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“When the BJP will form a government in UP under the leadership of Surya Pratap Shahi (new BJP state chief), we will remove all statues of Mayawati and install that of Shri Ram,” the Pilibhit [ Images ] MP said at a function to welcome the state president at party headquarters.
The problem in U.P. is not whose statues are installed, but that statues are installed.
As I pointed out in an earlier post, I am not sure if BJP is the better alternative. I can’t generalize, but voices like Varun Gandhi’s are the reason why a few friends did not vote for the BJP. Now Varun Gandhi is a fringe element in the BJP and may not be representative of the entire party (or he might even be). One could also allege the media bias against Varun Gandhi for the disproportionate coverage given to his crazy quotes. But you cannot take away the fact that the guy exists, for real, and makes the statements attributed to him.
For the statues’ sake, I hope they don’t have hands.
What’s wrong with Sindhis ? They were the only fortunate community who were not included in that hideous remake of Mile Sur. Any wise person would give one arm and leg for that (and if it is Varun Gandhi, just one hand — someone else’s that he cut off). But the Sindhis will not take this lying down :
The latest edition of patriotic song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara, which was telecast on small screen recently, has upset members of Sindhi community, who have registered their protest against non-inclusion of Sindhi stanza in the poem.
Bhartiya Sindhi Samaj (BSS) has appealed to Zoom television channel not to telecast the second version of this song unless the Sindhi stanza is incorporated.
If it’s possible I would like to protest against the inclusion of both Tamilians and Maharashtrians in Phir Mile Sur. And if Sachin Tendulkar agrees to be a part of the video, I will go to no end to ensure that he doesn’t. I will — if such drastic measures are needed — start an online petition.
Watch this video of Sarah Palin supporters who turned up in large numbers at her book launch. The money quote is at 5:09, when a supporter justifies her experience with international issues :
I’m sure she’s had boundary issues to deal with [Russia].
It is easy to sit back and mock Palin’s supporters, but they are just as delusional as those who passionately and unconditionally support a political party. These people, I find, often justify the wrongdoings and come up with explanations, at best laughable. Not just the U.S., the same applies to supporters of parties such as Congress, B.J.P., M.N.S., Shiv Sena, etc. I don’t anymore see the sense in supporting a party in every election — each election needs to be studied on a per case basis before deciding who your vote goes to.
For example, in the Indian general elections of 2009 (if I could vote), the B.J.P. would’ve lost my vote the minute Varun Gandhi’s speech became public and reactions from senior leaders followed. Perhaps at the core, I prefer a socially stable society more than anything else.
As for Republicans and Palin supporters, the hypocrisy in their ideology is so obviously visible when they bat for liberty and oppose same-sex marriage in the same sentence. Enough said.
Guess who could have quoted this :
If any person lifts a hand against the pigs, or thinks they are weak, there is nobody behind them, then I swear on the Porky Pig that I will cut off their hands.
Just as a side trivia, for a long time, I used to assume the acronym PETA, like some other similar acronyms, stood for Prevention of Ethical Treatment to Animals.
I had said of the Nanavati commission report on the post-Godhra riots :
I think a basic statistical (and geeky) analysis on commissions in India would reveal that the mean of all reports in an issue is exactly zero, and further analysis might prove them to be either uncorrelated or correlated with the coefficient -1.
The Varun Gandhi episode just vindicates it :
Anyway, the BJP lost miserably, Varun Gandhi is already a starlet and none of this matters now, except probably adding more chaos in an already chaotic BJP.
This is quite the headline of the day :
Behenji (I am referring to Mayawati, other females can continue with their attire and hairstyle), your cops do know that we have many different acts and penal codes to suit all occasions, right ?
The NSA, I believe, is for anti-national and terrorist activities, which is why even Varun “cut-off” Gandhi could not be booked under it.
We have all had our fair share of criticism of Rahul Gandhi as a politician, but Cho Ramaswamy, editor of Tughlaq, makes a very valid point :
Are you impressed with Rahul Gandhi?
I can also say this, coming from a family which has been leading the Congress for so many years, and the Congressmen being the sycophants they are, always ready to accept him as the leader and their prime minister and all that, the person requires a lot of self control and maturity to resist attempts to project himself. That quality, he seems to have. That is good.
It is a valid point that nepotism is harmful and must be done away with, but in a twisted logic, nepotism can also work as much to our advantage as a democatic party would work against.
Thereby, I must say that especially after seeing The Other Gandhi, we must acknowedge Rahul Gandhi’s balance. While one may argue that Varun Gandhi’s speeches are just a way to quick stardom and fame, I still think it is dangerous, the reason being thus. Even if he, as a leader, does not comform to his speeches in his actions, his supporters will. And that is the real threat.
Do check out the entire interview with Cho.
We know that everyone has to have a thing to be popular.
Amar Singh’s thing is falling off a dias.
Prakash Karat’s is illogical statements.
Deve Gowda’s is dozing off.
Varun Gandhi’s thing, evidently, is cutting.
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 ?
Innocent kid Varun Gandhi says :
“I always believed in ahimsa (non-violence). I have never even hurt a mosquito.”
Wikipedia says about mosquitos :
Mosquitos have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and six long legs.
Without hands to cut off, it must have been darn tough to hurt them anyway.