When Lord Krishna was about to come to Hastinapura and when the Kuru court was deliberating how to receive him, Duryodhana in no mean words says, Krishna shouldn’t be accorded the honour he deserves – it’s not because he doesn’t deserve it(rather, he deserves much more than what we can give him) but because he… Read More Indian Narrative – Why Things Work the Way they Work?
Two days ago, I was in Simhachalam. That was my second visit to the temple. Because it was a Saturday and Panchami, the rush was massive in the temple. We decided to have a Darshan through the 100 rupee Special Darshan. It was a very big mistake. It took almost half an hour for us… Read More Simhachalam Temple – Need for Course Correction
By 5th April, most people had packed their woolens. The sun shone brightly, and the air in Srinagar had a nip, with a hint of pine. I tucked myself in for a well-deserved sleep. The last 24-hours had been hectic and my body is not what it used to be. I crave rest, and a… Read More THE IRON IN OUR SOUL – Major Gaurav Arya
From NDTV. A powerful read and I was expecting at least one such article for a long time. This is the view of a person who hates the prominence given to Delhi and to some extent, the Hindi belt. Very rarely, a positive word is written about something which is not from North India. This, reminds… Read More Delhi Media Is Hurting Brand India With Distortions – Mohandas Pai
Though this was always in my plans, the real trigger to attempt to estimate Pakistan’s military expenses is a comment Shashi Tharoor wrote made in The Era of Darkness to the effect that as a percent of GDP, Pakistan spends the maximum in the current world. And now, the numbers. The details are pulled from… Read More Pakistan’s Military Expenses
From Swarajya The tragic death of jawan Roy Mathew, who may have committed “suicide” after a website aired a sting operation in which he allegedly criticised the sahayak system in the army, raises ethical and moral issues on the legitimacy of such methods to collect “news”. While the jawan, who was unaware he was being… Read More Stings And Lazy Journalism: Jawan’s Death Proves Partial Illegitimacy Of Stings – R Jagannathan
Let’s forget, for a while, the merit of the issue. The protests at Marina tell one single thing – with sufficient motivation, huge numbers can assemble to protest; to protest peacefully with literally no inconvenience to any and that with sufficient motivation, a bill can be passed in a jiffy. Marina Beach in Chennai has… Read More Jallikattu Protests – Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward
One of my friends was talking about the punishments in the Telugu movie Aparichitudu which led me to Section 5.26 of Bhagavata Purana. It is a very powerful read and the depth of information regarding the types of sins can be no more exhaustive. And all this, at least 1500 years old, creates even more… Read More Various Types of Hells – Bhagavata Purana
Socialism is a funny concept. They said, the tiller get’s the land. Let’s take this scenario. There’s a big landholder having, say, 1000 acres of land. A revolution takes place, the landholder is killed and every worker gets 50 acres of land. Now, the new owner will have to till his own land – he… Read More Is Every Rich Man a Crook?
There is a nice quote Ram Jethmalani used in Indian Parliament, targeting a prominent Congress leader – Power corrupts and the prospect of losing power corrupts absolutely. Composition of Nuclear Supplier Group as like the UN Security Council permanent membership is a clear indication of that adage. As of today, the countries opposing India’s entry… Read More NSG Membership – Power Corrupts and the Prospect of Losing Power Corrupts Absolutely
Today’s judgement over Udta Punjab is an interesting one. Censor Board proposes cuts and the courts rap the Censor Board stating your duty is not to demand cuts but to suggest cuts and give the movie a rating. In effect, the Court said that you can propose the cuts and it’s upto the director to… Read More Udta Punjab – Legal Victory, but Moral?
There are only a few ways a party can win an elections in a democracy – 1. Reelection 2. Promised freebies 3. Lack of options 4. Second best option 5. A grand coalition against the government 6. Wrong partners 7. Split of opposition vote If a government performs, it will get reelected. Else, people will… Read More Indian Election Predictions – Too Much Hype?
