Devyani Khobragade Incident- Wikipedia link.
1) The key question is did Ms. Devyani knowingly and willingly make a second agreement signed with her domestic help fixing the salary for Rs. 30K per month only, when the original agreement shown for the visa purpose was based on the minimum wage as per US law – If the second agreement is real and verified, then the US government is fully justified in taking legal action against Ms. Devyani.
2) Was the US Justice Department correct in the way it handled the case? I don’t care. I can hazard a guess that there are too many people that get arrested visa fraud or perjury… Ms. Devyani did not have diplomatic immunity at the time of the arrest, so I don’t see how the arrest was executed to be a problem.
3) This whole noise of diplomatic row drowns another key player in this mess… the domestic help, Ms. Sangeeta Richard. Looks like she just got greedy and wanted to work outside of her stipulated job on off days. And she wanted to get a change of passport, visa to settle in USA. For this it seems like she resorted to harassment, blackmailing or whatever. If this is proven true, then she deserves to be punished by USA law (and Indian law) too. No wonder USA does not have visa free travel for Indians… will never happen, I guess. But I also am wondering how an injuntion and arrest warrant from an Indian court on an Indian citizen, conveyed through the consular channels were ignored by US officials.
Agreed that the USA government is surely not “balanced” in handling such cases with other country consular officials (Russia or Pakistan, as in recent times), or for its own hurried evac of accused personnel from its consular offices on claims of diplomatic immunity… but that is no reason for India to demand that the charges be dropped. In my opinion, the reaction from the Indian government is downright childish… and moving Ms. Devyani to the UN mission post haste is now making it look even more foolish. The most funniest reaction of all came from Mayawati madam, who said “I know I should not bring caste into this but the overall conduct with this girl was inappropriate. The central government reacted late because she was a Dalit”. She just couldn’t resist playing the dalit card.
People like both the “now-diplomat level” Ms. Devyani and the domestic help level Sangeeta (and the idiots who rioted in Singapore) are few examples as to why opinion about Indians is not too great in foreign lands. I have seen too many incidents that reinforce this thought… that we Indians are given a bit too much to a sense of entitlement, ‘above the law’ attitude and not being too concerned about ethics if things can get in their favor or can be hidden from public view, in general.
I don’t think he actually worries about a problem which he is responsible for in the first place.
And… I wonder where his party bootlickers got the electricity to power all the fancy lights and stuff to massage his ego by “celebrating” the bogus “new” tamil new year on pongal day.
Power cut? What?
I don’t get why there are so many people who feel he should have continued as a burden for the (honest) tax payers of this country.
It wouldn’t have mattered if this brainwashed, misled ‘brute’ was shot down during 26/11 itself, would it? So, may be these people think that the crores of money spent keeping him alive was all for naught, because it is now all a waste?
What’s the point, in any case?
Most people who speak of human rights are hypocrites… mostly, IMHO.
The protestors were actually protesting some video made by some jobless guy, which depicted Islam as a violent religion, and on top of that added some insults about their Prophet.
Fine… they can protest all they want. But rocket attacks and killings in response to a video? Overkill.
It is ironical that these dumb-ass protestors actually vindicated the video-maker’s standpoint!
One would think the ‘swami’ would have better things to do.
Ohhhh Samiyov!!! En ippudi?
There has been much hue and cry about granting mercy to the 3 persons in jail convicted in the gruesome murder of Rajiv Gandhi.
A girl immolated herself and died protesting the rejection of mercy petition by the President. There have been several hunger strikes (biriyani and sarakku (liquor) will be served at the end?) and protests being held here and there. The Tamilnadu assembly passed a resolution asking the President to reconsider the mercy petition, the High Court stayed the hanging for about 8 weeks, on legal grounds, mainly being focused on the 10+ year delay in the decision on the mercy petition.
The senile old man of TN as well as other Tamil groups have also taken up this cry for mercy… obviously, a political stunt. “Rajiv Gandhi would have spared death row convicts”… this is one of the statements given by a person who is the personification of Rationalism. How did he know this? Did he approach a psychic or a medium and talk to Rajiv Gandhi from the netherworld? Others call for mercy on humanitarian grounds, some arguing that death sentence itself should be abolished.
