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If anyone is in the mood for conspiracy theories, here‘s one that’ll keep you busy :
Muslim terrorism in India is a figment of imagination, a facade created by the Intelligence Bureau to cover up the real terrorism in the country perpetrated by Brahminists to establish Brahminist hegemony,” says former Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra, S M Mushrif, who has also authored the book, Who killed Karkare?.
And by Brahminists, he means, “Brahmins are not Brahminists. That is why I even appeal to Brahmins to turn Brahminists away. I ask Muslims to give up fundamentalism.”
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Interesting stuff, at the very least. It sounds like something a Zaid Hamid would be proud of, but this is from a former IGP of Maharashtra.
Either way, his book seems destined to be a best-seller.
By now you should know that the Sri Lankan team was attacked yesterday unless you are living in a hole or studying at grad school.
I agree with all the condemnation and myself condemn it (if it makes a difference), but why is everyone claiming that sportsmen shouldn’t have been attacked ? Would you rather have the terrorists to go after you, the common man ?
Meanwhile, Mr. Zaid Hamid has been spot on in claiming even before the last bullet was fired that India and RAW were behind the attacks (note the header on this blog, I am not responsible if you fall off your chair laughing). Incidentally, he had also blamed RAW a few days ago when he was in the loo and ran out of toilet paper. For all you Zaid Hamid haters, all I have to show is this video of some traitor Pakistani who has brilliantly mimicked Mr. Hamid (video here and here).
When asked by an Indian news anchor the customary question about how he was feeling, Javed Miandad was audibly upset (it was a telephone conversation you see) as he replied, and I quote, “This is the very incident is the the the unfortunate the for Pakistani cricket”.
A few seconds later, when Imran Khan was asked about his supposed personal guarantee that the terrorists would not attack cricketers, all he had to say was “Hah ! And I never tampered a ball too”.
P.S. : In all seriousness, what the heck did the Sri Lankan cricket board want to prove by visiting Pakistan when both India and Australia had backed out due to security concerns ?
Imran Khan link serparately by Rahul T.
Tazeen Javed from Karachi writes excellent satire looking at Pakistan 10 years down the line in a series of 5 blog posts for the Pakistani news website Dawn.com.
Complete with Shoaib Akhtar vowing to make it back to the Pakistan cricket team to an institute which prides itself in issuing the maximum number of fatwas to the future of Zaid Hamid in a hospital where he hallucinates periodically. Great stuff and a must read.
Part 1 : Shoaib Akhtar : Conscience of the Superstars. (scroll down the page for this article)
Part 2 : Short-order fatwa.
Part 3 : Pakistan’s cultural rennaisance.
Part 4 : TV 2020 : Anchors away.
Part 5 : All in the family.
She also writes a blog here. After watching those videos of Zaid Hamid, I think it is important that moderate voices from Pakistan be heard louder.
P.S. : Demarcation between being an Indian and a reader of the above satire might be tough, so I’d suggest also contemplating over similar issues India might be facing some years down the line.
Finally the review of Dilli 6 that has been long overdue. A.R. Rahman is back again with this album for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra after their previous success Rang De Basanti.
The album kicks off with Masakalli. By now everyone should know this is a great track. There is just one reason for it : Mohit Chauhan. The lead singer of Silk Route, Mohit has been going from strength to strength the last year giving us something new with every track of his. Masakalli sees that and raises it ! You have to listen to his rendition of the words “tamanna” and “manmaani“; masterfully done. If I were an actor, I would have nightmares enacting his singing; such is his power in this song.
I am glad Masakalli did not feature in Om Shanti Om, the movie it was originally composed for. It just looks perfect for this movie.
Next up is Arziyan, a sufi number and a genre Rahman literally owns now. This track goes right into the league of the great sufi songs by Rahman, which is basically a list of all sufi songs composed by him (Piya Haji Ali, Khwaja Mere Khwaja, Zikr, Noor-Un-Allah to name a few). Not for a second does this 9-minute track drag; in fact, I would be surprised if you did not play it back again. Javed Ali (of Jashn-e-Bahaara fame) sounds just perfect and easily overshadows Kailash Kher with his simplicity of singing. The video sets the tone for the movie.
I hear that Rahman composed this track around 8 years ago but kept it to himself. I am just glad we got to hear it finally.
Noor is a voiceover by Amitabh Bachchan with some good lyrics (I am never a fan of lyrics). It is strange that Amitabh Bachchan has never acted in a movie for which Rahman has composed (or am I wrong here ?) apart from voiceovers in Lagaan, Delhi 6 and Jodha Akbar.
