Posts Tagged ‘Politics

11
Sep
09

Dear ministers, you are only our servants.

Courtesy - Deccan Chronicle - 12/09/09

Courtesy - Deccan Chronicle - 12/09/09

Austerity is a term used when a national government reduces its spending, usually to pay back creditors. And austerity seems to be the buzz word in the Parliament of late. The UPA government’s decision to implement austerity measures, though welcome, has already created a storm in the political circles.  It all started when ministers SM Krishna and Shashi Tharoor were asked to check out of the luxury hotels they were staying at. However, this definitely was uncalled for, because as far as my knowledge is, both the ministers were living off on their own hard earned money and not the taxpayers.

The issue kicked in further when Finance minister P Chidambaram ‘requested’ his peers to travel in Economy class while flying domestic and Business while on International flights. Of course, something not easy to digest for the Baabus. Although they agreed to it, their call for 1st class on International flights is very much in the wrong direction. Sharad Pawar even went on to point out the “hazards” of flying economy was the prospect of being intruded upon by other passengers. Perhaps someone should remind dear Mr. Pawar, that he just a servant of the public and not vice versa.

Shashi Tharoor had responded to the situation, saying on Twitter:

I would be ashamed if I was spending the people’s money. But I’m not – I’m spending my own savings.

As long as the ministers pay from their own pockets for special privileges it is okay. Most of them are rich and buying an Executive class ticket as they wish won’t nuke their pockets. Like Mr. Tharoor says the ministers, who are mere representatives of the people, should be ashamed to spend the people’s money for their luxuries.

Moving on, Rahul Gandhi called for the Congress to return to power in Tamil Nadu. He was here in TN to kick of a youth recruitment drive all across the state. I really hope his dream comes true and end the dominance of self-centered regional parties. While an alliance with the DMK may be good at the moment, the Congress will definetely need to rethink about it in the future, especially if it hopes for a revival of the party, like it did in Uttar Pradesh.

29
Jun
09

LGBT rights in India: A contentious issue

Forty years after the the world witnessed the start of the gay rights movement in the form of New York’s Stonewall riots, Chennai became the latest city to hold a gay-parade. It felt nice seeing so many people of  alternative sexualities coming out in the open in flamboyance. Love it or hate it, homosexuality is here to stay. It is high time that we realise that the LGBT community are also human beings just like any of us.

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code is a highly debated subject in the media of late. The legislation has been misused by the police to harass gays and other sexual minorities for years now. Critics of the gay movement have been arguing that homosexuality is a western idea, which I find is totally absurd. Before the arrival of the British India used to be home to one of the most sexually liberated societies of the world. It was Vatsyayana, an Indian who taught the world the art of the Kamasutra. Stone carvings belonging to ancient India depict men having sex with men. Why, even bestiality has been depicted in these age old images.  The anti-gay laws were drafted in 1860 by the British at the height of the Victorian era, a time when Britain was in one of its most culturally conservative phases. So why this hypocritical idea that homosexuality is a western concept and we Indians should shun it?

Now if you are among those retards who think gays are sinners and Section 377 should be impossed stringently, then you should also realise the law does not just affect gays, but straight people like you and me too. This is what the law reads: “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.” In simple words the law says that anal or oral sex even between opposite sexes is a crime. Britain repealed its anti-gay laws in 1967, but 42 years down the line, India is still in the dark ages with respect to same sex relations. Critics allege that decriminalising gay-sex would increase child abuse cases and even spread HIV/AIDS. But fact of the matter is that it has proven to be the opposite. The government should rather change its rape laws so that both the genders are included as victims in it.

The current government has been so far taking a positive approach towards the issue. However law minister Mr.Veerappa Moily’s statement that ‘all groups would be consulted before taking a decision’, is not in the right direction. It is obvious that religious groups especially the Catholic Church will oppose any amendment in the law. India is a secular country and its laws should not be influenced by any religion. I’m a Catholic, but at the same time I’m also a human being. The Bible says gays are a disgrace, but the same Bible also says love one another and treat everyone equally. Not everything said in the Bible is right. You just have to take the positives out of  it, or any religious text for that matter.

