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[15 Aug 2014 | 7 Comments | 141 views]
The Yazidis, the rage, the silence of the Ummah..

Less than a week back, the world witnessed a remarkable series of coordinated demonstrations. In Washington, in London, in Paris, in Sydney and tens of cities around the world, protestors marched to express solidarity with the people of Gaza in what was widely labelled as a “Day of Rage”.

Yet, even as these protests were happening, another tragedy was unfolding less than a thousand miles north-east of Gaza. Hundreds of women and children were being summarily executed, some buried alive.  Hundreds others were being captured, branded as slaves & sexually assaulted. …

Current Affairs, Global Terrorism »

[12 Aug 2014 | 18 Comments | 395 views]
Condemnation of ISIS cruelty towards the Yazidis by Islamic Scholars & Leaders

Dear All: This is a hurried post – mainly to create a place-holder to list condemnation of ISIS’ brutality and cruelty towards Yazidis by Islamic scholars and leaders worldwide..I was moved to pen this post after reading this heart-rending account of the plight of these innocent people caught in the cross-fire of “Jihad”:
For the past week, Khandhar Kaliph’s hands have trembled whenever his phone has rung. He nervously greeted his daughter, who had been kidnapped when the Islamic State (Isis) overran the Yazidi city of Sinjar. There was a minute of …

Current Affairs, Miscellaneous »

[27 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 495 views]

Alert Reader Chinmay has pointed out that almost all these pics (save one?) are of other railway lines…
This serves as a good reminder to me to be careful of what I read online..and to be sure about authenticity of pics/facts before posting them online…
I am going to let this post remain though – as a warning (to myself) of the perils of online information..
Thanks

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India, ToI Columns »

[28 May 2014 | One Comment | 278 views]
The fall and fall of Arvind Kejriwal..

So Arvind Kejriwal finally decided to furnish a bond and get bail. Good for him. Frankly, the drama had dragged on a bit too long. And the “Sorry Sabhas” did not seem to be having any impact either (excuse the pun). I guess people are tired of apologies – and excuses.
They wish to see something positive. Something constructive. Something exciting. Something that grabs the imagination.
Like a pledge to make New Delhi the safest Indian city for women, with the lowest crime rate to boot.  Or a pledge to ensure that …

Current Affairs, ToI Columns »

[10 Nov 2012 | 6 Comments | 477 views]
Rs 386 crores, 5 people and some “special” security

Back in 1985, on the recommendations of an obscure committee, the government set up a “special” group – whose sole task was to protect the Prime Minister. This was done in the aftermath of Smt. Indira Gandhi’s assassination which had revealed security lapses that authorities felt could only be fixed by a “special” security group. This was the beginning of SPG – the “Special Protection Group”.
Like all good “ideas” from the government, the SPG too started expanding. Initially limited to protecting the Prime Minister, its mandate was extended to former …

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India »

[24 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | 510 views]
It has been decided to immediately block access to the following..

Courtesy Economic Times (Hat Tip: Bhartendu), full copy of the government order seeking a ban on specific websites, twitter accounts, facebook URLs and YouTube videos:

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Also available for download from this link: https://www.box.com/s/5b657abb828f2a287cb1
Also read: Its about Freedom, not just Freedom of Speech by Atanu Dey

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India »

[4 Jul 2012 | 13 Comments | 463 views]
Akhilesh’s slap in the face of hard-working, tax paying Indians

From UP MLAs can spend Rs. 20 lakh from welfare fund on cars (emphasis added):
Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday opened a goody bag for MLAs, entitling them to purchase four-wheelers worth up to Rs. 20 lakh from their local area development fund.  If all 402 MLAs take up on the offer of the youngest CM of India’s most populous and politically crucial state, the largesse will potentially cost the exchequer R80 crore.
Announcing the entitlement(sic)..Yadav, 38, said, “This will help MLAs who do not have money buy vehicles.”

So, is Akhikesh Yadav saying if I …

Current Affairs, Debates & Discussions, Politics and Governance in India »

[29 Jun 2012 | 7 Comments | 386 views]
Setting the record straight: Panth, Dharma & Secularism..

..as well as “Dharma-Nirapekshata” धर्मं निरपेक्षता vs. “Panth-Nirapekshata” पंथ निरपेक्षता (or “Panth Nirpekshata”)..From Defining ‘Secular’: The war rages on by Arvind Lavakare, comes this illuminating excerpt (emphasis added):
“Dr Ambedkar made it clear in Parliament that he did not believe our Constitution was secular because it allowed different treatment to various communities and the legislatures could frame separate laws for different communities.” (‘Reforming The Constitution’, UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, 1992, edited by Subhash C Kashyap, an eminent Constitutional authority).
In the above book, Kashyap writes, ‘Where there is discrimination between man and man …

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India, Politics of Minority Appeasement, Reservations, Affirmative Action »

[23 Jun 2012 | 3 Comments | 460 views]
One day, we may need an “Indian” quota

Courtesy my friend RealityCheck (emphasis added); please try and ignore the absurdity of the headline in (as RealityCheck so memorably puts it) “a chest thumping secular country“. From 2 more minority lists put up, cut-offs dip further by Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times, Mumbai, June 22, 2012, this brief excerpt:
At NM College in Vile Parle, the commerce cut-off for Gujarati minority students fell from 90.91% last year to 89.64% this year.
..At Hinduja College, students who fall in the Sindhi quota will be given walk-in admissions until Friday morning.  Earlier this week, cut-offs at …

Current Affairs, Personal »

[27 May 2012 | 5 Comments | 1,000 views]
On Inflation महंगाई व उसके मूल कारणों पर कुछ विचार..

A short snippet in Hindi on Inflation and its root causes (poor storage facilities, stupid regulations, bad policies etc)
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