December 2016

  • While the PM promoted “Beti bachao Beti padhao” to save the girl child, the Congress continued its primary campaign of “Beta badhao, Desh dubao”
  •  While Men continued to fool themselves about world still being male dominated, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik quietly deflated the male swagger by doing us proud at the Olympics

The Russian envoy to Turkey, Andrey Karlov was shot dead at a photo exhibition event by a gunman at Ankara on November 19th. The Turkish off-duty gunman, Mervut Mert Altintas, a member of Ankara riot-squad, was immediately neutralized after assassination. With this Turkey foreclosed an opportunity of finding the reason behind the killing.

Take a look at the photograph above.

It is one of the prime roads in a city, all geared up to celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the country. Guess which one? Did you say Diwali? Sorry – you’re just so out-of-sync with the times, you know! This is Bengaluru, ringing in the season of festive cheer, spreading the message of love and goodwill to all.

Rajasthan desert is part of Thar desert of NW India covering the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat & Haryana. Total area of desert is 3.21 lac sq.kms. This is essentially sandy desert with few stony areas in between, but 61% of desert area is covered in state of Rajasthan. In the non-rainy days desert presents a very boring view to an onlooker.

The only subject of conversation in the country today is demonetization and it is becoming more interesting day by day because everyone has a view on it. The reason is simple.

The Bollywood couple, Saif Ali Khan Pataudi and Kareena Kapoor officially named their newborn baby boy Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. The newborn had nothing to do regarding the name he received, so at this point he is also a victim of his parents’ megalomania. However, we should not excuse or rationalize the atrocious behavior of the parents who are adults and should know better.

Ministry of External Affairs has greatly simplified passport rules. This will ensure that acquiring a passport is easy for everyone and there is no bureaucratic red tape to engulf anyone for years. We present here the new changes that have been made.

Reverse Bank of India” is the new joke going around for last few days. On December 21, the English language media was thrilled to bits when RBI withdrew a decision, following feedback from the ground. As is their wont, they claimed this “dented RBI’s credibility”.

India has suffered tremendously over more than 1200 years from the plunders of external Invaders of Islamic and Christian origin. A once glorious civilization which led the world in almost every aspect was reduced to a “third world country” begging others for even basics like food grains in early years after independence.

Indian tax system is the most complicated one in the world with the Centre; the States and local bodies having power to levy variety of taxes to earn revenue. The Current multi-staged tax structure has charges from both the States as well as Centre leading to cascading effect of taxes.

I have often been baffled when I see people use “Right Wing” loosely associating it with anything to do with “Hindus”, and I have often wondered when did anything ‘Hindu’ become symbolic of Right Wing when the concept came from French Revolution.

Introduction and background:

As I started to write about the Korean Scandal, I realized that not many of us would know the history of Korea and the context in which the scandal happened. To address that we take a brief look at Korean history, their mega-conglomerates, shamanism and the actual scandal along with its potential implications.

The year 2016 started on a dreary note for India. Pathankot airbase was attacked by Pakistan’s strategic assets, the veritable militant outfits, on January 2nd. Deep state of Pakistan reciprocated Prime Minister Modi’s impromptu visit to Lahore the previous week by launching a brutal an attack on Indian airbase.

At the very start let me make three submissions.

I am not a movie buff at all.

I seriously think fellow Right Wingers need to be choosy about picking their fights.

And Aamir Khan rightly got slammed for the “Rising Intolerance” comments.

I am not a Movie buff and yet I want to watch Dangal - because I am a sports buff!

PM Modi will address the nation on 31st December. Coming close on the heels of the Big Bang demonetization of 8th November and the tectonic shifts that it unleashed in India's political economy, there is electric excitement in the air.

2016 will go down the history as a year of Shock and Awe. What was usually associated with military strategy, was seen in political arena this year. As Liberals found themselves cornered with sudden rejection of what they felt was a Liberal Charter to rule the world, nationalists of all hues seized the narrative in almost all major nations.