The case of Afzal Guru was also pulled in to this mess by Kashmir’s CM, Mr. Omar Abdullah. Of course this is a “democrazy”… so people can always claim what they want… that the trial was a farce, evidence was fabricated and so on. It is only expected that when someone gets a ruling that they don’t like, they always cry out calling the trial being biased and unfair.
To hang or not to hang terrorists… that is the question. Actually, there is no question… some of these idiots who are creating this scene just make it look like they are all purest in their intentions and are actually so softhearted.
A proven crime must be punished. This sort of dilly dallying will only reduce the trust people have in the system.
To people who claim capital punishment is barbaric and must be abolished… so is murdering or blowing people to pieces or bombing places!
Hang the terrorists, child molesters, rapists, arsonists, land aggressors, kidnappers, assassins… show no mercy. Oh, and please hang the Kasab guy too. I don’t want my tax money to be spent on fattening that butcher.
“Verdict on Ayodhya will satisfy both communities” – (From DNA India)
“Aryan culture has succeeded in planting superstitions in people’s minds, while even truthful aspects of Dravidian history remain unknown” – (From TOI)
Time to retire, thaatha (Grandpa).
Me thinks that if not for his chief minister post, circle of slaves and the added benefits of getting placed in the government like it is a private company, his wives, sons and daughters would have disposed him a long time ago.
Our scientists have proven, once again, that they are extremely good at sensationalism too!
Re-engineer a ‘cell’ and claim it as having created ‘life’.
A more diverse opinion here.
Well, about time. I have seen this guy’s advertisements in various magazines.
2 words to describe the things that were claimed by this guy, like being the messiah and that he will help avert a nuclear war and such.
I wanted to put up an article on the recently, publicly disgraced Nithyananda (no Paramahamsa, no Swamiji… fair enough, I guess).
I had absolutely no interest in this guy even when he was writing articles left and right on several magazines. But I wanted to do some research in to this guy before putting up a post.
And I came across this text which was supposedly in one of the multitude of banners on the highways near Mysore…
I am not here to prove that I am God. I am here to prove that You are God.
I stopped reading after that one and decided this guy was not worth my time to write about.
But I still decided to put this post up so that I can display one of the most stupid captions I have seen in a long time.
I just happened to come across the news that Prof. Periyardasan, a well known ‘Periyarist’ atheist and TV personality, had embraced Islam. I was late in catching this news since I was very busy in moving back to my hometown and starting at a new job.
I personally have no sympathy towards the ideals of Periyar and his followers in the D.K (Dravidar Kazhagam). While doing my bahcelor’s degree, I had unfortunately been forced to be in the audio vicinity of these fools spewing their anti-brahmin and anti-hindu vitriol in the guise of atheism (Seriously, your ears will bleed at the words these people used. Curiously enough, nothing was said (mocked?) about Islam or Christianity! Probably because the speakers feared losing their lives?)
Now, it is amusing how a person such as Periyardasan would have had the change of heart now, steeped in so called rationalism all these years, to embrace Islam. The more amusing news is that this latest conversion comes AFTER he became and stayed a Buddhist for sometime. That’s a confused mind there, I say. A LOT of confusion.
I wonder how he will face all those people with whom he would have debated for his belief over all these years.
Yet another case of trying to superficially cover up the wound which is festering.
“Peace efforts between India and Pakistan are the real need of the hour and only prudence, foresightedness and sincerity can do wonders for both countries. In this people of India communicate with the people of Pakisthan.” This was stated by former federal minister for information, Javed Jabbar while addressing a seminar held on “Indo-Pak Peace Prospects” at the Department of International Relation (IR), University of Karachi (KU), under its programme on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Jabbar, a veteran media personality and analyst, was of the view that India being a bigger country in the region needs to give more leverage to smaller states like Pakistan.”
My first reaction was ‘WTF!?’. Leverage? Like what? Giving away Hyderabad to Pakistan because some fool claims it so?
An uncontrolled army, a political base which is a even bigger joke than what is in India, and terrorists who are freely moving about (include the ISI in this)… and these people want to ‘talk’ with whom?
So, Telengana is now on backburner, for all practical reasons and purposes.
But my bet is that Mr. KCR will not try another fast-unto-death.
Once bitten, twice shy! What a mockery!
