Monday, 12 November 2007

New Blog.

The online repository of all knowledge, especially the history of it, has been launched. While it still needs many tweaks, three of the four authors have confirmed participation. The third will be writing about the scandals that avataram's grandfather was involved in --when he was teaching mathematics and lording over tenants in Trichy. The fourth, one hopes, will be the dutiful grandson defending his grandfather's honor.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Dear American voter,

Fight over what you get. Personally. Like a free color TV.


Mount Road Marx

If one had the time, one could have written this yesterday to just check if all was well in the world, the following morning.
The role of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has, for a second time, come under the spotlight. In March 2007, he clearly stepped out of line in publicly airing his philosophical and tactical differences with the State government over Nandigram. He does not seem to have learnt any lessons from that experience and, in fact, his latest speaking out of line has had the effect of adding fuel to the flames. Let us concede that Nandigram represented a situation where the moral urge not to remain silent came into conflict with the restraints imposed by the constitutional office. Yet, of the restraints imposed by the office, there would seem to be little doubt, and a public statement critical of the government’s handling of the issue could not have been made without transgressing them. The Hindu has consistently regarded this as a major question of principle in the constitutional realm. The classic 1867 exposition of the role of the British monarch by Walter Bagehot applies equally to the office of the President and the Governor: “To state the matter shortly, the Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights — the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others. He would find that his having no others would enable him to use these with singular effect.” The right to advise and the right to warn are to be exercised in private and in confidence, and not through public statements. This restraint required of the head of state is not a mere constitutional formality but is based on sound democratic principles. In the first place, the head of state must not, through statements critical of its functioning, place himself or herself in conflict with the representative government, which has a greater democratic legitimacy. Secondly, the head of state should appear non-partisan and remain above the fray when controversial and divisive questions are being debated in the political sphere, and avoid any public statements that could give comfort to one side or the other. The Governor’s public statements on Nandigram both challenged the wisdom of the government’s approach and came down on the side of the critics of its action. Further, Mr. Gandhi laid himself open to the charge of remaining silent when the supporters of the Left Front were at the receiving end. His conduct through this crisis has been constitutionally indefensible. Yet the Left Front government must not get distracted by this. Its top priorities must be to re-establish peace, ensure human security, and resume development work in Nandigram. The CPI(M) has a special responsibility in this regard — among other things, to be manifestly fair in its dealings on the ground, and to restrain its cadre from any campaign of reprisal.
This must be the rare case where an entire argument can be condensed into one name: K R Narayanan.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Jaya, the modern day Gangaikonda Cholan

AIADMK should acquire Trinamool and arm them with aruvaal.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Dear Bullish Analysts,

The next Prime Minister will be Mayawati.


Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Why India works

The bubble is not deflated by Dr Reddy but by some judge in a consumer court.

The good part about having an ineffective system is, ineffectiveness lends itself to growth better than some structured system thought about by a human. The cost is ugliness -- but that's hardly a cost to people and countries already ugly.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

There are rules, you just don't know they exist

When one was 11, one always asked questions like 'Do you want to pick a team and then the Captain or vice-versa'. One even thought one was very clever. One then grew up and realized many things. 15 years later, one has a Dhoni to figure.