New Political Equations

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The outcome of Assembly Elections in the five states were almost on expected lines, but for the victory margin.  Everybody expected a victory for Jayalalitha, but none did foresee a landslide victory of this kind which washed away every trace of the ruling party. 

The disgusted voters gave a clear mandate ‘Against the Dynasty’ for an ‘unparalleled misrule’.   DMK government did ensure that all freebies promised in the previous manifesto reached the people.   Everybody got their TV sets……….and possibly that was a grave mistake that the party did.  They never guessed that stories after stories of their misdeeds would be flashed to the comman people throught the very same TV sets. 

The Dravidian parties are very similar on many counts and this was amply reflected in their election manifestoes too.  Same Laptops, grinders and free gold, though Jayalalitha was a little ‘more generous’.

In short, AIADMK = DMK + 1 Fan. 

People are no less either, they did not want to give away the free fan they would get as ‘extra’ and they voted for AIADMK. 

The fan blew away the ruling party, but it installed another which is no better. 

Tracing the track records of both the Dravidian parties would eventually take us to the same path…… a path so filthy…so foul. 

What other option for the hapless voter?  Bring in Congress party back to power?  God… that would be suicidal.

Voters of the state were however more prudent than thier counter-parts in the neighbouring state of Kerala where they voted Congress back to power.   

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Congress Party under Sonia would put a chameleon to shame.   Suddenly she felt the need for what she describes as a ‘courtesy call’ to congratulate Amma.  The congress party has already pulled their hands away from the shoulders of DMK and are extending it towards AIADMK.  Such an equation would ensure them of the required number of parliament seats in the ensuing Lok Sabha election and also wash off its involvement in the 2G scam.  It is ‘Heads I Win….Tails You Lose’ situation for congress.

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Quiz Time

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QUIZ TIME

 

Politics

 

  1. 1.       Some are deaf, some are dumb and some are blind.  But who is deaf, dumb & blind??

Ans. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

  1. 2.       Why Kalmadi prefers to be in Jail?

Ans. Safety of course.  The jail was fortunately not build by him.

  1. 3.       Why did Rahul Gandhi travel on a ‘Two-Wheeler’ to Noida?

Ans. Because petrol burns our fingers too..

  1. 4.       What ‘leans’ more than the Tower of Pisa?

Ans. Honesty of our Prime Minister

  1. 5.       Americans called it Geronimo.  What would India call it if India were to execute Dawood?

Ans. Bull Shit.  We are a secular nation… we do not kill minorities.

 

 

Osama Special

 

  1. 1.       The best tongue twister of the year 2011??

Ans. Obama kills Osama

  1. 2.       How did Obama come out of the Birth Certificate controversy?

Ans. Osama helped him with a Death Certificate

  1. 3.       Osama was thrown to the sea.  Consequence?

Ans. The prophecy that ‘Third World War will be over Water’ would come true.

  1. 4.       What’s Osama doing right now?

Ans. Digging an ‘underwater-tunnel’ to Pentagon

 

 

Osama in my net!

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Osama in my net!.

Statue of Unity – World’s Tallest

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Sardar Patel – one of the greatest personalities both during pre-independent as well as the post independent era.   His most notable contributions were the unification of the numerous princely states with the Indian union and the integration of Hyderabad (this happened when Nehru was on an European tour and Sardar was given the role of Acting Prime Minister).

 

However it is a pity that his contributions have been purposely sidelined to make the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty prosper.  Gandhiji succumbed to the influence of the rich & powerful Motilal Nehru and persuaded Patel to make way for Jawaharlal Nehru as the first prime minister of India.  If only this man was our first Prime Minister, the progress of this nation would have been a different story altogether.

 

What Patel did as the Home Minister was much more than what  Nehru did as the Prime Minister.  Such  was the power, character and  efficiency Sardar Patel.  But our history books hardly tell us about this person while they devote hundreds of pages for Nehru, Indira, Rajiv & Sonia.  The new generation hardly identifies him.   That’s how our nation repaid Patel for his contributions.

 

But the same is not the case with Modi’s Gujarat.  There are numerous statues and pictures of Sardar Patel in every nook & corner of the state.  Sardar Patel Memorial Museum at Shahibaug, Ahmedabad is too a great place to learn and remember this great person.

 

Last week, in a function organised to mark the 10th year of BJP rule in the state, Chief Minister Narendra Modiji announced the proposal of erecting a grand statue of Patel at the Sadhu Bet riverbed of Narmada, about  3 k.m from the Sardar Sarovar dam.

 

STATUE OF UNITY –  That’s how this statue will be named.  Perhaps the best tribute to the man who united the 550 odd princely states with Indian Union.

 

At an imposing 182 meters height, something really befitting the stature of the Iron Man of India.

 

For comparison, this will be twice the height of ‘Statue of Liberty’ and four times the  height of the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ at Rio.

