Monday, April 14, 2014

April Electoral Math: BJP edges towards 200

The campaign period has resulted in a small bounce for BJP. The alliances down South has also helped boost the NDA tally by 15 seats. BJP has encountered some resistance in Western India thanks to rebel candidates and the entry of AAP. The bad performance of NCP has helped BJP gain a bit of momentum in Maharashtra. Another state where there's ample evidence of a solid performance is UP. Overall, I expect the NDA tally to be between 225 to 231.

NORTH - 48/126
Uttar Pradesh - 35/80
Uttar Khand - 2/5
Punjab - 2/13
Chandigarh - 0/1
Himachal - 2/4
Haryana - 3/10
Delhi - 2/7
J&K - 2/6

WEST - 86/143
Maharashtra - 16/48
Goa - 2/2
Daman - 1/1
Dadra Nagar - 1/1
Madhya Pradesh - 19/29
Chattisgarh - 7/11
Rajasthan - 19/25
Gujarat - 21/26

SOUTH - 17/131
Kerala - 0/20
Karnataka – 10/28
Tamil Nadu - 2/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 4/42
Lakshadweep - 1/1

EAST & OTHER STATES- 40/143
Bihar - 20/40
Jharkand - 5/14
West Bengal - 0/42
Orissa - 6/21
Assam - 5/14
Arunachal - 1/2
Tripura - 0/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 1/2
Meghalaya - 0/2
Nagaland - 1/1
Andamans -1/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - 191/543

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Electoral Math: Congress suffers a free fall

Many have suspected that Congress is in for a major decimation. A large section of the media believes the Grand Old Party will finish with less than a hundred seats. The way things are heading, I think it's gonna be a sub-50 score. If not for Karnataka, Kerala & Telengana, Rahul G's organisation would have ended up with lesser seats than AAP!

NORTH - 11/126
Uttar Pradesh - 5/80
Uttar Khand - 2/5
Punjab - 2/13
Chandigarh - 0/1
Himachal - 0/4
Haryana - 2/10
Delhi - 0/7
J&K - 0/6

WEST - 15/143
Maharashtra - 5/48
Goa - 0/2
Daman - 0/1
Dadra Nagar -0/1
Madhya Pradesh - 6/29
Chattisgarh - 3/11
Rajasthan - 0/25
Gujarat - 1/26

SOUTH - 12/131
Kerala - 6/20
Karnataka – 6/28
Tamil Nadu - 0/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 4/42
Lakshadweep - 0/1

EAST & OTHER STATES- 17/143
Bihar - 4/40
Jharkand - 2/14
West Bengal - 2/42
Orissa - 2/21
Assam - 5/14
Arunachal - 0/2
Tripura - 0/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 0/2
Meghalaya - 1/2
Nagaland - 1/1
Andamans -0/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - 55/543

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Electoral Math: AAP set to be the third largest party in India.

Not many may agree with my assessment. Especially the political nerds. Contrary to all the opinion polls, in my humble estimate, the AAP is all set to emerge as the third largest party in India with 29 seats. A significant chunk of its seats is going to come from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi belt. What might shock the pundits more is the party is in all likelihood going to end up with 10% of the national vote. That's 7% more than what anyone gives it at the moment. The seat share is likely to increase if and when the AAP volunteers do their tried and tested door-to-door campaign. But I doubt if it will breach the 35 seat mark.

NORTH - 22/126
Uttar Pradesh - 10/80
Uttar Khand - 1/5
Punjab - 2/13
Chandigarh - 1/1
Himachal - 0/4
Haryana - 3/10
Delhi - 5/7
J&K - 0/6

WEST - 4/143
Maharashtra - 2/48
Goa - 0/2
Daman - 0/1
Dadra Nagar -0/1
Madhya Pradesh - 6/29
Chattisgarh - 1/11
Rajasthan - 0/25
Gujarat - 1/26

SOUTH - 1/131
Kerala - 0/20
Karnataka – 1/28
Tamil Nadu - 0/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 0/42
Lakshadweep - 0/1

