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We all know the story of Google Maps appeasing to local sensibilities vis-à-vis the Arunachal Pradesh issue : if a user is in India, Arunachal is shown as a part of India; in China, it is shown as a part of China; in the rest of the world, it is shown as disputed territory. Fine, since there isn’t much of a debate there : Google isn’t expected to resolve international disputes and is perfectly justified in what it did.
This story was recently reported at Rediff. A barrage of comments ensued — after all, the story tickled nationalist sentiments — but I’ll post what in my opinion was the best exchange :
User 1 : Does it show Telangana as a separate state?
User 2 : No it shows you are in pakistan.
User 3 : And it shows u r in Delhi sitting on Sonia aunty’s lap.
Can you better that ?
I know of friends who prowl at Rediff for sensitive topics to make offensive comments. I won’t lie to you — I would love to be a troll on the Rediff Discussion Board someday, but I am clearly nowhere as good as these pros. Perhaps I need to start picking up fights with readers here to train myself. Then again, I’ve tried offending the Bachchans, Aamir Khan, SRK, Congress, BJP, MNS, Shiv Sena. VHP, RSS .. the list is endless. I still haven’t attracted comments of this stature.
Any suggestion is welcome. It is a hopeless situation.
So does anyone in Pune know about this Abhinav Bhatt ? If yes, kindly convey to him that he is the Dude of this Week.
Abhinav Bhatt, a law student based in Pune, filed a complaint with a magistrate’s court in June 2000, saying rediff.com has committed an offence under section 292 of the Indian Penal Code (selling and distributing obscene material).
His contention was that if one were to type words such as “sexual intercourse” in the search window on rediff.com’s homepage, it threw up links to pornographic websites.
I demand that his PC be confiscated and searched for folders named Project, Study, Homework or Source code.
Of course, I have also reserved some of my ire for Rediff. When given “sexual intercourse” as a search term, they should only throw up images of Khajuraho and meanwhile, send a letter to the parents of the individual, Mr. Abhinav Bhatt in this case.
This person makes the Rajya Sabha MP, who demanded a ban on Sach ka Saamna, look like Aristotle. That MP, by the way, should be invited to the show.
Amidst all the violence, politics and nonsense that generally clutters the life of an average Indian, this is a moment we all need to be proud of. The launch of Chandrayaan-1, which by definition proves that there are more to follow !
Firstly, about the name; I have heard many variations (which includes one friend referring to it as Chandranarayan) but the right pronunciation is चंद्रयान-1 (Courtesy : Wikipedia).
So we are back to the good old times. Back to kids saying they wanted to become an astronaut; technically weird, since this was an unmanned mission (or maybe being a pilot didn’t seem too attractive courtesy Jet Airways).
Among its other minor achievements are a mention by Barack Obama, a discussion in the Ubuntu Forums (where people are learning about India) and of course, a mention in the Stanford Daily here (information by Raghu).
Chandrayaan-1 had a textbook launch (which lead to one wise person at RDB wonder if there was a textbook inside) but there are serious concerns that it might run into some trouble in space very soon :
Image via email from Tushar B.
But to be honest, I am doubly excited about our forthcoming manned mission to the moon, with the hope that we get to vote whom to pack off.
Yes and to follow the rich tradition of our mostly otherwise media, you can send in your wishes to the ISRO team who made all the Indians proud, by writing in the comments section below !! Let’s write to them and boost their morale !
P.S. : You can also send in your good wishes/messages in case your neighbour’s dog gave birth to a litter, your manager was caught cheating on his wife, India’s victory over Australia in the 2001 Kolkata test and any random occasion. Just like our news channels, I will make sure the concerned party reads it, even if it is a dog.
The comment of the day appears in an article by Rediff that lists the world’s 6 fastest motorbikes, with the following line :
On that note, an article by Swaminathan Aiyar, where he tries to convince us that :
And what about India ?
Link Courtesy : Onkar
We finally have our very own Priory Of Sion !
Unknown to Hindus all over the world, the Suryavamsha line (of Rama) hasn’t ended and there are still a few alive who disguise themselves as the Hindu Makkal Katchi. They have lost most of the special powers that Lord Rama had, but to date, they preserve the one special power which makes them all powerful : The power to realize what insults Hindu culture.
And if you are thinking Congress, pseudo-secularists, Muslims, politicians, etc. then that is the reson why you are not a part of the HMK. Because it is none of these. The correct answer is here : Link and Link. For the more curious of you, the dresses in question are here : Link and Link. (For the more curious of you, some more snaps of Mallika Sherawat are here, here and here).
Shriya, since she has to work in the Tamil Film Industry, managed to apologize with some not-so-great-reasoning (which bodes well with the HMK) : Link (and while you are at this link, I would advise you to spend some time reading the comments section in our very own heaven-on-earth, the Rediff Discussion Board). As expected from a Mallika Sherawat, she didn’t care a damn, but again, because she really loses nothing.