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D-85/1
Oct 01, 2014
04:01 PM

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misogynist, chennai
D-84/1
Oct 01, 2014
03:58 PM

As I work for central govt ought to mention that swachata abhiyan much publicised project is  ill advised no brainer hurriedly put together . People have schedule their leave plans well in advance being  a long weekend- this order was hurriedly pushed last week creating unnecessary problems- will 1 day's tokenism create and sustain the necessary momentum for years to come -70 years post independence we have still not been able to create awareness on cleanliness and sanitation-lack of sanitation in villages have given rise to heinous crimes against women shouldn't that be cause of conern to citizens. Garbage clearance and disposal are major issues everywhere - severe shortage of garbage disposal facilities leading to crisis situation in cities and upcoming unplanned townships with no facilities of regular garbage pick ups leading to pile ups resulting in rotting and strays rummaging. The cities are choked during monsoons due to clearance of drainage. The existing bodies like municipal corporations entrusted with cleanliness sanitation health needs to be monitored and responsibities fixed instead of asking the central govt staff to sweep swab and clean toilets as if it makes the ordinary people feel better to see them do it-Enough has been spoken about babus who crib of putting it an extra day- now its about the poor staff I speak for who'll be travelling whole 45-60 kms for 1 day to realise Gandhi's cleanliness (over)drive when they could spend time with families-these are common folk no perks or privileges of being driven to work. Now should this cleanliness drive applicable to only central govt shouldn't entire citizenry galvanised and mobilised into action or is it only responsibility of 31 lac staff. Will dedicating 1 day and oath registration make people of India feel good and all can forget till next year?? Aren't we trying to be simplistic in fixing things are we afraid to look deeper. 

bharati, Mumbai
D-83/58
Oct 01, 2014
03:50 PM

56 D DLN

"I am not bashing anyone..."

Another despicable trait of bigotted Modi goons is to pretend and lie, in order to appear to be unbiased.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-82/57
Oct 01, 2014
03:41 PM

54D DLN

As a veteran writer, you must know that accusations are not convictions, and using accusations against people who were not convicted and not in a position ( on this board ) to defend themselves, is a despicable trait of Modis goons desperate to tarnish Rajdeep.

Having 8 crores is by itself surely not a crime. 'Being caught' with 8 crores is not the same as 'been convicted of possessing' 8 crores.

However, you have not replied to my question I asked you to respond to, and slithered away yet again.

This is just not cricket.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-81/10
Oct 01, 2014
03:38 PM

#9 - @Mohan - " ... Just wondering why there is so much energy level difference between 2 types of fasting? ...."

Good observation.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-80/56
Oct 01, 2014
03:35 PM

" Since you too have joined in Rajdeep bashing...."

I am not bashing anyone. 

I am a huge fan of Dilip Sardesai, whose exploits in 1971 in the West Indies were eclipsed by the superhuman feats of a debutant called Sunil Gavaskar.

Of Rajdeep's talent, there is no doubt. However, a journalist should always be neutral and objective. On both counts, Rajdeep is a failure.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-79/55
Oct 01, 2014
03:33 PM

52 D Mohan

" The article is old becuase that incident happened long time back...."

Nice attempt at tarnishing his fathers image - proves that Sanghis go to any extent ( even lying ) in order to tarnish those they dislike. No article you quote, speaks for Dilip Sardesai, and certainly none say he was convicted ( even by the extremely slow 'standards' of Indian judiciary, he was alive until 2007 )

Ok - Even assuming his father did not play for India, can these Modi goons not give respect to someone elder? Is that not Indian culture and tradition? Someone much more accomplished in life than these (? waiters ) software professionals? How could you shout someone like that down? Has Indian culture gone to the dogs ( in this case Modis goons )?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-78/54
Oct 01, 2014
03:27 PM

Miso,

"Your link to Dilip Sardesai is misleading readers as this is a very old article, and reveals another trait of Modi goons - to tarnish the name of anyone opposed to their icon."

There is nothing misleading about the report of Dilip Sardesai being arrested for violation of foreign exchange fegulations.

"A whopping amount of Rs. eight crores was outstanding as penalty against the former cricketer, Mr. Dilip Sardesai," he (the then Union Minister of State for Finance Mr. G.N. Ramachandran) told the Lok Sabha in a written reply in 2001.

http://www.thehindu.com/2001/04/28/stories/0228000p.htm

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-77/53
Oct 01, 2014
03:21 PM

50 D DLN

Since you too have joined in Rajdeep bashing, let me ask you too: Instead of tarnishing Rajdeep Sardesai ( who is a neutral reporter by all accounts ), why dont TRUE nationalists ( as opposed to frenzied Moditards ), heckle CORRUPT leaders like Sushma Swaraj and CRONIES like Adani?

This is one question that the Sanghis dont bother to answer.

Let me start with your point 2: After MMS, EVERYone who studied abroad has lost his name ( and chaiwallahs - even those standing in for corrupt CMs - have gained popularity ). But is nt this like saying that all Hitler admirers ( like Modi ), must be like Hitler himself? Obviously, there are differences.

I am sorry about the point about being captain of the Indian team. He was so well known, that I wrongly assumed he was captain. Not to say though, that he was not a well known cricketeer.

The fact that chaiwallahs are becoming CMs and PMs have more to do with the failure of Indias education policy, than with the 'generalisation' that they are more brilliant/ intelligent.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-76/52
Oct 01, 2014
03:20 PM

Misogynist,

Dilip Sardesai was indeed a very good batsman. I don't dispute that. 

