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Raging tempers…

8 May

So I broke off (platonic equivalent of break-up… is there a better phrase that is as compact and more established? Okay, parted ways) with old friend, Pankaj, today. This once, it was him who did the honours (block on Gtalk, delete from Facebook) and not me (and I wouldn’t succumb to those actions in this matter, which I consider trivial), and I would like to have that on record.

Anyway, it started with an argument. He read this article very fleetingly, and made an elaborate and (I feel) ill-informed opinion on it. I objected in strong words. We argued. It ended badly.

He says Kasab should’ve been shot as soon as the investigators derived from him that he had no information to offer.
[He also feels that Kasab may as well have been accommodated at the Taj, since his cost of daily up-keep would’ve probably come to the same amount of Rs. 85-lakh per day. {The figure in the news article reads Rs. 8.5 lakhs per day. As I said, he read the article in one fleeting glance. Thank you for pointing it out, Tauja!}] But I’m not saying that Rs. 8.5 lakhs is an acceptable amount either.
But that he maintains that Kasab should’ve been shot as soon as they figured out he had no more valuable information to offer, ergo without trial is worth discussing.

When celebrities or politicians are accused of any crime, and receive special treatment in their trials etc. etc. the common man is up in arms saying that they should be treated like anyone else.
So is it fair for us to deny Kasab a trial? Would that not be equivalent to denying him the rights accorded to the common man? Or should nobody be accorded a free and fair trial?
Is it healthy for us to nurture such glaring hypocrisies in our attitude? Or should we just go ahead and rewrite the constitution to accord different rights to different types of people? Or just go about making exceptions everywhere and then fighting over which exception is fair and which is not?

Are most/all of the democratic countries of the world (Please correct me if I’m wrong on this, peeps…) stupid in allowing the accused, any accused, of any crime a trial before convicting him of charges? (And the right to appeal the sentence in higher courts.) Would we be okay if tomorrow YOU weren’t allowed to appeal in a higher court? Sure, Manu Sharma would have been acquitted.
Or maybe we could just make an exception here and an exception there, and then argue over it forever?

I welcome your comments on the questions phrased above. What I do NOT welcome are comments about how the judicial system needs to be improved. Yes, the judicial system needs to be improved. The trial should’ve been completed in a matter of months and not 18. We all know that, and I’m sure we’d all agree on it too. So let’s discuss the issue that I wrote this entire post to discuss. We can discuss Judicial reforms on a later date, capisce?

Oh, and one more thing. Rs. 1,500 crore for a cricket team in a month-long intra-national cricket event. Rs. 31 crore over protecting the escape of the most dreaded criminal this country has ever set hands on, over a period of one and a half years. Am I the ONLY one who thinks the 31-crores is REALLY inconsequential here?

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Indian Politics and Ass-terity

17 Sep

The entire drama of practicing “Austerity” in Indian politics is exactly what the Indian youth was looking for, with the recent influx of youth into the domain, to be convinced that politics is simply not for the middle/upper-middle/educated classes!

Imagine working your entire life to rise to the upper ranks in your profession only to be told that you’re not allowed to live in a fancy hotel, even if you’re paying for it yourself! That you, as Minister of ABC, Union Govt. of India are supposed to travel Economy, while a middle-range IT professional is travelling First Class.

A pertinent question at this point in time is…. what will they make the politicans do next? Ride an auto-rickshaw to the parliament? Educate your kids at government schools only? No dining in restaurants or entertaining friends?

I was extremely disappointed to read that Sheila’s asking her MLA’s to accept salary cuts. Let us be reminded, Granny, that with the kind of salaries your subordinates are presently drawing are so measly, they’re forced to tap into “other sources” to live a decent life already. I’m confident that they don’t plan to live the Gandhian life, whatever they may say. So how about we reduce their reliance on public funds allocated for other purposes, and draw their entire effort’s worth through legitimate salary?

I’m sorry to say that the entire “Austerity Drive” is simply one gigantic drama, and with no general elections around the corner, there is little to validate its timing. So let’s just stop the act, and let at least our respectable leaders and diplomats lead a lifestyle they deserve, please!

Unsung is a Notty Boi!

1 Aug

I’m sure you must’ve all seen this snap at some time or another, in your lives, probably in the newspaper or a magazine special :
Sonia, Rajiv

My father passed on the snap in an email forward titled “Very rare old photo – Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh at India Gate” to my sister, me and a few relatives.

I opened the email, saw the snap and wondered why ever he’d forward it to us. That, and because he’s so not into the Gandhis (the exact opposite, of course) to propagate anything pleasant relating to the family.

I was waiting for the other snap(s) to load, the one with Manmohan Singh in them, but realized that no more were loading. Then I noticed the caption on the earlier photograph, which read

“Very rare old photo:
Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh at India Gate”

Yes, yes! I know most of you probably understood the email long before I would’ve myself.

Anyway, it certainly ticked me off that my father should send this forward to me, knowing the supporter I am of the Congress. I couldn’t let him get away with it, no?

So I quickly pressed “Reply to All” and shot off a response that read…
“Isn’t it fascinating how ice-cream vendors end up going so much further in life than… say, students of economics? or Law? Even businessmen?”

As you could’ve guessed, my father is all three of them. Since it was on “Reply To All”, it’s also going to make it to the mail-boxes of my sister (no issues), two people whose faces I cannot quite place and my cousin sister and brother, who have already earned a mention on this blog prior to this.
So evidently my email is going to get some tongues wagging, but evidently I couldn’t care less!

Hem-Locked in Ignorance

9 Jul

It’s extremely tragic to hear of the 86 deaths that occurred in Gujarat. It’s politically incorrect to take an objective stand on such an issue, for the sake of sounding insensitive.