The discussion started with Jayalalitha’s election freebies in Tamil Nadu. The state is providing subsidies and freebies to anyone and everyone in a quest to rule for a few more years. All this measures aiming at public welfare are fine asssuming you have got the money to do all these things. But, the reality is… Read More Public Debt – The Real Facade of the Rich
Peace of Westphalia was a series of peace treaties resulting in the independence of the Dutch Republic which was extracted from Spain. One of the main carry forwards from this treaties is the concept of Sovereignty as implemented in the present day world – 1. The principle of the sovereignty of states and the fundamental… Read More Peace of Westphalia – Does it really make sense?
Any marriage these days in a cosmopolitan family is facing serious strain due to the changing lifestyles. Moving slowly towards the western stand-in relationships without any thought about sanctity of marriage, we are seeing a spate of broken marriages these days. Trying to understand the reason for this, you will see a few fundamental things.… Read More The Start of the End of Traditional Indian Marriage Setup?
Peter’s Principle: In a hierarchy, an employee tends to rise to the level of his incompetence. In other words, you will be promoted only if you are capable enough. Take this pyramid. A person starting at level 6 will slowly climb to the top till he reaches level 1. The real question is how many… Read More Peter’s Principle and Democracy
I have a friend from Tamil Nadu, a chauvinistic fan of Jayalalitha. A slight to Jayalalitha or her rule is such offending to him that he will launch into an hour long tirade bordering irrationality. One primary bone of contention is the concept of election freebies. His argument is two fold – it’s our taxes… Read More Freebie Mania and Irrational Socialism
As a restaurant, how do these big hotels tick? There is no proper courtesy from the staff, there is no range in menu, thee seating is not that different from a regular, albeit high end one, there is no patronage – is this a necessary but loss making overhead for the hotel? A few days… Read More Paper Tigers or Empty Vessels?
Anger is one of those fundamental human traits, or rather one of those fundamental traits of any animal which reveals itself every now and then distorting the peace and balance in life. Being a violent emotion, it always carries negative energy with it, resulting almost always in a loss – either you suppress it and… Read More Anger or Miserliness?
Below table depicts the number of birds slaughtered to satiate the British appetite per annum. Counting at least 40% for the Christmas season(October to December), there were at 6 million headless turkeys on platter last year. Poor birds!! Another trend to note is that the number of turkeys slaughtered went down and the number of… Read More Christmas Business – Britain
The irony of Indian history is that, all official history written, even post independence centres around who ruled North India and nothing else. A few names which clearly prove this case are Sri Krishna Deva Raya whose kingdom was much bigger than that of Ibrahim Lodhi or Babar, Ahoms whose conquest Mughals were never able… Read More A Question Questioning the North Indian Bias of Indian History
Yesterday, during one acrimonious debate, I commented that the population of my hometown(7.2 million) is greater than that of Finland(5.6 million) and there is no way you can treat the Prime Minister of India who represents 200 times more people than his Finnish counterpart as equals. This chart is a representation of the same –… Read More Population of Indian Cities as Compared to Countries
A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beeblebrox’s table, a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with large watery eyes, small horns and what might almost have been an ingratiating smile on its lips. “Good evening,” it lowed and sat back heavily on its haunches, “I am the main Dish of the Day. May… Read More A Section from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Another traversity of the world is that, it treats all countries equal, giving them each a single vote without considering the variation of size. Countries like India or China, with provinces having population or GDP more than most of the countries of the world being tagged with midgets like Vatican or Monaco is a bit… Read More India – An Estimate of Size
The whole world complains over India’s electronic illiteracy. The factors for that are many. But, one prominent factor is the cost of availability of the services. Below table depicts the situation in the ten biggest economies of the world. I have considered the cost of a Macbook Air, iPhone 6 and the cost of Mbps… Read More India’s Electronic Illiteracy
Since India has given BJP a clear cut majority both in centre and in many states, we will be expecting that BJP can pass any bill it wants. But the reality is not that simple. Rajya Sabha’s election process ensures that this will not happen easily. Rajya Sabha MPs have a life time of 6… Read More Rajya Sabha of India – A Traversity of Justice
Going through a synopsis of the new land acquisition bill, below are the changes as compared to the older one.1. 80% consent clause will be scrapped off for five sectors – national security, defence, rural infrastructure including electrification, industrial corridors and housing for the poor.2. Social impact assessment is not applicable for the above sectors.… Read More Land Acquisition Bill – Should We Oppose It?
