Monthly Archives: April 2012

We don’t need superheroes!

Recent film stars who joined politics have been a disgrace to the parliamentary system. Govinda was renowned for not attending any parliamentary session and being inaccessible by his people. Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna hardly attended parliamentary sessions. If they are so mighty and busy, why did they contest elections in the first place? We are sick and tired of parties roping in pretty faces to attract votes. Film stars who turn out to be worthless politicians, must be held accountable by the people who elect them. Continue reading

Good-boy, spoiled-brat

If there is anything more humiliating than the way USA dictates its laws over the laws of other sovereign nations, it is the way third world countries like India allow it to happen. First they sell us billions of dollars worth military equipment. What comes free with their arms is the superiority of their laws which demand the right of inspection by American officials of our equipment and their deployment. Even the Indian Prime Minister’s aircraft is subject to US inspection and approval from time to time. Continue reading

Injustice, art, sacrifice

When they boast that, great inventions are by-products of wars, they forget to mention that, great artworks are by-products of anger against injustices and cruelties. Picasso’s “Guernica” was powerful because he was deeply moved by the atrocities of Spanish fascism. Vijay Tendulkar became one of the most acclaimed playwrights of India because he dared to attack the petty chauvinism of Shiv Sena. Continue reading

Skeletons in our closet

All humans are equal, but some humans are more equal than others. May it be the story of Bhopal, Vidarbha or the Asbestos miners in India, India continues to be a third world country that is exploited both by internal and external forces. What is worse is that, we have become a race of men comfortable pointing fingers at others. The tragedy of India is not poverty or corruption, but a mentality that accepts and even condones them. And when things don’t work and we sit and stare. Read my latest article on the NRI.

The illusion of choice

In the 1992 British general elections, Neil Kinnock led the British Labour Party, which eventually lost. With that he left politics and became a university president. In 2000, Al Gore lost to George Bush, after which, he left politics and became an environmentalist. When these leaders withdrew following a defeat, their parties got a chance to make fresh starts with new leaders, new ideas. This, by the way, doesn’t happen in Indian politics. Continue reading