Sunday, March 29, 2009


So many things, you guys. I've been battling it out at work -- who doesn't -- and as a result I have only been watching the news, not adding my two bits to all the bits that keep getting added. Ah, english. I love you.

Ok, so first things first. Varun Gandhi: seriously? I understand the guy is desperate to get elected his first time, probably by a landslide to impress his party, but seriously, really? It was his mothers constituency, and like every other young, educated person, he could have talked about development, but no. Pandering to the worst in people. Like I told someone, maybe he wanted to win badly, but is this really the way? And what is even worse is that people admire him for his speech. Reports say he can become a star BJP campaigner (if Modi is too busy, call Varun for some fireworks) and many people believe he was right to stand up for the Hindus. Man, India really is the land of contradictions. Does our majority constantly need validation? It boggles the mind. My take on it is this: I do think the speech is real, but of course, it is yet to be proven. I don't think his being a "Gandhi" is anything. What I think is sad is that he is a living example as to why professionals need to enter politics. When you've had the responsibility of running a company, holding a job, being part of an organisation; other people matter. You will, hopefully, not go shooting off your mouth in order to get votes. Anyway slowly but surely, politics is changing in India, I feel. These idiots are getting exposed for their empty rhetoric faster.

Ok, story two. IPL: Elections are bigger, so that is that. Now, if the IPL clashed with the elections and they decided that rather than cancel it, they wanted to move out the entire tournament, so be it. Yes, this will hurt India's image because not many people will look at all the details and just say that, well the government of India said it could not provide security. Yes, it will hurt our economy, as many people were banking on the IPL to make money, including hotels. But shit happens. We need to elect a government, and next year IPL can try and make up for lost time. The only thought I keep having is that what if they like holding the IPL in other countries and shift it country-to-country every year?! That would be something!

Elections: Post-poll, pre-poll. This year the election cycle is starting off pretty boring as far as I'm concerned, despite Rajdeep's attempts at making every single statement sound controversial every single night. Are smaller parties claiming their space by rejecting big parties, is the Third Front truly viable? We won't know till they try and form a government now, will we? The only sad thing is that this is all truly a numbers game. Like a lot of commentators say, this elections and the government that is formed will be built on numbers, not ideas. The trust vote was a teaser, post-election barter will be shockingly corrupt. I think it might be the peak of open corruption. After this, it will just have to go down. Who knows? But, maybe.

My back's hurting. Be back with more thoughts later.


!!! said...

Aap nahi samjheinge...

mahima said...

ha ha.. aise hi lagta hai... kabhi nahi

Devanathan said...

I dont think Varun's aim was votes in his constituency, his is quiet a safe seat. If anything it seems like a ploy to get BJP attention to him and make him a hardcore Hindutva figure and with the help of media such as yours he has managed it handsomely.

egg style said...

Hope your back’s a whole lot better. Take care. Bits, by the way, reminds me of Bits Pilani. The campus museum there has a lifescale coalmine, complete with coalminer dummies in hard-hats with spotlight beams. The surrogate wall, the mouselike squeaks, the eerie echoes, the metal discs, you have to watch what you whisper moment to moment.

That’s one kind of constraint on freedom of speech, an acoustic one. Then there’s the Rule of Law, no less sensible. Anyone shouting “fire” in that crowded underground cavern would surely be adjudged guilty of a grave misuse of the said freedom. Much the same holds true, it must be acknowledged, in other conflagrative contexts.

More than legal restraints, however, what demands our attention in such cases is the question of moral imperatives (which has no bearing on divergent notions of heaven etc). These are basically about knowing what’s fair, what’s cricket (which has no bearing on the length of exile).

Yet another constraint on freedom of speech arises from French circumspection. This is the let-em-eat-cake (or yellowcake) syndrome, a kind of premature articulation that the circumspect do not succumb to, even if they don’t have the artistic bent to make Escheresque (or Tatastuesque) statements, much less the poetic penchant to say stuff worthy of this land’s liberal literary legacy (“Asli kavi nu vekhya, kawwal nu, naa si farq, naa farq-e-firaaq”).

mahima said...

hey you.. i like OPEN

Anonymous said...

Hey, I dont see you in IE office these days. Have you left the place?