Does Sachin Tendulkar deserve a Rajya Sabha seat?

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Has a seat of Rajya Sabha member been wasted because of its allocation to Sachin Tendulkar? If the nation would hear when Sachin will talk, does he really need the platform of Rajya Sabha to talk? And, if Sachin Tendulkar will be actively pursuing cricket, wouldn’t it be great injustice to the Rajya Sabha seat that has been given to him?

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Vulgarity of Dispute – Indian Army vs. Govt

Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.

~ Oscar Wilde

The skirmishes between the Indian army chief over the age dispute, the bribe issue, then the case of leaked letter over preparedness of Indian army, and now rumors of a coup highlight disgrace at the top. I personally couldn’t have imagined such a poor state of Indian Army, let alone it’s chief, and his disgraceful treatment by our top ministers. To put things straight, we are a successful democracy because we are a free nation. This freedom cannot come without a strong defense mechanism, and our top ministers are simply throwing tons of filth on the person at the helm of affairs of the army. One such example is that of Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav.

Talking about corruption alone, it is not a closed room secret when it comes to defense deals. The noteworthy part however is its confirmation by a serving army chief. Although the timing of the news i.e. 18 months after being offered the bribe does raise some questions once can’t ignore the courage displayed by General V.K. Singh. Things have gotten murkier after a new PIL filed by some former bureaucrats challenging the appointment of Lt General Bikram Singh as the next Army chief.

It seems to me that in three instances i.e. 1) Age of General, 2) Disclosure of offered bribe, and 3) PIL by bureaucrats all point towards preventing Lt General Bikram Singh from becoming the next Army chief. Backing this stand are retired Admiral L Ramdass and former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswamy. But if this is true, why is the government opposing these forces?

In any case, the government has dealt with issue in a pitiful manner. I personally never imagined the powerlessness of the army chief and nor did I imagine how little regard our government had for the army.

Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.

~ Doris Day

India’s deepest humiliation

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I am a proud Indian. From the very first day the world realized that I could listen and speak, the word’s of ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Jana Gana Mana…’ were fed into my ears with religious delight. My parents, teachers, gurus, friends and everyone sang those words of praise for the country and its rich heritage as if they were nurturing their own child. Like a good son, good student and a good friend, I followed the social norms of patriotism. I grew older to learn about partition, corruption, Gandhis, communal riots, swiss banks accounts, black money, indifference towards terrorism, communism, naxalites, bofors, nandigram and a lot more. The same joyous chant over years became a chant of apathy at my own state, and despite the economic progress shown in the last two decades, my feelings towards my country don’t become any stronger. Although optimists may say, I can do my bit towards the country (which I am doing), the leadership, the entire bureaucracy seems hopeless. More than 100 crore were wasted in common wealth games, more than 50,000 crore was the loss in the 2G scam, more than 1500 crore was the loss due to Mayawati’s statue building spree. Can’t this money bloody feed the hungry? Can’t this be used for creating more jobs? Can’t this be used to settle the Maoists? Can’t this be used to provide more security to women? Can’t this be used in giving the goddamn bloody Indian some respect?

We as Indians have been humiliated by the impotence of leadership and the lust of politicians. They have brought to this country nothing more than shame and suffering. Like an average person looking to lead a respectable life, all I have got is tokenism. They show me progress by showing me IPL, they show me progress by showing me more TV channels, they show me progress by building roads. What they don’t realize is that the money of IPL does not come to me, it still revolves with the politicians, the money on TV Channels is still with politicians (Kalaignar TV, 2G scam), and building roads in 2 years that should not take more than 6 months is not helping me in any way. All I get is inconvenience when a politician’s car passes by, manholes in the road and a toll tax to pay (So that’s again from my pocket). Does an impotent politician deserve all that security, when his or her life is adding to shame. India’s deepest hour of humiliation was not when terrorists attacked Mumbai, but it is now when our leaders do nothing about it. Its humiliating because I know god is also blinded and will do nothing to the bad karma they have brought upon this great nation. Their bad karma will have to faced by us in the form of humiliation and disgust till the time an uproar takes place. The impotence of our democracy is right in our faces, the voice of our prime minister is still a rare sound bite, and corruption has seeped in to our blood through the lustful swords of the torchbearers of democracy. Ha! Our Democracy.

