Uma Bharati suspended from BJP for anti- party activities
Well, while I do not think much of administrative abilities of Uma Bharati, I hold BJP leadership responsible for the current mess.
It presented Uma Bharati as the chief ministerial candidate during election while knowing that Ms. Bharati do not have the aptitude for administration, after doing this, removing her on pretext of ridiculous charges related to Idgah case and then denying her position of chief minister, is in my view dishonest.
The reason why BJP was forced to project Ms. Bharati as a leader was ofcourse due to the fact that it lacks leader with mass base, what is more I do not see emergence of any popular leaders in near future.
This is especially bad news considering how BJP was wiped out from UP after Kalyan Singh rebelled.
While the current dissension will be sweet music to secularists, it does pose a serious question to national polity.
Most of the parties, except for BJP and Left are dynastic and individual centric.
Infact except BJP there is no national party which can claim of internal democracy, and even in BJP, there has been increasing tendency of Congressization.
It is clear that internal democracy of political parties has a direct bearing on functiontioning of democratic institutions, therefore parties with dynastic structures tend to undermine democratic nature, this should be obvious from political history of India.
The other issue which arises from present situation is that with no leader at present of significact national standing, the centre will remain weak and even more susceptible to blackmail by regional satraps.
While I do feel that India is overly centralized, weakening of central authority will be a bad news and looking at the present situation I am afraid it is inevitable.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Uma Bharati suspended from BJP for anti- party activities
Swaminathan Aiyar cautions against recent spate of energy agreements by ONGC and other entities.
His reason is that signing contracts with counteries which have a not so impeccable record of honoring them will not achieve the purpose of future energy security and independence for which these agreements are beings signed in the first place.
This goes for oil which makes us liable to blackmail from counteries from Saudi Arabia to Nigria, as well as, for nuclear energy, which notwithstanding current bonhomie with US can be used as a pressure against India
He argues, instead, to sign contract only with those counteries which have a record of honuring commitments om we can trust or to buy oil from the producers as Japan does.
I will agree with this, with only one caveat, which is that as far energy is concenred, there is no arrangement which is going to provide 100% guarantee, that is why exploration of lternate energy is even more important for India from strategic point of view.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 6:16 pm
Monday, November 28, 2005
I am Wasim Akram's wife: UP woman,
Before this there was
I am Lord Krishna's wife: UP IG,
This must be restart of Bhakti Movement , although I am not sure where Wasim Akram fits into the picture.
UP can lag in progress, but there is never dearth of interesting moments.
Uttar Pradesh Road Transport Corporation General Manager (Technical) Gyanendra Pratap Singh claims divine status and a direct telephone line to Lord Shiva.,
Well! it is hardly surprising.
Even I have Yahood ID of God and chat with him on daily basis.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 2:31 am
Sunday, November 27, 2005
This is what can be said about the "British rule was good for India " debate.
It started after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave a speech in Oxford (Via Hindu), which in part lauded British rule.
The part which lauded were,
"However, what is significant about the Indo-British relationship is the fact that despite the economic impact of colonial rule, the relationship between individual Indians and Britons, even at the time of our Independence, was relaxed and, I may even say, benign"
"Today, with the balance and perspective offered by the passage of time and the benefit of hindsight, it is possible for an Indian Prime Minister to assert that India's experience with Britain had its beneficial consequences too. Our notions of the rule of law, of a Constitutional government, of a free press, of a professional civil service, of modern universities and research laboratories have all been fashioned in the crucible where an age old civilization met the dominant Empire of the day. These are all elements which we still value and cherish. Our judiciary, our legal system, our bureaucracy and our police are all great institutions, derived from British-Indian administration and they have served the country well.
Of all the legacies of the Raj, none is more important than the English language and the modern school system. "
In my previous post I had preferred to agree with alka diwedi,
here I will try to enunciate my thoughts.
What is my position on this ? Well it is this.
British did have some positive influence (more on this some time later) on India.
If there were no British rule there will not be above positive influence .
Here I disagree.
Now peole who take above position assume this , British Rule or no interaction!
This assumption in my view is incorrect.
Since ancient times India has always been in constant interaction with outside world, through trade and through war. It was a major centre for trade along with china in asia.
People forget that British colonized India in the first place because of its land and resources.
Gold was the operative word in Gold,Glory and God
European enlightenment and subsequent Industrial revolution are among the most important events in the history of human civilization and there is near certainity that it would have reached even if little late. I could think of two possible scenarios
Indian merchants come in contact with new ideas, they in turn spread it.
British remain in India but only as a marginal player in presence of a strong central authority.
The mechanism for any of these scenarios could be simple or convoluted, but in my view it is certain that Industrial revoultion would have come to India.
Reformers, many of them saints, in south and in north worked against social oppression and dogma, the point ofcourse is while India was not a perfect civilization in middle ages it was not stagnant either so it is not complete truth that british started social reform in India.
If anything it can be argued that British aggravated caste inequities,
by impoverishing farmers with high taxes,draconian laws and oppressive revenue collection system and by dispossesing Indians artisans and tradespeople of the markets and resources.
Now when people say that British rule was good for India or even British rule had positive influence over India, in my opinion they are subconsously trying to rationalise British rule,
the reason for this is ofcourse that since most of us are never encouraged to explore our history whatever we know of our civilization is from advent of British rule and hence this desire to search for some light which can explain our nations.
Our meekness reminds of that episode in Ramayana when Lord Hanuman has to cross sea to reach Lanka and he is in self-doubt, I think that India is passing through such a phase.
In conclusion , I do not think that British rule was good and to talk of any positive influence is rather irrelevant.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh touched other issues in his speech regarding British legacy, I will try to organize my thoughts on it later.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 11:00 pm
Thanks to automated programmes for sorting and searching.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 10:34 pm
In the previous post I had commented on what seemed to me unnecessary controversy.
That was just according to two bits I could glean from internet.
Today I got current edition of India Today which had article on this controversy and after reading my reaction was "So much fuss abount an omlette" (actually what I said was WTF !, but I digress).
In reality this issue is even more farcical than what it appeared (and it is from both sides)
India today printed english translation of the tamil article written by Khushboo which it claims started this controversy. (emphasis mine)
What is surprising is it has very tangential reference to safe sex/AIDS/HIV, so I fail to understand why was this angle introduced (deliberatily ?) . May be in order for PC brigade to claim high ground !
Even if this angle is discounted, there was nothing in the arcticle which was novel, it was a part
of the sex -survey by India -Today and in my view a little incoherent.
