EVM button is a form of class war. It is a war not about economic philosophies or even about something as nebulous as modernity. Looked at from every conceivable angle, the Gujarat over which Modi has presided for the past 11 years is a showcase for resurgent India. Nor is there any fear that Modi will pave the way for some perverse, backward-looking and insular society. Trade, technology and even globalisation have been central to the Gujarati mind, a reason why that society never took very kindly to the Nehruvian way.

    No, the class war centres on the exercise of power, control and clout. A small example may suffice. Last week, a group of influential media people-known in rarefied circles as the Limousine Liberals-travelled to Gujarat, courtesy an international investment house, to do a spot of election tourism. In the recent past they travelled to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal to observe the ‘real India’. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Limo Libs are always given an audience by the leaders of the main parties. In Gujarat, the Congress rolled out the red carpet for them and I am informed (but am yet to verify) that the party’s heir apparent also found time to exchange notes with the group. The only exception was Modi. He encountered them at one of his public rallies, acknowledged them with a polite Namaste and went about his main business.
    It is not for me to say whether Modi missed an opportunity to charm those outside his natural constituency-they are itching to be wooed-or whether he thought that spending time with those who are intractably opposed to him the individual is a waste of time. The point is that the likes of the Limo Libs are inherently ill at ease with a man who challenges the existing power structure without inhibition and with aggression.

    This is where Modi differs from a Atal Behari Vajpayee. Despite being the so-called “right man in the wrong party”, Vajpayee sought to co-opt a section of the Establishment and I have no doubt that his cultivated ambiguity and Brahminical pedigree came in quite hand. Modi by contrast has always banked on pressure from below to get his way. His politics is based on raw energy. This is what the upholders of the status quo find frightening and unbearable.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Very interesting..Mohan bhai

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    Anonymous Reply:

    This article was written by Swapandas Gupta about a week back.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    “This is where Modi differs from a Atal Behari Vajpayee. Despite being the so-called “right man in the wrong party”, Vajpayee sought to co-opt a section of the Establishment and I have no doubt that his cultivated ambiguity and Brahminical pedigree came in quite hand. Modi by contrast has always banked on pressure from below to get his way. His politics is based on raw energy. This is what the upholders of the status quo find frightening and unbearable.”
    Mohan bhai ..this why I place Modi on a pedestal higher than Atalji. He also does not have a Ranjan Bhattacharya to dote on .

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan
    Modi should use this momentum and focus on India’s leadership with or without BJP, with or without Nitin, with or without other vested inteersts. There is a thirst out their unquenched. Gujaratis are aspirational people; so also most of Indians – they all want a better tomorrow. They know Modi can deliver. They are all fed up of the promises; disturbed by the deterioration of everything around them. 2002 will not be a drag on him. He should just go on. He can easily defeat Congress. However, first he has to neuter BJP

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopiji,

    It will be a huge mistake if BJP does not nominate Modi as their

    PM candidate. He has got massive pan India appeal. I am sure

    he can get enough seats for BJP to come in power if he starts

    campaigning for the general elections all over India. Once people

    know that he is the PM candidate than they will come out in droves
    to vote for BJP.

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  • Anonymous

    Why did we have late Nargis in the Parliament ..why did the Congress make late Sunil Dutt a MP and Cabinet Minister ..Why Govinda .. why do we have Sachin Tendulkar in the Parliament … why Vijayananti Mala or even Birju Maharaj in Parliament .. we should only have chavvani chaap turncoats ..like Sanjay Nirupam in Parliament ..saala ..do kaudi ka

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    Anonymous Reply:

    People like Sanjay Nirupam and Singhvi should never be allowed to
    hold any post. Shame on Congress leadership for keeping such people
    in there party who have no respect for women. I will partly blame the
    attitude of such politicians and similar type of people from our society towards women as one of the reason we have been witnessing so
    many rapes in our country without most of the rapists getting punished.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Parliament is 70 percent rowdies, murderers, illicit property dealers

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    vijay ! Reply:

    vadra got all the dealers who got him land , Cognress tickets.

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  • Anonymous

    Raghavan’s column in the BusinessLine on Modi…”Meaning of Modi’s Victory”

    This sums it all..from an aam admi perspective..

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/columns/b-s-raghavan/meaning-of-modis-thirdtime-win/article4222421.ece

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    Anonymous Reply:

    A very good article. It is high time that Congress leaders stop
    spreading falsehood against Modi and start emulating his style of
    governance for the betterment of the country. The only way to beat Modi is to
    perform better than him.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    absolutely right. One good thing in Gujrat is that, personality cult etc aside, election is fought on development/delivery. Just imagine how far the whole India would have come if elections in other states/centre are fought on this basis. Instead we see in UP one caste group vs another caste/religion group..ditto in many other states thanks to cong legacy. Congress tried the caste card with Patels in gujrat; didnt work there…

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  • Anonymous

    369 MPs, MLAs face charges of crimes against women

    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/lawmakers-369-face-charges-of-rape-crimes-against-women/20121221.htm

    Not only the six persons who committed the heinous crime should be punished
    but all these 369 MPs and MLAs should also be removed from their posts.

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  • Anonymous

    Yesterday was Jagan Reddy’s 40th birthday. The jail authorities provided special concession to him so his admirers and supporters can visit and wish him. There was a never ending stream to wish this scoundrel, whose only claim to fame is that he is YSR son.

    In Gujarat Modi got elected because of the growth and development he has helped there. In AP Jagans party got the bulk of bye election seats because he was the biggest of all the other crooks.

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  • Anonymous

    The
    Kettle Hits Back

    Anti-Modi crusaders run their rabid campaigns blindfolded

    http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?283393

    The systematic demonisation of Narendra Modi in the media began with Medha
    Patkar’s Narmada Bachao Andolan. Though Patkar has played a historic role in
    raising awareness about the plight of villagers whose lands are arbitrarily
    taken away for mega dams and “development projects”, she did an incalculable
    harm to her own cause by overstating her case, especially with regard to
    resettlement operations of dam oustees in Gujarat. It projected Modi government
    in particular and all Gujaratis in general as intrinsically demonic forces that
    were out to decimate the “poor tribals”.

    But when I went to Gujarat to
    do a small reality check first hand, I was appalled at the wide gap between the
    NBA propaganda and the reality on the ground. There was serious mismatch between
    the NBA critique of Modi and the reality of resettlement in Gujarat. That gave
    me the first glimpse of the power of Modi the doer, an able administrator
    capable of delivering what he promised. He took up the challenge posed by NBA in
    all seriousness and provided the first of its kind rehabilitation anywhere in
    India. That is why dam oustees voted with their feet and abandoned the NBA
    plank. I hope to tell that story another time. But from then on, Modi became the
    most favoured hate object of leftists, liberals, feminists, radicals,
    environmentalists et al.

    However, the Gujarat riots of 2002 converted Modi bashing into an extremely
    rewarding career advancement strategy for media persons, NGO activists,
    academics and sundry intellectuals. Conversely, you are condemned to lifelong
    perdition, treated as a political and intellectual outcast subject to unending
    vilification campaigns starting with being labelled a fascist if you dare say
    one word either in defence of Modi or suggest a bit of caution to Modi bashers

    —–
    Are Gujarati Muslims Endangered Minority?

    Even the Prime Minister of India joins the unholy chorus and tells Muslims in Gujarat that they are unsafe in this state, unless they vote Congress back to power. Such irresponsible statements are expected from NGOs playing to international galleries who fund and support them but coming from national media or the PM of India, it is a shocker. Apart from other considerations, does he realize how much legitimacy such falsehoods lend to jihadi terrorists of Pakistan?
    —-

    Very Very good article.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan – it is time these people accept the verdict of the people. By their constant belittling of the people, they themselves are becoming irrelevant .Medha Patekar is fighting for a just cause; I will not include her with other self promotion wallahs

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  • Anonymous

    Latest comment from Joker Digvijay :

    BJP paid Gujarat Muslims not to vote.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    Thought, I should respond to Digvijay’s accusation but as I do not respond to some people’s wild stories here, digvijay has brought himself to that level. This man is impossible. yeh to en… ka bhi dada hai.