India may still have a long way to go for gay-marriages, but at least decriminalising homosexuality would help it in being labelled a progressive country. But at the end of the day, it is not just the law books that matter, what goes on in our minds also play a major role. For years LGBT people have been subject to social stigma. ‘Normal’ people have been calling them ‘abnormal’ and a blot in the society. Unless and until we see a change in the homophobic attitude of the society, gays will still choose to remain in the closet. Homosexuality is nothing against nature, in fact even animals have been known to show homosexual behaviour. Why should we heterosexuals have problems with homosexuals, when they don’t have any problems with our sexuality. Right to Equality is a fundamental right in the democracy of ours, and it should apply to all kinds of people, sexual minorities included.

P.S: I had a tough time deciding whether or not to write this article as I was afraid that my friends would brand me a gay. This is the kind of stigma I’m talking about. But fact is I’m straight and also comfortable with my sexuality. But my straightness doesn’t mean I have the right to bash gays.

I’m Straight, but not Narrow

05
Jun
09

Communism = Lack of regard for human rights

Yesterday happened to be the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. It may sound funny but you know what, the number of people killed on that day depends on whether you are a communist or not. Now if you’re a Commie ass licker, you most probably will go by the ‘official’ figure given by the Chinese government which is 241. It’s not that bad is it? Well then read the following figures given by various other sources.

1. NATO Intelligence – 7000

2. Chinese Red Cross – 5000 dead, 30000 injured

3. Amnesty International -1000

4. A People’s Liberaton Army defector – more than 3700 excluding those denied medical assistance and died

5. Soviet Union – 10,000 (Maybe an exaggeration considering the conflicts between the countries)

Which is bigger? 241 or Amnesty’s minimum figure of 1000. You decide. Now the reason I’m writing this is my friend who thinks I’m a fuckin retard to diss communism instead of China, USSR or Cuba. Frankly, does it make a difference? Now he tells me to go and read Das Kapital to know the real communism. Well I don’t fuckin care about the Das Kapital but I do fuckin care about the people who’ve been violated in the name of a Das Kapital or A Communist Manifesto. My dear friend says you can’t judge all communists by judging one. OK, I get his point. I dared him to name one Commie head of state who has at least a decent human rights record. Lenin started by eliminating the Czars and Stalin continued his ‘good work’ in an even grander manner. We talk a lot about Nazi concentration camps, but then what about Stalin’s own concentration camps (Gulags). Some reports suggest even forced cannibalism took place there.

Havana sounds like heaven and that’s what it was, that is before Che and Castro. Hollywood is obsessed with the so called romanticism of Che Guevara’s life, despite the find that most director’s who made flicks on his ‘saga’ actually knew what a cold-blooded person he was. Today’s rock culture adherents idolise him. Gays look upto him for his ‘revolutionary inspiration’. How many of today’s counter-culture youth know that Che hated rock genre, that he jailed homosexuals? Tees with his face sell like pancakes. Isn’t it an irony that he hated Capitalism and his own face is the best way for making big money. It is a fact that Che ‘bravely killed even 14 year olds for disobeying him. Batista’s govt. may have been bad, but Castro’s is hell. It seems Communism means equality for all the people. But apparently Fidel hasnt heard of that bullshit. Racism in Cuba is worse than what it was in the US. Many of Cuba’s children are in the streets with their parents put in prison for protesting against the govt.

If you think Castro and Stalin are the worst, then wait till you hear about Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il. Only in a communist country can you be a President even long after your death. Kim Il Sung is gave himself the title, ‘Eternal President of the Republic’, and so he still continues to hold on to the post 15 years after he died for good. South Park jokingly once called Romania the ass hole of the world. But in my opinion,that title should go to North Korea. While democratic South Korea is fast becoming a global centre, its counterpart is in the feudal ages. North Korea goes officially by ‘Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea’. Really? Chinese Democracy was just a music album but we got ourselves an even better oxymoron ( or is it irony, I’m not sure) The whole world knows of the elder Kim’s numerous illicit affairs. But truth is none of his countrymen are even aware of it. I recommend Nat Geo’s North Korea episode of the show ‘Don’t tell my mother‘ where host Diego Bunuel went to N.Korea in the guise of a tourist and managed to film a lot of interesting things.

I don’t have to say much about China. Tiananmen was tragic enough. It is no different in any other commie ruled country. Be it the military rule in Myanmar or Chavez’s ‘democratically’ elected Commie govt. in Venezuela. These leaders have never heard of the word ‘Human Rights’. Marx may not have envisaged all of this when he wrote his book, but his ideas definitely are not in sync with the current world. You cannot ask a child to go and plough the fields when all he wants to be a doctor or a pilot and make it big in life or in the case of my friend, an ad man. Neither can you ask a man to give away his hard-earned money to the govt. so that it can be ‘re-distributed’ to the poor. Marxism may have been a great idea on paper, but to be honest the execution sucked. And it will always be known only for the execution.

