Snowballing the skullcap issue…

Link to my new blog on Times of India


10 Responses to “Snowballing the skullcap issue…”

  1. Unbiased article. Agree with all the points.

  2. Did you see the news channels last night?

    Chidamabaram’s trial by media has already begun. Supreme Court admitted Swami’s petition. It will be cleared for a trial in the lower courts or passed on to the CBI for further investigation.

    According to the experts, Chidambaram and Raja can be charged for criminal culpability while the cabinet and PM can be cautioned under tort for civil maleficence. Sonio, although head of the NAC, is still not in the frame, but if I know Swami’s methods, she will be spotted on the roadmap soon.

    This incidently is just one of the many cases building up against PC.

    He is to still clear himself of the election dispute in Tamilnadu where he allegedly elbowed the AIADMK candidate by swapping the vote count in his favor.

    Somewhere in this quagmire, his son is apparantly involved in money laundering.

    In short, PC’s days are numbered.

    The only thing he has to worry about is the backlash of italian masters. The italians are good cooks but they assassinate their food before they start cooking.

  3. I feel, Chidambaram dug his grave when he empowered the NIC to tap into private information in the name of internal security. The current set-up is similar to the home security in the US that allows the government to invade the privacy of the citizens.

    A few days later Pranab Mukherjee’s office was found wired!

    Chidambaram is now privy to data on most industrialists and politicians; data that is in no way connected to internal security but that gives him a lot of political clout.

    Unlike the US, where the TV channels raised a furore against the government’s methods, in India, all of them have quietly got together to perform Chidambaram’s last rites in politics.

    All the political parties, media, judiciary and industries are united against Chidamaram on this issue. Thats his nemesis.

  4. Oops… forgot to toggle the notification.. here goes..

  5. Karma catches up with everyone eventually. Both good and bad. The only difference is that while the good is disposed off with the person’s mortal remains, the bad is often canonized.

    Says Gurudev Tagore:

    Is it beyond thee to be glad with the gladness of this rhythm? to be tossed and lost and broken in the whril of this fearful joy?

    All things rush on, they stop not, they look not behind, no power can hold them back, they rush on.

    Keeping steps with that restless, rapid music, seasons come dancing and pass away – colours, tunes, and perfumes pour in endless cascades in the abounding joy that scatters and gives up and dies every moment.

    – Somewhere in the Gitanjali


    Says Ayn Rand:

    In a rational ethics, it is causality—not “duty”—that serves as the guiding principle in considering, evaluating and choosing one’s actions, particularly those necessary to achieve a long-range goal.

    – Somewhere while writing about Causalty


    To speak for myself, I’d say, I have never been a winner or a loser, I have always been a chooser. I have always failed those people who did not give me a choice.

    Karma, in my opinion, does not distinguish between the individual and the body politic.

  6. The Rupee has tanked over 10% in this quarter which amounts to an automatic increment of 10% for idle NRIs like me.

    In one large dip, since morning today, the speculative markets have lost just over 2 trillion rupees, which is about US$ 40 billion in local investments.

    In a day full of obviousness, the foreign investors (mainly American) dumped their holdings in Indian Rupees for US dollars. Precisely, what Bush toasted in our spoof yesterday, ‘To the future of your country and my money!’

    My new android and the the whole of this years expense’s are returned with love. Thanks to an economist Prime Minister who didn’t know if an auction is good or bad for telecom revenues.

    India is my country and I am proud of its ridiculous economy.

  7. Received this one on chain mail:

    To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Your New Ruler :

    In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent years your tendency to elect incompetent Presidents and therefore not able to govern yourselves, we hereby give revoke your independence, effective immediately.

    Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

    Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

    To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

    1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’ ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’ Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.


    2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ”like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of ‘-ize.’


    3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

    I repeat, for I am aware that your comprehension is poor, that July 4th will no longer be celebated as a holiday.

    Instead of July 4th you shall celebrate July 12th – Battle of the Boyne or Orangemen’s Day. Note that this isn’t a holiday in England & Wales but it is so in Northern Ireland for whom you have been showing a special affinity. All that activity must, of course, stop with immediate effect.


    4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.


    5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.


    6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.


    7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.


    8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.


    9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. New Zealand beer is also acceptable, as New Zealand is pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.


    10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.


    11. You will cease playing American football. There are only two kinds of proper football; one you call soccer, and rugby (dominated by the New Zealanders). Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).


    12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.


    13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.


    14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).


    15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

    God Save the Queen!

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