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D-134/14
Aug 30, 2014
11:30 PM

9 D DLN

"...you haven't discovered spiritual bliss...."


When a man is in 'spiritual bliss', it is easy for him to overlook/ deny the 'leakage' in his wallet.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-133/12
Aug 30, 2014
11:30 PM

"Freedom of  Expression is suppose to offend others. If we are stopped from offending others, citing 'hurting their feelings' than the concept of FoE becomes useless. "

Absolutely. If there is no disagreement on what people say, Freedom of Expression becomes redundant. This law not only protect but encourage people to excerise free speech right. But the government, police and judciary are doing exactly opposite by ganging up with RSS and shiv sena. 

Rajesh, Phoenix
D-132/16
Aug 30, 2014
11:23 PM

12 D Vijay

If you are GENUINELY concerned about the health of males ( which is extremely unlkely to be the case with Mr. Rectums government ), read this research article which found the relation of cirrhosis in addiction to be with the QUALITY of alcohol. Misandrous governments, in their eagerness to squeeze money from males, overlook this fact.
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15784068

The results suggest that the consumption of home-made spirits is an additional risk factor for the development of alcohol-induced cirrhosis and may have contributed to high level of liver cirrhosis mortality in Central and Eastern Europe. Restrictions on supply and sale of alcohol from illicit sources are needed urgently to reduce significantly the mortality from chronic liver disease.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-131/15
Aug 30, 2014
11:16 PM

12 D Vijay

If you are GENUINELY concerned about the health of males ( which is extremely unlkely to be the case with Mr. Rectums government ), read this research article which found the relation to be with the QUALITY

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-130/14
Aug 30, 2014
11:07 PM

12 D Vijay

"But you need to put the numbers in perspective. How many are we talking about? Hundreds?"

Perspective? If you genuinely want perspective, India has one of the LOWEST per capita consumption of alcohol in the world - lesser than the UAE!

However, this 'perspective' you are talking about, is hugely distorted through stereotyping by the antimale media ( the feminist groups that are hyping FALSE claims on the relation of alcohol to road accidents for eg. ),which projects those who drink, as villains in movies.

The least drinking countries - the mid east religionists - also have the highest violence and disquiet in the world. So what are the feminists trying to prove?

Just whose perspective are we to give weightage to - the antimale propagandists?

If there is one common thread between a black man shot dead in the US and prohibition in Kerala, it is this: Misandry.

If you genuinely have the well-being of males ( who are currently the larger numbers of drinkers in Inia ), then you must control the QUALITY of alcohol - strictly. The health of males- conditions like cirrhosis, CANNOT be improved with prohibition, but ONLY with quality control. This, alongwith counselling/ rehab, is totally lacking in this country - similar to the lack of quality control in prostitution.

This attitude alone speaks volumes about the governments truly antimale intentions.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-129/13
Aug 30, 2014
11:05 PM

Vijay, trust me, I will be the happiest person in India if prohibition succeeds. However, I am sceptical about its success.

Let's hope it succeeds at least partially this time around.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-128/12
Aug 30, 2014
10:18 PM

Narayan, I appreciate your discomfort with bans. At a philosophical level, bans are not the answer, education is. But alcoholism is a disease and mere counseling will not help. You  also need to cut the supply. And data shows that bans do help.

Yes, people will fall ill due to spurious liquor. But you need to put the numbers in perspective. How many are we talking about? Hundreds? Thousands? Regrettable but manageable considering the problem due to alcoholism. Here are some figures from an ABC report:

Quote:

Johnson Edayaranmula, the director of Alcohol and Drug Information Centre, says the situation is going from bad to worse, especially in the big cities in Kerala.

"Very clearly about 57 to 69 per cent of the crimes in Kerala are related to alcohol," he said.

"It includes murder, suicides, and rapes as we have figures from the prisons.

"The second thing is hospitalisation, 19 to 27 per cent of the hospital beds are for alcohol and substance-related patients.

"Forty per cent of road accidents are directly related to alcohol and 80 per cent of divorces, quoted from the Kerala Women's' Commission...

End quote.

Ref: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-14/an-indian-kerala-alcohol-feature/5260354

I don't know if you've been to Kerala recently. I go there periodically and it is not a pretty sight to see people unable to do an eight hour shift because drink has ruined their capacity to work. It is not pretty to see people walking about drunk at noon. It is not pretty to see families utterly ruined by drink.