EAST & OTHER STATES- 2/143
Bihar - 1/40
Jharkand - 0/14
West Bengal - 0/42
Orissa - 1/21
Assam - 0/14
Arunachal - 0/2
Tripura - 0/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 0/2
Meghalaya - 0/2
Nagaland - 0/1
Andamans -0/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - 29/543

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Electoral Math: BJP's tally dips

After storming the nation a bit too early, the NaMo wave has hit two air pockets: Telengana and AAP. As a result the party has suffered mild reverses in the Delhi-Haryana-Punjab belt and Andhra Pradesh. Still, BJP is head and shoulders above Congress and the other national and regional parties. It is to be seen if the party neutralises the losses by making gains in Uttar Pradesh in the coming weeks. Significantly the current number of seats (178) is less than what Vajpayee (182) managed in 1998. My gut feel is at this rate, the NDA's final tally could be 205. Which means we are back to the coalition game again.

NORTH - 46/126
Uttar Pradesh - 35/80
Uttar Khand - 3/5
Punjab - 1/13
Chandigarh - 0/1
Himachal - 3/4
Haryana - 1/10
Delhi - 2/7
J&K - 1/6

WEST - 86/143
Maharashtra - 12/48
Goa - 2/2
Daman - 1/1
Dadra Nagar - 1/1
Madhya Pradesh - 17/29
Chattisgarh - 6/11
Rajasthan - 22/25
Gujarat - 25/26

SOUTH - 12/131
Kerala - 0/20
Karnataka – 10/28
Tamil Nadu - 1/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 0/42
Lakshadweep - 1/1

EAST & OTHER STATES- 34/143
Bihar - 20/40
Jharkand - 5/14
West Bengal - 0/42
Orissa - 4/21
Assam - 3/14
Arunachal - 1/2
Tripura - 0/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 0/2
Meghalaya - 0/2
Nagaland - 0/1
Andamans -1/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - 178/543

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Electoral Math: BJP's Best Performance Ever

In 1999, the BJP notched up 189 seats with a 23.75% vote. In the coming elections, in all likelihood, a new improved BJP under Narendra Modi looks all set to touch its highest score. At the moment, the party is a clear beneficiary of the anti-congress wave across the country. My quick math (based on pure gut feel) reveals that the NaMo card will yield BJP handsome dividends. Around 200 seats is very much on the cards. With allies, the tally might go up to 230-240. It is to be seen if BSP, AIADMK, Trinamool and BJD allow the formation of an NDA government. Whatever the result, we're in for interesting times.

BJP

NORTH - 49/126
Uttar Pradesh - 30/80
Uttar Khand - 3/5
Punjab - 3/13
Chandigarh - 1/1
Himachal - 3/4
Haryana - 4/10
Delhi - 3/7
J&K - 2/6

WEST - 96/143
Maharashtra - 16/48
Goa - 2/2
Daman - 1/1
Dadra Nagar - 1/1
Madhya Pradesh - 19/29
Chattisgarh - 7/11
Rajasthan - 24/25
Gujarat - 26/26

SOUTH - 19/131
Kerala - 1/20
Karnataka – 12/28
Tamil Nadu - 1/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 4/42
Lakshadweep - 1/1

EAST & OTHER STATES- 35/143
Bihar - 18/40
Jharkand - 5/14
West Bengal - 2/42
Orissa - 7/21
Assam - 3/14
Arunachal - 0/2
Tripura - 0/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 0/2
Meghalaya - 0/2
Nagaland - 0/1
Andamans -1/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - 199/543

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Introducing Song Singh



Song Singh, India's first fictional music artist, will put out his first single soon. Actor and stand up comedian Aswin Rao will don the role of Song Singh. Artist Donan Murray will score the music. Anantha Narayan, the lyrics and Rajesh Bajaj will be shooting the music video as DOP. Remy Francois Sabah has designed the logo for Song Singh.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Electoral Math: Congress staring at defeat

If a snap poll were held at this moment, things look rather bleak for the Congress. A total rout down South and a debacle in the Western region is on the cards. At best, the Grand Old Party might end up with 73 seats which is virtually one third of last time's tally. Considering, the campaign has not even begun and the AAP factor hasn't been fully factored, it looks like Rahul Gandhi has a mighty mountain to climb. 

INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS

NORTH - 14/126
Uttar Pradesh - 5/80
Uttar Khand - 2/5
Punjab - 3/13
Chandigarh - 0/1
Himachal - 0/4
Haryana - 2/10
Delhi - 0/7
J&K - 2/6

WEST - 19/143
Maharashtra - 5/48
Goa - 0/2
Daman - 0/1
Dadra Nagar - 0/1
Madhya Pradesh - 10/29
Chattisgarh - 4/11
Rajasthan - 0/25
Gujarat - 0/26

SOUTH - 18/131
Kerala - 8/20
Karnataka – 6/28
Tamil Nadu - 0/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 4/42
Lakshadweep - 0/1

EAST - 22/143
Bihar - 4/40
Jharkand - 3/14
West Bengal - 2/42
Orissa - 2/21
Assam - 7/14
Arunachal - 1/2
Tripura - 1/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 1/2
Meghalaya - 1/2
Nagaland - 0/1
Andamans - 0/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - 73/543


Friday, October 11, 2013

Pointlessness

A few weeks later 
Would you care 
To remember 
That bloke you pissed
The deadlines you missed

A few years later 
Would anyone bother 
To remember 
That heart you broke
The words you spoke

A few decades later 
Would it matter 
To remember 
That thing you did
The secrets you hid

A few centuries later 
Would the world choose
To remember
The success you tasted
The life you wasted

A few millennia later 
Would the Earth deign
To remember
The chances you got
The havoc you wrought?

Friday, October 4, 2013

10 Questions for NaMo

1. Which historic personality do you admire the most?
I
□ Me
□ Myself
□ All of the above

2. Are there any other BJP members whom you consider as ‘Prime Minister material’?
Amit Shah
□ Maya Kodnani
□ Babu Bokhiria
□ Narendra Damodardas

3. If you were to explain your philosophy to a child, which of these would describe it best?
G for Gujarat
□ G for Godhra
□ V for Vendetta
□ M for Modi

4. Can you name us one Islamic country that you look up to?
Oman. Because that’s NaMo read backwards.
□ Oman. Because that’s NaMo read backwards.
□ Oman. Because that’s NaMo read backwards.
□ Oman. Because that’s NaMo read backwards.

5. If you were to gift Advaniji a movie, which one would you choose?
Aap Tho Aise Na The
Hadh Kar Di Aapne
Besharam
Nautanki Saala

6. If you were to dedicate a song to Nitish Kumar, which of these would be your favoured number?
Kya se kya ho gaya
Bhaag DK Bose Andhi Aayi
Main aaya hoon Bihar, UP lootne
Bach ke rehna re baba

7. Why didn’t you watch the film ‘Minority Report’?
Because we reject the Rajendra Sachar committee report.
Anything with the word ‘minority’ must be Anti-Modi.
I would have considered watching it, had it been ‘Majority Report’.
Koi Congress ka picture hoga. Hamein kya lena dena?

8. If you were to choose one facebook friend from the following four women, which one would you pick?
Teesta Seetalvad
Sagarika Ghose
Mallika Sarabhai
Mallika Sherawat

9. If you were a consumer, would you shop for products and services from any of these brands?
Best Bakery
Sanjay Joshi DVD Store
Vanzara Rifles
Israt Jahan Funeral Service

10. If you were to suggest an alternate capital for India, which place would you prefer?
Ahmedabad
Vadodara
Surat
Maninagar

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Vegetable

Nothing moves him 
Not mute shrieks of fear 
Not thunderous cries of pain 
Not the scalds of affront 
Not the avalanche of injustice 

Nothing melts him 
Not the boiling rage of the meek 
Not the open massacre of truth 
Not a gang rape of innocence 
Not a deluge of misfortune 

Nothing shakes him 
Not the striptease of poverty 
Not the seismic shocks of mortality 
Not gale storms of depravity 
Not bloody riots of brutality 

Nothing wakes him 
Not an explosion of discontent 
Not an implosion of taboos 
Not clarion calls for an uprising 
Not the death knell of his world

Monday, June 17, 2013

Electoral Math: NaMo as next PM, looks unlikely.

