Where is our country going?

Where is our country going?

On the recent controversy surrounding the MF Hussein episode of Qatar granting citizenship to this man.

I was under the wrong impression that I was being outrageous while describing our MSM (Main Stream Media), The Government, The Political Leadership as Dumb Fucks (DFs). I realize that I have been, in fact, understating the facts. What else can explain the following?

Recently, when MF Hussein was conferred Qatar citizenship, the “whole nation” rose in support of the nonagenarian.

Exhibiting their DF-ness are: The Center, Artists from India, Sharmila Khan Pataudi, The Center once again, The inimitable N. Ram, and none other than Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, the chief of RSS!

All these asses cite “Freedom of Expression” as their argument. Well, OK, MFH needs to be allowed to publish nude pics of Hindu deities due to this clause.

Now, watch the contrast. Another “artist”, by name Macha Laxmaiah alias Krantikar, also a civil rights activist, wants to warn his fellow countrymen, nay, fellow human beings in the world, of a stinker of an ideology in his book titled “Crescent over the world – is a boon or the silent Holocaust?”. It results in a protest, claiming that it contained quotes from “banned” books “The Satanic Verses”, and “Lajja” by authors Mr. Salman Rushdie, and Ms Taslima Nasreen. The result(?) is the “arrest” of the author and his two “helpers”. I wonder, if “The Hindu” even reported this. What are MFH’s “protectors”, The Center, Sharmila, Artists, N. Ram, Mohan Bhagwat and so on doing?

Are Salman Rushdie, and Ms Taslima Nasreen any less artistic than MFH? Why should MFH have the “freedom of expression” but not SR or TN, or anyone else including Mr. Macha Laxmaiah?

Mark my words, I am not being outrageous when I call this whole group starting from The Center to Mr Mohan Bhagwat, a bunch of DFs. I am understating the facts.

And, I am not being outrageous even when I say that: I wish this ninety year old stinking shit-pack of a painter goes to say hello to another departed shit-pack, pain in the backside, Mr. Jyotirmoy Basu.

Where is our country going? O my people, come and save this country.

Hirakud dam is failing, farmers are killing themselves

Hirakud dam is failing, farmers are killing themselves

Bhubaneswar, Feb 25 (IANS) Dozens of farmers have committed suicide in Orissa in the past one year as the Hirakud dam is no longer serving its purpose, says a new study that warns of a grimmer situation in the coming days if urgent steps are not taken.

The dam, built across the Mahanadi river, about 350 km from here in the district of Sambalpur, is one of the longest in the world. It is one of independent India’s early multipurpose river valley projects.

In the initial phase, it checked floods in the state’s coastal areas, provided electricity to factories and homes and supplied ample water in the canals to grow a second crop every year.

‘However, now these functions have been considerably reduced,’ said Rajkishor Meher, a reader in sociology at the government-run Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies here.

Government records show 3,509 farmers committed suicide in Orissa in the last 11 years. The opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party have alleged that at least 53 farmers committed suicide in the state in the past one year.

A years-long study by Meher on the plight of farmers at the tail ends of canals served by the dam is awaiting publication in the journal Contributions to Indian Sociology.

‘The dam has almost lost its principal objective of irrigation promotion and agricultural development in the region,’ Meher told IANS.

‘The system now hardly generates 30 percent of its installed hydro power capacity because of lack of adequate storage of water in the reservoir, obsolete technology and worn out machinery,’ said the expert, who has authored several books related to sociology of development and on Orissa’s economy.

‘Although floods in the Mahanadi was under control for some years, because of the silting of the riverbed by sand downstream of the dam, floods in the coastal region of the state have started recurring in a more aggravating form since 1980,’ he said.

According to Meher, the dam project had displaced 101,000 people 50 years ago, a majority of them tribals.

‘Given the rate of population growth and limited success of the past resettlement and rehabilitation process, it is not unfair to say that around 200,000 people of the original Hirakud oustees might still be impoverished by the project,’ he said.

The reservoir submerged around 50,000 hectares of good farm land in 300 villages. As against that, it irrigated 157,790 hectares during the Kharif and 97,910 hectares during the Rabi seasons, according to official records.

‘But at present due to silting of the reservoir and canals the tail end areas do not get adequate irrigation water for the second crop. The area deprived of a second crop is almost one-third of the created irrigated potential in the command area,’ Meher said.

