Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for July, 2009

A few days ago the ‘ the ‘ Desi’ Pride of the Indian ’  got a jolt like a dozing  Lion   when a passing Jumbo stepped on its tail …

The reason?

The breaking of news of a ‘Breach of Protocol’ committed by an American Airline , while dealing  with  our   Former President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam….
The papers were full of it as to how the former Prez  was subjected to frisking   by  the staff of  America’s Continental  Airline   while he was waiting for boarding a flight to the US of A…Not wanting to be a ‘second’ in the upholding of the country’s honour, the Politicians and the Press came out in droves with condemnation of the worst kind . They stood  on their hind feet and bayed for the blood of the airline……

The VIPs ( read MPs and MLAs) also jumped into the fray with fire and  ferver seldom shown by them in  matters concerning   saving of people from flood havocs and epidemics spread on a war footing  …

They went into an over-drive,  spewing out very high decibels and brought the ‘House’ and Assemblies to their knees while demanding dire action against the Airline… even to the extent of banning its  very existence on the Indian soil. The Civil Aviation Minister promised ‘prompt’ action and ‘ promptly’ poked  the Bureau of Civil Aviation in their rear to take ‘appropriate action’ to bring the airline ‘to book’. An FIR was ultimately slapped on the ‘erring’  airline with alacrity for the  ‘breach of protocol’ on the 21st  of July . After ‘hemming and hawing’  for a while the airline caved in before the ‘Might of the Indian Union’ and apologised to the Ex-Prez…

Now hear ye this….

The incident had occured  nearly 4 months ago but  the Rip van Winkles of our ‘Babudom’ woke up only now to register their protest . All for what?

The man who was involved in the matter went about his business as though the incident had never occured. As someone who believed strongly in the dictum that rules are made for  obeying and not flouting (something alien to these guys  ), he had accepted the airlines’ demand and complied with them fully without dissenting since security was involved . And what more , narry a word of complaint to the ‘Higher-Ups’ … …

Greatness shows! It sure does…

While doing all those protocol dissections  what really happened was a case of  ‘missing  the woods while looking  for the trees’… The all important fact that there was a lesson to be learned from the behaviour of Dr.Kalam ..and emulated.

These days the  papers are full of incidents where some VIP or other refused to allow himself to be frisked just because he was an MP or some such ‘big wig’ who believes he  is  above the law. Even incidents of airline staff having been threatened and abused by these ‘johnnies’ are not uncommon in the Indian aviation circles. Despite the fact that ordinary mortals elected them from among themselves , after the elections these folks behave as though they are no more ‘mortals’ !

That perhaps explains the uproar stirred up by them against frisking … It  is apparently  to underline the fact that ‘ Us  VIPS’  are ‘’ untouchables’ and are to be handled with kid gloves…A case of  pure and simple ‘ego-syndrome’

Or   have they got something to hide…  ?

Who knows? Maybe …just maybe…

Click here…>>>a-political-kalamity

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

A few days ago the ‘ the ‘ Desi’ Pride of the Indian ’  got a jolt like a dozing  Lion   when a passing Jumbo stepped on its tail …

The reason?

The breaking of news of a ‘Breach of Protocol’ committed by an American Airline , while dealing  with  our   Former President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam….
The papers were full of it as to how the former Prez  was subjected to frisking   by  the staff of  America’s Continental  Airline   while he was waiting for boarding a flight to the US of A…Not wanting to be a ‘second’ in the upholding of the country’s honour, the Politicians and the Press came out in droves with condemnation of the worst kind . They stood  on their hind feet and bayed for the blood of the airline……

The VIPs ( read MPs and MLAs) also jumped into the fray with fire and  ferver seldom shown by them in  matters concerning   saving of people from flood havocs and epidemics spread on a war footing  …

They went into an over-drive,  spewing out very high decibels and brought the ‘House’ and Assemblies to their knees while demanding dire action against the Airline… even to the extent of banning its  very existence on the Indian soil. The Civil Aviation Minister promised ‘prompt’ action and ‘ promptly’ poked  the Bureau of Civil Aviation in their rear to take ‘appropriate action’ to bring the airline ‘to book’. An FIR was ultimately slapped on the ‘erring’  airline with alacrity for the  ‘breach of protocol’ on the 21st  of July . After ‘hemming and hawing’  for a while the airline caved in before the ‘Might of the Indian Union’ and apologised to the Ex-Prez…

Now hear ye this….