Someone suggested me to read a Hindu editorial titled Nationalism as antonym of communalism which was published in Hindu recently, giving a perspective of the conversion dilemma India is facing. It is an interesting and more better, refreshing read, where the author built his argument over a single point – India was never a country… Read More Nationalism as antonym of communalism – A Hindu Editorial – A critique
India is an interesting country. No country ruled by Muslims for almost a millenium succeeded in maintaining it’s pre-Islamic religion without the aid of any foreign power. We don’t know for sure, but the tenacity with which the hills of Kabul were held for almost 350 years may have resulted in the change of attitude… Read More Was there an Islamic Invasion of India?
If some news comes outside regarding any misdeed of a governor, Shiv Sena is the first party to come in public asking for scrapping of the post of Governor. Theoretically, a Governor or a President should be one on whom the government should be in a position to rely upon for advice. But, true facts… Read More Governors of India – An Analysis
Today’s news quotes India’s I&B Minister saying, “Evidence indicates, that countries that have achieved a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.9 or more have per capita energy consumption of at least 2.5 tonnes oil equivalent (toe) per year….The current per capita energy consumption in India is about 0.6 toe per year, which is a fraction… Read More Discussion on Pollution and Pollution Control
For the past few days, a debate is raging over whether BJP should be allowed to form the government in Delhi. The background is that the four time Congress Government is trounced by the emergence of Aam Aadmi Party. BJP gets 31/70, one short of majority while AAP emerges with 28. Arvind Kejriwal of AAP… Read More The Delhi Chief Minister Debate – Is it needed, first of all?
A news leaked out saying the Government asked RBI mint to make five Bharat Ratna Medals. Even though the legal mandate is a maximum of three per year, many names cropped up – Subhas Bose, Vajpayee, Madan Mohan Malaviya, Kanshi Ram and what not. The press caught up with this and we are seeing very… Read More The Bharat Ratna Debate
The below two charts(attached) compare the states where Congress and BJP are strong. Just this is enough to understand why BJP can never be an alternate to Congress in India. BJP is terribly weak in the south and non-existent east of West Bengal, and courtesy Nitish Kumar and Navin Patnaik, they exist virtually only in… Read More Congress and BJP – A Comparitive Analysis
Time for another round of political wrangling now without actually trying to understand what the problem is. A few days ago, BJP says, chase the Bangladeshi settlers out. Yesterday, Assam burnt, some 32 Muslims were massacred in Bodoland. Congress and National Conference says BJP shouldn’t be irresponsible. But both the parties haven’t got an answer… Read More The Assam Massacre – Could it have been averted?
The top headlines of the previous day – 1. The ever ubiquitous Telangana issue – this time, the ruckus is in the Rajya Sabha. Someone manhandles someone in the parliament and when the acting speaker reprimanded him, he apologized and all is well. No mishaps though. Let’s see what’s going to happen there for BJP… Read More Indian News Update – What’s wrong with the Legislature and Judiciary? Is India’s prestige outside the country more important or internal wrangling?
There were two back to back primetime debates happening yesterday which would have caught anyone’s attention. Both the themes are standard in today’s polity – Modi bashing and Telangana, though Telangana’s elevation to national level in debating panels is a bit hard to see. Now, coming to the hard facts. Take the issue regarding Modi.… Read More Telangana and Narendra Modi – Will we be graced with any other debate on Prime Time?
Though Muslims started raiding India from the time of fall of Persia, the first major thrust into India was by Mahmud of Ghazni. He finally destroyed the Kabulshahis and was the first one to lead extensive raids into India successfully. The final blow to Hinduism came in the invasions of Tughluq which destroyed the Hindu… Read More A Few Social Changes which occured because of the Islamic Advance into India
Seriously to say, today’s Page 3 is of no comparison to the headlines of India. Below is a set of the spiciest. 1. Congress is jumping up and down saying BJP is communal and is responsible for the Gujarat Riots. Some of Congress’s major supporters said since in India, we treat Supreme Court as final… Read More India’s News is never uninteresting!!!
