Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mamata Bannerjee is a terrible administrator, but Left Front is not an alternative

For many people in the Indian state of West Bengal, the activities of the present chief minister Mamata Bannerjee as well as her partymen are a great disappointment. They have been voted to power in 2011 with much fanfare, marking the end of 34-year-'misrule' by a communist regime. However, this present government appears to be no better than the previous one.

I was born and brought up in the capital state of Kolkata during the communist rule, watching gradual erosion of the all that was good about Bengal: democratic rights being compromised, burial of industrialization leading to low career opportunities, lowering of economic growth, politicization of all administrative affairs, common people living in fear of the vengeance of the muscle-flexing by the members of the communist party.

Mamata Bannerjee is a phenomenal mass leader and an activist. She knew West Bengal like the palm of her hand. The love and respect she commanded in the last decades before coming to power in the rural areas were only comparable to those by Mahatma Gandhi. If it were not for Mamata Bannerjee's determination and die-hard enthusiasm, perhaps it would have been impossible to oust the communists. In those regards, Mamata is a living legend.  

But as it turns out now, Mamata Bannerjee is the worst administrator. She is intolerant, ignorant, impractical, whimsical, dictatorial and egotistic. Despite her hard work and strong will, because of those vices, she is slowly getting alienated from the common people, who were her support base once. I was shocked and speechless when I saw her calling an innocent farmer named Shiladitya Chowdhury a Maoist for asking from her explanation about the price-hike of fertilizers. For this simple reason she got him arrested too by the police. This is fascism and this is not the only time she behaved like so. All in all, her activity now reminds us of two great revolutionaries Stalin and Mao, who were also the greatest of the dictators the world has ever seen. Like their regimes as well, a cult of personality for Mamata is now being developed by her fans too. I only hope that she does not turn into a mass-murderer like them one day.

In any case, Mamata Bannerjee will do a lot of harm to the state if she remains in power for a long time. We need to find a suitable alternative now, but going back to the communists is not an option.     

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

To Sagarika, with lots of best wishes for standing up for the Truth, Mimi

Can't help publishing the link to the article.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Food for Thought: The chicken-or-egg problem with time-or-speed

How do you define time? Well, time=distance/speed. Very good. Bravo. But hang on a second. How do you define speed. Speed=distance/time. Does it not constitute a circularity of logic?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Save Sakineh from Stoning

Thanks for signing the petition to save Sakineh Mohammadi from Stoning.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Food For Thought: Stein's Private India

So much vitriol is being thrown against the article "My Own Private India" by Joel Stein, particularly in the Indian media. The Indian expatriates in the US have been most outraged and vociferous. Why? Is it because that what Joel Stein told is every bit true. Is it because that he just hit the nail right on the head? Just think.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Food for thought: Sex in zero gravity

A good reason why the moon has no traces of life is that it is difficult to participate in sexual intercourse in zero gravity or micro gravity.

I hate Karan-johar Stories

The following was my comment posted on Shobaa De's weblog on the movie "I hate love storys". In fear that Shobhaa may delete the comment I am reposting it here. I take full responsibility of what I wrote here. I told you that I'm outspoken.

The movie in a true sense what is called 'sucks'.

In the past I of course disagreed with Sobhaa on many occasions, but this time I think she is bang on. I'm in my early 30s and the man I went out to watch the movie with was in his late 20s. I don't know whether our ages fall in the age group of the target audience, none of us could not stand the over-the-top storyline, mushy dialog and, over and above, the presentation of dull cliches passed for something very cool. I think the teenagers would also find it boring to the hilt.

Sonam Kapoor is pretty much of a junk herself. She imagines she is hot and sexy. God help her. This is my warning message to the future producers. Sonam Kapoor for a short while kept a twitter message, which meant something like, "Do not take seriously what Shobaa De wrote about the movie as she has become a fossil with her growing age after her menopause.

I wonder what kind of a family does she come from to have indulged in expression of such personal malice and abuses? A friend of mine just opined that this bitch from the Kapoor family would go a long way in her career in the industry because she looked prepared to get laid and, even,gangbanged by the producers and the directors, if need be, to grab roles in movies. Good luck Ms. Sonam Kapoor.