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 Today is Varsha-Pratipada also called Ugadi or Gudhi-Padwa, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. May the coming year be one of prosperity and happiness for all my blogging friends!

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 Some glimpses of the year just ended-

Our twittering Minister of State from Kerala tried his very best to improve the general level of English in India by defining such words as austerity, cattle class, and interlocutor. Not many in the Establishment were appreciative of his efforts. The entertainment value of his tweets was, however, universally acknowledged.

 The ever-popular Munnabhai was greatly relieved to learn that his acquittal from terror charges for  his alleged role in the 1993 Mumbai serial terror bombing, was not challenged in the Supreme Court. He will now be able to devote his time exclusively to propagating Gandhigiri.

The offspring of a prominent Bollywood personality changed his profession from fitness trainer to tourist guide. He now spends his time showing prime locations to binary real estate agents.

The lowly Brinjal was much in the news this year, with opinions divided, for and against, the introduction of BT Brinjal. Further discussions on this subject are likely to be curtailed by the proposed Biotech Regulatory Authority Bill.

The Upper House was in an uproar over the Womens Reservation Bill, seeking to give equal representation to women. This was an excellent lesson in Arithmetic, teaching us that half is not 50% as is commonly believed, but 33 %- a random fraction.

The famous painter of horses declared himself a citizen of the world, but finally accepted citizenship of a fundamentalist country, following an abundance of cases against him in Indian courts. This embodiment of creative genius has a penchant for painting vulgar images of deities of a faith which he despises. Despite the support of an overwhelming number of Indian intellectuals who vowed to protect, unto death, his right to insult others, he decided to take the way out which would give him the most tax benefits.

On a more serious note– the rights of the common citizen are certainly poised to shrink with vested interests and government apathy claiming the lives of those trying to enforce them.

Two months ago, in Talegaon, Maharashtra, RTI activist Sunil Shetty was murdered for exposing a number of land-scans in the Talegaon, Lonavala area. He paid with his life for his right to expose the truth.

A month later, Shashidhar Mishra, an RTI activist, was murdered in Bihar. He also paid with his life for his right to information.

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New Year’s Day is a time for new resolutions- any suggestions?

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edited to add:- 

 You may remember that I had posted about my friend Marc’s blog being nominated for for the category of ‘Best Patient’s Blog’ in the Sixth Annual Medical Weblog Awards (2009).  Many of my blogging friends had voted for his blog then. I am happy to say that he did indeed win the award. http://bit.ly/d26Yjp

 Thank you!

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[image of Gudhi- courtesy Wikipedia.]