Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Singh is king!

Akshay Kumar may still have some time to go before his film hits theatres.

But Manmohan dear can happily sing - ' Singh is kinggg'

... Well I for one am glad things turned out this way. would have hated saying salaaam behenji to maya baby!

... And now the Karats need to be told to pipe down as well...

back to work folks...

Oil for Food - Indian style!!

The UN has a oil for food program..... It worked well in Iraq!
So why can't the Indian government have a VOTE for 25 crores programme..... I'm sure that will work just fine!!
A bonus can be issued if you get one of your friendly netas to vote your way....!!

Interestingly the opposition claims that they are being bribed and the Speaker wants to have a multi-party meeting on this. I doubt if anyone in the Governments position would have done otherwise.

Anyhow Lalu has asked for a NARCO test on the 3 BJP MPs claiming to have been offered bribes! I doubt if they'll catch anything - these guys are trained liars..... only a vacation at Guantanamo bay would work on these fellas!!

What do you think?

Monday, July 21, 2008

There’s talk going around that Ms.Mayawati is going to be made the Prime Minister of this country in case the incumbents are herded out.

Now that’s an interesting proposition. Please note that if you’re on your way home from office you will be instructed to go straight on BR Ambedkar marg, through Ambedkar nagar. Take a right turn from Ambedkar chowk and go straight along Kanshi ram marg! Get to the Ambedkar roundabout, go straight and then the first right onto Mahamaya marg!!
Ask someone for directions and they’ll be spouting names from the lexicon of Dalit greats!!
So this is the lighter side of things to come - gesture politics they call it. There’s a hard side too.

For once I’m not playing diplomatic. No more mister nice guy. Just plain talk.

We cannot allow folks off the reservation to come and take us over. The country does not need “this” heroine right now. I’d so much prefer team effort. Bringing her into power will undermine the gains and forward movement of the last 2 decades. We will have lots of statues being erected across the capital (to start with) and a pre ponderence of sycophants who utilize this time in the sun to make lots of hay... our hay!!
Her outlook is not national. It is a fractured composition viewed through the lens of one who carries a chip on the shoulder after decades of perceived victimization and is looking to get even. Her party’s mandate is from one state alone and she cannot be made to govern all else as well.

Let's have a time out get some work done people!!!

Fall from Power!

Dropping one government for myriad reasons is fine by me, It’s not that anyone else in their place could have done better.
They were not responsible for the oil price hike or that of the inflation that is in double digits now. The inflation is part and parcel of thle growth syndrome. Yes - the nuclear deal is not a bad one. It may not fit in with glasnost as espoused by our comrades - but it ain’t a bad deal.

I’m not hinting at underhanded RUSSKIE tricks to make sure that this whole deal comes undone - but it’s possible. It would have been fine if we had some other options to ensure that our energy needs were met. Now we have to rely on the pipeline through Iran or hope that we get drilling rights in Siberia if and when the are opens up. Drilling for oil in the Spratly islands will always be fraught with risk cos’ the are has a disputed ownership.

We live in a world where there’s one super power at present. I don’t approve of US hegemony - yes - a multipolar world is definitely preferred to a unipolar setup. But there are a lot of folks out there who see the coming together of the worlds largest democracies as a bigger threat. These are the people who thrive on chaos - other people’s problems!

Our political parties cannot agree on any one thing. I’m sure the government has its share of faults. I dislike the myriad multiple taxation policies in place at present. I grudge the govt babus who have nothing to do all day except twiddle their thumbs and throw spanners in the works for the rest of us. But this has little to do with which party is in power. The fact that we have a stable coalition say things about our leadership which has held together for most of their duration. That may end tomorrow. I hope it continues - for the sake of the country.
Reasons being :
  • We don’t have a suitable alternative in mind with the requisite strength in the lower house.
  • Mid-Term calculation cost a bomb. All taxpayers money (as always).
  • The next government can’t halt inflation, price rise , global oil prices or increase our growth rate to double digits.

What needs to be done is to take a national outlook. Drop the horse trading, regional agenda, fractured points of view and work towards the betterment of India.

So what is this India? Well - it’s a concept, an idea that existed in the minds of the fore runners - the ones who fought tooth and nail with satyagraha and brought us our freedom. I’m sure the current state of affairs was not one they’d every thought up!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A soldier wonders!!!

How you play with us, did you ever see?
At Seven, I had decided what I wanted to be;
I would serve you to the end,
All these boundaries I would defend.

Now you make me look like a fool,
When at Seventeen and just out of school;
Went to the place where they made 'men out of boys'
Lived a tough life …sacrificed a few joys…

In those days, I would see my 'civilian' friends,
Living a life with the fashion trends;
Enjoying their so called 'College Days'
While I sweated and bled in the sun and haze…
But I never thought twice about what where or why
All I knew was when the time came, I'd be ready to do or die.

At 21 and with my commission in hand,
Under the glory of the parade and the band,
I took the oath to protect you over land, air or sea,
And make the supreme sacrifice when the need came to be.

I stood there with a sense of recognition,
But on that day I never had the premonition,
that when the time came to give me my due,
You'd just say,' What is so great that you do?'

Long back you promised a well to do life;
And when I'm away, take care of my wife.
You came and saw the hardships I live through,
And I saw you make a note or two,
And I hoped you would realise the worth of me;
but now I know you'll never be able to see,
Because you only see the glorified life of mine,
Did you see the place where death looms all the time?
Did you meet the man standing guard in the snow?
The name of his newborn he does not know...
Did you meet the man whose father breathed his last?
While the sailor patrolled our seas so vast?

You still know I'll not be the one to raise my voice
I will stand tall and protect you in Punjab Himachal and Thois.

But that's just me you have in the sun and rain,
For now at Twenty Four, you make me think again;
About the decision I made, Seven years back;
Should I have chosen another life, some other track?

Will I tell my son to follow my lead?
Will I tell my son, you'll get all that you need?
This is the country you will serve
This country will give you all that you deserve?

I heard you tell the world 'India is shining'
I told my men, that's a reason for us to be smiling
This is the India you and I will defend!
But tell me how long will you be able to pretend?
You go on promise all that you may,
But it's the souls of your own men you betray.

Did you read how some of our eminent citizens
Write about me and ridicule my very existence?
I ask you to please come and see what I do,
Come and have a look at what I go through
Live my life just for a day
Maybe you'll have something else to say?

I will still risk my life without a sigh
To keep your flag flying high
but today I ask myself a question or two…
Oh India…. Why do I still serve you?

Yes - they continue to serve us - no matter what the circumstances. The least we can do is respect them for that and make them believe that it's worth it!!