 

Visitors would have to reach the site in boats.   There would be a high tech museum chronicling 90 years history of India’s freedom fighters (1857-1947).  It will also be developed as a Research & Academic centre for preserving the unity and integrity of India, its culture & richness.  Also would be a centre for research on agriculture, which was so dear to Sardar Patel.

 

In short, this will not just be an imposing statue just in terms of its sheer height, but a befitting tribute to all great sons of India.

 

Hats off to Modiji for lavishing such a wonderful tribute to Sardar Patel.

 

 

Scientific Parallels in Hindu Religion

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Indians consider Hinduism not as a religion, but a culture, a way of life. The western media generally associates Hinduism with superstitions, magic and occult practices, mystic customs etc. But in many cases hidden behind this ‘impossible’ portrayal of facts lies facts of science.

 

The Vedas, Puranas & epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are packed with useful information which if interpreted correctly could be a treasure of scientific facts.

 

Thus religion was used as a carrier of scientific information, as a transmitter of knowledge. Extensive symbology may have been used for this purpose:

Evolution mentioned in the Bhaagavta

Evolution is suggested in the Hindu text of Bhagavata. The text speaks of the Dashavatar – the 10 incarnations of Vishnu across four eons of time.

 

They are:

 

1 Matsya Fish
2 Kurma Tortoise
3 Varaha Boar
4 Narasimha Half Man-Half Lion (transition from theriomorphic (animal form) to partially anthropomorphic (man-like form)
5 Vamana Dwarf Man
6 Parashurama Rama with Axe
7 Rama Shri Rama
8 Balarama Balarama
9 Krishna Shri Krishna
10 Kalki The Destroyer

 

 

 

This order suggests the development of animal life on earth to its most evolved form. The science of Evolution suggests animal life first appeared in the ocean, then turned amphibious at some point in time, and from these developed terrestrial life of lesser orders to more advanced forms of carnivores to mammals, to human.

 

Parashurama mythology suggests the ancient history of man. For example, Parashurama is pictured as holding an axe– it may have been a symbology for less developed forms of tools that prehistoric man used. Also, Parashurama is famous for his temper – which may imply primitive man.

 

Rama is said to have been exiled to the forest for a large part of his life (in the famous epic the ‘Ramayana’), and he is often pictured with the bow and arrow. This may have been symbolic of hunting – ie, as man the Hunter.

 

Balarama is pictured as holding the plough (which his supposed to be his Ayudha- ie. Weapon or tool). This is clearly symbolic of agriculture– which started later on in human history after hunting and after more sophisticated tools were made.

 

Krishna may have depicted Man the Philosopher, or Man the Scientist (advanced Science developed later on in human history).

 

The next-Kalki (the destroyer)– is depicted as holding the sword, a symbol of killing- and the Kalki form is then perhaps a symbol of the destructive nature of man.

 

Thus, the Dashavatar can be interpreted as a symbolic representation of development of life on earth and man’s progress throughout history.

 

 

(This beautiful article was received as mail attachment and I am not sure about the author.  Great stuff anyway and thought it is worth sharing)

Soaring High! – India in Space

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India’s progress in space has been very systematic starting with experimental satellites like Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Apple and Rohini. It performed satellite application experiments like SITE, STEP and Apple application programme. The operational space services consist of INSAT system and Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS). The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) made a modest beginning in launch vehicles like SLV-3, and ASLV. The first development flight of the indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was carried out in 1992 which could put 1,000 kg class remote sensing satellite into 900 km polar sun-synchronous orbit.

 

India has acquired eminence in world class space science. It has mastered modern space technology and its various applications for the benefit of society. New space technology is being utilised for telecommunications, television broadcasts, weather watch and for providing information relating to agriculture, forests, water resources and minerals to mention a few.

 

In the past three decades ISRO has built an infrastructure sector of space programme – construction and operation of satellites and their launch vehicles, ground station and sensors. ISRO has also collaborated with other Indian institutions and over 250 private industries. Both private and public sectors manufacture a vanity of equipment and materials – light alloy structure for inter-stages, motor cases, liquid thrusters, propellant tanks, gas generation and electronic packages. The second launch facility at Sriharikota at a cost of Rs.280 crore is under construction.

 

Launch Business

In May last year ISRO embarked on the launch business through PSLV-C2 launch, thereby creating a strong impact on the global space market by successfully launching two foreign satellites along with its own ocean monitoring remote sensing satellite. They were launched by the PSLV. ISRO’s marketing agency Autrix Corporation has entered the world market with great success. It aims to secure about 20 per cent of the global share of remote sensing products. It is gratifying to note that PSLV with certain modifications can put payloads up to 4,000 kg into low earth orbits (LEO’s) and up to 800 kg into geo-synchronous transfer orbits (GTO’s).

 

So far India has been dependent on Ariane Space, the French space agency, for launching its satellites. But gradually ISRO is trying to make use of its own launching vehicles. Sriharikota’s proximity to the equator gives it a better payload advantage for any polar launch. The flight of INSAT-3B, INSAT-3A and the GSLV will take ISRO into higher orbit. Once the GSLV is declared operational, India’s future INSAT satellites will be launched by this rocket.