Khusboo was supporting live-in, sex education but in my view did a poor job of it.
However, whatever she said, has been said by many pundits/celebrities in way better or poorer than what Khusboo did.
So it is surprising the commotion this caused, India Today does indicate the politics behind this
"The genesis of the the controversy is not in what Khushboo said but in the incestuous relationship between filmdom and politics in Tamil Nadu. It is widely believed that it all started witha quarrel between Khushboo and film director Thankar Bachan who is quoted as saying that he "depicts women in his films as they should be". Bachan us a member of the Tamil Protection Movement and us close to Tirumavalavan and Ramadoss. A few months ago, Bachan made some crude remarks about film actors - he stopped short of calling them prostitutes . Khushboo, with a few other female stars, including senior actor Manorama, made him tender a public apology. Khushboo's columns was an opportunity to hit back"
So this can be construed as a political intrigue. However even if discounting this incident the assertion that intolerance is rising remains true.
However my interpretation of this is little different from what media says (Hindu Nazi/Bigotry etc. etc., fundamentalism), but this will require another post.
I can't post link as India-Today web site is subcription (woe unto them for denying free materials)
I am not sure about India Today's claims that is the reason that I put emphasis on it, however what India Today claims makes what I wrote previously incorrect as well as most of reportage erroneous.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 8:52 pm
Saturday, November 26, 2005
I was going through instapundit archives (a very good way to waste time) searching for "India" references.
While his as well other bloggers he quoted held India favourably, one of the amusing opinion was that India is in Anglosphere.
This opinion is closely related to what Manmohan Singh expressed in his Oxford Speech and the subsequent discussion in blogosphere.
Now I don't agree with it, but discussion on it will be really long (as was on the other topic), so I will just push some tentative ideas.
First of al l the question is why India is to be included in Anglosphere, the answer can be
1) We were ruled by british.
2) Our educated and elite identify themselves with British ethos (for which Manmohan Singh thanked our erstwhile masters, in my view incorrectly)
Now in order to rebutt this point, consider this
British ruled on , in addition to India, many other regions , including almost half of africa, most of the middle east, Pakistan, Bangladesh and few "chiller" here and there.
BUT of all those former colonies only India is sought to be included in "Anglosphere", the reason in my view, is that among all the colonies only India has been relatively stable and moderately successful (or more precisely tolerably mediocre).
This is what is called selective data to suit your theory. And what this theory is ? That the counteries which came under Anglo-Saxon influence have made considerable progress or in other words british rule had an overall benificial result.
The other colonies are excluded because it shows this thoery in ridiculous light (which it is).
I am sure the elites in India closely identify themselves with british ethos, but not surprisingly so do elites of every british colony (not surprisingly as they are in spirit WOGS or as RSS loves to put it Macaulites).
Supporter of "India in Anglosphere" will point out that most of our political class was, and still is, influenced by british ethos. Here again if we consider that most of the former colonies had atleast, in the begining a political class which identified with british ideal esp. that of fabian socialism or even communism. Jinnah and early pakistani leaders were almost Anglophiles, however democracy could not get popular currency in Pakistan, my thoughts on why this happened will require another post.
However it was not as if democracy was not subverted in India by Nehru dynasty.
Emergency is without doubt greatest example of what Nehry family is capable, but the way Nehru family subverted sprit of federalism (deliberate use of article 356, using governor houses as centre of intrigues) to supress any threat to their authority, is as much serious , if not more, as emergency.
What is more BJP and affliated groups ,which I support and which is favourite Bogeyman of secular media has shown as much commitment , towards democracy, if not more, as any "secular outfit" will.
I suspect that as India ascends the power circles, there will clamour for it to include it in Anglosphere, I also think that many if not all elites (like "Jerry Rao") in India will also favour this , in fact they already favour this.
In my opinion, India should resist this "temptation" (of being among white boys).
The reason for this is India has an independent culture and history.
What is more, while it is not perfect, it is more than equal to western civilizations.
Abandoning our civilization and rejecting the underpining ideals for "a place in big league", will not only not get us what we desire, it will also leave us a caricature of our past.
The correct way for us in my opinion should be to accept or reject any idea on its merit and not because of its "cool quotient", I am afraid that I am a rare minority.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 5:13 pm
While surfing channel, I came upon an unusual advertisement.
This advertisement was selling "Laxmi Paduka" as a good luck charm claiming that paduka will get you a good job, get you married, make Mallika Sherawat shut her mouth etc.
Of course I know that superstitions are always lurking in India, but actually being advertised on TV !
Today must be the silly thread in my life .
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 4:06 pm
"... November 24, 2005 -- A former Canadian Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau has joined forces with three Non-governmental organizations to ask the Parliament of Canada to hold public hearings on Exopolitics -- relations with “ETs.” ...."
"...Hellyer warned, "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."..."
"Hellyer’s speech ended with a standing ovation.(emphasis mine) He said, "The time has come to lift the veil of secrecy, and let the truth emerge, so there can be a real and informed debate, about one of the most important problems facing our planet today." "
*shakes head in disbelief*
What can possible explain this ? Ahh BDS coupled with VRWC Phobia and plain old nuttiness, flavoured with UFO Conspiracy theory ofcourse.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 3:20 pm
I was dismayed (distressed?) by the gruesome murder of Manujathan,
For more than one reason
First He was a human.
Second Grief to his mother and father which can neither be described nor imagined.
Third He was a honest man and was killed for doing his duty.
Fourth He was a young man and had much more promise.
Fifth He was in the place I is my home, so in a manner of speaking he was my guest .
Sixth He belonged to same group as me (ie IIT/IIM, although he was not IIT and I am not IIM).
I wanted that this matter be investigated and culprits (which may include government officials)be brought to justice and dealt by law in as severe way as possible.
Considering my own anger and chagrin I can not fault media and people for saying what they are saying, which is (explicitly or implicitly),
1) His murder is more reprehensible than ordinary cases as he is from IIM.
2) Here is a honest IIM/IIT alumni staying in country instead of going to Amreeka and see thats what ingrates do to him.
I have this to say about above.
His murder is as reprehensible as murder of any other honest and hardworking man.
murdered for his uprightness while doing his duty.
We should be equally enraged for countless people who have been killed because they chose not to give in to intimidation.
Sadly I do not think this will happen.
If you wish to emigrate, please do (I will do so if given a chance even if temporarily)
However if you choose to stay in India it means you are taking a decision considering the reality.
