in deep existential crisis..

A Journal by Sara

BJP – Road to Victory?

Nearly a decade back, BJP who was in power at the centre, sensed the need of world class roads for the rapidly developing Indian economy. They drew up the National Highways Development Project with several phases of which the cost of first phase was set to Rs. 54,000 crore, world’s biggest infrastructure project then.

It aimed at linking the North, South, East and west; as well as the four metros with eight-lane world-class expressways that were expected to put India on the fast lane to growth. These were to be supplemented with same quality links and bypasses that were to be created by upgrading existing highways.

With the making of world class infrastructure in place, still NDA could not convince the voters of India, as the twists and turns of politics brought the Congress-led UPA to power and saw Manmohan Singh take oath as PM. And one of the first things that National Highways Authority of India, the government’s custodian of arterial roadways, did after the regime change was to order all skyboards redone to remove Vajpayee’s picture at a cost of about Rs 1.8 crore.

Till 2004 — and a little later — people started realizing that motoring from Delhi to Chandigarh or Jaipur; or Mumbai to Pune was a breeze. Any drive along the highways linking the four metros of Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai was bustling with construction workers.


Now, after years later, the scene on the ground is different. The activities are more sluggish — you barely see progress at sites where a bridge is being built or the road is being widened even if you cross it at a year’s gap. Nearly all flyovers and stretches of highways and roads that have been “inaugurated” or come into operation were started during the NDA regime.

Times Of India has come out with its interesting analysis on its Chennai edition dated 4th April. If you have a look at the graph below, you could see it for yourself that number of kilometers of road laid by legendary congress in its 50+ years of rule is 36,013 Kms where as the BJP has laid 31,271 Kms in just 5 years. Figures don’t lie.

Graph. Courtesy: Times Of India

If this is not a startling observation, what else would be? In terms of construction of roads, if BJP in its only term has roughly done 95% of what congress is trying to do in a whole stretch of 50 years, I could see with whom the fault lies and who has firmly put India on the road to victory in infrastructural development.

Somewhere I read recently which asked, if Pro is opposite of Con, then progress is opposite of what? Yes, I have the answer, and you?

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April 5, 2009 Posted by | India, Indian General Elections 2009, Infra Structure, Issues, Policy/Strategies, Politics | Leave a comment

Recession sets new trends

 

Uhmmm! Imagine Ms. X marries Mr. Y, lives for few years, divorces later. Now she moves out to marry Mr. Z. The days roll, she finds it difficult to make ends meet, pile of bills to be paid, huge credit card statements, loss of job, kids tuition fees and other costs moving northwards, Ms. X grows weary, thinks of an alternate plan, suddenly her face lights up with an offer. The offer by, Mr. Y the old hubby to move along with them, so that he could get to live with the kids born to X&Y and in return fund the life of X&Z. X, Y &Z are happy, even the kids say proudly to folks at school, we live with our mommy and her two husbands. All the parties involved are happy with this tangle. Story ends.

Oh, I am not good at writing stories, no, not even attempted one here, but just made the names anonymous and have written the summary of an editorial from CNN.

The news item says that Ms. Nicole Thompson and her husband moves in with her x-husband due to the hardships they are facing in this economic recession.

Couple of picks from the article,

New husband says,

“We just clicked,” Thompson said. “When I tell people, ‘I’m living with my ex-wife and her husband,’ I get some really strange looks. …It’s different. It’s unusual, but it works.”

Kid says,

Seven-year-old Victoria went back to school after winter break — and after the whole team had blended under one roof — and started telling people this: ” ‘My mommy has two husbands,'” Thompson-Arce remembered. “I was like, ‘No, honey, don’t tell them that!'”

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Changing Trends, Living, Modern Trendss, Relationships | Leave a comment

IT Shows in the Agenda of BJP & Congress

 

In the term of 1999-2004, BJP rewrote the conventional portfolio to include a revamped ministry called ‘Ministry of Communications and IT’. NDA’s IT reforms took the IT & ITES sectors on an upward swing and it started realizing its potential. A refreshing journey was on course at almost the final stages of NDA rule which peaked in the succeeding government after 2004.

As we had a well endowed gentleman as Prime Minister in post-2004 rule, we took a cold shower relaxing that finally the academics has met politics and things would only emerge brighter, leaving all speculations to rest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, as we have witnessed in the last 5 years of despotic rule.

