Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Haj Subsidy on!
  • There are multiple Haj Terminus and 16 embarkation points in the country
  • The Haj subsidy in 2006 was Rs.348 crore
  • The muslim pilgrim to Jeddah pays Rs.12,000 for a return ticket.The actual cost of the ticket is Rs. 46,000. The difference is funded by the Union Government
  • The Indian government has a Haj Office in the Indian Consulate in Jeddah, runs a hospital in Mecca and dispensaries in Mecca and Madinah, and sends doctors,
  • nurses and para-medical staff to run these medical establishments during the pilgrimage
  • In addition, the Government has sanctioned eight ambulances and medicines for pilgrims who fall ill.
So what's wrong with a few acres for basic amenities for DEVOTEEs going to AMARNATH?

Shame Shame!!!

This is quite a regular sight.... fertilizing the foliage... and now they talk on the mobile while doing do!!
Talk about being No.1 at MULTI TASKING!!!

That's us INDIANs!

....on a more serious note.... he deserves a whupping!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

They are Pakistanis... please let them go!!

"We are pakistanis", says Syed Geelani.

.... and don't come back!

I believe KASHMIR is part of SOVEREIGN INDIA.

But enough is enough
Let's end this right here.. right now.
Too Many people died trying to protect this piece of land... that's what it has become now.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Denigrating women!

The stuff below has been taken from the TOI WEBSITE
MTV has been issued notice for "denigration" of women in its hugely popular reality show 'Splitsvilla'. The programme has 20 teenaged girls seeking the attention of two boys who are the judges and must choose between the girls. Targeted at the youth, the reality show winners have a chance of becoming VJs besides earning fame and fortune.

The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry received a complaint about an episode telecast on July 12 that was found to be in bad taste and denigrated women by objectifying the girls. It has issued a notice to the channel demanding an explanation within 15 days.

I do watch that programme from time to time.The young ladies made a decision to be a part of the whole deal. So BiTChinG comes with the package....

I also happened to see that last episode.... and seriously.... we've objectified so many things that making ONE BAKRA doesn't really hack it!!

You wanna make a statement... make it in a manner of speaking that does justice...!!

You wanna stop denigrating women.. then kick the asses of those who parade them naked in public... whip those ar******s that burn wives for dowry.....punish those who kill the female foetus... imprison them who rape women......

.... and then come to MTV and ask them to stop denigrating women....!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jai Hind!!

Oh.. is it that time of the year again......
Unfurl the flags and roll the drums... India turns 61 !!

No point in griping about what we could have or should have achieved in 6 decades.
I think we've done pretty well - actually - now that we have an individual GOLD medal at the olympics too!

I've been around for half that time and have seen so much happening in the last 31 years that it never ceases to amaze.

A friend of mine reminded me of our tryst with destiny.... taken by Mr.Nehru on the midnight of 15th Aug 1947. Thank you Rachita!


Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity. At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future? That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we may fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the one we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over. And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell. The appointed day has come-the day appointed by destiny-and India stands forth again, after long slumber and struggle, awake, vital, free and independent. The past clings on to us still in some measure and we have to do much before we redeem the pledges we have so often taken. Yet the turning-point is past, and history begins anew for us, the history which we shall live and act and others will write about. It is a fateful moment for us in India, A new star rises, the star of freedom in the East, a new hope comes into being, a vision long cherished materializes. May the star never set and that hope never be betrayed! We rejoice in that freedom. The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavour? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman. We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action. To the nations and peoples of the world send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy. And to India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service. Jai Hind.

Let the party begin!!