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Pakistan Taliban is known for the blood shed. It believes in ruling the people of Pakistan by wielding swords and automatic machine guns. Today much dreaded Taliban ended up as a butt of ridicule. The reason for this was its threat to the Ex-General in exile Musharraf.

Taliban grabbed the headlines world wide when it threatened to dispatch Musharraf to hell upon his return to Pakistan on Sunday. International political analysts have observed time and again that Pakistan is a hell on the earth. If this is true, then how can Taliban threaten to send Musharraf to hell when he lands into hell?

Has Taliban misunderstood the phrase ‘out of fire and into the frying pan’? Musharraf has been cooling his heels in London which is like a heaven. It is in London where he holds Mushayras and visits India to give interviews to the TV news channels. When he is not holding Mushayras and talking to Barkhas and Rajdeeps, he is listening to Mukesh’s songs on his iPod. Musharraf is a self-confessed die-hard Mukesh fan.

Many in his own country consider Musharraf to be a spent force. His charisma has run its course. No one is bothered whether Musharraf stays or goes. Then why is Taliban making a fool of itself by issuing threat to Pervez Musharraf the Ex-General-cum-Ex-Self-Appointed-President and now in self-imposed exile? As such Musharraf has shown his willingness to head for hell by declaring to come out of the self-imposed exile?

Which hell is Taliban talking about here? This time around the joke is on Taliban itself. The Taliban observers are also confused at this gaffe. Is Taliban trying to woo people by tickling their funny bones? And was this why it chose a word like ‘hell’ in its threat to Musharraf? Many doubt that given Musharraf’s hunger for grabbing the limelight at all costs, it won’t be surprising if the details of secret deals emerge between Taliban and him after some time.

The threat has undoubtedly got many knickers in a twist. Musharraf’s timing to return to Pakistan has got to do a lot with the upcoming elections. The Ex-General firmly believes that there are many years of politicking left in him. That he can prove to be a better alternative than Imran Khan, Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif put together.

However, people of Pakistan think otherwise. They want Musharraf to stay where he is.  To create a sympathy wave in his favour, the possibilities of him having struck a secret deal with Taliban cannot be ruled out. He wants Taliban to issue multiple threats to him on the eve of his arrival.

If the call to assassinate Musharraf is given, people of Pakistan will feel sudden pangs of sympathy for him. They will throng the airport to receive him. A few over zealous supporters will roll out a red carpet for him. These are the calculations running across in ever scheming mind of Musharraf. Whether this really happens or not remains to be seen. The fact is the threat from Taliban has kicked alive the interest in both Musharraf and his much publicised return to his homeland from exile.

If Pakistan Taliban is serious about its image of hell raiser, it should engage the services of a good PR agency. The PR Machinery will prepare the carefully worded threats to be issued to the politicians, ex or serving army generals and cricketers. At least, those professionals will choose the words carefully and save Taliban the blushes. If it ever happens, Pakistan Taliban will be the first terrorist organisation in the world to have its own PR Machinery.

Even as Musharraf prepares to return home amidst threats to his life, the powers that be in Pakistan ought to look the other way. The care taker (yet to be appointed) PM’s first challenge is going to be how cleverly he will distance himself from both this threat and Taliban. Perhaps he will do well to deny the existence of Taliban on their soil. Asif Ali Zardari is also around to give his valuable inputs. The care taker PM may also hint at the involvement of non-state actors in this entire threat business after taking a cue from Mr. Ten Percent.

Musharraf is a non-state actor. Taliban is a non-state entity. Pakistan is a failed state. Its terrain is a hell on the earth. Then also the world is interested in its affairs. Musharraf and Taliban have provided hilarious moments in the course of the day. Laughter is what matters the most. Musharraf’s return to hell is going to be both remarkable and exciting.

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Respected Honourable Justice Katju Sir,

The world would have been such a sadder place, had you not been around. You have been tirelessly entertaining your countrymen for past few months. Though 90% of Indians are idiots, they love you for providing hilarious moments full of the humour that has come to be the very hallmark of your personality.

