Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Trouble for Sanjay Nirupam

I remember (roughly a year back), that NDTV had invited Mr. Sanjay Nirupam and Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav for a debate. It started a friendly debate, but slowly turned into a slug fest.

Sanjay Nirupam and Lalu Prasad Yadav went at it, hammer and tongs right on TV, and LIVE. The main problem is that Sanjay Nirupam is a Bihari, who has been staying in Mumbai, toeing the Shiv Sena line, i.e., jobs in Maharashtra only for Maharashtrans!

So the debate got very heated and Lalu Prasad Yadav warned Sanjay Nirupam against ever stepping into Bihar again, calling him a traitor. Now that Sanjay Nirupam is no longer with the Shiv Sena, where is he to go? And his long time association with the Shiv Sena would certainly not have earned him any friends in other parties, and that includes the BJP (because of the alleged rumours that he was going to the public with the Reliance and Promod Mahajan nexus).

So where does he go now?
He certainly can't return to Bihar, because Lalu is not one to forget easily.
And he can't stay in Maharashtra because of the ominous way in which he exited from the Sena.
Either way, its a long,hard road ahead for the ex-Bihar resident, ex-Sena member.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Jharkhand Jumble

The BJP led NDA combine (BJP + Janta Dal + Independents) claims to have the support of 41 MLAs (just the right figure required to setup government in Jharkhand).

The Shibu Soren led JMM + congress + RJD combine has a total of 33 MLAs in support.

Then with the figures above, what gave the right to the Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibtey Razi to invite Shibu Soren to form the Government in Jharkhand? The Governors post is meant to be a democratic post with no political favouritism (much like a soccer refree). According to the Constitution of India "The Governor is the head of the State, appointed by the President. He holds office during the pleasure of the President."

Unfortunately, the UPA government has installed old stalwarts of its parties as governors of various states. Now these states are being run with political vendetta instead of democratic sense.

I am not a supporter of the NDA, and I'm not a anti-UPA person (I think that most of their policies at the center are excellent for the growth of the country); I'm just a simple citizen of the DEMOCRATIC country of India. So when I see instances of sheer un-democratic processes being followed, it brings my blood to boil.

The Governor of Jharkhand has acted in haste, without consulting/asking/inviting the "single largest party" to stake a claim to form the government. Rightly, the Honorable President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has asked the Governor for an explaination of the move he made. I think that this is an in-escusable mistake made by the Governor and he should be removed from office at once. He has bespoiled the post which holds a lot of respect, and has brought the other Governor's of Indian states into direpute too.

In this time of "hung-assemblies", I think the President of India has a very vital role to play. It is not possible for Indian states to hold election every month! States such as Goa and possible Bihar (if it follows in the vein of the former states) should enforce President's rule (the much talked about Article 356 of the Indian Constitution). However, the case of Jharkhand is not the same. Clearly, one coalition can get the majority of the house, and should be allowed to prove it, and stake a claim to form the Government.

Hope sense prevails; and for that I have faith in the Honorable President of India. To the UPA Government I wish to say, Lets move forward and not backward.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

IPOD, U2 special edition

Product type : Hard drive
PC interface(s) supported : USB, FireWire
Flash memory installed : No built-in memory
Digital storage : Built-in 20 GB Hard disk drive
Weight : 5.6 oz
Dimensions (W x D x H) : 2.4 in x 0.6 in x 4.1 in
Color : Black
Available body colors : Black
Included accessories : Earbud headphones, Docking station, AC adapter, FireWire cable, USB 2.0 cable
Software type : Drivers & Utilities, Apple iTunes

Case type : Included

Digital player supported digital audio standards : AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible, Apple Lossless
Digital player playback modes : Random play, One track repeat, All tracks repeat
Digital player edit functions : Erase
Digital player response bandwidth : 20 - 20000 Hz
Digital player supported bit rates : 32 - 320
Digital player ID3 tags support : Yes
External hard drive function : Yes
Digital player additional features : Variable bit-rate compatible

Audio system built-in display : LCD
Diagonal size : 2.0 in
Resolution : 160 x 128
Backlight display : Yes
Display illumination color : White
Features : Adjustable contrast

Audio system sound output mode : Stereo
Amplifier response bandwidth : 20 - 20000 Hz
Timer : Wake, Sleep
Built-in clock : Timer, Digital clock
Audio system additional features : Calendar, Phone book, Hold button, Upgradeable firmware, Playback speed control, Rechargeable capability, Battery level indication

CD system type : None
Playback modes : Repeat one/all
Digital audio standards supported : MP3, WMA, AAC, MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless

Equalizer factory preset qty : 20

Tuner type : None

Remote control : Remote control

Microphone type : None

Headphones type : Binaural Ear-bud
Sound output mode : Stereo
Response bandwidth : 20 - 20000 Hz
Impedance : 32 Ohm
Connectivity technology : Wired

Cable(s) included : 1 x, IEEE 1394 cable - External, USB cable - External
Connector type : 1 x Headphones / remote control, 1 x Docking station

Battery : Lithium ion Rechargeable Player battery
Mfr estimated battery life : 12 hour(s)
Recharge time : 4 hour(s)
Power device type : Power adapter

Interface devices : USB port, IEEE 1394 FireWire port
OS required : Apple MacOS X 10.1.5 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Min processor type : Intel Pentium

Comments are welcome...