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A thousand year old culture, apparently.
This is arguably the worst form of promoting regionalism and culture :
CHENNAI : In a bid to promote Tamil language and culture, the Tamil Nadu government has started a scheme under which babies born in city corporation hospitals would be given a gold ring if they are given Tamil names.
I fail to understand how this would promote the culture, would be a gross understatement.
As you would expect, there isn’t any provision to counter parents who smartly decide to re-change the name after receiving the gold ring. Counter provisions are pointless in populist schemes anyway.
But in a few years, do not be surprised if you spot a dude in a mall in Chennai, rapping away to glory while listening to his iPod, dressed perfectly to suit hip-hop culture, complete with the jeans at the knees (beginning, not ending), until you approach him, “Magane, what is your name ?” and he replies, “Sivagopalakrishnaswaminathan Iyer”.
You would have to forgive him for the Westernization, for he is promoting Tamil culture.
A while ago (on the issue of portfolio distribution) :
Mamta Bannerjee : Even if they don’t give us anything we don’t mind that. There was no talk of bargaining. We will work together in a nice way. This is only one word I can tell you.
A while later :
Mamta Bannerjee : Will join cabinet only if I get Railways.
Now before you jump to the conclusion that Mamta Bannerjee is a hypocrite, I have nothing to add. Kindly jump.
Meanwhile, at the same place :
DMK demands 7 cabinet berths; meeting with Pranab inconclusive.
In spite of the DMK not getting its demands, I really hope for his health that M. Karunanidhi does not go on another “indefinite hunger strike onto death” between his two meals.
I do feel sad for the NDA though. With allies like these, their importance as an opposition diminishes.
Now a threat letter is no occasion to laugh (unless it is the DMK threatening to pull out .. of the government that is) :
Rahul Mahajan, the son of late politician Pramod Mahajan and star of the TV reality show Big Boss, and his mother have received anonymous letters threatening to kill them and their family members if the demands made in the letters were not met.
Considering Rahul Mahajan has led as much a pious life as one can possibly live, I was curious about the reason :
The handwritten letter states that Rahul should forsake all the money he earned by taking part in Big Boss and that the final episode of the show must be shot again.
Atleast we know who wrote it. It must be one of those two people who saw the show.
With Omar Abdullah all set to assume the chief ministership of Jammu and Kashmir, it brings me to the topic of young blood in politics. As much as I hate dynasty politics in India (Congress, NC, DMK, Shiv Sena, etc.), I am left wondering if it is a blessing in disguise. As a side note, a recent poll showed Rahul Gandhi to be a favourite choice for the PMship.
In an ideal India, any young person with the vision and passion to serve could rise up the ranks of any political party. But we can all agree that isn’t happening as most parties’ headquarters are increasingly looking like old-age homes. Very few young leaders have impressed me and Omar Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi are certainly not among those. Omar has made quite a few statements he wouldn’t be proud of while Rahul is still doing his assignments of presenting the plight of one village woman every session. Milind Deora seemed sensible after the Mumbai attacks but an unknown politician Kiren Rijiju (there are a few clips of his on youtube making arguments in the parliament) seems to be most impressive (More details in this article here).
In such a situation, I have to make the sad statement that dynasty rule could actually work well for India. If Abhishek Bachchan can learn some acting in so many years, I am sure these blessed sons can learn some things with time !
To end, I leave you with a profound statement from Omar Abdullah recently,
By the evening, the situation appeared to have undergone a change with Farooq deciding to assume power himself to which Omar’s comment was, “Well, I am 38 now, even if my father serves one full term, I will be 44″.
P.S. : I still am of the opinion that dynasty rule is bad for the country, and I am just wondering if it is a boon in the current scenario. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Respected Mr. Manmohan Singh,
Why the @#$!##@ is our Foreign Affairs minister leaving for Sri Lanka ? Unless of course, you are greedy for that ministry too. We just had something being hailed as a national crisis and the probability of military action is not zero. And for the DMK, take a chill pill and go watch the movie Forrest Gump. There is an oft repeated line in it : Stupid is as stupid does. Make sense ?
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
(Yeah, as though my name is going to really change things.)
Comes from the Tamil Nadu CPI spokesperson Mahendran, on the subject of the recent crackdown on LTTE by the Sri-Lankan army :
Not sure why India is fighting in Kashmir then.
And another one-of-those empty threats from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi :
If Sri Lanka continues to ignore the warnings of the Central Government, then we will be forced to think whether we need this Government (UPA).
By that twisted logic, if the UPA government continues to ignore the threatens of Karunanidhi, he should be forced to think about resigning himself. And threatening to bring down a government to support the cause of an organization that has been proscribed as a terrorist group by 31 countries, including India ?
Today I shall quote a verse from the Ramayana (don’t bother checking on me, I am fine). The verse, when translated states :
“Lord Ram himself had said that those who pass near the demolished bridge would be absolved of their sins. If a canal is dredged, several ships can pass near the demolished bridge and the people traveling in them will be absolved of their sins”
Hence proved, that Lord Rama himself destroyed the Ram Setu so that ships could pass through and the travellers could be absolved of their sins, according to this article. This proves beyond doubt that Lord Rama belonged to the UPA, and not the BJP as popularly believed.