Democracy Flourishes When…

Any wonder we’re in such a mess? As on April 13, 2018 political parties were 7 national, 24 state recognized and 2044 registered unrecognized parties!!

May be it’s time we should start one to sort out this mess? India needs us…

Meanwhile, vide: Rupen Doshi:


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A Country At Crossroads – Dedicated To Politicians Of This Region


Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Kwan Yew, said:

There were two options for me: Either I get corrupted and I put my family in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world and leave my people with nothing.


I serve my country, my people and let my country be in the list of the best ten economies in the world.

I chose the second option.

Indian politicians (most) said: “There were two options for us too, but the second option was already taken by the Singapore Prime Minister…”






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Jottings From The US: A ‘Storm’ In A ‘Tea Cup’


Ani’s election promise: ‘If I’m elected, one day a week you could wear to school without a care a dress that didn’t match!!’ At one brilliant stroke she did away with the nerve-wracking task, for most parents and kids, at least for a day, of finding that elusive one of a pair of socks or the green hairband…with the school bus announcing itself outside. If that isn’t turning a disadvantage to an advantage, a problem into a solution…Well, I can, right-off-the-bat, recognize a potential board-room consultant when I see one

What was the election about? Well, she stood for the post of class representative to the body of student council. A position ‘hotly’ contested for with as many as eleven aspirants out of a class of twenty-two third graders! Also the class was ‘deeply’ instructed one cannot vote for oneself or one’s best friends.

And who was the winner? A US-senator in the making – no way he could lose when he promised longer recess times between class periods! Of course, I’m assuming folks in US are not very different from our ‘neta’s’ here swearing during the electoral process to banish unemployment, poverty…

Unfortunately my attempts were not successful in finding out what other promises were made. Apparently a few said ‘I’ll be a good leader for you if you elect me,’ and that didn’t impress.

Ani had no tears for the outcome.

Levity aside, it’s interesting to see how kids in school are introduced to these democratic processes and institutions at an early age. May be these are the first steps to induct/shape new joiners into a society that still stays together despite being polarized increasingly on various issues.

In another exercise with older kids, a virtual UN was constituted and kids were assigned different nationalities to represent their countries which meant learning about these places. Would love to know what is the lasting impact of these initiatives on the kids. Does it make them better global citizens? Why then is the general impression – not entirely ill-founded – that an average American’s world ends at the end of his street, town or state?

At the back of the mind the question nagged me while jotting this post: How well are we doing it back home? In searching for a suitable clip for this post, imagine my thrill on finding the one shown above featuring our kids from a The Hindu report about a few schools exposing the children to the process.  However it was such a let-down when I read the details: the children were being taught the mere mechanics like how to handle the ballot paper, etc. Aren’t we true to form missing the grain for the chaff? The subject schools, I suspect, are ISO 9000 certified:-((



Let’s Export Some!!

One thing that’s never in short supply in this country is humor. Thank god for this perennial font of wisdom and humor from the political class, life is never dull in this place Here’s the latest:


An Ex-Chief Minister of Indian National Congress, Ashok Gehlot fears: By building hydro power plants, Narendra Modi’s government is taking away electricity out of water; how would the crops grow then? Another conspiracy yet against the farming community!

It must be said for the benefit of the uninformed, leaders from other parties are not far behind.



PS: Subsequently there are some messages questioning the authenticity of the video.






Coalition Politics In India

The curse…reminds us of poor Manmohan Singh besieged by his ‘allies’.

Trust we don’t have a replay next year.




Thick As Thieves

This was originally intended to illustrate team-work.

But, I thought, it succinctly captured the dynamics of coalition politics in our country.



That it happens even without coalition is never a surprise:-(





Who Are You? (Humor From The South)

Humor in Tamizh mags are normally pathetic. It’s a wonder how they get published at all. For all that, they make it up handsomely when it comes to topical humor. It’s usually creative in concept and funny and unsparing in content. Examples: recent hike in bus fares, some political leader changing his affiliation, water shortage, etc. etc.

Here’s one sure to draw a chuckle:

(English translation included)

A vadivelu 1

A vadivelu 2

Clearly national parties still have a lot of ground to cover in the Dravidian country to gain a fair assessment, if ever.