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How do they get away with it??????

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Here is an article about what the new political party in town, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, led by Raj Thackeray is upto. It is interesting to notice the language, he says the police should “think twice” before they lathi charge any of his party members who are out to make sure that shop keepers who do not have boards in Marathi “face their wrath”.

I am surprised at the attitude. Here is a guy who is pretty much asking the law enforcement agencies to turn a blind eye while his party probably goes about destroying shops that do not have a Marathi board. I wonder what next, everybody MUST have a statue of Shivaji in their house, anyone entering Maharashtra MUST pass an exam on Maratha history…

I am quite gobsmacked about what goes on in the world.

I am also interested in knowing how people can swallow this guy’s stories and joins his party, thus adding to it’s political clout.

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August 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm

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Big bother…

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Here’s a link I came across in BBC a couple of days ago about Jade Goody, the person who became famous for the supposedly racist comment on the reality show Big Brother. To “make amends” with the Indian population supposedly, she is now planning to join the Indian version of the reality show and what’s more, she is getting paid 100,000 pounds to do that.

News like this makes gasp with incredulity, it makes me cringe and it makes me wonder if humans are indeed an “intelligent” species. Here is hard evidence that a person can shoot to celebrity purely by acting as if they are brainless twits(as her wikipedia page says, for all it is worth), then make supposedly racist comments, which draws more flak(and celebrity coverage) and then gets paid a huge packet to participate in an alternate programme of the same format to “make amends”. Once again, I lament the fact that people are so celebrity crazy and have so much free money to waste that such programmes and the associated paraphernalia are easily supported.

I first became suspicious of the reality of reality TV when I noticed Shilpa Shetty’s biography on UK bookshelves barely a week after the whole “racist” event. Surely there has to be some organisation in that? Surely there isn’t anyone who could have sat down and in a week written, published and distributed a book to stores? And to think that there is a market enough for this organising this whole charade, they really must be laughing all the way to the bank. It’s enough to shake my faith in human intelligence a little bit…

Given five minutes I can think of thousands of people who are truly more deserving of receiving such huge amounts of money than Jade Goody. Scores of teachers who stick it out in the poor schools, the voluntary workers who work for a pittance purely for the pleasure of seeing their efforts and abilities benefit their fellow humans beings. It seems so perverse that these people who are actually doing good work should have to scrounge for money while reality show characters rake in the millions by acting like idiots. Maybe we should all line up for reality shows and then once the scarcity of the “real” professionals hit in, some more sense will be beaten into the media and everyone else.

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August 19, 2008 at 11:11 pm

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Now ain’t this cute? :)

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Most of the websites I have come across that show the Olympic medal tables list the countries which have won more gold medals above those who have won the larger total haul.

Some exceptions are the Yahoo US site (only the US site mind you) here and the CNN site here who list the nations in terms to total medals won.

Quite convenient that in both these cases the US comes out on top 🙂

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August 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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Restart blogging….

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It’s been an extremely long time since I last blogged and loads of stuff has happened during that time. My parent’s visit ensured a month of a full house and some travelling to a few pretty places in the UK. I got to admire the way the Brits maintain anything that can be remotely consider beautiful. If there is a place around, they make the area into a nature park, allocate parking, mark walking paths and may even deny building permission in and around it just to prevent construction to destroying the area. I hope the Indian officials learn a few of these tactics….

The olympics are on and I am again following the progress of the big three in the tennis world(Nadal, Federer and Djokovic). As usual I am a die hard Federer fan, but I have a feeling the Olympic gold is going to evade him. I don’t know the reason, but Federer’s game doesn’t seem to be very strong this year, he doesn’t seem to be too aggressive on the breaks and in general appears subdued, while Nadal is busy hitting impossible shots from impossible court location into impossibly fine corners of the court. It’s almost as if he can do nothing wrong. Djokovic is also a threat, especially after he just beat Nadal at the Cincinnati masters tournament a week or so ago.

This was a random post just to get myself started again…some more directed posts will follow.

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August 13, 2008 at 10:38 pm

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