I am extremely skeptical on how this formation of a new state will benefit the tiny villages and farmhands who toil day and night. The only people who will gain are these damned politicians!
Christianity Today expressed concerns with the film showing the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the towering Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio being destroyed, while not portraying the destruction of landmarks associated with non-Christian religions. (From Wikipedia)
Quote from the above link: On the other hand, if Emmerich is going to specifically show the Vatican leadership going down with St. Peter’s, I want to see Catholic (and/or Orthodox) bishops among the survivors—somewhere on the planet. The Church must continue, and while a Protestant with a Bible may be good to carry things on, Catholics need the succession of bishops. 2012 doesn’t say that there aren’t bishops among the survivors, but if Emmerich can kill ‘em onscreen, he could have let some live onscreen.
It’s just a film.
This Vennari guy beats Pat Robertson! May God take pity on both of them.
I am left speechless.
Edit 1: I have several friends who are christian (some of them are ‘hardcore’).
Edit 2: Having faced several attempts to be preached at by christian missionaries during my 3+ years of stay in USA, I guess I can say that I know quite a bit on how they work in to your minds. Nothing wrong in preaching your faith… but the method’s that some of these ‘fundamentalist missionaries’ use are utterly disgusting. On the other hand, I have also had some pretty amusing experiences with them. Here’s one!
One of my friends sent me this link today on chat:
I would call this pure ‘BS’… but whether the world as we know it will end or not does not concern me one bit. After all, anything in this existence that does have a beginning, must have an end. Let it end or transform or morph when it wants to or has to.
But I am sure Kalkiji and his wife will now have the time of their lives, claiming ‘scientific’ support. Latest news is that their ‘son’, Krishnaji, is also in to this business now!!(search on google… these people rule the search result for ‘oneness’).
THIS is a clear case of how economic opportunism drives every so called innovation. It MUST be made mandatory to label GM foods to distinguish them from normal products. Personally, I would never touch anything of these things if they are put up for sale in the market.
It’s a shame that corporate well being is put ahead of well being of the people.
You can find more information on Greenpeace’s website here.
What is it about a bottle of beer or whiskey that makes so many people grin from ear to ear? I frankly don’t understand the concept of fun in drinking! I have seen people being normal when they are sober, but transforming in to something really disgusting, after they had their ration for the day of the sarakku.
Social drinking… you just get to a party, then you socialize, while drinking… that’s it? Oh… no way! Here’s more. How about vomiting all the crap you put inside your stomach on your girl( or boy)friend’s dress? yuck… not nice! Hey,how about letting out the secret of how you got to do the deed with some nameless bitch years ago? Ouch… that slap from your wife must hurt! Or How about having to lie all night in a ditch that you fell in to, until your friends realize that you took a step to the wrong side trying to get in to the car last night?
It is a shame that even the governments nowadays encourage this by opening liquor shops.
I guess I will never quite understand obsession that people have on this kazhudhai muthiram (donkey piss, tamil words courtesy of ‘Naan Kadavul’ film).
So, Obama won the Nobel peace prize.
I got nothing personal against Obama, but I am not sure if I should term this as joke of the year 2009 or not.
1) DMK fools are up to it again. These people will never improve… including their grand old man, who has given a new definition to ‘family politics’!
2) Our fellow citizens chew too much paan. There is even one called ‘Honeymoon special’ costing Rs.100 with ‘chittu kuruvi lehiyam’ (no clue on what it is actually, but claimed to be an aphrodisiac… ). *Quack warning*
3) There are too many ‘swamijis’ around. Those who want to get cheated, get cheated.
4) Too much of ‘light’ pollution… its been some years since I had a clear view of starry sky at night.
5) Too many people dig their nose and fart in public. The look on their face when ‘discovered’ is, well… I will leave at that. Nasty.
I was reading through a magazine last week wherein there was this in response to a reader’s query: “You need to be an intellectual to be an atheist!”.
Is that really so? Then, are all atheists intellectuals?
My friend in the blogworld, Ketan states in his profile that elements of honesty, introspection, analysis go into someone turning an atheist.
That made me wonder: Is it that one who is not an atheist is not honest nor does that one possess the gift of introspection and analysis?
Cannot one be endowed with all that and still be a strong believer in God?