The reality is that India is a very disturbed place.
Naxalites, Jihadis, North- East Terrorrists, Caste Armies, Extortionists make a large area of India and people living there unsafe.
There is a cancer which is cosuming our society, this cancer is of brute power gone berserk as
law enforcement is breaking and civility is out of fashion, this cancer threatens to overwhelm our society and plunge it into anarchy.
Surely there are places which are safe but if nothing is done they will fall to this.
Sadly we choose to remain oblivious to this menance (because we feel helpless or we do not give a damn preferring to entertain ourself).
So we, who willfully ignored while we had time, has no right to act self-righteous and trash India.
Because there is no them in India, India is made of us, it is our will, which governs the destiny of our nation.Any blight on India is our collective shame.Its fall is testimony of our indifference. We can change India, it will not be easy, and it will not be cheap, but our fore fathers did it ,we can do it too.However to do so, we have to wakeup. Acting self - righteous according to news cycle will not do.
One statement that I often read was that "Manjunathan was serving nation by working in PSU".
While Manjunathan was serving nation, it has no relevance to his working in PSU
Those working in Private sectors serve nation too.
In fact this whole "serving nation by working is PSU" line is cliched,
if anything socialism of which PSU is the result has done most harm to Nation.
We can best serve nation by being honest and competent.
I cry for my city,
Primary Red from secular-right weighs in, I agree with his post.
And some bad asses, who like to dance on graves.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 11:06 am
Friday, November 25, 2005
This is how General expresses his gratitude (Via Indian Express).
".... When the devastating earthquake set off a fresh wave of peace and cooperation along the Line of Control, the J-K Police says, foreign militants infiltrated into the Valley in large numbers. Around 125 of them are suspected to have entered Srinagar city which has witnessed a sudden spurt of fidayeen and car bomb attacks ...."
"Sources in police said that the militants have used the calm brought by the peace process to re-group. "
Sadly this will be buried after atmost one day, as it doesnt concern our page 3 types.
Isn't it time for us to get rid of chattering classes ?
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 12:40 pm
While watching TV yesterday,One of the advertisement (for a mutual fund) struck me as somewhat inappropriate .
The advertisement was pretty entertaining on its own.However its context esp. the tagline ( "Expect the Unexpected") , was somewhat bold for a mutual fund.
I mean if I were investing in mutual fund, wouldnt I expect the expected (that is returns) ?
May be the advertisement was meant for aggressive investors, but my hunch is that it would be more appropriate for something which didn't involve investments !
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 11:22 am
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Via Indian Express
Taliban kill hostage, PM says no giving in
This is a tragedy considering that Mr. kutty was involved in India sponsored Afganistan reconstruction efforts.
Nitin calls for Indian troops in Afganistan.
While I do agree that if Afganistan is not able to provide security to indian personnel then India should send her troops.
However it should be only to protect her citizen and not to participate in war on terror.
As much as US will appreciate our support, we should keep in mind that it is doing nothing to curb Pakistan sponsored terrorism which affects India and her citizens. We need not open another front on terror.
Update: Via Slimes, This is sooooo stupid, this guy gives a bad name to paranoid.
He has been watching too many Hollywood movies, either that or reading too many Le Carrie or may be he is a cookie.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 5:34 pm
Much has been written regarding Sania's defense of Khushboo and her subsequent denunciation by clerics /ABVP and other interest.
Now the outcry for what Ms. Mirza said was higly exaggerated and is just typical of how public discourse is carried out in India, i.e. who can outshout the opposing party.
However one issue I am disappointed with both Ms. Khusboo and Ms. Mirza is the fact the issue they raised was irrelevant to the context.
The context was AIDS awareness and message was safe sex,
I dont see what was the need for adding "before or after marriage" ?
Isnt this supposed to be obvious ?
I admit in a ideal world there shouldnt be any requirement for a context, but considering that there is a lots of stigma already attached with AIDS and the prejudice HIV positive have to face, why is it neccessary to complicate the situation.
If someone wants to support "pre-marital sex", then it can be done from a seperate platform.
Controversies like this does incalculable harm to cause of AIDS awareness in society and worsen the situation.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 3:54 pm
According to Indian Express one good that has come out of Bihar elections is that Paswan could be possibly shunted out of Steel & Chemical portfolios thus enabling these two sectors to be competitive, as it was Paswan who has put major road blocks in these two sectors by licensing and Price Control Mechanism.
I am hardly an expert on Pharmaceuticals , though I am concerned about post-patent prices.
Which means better information gathering is required.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 10:07 am
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
This link via Desipundit
"Harry and Ron are the ideal couple, balancing out each other perfectly. Harry’s rescuing Ron at every stage makes him the protector “masculine” partner, while the sporadic strength of the “help meet” Ron males him the “feminine” part of the couple. Homosexuality being out of the purview of children’s literature, the figure of Ginny, Ron’s property in the Muggle-like patriarchal structure of Wizardhood, is the symbolic bearer of the Harry-Ron love. Her status as rescuee in book two cements her dependence on Harry. Her diluted feminine wiles make her a Post-Feminist Romantic heroine who “plays the game” to get her man."
There used to be something called friendship, men could be buddy, men could rescue each other.
Ofcourse that was before post modernist feminism came into the picture.
Now each one of us is closet gay just waiting to be outed the other option is to be metrosexual and be in touch with feminine self, otherwise you are retrosexual/homophobe/closet gay (I am repeating my self) in no particular order or not neccessarily exclusive, reason be damned.
I think this is PG woodehouse version of inquisition.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 8:25 pm
I wrote following as comment here,
but I think I could post it.
I am not a supporter of Mr Laloo Yadav, however the assumption common public makes that Bihar started detoriating after Mr. Laloo Yadaav came is incorrect.
Politics in Bihar and UP (from where I hail) have long been dominated by caste identity,even prior to 1990 most of the governments were decided by which caste - coalition succeded or failed.
The only difference was that it was a colition led by upper caste who was at the helm.The law and order was better only in the sense that cities were comparitively safe while villages groaned under crime and oppression.Politicans routinely took help of criminals to settle scores or coerce voters.
The reason this is not known was because it did not hurt middle classes (residing in cities)and in Indian media what doesnt effect media doesnt exist.
1990 was the tipping point , because under Mandal and Ayodhya, previous coalition got fractured and new coalition came. This coalition had its roots in village and therefore criminalization ,corruption,injustice and oppression which was never noticed earlier became visible and started gnawing at the foundation of democratic institutions.
