Monday, February 27, 2006

Current Politics - A corrosive force..

Nice Article in today's mumbai mirror.

Politics: A corrosive force

Political parties claiming to be secular, emphasise on the separate identity of the minorities and invoke religion and caste-based quotas - N. Vittal

Excerpts: - Politics is like a corrosive acid. The recent controversy over a survey by a PMO appointed committee under Justice Rajendra Sachar, to get specific details about the religious minorities in the armed services, highlights the danger of politicising secularism.

The government has beaten a tactical retreat, but the danger remains. Once an idea germinates, it cannot be undone. This is true of both good and bad ideas, like the current effort by the Rajendra Sachar Committee.

In a democracy, politics can weaken if not destroy many institutions, by its corrosive and adverse impact. As patriotic Indians, let us hope that the mischief to inject religious identity-based politics in the traditionally true and secular institutions will be nipped in the bud.

However, there is some hope. So far, there have been no reports of the Rajendar Sachar Committee asking the Ministry of I&B for religion-based break up in the Indian film industry or the Ministry of Sports for details regarding the Indian cricket team.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


In memory of Jessica:

Marian Wright Edelman:
You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.

Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC:
Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.

Aung San Suu Kyi:
Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.

"A riot is the language of the unheard."
King, Jr., Martin Luther

Perverts or Liberals...?

I do not know whether i am a liberal or a conservative or a "conservative liberal"..:)

But frankly today's headlines in the mumbai mirror was shocking for me.
Not because it was about a couple whose experiments in wife swapping etc was filmed secretly, but because they were so casual in admitting about it to the newspaper.And it is a fact that they enjoyed it while it lasted.They are shamed only about the fact that there is CD in the market of it, otherwise they would have continued doing what they did.

They symbolise the new category of Perverted Liberals.

What the hell happened to plain old commitment, love, family...?

If that brands me as an conservative, man i am happy to be known as one.
But this new world is a scary place, specially for my kid.

Such incidents give the fanatics and the so called custodians of our culture a free hand to indulge in violence.

Che Guevera..

Got hold of a DVD recently "The Motorcycle Diaries".

A true account of Che and his friend's ride across Latin American countries.
Wonder how i missed this one.

Made me gather material to read more about Che and i got his speech in the UN and many more, giving me an insight about this enigma and legend called Che Guevera.

Who murdered Jessica Lal?

The SYSTEM. The Society.
It's not MANU SHARMA and the gang.

Imagine a high profile case like this goes on for 7 seven years.

Enough time to threaten witnesses, tamper with evidence, weaken the spirit of those who expect justice. Jessica Lal was shot dead, her mother died sometime later, her father has suffered strokes and is a disheartened man and her sister, a witness to all this, is a disillusioned woman.

She does not want to fight or appeal. Who would want to?

When you are forced to live with your sister's criminal death for seven years, you are a witness to your parent's broken souls, from where do you get the courage to appeal?

Did jessica expect her friends from the so called society circuit to stand for her or rather anything in life...This is a part of society where the so called socialites are scavengers who daily live off the few minutes of fame of the person of the day.

These are the people [scum], who murdered Jessica Lal.

May peace be with you Jessica.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Came across this highly motivating poem by Edgar Guest, just had to post it.

Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of man have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise,
With this euipment they all began,
Do start from the top and say "I can."

Look them over, the wise and the great,
They take their food from a common plate,
And similar knives and fork they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes,
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will,
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have arms and legs and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do,
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose his place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study, the truth to know,
God has equipped you for life, but He,
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win,
So figure it out for youself, my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say "I can."

Friday, February 17, 2006

Agni Pariksha

There is a article in midday today.

Boy drinks poison after mother scolds him

His father says, “Woh padhai theek se karta hai. Lekin kal use kya hua tha malum nahin. Tuition jane ko taiyyar hi nahin tha. Shayad din bhar ki bhaga-daud se thak gaya tha,” said Ubeish Ansari, Ubaid’s father, a vegetable vendor.
Than again at the end of the article is given - Ubaid is under close observation, “par woh pariksha zaroor dega,” said Ubeish [father] confidently.

Doesn't one realise the child is already giving "pariksha"....agnee pariksha.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Police N underhand deal..

Shalini Kapoor in car crash in Goregaon.

Does the above article demand immediate action against the police involved? It is a serious allegation against the police, if not true than the persons involved should apologise and the media should carry the same.