Cutting easy access to the supply -- i.e., prohibition -- will make a dent. 

 

 

Vijay Menon
Bangalore, India
D-127/1
Aug 30, 2014
09:51 PM

Given the state of the Italian economy, another video, this one in Italian, could advise locals how to be appropriately deferential when the mini oligarchs walk in, wallets bulging. If they like all their courses together, so be it.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-126/4
Aug 30, 2014
09:32 PM
there is more than one kind of illiteracy. How can 25% reservation in private schools solve the problem of mass illiteracy. While some private schools received undue benefits from the government this is still no solution. In fact it is a typical Indian babu solution.
MK Saini
Delhi, India
D-125/4
Aug 30, 2014
09:31 PM

India needs to spend more on railways , employ more people on inspections and improve safety, all at ZERO cost, by creating new money = FISCAL DEFICIT = BHAGYALAKSHMI   = NET PRIVATE  SAVINGS + TRADE DEFICIT, an accounting identity.

  When FISCAL DEFICITS are increased, there will be prosperity and economic growth. It is impossible to grow the economy unless FISCAL DEFICIT exceeds TRADE DEFICIT, as the algebra says. If more FDI becomes common, the reverse will happen and the economy will crash.   It is impossible to grow the economy with only TRADE. Look at Greece and other euro nations. The % growth of GDP = % growth of (DEFICIT- TRADE DEFICIT) which is approximately equal to % growth of FISCAL DEFICIT= 4.6% GDP now with neutral trade. to wait    There is no need to wait for stolen money to be re acquired. It can be re created at zero cost. The govt is NOT a business. It should not make a profit. A money creator must supply money to the private sector and NOT the other way because the purpose of a govt is to serve the people and increase GDP. If money goes the wrong way GDP decreases. People need money and not the govt. Govt should not hoard money. It does not need to save for old age, education, childrens' wedding etc. unlike people. In short, it is stupid for money creating govts to make profits. This is also the reason to get rid of all federal taxes. Taxes are not used for funding anything.  The source of money is FISCAL DEFICIT, not TAX.  TAX funds nothing.The federal balance is FISCAL DEFICIT - TRADE DEFICIT= NET PRIVATE SAVINGS and for the states( also a part of the private sector),  TAX+ FEDERAL SUBSIDY+STATE DEBT = STATE EXPENSE + DEBBT PAYMENTS. If SUBSIDIES are increased ALL taxes can be eliminated.
Parthasarathy Shakkottai
Long Beach, United States
D-124/1
Aug 30, 2014
09:27 PM
Government schools are always at the bottom in almost any country. Of course this relative, but the cultural bias is always there. There is something about the process of education, it cannot be mass produced. It is a vocation. If more money is spent of government schools, it is hard to see the outcomes improving that much. It is better to have private schools, or parental choice
MK Saini
Delhi, India
D-123/11
Aug 30, 2014
09:22 PM

Hundreds, if not thousands, of poor people die every year due to consumption of spurious lliquor.

"Indian police said the death toll from a bad batch of bootleg liquor has risen to 123 people, with a further 156 still hospitalized in the state of Gujarat.

"Hundreds of people were sickened after drinking the liquor on June 5, raising questions about whether a state-wide ban on the sale of alcohol encourages illegal distillers. The spirits are sold in plastic sachets that cost less than U.S. 2 cents apiece, mainly to poor laborers in the state, the birthplace of independence leader and ascetic Mahatma Gandhi.

“It is not happening because of prohibition in Ahmedabad,” Amrutbhai Modi, secretary of Ahmedabad’s Gandhi Ashram, Gandhi’s first hermitage in India, said in a telephone interview. “It is happening because producers, police and politicians are all involved in making easy money.”

www.bloomberg.com/apps/news

Prohibition is a huge opportunity for the wrong reasons. That is why I do not support prohibition. I myself am a teetotaller.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-122/57
Aug 30, 2014
09:19 PM

South Africa was boycotted and condemned worldwide for apertheid. But Islamic countries most of them who treat non muslims as secondary citizen are treated with kid gloves.