Below is the ground reality before the elections – 1. Rajasthan – Outside the state, no one knew what’s happening in the state, except for the rape case. 2. Madhya Pradesh – The CM is doing good 3. Delhi – The CM is doing good, but the problem is all protests happen in Delhi and… Read More A simple analysis of the four state elections in India
The client says, I will come for a floor walkthrough on a Friday. Below are the things which are done to welcome her. 1. Identify a list of questions which should be asked as on the spot questions when the client asks for any questions. The associates are sufficiently grilled to tell ask the questions… Read More A Typical Client Visit in an IT Company in India
The only dimensions of space which we know is the geometric axes of length, width and height and possibly the concept of time as the fourth dimension. I donot remeber it correctly, but there’s a diagram in the Brief History of Time which shows up the time funnel in the past and future for which… Read More The 14 Hindu Lokas – Can there be a scientific basis for this?
Lets see what happened here…A person who is criminally convicted is not eligible to contest in elections is what Supreme Court of India said on 10th July 2013. Rajya Sabha passes a bill unanimously on 27th August(in less than two months) scrapping it. Supreme Court says, since he is in a jail, he can’t vote. If… Read More Rajya Sabha passes bill amending Representation of the People Act
Randomly flipping through the TV channels, I came across a debate going on. Point of discussion – 65 MPs(Hindu gave a list of 64) write letters to Obama asking him not to revoke the ban on Narendra Modi’s Visa. Below statement gives the gist of the letter – We wish to respectfully urge you to… Read More Indian MPs recommending Obama to ensure Modi doesn’t get a Visa to US – How low can they stoop?
The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family. Therefore, it should not be owned by others. There is no freedom for a man who lives in another’s house, whether he pays rent or not. If a person thinks he wants to move from an interior village to Tripoli, this clause… Read More A few questions on Gaddafi’s Green Book
Again, the chaos of the Telangana Movement is at our door steps. What is the need for a separate state, what are the merits and demerits is a different story. Had the government responded rationally, would what happened today have happened? First of all, the government agrees for the march. And on the exact day,… Read More Telangana Again!!!
Being a responsible Indian citizen, this idle banter by our esteemed Prime Minister without saying anything concrete is a serious concern for the country. What he effectively said was I will do this, don’t ask me the timelines, I did this, which according to me is a great achievement and I don’t care how the world… Read More Prime Minister’s Independence Day Speech – A speech or a tea time banter?
Ban Ki-moon today said that we forgot Bosnia’s 1995. Did he forget that UN supported Afghanistan in 2001 and the UN opposed Iraq of 2003 which are still boiling cauldrons? What of Libya? UN sanctioned killing of Libyan citizens in order to save Libyan citizens. A great paradox. Gaddafi is killed in cold blood. His… Read More UN’s stand on Syria?
July 11: Someone accuses a lady athlete by name Pinky Pramanik, a winner of international gold, of rape, alleging that she is a male. She is arrested and is kept in prison as an undertrial for 25 days before released on bail. Is it such hard for the courts and government to determine the gender… Read More Some Great News of the Past Week from India
Emission Ranks for the countries. Only major one left out is Somalia. Which one to consider? Per Capita or Per sq km or Absolute rank of a country? Country Rank – Emissions Rank – Per Capita Emissions(2000) Rank – Emissions Per Square km(2008) Belize 165 1 164 Qatar 80 2 9 Guyana 145… Read More Greenhouse Emissions – Which rank to follow to make one accountable?
