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The opposition Congress today asked the Maharashtra government to regularise all pre-2015 slums in Mumbai.
At least ten families were rendered homeless as over a dozen houses were gutted in a fire that broke out in Berhampura slu
As the winter sun sets on Pakistan's leafy capital Islamabad, residents of the city's largest Christian slum use bicycles,
A fresh plea was today filed in the Delhi High Court in connection with the Shakur Basti demolition incident seeking
A muezzins call to prayer, standing amid the ruins of what was a 'mosque', echoed across the area, punctuated with the voi
As a political slugfest broke out over slum demolition issue, AAP today hit back at Rahul Gandhi alleging such actions wer
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will take up the demolition drive in Shakur basti and death of a baby at the site wit
After the railways razed their shanties, residents of the Shakur Basti slum today picked up pieces of their lives from deb
Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal today described the situation at Shakur Basti as "man-made hell"
After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's outburst, senior railway officials met him here today to explain why the slum
OK, so let's go with the conspiracy theorists. Why is it that the knives are suddenly out for Mr Tharoor? When Mr Jaswant Singh was sacked from the BJP, one knew it was not merely for his views on Jinnah, but the fact that he had pissed off a lot of Very Important Egos.
Later when Mr Jaswant Singh's book was banned by the Gujarat government, Mr Tharoor had tweeted:
As is the best part about such exchanges, he was immediately questioned:
To which Mr Tharoor replied:
This comparison between the BJP and Congress was picked by the press as well, for example, take this article in the Hindu that pointed out some of the stuff that Mr Tharoor has indeed said about, well, the holiest of the holy cows in the Congress party:
On Indira Gandhi:
"Had Indira’s Parsi husband been a toddywalla (liquor trader) rather than so conveniently a Gandhi, I sometime wonder, might India’s political history have been different?"
“Mrs. Gandhi was skilled at the acquisition and maintenance of power, but hopeless at the wielding of it for larger purposes. She had no real vision or program beyond the expedient campaign slogans; “remove poverty” was a mantra without a method ?. Declaring a state of Emergency, Indira arrested opponents, censored the press, and postponed elections. As a compliant Supreme Court overturned her conviction, she proclaimed a ‘20-point programme’ for the uplift of the common man (No one found it humorous enough to remark, as Clemenceau had done of Wilson’s Fourteen Points, that “even the good Lord only had ten.”) Its provisions ? remained largely unimplemented. Meanwhile her thuggish younger son, Sanjay (1946-1980) emphasizing two of the 20 points, ordered brutally insensitive campaigns of slum demolitions and forced sterilizations.”
On Rajiv Gandhi:
[Instead of the] “visionless expediency that had been his mother’s only credo, Rajiv offered transparent sincerity and conviction ... the rot set in -- Compromise followed sellout as New Delhi returned to business as usual. Charges of corruption in a major howitzer contract with the Swedish arms manufacturer Bofors tarnished the mystique of the dynasty; little children sang, Galli-galli mein shor hai/Rajiv Gandhi chor hai: ‘Hear it said in every nook/Rajiv Gandhi is a crook.’?”
On Sonia Gandhi:
[ pointing out that she went to Cambridge to study English, not political philosophy]:
“A builder’s daughter from Turino, without a college degree, with no experience of Indian life beyond the rarefied realms of the Prime Minister’s residence, fiercely protective of her privacy, so reserved and unsmiling in public that she has been unkindly dubbed ‘the Turin Shroud’ leading a billion Indians at the head of the world’s most complex, rambunctious and violent democracy? This situation, improbable if weren’t true, is proof again of the enduring appeal of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.”
On Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra:
“And then there is, after all, in true dynastic tradition, the need to think of the aspirations of the next generation ... Their [Rahul and Priyanka] father’s seat must, observers suggest, be kept warm for one of them — and who better to nurse the Amethi constituency he so successfully nurtured than Sonia herself?”
That was August 22. The marching orders from the hotel were given on September 8. (Interestingly enough, till July 8, Mr Tharoor was being praised by some for his, well, austere ways -- as commended by this blog itself) The latest tweet, literally about the holy cows, may have just been the last straw... That might also explain why the various Congress spokespersons are -- very non-ruminatively, one must say -- foaming at the mouth, and while the PM did try valiantly, if belatedly, to dismiss it all as a joke today, Mr Rahul Gandhi, apparently said at the same iftaar function, when asked for his views on the Cattlegate, that the party had already spoken.