23
May
09

Ministry Blues

I’m writing this article only for the sake of it. Its been sometime since I last updated my blog and even though it is nothing but shit, I feel I need to give this blog some life.

And so what do we have here? The IPL is almost over; the Fake IPL player is done as well without bothering to reveal his true self, cowardice to some,  but balls of steel to me. Elections are done as well and just as I was hoping, the Congress won comfortably surpassing its own expectations. Full credit to Rahul there, and also to his dear cousin Varun for screwing his own party. 

First of all hearty congrats to  Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Grand old party. At least this time the Congress won’t have to lick the Left’s red ass. Karat and his comrades had the shit beaten out of them in Bengal and Kerala. Mamata’s Singur magic working there. But some people never seem to learn a lesson. Take the case of Mr. Karunanidhi for example. The old bugger needs the help of another 10 people to move around and still he thinks the Congress is a puppet in the hands of its ever manipulative allies. On what basis is the old fuck demanding 8 seats in the cabinet for his DMK. The whole thing only shows his hypocrisy. When he is not ready to give the Congress any ministerial berth in the State Assembly without whom  his govt. would come tumbling down, why should the DMK be given so many posts?

Lalu did a wonderful job as Railway minister last year. So what if he 50 crores go to his pocket when 100 crores goes to the govt’s pockets? It’s a pity that he coudn’t win any seats for which only he himself is to be blamed. After Lalu, the obvious choice is Mamata Banerjee who did a reasonable job handling the portfolio in the NDA govt. for sometime. Why the hell is then the DMK asking for the Railway portfolio? Karunanidhi should have a look at the performance of his ministers in the last government. TR Baalu set an example for fucking up the entire department he was given. The least said about A. Raja, the better. And the only capable person in the DMK, Mr. Dayanidhi Maran wouldn’t be given a chance again by the old fuck. He was doing a fine job in bringing the 3G Revolution to India among other things, when he was pulled down by Karuna due to personal animosity and replaced by Raja who totally made a mess of what Maran had achieved in 4 years in just 4 days. The party is now trying to ‘threaten’ the Congress by saying it would only give outside support. I seriously hope that they withdraw total support as the Congress won’t be at their mercy anymore. Even without the DMK the UPA has clear majority with support from the SP and other parties. Mulayam and Amar Singh would openly be more than willing to reimpose the supporrt for UPA if given just 1 or 2 cabinet berths. 

If the DMK at all withdraws support for the UPA it would be an interesting situation here in Madras. In an assembly of 234 members the DMK has only 96 of their own and currently the govt. is run with the outside support of the Congress which as 34 members. So if the DMK withdraws support at the centre the Congress won’t just remain a mute spectator and will only be happy to exact a sweet revenge by bringing down the TN govt. and maybe even support the AIADMK led alliance which already has the PMK, MDMK, and the Left for support. I sure hope this happens because although both Karuna and Jayalalitha  are assholes in their own right, I prefer Amma to be TN CM anytime to the old fuck.  

By the way this would be my choice for some top portfolios in the Union Cabinet:

Home       – P. Chidambaram

Defence  –  A.K. Anthony

External Affairs – Shashi Tharoor (Virtually impossible though)

Finance – Pranab Mukherjee

Railways – Mamata Banerjee (Lalu was first choice but..) 

IT and Telecom – Jyotiraditya Scindia 

Rural Deveopment – Rahul Gandhi (Best for Rahul to work with)

HRD – Kapil Sibal 

Parlimentary Affairs – Ghulam Nabi Azad 

Civil Aviation – Praful Patel

LS Speaker – Jaipal Reddy 

Tourism – Ambika Soni 

Commerce – Kamal Nath

05
Mar
09

Lahore attacks a diversion

 The whole world knows of Pakistan’s hand in the 26/11 Bombay attacks. The ISI needed to do something that would turn the turn the attention of the world away from the governments  ‘investigations’ on the Bombay attacks. The Lahore attacks could well have been the answer. After their mission the terrorists walked away from the scene, quite literally,  as if they knew not one cop is gonna be after them. Isn’t this enough proof that that the cowardly act was an inside job?

