Friday, August 29, 2014

Saving the Incompetent Sharif Brothers and this Rapacious Unfair System


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We know from history that the skill, wisdom and effort (and oodles of luck) needed to build and sustain a working democratic system (whatever you may think of the pros and cons of such a system is a separate and interesting discussion) in one of the ex-colonial countries is orders of magnitude greater than the skill needed to just run a functional government for a few years. Saddam, Gaddafi, Ayub Khan, they all ran functional regimes and even made their Universities conduct their examinations on time. But none had a system with adequate checks and balances or the mechanism to transfer power smoothly from one elite clique to another without having to shoot the other clique first.
It may be possible to repair the effects of poor governance by this or that democratic regime in a few years, but if the system as a whole is undermined and devalued, then it may never get working again, or may take decades to repair. Political authority (like money) is a shared (useful) illusion. Puncture the illusion and what is left is naked force (or, if enough of asabiya exists, a monarchy; whether called a monarchy or under some other name).

Old age homes (not just for politicians)

....Dwivedi's statement reflected that Congress wants to follow BJP...creating "old age home" for senior leaders.....a taunt directed at the ruling party by Congress when it dropped Advani, Joshi and Vajpayee from parliamentary board.....
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When the revolution comes it can take off in so many uncertain ways.

We did not quite imagine that a Hindutva flavored govt that is in love with the concept of a 5000 year old civilization and the wisdom of (old) men from the scriptures would launch a movement (admittedly for self-serving reasons) for pushing youngsters to power (well OK 50+ aged youngsters, but then we are talking about India).

Continuing on this theme, we should not be limit the action to politicians only. Scientists, entertainers, technocrats,... all those who warm their seats and do not let young talent come up should be asked to retire post 70. Even as an admirer, we have to admit that long after the heydays were behind her, Bollywood would stick with Lata Mangeshkar (and Asha Bhosle).

Now that the cremation fires have touched the Congress as well and we are sure that it will extend to all other parties in no time. As we see it, the party who can best capture the imagination of the youth will win the next elections. 

The only issue we see with an iron-clad rule of retirement post 70 is that the Leader is presently 63 years old (Madam is 67). Are people not too concerned that they are making a nice rod for their own backs? We will believe it when we see the proof in action.
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Congress today distanced itself from party leader Janardan Dwivedi's remarks that people in politics should not continue in active posts beyond 70 years of age even as another party leader Digvijaya Singh backed him.
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The "Disney" God and Blasphemy

...."I would really love to know from Lord Ganesha's devotees...a list of obstacles he removed"......"All tweets I put on Ganesha....unintended to hurt anyone's sentiments...but if they did I sincerely apologize"....
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Best wishes on Ganesha Chaturthi to all believers and fans. We have to admit, we do think of Ganesha as a cutie pie. Also he is mama's golden boy and you know that no one crosses his mom and lives to tell about it (ask the demon Mahisha-Asura).
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Incidentally this reminds us of the Tamizh commandment: kakaikku than konju pon konju....literally my crow is a golden crow....figuratively, the love a mother feels for her child who is not blessed with the best of appearances...
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India is a "sinful country"

.....families came forward after the cops approached them with the information provided by Arif's father.....his idea of Islam and how the religion should be followed.....admonish those who listen to music and watch television.....frowns upon women who don't wear a veil and work with men......
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Not just Arif Fayaaz Majeed who is reportedly killed in action in Mosul, but some 19 youths have from Mumbra and Bhiwandi have joined the army of the Caliphate. Mumbra and Bhiwandi are satellite townships north-east of Mumbai, and are noted for being hot-beds for Islamists.

Thus it is likely that many more families will be devastated as their boys head off to war, lured by unscrupulous adults who use them as cannon fodder. These are all barely adults...on top of it they have been brainwashed (and the culprit must be given exemplary punishment, see below). Thus it is hard to judge them harshly.

But away from the human tragedies, this question seems to us to be of great interest and significance: why is India sinful?

Now we can think of several answers to that and they may even have a specific resonance with Indian muslims...mostly pertaining to human rights of young muslim males and the entire civilian population of Kashmir (valley).

But please note why Majeed (supposedly) considers his country to be a sinful place: The note does admonish those who listen to music and watch television. He also frowns upon women who don't wear a veil and work with men.

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False Dawn?

.....Suzuki Motor has shifted the technology transfer paradigm into reverse, importing transmission technology developed in India and installing it in the new Carry commercial vehicle in Japan......Auto Gear Shift...automated manual transmission with an electro-hydraulic actuator.....Unlike computer-assisted automatic transmissions, Suzuki's relatively low-cost technology is structurally simpler and improves fuel efficiency by around 5%......
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The Indian economy is finally showing signs of life. After such a long time in coma, it will take a considerable amount of nursing to build things back up. We are not close to any industrialists but we see mostly relief at the end of ...uncertainty. In that sense what Narendra Modi is to India, Pakistani Army is to Pakistan.  

The problem with dictatorships however is that .....in the words of one famous person....it creates a nation of cowards. The global system run by the elites would love to have countries filled with political cowards and economic consumers. The freedom to eat..but not to talk. Ask no questions and ...Jiyo Life. What is not to like?
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