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  • Ravi

    We shall overcome one day

    भूख और प्यास की मारी हुई इस दुनिया में
    इश्क ही एक हकीक़त नहीं कुछ और भी है

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    Anonymous Reply:

    unfortunately, in the case of Africa, that day is 1000s of years in the future- they are killing each other all across AFRICA — I recently read what is happening in Congo..At one time US would have been involved to straighten (?) ..Now with too many fiscal and political issues here, I think America’s involvement in non strategic issues will be zero. So, people will suffer in Africa, syria, all over… It is quite sad that all those African countries who won freedom around india just got wihered away into abyss (well, including Pakistan (

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  • Anonymous

    Can any of my Indian friends here tell me about the state/federal laws in India – ie why is the Delhi rape being discussed in the parliament – is the punishment/law against rape a federal subject or a state subject.. Is the discussion in the parliament to bring a uniform law throughout India because state laws are not strong enough?

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    Ravi Reply:

    One may consider a single rape not a serious subject for discussion in the National Parliament, but the resultant civil agitation surely is.

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    engrich Reply:

    sharia can only control india.sharia laws are detterent,instant cheap and pactical.

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  • Anonymous

    While Virbhadra Singh, who is allegedly involved in corruption is chosen as a CM of HP, another MLA of Congress party in HP, Ram Kumar Choudry has been booked for murder. He has gone underground. Murderer and a corrupt
    are the members of newly elected government of HP.

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  • Anonymous

    Jharkhand village mob lynches 5 including rape accused for molesting girls

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Jharkhand-village-mob-lynches-5-including-rape-accused-for-molesting-girls/articleshow/17724428.cms

    If police does not act we may see many such incidents in future.

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  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Sanjaya Nirupam Needs Chemical Castration Of His Brain

    http://www.beingcynical.com/2012/12/sanjaya-nirupam-needs-chemical.html

    On 20th, while participating in a TV debate on Gujarat verdict he quite unceremoniously showed his true colours, his upbringing and his value system or the absence of it. For starters, hats off to his parents for inculcating such dazzling moral on their son which let him utter ‘Aap to Paise keliye Thume Lagaya Kartithi. Aap ka charitra pata hai hame’ about a woman.

    What would you call this and that too when it comes from a sitting member of parliament? Hats off to the north Mumbai voters as well for electing such a third graded individual who is no better than the ruffians that we see on our streets. For Nirupam, someone who was earning her livelihood, reputation and identity by doing a decent job of acting is something like Thumke lagana, and that too told in a real derogatory tone. This not only shows the filth in his brain that is overflowing but also depicts the kind of uncouth and uncivilized entities that we consistently allow in our drawing rooms. If Nirupam holds a successful TV personality at such high esteem then it must be interesting to know his views about other working women, those who are into hospitality industry, aviation, BPO and many such sundry jobs. It would be equally interesting to know his views about the prostitutes, escorts, entertainers, cheer girls and yes BARTENDERS as well.

    —————

    Nirupam is the MP from Congress party whose head is a lady.

    Would she take any action against this guy ?

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    pan,kaj Reply:

    salwar wale baba ramdeo has reached to scene.anti-rape movement is taking interesting turn.gopi will deliver some good lecture.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I will say again, Engrich/Tajender you are shameless person

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  • Anonymous

    Markandeya Katju is stooping to Digryodhan Singh level or worse — now he is after Modi’s development record accusing Modi that Gijrat children are more malnutritioned than the children of Somalia…

    He was all praise for Shivraj Chauhan at a function in Bhopal – Chauhan has done a good job in MP , oh also by the way Chauhan has promised to improve the satus o Urdu in MP.

    Forget MP is the second rape central state in india. Forget the mining lobby is controlling the state — the criminals/industrialists who murdered an IAS officer and a IPS officer in broad daylight last year are yet to be arrested..

    Is Katju preempting Modi by projecting Chauhan as a better leader for BJP in 2014?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Katju enjoys staying in limelight and criticizing Modi is the best
    way to be heard by our secular media. Anyone talking against
    Modi will be immediately highlighted by our main stream media.

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  • vijay !

    hi guys !!

    Back from a quick visit outside India!

    Seems that Vinod Sharma has got a broken heart and not changed his blog for the past 10 days when I was out.

    Sharmaji…. Modi ki jeet se

    Dil ke armaan aansoan me beh gaye…

    Aap wafa kar ke bhi tanha reh gaye!!

    AshishC

    Brother… nice comments. Was fun to read them on my phone in Hong Kong. Especially since you had lived there…

    @ Ravi

    Lage raho Ravi bhai/

    Dekha ek rape ne dillli ko hila diya…

    So just proves that your tora bora stories of 5000 are Osama fairy tales

    @ Pathak G

    Arre bhaiya how will police protect Indian women as they are all doing duty at Vadra and other such rif raffs house?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    welcome back Viju ..hope you had a wonderful time

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Thanks ! yes a fairly good time.

    Well Delhi is certainly on the boil since yesterday. Seems that this rape has got people really angry.

    I suspect that there is a cumulative anger that this government just takes no steps to tackle crime.

    That despite the people’s demand the Lokpal could not come in.

    That Raja, KaniMozhi are in the end free after all those big scandals.

    That the Congress is slyly building up billions for Vadra…

    This list goes on and on…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    I am sure Vijay Kumar had lots of fun (?) and pleasan tstay in Hong Kong.

    But, look at our dear friends (?), Vinod Sharma and Pathakji. Only now I realise heart break at Modi’s success can lead to such thundering silence from these two.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I think both of them are awaiting instructions from the high command on the positives of Rahul’s campaign.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Welcome back Vijay. It is almost a month Mr. Sharma has not written
    a blog. Bookies are giving odds whether he will upload new blog tomorrow.
    60 paise for a Rupee for new blog Tom and 140 paise for a Rupee
    that he won’t upload new blog as he is still mourning because of
    Modi win in Gujarat.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I think I did see Vinodji and Pathak G in a bar in Tokyo.

    Both were morose that Baby G had again failed.

    I think they were secretly planning to ask Shenoy sahab to get diapers manufactured for Baby G…

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vijay Kumar,
    a slight congressi twist in the Baby’s Gujarat odyssey. Wherever he gave his “speech”, the congress won! In all 7 candidates owe their win to Baby G and they are chartering a plane to visit the Baby in Delhi.

    As the Gujarat congress had an open alliance with the VHP and Bhanjrang Dal in Gujarat, the state congress has placed a huge order with me for khaki chaddies.

    Ravi Reply:

    SO खप्चूतिया opens his bow-wells again

    He pulls aside the gusset of his टैट ल्ण्ड्गोत and lets rip one of his stinking Hindu Fundo Phart.

    THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN MODISTAN !!!

    Nearly 1,000 rape cases await light of justice in Delhi’s courts

    Only 4000 more to count.

    In Delhi’s six district courts, as many 963 cases of rape are pending as on 1 October. Should Sunday night’s gang rape case be admitted to one of these courts, it will be at least seven to eight months before the verdict is announced.

    Delaying tactics by the defence, adjournments on frivolous grounds, insensitive public prosecutors and overburdened courts, say criminal lawyers, are some of the reasons why rape cases carry on for years without any

    More…http://www.firstpost.com/india/nearly-1000-rape-cases-await-light-of-justice-in-delhis-courts-566064.html

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Lagta hai Chacha Hafeez has adopted you as his chief propogando-ist and his chief sucker.

    Hence your need for spreading anti India and anti HIndu and anti HIndu bile.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Yes of course.

    As soon as you are able to read and understand, then and then only will my propaganda have a chance to succeed.

    Until then you continue to ignore evidence and regurgitate parrot fashion the Hinduatva message.

    You are a proven खप्चूतिया

    vijay ! Reply:

    Gaali par gaali
    Lagta hai tu paida hua hai ek naali mein…

    Rape is your obsession
    As your bhund is in Hafeez Saeed;s perenniela possession :)

    Ravi Reply:

    My obsession???

    You may not, but I do remember your reactionary Hindu diarrhea when 5 Muslim men in the UK were appearing in court for rape. At that point you blamed it on Islam and proclaimed it to be a well-orchestrated love Jihad. You also shouted on the top of your voice that in your Hindu India Children are not raped when daily there is news of one or another child being raped…….