Maha
NJ, United States
D-121/13
Aug 30, 2014
09:18 PM
Can a Muslim convert and become a Hindu? Love Jehad and the like are really metaphors for this reality? Like it or not this is the burning political question of the day. To phrase it as a question of human rights seems to be evading the issue. Saba Naqvi says her family tree has intermarried, presumably with the Hindus. Do muslim women who marry hindu men change their religion. I don't think so. The anecdotal evidence doesn't bear this out. And for the other way around, it is always year zero for the partner of the muslim - new name, new identity etc. Forget their past
MK Saini
Delhi, India
D-120/10
Aug 30, 2014
08:47 PM

"It is a view that has been vindicated by actual experience in India and elsewhere that prohibition does not work. It is unrealistic to expect such bans to succeed."

The reason I quoted the NYT is that it moves the conversation from opinions like these to facts. Here is what they reported in an article called "Actually, Prohibition was a success":

Quote:

"..alcohol consumption declined dramatically during Prohibition. Cirrhosis death rates for men were 29.5 per 100,000 in 1911 and 10.7 in 1929. Admissions to state mental hospitals for alcoholic psychosis declined from 10.1 per 100,000 in 1919 to 4.7 in 1928.

Arrests for public drunkennness and disorderly conduct declined 50 percent between 1916 and 1922. For the population as a whole, the best estimates are that consumption of alcohol declined by 30 percent to 50 percent.

Third, violent crime did not increase dramatically during Prohibition. Homicide rates rose dramatically from 1900 to 1910 but remained roughly constant during Prohibition's 14 year rule. Organized crime may have become more visible and lurid during Prohibition, but it existed before and after.

Fourth, following the repeal of Prohibition, alcohol consumption increased. Today, alcohol is estimated to be the cause of more than 23,000 motor vehicle deaths and is implicated in more than half of the nation's 20,000 homicides. In contrast, drugs have not yet been persuasively linked to highway fatalities and are believed to account for 10 percent to 20 percent of homicides.

Prohibition did not end alcohol use. What is remarkable, however, is that a relatively narrow political movement, relying on a relatively weak set of statutes, succeeded in reducing, by one-third, the consumption of a drug that had wide historical and popular sanction.

This is not to say that society was wrong to repeal Prohibition. A democratic society may decide that recreational drinking is worth the price in traffic fatalities and other consequences. But the common claim that laws backed by morally motivated political movements cannot reduce drug use is wrong."

End quote.

I wish we had rigorous studies like these for India. But you get the point. 

 

Vijay Menon
Bangalore, India
D-119/1
Aug 30, 2014
08:33 PM

It is impossible to show progress in the economy unless the quantity ( FISCAL DEFICIT - TRADE DEFICIT) increases substantially because that quantity is NET PRIVATE SAVINGS. Economy is algebra and NOT MAGIC. Right now it is a miniscule 4.6% of GDP and MUST be increased to about 25% of GDP.

FISCAL DEFICIT controls GDP.

Parthasarathy Shakkottai, Long Beach
D-118/2
Aug 30, 2014
08:32 PM

This is a great news. And it should be extended to every private school in India. People must demand their rights what is allowed to them by the laws of the land. 

george
london, United Kingdom
D-117/12
Aug 30, 2014
08:31 PM

I have no problems with one person falling in love or marrying someone from another religion. My only question is, why is the Hindu always asked to convert to Islam? If it is truly love, surely whom you worship should not be a stumbling block. If it is, then it cannot be love.

Somshankar Bandyopadhyay
Calcutta, India
D-116/9
Aug 30, 2014
08:29 PM

"It seems to be the fashionable thing to say that prohibition does not work."

It is a view that has been vindicated by actual experience in India and elsewhere that prohibition does not work. It is unrealistic to expect such bans to succeed.

"Contrary to popular perpeption, violent crime did not spike"

Heard of Al Capone, the famous gangster? Check out his career in crime.

When anything is banned, its attraction increases. It also attracts criminals who see an opportunity to make a killing. The profits are channelled into other illegal activities.

The only antidote for alcoholism is education. By adopting failed methods like prohibition, nothing worthwhile will happen.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-115/3
Aug 30, 2014
08:19 PM

PC is brainless man, but celebrated in UPA.

It is simply tightening up of governance that is showing the improvement.
Who stopped them? MMS and Co were involved in one after another Scam.

vimal, Munich
D-114/4
Aug 30, 2014
08:09 PM

" Shakeel Qalandar, a businessman and member of the Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, says the ‘Mission 44+’ seems to be “one of the sinister designs of the BJP to achieve its so-called assimilation of Kashmir with a Hindu union to erase our cultural, political and social identity”.

What does Shakeel Qalandar mean by assimilation? Does he mean integration with the rest of India which is eminently desirable? What is sinister about it?

