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March 27, 2017

Monthly Archives: September 2013

Nirbhaya, mother i did not want to die

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This poem is a tribute to Nirbhaya/Damini, The December 16, Delhi gang rape victim who died a painful death. Her death eachoed around the globe and brought much needed awareness towards rape victims in India. May she rest in peace. She lay naked, battered and bruised next to the highway where sedans cruised the pain was intense but she could not scream for a moment she thought it’s just a horrible dream she can see her friend rolling in pain begging for help, all but in vain as she lay on the ground trying hard not to cry she saw …continue reading

Motherland

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Below is an emotional attempt to put my frustration at today’s India into a poem My heart bleeds for you my beloved country But i won’t call you motherland any more For what we’ve done to our women  We don’t deserve to call you mother any more In the land of intolerant bigoted fools who don’t miss a chance to be misguided into putting a blade into each other’s hearts In the land ruled by greedy, conniving, khadi clad imbecile gasbags who don’t miss a chance to put people into categories and assign them tags where children are poisoned and …continue reading

The Syrian war for Dummies

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If you wage a war long enough, no country can remain aloof to the sound of beating war drums. The crisis in Syria is no longer an internal conflict. It has consumed nations far and wide. With over 100,000 killed and more than a million displaced, the human cost is staggering and set to rise as western powers are getting ready for their piece of action. It all started in March 2011. Years of drought and burden of over a million Palestinian refugees had set the ideal grounds for a popular uprising. Arab spring ignited it. The ruling regime of …continue reading

The Snowden Affair

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India was the first country to reject Edward Snowden’s request for asylum, among a bunch of 21 countries that he applied to. The rejection came within hours of receiving the request at its foreign office mission in Moscow. Considering how the Indian bureaucracy works, this was surprising. With its inefficient administration and usually directionless policies, India takes excruciatingly long to take a decision on anything important, and here we were taking a quick decision on Snowden pretending to have thought it through. Snowden’s leaks revealed that India was fifth largest target of NSA’s electronic espionage. Given this, there was widespread …continue reading

What went wrong with the India growth story !

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I still remember the TV debates about double digit growth that India was poised to attain as the world was coming out of a global recession. This was barely two years back. So what went so wrong in last two years for the economic discourse to take an abrupt turn? From stock markets to political debates the overwhelming sentiment is one that of despair.  Investor confidence seems shaken and flight of capital is evident across the board. India’s Current Account Deficit is at 4.8% of GDP, a record high, While rupee has depreciated 20% annually to touch a record low …continue reading