The article is old becuase that incident happened long time back. 

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-75/9
Oct 01, 2014
03:11 PM

Of-late, I witnessed many fasts – I saw fasting by Anna Hajare, Mr Kejriwal (just to jog memory, ex- Delhi CM) , poet Kumar Vishwas & Kiran Bedi . I observed most of them sitting softly, speaking occasionally, and after 3-4 days, even resting on mattresses for most of the day.

Now I am witnessing PM Modi . He is also on Navratri fasting since last 6 days (learnt drinking warm water only ). However doing incredible job in US for brand India. Getting engaged in hectic discussions with high-level delegations, meeting with business CEOs , managing public meetings effective, getting geared for US president discussions etc etc but with full energy, enthusiasm, focus , perfect self-control but without any glimpse of tiredness yet.

Just wondering why there is so much energy level difference between 2 types of fasting? Realized, first type of fasting is called as hunger strike with wish to bend someone as per your command for fulfilling your demands. While other type of fast is for cleansing of soul, mind and body with intension to submit to God’s command rather than dictating your demands – Hmmm…no wonder why later enjoys more energy and blessings? True, selfless intensions still enjoy support and blessings from external forces, probably more when those intentions are for betterment of common society . I guess , regardless of our political views , our PM certainly deserves a bow for display of commendable commitment & resilience in US till time .

Mohan, Adpur
D-74/51
Oct 01, 2014
03:05 PM

48 D Mohan

Your link to Dilip Sardesai is misleading readers as this is a very old article, and reveals another trait of Modi goons - to tarnish the name of anyone opposed to their icon.

Dilip Sardesai, former Indian test cricket captain, was born in a Gaud Saraswat Brahmin family, Sardesai made his first mark in cricket in the inter-university Rohinton Baria trophy in 1959–60 where he made 435 runs at an average of 87.

He made his first-class cricket debut for Indian Universities against the touring Pakistan team at Pune in 1960–61, scoring 87 in 194 minutes. His immediate success led to selection for the Board president's XI against the same team at Bangalore, where he scored 106*, and then as a standby in the final match of the Test series.

He scored 202 against Madras University at about the same time, and was then selected to represent Bombay in the Ranji Trophy.

He was one of the five Indian Cricket Cricketers of the Year in 1960–61.

Sardesai played for Bombay in the Ranji Trophy in 13 seasons, including 10 finals, and never finished in a losing side. He scored 199 against Rajasthan in the 1967 final. In the semi-final against the same team two years later, he was Mankaded by Kailash Ghattani.

Sardesai's final first-class match was the famous Ranji final against Madras in 1972–73, which ended on the first ball of the third day. He scored over 1,000 first-class runs in three domestic seasons, with a career best of 1,429 runs in 1964–65, which included his highest first-class score, 222, for Associated Cement Company against Indian Starlets in the final of the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament.

Sardesai used to split his time between his flat in Bombay and house in Goa. He died on 2 July 2007 at 9:15 pm (IST), after he had been admitted to Bombay Hospital on 23 June following a chest infection.

His daughter, Shonali, is a senior social scientist at the World Bank in Washington DC ( and incidentally also belongs to the 'Classless bunch of NRIs' that you proudly referred to )

misogynist
chennai, India
D-73/8
Oct 01, 2014
03:05 PM

After S&P now Fitch says India only country among BRICS to grow faster.

Thanks to MMS and PC of course. 

Mohan, Adpur
D-72/50
Oct 01, 2014
03:04 PM

"......instead of an accomplished, self-made, nationalist like Rajdeep Sardesai ( whose father was the Indian cricket team captain, and whose education was at Oxford )"

1. Dilip Sardesai never captained India. He did not even captain Mumbai in the Ranji tourney either.

2. What is so special about degrees from Oxford? So did MMS (a doctorate) and Salman Khurshid. That did not come in the way of their genuflcting in obsequious servitude before a semi-literate au pair of dubious intellect.

3. Rajdeep was not the son of a chaiwalla. His father was a successful cricketer who could afford to send him to Oxford. Does that make him privileged or self made?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-71/7
Oct 01, 2014
02:59 PM

I searched for this word all over the Oxford dictionary, but could not find it. I don't know what such a big word means. Can somebody explain?

Oh, you mean Clichè ! Now I get it. Kept pronouncing klishe, klishe, according to rules of Ingleesh Graammarru. But its è at the end, not e. That's a French "accent agui" letter not our beloved, most frequent vowel "e". 

Does Sepoy-cum-yale-literary-prize-winner Pankaj Mishra get it ? Does Bloomberg

Tearful Onion
Jhumri Talaiyya, India
D-70/49
Oct 01, 2014
02:58 PM

Misogynist,

NRIs are as opionated as resident Indians are. No more no less. 

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-69/48
Oct 01, 2014
02:52 PM

Dilip Sardesai arrested Bombay: Former Indian test cricketer, Dilip Sardesai and a leading Pune-based businessman Jayant Vittaldas were Friday arrested and remanded to judicial custody till October 29 in connection with alleged foreign exchange

www.espncricinfo.com/page2/content/story/71399.html

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-68/47
Oct 01, 2014
02:39 PM

46 D Mohan

"These Classless bunch of NRIs contribute measly sum of USD 65 Billion every to GOI foreign exchange. "

Needless to say then, that these bunch of Modi hooligans want to make the point that since they earn a lot of foreign exchange ( well actually not all the 1 million NRIs support Modi. Many of them are simply anti Mutemute Singh ) they therefore have a right to be opinionated, and shove their views down others throats?

misogynist
chennai, India
D-67/7
Oct 01, 2014
02:35 PM

"India desperately needs a vision other than that of the vain small man trying to impress the big men with his self-improvised rules of the game."

