Monthly Archives: November 2008

Raj Thackeray Missing as Mumbai Burns

EVEN AS Mumbai kept burning for last three days, Raj Thackeray, the patron saint, who claims to have special rights to protect the interests of the Maximum city ’Mumbai’ has kept surprisingly silent.

What has shocked the people is the silence being maintained by the MNS chief, who is ready to fight it out on the streets over petty issues. The least that was expected from Thackeray was to come out and speak against the terror and stand with the victims.

But where is Raj Thackeray? No one knows, not yet.

His stand against the migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over protecting the interests of the Mumbaikars has forced people to ask questions. They want to know where is Raj Thackeray now.

Angry SMS messages are doing the rounds in the country over the conduct of the MNS chief as well as on blogs people are asking ’where is Raj Thackeray?’

A particular popular message says, “Please forward Raj Thackeray’s phone number, if you have it. Don’t know where he is when you need him. We want to him to go and save Amchi Mumbai along with his MNS hoodlums. The sons of the soil! Army NSG commandos are not Marathi Manoos. Why should they fight or lay their life for Mumbaikars…?”

Taking a dig at the MNS chief Thackeray, who has made life very difficult for the huge migrant population in Mumbai, this SMS makes it very clear that people want an answer from him.

Jagannath, a software engineer, said that Thackeray should have come out with his men and take on the terrorists. “Leaders like Thackeray can torment only innocent and poor people but when the real challenge comes up they just vanish from the scene,” he said, adding, “I want to ask him why he is silent and has not tried to make even a statement against the terrorists.”

Another message doing the rounds in Delhi said, “Where is Raj Thackeray now? Tell him that 200 NSG commandos from Delhi being sent to fight the terrorists. So that he can sleep peacefully in Maharashtra….Please send across….”

A Delhi resident, Satender Kumar, whose cousin works in Mumbai said that it is a strange that MNS workers and leaders did not come out to save their city, while they do not hesitate to hit out against their own countrymen. “I want to ask Raj Thackeray to come out of the hibernation and tell the people what he has been doing for the last three days as Mumbai burnt. Are they capable of beating and threatening only innocent people?” he quipped.

The anger is palpable in Mumbai as well and it is not against Thackeray alone but all the rabble rousing politicians, who play with sentiments of the people. Another Mumbai resident on Skype, who identified himself as ’PAPA’, when asked about Raj Thackeray said, “He must be watching TV,” adding sarcastically, “Ask him and also check on the web.

Another angry citizen has put an interesting post on his blog which says, “Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has been reported as missing by the citizens of Mumbai for the last 3 days. Here is a description:

Raj Thackeray is the founder and president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (Maharashtra Renaissance Party), which is a regional party in the state of Maharashtra in India. He is especially known for his constant tirade against North Indians residing in Maharashtra. He has led several “violent” movements to ensure Mumbai is freed from North Indians. He is about 5 ft 5 in height and wears glasses.

It has been three days since Mumbai has been under siege from terrorists. Mumbai has yet to hear anything from this self-proclaimed savior of the city and the caretaker of the “Marathi Manoos”.

And yet, Raj is missing.

Help Mumbai today to find Raj Thackeray. He is missing when his city needs him the most!

Source: Merinews

How About having a “SEX POLITICAL PARTY” in our country

One day Nanhe was surfing the internet when he came across a very weird news that very soon there is going to be a political party for people who are “serious” about sex. The party name is ‘The Australian Sex Party.’ Well, you might think that this is the first such party but in reality we had similar parties in Canada and Columbia in the year 2005. The parties fought the elections as well and got less than 1% of the total votes. The main agenda of this political party includes promoting for, ‘a national sex education curriculum, reducing censorship, abolishing the government’s proposed internet filter and supporting gay marriage’.
Well this political party is unique in a sense because the issues which it plans to address our real sensitive issues. Nanhe just told me that, if the similar party get into Indian Politics, it can do wonders. Our politicians are so power hungry and vote inclined that they will not miss the opportunity to try their luck on the ticket of such party. Well there is no price of guessing that the number of sex workers, transgenders, homosexual, etc is huge. Till date we have not included them in our scheme of things. Mumbai is Asia’s biggest sex industry and this chunk of the population will form the vote bank of such a political party in the country. Homosexuals and transgenders are now raising their voices for equal rights. Then there is a group of people like you who illegally download porn films from the internet and watch them. Imagine, once you are watching a porn film and at the time of your climax, someone knocks at the door. You open the door and found that police has raided and you are arrested!! Kya ho raha tha aur kya ho gaya. So don’t you want that porn should be legalized. The number of such people also runs in millions. Combining all the group, you can sense that this political party will have large vote bank.
If any of you reading this post is interested to climb the ladder of success in the politics, you must give the serious thought to this proposal of Nanhe. But you must be prepared for some serious opposition from the conservative group which can turn violent and you might pay with your life. Though this conservative group never raises its voice when their is rape or they will never lend a helping hand in rehabilitating the victim.
As a country we need to focus some of the serious problems that trend to threaten our society such as AIDS, sexualisation of children, children being exposed to material, injustice to transgenders etc and if a political party can help them, then it is worth taking a risk.

Nanhe’s Conclusion:
Sex is as important as food but yet we consider it a taboo. It is time we recognise that sex should not be taboo; and that it does mix with politics. Though we should not promote the public display of affection and stop any such move which degrades the morals in the society but at the same time, a broad based sex party that promotes sex positive attitudes, sexual health and the rights of sex workers and sexual minorities is urgently needed in an environment where religious groups and conservatives think they have the right to regulate or morally prescribe the boundaries and privacy of individuals’ sex lives.