Does he mean the annihilation of Kashmiri culture? That is utter rubbish. Unlike Pakistan, which seeks to wipe out all vestiges of its pre-Islamic cultures and impose a Wahhabi cultural straitjacket,  India is home to hundreds, if not more, subcultures and all of them have flourished. Kashmiriyat will be safe as long as Kasmir is a part of the Indian Union.

Shakeel Qalandar, your cultural and social identity as an Indian Kashmiri are safe and in no danger of "eradication." As for your political identity, you are an Indian first and foremost. If you think differently, you have no right to live in India and enjoy the benefits of Indian citizenship. Go to "Azad" Kashmir and discover the bliss of Pakistani citizenship. That is the best antidote for misguided people like you.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-113/8
Aug 30, 2014
08:06 PM

It seems to be the fashionable thing to say that prohibition does not work. Sure, there will be bootlegging and people going across the border for their booze but when you cut off supply, two good things happen -- easy availability dries up and more importantly, the number of first-time drinkers getting hooked to the habit comes down drastically. 

One New York Times article that analyzed the 'failed' prohibition in the US looked at the 14-year old period and found that key indicators such as death due to cirrohsis of liver, and hospital admissions due to drink related illness showed sharp falls. And contrary to popular perpeption, violent crime did not spike. 

So while it offends our liberal sensibilities, prohibition does seem to work. Sure, it needs to be supplemented by aggressive public awareness campaigns. But till such time people learn to control their drinking, the state must intervene and restrict supply. Too many families are being ruined by drink.

Vijay Menon
Bangalore, India
D-112/11
Aug 30, 2014
07:55 PM

In UP ,muslims who are 20% of poopulation commit 50% of rapes that cut accross reigion, while Hindus who are 80% of the population commit the other 50%.

Conclusion : Muslims are 200% and more inclined to indulge in violence.  In countries were law is not lax as in India, muslims make up 400% more of the prison population than there % in society. Look at UK, US prison populations.

If you are rational you will reach the right conclusions about Islam, muslims and criminal behavior.

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-111/10
Aug 30, 2014
07:51 PM

Showkat Motta, Saeed Naqvi, Saba etc use outlook to launch lies, propoganda and political attack on Hindus. Love jihad is not an issue but the fact that many muslims in India now carrry two forms of identity , one as Hindu to deceive Hindus in trade and social relations and another as islamist fanatics to riot. The example of Mr Hasan in Ranchi a prime example.

India needs to give muslims a dosage of the ideology they beleive in and proudly claim so, an eye for an eye.

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-110/2
Aug 30, 2014
07:44 PM

At least BJP do not need this bhaand.

Vinod Kumar, Delhi
D-109/7
Aug 30, 2014
07:41 PM

Get ready for drug abuse - hooch deaths and dominant liquor mafia. 

Vinod Kumar
Delhi, India
D-108/9
Aug 30, 2014
07:27 PM

" All I ll say is: If you believe "Love does happen", you must be living in your dream cocoon."

Commiserations. You seem to have have been deprived of a mother's love, a sister's love or a daughters love too. Above all, you haven't discovered spiritual bliss.

It explains your negativity. It is indeed tough to be condemned to eke out a loveless existence.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-107/3
Aug 30, 2014
07:27 PM

This article is by tthe same Showkat Motta, who tried to portray in a previous article, the blissful, happy life enjoyed by a Kashmiri pandit family in the valley - after the genocide and sought to blame Hindus for it !!!!!!

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-106/1
Aug 30, 2014
07:22 PM

Whats the message.

harun, chennai
D-105/1
Aug 30, 2014
07:20 PM

This is insane. We are not used to 'Petrol price cut' stories.

Kashyap, New York
D-104/6
Aug 30, 2014
07:20 PM

4 @ D L Narayan sir,
I agree.
 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-103/5
Aug 30, 2014
07:17 PM

Closing Bars and stepping towards to bring 'prohibition'
The Kerala government has lost its right to be called 
"Gods own country"

Apart from losing revenue, it is inviting other more dangerous Devil called 
Drugs and spurious liquor. A retrograde step indeed!

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-102/8
Aug 30, 2014
06:43 PM

DLN

All I ll say is: If you believe "Love does happen", you must be living in your dream cocoon.