If an election is held now, an opportunistic alliance of disparate regional parties and the Left will top the race with 209 seats. Whatever is left of the NDA will end up with 186 seats. And the UPA will finish a not-so-distant third with 148 seats. By virtue of being the single largest block, the NDA will be called by Pranab Mukherjee to form a coalition. Being short by 86 seats, NDA will turn to AIADMK (who in my estimate will bag 31 seats), Mamta (24 seats), BSP (who will win 17 seats), Naveen Patnaik (12 seats), and Raj Thackeray (6 seats). These parties will settle for a dark horse as Prime Minister. The dark horse could be Jaswant Singh, Arun Jaitely, Sushma Swaraj, Subramanian Swamy or Yashwant Sinha. The rest of my computation is as below. Check it out. And feel free to disagree.

UPA

NORTH - 25/126
Uttar Pradesh - 10/80
Uttar Khand - 2/5
Punjab - 5/13
Chandigarh - 0/1
Himachal - 1/4
Haryana - 4/10
Delhi - 1/7
J&K - 2/6

WEST - 35/143
Maharashtra - 11/48
Goa - 0/2
Daman - 0/1
Dadra Nagar - 0/1
Madhya Pradesh - 10/29
Chattisgarh - 4/11
Rajasthan - 6/25
Gujarat - 4/26

SOUTH - 33/131
Kerala - 8/20
Karnataka – 12/28
Tamil Nadu - 0/39
Pondichery - 1/1
Andhra - 11/42
Lakshadweep - 1/1

EAST - 55/143
Bihar - 23/40
Jharkand - 7/14
West Bengal - 5/42
Orissa - 6/21
Assam - 9/14
Arunachal - 2/2
Tripura - 1/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 1/2
Meghalaya - 1/2
Nagaland - 0/1
Andamans - 0/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - - 148/543

NDA

NORTH - 46/126
Uttar Pradesh - 21/80
Uttar Khand - 3/5
Punjab - 8/13
Chandigarh - 1/1
Himachal - 3/4
Haryana - 4/10
Delhi - 5/7
J&K - 1/6

WEST - 101/143
Maharashtra - 31/48
Goa - 2/2
Daman - 1/1
Dadra Nagar - 1/1
Madhya Pradesh - 19/29
Chattisgarh - 7/11
Rajasthan - 18/25
Gujarat - 22/26

SOUTH - 15/131
Kerala - 0/20
Karnataka - 11/28
Tamil Nadu - 0/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 3/42
Lakshadweep - 1/1

EAST - 24/143
Bihar - 9/40
Jharkand - 5/14
West Bengal - 1/42
Orissa - 3/21
Assam - 2/14
Arunachal - 0/2
Tripura - 0/2
Mizoram - 0/1
Manipur - 1/2
Meghalaya - 1/2
Nagaland - 0/1
Andamans - 1/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - - 186/543

THE OTHERS

NORTH - 55/126
Uttar Pradesh - 49/80
Uttar Khand - 0/5
Punjab - 0/13
Chandigarh - 0/1
Himachal - 0/4
Haryana - 2/10
Delhi - 1/7
J&K - 3/6

WEST - 6/143
Maharashtra - 6/48
Goa - 0/2
Daman - 0/1
Dadra Nagar - 0/1
Madhya Pradesh - 0/29
Chattisgarh - 0/11
Rajasthan - 0/25
Gujarat - 0/26

SOUTH - 84/131
Kerala - 12/20
Karnataka - 5/28
Tamil Nadu - 39/39
Pondichery - 0/1
Andhra - 28/42
Lakshadweep - 0/1

EAST - 64/143
Bihar - 8/40
Jharkand - 2/14
West Bengal - 36/42
Orissa - 12/21
Assam - 3/14
Arunachal - 0/2
Tripura - 1/2
Mizoram - 1/1
Manipur - 0/2
Meghalaya - 0/2
Nagaland - 1/1
Andamans - 0/1
Sikkim - 0/1

TOTAL - - 209/543

UPA does best in East India. NDA does best in West India. The Others rock in South India. BJP will emerge as the single largest party with 158 seats. Congress should end up with 128 seats. The third largest party is likely to be either AIADMK or SP. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Basque Telugu Connection

The Basque language (also known as Euskara) has fascinated linguists for centuries. It's considered the sole surviving non-Indo-European language in Western Europe. The phrase 'language isolate' always surfaces in any discussion on Basque. That's because no one has been able to authoritatively explain the origins of Euskara.