One moral ofcourse is to be vigilent and put down any spark before it burns.
Other moral is to rethink our system which tends to be unnecessarily centralized.
Similarly I am not supporter of Mr. Thackeray (I doubt any Bhayya who has lived in Mumbai will really be :-)), however He is not the sole reason behind this condition of Mumbai,He is a typical Maharashtrain politican (or Indian politican) just more virulent.
If anything Congress in my view is more to be blamed, as it was Congress which encouraged Mr
Thackray in the first place.Congress was trying to ride over tiger, which ofcourse was not the first time or the last time it tried to do so. (Bhinderwaale anyone)
Mumbai suffers because it has to accomodate incredible amount of humanity (this I think is the biggest compliment any city can aspire to)and the money which should be spent on its infrastructure is either pocketed by leaders or spent in such noble projects as Airport in Kolhapur.
In contrast Delhi has better infrastructure for the sole reason that it is seat of power.
Moral as I previously stated is more federal and decentralized system and less interventionist state
The problem with India is us the educated, Laloo and Thackeray are symbols.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 8:14 pm
I was watching TV yesterday after a long time, mainly to see election analysis.
Now since I am in Chennai and no mood to take set top box, I get only NDTV.
Well, it was amusing (in earlier times , I would have found it infuriating) to see Mr Prannoy Roy and Ms. Barkha Dutt spinning the coverage in order to cover up for their discomfort and annoyance that BJP won the elections and against the very Messiah of secularism !
How do they did it.
1) Nitish Kumar won the elections. (implying BJP did nothning)
2) Gloomily prediciting about hurdles in front of new dispension because of contradictory idelogies (hmmm genuises! Samata Party has been in coalition with BJP since 1996 and has shared power for something like 6 years. Governance has very little to with ideologies. Governments fall in India because of ego and greed not because of ideologies)
3) Reasoning in a rather convoluted way that since JD(U)-BJP combination benifitted from this election so the sin of what Buta Singh did has been partially atoned (ladies and gentlemen, may I remind you that constitution was violated as put by Supreme Court itself, there is no atonement for this). This reasoning would do any trepize artist proud
4) Implying that BJP played foul as it did not raise "Hindutva" (There is a word called priority there is another word called convenience, politics are dictated by both.) It is little surprising that "secularists" are so obsessed by "Hindutva", what could be the reason ? Ahh BogeyMan.
Today the minutemen of secularism
Outlook and The Hindu were spinning their own deceptions
"On the other, there was virtually no village that this correspondent visited where residents did not complain about the deletion of genuine voters from the electoral rolls -- ranging from 10 to 300 per booth. The EC has said that it removed the names of close to 20 lakh "bogus" voters from the lists and added four lakh names -- the result was that many with election IDs were turned away from the booths as their names had been cancelled from the lists."
Here I admit that more of a subtle spin that outright falsehood, but heck I am angry and I am drenched and now I am shivering, so to hell with them.
Hindu spends more time on proving that the victory is not result of hindutva (BJP is not claiming it).
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 7:09 pm
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
IOC Manager and IIML graduate B Manjunathan gunned down in Lucknow, Oil pump owners suspected ,
What can I say.....
My condolences with the family.
I hope Mulayam Singh will get some time from Etawah and try to do something for state capital.
Update : Desi Pundit has an roundup of all the posts dedicated to Manjunathan
Indian Express also covers the tragedy
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 4:49 pm
Via Deccan Herald
Dravid named skipper for Lanka Test series
This is a good news for all, with possible exception of Dada
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 4:45 pm
So Left- Congress lovefest has again been put on hold (for now)
I would like to know what pound of flesh Shylock extracted from Congress.
Or may be it is good old public posturing.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 4:00 pm
In a departure from past trends Bihar has voted BJP-JD(U) combine in power in a election that saw low turn out. I expect Nitish Kumar to fair better than Laloo
Congress and Paswan deny any effect on centre
but already Yechuri and Paswan are blaming division in secular vote for verdict (i.e soon knives will be out).
So what it really means for centre ?
I think that this will put UPA in jitters for quite some time, but it will return to its normal insipid existence unless Laloo plays hokie.
BJP should not aim for power in present parliament as it was rejected in last polls.
The course for BJP is to elect a new leader (preferably Sushma Swaraj) and wait (or even precipitate) a new election.
Arun Jaitely and Rajnath Singh have strengthened their position.
Rajnath Singh is a capable administrator and acceptable among second generation leaders, but he is seen as too much of a thakur politican.
Whereas Arun Jaitely does not have any mass base nor any acceptability (to put it mildly) among second generation.
From this report, Congress is secretly elated on the result, I do not see why it should be, considering Laloo will be leaning on gentle Dcotor to protect him from corruption cases against him which are bound to be persued by new state government.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 3:24 pm
Monday, November 21, 2005
This made me write my prologue
What I Have Lived For
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the
longing for love procrastination, the search for knowledge cheap , dirty websites, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind soap opera audience . These passions, like great winds prodigious farts of great god zork , have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair to nasty places, stinky places shitty places with no paddle.
I have sought
love smut , first, because it brings ecstasy gratification– ecstasy gratification so great base and cheap , that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life bunked my lectures for a few hours of this joy sick titillation. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness horniness—that terrible loneliness f****** horniness in which one shivering consciousness godforsaken unfortunate looks overpeeks from blinds /stares at monitor the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss at all incredible fornication he is missing. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature in the depravity and debauchery of blondes/redheads/brunettes romping in gay abandon I have seen , the prefiguring vision indescribable indulgance of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined crack whores and pat robertson. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life vigourous for a effete existence, this is what—at last— I have found I am stuck with.
With equal passion I have
sought knowledge shirked real work. I wish to understand the hearts of men universe will implode some fine day and take this whole tangle of science with it .I have wished to know why the stars shine rejected all information, as bias is built in with all information, neutrality trumps over knowledge. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux (This is a joke numbers are abstraction and abstract is precursor to obfuscation). A little of this, but not much, I have achieved. I aimed towards fulfilling not a single duty and I have accomplished my aim. Love and knowledgePorn and indolence , so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavensto escape from the indifferent reality . But always pityproject dead lines brought me back to earth dreary work. Echoes of cries of paineverlasting meetings and pointless discussions reverberate in my heart. Children in famine Team leaders in panic, victims tortured by oppressors Clients in full moon induced fury, helpless old people a burden to their sonsAnnual performance appraisal , and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil retire after one or two bank heist , but I cannot, and I too suffer from endless project revisions.
