The news that I hear

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Black-out of blogs in India

The Indian government has blocked access to around 18 sites which has affected bloggers from reaching out to their accounts. Shame on India. Instead of taking a tough stand against terrorists, it is choosing to target the Internet world. Probably India can never fight these terrorists the way Isreal does. Learn my dear country, learn to be a tough leader from a small nation like Isreal.

Has any Indian government ever fought to get any Indian hostage back from their kidnappers? The BJP government let a whole air-plane of Indians be hijacked for days where we lost one life and was still going slow and soft on the kidnappers. Maniappan and Suryanarayana were killed, but the governments still had the same stand. Now these terrorists have started killing thousands of Indian lives and disrupting the normal flow of things and the Indian government still continues to romance with them. Shame on the Indian government. How sad that a billion strong nation is silently accepting this .......just like how it has accepted all other non-sense over the years.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mumbai blasts and India's failed Satellite programmes

Gruesome - another cruel act of terror. The world was shaken yesterday by the seven bomb blasts that rocked the industrious city of Mumbai. All the bombs were placed in the crowded local trains and were set to blast at the peak rush hour evening time when people return from work. Lives have been lost, limbs damaged......and the city is getting back to its usual self.

The Home Minister Sivaraj Patil said that there were Intelligence Reports indicating the blast, but they were clueless about the time and date. What a pitiful joke! When there were reports, then should the Government not have been vigilant? PM, Sonia Gandhi, Thackeray etc etc have all issued statements.....the usual thing. Opposition parties have been attacking the Ruling guys for being soft on the terrorists. Instead of providing concrete solutions, these people sit and blame, blame and blame. High level security meetings have been called. It is high time the Indian Government started acting tough with these terrorists who have been creating havoc in the lives of people in different parts of the world. What is the use of blaming Pakistan always? Take action. What a sad fact that we Indians live close to the biggest terror factory state in the world and yet we offer our medical services to their children!! When Pakistan PM and President condemned the blasts, their statements sounded hollow, devilish and mean.

On another note, India's space programmes provide good entertainment for laughter. India's Agni Missile was a failure and the much talked about Satellite launch also ended in failure. Ha haaaaaaaa. Send all the brilliant guys out of India - do'nt give merit any regard and this is what you get. Sadly, the cost of these failures is from the tax payers money.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Right to Information

Corruption, bribery, red-tapism, inefficient services, indifferent attitude - that is what Indian government officials represent. A bunch of highly corrupt, pan-chewing, tea-slurping, foul-mouthed devils who dwell in the garb of human beings. For years they have been making hay at the cost of the common man. When someone like Jayalalitha attempts to bring punctuality in their work, they fight back and bring her government down. Such a powerful lot. They get what they ask for. Walk into a government office and it is unlikely you will find an official in his seat for more that half an hour. They walk into the office at noon and run off to the tea shop. Then they walk in and out and ask for money from anybody who comes to their table for work. So, finally, the common man has been given Right to Information or RTI to work his way out. RTI gives us a right to inspect government files, to obtain information (except military and certian other notified information), take copies of government documents and to inspect government works. What this means for the common man is next time you apply for a ration card or a passport or an electricity connection or a pension and the Government Babu does not move your papers, all you have to do is file an application under RTI and your work will be done if your papers have been rightly filled in.

To get more information about RTI, the following would be helpful:

National Helpline- 0 92504 92504

SMS RTI (City Name) to 6388 to get venue of camp in your city

Website: www.righttoinformation.org

Postal address: RTI, Post Bag No 9201, Delhi-92

Several NGO's have been conducting camps in cities and towns across India to help people file applications under RTI and to help prevent bribery.