Pankaj Mishra is probably unaware that India has got the visionary leader it desperately needed after a decade of kleptocratic misrule fronted by a mute puppet.

What Pankaj Mishra says may propel Modi baiters into throes of orgasmic euphoria but he is just articulating his private fantasy which is disconnected from the reality of India today.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-66/46
Oct 01, 2014
02:32 PM

These Classless bunch of NRIs contribute measly sum of USD 65 Billion every to GOI foreign exchange. 

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-65/45
Oct 01, 2014
02:32 PM

Instead of an accomplished, self-made, nationalist like Rajdeep Sardesai ( whose father was the Indian cricket team captain, and whose education was at Oxford ), if these Indians had heckled ( bullied ), CORRUPT politicians like Sushma Swaraj, or CRONIES billionaires like Adani for eg., India would have been a far better nation.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-64/6
Oct 01, 2014
02:29 PM


For Obama and Indian Leader, a Friendly Stroll if Not a Full Embrace

WASHINGTON — In a get-to-know-you visit fraught with awkward undertones, President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India sought to repair a strained relationship between their nations on Tuesday, emerging with expressions of good will but little in the way of concrete deals.

But their talks yielded no resolutions to thorny disputes over taxes, trade and civilian nuclear energy cooperation that have divided the United States and India in recent years. And there was little sign that human rights — a particularly sensitive topic for Mr. Modi, who has been accused of being complicit in deadly anti-Muslim riots — was a major item on the agenda.

The White House has grappled with the perceptions of a visit meant to spotlight the president’s high hopes for working with Mr. Modi while not lavishing the full measure of White House pageantry on a leader who until recently was barred from entering the United States because of the allegations of human rights abuses more than a decade ago.

www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/world/asia/for-obama-and-modi-meetings-dc-mlk-monument.html
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-63/21
Oct 01, 2014
02:21 PM

"Till Manmohan came and turned India around completely"
 .... by 360 deg.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
D-62/44
Oct 01, 2014
02:19 PM

Of Media Aristocrats and Broken Compasses

blogs.swarajyamag.com/2014/09/30/of-media-aristocrats-and-broken-compasses/

The media power-couple should shed the pretense of neutrality

There is an inherent problem with a compass. Because the earth’s magnetic poles aren’t exactly at the top and bottom of the earth, a compass is by nature slightly inaccurate. In fact, those with a rudimentary understanding of geology will know that the earth’s magnetic poles wobble from time to time, so compasses are by nature wobbly as well. One would guess the same applies to moral and ethical compasses that a media couple keeps bleating about.

Rajdeep Sardesai claimed to have been roughed up by ‘Modi Bhaktas’ outside Madison Square Garden a couple of days ago. Let me get one thing out of the way. Mr Sardesai and his wife have all the right in the world to be completely and totally obnoxious and ask obnoxious and demeaning questions. Just because someone is asking ‘provocative questions’ does not give anyone else the right to lay a hand on them. This argument is akin to the ‘but she was wearing provocative clothes’ to justify rape. It does not stand up.

However, it is clear, on the basis of the video that has been released and viewed by millions on YouTube that Mr Sardesai prima facie seems to be the person who first abuses and then lunges at someone protesting his attitude. Indeed, since we have not seen the earlier part of the video, it is not possible as of now to see if Mr Sardesai was pushed into this attack.

That said, if we rewind to the time that Zinadine Zidane headbutted Marco Materazzi at the finals of the 2006 football World Cup, he might have been pushed too far as well. I give the example of Mr Zidane because Mr Sardesai evidently likes football, and no matter what Mr Zidane’s heroics in 1998 might have been, he will always be remembered for this bizarre and shameful incident.

Of course, Mr Sardesai has made attempts to justify his behaviour instead of apologizing, but there is no condoning his behaviour. But, he is not the type of person to apologize to anyone ever. And this brings us to his wife, Sagarika Ghosh, who like her husband has a moral compass that evidently no one else in the media has. A moral compass that got her to presumably put out a story via an accomplice crying out at how she had been muzzled on social media by the powers that be. This was back in the time that she still was at Network 18. This got the left-liberal establishing screaming ‘murder’ and lamenting the loss of freedom of expression.

But Raghav Bahl, who still ran Network 18 had done nothing of the sort. The ‘victimhood’ complex that husband and wife excel in was evidently a move by them to become martyrs for the left-liberal cause of stopping Narendra Modi at all costs. A sequence of fiery emails followed, that some of us were privy to. And this is where the couple’s other delightful habit came to the fore. They are adept at using individuals to further their own cause, but quick to throw them under the bus when those individuals have outlived their purpose.

Keep in mind that Rajdeep and Sagarika shed crocodile tears when 300 of their colleagues were laid off brutally. They lamented and cried but neither of them either offered to resign in protest, or even offer to take pay cut. Compasses wobble all the time, but in this case the compasses have broken beyond repair.

