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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
 
VERY interesting interview.

Confessions of an 'Economic Hit Man'

Friday, March 11, 2005
 
His own Gujarat

The complete impotence of the Vajpayee government while innocent civilians were being slaughtered, and worse, on the streets of Ahmedabad tarred his personal image badly. I did not realize the ground reality in the immediate aftermath. However, now, even Advani gets it.

Now, Manmohan Singh is facing his own Gujarat - in Jharkhand. If he fails to act in a manner that is seen as honest (yes, it should be seen by the wide world), he will permanently lose his credibility. Sonia Gandhi has already spoilt the chances of the India chatterati annointing her the new Mahatma Gandhi. It's now Dr.Singh's turn.

Will he learn from his predecessor?

 
His own Gujarat

The complete impotence of the Vajpayee government while innocent civilians were being slaughtered, and worse, on the streets of Ahmedabad tarred his personal image badly. I did not realize the ground reality in the immediate aftermath. However, now, even Advani gets it.

Now, Manmohan Singh is facing his own Gujarat - in Jharkhand. If he fails to act in a manner that is seen as honest (yes, it should be seen by the wide world), he will permanently lose his credibility. Sonia Gandhi has already spoilt the chances of the India chatterati annointing her the new Mahatma Gandhi. It's now Dr.Singh's turn.

Will he learn from his predecessor?

Thursday, March 10, 2005
 
Somnath Chatterjee is correct

Well... first post after a while. So, I decided to restart with a shocker. Yes, I agree with the Speaker in that the Supreme Court has grossly overstepped its authority in ordering around the Jharkhand legislature, and has overridden the powers of the governor. It is disconcerting.

Having said that, I would like to remind Somnathda of a fact - he cannot overlook the so-called merits of the case. The reason the SC is able to overstep its authority is that the polticians of India have forfeited their legitimate claim to be held beyond the authority of the courts when functioning as a legislature or Governor.

Who led to this situation in the first place? Who fought like dogs in the assembly, throwing chairs at each other, passing stupid, ill-thought out constitutional amendments like anti-defection law? If the SC is able to order around the politicos, including the Governor, it is because they have acted in such shameless manner that the SC knows that the public would favor its action.

Is this the first time the SC is doing this? Remember the SC's rulings right after Romesh Bhandari installed Jagdambika Pal as the CM of UP? How different is the current verdict from that one - except that one more august office - that of the Governor - has also been successfully sullied by our netas, to the extent that the SC has decided even that office can be talked at?

When the population of a country reposes confidence in an unelected body, rather than its elected wings of the government, it is a danger sign for the democratic setup.

If you want a proof for the above statement, just look at our western neighbor. Rule by Courts is no better than rule by armies. At the same time, the alternative to that cannot be rampant anarchy. The politicos should not project that image, or people will back the courts rather than them.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
 
Some more laughs... at the cost of the Supremes

This was supposedly sung by the clerks of the Supreme Court at a farewll party in 1996, in the presence of all the Justices:

Ah, look at all the strange appointments.
Ah, look at all the strange appointments.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
Strolls into work every day
'bout a quarter past three.
Thinks we don't see.

Stephen G. Breyer,
Gave 50 speeches last year.
If they asked him, he came.
They were all the same.

(Refrain)
Crazy nominations.
Where did they all come from?
Senate confirmations.
What were we thinking of?

David H. Souter.
Cutting and pasting all night.
When there's nobody there.
He doesn't care.
Look at him working.
Writing those endless dissents
that nobody will heed.
And no one can read.

Sandra O'Connor.
Votes with the left,
then the right.
So that nobody knows
How the wind blows.

Nino Scalia
No one will join his
invective and hyperbole.
Except for CT [Clarence Thomas].

(reported by Tony Mauro)

 
Highly recommended!!

This month, Michael Newdow, famous for bringing the case against the inclusion of the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, gave a speech at the Michigan Law School. He is some speaker... and a singer too. It's very recommended. Listen to either the streaming audio, or, better still, watch the video of the lectures.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005
 
Simbly Greit News

Keralite girl wins spelling bee.... dunno why, but kids of (and also Jewish) Indian origin seem to be pretty good at this. Dare I pull a Larry Summers, and suggest that it is something about the brain structure of these races? :D

Friday, February 04, 2005
 
Ann Coulter shows her knowledge in history....

Hilarious... just hilarious.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005
 
Its tough to get news about what's happening on the ground in Waziristan. But here's some good reportage:

'Confusion reigns supreme on the frontlines of the war against terror'

http://www.thetimesofpakistan.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=2



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