The incident had occured  nearly 4 months ago but  the Rip van Winkles of our ‘Babudom’ woke up only now to register their protest . All for what?

The man who was involved in the matter went about his business as though the incident had never occured. As someone who believed strongly in the dictum that rules are made for  obeying and not flouting (something alien to these guys  ), he had accepted the airlines’ demand and complied with them fully without dissenting since security was involved . And what more , narry a word of complaint to the ‘Higher-Ups’ … …

Greatness shows! It sure does…

While doing all those protocol dissections  what really happened was a case of  ‘missing  the woods while looking  for the trees’… The all important fact that there was a lesson to be learned from the behaviour of Dr.Kalam ..and emulated.

These days the  papers are full of incidents where some VIP or other refused to allow himself to be frisked just because he was an MP or some such ‘big wig’ who believes he  is  above the law. Even incidents of airline staff having been threatened and abused by these ‘johnnies’ are not uncommon in the Indian aviation circles. Despite the fact that ordinary mortals elected them from among themselves , after the elections these folks behave as though they are no more ‘mortals’ !

That perhaps explains the uproar stirred up by them against frisking … It  is apparently  to underline the fact that ‘ Us  VIPS’  are ‘’ untouchables’ and are to be handled with kid gloves…A case of  pure and simple ‘ego-syndrome’

Or   have they got something to hide…  ?

Who knows? Maybe …just maybe…

Click here…>>>a-political-kalamity

Read Full Post »

I will start this blog with a sanskrit verse from the Hindu Epic   ‘Mahabharatha’

‘dharma-kshetre kuru-kshetre
samaveta yuyutsavah
mamakah pandavas chaiva
kim akurvata sanjaya?’

And its English translation which goes like this…  ( courtesy: Wikipedia )

‘Gathered together at Kurukshetra, the field of religious activities, what, O Sanjaya, did my war-inclined sons and those of Pandu do?’

That must be the thought now flashing through the mind of  Comrade E.M.S. Namboothiripad , the founder member of the CP(M) in Kerala , while sun-bathing  in his place of eternal rest…
Poor ‘Namburi’…

His successors recently held  a marathon Politbureau ( PB as they fondly call it) session  and a follow up ‘Central Committee’ ( ‘CC” ) meeting  at the Communist Party’s  ‘ Supreme Court’ at AKG Bhavan  in New Delhi. On the Agenda was a single item…Discussion of  the factionalism plaguing the Party’s Kerala chapter and finding a lasting solution.

At the end of it, the the ‘fact-finding’ , or more aptly in this case  , the  ‘fault-finding’  Comrades in Arms , led by the  General Secretary of the Party , Comrade Prakash Karat , shocked the ‘am admis’ all over  Kerala and other ‘Comrade Paradises’ like West Bengal et. al,  with an  overkill . They targetted their corrective action on Kerala’s ‘sitting’ Chief Minister,  Comrade V.S.Achuthanandan – one of the senior-most ‘read shirts’ in Kerala, who, along with the Sate Secretary and his bete noir Comrade Pinarayi Vijayan , was in the docks before the PB on charges of promoting factionalism !

It was the culmination of a long-standing game of one-upmanship between the two ‘pugilists’… [ see my blog ‘Thozhuthil Kutthu ’ ( Infighting’ ) elsewhere below. ] However , even those who didn’t care much about the Communist Party , per se, felt the shockwave of the ‘Action’ on a Ritcher scale-magnitude of 10 !

This macabre drama had its beginning sometime in end-January 2009, when CBI finally got its act together. After completing  its investigation into the  alleged involvement of the State’s Party Secretary in an ‘encounter of the third kind’ with a Canadian Firm, they prepared a charge-sheet against him.

Overcoming the many huddles thrown into its path by the Party’s ‘blockade artists’,  they finally got the green signal from the Governeor to try Pinarayi for his alleged hanky-panky links with SNC Lavalin of Canada . The allegation was that he was party to the  awarding of a contract  for the refurbishment of some of the State’s power generation equipment, an action which apparently was not on the up and up…

Standing staunchly behind their ‘Comrade General’  the Party  promptly rubbished it as a politically motivated move . However, what brought the melting pot to boil was the determined stand taken by the Chief Minister . He maintained that the
allegation , if at all unjustified, should be proved so in a court of law and not brushed under the AKG Bhavan’s ‘red’ carpet.