Sherlock Holmes may never have said it, but it sure does seem rather elementary...The more charitable explanation at the time of Jaswant expulsion was that the BJP-wallahs were second-guessing the Sangh leadership and merely wanted to ingratiate themselves with the RSS after Mr Bhagwat had spoken. In this case, too, goes the chartitable theory, all this show of outrage at what should have been dismissed with a laugh, may well be nothing more than an effort to curry favour with the holiest of the holy cows in the Congress.
...there are three major trends involving the English language today:
1) An explosion in word creation; English words are being added to the language at the rate of some 14.7 words a day; [they probably mean that 'new words' are being added to English lexicon and not 'English']
2) a geographic explosion where some 1.53 billion people now speak English around the globe as a primary, auxiliary, or business language; and
3) English has become, in fact, the first truly global language.
Due to the global extent of the English language, the Millionth Word is as likely to appear from India, China, or East L.A.as it is to emerge from Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s home town). The final words and phrases under consideration are listed below. These words represent each of the categories of Global English that GLM tracks, Since English appears to be adding a new word every 98 minutes or about 14.7 words a day, the Global Language Monitor is selecting a representative sampling. You can follow the English Language WordClock counting down to the one millionth word at www.LanguageMonitor.com.
These words that are on the brink of entering the language as the finalists for the One Millionth English Word:
Chengguan – Urban management officers, a cross between mayors, sheriff, and city managers.
1) Financial Tsunami – The global financial restructuring that seemingly swept out of nowhere, wiping out trillions of dollars of assets, in a matter of months.
2) Zombie Banks – Banks that would be dead if not for government intervention and cash infusion.
Jai Ho! — From the Hindi, “it is accomplished’ achieved English-language popularity through the multiple Academy Award Winner, “Slumdog Millionaire”.
1) Chiconomics – The ability to maintain one’s fashion sense (chicness) amidst the current financial crisis.
2) Recessionista – Fashion conscious who use the Global economic restructuring to their financial benefit;
3) Mobama – relating to the fashion-sense of the US First Lady, as in ‘that is quite mobamaish’.
Octomom (the media phenomenon of the mother of the octuplets).
1) Green washing – Re-branding an old product as environmentally friendly.
2) E-vampire – Appliances and machines on standby-mode, which continually use electrical energy they ‘sleep’. 3) Slow food: — Food other than the fast-food variety hopefully produced locally (locavores).
Cuddies – Ladies’ underwear or panties.
1) De-follow – No longer following the updates of someone on a social networking site.
2) De-friend – No longer following the updates of a friend on a social networking site; much harsher than de-following.
3) Web 2.0 – The next generation of web services.
Toki Pona – The only language (constructed or natural) with a trademark.
Million Word March:
MillionWordWord — Default entry if no other word qualifies.
Wonderstar – as in Susan Boyle, an overnight sensation, exceeding all realsonable expectations.
Bangsters – A description of those responsible for ‘predatory’ lending practices, from a combination of the words banker and gangster.
1) Slumdog – a formerly disparaging comments upon those residing in the slums of India;
2) Seatmates of size – US airline euphemism for passengers who carry enough weight to require two seats.
1) Carbon neutral — One of the many phrases relating to the effort to stem Climate Change.
2) Overseas Contingency Operations – The Obama re-branding of the Bush War on Terror.
Phelpsian – The singular accomplishments of Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics.
Renewalist – Movements that encompass renewal of the spirit; also call ‘Spirit-filled’ movements.
1) Cloud Computing – The ‘cloud’ has been technical jargon for the Internet for many years. It is now passing into more general usage.
2) N00b — From the Gamer Community; a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term.
3) Sexting – Sending email (or text messages) with sexual content.
Quendy-Trendy — British youth speak for hip or up-to-date.
French word with least chance of entering English Language:
le courriel – E-Mail.
Most recognized English-language word on the planet: O.K.
Each word is being analyzed to determine which is attaining the greatest depth (number of citations) and breadth (geographic extent of word usage), as well as number appearances in the global print and electronic media, the Internet, the blogosphere, and social media (such as Twitter and YouTube). The Word with the highest PQI score will be deemed the 1,000,000th English language word. The Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI) is used to track and analyze word usage.
Global Language Monitor has been tracking English word creation since 2003. Once it identifies new words (or neologisms) it measures their extent and depth of usage with its PQI technology.
In Shakespeare’s day, there were only 2,000,000 speakers of English and fewer than 100,000 words. Shakespeare himself coined about 1,700 words. Thomas Jefferson invented about 200 words, and George W. Bush created a handful, the most prominent of which is, misunderestimate. US President Barack Obama’s surname passed into wordhood last year with the rise of obamamania.