Reduced Costs

 

The Chairman of ISRO, Dr K Kasturirangan has projected a significant lowering of space launch costs in the country in the next few decades. While the cost for positioning one kg of material in space today was $20,000 it was presaged that the same would come down to $5000 by 2007 and as low as $500 per kg between 2030-2050. Fully reusable vehicles have also been foreseen. He reveals hat the performance efficiency of Indian spacecraft is on the increase.

 

According to Aerospace America, Indian remote sensing commercial satellites are among the best in the world. IRS-1C and IRS-ID provide the best high resolution data to the user community anywhere in the world and the data from these satellites are being received and used by several countries including the US, Japan, Germany, Korea, Thailand and Dubai.

 

India has now established credibility as a space technology vendor. The world’s largest satellite manufacturer in the US has ordered satellite hardware worth US $700,000 from India. India’s space technology export earnings have tripled from around Rs.10 crore to Rs.30 crore over the past three years.

 

INSAT-3B

Recently, ISRO launched the first of the third generation communication satellite INSAT-3B. This 2,070 kg satellite is primarily intended for business, development and mobile communications. It would almost double the transponder capacity. It would provide the first set of transponders for interactive training and developmental communications as part of the Vidya Vahini programme announced by the Prime Minister.

 

Indian space scientists are now engaged in the development of cryogenic engine, required for GSLV in future. Last February the test of first home-made cryogenic rocket engine was carried out but a hydrogen leak probably led to premature termination of the test. But scientists say the problem will soon be solved. The test was carried out at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

 

Experts agree that India crossed an important milestone in the development of indigenous cryogenic upper stage for GSLV. The engine had employed liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. This short duration test proved that many operations were successful which were done for the first time. Valuable data have been collected which are being analysed for further tests.

 

Towards Moon

Coming on the heels of all these developments is ISRO’s plan to go to the moon. ISRO has already begun preliminary studies to assess the feasibility of undertaking such a mission. ISRO’s satellite centre director, Dr P S Goel, says the study will cover scientific benefits which could be derived from the lunar mission. ISRO’s PSLV is a proven rocket and is capable of flying up to the lunar orbit. If India’s mission to the moon succeeds, then it would have joined the US and the former Soviet Union in making its presence felt in the lunar environment.

 

ISRO is also planning to launch a series of remote sensing satellites with a variety of applications including one solely dedicated to the field of astronomy.

 

Indian space scientists foresee several developments in the new millennium when they can scale new heights. Revolutionary developments in the fields of communication, information and micro- electronics are driving greater convergence and forging new directions for aerospace programmes. “Space would be a strong tool for development in future” sys Dr Kasturirangan. He is of the view that from development of civil applications such as personal mobile communications at a global level and management of natural disasters to futuristic vistas such as space power generation and space tourism the new possibilities are unlimited.

 

India’s experience has clearly shown that the investment in space always pays through remote sensing and telecommunications. By being fully self-reliant in space activities, it is certain that the resulting contribution from the space programme to the Indian GDP will be markedly significant.

 

Courtesy: pib.nic.in

 


Numbers Speak

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70,00,000,00,00,000!!!


Does this number ring any bells in you?

Possibly the number of stars in the universe??  Stupid… that’s wrong.

Possibly the distance  between earth and the farthest star measured in light years?  Yet again.  A big wrong.

NO…NO…NO…….No space scientist has ever ever come up with such an astronomical figure…

 

The number looks astronomical, but does it have anything to do with the stars? NO

Nothing to do with stars??  Grossly incorrect.

This number is all about stars.

Star UPA Leaders, Star Business Magnets, Star Cricketers and  of  course our own Superstars from the  movie industry all have a share in this number.

This is roughly the amount of UNACCOUNTED  WEALTH deposited by Indians in Swiss Banks.

Why the hell do they go all the way to Switzerland??   Because our State Bank of India do not possess lockers big enough to accommodate the hard earned money of our Stars.

Hard earned  or Hardly earned, that is a different matter altogether, what matters is that they have EARNED.

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Spurt of Terrorist activities around the globe has made Switzerland government think twice on the sanity of maintaining undisclosed bank accounts.  Terrorist organisations too pile up illegal funds in these banks and use the same to fund the terrorist operations elsewhere.

The Swiss Government has changed its attitude on tax havens and is now ready to give assistance to any country wishing to get details of their citizen’s treasure collection.  In this regard, the Swiss Government made a formal intimation to Indian Government that they are ready to disclose all details about the illegal money that Indians have deposited in their banks.

The offer by Swiss Government came as a bolt from the blue for the UPA government.

No response from Indian side prompted the Swiss government to send a reminder to the Finance Ministry.

UPA government’s reply???   How foolish of your government to expect the right hand to handcuff the left??  So Stupid.

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