    Anonymous Reply:

    Agree with the writer that ” Delaying tactics by the defence, adjournments on frivolous grounds, insensitive public prosecutors and overburdened courts, say criminal lawyers, are some of the reasons why rape cases carry on for years without any convictions”

    Rape is a highly condemnable crime and only swift and certainty
    of punishment will deter the rapists to some extent from committing such heinous crime.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Mohan swift justice is only one element of the rape story. Other societal attitudes also need to be addressed.
    You are witnessing some of the prevalent one’s here.

  • Anonymous

    Great tribute to Sachin Tendulkar in Time magazine after he announced his retirement from One day cricket.

    “It seems while Time was having his toll on every individual on the
    face of this planet, he excused one man. Time stands frozen in front of Sachin Tendulkar.
    We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will.”

    “When Sachin Tendulkar travelled to Pakistan to face one
    of the finest bowling attacks ever assembled in cricket, Michael Schumacher
    was yet to race an F1 car, Lance Armstrong had never been to the Tour de
    France, Diego was still the captain of a world champion Argentina team,
    (and) Pete had never won a Grand Slam,” Time was quoted as saying on its website.

    “When Tendulkar embarked on a glorious career taming Imran and company, Roger Federer was a name unheard of; Lionel

    Messi was in his nappies, Usain Bolt was an unknown kid in the Jamaican
    backwaters. The Berlin Wall was still intact, USSR was one big, big country,
    Dr Singh was yet to ‘open’ the Nehruvian economy.

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  • Anonymous

    Digvijay’s complaint about Modi used to be that Modi does not care about Muslims of Gujarat.
    Now his complaint is that Modi is giving money to Muslims.
    When will Congress learn?
    Digvijay and other Congress leaders should talk with Zafar Shareswala, the highest grossing biggest BMW dealership in the country — he happens to be a Muslim in Gujarat. His Ahmedabad dealership sells BMWs like sweet mangoes in the mango season!
    Muslims of Gujarat have moved on; Congress seems to be stuck in a time warp from which they cannot get out. Old habits die hard.

    Has anybody seen any exit poll showing the Muslim vote percentage of the various parties in Gujarat?.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I think we need to move on.

    Congress only knows one policy– divide and then install a dynsty progeny.

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    Ravi Reply:

    BJP also knows only one policy, Riot, Kill a few, Beat a few and Frighten the Hindus into voting for the BJP.
    Yes we do need to move on.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Wow! Full energy,…

    The people of Gujarat have spoken. You should rejoice in their choice, rather than feel jealous.

    Ravi Reply:

    What language did Himachal Pradesh speak in. Are you rejoicing in that result.

    People of Gujarat have elected Modi, not BJP.

    vijay ! Reply:

    Of course I am. This is democracy unlike the military rule of your Pakistan. HP had full right to chose a COngress, even though I feel that a chargesheeted, corrput guy like Virbhadra will only loot more.

    Ravi Reply:

    Just like a Fascist Hindu Rioter still awaiting justice can get elected in Guajarat.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I believe you are mistaken. Why would Hindus be frightened?

    Ravi Reply:

    If you do not know, then I suggest you get your-self educated about RSS tactics.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I read somewhere that BJP got about 25% of Muslim votes.

    If Congress has to beat Modi than the only chance they have is by coming
    up with their own sincere agenda of inclusive development without
    talking about caste and religion.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    Well one channel showed BJP got 25% Muslim vote and Congress got 47%.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan-

    That means Modi should be able to get a higher percentage outside Gujarat enabling him a big win. BJP should leave the 2014 election to him..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I agree with Gopiji what he had said other day that whenever

    Modi asks vote for himself people vote for him but when he

    campaigns on behalf of other people than they normally don’t

    listen to him. In these elections also Modi was heard telling

    the crowd ” Voting for BJP candidate is like voting for me ”

    and that worked.

    The question is whether BJP will nominate him as their PM candidate. He is not favourite of RSS, he has finished the
    clout of Bajrang Dal from Gujarat, VHP was seen campaigning
    for Keshubhai. With so many opponents including Sanjay
    Joshi within the party, it won’t be easy for Modi. Hopefully better sense will prevail and they will make the right decision
    of projecting Modi as their PM candidate which I think
    will give the boost to the chances of BJP getting
    enough seats to rule at center.

  • vijay !

    Back in delhi after a fortnight and seeing the India gate protests against rape,,, I have mixed feelings.

    a) SOmehow the cumulative anger of the Indian public is coming out. For too long the public is taken for a ride. First the Lokpal bill failed. Kalmadi, Kani mozhi and Raja are all free. Vadra is makign billions and nobody talks about it….

    b) The government will try to give this a BJP, Ramdev, right wing color as Digvjay, Baby G and Sonia can only see the world from this angle. All protests are BJP and RSS

    c) The TV channels have first lead the campaign and now know that there is a danger of things getting out of hand are at wits end

    d) The solution to all this lies in changing the present system of law to the jury system. In the present system the case depends on the name and fame of the lawyer… so the better lawyer and not the truth wins.

    e)In the end quick effective exemplary punishment will send a message. However we are a nation which cannot even punish an Afzal Guru. Some time back a girl was raped by 6 men in Noida. Amar Singh and Mulayam SIngh could see that the rapists were Thakurs and Yadavs.

    SO they let the rapists go. And Amar Singh as we know is the fake CD maker close to Congressis. So punishment in this case will only come in case the police is straigtened and made effective.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Reactionary diarrhea of a खप्चूतिया, trying to score party political points on the back of RAPEs

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    vijay ! Reply:

    I think with the present state of your BP, probably you will conk of soon!

    As for our back… it is in possession of Hafeez Saeed who gives you rape pleasures !

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    Ravi Reply:

    I rather voyeuristically watch Mohan Bhagwat sticking his Murrga up your butt-hole.

    He is a confirmed bachelor (nudge nudge wink wink) you know.

    shekhar gandotra Reply:

    Mr Ravi

    Oye Hafeez Saeed ki najayaz pyaar ki nishaani

    Hafeez Saeed ke balatakar ki nishani

    RSS much pure while your LeT like Pig shit. Look at LeT chairman Chacha Hafeez. He not eve recognise you– his own son and still do rape and rape to you. No wonder you are rape talking all time

    vijay ! Reply:

    Yes Shekhar. I think you are wittier and funnier than what Mr Ravi will ever be.

    As a good patriotic Indian it is your duty to take care of cross border turds like Ravi who come here to soil our land…

    vijay ! Reply:

    Hafeez Saeed’s **** has spoken!

    pankaj Reply:

    The Press Council of India chairman Markendya Katju on Sunday
    lashed out against Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and heaped
    praise on Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
    Citing figures, the Press Council chairman said Gujarat’s malnutrition
    rate was higher than that

    of poor countries like Somalia.

    Katju described the so-called development in Gujarat as “phoney”, since it had failed to help the common man in any way.

    “There is no way in which the blot on Modi’s name due to the 2002
    Gujarat communal riots can be wiped out,” he told reporters at a press
    conference.

    Katju said Modi had made tall claims about development in Gujarat but
    pointed out that the living standards of the common people was still
    “abysmal”.

    Asked what he thought of Modi’s third successive win in assembly
    elections, he said that everyone knows how polls are fought and won
    these days in the country.

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    vijay ! Reply:

    @ Pankaj

    everyone knows that Katju has bee appointed by Kapil SiBBal to rein in the press. He gives a view– a sort of signal– and the rest of the press is supposed to follow that.

    Many media houses — eager for loans and ads just tumble.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vijay;
    it is not me. be aware.

    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Vijay;
    This katju is son of Kailash Nath katju, relation to Nehru, and a dyed in wool congressi.

  • Ravi

    Some Gems for Our Resident Reactionary खप्चूतिया

    Bhanwari Devi (Bhateri, Jaipur district)

    Bhanwari Devi was gangraped in 1992 by a group of upper-caste men in Bhateri village, 50 km from Jaipur, while trying to stop a child marriage.

    At the time, she was a grassroots worker with the Women’s Development Project, run by the Rajasthan government.

    The gangrape case got widespread media attention; and the Supreme Court for the first time defined sexual harassment at the workplace, in a landmark judgment popularly known as the ‘Vishaka Judgment’.

    And yet twenty years on, Bhanwari still awaits justice.

    Seema (Bhilwara district)

    Seema (name changed) from Bhilwara was abducted by her neighbour six years ago when she was just 13 years old. The neighbour, Anil Chipa, was a married man with three children. He took her to Chittor, Ajmer and Kota, where he had planned to sell her to a pimp. However, when that plan failed, he took her to Madhya Pradesh…….

