Wednesday, December 10, 2008

At Karachi Station .... its hilarious

After a long time, I have had such hearty laugh within few minutes !! But soon this laughter, also evoked a pity and sympathy for this reporter of Indus News - Pakistan. His tenacity is commendable !!

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Monday, December 08, 2008

An election meeting in Delhi

“Sonia Jee, Rahul Jee, Man Mohan Singh Jee and Sheila Dixit Jee signed Nuclear treaty with America . This would bring more electricity to our homes. Our opposition is asking how much would that be of any benefit ? 30 % - 40% more power ? Is it worth it ? I say to them and you. Like you have inverter at home that makes 3 hour power to 6 hours. We have scientists in this country that will make this 40% power to 100 %. I have confidence and faith in our scientists. Do you Have ? If so, give your vote to Congress, Sonia jee , Sheila Dixit jee.”. These brilliant arguments were from Mr. Sumesh Singh Shaukeen – the candidate from Matiala constituency in Delhi assembly election. I am not sure if his argument swayed his predominantly Jat audience or not, But Shaukeen won this election by 6,000 votes.

I had an opportunity to see his election meeting. This gave me an opportunity how an election meeting in rural setting takes place. How ego and pride of seniors are kept intact to veer them around the candidate. How a mike is freely made avaialble to everyone who has natural instincts of public leadership or who has desire to reach a stage. How red carpet is laid across the street covering all potholes and chairs are well placed so that everyone gets a seat with a good view. How important is the stage management and how crucial is the sofa set on the stage. Getting a seat on the stage is an indication of becoming who’s who is the constituency. How demands are raised to have a name included in the list of ‘thank you and acknowledgement’ and how tactically an election meeting coordinator complies with these requests. How important are LP's of Manoj Kumar movies songs sung by Mahendra Kapoor in creating patriotic ambiance . How crucial are freebies of caps, balloons in roping Kids to create festive spirits.

So, Mr. Shaukeen is now an MLA from Matiala constituency. Shaukeen Real Estate, Shaukeen farms – signs are posted on the left side of the road from Kapaskheda to Durga Vihar. He is like a mini ambani of this place. I wish when he completes his tenure – I would see Shaukeen School and College than his personal wealth and property being swelled.

I am happy to see Sheila Dixit is back in power third time in a row. I stayed in Delhi around 99-02 and that was the worst nightmare for Delhi. Roads dug up all over for flyovers, Power cut for majority of the day and night, murders and mayhem but that was the beginning of sincere working by Sheila Dixit. In years to come – Delhi became better despite her population spilling all over its seams. I am delighted voters in Delhi proved wrong the catchword of media ‘Anti Incumbency Vote’.

If a politician is sincere, honest and transparent – people do back them irrespective of caste, religion and political affiliation. Congratulations Sheila Dixit and Mr Shaukeen.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Editor of Times of India writes to the Prime Minister of India.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

I am a typical mouse from Mumbai. In the local train Compartment which has capacity of 100 persons, I travel with 500 more mouse. Mouse at least squeak but we don't even do that.

Today I heard your speech. In which you said 'NO BODY WOULD BE SPARED'.

I would like to remind you that fourteen years has passed since serial bomb blast in Mumbai took place. Dawood was the main conspirator. Till today he is not caught. All our Bollywood actors, our Builders, our Gutka king meets him but your Government can not catch him.

Reason is simple : All your ministers are hand in glove with him. If any attempt is made to catch him everybody will be exposed. Your statement ' NOBODY WOULD BE SPARED' is nothing but a cruel joke on this unfortunate people of India.

Enough is enough. As such after seeing terrorist attack carried out by about a dozen young boys I realize that if same thing continues days are not away when terrorist will attack by air, destroy our nuclear reactor and there will be one more Hiroshima.

We the people are left with only one mantra. Womb to Bomb to Tomb. You promised Mumbaikar Shanghai what you have given us is Jalianwala Baug.

Today only your home minister resigned. What took you so long to kick out this joker? Only reason was that he was loyal to Gandhi family. Loyalty to Gandhi family is more important than blood of innocent people, isn't it?

I am born and bought up in Mumbai for last fifty eight years. Believe me corruption in Maharashtra is worse than that in Bihar. Look at all the politician, Sharad Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane, Bal Thackray , Gopinath Munde, Raj Thackray, Vilasrao Deshmukh all are Rolling in money.

Vilasrao Deshmukh is one of the worst Chief minister I have seen. His only business is to increase the FSI every other day, make money and send it to Delhi so Congress can fight next election. Now the clown has found new way and will increase FSI for fisherman so they can build concrete house right on sea shore. Next time terrorist can comfortably live in those house , enjoy the beauty of sea and then attack the Mumbai at their will.

Recently I had to purchase house in Mumbai. I met about two dozen builders. Everybody wanted about 30% in black. A common person like me knows this and with all your intelligent agency & CBI you and your finance minister are not aware of it. Where all the black money goes?
To the underworld isn't it? Our politicians take help of these goondas to vacate people by force. I myself was victim of it. If you have time please come to me, I will tell you everything.

If this has been land of fools, idiots then I would not have ever cared to write you this letter. Just see the tragedy, on one side we are reaching moon, people are so intelligent and on other side you politician has converted nectar into deadly poison.