This has been my life. I have found
it worth living nothing remarkable except for future visions of retired life , and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me provided I am provided better gizmos (like HDTV).
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 9:21 pm
Via Indian Express
Govt to sell minor shares in SCI
While government and stockholders will certainly benifit from it, I dont see any real gain for the company or the country.
Shipping in India is for all purposes government monopoly.
SCI is profitable precisely because it has all the major government contracts.
From whatever little I saw of ONGC or SCI, I was not impressed.
Indeed although not widely recognized shipping has a crucial role in growth of global economy by transporting goods (whether raw materials, finsihed goods or capital goods) .Last year almost 90% of global trade was done via Shipping. Importance of shipping for growth of Indian economy and employment of unskilled and skilled labour can not be overemphasised, unfortunately shipping faces all the road blocks possible.
Shipping is higly protected and for all practical purposes dominated by Government (SCI) with insufficient competition.
The Government monopoly brings with it usual baggabe of vested interest who will be loathe to let go of this golden goose (just like other government monopolies like coal)
Ports have neither sufficient capacity nor efficiency to handle international Cargo. To rub salt over the wound ports are neglected either due to lack of fund or due to familiar bureacratic sloth,red tape and corruption.
There is not enough draught for bigger ships due to lack of dredging, broken cranes.Procedure are impossible to follow opening a convenient window for bribery and making the transactions difficult.
Lack of supporting infrastructue like roads, electricity etc. does nothing to help the cause.
In addition labour environment (frequent labour strikes, rigid labour laws) end up harming shipping.
The other part of shipping is ofcourse ship building.
There also we are missing a golden opportunity for growth and job creation.
Long coastline, cheap labour (skilled as well as unskilled) and comparative ease for technology transfer makes India an ideal candidate for this industry.
However here same culprits (Government monopoly, Bureaucratic sloth and corruption, poor infrastrcutre and unfavourable labour laws) ensure that India has miniscule share (<1.5%) in global shipbuilding industry, in contrast, other asian counteries like South korea(28%),Japan(37%) and China(13%) are leaders.
Major shipyards like Hindustan, Mazgaon, GardenReach or Cochin are goverment owned and hardly inspire any confidence with cost overruns and delays.
These two industries are opportunities waiting to be tapped.
It is up to leaders as well as opinion makers to make it a reality.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 6:14 pm
Sunday, November 20, 2005
A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 9:04 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2005
From InstaPundit Archive,
"Hell hath no fury like an academic whose axioms have been invalidated."
Instapundit September 2001
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 6:15 pm
Via Indian Express
Kashmir solution can be India's quake donation: Musharraf
I think the word is chutzpah.
I can only hope this is not the historical gesture Nitin was afraid of .
Update: Thankfully it was not a historical gesture but some counterfeit bollywood production (as Nitin puts)
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 2:13 pm
(Via Slimes )
This reminded me of this rant I put on secular-right
Following quote from the link (not from my rant)
"Emergency she declared. People recollect that during the bad spell of emergency, trains used to run on time and there was more accountability among the authorities"
"Declaring Emergency is not new to this part of the world. "
No wonder we get the wrong end of shaft over & over
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 12:03 pm
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 5:10 pm
Via Indian Express
Indian dinosaurs were vegetarians: Study
I wonder what will be next PETA - Ad
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 3:45 pm
Indian Express Op Ed ,
Ofcourse it is a farce to talk about peace when Pakistan is supporting jehadi terrorism.
But What I am afraid about is , that Pakistan has travelled so down on the road of terrorism, that it is beyond any Pakistani Leader to stop terrorism.
To me , Pakistan will be destroyed by the monster it created, unfortunately it is going to hurt India a lot, more if we remain oblivious.
Nitin is afraid that Indian Express may change its tone as soon as a new historic gesture is made.Considering the consensual (euphemism for unthinking) approach in foreign policy I am afraid that Nitin is right.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 2:50 pm
While I am unabashedly pro- BJP (or used to be before soap opera started), I was horrified by this (via Indian Express).
RSS recipe for strong nation: A Hindu should produce at least 3 kids, even 17, to save demography
Hindus suffer from many problem, demography isn't one of them.
Hindus are 85% of Indian population and still get a lots of grief from Secularists.
They will still get grief even if they are 90% or 95%.
Mr Sudarshan has two problems
1) His perception that Hindus are under siege. This is incorrect, or only partially correct as the biggest challenge to Hinduism is from gospel spewing Secularists/Communists, who ironically are Hindus (or born Hindus)
2) His assessment that community bearing more children will have a better survival.
This might be true for animal kingdom (and even there it is not univeral truth, Humans are animal after all and their reproduction rate is very low).
However in human civilization survival depeneds largely on skills and unity. Skill comes from education and knowledge.Unity comes from a shared awareness (which itself is dependent on awareness) and a common sense of purpose for future.
If Hindus have to survive (and survival is not enough, progress is what matters),
they have to gain knowledge.
It is ironic (and sad) that an organization which professes to promote Indian heritage missed this.
This is the reason western civilization despite low fertility rate is still predominant.
This is also the reason that Islam is a sad caricature of its heritage, and reduced to fighting for past grievances (real or imagined).
Update: Indian express gloats, in my view justifiably
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 10:03 am
Indian Express criticizes, correctly in my view, competency (or lack of it) of Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patil.
While Mr Patil's sartorial sense is impeccable, his ability to handle internal security of India (which even at the best of times is complicated, if not downright treacherous) is questionable.
Half-brained and half hearted measures taken by him are further aggravated by his sense of pop-sociology (in words of Indian Express).
In short Mr. Patil is a minister India can do without (along with many of his colleagues in present dispension).
What Indian Express fails to mention (deliberately ?), that Sonia Gandhi is accountable for failure of Mr. Patil, considering it's due to her approval that Mr. Patil is still in cabinet.
Update: Sandeep has this to say about Mr Patil
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 9:40 am
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Via Indian Express
'Enough blood, time to stop violence'
Hello....... May be you should ask your comrades across the border to do that.
"...... Advocating restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir, the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference on Thursday said resolution of Kashmir issue was not possible without an end to violence in the state.... "
"..However, the statement said restoration of peace and end to violence was not possible till the Kashmir issue is resolved. ...."
Ahh, the duplicity
"Reacting to Wednesday’s car bomb explosion outside the Corporate Headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir Bank that left four people dead and scores others injured, the Hurriyat said the amalgam was against attacks on innocent people.