    Police did arrest the two RPF constables and Anil, and the case went on for four years. In 2010, all of them were acquitted after bribing the assistant public prosecutor……………………… They were let off because they were influential. I did not get justice.”

    Parveen (Sikar district)

    Eleven-year-old Parveen (name changed) was forced into a jeep by some men and gangraped in Sikar.

    It was Eid, and her mother’s friend Munni had taken Parveen and her three siblings for a movie. They were returning when Parveen was snatched by the men.

    The rapists were caught and are in jail, but still threaten the family.

    Savita (Barmer district)

    Hamira Ram has been making rounds of police stations and courts, pleading with the authorities to find his 16-year-old daughter Savita (name changed).

    Savita was first abducted in July by a distant relative, who took her to Goa where he repeatedly raped her for over two weeks.

    “Police did not register a case of rape but of abduction. They have not produced the challan in court and demand a bribe from me,” says Hamira Ram, who works as a labourer and earns about Rs. 7,000 per month. He lives with his wife and five children.

    Kalpana (Bansur, Alwar district)

    Four years ago, then 15-year-old Kalpana (name changed) from Bansur in Alwar district was kidnapped on her way to school by a man from Jharkhand and his two friends….

    “When my daughter came back she was ill and very scared. The men had raped her repeatedly and beaten her. She had to be admitted to a hospital,” she said.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Rajasthan/A-history-of-victimisation/Article1-979854.aspx

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    shekhar gandotra Reply:

    Please add here Rape which Hafis Saeed did to produce you.

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  • shekhar gandotra

    Mr Ravi

    Hafeez Saeed ke balatkar ki nishani…

    There are lot of problems in India… bt less then that of your Pakistan. You want to say rape is everywhere… but most rape in your brain becasue hafeez Saeed in your hole all time.

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  • Ravi

    Haryana, Skewed Sex Ratio and the Politics of Rape

    Caste and crime against women

    Why is it that most of the rape victims in Haryana are Dalits? Does it depict the age-old tradition of violence and abuse used against people belonging to lower-caste by upper-caste in states like Haryana? Or, victims being Dalits are just a coincidence? But, such coincidences cannot occur so frequently.

    Perhaps that is why the father of a 16-year-old Dalit girl in Dabra in Hisar, Haryana, had no other option but to commit suicide as he failed to get support from police and administration in nabbing the culprits. Another 16-year-old Dalit girl committed suicide after she was allegedly raped by a man in Sachcha Kheda village in Haryana’s Jind district.

    Abuse and discrimination meted on people because of their caste is not new
    in Haryana. It is an age-old tradition which they following diligently in 21st
    century also.

    http://news.oneindia.in/feature/2012/haryana-skewed-sex-ratio-and-the-politics-of-rape-1083217.html

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    Anonymous Reply:

    are Dalits handpicked for rape – is there any statistics on rape against various segments — My sense, sitting far away, is that the police does not diligently pursue the rape cases , whether Dalit or not.

    The news here in the US, is that the Delhi gang rape case is a trigger that will bring in tough punishment /awareness. My sense is that nothing will happen – nothing happened to terror preparedness after 11/26; nothing happened to anti-corruption measures after the Hazare movement …all these had massive protests backing action.. Congress govt did not do anything (my sense is that nothing will happen even if it was some other party other than Congress)

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    Ravi Reply:

    Read the article posted above written from far away, with malice towards Hindus in mind

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Binoy,

    I agree with you that nothing wil happen. Today government has
    formed a commission to look into the crimes against women.
    Now we will wait for few years for their report and meanwhile everything will be forgotten.

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  • Ravi

    Human Rights Abuses of Dalits in India

    by Bina B. Hanchinamani – Bina is a paid for traitor to the Hindu cause and willingly accepts money to sell her country down the pan, when she is not doing that she is a J.D. candidate at the Washington College of Law and an articles editor for the Human Rights Brief.

    She has not been to India for the last two centuries and is completely unaware of opening of many MALLs, some of which are over a Kilometre long and she does not know that India now has people who have been run-over and killed by BMWs.

    _____

    Despite living in a country whose rich civil rights history has inspired freedom movements around the world, many of India’s 160 million Dalits, or “Untouchables,” still suffer from egregious caste discrimination. In addition to being targets of physical and sexual violence, Dalits are often required to eat and drink from separate containers in restaurants, attend separate religious services, walk miles to get water, and work in degrading conditions. Even following the recent earthquake in western India, local leaders divided aid recipients into caste groups and diverted the aid from Dalits to higher caste members. Although Indian law contains extensive protections against such caste discrimination, the government still fails to enforce its domestic and international obligations to ensure Dalit rights.

    Some quotes from the article :-

    Dalit women often were forced to serve as sexual servants to upper caste men. If Dalits attempted to defy the caste system, they received cruel punishments such as being forced to parade naked through village streets, and being beaten, raped, tortured, hanged, and burned.

    Additionally, Dalit girls are often selected for the practice of devadasi,
    or marriage to temple deities. As part of devadasi, these girls must serve in the temple and perform sexual services for temple workers.

    According to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, a total of 98,349 cases of crimes against lower castes were reported between 1994 and 1996, including 1,660 murders and 2,814 rapes.

    Human rights organizations and newspapers tell countless stories of Dalits who have been beaten, unlawfully detained, tortured, raped, killed, and had their homes burned in caste violence . . . .

    More….https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Ztx33H9BzAQJ:www.wcl.american.edu/hrbrief/08/2hanchinamani.pdf+Dalits+forced+into+sex+in+UP+India&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgHH_tjWD_yXEnpQC4LoTYpzgwOqyYa5ngV5TE9MKf5UUshVQF50Hs7JOJArxlSN34FXQ1ztkg-1amJEtR9Oe7j96YPWlYOaJQVjjP1RLgh4N8EA5H6PVK1i7gXAe_uZCM4Wl-I&sig=AHIEtbTsuVmup71JbUcG_gL4eqjJH2vbtw

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  • g0pi th0mas

    Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar, who allegedly planted one of four bombs in
    Samjhauta Express train, is emerging as a prime suspect in the murder of former
    RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi. According to sources, Joshi was murdered in December
    2007 to keep a lid on the whole right-wing terror

    conspiracy.

    Samandar was arrested last Saturday by the NIA from Nagda in Ujjain district
    of Madhya Pradesh.

    NIA officials are tight lipped on the interrogation of Samandar. Sources told
    HT that he may have killed Joshi who had boasted of leading the group of
    right-wing extremists that carried out a series of bomb blasts in Malegaon
    (September 2006), Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Mecca Masjid (May 2008),
    Dargah Ajmer Sharif (October 2007) and simultaneous blasts at Malegaon and
    Modasa in September 2008.

    “Joshi was boasting too much about successes of the group after the Ajmer
    Sharif blast. His co-conspirators were feeling insecure. He had also mediated
    with local feuds in Dewas (MP) to generate money. He wanted to open a liquor
    shop and was also dabbling in commodities exchange. Witnesses have already
    indicated that Samandar may have murdered Joshi,” said a source.

    Investigators say Samandar may have been involved in many murders in Mhow. He
    has confessed to his involvement in Samjhauta blast, Mecca Masjid blasts and
    Malegaon blast of 2006, said sources.

    “There have been a few instances of bike riders getting shot in a similar
    manner in which Joshi was also murdered. These murders took place in and around
    Mhow. The NIA will have to join dots before a conclusion can be drawn. A mere
    confession of Samandar in this regard will not stand in court,” said a senior
    home ministry official.

    more from this section

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Naam chor ID chor shameless person Engrich.

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    balwinder sandhu Reply:

    ab yeh batao kee rajender pahalwan ne kitne bomb rakhethe.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Naam chor ID chor shameless coward person Engrich

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan, engrich is a sociopath, he dislikes all of us intensely; wants to become like us but circumstances of birth do not allow him to be like us. Engrich-Ram Autar is a bewaaris, laawaris creature of the gutter.

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  • shekhar gandotra

    Mr Ravi . who is
    Hafis saeed ki pyaar ki nishani
    Hafis saeed ki balatkar ko nishani
    only wants negativ India news as ISI gives money for that. I want him to come to Jammu and meet some nice RSS people who will convert him into positive person from jehadi..

