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My Story of Wazwaan
By Tajamul Hussain
Much has been and shall continue to be talked about the extravaganza of wazwaan. Historically the ruinous expenditure incurred on all the razzamatazz of its showbiz would be criticized for the affliction and sufferings that it causes to a common Kashmiri. Theatrical gestures, cliché ridden double/bubble speaks and shibboleths will be cracked in future too….guest control measures taken, never mind, half-baked, innocent of sincerity and willpower and therefore short-lived. Symbolic of celebrating the orgy of destruction of resources and wastage of money, criticasters would pooh-pooh wazwaan as a vulgar/ostentatious display of status /wealth. But as it's always, when it comes to their turn, they'd shrug off, and get going with their kind of things. That fateful day, in September 1984, the...
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These perils of xenomania!
By S Mukhtar
"What breads to get?" asked the servant. "I'll get myself," replied my friend. Minutes passed. "Meat or cock and what vegetables to get?" asked another servant. "I'll get myself," replied my friend. Minutes passed. My friend himself made coffee…we enjoyed it… servants basking in the sun. My face, whole figure and form rather, I myself felt, changes it showed. My friend and guide, true genius, septuagenarian, of national fame, having held responsible positions, all well caught my grimaces and gestures. His ever young smile broadened and he spoke: "No punishment is harsher than solitary confinement even if in one's own house. Better be with fools than all alone. My servants I haven't kept for serving me but just for breaking that confinement. And if I myself do some ...
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Pakistan: Not down for the count, yet
By Ali Ahmed
There is some exultation in India that Pakistan has thrown in the towel. Its army chief has finally reckoned that the political track is the route to go down in tackling the bone of contention between the two, Pakistan's jugular vein, Kashmir. The inference is that the Modi-Dovel doctrine of a tough line on Pakistan is working. With Trump having turned the screw, right in wake of Modi's visit to Washington, D.C., the understanding in such circles is that Pakistan will finally have its comeuppance. All India needs doing is to hold on to its hardline and watch Pakistan wallow, under the twin pressures from the US and India. Pakistan for its part has turned up its chin on the Trump demands, indicating that it has seen it all before and can stare down the US. It believes it still has a few ...
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Think Outside the Box..!
By Robert Clements
Was walking with a friend, the other day who is not only the chairman of a bank but also the head of a huge business, when we were joined by another acquaintance of mine. I turned to introduce him to my friend. "Now how do I introduce you?" I asked, "as banker or businessman?" "As a person who thinks outside the box," he said and I did just that. When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity; ink didn't flow down to the writing surface. In order to solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C. And what did Russians do...
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The Short Shelf-life of Post-Truth - II
Some Positive Happenings
By Badri Raina
For the Preambular citizen-by that I mean the citizen whose allegiance remains steadfast to the vision and stipulations of the Preamble of the Constitution of India rather than to new-fangled constructions of state and polity, although with ancient pedigree-there has been a sweet slew of good news in recent weeks. Here, the first to be mentioned must be the path-breaking determination by a nine-judge Constitutional Bench of the highest Court in the land that the citizens' Privacy constitutes a Fundamental Right, deriving from Article 21- namely, the Right to Life with Dignity. After the concerted attempts by state agencies to diminish the citizen through an aggressive surveillance regime, this decision of the Supreme Court is nothing short of a new lease of life for the Republic. Indeed,...
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Building muscle through struggles.!
By Robert Clements
Have just come back from a visit to the physiotherapist. One of the exercise she prescribed for a painful right shoulder was the putting of my left arms against my right. "Clasp both your palms together and push against each other." She said. "Civil war," I said as my left pushed my right. "Muscle," she said, as I watched my angry right arm fighting to push my left. I wondered what my poor painful right arm was thinking at the moment. "Here I am full of hurt and pain and instead of being given pity and sympathy, you push me down?" I told the physiotherapist about the imaginary battle going on between my arms and she laughed, then became serious, "Struggle builds muscle," she said seriously as she made me go through another set of exercise. In the north-eastern United States, codfis...
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The Short Shelf-life of Post-Truth - I
As happens with any devotional cult figure, you can hear the charmed followers say to the inner ear: "We do not need the truth when we have Modi." Those that swear by Donald Trump say pretty much the same thing, although more vociferously.
