Thursday, May 21, 2009

In today's news 5/22/09- DMK's greed, Jaitley's analysis, Bihar and more

As kids many of us had to chip in to pay for the common elements to play cricket. The kid who paid the most for the ball usually got to bowl first and often. The kid with the bat had his choice of batting and so on. The DMK has not learnt that lesson. Playing with contradictory logic it seems,
The DMK wanted five Cabinet berths to accommodate the two outgoing Union Ministers, A. Raja and Mr. Baalu, besides Mr. Karunanidhi’s two children, M.K. Azhagiri and Kanimozhi, and his grand-nephew Dayanidhi Maran. Also, the DMK wanted four Ministers of State.

What is the DMK's contribution? 18 seats. But the alliance lost more than 25% of the seats in the state and with the Congress gaining 60 seats, Mu Ka's greed appears to look foolish.

Arun Jaitley has a theory about why the UPA won,
This desire was triggered by the pre-poll prospect of political instability thrown up by the Third Front trying to emerge as a balancing force with respect to the formation of a government at the Centre

In a shocking move, LiC follows the precedent setup by other media like IBN which awarded Nitish Kumar "Indian of the Year 2008 -Politics", by praising him in an editorial.
However despite the significant efforts by Mr.Kumar, Chindu still holds a candle for the old dog Lalu,
All this is not to belittle Mr. Prasad who was the torchbearer of Mandal politics in a State ruled for long by entrenched elite classes. He infused in the Other Backward Classes a sense of self-worth denied to them over centuries. He guaranteed life and liberty to Muslims.

What the heck! Does this mean other CM's don't guarantee life and liberty to minorities? How is that a distinguishing character?
Lastly I'm surprised at Dr.Subramanian Swamy's rationale for paying homage to Rajiv Gandhi. Apparently,
he fulfilled a vow made at the time of Rajiv Gandhi’s cremation that he would visit the memorial at Sriperumbudur only after those who masterminded the assassination of the former Prime Minister were punished.

To which I ask, but aren't Mu Ka, Sonia and others free? How is that punishment?

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