Just like the Bombay attacks , the Lahore attacks was also a perfectly orchesterated operation carried out under the guidance of the ISI. The attack on the Sri Lankans definitely had shades of what happened in Bombay. A hostage situation was obviously on the cards. But for some reason the terrorists left the scene

03
Mar
09

Time to discuss security for 2011 World Cup

Hope the Sri Lankan and Pakistani cricket boards learn a lesson after today’s events in Lahore. The attack on the bus in which the Sri Lankan team was travelling should be an eye opener to all cricket boards in the sub-continent including the BCCI. The past few months have been very discouraging for cricket in the subcontinent with terrorism acting as a spoil sport. England was forced to cut short their tour after the 26/11 attacks on Bombay and although they did come back to play the tests, I still believe it was a dumb decison and something really bad could definitely have happened. The civil war in Lanka and the mutiny in Bangladesh haven’t been helping to the cause either with the 2011 World Cup not far away. 

India did the right decison by pulling out of the Pakistan tour, but unfortunately it is Jayawardena and co who have found themselves victims to the terrorists’ cowardly acts instead. In my opinion the current tour should have been put on hold the moment Pakistan made a deal with the Taliban. It may be easy for the boards and former players  say, ‘The show must go on’,  but unfortunately it is the players’ life which is put at grave risk. Who would have answered if any one of the cricketer had lost his life or even if one had his career cut short due to injuries. Fortunately though nothing of that sort happened. 

The ICC should take serious action against both the PCB and the SLC for going ahead with the tour despite the situation not being ripe. It is also time to sit and sicuss security for the upcoming World Cup. The situation isn’t getting any better in anywhere in the subcontinent including in India. The ICC should reconsider holding matches in Pakstan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, even in India if anything untoward happens in the coming months. They shouldn’t subject themselves to dictacts issued by the BCCI and rather should act towards the saftey of the numerous players. Any hesitation to take matches away from the subcontinent could turn really fatal. 

Cricket along with other sports in Pakistan is bound to suffer, especially with the growing presence of the Taliban which had banned sports and other leisure activities labelling them ‘unislamic’ while in power in Afghanistan. The PCB by now must have hopefully realised why Australia and other nations have been hesitant towards playing there.

13
Dec
08

Vaiko’s Psychos and the tamil issue

 Terror politics seem to be the order of the day. Here in Tamil Nadu though, it is not the Bombay terror attacks they’re playing with but the issue of LTTE and Sri Lankan tamils. I was in for a bitter experience as I was returning from college today. I was travelling in a bus and just as I was nearing my destination my bus stopped in front of a road blockade. The driver managed to find out from the cops that a protest was going on in town. After waiting for sometime we decided to walk. And just as we were moving along the road, we saw a couple of white Scorpios whizzing past us with men in white veshtis clinging on the sides. Apparently the cops had let these political parasites through the blockade. Other buses were let through, but only after a considerable amount of time.

I decided to catch another bus and continue the journey. The traffic was moving at snail’s place as the protests neared. Then I began to see a lot of Red and Black flags, posters and hoardings of political nitwits on the roadsides. Unsurprisingly it was Vaiko’s MDMK which was in the protest mood and the CPI and the VCK had also joined in. I do agree that the Sri Lankan tamil issue is serious and action need to be taken. But I don’t se any justification in Vaiko’s or any ‘Dravidian’ politicians calls for the revokal on the ban on LTTE. As far as I’m concerned and anybody else whose got some brains, the LTTE is a terrorist organization involved in anti-humanitarian work and anybody who supports them also should be branded as terrorists. It is the tamils in Sri Lanka who are suffering because of their so called ‘protectors’.  A party like the CPI also involved in this only shows that it is just a vote campaign for the General Elections which are just around the corner. 

I was also perplexed to see pictures of leaders including those of Vaiko and VCK’s Thol. Thirumavalavan in military attire resembling that of the LTTE, though this is nothing new. But what shocked me the most was that there was even a life size poster of a man in camo with an SMG holstered.  This bastard was apparently one of the chief guests and I also managed to catch some of his speech while returning. Action should be taken against these people who are secretely and some openely indulging in support of outlawed organisations. CM doesn’t have a backbone literally, at least he should show that he has one figuratively by doing something. At a time when terror strikes are a common phenomena, cops who should be securing the people are heavily guarding these terrorists themselves. When will these psychos ever learn a lesson. Only last week, the BJP had paid its price for politicizing Bombay terror; drubbed in elections in Delhi and Rajasthan.