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The Muck Stops Here!

If you are a keen observer of politics like I am and if you’ve seen political campaigns in India, specially in the Hindi belt, you know how dirty the election campaigns can get. But even I am surprised at the muckraking, the dirt, the under-the-belt attacks that have taken place in this election campaign in the US, specially from the Republicans. And the title of muck-raiser-in-chief certainly belongs to no other than George W. Bush.

This little cartoon sums it up pretty well:

The World According to Azim Premji

I stumbled across this month old article in Stanford Alumni magazine. I imagined that a lot of blogs would have linked to the article but a technorati search yielded only 5 total hits (and only 3 relevant ones) – so I decided to link it here, definitely worth a read. Premji, as many of you might already know, is a Stanford alumni. Here is a teaser from the article:

“Okay, let’s go,” he said one minute and 20 seconds into the conversation. Azim Premji, multibillionaire and leading architect of India’s surging economy, wouldn’t let another second slip away on small talk.

Five minutes earlier I had passed through the main gate of Wipro Limited’s headquarters campus, bidding goodbye to the dust clouds hanging over endless construction sites and disoriented holy cows foraging in garbage-strewn roads. The taxi had made it to the edges of Bangalore with its steaming gridlock and diesel fumes belching from buses—and the city’s ubiquitous three-wheeler autotaxis, which make roaring chainsaws seem tranquil.

Shalom for Sharon

In his illness, Ariel Sharon brings together and exposes the two extremists from two different religions as if to show that regardless of religion, the language that religious extremists speak remains the same – of hatred.

“He was dividing God’s land. And I would say, ‘Woe unto any Prime Minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the E.U., the United Nations or the United States of America.’ God says, ‘This land belongs to me. You better leave it alone’ ”
-PAT ROBERTSON, televangelist, suggesting that Israeli Premier Sharon’s massive stroke last week was divine punishment.

“Today you will all have heard – and I hope that this is final – that the criminal of Sabra and Shatila has rejoined his ancestors. God willing, the others will join him soon.”
-MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, President of Iran, making a premature announcement of the ailing Sharon’s death.

The Communist Manifesto

The hypocrisy is unbelievable, the pathos staggering. If it were not for the fact the main player in this Orwellian drama is one of the parties that holds a vice like grip over Indian polity we could have just laughed it away – as it stands now it is anything but a laughing matter because of the consequences it bears for the future of India. Here is what the CPI (M) general secretary had to say about the forthcoming visit of the US President to India:

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat said the Left parties also decided to launch a nation-wide campaign to culminate when US President George Bush visits India in March. ”The protest is being launched against US foreign affairs policy which is simply aimed at suppressing countries like Iraq for its economic and political interests.”

Now, we all know that Saudi King Abdullah will be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day parade and we’ve not heard a pip-squeak of protest from these guys! A monarch from a country that has exported terrorists and its intolerable and cruel form of Islam, a country which possibly has links to the recent terror attack in Bangalore, a country where no other religion except Islam is recognized and nobody except Muslims have any religious rights, a country where women don’t enjoy any rights, where most men cannot vote, a country that is the absolute scum of this earth – the monarch of that country is welcomed with silence if not with open arms; but somehow the US is a pariah, an evil force for the communists.

But wait, haven’t we seen the same level of hypocrisy from the communists before? After all, these are the guys who could not stop singing paeans of Stalin and Mao! King Abdullah is almost a Mahatma compared to those murderers so why should it stop the communists from serving their self-interest like always?

They think that if they oppose or point fingers at any middle-eastern regime they will be losing their Muslim vote bank. Of course, they do not realize that by treating the minorities in this manner they are not only insulting their judgment but also the commitment of Muslims to this country.

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