Category Archive for 'Politics'

A Polling Booth for 10 Voters

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The best example that underlines India’s commitment to Democracy is what’s happening in the elections that are about to commence in Jammu & Kashmir with nearly 6,500,000 voters eligible to cast their vote. India is setting up a polling booth in Ladhakh for just 10 people! Yes, there are only 10 registered voters in this […]

A Brief Comment on Rahul Gandhi

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Rahul Gandhi seems to be maturing into a fine politician. I started giving a little more than a passing attention to reports on him after I read a story about him putting sycophants in Congress in their place. Compared to the near militant politics that is currently prevalent in most parts of the country by […]

On “Murder, we said”

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

My response to the Editorial “Murder, we said” by Jug Suraiya in The Times of India: The editorial puts an interesting spin on capital punishment. But the same logic you apply to urge Indians to look down upon capital punishment, almost calling it immoral but at least suggesting it to be inhuman, can be applied […]

Supreme Court Whacks Politicians Upside The Head!

Friday, September 29th, 2006

In an observation to certain activities by the Government, the Supreme Court of India basically told the Centre in pretty clear terms to do its job and not try to take up stuff that’s meant for judiciary under their blind run of appeasement politics. Wonderful!

Spineless Opportunistic Traitorous Politicians

Friday, September 29th, 2006

The J&K Chief Minister is seeking presidential clemency for Mohd. Afzal sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case. It’s a sad, sad day. Updated October 11: The Supreme Court of India sent an indirect message to the President by quashing a politically inspired pardon by a Governor in response to a PIL and made […]

PU Hostels Go Without Connectivity

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

While many Indians are squirming in embarrassment while the other majority are feeling angry about the recent inept and callous blocking of some rather popular blog sites by Indian ISPs on Government orders, I came across a completely different report today much closer to home that made me read it again just to make sure […]

Pakistan & India – Enemies Forever?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Somebody speaks the truth aloud. Dr Farooq Hassan, the only lawyer to have served as advisor to four Prime Ministers of Pakistan and a leading jurist says: A military government can never solve the problems with India, including Kashmir. Because if they do it, the reason of their existence disappears. Pakistan has the fifth or […]

American Senator Lantos Beats Chest, Brain Rattles Down To Ankles

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

It would go lower if there was space or outright reject his physical self since he doesn’t seem to be using it in any case. “Abject Lesson” indeed! I am tempted to write to PMO to reject the resolution in IAEA irrespective of our independant analysis and take on the situation in Iran, just to […]

When Think-Tanks Lack Thinking

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Caught a story on Rediff about a new report by RAND titled “Exploring Religious Conflict” (PDF). It clubs RSS as a NRM (New Religious Movement). It goes to the extent of naming it in the same sentence mentioning al-Qaeda! NRMs can be found in Hinduism (the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS), Israel (Gush Emunim), Christianity […]

Long, Pointed Kitchen Knives Should Be Banned

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

I have to admit that I was laughing out loud while reading the report in The New York Times that points to the editorial essay in British Medical Journal calling for what it termed knife reform. The essay points out how long, pointed kitchen knives are being used to, can you believe it, stab people […]

My First Vote

Friday, February 4th, 2005

I cast my first vote ever today. A citizen becomes eligible for voting on attaining the age of 18. It has been 8 years since and in the numerous elections that have gone by, I’ve not been able to vote because I was not a registered voter. This time, when the Assembly (State) elections came […]

Bush In 30 Seconds

Monday, June 28th, 2004

Driven by the lack of fresh talent involved in creating political ads, Laura Dawn, David Fenton, Moby, Eli Pariser, Lee Solomon, and Jonathan Soros launched Bush In 30 Seconds. [Bush in 30 Seconds is] an ad contest that’s intended to bring new talent and new messages into the world of mainstream political advertising. We’re looking […]