As we celebrate Indian Independence Day on August 15, one question comes to my mind: How do we interpret what does Independence Day mean? Is it important to create a sense of hatred towards another country to sustain what Independence Day means?
It is interesting to see how political establishments and/or political thinkers of a nation project what Independence Day means to each country. From this thought, stems how the nation is lead and what emotions strike a chord with the nation’s folks.
I, like many Indians, take pride in the fact that our freedom was a hard fought one with sacrifice from multitude of people – some still remembered and celebrated, while most are unknown and unsung for the sacrifices they made for the freedom of their motherland. As I was watching some of the programs aired on Television, one of them was showing the evening retreat at Wagah border. To me, it looked like nothing more than a display of aggravated self-aggrandizement on both Indian and Pakistani sides. 🙂 Continue reading “On the cross road at 69!!!”
If you want to travel from one place to another and you select parachute as your mode of transport, be rest assured, the most likely way you will get to your destination is by being air dropped! Although in daily life, people do not, typically, choose a parachute as a mode of transport to reach their desired destination, in politics, para-dropping is quite common. Continue reading “The paratroopers”
Friends, lend me your attention:
I write about Salman’s and Jaya’s feats, not praise or criticize either.
The evil that men and women do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
Salman and Jaya are honorable celebrities.
Continue reading “Lightning Salman, Golden Jaya”
I have always wondered why do we have a railway budget? Indian railways is just another state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the Government of India; there are other such institutions too but none have a minster and a budget presentation. One obvious answer is of course the sheer size of the budget — annual outlay for 2014-15 is Rs. 65,445 crore. But other than just the sheer budget size is there a reason for the budget to be presented in the Parliament with the whole country keenly watching it? Any idea? Continue reading “On the right track! History repeats itself”
The Home Ministry has directed government officials using the social media for official purpose to post their message in Hindi and not in English as has been the norm so far; an English version is optional. This applies to Twitter and other social media accounts. Wow! Continue reading “What a start, Mr. Modi!”