If you want to spew the venom of religionism, go find a spittle to spew into elsewhere, instead of persistently writing Bullshit.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-101/2
Aug 30, 2014
06:36 PM

After perpetrating genocide of Hindus in Kashmir valley, these Kashmiri muslims talk about polarization ?  Even Nazis can learn lessons in depraved logic from islamists.

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-100/56
Aug 30, 2014
06:21 PM

Look at the diabolic mind of cultist-islamist anwaar. He demands muslims  be treated better by Hindus than muslims treat Hindus ! 

Could not stop laughing.

SaachBolo
SaachGarh, India
D-99/4
Aug 30, 2014
06:20 PM

Prohibition benefits:

1. Bootleggers and criminals

2. Corrupt officials and politicians

The losers:

1. Aam Aadmi - revenue shortfall will be covered by increased taxation

2. The poor who might consume poisonous brew from bootleggers.

3. The economy due to drop in tourist footfalls.

The bottom line is the emigration out of Kerala will continue unabated.

My prediction - the ban will be shortlived.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-98/1
Aug 30, 2014
06:12 PM

".....because they’re out to burn Kashmir by polarising the people along religious lines."

Indeed, how dare they vitiate this paradise of 'secularism' leading a comfortable, utopian life leeching off the rest of this facist land.

sudhi
mysore, india
D-97/2
Aug 30, 2014
06:05 PM

Why don't they officially declare her life time president and owner of BSP? Is that not allowed in secular socialist republic of India?

Pradip Singh, stafford
D-96/3
Aug 30, 2014
05:11 PM

In which country prohibition has a success story ?

 

V.N.K.Murti Pattambi
PATTAMBI, India
D-95/1
Aug 30, 2014
05:01 PM

Given how difficult it has been for democracy to take root in Pakistan, any effort to dislodge a democratically elected government through street protests with people numbering in the five digits, deserves to be hit right out of the park. 

ashok lal, mumbai
D-94/2
Aug 30, 2014
04:53 PM

For members of the higher judiciary to be appointed by the executive, in consultation with the learned CJI, is the scheme of the Constitution. Difficult to believe the framers of this fine document, who also had the benefit of studying the relevant provisions of constitutions from older democracies, apart from their own wisdom, were unmindful of the need to ensure judicial independence. The collegium system was a transient arrangement, devised to deal with certain aberrations that had arisen at a time when many institutions were being mangled. The proposed system accords well with the Constitution. Given the nature of the job, one hopes appointments will almost invariably be through unanimity.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-93/2
Aug 30, 2014
04:44 PM

As a shareholder of Indian Hotels and someone who had the privilege of getting married in this fine hotel, would wish the present management well, but the sanctity of contract requires that it be put up to tender at the end of the lease period. 

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-92/1
Aug 30, 2014
04:18 PM

Why elections are conducted for a  post which is for life term?

Agosuke, Bangalore
D-91/2
Aug 30, 2014
04:10 PM

'It Is UPA Govt Who Should Get Credit for GDP Increase: PC' . Agreed.  UPA did it by losing the loksabha elections.

Agosuke, Bangalore
D-90/7
Aug 30, 2014
04:02 PM

@ Misogynist,

" "Women marry for money, and men marry for sex."  Period."

So go and make money instead of spewing nonsense here. 

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-89/2
Aug 30, 2014
03:53 PM

Modi's vision of 'smart cities' takes shape as government commits to delivering first three hubs by 201

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2738057/Modis-vision-smart-cities-takes-shape-government-zeroes-scores-sites-country.html#ixzz3BryGB0NU 

Mohan, Adiipur
D-88/1
Aug 30, 2014
03:36 PM

Kumar Vishwas was\ is a PM candidate.How can the BJP offer him this silly Delhi CM's post?

Agosuke, Bangalore
D-87/1
Aug 30, 2014
03:34 PM

Pour boiling chilli oil into her cu^t

Misogynist, Chennai
D-86/1
Aug 30, 2014
03:32 PM

Media brainwashing has given a bad name to patriachy.

Will this feminist tell us how Matriachy is better?

Misogynist, Chennai
D-85/1
Aug 30, 2014
03:31 PM

What a strange and medieval diktat by the feminists!

It is NOT females, but MALES, who contribute to the progress of Any nation.

