Varsha Pratipada

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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.]

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29 thoughts on “Varsha Pratipada”

  1. A very happy new year to you. As this year opens with the same amount of promise that each year holds…may we gather the energy to use it well indeed !

    🙂

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  2. Navin varshachya hardik shubhechya…. They are certainly badly needed by the aam junta.

    Lovely post. But am getting a bit worried. Today’s paper has Sharad Pawar equating 50% with 21 % ….

    I know we discovered 0. I shudder to think we may soon reach there.

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  3. Beautiful coverage of the past year’s events, Manju!

    Nava varshadha haardhika shubhaashayagalu, Manju!
    This is my wish to you in Kannada…Sanskrit based languages are so similar!

    Let us hope the future holds more happiness for all of us.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I’m often surprised how much we can understand other Indian languages. I think we can guess what is being said when we know the context.

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  4. The offspring of a prominent Bollywood personality..who is that? I dont know…

    Good coverage of a year!! felt very bad about those RTI activists..

    NAv varsh ki haardik shubhkamnaai!!!

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  5. I am very very happy to know that Marc won the award, Manju.

    The death/murder of RTI activists is shocking. Nowadays every news seems to be scary, including the 200 crore rupees expenditure for Mayavathi’s BSP bash, the cost of her garland, but no money for stampede victims…still we should hope for a better future, I think.

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  6. Happy to Ugadi to you and your readers.. was able to celebrate it here in Kuwait too since my colleague from Andhra was sweet enough to give me a cup of sweet kheer..

    May the new year bring great tidings to you and to the nation…

    Loved the way you summed it up 🙂

    happy to note that Marc won the contest….

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    1. HK, glad you were able to celebrate Ugadi there!

      I am hopeful of good things happening in India in the coming year- people seem to have a greater awareness about what is happening around them, and are less ready to blindly follow political leaders.

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  7. Happy new year to you 🙂 🙂
    You Have summed up the events very well with a hint of sarcasm.. I liked it…
    But the deaths of RTI activists were really scary 😦 😦 this is where i think non-violence is think of past to achieve justice…
    Hoping for the better sense to prevail…

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  8. Happy New Year! You forgot to give the cash mala’s of Mayawati a mention! And yes I am glad the artist took up the Qatar citizenship, and cannot understand the furore!

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