Friday, February 20, 2009

Today Azhar... Tommorow Afzal Guru?

Its finally confirmed that former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin will join the Congress party. senior party leader Veerappa Moily, who is in charge of Andhra Pradesh in the All India Congress Committee, said

"Azharuddin will formally join the Congress today,"

Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin was banned from playing cricket for life after being found guilty of match-fixing.  This is what CBI reports after their investigation

It is clear that Azharuddin contributed substantially towards the expanding bookie/player nexus in Indian cricket. The inquiry has disclosed that he received large sums of money from the betting syndicates to 'fix' matches. There is also evidence which discloses that he roped in other players also to fix matches, which resulted in this malaise making further inroads into Indian cricket.

The evidence against Azharuddin, which is discussed next, clearly establishes the fact that he took money from bookies/punters to fix cricket matches and also the fact that the 'underworld' had approached him to fix matches for them.

Finally, Azharuddin in his statement, has specifically recalled that he 'did' the match between India and Pakistan at Jaipur for the Guptas during the Pepsi Cup Match, 1999, after which he received around Rs 10 lakh from an 'unknown' person, on behalf of Guptas. However, in view of the large amount of money Azhar has received from Guptas and the 'hospitality' he has enjoyed though them it is very difficult to believe that he 'did' only one match for them. Azharuddin has also stated during his examination that Abu Salem had rung him up on a couple of occasions to fix matches but he had refused. Ali Irani, in his statement, has said that Azharuddin had told him once that "he was 'doing' matches for Anees Ibrahim and hence, he cannot do with anyone else."

The Congress party seems to have completely lost the plot, or why else they would take a tainted person like Azhar who betrayed the trust of country and his teammates. With this act, they have legitimized the disgusting and shameful acts of Azhar!

So the key question is if congress can take Azhar, will they shy from taking someone like Azfal Guru! 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mangalore: Ashwini Moolya Not Humiliated by Sangh Parivar, says Father

Contrary to various stories making rounds about the alleged involvement of Sangh Parivar outfits which allegedly humiliated Ashwini Moolya publicly, forcing her to end her life, Jaya Moolya, father of Ashwini Moolya, the student who ended her life after a bus owner's son named Salim allegedly raped her in a deserted place recently, said that his daughter was not harassed by the Sangh Parivar activists.  He said that Salim was directly responsible for her death. He also claimed that those who handed over Salim to the police were members of the general public.

Moolya further said, speaking to a local newspaper that he too did not chide her, except for expressing his anguish to her once while coming back home from Moodbidri police station, for getting caught in a mess. Moolya said, he had asked Ashwini to attend the school next day but her mother thought it would be better if she skips school for a day.

Salim's brother Razack however, begs to differ. He said that those who beat up Salim and handed him over to the police were in fact, right wing elements. He said that the tragedy occurred because of the humiliation heaped on the girl by the Sangh Parivar outfits and that his brother is innocent.



Amen — an autobiography of a nun

Kerala Catholic Church is facing fresh embarrassment from a tell-all autobiography written

by a nun who recently quit the Order alleging harassment from superiors.

‘Amen — an autobiography of a nun’, released last week, is written by Dr Sister Jesme, 52, who was the Principal of St Mary’s College, Thrissur, till last August when she quit the Congregation of Mother Carmelite (CMC).

“Dedicated to Jesus”, Amen is explicit in its details of the sexual repression and harassment behind the Church walls as well as the draconian rules and “greed” of the Order.  Starting with her first days in the Church, 30 years ago, she talks of priests forcing novices to have relations with them and the closet homosexuality within nun ran.

The book says Jesme herself was forced into such a relationship by a fellow nun, and that her complaints to a senior nun were ignored. According to her, the other nun said she preferred such a relationship as it ruled out pregnancy. There were others who had affairs with priests, she writes. Another passage in Amen deals with a chance encounter Jesme had with a priest in Bangalore while on her way to Dharwar to attend a UGC refresher course in English.

Talking about the Church’s draconian rules, Jesme writes in the book that she was not allowed to go home when her father died, or to even pray some extra hours for his soul. “I was able to see my father barely 15 minutes before the funeral. The alibi of the superiors was that the then senior sisters were not even lucky enough to see the bodies of their parents.”

Jesme’s autobiography includes a poignant version by her of how the convent authorities tried to twice prove that she had mental problems and get her admitted into a rehab centre after she reportedly spoke out against the malpractices within the Order.



