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The Hat vs The Lamppost. EC freezes Twin Leaves Symbol of AIADMK. Dinakaran throws Hat in the ring. OPS banks on Lamppost to light path.

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TTV Dinakaran throws Hat into the ring, OPS Leans on Lamppost.

RK Nagar Bypoll without Twin Leaves Symbol of AIADMK

The RK Nagar bypoll to elect an MLA to replace the late Selvi Jayalalithaa is slated for the 12th of April.  The iconic Twin Leaves symbol of the AIADMK is no more a party to elections. The Election Commission has frozen the AIADMK name and the Twin Leaves symbols. Both the OPS (OP Panneerselvam) camp and the Sasikala faction represented by her nephew TTV Dinakaran had claimed the symbol. Hence the EC had to take a tough call.

TTV Dinakaran throws Hat into the ring

TTV Dinakaran who has received much negative press along with his aunt, Sasikala, has chosen the ‘Hat’ symbol for contesting the bypoll. The choice seems somehwhat poignant since the shenanigans of Sasikala and her family over the past few months has been, over the top, to put it mildly. It is an action that is also symbolic of this ‘fledgling political’ family’s ambitions for the state’s ‘crown’.

OPS chooses the Lamppost

In a move which is likewise in keeping with the down to earth image he has cultivated over the past few months, OPS has chosen the Lamppost symbol. One of his key allies in the past few weeks has been Mr Pandiarajan. Mr Pandiarajan, founder MaFoi and ex-Education Minister of Tamil Nadu, chose not to take the easy route of being a Sasikala factiion member. His experience and expertise as a self made entrepreneur will no doubt help OPS.

Whether OPS Team’s nominee for the byelection, Mr Madhusudhanan, himself a veteren in the AIADMK is able to post a victory is difficult to predict. If one goes by the public image and sympathy generated for OPS, this should ideally have been a easy enough victory. But there are also rumours of money exchanging hands. One assumes this is to negate the bad press created by ‘corruption/ flouting of ethics/propriety’ in the first place. An ‘undivided’ DMK is also not going to be easy to wish away. 

The Lamppost Vs The Hat – a perspective

No symbol could be more far removed from the Lamp than the Hat especially in India’s context. Farmers in some countries do use straw hats to protect themselves from the sun. But hats in general are not a common part of Indian attire. Even the well heeled in India use it on very rare occasions. The middle class Indian who uses it could be working in stage or TV shows. We sometimes see it used as part of ‘tourist paraphernalia‘. 

The choice of the ubiquitous lamppost Vs the vestigeal Hat triggers a chain of thought. The former is a poor citizen’s need. Many poor students even in today’s times seek a quiet road with lamplight to keep up on their scholastic pursuits. The homes they live in may not have sufficient electricity or even an environment to concentrate on studies. A well lit road is also a developmental priority as it increases safety and represents the smooth functioning of an adminsitrative set-up.

Any guesses, which one India and its citizens need?

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Twin Leaves Frozen by EC

 

Part 3 : The Neduvasal Project : Hydocarbon is important, But Physical and Ecological Safety more so. No onus on ONGC?

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Fracking Pros and Cons in Part 2

This is the third and concluding part of this series on the Neduvasal Protests

No Onus on ONGC?

The ONGC (state owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission) had sometime back identified certain areas across the country and Tamil Nadu. These areas /pockets could be tapped for  underground hydrocarbon assets (oil or gas). But some of these places continue being

Part 2 – The Neduvasal Project. Fracking – Pros and Cons

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Nightmare for Locals in  Part 1 

Fracking has some benefits

Fracking or Hydaulic Fracturing is no doubt an innovative process. A big positive is that it will help in accessing oil/gas from deep within the ground. It will help India become more self-reliant on fuel. It helps us conserve foreign exchange, helps insulates us from the

Part 1 – The Neduvasal Project : Nightmare for Locals & Neighbours or A Gem of an Idea

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The Neduvasal Project : Locals getting Vocal

Neduvasal is another wake-up call for many among us since the alarming levels of pollution in many eco-systems across the country (and the world) are sounding alarm bells. This is pushing many citizens (otherwise law-abiding) to fight for the protection of their environment.

Justice accords ‘human’ ness to Divine rivers Ganga and Yamuna after Man’s inhuman treatment

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Uttarakhan High Court's Kaalinga Nardhanam on River Yamuna

Justice for Ganga and Jamuna

Redemption Time for Yamuna and Ganga. The Uttarakhand High Court has taken a cue from the New Zealand government. A few days back, the government of New Zealand did something unprecedented in recent human history. It accorded the Whanganui river, legal status as an entity under Law. A tribe of

River Whanganui in New Zealand now treated as human. Divine Rivers in India need humane treatment.