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    like many other instances, some M. F. Hussain is using my name on his behalf.
    Cowards.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Engrich/Tajender is using your name. He has a habit stealing IDs

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    wanchoo Reply:

    poore poore din ghayab rahoge to mohanrr kutch to karega.bechare engrich to parlok sidhar gaya hai.ek akela mohan hai jo uskee mala japta rahta hai.

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  • Anonymous

    No crime to rape wife under sex assault bill

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/No-crime-to-rape-wife-under-sex-assault-bill/articleshow/17737177.cms

    NEW DELHI: The sexual assault bill introduced in Parliament, just 12 days before the Delhi gang rape, is out of sync with the spirit of zero-tolerance displayed by the protests at Raisina Hill and elsewhere. For, even as it tweaked the existing provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the bill retains the patriarchal mindset of the law enacted in 1860. While over 100 countries have criminalized marital rape, the bill shows India in a poor light as it perpetuates the notion that a man is entitled to rape his wife.

    Rather than outlawing non-consensual sex in all circumstances, the bill is content to make incremental reforms to the clauses allowing marital rape (Sections 375 and 376 IPC). In the anachronistic outlook of IPC, marital rape is committed only when the wife is below 15. The bill improves on this by increasing the cut-off age for marital rape by one year.

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  • Anonymous

    Women of India now need not worry. Our Dabang PM has announced that he will all the measures to ensure safety of women.

    Did he not watch on TV when Delhi police was lathi charging young student
    girls?

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    AshishC Reply:

    Delhi police was according “elder brotherly treatment” to the womenfolk.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish, Mohan,

    author Pinky Virani said on TV, “where is the bloody prime minister?”

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    AshishC Reply:

    He was on TV #theekhai

    Anonymous Reply:

    Now I know why I was not able to understand the action of
    Delhi police because all my three sisters are elder to me.

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  • Ravi

    Paid for Media Produces Paid For News.

    Samjhauta blast link in murder of RSS pracharak

    Rajendra Pehelwan alias Samandar, who allegedly planted one of four bombs in Samjhauta Express train, is emerging as a prime suspect in the murder of former RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi. According to sources, Joshi was murdered in December 2007 to keep a lid on the whole right-wing terror conspiracy.

    The above journalistic piece masquerading as news is one of the most brazen examples of lies, damn lies and paid for media, here is why.

    1. Everyone has been told here many times, that the RSS is a social work organisation, its volunteers do not indulge in politics, are peace loving Hindus, and ALL they ever do is some PT early in the morning.

    2. If some murderer say that he is a member of the RSS, does not mean that he becomes a member of the RSS. If you do not believe then look at their membership register. I will guarantee that it will have no one of the name Rajendra Prasad or even Sunil Joshi. Very soon even the name Narendra Modi is likely to be expunged from the Yaar Yess Yess membership register.

    3. How easy it is to manufacture NEWS can be gleaned from the following NIA officials are tight lipped on the interrogation of Samandar. Sources told HT that he may have killed Joshi who had boasted of leading the group of right-wing extremists that carried out a series of bomb blasts in Malegaon (September 2006), Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Mecca Masjid (May 2008), Dargah Ajmer Sharif (October 2007) and simultaneous blasts at Malegaon and Modasa in September 2008. NO SUCH places exist in India, they have been copied from Harry Putter.

    4. It is not the fault of RSS if some local Gunda decides to besmirch the good name of a peace loving religiously devoted social work organisation. If you do not believe this then read this….”Investigators say Samandar may have been involved in many murders in Mhow. He has confessed to his involvement in Samjhauta blast, Mecca Masjid blasts and Malegaon blast of 2006, said sources”. Clear evidence that the individual being discussed here is little more than a local hoodlum.

    5. It has been time and again proven beyond any doubt that in India A L L violence is carried out by MUSLIMS. But to damage these Peace Loving Hindu’s politically, Muslims are assuming Hindu Identities, there is an example here too, and then rioting against other fellow Muslims and blaming it on Hindu’s including Narendra Modi.

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  • Ravi

    B U N G L A H O R E: BJP is not corrupt.

    In a clear case of blatant harassment of Honest Hindu Politicians (Apparently they are about as abundant as rocking horse shit)Karnataka police on Monday raided the residences of deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa in Bangalore and in his home town Shimoga in search of evidence in a corruption case.

    Eshwarappa is also president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state unit. The raid by police attached to the Lokayukta (ombudsman) followed a directive by the Lokayukta court in Shimoga, 280 km north of Bangalore, to probe the charge that Eshwarappa had amassed properties through corrupt means.

    A police spokesperson told reporters in Bangalore that raids were being conducted to go through documents related to properties owned by Eshwarappa and members of his family.

    Police have registered an FIR (First Information Report, marking the formal launch of the police probe) against Eshwarappa, his son KE Kantesh and daughter-in-law Shalini on a complaint by Shimoga advocate B Vinod.

    The complaint alleged that Eshwarappa had acquired huge properties in Shimoga through corrupt means.

    यह सब कांग्रेस की साज़िश है

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    AshishC Reply:

    Ravi,

    Here’s an interview with Abusaleh Shariff, The chief economist at the New Delhibased thinktank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)
    Excerpts:

    Nearly five years after the Sachar committee made its recommendations, what is the status of Muslims in India now?
    The Sachar committee was a diagnostic tool. What we found was that the rate of change (progress) among Muslims is the lowest. It is positive for all communities. When other communities are progressing like a rabbit, Muslims are going forward at the speed of a tortoise. On one factor, that is, girls’ literacy among Muslims, we found there was in fact a reversal.
    But, after five years, what has the government done? The Sachar committee wanted schools for Muslims but the human resource development ministry promoted madarasas. Who wanted madarasas for Muslim children? The UPA government considers Muslims as fools. The government is fooling Muslims, promising that it would modernise the madarasas. We told the government that only three percent of the Muslim children go to madarasas, 97 percent of them need (regular) schools.
    The government has not taken the underlined message of the Sachar committee to make Muslims part of the mainstream.

    – end of quote —

    http://www.governancenow.com/views/interview/upa-considers-muslims-fools

    No wonder that 25% of Gujarati muslims voted for Modi- in another 5 years, that figure might cross 50%.

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    Ravi Reply:

    I am not sure (not for the first time either) that I get the point you are trying to make.

    Since it is in reply to my Honest Hindu Politician, and Minority Pleasing कांग्रेस jibes, I guess what you are trying to tell me is that INC deliberately tries to supress Muslims so that they remain a dependant vote-bank.

    If that is your point then you may well be right. Congress is currently in survival mode and its desperation has led to the deterioration of its historically moral, liberal and secular stance. I despise current congress.

    Is there a Sachar report that similarly charts the tortoise like progress of Dalits over the last 4000 years. Never mind sending their girls to schools, they are hardly ever allowed to get out of their shit shovelling and shoe mending duties and are press ganged into unpaid servitude which is then passed on from one generation to another. Performing sexual favours to the upper caste master is an integral part of their daily life. BJP types endorse such caste based social stratifications, and favour the maintenance of Hindu Social Status Quo. So my friend Congress is bad but the BJP is worse.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Fake Hindu and Islamic fundoo that you are, naturally you will not get the point.

    The point is that the congress is obsessed with Muslim appeasement at all costs (to the community).

    Anonymous Reply:

    Congress ruling for almost 60 and BJP for 6 years and
    yet you are blaming BJP for all what you have mentioned.

    Ravi Reply:

    Yes I am.

    Anonymous Reply:

    ‘I am right because I am saying so’
    My son used to act in a same way when he was 3 years old.

    AshishC Reply:

    Ravi,

    Congress has been the same for the last 60/ 100 years; they hid it better under more sophisticated language, earlier. Now, the veneer of sophistication has slipped.

    Sachar report documents more recent history; not 4000 years. The recent progress of Dalits in all walks of life is an established fact. The progress may be unequal in states. But, the trend is very positive.

    And, the progress in not just in creating political space at the top as in UP. The progress has been in all spheres.

    My point, simply, is that Muslims are a lot better off joining a mainstream political party like BJP, jettosoning Congress, and thereby accelerate their development.

    Ravi Reply:

    Just as BJP has been the fascist inheritor of Jan Sangh and formerly Yaar Yess Yess. I will concede that they have been constantly fascist.