We do not believe in just condemnation but practically want an end to violence at whatever form or level, the statement said."
A more clear cut case of casuistry could not have been
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 10:20 pm
Now, husband can ask for maintenance
Now only if I could find a women with lots of bucks and disgustingly banal tastes
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 10:18 pm
I started as invisible microbe and now I am lowly insect(thanx to page visit VSNL :-).
I did however got visit from Nitin and Atanu (this means I should keep commenting however irrelevant that may be )
At this rate after a life time I will be walking on two legs.
One of the visit I got was for this http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=Manmohan+%2B+doctrine&meta= and I am second!
What this means is that Manmohan Doctrine will be stillborn !
But at least I was contender !
Update: This put me in google
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 9:44 pm
Being stripped of portfolio was disagreeable: Natwar
".....A day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi sought to distance herself from him in connection with the Iraq Oil-for-Food kickbacks scam, former external affairs minister K Natwar Singh on Wednesday admitted that he found the Prime Minister's decision to strip him of his portfolio "disagreeable"...."
Old man whining like this will not endear you to Madam
"However, he stuck to his view that if a stronger resolution was tabled at the IAEA meeting in Vienna on Iran's nuclear issue on November 24 of referring it to the UN Security Council, Government must take a "very careful look" as any such move would create a "very big mess". "
Some people never learn do they ?
Ahh, sweet irony
I am beginning to love this guy.
Where else you will find such rare combination of arrogance and stupidity.
I am still wondering why in heavens he cant keep his mouth shut.
I mean he is dense, but this much!
The only reasons that I can think of is
1) He is guilty and knows something about Congress as well, he is just keeping pressure so that Sonia saves him from probe and (hopefully) give him back his earlier portfolio
2) He has made a pact with left to pin Manmohan Singh getting favour in return.
Both seems stupid to me ...... hmmm ok he is dense and delusional
More Natwar love here , here , here and here .
And this too.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 9:26 pm
When UPA came to power, many people were certain that it would be held hostage to whims of comrades.
The apprehension was ofcourse correct and unfolding series proved that beyond any doubt.
A little more than one year after UPA came to power, all the talk of further economic reform has died. Sure Thambi Chidambaram does make noises about allowing FDI in retail or disinvesting PSU's, but any such heresy is swiftly repudiated by "friends of comman men".
Left's intransigence in economic matters could be rationalized as pandering to its base consisting of union thugs/indolent PSU workers, who have to be kept motivated in view of coming assembly elections.
However left's undue interest in defense/foreign policy is alarming.
Ofcourse even initially CMP's promise of "independent foreign policy" was concession to communist delusions of NAM/Anti-Imperialism. But it was generally understood that this was one area of where consensus will prevail (I am not a great supporter of consensus, but in this case I am happy with policy direction).
But Left's actions (noted below) since past few days is getting more and more bizarre and, what's a matter of concern, openly hostile to GOI's policy.
1) Left, SP use Iran to warn UPA: we are over 100 MPs, you better ...
2) Cong target at SP's Iran rally, Left mum
3) Left threatens vote on Iran in Parliament
I am trying to understand why left will unneccessarily make things hard for gentle Doctor.
It could be for following reasons,
1) To reassure its base. However I dont see that workers or marginal farmers will have any interest in defense/foreign policy
2) To show Manmohan Singh who is the boss, so that he does get any ideas. What left is doing is too shrill.
3) Prakash Karat is a hardliner and he is reorienting left towards a more dogmatic/traditional position. I don't see any gains out of it.
4) Or is it possible that left is aiming towards a 3rd front government, either during this parliament or the next one (in case this one is dissolved)?
At present, parties like SP are already aligned with Left and with Deve Gowda getting more and more bellicose, it can be assumed that he will side with a more pro-poor alignment.
Regional parties have, in general comfortable relation with left and will be more favourable towards any dispension led by left.
With BJP in a disarray , 3rd front is going to be the major gainer in next elections.
If this is true then it is certainly not a good news for Madam or Doctor.
Update: Sandeep is also frustrated with left
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 3:13 pm
Via Telegraph !
Move for IIT, IIM minority quota,
".... A committee set up by the human resource development ministry has recommended reservation for minority students in professional institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
The committee will meet tomorrow to discuss the report. Arjun Singh, who holds the ministry and will preside over the meeting, may find it difficult to ignore the recommendation... "
Arjun Singh finding it difficult!
On the contrary he will be more than happy to further his agenda of Muslism appeasement.
In fact, I think that this is a sham committe set up so that Arjun Singh can use it's recommendations as a fig leaf for his partisan agenda.
The irony is that Muslims are really lagging as a community and the more their secular
pimp leaders peddle this divisive agenda more they will suffer.
Update: BJP reacts , I dont think this proposal will get any serious thinking from government.
But the thought of politicians stooping to such low levels is troubling to me
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 2:59 pm
Nitin in a recent post on SAARC questioned the rationale behind SAARC, considering this is just yet another forum for Pakistan to bring bilateral issues with India on table and highlighted the ongoing intrigue to bring China as observer in order to counter Indian influence, opining that it is a bad news to India.
Well it has happened !
Arghhhhh! Now excuse me while I smash to bits everything in my office in a fit of rage.
Along with China, Japan has also been conferred Observer status.
I am sure our mandarins will think of this as neutralising China.
Err... , even if we ignore (and I dont see how !) China's ruthless and shwred policy manoeuvres, gentleman it's china who is neighbour and more hence capable of playing mischief (which it will sooner or later). I just dont see how Japan can neutralise China !
As they say in Yankeeland, Here goes the neighbourhood !
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Indian express comes heavily on JNU for protesting during PM's speech
Intellectual bankruptcy of JNU is hardly a news to me, considering how its alumni indulge in manipulations and intrigues to further their ideology.
However what I find surprising is that Indian Express fails to note that JNU was in fact product of Congress itself!
Jawahar Lal Nehru (aka Chacha Clueless) and his daughter Indira Gandhi intentionally enocuraged socialism/communism, in order to monopolise Indian intellectual space,because, power comes naturally when you have controlled mind.
This means ofcourse, to suppress not only any intellecutal dissension , but any intellectual debate whatsoever by branding others as revisionist/elitist/capitalist.
The result ofcourse is intellectual equivalent of indulging in mutual masturbation or incest
It is ofcourse ironical that communism/socialism used the same methods they claimed they were fighting against.