An Ode to Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly

The Continuing Ganguly saga

Hi This is the poem which was written by Mina Anand in September when Ganguly was still going. Now that he has retired, this poem will make u remember and admire Sourav Ganguly ‘Dada’ even more.
Read it……….

This is a tale – unfinished so far

Of a fiery cricketer – a lode star


An attacking player… with elegance to match

India’s most successful Captain – and in the 10,000 (ODI) runs batch


For a man who has done so much for Indian cricket

Isn’t it bizarre he’s always on a sticky wicket


For a cricketer who has plundered 18,000 + runs (Test and one-day combined)

Not to mention the 22 one-day tons


It’s ironical that he has to fight his way back

Battle the odds and ignore the flak


This story has had many twists and turns

But ‘Dada’ keeps his end up – the fire fiercely burns


Let’s now take guard and take stock

The ‘hitherto’ Ganguly Saga’ lets unlock


We’ll examine the issues – such as they are

What the critics fall back on, in trying to pull down this star


‘Dalmiya’s man’ – he was dubbed

Shouldn’t he with Sachin, Sanath, Inzy – be clubbed? (10,000-ODI-Runs Select Club)


His place was assured in the team – they say

Thanks to his ‘Godfather’ – come what may


Then – may I ask the public this

Whose are the runs – Dalmiya’s or his?


Some other ‘crimes’ – charged to his name

Shows dissent – slows down the game


Unfit – fakes injuries – late for the toss

Lazy – princely – ask Freddie Flintoff!


Some tag the word ‘Parochial’ to him

Ironical that memories can be so dim


Wasn’t it Ganguly – the ‘new broom’

(Who swept away zonal politics)


Exciting ‘Indian’ talent he did groom

Talent that he picked and backed


A ‘fighting spirit’ in the team was packed

He turned the Indian team around


Battle it out- stand your ground!

This took Indian cricket to new heights


Putting up some of the great fights

(Remember Eden Gardens…Barbados…Headingley…Adelaide…Chennai…Lords-NatWest?)


Won matches at home and away

Won accolades for the way we play


Then there’s the talk about ‘green tops’

Facing fast bowling Ganguly ‘hops’?


From the quicks he shys away

Then how on earth did he flay


The opening bowlers in the one-day game

Dispatching them – on his way to fame


Some more chat – that he detests

‘Chin Music’ in the Tests


May I refer all – to the Brisbane Test

The Aussie quicks at their furious best


‘The Wall’ and ‘The Little Master’ fell

Sounding for the tour – a ‘death knell’?


But out came striding the Captain bold

Unleashed his repertoire manifold


Leading from the front – at Brisbane

Treating the Aussies – with disdain


Thus at the ‘Gabba’ – of bounce and pace

Ganguly – to a ‘setting-the-tone’ century did race


From the ‘Brisbane heights’ to the ‘Chappell era lows’

The Prince has stoically taken many blows


No ‘fair-weather’ friends – his legion of fans

They believe in him – he vindicates their stance


Experience, resolve – and the ‘Ganguly’ knack

Was behind the dramatic 2006-7 comeback


Sachin-Ganguly-Dravid-Laxman- Kumble – our Magical Five

Contrary to ‘death-knells’ – they are still very much alive


Currently the ‘Fab Four’ may not be at their batting best

All credit to a tre’mendis’ display by Sri Lanka in the Tests


But if old Hayden and Hussey and Sanath are still around

Why should our ‘younger’ ‘Seniors’ not stand their ground? (didn’t Leander Paes?)


‘Out of form’ – is how we dismiss and dispatch

Don’t all great batsmen go through a rough patch? (Ponting is still around)


The press doesn’t often bother to tell all

In the minds of the greats – Ganguly stands tall


Ask Gavaskar, Boycott, Bhogle – to name a few

His county (Glamorgan) also gives him his due


“An outstanding professional” – was the Glamorgan call

He’s as committed as the ‘Wall’


Not for power – or for pelf

It’s cricket that spurs him on – improving himself


At ‘sixes and sevens’ – but not for long

At ‘sixes and fours’ – is where he still belongs


There are few better sights than the southpaw’s grace

“God of the off-side” – is how he stays!


PS: I am a long-time cricket follower, a current ‘interning’ lawyer and a non-stop supporter of the Indian Cricket Team. (Particularly of ‘Dada’ and the Seniors). And I am not a Bengali !!

Source: NDTV

Birthday? What is that??

Nanhe once asked me—–

Why do we celebrate birthdays? What is it that we are toasting? Is it the fact that we have survived another year against many odds? Are we marking the progress we have made, our cumulative achievements and possessions? Is a birthday the expression of hope sprung eternal to live another year? I’ve been told that I am oddity when it comes to birthdays.  I hate celebrating my birthday.  I always have.  I don’t mind celebrating someone else’s birthday, just mine. This is what Nanhe said.

Actually I also echo the views of Nanhe because, I never find anything very especial to celebrate the Birthdays. There are no specific reasons but still…..I feel there is nothing great to celebrate the Birthdays. So i don’t celebrate but would like to thank all my well wishers and enemies (if any). Because being with them, i have learnt some invaluable lessons.

I’ll wake up tomorrow and embrace another year. Another year with more laughter than tears, more success than failure, more hope than despair, and more love than I deserve. Bring it on!

Oh, and dear Lord, thank you for the gift of this last year, with all its hard-learned lessons, and bringing me through safe and healthy, with my family intact. With your blessings I’ll make it through another.
Thank you all for your wishes.