The entire film fraternity has expressed outrage and shock at the Supreme Court that has upheld the film actor Sanjay Dutt’s conviction. The court has granted him five years rigorous imprisonment. By now everyone knows what Sanjay Dutt was found guilty of doing. There’s no need to repeat those details here.

Sir, you have really stirred the hornet’s nest by demanding that Sanjay Dutt should be forgiven. According to you he has already suffered enough. His ordeals have become the stuff the legends are made up of. The country is surprised to know that you have a soft spot in your heart for Sanjay Dutt. That’s really so nice of you.

Ever since you’ve observed that 90% of Indians are idiots, those 90% of Indians had been wondering whether you belonged to that group of 90% or not. But now the whole country has heaved a sigh of relief that you too are very much a part of the elite club of those 90% idiots.

You are seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt on various grounds. Those grounds indicate how deeply you have studied the enigma called Sanjay Dutt before dashing off that letter to the governor of Maharashtra. Please forgive me for being obnoxious. But the fact is Sanjay Dutt is a father of three children, and not two; as you have wrongly written in your letter.

This is, however, a small error that can be overlooked since film stars tend to have colourful lives. And the number of how many children they have fathered is always under constant speculation. Having said this the most hilarious ground is since Sanjay Dutt revived the memories of Bapu – the father of our nation – through his portrayal of Munnabhai character in Lagey Raho Munnabhai, he is eligible for mercy.

This ground has left no one in doubt that we Indians are really idiots. Do we really need someone like Sanjay Dutt to remind us of Bapu’s huge legacy? If we want to remember Bapu, all we need to do is take a look at a ten rupee note. Bapu is aways there for us printed on the Indian currency notes observing silently how we spend our money.

Sir, you are a man of impeccable integrity. You neither seek (intentionally) publicity nor spend money. This is precisely why it took a convicted brat like Sanju Baba to remind you of Bapu. More power to your idiocy, sir. You have made every idiot world wide hugely proud of you.

Please continue to entertain your countrymen like this forever. In these strife torn and inflation ridden times, all we can afford is a few moments of harmless laughter. Only you can provide us those lighter moments. I would also like to congratulate you for showing the publicity hungry masses how to generate publicity without coming across as someone who is hungry for publicity. How to manufacture controversies has come to be an art. You are the master of manufacturing controversies and thereby gaining unlimited publicity.

Kudos to your penchant for managing to stay in the limelight through all the seasons.

Best Wishes for future heroics.

Yours Truly.

An Idiot.

Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee,

Please accept my sincere apology for taking a few minutes of your valuable time for the matter that is yet to concern you as of now. I know that you are still trying to feel at home amidst your new palatial surroundings. Moreover, there is a lot of pending work to do. But I, as a layman, request you to take out only a few minutes to read this letter which may serve as a reference point some time in future.

To tell you the truth, after a long time our country has got something to rejoice about. No, no, please do not misunderstand me. I am not talking about under-19 cricket team becoming the world champion by winning the world cup. In fact, I am talking about the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to the lone surviving terrorist Kasab.

All the patriotic citizens of India are celebrating this verdict. Everybody is now relieved. The law has finally taken its course. The wheels of justice have come a full circle for Kasab and company for having waged war against our beloved country.

Our independent judiciary has delivered. Right from the lion-hearted policeman Tukaram Ombale who nabbed Kasab alive by risking his life to all the jail officials to all the public prosecutors and the judges deserve to be applauded and rewarded handsomely for ensuring that the justice is delivered. The families of the victims too must have heaved a sigh of relief.

The verdict must have sent a shiver down the spines of those who are secretly harbouring ambitions of waging war against India. The speedy execution of the verdict will forever seal India’s image as a soft state. Having said that the real test begins now.

As you are aware that amongst our political class there is a tendency to polarize society along the caste and religious lines to win votes. These folks have been playing one community against another since Independence. The country too has been suffering great losses in terms of everything on account of this short-sightedness. The fear is that some vested interests will try and play a bloody game by giving this verdict some political colour keeping the upcoming elections in mind.