I am everything Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Schedule caste, OBC, Muslim OBC, Christian ,Schedule caste, Creamy Schedule caste only what I am not is INDIAN. You politician have raped every part of mother India by your policy of divide and rule.

Take example of former president Abdul Kalam. Such an Intelligent person, such a fine human being. You politician didn't even spare him. Your party along with opposition joined the hands, because politician feels they are supreme and there is no place for good person.

Dear Mr. Prime minister you are one of the most intelligent person, most learned person. Just wake up, be a real SARDAR.

First and foremost expose all selfish politicians. Ask Swiss bank to give name of all Indian account holders. Give reins of CBI to independent agency.

Let them find wolf among us. There will be political upheaval but that will better than dance of death which we are witnessing every day. Just give us ambience where we can work honestly and without fear. Let there be rule of law. Everything else will be taken care of.

Choice is yours Mr. Prime Minister Sir , Do you want to be lead by one person or you want to lead the nation of 100 Crore people?

Prakash B. Bajaj
Editor, Mumbai-Times of India
Chandralok 'A" Wing, Flat No 104, 97 Nepean Sea Road, Mumbai 400 036,
Phone 98210-71194
My observation :
This is undoubtedly a hard-hitting letter with contents that bear the truth nailed with the facts. This is the reality and we cant deny that . But I feel , we can’t just pick up our political system for this 'mess'. Bureaucrats, Business people are equally responsible because this troika represent easy money with safety net . Employees are more than happy to be part of this triangle as they too get benefited by prosperity (mirage!)of company bottom line(by crooked means), real estate appreciation (fictitious) and vertical stock index(bubble).

I would be keen to know if ‘The Editor ‘gets even an acknowledgement from PM office


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Akshta in winter wedding


Can India bring a Change ?

In the name of ‘ Marathi Manus’ , when Raj Thackeray and his cronies were mercilessly beating innocent young students from Bihar and Taxi drivers from UP, I as a Marathi Manus, never felt a wrath from North Indians in any part of India. They all attributed lunatic regional chauvinistic behavior of Raj on his own personal political agenda. In my visit to Sri Lanka, being an Indian did not bring any derision from Sinhalese Srilankans despite IPKF aggravating the conflict between LTTE and Sri Lanka Govt forces.

Would an Indian think the same towards a Pakistani national against the backdrop of Mumbai terror? Although, I would like him to do so but in all probability average Indian will be coaxed or incited to bring renewed hatred towards Pakistan citizen.

Despite an easy temptation to do so, I feel India should not be trapped into a game plan of Al Qaeda. India is on roll over last decade but its galloping economic juggernaut can stutter only with her internal disorder. Its irony that while India is on the threshold of becoming large economy, her immediate neighbor is on the brink of disintegration from sectarian violence. There is no denying that India’s progress links with Pakistan's stability and Pakistan’s stability hinges on to India’s defense postures. At this juncture, India and Pakistan are not on the opposite side but on the same side opposite that of all terrorist outfits. First time in the history of both nations, USA is there to support both India and Pakistan while Russia remains silent embroiled in its own internal problems. If both India and Pakistan fight together against Lashkar and Al Qaeda, both countries will spare precious resources from war mongering postures and use them for the benefit of the respective society. And India has to take a lead on this. So far, every Indian Govt has resorted to stoking anti Pakistan passion in order to subvert the attention from its failures. Would this Govt be any different?

Every sane person on either side of the border knows that terrorist outfits are now out of control of Pakistan Government. In fact, during 60 years of Pakistan history, hardly any government has remained in power without the blessings of her Army. Present Pakistan Govt is not just on slippery and dangerous track but also on edge of precipice with either side has a valley of dire economic consequences and war turmoil. Various forces that are ready to pull apart its national existence are overeager to corner Pakistan. It is seeking immediate US$7Billion to avoid default on loan payments. On western frontier, USA is intruding its territory to confront Afghan terrorists. As a consequence, people in the North West frontier are turning hostile to Islamabad. Both Baluchistan and Karachi are in thick of sectarian violence. Fragile new Govt of Pakistan is vulnerable with political opponents waiting for an opportunity to settle old scares and disgruntled army functionaries who have divided loyalties between religion and the country. First time, Pakistan Govt is sincere and in conciliatory tone, “we are not part of Mumbai terror!”

Would India’s leadership be visionary in looking at broader picture? Can they act out of Box? Can they think beyond next general election? Would this happen? I wish they do. Here is a chance for India to take the mantle of subcontinent leadership. It can use this opportunity to step up the interaction among its people. Like IPL cricket league team, that shares players from both sides, they can form a defense front comprising commandoes from both countries, do joint patrol on the sea routes and let both armies manage Kashmir and bust terrorist camps on western border. All this appear far-fetched but not impossible. Pakistan has a democratically elected Govt is in power and its in India’s interest that Pakistan consolidate its democratic institutions. If India does not do that, we miss an opportunity to take both the countries further and make them succumb to the common inimical forces that would take progress clock backwards.

As a Marathi, I was fortunate not go down in the eyes of Non Marathi people. Would average peace loving, progressive Pakistan National has the same opportunity to do in the eyes of Indian national. Clearly, onus is on India, its nationals and her leadership.

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