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MUMBAI ATTACK – Terrorists Calling Himself Sahadullah Speaks Out

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World Leaders Dont Shake Bush’s Hand

Bush walks across a line of world leaders without shaking or being asked to shake any of their hands. Whether the President is being rejected by the world leaders or he is rejecting them, CNN’s Rick Sanchez aptly says that Bush looks like “the most unpopular kid in high school that nobody liked.”

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The Crisis of Identity

My Origin – Tamil Hindu Brahmin, My Parents are from Kerala. I Speak Tamil, Malayalam, Oriya, Hindi and English. My Passport says “Republic of India”.

Born in Lucknow (U.P.). Studied in Rourkela (Orissa). Studied in Trichur (Kerala). Studied in Bhubaneswar (Orissa). Worked in Cochin & Calicut (Kerala), and all other places around here. Worked in Bangalore (Karnataka). Worked in Kolkata (West Bengal). Worked in Hyderabad (A.P.). Worked in Chicago (IL, USA) & Santa Clara (CA, USA).

Well, does this look like a resume of some sort?

Hell… NO – This is not a CV or Resume. I am just trying to figure out my nativity. I am trying to answer the question – I am the son of which soil?

After the rhetoric being drummed up by politicians about the “son of the soil” concept, I have had a few more questions.

What does the term citizenship refer to?

What does the term Nation mean?

Will I have to specify the State Nativity whenever I introduce myself?

Will I need a visa to travel from one state to another, in my own nation?

I am going through an identity crisis. Who am I?

 

Contributor – Narayan (This is also posted at ns360.wordpress.com)

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Barack Obama’s Siblings

The president-elect has said that he’s close to only his two sisters, Maya and Auma. But here’s what we found on MSN about Obama’s half-sibs.

His sisters

Auma Obama: Age 48, according to most sources. Born to Barack Sr. and his first wife, Auma didn’t meet Barack until they were both in their 20s. She’s married to an Englishman named Ian Manners.

Maya Soetoro-Ng: Age 38. Born to Obama’s mother and Ann Dunham’s second husband, Lolo Soetoro, Soetoro-Ng teaches high school in Honolulu. She’s married to Konrad Ng, a Chinese-Canadian professor.

His brothers

Malik Obama: Age 50. Malik met his half-brother Barack in 1985. Malik lives in Kenya (in Nyang’oma Kogelo) and runs an electronics shop.

Abo Obama: Age 40. This half-sibling manages a telephone store in Kenya.

Bernard Obama: Age 38. Bernard works as an auto-parts supplier in Kenya.

Mark Ndesandjo: Born to Barack Sr.’s third wife, Ruth Ndesandjo, Mark is Stanford-educated and lives in Shenzhen, China. He exports Chinese-made goods to the U.S. and reportedly shuns the spotlight.

David Ndesandjo: David was killed in motorcycle accident.

George Obama: Age 26. Obama’s youngest half-brother. Homeless for years, now living in a Nairobi slum, George is working to become a car mechanic. About his situation, George told CNN: “I was brought up well. I live well even now.”

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Sarah Palin didn’t knew Africa was a continent, claim McCain aides

And the finger pointing begins.

The Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate, according to Mccain’s aide , did not know that Africa was a continent, could not name all three countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement (that would be the US, Canada and Mexico) and declined to prep for her now infamous Katie Couric interview. She also argued that South Africa was simply a region of the larger country of Africa.

Furthermore, the McCain aides told that Mrs Palin threw tantrums over bad press reviews and was a shopaholic. He also reported that chief McCain foreign policy advisor Randy Sheunemann was fired late in the campaign for allegedly leaking details of the splits.

One senior aide told the magazine that she was told to buy three suits for the Republican National Convention and hire a stylist, but instead, the vice-presidential nominee began buying costly goods from stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

At one point during the campaign, Palin’s youngest daughter, seven-year-old Piper, was photographed carrying a US$800Louis Vuitton bag.