My humble request to you is as the President of India, please do not allow this nonsense to happen. If and when the mercy plea of Kasab comes to you, without betting an eyelid please throw it out for this beast deserves no mercy. He has killed the innocents. He has shed the blood of those strangers who had never done any harm to him. The deadly bullets that left his automatic machine gun were meant to kill the human beings irrespective of their caste, creed and above all religion.

Does such a terrorist deserve any mercy? No, right? Instead he deserves to be sent straight to the gallows without any further delay. In fact, he has overstayed his welcome. He has eaten enough plates of Biriyani. He has watched enough Hindi films. He has hurt the pride of this country enough. Most importantly, he has murdered enough sons of this soil. Please spare no thoughts for such a terrorist. He is neither a human being nor he belongs to any religion. He is a death machine whose sole job is to snuff out the precious lives given by god.

Sir, you are the statesman of impeccable integrity. Your commitment to democracy and the esteemed post you are holding is beyond reproach. You know the impact of the mindless bloodbath. Being the honourable man you are, please do not let your countrymen down who are looking up to you to set an example by rising above petty opportunism to deny a victory to this country.

Thanking you for your patient reading.

Regards,

An Indian.

Blame it on Pakistan is the name of a quick fix formula used to sweep under the carpet misdeeds done by home-grown mischief makers belonging to the minority community. This ploy comes in handy especially when the elections are lurking round the corner and the eyes are on the vote-bank politics. This warped approach has been in practice since time immemorial.

This practice is at the very root of divisive politics that seems to have come of age now by sowing the seeds of communal hatred. Everybody agrees that the appeasement has come at a cost of alienation from the mainstream and overall development. The revolution can happen only with the help of education – the basic right of every child and when the awareness of this very basic right is compromised, what further can one expect?

If the Muslim youths are found guilty of inciting communal hatred, why adopt a soft approach? The law is equal for every citizen irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Then why turn a blind eye and pretend the root cause of the problem is a foreign country? Why this alibi time and again? If the guilty who are responsible for causing mass exodus of the North East people studying and earning their daily livings in a perfectly peaceful manner belong to an XYZ community, punish them severely. Let the law deal with them in the strictest possible manner.

What will happen if the law takes its own course without any kind of political interference? Every citizen will have faith in the law of the land. Those wanting to indulge in a similar mischief making in future will get a strong message. Nobody will accuse any political parties of appeasing a community for their political gains. In future, the subsequent developments will create an overall atmosphere of goodwill which will be conducive to long lasting communal harmony and peace. And over a period of time the communal hatred will dissipate.

But going by the current mood, the political masters stand to gain from the communally charged atmosphere. The gain will be in terms of a few million votes. When the political ambitions are at stake, why bother about the massages of peace and brotherhood? How many takers will such an outdated message find? One can always spread such symbolic peace massages after winning the elections and forming the government.

If people don’t understand this macabre game plan now, it will be too late for the communal hatred is spreading far and wide. The need of the hour is to tell the-powers-that-be strongly to stop indulging in the politics of appeasement. Punish the guilty harshly. Let us, as a peace-loving people and the citizens of India, take pledge that we will never do the deeds that bring shame and malign the whole community. That we will always keep the safety, security and reputation of our beloved Bharat Mata in our hearts and minds. And that we will fight for her till the last drop of blood is drained out of our bodies.

When this message gets ingrained deeply and firmly in the minds, there won’t be the need of any appeasement whatsoever. The villainous and harmful game of “Blame-It-On-Pakistan” will come to a sudden halt. And we all will be able to live peacefully and contribute significantly to the prosperity of the nation.

Jai Hind.

Ever since I’ve read papers this morning, two news items are refusing to leave me alone. They have made me extremely sad and put me into a reflective mood on an otherwise peaceful Sunday. Both the events have taken place in the faraway continent of Europe. Thanks to the internet the news has travelled with a lightening speed spreading the shock waves across the globe.