By Badri Raina
It is extremely rare to hear murmurs of discontent from within the Bharatiya Janata Party. Which of course does not mean that discontent does not ever exist. A brave BJP Member of Parliament has, if you like, broken the hard ice and let out the best known secret of our times: "Modi does not like being asked questions" (The Indian Express, September 2, 2017) India's vibrant media outlets have of course long swallowed this fact, reserving all their tired out barbs about lack of inner-party democracy for the Indian National Congress. Remember the adage about kicking the one who is down. What is more, Mr Modi's theatrical persona-outreach has over the last three years succeeded in inculcating among his mesmerised adulators in civil society a dour refusal to allow questions about him and the...
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Rewriting History..!
By Robert Clements
And as our beloved ministers and politicians use their terms in office to rewrite history and school books, and others question the patriotism of some of our freedom fighters, while some others over venerate our former warriors and chieftains, I thought I would spend the better part of my writing time today penning lines on what history means to some children: At Khartoum, capital of Sudan, on the banks of the Nile is Gordon College, named for the famous British General Charles Gordon (1833-1885), who was killed there in 1885 while resisting a siege. In the college garden stands a magnificent statue of Gordon mounted on a camel. Gordon is pictured in full military dress and the camel is wearing rugs and tassels. A British civil servant who was stationed at Khartoum for many years used ...
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Killing messengers
By A.G. Noorani
ON July 18, 1948, home minister Vallabhbhai Patel wrote to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the Hindu Mahasabha leader who set up the BJP's ancestor Jan Sangh, on the RSS and the Mahasabha's role in Gandhi's murder. He made no charge but said: "Our reports do confirm that, as a result of the activities of those two bodies, particularly the [RSS], an atmosphere was created in the country in which such a ghastly tragedy became possible." It was precisely in such an atmosphere that the brutal killing of Gauri Lankesh took place on Sept 5. She was respected for her fearlessness and commitment to values as editor of the journal Lankesh Patrike founded by her father P. Lankesh. Demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 made her a strong opponent of the Hindutva brand of politics. A New York Times' editori...
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Glimpses of the divine..!
By Robert Clements
Was walking with a friend when he talked about the bill stations in our country. "You know Bob," he said, "you don't have to visit the rest of the world, India has some of the most beautiful spots." I agreed and we went over some of the exotic holiday spots. Though I have visited and holidayed along with family quite a few of the hill stations, the visit I remember so well was the Rohtang Pass in Kulu Manali. The sudden appearance of the mighty Himalayas, peak after peak after peak, like old sages of wisdom, grouped together, not concerned with petty problems below, quiet and solid and reassuring. "Don't worry Bob," they seemed to say without looking in my direction, "there's nothing to worry about that can't be handled higher up!" Down south I have visited the virgin hills of Yercaud, ...
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A cruel joke on the poor of India
By Rajindar Sachar
It is a tragedy of Indian politics that the massive amount of Rs. 1.10 Lakh Crores being spent Bullet Train project from Ahmedabad to Mumbai is hailed by Modi government as a great achievement. Still, more tragic and utter lack of people's politics is the reaction of other political parties. Thus Malikarjun Kharge, the Congress leader in parliament has hastened to clarify that the Congress is not against the project but wants to draw the attention of the public to the motive of the inauguration on the eve of Gujarat poll - and it is a political use of national project. To leave no one in doubt that the Congress is even more keen on bullet train concept in the whole of India, he has openly welcomed the project and has emphasized that it was first conceived in 2005 and later in 2013 when Co...
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My Dog and The Stray..!
By Robert Clements
A few years ago, two dogs were part of my life. A female Alsation, who lived with me, inside my house and a stray who parked himself outside. The stray was allowed to come inside through the day. He walked in, in the morning, strolled around the house, ate his heart out, looked for me, gave me a couple of hearty licks and then lay himself down on my sitting room carpet and had a nap. After an hour or two, he hears barking outside and rushes out to join his gang who bully some poor pup who has strayed outside its territory and then with the same gang raids every garbage dump and dust bin in the vicinity; this after he has had tasty meal at my place! My other dog used to look out through the window and sees getting involved in dog fights, flirting with every female dog on the road and do...
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