Most of the people I engage with political debate keep undermining my statement saying that how much the Goddess of Knowledge is residing in every UPA minister’s mind, but I beg to differ with the stark contrasting reality of Congress and UPA government.

If UPA is looked upon as a knowledge powerhouse, if it is the most visionary and if it is the one which has invariably best of literates as their advisors, where is a well thought-out election manifesto, a greatest of great vision for its country India? At least a few among the innumerable ideas they have for the prosperity of Indians and to counter the economic recession and to stop the freefall of IT sector. Where are the details of it? Has congress even thought about one? Has Manmohan Singh & Co. even feel the need for it?

By absolute contrast, BJP has a document called IT Vision released by LK Advani which runs to 30 pages and is definitely a set of documented ideas practically feasible in its implementation. On the release of it, LK Advani said “A future NDA Government, if elected to office in the coming parliamentary elections, would give high priority to the realization of this vision, which would help India overcome the current economic crisis; create productive employment opportunities on a large scale; accelerate human development through vastly improved and expanded education and healthcare services; check corruption; and make India’s national security more robust.”

The highlights of the IT Vision document are as follows,

  • Multipurpose National Identity Card (MNIC) with unique Citizen Identification Number (CIN) for every Indian citizen in 3 years; to replace all other identification systems.

§  I could immediately think of the benefits this move would fetch; as one of the foremost issues on national security we face now is the lakhs of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh pouring into India. This would keep a check on it and would help identify most of them. I am also reminded of, a news I read few months back, How a chief-level officer in RAW was dismissed after they found that he is not an Indian but an illegal immigrant from Bangladesh.

§  Next benefit would be the major face lift the government offices would get especially with the first hand information on their desk and also with the disposal of strenuous paper work involved by both bureaucrats and the citizens. Efficient bureaucracy at last seems a little possibility.

§  The benefits are enormous; the cost savings that would make to the Government, the easy handling of Information in terms of Defense and Internal security measures; easy representation of Information for Police and Judiciary; easy handling for the election commission preventing fraud in electoral process, prevention of false interpretation of any information (most of the civil & corporate frauds) and it would be endless.

§  But if all information of yours is integrated, the next ominous question that strikes the mind is the security and efficiency of handling this information. BJP has to come forward with their detailed plan of how they would set to protect the information in this regard and chalk up their tight security plan.

  • 1.2 Crore (12 million) new IT-enabled jobs in rural areas.

§  Though I am unaware how they arrived at this figure, but I firmly say it has the potential, if the government reforms computer-deprived offices of its own and the other subsidies thereby setting up a huge wave of new jobs. As this domestic market is still untapped and is a sleeping giant.

  • 1 crore (10 million) students to get laptop computers at Rs 10,000. Interest-free loan for anyone unable to afford it.

§  This is a strange development unlike the India we know which throws only freebie at people and never cared about the money spent. I would say this is much better opportunity provided where I guess should benefit most of the rural students to a greatest extent.

  • National Digital Highway Development Project to create India’s Internet backbone, and Pradhan Mantri Digital Gram Sadak Yojana for last-mile access even in the remotest of villages.

§  NDA had walked the talk earlier with its famous Golden Quadrilateral project in its last term. The project with its ambition of connecting all the important highways of the country with multi-way lanes, implemented with remarkable success. Hence, it should be a safe bet to reckon that the Internet backbone would get quite a bit realistic.

  • Broadband Internet (2 Mbps) in every town and village, at cable TV prices (less than Rs 200/month).

§  I think it is too ambitious to even think of it, when the internet connection speed of even the major cities has not been ramped up to that level and the prices comparably is still large and not easily affordable.

  • All schools and colleges to have Internet-enabled education.

§  Especially, this needs to be done on a fast lane, when we think of taking our education infrastructure to world class level. It is high time we provide desktops and laptops to the students with internet enabled.

  • 100% financial inclusion through bank accounts, with e-Banking facilities, for all Indian citizens. Direct transfer of welfare funds, preferably to the woman of the house.

§  Even if right actions are initiated towards achieving this goal, if not fully completed, still that would go a long way in restructuring our citizen’s economical identity, and in establishing transparency in bureaucracy. That would see a major shift in strategies of the banks and would be an ideal launch pad for its rural penetration and its customer base.

