Wednesday, August 19, 2009

PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan

Watching PM defend his joint statement with Pakistan in Egypt few days back and then just after a few days listening him to say that there was serious terror threat from Pakistan confused me as it must have cnfused thousands of countrymen/women. Same day as he was talking of terror threat, the Home Minister was saying that PM's policy of 'trust and verify' for Pakistan had been a wise one. This confused further. The clarification was that what PM meant was that terror threat from Pak had nothing to do with Pak Govt. But unfortunately Pak hasn't (as it couldn't) taken kindly to PM's latest comments. So there will be lot of comments, counter comments such that we are kept busy with only statements and counterstatements. No one will have time to bother for actions, results and real issues. This is Governance. Let us also learn.

Shah Rukh Khan

A few days back I read a quote ascribed to SRK " I am tired of hearing success stories. Success just happens." or something to that effect. I have never been a big fan of SRK (though I have always been of Amitabha Bacchan) but I liked and appreciated this quote. This quote gains more authencity and value as it came from one of the most successful persons. We have no control over our birth, no control over our death- the two most defining events of what we call life, yet we lose no time or opportunity for crediting ourselves for whatever good happens to us in between. How paradoxical!
Coming back to SRK, it did occur to me also that the Newyork (USA) episode of his detention could have something to do with his forthcoming film ' My name is Khan'. Timing and emphasis on word Khan, if coincidental, was a good coincidence for the upcoming film. Watching reactions of SRK on TV on Amar Singh voicing what many had felt, I wondered what had hit SRK to lose his decency while reacting. He has been at too high a pedestal to react the way he did.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


It is heartening to see Sh. Amartya Sen talking of injustices in no uncertain manner. A well known person and not unknown entities like Sh. O.P. Mital or Atul Kumar has raised the most pertinent issue. But will anyone be interested? You know as well as I know. Our media and most of us will be more interested and busy in knowing what Katrina Kaif eats or what Shah Rukh wears or what is the latest hair style adopted by Dhoni. The list is endless. The print pages, the electronic viewing slots and men-hours spent on such trivialities and non-issues will be mind boggling. Who has got time and will to bother about justice and injustice. We shall continue with our follies unmindful that not in distant future we shall be engulfed by those. Let us hope I am proved wrong.