Mr Sardesai and his wife have been outspoken critics of Mr Modi for over a decade, blaming him entirely for the events of February 2002, and it seems every riot that followed in India. They sucked the teat of the UPA for years and were among its foremost propagandists and failed not once in accusing anyone who tried to disagree with them as ‘communal’. They were the upholders of the corrupted Nehruvian ‘Idea of India’; they used their channel as a public relations tool for Arvind Kejriwal and were unable to see the writing on the wall.

Even today, in Hindustan Times’ special supplement, Mr Sardesai has plenty of uncharitable things to say about Mr Modi. There is no problem in Mr Sardesai and Mrs Ghosh doing what they do. In the United States news anchors like Glenn Beck on the right and Keith Olbermann on the left are considered shrill, and there is nothing wrong in that. However, this pretense of neutrality which is a poor-disguise for Modi-bashing is not right.

What I consider Mr Sardesai’s most shameful statement to the Indian-Americans outside Madison Square Garden who heckled him, concerns their lack of class. This statement is a reason, as someone pointed out on social media, why the English language media is considered elitist and is the object of ridicule for a growing number of English-speaking middle class Indians, both in the homeland and abroad. This is a Marie Antoinette level statement, but then again, Mr Sardesai and Mrs Ghosh are the bourgeois, who have wined, dined and made merry living off the fat of the land for a decade. Unfortunately, the revolution has already taken place this May.

However, one must not and does not condone any violence in both words and deed towards anyone. Just because a revolution has taken place does not mean that heads have to roll. The ‘martyr complex’ is an old one in the media and there is only one way of countering that – by forcing irrelevance upon people and their outdated ideas.

Mohan
Adpur, India
D-61/43
Oct 01, 2014
02:11 PM


DLN,

>>>> " Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species. "

>> "Hinduism cannot be anything but liberal."

You have absolutely no idea how communalistic and chauvinistic you are! But ignorance is bliss!

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-60/2
Oct 01, 2014
02:10 PM

Hopefully now onwards, hitherto antimale courts will not be reluctant to find feminits guilty too, and send them to jail for other crimes too.

misogynist, chennai
D-59/13
Oct 01, 2014
02:09 PM


DLR,

>> " If there is a distinction, one will explain it."

As if I have not done it umpteen times! I am not surprised you would make such a palpably dishonest remark.

Anwaar, Dallas
D-58/11
Oct 01, 2014
01:58 PM

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misogynist, chennai
D-57/5
Oct 01, 2014
01:55 PM


Why Narendra Modi is a small man with big danger: By Pankaj Mishra

Scapegoats are already being sought in India just three months after Modi's ascent. A member of Modi's own coalition protested last week that while "discrimination and the distrust of the Muslim were covert" in the past, "now the gloves are off and the hatred is in-your-face."

Real or perceived critics of Modi in the media are under sustained assault from his devotees. Their sheer preponderance and rowdiness elicited a memorable editorial emendation: "The Economist does not consider Mr. Modi to be a pain in the ass."

The corrosive irony hints that strong-arm tactics can alienate even those inclined to give Modi's economic policies a chance. The Economist may have seemed racist to some by recording the gap between the fantastical quality of Modi's promises, which included an Orientalist reference to snake charmers, the obedient hysteria of his supporters, and the seriousness of his tasks. But anyone with a sense of history can only be wary of the blind worship of raw power.

India desperately needs a vision other than that of the vain small man trying to impress the big men with his self-improvised rules of the game.

www.chicagotribune.com/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-modi-comment30-20140930-story.html
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-56/4
Oct 01, 2014
01:44 PM

We want history to remember what PM Modi did for India's development and What Mahatma Gandhi did for its freedom in same breath - John Kerry 

Mohan, Adpur
D-55/20
Oct 01, 2014
01:41 PM

"Till a decade ago, these superior folk could not stand India"

Till Manmohan came and turned India around completely.

communalist
mumbai, India
D-54/42
Oct 01, 2014
01:38 PM

Liberal Hindus are not endangered, just that they realise the futility of engaging with the trash that supports Modi.

communalist
mumbai, India
D-53/3
Oct 01, 2014
01:22 PM

Feminits cry 'foul' very quickly, and hence are looked at usually with scepticism.

For every female cheated like this, at least 10 males would be cheated too - and disappear without a whimper or mention in the antimale media.

misogynist, chennai
D-52/3
Oct 01, 2014
01:04 PM

Has Modi won US Presidential elections?

( Judging by the celebration and euphoria among the saffron brigade )

misogynist, chennai
D-51/2
Oct 01, 2014
12:59 PM

Indian spin media at its best. Modi didn't even make to CNN's cover.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/world/asia/for-obama-and-modi-meetings-dc-mlk-monument.html

Raja, Delhi
D-50/19
Oct 01, 2014
12:53 PM

Well said once again Mr. Mehta; very strange to see the grovelling on prime-time TV, and sort of agree with Freud that America is a mistake. One thing i disagree with though: there exist many of us who are not enamoured of America. Not watching TV and avoiding nonsense reading material might be one possible reason.
p.s.
Mr. Mehta has always been a treat. His time -- like the rest of us -- will surely pass. Where's the next Vinod Mehta?

Santosh John Samuel
Kochi, India
D-49/1
Oct 01, 2014
12:35 PM

Obviously it is the politicians who 'give away' mining contracts to their cronies. They employ only bureaucrats who shamelessly only follow their orders.

Watch Modi now - he will use this judgement to distribute the coal mines to his own cronies.

misogynist, chennai
D-48/18
Oct 01, 2014
12:34 PM

"There are more nits to pick than have been picked yet. Let the Moditards celebrate for now!"