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River Whanganui in New Zealand now treated as human

In a very welcome move, the New Zealand government has decided to accord the Whanganui legal status. New Zealand’s third largest river will now have the same status as a human being for which, the Maori people, the original inhabitants (immigrants) of New Zealand have been fighting for more than a century now.

The Ruling and the Background

*Chris Finlayson, the minister for the treaty of Waitangi negotiations, said the decision brought the longest-running litigation in New Zealand’s history to an end. *“…… will have

Mine! Anil Agrawal angles for Anglo. Never miss an Opportunity!

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Anil Agrawal angles for Anglo

Mr Anil Agarwal, the Chairman of Vedant Resources is making another attempt to enter the Anglo American ‘enterprises’. The Jewel in the Anglo American crown which has the South African government also as a stakeholder is De Beers Diamonds, which in itself would be a marquee franchisee.  

Diamonds are desirable

Sometime back, Anglo American had rejected merger talks with  Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta. Now Mr Agarwal is trying to buy $2.4 Billion worth of shares amounting to approximately 13% of equity. Once Mr Agarwal progresses in this deal, his will be the second largest holding. Only the South African government (South Africa is mineral rich) with 14% has more. It is believed that Mr Agarwal’s stake will increase gradually by taking over part of the SA government’s. This would enable the Indian to control the De Beers and Anglo American businesses. 

Koh-i-Noor  and Karmic Justice  

Indian Industry is going places. Once, Swami Vivekananda encouraged Jamsetji Tata to start iron and steel manufacturing in India to work around the restrictive practices of the British Steel Industry. A few years ago, Tata Steel bought British owned Corus Steel.

For some time now, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have each been ‘expecting’ the British Government to return the Koh-i-Noor. Mr Agarwal’s entry into Anglo American would in due course help him controll De Beers. Some like Shashi Tharoor who have been protesting against imperial atrocities may even sense a whiff of karmic justice in these developments.

It may feel good to gloat over the economic impact Indian businessmen are making globally. A few weeks ago, India also overtook the UK economy (in terms of GDP) when the latter economy started feeling the impact of Brexit. But Indian businesses and businessmen would do well to remember that we also have a great responsibility/opportunity too.

Global Icons of Governance

Indian businesses should lead governance efforts in Business transparency, enviromental sustainability, local community engagment/development and the like. The ills we have experienced of colonization (commercial or political) We should not foist (the ills we have experienced of colonization) on the countries and communities we engage with.  

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Koh I Noor

All Bakwas, No ‘fatwas’. The fatwa against Nahid Afrin that wasn’t.

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All Bakwas, no Fatwas

And then the news of fatwa showed the  (nonsense) ‘bakwas’

The pamphlets against Nahid Afrin were no fatwas

The leaflets were just against songs into the night

Highlighting maybe, an older generation’s plight.

 

An Earlier Generation’s Plight

A generation that woke with the first rays of light

And was deep asleep, long before mid-night.    

Fear of Cacophony that  disturbs the peace of souls in graveyards 

Not to speak of the noise in supposedly ‘silent’ (madarasas) schoolyards.

 

Request against Ruckus

Reference to the Sharia (in the pamphlets) may have raised eyebrows

But a request against ruckus (music to some) into the night doesn’t seem off course.

On the positive side, we knew more of the new icon of the TV screen,.

Our new role model and cosmopolitan, Nahid Afrin. 

 

A Sneeze generates pneumonial pandemonium

The fatwa that wasn’t, created an allround scare

Luring even the head of the state (government) to protest in full media glare.

But such is the revulsion an handful have created around a religion

That even an innocent sneeze generates pneumonial pandemonium!

But such is the revulsion an handful have created around a religion

That even an innocent sneeze generates pneumonial pandemonium!

 

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That news that wasn’t

 

 

Part 2 – Fatwa on Nahid Afrin. Singer says “Nahin Afraid” (am not afraid) to 46 Assam Clerics.

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Nahid Afrin , singer, says 'Nahin Afraid' of fatwa.

continued from Part 1

If one may say so, Islam is today facing a crisis globally. It desperately needs an image makeover. The community leaders must realize that Islam (in terms of number of

Fatwa on Nahid Afrin. Singer says “Nahin Afraid” (am not afraid) to 46 Assam Clerics.

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Nahid Afrin , singer, says 'Nahin Afraid'. courtesy: magicalassam.com

 

Nahid Afrin faces ‘fatwa’ 

Nahid Afrin, a 16 year old girl from Assam has received a ‘fatwa’ for singing on the TV reality show Indian Idol. The clerics of 46 Muslim organizations from Assam have issued

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