India Votes: A Lucid Dream And Reality

General Elections 2004The 2009 General election is going to witness a dawn of professional politics where political parties will be marketed as commodities to lure potential voters. It will not be merely a traditional competition between Congress and BJP but a plethora of small parties with regional interest will compete to get a share of people’s sympathy. Isn’t it good news for the general voter? Continue reading India Votes: A Lucid Dream And Reality

Why I Support Bobby Jindal?

Bobby JindalI first met Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about 6 years ago when I joined fellow Indian-Americans to organize a fundraising dinner in Washington DC to support Bobby’s campaign for the Governor of the state of Louisiana. At that time Bobby was 29 years old. At that precocious young age he had already completed one term as the Secretary of the Department of Health Services in the State of Louisiana. Continue reading Why I Support Bobby Jindal?

Batla House Encounter – Too Many Discrepancies

batla_house_encounterThe Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Group (JTSG) has come out with a hard-hitting report, ‘Encounter at Batla House: Unanswered Questions’ unplugging the loopholes in the police version. The well researched report was released by senior Supreme Court lawyer Colin Gonsalves and Human rights activist Arundhati Roy. Continue reading Batla House Encounter – Too Many Discrepancies

India Votes: Amplifying Advani Logic

LK AdvaniLaw and order have two enemies: the Full Truth and the Complete Lie. When people realize the truth, they start revolutions. When they are fed lies they begin meaningless riots.

– M.J. Akbar, 1979

A leader is one who leads by example and does not follow in the footsteps of his followers and disciples but Lal Krishna Advani, country’s eager Prime Minister-in-waiting, is an exceptional political entity. He used to lead by example in his infamous Rath Yatra days but the addictive taste of Delhi’s political power has changed his mindset. Continue reading India Votes: Amplifying Advani Logic

Congrats Slumdog Millionaire!

Slumdog MillionaireCongratulations Slumdog Millionaire!

In one of the best performances by a movie ever, Slumdog Millionaire won a whopping 8 Oscar awards out of the 10 categories it was nominated in. AR Rahman won the first individual Oscar by any India in the Best Original Score category. He also won the Best Original Song award with Gulzar for the song Jai Ho. Resul Pookutty won the award in the Sound Mixing category along with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. Continue reading Congrats Slumdog Millionaire!

If I Were An Indian Hindu

Sadhu, IndiaA Singapore journalist says both major parties in India must abandon increasing communalism

“Some countries are united by a common language; India has around fifteen major languages and numberless minor ones. Nor are its people united by race, religion or culture…Does India exist? If it doesn’t, the explanation is to be found in a single word: communalism. The politics of religious hatred.”

—Salman Rushdie in “The Riddle of Midnight: India, August 1947” in Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-91. Continue reading If I Were An Indian Hindu

Holy Garb: Profane Agenda

Dharma Raksha Manch MeetingWhat do spiritual leaders talk when they meet? One thought it may be the matters pertaining to the ‘other world’ that is the focus of their attention, away from the profane World, which is the matter of concern for ordinary people. One thought they may be deliberating on the issues of moral values of the religion. But it seems that is not the case. Continue reading Holy Garb: Profane Agenda

Modernity, Its Discontent And Religion

Glass Panels, PhiladelphiaModernity was greatly celebrated during colonial days of 19th century throughout the world, especially in African and Asian countries colonized by European countries. It was hallmark of superiority of west over east. West was considered most modern, rational in its approach and technologically far more superior whereas Asian and African countries superstitious, irrational and ignorant and backward. Continue reading Modernity, Its Discontent And Religion

India Votes: Aged And Outdated Leaders

Indian ChildrenIn August 2007, the Union Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss had brought in All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the PostGraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2007 restricting the tenure of the AIIMS Director P Venugopal, to five years or attainment of 65 of age, whichever is completed first. Introducing the bill in the Lok Sabha, Dr Ramadoss had stated it would help the premier health institute improve its efficiency. Continue reading India Votes: Aged And Outdated Leaders

The Joy And Pain Of Being An Indian Muslim

Muslim Pot Maker, GujaratFor all Indians the resurgence of India in recent years is an occasion of pride and joy. And so it is for the 140 million minority Muslims in India. It makes Indian Muslims proud to see their country become one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world. Also, a few Muslims have achieved positions of prestige in India and there are some success stories. Continue reading The Joy And Pain Of Being An Indian Muslim