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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Indian models are starting to appear in Playboy magazine and other adult media:

The XXX files: Desi models blow hot
-By Nona Walia, Times News Network, Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Have you seen this story? What was your reaction?

Perhaps young and old alike should be surveyed on their reactions to this "cultural" phenomenon that is newly emerging on the Indian scene?

Saturday, June 26, 2004

A Politician Looking for Funds? Here Are Two Useful Addresses
-Glen Justice, The New York Times, June 23, 2004

"If you give someone more than a nod in New York, they start to get nervous," Mr. Schlossberg said.

This, in the cultural capital of America!

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

"I just do think people should examine him as a normal human being and as a politician, rather than as some kind of secular saint," said the journalist [Peter Hitchens].

Mandela's no saint - UK journo, Edited by Iaine Harper, news24.com, May 10, 2004

It is high time that people stopped worshipping their leaders and started evaluating them objectively. Even a great man like Nelson Mandela should not be an exception.

For instance, the international press rarely talks about his achievements as an executive or an administrator. Could he have done a better job in alleviating the poverty of his people? Has he done enough to encourage a genuine multi-party democracy in South Africa?

Friday, June 18, 2004

Rahul Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto are both from influential families, both children of one time prime ministers and both are alumni of the prestigious Harvard University.

What benefits did Benazir Bhutto bring to Pakistan? And considering Rahul's personality and record so far, what benefit is he likely to bring to India?

Do you think these are fair questions?

Monday, June 14, 2004

As these issues do affect the whole world in big and small ways, please read today's post on our blog Invitation to Think.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Q: Why are Indian leaders unable to hold their heads high?
A: Because of the weight of the garlands around their necks.

Friday, June 11, 2004

It's not even necessary to know the context in which this was written. The description is self-explanatory.

Mentoring for Rahul G, please from the June 11 online issue of the Times of India:

...Then, of course, since the prince cannot to be wrong...

The world loves royalty so it shall forgive Rahul his gaffe....


Should journalists be a part of such "royalty-promoting" behavior? Even more so because, in Nilanjana Bhaduri Jha's own words, "there is a very thin line between sounding smart and sounding foolish."

Sunday, June 06, 2004

On Friedman and India

It is about getting your fundamentals right: good governance, good education. India's problem is not too much globalization, but too little good governance.
-- Tom Friedman, Making India Shine
The New York Times, Thursday, May 20, 2004

The liberalization of the Indian economy has led to rapid economic growth. This means that a greater array of products and services are available for the daily necessities of life, which have improved the quality of life. India, like other developing countries, including China, is trying to catch up with the West and Japan.

Overall, this is a welcome change, but it's invariably also accompanied by an endless hedonistic search for luxury. This type of consumerism has such mass appeal that it has swept aside all traditional values like self-restraint, balance and fairness with blinding speed.

At times, India seems to even outdo the West. The New York Times rarely has pictures of actresses and models on its front page, whereas the online version of India's leading daily, The Times of India, features them every day!

It is not surprising in such an atmosphere that the voices of reason are few and far between.

Everyone worships at the altar of Lakshmi, the Goddess of money!

Politicians have their eyes on money, for themselves and for their political parties. In their grab for power and money, they need the help of bureaucrats. The general public also needs help from those bureaucrats in everything they do. In poor countries like India and China especially, there can be only one outcome to this -- corruption.

Even a new generation with "good education" such as the one mentioned by Tom Friedman cannot by itself bring about the needed change from this malaise.

Can India, with its ancient heritage and modern scientific and industrial potential, find new approaches to deal with such an eroding, negative force?

Are there any Indians, in particular, who have any new solutions? We would like to know.