  • Every BPL family to be given a free smart mobile phone, which can be used by even illiterate users for accessing their bank accounts.

§  This is the continuation of the above point, to provide people with access to the e-Banking through a cheap smart mobile.

  • Number of mobile subscribers to be increased from 40 crore at present to 100 crore in five years. Internet users to equal mobile subscribers. India to equal China in every IT parameter in five years.

§  Telecom is already been proved a huge potential market and it would only improve the connectivity of more people with more and more users laying hand on the device. Internet users in India are usually very small compared to the mobile subscribers and this avenue again provides a great growth opportunity.

  • Video conferencing to be made affordable and universally accessible.

§  Thorough implementation of IT reforms across India and the excellent infrastructure if built for IT & Internet would make all these easily follow suit.

§  You can see the other points below, most of them self explaining.

  • Primary Health Centre in every village to be linked to the National Telemedicine Service Network. Basic health insurance scheme for every citizen, using the IT platform. Cashless hospitalization.
  • India’s ranking in the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which is currently 128, to be improved to 50 in five years, with the long-term objective of bringing India within Top Twenty by 2020.
  • Massive expansion in the use of IT in agriculture, rural development, SMEs, retail trade, and informal and unorganised sectors of the economy.
  • National e-Governance Plan to cover every Government office from the Centre to the Panchayats. The ‘E Gram Vishwa Gram’ scheme, launched by Shri Narendra Modi in Gujarat, to be implemented nationwide.
  • Government spending to be made corruption-free. A former Prime Minister had once said, “If I put Rs. 100 in the pipeline in Delhi, only Rs. 15 reach the end beneficiary.” In contrast to Congress governments’ Leaky Pipeline, the BJP’s IT Pipeline will ensure 100% benefit to people. Those who misappropriate public funds will be punished.
  • All post offices to be converted into IT-enabled Multi-Service Outlets. All telephone booths to be upgraded to Internet kiosks.
  • Citizens will have a simple 1-800 BSNL Toll Free Number, which will be accessible 24x7x 365 days of the year, to contact their Member of Parliament.
  • Unlimited VoIP access to all
  • e-Bhasha: National Mission for Promotion of IT in Indian Languages.
  • Special focus to bring women, SC/STs, OBCs and other weaker sections of society within the ambit of IT-enabled development.
  • Use of IT for the protection of India’s priceless cultural and artistic heritage.
  • Government to standardize on ‘open standard’ and ‘open source’ software.
  • Domestic IT hardware industry to be aggressively promoted to minimize dependence on imports.
  • Domestic hosting industry to be promoted to minimize international bandwidth charges.

Finally an independent body, Digital Security Agency (DSA), to be set up for cyber warfare, cyber counter-terrorism, and cyber security of national digital assets.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Economics, India, Indian General Elections 2009, Infra Structure, Issues, Policy/Strategies, Politics | Leave a comment

India sleepwalks to Total Surveillance by GoI

 

The IT Act 2000, one of the crucial laws for security actions against cyber crimes, the first in Indian history was passed by the NDA government. NDA government also set the parameter stating as the cyber crime is highly dynamic and often complicated in nature, it would set up the panel to update the law to keep it relevant.

The amendment for the aforementioned bill, called as The IT Amendment Bill 2006, was passed by UPA government. The amendment was passed in a hurry on the December 22 2008 in less than 5 minutes without any debate which is regarded as one of the most controversial laws to have ever been passed in the nation India. Let me put it in simple terms, the amendment allows the government to intercept messages from mobile phones, computers, and other communication devices to investigate any offence, not serious offence of the grade of terrorist attacks, but any silly offence that you might negligently commit.

As one website puts it in more detail of the whole amendment,

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Any email you send, any message you text are now open to the prying eyes of the government. So are the contents of your computer you surfed in the privacy of your home.

Around 45 amendments have been made to the original Act, which now treats both publishers of online pornography and its consumers on equal footing. A law so sweeping in its powers that it allows a police officer in the rank of a sub-inspector to walk in or break in to the privacy of your home and see if you were surfing porn or not. It’s the personal morality of the official that will decide whether the picture/content you were looking at was lascivious or appeals to prurient interest.

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More info here.