Experts opine that it bears no resemblance to Russian, Ukranian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Serbo- Croatian, Bulgarian, German, Dutch, English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Celtic, Irish, French,Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Portugese, Iranian, Persian, Hindi and even Sanskrit.

Anthropologist Nicolae Lahovary was the first to speculate about the Dravidian origins of Basque in 1963. For reasons best known to them, the mainstream researchers have continued to ignore the pioneering work of Lahovary.

As this blogger has pinpointed with his earlier posts, Indo-Dravidians have clearly left footprints right through Europe before migrating to Canada and the rest of America sometime around the last glacial maximum.

A part of that race could have moved Eastward via Basque Country into Africa and then headed to later day South India. I have a little evidence to connect Basque to an unlikely Indo-Dravidian language: Telugu.

Yes, of all the Dravidian languages that Lahovary talked about, Telugu seems to be the one with the strongest connect. With my rather limited knowledge of Telugu, I have culled out some words that mean the same in Telugu and Basque. Study the words, and you'll wonder why no one's taken Lahovary serious yet.

EnglishBasqueTelugu
RiceArrozArise
WaterUraUdagam
MotherAmaAmma
BrotherAnaiaAnna
DogTxakurraKurra
LegHankaJanga (calf of leg)
WoodEguraAgaru (fragrant wood)
BurnErreEriyuka
QueenEreginaRaajni
HeadBuruaBurra
BackItzuliIdigilu


Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Ancient Eskimo Tamil Connection

Who would have thought that the icy man in the igloo will have any link whatsoever with the heat loving Tamilian? Well, I have linguistic evidence now to link the Eskimo and the Tamilian. Somewhere in the distant past, some brave hearts from the Indo-Tamil race must have wandered all the way to Alaska and created their own tribe there. My guess is the same tribe walked down to the Americas to create the Red Indian race. More of that later. Meanwhile, see the Dravidian link for yourself. It's too much of a coincidence to ignore.

EnglishInupiaq Eskimo LanguageTamil
FatherAapagaAppa
MotherAanagaAnnai
GrandfatherThatharuabaThatha
Father's sisterAtchagaAthai
Elder SisterAakaruabaAkka
YesAaAama
NewNutaqNutanam
FireIgniqAgni

Monday, December 3, 2012

Introducing Inthree



Introducing Inthree Access, a for-profit social impact venture that I had the pleasure of working with. Inthree makes available transformative products and services to the deepest rural markets by using some ingenious alternative channels. If the power starved districts in Tamil Nadu have an ample supply of solar lamps to light up their darkness, Inthree deserves the full credit for it. They do a lot more than Solar Lamps to improve the lives of the not-so-well-off. To know more about Inthree and their contribution to solving last mile connectivity in Rural India, visit their soon-to-be-launched website.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Is there a word for Twenty First Century?"

It all began when a trivial question popped into my head: is there a word in the English dictionary for 'twenty first century'? I looked around. Found no single word that summed up the meaning elegantly. There were no equivalent words for twentieth, nineteenth or any other century. I wondered why.

Then I discovered that man has always made up words only when there's a real need for conjuring up something. In the Roman times, AUC or Ab urbe condita (Latin for 'from the founding of the city') was invented for keeping track of time. As the power of Rome declined, AD or Anno Domini was mooted as the new dating system. Ever since, we've unquestioningly embraced the template that divides history into Before and After the advent of Christ. We refer to every hundred years as a century. A thousand years as a millennium. And left it at that.

If one follows this logic, the years 2301 to 2400 will be called the Twenty Fourth Century or the fourth century in the third millennium. Things look fine so far?