Two sources told Newsweek the goods were bought by a wealthy donor, who was flabbergasted when he saw the bills. Palin also allegedly instructed low-level staffers to buy her new clothes with their credit cards, something the McCain campaign only discovered last week when the aides tried to get reimbursed.

Even if these reports are accurate, why was she okayed as running mate?

 

Source _ canadian Press , Telegraph UK

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Sarah Palin pranked by fake Sarkozy (Funny)

US Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin unwittingly took a prank call from a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The call was made by a well-known Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel. The two are Known as the Masked Avengers and are notorious for prank calls to celebrities and heads of state.

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Looking for Solutions

I have been receiving a lot of comments these days from people who support Raj Thackeray and his way of handling the migrant issue.

Let be clear on one thing that unemployment is just not limited to Maharashtra . 

 Since 1995 the proportion of people below poverty line stands at 25% (As per Mr. V. Ranganathan, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra). As of 2007 unemployment rate stands at 7.2% in India.

Unemployment across  major States, 1999/00

       

State Rural Urban
Andhra Pradesh 12.81 11.88
Bihar 9.09 8.58
Maharashtra 10.27 11.46
Uttar Pradesh 08.58 07.91
Kerela 26.30 25.74

Given that Maharastrian youth is facing unemployment , but Is MNS handling this issue in the correct fashion? 

Rather than pointing fingers at North Indians and Maharashtrians , I would rather like to hear possible solutions.

All possible and plausible solutions are welcome

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An Open Letter to Raj Thackeray – By Rajdeep Sardesai

My Dear Raj,

 

My apologies for having to communicate through the editorial pages of a newspaper, but frankly am left with little choice since you seem to have decided to stay away from the so-called ‘national’ non-Marathi media. Let me at the very outset say that I am impressed with the manner you have carved a niche on the political landscape of Maharashtra. I distinctly remember meeting you in February last year soon after the Mumbai municipal corporation elections. It wasn’t the best of times: your party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had been marginalized while your cousin Udhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena had captured power in the city. With many of your supporters deserting you, you appeared down, if not quite out. Twenty months later, I see you’ve bounced back: every local and national daily has you on the front page, you are the subject of television debates and your politics has even united Bihar’s warring netas.

 

And yet, my friend, there is a thin line between fame and notoriety, more so in the fickle world of politics. Bashing north Indian students may grab the headlines, getting arrested may even get you sympathy and strident rhetoric will always have a constituency, but will it be enough to secure your ultimate dream of succeeding your uncle Bal Thackeray as the flagbearer of Marathi asmita (pride)?

 

If Balasaheb in the 1960s rose to prominence by targeting the south Indian “lungiwala”, you have made the north Indian “bhaiyaa” the new ‘enemy’. In the 1960s, the Maharashtrian middle class in Mumbai was feeling the pressure of job competition for white collar clerical jobs. Today, it seems that there is a similar sense of frustration at losing out economically and culturally to other social groups in Mumbai’s endless battle for scarce resources. With the Congress and the NCP having become the real estate agents of the state’s rural-urban bourgeoise and the Shiv Sena a pale shadow of its original avatar, the space has been created for a charismatic leader to emerge as a rabble-rouser espousing the sons of the soil platform.

 

But Raj, I must remind you that electoral politics is very different from street agitations. Sure, round the clock coverage of taxis being stoned and buses being burnt will get you instant recognition. Yes, your name may inspire fear like your uncle’s once did. And perhaps there will always be a core group of lumpen youth who will be ready to do your bidding. But how much of this will translate into votes? Identity politics based on hatred and violence is subject to the law of diminishing returns, especially in a city like Mumbai, the ultimate melting pot of commerce. Your cousin Udhav tried a “Mee Mumbaikar” campaign a few years ago that was far more inclusive, but yet was interpreted as being anti-migrant. The result was that the Shiv Sena lost the 2004 elections – Lok Sabha and assembly – in its original citadel of Mumbai. Some statistics suggest that nearly one in every four Mumbaikars is now a migrant from UP or Bihar. Can any political party afford to alienate such a large constituency in highly competitive elections?