Below is the per capita greenhouse emission ranks of countries taken from Wikipedia(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_greenhouse_gas_emissions_per_capita). If this is the actual picture, why are we targetting countries like India or China instead of something like Norway or Australia, which stand in the top 50 pollutants while using only 20% of the available land in the country? Take Palau… Read More Per Capita Pollution Emissions(2000 data)
Man is a social animal. Whatever he does, he’ll have to do it in the confines of the society. You can take it two ways – the society gave you something and it expects something in return. If someone, somehow established some rules, whether good or bad, you are bound to follow it. If you… Read More My views on how Indians treat marriage
Yesterday’s Times of India held loads of news which makes an average Indian halt a while in his pace of life and seriously think what’s happening around him. Besides the umpteen cases of corruption everywhere, the beow ones are worth noting. Number one. It seems the chief of Indian Army, VK Singh, who is currently… Read More Yesterday’s Headlines – The Sorry State of India
Context: A retired chief of Indian Army alleges that a bribe of 14 crores was offered to him in a military deal. Jaswant Singh, BJP “I have known the Defence Minister longer than I have known the Army Chief. AK Antony specialises in the art of indecision. His style of functioning is one of silence,… Read More The varied colours of Indian Polity
Balakrishna Chadalawada ——————————————————————————– BalaKrishna Chadalawada Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 3:20 PM To: email@example.com I hope these references do not counter your perception of an illiterate ancient India which absorbed everything from outside but knew nothing of it’s own http://www.telugutanam.com/telmunlanguage.htm Writes Pococke, an authority on India’s influence on Greece: “At the mouth of the Indus… Read More A communication I had with Michael Witzel a few years ago
That controverisal old man has one mor feather in his cap now, which by now would have become such heavy for him to put it on his head. His hat started gathering feathers when Kerry Packer offered loads of money to players, all the way till today’s controversy. Two great things people cannot forget is… Read More Greg Chappell’s Rant – How correct is it?
First, let’s try to get the facts right. As a consequence of lack of serious interest in handling corruption and bad governance, aided with the quixotic government policies aiding no one, the government suddenly finds itself short of money. It tries to explore ways to bring in money into it’s coffers. One nice way it… Read More ONGC sells shares and LIC buys it?
Long long ago, there lived a farmer. He had seven sons. One day, one of his sons wrote a biography of his. Below is the synopsis of the book – There lived a farmer who inherited some land from his father. He had two wives with whom, he begot seven children. He had some servants… Read More How a king is made in history
A Maldit is a poem of complaint written by a troubadour, complaining against the girl he loved. First of all, how can one write such a poem and have peace if mind, is out of my comprehension. According to someone by name Robert Archer, the following are the features of a Maldit – Alludes to… Read More Characteristics of a Maldit
It’s that simple!!! That’s why we don’t find any other stories in Telugu or Hindi movies. See a girl from afar, like her Worship her from afar Declare passionate devotion Get rejected Don’t care whether you are rejected or not, go ahead as if nothing happened with increased vigour Moans of approaching death from unsatisfied… Read More Stages of Love
I don’t want to talk about the statement David Cameron to the effect that if Koh-i-Noor is returned back to India, British Museum will become empty. Chenghiz Khan wittingly or unwittingly wiped out civilizations without collecting souvenirs, these people did the same, but after collecting some souvenirs. With an exception or two, every civilization in… Read More Connoisseurs of Art or Plain Robbers?
Part two of yesterday’s bakwaas. Guys and girls, this is serious blasphemy, just for fun, which I myself doesn’t subscribe to. It’s upto you to go ahead after this disclaimer. There’s a poem in Telugu – Indugaladandu ledanu sandehamu valadu Chakri sarvopasangudu endendu vedakina andande kaladu (Don’t have a doubt whether he is here or… Read More Why can’t the lowly quark be my god?
Neither can one prove that god exists, nor can one disprove the same. If I am an atheist, I ask prove that god exists. If I am a believer, I ask prove that god doesn’t exist. It’s a perfect Catch-22. We can treat god as Mr. Nobody in that poem whom we can’t see, but… Read More An approach to define the concept of god
In today’s Hindu, there is an article by name ‘Salman Rushdie & India’s new theocracy’ by some guy by name Praveen Swami. First of all, Hindu, again proved that it has got nothing except one of the best English in the world and forceful atheism. The writer has started writing the article trying to blame… Read More Comments on a Hindu Editorial
Today’s news is that three boys passed away after getting drowned in the river Kharkhai behind the college I studied. I am seriously at a loss to identify who is to blame here. That river is out of bound for the students. We as students went, these people went and if there are no restrictions,… Read More When will Indian colleges change?