Now let's complicate things a bit. What will we call the years between 12401 to 12500? By our current convention, it should be Twelve Thousand Four Hundred and First Century. Seven words to describe just hundred years! If that sounded inelegant, imagine how many words we'll need to describe the period 112401 to 112500? Clearly our system of measuring time wasn't built to handle such complexities.

At some point in time in the future, someone will come along and scrap the system. And replace it with a more efficient one. Why wait till then? Why not start the debate right now?

To set the ball rolling, I've created a new dating system  by minting neologisms. Here are the key features of the system:

1) Human Time will be measure in cycles of Ten Thousand Years.
2) Every Ten Thousand Year cycle will comprise Hundred Centuries.
3) Each century will be denoted by one neologism.
4) The new word should capture the essence of the century without being too verbose.
5) To achieve economy of word length, one has to invent a new suffix to connote 'century'.
6) Centum is the Latin word for 'hundred'. The suffix of centum is '-tum'. So this could be our suffix.
7) The century suffix can be really handy as it can reduce 'First Century' to 'Firstum'.
8) The tabulation below will demonstrate how we can invent neologisms to cue each century using '-tum'.
9) None of the neologisms are abstruse. They've been derived by contracting current terminology.
10) When we finish the cycle of Ten Thousand Years, we will start a new dating system called ATN.
11) AT in ATN stands for After Ten Thousand Years. And N is a numeral from 1 to whatever.
12) So AD Eleven Thousand And Four Hundredth Century will be AT1 Fortum. And AD Forty Five Thousand and Seven Hundredth Century can be shrunk to AT4 Fiftysevtum!
13) The neologisms might seem complicated when seen for the first time. As you get familiar with the system, you'll realise that it can solve many potential problems in the distant future.

14) If you can better this new system, feel free to do so.

