Monthly Archives: January 2012

“India has about 125 central employees serving every 100,000 people … The figures raise doubts, ahead of a Union budget that is likely to slash social-sector spending, on whether the country has the personnel it needs to improve governance and ensure universal access to services like education and health”

Read http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2843014.ece?homepage=true

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Fashion Scandal: How Ranna Gill’s style was poached and copied

Read: http://fashionscandal.com/index.php/2012/01/unethical-transition-from-handloom-heiress-to-polyester-princess/

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How India is destroying its official military history: “There is no mechanism to even preserve the records that are considered functional documents. These are destroyed after sometime due to space crunch”

Read: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/India-has-no-official-military-history-post-Independence/articleshow/11623195.cms

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The Rushdie debacle at the Jaipur Festival: ‘Journalist Seema Mustafa said “the role of media and particularly TV” was “reprehensible” for they “strengthened the Muslim stereotype by bringing unidentifiable mullahs to say what they want to reinforce this stereotypes”. She echoed a growing number of Muslims who are sore about the tendency to present reactionaries as the sole spokespersons of the community while ignoring saner voices’

Read: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rushdie-splits-Indian-Muslims/articleshow/11622374.cms

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Mamata Banerjee explains the cause of her lasting affection for Rajiv Gandhi: “I remember, one day, when the controversy was raging in the house, I was sitting all by myself in Parliament, feeling both lost and defeated. Suddenly, a bearer materialised from nowhere and told me, “The PM wants to see you right away.” I was flabbergasted. I was totally new to the job and in the middle of a controversy, so I walked to his room with some trepidation, wondering what I had done wrong. But when I entered his room, Rajivji stunned me with his kindness”

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120122/jsp/7days/story_15037478.jsp

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Political & Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd give India the top rating in Asia (for bad bababureaucracy)

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Local intelligence officials in Rajasthan invented information that hit men were preparing to assassinate eminent author Salman Rushdie in a successful plot to deter him from attending the Jaipur Literature Festival … “The officer said the Mumbai Police’s dossiers on organised crime figures had no reference to individuals who might be using “Altaf Batli” and “Aslam Kongo.” “We’ve had a Salim Langda [‘the lame'], a Salim Kutta [‘the dog'], a Salim Tempo [‘truck'] and a Javed Fawda [‘the spade'] — but no ‘Kongo.’ Lots of Batlis [‘bottles'], but no Kongos.”

Read: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2820796.ece?homepage=true

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Rajnikanth’s bizarre new website… which works only when the Internet is switched off ;)

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Syed Shah Mardan Shah II, VIIth Pir Pagara: “After his father’s execution he was taken into house arrest by the British authorities, then moved to England with his brother … One opponent, who played for Government College Hyderabad against the Pir Pagara XI in the late 1950s, recalls that when, during the match, the Pir was struck in the head by a bouncer and fell on the pitch, his Hur followers, who had camped out in the college grounds the night before, invaded the pitch to assault the bowler. Luckily the Pir was not badly hurt and managed to call them off before any serious damage was done”

Read: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9026187/The-Pir-Pagara.html

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Is India really unravelling? A report on the economy, governance and demography | ‘Confidence has come hurtling back to reality with a thump’

Read: http://www.breakingviews.com/unravelling-india-part-1/20044437.article

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