Sunday, August 31, 2008

Student dies after completing Chennai Marathon

Student dies after completing Chennai Marathon. Condolences!

Student Name - M Santhosh from Anna University (Medical Certificate would have been better. In the name of record, they gave away that part. Now I am told the record did not happen. Why?)

Read here...

Friday, August 29, 2008

Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren wins trust vote

Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren wins trust vote today. He is the founder of JMM. JMM supported UPA in the recent trust vote on July 22nd 2008 and he was to get the Coal ministry in Cabinet. But he preferred the other role of being a CM.

This is the second time he has become CM.

Note that he was the Architect of struggle for Jharkhand.

Promises are meant to be kept with Politicians, and UPA did so.

Now what happens to Koda? Is he in the ministry? Only 11 can become, and all have taken those seats. Now it is upto Soren to get the MLA election victory, after having someone resign from his own party!

Is India Poor?

Read this first! Is India Poor?

I feel the report is overemphasizing on the way you eat food. (42% of Indians are poor? Kidding?)

They are talking about spending only $1.25 per day for food in a small family (1 or 2 kids).

Absolutely that is possible, if your lifestyle is like that. I am not saying it has to be liek that.

Here is my analysis.

$1.25 = Rs 55/- (approx.). That means you should be able to get 1 KG Rice or Wheat easily at Rs 20 max, 250 gms of Dhal for Rs 12, Milk 1 litre for Rs 18 and Misc on an average basis the rest of Rs 5/-.

Yes these folks, at times, have to save money too! (This point is the truth, which drives most crazy in our Indian economy). True savings potential, reflects what one person is capable off. Rainy day savings they say. So if a person, does not have money for rainy days, he is poor.

Now look at the aspect of NREGS (National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) offering to pay Rs 100/- minimum for a man and Rs 80/- minimum for a women based on the hardwork determined. This is one good scheme by the UPA govt. supported by the leftists, well architected. (except for some politicians trying to eat it off at Rettanai in Tamilnadu, with bogus workers). Such people, if bothhusband and wife works, should be able to earn a decent living for 100 working days. Rs 180/- x 100 = Rs 18, 000/- on an average about Rs 50 per day, but they get subsidized ration and various other benefits, based on the states (Tamilnadu gives Rs 2/- per KG of Rice, at a max of 30 KGs per family, Andhra gives at Rs 3/- per KG at 30 KGs....)

In all as Swaminathan S Ankleshwara Aiyer says, "so what is govt. going to do to the bottom most pit of our societies.". Good question asked. When economy grows, and with rising inflation, the wages have to be increased too!


Read an interesting article today in TOI, Bangalore

1000 Cotton Silk trees in Tamilnadu have been cut, as they are water mongers, sucks the water out of eco system. This is like self help Euthanasia. Hopefully government would not kill that species of trees. They cannot talk dont they?

Similar to the above incident also read one article on mining and replanting (something like that). OK, you mine, so give back. How? Plant more trees. Nice work by Karnataka Government. Hats off BSY.

Related to this story, there are no bodies in Bangalore that govern the cutting of trees or replanting. I remember that in Chennai, I worked with many department, to uproot and replant about 250 trees on the Alwarpet to Guindy Road, which was about to be cut based on road widening.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Religion, Sikhs and Fun

Forward From a friend….

I was standing at Jalandhar station when my attention went towards a Sikh youth standing near me wearing a Black turban having a long beard and wearing a kirpan over his shirt looking similar to a terrorist.

After a while, one local train arrived, which was totally packed. The Sikh youth tried to alight the train but failed to do so. Just then a voice was heard from the back coach 'Sardarji Barah Baj gaye' (Sir it's 12 o'clock!)

The Sikh youth looked over at that voice maker who was a young Mischievous type of person and instead of showing any anger made a smile towards him.The smile made was so enigmatic that it seemed as if some type of truth lies behind it. Not able to resist my temptation, I walked towards him and asked why did he smile at that person who teased him. The Sikh youth replied, 'He was not teasing me but was asking for my Help'. I was surprised with these words and he told me that there was a big history behind that which one should know. I was eager to know the History and the Sikh youth narrated:

During 17th Century, when Hindustan was ruled by Mughals, all the Hindu people were humiliated and were treated like animals. Mughals treated the Hindu women as there own property and were forcing all Hindus to accept Islam and even used to kill the people if they were refusing to accept.That time, our ninth Guru, Sri Guru Teg Bahadarji came forward,in response to a request of some Kashmir Pandits to fight against all these cruel activities. Guruji told the Mughal emperor that if he could succeed in converting him to Islam, all the Hindus would accept the same.

