When Jairam wrote to Mamta

This is slightly old news (did hear something about a letter, but didn’t actually see it) about the letter Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Wrote to the West Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee.

Truly ROFL-worthy! Inappropriate? Oh Yes! But lovely, nevertheless…a moment to applaud setting aside everything we criticise the current government for…

For a bit of analysis (that’s not going to make Mamta any happier), see here


Team Anna, shut up!

Bedi further tweeted: “Recall Badals, BJP, Left parties came to Jantar Mantar and publicly committed for independent-effective Lokpal and Lokayukta. Congress did not.”
She seemed to have forgotten that the bitterest critic of the Lokpal bill in the Lok Sabha was Mulayam Singh Yadav, the biggest victor of these polls.

Team Anna, though, has so far not commented on Uttarakhand, where an expected Congress win turned into a photo-finish. What would gall the group is that its hero, chief minister B.C. Khanduri, whom it had feted for shepherding a Lokayukta law that it said was the closest to the “Jan Lokpal bill”, lost his seat.

Team Anna’s campaigners had reserved most of their energy for Uttarakhand. However, the Congress has emerged the largest single party there and will get the first shot at government formation.

Although the Congress has lost in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal gained only in the rural areas and not the cities, where Team Anna had campaigned. The BJP, which contested mostly in urban areas, slipped from 19 to 12 seats, with the Congress wresting some of its seats.

No sense of politics, nor of history…

More here

For the sake of a level playing field in Uttar Pradesh

But the draping that is to happen today was preceded by much drama on Sunday. When officials from the departments that had built the statues came to mask them as per the poll panel’s directives, it realised that it didn’t have enough sheets to cover them. In all, nearly 100 statues have to be covered in Lucknow and Noida.

It didn’t end there. Soon, realisation dawned upon the authorities that that the Election Commission was yet to send an official order for covering the statues. So the covers came off. But, the Lucknow District Magistrate had said on Sunday evening that they had received the order and it would be implemented from Monday onwards.

This is in reference to the recent Election Commission order to cover all Mayawati’s statues and also those of her election symbol, the elephant – which thanks to her extravagant construction spree, are omnipresent in Lucknow and Noida – so that Mayawati and her party dont get any undue advantage in the upcoming state elections.

Ideas for next year’s summer

Chris Jeon, a 21-year-old university student from Los Angeles, California,shrugging cooly, declared: “It is the end of my summer vacation, so I thought it would be cool to join the rebels. This is one of the only real revolutions” in the world. In a daring, one might even say foolhardy, decision two weeks ago, Mr Jeon flew on a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Cairo. He then travelled by train to Alexandria and by a series of buses to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. From there, he hitched a ride with rebels heading west towards the Libyan capital of Tripoli. After a 400km (248-mile) trek across the desolate North African landscape, he was now in the town of An Nawfaliyah, the toast of his comrades and a newly anointed road warrior…

…As with most students, money is a concern. He did not buy a round-trip airplane ticket, he explained: “If I get captured or something, I don’t want to waste another US$800 [Dh2,900].”…

Next year, if anyone is short of options, or are looking for something uber-cool to do – remember, you can always join the revolution next door.
Full article here; H/T: Chris Blattman

The world is not enough…

Next year, even a perfect score may not be enough

A teacher of the BCom (Hons) course, who was involved with the calibration for the cut-offs, said at some point they risked taking the cut-off even above 100 per cent. “We had decided that the cut-off for Category A students would be 96.25 per cent, but then noticed we would have to push the cut-off of Category E to 100.25 per cent, keeping in line with the four per cent difference rule.”

News from my alma-mater SRCC, in the midst of the annual college admissions madness

Politics in Tamil Nadu

J.Jayalalitha recently won the state elections in Tamil Nadu. In an interview today – 

Q: You were not wearing any jewellery for a long time. Any reason why you have started wearing ear-studs now?

A: As soon as the results were declared on May 13, a large number of party workers gathered at my house to celebrate our victory. Some of them said that if even after this resounding victory I refused to wear any ornaments, they would pour kerosene on themselves and commit self-immolation. My party cadre tend to carry out such threats. Many have attempted self-immolation for various reasons in the past and we have been unable to save their lives. So, I was taken aback by their threat. As I didn’t want any untoward incident at a time when there was every reason to celebrate, I changed my mind and started wearing ear studs. If I had to wear some jewellery to save the lives of my party cadre, I was ready to change my mind and I began to wear ear studs from 14th. Already, some have cut off their own tongue and finger in the name of making an offering…”

I want to cry.