 

The first sad news is that of Grammy winner Amy Winehouse found dead in her London home. She was only 27. She was considered to be an iconic singer who had issues with the drug abuse and alcohol. She was obviously too young to die. The news of her death has spread shock waves across the entertainment industry leading to the speculations that either a drug overdose killed her or she committed suicide. The cause of death is not known yet. The investigation is on. Her death raises several questions. Why do young successful famous figures take this self-destructive path? Why do they get hooked on to the drugs? Why are they unable to cope up with fame and wealth especially if they happen to earn them at a young age? Along with success, the feeling of insecurity too rises. There is a lot of jealousy in the world. So many big egos to be massaged. Not many people can handle all the responsibilities that come along with success and world wide popularity. Moreover, the feeling of loneliness too increases leading these vulnerable celebrities into acute depression and then if the depression goes unchecked or untreated, it culminates into a potential suicide shocking the whole world. May Amy Winehouse rest in peace.

 

The second sad news is that of a mystery killer Anders Behring Breivik from Oslo, Norway. A handsome looking Anders decides to take law into his hands by first setting off a bomb blast, and then gunning down innocent young campers in Utoya mindlessly sending the world into a tizzy. Initially, some Islamic terror outfits were the suspects for the bomb blast. But soon the authorities were successful in taking this young homegrown killer into the custody much to the relief of the Muslims across the world. Anders is a businessman who lives with his mother in a wealthy suburb. What made him turn a killer? What was he thinking when he unleashed this mayhem on such a massive scale? Was he alone or were there some accomplices? How could he pull off such a bloody act on his own? After all, has the man any conscience?  What were his motives and above all what did he want to prove by shedding the blood of so many innocent victims?

 

We all struggle with the question of basic identities. We all long to gain the worldwide popularity some day. If we are not as famous as we long to be, the life feels like a burden. As a result, out of sheer desperation to become famous sometimes we tend to turn to the acts of mindless violence. But we forget that people are likely to remember those who killed innocents without any apparent reasons as terrorists or lunatics. History too judges them harshly. Again it’s a matter of choice as to how we would like the world to remember us. Sadly speaking educated and rich law-breakers like Anders Behring Breivik forgot some important lessons and chose to shed the bloods of innocents in their desperate bid to gain the worldwide fame.

 

 

For quite some time I have been planning to launch my blog. I had chosen today’s day, i.e. 13th of July 2011, to launch it. For past two days I have been selecting the name and the themes for my blog. I had kept the first post to go live ready and had saved it in draft. Sadly, I had never imagined that I wouldn’t be using the post I saved  in the draft. Instead something terrible would happen to numb all my senses forcing me to write about it as the maiden post on this newly born blog.

I don’t know where to begin. It has not happened for the first time. In fact, what has happened in our beloved city of Mumbai this evening has been happening at regular intervals for past many years. Yes, Mumbai is once again the target of the terrorist. The three blasts have gone off at the important and famous landmarks of this city. People of this country in general and the Mumbaikars in particular are angry and have been demanding explanation from the powers that be ever since the blasts have ripped apart the lives of many innocent people across these carefully chosen locations. The government has called the blasts an act of terrorism. New Delhi has been put on a high alert. There is a palpable feeling of deja vu all around.

Almost every face is wearing a depressed look. What next is the question in every lip that one comes across. How long do we have to suffer? What’s the solution to this chronic problem? The city that is a home to the world class cricketer and national icons like Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan is subjected to the terror acts time and again. The city that is hailed as the commerce capital of India gets into the news for all the wrong reasons time and again. Why is the security not as tight as it should be?  How many times will the spirit of the average Mumbaikar get severely tested? How many more blows can this commercial capital of our country take?

People of this extraordinary city are real heroes. They have been offering generous help to the victims and the stranded daily commuters on social networking cites like twitter. All the well-known citizens of Mumbai are requesting the panicked citizenry to maintain calm. Once again the collective resilience of average Mumbaikars is in sharp focus with the world media covering these blasts.

But how many more times a few faceless terrorists will hold the city to ransom by such well-planned acts of terror? How many more innocent people are destined to lose their lives before the guilty are exposed and brought to book? The sooner the Mumbaikars get the answers, the better as they are the sufferers and it is high time they get the assurance of safety rather than the hollow promises.


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