The World This Week – 3 May 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.
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.