Monday, May 30, 2011

If someone has my older blogs please send to me

I bought a site and was publishing my blogs there for a year. The bad thing is that I did not save any of the blogs that I wrote in that space. If anyone has subscribed as email feed, please resend to me so that I can publish it here. Thanks

Please check back here again and I will start writting again

Thursday, April 09, 2009

If I get to vote this year, my vote goes to

Sarath Babu ois contesting from my constituency. If I go to India, everyone knows whom I going to vote.

Below is the email that I received about Sarath Babu representing South Chennai.

We often feel that there should be a change in our politicians attittude. We wish some young well educated person to come into politics. And now our wishes may come true as E Sarath Babu, CEO Food King has decided to bring a change in politics by truly serving our society with his management skills.

Mr Sarath babu is an Outstanding Alumni of BITS Pilani and IIM Ahmedabad. He is a role model for youngsters. He is standing in the 2009 elections from South Chennai constituency. He is recipient of the "PEPSI MTV Youth Icon" Award this year and the earlier recipients were Mr. Anil Ambani, Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, Mr. Rahul Dravid and Mr. Dhoni.

He is standing as an independent candidate. His symbol will be communicated soon.

South Chennai constituency list has been attached.

I request you to extend your support for him. please spare a few minutes to go to the link below and know about your election candidate. Kindly forward this to as many friends of yours. The below is the list of places where he is standing for your support. Kindly vote for him if you or your friends and relatives come into the constituency.

To know more about him...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Rajah Chelliah Passes Away

Padma Vibhushan Rajah Chelliah passes away. Known for his contributions in the fiscal policy after post liberalisation era, Rajah Chelliah was not conferred with any of the government honourary medals until 2007 when Manmohan Singh proposed his name to the committee in recognition of his services. The committee decided for Padma Shri but later Manmohan Singh elevated to Padma Vibhushan owing to senior age of Rajah Chelliah, one step below Bharat Ratna.

Though not conferred with Bharat Ratna, Rajah Chelliah is indeed a Jewel of India for the contributions he had made in the field of Finance and Economics.

Please follow the below news link.

Manmohan Singh and my world of Sikh associations

In my world of Sikh associations, Sikh people are vivacious, down to earth, fun lovers and hard workers. They are successful businessmen, mediators in any quarrels on issues that do not perturb them and winning warriors on issues that they associate with. We can talk of warrior skills of Sikhs in Anglo Sikhs war or in the World Wars. History has given them their deserving place for their battlefront skills.

What intrigues me are as follows:

1. How come Manmohan Singh looks so calm and sober?
2. How did he go for Ph.D in economics ? I am not questioning the intellectual spirit. Sikhs are usually administrators or businessmen than being academicians.
3. Sikhs are sincere followers of their Guru. Does this make Manmohan being loyal to Sonia ?
4. IK Gujral, a punjabi, contested elections from Jallandhar in 1998 with the support of Akali Dal ( a Sikh Party) which was in NDA. Quoting from wiki,

The Akali Dal, though a part of BJP-led coalition, opted to support Gujral because during his Prime Ministerial tenure, Gujral declared that the central government will share the expenses on stamping out terrorism in Punjab during 1980s and early 1990s, along with the state government of Punjab. That eased the strain on economy of Punjab to a great extent and the Akali Dal decided to support Gujral. Gujral defeated Umrao Singh of the Congress Party by over 131,000 votes.

How can our Prime Minister take a back door from Rajya Sabha ? Should he not be elected by people though he is nominated by the party? Should he not stand in Sikh constituency and get elected ? Why should he get short cut route from Assam?

If Shiv Sena can support the below par President Prathiba Patil for her Marathi credentials and even support the corrupt Sharad Pawar for being PM, why not the Sikhs and Punjabi's support Manmohan Singh, to contest from Punjab?

5. The last, as I quoted in my previous blog, he could have done something more to assuage the Sikhs who were badly hit in 1984 riots.