‘So, the effective irrigation coverage for the second paddy crop is now available for hardly 60,000-70,000 hectares of agricultural land and that is at the cost of loss of 50,000 hectares of agricultural land and disruption of livelihood of around 40,000 displaced families at present.

‘Plus, availability of water for agriculture shall be reduced in future, as the area surrounding the reservoir is now witnessing fast industrial growth and mining of coal.’

Meher said factories were taking more and more water from the Hirakud reservoir. ‘Before 1997 the total allocation of water to the industries of the region from the reservoir was 3,191,200 gallons per year. This has increased by 27 times in the past nine years and this is obviously at the cost of water for irrigation.

‘In this scenario, the farmers in the tail end are going to suffer more and more.’

Meher wanted ‘immediate improvement’ in the water management in the project’s command area. ‘If that is not done many small and marginal farmers who regularly borrow money for farming from various sources at high rates of interest may commit suicide.’

Islamists behead Sikhs for refusing to convert

Islamists behead Sikhs for refusing to convert

Two Sikhs, Jaspal Singh and Mahal Singh, have been beheaded by Islamic theocrats in FATA of Pakistan. The Sikhs were kidnapped 34 days ago and were told to convert to Islam or face death. Intelligence sources said that their heads were chopped when the two men refused and sent to Bhai Joga Singh Gurdwara in Peshawar. The Sikh community in NWFP and Afghanistan have been under pressure from the Taliban to embrace Islam. Taliban mercenaries hold two more Sikhs, Gurjit Singh and Gurvinder Singh, in their custody.

An estimated 10,000 Sikhs lived in the NWFP and in the tribal belt, particularly Aurakzai Agency, till the Taliban imposed ‘jiziya’ or religious tax on them last year. Most members of the community then fled to cities across Pakistan.

I am proud of my brother, he has not been killed, he has attained martyrdom for the honour of Sikh religion. He refused to convert to Islam and preferred to lay down his life,” an inconsolable Taranjit Singh, cousin of Jaspal Singh told the media. He revealed that the kidnapping of Sikhs by Taliban was not only for money, but also to threaten the small Sikh community of Pakistan to embrace Islam. The Sikh community of Peshawar was ready to mobilize a hefty ransom of Rs 3 crore to save the lives of kidnapped Sikhs. But Taliban had forced Jaspal to cut his hair and convert to Islam. He refused to convert to Islam and was determined to protect his identity.

Maulanas in UP, India have condemned the killings as unIlsamic. But generally, Muslims interpret Islam liberally when they are in minority and change their interpretation to harsher, intolerant and violent versions when they become majority.

Iran could be making nuclear warhead, says IAEA

Iran could be making nuclear warhead, says IAEA

The United Nation’s nuclear watchdog has raised concerns for the first time that Iran might be developing a nuclear warhead for a missile.

In his first report on Iran, new Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, broke with the more cautious style of his predecessor Mohamed ElBaradei and suggested Iran could have looked into the construction of a weapon, and that weaponisation work could be under way.

Maoists role in Telangana agitation

Maoists role in Telangana agitation

Union Home Ministry has reportedly expressed doubts that there could be links of Maoists elements with the ongoing Telangana agitation in Andhra Pradesh.

Buzz up!Ministry has doubts that Maoists elements might be involved in the disguise of human rights activists and who could be instigating students to carry on with violence.

Osmania University students, however, deny presence of Maoists on the campus.

Sena chief raps Gadkari for appeal to Muslims

Sena chief raps Gadkari for appeal to Muslims

Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, has slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, Nitin Gadkari, for appealing to the Muslim community to give up the land on which the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya stood for the Ram temple.

Thackeray said the appeal was an insult to the martyrs of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement in his editorial that appeared in the Sena’s mouthpiece, Saamna.

“If you need to seek the permission of Muslims to build the Ram temple, why was the agitation launched in the first place?

“Hindus could have fallen at the feet of the Imam of Jama Masjid and got a piece of land for the Ram temple. But they chose to shed their blood for it.” Thackeray appealed to the BJP to stick to the Hindutva ideology.

“The Prime Minister of this country says Muslims have the first right over India’s resources and 80 crore Hindus tolerate it meekly. Muslims have everything and Hindus don’t even have their Ram temple,” said Thackeray. “Things have come to such a level that Hindus have to plead to Muslims.”

The editorial said the leadership of “radical and jehadi Muslims” was not in India but in Pakistan. “They tell Muslims in India what to do and how to behave,” Thackeray said.