For instance, it’s politically incorrect to say that all those men pretty much invited this fate upon themselves by drinking illegally obtained alcohol in large quantities, when in fact that money could’ve been used for the welfare of their family… that lots of destitute wives and children suffer because the “bread-winners” don’t bring as much food to the table as they are capable of.

It’s also politically incorrect to say that the bootleggers are hardly at fault for simply selling the liquor under the table that they have no way to distinguish from poison. That maybe if the government wasn’t such a nut-case and instead legalised alcohol in the state so that it wouldn’t have to be sold illegally, genuine alcohol could be sold, the state wouldn’t live in denial and such incidents wouldn’t arise.

But one shouldn’t make politically incorrect statements, should one.

Victory and Woe

19 May

Before I begin whining about anything, I’d like to wish one of my most admired(and a highly under-rated) bloggers, (I shall call him) Prateek, a very very birthday (belated). And I wish him all the strength for next year, when he turns the cursed 3-0.

So the Congress won again! I should’ve ideally made a huge post about it, coupled with snaps and what not, but most of Saturday was spent on the computer, trying to stream video on ndtv, and constantly refreshing results.

I wish Sonia wasn’t so overshadowed by Rahul and Manmohan. Though I’m sure she’s very grateful for it, but I like to see her in the limelight. I don’t deny an unhealthy fascination with the woman, and I’m almost proud of it too.

In other news, there was a most delightful thunderstorm on Sunday night, which I even attempted to record on my DigiCam. Then I realised I’d never look at a silly video of the sky flashing, so I deleted it. I went to sleep on Sunday night in delighful weather (which came after a long, sunny day) and woke up in the morning with a fever. This fever I had to carry with me to my exam in the afternoon, after spending an extra hour of quality study time just beforethe exam trying to sleep some of it off. So I sat and wrote my paper with a tremendous backache and headache. Which I was eventually relieved of in the fag-end of my 3-hour paper, by the “instant acting” meds I had taken right before the exam.

I thought I’d give myself an entire evening to rest, but I spent that on Yahoo trying to counsel this fool who pinged me hoping for a sex-date, that he shouldn’t go ahead with his plans to get married to a woman as a resort for attaining some stability in his life. That I doubt he could remain committed to her, and that no woman would marry him if he told her about his sexuality beforehand, as he said he planned to. This conversation took drastic turns every now and then, and lasted all of 4 hours, in which he attempted to seduce me for sex, I attempted to seduce him for coffee (to talk some sense into him in person) and after seeing that he had no intention of converting our new-found acquaintence to anything but virtual, eventually had to tell him to leave me alone!
By this time, this senior of mine I’ve been talking to regularly on yahoo came, had a short conversation, and went offline. Which gave me opportunity to call it a day… at 11 pm! So much for giving myself the day to rest.

And now I wake up with a mild but building headache, and I must head off to the severely air-conditioned library in hope of catching some study, else my paper tomorrow is sure to ruin me!

Having the right political affiliations

13 Feb

So here’s why I support the Congress, even though my entire family is a BJP die-hard.

1. Bajrang Dal (Read BJP ally) dares to stir in New Delhi.
2. Sri Ram Sena (Read former Bajrang Dal) creates havoc in Mangalore.
3. Shiv Sena (BJP ally) threatens to humiliate people found celebrating “obscenely” (holding hands?) in public.
4. BJP govt. in Karnata pretty much sits on its fat ass through the entire episode… Church vandalism, and now, this.
5. Mangalore mayor issues legal notice to Renuka Chaudhry for “Talibanisation of Mangalore” comment (which was spot-on, by the way. I know. I recently finished reading “Kite Runner”). I hope Renuka responds in public by laughing at it.

1. NCP (Maharashtra) sets up stalls to sell V-Day cards and gifts, to protest moral policing.
2. Rajiv Gowda, professor-cum-activist, close to Congress, intiates peaceful demonstrations in Bangalore offices to protest moral policing.
3. Shiela Dikshit sees nothing wrong with people going to bars.
4. Renuka Chaudhry issues “Pub Bharo” slogan, puts own daughter in charge.

But the biggest shocker of them all…

Raj Thackrey says he was never opposed to celebration of Valentine’s Day. And that the MNS will not oppose it. Like, wow!

Hail Renuka!

8 Feb

In times when even a country’s administration begins to inadvertently side with the bad guys, one truly becomes thankful for small mercies.

In the wake of Mangalore and such, I’m rather thankful for one Ms. Renuka Chowdhury.
I won’t deny that I’ve always admired the woman. Sure she’s not much of a debater and for all I know, she must be as corrupt as the rest of them, but I truly truly admire her for standing up for the youth on this one.

Who could imagine that when all the chief ministers were on a mission to denounce “pub culture”, this fine lady could actually recommend a campaign to the tune of “pub bharo”?! I mean, wow! One expects that from celebrities, rockstars, on-screen personalities… but from the Union Minister for Women and Child Development? It’s utterly superb and fantastic! No, she’s not urging the youth to take to drinking, for all those narrow-minded cynics who are interpreting her intentions as such, but merely egging the youth to be as defiant towards unreasonable societal elements as she herself had been back in her day, and remains till today.

If that wasn’t enough, Renuka screamed bloody murder post Sri Ram Sene’s threat to unleash terror on valentine’s day, demanding action against them for issuing the threats that they did.

It’s a shame that no one takes her too seriously, whether in political debates or those pertaining to “morality”. Which only furthers my desire to run away from this land that’s so full of delinquents that are are the only ones who are heard, and of limited educated elite who may fill up newspapers with rational and reasonable thought that would still make no difference.

Sigh! Get me out of here, please 😦