Shoe Throw - Global Act and Indian Phenomenon

December 2008: Iraqi journalist Muntadher al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George Bush. He was sentenced to three years in jail for his crime.

February 2009: Protestor throws shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at Cambridge University

April 2009 : Jarnail Singh throws shoe at P.Chidambaram (Home Minister).

The issues that do not bother me for my todays objective reasoning are as follows:

1. Does P.Chidambaram deserve this act?
2. Is Jagdish Tytler culpabable for 1984 riots?
3. Is CBI, just a mere player to the interests of few and is not trustworthy?
5. Is Indira Gandhi's assassination right or wrong?
6. Should the entire Sikhs be punished for a mistake of few?
7. Is your loyalty factor for a leader blind your reasoning?

The issues that outrage me are as follows:

1. In 1984, the riots happened. Why on earth that CBI could not complete investigation till 2009? Were they awaiting for silver jubilee of 25 years?
2. Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.
3. Why should CBI let off Jagdish Tytler just before the elections ? Do Congress want to nominate Jagdish Tytler for his Delhi Constituency?
4. Varun is put in Jail under NSA for his acrimonious rhetoric. I object his rhetoric. But what did these secular people do for Jagdish Tytler? Ministries and other portfolios in the Union government. Well, people could call the same with Narendra Modi or any other politician. Yes, few are fortunate and few are not.
5. The last and the utmost irritating thing, Manmohan Singh, a Sikh could let go off this shame under his leadership.

Universal Truth about politicians - Courtesy Adam Smith

Adam Smith in Chapter 2 of his book Wealth of Nations, writes

"Man sometimes uses the same arts with his brethren, and when he has no other means of engaging them to act according to his inclinations, endeavours by every servile and fawning attention to obtain their good will.
Man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and show them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them. Whoever offers to another a bargain of any kind, proposes to do this. Give me that which I want, and you shall have this which you want, is the meaning of every such offer; and it is in this manner that we obtain from one another the far greater part of those good offices which we stand in need of."

Isn't this true about the politicians ? He does the above act very well during the time of elections.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Federer's loss

Miami ATP tournament, Federer could not control the wind and his emotions. In the rare display of emotions on the center court, Federer broke his racquet by hitting on the ground when he could not volley a simple ball hit by Djokovic to his backhand. There were continuous spate of errors and eventually conceding the match to Djokovic in the semifinals of the tournament. Inclusing this this defeat, Federer has lost one match to Nadal, two matches to Murray and one match to Djokovic. In 2009, he has lost to 1, 3 and 4 ATP rank players.

The long lasting question still haunts. Does Federer need a coach ? Yes, he needs to bolster his confidence and plan for strategies against top ranked players. He just needs some amount of counselling and planning to improve his game.

While I was thinking of John McEnroe on Friday, it was interesting to find McEnroe himself offered his services for Federer. Did you guys remember the speech of Nadal when he trounced Federer in his den, the grass courts of Wimbledon? Thanks John, for playing some volleys with me before the Finals. He has tipped Nadal to trounce Federer then and now he has offered to trounce Nadal by helping Federer.

Whatever it is, if Federer is coached by McEnroe or anyone, it will be interesting to witness another magnum opus in tennis ?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is Law immoral ?

Down below are the two newsposts on recent court orders. In one instance the court has rejected the idea of sporting beards in Schools in the name of religion. In the other instance the court has approved a girl's request to be in "Live in Relationship".

Law is blind to traditions and religious beliefs but gives towering importance to individuals rights. Is Live in Relationship, a moral thing in society and sporting beard is anti-institutional ? I find it to be very ironical.

Rejecting the plea of a Muslim student that he should be permitted to sport beard in his convent school, the Supreme Court observed secularism cannot be overstretched and that "Talibanisation" of the country cannot be permitted. While asserting he was a secularist, Justice Katju said religious beliefs cannot be overstretched. "I am secularist. We should strike a balance between rights and personal beliefs. We cannot overstretch secularism," the judge, known for his incisive remarks said.