Read the FAQ: Million Word March
*Clearly, someone should tell them how we Hinglish wallahs spell Chaddies/Chaddies and what exactly Jai Ho (two words, phrase) means [It's more like a victory exhortation, even a blessing/wish for victory or a victory shout. So it could be Praise Be! Victory Be! Or even Hurray!]. Jai Ho!
And also, as the FAQ above would itself reveal, no linguist will take this sort of a count seriously. But it's good for fun. To totally put it out of context, I just cannot imagine any other language offering such opportunities for gaiety and fun
That headline, in case you were wondering, is the answer to the e-mail question posed by Vikram Singh (HT) who sent this link:, viz: What's common to:
Rubina "slumdog" ali
Shekhar kapoor and
Indian exotica, poor Slum dog kid, Australian Nicole Kidman advertising Schweppes in French.
— Joe Wright, the director of Atonement, is in India now on a month-long trip before he starts filming the Partition drama Indian Summer for Working Title
— Leslee Udwin, the producer of East is East, the hit 1999 comedy about an Anglo-Asian family in Seventies Salford, will be shooting a sequel, West is West, in the Punjab later this year
— Graham Broadbent, the producer of Becoming Jane and In Bruges, is putting together an all-star cast to film Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things, about a nursing home in Bangalore for retired Britons
— Gurinder Chadha, the director of Bend it Like Beckham, is developing two new projects set in India, while David Thompson, the former head of BBC Films, also has two Indian films in the pipeline
Full article: Film-makers look east for another Slumdog Millionaire
The night before the Oscars, in India, we were re-enacting the last few scenes of Slumdog Millionaire. The ones in which vast crowds of people – poor people – who have nothing to do with the game show, gather in the thousands in their slums and shanty towns to see if Jamal Malik will win. Oh, and he did. He did. So now everyone, including the Congress Party, is taking credit for the Oscars that the film won!
The party claims that instead of India Shining it has presided over India 'Achieving'. Achieving what? In the case of Slumdog, India's greatest contribution, certainly our political parties’ greatest contribution is providing an authentic, magnificent backdrop of epic poverty, brutality and violence for an Oscar-winning film to be shot in. So now that too has become an achievement? Something to be celebrated? Something for us all to feel good about? Honestly, it's beyond farce.
And here’s the rub: Slumdog Millionaire allows real-life villains to take credit for its cinematic achievements because it lets them off the hook. It points no fingers, it holds nobody responsible. Everyone can feel good. And that’s what I feel bad about.
More on Dawn.com
Sudip Mazumdar, long-time correspondent of Newsweek magazine in India, who moved out from the slums of Tangra in Calcutta 25 years ago, writes: "Don't let the movie mislead you: there are no fairy-tale endings for most of India's street kids. I was one of them myself":
...People keep praising the film's "realistic" depiction of slum life in India. But it's no such thing. Slum life is a cage. It robs you of confidence in the face of the rich and the advantaged. It steals your pride, deadens your ambition, limits your imagination and psychologically cripples you whenever you step outside the comfort zone of your own neighborhood. Most people in the slums never achieve a fairy-tale ending....I've met former slum dwellers who broke out of the cage against odds that were far worse than I faced. Still, most slum dwellers never escape. Neither do their kids. No one wants to watch a movie about that. "Slumdog" was a hit because it throbs with excitement, hope and positive energy. But remember an ugly fact: slums exist, in large part, because they're allowed to exist. Slumdogs aren't the only ones whose minds need to be opened up.
Read the full story here
More HereSearch every corner of the globe, I say, and you will not find a people more complex - and complexed - than Indians. Quite without irony, a nation, many of whose citizens had just been heaping abuse and lawsuits on Slumdog Millionaire for showing India in a bad light, and for using the intolerable word “dog” to describe those poor little slum-wallahs, is now in a state of euphoric bhangra over its winning eight statuettes conferred by an “academy” that regards a bunch of Scientologists (not to mention Mickey Rourke) as icons....Largely lost in this euphoria-come-lately is the sense that in the real Mumbai - big, bad, brutal, bolshy, bad-ass Bombay - Jamal Malik, the gali ka kutta of purest pedigree, wouldn't have come within five miles of a TV game show. Of course the film was fantasy, but the fantasy had an ugly core that Indians are blind to. Jamal would not have survived his torture in a real Mumbai police station.