This independence day has to be a day of thinking and planning. We need to plant the seed of independence from this humiliation that has been brought upon us like the misfortune resulting from the bad karma of our leadership. They have filled the pure land of India with poisons of corruption, hatred, impotence and greed. Its time to take the path of reverting this karma. The nature of path (peaceful or violent) depends on you vision and karma. Each path will lead to a different outcome, but if the intended outcome is purity of this holy land, you need to work with a noble and selfless intent.

Why was Rahat Fateh Ali Khan detained ?

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Rahat and his entire 16-member troupe were  on their way to Lahore via Dubai.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his manager were to board a Dubai flight when the sleuths of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence detained them at Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 13

They were carrying an undeclared amount of USD 1.24 lakh (nearly Rs 60 lakh) and some other instruments too in foreign currency

As per norms, no one can carry beyond $5,000 in cash & $5,000 in other instruments.

If a person is carrying more than this amount he/she has to declare the amount to the Customs Department.

On 17th Feb, 2011, the DRI questioned Rahat and Maroof about the money recovered and their payments from their shows in India. Rahat was quizzed by DRI officials for 10 hours on Thursday.

Finally, Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Maroff (his manager) have been slapped a penalty of Rs 15 lakh each.

This is in connection with recovery of huge amount of foreign currency from them which currently stands confiscated with the DRI

Rahat Ali, manager slapped with Rs 15 lakh penalty each – Hindustan Times.

AIIMS inhuman treatment of Animals – Retire aging monkeys, Pamela Anderson urges AIIMS

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Pamela Anderson, also the brand ambassador of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) has raised concerned on the inhuman treatment of monkeys, guinea pigs and rabbits kept at AIIMS for research purposes.

After being shown footage of the treatment of Animals at All India Institute of Media Sciences, also the premier medical facility in India, PETA and Pamela Anderson have raised concerned in a very strongly worded letter.

Pamela Anderson is helping in getting spotlight on the issue, whereas the cause is the ethical treatment of animals at AIIMS.

It is although a debatable issue, but doing research on animals can be the safest bet for testing new drugs and observing their reaction and side effects. Although on the other hand it is inhuman for the animals under test since once the test is done, they are given excess anesthesia and left to die.

So although it is a double edged sword, there should be some middle ground that the doctors at AIIMS will have to show. How soon will this path come ? Considering the state of affairs in India, I am unsure of any quick path. Looking at the pathetic state of research in India, there is a high probability that the animals would be left free.

Retire aging monkeys, Pamela Anderson urges AIIMS.

Infosys Female techie jumps to death in Hyderabad

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Is the pressure for work life getting too tough to handle for Indians. In a recent unfortunate event, a 23 year old Infosys employee working with Infosys from 2009 jumped from the top of her work place in hyderabad. Although a suicide note was not found investigations are still going on.

With the growth in economic activity in the last decade, many people have got jobs that pay well and give you a good social status early in life without working too hard for it as was earlier. Such people live what we call is the “High Life”. To cope with the stresses of work place, relationships and personal life they also resort to alcohol, cigarettes and in extreme cases drugs. They have easy money and the accessibility of these things is there to facilitate addiction. Although I am not passing a judgment in this case, it is time when the youth started looking inwards for searching their inner self.

Infosys techie jumps to death in Hyderabad – India – DNA.

Egypt’s Revolution, Gandhi and Facebook

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Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

The Egypt’s revolution shows how a non-violent protest fueled by virtual online communities such as twitter and Facebook can empower the powerless to unite and become a formidable force against a powerful dictatorial regime. Mahatma Gandhi over six decades back used the same non-violence  to unite what is today’s world’s biggest and most successful democracy to freedom. Sunil Khilani on mint writes

An American named Gene Sharp—a guru among non-violent activists, and a lifelong scholar of Gandhi and the Indian freedom movement— was a major source of tactical instruction to Egyptian protesters on how unarmed citizens can take on repressive dictatorships.

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