Misogynist, Chennai
D-84/35
Aug 30, 2014
03:20 PM

Why is media living in denial. There's a persistent propagation by a section of media both print and electronic churning out fudged statistics data  trying to assuage the majority that all this is hogwash, fabricated divisional communal created to rock our smooth sailing boat of secularism. Nobody's buying it there's lot happening which sanitised media isn't reporting either they're too grisly  or not palatable for media  holding up  the torch of secularism. Look not speaking doesn't mean it'll go away-we are  fail to analyse objectively- media would be doing a great disservice to a society while saying all is well. 

bharati
Mumbai, India
D-83/1
Aug 30, 2014
03:09 PM

The sexist overtones in the headlines ( both the quote and the media ), are too deafening to ignore.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-82/1
Aug 30, 2014
03:08 PM

Who is PC to talk about this, while even Manmute Singh and Rahl-woman-on-top-Gandhi are 'mum' about this great UPA 'achievement'?

Misogynist, Chennai
D-81/6
Aug 30, 2014
03:01 PM

Anwaar and DLN,

"Women marry for money, and men marry for sex."  Period.

NOT religion. Or anything else.

If you have not grown up enough to assimilate this fact, then you have no base to stand on, and have no right to preach others on what marriage is.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
D-80/55
Aug 30, 2014
02:57 PM

" That is not reciprocity............... You should see a doctor."

It is reciprocity. You should see a dictionary.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-79/4
Aug 30, 2014
02:52 PM

" There's nowhere in the Pakistani culture or the religion of Islam that says child exploitation is allowed – it's completely forbidden."

It depends on how the culture defines a child. Any girl who has attained puberty is no longer a child in Islamic practice. She becomes a woman.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-78/2
Aug 30, 2014
02:41 PM

Selling God's own country to tourists, especially from abroad, will become a lot more difficult with prohibition in force. Add Goa's proposed sartorial restrictions for people on beaches and the picture will be complete.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-77/5
Aug 30, 2014
02:39 PM

"There will be as many answers as there are couples. It is neither your concern nor mine"

1. There will not be too many answers, there will be 3: religion A, religion B or give the child the option of choosing at maturity.

2. If the statistics are collected and analysed, it will prove that when Muslims marry non-Muslims, the non-Muslim will opt to convert. This is because Islam does not recognise marriages with non Mslims and apostasy is not a risk many Muslims are willing to take.

3. Going by what is happening in the world today when the population of a certain community acquires critical mass, I am extremely concerned. I want a staus quo as far as religious demography of India is concerned. 

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-76/2
Aug 30, 2014
02:17 PM

Supreme court should give priority to issues like a non-constitutional person like Sonia Gandhi using government owned chartered planes to go to the US which entails heavy drain of public money.Equally important is, as to how ex-central ministers like Lalu Yadav continue to live in government bungalows which costs lakhs of rupees in rent.And how is that people like Lalu Yadav are enjoying permanent bail?The court is generalising 'chargesheeted' ministers.Take the case of Uma Bharti.She is chargesheeted when she rightfully agitated against illegal occupation of a centrally located maidan by Muslims in Hubli in Karnataka.Honourable judges of Supreme court should go into the merits of each case of a minister charage sheeted by a government ruled political opponents.

S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
D-75/4
Aug 30, 2014
02:12 PM


D.L.Narayan,

>> "Religion is not a factor in love, nor is language or ethnicity. Love does happen. What next? Will the girl adopt the boy's religion or vice versa? What about their children? What will be their names, their religion?"

These are questions that the couples themselves should decide. There will be as many answers as there are couples. It is neither your concern nor mine. 

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-74/1
Aug 30, 2014
02:12 PM

Whatever the provocation ,stone pelting on a place of worship or attacking a religious procession was deplorable and disgusting.

harun, chennai
D-73/1
Aug 30, 2014
02:05 PM

Saw the film virtually first day, first show based on one exceptional review, the others have tended to be less generous than this one. Some scenes made me close my eyes, they ought not to have been there at all, but the finale I thought was apposite. No miscarriage of justice here, because those young women had been brutalised by the man they crushed underfoot. As for Rani, would travel to Pakistan to see her films, she seems to have lost that exceptional huskiness in her voice, did a fine job in the film.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-72/54
Aug 30, 2014
02:03 PM


Saachbolo,

>> " India has to treat muslims in India just as muslims have treated Hindus in every muslim majority and ruled area from Pakistan to Bangladesh to Kashmir valley"

That is not reciprocity, moron, but just another production of your sick mind which seems to works day and night to come up with these deranged shibboleths. You should see a doctor.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
D-71/1
Aug 30, 2014
01:53 PM