For now??

Wow!!

I wish I could say "Let the Modi-haters cry for now!" but then this is something you have to do for a long time. 

But you have my sincere sympathies. These must be trying times for you! Please keep Preperation H with you all the time. It may ease the symptoms, though I dont have much hope for your case. 

Remember, I still love you (more than Saroja). After all, you helped Modi win!!

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
D-47/41
Oct 01, 2014
12:32 PM

The latest news is that to interview Modis goons, the media is recruiting saints like Baba Ramdev, Sankaracharya and Swami Adityanath, who will not get provoked.

misogynist
chennai, India
D-46/2
Oct 01, 2014
12:26 PM

Where as those who stand up for the liar Rajdeep? 

Will they stand up with Sarita Devi?

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
D-45/12
Oct 01, 2014
12:23 PM

Thanks for the article, Bonita. 

Miyan promised long back that Islam will take 200 years more to reform.

Please be patient.

Meanwhile, he will continue to bring up sati, untouchability etc. and provide a fig leaf to cover the brutalities of the "religion of peace"!!

Kiran Bagachi, mumbai
D-44/18
Oct 01, 2014
12:16 PM

"... for shared values in the two largest democracies did not stop Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger sending the Seventh Fleet to our shores ready to fire...." -

Oh, no .. not "ready to fire" ... , actually it was TOO LATE TO FIRE, if the Fleet was meant for firing at all.

In any event, Indira Gandhi had called the bluff of  Nixon-Kissinger duo as well as that of the Chinese PM Chou-en-Li who was threatening Delhi with dire consequences, rivers of blood will flow in India etc etc, if India dared to send her Army in East Pakistan. Incidentally, Nixon-Kissinger were goading Chou to take on India behind the scene as it was discovered down the track. Indira Gandhi was too smart in statesmanship and simply reduced Chou to a paper tiger by her bold moves.

That history is well recorded, but VM has not done his home work here.  In any event VM could have castigated Modi on his vulnerable moral stance for inviting Xi although PLA is leaning heavily on India's border all along recently and bending backwards to please him for tranquility and peace. In that case, VM would have received his full kudos from me.

To recall that interesting history (Anderson?), the entire American nation was behind India then excepting for the duo NK. India falls under the oversight of the US Pacific Command based on Mauii. When Nixon passed his order to move the Seventh Fleet against India, the US naval commanders in Mauii dilly dallied with the definite purpose of not carrying out their President's order.  This is a matter most analysts do not understand, I believe. The Prime Minister (or President) of a country cannot just order for example their submarine commander to go out on sea. For the submarine to move, a lot of peparation is needed, the mariners need to check whether the weapon system is mounted, and then all the instruments are working correctly (there are huge batteries which need to be charged up) and so on, which entails a great deal of time. I

For the implementation of an order from above the people down the chain could throw a spanner in the work, thus subotaging the entire objective. As recorded in history, Nixon was getting impatient day by day and got furious as the Naval Commander delayed and delayed. By the time the Seventh Fleet moved to Bay of Bengal, the war was all over and the question of firing did not arise.

Pinaki S Ray
Adelaide, Australia
D-43/40
Oct 01, 2014
12:11 PM

" Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species. "

Sharam karo miyan!!

Kufr bolte ho aur kufr bolne wale ka saath dete ho, and Hindus ko "liberal" hone ka updesh dete ho!! Every ebvidence 

Pahle sach sun na aur bolna seekho!!

All evidence proves Rajdeep was lying! May be you reacted in a haste earlier. But now at least admit that you were wrong!!

But no. instead, you have to lecture others on being “liberal”!

Shameless!!

This is what David Cohen said about the incident: Straight from the Hamas playbook; start a fight, use the media to mislead, play the victim.

No wonder you are squealing like a stuck pig for Rajdeep as you are a Hamas supporter too!!

Kiran Bagachi
mumbai, India
D-42/17
Oct 01, 2014
11:55 AM

He starts with loathing his own fraternity with cameras and mics; then lots of ink on this bitter contemn of American-NRIs.
but there is: "Indians love the people of the US..."

Why bring "Indians" int toto, in this.
Nothing is surprising here though; that is how sepoys are trained.

ps: How appropriate is this American-NRI bashing coming from a PIO.

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
D-41/16
Oct 01, 2014
11:45 AM

VM, you say, "... Indian journalists journeying excitedly to New York on their own expense—Mr Modi refused to give them a free ride—...."

Even if Modi deigns to offer you Indian journos a free plane ride with him on his foreign trips, rest assured that not one of you will take it up: Modi has permanently jettisoned the booze bar from Air India One.

[And by the way, VM, in the penultimate paragraph of your article it should have been '...toe the American line..." and not '...tow the American line....' I'm sure it isn't your gaffe, but a "correction" made by one of your editorial staff].

Ramesh Ramachandra
Bangalore, India
D-40/15
Oct 01, 2014
11:42 AM

"0.1% of the people own about half the wealth and the rest struggle for a living."

99.9% struggle for a living ? Do you OWN or STRUGGLE ?

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
D-39/39
Oct 01, 2014
11:41 AM

" Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species. "

Hinduism cannot be anything but liberal. One can believe what one wants to, do what one wants to, reject what one doesn't like. No compulsions, no assertions of faith, no blaphemy, heresy or apostasy. When it comes to liberal, no faith comes anywhere close.

