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Indian regional parties threatening national integrity

If any Indian does not know about Raj Thackeray, then he would have slept under a rock for the last five years. People across the political spectrum are condemning him – blaming him for damaging the national fabric. I do not condone his tactics but I am concerned about the asymmetric migration towards Mumbai in particular and urban centres in general. That is not the point of this post, however. Some of Raj’s most vocal detractors have voiced sentiments that make me wonder about who is actually damaging the national fabric.

Lets take them one by one.

Mamata Banerjee pulls out of UPA-2. Her complaint (besides her party’s stand on FDI and fuel subsidy) – the government does not treat her like a king-maker. Conducting elections in India is not a cheap affair. Guess nobody told her about it. Even with Trinamool Congress having just 19 seats – 3.4% – in the Lok Sabha, she wants to dictate the policy for the entire nation.

Then Mulayam Singh Yadav says

We will have to move into a decision-making role in the capital. We should ensure no government can come to New Delhi without SP.

UP has an impressive record as far as sending Prime Ministerial candidates is concerned – 8 out of 14 have been from UP. The Nehru-Gandhi family have their constituencies in UP; and for most of India’s independence, Congress has been in power. All that has not translated into much development though. The politicians have not learned their lessons yet, or they have a vested interest in keeping UP as it is. Assuming Samajwadi Party sweeps the state clean, they can get 80 seats – 14.5% – in the Lok Sabha. With that percentage, they want to be king-maker and extract their pound of flesh.

Finally, Nitish Kumar says that he

would support anyone in the formation of the next government at the Centre if it grants special category status to Bihar

Bihar has 40 seats. Assuming a clean sweep – 7.24% of the seats in Lok Sabha.

I am sure that other states (AIADMK, DMK in Tamil Nadu, BJD in Orissa, Telagana-affected parties in Andhra Pradesh) will soon turn up at the buffet.

Sitting in Maharashtra, I am troubled by the intent that these parties are proclaiming. The main culprit is coalition politics at the Centre. Regional parties should simply not be allowed to play havoc with the rest of the nation. The Election Commission should decide than any party not able to secure more than 50% votes in a multi-option  ballot held nation-wide will be in-eligible for the Parliament – because they do not have the mandate of  the people whose lives they are toying with.


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Indian solar panel industry being forced to used US components for cheaper loans

Here is proof of something I had complained about earlier.

The US has been using the fund to promote its own solar manufacturing. The US Exim Bank and the OPIC have been offering low-interest loans to Indian solar project developers on the mandatory condition that they buy the equipment, solar panels and cells from US companies. This has distorted the market completely in favour of US companies.



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baazee ceo taken down!

That’s it. I’m now really desperate to delete my baazee account. Its one of the piling up accounts. Besides I’ve never really used it – just logged in and logged out.

But seriously, arresting the CEO is a bit naïve. Its like arresting the CEO of BSNL/MTNL for the existence of *ahem* certain ‘call this number’ services, only that those particular persons are better connected and know about government machinery. Poor baazee CEO.

If he gets out of this unscathed, I’m sure he will personally check every posting on baazee before letting it go online.

statcounter update : visits to my blog indicate Firefox and MSIE in a neck to neck race and Linux is a major 2nd OS to w32.

update :
Ok, so Condiment Rice and the US government seems to be interested in the baazee guy’s fate. (HMMMMMM..) Well, momma eBay won’t be happy if baazee gets hurt. It figures.

But, I still want my baazee account canceled.

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discussions and debates

My friend thinks I lose my handle very easily in a discussion. That I lose the thread and start abusing the participants.

Well, he may have a point. When I see a discussion filled with ad hominem and points that go nowhere, I just lose it. Besides, he very rarely chooses to debate on topics on which I have a firmer grip than him. You win half the battle when the topic and time of discussion are your preferred choices.

Hell, it’s just that I’m plain NOT INTERESTED. The going-ons of the Sangh Parivar are given the lowest priority in my mind. I can ALWAYS find something more important to discuss than Hindutva and the Hindu psyche. And frankly, even if I don’t, I’d prefer to go to sleep. India doesn’t realise it, but it has no time for stuff like that. The ind_league group on Yahoo India indicates the uselessness of such things. It is failing miserably with threads lagging, polls flopping and messages about other stuff cluttering the space. And as for members, most have joined for the novelty of it. Only 2-3 members out of 11 post. It’s the same everywhere. When your stomach growls with hunger, religion doesn’t help, except in charity – and that won’t take you far. The only way to fill your stomach using religion is to make money out of it. That’s what ALL religious, social and political institutions do.

I know my priorities. I love my nation. I know the ways I can serve its needs. To tell that Hindutva is the way forward, is fascist. To think that they are the saviours of a religion which has thrived for centuries and survived the birth of half-a-dozen other religions without any deliberate effort, is arrogant beyond comprehension. My skills and interests are distinct and I prefer to use my energy on them. I would like to use them to help my nation in my way.

Then, as for debating styles, I prefer to write thoughtful pieces with restrained aggression. Then the other side can respond to it and so, it moves on. Short volleys of points and counter-points with the opposite sides shooting down people in mid-sentence – that’s not my style. My friend points out that he needs a proper mood to read the piece. Well… what can I say to that? So get into a verbal discussion and your mood is just right for it? Maybe, we should catch them in the wrong mood and THEN start a discussion.

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