Amazing telepathy between me and the columnist ! The moment I saw the heading, thought the comment I would post would be that the good Vietnamese have always punched above their weight. They have held their ground against # 1 and # 2 on different occasions, even their economy has shown great promise. If the mighty would learn from the small, for this is a civilised world order, not the Serengeti, the lesson is that the essential equality of sovereign nations should be respected.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-70/2
Aug 30, 2014
01:50 PM

Pour boiling oil into her cu*t

Misogynist, Chennai
D-69/3
Aug 30, 2014
01:48 PM

" Girls of one religion will continue to fall in love with boys from another and vice versa"

Religion is not a factor in love, nor is language or ethnicity. Love does happen. What next? Will the girl adopt the boy's religion or vice versa? What about their children? What will be their names, their religion? 

" I am from a family that is apparently spawned from and breeds “jehadis”. This misguided family (full of uncles, aunts, cousins and sisters who married and produced children with partners outside the barricades of religion) thought they were making love, not war."

Would Ms Naqvi tell us how many of her "misguided family members" converted their spouses to their own religion, how many jumped the "barricade" to the other side. The answer might be illuminating.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-68/2
Aug 30, 2014
01:48 PM

The Arabic countries led by the Muslims were the most advanced scientists and engineers in the world, until they let the religious crazies take over.
Just saying, BJP/RSS...
 

David Rukstales, Tokyo
D-67/4
Aug 30, 2014
01:48 PM

Pour red hot chilli powder into their cun*ts.

Misogynist, Chennai
D-66/2
Aug 30, 2014
01:47 PM

Chop off her tongue

Misogynist, Chennai
D-65/2
Aug 30, 2014
01:46 PM

If one is not stepping onto a live wire, have always felt that, in a plural society, people falling in love across man made divides, is not only a beautiful, perfectly normal thing, it is more solution than problem. A few more Veer Zaras would also be in order. 

ashok lal
mumbai, India
D-64/8
Aug 30, 2014
01:44 PM

Communalist,

[[No point in providing Data to the Moditards here. They are unaccustomed to facts.]]

On the other hand, Jihadi"turds" here understand facts better than anyone else. And the fact is that followers of the "religion of peace" can never live in peace with people of other faiths.

Ganwaar
Ganwaarpur, India
D-63/11
Aug 30, 2014
01:24 PM

" Freedom of  Expression is suppose to offend others. If we are stopped from offending others, citing 'hurting their feelings' than the concept of FoE becomes useless."

Fully agree. Calling it blasphemous is semitising the Hindu tradition of openness. 

Let us not forget that RGV asks questions out of ignorance, just like a child (let us give him the benefit of doubt and ignore the possibility of malice). I shall try, with my admittedly inadequate understanding of Hinduism, to answer those queries.

1. How can someone unable to save his own head, save others? - Even the best of soldiers can die on the battlefield. Does it detract from their ability to protect us?

Ganesh is an aspect of God and not the Supreme God. He will be always subservirnt to the will of the Almighty.

2. Remover of obstacles. Just as an elephant can overcome obstacles that are insurmountable to others, self belief gives us the power to overcome the hurdles we come across in our lives.

Lack of confidence is our biggest obstacle and by invoking Ganesha, we are able to awaken our latent strengths to handle the problems as they come.

3. Why the head of the elephant?

What is unique about the elephant head is its trunk, which is a combination of  is a gnyanendriya (sensory instrument) and a karmendriya (instrument of work). The trunk symbolises reason - recieve sensory input, process it and then act upon it.

The large ears represent winnows which separate chaff from the grain, the mind which analyses sensory inputs by intellect to separate truth from falsehood. Ganesha is the Lord of Buddhi or reasoning power.

4. Why does he ride a mouse?

A mouse represents the mind - capricious and wayward, seeking sensory pleasures. Ganesha controls the mind and uses it to go where the Buddhi tells it to go, not where it wants to go.

Hindu symbology is esoteric and loaded with meaning. Everything has a meaning which is not accessible to most. Nothing is what it appears to be. 

Only those who don't have answers get offended by impertinent questions. Hinduism gives you the freedom to think, to understand and learn. If one is unable to appreciate certain aspects, one is free to question it or reject it.

Jesus had said, "Forgive them, Father, they know not what they are doing." Let us treat the RGVs of this world in a similar manner. Banning and coercion is against the spirit of our great religion.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
D-62/1
Aug 30, 2014
01:13 PM