What is God's name? He is nameless but all names are his. What is His form? He is formless but He can manifest in any form. What is the true path? All paths are true. One may choose the path that best suits one's temperament. Is God vengeful if one denies His existence. No. What could be more liberal than the thoughts enshrined in Hinduism?

However, when certain forces inimical to Hinduism attack it, they should not expect Hindus to indulgently smile and forgive. Even the gentlest of creatures, when pushed into a corner, will transform into a tiger. Self protection is not aggression.

Not for nothing is Hinduism called Santana (Eternal) Dharma. It will never become extinct even if people like Anwaar harbour such fantasies. It has survived centuries of oppression and it will easily overcome the threat posed by pseudosecularism.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-38/1
Oct 01, 2014
11:11 AM

"During his trip, Modi visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York ..." -

OK then, as the Hindu Prime Minister of India, is he going to order now for building a 26/11 Memorial at India Gate in Mumbai parallel to 9/11 for the Hindus who were slaughtered by the agents of Islam, when he will be back in Delhi ?

Surely, that will be a positive achievent for the Indian nation following from his visit !

Pinaki S Ray, Adelaide
D-37/11
Oct 01, 2014
11:07 AM

>> "The onus of explaining the distinction between Islam and Islamism falls on the love filled intellectuals."

>>>>>> "Explaining the distinction to hate-filled morons would be a waste of time."

Classic evasionary tactic. If there is a distinction, one will explain it. You owe it to your faith if you truly believe in it. How else does one convince the kuffar if one wriggles out on some pretext or the other?

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-36/38
Oct 01, 2014
10:57 AM

RS should have retreated once he was verbally slapped.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
D-35/37
Oct 01, 2014
10:53 AM

>> "US columnist David B. Cohen (@DavidBCohen1) was less flattering while speaking about Rajdeep…Straight from the #Hamas playbook: start a fight, use the media to mislead, play the victim"

Apt description of RS : 'Hamas of Indian MSM'

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
D-34/3
Oct 01, 2014
10:33 AM

Do you want Amit Shah's son to go abroad on a holiday, return with in weeks of disaster to flag off relief supplies ?

K.Suresh, Bangalore
D-33/18
Oct 01, 2014
09:57 AM

Arrest of a corrupt IAS office would normally be a non issue, a news item somewhere on page no. 8-9 of any newspaper. But add Modi's name and it becomes front page news. 

Mohan, Adiiipur
D-32/14
Oct 01, 2014
09:32 AM

NO Acche Din for pro congress Journalists who used to go on paid junkets with President Pranab Mukerjee.

http://t.co/qJkomLWUyK

President fowling PM's style of dealing with journalists. 

Mohan
Adiiipur, India
D-31/6
Oct 01, 2014
09:30 AM

From the article posted by Mohan

As a gift, Modi brought Obama several items of King memorabilia from that trip. According to the Indian Embassy in Washington, they include a framed photograph of King laying a wreath at Gandhi’s tomb, and an audiotape of a speech King gave to All India Radio

Very sensible gifts. Displays a caring and intelligent mind.

Can our jehadi tell us what MMS gave, or was he just counting the dishes to be served?

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-30/13
Oct 01, 2014
09:25 AM

>> This may not be far from the truth. Mr. Mehta may sound caustic, but there is hardly anything in the article that I can disagree with

Stop moving around with the CAIR/CAG crowd. All NRIs are not like them.

It's quite amusing that the same sickularists who whine loudly about treating a group as a monolithic entry. have no shame in doing so themselves.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-29/5
Oct 01, 2014
08:44 AM

In Modi’s visit to MLK memorial, a touch of diplomatic poetry  

t.co/1wwFq96zt0

Modi was already planning to visit the King memorial by himself, just before a luncheon held in his honor at the State Department. In what apparently was a spontaneous gesture, Obama decided to tag along.

Mohan, Adiiipur
D-28/1
Oct 01, 2014
08:36 AM

Shocking: As Sarita borrows to pay $500 as fee for lodging protest, IOA officials look other way http://t.co/CsO7iD7SME 

Mohan, Adiiipur
D-27/36
Oct 01, 2014
08:18 AM

' Character is not built during a testing situation, it merely reveals itself. And Rajdeep Sardesai revealed which gutter he comes fromright in New York during the PM’s visit.'

www.mediacrooks.com/2014/10/rajdeep-reveals-his-ugly-character-in-ny.html#.VCtqn2IaySM

Mohan
Adiiipur, India
D-26/4
Oct 01, 2014
08:13 AM
The Most Important Thing Netanyahu Did in New York Wasn’t at the U.N.

It was meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

http://t.co/QQ6kxCtELx

Mohan, Adiiipur
D-25/3
Oct 01, 2014
08:03 AM
Cancer drug price goes up from Rs 8,000 to Rs 1.08 lakh

The Union government decision to decontrol prices of 108 drugs -- used to treat tuberculosis, AIDS, diabetes and heart ailments -- has jacked up their prices. In some cases, prices have seen an unbelievable rise.

The price of Glivec, an anti- cancer tablet, for example, has risen from Rs 8,500 to Rs 1.08 lakh.

Plavix, used to treat blood pressure and heart ailments, will cost Rs 1,615, against the earlier Rs 147. An anti-rabi injection, Kamrab, priced at Rs 2,670, will now cost Rs 7,000.

In a circular issued before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US, the government asked the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), an autonomous body, to withdraw its May 2014 guidelines on drug price control.

