The World This Week – 26 April 2009

April 28, 2009

The third phase of The Great Indian Election of 2009 is all set for April 30. A total of 1,567 candidates, including 101 women contestants, are in the fray for the 107 seats going to the polls in round III.

mayawati_070511UP Chief Minister Mayawati raised her case for Prime Ministership on caste grounds saying that a dalit”s daughter should be made PM to ensure the upliftment of backward communities in India.

Elsewhere, she was described by NewsWeek as India’s Anti-Obama.

But unlike Obama, who promised a new politics that would transcend not only race but traditional ideology and corrupt Washington ways, Mayawati has built her power on demagogic class warfare.

After all these years finally we all know that the Bofors scandal and the allegations against Rajiv Gandhi were all a lie. Rahul Gandhi told us.

His sister Priyanka Gandhi may insist that she will never join politics, but her husband indicated that it might happen, when the time is right.

More shoes flying around. They are the Indian proletariat’s very own Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Jeetendra. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa .

Strangely in a cricket crazy nation, not one of them has hit the target yet!

In the Congress, Arjun Singh is still upset over the denial of tickets to his children on the basis of their DNA. He is in a state of shock over the treatment being meted out to him for his loyalty.

The Supreme Court may have questioned the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) on Varun Gandhi, but the Central government rejected Varun’s plea to revoke the UP government’s decision to invoke the anti terror law on him.

The apex court also ordered a probe into Narendra Modi’s role in the Gujarat riots of 2002. As expected, the Congress was quick to ask for his resignation. The BJP came to his defense pointing out that Modi has not been named in any inquiry, and the court’s decision is not an indictment of Modi.

The IPL cricket tournament is underway, and the entire nation is excitedly following the exploits of their favorite cricketers. Meanwhile, another group of sportsmen did their bit for the cause of the game – by playing a 20 over game near the base camp of Mount Everest.

“If you run between wickets you are going to be tired. So I am looking to hit boundaries,” Kirtley told Reuters before leaving for the mountain earlier this month.[link]

In tennis, Australia chickened out and refused to send their Davis cup squad to Chennai for the Asia/Oceania group I tie with India for security concerns, and forfeited the match to India.

Anoop Desai was on The Ellen Show this monday. Here’s a video.

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6 Responses to “ The World This Week – 26 April 2009 ”

  1. Mahendra on April 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Nice capsule, as always! :-)

    I hear the Aussies didn’t actually chicken out, it was a way for them to keep their rankings intact or something like that. Pure politics, nothing else.

  2. Shivya on April 29, 2009 at 2:49 am

    The state of politics right now make me wish, more than ever, that Rajiv Gandhi was still alive.

    Out of curiosity btw, are you allowed to vote in the Indian elections as an NRI?

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  4. amit on April 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I had no idea that so many shoes were flying around! :)
    The videos which you add are the best feature of this post!

  5. amreekandesi on May 2, 2009 at 3:46 am

    @Mahendra – Thanks! That’s interesting about the Aussie tennis team, though i don’t think the Indian team should worry them much.

    @Shivya – Not sure what to say about Rajiv Gandhi. The good thing could have been a united, strong Congress with the potential to form a government on their own, if things had worked out for him.

    I dont think NRIs can vote – there is no provision for absentee ballots, except for some bureaucrats, i believe.

    @Amit – Thanks! Shoes are probably the reason why the 2009 elections will be remembered, unless something more dramatic happens in the coming month.

  6. 642-145 on June 23, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Really interesting interview on your page i see.

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