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Thursday , June 19, 2014

Will Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chennai Express' derail soon?


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Don't know if these are the ache din promised by PM Modi. For one thing, posting mere thoughts in a blog in India these days can give you the exact thoughts of Rahul Mithaiwala who landed in Komban Kaum in Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express. Like Rahul repeats in the movie, you can never underestimate the power of the common man. However, that is not why Chennai Express, the Hindi blockbuster of 2013 will be remembered as an important point in the history of unification of India and Shah Rukh Khan as a great points man. While over six decades India's politicians have divided India in every conceivable way; over language, caste, land, water and now religion, Its film Industry had been quietly unifying minds and hearts of a billion people. Though Chennai Express actually started from Goa thirty two years back as Ek Duje Ke Liye,....


Thursday , June 12, 2014

Should God's own country become God's own independent country?


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For thousands of years, Malayalees have had a special relationship with God in his own special country. A growing number of Malayalees feel it is now time they called it their own country. If God loved pomp and praise, there is nothing more pompous than the way he is paraded in Kerala, on the heads of majestic elephants attired in inimitably ornate golden trappings, enshrined on golden hallowed cathedra under colourful parasols and fanned by equally ornate alavattams and venchamarams. If God loved music, there is nothing more exhilarating and praising than the uniquely keralite panchari melam of divine instruments to which he is taken on a procession. If God loved his stories being played out, there is indeed no form of performing art which can transport gods and humans alike to the realms of the divine through sight, sound and light, like the Kathakali the Malayalees....


Friday , June 06, 2014

The nasty Indian hang over of dynasty won't go away


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If one single idea has roughcast the tone of the 2014 Parliament election campaign, it is the deep rooted psychosis of a large section of India which suffered from the mogul invasion and subsequent subjugation by a dynastic rule. Yet, ironically, all over India, it is a bizarre and primitive yearning to succumb to imperial and dynastic governance and one individual's authority which has shaped the mandate for the next five years, perhaps even for a decade. Narendra Modi has very successfully played on the phobia of dynastic rule to win an election. As the Prime Minister, he has tried to avoid the notion of dynasty in the selection of his Cabinet. But he can't escape the reality that dynastic rule is all around him and here to stay. There is nothing more pathetic than a slayer of dynasties having to pose with the daughter of a....


Sunday , June 01, 2014

The silence of the lambs of India


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The deafening silence of the lambs which has spread a pal over the free air of India is indeed much more frightening than the horrible dust storms sweeping its capital. It is as if everyone have lost their voices in the aftermath of the shocking election results. It is not just the vociferous cacophony of tigers and other animals of the jungle before the elections, even the so called free Indian media has gone muted if not dumb. The silence of the lambs of India indeed sound very similar to the silence of millions of the neighboring China which has ensured its economic prosperity. Is a mandate of just 30 per cent of the electorate, which has evolved out of excessive democratic freedom and the quirks of parliamentary system as a mandate to govern, being interpreted as a mandate to turn the very democratic nature of India....


Friday , May 23, 2014

Did fighting corruption rob Sonia Gandhi's UPA of victory in the 2014 election?


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Amid all that euphoria of the massive election victory of the BJP, when the whole world was impatiently watching the steps of its would be Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, what captured the attention of the media was a bizarre thanks giving meeting organised by it. Several senior leaders of the BJP who won the recent election assembled to felicitate Baba Ramdev, who was conspicuously absent from the meet and media glare, who helped them win the election by his blessings, which were more mundane than divine. However the party can neither acknowledge nor felicitate the sources of the massive funds behind its campaign so openly, though someday somehow favours will have to be returned. For now, one Indian, who set out to expose and prevent corruption in India is languishing in the Tihar jail. Arvind Kejeriwal and his AAP were broke even before he found he had....