    Sachar or some such report should have widened its scope and looked at the inherent and sanctified inequalities in our society.

    Taking a small slice of history and focusing on one political issue is reactionary to say the least.
    What Mulsims do and not do is for them to decide.

    Anonymous Reply:

    “Taking a small slice of history and focusing on one political issue is reactionary to say the least.”
    Good one, who is saying this ??

    Ravi Reply:

    Me the arch reactionary. How have you been??

    Anonymous Reply:

    If RSS takes a small slice of history (like Muslims destroying Hindu temples) and focuses on one political issue (Hindutva) – it is fascist, reactionary.
    When people pick up an isolated Dalit rape incident, project it as if that is what is the true picture of India, stubbornly refuse to see the growing India just to establish their motivation – it would be liberalism.
    Me? Not too bad. Just enjoying the day off. Merry Christmas.

    Anonymous Reply:

    That’s what I like about India. You get holidays on all festivals,
    Diwali,Eid, Christmas,Holi and many others. I am leaving for my office in 30 minutes.

    Ravi Reply:

    I totally disagree.

    Mistreatment of Dalits, of which RAPE is just an aspect, in India is Sanctified, ancient, and is a part of Political Domination of indigenous people.

    Looting of India has been taking place since before Islam was invented. I have made this point many times but staunch HINDUS do not accept that Ghaznavi was a looter and looted for economic gains and not to further any religious cause. That is just RSS balony. Chingez Khan was not a Muslim yet he killed everything he conquered.

    Living in humiliating conditions for 120 million Indians is a daily reality, that is just as real India as is the grossly offensive Garuard Mall and it godforsaken food court.

    No one denies that India is growing, in every way. But refusal to allow the glow from India shining, to blind one’s perspective to societal blights is not denial.

    si91 Reply:

    There is not, and never has been anything “sanctified” about raping Dalit women, and that you would make such a bigoted accusation is more indicative of your own biased mindset than anything else. And no, Dalits are no more indigenous than upper castes. It is barbarians like Ghaznavi, and his Islamic death cult that you shamelessly admire, that are truly foreign to Indian soil.

    The only baloney here is secularist myth making. When Ghaznavi looted Somanath temple the priests there offered him a ransom in exchange for sparing the temple. Ghaznavi contemptuously refused, saying that he would rather be known as an idol breaker rather than an idol seller. He deliberately refused loot because he was a religious bigot who wanted to exterminate Hindu civilization. “secularists” deny this inconvenient history, because it thwarts their own efforts to pander to the Indian Muslim votebank.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Ashish,

    Another interesting point I have noticed in our so called

    secular parties and our ‘liberal’ journalists/bloggers, who blame all the ills of India on Hinduvta forces is that they have never praised Modi for almost finishing the clout of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal from Gujarat.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Jury is still out on that one. Leopard and spots come to mind.

    Anonymous Reply:

    RSS does not want Modi as PM, VHP was openly
    seen campaigning for Keshu bhai and you will hardly find
    Bajrag Dal present in Gujarat.

    Ravi Reply:

    If RSS does not want Modi, then if I was you, I’d be worried about extra judiciary….

    Anonymous Reply:

    Modi does not and will not let anyone come between his
    dream of development of Gujarat. Whether it is RSS, Congress or our ’secular, liberal’ media. He is just doing his
    Dharma.

    Ravi Reply:

    We will see. He grew out of a fascist tradition with a well fitting Kali Topi

    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    just when Modi was finishing the clout of the power brokers of Gujarat, who were all VHP, BD and even some RSS leaders and workers, the congress and even the Modi-hating NGOs like that of Teesta, have joined hands with them to try to defeat Modi.

    Now, the congressies too want to wear khaki chaddies and I am flooded with a huge order from the congress party!

    AshishC Reply:

    They will praise Modi only if he offers his own self for sacrifice..

    Ravi Reply:

    I hope justice will catch-up with him one day.

    shenoy v Reply:

    thakur bania aur nang,
    inse milkar banee jansangh.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Naam chor wapas aa gaya.

    Anonymous Reply:

    What was the total worth of the things captured? Yeddy was a foolish (rather amateur in corruption) CM who took bribe to his son’s bank account. Check out the property worth of V. G. Siddhartha (SM Krishna’s son in law). To whom Baghmane Techpark belongs to? Check, which government denotified the largest mining areas. SM Krishna or Yeddy. But media never point towards SM Krishna. I agree with the statement, BJP has not enjoyed power as long as Congress to loot as much as Congress. But parties like Janata Dal have shown how much one can achieve even in a short term. You can show any paper clip. But fact is, BJP leaders (despite having similar intentions) are not as smart as their “secular counterparts” in corruption. But when it comes to efficiency (despite corruption), I would rate SM Krishna’s congress to be better than the later governments.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Is proportionality a concept in law or in judgement.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Hopefully in statistics /comparison.

    Ravi Reply:

    I do not believe that a person under law is treated differently if they were caught stealing Rs10, Rs100, Rs1000, Rs10000000.

    Theft is still theft. The notion – that in India Congress is full of thieves and the BJP is full of Devtas, is fanciful and a romantic one, it is real only in the minds of Hinduatvadis and nowhere else.

  • Anonymous

    Effect of all India protest mainly in Delhi.

    Five fast track courts on sexual assault to function from
    next month.

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    AshishC Reply:

    Who will try the cases of rape of the nation perpetrated by Congress sons and sons-in-laws?

    [Reply]

    Ravi Reply:

    Katju ofcourse

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  • Ravi

    BUNGLAHORE:- Crisis in Karntaka BJP.

    Karnataka BJP which projects itself as a party of Honest Hindus is going through crisis of leadership. Its former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa turned out to be corrupt. Now its Deputy Chief Minister KS Eshwarappa is also under the Lokpal scanner.

    To arrest its decline the Karnataka BJP is looking to importing its leaders from out of state. One candidate is Sukhdev Singh Namdhari and to make sure that he is acceptable to Aam Admi in Karnatka, he is being urged to change his name to Gulu Gulu Gappa.

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  • AshishC

    More news from the secular world:

    The renown Indian novelist Arundhati Roy stressed that the only reason why this recent rape case captured attention was because the woman pertained to the middle class, given that rape is regarded as a “matter of feudal entitlement” in many parts of India.

    Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/339659#ixzz2FxhGpOQx

    Thoo… thoo.. thoo..

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Shame on her.

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    Ravi Reply:

    She is absolutely right….shame on you

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I was waiting for Arundhati to come up with these original theories..It would have “sold” more, had she led or organized or participated in anti rape movements. She isa disgrace to my home state and India. Now her relatives and many boat companies are making tonnes of money through tourist services to Aymanam as a part of the Karamana trips

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    Ravi Reply:

    For me she is a shining light of liberal thought and a credit to India.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    both are useless, waste.

    shekhar gandotra Reply:

    you are blot on pajama of chacha hafeez as blots come on hafees pajama after you play with him.

  • AshishC

    In a potentially Oscar winning performance, CM Dixit told CNN-IBN that she was apalled at the recent happenings and :”I understand why there is so much anger”.
    Protesters outside her residence were being met with water cannons and lathi charged.
    This is reminiscent of the last Badshah of Delhi who refused to mediate between 2 washermen saying his writ did not run on the other side of the Yamuna. Our dear CM just told us that her writ does not run outside her residence.

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    Ravi Reply:

    In the same film…BJP could only muster a silent walk out part

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  • Anonymous

    Now our honourable home minister Shinde has compared protesters
    at India gate with armed Maoists.

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  • Anonymous

    In Mumbai when those thugs took out a procession with swords guns and indulged in violence , beat up policemen and molested police women. the Commissioner Patnayak slapped a police inspector for daring to catch a miscreant. That crowd attacked national symbols.He patted his own back that he acted most wisely.Why ?.. because that procession was by a votebank which this govt dare not annoy.
    But the boys and girls who are protesting at India Gate are being dealt with lathis , water cannons and tear gas ? .. why because they do not constitute a vote-bank . or worse they could be Maoists
    Atleast that is how this shameless govt thinks it to be.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    It is the Congress who is dividing the country using religion to get
    votes and calls BJP communal.

