The world’s newest and most complex subway is being built hundreds of meters below Mumbai. 8,000 people are working 24 hours a day using 17 boring machines each more than 100 meters to build the 34 kilometer long, 27 station underground subway system. It has faced every possible challenge imaginable – flooding, repeated court challenges due to noise or potential risk to buildings, work stoppage, damage to religious places, land acquisition challenges, deaths being blamed on the projects, and relocating people into multi-story buildings from government’s forest land and then teaching such affected people as to how to use gas connections (as before they were using firewood), internet and many others.
The project which only started in 2016 should be completed by 2021 is progressing now on plan at the rate of more than 1.5 kilometers per day. Hope Mumbaikars would be grateful for the completion of a moderful, technologically complex subway system – and today of course all are being inconvenienced even as the thousands of workers are working hard toiling away to finish this project.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
- 14 Jan 2019
Some seem to get very quick court hearing and also very special treatment. For example:
* A court heard and extended former Union minister P. Chidambaram’s arrest for weeks.
* The same minister got relief of weeks in questioning by the Enforcement Directorate.
* Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi could get a Supreme Court hearing to question why the IT department was reopening a tax assessment, citing likely fraud. They get special permission for appearing in court, easily get bail, easily get court hearing.
* Lalu Prasad Yadav, while he cannot contest elections due to criminal conviction, easily got bail.
So we wonder if there cases merit special treatment or are they special, or could there be something else? Sadly, writers have got arrested for expressing their freedom of speech and they are in jails for months. Crores of Sabarimala devotees have to wait for a court hearing.
Get us wondering…
- 21 Dec 2018
The GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED TEMPLE BOARD is in a panic and finally admits that DEVOTEES ARE DOWN 60% AND TEMPLE DONATIONS ARE DOWN 70% during the current pilgrimage season. They are worried as salaries may not be paid. And now believe it or not they are running Ads in neighboring states to attract devotees – WHAT A JOKE? And the sad thing what they are not talking about is – the Kerala government and the temple board are using Temple funds for Ads. Did the Devotees agree to this – it is like using YOUR MONEY TO HURT?
The current anti-majority Kerala communist government pushed for entry of certain the Lord’s wishes. The Supreme Court passed a highly controvertible and precedent setting decision overturning 1,000+ of years of religious practice. Central government has been so quiet. So no one is representing the Devotees other than themselves.
Lord Swami Ayyappa… bless the devotees !!!
- 7 Dec 2018
No surprise – Pakistan has been very selective in choosing only certain journalists to cover the opening of the road to a highly regarded sikh pilgrimage site or the Kartarpur Corridor. AFTER INDIA’S INITIATIVE, ONLY FEW OF THESE JOURNALISTS CHOSE TO PUT ANY PRESSURE ON PAKISTAN TO DO IT PART TO OPEN THIS PILGRIMAGE CORRIDOR.
So who are these journalists loved by Pakistan, here are a few of the 30 or so
* Barkha Dutt, The Week
* Rajdeep Sardesai, India Today
* Siddharth Varadarajan, The Wire
* Sagarika Ghose, The Timesof India
* Sahasini Haider, The Hindu
Indian nationalists would accuse several of the selected (in) famous journalists of praising Pakistan at different times and being highly critical of India’s tough stand against Pakistan as well as our armed forces.
So is there any surprise why they were invited ?… Better watch for their confused and favorable coverage of Pakistan after their visits…
- 30 Nov 2018
The western world and even a large section of India’s copycat English media wants us to believe that American Christian missionary John Allen Chau is now a martyr as he died on Andaman & Nicobar islands. This is sad end but these are some of things he was trying to do:
* He calls people of these islands “SATAN’S LAST STRONGHOLD“. Really … are we all devils and live in devils lands?
* He wanted to coerce through any means possible, as so many missionaries before him have done and continue to do, to force his religion on the peace loving isolated people of these islands.
* He felt the islands people (or read tribes) are worthy only if they accepted his views. So hidden by religion, this was a strategy of “DOMINATION & SUPREMACY meant to to crush nonconforming cultures and to tame and control them. In fact this is what the white Europeans in Africa, Australia, South and Latin America and the British pushed hard in India.