NPPA had capped the prices of these 108 drugs, in addition to the already listed 800 essential drugs, to improve their affordability, in the wake of official figures that there are 4.1 crore diabetes, 4.7 crore coronary heart disease, 22 lakh TB, 11 lakh cancer and 25 lakh HIV/AIDS patients in the country.

Are drug companies behind the move?
Drug companies, no doubt, are happy. Their argument is that the 108 drugs mostly relate to lifestyle diseases and are not 'essential'. One drug company executive said pharma companies themselves have volunteered to keep prices of 800 essential drugs as low as possible. Also, he asks, "In a free market, how can a regulator control prices."

So now, will the prices of all 108 drugs go up?
No, say officials. "The government has only taken the powers of NPPA and kept them with it. The government will negotiate with pharma companies to keep prices low. The aim is to cut through red tapism," said a senior official in the ministry of chemicals and fertilisers.

Why did the govt do it, in the first place?
The government decided to empower itself to deal with the pricing of some limited and non-essential drugs. Instead of seeing this as a favour to pharmaceutical companies, it should be seen as an encouragement for them to invest and spend on R&Ds.

But surely some pharma firms might have benefitted?
Definitely. Subsequent to the new move, 0.7 per cent of the combined sales of Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy in India will be out of price control. The corresponding figures for Torrent and Lupin will be 1.5 per cent and 0.7 per cent, respectively. Soon after the government decision, share prices of pharma companies shot up. Sun Pharma and Ranbaxy gained nearly 2 per cent and GSK Pharma and Davis Lab gained 1 per cent each. Glenmark was also up around 1 per cent.

What's the anti-decontrol group saying?
Former Union minister for chemicals and fertilisers Srikant Jena alleges that the timing of decontrol smacks of a plot to help multinational pharmaceutical companies, mostly headquartered in the US, to earn bumper profits. He said the decision seems to have been taken to let Prime Minister Narendra Modi earn some brownie points while interacting with top US officials and company executives.

Weren't these drugs under price control regime earlier?
The Ministry of chemicals and fertilisers had, on May 30, 2013, delegated powers to the NPPA to regulate the prices of life-saving drugs. This resulted in a significant reduction in prices of a broad spectrum of drugs. The Modi government extended this regulation to even lifesaving drugs for cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and asthma. The government later withdrew these guidelines, ahead of Modi's visit to the US.

Mohan, Adiiipur
D-24/10
Oct 01, 2014
08:03 AM

>>Sycophancy has already taken a heavy toll of the political system and it is high time such practices are discouraged.

D.L.NARAYAN

Don't know if you have heard on TV Mr. Navaneetha Krishnan,AIADMK MP speaking . He will give us the penultimate example of sycophancy, and Mr. OPS, the new CM, is of course the ultimate ... 

It was nauseating to listen to this gentleman and one another woman from AIADMK circle who was judging the judgement on J.Lalithaa. I wonder why the TV channels ask for opinions of the convicted side on the court judgments. It is naive to expect such sycophants behave gracefully and accept the verdict. They will go to any length to justify their so called leader.
Lack of innate capabilities and the opportunity that gave them enjoy what they otherwise do not deserve render them do what they do.

Late MGR used to remind his MLAs and MPs that they  were all after all just zeros beside  the number'1' implying him, and therefore carried value only when that he, the '1', existed.

The second rung politicians of Congress after our independence have introduced this obominal culture of sycophancy. It has only grown more and more bcz true democracy of electing a leader never really existed in Congress. To some extent Gandhi deserves the blame for introducing the nomination culture to name a leader by the party high command when he was in command.That practice of  foisting of a leader by nomination rather than by election continued for ever, after all the father of the nation did it himself !!!...

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-23/35
Oct 01, 2014
07:57 AM

"Once only the powerful person’s (Read: Rajdeep) story would be out in the open: Not any more" 

t.co/nZ14ejrKaU

Mohan
Adiiipur, India
D-22/34
Oct 01, 2014
07:33 AM

>>>I personally do not have as much respect for Indian journalists and media personalities watching or reading them ( thanks to internet and satellite TV ). There is strong partisan bias.

DC

Who is that who said," Indians are incapable of being impartial and they do not know how to govern themselves"

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-21/33
Oct 01, 2014
07:29 AM

>>>unlike Indian politicians who are worshiped till they become physically disabled!..MISOGYNIST

No, No, we continue to worship till they reach the grave and there after as well. Aren't we worshiping wheel chaired Karunanidhi even now? We are to grow ...

sandilya
Chennai, India
D-20/12
Oct 01, 2014
07:27 AM

Opinionated lot?  And who does Mr. Mehta think is not an opinionated lot?  Communists? Peudo secularists?  Does he consideres himself opinionated?  If so, why?  Is it his birth right?  Does he know political philosophy of two poltical parties in America?  And what per cent of this opinionated lot vote for which party?

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
D-19/32
Oct 01, 2014
07:07 AM

28/D- 161 Miso: ...."Then don't start crying if you get slapped back.....Not every one is saint...."

But Miso that is exactly what and who you are defending.  It was Rajdeep who started pushing and was pushed back by a person who is not so saint, but now Rajdeep is crying and you are defending him with his flowering academic qualification.

P.B. Joshipura
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
D-18/11
Oct 01, 2014
05:13 AM

>> And then we have the three-million strong NRI and PIO community. I have yet to meet a more smug, selfserving, patronising, opinionated lot.

