August 29, 2006

May We..Teacher?

Filed under: India n Me,Mumbai,opinions,This Gets To Me — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 3:28 pm
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Pratibha Naitthani, the self anointed custodian of our childrens morals, has filed a PIL against the telecast of Adult movies on television.

Ms. Naitthani is a teacher at St. Xaviers College-Mumbai

Her contention”My campaign is not only against nudity; it is against the Adult content, which includes both Violence and vulgarity, my whole effort is to make media safe for (more…)

Professor Beaten To Death

Filed under: India n Me,Most Read,opinions,This Gets To Me — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 12:39 pm
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Kaveeta Kaul

Professor Harbhajan Singh Sabharwal of Ujjains Madhav College of Arts and Commerce, was done to death by irate students belonging to the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad). Hooliganism and rioteering struck mayhem in the college campus when the Professor along with two of his colleagues, suspecting foulplay, announced a cancellation of campus elections.

“There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angelship.” Mark Twains words seem an anachronism today. With the recent spate of these incidents the writing is on the wall that we need to sit up and take notice before the ongoing trend turns pandemic. (more…)

August 27, 2006

Om Ganeshaya Namaha

Filed under: Chicken Soup For The Soul,India n Me,Our Festivals,spiritual wisdom — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 3:06 pm

ganesha.jpgHinduism is quintessentially said to be a religion of millions of Gods. (more…)

Abu Salem Ban Gaya Gentleman? (Updated)

Filed under: India n Me,opinions,This Gets To Me — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 12:32 pm

In an interview with a TOI reporter, Rashid Ansari, Salems lawyer ,unknowingly provided a shockingly honest analysis of the political scenario, on a question as to what were the possibilities of Salem winning the elections, if he chose to enter the fray. An indication of the abyssmal state of Indian polity, a first hand picture which is reponsible for the gumption of criminal partcipation in governance.

A: Tell me, out of the politicians you see in UP or the other states, how many of them do not have criminal cases registered against them? You have examples of Raja Bhaiya (a minister), Mulayam Singh (Chief M inister), Mayawati (former Chief Minister) and Mukhtar Ansari (MLA) who is touted as a don. All these people have cases registered against them, and yet, they are out in the open and contesting elections. In Bihar you have the likes of Shahabuddin and Lalu Yadav’s brother-in-law, Sadhu Yadav.

Today, the electorate is fed-up with politicians who make false promises and do nothing for them. People have realised that politics is no longer a decent man’s cup of tea. The constituents of Mubarakpur believe that it’s some one like Salem who can survive in this and because of his popularity, he will be able to help and uplift them. You must visit the area to gauge the public mood.


Any wonder then that a Gandhi cap might soon adorn the don !!


Dreaded gangster Abu Salem presently lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai,is in search of ‘respectability’ by fighting elections in U.P. Whether donning the mantle of a politician alludes to that, is highly debatable. What perhaps nudged the decision was the similarity of milieu and mindset between his ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’. He was a criminal ‘on the run’ to now officially turn into a criminal in the ‘chair’. (more…)

August 24, 2006

Vande Mataram-Freedom To Refuse

Filed under: India n Me,Most Read,opinions — Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul @ 12:45 pm
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The recent uproar over the singing of Vande Mataram by Muslim clerisy had its origins in a Fatwa issued against it as far back as 12th June. While it had not created headlines then, it caught my eye and had written a post, re produced here. The ripple effect was bound to turn into a storm sooner or later..

Vande mataram..India accords its citizens the right to voice protest even against singing of a song denoting nationalistic fervour, intrinsic to the intention.

Does enforcement through political will constitute pontification? As much as refusal to sing it does!

Does the matter merit attention? If secularism needs to be re-defined-yes.


12th June’06
Islamic clerics have done it again! A fatwa has been issued against the singing of ‘Vande mataram’ by Muslim children.

Without indulging and succumbing to anger, outrage, revenge and retributive averments, let us attempt to make a balanced, unbiased assessment. (more…)

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