It might not be popular opinion in some quarters but I have to say (even though being a life long animal lover) that we have
confused & convoluted municipal policies with regard to stray animals that are neither in the interest of animal or people.
Strays, be it cows, dogs, pigs, donkeys suffer terrible unspeakable cruelty & they live along side people on the streets, slums & rural areas, vying for space & even worse, sometimes foraging for food in the same dumps.
With blurred boundaries there is bound to be
Feb 21 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
For Rahul, Mamata, Pawar, Kejriwal, YSR, Nitish, Uddhav, Mayawati & a son each of Mulayam & Lalu to think that they can replace #NarendraModi even as a consensus candidate of the Opposition shows a complete deracination from what India is today.
Not only do they shamefully disrespect the fact that it
is we the people who gave Modi an overwhelming mandate twice over, but they don’t even make an attempt to understand why we did so.
Jan 21 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
When I expressed dismay about BBC’s blatantly fake news on Kashmir soon after Abrogation of Art 370 to a friend in the UK who writes for a major daily, she remarked that its common knowledge among peers that BBC fronts the British Deep State.
Their reports, briefed & vetted before being delivered in their standard modulated tone & impeccable British accent unfortunately is no longer able to camouflage a deep rooted prejudice & dislike towards former colonial subjects.
Nov 8, 2022 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
The Anatomy Of An Indian Liberal! #SalvatoreBabones
Class - Privileged
First Language - English
Religious Denomination - Spiritual minded. Not that Hindutva thingy.
Personal Statement - I speak English.
Lexicon - India is a fascist country. That poor Khalid boy is still in jail. For what? Tell me for what?!
Nov 5, 2022 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Delhi has been right royally screwed by all political parties through the decades with inducements of quarter, half, full statehood & then Union Territory status thrown in for good measure.
At one time the only noticeable difference in localities was whether they were managed by the MCD 96% or the NDMC 4% with the Cantonment under a different Board.
Oct 11, 2022 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
One would think Rahul has finally found his calling.
Not for him the responsibility & accountability that comes with the post of a Party President; that ties one down to the administrative, mundane, nitty gritty, interacting with regional leaders & worse, beholden to a fickle
electorate that can cast their vote this way or that, even after cheering wildly at road shows & rallies, leaving a President holding the can of electoral defeats docked against his name for posterity.
As if two consecutive Lok Sabha elections wasn’t bad enough & assembly
Oct 4, 2022 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
More than a decade ago I was pleasantly surprised when on a visit to India a young niece who had been brought up for most of her life in the US recited the Hanuman Chalisa fluently, without hesitation, with her other cousins.
Her mother told me how it came to be.
At the age of 8 my niece asked her parents, both successful & busy doctors, if she could become a Christian…
All her friends had such fun on Sunday with Sunday school, church, camps where they bonded over campfires, story telling sessions & sing along hymns.
Oct 2, 2022 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Many of us have friends & extended family members of other faiths who have for long participated & enjoyed our celebrations as we have reciprocated theirs.
However, this sudden interest in #GarbaNight & this push that it should be open to all by the very people who through
the year mock every belief, tradition & ritual & till last week were happily posting on social media with the same toxicity…has been a surprise.
So it is not without reason that we, who once took great pride in sharing with openness our culture & festivities are now wary
Oct 1, 2022 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
On a cold, wet afternoon in Brussels a 17yr old girl walked into a chocolate store absolutely awestruck at the mouthwatering array displayed.
Chocolatiers such as Godiva, Neuhaus, Leonidas were only names in foreign magazines & here she was actually taking in the aroma…!
This, this & this she said, savouring every moment of the selection while a young man carefully placed her pieces into a box, which in itself was a beauty.
Till she stopped at a tray of beautiful chocolate hands. Hands?
Why hands? She asked the young man.
Aug 6, 2022 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
Today any chavvani worth politician, activist, political analyst doesn’t think twice before cursing & abusing PM Modi night after night on Prime Time TV & they say democracy is dead in India.
Two bit journalists have made a livelihood on malicious lies & falsehoods & they say there is no freedom of speech.
Forget about authoritarian regimes like China or military-run Pakistan where they would disappear in a jiffy for a even hint of what they do here.