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Economics, India, Information Technology, Internet, Issues, Policy/Strategies, Politics | Leave a comment

MR. Manmohan Singh!

No wonder, when elders said during my childhood, constitution of India is quite complicated and you have not grown enough to understand that. Quite bemused I am, standing along with millions and millions of Indian today, trying to understand a novel concept; leader who not elected by even a single citizen directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, up close or remote leading all the way to a full term of prime minister and digging another. Manmohan Singh is a nominated leader and not an elected leader. Yes, you and I have not brought this up on ourselves, but someone decides which results in someone heading us.

In all his life, Singh has contested only one Lok Sabha election and he suffered a heavy defeat against BJP’s Vijay Malhotra. Countries like United States of America are following the presidential democracy where they even go to an extent of setting up a one-on-one debate among the leaders whom they wish to choose and see it all on their own helping them decide who fits the bill and who not.

It is perfectly appreciated, when LK Advani today called Singh for the TV debate second time in the month. It came no surprise when the man and his party, who had already decided upon the second time back door entry as nominated representative (Rajya Sabha) , turned down the offer and lamely trying to criticize the subject.

If Manmohan Singh, as looked upon as the man who resides in people’s heart, let him go to the people’s constituency, prove a worth or two there, and show that he really not a PM who safely chooses Rajya Sabha route. Else, as his party men around who keep playing foul since morning that Advani is not Obama, let him fill his presence on the screen. Let him sit opposite to LK Advani on a TV debate and talk his report card of 5 years and the disasters of BJP as his party perceives.

We, at the mercy of politician’s goodwill, are yearning for such debates, which would in all glory and honesty, drill both contestant into bits and offer a platter in front of us to choose upon. Wouldn’t that be a great offer for, we Indians, who would love to vote for our leader!

Manmohan neither goes to the people nor accepts to the debate with his rivalry, then how would he prove that he is fit to assume charge of the highest office of India as a man called Mr. Prime Minister.

As the above title says MR. Manmohan Singh it doesn’t stand for Mister but a Misunderstood Representative!

March 28, 2009 Posted by | India, Indian General Elections 2009, Issues, Politics | Leave a comment

Quiz of the day!

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He was the Finance Minister and I regret to say, when he was the Finance Minister, our securities(investments) were not safe and when he is the Home Minister, our security is not safe,” he said. (Link)

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Guess who are the people involved in the above statement. The speaker is Arun Jaitley and the one he speaks about is Chidambaram. Yes, indeed a strange co-incidence, as Jaitley mentions, for Chidambaram- simply the job is taking the better of him.

I am reminded a song of Kamal’s flick which says, “I was out to sell salt on a rainy day and flour on a windy day, my math went wrong and all messed up”.

Pheww! Home Ministry robs IPL of the home advantage! Now, IPL should deal with Ministry of External Affairs, if any more issues playing IPL.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Cricket, India, Politics, Polls, Sports | Leave a comment

AIG – to pay bonus to its top executives

 

You might read AIG as ‘American International Group Inc’, as they have stood for, else call ‘All Investments Gone’ as the reality calls for and read the title of this column.

Since few days, AIG has drawn lot of flak and public outrage, after the news poured in that AIG has paid its executives, bonuses amounting to $165 million. Obama has vowed that he would try every possible legal avenue to stop such bonuses being paid out.

AIG has 80% stakes of United States government, after receiving four bailouts totaling to $170 billion. AIG has been questioned on the transactions that were made with the tax payer’s money and finally it has listed the transactions with payee’s consent.

The largest single recipient was Goldman Sachs ($12.9 billion). Other recipients include 20 European banks that received a total of $58.8 billion and Merrill Lynch ($6.8 billion), Bank of America ($5.2 billion), Citigroup ($2.3 billion) and Wachovia ($1.5 billion).

Big foreign banks also received large sums from the rescue, including Société Générale of France and Deutsche Bank of Germany, which each received nearly $12 billion; Barclays of Britain ($8.5 billion); and UBS of Switzerland ($5 billion).

Altogether, the disclosures account for $107.8 billion in A.I.G. bailout money which leaves us wondering about the rest of the money. Another $30 billion was added to the A.I.G. bailout pot this month and must be accounted for as soon as it is spent. That leaves some $32 billion unaccounted for. Where did it go?