 

Maybe, your not even looking at winning seats at the moment, but simply staking claim to the Sena legacy in a post Bal Thackeray scenario. Perhaps, thats exactly what the ruling Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra wants: like a market leader who gets competing brands to crush each other, the Congress-NCP leadership seems to be practicing divide and rule politics once again. They did it with Balasaheb and the communists in the 1960s, with Bhindranwale and the Akalis in the 1980s, even with the Kashmir valley politicians in the 1990s. A larger-than-life Raj Thackeray suits the ruling arrangement in Maharashtra because it could erode its principal rival, the Shiv Sena’s voter support. It’s a dangerous game, but often when politicians run out of ideas, they prefer to play with fire. It’s a fire that could leave Mumbai’s cosmopolitanism scarred for life.

 

Now, before you see my writings as the outpourings of an anglicized non-resident Maharashtrian, let me just say that, like you, I too am proud of my roots. I too, would like to see the cultural identity of Maharashtrians preserved and the economic well-being of our community assured. Where we differ is that I am a citizen of the Republic of India first, a proud Goan Maharashtrian only later. Fourteen years ago, I left Mumbai for Delhi to seek professional growth and was distinctly fortunate to be readily embraced by the national capital. Like millions of Indians, I too am a migrant and a beneficiary of a nation whose borders don’t stop at state checkpoints.

 

Moreover, I cannot accept that ‘goondaism’ is the way forward to forging a robust Maharashtrian identity. By vandalizing a shop or stoning a taxi, what kind of mindless regional chauvinism are we promoting? Taking away the livelihood of a poor taxi driver or beating up some defenceless students from Bihar reflects a fake machismo that is no answer to what ails Maharashtrian society today. The Maharashtra I once knew was inspired by the progressive ideals of the bhakti movement, by a Shahu-Phule-Ambedkar legacy of social reform. Are we going to dismantle that legacy under the weight of hate politics?

 

When you started your party a few years ago, it had been pitched as a party committed to a “modern” Maharashtra. If that vision still stands, why don’t you take it forward in real terms? Why don’t you, for example, set up vocational courses and technical institutes for young Maharashtrians to make them competitive in the job market? Why not, for that matter, start English-speaking classes for Maharashtrian students to equip them for the demands of the new economy? If cultural identity is such a concern, why not launch a statewide campaign to promote Marathi art, theatre and cinema by financially supporting such ventures? If Mumbai’s collapsing infrastructure worries you, then target the politician-builder nexus first. And isn’t it also time we realized that Mumbai is not Maharashtra, that the long suffering Vidarbha and Marathwada farmer needs urgent attention? Why not use your political and financial muscle to start projects in rural Maharashtra instead of focusing your energies on Mumbai’s bright lights alone? An employment generation scheme in a Jalna or a Gadchiroli may not make the front pages, but it will have far greater value for securing Maharashtra’s future.

 

Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!

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Mccains Brain – Cindy & The View

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Maharashtra – A Banana Republic ?

Killing of a 25 year old laborer is infact is a matter of shame for all Maharashtrians . A state which has produced such great leaders has also produced goonda’s like the Thackerays. A society that cannot gaurantee security to its citizens in my view has failed.

Maharastrian civil society is scared of speaking against Raj Thackeray. How can educated Maharastrians not stand up against this goondaraaj? 

A friend of mine asks on his blog 

What does the term citizenship refer to?

What does the term Nation mean?

Will I have to specify the State Nativity whenever I introduce myself?

Will I need a visa to travel from one state to another, in my own nation?

I am going through an identity crisis. Who am I?

Not only has the local government failed , even the central government has failed . They cannot even guarantee  safety of north indians in this state. 

And for Raj Thackeray who is “supposedly” fighting for marathi honor must remember that honour does not have to be defended.

And to Congress for being a spineless government , you just lost my vote.

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