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September 30, 2009

Readers of my previous post complained that I am being unduly critical of India’s National Newspaper (INP). They pointed out to me, rightly so, that bashing INP is just a fad and suggested to keep my haughty behaviour in check. “Who do you think you are? A former UN diplomat? ” they questioned, “Besides, you read TOI, after all. For this alone you’ll have no redemption. ” Agreed. Totally. One hundred percent. How I wish I have not picked up the habit of reading a paper so I need not have to face this ignominy.

But TOI don’t editorialize. Pitiable souls they don’t even do them in their editorials. All of their time is spent in coming up with brilliant bylines, anyways. Not just brilliant but ones that makes you weep. Yet, I put up with it. Oh why, in fact, I was a reader of INP for quite sometime before The Lankan Ratna went berserk painting the town, well, red. The volte-face on 123’s is so brilliant that if emulated would have helped Indian gymnasts strike glory in Olympics. But there is a conflict-of-interest if you looked at who won most medals last time.

Yet, to say that I am prejudiced against INP is an understatement. Jaundiced probably would do. I am never larger than my community or my country, nor would I give it up so easily and I prefer to be prejudiced rather than propagandized.

A reader, who formerly read the paper for more than half a decade, can have an opinion, No? And if you think contrariwise, alas, my friend, you are taken!

And if you have some time, here are three different links about a same event. Link1, Link2, Link3. Perspectives!

And, here, I can go on and on. I won’t lest it becomes my wont.

P.S : For those who are quick to raise an eyebrow on the claim ‘readers’ plural at the beginning, I am still the proprietor around here whatsoever the impropriety I chose to display. 🙂

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Democracy, cattle classes, and austerity drives.

September 22, 2009

I rarely concur with The Hindu except for its weather reports. Only weather reports since it is of my opinion that bias in reporting weather serves nobody’s interests. Wait a minute. I could be naive here, am not sure. In fact, didn’t their fatherland actually demonstrated that they could bend even the weather as they like it. I really am not sure.

Coming to the point, the paper (formerly Newspaper) recently in an article has ‘established’ that a princely sum of one crore has been spent on the three day visit by Congress Party’s General Secretary to the Tamil Country. O.k. I made up that ‘princely’ adjective. Just borrowing the word from Maya Ji. I wish to clarify that I do not approve of building memorials using public money.

Here, I do not wish to go on about ‘What you can do for aam aadmi with one crore rupees’ kind of stuff; for i am not good hypothesizing, and you might not want nothing to do with any supposing. Also, I am not going to call upon the spokesperson of the grand old party to readily offer their disapproval for displaying impropriety, and for the heli-hopping insensitivity when aam aadmi has to put up with traveling cattle class.

My point is spending one crore rupees in the hope of building a base in Tamil Country and winning votes in future elections is nothing but a pipe dream. Whoever has thought of this idea of building bases and campaigning in southern parts is far removed from reality. The reasons are as obvious as a ruling party’s bye-election victory.

Yet, I enumerate:

Firstly, we are a state of rational people and all, we don’t fall for your austerity drives and your schmaltzy backing of aam aadmi and all. We don’t get offended when someone insults our holy-cow. No Problem at all.

Secondly, for pete’s sake, coin a term acceptable to us in place of aam aadmi. We are sworned to oppose anything hindi, even if its our name. Our hypocrisy in this regard will be quite a match to any standard one of yours.

Thirdly, you don’t have to talk about Lanka anymore; for, we are not concerned about Tamils in Lanka (or Tamils anywhere, for that matter) anymore and We are happy with our MM4 and Kala master.

Finally, You don’t have to work up a sweat. All we need to know is this: Can you distribute free DTH boxes to go with our color TVs. If yes, then our vote is for ya.

We’re entitled to know about them

May 23, 2009

Now that we have a government that promises stability, and a Prime Minister who is bent on being a effective one too, there is a great deal of priorities proposed by all and sundry.

And I am not going to be left behind. May I suggest that we move towards an era of greater transparency in public domain? Dr. Manmohan Singh, a champion of RTI act, would surely agree that transparency will help us fix accountability, and in a way will improve governance to a greater extent. This shall not be restricted to Politicians alone but whoever getting paid from the public money.

To quote John Wick, who acted as a broker passing the details of British MPs’ expenses from an anonymous source to the newspaper and unearthed a scandal that shook British Parliament:

“We’ve reached the stage in society where they want to know everything about us, I think we’re entitled to know about them.”

CATASTROPHE II

January 9, 2009
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Plus ça change, Plus c’est pareil.

I now demand the removal of days Jan 9 – 10 from all the future calendars!

CATASTROPHE

January 10, 2008
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Reservations!!!

May 18, 2007

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

-George Bernard Shaw

I Have a Dream

April 21, 2007
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I have a dream that my ten fingers will one day find something to type which will not be judged by the typo that had been made but by the content of its common [non]sense.