What makes 2 individuals, having the same skills at analysis and ability to ascertain things and their causes, end up with completely different conclusions and yet lets them feel the other person’s conclusion is the wrong one?
So, if its done to dogs, its considered animal cruelty but fattening and killing millions of pigs each day is not cruel??
Our people have no originality. Even in cooking up reality shows, they need to ‘emulate’ their western ‘buddy’ networks.
Never seen this show on TV as such, but from what I hear, it sounds more like the Maury show or Jerry Springer shown across US networks… may be a bit more dignified in staging than the above, but yuck, nonetheless.
A poser to those who wish to come on the show:
Why not just let skeletons in the closet be just that and move on with your life? The temptation of money, even if it amounts to the risk of admitting your dark secrets and destroy a couple more lives, is too strong to resist, is it?
Scene: Me holding a heavy bag in one hand, standing in a ‘VERY’ crowded bus, trying to get to the exit before the bus arrives at the next bus stop where I needed to get down.
I was blocked by the conductor and a zillion others from moving forward to the bus’s exit stair. All of a sudden, I hear a shrill girly voice mouthing some gibberish in Hindi-Urdu mix (sorry, I am not good with either language) and on the side, I saw the source of the sound… a Muslim girl (about 15yrs of age) making some rude, jerking movements with her hand towards me. I understood that she wants me to move on and not stand next to her mother or aunt… the Muslim lady who happened to have the aisle seat near which I was stuck.
Apparently, in my twisted pose of having one hand raising the bag above to avoid hitting people and one hand holding the overhead rails for balance, I had brushed against the lady’s arm. And now she thinks I have no better job than standing there and wants me to move away.
I stammered some response to the effect that ‘I can’t do anything because the bus is crowded’… but my thanks are due to the gentleman who explained to me that the lady feels its ‘Paap’ or ‘sin’ for a man to brush against her… he also basically let off a swift line of words that basically said ‘STFU’ (for the uninitiated, its ‘shut the f**k up!!’) to the ladies. Now the ‘ladies’ began to shout at him.
At that time, the bus came to the stop where I needed to get off. Grabbing my chance, I slipped out between the gaps (with a bit of shoving and pushing, actually).
I wish I knew enough Hindi to say just this:
“It’s a bloody, super-crowded bus, and I need to get down at the next stop. I cannot jump out of the window and have to go ‘through’ the crowd to get to the exit.
You ladies hop on to a bulgingly crowded bus, take the aisle seat and then complain that your religious sentiments are hurt because of some man brushing against you when he is trying to get out of the bus? Too f’ing bad! Hire a bloody auto or taxi next time you want to travel… let’s say, unbrushed?!!”
*chuckle* (you know why I am chuckling here! Don’t act as if you don’t!)
Here’s the link to the article. Al-Qaida ‘number two urges’…hehe!
“(If) we stand by passively without offering due support to the mujahedeen, we shall not only contribute to the destruction of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but we shall also deserve the painful punishment of Almighty Allah.”
Trying to get support for one’s religious views by using fear… What a shame!
நாட்டை பேரம் பேசி பங்கு போடறதே அசிங்கம். வெட்கம் மானம் சூடு சொரணை… ம்ம்ம் ஹ்ம்ம்
இந்த லக்ஷனதுல நொட்டநை வேற!
One wonders how these Communists (no matter what their denomination is) came to be so hated around the world.
Wealth? What wealth? Minted paper and psychologically enhanced ‘value’ is now being called wealth!!!
Who can say what is the actual WORTH of a square feet of land?
What use is ‘paper’ money, if you can keep printing ‘$2,000,000′ notes and you need just one to buy a loaf of bread? (don’t know what I am talking about? Check on Zimbabwe’s economic condition in Google).
Who does care or even know about actual wealth these days?
Its funny and sad that we churn out a zillion MBAs and PhDs every year and yet we cannot answer the simplest of questions without using some hi-fi jargon.
I have been traveling quite frequently in buses after coming to Hyderabad. I noticed that the conductors have one of the most annoying and rudest way to ask if someone has yet to buy a ticket.
They keep snapping their fingers in front of the people all the time!!
There was this guy yesterday who took it to such a level that I felt like taking hold of his hand and breaking the bones of his middle finger and thumb.