A dalit youth was killed during the 200 anniversary celebrations of the victory of the British and Dalits in the Battle of Koregaon in Pune. Without a doubt, celebrating the victory of British forces by some of your country citizens (Dalits in this case) over Indias (especially the Marathas) is doubly painful to swallow. But that was then, and now times have changed. Further, as is the case with most celebrations, most attendees are unlikely to know or even care about the historical significance of such events. Hence, it soooooooooo terrible that our anger has led to deaths, leading to waves of protests in Mumbai, Pune and other parts of the Maharashtra, leading to more bandhs, burning of public properties, buses and trains. Most of Mumbai came to a standstill. Each of us needs to think if such disturbances can be avoided?
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 4 Jan 2018
Just as what India has been telling the world for many years, the US President said, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars (translates to nearly Rs. 215,000 crores) in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.” MOST INDIANS WOULD SAY… SO TRUE!!!
Some nationalists in India, who are most of the time at the receiving end from mainstream media then said, “Dear RahulG, when will you see Pak “drama” instead of targeting Indian army. Are you rushing Aiyers to hug & console Pak over the snub?” Our Foreign Minister has totally ruled out any possibility any India-Pakistan cricket matches, pointing the 1,000+ border violations Pakistan each year, and the list of issues only keeps growing.
Will Pakistan change for the better? Your guess is as good as any?
Source: Money control
- 3 Jan 2018
Assam and other north-eastern states have suffered real badly with illegal immigration from Bangladesh. Despite decades of agitation, the native population only lost out with illegals who then acquired all rights including illegal citizenship.
After decades of delay, and with oversight from the Supreme Court, Assam has published the initial National Register of Citizens (NRC) which shows only around 190 lakh people to be legal citizens out of total of over 330 lakh people. BASED ON THIS, THE INITIAL CONCLUSION IS AROUND 140 LAKH PEOPLE ARE ILLEGAL RESIDENTS AS THEY ENTERED INDIA AFTER 25 MARCH 1971.
Any such large numbers will now be big headaches as to what to do next with them? Where will India send them back to? Who will take them?
- 2 Jan 2018
Muslim women won the hard fought battle to ban triple talaq after the Lok Sabha recently passed the bill, and Rajya Sabha soon will to make instant “triple talaq” illegal. Till now, Muslim women lived in constant fear of being divorced by a man anytime, over the phone, thru text messages, email or by post – just by saying TALAQ, TALAQ, TALAQ.
All this started when a divorced Muslim women and mother of two children approached the Indian courts (and fully supported by the present NDA government) which ruled this practice to be illegal. With confidence and awareness from this win, Muslim women are out to make polygamy illegal – a practice where a Muslim man can have 4 wives.
SURVEY say 90+% OF MUSLIM WOMEN OPPOSE THIS & OTHER PRACTICES. And while this is expected to be A MAJOR BATTLE, Muslim women are taking on the fight to have in place a well-defined Muslim law that criminalizes polygamy, unilateral divorce, child custody and child marriage. WOW!!!
Source: Zee news
- 1 Jan 2018
Yes – our first reaction is to laugh at this idea which is okay and to be expected. But seriously, with our giant population we generate a lot of urine. Human urine or Cow urine contains a lot of nitrogen, which is the most important ingredient of Urea – a critical fertilizer used by farmers. Currently, India imports a lot of urea so this will save our import bill. Simple right! Well sort off. The concept is new and has not been tried before.
There are many technical and logistical challenges – like collecting the urine, paying for it, its freshness, purification, storing in bank, scaling up, many more and then its usage in making urea. We can laugh all we want ==> but to make it work – many technical challenges to be worked out.
AND WHEN IT WORKS, WE CAN BE PROUD CONTRIBUTORS AND FEEL GOOD AS IT WILL BE A “MAKE IN INDIA” SUCCESS STORY !!!
Source: Times of India
- 15 Nov 2017
Bollywood also, and not just Hollywood has arguably a lost list of UNREPORTED SEXUAL ABUSE, HARASSMENT AND SCANDALS. Once Kerala actress flew outstation to meet a film director in his hotel room at 9:00 pm. Being much more of a male dominated industry, sexual harassment is quite likely.
In fact leading and long-time producer Mahesh Bhatt indirectly admitted to such harassment’s existence when he was quoted to have said, “We cannot keep moral cops outside every film office to see that no girl is being exploited“. So is he saying that – such harassment are cases so common that it would be difficult to police – whether by moral policing or real policing?
Sadly very few cases of sexual harassment are even reported – in Bollywood or elsewhere.
- 14 Nov 2017
Demonetization or “Demo”, the overnight ban of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes provided a massive shock to those with black money, corruption and terror funding. Yes it does create difficulties, long lines, jobs lost, business lost, slower economy, and much else – these are all short-term and visible, and it is easy to talk about this.
What is less obvious and visible many benefits are harder to see and understand:
a) fear and anxiety of those dealing in corruption and cash;
b) terror funding – printing of fake notes, freely distributing all can stop anytime,
c) more people filing income taxes,
d) cash is disappearing from larger transactions,
e) faster digitization, and many others.
Finally, most citizens have understood this and are supporting it and are patient, while the media and intellectuals are all upset. Future demo actions, yes they are going to come is our prediction, would be easier to prepare for and handle – would send new shock waves to the bad characters.
- 12 Nov 2017
Delhi is off and on covered with a toxic smog, some say pollution level are among the worst in over 30 years, with levels many times higher than what is safe.
So what are the causes:
a) road and building construction (this will get completed),
b) vehicle and factory emission (will only get worse) with population and industrial activity,
c) burning of crop residue by farmers in neighboring states, done yearly to clear the fields before sowing season (this is at specific times in a year).
DIWALI FIRECRACKERS ARE NOT AMONG THE TOP CAUSES. Yes – things are really bad with no easy solutions. Hope the Supreme Court will not jump in with some adhoc or controversial judgment, and instead let government and experts find proper solutions?
- 11 Nov 2017
Before the current government, Indian businesses and corporate houses had the unwritten assurance that if they failed or defaulted on their loans, the government of India would step in and provide relief or support. Companies borrowing excessively or gave loan guarantees to enable other companies to borrow. With Indian parliament passing the Bankruptcy law, companies get no special favours either written or unwritten. If a company defaults on a loan or a loan it provided a guarantee, then it could end up in bankruptcy proceedings with creditors making claims against the remaining value or assets of the company. In fact legal collection proceedings have been started against more than 400 companies with the list expected to balloon. Based on recent experiences of Ruia losing control Essar Oil and Essar Steel and Vijay Mallaya losing his ownership, promoters could lose big. While there is going to be lot of pain, the longer-term benefits are likely to be end of reckless borrowing, more equity by promoters and tax payers – which is all of us sharing and future losses and not taking 100% of the losses.
- 9 Nov 2017
A Qatar Airways flight from Qatar to Bali, Indonesia while flying over India made an emergency landing in Chennai. An Iranian woman, travelling with her child and husband found out by chance, after unlocking her husband’s phone with his fingers, that her husband was cheating her. She got really mad and started thrashing her husband. Flight attendants tried but could not make this woman stop. Sensing the safety of the other passengers and the plane, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Chennai, and then off loaded the woman, her husband and child. And then continuing on with its flight plans. So if you thought such things are heard of only in India, think again – they can happen anywhere.
- 9 Nov 2017