Archive | January, 2007

The Politician’s Agenda

31 Jan

Looks like the ministries and the various boards are pawns in the overall political game. Politicians openly want “profitable” ministries and boards. In other words they are openly accepting the fact that they are corrupt.

Last week our CM expanded his cabinet (reading behind the lines, fullfilled the aspirations of his blackmailers so he could stay in power). Every expansion seems to be followed by an equal and opposite dissension (sorry Mr. Newton). People are unhappy with their portfolio. Is the main reason for that being they can’t make enough money off these posts? How else would you explain this?

Ask them directly they say that public service is the utmost on their minds (sic). In that case why should they bother what post they get?

The system is rotten to the core.

HC Judges want shorter commutes

30 Jan

Today’s Vijay Times has a news item that says that Judges want 40 houses within 10 minutes from the High Court. The reasoning is that since judges stay far away, it is difficult for them to reach courts on time.

Isn’t this a problem for everyone? The answer to this is simple. Just leave home early.

I wonder if the judges will be able to dispose of more cases if they live closer. I don’t think so.

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Dual citizenship – a window of opportunism?

29 Jan

Murali seems to have had a good trip to Europe. Obviously the trip was even more thought provoking based on his observation below. Again I wan’t to reiterate that this should not be construed as us tagging everybody. This was just one incident. Here is his experience.

The young chap who was sitting across the aisle with his parents on the flight to Mumbai was obviously a second-generation Indian born and brought up in the US. His accent, his clothes, his mannerisms were all a dead give-away. He was an adolescent who was probably on the verge of having his first shave, any day soon. He was, as with kids his age very conscious about his clothes and accessories. What was most interesting though was the Lance Armstrong type wrist band that he was wearing. No, it was not the Lance Armstrong yellow band, but a silicone band with the India Flag and the word India boldly and smartly embossed around the circumference. Obviously India and being an Indian is in fashion!

A few hours later it was time to fill in the immigration card and sure enough I had guessed right. Out came the American passports with a great flourish and the details were filled in. Obviously for a former Indian, being an American citizen is still in fashion. But it is time to hedge one’s bets – after all India is a happening place. We have to ensure that we stay connected to our roots. Yes, slowly but surely, the “Indian” tag is getting an aspiration value attached to it.

This got me thinking about this concept of dual citizenship. WHY? Why are we allowing it? Do we want to help people who unable to make up their minds about whether they are Americans or Indians? Are we facilitating this mercenary mind-set of those who deserted ship midway? Weren’t these the cop-outs who gave up on their birth-country when the times were rough? Why do they want back in now? More importantly why do we want them back in?

Don’t get me wrong. One must acknowledge that much of India’s upswing owes a lot to the great Indian Diaspora. We are benefiting strongly from the pioneering work, and brand name built by many of our brethren who have toiled, lived and prospered in the first world. We should be grateful to them and without a doubt these honorable folks have done us proud. I have the greatest respect for all of them in all aspects – all the people who have lived there on work-permits, green cards and converted citizenships. The only people that are difficult to have any respect for are NOT those that took up a different citizenship, BUT those that want their Indian citizenship back. These are true opportunists, who have no concept of allegiance to the country.

We should not allow the Indian citizenship to be de-valued. It is difficult to understand the concept of “dual-citizenship”. Maybe it is a new world where the word “citizen” has a new meaning. Maybe I am old-fashioned in my thinking and not “in” with it. Yes, that must be the case. When we were alighting, another kid in the same age group and similar profile accosted the kid with the bracelet. He thought the bracelet was cool and it was obviously an object of envy. India’s pride!

Who sticks up for the common man?

29 Jan

The common man is targetted by everyone. Stray dogs, Terrorists.. you name them they are after us.

I am shocked to see stories of little kids being attacked by stray dogs. Of course when the local government wants to “eradicate” them, the Animal Sympathy groups spring into action sticking up for the dogs. I love dogs but not the stray ones who are ripping kids apart.

Of course the terrorists kill people at random. Yet our police and army are chided by the Human Rights groups for doing their jobs. Never mind the innocent people targeted by the terrorists.

So who sticks up for the common man?

Back from Mysore

26 Jan

Spent the last 2 days in Mysore (a family function). Unfortunately could not visit all the places I wanted to. But I did some nice things.. walked around Karanji Lake, visited Chamundi Hills, walked on Sayaji Rao road just for old times sake. Caught up with a lot of childhood friends and their families. It was so cool.

In all the modern day madness, Mysore still retains its old world charm. Having said that, I think the roads are better than in Bangalore. Amazing thing is, you can still get from one end of town to the other in under 10 minutes.

Managed to sneak in a visit to Ramya for their set Dose.

The drive from Bangalore to Mysore was great as well. The road is wonderful and a pleasure to drive on.

CM’s new “knee jerk” Law

23 Jan

So our CM is talking about a law that holds rally organizers responsible for losses. Come on… is the man joking? There are enough loopholes here that an elephant can get through. Every time the rally organizers are asked to pay up, they will blame it on their political opponents. Our poor BMP cannot even get the rally organizers to clean up their stupid posters and banners once they are done.

Of course our Home Minister has said communal clashes are “common”. Another classic case of “foot in the mouth” disease.

Hey maybe some of the insurance company can offer these organizers with “rioting” insurance (an insurance that allows them to riot).

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VHS Chronicle Updated

23 Jan

Check out latest story “A Question of Chemistry” on the Vijaya High Chronicle page.