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I don’t understand how a same event can lead to such contrasting news :
It is about a Marathi movie Jhenda based on the Thackeray family feud and the circumstances leading to and after the formation of Raj Thackeray’s MNS. The movie is produced by Avadhoot Gupte — well known for his songs and his limited adjective vocabulary on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Marathi.
My interest in the movie is purely academic. I placed a bet with a friend that the MNS and/or the Shiv Sena would protest against the movie and disrupt screenings. I hope I lose, but I also want to win.
I came across this interview of the Thackeray cousins by Rajdeep Sardesai, filmed separately of course.
Rajdeep Sardesai queries Uddhav Thackeray in English, Uddhav replies in Hindi.
Rajdeep Sardesai questions Raj Thackeray in Hindi, Raj replies in Marathi.
They sure have the whole concept of language messed up, no ?
But I shouldn’t bother, as long as they speak any language without coercing others. As far as language is concerned, I was debating over the issue of our national language with a friend and I mentioned language should be considered as a means of communication and nothing more. That would get rid of a lot of problems.
Imagine if the Neanderthal man got all worked up about preserving his language and culture, this post would look like “aaaa .. eooe .. uuu .. bbaaa“. Good luck decoding that.
P.S. : The interview in itself though, has nothing to talk about, just typical stuff. But you may check it out.
The Shiv Sena has taken to technology in a big way. No one more than their chief, Uddhav Thackeray.
The wing provided Thackeray with an iPhone with state-of-the-art capabilities. “Uddhavji can send messages to at least 3.5 lakh people at a time from this phone.”
Okay I know a tiny little about the iPhone, and I have no clue how this can be done. But hats off to them for cracking this one.
Now for the most hilarious part :
Thackeray’s mobile phone also has an automated answering facility. “If someone calls him, and he is not able to receive the call, a recorded message in his voice saying ‘thanks for calling. I will contact you later’, is automatically generated,” Patil said.
That’s called a voicemail, you #@#$@# !!!
On a ligher note, I believe Sainiks shall now practise stone throwing on their PSPs. Then they’ll take to junk food too, and grow fat. And one fine day, will be too lazy to riot on the streets.
Okay I might be expecting slightly too much.
Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray speaks out (or atleast has it attributed to him in a Saamna article) against the racist attacks in Australia : (There is so much of irony in that statement. And irony is the sweetest way to word it.)
“Australian players in IPL teams should be removed. Team owners like Vijay Mallya, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta should display nationalism by doing so,” the Sena chief said.
While I assumed that the Shiv Sena was against any form of public display of affection (PDA), their liberal views on this form of PDA come as an eye-opener.
Er .. forgot to add .. the IPL just got over. And unless Mr. Modi wills otherwise, there isn’t another one for a year. But not to worry, we’ll think of something in the meanwhile.
Link separately by Rahul T.
This is exactly what I have been proposing all along. Adopting democratic tactics to protest against injustice.
I am sure they will think twice before attacking a north Indian in the future !
Rajdeep Sardesai writes in an open letter to Raj Thackeray pretty much what it is on everybody’s mind. Hope we get an answer :
When you started your party a few years ago, it had been pitched as a party committed to a “modern” Maharashtra. If that vision still stands, why don’t you take it forward in real terms? Why don’t you, for example, set up vocational courses and technical institutes for young Maharashtrians to make them competitive in the job market? Why not, for that matter, start English-speaking classes for Maharashtrian students to equip them for the demands of the new economy? If cultural identity is such a concern, why not launch a statewide campaign to promote Marathi art, theatre and cinema by financially supporting such ventures? If Mumbai’s collapsing infrastructure worries you, then target the politician-builder nexus first. And isn’t it also time we realized that Mumbai is not Maharashtra, that the long suffering Vidarbha and Marathwada farmer needs urgent attention? Why not use your political and financial muscle to start projects in rural Maharashtra instead of focusing your energies on Mumbai’s bright lights alone? An employment generation scheme in a Jalna or a Gadchiroli may not make the front pages, but it will have far greater value for securing Maharashtra’s future.
Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!
Methinks the answer is obvious : Because .. it is tougher.
I am hoping everyone would have heard about Rahul Raj (and no, he is not Shahrukh Khan’s alter ego).
A youth from Bihar comes in to Mumbai at dawn, holds a bus at ransom in the morning and by noon is history, leaving behing a tale of politics and continued hatred, the end of which is nowhere in sight.
Sadly, almost no one has reacted as a responsible citizen.
The police are yet to disclose details of the incident, which could well be a deciding factor in the argument. Either way, if a passenger’s life was threatened, I would go with the Mumbai police here. They were not netting a butterfly here. This was an armed person they were dealing with.
Maharashtra Home Minister R.R.Patil made the famous ‘bullet for a bullet’ quote. And this, when he was in Sangli with hardly any details about the incident. Wonder why he did not apply his same logic all this time while the MNS was happily rampaging the streets of Mumbai.
Politicians from Bihar, weirdly united and most of whom are hailing Rahul Raj as a martyr, with even lesser details about the incident. Lalu Prasad Yadav calls it a murder and not an encounter, just because the police were not injured.
Mr Shivraj Patil, the Home Minister of India. It would be fair to say that a cute little kitten might scare me more than his words.
Lastly some people of Mumbai, who incidentally, also happen to be citizens of India. Very possibly as an indirect consequence to the recent incidents, a youth from UP was lynched in a train in Mumbai.
Whatever your opnion might be, I think across the board we can atleast agree that the recent incidents have brought out the worst in everyone.
And that terrorists are not born, we make them.
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.
While a lot of bouquets and brickbats have been thrown at Raj Thackeray recently, this is something which stumped even me :
I did not get head or tail of his reasoning. But a smart move to be in the news, considering the media is a sucker for anything related to Raj; including what he ate for dinner last night – chappati, vegetables, fruits and a cup of tea. I am rather disappointed that TOI did not report whether his digestive system processed the food well.
and with their respective trademarks :
While cousin Raj in Wonderland thinks that the Nano project did not come to Maharashtra just because we did not offer a ‘similar or better offer’, proving he has absolutely no idea beyond the language.
On the emerging trend in Mumbai cooperative societies of selectively allowing people like vegetarians and specific communities, Raj said, “this is absolutely wrong and is being done purposely with support from parties like BJP.”
Wonder why it doesn’t apply to Mumbai.
Meanwhile, Uddhav Thackeray managed to address the annual Sena rally and got the crowd to cheer twice during his speech, an improvement, but both when he made references to the older Thakre, who in turn advised youngsters to study hard and go to Silicon Valley.