If you get a measure of how a certain $165 million spent out of that $32 billion, it sure does sting. A staggering $165 million handed out as bonuses for employees of a company that nearly took down the financial system. And heck, the taxpayers, own nearly 80 percent of A.I.G.

A senator was fuming hearing about the bonus payments,

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“A.I.G. has been trying to play the American people for fools by giving nearly $1 billion in bonuses by the name of retention payments,” Mr. Cummings said on Sunday. “These payments are nothing but a reward for obvious failure, and it is an egregious offense to have the American taxpayers foot the bill.”

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Obama On an interview,

The Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, appearing on “60 Minutes” on CBS on Sunday night, said: “Of all the events and all of the things we’ve done in the last 18 months, the single one that makes me the angriest, that gives me the most angst, is the intervention with A.I.G.”

He went on: “Here was a company that made all kinds of unconscionable bets. Then, when those bets went wrong, they had a — we had a situation where the failure of that company would have brought down the financial system.”

In deciding to rescue A.I.G., the government worried that if it did not bail out the company, its collapse could lead to a cascading chain reaction of losses, jeopardizing the stability of the worldwide financial system.

The list released by A.I.G. on Sunday, detailing payments made between September and December of last year, could bolster that justification by illustrating the breadth of losses that might have occurred had A.I.G. been allowed to fail. Some of the companies, like Goldman Sachs and Société Générale, had exposure mainly through A.I.G.’s derivatives program. Others, though, like Barclays and Citigroup, stood to lose mainly because they were customers of A.I.G.’s securities-lending program, which does not involve derivatives.

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AIG is the source of global financial disorder, as viewed by most experts across the world, for their risky financial practices and short term target achievements. Indeed, as the system, says what is your worth for this financial quarter and as it evaluates you on YoY basis, even the executives have just seen the quarters ahead of the decades. Consequence, he gets a performance bonus for the fiscal quarter whereas the entire world goes bust on YoY basis.

Should not the top executives of the firm apologize in front of the people, pleading guilty for their unpardonable acts rather than filling their pockets with the abuse of the entire world?

May be, is he rewarded for meeting his previous quarter’s target, in fact exceeding by far miles. What could one do if he chose to say that he is only answerable to his firm and not to the world outside the firm? It sure does sting, and leads to the inevitable question of who is accountable to whom?

Suddenly capitalism looks down at its depth !

March 17, 2009 Posted by | Business/Industries, Economics, Entrepreneurs, Finance/Markets, India, Infra Structure, Issues, Policy/Strategies | 1 Comment

India – Take a deep breath

 

The merry days were gone. According to our registers, we have witnessed boom, prosperity and light, and now paralyzed to observe in this economic downturn, how we would keep the wheels moving as in the start of this millennia and get the mirth back on our faces.

But, there are also people, who are looking for some light and prosperity among this same crowd, which had never been witnessed or heard of. But, they are born with us; live among us and perish before us.

Malnutrition has always been our academic topic and rightfully left behind with old school days. As politicians turn blind eye to the global hard hitting problem, searching records to prove that we actually are not worse, reality amass all dust and hits across our face.

Somini Sengupta expresses that comparing the stats across the most populous states, China has sharply reduced child malnutrition, and now just 7 percent of its children under 5 are underweight, a critical gauge of malnutrition. In India, by contrast, despite robust growth and good government intentions, the comparable number is 42.5 percent. She further argues that the results showed points to the efficiency of an authoritarian state like China. India’s sluggish and sometimes corrupt bureaucracy has only haltingly put in place relatively simple solutions — iodizing salt, for instance, or making sure all children are immunized against preventable diseases — to say nothing of its progress on the harder tasks, like changing what and how parents feed their children.

The 2007 research paper puts that, Childhood anemia, a barometer of poor nutrition in a lactating mother’s breast milk, is three times higher in India than in China. 

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A World Food Program report last month noted that India remained home to more than a fourth of the world’s hungry, 230 million people in all. It also found anemia to be on the rise among rural women of childbearing age in eight states across India. Indian women are often the last to eat in their homes and often unlikely to eat well or rest during pregnancy. Ms. Menon’s institute, based in Washington, recently ranked India below two dozen sub-Saharan countries on its Global Hunger Index.

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Malnutrition

Malnutrition

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Health, India, Infra Structure, Issues, Living, Regional | Leave a comment

Teaching a lesson or two….

