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Playing Toady to Modi!

India May Be Watching the Modi-Trump Meeting, Not The World

The Obamas are on a holiday in Indonesia, a visit that figures in The Straits Times today. Pakistan issuing its first transgender passport found coverage in it, too.

The newspaper, however, has no mention of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington.

I checked out the TV channels of BBC, CNN, Fox News, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg. Mr Modi’s visit did not even find mention in the news ticker. The landslide in China was on most of them.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Hong Kong appears in CNN.

For India’s Times Now, which revels in playing toady to Modi, the world is watching the meeting between the Prime Minister and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The world is interested in India for its billion-plus market. And for its cheap IT labour which is, nonetheless, in decline.

Getting carried away by events that are routine, such as a PM’s overseas jaunts, is nothing more than an exercise in jingoism.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Nadal, Easy Winner at Roland Garros

There were some flashes of sparkling tennis from Wawrinka. And some frustrations too that saw him break his racquet once.

When it became clear there was no way he could upstage Nadal, he became a little relaxed flashing a smile here and there and even encouraging spectators to clap.

Nadal simply reasserted his supremacy as the clay court monarch with a straight-set Grand Slam win at Roland Garros today.

On a jarring note, I saw Wawrinka spit on the court. This is something footballers do but I do not remember having seen it on a tennis court.

For his part, Nadal poured orange drink from a bottle onto the ground while seated during a break.

It was not a pleasant sight, but what the heck, winning the French Open title for the 10th time is a remarkable feat.

Congratulations, Nadal!

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Scintillating tennis as Ostapenko Wins French Open

Prior to this year’s French Open, I had not even heard of Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. Possibly because I had stopped following tennis as much as I used to until a few years ago.

On the other hand, I had watched Simona Halep play at the 2014 WTA finals in Singapore – an event that also had participation from the likes of Serena Williams, Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic and Wozniacki.

Today, unseeded Ostapenko (20), chirpy and cheerful, was clearly the crowd favourite. She also did not disappoint them either – becoming one of the youngest French Open champions, giving Halep no chance in the final with great serves, powerful smashes and easy winners. 

I loved the coverage on SingTel Mio TV and tomorrow is going to be even more exciting. Will Nadal, certain to start as a crowd favourite, take home another Grand Slam title, fending off any challenge from Wawrinka?

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Back to 1975, Only Now it is More Evil

With or without today’s actions against NDTV, there are definite parallels between the Congress government of 1975 and the one led by Narendra Modi since May 2014.

There are huge differences as well. The electorate then was a lot saner and wiser than the majoritarian bigots in today’s India.

Two years were all it took for the people to throw out those behind the Emergency. Indira Gandhi herself lost the election in 1977 to Raj Narain.

Today’s Indians, though, are a breed so solidly behind pure evil that Mr RSS will convincingly romp home again in 2019.

Another difference was that the media then were ready to fight evil. Now, the bulk of the Indian media are stooges of those in power.

There will be no stopping King Modi even if a more ruthless 1975 were to be re-enacted. If, God forbid, another 2002 happens, he and his party will win by even bigger margins. 

Indians are so enamoured of him despite heading a government that, to me, is the worst in independent India! All they want is a theocratic Hindu Raj along the mould of failed countries in the Islamic world.

All political parties in India, including the BJP and the Congress, have the same genes so while governments change the sinister traditions remain intact.

Country Needs More AAPs

Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP brought in a whiff of fresh political air in Delhi. To the BJP and the Congress, however, Kejriwal is such a big threat that the two are together plotting to see AAP wiped out.

For the fanatical electorate, any threat to continuation of the evil Raj must be put down.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Chaos in London Airports — IT Systems the Culprit, Not Terror Panic

BA cancels all flights in London- but over IT systems outage and not out of any terror panic!

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Messi, the Convict! A Self-Goal!

It is plain and simple – it does not pay to evade taxes! Fighting the case in court, Lionel Messi perhaps paid lawyers more than what he saved through tax evasion. Now it is double the loss for him.

While he is able to avoid jail by serving out his term on probation, the football superstar will still remain a convict. That stain will never go away, notwithstanding the billions of dollars in his kitty!

If he had thought pleading ignorance would make him fend off conviction, that’s naïveté, at best!

G Joslin Vethakumar 


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Evil Losers – Trump Gets it Right!

Evil Losers! Oratory is not something U.S. President Donald Trump can rely on to sway the world.

With his often bumbling, impulsive talk supporting his populist gimmickry, he is a loser himself in the dignity stakes.

But here he has nailed it right! It is difficult to think of a better expression to describe the monsters. Evil losers!

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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