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And after eight years: Yeh Dil STILL Maange More!

And after eight years: Yeh Dil STILL Maange More!

—————————————————————————————–Written and published during the 2000 General Elections, I keep remembering this article every now and then. While some of the mentions are clearly timed, most (not surprisingly!) are extremely topical. So here goes: A reproduction of my comment piece (Yeh Dil Maange More) carried in the A.M.Plus supplement of The Morning News in the …

Jaago India! It’s time to unite and save the Motherland…

Jaago India! It’s time to unite and save the Motherland…

For a brief moment I had the following as my GTalk status message: Wanted! For the Indian Government: A backbone and a soul… Then a close friend pointed out with understandable anguish that the members of the police, fire, and security forces were also the government; the various brave people from the public administration who …

My reply to “A Bridge to Burn”

My reply to “A Bridge to Burn”

This was posted as a reply to my friend Bijoy’s blog post A bridge to burn at CNN-IBN Blogs. I post a copy-paste of my post to solicit your thoughts… — Dear Bijoy, “Why the Saffron-bashing?” – That’s all I have to ask. You talk of traffic snarls, and being a co-inhabitant of Bangalore, I …

Proud of my Country. Shameful of my countrymen.

Proud of my Country. Shameful of my countrymen.

There have been many events in the recent and not-so-recent past that prepped me to touch pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard); The execution of Saddam Hussein, the attack on the art student for an ‘objectionable’ painting, the election(?) of the President of India, the NICE corridor fiasco, numerous terrorist attacks in India, the …

Let me not start all over again…

Let me not start all over again…

My National Song: Vande maataraM sujalaaM suphalaaM malayaja shiitalaaM SasyashyaamalaaM maataram ||   Shubhrajyotsnaa pulakitayaaminiiM pullakusumita drumadala shobhiniiM suhaasiniiM sumadhura bhaashhiNiiM sukhadaaM varadaaM maataraM || What it means: Mother, I bow to thee!   Rich with thy hurrying streams,   bright with orchard gleams,   Cool with thy winds of delight,   Dark fields waving Mother of might,   Mother …

To block or not to blog… That is the question!

To block or not to blog… That is the question!

It happens once again! A fingernail grew too long, and the government decided to chop off the hand! And this is not the first time the Government of India has acted in an ill-informed knee-jerk manner. In 2003, we made international news, when we blocked Yahoo Groups because it hosted an anti-national separatist eGroup… so …

What a coup! Kudos Mr Gowda. Kudos.

What a coup! Kudos Mr Gowda. Kudos.

He has always been known to be an astute politician, but this time round his ingenuity has truly surpassed all earlier achievements. We Indians have always believed in the adage “Two birds with one stone,” but the situation H D Deve Gowda (HDDG) has created is a masterpiece! A total win-win-win situation for himself, and …

Sponsor fallout?

Sponsor fallout?

Sponsor fallout? Originally uploaded by nakulshenoy. The red blotch you see in the center of the hoarding is the “erstwhile” sponsor. 
Possibly he refused to pay up after the printing… So he was erased out!?
Nakul