NEW WORDS FOR CENTURIES

Existing Years Neologism
First Century 1-100 Firstum
Second Century 101-200 Sectum
Third Century 201-300 Thirtum
Fourth Century 301-400 Fortum
Fifth Century 401-500 Fiftum
Sixth Century 501-600 Sixtum
Seventh Century 601-700 Sevtum
Eighth Century 701-800 Eitum
Ninth Century 801-900 Nintum
Tenth Century 901-1000 Tentum
Eleventh Century 1001-1100 Eleventum
Twelfth Century 1101-1200 Tweltum
Thirteenth Century 1201-1300 Thirteentum
Fourteenth Century 1301-1400 Fourteentum
Fiftheenth Century 1401-1500 Fifteentum
Sixteenth Century 1501-1600 Sixteentum
Seventeenth Century 1601-1700 Seventeentum
Eighteenth Century 1701-1800 Eighteentum
Nineteenth Century 1801-1900 Nineteentum
Twentieth Century 1901-2000 Twentytum
Twenty First Century 2001-2100 Twenfirstum
Twenty Second Century 2101-2200 Twensectum
Twenty Third Century 2201-2300 Twenthirtum
Twenty Fourth Century 2301-2400 Twenfourtum
Twenty Fifth Century 2401-2500 Twenfiftum
Twenty Sixth Century 2501-2600 Twensixtum
Twenty Seventh Century 2601-2700 Twensevtum
Twenty Eighth Century 2701-2800 Tweneitum
Twenty Ninth Century 2801-2900 Twenintum
Thirtieth Century 2901-3000 Thirtytum
Thirty First Century 3001-3100 Thirtyfirstum
Thirty Second Century 3101-3200 Thirtysectum
Thirty Third Century 3201-3300 Thirtythirtum
Thirty Fourth Century 3301-3400 Thirtyfortum
Thirty Fifth Century 3401-3500 Thirtyfiftum
Thirty Sixth Century 3501-3600 Thirtysixtum
Thirty Seventh Century 3601-3700 Thirtysevtum
Thirty Eighth Century 3701-3800 Thirtyeitum
Thirty Ninth Century 3801-3900 Thirtynintum
Fortieth Century 3901-4000 Fortytum
Forty First Century 4001-4100 Fortyfirstum
Forty Second Century 4101-4200 Fortysectum
Forty Third Century 4201-4300 Fortythirtum
Forty Fourth Century 4301-4400 Fortyfortum
Forty Fifth Century 4401-4500 Fortyfiftum
Forty Sixth Century 4501-4600 Fortysixtum
Forty Seventh Century 4601-4700 Fortysevtum
Forty Eighth Century 4701-4800 Fortyeitum
Forty Ninth Century 4801-4900 Fortynintum
Fifteth Century 4901-5000 Fiftytum
Fifty First Century 5001-5100 Fiftyfirstum
Fifty Second Century 5101-5200 Fiftysectum
Fifty Third Century 5201-5300 Fiftythirtum
Fifty Fourth Century 5301-5400 Fiftyfortum
Fifty Fifth Century 5401-5500 Fiftyfiftum
Fifty Sixth Century 5501-5600 Fiftysixtum
Fifty Seventh Century 5601-5700 Fiftysevtum
Fifty Eighth Century 5701-5800 Fiftyeitum
Fifty Ninth Century 5801-5900 Fiftynintum
Sixtieth Century 5901-6000 Sixtytum
Sixty First Century 6001-6100 Sixtyfirstum
Sixty Second Century 6101-6200 Sixtysectum
Sixty Third Century 6201-6300 Sixtythirtum
Sixty Fourth Century 6301-6400 Sixtyfortum
Sixty Fifth Century 6401-6500 Sixtyfiftum
Sixty Sixth Century 6501-6600 Sixtysixtum
Sixty Seventh Century 6601-6700 Sixtysevtum
Sixty Eighth Century 6701-6800 Sixtyeitum
Sixty Ninth Century 6801-6900 Sixtynintum
Seventieth Century 6901-7000 Seventytum
Seventy First Century 7001-7100 Seventyfirstum
Seventy Second Century 7101-7200 Seventysectum
Seventy Third Century 7201-7300 Sevenetythirtum
Seventy Fourth Century 7301-7400 Seventyfortum
Seventy Fifth Century 7401-7500 Seventyfiftum
Seventy Sixth Century 7501-7600 Seventysixtum
Seventy Seventh Century 7601-7700 Seventysevtum
Seventy Eighth Century 7701-7800 Seventyeitum
Seventy Ninth Century 7801-7900 Seventynintum
Eightieth Century 7901-8000 Eightytum
Eighty First Century 8001-8100 Eightyfirstum
Eighy Second Century 8101-8200 Eightysectum
Eighty Third Century 8201-8300 Eightythirtum
Eighty Fourth Century 8301-8400 Eightyfortum
Eighty Fifth Century 8401-8500 Eightyfiftum
Eighty Sixth Century 8501-8600 Eightysixtum
Eighty Seventh Century 8601-8700 Eightysevtum
Eighty Eighth Century 8701-8800 Eightyeitum
Eighty Ninth Century 8801-8900 Eightynintum
Ninetieth Century 8901-9000 Ninetytum
Ninety First Century 9001-9100 Ninetyfirstum
Ninety Secnod Century 9101-9200 Ninetysectum
Ninety Third Century 9201-9300 Ninetythirtum
Ninety Fourth Century 9301-9400 Ninetyfortum
Ninety Fifth Century 9401-9500 Ninetyfiftum
Ninety Sixth Century 9501-9600 Ninetysixtum
Ninety Seventh Century 9601-9700 Ninetysevtum
Ninety Eighth Century 9701-9800 Ninetyeitum
Ninety Ninth Century 9801-9900 Ninetynintum
Hundredth Century  9901-10000 Hundtum

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to save the BJP from the BJP.

Well, it's not all that difficult. All it takes is one deft move to revive the sagging fortunes of the BJP. For more details, go here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Why Team Anna should start a political party.

"A social movement without a political front is like a fertile land sans the crops. For it to be productive the movement needs to be harnessed and the cause harvested. Else, frustration will bloom like a thousand cacti and the Jan Lok Pal Bill will remain a barren document."

For more of my thoughts, check out my piece in Indiatimes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How Rahul Can Still Turn It Around.