Other recent controversies in last one year:-

1. A Bishop raised a storm following his decision to adopt a 39-year old woman as his daughter. Bishop John Thattumkal was suspended by the Vatican on Thursday (October 23) for his decision to adopt a 39-year-old woman as his daughter. Bishop Thattumkal is the first Catholic prelate to be suspended in India's 2,000-year-old Church history

2. Anupa Mary, a nun at the St Mary's Convent at Kollam, committed suicide after she was made to do all the chores in the convent and was sexually harassed by the head of the convent.

3. A Church study has found that 25 per cent of nuns in Kerala were not happy with their way of life. incidents of nuns eloping with priests or laymen have been on the rise recently.

4. Sister Abhaya Murder case in which two Catholic priests and a nun were arrested.

5. A nun who was caught on a cellphone video clip having sex in a hospital room in Kochi has been stripped of her nunhood and sent back home. The incident that happened at the hospital run by the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) at Aluva has left the clergy stunned

Last year Activists of the youth wing of CPM - Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) took out marches to Hindu ashrams in Kerala Alleging Malpractices there. Will DYFI have BALLS to take out marches against Kerala Catholic Church on the basis of above allegations?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Secularism - The Indian version

Secularism Indian way

Now even Goddess Kali is Caucasian


The poster depicting Congress president Sonia Gandhi as goddess Durga, in Moradabad

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Muslims protest SRK's Billu

Over 500 MNS workers protested outside Kalpana theatre at Kurla demanding the deletion of the song Marjani Marjani from the screenings of Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film Billu. The workers have decided to take up cudgels on behalf of the entire Muslim universe and are objecting to the use of certain words in the song featuring Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

“We are fighting for the rights of Muslims all over the world. The song has hurt the sentiments of Muslims who truly believe in Prophet Mohammed,” says Chintoo Sheikh, Secretary MNS Mahtuk Sena.

Wondering why there is no Loud protests from seculars on "freedom of expression"

Spot the differences

Who is he fooling

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi lends a hand to promote the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, at Pinjra village in Rajasthan on Thursday.


Who is he fooling?

Bush should be given Bharat Ratna: Singhvi

Months after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks to then US President George Bush that the people of India love him, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi caused a flutter in political circles on Friday by saying that Bush should be given the Bharat Ratna.

Speaking at a FICCI function here, Singhvi said,

"If there is a provision, he (Bush) should be given Bharat Ratna for his contribution to the Indo-US ties."

I guess Sycophancy is a natural trait of congressmen

UPA announces new Ministry of Minority Affairs

A new Ministry of Minority Affairs has been set up and a 15-point programme has been announced for the welfare of the minorities.

  • 8 lakh students belonging to minority communities would be provided scholarships this year itself. The coverage will go up to nearly 40 lakh students over the next four years.
  • More than 10,000 new Primary Schools and Upper Primary schools have been constructed in areas that have substantial minority concentration.
  • Entrepreneurs from minority communities have been provided assistance under the Swarna Jayanti Grameen Swarozgar Yojana. Under Indira Awas Yojana, 2.39 lakh houses have been allotted to minorities during 2008-09.
  • The flow of credit to minorities has increased sharply and is expected to go up to 15 per cent. Public Sector Banks have opened more than 500 bank branches in minority concentration districts.

When will the Congress stop dividing the country on the basis of majority and minority and let all people be treated the same way irrespective of religion , caste , sex .
Are the problems of poor in minorities in the country different from the problems of poor in majority ? Should these benefits be denied to poor in Majority community just because they were born into a particular Religion! 

And we were told that Indian constitution guarantee equal rights and opportunity to every citizen? I guess some in this country are more equal!

Has India become sacrificial goat for Congress politics?

Mystery surrounds the UPA government's decision to present a flat Interim Budget /Vote-On-Account (VoA) — devoid of any tax changes/fiscal measures. Standing finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has cited constitutional propriety to justify his playing by the book.
Why then did the UPA forgo an opportunity to come out with a few vote-catching fiscal proposals just ahead of elections?

The Opposition, which in normal times would have been well within its right to cry foul, would have appeared churlish in blocking say, tax/duty incentives/rebates for the salaried middle class or industry or for investors, given the urgent need for an economic recovery.

All these questions have spawned a range of speculative answers, none of which can be confirmed. The one that's doing the rounds the most is that the Congress high command did not want Mukherjee, who's standing in for a still-recovering Manmohan Singh, to steal the thunder with a flurry of crowd-pleasing proposals.

According to this version, the government might in the coming days come out with a third stimulus package.

There has always been rumors of High Command not being comfortable with Pranab Da's ambitions. Has India become the sacrificial goat to satisfy Congress internal Political Pulls and Pushes?