Friday, December 31, 2004

Thank God! New Year finally arrived! Goodbye 2004! Good riddance!

I Wish all the readers a very Happy and Prosperous New year.

I realized that I have many opinions and views on politics, which are quite controversial and have never expressed them in my blog. When it was brought to my attention, I thought okay let me kick start the new year by expressing what I think of local and global politics. I had never included politics in my blog ( well i have used them in small quantities) because from past experience I got a feeling not many people usually agree with me. My view of India is more of what Michael Moore has of the US. While many of my fellow Indians are happy when Moore critisizes the US, They dont take a good view when India is critisized. Plus I hate current affairs and discussions on politics. But since it has pointed out! come new year, I will open my blog on a controversial note :-)

For my home state Tamil Nadu, the new year could not have come sooner! I think most of us are glad to leave 2004 behind and run for cover towads 2005. In a year where the state saw its biggest triumph, it also saw some huge defeats that brought shame and agony.

It all started with the temple town Kumbakonam's fire tragedy, where hundreds of school children were charred to death. Then there was the marriage fire in another temple town Srirangam where the thatched roof caught fire killing the groom, his family members and most of those who came visiting. The arrest of Sankaracharyar brought down one of the oldest religious institution of the world. It shamed hinduism and has left the state with more cynics and agnostics than ever before. The mutts existence is definetly threatened and unfortunately, with no worthy successor in sight, the beginning ofthe end of the mutt has arrived. The passing away of M.S Subbulakshmi left a dent in the classical music world that can never be repaired. If these all were not enough to alter the landscape of the state, came the tsunami waves with so fury that the landscape got literally changed. Losing so many lives and some land, villages were lost as the sea gained some space over land.

There was some good news also in the state. After 12 years of struggle murderer, smuggler and kidnapper, sandalwood Veerappan was finally killed. This is probably the greatest acheivement by the Police force. Given an un-cooperative neighbouring state and a opposition party that was hell bent on keeping him safe, this was a substantial acheivement.Especialy Vijaykumar (based on whom the movie kaakha kaakha was made) showed that supermen still do exist and his victory over Veerappan was almost single handed.

The cynics were out again with their hypocrisy. Opposing the police when they caught veerappan (self-confessed murderer), deparately searching for conspiracy theories and then doing a 180 degree turn to support the police when they arrested Sankaracharyar (a religious head). I saw 6 magazines desparately trying to interview Veerappan's wife, child advocate to get the inside story, whereas everybody summarily dismissed Sankaracharyar as guilty without even showing a hint of concern to listen to the other side of the story. Sankaracharyar follows a illustrious list of people who were trilled convicted by the media itself.

This shows that people in general are very bad. The people of Tamil Nadu ( and India as a whole) have a long way to go in developing some sense, maturity and balance of mind. The year started with the good news of TN getting over its water problems and ended with too much water inside the land. A sad note to end the year. This dampened my celebrations a bit. As i see around in Chennai the new year celeberations is obviously low key.

On the national level, the cynics and critics of Sonia Gandhi were stunned by the show of goodness and decency by her. I was her biggest critic and at least I knew when I was licked. I concede, She showed exceptional maturity and did the right thing by giving up the PM's post and she went a level further up by giving it to the right man. Given the let down by BJP (who proved much to my agony that they were just a bunch of noisy corrupt politicians), Manmohan singh for PM is the best thing India has ever had since independence.

The cynics still critisize Sonia gandhi. There is no good reason to critisize her but still they do. I remember the proverb "real power lies in knowing you can! but still you dont". She has real power. And the last word on the forign origin issue is; there are 1 billion people in India and it took a person from Italy to teach them what decency is. Tough pill to follow given India over emphasis on the stupid word called patriotism. But thats the truth. I still do not support Sonia gandhi's presence in the Congress or the parliament. I think she should have nothing to do with politics. Neither should Rahul gandhi or Priyanka. But I think so for entirely different reasons.

Oh! at the world level I am happy that George.W.Bush got re-elected. I was never a staunch supporter of Republicans but I think the war against Iraq should go on. Bush for all the jokes on his intellect won the election twice. So there you go. The critics should finaly shut up. I have never ceased to laugh when some jerk in the intersection of motilal street and rukmani street in some obscure place in India comes and says " the war is a fake". Does he know what the US govt knows? First of all does he knows what his govt knows ? I sincerely believe, people in India have no right to talk about anything in Iraq or anyother world-level issue. Before saying even a word every Indian should ask himself " Do I know what my government's stand on the Iraq war is ? " The government still is yet to take a stand on the 1951 Korean war. It will never take a stand on this Iraq war. It has a neutral stand it seems on WW II. Neutered is a better word. The Indian gvernment has no backbone to take a decisive stand on any international issue. It is a weak whinging country. On one hand its economy is booming because of outsourcing from America on the other hand there is a constant complaint excercise by Indians against America. On one hand India is sad America did not ask for Indias help in the war against afghan on the other hand it says it doesnt care about what America does. I think US supplying arms to pakistan is right from its part. Bottomline: Pakistan in an US military ally. India, despite its fake neutral claims, is a Russian military ally. Too bad our partners croaked! Most of us have to get into our heads that we cant constantly crtisize someone everyday and still expect them to do us favors.

Moreover, I love the idea of going after dictators like Saddam and murderers like Osama (C'mon even a silly Veerappn took 12 years). India can never do things like that. We should be happy there is somebody who can at least do that.

oh! well.. wishing you all a very happy 2005. May this bring so much good news and make your dreams come true :-)




7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The passing away of M.S Subbulakshmi left a dent in the classical music world that can never be repaired.

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Thats allright. Classical music isnt that good anyways-Anonymous

Hawkeye said...
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Hawkeye said...

the previous comment tried to say if "raghunathan" keeps quiet.. at least parthiban will pick a fight with you!

Anonymous said...

Bharath said...
the previous comment tried to say if "raghunathan" keeps quiet.. at least parthiban will pick a fight with you!

why? arent people allowed to have opinions? :)

Hawkeye said...

i dunno.. parthiban wants to fight with u... ask him :-)

Anonymous said...

Bharath said...
i dunno.. parthiban wants to fight with u... ask him :-)


Allright then...
I'll meet him same blog time same blog channel(?), next year :).
and if it makes him happy - M.S. Subbulakshmi rocks :)

Suresh Ramani said...

What is happening to the title of your blogs? Are you seeing a lot of hindi movies recently? ;-)

Couldn't help but quote the quote ..
"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.
A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
--Bill Vaughan

"I was never a staunch supporter of Republicans but I think the war against Iraq should go on."

Well, there are strong arguments that Iraq was not a threat to the US. There are strong arguments that you cannot just take out dictators like that; and there are strong arguments that there is a lot of other political/financial/power reasons behind it.

" Bush for all the jokes on his intellect won the election twice. So there you go. The critics should finaly shut up." - All the more reasons for critics to get active. Well, they are the one to be blamed for this mess anyway.

"The [Indian] government still is yet to take a stand on the 1951 Korean war."
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-Suresh