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    Ravi Reply:

    BJP is constitutionally and inherently communal. However much you may wish to stretch the concept and try to attach it to Congress.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Ravi 0
    Congress is the master of communalism – there is no BJP in Kerala (never won a single assmbly seat); Congress always pitched one caste against the other, promoted caste associations, provided seats to these while alolcating for the elections, always co-opted with Muslim league (with their often proclaimed statement ..”Muslim League in Kerala is not communal”…Anyway it looks like that their caste /religion based stuff is not working any more..UP this year, Bihar two years ago;, and gujarat now.

    Ravi Reply:

    Gopi
    I some time doubt if you read.
    Congress may tactically behave in a communal manner. I will accept that.
    Contrast that with BJP/RSS combo which is constitutionally COMMUNAL beyond reform. Fascist.

    Muslim League is Communla, so is Akali Dal.

    Anonymous Reply:

    I am not pissing against the wind but I am pissing and shitting at the wind of Congress because whatever you say but I refuse to join that
    most corrupt and extremely communal organization wearing the clothes of secularism.

    p.s. niether I post my views to get any Wah Wah nor to
    win any argument.

    Ravi Reply:

    I suggest you look at BJP in Karnatka and then you can shit and Piss all you like.
    India is a corrupt society your beloved RSS.BJP is not exempt.

    Wah Wah chases you whether you like it or not

    Anonymous Reply:

    I have always maintained where corruption is concerned

    hat the only difference between BJP and Congress is

    chota chor and bada chor. Look at the latest raid at

    Eshwarappa’s house. What they got was 1.9 KG of gold

    37 kg of silver and 10 lakhs in cash. All this will not even

    make one crore. These BJP guys have to learn a trick or two

    from Congress how to loot the nation in hundreds and thousands of crores.

    Anonymous Reply:

    They have to also learn from the DMK, particularly Karunanidhi and his family.

    Anonymous Reply:

    also YSR, also possibly the son-in-law of the supreme leader of India

    shekhar gandotra Reply:

    Hafeez saed de balatkar di nishani
    you are most communal person in Pakistan.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Praveen Saxenaji,

    what the congress didn’t say explicitly was that the agitators were all BJP supporters for whom nothing need be done, because none will vote for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Congress has come up with two more theories on their loss in Gujarat-

    seat delimitation after the last census
    Muslims stayed home because Congress did not field the right candidates

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    Ravi Reply:

    I thought Muslims were Pakistanis

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Congress does not differentiate…a vote is a vote

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    Ravi Reply:

    And by that you mean the BJP does!!

    It asks voters to remove their Pajamas before it would accept their vote. (remember 25% from Gujarat)

    shekhar gandotra Reply:

    hafeez saed de pajame mein kaisa mausam hai?

    Anonymous Reply:

    ONLY YOU.

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    engrich Reply:

    gopi muslims are hard working race.chor ko thanedar banao araam se so.this was the policy of muslims.they want peace to earn bread fo family.they are hardly interested in politics of gujrat.

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  • Anonymous

    PM’s address to the nation:

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  • Anonymous

    Another attempt by crooks in media.

    http://specials.indiatoday.com/common/modi-rahul/

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I hope Modi with the support of leaders like Jayalalita will outsmart these so called protectors of democracy.. the only way India can come out of its rut is through leaders like Modi and Jayalalitha

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Yes BJP will need support of Jayalalitha and I am sure they would already talked to her. She is going for swearing ceremony of Modi on 26th.

    Merry Christmas to you.

    Christmas Eve celebrations going on ?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan – merry Christmas to you too. Let us hope people follow His righteousness and compassion, and not just celebrating a day.

    Modi has a tremendous chance; people in India are fed up of “ordinary” politicians; he will get vote, especially with capable leaders like jayalalitha; BJP has to be behind the scene and not in front–because people consider BJP also as corrupt, may be a notch or two below Congress.

    AshishC Reply:

    Merry X’mas Gopi. I still have a daughter who believes in the miracle of Santa leaving a gift under her pillow. At least she did last year.
    All those believers, non-believers, gluttons, guzzlers, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Pagans…have a ball. Santa Claus is coming to town..

    Anonymous Reply:

    When my both sons were small, we used to put some chocolates and toys in socks and would hang those on their doors. Used to be a fun.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Let us hope people follow His righteousness and compassion, and not just celebrating a day.

    Me being a half believer, just celebrate the day. For me, more than faith Santa is a celebration of child’s innocence. What to do? My son is turning out to be another materialistic person like me. (Last time after he saw the gift I heard him murmuring, I asked for x-box, ipad. But Santa gave me just this (and a devil look at his toy) ). Poor Santa, I pity him. Anyway, merry Christmas Gopi.

    Anonymous Reply:

    From the childhood itself we are not satisfied with what we have. We always want more.

    Anonymous Reply:

    Gopi,

    as soon as Modi is announced as the PM candidate by he BJP, he should co-opt Jayalalithaa as his deputy. It will without doubt electrify the election scene as nothing else will.

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  • Anonymous

    As an animal lover, I don’t like zoos. I feel the only creatures that should be caged behind bars are politicians, lobbyists, and lawyers. And rapists, but I’ve already listed that three times.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Mohan,

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. We have destroyed all the natural habitats of these magnificent and beautiful animals and have inflicted immeasurable amount of cruelty on them.

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  • Anonymous

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU

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  • Anonymous

    With or without Al Assad, Syria’s future is bleak
    Following in-country investigations and interviews, experts feel that what began as the people’s struggle for political pluralism has morphed into a conflict that is ‘overtly sectarian in nature’

    http://gulfnews.com/opinions/columnists/with-or-without-al-assad-syria-s-future-is-bleak-1.1123236

    Toppling dictators is the main staple of the ‘Arab Spring’ that on hindsight was grossly misnamed. In theory, autocratic rulers using oppression to ensure their dynastic lines have no place in the 21st century. Across the region, courageous individuals have sacrificed their blood to free their country from decades of authoritarianism, only to find that they were worse off than before. In part, this is due to the unleashing of formerly suppressed enmities and opportunistic Islamist organisations seeking to supplant budding democracy with theocracy.
    In Libya, armed militias terrorise Libyan cities and launch revenge attacks, even as the interior ministry struggles to maintain law and order. The potential for Benghazi to secede remains.
    Tunisia is wracked by political and social divisions. Workers demanding better pay and conditions call for strikes, while hard line Islamist groups demanding an Islamist state have attacked hotels, bars and Jewish communities.
    For the first time ever, Egypt has become a breeding ground for festering hatred between Islamists and liberals with opposing ambitions and visions that, in the worst case scenarios, could erupt into civil war or a military takeover.
    Iraq is another example. The smashing of Saddam Hussain’s iron fist resulted in bloody sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shiites as well as terrorist attacks that spiked this summer. So far, the only beneficiaries of the Arab Spring have been extremists and Al Qaida offshoots that feed on chaos, division and social unrest.
    Will Syria be the exception that proves the rule once its president comes to terms with his fate?

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  • dilip dev dwivedi

    ध्यान
    कैसे
    करें

    मन की शांति के लिए उन चीजों को मन से बाहर निकालना होगा जो दु:ख बन गई हैं। यह आसान नहीं है। उन चीजों को बाहर निकालें कैसे? दु:ख का कारण बनने वाली चीजों को बाहर निकालने की विधा ही ध्यान है।

    आज के समय मे हमारा ध्यान केवल पैसा और पैसा हि रह गया है, हमें सब के बारे मे सोचने का समय तो है पर अपने बारे मे कभी नही। हम जो भी करते हैं सुप्त अवस्था मे करते हैं, जैसे गाड़ी चला रहे हों। सब यन्त्रवत हो रहा है, ऐसे में मन को उस अवस्था मे लाना ज़हां सब शून्य हो जाये और आपको असीम आनंद की अनुभूति
    हो
    - वह
    ध्यान
    है

    ध्यान
    कोई
    साधारण
    प्रक्रिया
    नहीं
    है
    किंतु
    यह
    इतनी
    साधारण
    भी
    है
    कि
    आम
    आदमी
    भी
    इसे
    सहज
    संकल्प
    के
    साथ
    अपने
    जीवन
    में
    उतार
    सकता
    है।
    सुख
    के
    लिए
    मन
    में
    शांति
    चाहिए।
    इसके
    लिए
    मन
    को
    एकाग्र
    करने
    की
    जरूरत
    होती
    है।
    मन
    की
    एकाग्रता
    से
    आने
    वाली
    शांति
    को
    पाने
    का
    मार्ग
    ही
    ध्यान
    है।
    यही
    ध्यान
    अष्टांग
    योग
    के
    अंतिम
    चरण
    में
    समाधि
    की
    अवस्था
    पा
    लेता
    है।