Sunday , May 18, 2014

The irrational Indian phobia of a mother and son


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It is time the Gandhi family ultimately took a well deserved holiday. It is time the family stopped getting dead bodies of their dearest ones in body bags or at their gate slumped in shower of bullets, for the sake of India's unity or uplifting of millions of its poor. Rajiv Gandhi might have been an Indian male born to Indian parents, and Rahul Gandhi may be a son born to another Indian man. But it is clear that for millions of Indians, all sons in India are not equal when it comes to deserving the affection and love of their mothers and of the country. It is clear that any amount of personal and family sacrifice is not going to erase the Italian stamp on this family; they should leave all that to other worthy mothers and sons of India. If the country still needs a....


Thursday , May 15, 2014

Is it adieu to the last prime minister and the last parliamentary election of India?


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Like the last Emperor of China, the last Prime Minister of India too will soon bid farewell! Dr Manmohan Singh is indeed the last of India's prime ministers, to be elected by an Indian general election which had guaranteed 1.3 billion Indians the very democratic freedom to remove him and even gag him from speaking in their elected Parliament. The way the 2014 election was conducted, the election of 2009 has turned out to be the last of India's Parliamentary election as envisaged in its Constitution, which bestows the absolute law making power to its elected Parliament in the most democratic way. The election of 2014, the results of which will be known tomorrow, was neither free nor fair and its conduct was distorted in many ways to be called truly democratic and free. It saw the Election Commission, the constitutional guardian and guarantor of free and....


Sunday , May 11, 2014

Predicting the election results from the body language of the leaders


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Predicting the election results by opinion surveys and exit polls have given way in the western world to much sophisticated analytical methods and tools. Old style surveys and polls are deemed unreliable since much depends on the questions themselves, how they are framed and are often very subjective depending on who asks who, where when and how. Their reliability in India, where everything can be bought for an appropriate price and where what people tell you and what they actually do in real life hardly ever match, is questionable at best. In any case they didn't measure up in the past two elections, a fact Rahul Gandhi reiterates at every opportunity to remind his audience. Sentiment analysis, taxonomy, social stream, passive curation and second screen conversation, are a few of the new buzzwords in the art of predicting public opinion and action. There are innovative technologies which....


Thursday , May 01, 2014

The return of the fragrance of jasmine of India


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"I am alive today, I may not be there tomorrow. I shall continue to serve till my last breath and when I die every drop of my blood will strengthen India and keep a united India alive." Indira Gandhi. No one had called Indira Gandhi the jasmine of India. But just when the ideal of a United India which she nurtured, toiled a lifetime and eventually gave her life for seems to be falling apart, there is some refreshing fragrance of hope emanating from Indira's own flesh and blood. It is as if Indira Gandhi, who had made millions feel immensely proud to be Indian while she was alive, has cast a spell on her grant daughter Priyanka Gandhi. A magical yet mesmerising spell which even Priyanka seems to be unaware of, something only those who lived in the times of Indira can discern. Such is....


Sunday , April 20, 2014

Have you bought a ticket to Pakistan?


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It looks like millions of Indians living abroad will have to buy a ticket to Islamabad if they want to visit their friends and relatives. That is unless Narendra Modi himself, who all top guns in BJP insist is the party itself, says otherwise. But why is he silent? By not strongly condemning the most incendiary statement of modern India, certainly of this election, and not throwing its owner out of BJP right away, Narendra Modi has lost a golden opportunity to prove his secular credentials to the world. 300 members in the parliament won't buy him the respect of the world. Russia's Putin has orchestrated a majority for himself. But who likes Putin? With his brutal show of gas and money power and grabbing of Crimea, bringing the world to the brim of a third war in Europe, Putin is someone a majority of Europeans wish didn't....


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More about Sreedhar Pillai

After graduating in mechanical engineering and spinning a rewarding career spanning from mining to metal cans in the steel industry, Sreedhar Pillai loves to look at and write about softer aspects of life around us. He likes to look at the world through the swinging needle of a balance rather than the cross hairs of a rifle. Sreedhar Pillai is a also an avid blogger and influencer who writes for Huffington Post, Technorati and others. LASTING ROSE is the personal blog of Sreedhar Pillai who also works as a content provider and technical writer. Besides technical articles about the social web he also often writes about current Indian affairs, with a view from the world outside.

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