Jul 30, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
If Bollywood had to be compressed into one character it would be RG.
I’m here because of Dadaji, Dadijee, Daddy, Mummy.
Was launched with great fan fare (In one case, many times over)
My educational qualifications are iffy.
Only retards study math.
Nyay:12k/month x 12 = 72k
My work experience in the real world - ZERO.
But I’m an expert in international affairs, economics, climate change, environment etc etc.
Easy - you pay, I speak.
So what if I have more flops than hits? Do you know who I am?
Jul 27, 2022 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
What is particularly interesting in this interview is the
length & effort taken to explain how the recent spate of FIRs filed by sections of the majority community are due to the machinations of a vested interest in cahoots with the police & other govt agencies.
In this entire exercise of obfuscation there is no place to recognise or address the fact that there might be genuine feelings of being hurt, offended, or even insulted.
In fact, the matter of feeling offended is made out to be a recent problem & laid entirely at the door of the
Jul 23, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
We must never forget that India was this vast, hot, barren, dust bowl, devoid of art, culture, history, cuisine, architecture.
All those warlords who rode across the Hindu Kush, risking life & limb to capture Hindustan were so, so disappointed!
No marble to build mausoleums, no rice for biryani, coffee, kulfi, kulchas & chikankari to dress up in.
So barely unpacked they returned to their own glorious lands to enjoy the pleasures of civilised life they had left behind so foolishly.
Jun 18, 2022 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
There is a pattern to this violence & rioting that we have come to recognise.
It has little to do w/a democratic right to register protest against a Reform, Bill or scheme but more to do w/people who have lost power & are willing to burn the country w/their mercenary sidekicks.
Some pieces of the jigsaw:
#FarmersProtest that held the Capital & NCR region to ransom for a year
A motley crowd of goons, rented protestors & worse found favour with our Opposition parties, Rihanna,Mia,Greta,YoYa of coordinated gamcha fame, Khalistanis & their Canadian PM.
The strangest thing about our so called ‘sophisticates’ is, they will accept any irrational argument,archaic tradition, condone obscurantism, as long as it is not Hindu.
Generations of trying to be someone else does have its consequences.
Wouldn’t wish this self hate on anyone.
One has only to speak to the ordinary Indian to understand deep faith, belief and confidence so lacking in his ‘arrived’ compatriot who, as I wrote in my blog - Fear That Ignites A Furnace…
Apr 30, 2022 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Not long ago, India was looked at as a country with millions of faceless, unwashed masses represented & spoken for by a minuscule English speaking population.
These mere statistics were expected to turn up on Election Day, vote for whomsoever they were instructed to do so
before they crept back forgotten once again into their dusty, dirty hovels bereft of even the most basic amenities.
Today with an Aadhaar Card, bank account, a Covid 19 Vaccination Certificate to boot, the digitally savvy millions suddenly have an identity & a face.
Apr 19, 2022 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
This ‘Vishwa guru’ taunt exposes such a pathetic inferiority complex.
A desperate desire of a certain segment of our educated elite to remain lackeys in perpetuity.
We didn’t dare. How dare you?
And what exactly does handling of riots & punishing those who destroy public property got to do with being a Vishwa Guru?
Do Americans mock their American Dream even though it suffers a horrific drug culture, shameful racism & gun violence?
In thick of the night there was a knock on #KunalMerchant door. Masked men grabbed & pushed him into a dark tinted van & took him away to an undisclosed location!
His family & friends are desperately running from pillar to post trying to find out his whereabouts but to no avail
As we know in New India people just disappear when they voice their opinion against our fascist authoritarian govt & when you speak Truth to Power you are ded, ded, ded!
Here is Merchant’s very powerful letter on social media platforms that shook the very edifice of
Apr 7, 2022 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
So today I learnt Shias make the call for Azan a couple of minutes later than Sunni mosques & that is why we have recently begun to hear the call for prayer 10 times a day in our locality.
Now of course with Ramzan, we have a special hooter that goes off at 4.42 am & 6.40 pm - 2mins before the actual call…
With 3 Sunni mosques & 1 recent Shia mosque in the vicinity we are subjected to 365x10 Azans… each one competing to be louder.