The division bench of Justice Ashok Parihar and justice G S Saraf disapproved the tendency of live-in relationships but allowed the girl to go where ever she wanted with police protection. In his observation, Justice Parihar said, "these live-in relationships are not going to help the youngsters and are hardly tenable in Indian society but what can be done if a major girl does not want to go with any of her relatives. She is not detained against her will in this case. Therefore, we cannot allow her parents to seek custody."

Thank God !! Gandhigiri did not contest

Sanjay Dutt - KhalNayak or Gandhigiri. A contradicting personallity. An aide in Mumbai blast and now a leader to contest in Loksabha polls. Samjawadi party has got one of the many criterias is that a leader in elections should atleast have a criminal background. Many of its candidates have got notorious pasts. It came as no surprise to anyone when the party announced Sanjay Dutt as its candidate. Sanjay Dutt has dubious qualification of criminal past and proximity with Amar Singh.

The Supreme Court in its judgement quashed his file telling that his case cannot be suspended to enable him contest elections. As an electoral law, a person with atleast 2 years of imprisonment for criminal offence is barred from running elections. If final verdict of Sanjay Dutt confirms the Mumbai Anti Terror Court order of 6 years imprisonment, then it means a blow to Sanjay Dutt's political career.

Why am I against Sanjay Dutt ?

A leader has to work for the people and should not work against the people. He may be corrupt, immoral and so on but he should not have any notorious pasts. Sanjay Dutt has aided the terror groups and has worked against his own Mumbaikars who had / have idolised him. Also film stars should not get free access to Politics. We have so many film stars who have entered politics. Yes, I am against many of them.

Every sinner has a future and every saint has a past. I would completely support Sanjay Dutt if he wants to become a saint but will vehemently oppose if he wants to have future in Indian political arena.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shashi Tharoor - Chances of Foreign Minister

If Congress comes back to power, will Shashi Tharoor be given External Affairs ? Looking at his resume and work experience, anyone could blindly put him to that portfolio.

But what will Congress thinktank do? Congress would not want such highly qualified person for that position. Shashi Tharoor, himself brings so much of knowledge and experience that he can independenly steer the policy going against the interests of the party. He would not be in consultative mood with other cabinet ministers. Is he a trust worthy of Sonia ? All these factors would come in play for him to get that position.

Kapil Sibal an eminent lawyer was asked to handle Science and Technology. Jairam Ramesh, a brilliant strategist for Congress, IIT alma mater, Ph.D from Carnegie Mellon, was asked to handle Textiles. Shivraj Patil was given Home Ministry. Manmohan Singh, a brilliant economist and hardcore finance person, was asked to handle Prime Ministership portfolio. Looking at the above citations, one can easily infer that in Congress, right persons get the wrong job. By virtue of being in Congress, I am sure that Shashi Tharoor would not handle External Affairs or become Foregin Minister of India.

If Shashi Tharoor wins, he can get a ministry or atleast a MoS portfolio. He may also tend to get benefitted, even if he lose, from Kerala squabbles given the internal bickerings in Kerala Congress. He may ultimately evolve as a consensus candidate from Kerala for a plum portfolio for Kerala in the Union. After all, every state should get a Cabinet berth or ministry in the Union.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lob Federer..Lob

When Federer's opponent comes to the net, Federer tries to either hit a passing forehand winner or send a backhand across the court. In other cases, he hit it powerfully onto the body of the opponent. These strategies do not work perfectly with Nadal or Murray as they are able to hit another winner or a drop shot. In these instances, Federer should hit a lob particularly against Nadal and Murray.

March 29 - Attack on Police Training Center in Lahore

The terrorists have attacked the police training center in Lahore and have also taken them as hostages.

The men who are supposed to protect the civilians have failed to protect their training center.

After all Policemen are also normal men. I am not sure how they are going to react when thet are taken as hostages. I think they would be better prepared than ordinary men as Policemen are made emotionally tougher.

What this leaves in Pakistan ? Will Kiyani do a Musharraf ?