The title track Delhi 6 follows. This is a tribute to the capital city, an ode to its newer vibrant version. Blaaze raps while the female lead does perfect justice to the song with her anglicized Hindi.
It would be stupid to compare this tribute to Rabbi’s tribute Dilli. Almost every city has an image that has built up over decades and a newer version that is rising above the horizon. Rabbi’s was to the vintage Delhi, Rahman’s is to the newer one. But if I had to pick, obviously Rabbi’s version.
Rahman handles the mike for Rehna Tu, a slow romantic number that is completely fresh in both sound and feel. But can someone please tell me what is the instrument that plays a classical piece towards the end of this track ? I have been breaking my head over it for quite a few days now !! This piece is no doubt the best part of the track.
Hey Kaal Bandar is probably best left to be judged in the movie. It refers to the Monkeyman episode of Delhi a few years ago, something that holds special significance in the movie according to Rakeysh Mehra. In some places, it reminded me of Dil Ka Rishta from Yuvvraaj, but overall a decent number.
Dil Gira Kahin Dafatan is another brilliant track sung beautifully by Ash King and Chinmayee. The riff in the background is the best part. This is a track that will go into repeated hearing for most.
Genda Phool is one of those wedding songs which normally irritate. But Rahman livens it up with a bass track (not to be confused with Brass Tacks, the fantasy land of Zaid Hamid) while Rekha Bharadwaj keeps the singing simple. Overall a nice track.
Bhor Bhaye is a pure classical number attempted for the first time by Rahman. I hear it uses some old tracks of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan mixed with Shreya Ghosal’s voice. You will only enjoy this if you are a fan of Hindustani music. No bass guitar, no beats, just classical music in its pure form. Shreya Ghosal impresses here; something I say very rarely about her.
Last is an Aarti – Tumre Bhavan Mein, just arranged by Rahman. This was recorded in a temple that Rakeysh Mehra used to visit. There isn’t much to review in this track, just that it recreates a temple.
Overall, A.R. Rahman is back in form which is always good news for fans. I am sure most people share my view that many of his songs are well beyond the respect an Oscar bestows. But I still hope for atleast one Oscar for the maestro just for the recognition is brings along for someone who has been consistenly churning out brilliant tracks non-stop for about 2 decades now, continuing his simple life and high ideals, staying out of controversy and treating music not as an art but as a religion.
No humour or sarcasm here. Or maybe there is. There is no generic neighbour bashing here, just an attempt to see things from different perspectives. I would really like some opinions here (and I can assure you it is not a lame attempt at increasing the comment count, as the cynics might think).
The case of Ajmal Kasab and the Mumbai terror attacks is essentially going in a loop. To the point where we almost know what statements are going to be made by Pranab Mukherjee, Asif Ali Zardari, Syed Gilani, Manmohan Singh and the investigating team.
As the latest development, a (photocopy of a) hand-written letter by Kasab has been handed over to Pakistan, which is expected to prove beyond doubt that Kasab is a Pakistani. A letter as evidence ? Seriously ? My school teacher wouldn’t believe that a note of absence was written by my parents !
And assuming that fails Kasab might be telling his tale on television, seriously, to prove the authenticity of our claims.
If you follow the media across the border in Pakistan, the main concern has been no evidence provided yet and a yet-not-accepted offer of joint investigation.
I fail to fathom how any clinching evidence could be provided by India without access to resources in Pakistan thereby implying the necessity of a joint investigation, in case we are serious about punishing the culprits. Cross border terrorism or any acts of crime are difficult enough to prove or gather evidence about. It becomes increasingly important to gather solid proof considering international pressure can only go so far without it. Even if we assume that not involving Pakistan might give us the initial edge with diplomatic allies, we run the risk of losing it in the long run.
The next concern is obviously if we can trust Pakistan for this, but then again we have nothing to lose.
Meanwhile, Pakistan expectedly has gone on the offensive denying the presence of Kasab’s name in their National Database of Names. And a word about defense analyst Zaid Hamid whose videos are becoming a rage in Pakistan and replacing the Laughter Challenge videos in India. Mr. Hamid being a conspiracy theorist, at worst his views are juvenile and at best amateurish. He reminds me of the mathematician Pierre de Fermat, who gave out theorems and left the proof to be figured out by poor mathematicians suceeding him.