    पहले
    अपने
    दु:ख के कारणों की सूची बना लें। फिर मन को एकाग्र कर उन्हें बाहर निकालने
    का
    प्रयत्न
    करें।
    इसके
    लिए
    जरूरी
    है
    कि
    यह
    प्रक्रिया
    निश्चित
    समय
    पर
    और
    नियमित
    हो।
    कुश
    या
    ऊन
    के
    आसन
    पर
    शुद्ध
    वातावरण
    में
    बैठकर
    अभ्यास
    करना
    चाहिए।
    प्रात:काल का समय इसके लिए सर्वोत्तम
    है।

    आसन
    पर
    बैठकर
    पहले
    कुछ
    देर
    प्राणायाम
    करें।
    इससे
    श्वास
    स्थिर
    होगी।
    फिर
    अपने
    इष्टदेव
    का
    ध्यान
    करें।
    इस
    दौरान
    मन
    स्थिर
    नहीं
    होगा।
    इधर-उधर की तमाम बातें मन में आएंगी किंतु प्रयास करें कि मन अपने इष्टदेव
    पर
    स्थिर
    हो।
    दूसरी
    बातें
    आएं
    तो
    उन्हें
    मन
    से
    बाहर
    निकालें।
    धीरे-धीरे अभ्यास करें। पहले कुछ क्षण मन एकाग्र होगा फिर कुछ अवधि बढ़ेगी।

    जिस
    दिन
    मन
    एक
    मिनट
    तक
    एकाग्र
    हो
    गया,
    समझ
    लो
    ध्यान
    का
    रास्ता
    खुल
    गया।
    आज
    के
    युग
    में
    दस
    मिनट
    का
    ध्यान
    लगा
    लेने
    वाला
    योगी
    कहलाने
    योग्य
    है।
    यदि
    पाप
    वासनाएं
    और
    कामनाएं
    सदा
    के
    लिए
    चली
    जाएं
    तो
    समझो
    आप
    परमयोगी
    हैं।
    ध्यान
    साधना
    है
    - साधना
    ध्यान
    है।
    यह
    जीवनभर
    शिविरों
    में
    अभ्यास
    के
    बाद
    भी
    नहीं

    सकता
    और
    एक
    योग्य
    गुरु
    के
    मार्गदर्शन
    से
    क्षणभर
    में

    सकता
    है।
    ध्यान
    का
    जीवन
    में
    घटना
    हमारी
    इच्छाशक्ति
    पर
    निर्भर
    है।
    इसके
    लिए
    ऐसे
    योग्य
    गुरु
    का
    मार्गदर्शन
    जरूरी
    है,
    जो
    ध्यान
    का
    आनंद
    ले
    रहे
    हों।
    शिविरों
    और
    ऐसे
    ही
    दिखावटी
    आयोजनों
    में
    ध्यान
    का
    नाटक
    हो
    सकता
    है।
    ध्यान
    लगाया
    नहीं
    जा
    सकता।
    ध्यान
    लगाने
    वाले
    बार-बार समय देखते हैं। अपने मार्गदर्शक
    से
    समय
    सीमा
    पूछते
    हैं।
    सच
    तो
    यह
    है,
    जब
    जीवन
    में
    ध्यान
    घटता
    है
    तो
    समय
    की
    सीमा
    रह
    ही
    नहीं
    जाती।
    बीता
    समय
    क्षण
    मात्र
    लगता
    है।
    ध्यान
    असीम
    आनंद
    है।

    ध्यान
    शुरू
    करने
    से
    पहले
    मानसिक
    शांति
    की
    ज़रूरत
    होती
    है
    और
    इसके
    लिए
    जड़ी
    बूटियों
    बहुत
    ही
    फायदेमंद
    होती
    हैं।
    जड़ी
    बूटियों
    के
    प्रयोग
    से
    व्‍यक्ति की थकान, चिन्ता कम होती है। व्‍यक्ति अपनी सुविधा और पसन्द के अनुसार किसी भी जड़ी बूटी का प्रयोग कर सकता हैं। जड़ी बूटियों
    से
    चिकित्सा
    के
    बारे
    में
    तो
    हम
    सालों
    से
    सुनते
    आये
    हैं।
    लेकिन
    जड़ी-बूटी की शुरूवात
    में
    आप
    पहले
    कोई
    भी
    जड़ी
    बूटी
    चुन
    सकते
    हैं
    और
    फिर
    जड़ी
    बूटियों
    का
    काम्बिनेशन
    में
    उपयोग
    कर
    सकते
    हैं
    क्योंकि
    जड़ी
    बूटियों
    के
    प्रभाव
    हमेशा
    सिनर्जेस्टिक
    होते
    हैं।
    कुछ
    जड़ी
    बूटियों
    से
    मेडिटेशन
    में
    भी
    लाभ
    मिल
    सकता
    है:

    बाह्मी:
    बाह्मी
    नामक
    जड़ी-बूटी, यह दिमाग के टानिक जैसी है। यह दिमाग को शांति और स्पष्टता
    प्रदान
    करती
    है
    और
    याद्दाश्त
    को
    मजबूत
    करने
    के
    साथ
    ध्यान
    करने
    में
    भी
    मदद
    करता
    है।
    बाह्मी
    से
    हमारे
    चक्र
    भी
    जागृत
    हो
    जाते
    हैं
    और
    दिमाग
    के
    बायें
    और
    दायें
    हेमिस्फियर
    संतुलित
    रहते
    हैं।
    आधे
    चम्मच
    बाह्मी
    के
    पावडर
    को
    गरम
    पानी
    में
    मिला
    लें
    और
    स्वाद
    के
    लिए
    इसमें
    शहद
    मिला
    लें
    और
    मेडिटेशन
    से
    पहले
    इसे
    पीयें।

    जटामासी:
    जटामासी
    जैसी
    जड़ी-बूटी, परेशान और उत्तेजित
    दिमाग
    को
    शांति
    पहुंचाता
    है।
    यह
    हिमालय
    पर
    पायी
    जाती
    है
    और
    इसमें
    वैलेरियन
    जैसे
    ही
    लक्षण
    पाये
    जाते
    हैं।
    यह
    याद्दाश्त
    बढ़ाने
    में
    भी
    सहायक
    होता
    है।
    1 चम्मच
    जटामासी
    को
    1 कप
    दूध
    में
    मिलाकर
    5 मिनट
    तक
    छोड़
    दें
    और
    सुबह
    पी
    लें।

    हिबिस्कस:
    इसका
    संस्कृत
    नाम
    जपा
    है
    और
    इसका
    अर्थ
    है
    मंत्र
    का
    बार
    बार
    उच्चारण।
    इस
    मंत्र
    की
    मदद
    से
    भी
    ध्यान
    में
    मन
    लगता
    है।
    एक
    चौथाई
    फूल
    को
    डेढ़
    पाव
    ठंडे
    पानी
    में
    मिला
    दें
    और
    इसे
    एक
    कप
    गरम
    चाय
    के
    साथ
    पीयें।

    शंख
    पुष्पी:
    शंख
    पुष्‍पी, यह हमारी बुद्धि को बढ़ाने के साथ-साथ दिमाग में सर्कुलेशन
    करके
    हमारी
    रचनात्मकता
    को
    भी
    बढ़ावा
    देता
    है।
    आयुर्वेद
    के
    पुराने
    ग्रंथचरक
    समहिता
    के
    अनुसार
    जड़ी
    बूटियों
    से
    हमारी
    याद
    करने
    की
    क्षमता
    और
    सीखने
    की
    क्षमता
    बढ़ती
    है
    जिससे
    मेडिटेशन
    में
    मदद
    मिलती
    है।
    आधे
    चम्मच
    शंख
    पुष्पी
    को
    एक
    कप
    गरम
    पानी
    में
    मिला
    कर
    लें।
    यह
    भी
    ध्‍यान में प्रभावी
    हैं।
    dilipdev.jagranjunction.com

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