The result is ofcourse that the power (whether in academics or medua) is controlled by communist or their sympathisers, who will do stoop to any deceit in order to promote their ideological agenda.
Ofcourse it is amusing to see these ladies and gentlemen biting the very hand that fed them.
But I think irony is lost on Mr. Shekar Gupta, who to me, seems a sympathiser of Congress.
However, one important point he raises why must tax payers pay money so that communists can play hookey. Us iitians get lot of grief for this (I am against subsidies to IIT btw.), but unlike JNU, IIT can atleast claim to be contributing something , however modest it may be.
As an aside it reminded me of this post (via DesiPundit), where blogger had posted a picture which depited a swastika shaped building in JNU campus, although the blogger didn't say anything outright about this, her discomfiture(consternation?) was palpable (or it might be that I am being biased here, given my distrust of all things communists).
However the comments to that post went like "Swastika in JNU, what a sacrilege to secularism!" .
Update: This is good (by Madhoo)
To me however, it is not surprising at all.
In fact I expect that Central Government will continue to do nothing in future,unless Pranab da ,
who is one of the better leader in Congress, convinces Madam, a difficult task considering Madam has hardly any experience or intelligence.
Via Indian Express,
Massive bomb in Srinagar.
This is ofcourse a serious concern and Indian government must take strong steps whict send unambiguous signal to "foreign-powers-which-will-not-be-named" that terrorism will not be tolerated.
In my humble opinion following steps will be a good start
1) India should issue a stern warning to Pakistan
2) India should summon Pakistani ambassador and criticize Pakistan for failing to curb terrorism.
3) PM should call Mussharaf and tell in no uncertain terms that India will not tolerate any more terrorism and this time it is for real, and NO it is not like past unreal real, but this time really real.
4) Whine before US/UN/EU/Japan/China/Elbonia that how Paskitan is being mean to India.
5) Ask Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Shaban Azaami,Kuldeep Nayyar,Arundhati Roy/Bono to light candels at Wagah or alternatively organize a concert to make Terrorism history
6) Claim that terrorists are just misguided/disaffected/repressed bacchaas (youths) who are angry at being marginalised/denied paradise/denied handouts/denied hashish.
7) Organise mushairas to encourage people-to-people contact with added attraction of delicious kebabas/muglai cuisine
Related Links. Nitin calls India banana republic , I disagree, banana republics were soft because of external pressure, India is crippled by its own self doubt/fatalism/pacifism.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Via Indian Express,
Sonia Gandhi asserts that anyone found guilty will be punished.
Apparently this time Madam (thankfully for her) did not take counsel from same genius person, who gave the idea of suing UN/Volcker.
In view of above there are three possiblities.
1) Madam is buying time. She is thinking, in my view correctly, that present spotlight will be shifted to some other scandal/controversy/tragedy , then it will be possible to give Volcker report a silent burial.
2) Madam has decided, that Natwar Singh is too much of trouble what with his rants and comic posturings and will let go of him, this will save goverment future blushes. She can also claim moral highground (which this government sorely needs).
3) Or, as Indian Express (?) speculated,it might be, that Natwar Singh knows something which if he exposes,will put Congress and Madam in a compromising situation.In that case, Madam can use investigation to keep pressure on Natwar Singh.
Update: from here, here and here it seems like a spin, Oh well !
Since I am pretty new at this (this means blogging), I had inadvertently turned comment moderation on, and since I did not expect that anyone will be actually reading it, I never thought anything was amiss.
Today I found out to my surprise that I had many comments for moderation.
Most of them were from Nigerian bureaucrats/wall street jockeyes or people anxious to enhance my assets/virility.
However there were few "kaadardan" (or Qadardaan ? ), who were "Meherbaan" on this "Naacheez" and had taken pains to comment on my posts.
Nitin, Quizman and Sachin(??), thanks for your valuable time.
Now "Galti se mistake" part in this is, in my indecent hurry to get rid of anonymous benefactors offering me, dollars/investment advice/mojo, I rejected comments of Quizman and
I assure you gentlemen that it was a honest mistake caused by my ineptitude rather than any malice.
I hope I will be excused this slight.
Moderation is off now. Ofcourse.
Quizman : Yes I am planning to buy it.I read your interesting and thought - provoking post on secularism, I will be posting my two pennies on this topic in near future.
Nitin: While I think Manmohan Singh will be allowed to shift his chair to right by Prakash and Gang, I am doubtful that he will be allowed to use his right limbs. Also left will not encourage usage of such obvious imperialist terms such as "right and wrong".
Sachin: Well said, bro ;-)
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 2:46 pm
We'll kill Maoist supporters: Ranvir Sena.
I am afraid of another round of massacre in Bihar.
Now Prafull Bidwai is a much maligned man in blogosphere (and rightly so) for his communist rantings.
However I do think that we do dishonour to C Raja Mohan by not questioning his level of self deception and chicanery.
However today he does a Marc antony , by chiding government for showing considerably less enthusiasm in peace process , in view of support to terrorism by Pakistan.
In his words,
"....After that, it just took one brutal act of terrorism in the Capital to take the chutzpah out of India’s quake diplomacy with Pakistan. Although India held its peace and did not blame Pakistan for the bombings, and went ahead with the talks on opening the Line of Control in J&K, Delhi’s quake diplomacy has begun to lose steam...."
In other words, security and life of Indians be damned, we will take peace at any costs, be it grovelling before General, rolling up like dogs before pakistani military or ultimate disintegration of our nation.
I think modern civilization is afflicted by a new breed of diseased, "Peace Mongers".
I propose that C Raja Mohan deserves a good fisking , few wedgies and a good nick name.
Update: Well I forgot this post by Nitin, he did give a fisking albeit a gentle one ! I want it to be strong and hard
In today's op-ed Shekhar Gupta, expresses displeasure at UPA tepid response to growing menance of Naxalism.
Since this government came to power, Maoists in various parts of India are becoming more and more adacious.
In A.P., they were apparently encouraged by Congress to undermine Naidu during assembly elections, as a quid-pro-quo YSR Reddy lifted ban on them and invited them for negotiations.
As happens elsewhere, they took advantage of cease fire to regroup (and to re-establish contact with other Maoists group), rearm and recruit volunteers.
Once they had achieved their objectives, they cocked a snook at the negotiations and resumed violence, attacking state apparatus, in order to maintain their stranglehold in rural A.P.
In Bihar, Naxalites have used the prevalent social oppression and lawlessness to hold sway over a large part of central Bihar.
Same can be said for Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.
