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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.
After news reports that the Sri Lankan army was within 8 sq. km., 4 sq. km., 3.8 sq. km. and 800 metres of Prabhakaran, an elated Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced that the army was just 1 sq. metre away from Prabhakaran. When reporters pointed out that it did not make sense and wondered why he still wasn’t captured, he replied, “We are very concerned about civilians and want to clear the area before capturing him”.
He ended the press conference with “We are very close to winning the war“, and is now just 3 statements away from the world record for this line. The record is currently held by George W. Bush; who is still confused why it doesn’t play on his gramophone.
In India, this news has enraged a helpless DMK which has threatened to pull out of the government, strange since they are no longer a part of the government. When this was brought to his notice, Karunanidhi snapped back with, “Then I’ll pull out support from my government in Tamil Nadu”. In a show of immediate solidarity, he also joined the LTTE Fan Club on Facebook and poked Manmohan Singh for not interfering in the war.
J. Jayalalitha was unavailable for comment; she had food in her mouth.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who was contacted for no apparent reason as it does not concern him, reacted quickly at this latest development and immediately called Obama to convey that Prabhakaran was in fact in Swat Valley and that he would need some more pocket money, drones and a date with Sarah Palin pronto.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated news, fans of Lost, who have pretty much lost it with all the time-travels and paradoxes, are quite convinced that Prabhakaran is Jacob after all. They are hoping Prabhakaran will be caught in the season finale coming up in two weeks.
Disclaimer : None of this stuff has happened, atleast until now.
Shekhar Gupta writes a piece “Shed no tears for the Tigers” about the ongoing confrontation between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE with civilians bearing the brunt, as they are the easiest route to international attention for the LTTE.
Yogeswaran and his wife Sarojini, Padmanabha and Yogasankari, Sam Thambimuthu and P. Joseph, all elected MPs from Tamil territories, all as Tamil as Prabhakaran or Vaiko or Karunanidhi, were assassinated by the LTTE for the same crime: questing for peace. Joseph, a most loveable man who wouldn’t harm an insect, was shot during Christmas mass in his native Batticaloa in 2005. There was nothing Prabhakaran hated more than peacemakers. They created dissonance, disruption in a world of murder and deceit. He was, indeed, macho, arrogant, irrational, fascist. If you don’t bow to me, I will send a teenager, a child, maybe a woman, with a bomb-belt, to embrace you.
Shekhar Gupta identifies the ideology of the LTTE perfectly. For those who don’t know, the LTTE is also credited for being, if not the inventors, the most effective deployers of suicide attacks, quite possibly the deadliest form of offensive any victim can expect. It shows a clear lack of respect for human life.
For an organization that credits itself as being the sole fighters for the Tamil language, one would expect atleast a wee bit of change in their strategy after Tamil was adopted as an official language by Sri Lanka in 1987 and a change in the attitude of the Sinhala leadership in recent times, causes that can be safely considered to be the origin of the Civil War. Unfortunately, the LTTE knows just one thing and that is what they will do until crushed.
There was a recent report of a pro-LTTE website citing Sonia Gandhi as the prime villian in the current war as she has not done enough to stop the Sri Lankan offensive. A similar campaign was launched against Rajiv Gandhi that eventually led to his assassination. Again goes to prove that they just shift targets that enables them to do what they do best. Kill.
Stuck in between is the Tamil minority, who cannot condone the LTTE but also want to condemn the state. Their fault being handing over the reigns of the struggle to a dubious organization. This is something we in India can identify with quite easily and learn from, Be it the organization that claims to represent a subdued majority or the parties that represent regional pride; their causes might be fair, but it is best to not hand over the responsibility to them. For every incorrect way to achieve something, there is an easier correct path. An example I often cite : For parties that claim to stand for local people and pride, how much exactly are they doing to promote local culture and population.
Lastly, only someone with no inkling of the origins of the Civil War in Sri Lanka or deliberate ignorance for petty gains will voice support for the LTTE, specimens you will find aplenty in the Tamil Nadu political arena.
So when I hear Karunanidhi claiming Prabhakaran is a friend, all I can think of is a line by another retarded character Forrest Gump : Stupid is as stupid does.
Isn’t practise right here instead of practice ? Spell checker thinks otherwise.
Recently, there Salman Khan shot for a public awareness campaign for hit and run victims. My imagination is better, so yeah, I am serious.
On Saturday, Salman Khan shot for a public awareness ad to evoke kindness and responsibility towards hit-and-run victims.
Our source said, “The ad talks about how people just ignore those who are in distress on roads when hit by someone. It shows a man hit by a vehicle who is left to die.”
Now before you get all preachy about one practising what one preaches, personally, I am fine as long as people don’t practise what they preach and don’t preach what they practise. That would just be disastrous.
Imagine Varun Gandhi out on the streets with a nail-cutter (nail-cutter is the most optimum solution when you want to cut hands and you also claim non-violence is your religion) with Maneka Gandhi running behind him making sure her natkhat (naughty) Kaanha doesn’t hurt any animals; or Raj Thackeray outside the comfort of his air-conditioned home; or M. Karunanidhi tottering with a Friendship bracelet for BFF Prabhakaran; or Manmohan Singh doing ..well I don’t know .. no one ever lets let him speak. I don’t even know what he stands for.
The only exception here is L.K. Advani who claims he is strong.
You bet he is.
On a completely unrelated note, do you have any idea how big the Babri Masjid was ?
Election time has ensured that WTF quotes fly all around. Check out these.
1. IBNLive invites Ujjwal Nikam and Abbas Kazmi (prosecution and defense respectively of Ajmal Kasab) for a chat :
CNN-IBN: Mr Kazmi, the accusation is not just of delaying but also Kasab saying he was under 18 years of age despite prosecution documents pointing to the contrary.
Abbas Kazmi: It is clear with the way he is behaving that he is a juvenile [WTF Alert 1]
CNN-IBN: Mr Kazmi, no juvenile goes around shooting people. He is a terrorist. Give him a fair trial but cooperate with prosecution and get this case wrapped up in time. [WTF Alert 2]
While on IBNLive, did you know that Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt were recipients of the Padma Shri last year ? Somehow bloggers let this news be.
2. Good sense and politics still evades Sanjay Dutt :
Sanjay Dutt : During the rally in Pratapgarh, Dutt allegedly said he “will give ‘jaadu ki jhappi and pappi’ (magical hug and kiss) to the chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati”.
(Dream sequence) Mayawati : Zeher hai ke pyaar hai tera chumma.
3. Karunanidhi on LTTE supremo Prabhakaran :
“Is Prabhakaran a terrorist? No, I don’t see it that way. Prabhakaran is my good friend. I am not a terrorist. I will deeply regret it if Prabhakaran is killed. I will regret it. I will say it happened because of a lack of unity among the Tamil groups in Sri Lanka. Some people in Prabhakaran’s group might be involved in terrorism. But that is not Prabhakaran’s fault.”
Yeah last heard innocent Prabhakaran was sucking on a lollipop and riding around on his tricycle. Sitting behind was an unknown kid with dark glasses for unexplained reasons.
4. Hema Malini while campaigning for BJP :
Vote for BJP, ye Basanti ki izzat ki sawal hai: Hema
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 ?