Chau was an invader in every sense of the world. OUR SENTINEL PEOPLE HAVE LIVED IN ISOLATION AND PEACE AND DO NOT WANT ANY OUTSIDERS. They did what they felt necessary to protect their people, their island and life.
Sadly, such aggression has brought world attention to these islands, and now more intruders may try to enter – all of which is illegal.And now the Indian police is left to retrieve the body in very dangerous conditions.
And such christian evangelical & missionary push for conversion of our own people, really an aggression on our people, is happening in so many parts of India.
- 29 Nov 2018
Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey seems to be in the news for the wrong reasons. The latest is his holding and arguably supporting a poster that says “Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy”. Such statements whether written or spoken are viewed as “attempts to promote hatred and disharmony between castes or communities. The punishment is up to three years.”
This poster reportedly emerged after the Twitter CEO met privately and secretly with women journalists who say that he was handed this poster. Regardless, both he and the other women journalists who created such a poster could be found guilty if and when the law takes it its natural course. And hope it will …
- 20 Nov 2018
Well known local Karnataka journalist, Santhosh Thammaiah, was arrested by Karnataka police. And slapped him with charges of hurting religious feelings. Journalist Santhosh has been writing against the current government and ruling secular political parties in the state about so many lawless and illegal things happening in the state:
* Muslim migration from Kerala to hill regions to change the demography, encouraged by certain political parties.
* Protesting Tipu Sultan celebrations. Why, because Tipu influenced by islamic ideology killed many hindus in the state and destroyed so many temples.
* Allowed illegal workers from Bangladesh to populate certain forest areas.
* Allowing Rohingya muslims, who are all illegals to settle in parts of the state.
* And much more.
Isn’t it the job of journalists (and sadly there are only a few brave ones) to highly problems and issues caused or overlooked by the government and police? Why are such people being arrested at midnight and treated like criminals?
- 16 Nov 2018
It is really hard to miss the Supreme Court opposite treatment of two prestigious and famous matters.
The Ayodhya – Ram Janmabhoomi case needs a settlement – however the Supreme Court’s hearings and final judgment keeps getting delayed for decades.
On the other hand, on the Sabarimala issue, the court has ruled against the 1,000s year old traditions – probably a hurried judgment. And when the judgement was appealed on henalf of lakhs and crores of devotees and even when they sought an emergency hearing, the Supreme Court has refused to hear these?
Source: Business Standard
- 15 Nov 2018
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey was on his first visit to India. While he was lucky to get his first meeting with PM Modi, most people feel he was rude and highly disrespectful of India and Prime Minister. The meeting had so many negatives:
* He was so so casually dressed – black hoodie or sweatshirt, casual or black leather pants, casual shoes.
* He was cross-legged, a huge sign of disrespect.
* He took with him a Mahima Kaul, an employee who has been a strong Modi – hater.
It was not clear if one was going to the vegetable market, or to see a picture to meet one of the most important people in the world. Would he have done the same in meetings (if he got one) with the US President or heads of many other countries?
Was this a mistake or done on purpose by one who is nearly half the age of the Prime Minister? What was hoped to be achieved or what was achieved? Was it to show that the head of one minor social media company superior to Prime Minister of India?
- 14 Nov 2018
With the controversial limits on lighting firecrackers, not sure if Diwali – Deepavali would be a happy one. After all firecrackers are one of the biggest things to look forward to… Still we wish all a VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS DIWALI – DEEPAVALI.
But if the Supreme Court really wants to help reduce pollution, then the biggest contributor to pollution world over is the PRODUCTION OF BEEF – “animal livestock farming produces 18% of the world’s greenhouse gases, which as a comparison is more than the pollution from ALL CARS and PLANES TOGETHER. And even among all meat, “BEEF is the absolute worst. Beef production uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than the production of pork or chicken.” ACs are also big producer of greenhouse gas pollution.
SO LET US BAN BEEF, ACs & MANY OTHER THINGS BEFORE WE BAN DIWALI FIRECRACKERS…
HAPPY DIWALI – DEEPAVALI !