Alarmingly, there are reports of Naxalites presence in Karnataka, and even in my Home state U.P.
What is more, there is a fear of Naxalites establishing a "corridor of influence" from Nepal to A.P. and Karnataka.
The responses to this menance has been varied, while in AP villagers are figthing back against Naxalites, the government is confused.
Bihar is without arguement, the worst case, I have a fear that if this trend continues Bihar will plunge in full -fledged civil war in coming years. All the political parties support either Naxalites or Upper -caste armies, so willingness of local politician to tackle this problem is doubtful.
Jharkhand and Chattisgarh have shown more willing ness in fighting Naxalites with government actively arming the communties to fight, however, considering BJP, which is the P - in- P in those states, has not come up with coherent strategy.BJP ofcourse being in throes of power struggle has more important concerns than being a responsible opposition.
Now having said all this, my point is, we can not expect much from Congress because,
1) Despite having few sensible leaders like Pranab Mukharjee, congress is by and large hosatge to "secular fundamentalists", and "Nehruvian stalinists", now these category of gentlemen (and ladies) prefer to bury their head in sands of myth of pacifism and victimhood and deny reality . The denial is ofcourse because it contradicts their theories(delusions ? ) about utopian and egalitarian society, so instead of facing the situation as it is they dabble in root causes and moral equivalance.
2) Sonia Gandhi is not the brightest bulb in house (to put it mildly), Manmohan Singh is pragmatic, but I doubt he has ears of Madam. In fact, Sonia Gandhi has all the reasons to be suspicious of him emerging as parallel power of center.
Further, I doubt that doctor has any experience in internal security and most likely he will go with the crowd.
3) I have a strong belief that Sonia Gandhi is modeling herself as Indira Gandhi (no doubt encouraged by her darbaris), this will mean, that internal policy will be dictated more by ideology than facts.
This will mean ofcourse that the government will fall back to root causes , misguided youths, marginalised people etc etc.
4) In my opinion Congress represent all that is wrong with middle class (indifference,ignorance, apathy, glibness). We (of middle class), do not bother, unless the barbarians are at the gates and then act shocked and self righteous. It is for us (in middle classes) to understand that while self flagellation and lamentation might make for evoking verses, it do not make good policy.
Policy is made by logical thinking and correct judgement of facts.
What is surprising (or not ?) is that Mr. Gupta, who is on the mark when it comes to other issues, becomes sympathetic (counseling ?) when it comes to discussing inherent incompetency of Big tent party.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
This post, (via Desi Pundit) or to be precise, the innuendo in it which is inane, yet oft-repeated,
has prompted me to write my own impression of Michael Crichton's State of Fear.
First, I have to admit I was disappointed by the novel.The style of novel was too pulp and tenor too earnest as opposed to almost ironic (sardonic?) tone of his earlier novels.
Apparently Crichton's was trying too hard to debunk global warming.
However, the gist or moral of the novel , that environmentalism has become modern dogma and global waraming secular version of D-Day, is still relevant, notwithstanding disappointing literary style.
The other moral, about which Crichton has written in prevous books, is the fallacy (hubris?) that humans know enought about ecology to preserve it, or that life is in danger from human actions.
Whether global warming is occuring because of human activities, what is the rate of it and, what is more important, what is the effect should be open for further research.
Sadly rigid dogma and ad hominem attacks coupled with fearmongering, which goes for modern liberalism, will ensure that an interesting and critical area of study will be hostage to idealogical posturing and turf far.
Lastly, from the link that above link linked to (some bad construct this is......)
"IS global warming and the FEAR of a doomsday the only reason for us to care about the environment? Is fear the only motivating factor behind going green?"
, and, " I consider myself as someone who cares about the environment. I believe that we should act to ".........
Truly noble intentions, however, as someone (Samuel Johnson ?) remarked , "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" (This idea, expectedly,finds resonance in the book.)
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 6:11 pm
Thursday, November 10, 2005
So Nutwar Singh went and how.
In order to save his skin he dissed his own government and his own leader by trashing Indian foreign policy to ingratiate Left.
Keeping in mind Congress expertise in stone walling investigations,
I don't see any result coming out from Pathak commission which has been set up to investigate Volcker report.
Even if he is not guilty of any fiduciary misconduct, he should not be reinstated considering his irresponsible actions.
But if responsibility and honesty were criteria for present government, He would not have been in the cabinet in the first place.
Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Weakest ?
surely you jest !
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Alka argues, in my view, correctly, that credit for success of Indian democracy goes to Indian culture and tradition and, not to our British inheritance.
The post was with reference to Manmohan Singh's address to Oxford, although a old issue now, yet post is worth reading.
India was hardly a stagnant society, even in the middle ages, when it was challanged most by brute force of Turkish ,Arab and Afgan invaders .
Indian past is full of reformers and leaders who strived to end the social inequality and while religious dogma and social intolerance has prevaled many times, there has always been a strong counter thrust for reform. The tradition of plurality and open mindedness has ensured Indian survival in the past.
The present challange to this plural tradition comes, not from extremism, as is thought generally, but from apathy and indifference of educated classes.
The reason for this apathy and indifference is among other things secular fundamentalism.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Just finished Among the believers.
What is remarkable is Naipaul prediction of the fundamentalist turn Islam will take in the coming decades.
His prediction came at the time when West was obsessed with communism.
It was only after 9/11 that US woke up to the danger Islamic terrorism posed to western civilization.
I have read only two of his books and I liked both, for Naipaul's prose and his insight of human nature and civilization.
I think his insight comes from his being born in a stranded culture and his subsequent efforts to discover his cultural identity.
Thus spake doubtinggaurav at 10:24 pm
Manmohan Singh strips Nutwar Singh of his portfolio.
Nitin considers this a welcome move.
However I am sceptical about this, considering, the way Congress tried to dodge this issue initially.
What is more Mr. Natwar Singh is still a minister,albeit without portfolio and while he can no longer do any further harm in policy matters, as a part of cabinet he still can influence decision making process.
Further, though GOI has appointed diplomat Virendra Dayal to collect evidence from Volcker comittee,considering the history of UPA government, it seems more like a time buying tactics than genuine concern for integrity and responsibility for polity.
Moreover Volcker also named Congress as the beneficiary of the "oil for food scam", which is much more serious than involvement of Natwar Singh, however this aspect is getting overlooked (deliberately ?).
GOI and it's moral overseer are hoping that this issue will be forgotten and quiently with passage of time.
With opposition in disarray,this seems to be most likely outcome.Iwth