Friday, March 31, 2006

Sleeping your way to a Divorce

No I'm not talking of sleeping with extra marital partners. Even while sleeping with your own wife, sub-consciously uttering the triple Talaq could get you a separation if these people are allowed to have their way.

A Muslim couple in West Bengal have been ordered by the local religious leaders to separate as the husband allegedly uttered 'talaq' three times in his sleep.
While the couple, who have three children, refused to obey the order since there was no discord between them, the community leaders are adamant that they must separate or face social ostracization

The local religious leaders, quoting the Sharia, ruled that the talaq has to be implemented and were kind hearted enough to providing an alternative if the couple found the ruling unacceptable.
  • Temporary separation for 100 days during which the wife will live at her father's house.
  • She should then spend a night with another man!
  • She can remarry her husband ONLY AFTER the 'other' man has given her talaq!!
Move over Abdul Kalams and CV Ramans, I don't think this world will ever get to see more intelligent Indians. Not just the sheer brilliance the total application of mind is stunning. More than anything their 'humane' interpretation of the Sharia should also get them the Nobel Peace Prize with ease....

"Hey woman! What if your husband divorced you sub-consciously? You can remarry him after you let another guy fuck you!"
I'm sure the mother of three won't have a problem with that.

I'm PROUD to be living in the same country as these people, So should you be too!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Ugly Roses of Siachen

The World's largest non-polar glacier.
The place of Wild Roses.
The Third Pole.
Siachen.... Definitely deserves a place in the record books
It's also the world's highest battlefield, where, for over two decades India and Pakistan have fought at altitudes of over 22,000 feet in minus 60ÂșC temperatures.
It's definitely not something we should be feeling proud of.

For a glacier that has overstated strategic significance, India spends a whopping 1-2 Billion Rupees a year!
Not just the enormous waste of money that could've been sensibly used for a hundred other things. Thousands of Indian Soldiers risk their lives every year in those inhospitable heights.
It's considered a great honour to serve at the Siachen Glacier in the Indian Army.
Not without reason...
The Indian Army looses one soldier every other day mostly to the extreme weather!
Many soldiers who return after serving at the Siachen Glacier suffer from psychiatric illnesses.

We are a nation of a billion people and they a nation of a quarter billion. Aren't there enough sensible people on either side of the Siachen to put an end to this nonsense?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Vision 2020 #1 - Energy Security

No this is not in anyway connected to our President Abdul Kalam's 20-20 vision for India's future. Rather it's my not so 20-20, yet not so myopic vision through a pair of wire framed glasses!

In 2020, The prices at which we buy fuel would not have reached three figures...Everyone will be happy and India will be shining...Thanks to the communists and vote bank politics. But the subsidies on the fuel we use would be running into several billions, Billions that should have been wisely invested in developing oil fields in other countries.

We might have backed out of the Iranian and Syrian oil deals because the United States told us to. When the Americans attack another country in the middle east or South America and the prices of fuel shoot up... We will still be crying hoarse that the oil prices are ruining 'developing economies' like India.

The oil Minister's plan in 2005 to develop a strategic Oil reserve might have been long forgotten by the successive 'coalition governments' that have only Common 'Minimum' programs.There will come a day when the supply gets disrupted and our vehicles will be stranded all over the place. That day we'll be cursing the NDA and the UPA, like we're now cursing Nehru and his Panchsheel!

And while this unfinished post was languishing as a draft... The oil minister at the top has already changed!