But, if he failed, he should stop all those activities . The Mughal emperor happily agreed to that but even after lots of torture to Guruji and his fellow members he failed to convert him to Islam and Guruji along with his other four fellow members, were tortured and sacrificed their lives in Chandni Chowk. Since the Mughals were unable to convert them to Islam they were assassinated.

Thus Guruji sacrificed his life for the protection of Hindu religion.

Can anybody lay down his life and that too for the protection of another religion? This is the reason he is still remembered as "Hind Ki Chaddar", shield of India . For the sake of whom he had sacrificed his life, none of the them came forward to lift his body, fearing that they would also be assassinated

Seeing this incident our 10th Guruji, Sri Guru Gobind Singhji (Son of Guru Teg Bahadarji) founder of khalsa made a resolution that he would convert his followers to such human beings who would not be able to hide themselves and could be easily located in thousands. At the start, the Sikhs were very few in numbers as they were fighting against the Mughal emperors. At that time, Nadir Shah raided Delhi in the year 1739 and looted Hindustan and was carrying lot of Hindustan treasures and nearly 2200 Hindu women along with him. The news spread like a fire and was heard by Sardar Jassa Singh who was the Commander of the Sikh army at that time. He decided to attack Nadir Shah's Kafila on the same midnight. He did so and rescued all the Hindu women and they were safely sent to their homes.

It didn't happen only once but thereafter whenever any Abdaalis or Iranis had attacked and looted Hindustan and were trying to carry the treasures and Hindu women along with them for selling them in Abdal markets, the Sikh army although fewer in numbers but were brave hearted and attacked them at midnight,12 O'clock and rescued women.

After that time when there occurred a similar incidence, people started to contact the Sikh army for their help and Sikhs used to attack the raider's at Midnight, 12 O'clock. Nowadays, these "smart people" and some Sikh enemies who are afraid of Sikhs, have spread these words that at 12 O'clock, the Sikhs go out of their senses.This historic fact was the reason which made me smile over that person as I thought that his Mother or Sister would be in trouble and wants my help and was reminding me by saying off 'Sardarji Barah Baj Gaye'

Plz do forward this mail to all ur friends so they can know about sikh history & its a humble appeal not to make fun of any RELIGION or community! Every religion is as sacred as yours is to you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Kashmir problems and solutions

There was a good blog in Tamil by Badri.

அமர்நாத் -- காஷ்மீர்

Here is my comment and update.

Amarnath was identified by a Muslim Shepherd and Hindu Chauvinists created the Siva Abode story. Natural formation to religion and influenced hatred was in the making since 1932?

Based on Point No 3 as solution, you are saying they should be given self rule? On the contrary, Point No 4 says, Northern region (which part clarify in districts?) should be part of Pakistan's Kashmir? They still dont account POK in their budget! Absolute Warlords rule there. No growth would come there.

Splitting Jamma and Ladakh was put forth by Nehru himself, I am told. M J Akbar article. Very poor barren land, economy suffers. Now atleast based on Summer and Winter cycles, people migrate or economy adjusts.

I dont see anything spelt out in the book by Musharaf in these lines (4 points) you have quoted!

For India, it would be a pride issue, based on the Kings accession in 1948, earlier agreeing on the Pakistan rule while Radcliffe was splitting.


Here is a link about the communalism in the Indian context and applies to Kashmir.

Just heard Arundhati Roy, the famous Malayalam origin author, who wrote the child exploitation things in her 'God of small things', talking about seccesionism of Kashmir, which was rebutted by Mr Singhvi Congress Spokesperson, threatening to throw her in jail for that ir-responsible act of speech (which I feel is protected under our Constitution as a non-inciting speech, duh - Freedom of Speech). He also said that there are laws in the IPC which clearly demarcates, even talking about Splitting a country for peace (but not taking over - Sikkim or splitting other countries - Bangladesh). He cites the case of BODO, ULFA, Tamil Militants.

So much for our 61st year of freedom.

I am praying for peace to the higher powers.

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