In a few days, Rahul G will face a seminal moment. He will have to face the media heat for the immodest defeat in Uttar Pradesh. The fawning press will want the princeling to say a few words. Instead of issuing yet another bland statement, it will be wonderful if the Real Rahul stands up without the crutches of preordained power and bares his soul to the nation with his very own voice. It’ll indeed raise eyebrows, turn heads, stop the traffic and win him new friends if he delivers the quintessence of the fantasy speech that follows…

“I know a lot of you are watching me, hearing me and judging me, only because I am Rahul Gandhi. I am not sure how many of you will ever grant me even a split second of your precious time, if I were just another Rahul. And not a Gandhi. Such is the power of the surname that I bear.

For four decades, my family members have generously benefited from the Gandhi legacy. We’ve had 8 Members of Parliament, 2 Prime Ministers and have been blessed with unconditional love, respect, adulation and the creamiest of posts from the Congress Party.

Our critics see us as a self-perpetuating dynasty that lords over this magnificent country by virtue of the borrowed glory that comes with the halo of a Gandhi.

While I beg to disagree with this harsh view, it is blindingly clear to all who can see that a goofy guy like me who made it to St. Stephen’s on sports quota, a political novice who was offered Amethi on a silver platter, and a Member of Parliament with zero administrative experience is literally being handed over the keys to drive India in a new direction.

The point I am making is: if you really look at it honestly, I am where I am not out of merit. But due to a genetic accident. The accident of being born as a Gandhi.

So I have three questions for myself: Do I really deserve your respect? Am I worthy of leading a democracy without ever proving my skills? Is it okay for a man to be the captain of India without ever playing a single test match?

I think the answer is a resounding NO. Because I don’t know enough about the intricacies of foreign policy, national security and fiscal management. I don’t know enough about the devastating pain of poverty. I don’t know enough about the simmering rage of the unemployed. I don’t know enough about the angst of the farmer who has nothing but mountains of debt to look forward to. I don’t know enough about the cultural alienation of our brothers and sisters in the North East. I don’t know enough about governing a state, city or for that matter, even a municipal ward.

Yes, my friends, the bitter truth is: I don’t know enough. The more I think about it, the only thing I seem to know is: I am a Gandhi. So I am entitled to rule.

I think, THIS SOCH IS WRONG. I don’t think its right for me to aspire for the highest seat of governance, just because I happen to be a Gandhi.

If at all I head a government, it should be on my own merit and track record. So for all of you who’ve been kind enough to listen to my words, I have a few announcements to make.

From today, I, on my own volition, renounce the GANDHI name. From today, I wish to be called just: ‘Rahul’.

Before this is labelled as ‘Rahul’s latest drama’, let me affirm that I am pretty serious. I repeat: NO MORE RAHUL GANDHI. JUST CALL ME RAHUL.

I am willingly letting go of the crown of thorns that my dear family has been saddled with, for years. I am willingly setting myself free from the burden of expectations placed on me by my dear supporters. I am willingly resigning as the Member of Parliament of Amethi. I am willingly stepping down as the General Secretary of the Indian National Congress.

I know my actions will cause tremendous political turmoil. But let me nip the crisis in the bud by stating unequivocally that I am not running away from politics. I am going to be very much a soldier of the Congress army. I am going to work my way up just like every good old party worker.

And how am I planning to do this? I am going to start all over again from scratch. Just like I spent a year or more in Uttar Pradesh, I am going to give it my all to revive Congress in states that need us badly. I am going to contest the next election as an MLA from one of the toughest states to govern - Chhattisgarh. My aim will be to win the Chhattisgarh elections and help my party form a government there. If they happen to elect me as Chief Minister, I would push the limits of my limitations to turn one of the most backward states of India into a state of happiness in 5 years.

If I deliver, I would not hesitate to get back to national politics. If I deliver, I can look you in the eye and say these very words, and you would believe me. If I deliver, I hope my critics will have the grace to concede that I am not that bad after all. If I deliver, many more young people will be encouraged and emboldened to give up the comfort of their family name and make a name for themselves.

That I think will be my sweetest victory. A victory far greater than winning a family lottery and bagging the prime ministership as the jackpot. That’s all I wish to say. Thanks for everything. See you in 5 years."