 

If Obama and I met now, according to conventional wisdom I would love to fix his grammar  about the usage of ‘me’ and ‘I’. Do you know, what Patricia and me believe in common? Grammar Junkies. Here is the explanation.

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For centuries, it was perfectly acceptable to use either “I” or “me” as the object of a verb or preposition, especially after “and.” Literature is full of examples. Here’s Shakespeare, in “The Merchant of Venice”: “All debts are cleared between you and I.” And here’s Lord Byron, complaining to his half-sister about the English town of Southwell, “which, between you and I, I wish was swallowed up by an earthquake, provided my eloquent mother was not in it.”

It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that language mavens began kvetching about “I” and “me.” The first kvetch cited in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage came from a commencement address in 1846. In 1869, Richard Meade Bache included it in his book “Vulgarisms and Other Errors of Speech.”

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On other presidents’ language skills:

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Our 44th president isn’t the first occupant of the White House to suffer from pronounitis. Nos. 43 and 42 were similarly afflicted. The symptoms: “for Laura and I,” “invited Hillary and I,” and so on. (For the record, Nos. 41 and 40 had no problem with the objective case, regularly using “Barbara and me” or “Nancy and me” when appropriate.)

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Hence Obama is not the only one to err. If you ask him, he would say correctly, other presidents and I have made a common mistake and believe me it would just stop with Grammar.

February 25, 2009 Posted by | Languages, Literature | Leave a comment

Here is a millionaire!

Academy Awards

It was an Oscar night on Sunday, and millions of eyes were glued to television and other media. Rewind back to 3 years, Oscar honored March of the Penguins, a nature documentary, which depicts the yearly journey of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. With Oscar recognition, Antarctica felt truly ecstatic and was over the moon considering how well the nation has been recognized on the international stage and all the penguins felt jubilant, and felt a sense of belonging and conceit.

Akin to that, India felt truly honored and recognized on the international stage in Academy Awards 2009, when the British film Slumdog Millionaire, swept the awards and was also named the Best Film. Prime Minister Office sent out a congratulatory message for the entire Slumdog Millionaire team and felt proud of its achievements.

Anil Kapoor was the star attraction at the 81st Academy Awards, with all his at-best-forgettable antics and the words straight out his heart that how much Slumdog Millionaire is an Indian film and how he loves Mumbai and Maharashtra. Certainly, if he had the idea of contesting the next Indian election, this was really a perfect stage to have launched his campaign and he has gained on it.

Oh, Did I forget to say that post Slumdog Millionaire victory, Dharavi is one of the hottest tourist destinations. Again, Indians must be swelling with pride, to know that Destination Dharavi is the top Oscar holiday destination. What a joyful ride it would be?

My satire isn’t aimed at taking a dig at this movie, but as you should have guessed, it is about India going gaga over a movie filmed by a western director which represents most awful shambles of its urban. Danny Boyle mentioned at the Oscar night, that “many Indians emotionally consider this as an Indian movie, which is a huge compliment for me, but the fact is it is a British movie. British movie tends to portray realism on the screen unless the averages of Hollywood and Bollywood”. But we beg to differ, and still consider it as the Indian movie. And, I don’t even want to move into the theme of the movie which exports the poverty of India, as an uncut version, to the western audiences to qualify for an Academy performance. Although it is quite subjective and debatable, whether you view it as realism or disgrace of India, I would suggest nothing wrong in portraying what as is.

Certainly, it was breathtaking to note that AR Rahman has won award, not one but two. People might suggest that this may not be his best work to have qualified for the award, but indeed owes it to the nomination of the movie itself. My thought is that, this Academy award is not the ultimate recognition for the music composer AR Rahman on the world stage, as he has attained more heights already in his dazzling career. When TIME chose his song in the movie Roja as one of the 10 all –time best soundtracks, he has truly had his moment and this has only confirmed it.

Hence, more than AR Rahman, it was very heartening to note that Resul Pookutty has won the award for sound mixing, when we, at our own industry, do not bestow faith and credit for our own technicians. This international recognition should go long way in the future for recognition of cinema technicians of India and should match with the Hollywood counterparts. This would open up a new channel for them to the technicians around the world and their first class knowledge.

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Celebs, Cinemas, India, Music | Leave a comment