A just stand,  wouldn’t you say…?

However, this was an unthinkable breach of the so-called ‘ party decipline’ by a Senior Member.  Dies were cast for the Chief’s ouster then and there and the painful end  came during the last meeting of PB and CC held a few days ago .

The non-conformist  was kicked  out with his tail between the legs , a shattered man.

They simply hanged the Messenger!

And all the time while the ruling party’s member folks were congregating in the Country’s capital planning moves and counter-moves , the State’s administrative machinery  ran like a train without an engine on non-existent rails…crawling  down eventually to a dead stop ! Much needed projects like Smart City, Vizhijam port, Shobha High-Tech City , Cyber City , to name a few , were caught like kayaks in the white waters of uncertainity…( May God save his own country! )

The PB and CC were however not without a drop of the milk of human kindness in their hearts.  A small bread crumb was thrown after the retreating back of the loser . He was allowed to  carry  on as  Chief Minster of the Cabinet…, albeit tightly-fettered. The only rub was , the cabinet would now house a minister under him who will be  of a higher hierarchical order than he himself is in the party.. Somewhat  like having  an Office Assistant who is the MD’s ‘bhanja’!

Imagine ! an allegedly tainted ‘Hawk’ being taken under the wings and protected by the  ‘Party Mother Hen’ in the Appex, ostensibly to shield it from from an aerial attack by  a well-meaning Dove!

The Dove’s only fault was that it said: ‘ I know what you did last summer ’ ( remember the movie? )…

Well done,  Comrades! Bravo! We can  well imagine now what the ensuing governance will turn out to be!

The million dollar question in the ‘am admis’ mind that remains to be answered now is…why did the ‘ Mother Hen ‘ do what it did ?
Wheels within wheels …?  Who knows! 

Click here >>>karate-kick

Read Full Post »

There is nothing wrong  if someone  thinks  a bit too high of himself or herself and wants others to know it, provided of course the ‘others’ can  stomach it. In the power corridors everywhere in the World there are determined folks who try to  broadcast  this inner craving by putting up huge life-sized statues of themselves  at road junctions, in the compounds of official buildings or anywhere where these eye sores won’t be missed. The late Saddam Hussain is an infamous example! One of his statues was up-rooted with the whole world watching the event. So he did have  a statue of himself put up – at least one!  )

Usually statues are erected only after a great man kicks the bucket and joins the angels or the devils, depending upon his ‘ karma’  . It is not considered appropriate to do this while the guy is alive and kicking.

Given this scenario , what was reported in the Indian Press  a few  of days ago makes shocking reading. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in India , it is understood, has  decided to add an extravagant signature-line in her state  by putting up not one,  but a large  number of these ‘monstrosities’  (  you can’t blame the sculpter for that, given her attributes  ). And she excelled herself by making the Exchequer foot the bills!

No small figure that, mind you, just a ‘kool’ Rs. 300 crores-or  Rs. 3000 Million ( take your pick ) . One has to admire her gall !

Look at the counts: 46 staues of herslf and her cronies, 60 statues of mammoth elephants- her party symbols-  ( the ‘cronies’ apparently do not include them  ), 5.5 lakh metric ton of pink and red stand stone, all at an estimated cost of Rs.3000 crores, if we  are to believe the newspapers! ! The annual maintenance alone is said to be a mind-boggling Rs.270 crores. A single  statue  of hers will set the goverment back by as much as Rs.1.7 crores!

Wow! She has class , this woman, and we must grudgingly salute her for that !

‘Nothin’ cheap for me ! ’ , she must have said to herself!

Why do people do such obnoxious things? In her case there seems to be a ready-made , albeit laughable, explanation. Being from the ‘backward class’ she says she wants to send to the people of her caste  a message:
‘Despite the social, economic and political handicaps we face , any one of us can still scale the tallest of heights ( exchequer willing , of course ) as I have done’!

Bah! Stuff and nonsense ,  the English would say.

Well, the flip side  is that the Supreme Court of India has directed the country’s premier investigating agency to probe the matter, thanks to a Public Interest Litigation filed. But the wily old vixen has out-classed the Court by unveiling some 15 of these in a hush-hush manner well before the apex court could put a monkey wrench into the works…Hats off ,lady, may  your tribe increase !
And at that rate  in the days to come , one  may even see happenings  like this !
> Click here satute-craze

Read Full Post »