Stop drinking on the job, and start looking at journalists around you.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-17/17
Oct 01, 2014
04:33 AM


DLN,

>> "After a few years under Modi, India will change for ever and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty will be wiped off the political landscape.

Moditards are good for at least on thing; laughs!
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-16/17
Oct 01, 2014
04:29 AM


Whistle blowers against Modi are being rounded up while Modi charms the NRI's in America.
 

Anwaar, Dallas
D-15/5
Oct 01, 2014
04:22 AM


An Obama-Modi partnership will do no harm. But a Bush-Modi partnership ...... WATCHOUT!

Anwaar, Dallas
D-14/16
Oct 01, 2014
04:19 AM


Akash Verma,

>>>> " but MMS got a much bigger dinner party in the White House"

>> "Not only the dinner party, but MMS got a bigger napkin than Modi."

A Moditard's idea of humor!

Anwaar, Dallas
D-13/19
Oct 01, 2014
04:14 AM


Fedup Bibi,

>> "So Nehru fantasized that Dulles, Bulganin and others offered India a seat at the Security Council, and that he turned it down?"

He was thinking aloud to his secretary immediately after his meeting with Bulganin. He was also wise enough to dismiss the cocktil party chatter from Washington. Only a fool would have taken such buttering-up seriously.

>> " fanaticism, irrationality and dishonesty of CAIR pracharaks"

Such ill-bred insolence is all that you are capable of. Do continue!

Anwaar, Dallas
D-12/10
Oct 01, 2014
04:04 AM


DLN,

>> "The onus of explaining the distinction between Islam and Islamism falls on the love filled intellectuals."

Explaining the distinction to hate-filled morons would be a waste of time.

Anwaar, Dallas
D-11/10
Oct 01, 2014
03:59 AM


> ".... we have the three-million strong NRI and PIO community. I have yet to meet a more smug, selfserving, patronising, opinionated lot. Ideologically, they are a little to the Right of Yogi Adityanath."

This may not be far from the truth. Mr. Mehta may sound caustic, but there is hardly anything in the article that I can disagree with.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-10/9
Oct 01, 2014
01:47 AM

America is for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Social responsibility is not part of it. The poor are much worse in USA than in India. 0.1% of the people own about half the wealth and the rest struggle for a living.

Parthasarathy Shakkottai
Long Beach, United States
D-9/8
Oct 01, 2014
01:41 AM
Vinod Mehta's opinion essay asks a great question about Indians being besotted with America! I too as an "NRI" have puzzled over this question. Quite frankly, America affords them a lifestyle (a car, a bigger house in a gated community, clean streets, and cleaner air) and the dream of making it big in a marginally more salubrious Bangalore or Gurgaon. It has been my observation, that many NRIs in America have a shallow understanding of American society, its culture and music and I have encountered many NRIs who either look down upon India or are torn between making a home in India or United States can't make up their mind as to where they truly belong. The latter are often seen flitting about, back in forth to India in jet planes. They can't stand the idea they have no servants in the US and when in India, they have the servants but find India too chaotic, the water undrinkable, and worse no electricity! So, for these poor souls, its neither here nor there! Lastly, most Americans don't know much about India, in fact, they don't know much about their own country. What little they do know or encounter about India (gods, turbans, snakes, Kamasutra, mysticism, food, etc.) leaves them befuddled and confused. America loves only America, and no one else. It views itself as an exceptional society, with a God given constitution with unlimited possibilities where "anyone" can make it (tell that to African Americans!)with hard work and ambition. These are powerful myths upon which America's soft power is based that draws millions to its shores. When it comes to soft power, America is truly a superpower. NRIs can be an asset to India, but as Vinod Mehta stresses, India's policy towards the USA should not be based on their narrow business and other pecuniary interests.
Raja Panwar
Edmonton, Canada
D-8/31
Oct 01, 2014
01:34 AM

>> Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species

Unlike liberal muslims, who are extinct.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-7/1
Oct 01, 2014
01:31 AM

Acquiring so much wealth is against Hindu Dharma. Nothing to be proud of.

Parthasarathy Shakkottai, Long Beach
D-6/1
Oct 01, 2014
01:28 AM

Kahani was very impressive.

Parthasarathy Shakkottai
Long Beach, United States
D-5/3
Oct 01, 2014
01:20 AM

Hero worship and stupidity knows no bounds!

Parthasarathy Shakkottai, Long Beach
D-4/16
Oct 01, 2014
01:14 AM

>> Having lived through Emergency days in Delhi,.........

That must have a fun time for sickos, with communal leaders thrown into prison, and henchmen like Navin Chawla (who was later promoted to CEC by Congress) ruling the roost.

I'm sure you pine for those days. A Gandhi is in the chair, communal leaders in jail, and Garib(i) being "hataoed".

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
D-3/30
Oct 01, 2014
12:49 AM

>  The BJP/RSS/VHP thugs feel energized and are now more brash than ever before.

time for seculars to organize a godhra then to show these hindus their rightful place ? 
pradeep
Chennai, India
D-2/29
Oct 01, 2014
12:17 AM

Liberal Hindus in India are an endangered species. The BJP/RSS/VHP thugs feel energized and are now more brash than ever before. 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-1/15
Oct 01, 2014
12:13 AM

Hearing Kerry butter up Modi, I am sure that had he been in Jaya's cabinet, he would have trumped Pannerselvam and everyone else in buttering up amma.

Akash Verma, Chennai