A soldier’s anguish on the death of another. This one is written over the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan. The leviathan of the sky does land In England’s green and pleasant land. Its cargo more precious than gold The body of a hero, bold. Once the giant’s engines stopped The cargo ramp is… Read More Repatriation – Staff Sergeant Andy McFarlane
Gannama Nayaka or Malik Maqbul Gannama Nayaka was the governor of the fort of Warangal under Prataparudra. Telugu folk history says when the king is captured, he placed a washerman on the throne and went to search for the king. We have many such instances in Indian history where a powerful noble tried to salvage… Read More A few Indians whom everyone should remember
A while ago, I was watching Ram Jethmalani’s speech in Lokpal debate in Rajya Sabha today. Whether he is a hypocrite, whether he is sincerely saying what he is saying or is just trying to score some points in the political arena, what he said on the whole was thought provoking. First of all, at… Read More The ruckus in Rajya Sabha today – Do we deserve it?
Bandwagon Effect: A psychological phenomenon whereby people do something primarily because other people are doing it, regardless of their own beliefs, which they may ignore or override. Godwin’s Law – As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1 Hanlon’s Razor – Never attribute to malice that… Read More The way of Life – A glossary
Today’s news. Kishenji, the second in command of Naxalite movement is killed in an encounter. I am happy because I hate Naxals. Coming from one of the most Naxal prone areas of the country, what I see around me in childhood is what shapes my perception. What I remember is a DSP, whom the naxalites… Read More Naxalism – a boon or bane?
Today a man slapped one of the most powerful men in India on a camera. Another powerful person said, only one slap?, and later said I condemn. The man who slapped is an auto driver by name Harvinder Singh, the man who got slapped is Sharad Pawar and the man who commented is Anna Hazare.… Read More What’s happening in my country???
Gaddafi is dead. When I first heard the news, I immediately remembered the photo of that journalist who was weeping when Saddam Hussein’s capture was announced. First of all, I am an Indian. What I read regarding him is through press. I don’t know him, I don’t know whether people hated him or liked him.… Read More Gaddafi is dead. Another dictator gone
Political instability can be defined based on the following factors: 1. Concentration of power within a family 2. Confidence in government machinery 3. Size of the country 4. Level of popular enlightenment 5. Instability of the neighbours 6. Perpetual state of war across borders and inside the country 7. Number of alternative nodes of power… Read More Political instability – A measure?
Rarely I buy newspapers in England. There are two reasons for that. Number one, if you go to any railway station or a bus station, you will find Metro or Evening Standard free. Number two, the news papers are such huge in size that you will never have time to read them as newspapers full… Read More A Times Editorial
In a seminar which I attended few years ago, Prof haragopal. a noted human rights activist made a statement in the middle of his lecture that Brahminism outlived itself by two millenia. What does he mean by Brahminism? Is it the current heriditary structure or the eligaritarian approach which was conceptualized as Brahminism? If it… Read More Will this movement of Anna Hazare solve all our problems with corruption?
I was watching a debate yesterday. Manish Tiwari was saying the bill is in the Parliment and Anna Hazare is opposing the bill and hence the Parliment. Someone said, how do you expect a person to accept your bill, especially, from the first day the government is showing off that I am not going to… Read More Lokpal Bill – Should we need it?
In progress. The aim is to get an amalgamated picture of what life is from a bowl of unrelated ideas “Life is like an onion: you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it” – James Gibbons Huneker “Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at… Read More Some quotes over life
This list will be updated continually till I reach my mark. Ideas are obviously invited. Current count – 24 Transport: Oyster Cards – London Places to sit and small gardens everywhere on the foot paths – London Buzzers for pedestrians to cross roads. A person can actually press a buzzer and wait for the traffic to… Read More 1000 points for a better governance
I am currently working in UK for an Indian MNC. One stinging thing I always feel is had the oppurtunities for higher research in India been easily available, would I have been working here, instead of doing some productive, or may be destructive research in some research lab in India? I studied from an NIT, which works… Read More The fundamental fault with our education system