- 6 Nov 2018
India has issued Aadhaar cards to nearly 120 crore residents (remember it is not a citizenship test), and it is fast becoming a safe, secure, trusted source of ones identity.
Ad in addition, Aadhaar has allowed us to root out corruption and save precious taxpayers money in many ways. These include:
* Cancellation of more than 3.5 crore-plus fake LPG connections
* Exposing of 3 crore fake ration cards
* Exposing of 1 crore plus fake MGNREGA accounts
* Exposing of 4.4 lakh-plus ghost mid-day meal scheme accounts
* Finding 1.3 lakh ghost teachers and even 13 lakh ghost farmer accounts.
All in all, more than Rs. 70,000 crores has already been saved and multiples of this amount are likely to be saved in the coming years !!!
- 5 Nov 2018
Not only does the Kerala government want to deliberately hurt the majority community (Hindus) sentiment by violating 2,000 year old traditions of the Ayyappa Swami temple, BUT IT IS CALLING ALL PROTESTORS TERRORISTS … REALLY.
Nearly 5 Crore of ordinary and everyday Keralites – of all ages, from all castes and walks of live have taken time out of their busy days to spontaneously protest both the Supreme Court controversial ruling to allow women of all ages into the temple, and the Kerala government’s rush to implement this.
BUT …. THE KERALA GOVERNMENT SAYS YOU ARE A TERRORIST…LIKE ISIS, KILLERS AND THE LIKE ==> BECAUSE YOU WANT TO PROTECT 2,000 YEAR OLD TRADITIONS. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT ?
- 2 Nov 2018
Four more personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in broad daylight in Naxalite infested Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Six soldiers were traveling in a mine protected vehicle when the naxalites triggered a powerful land mine blast – 4 soldiers died and 2 were badly injured.
BEFORE WE FORGET, THESE WERE 6 MORE KILLINGS OR SEVERE INJURIES. TILL NOW, SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF SOLDIERS HAVE DIED OR BEEN BADLY WOUNDED IN THIS LONG FIGHT WITH THE NAXALITES.
We are slowly clearing districts after districts of naxalites and the total number of soldier losses are going down. BUT THERE ARE STILL LOSSES …LET US NEVER FORGET THAT … AND ALSO THE SACRIFICES OF THESE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Source: The pioneer
- 1 Nov 2018
Supreme Court’s controversial ruling allowing entry of women of All Ages into Lord Ayyappa temple has met with immense sadness, anger and protests by lakhs and crores of devotees (specially led by women of all ages) in Kerala and all over India. This logic of this ruling is being questioned and appealed.
One activist – Rehana Fathima, per news reports had told friends that she was carrying blood soaked used sanitary napkins in her “Irumudi” or the basket one carries on one’s head. And she was planning to throw this at Lord Ayyappa itself at his sanctum sanctorum?
REALLY… WOULD YOU TAKE BLOOD SOAKED USED SANITARY NAPKINS TO A FRIEND’S HOUSE, LET ALONE A TEMPLE, AND THAT TOO SABARIMALA WHERE THE DEITY IS AN ETERNAL BRAHMACHARI?
- 30 Oct 2018
After the highly controversial and some might say hasty Supreme Court verdict, Kerala IGP S Sreejith stated possibly under pressure from their bosses, the Kerala Communist Government, that “the police will do their duty at any cost and will do everything possible to implement the Supreme Court verdict.” The IG Police and the police force has come under heavy criticism. This officer and his crew were seen escorting women of other faiths into the temple complex (but luckily no one to gain entry) and was even seen giving his police uniform and helmet, which is against service rules.
Now it is being reported that IG Police S. Sreejith who is also a Ayyappa devotee, WHICH MEANS HE ABIDES BY LORD AYYAPPA’S WISHES ON ENTRY RESTRICTIONS, entered the temple as civilian (and not as a police officer) was seen weeping while offering prayers at the sanctum sanatorium of the temple.
It is no doubt a difficult choice, but common sense would tell you that a 1,000 year tradition should get more respect than a hasty Supreme Court decision which may eventually get overturned and if not, a law may be passed to allow devotees in a way that respects the Lord!
- 23 Oct 2018