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Of Baba and Anna – A Story of Fast Blackmails! June 19, 2011

Posted by Ankit Poddar in Serious Rant.
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Now, they were protesting for different reasons and their following (on twitter, at the very least) was different, but their means to blackmail a government which is immune to all people’s suffering was the same. The Indefinite Fast.

There are people in India who go hungry for weeks on end. Not because of choice, not because they are protesting against any government body, but simply because they have no food to eat. The number of malnourished children in India is higher than in Sub – Saharan Africa and if that isn’t telling you anything, than may be some figures would – One in Every Three Malnourished Children in the World is in India. More than 46% of children in India below the age of three are too small for their age. And mind you, this isn’t  a statistic of shining India. It is a statistic of government apathy towards a country that has shown every zeal to progress.

So, what is it about the Babas and Annas of this country, whose indefinite fasts wake up the government, while years of malnourished children do not have the same effect?

The Babas and Annas of this country are good at blackmailing the government. I hope while reading this piece, you are not under any illusion that I support the government. My statements on government apathy above, I hope, have cleared any such illusions.

The Babas and Annas are followed by millions of morons in this country. If you were to open your timelines on Twitter on the morning after the Baba was arrested, or the day Anna went on his fast, you would get an inkling of what I am talking about. And when I say twitter, I am talking about very few, privileged and educated portion of the society and country we live in. And if these the Babas and Annas have the effect on these few, imagine the impact they have on the herd conscious, seldom educated, poor of this country!

This is why the Government wakes up when these well fed, well nourished Babas and Annas go on Fasts. Because they are millions of morons following their histronics. This is why the Government does not wake up to Malnourishment in India, because there is not even one to report on their  plight.

The fault is ours, and ours alone. We give in to blackmail and we forget to look at the light. And this light, at the end of the tunnel is not of a bright future, but of a train running at full speed coming towards us to crush us of all senses, of all future!

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Osama found Dead – For Sachin May 2, 2011

Posted by Ankit Poddar in Cricket Rant, Humor Rant, Serious Rant.
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On Sunday, May 1, Osama Bin Laden was found dead in the evening. At least, that is what the reports coming in have confirmed. It is noteworthy that President Obama thanked Sachin Tendulkar in his speech while reporting the death to US of America.

Barack Obama delivers speech on Dead Osama

[Link unavailable] [Excerpts from Speech]

“We did it for Sachin. Just like the Indian team won the World Cup for him, we killed Osama Bin Laden for Sachin. Yes, we can!”

“It is a proud moment for all of us. We have finally managed to do something for Sachin. He has carried the burden of a billion living people on his shoulder. Now, it was time for us to stop carrying burden of killing a billion people and carrying them on our shoulders. The one man that made us to do that, we have killed him. No, not Sachin, I meant Osama there in the last sentence.”

“Osama was found dead in Pakistan. It is imperative to note that India have agreed in principle to tour that terror torn nation. And Sachin would be a part of that touring party.”

“We could not let Sachin go through the terror of playing in a country which hosted Osama. As we can not exert any force on BCCI and their decision making in cricket, hell nobody can, we decided to do the next best thing. We removed the threat. We killed Osama.”

“Yes, We Can. Yes, We Did. We Killed Osama. For Sachin”

The world has now taken a collective sigh of relief. All, they have managed to say is

Thank You Sachin

(Disclaimer: The words in the post above are completely my own and any occurrence of the said words by Barack himself, would be an infringement on copyright. That is, Barack never said it before me.)

5 Things to Remember – Ayodhya Verdict September 30, 2010

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The verdict, that has been awaited for so long, has been delivered by the Allahabad High Court, and can be read on this link. While this verdict will become a thing of past in some time, there are various things that you need to remember about this issue.

I have decided to point out 5.

5. The case was a title suit and involved 3 parties in it. The HC has delivered its verdict for these three parties involved. It is not a case of victimization or glory of any one religion or community. This point must be well understood, on the merits of logic.

4. The verdict is a step in a judicial proceeding and might not be the end of the issue. It is certainly not a case that should be metamorphosed into an electoral plank.

3. Arnab Goswami, Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai and the likes of these are a bunch of morons. Instead of listening to these ill informed, self obsessed and self stated guardians of Indian judiciary and democracy, you will be better placed, if you were to read the summary of the verdict yourself, or listen to some informed opinion.

2. It shouldn’t really matter to you, what the verdict means to any place of worship. You have enough of them already. Yes, if you were protesting for building a public toilet, a hospital or a school, your protest can be justified. However, there can be no justification for Voilence.

1. Most importantly, if you live within the boundaries of the country of India, then this country is being governed by a piece of document known as the Constitution of India. Your prime duty is to uphold this Constitution and not some whim of a political party.

Freedom of Press and CWG August 19, 2010

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When I revived this blog, two days back, I did not wish to make it a place for serious rants. But then I came across this article in today’s Mint and I thought there was something that I would wish to add to that.

It was a matter of luck that I came across this post on Neha’s blog about Freedom of Press and I decided that it was only providence that I talk about this topic now.

Freedom of Press

If you decided to click on the Mint link that I have provided, you would have realised that it is about South African government wishing to establish a regulator to regulate Press in South Africa and corporate players out there have decided to oppose it. The grounds that the corporate players have stated are interesting in my opinion.

The corporate players have gone ahead to state that the step to regulate press in South Africa would undo the good publicity that South Africa recieved during the FIFA World Cup 2010. SA is being seen as a rising democracy today which is past its apartheid days  and democracies do not decide to curb press work. As a democracy, where every player has got the right to say something, SA becomes an attractive destination for foreign investments. Curbing of the freedom of press will be “seen” as a negative action for a democracy.

What this tells us is that mere impressions tend to decide the fate of democracies, for it is after Fifa World Cup 2010 and huge events like Cricket World Cups and IPL, that SA has become an attractive place.

In India, we have the Common Wealth Games coming up in some time this October. And the work has been lagging behind, it seems. All forms of media have been slamming this lethargic attitude by the authorities and may be, rightly so. But the point that I am trying to make is – Why not wait till the CWG gets over and then slam it, if it is worthy enough for that? Now is the time to stand together and project a view which proclaims the Indian readiness and eagerness to host the games, isn’t it?

Of course, you could argue about freedom of press and tell me that I am an idiot to talk about it in the first part and forget it in the second one. But that simply warrants the defintion of “Freedom of Press”.

Indian Constitution says the following about Freedom of Press. (Note: This is a direct pick from Neha’s Blog):

Freedom of the Press has not been expressly provided for in the Constitution, but is implicit in the Fundamental Right pertaining to the Freedom of Speech and Expression guaranteed to the citizens under article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India. The term “Freedom of Speech and Expression”, includes the liberty to propagate not only one’s views but also the right to print matters which have been borrowed from someone else or are printed under the direction of that person and also includes the liberty of publication and circulation. Every right carries with it a responsibility. Likewise, every freedom carries with it an obligation. It is primarily for the Press itself to determine what are its corresponding responsibilities and obligations.

Responsibilities and Obligations. I rest my case.