I was as shocked today, as I was when I heard about Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination about 16 years ago. The similarities are plenty.
Indira Gandhi was assassinated and then it was Rajiv Gandhi..
Zulfiquar Bhutto was hung to death and then it was Benazir Bhutto today..
Both Rajiv and Benazir were campaigning for elections incidentally. Trying to get back to power..
And incidentally, in both cases, I was told about the tragedy (as opposed to me catching it on TV or newspaper myself) — it was my cousin who woke me up on May 21, 1991 to let me know and today, it was my wife who called me and let me know.
So are the fundamentalists gradually taking over democracy? Well even though the merits and demerits of Mushariff’s reign can be debated for days, he stepping out of his military uniform proved that it is going to be an arduous and a long path for Pakistan to get anywhere close to what we refer to democracy.
I am just worried about the bloody repercussions that this killing may bring to the region.
My heart goes out to the moderate Pakistanis who were and hopefully will continue to pin their hopes on a more moderate future for Pakistan.
While I was toying with some musical ideas (!!), I came across this catchy tune — Thanks to Cheb Mami. Have drawn enough inspiration from him and at the same time tried to make it as “original” as I could. Do I sound like Pritam? Anyways, the song is called “C’est Amusant”..
Comments are most welcome…
A wintry morning, freezing rain, near death visibility and a car that wouldn’t be my first choice to drive under these conditions – all these were behind me, as I drove to work this morning. And I got to admit, I listened to one of the most disgusting & “unacceptable” news items in the recent past..
I cannot fathom and muster any kind of irrational courage, to even try to get on the same plane as this woman jude’s plane of thinking. How can a 10 year old girl, race and traditional values inconsequential here, agree to a gang rape? Let us say, the girl actually said yes – common you horny old men, let’s do it..do you actually consider that consensual? That too, In this day and age..?
Clearly white Australia lives in a different era and still that is not an excuse. Isn’t what they have done to the aboriginal race enough already?
What kind of gene makes one a racist? Or is it simply how one is honed to think??
You can read a version of this news item here.
At least the political white Australia has condemned the judgement, if it is any consolation. The new prime minister, whoever it is, has come out and said he felt disgusted too. Great! The prosecutor is not happy that he couldn’t win his case – well..may be, he is also an apologetic white Australian. Now, as I googled through Aboriginal rape, I found a whole disk load of news items talking about the prevailing lenient laws, particularly when it comes to aborigines who are underaged – in true earthly terms. I saw another judgment passed 5 years ago acquitting an old man for raping a 5 year old girl (for ozzies’ sake, 5 years…!!) and calling it a tradition. The agenda to slowly wipe out a race is still in the forefront of many Queenslanders’ political & social outlook, from what I read here and there. And to think, we are in the 21st century where the world has come into terms with certain inhumane acts, is plain stupidity. I have never been to Australia and barring some pictures and video clips, I have not seen any aborigines. But that just makes me feel really strong about this issue and how the rest of the white Australia should bull doze over the north Queensland judge’s home and make her feel for the rest of her life for what she had done. And to the say debate will continue, is not healthy – the debate should end right now and the prime minister of Australia, whoever it is, should weild his statesmanship power to pass a ruling that wouldn’t give exemptions to anyone – be it a blonde Victorian beach volleyball-ist or be it a north Queenslander, who lives in a remote village with no access to modernity.
Roll over the judgement Australia..Will you?
** The parochial reactions to this 50 something teacher, who meant no harm to any religion in particular and a very similar outburst by Hindu Munnani, to an unintentional innocent act by Kushboo, are unfortunate and repugnant acts in today’s increasingly fanatical socio-political scenario. To make a judgment call on these is pretty easy if you are very objective about it. But if you are not, how can you see where the central point of view is?
** The ’08 US presidential elections seem long over – but the fact is, they are just getting started. What do they know about voter fatigue? The candidate fray on either side looks like a mini flea market. I am not as enthused about it as I was with the past 2 elections. May be I know better now, as to what I can expect of American politicians. And hence, the line-up on both sides to me look too artificial and their views look absolutely made up.
** I did pick up a few CDs and DVDs in Chennai and Hyderabad. The landmark store in the “Chennai City Center” needs a little bit of staff help, to arrange their CD and DVD collection in a categorical way. Nevertheless, their collection was decent with one complaint – There wasn’t much of what I call “Old music” collection.