The World This Week – 3 May 2009

May 5, 2009

Phase three of the Great Indian Elections is over. Polling was held for 107 Lok Sabha seats last week.

Mumbai turned out to be quite a spectacle, with celebrity after ignorant celebrity raising their middle finger to the eager cameras, after some logistical issues led the election agencies to mark their middle fingers instead of the traditional index finger.


In SriLanka, the LTTE have been pushed into a corner by the government forces, and Tamil leaders in India seem to have taken up support for the separatist LTTE.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi went on a sudden fast demanding cease fire in SriLanka and called it off following the end of the SriLankan offensive. PMK leader S Ramadoss described LTTE chief Prabhakaran as a freedom fighter comparable to Nelson Mandela and Subhash Chandra Bose.

BSP Chief Mayawati alleged that her perennial enemy, the Samajwadi party, was colluding with the BJP to split the muslim vote and thus help the BJP.

Seriously, don’t such statements offend the community being treated as a mere vote bank? What can we expect from such politicians for whom the people are mere votes, to be manipulated and played into submission?
Meanwhile, there is a new ‘5-star’ police chowki in Lucknow to guard the CM’s dream project, the Ambedkar Memorial at Gomtinagar. This police post was constructed at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore, making it the most expensive in the country.

The Supreme Court rapped the Congress government for its failure to provide adequate water supply to the country and constituted a committee to look into solving the water woes of the country.

Time released its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. SAJA did a roundup of desi personalities on the list. Sonia Gandhi is in, as is Ratan Tata, and Ronnie Screwala.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam received America’s most prestigious engineering prize for service to humanity, the Hoover award, at Columbia University.

11/26 accused Ajmal Amir Kasab raised requests for an Urdu newspaper, perfume, and a toothpaste. Varun Gandhi rued the comparison in a rally – I was given Lauki to eat, and Kasab gets Tandoori Chicken.
Meanwhile Kasab’s trial continues at an expedited pace. The Indian authorities finally concluded that he is an adult, after tests to determine his age. Five months after the November attacks, at least know for sure that he should not be tried in a juvenile court. This trial is progressing at the pace of Chandrayaan approaching the Moon.

Of course for the trial to go anywhere, we will need a lawyer defending Mr Kasab. Anjali Waghmare didn’t work out. Abbas Kazmi has now been dropped as trustee of the prestigious Islam Gymkhana because he is defending the alleged terrorist. Kasab is definitely headed for punishment for killing all those people in cold blood, once we have the logistics of the trial figured out.

A remote controlled toy helicopter came within bombing distance of the Parliament, but there’s no reason to worry. PM Manmohan Singh tells us that his government has dealt strongly with security issues affecting the nation.

For all you people desirous of the flashy things in life, take this. A person in Jammu paid Rs 85,000 (approx $2000) to get the ‘AK-47’ registration number for his vehicle.

The whole world has been going crazy over the Swine flu, which now even has a politically correct name – the H1N1 virus. Ironically enough, we seem to have come full circle here, as reports surface about the virus spreading among pigs from humans.

Anil Ambani had a close shave when a sabotage in his helicopter was detected by an alert technician. Bharat Borge found some pebbles in the chopper’s petrol tank which would have led to the helicopter stalling after take off, resulting in serious problems for Ambani. A few days later, Borge was found dead on a Mumbai train track. The government promptly called it a suicide. Seems like there is some sort of daal mein kaala.

Cricketing nations beware. China plans to become a test playing nation by 2020. Given their record at setting up factories of all sorts, including sports, we wont be surprised if they end up winning a world cup or two soon.

India has long been famous for the ingenuity of the people, sometimes fondly known as jugaad. These engineering students from Ludhiana have invented a bike that runs on compressed air, leading to no greenhouse emissions from the vehicle. Only downside being that the bike will top out at 18kmph. Check this out.

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13 Responses to “ The World This Week – 3 May 2009 ”

  1. some body on May 5, 2009 at 7:36 am

    “Varun Gandhi rued the comparison in a rally – I was given Lauki to eat, and Kasab gets Tandoori Chicken. ”

    that’s what happens when you have a chicken rights activist for a mother! ;-)

    – s.b.

  2. some body on May 5, 2009 at 7:43 am

    “These engineering students from Ludhiana have invented a bike that runs on compressed air, leading to no greenhouse emissions from the vehicle. Only downside being that the bike will top out at 18kmph.”

    is the 18kmph without or with beano?

    – s.b.

  3. Solilo on May 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    AI, This round up thing is fun to read.

    Varun’s ‘lauki’ rant. :D Qasab ke maje hain. Just bomb a country live on TV yet treated to yum food with newspapers and all while innocent citizens are just caught and filled in prison without any trial.

  4. amreekandesi on May 5, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    @Somebody –

    “that’s what happens when you have a chicken rights activist for a mother!”

    Fun stuff!

    “is the 18kmph without or with Beano?”

    Where do you come up with such brilliance!? Beano does sound like a Punjabi name, i must say.

  5. amreekandesi on May 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    @Solilo – Thanks. The Kasab bloke is a genius…and using his baby face to his advantage very well!

  6. Smitha on May 6, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Kasab’s trial has become a proper drama – with all the necessary twists and turns :( At this rate – before we know it, we might have just another hostage scenario demanding Kasab’s release! It has become a total joke!

  7. Dinesh on May 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Voted for your blog in Indiblogger as the best in Politics. Good luck!

  8. amreekandesi on May 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    @Smitha – I agree with you. Now that all the post attack hysteria is over, this trial is being made into a drama like any other high profile event in India.

    @Dinesh – Thanks! Your vote is much appreciated!

  9. amit on May 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I hope Kasab’s trial ends in 5-6 years. I hope the crime was not small in the eyes of the politicians/judiciary and they won’t stretch the trial to the 15-18 years bracket.
    Great roundup!

  10. amreekandesi on May 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    @amit – Thanks! It could be worse. He could die in prison 30 years later, still an undertrial.

  11. Philip on May 8, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Put Kasab and Varun in the same jail and see them bash each other to death.

    Telecast the fight on all popular channels and we’ve got a good reality show.

  12. amlistening on May 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    That is awesome news!
    America’s most prestigious engineering prize for service to humanity. Thanks for sharing this Amreekandesi.
    I hope India Media flashed it on first page or should I say AajTak marked it as Breaking News if not a live coverage. I loved Kalam’s words and shared it with my friends. I wonder why we did not continue his term as President???? May be he is our Obama!

    “The most memorable moment came when, in answering a question about how the world can be improved, he asked everyone in the audience to repeat after him his mantra that righteousness in the heart in the basis of peace in the world.

    Asked to provide a message for students from India in US, he said he had two messages – one for those staying in the U.S. and for those returning to India. For those returning to India, his message: be an entrepreneur – don’t go seeking a job. That’s the spirit of America. ………..”

    Amreekandesi, how abt a post on this man…he deserves it.

  13. amreekandesi on May 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    @Philip – That’s an interesting idea, though i don’t think Varun should be put in the same league as a cold blooded terrorist.

    @Amlistening – I (and many other Indians) share that sentiment on APJ. He is the sort of man we want to see lead our country, and its a shame he didnt get to serve a second term as president.

    As for news channels flashing this news – there’s no corruption, no murder, no rape, no secularism involved here. I guess this news is no use for our news channels!

    A post on this great man would be a great start to the Famous-Indians series i have been contemplating.

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