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Chidambaram Saved Ahmed Patel, Congress

It was Chidambaram who clinched it for the Congress. It is people like him and Jairam Ramesh who should helm the party. The Congress has some of the country’s brightest political minds with sound educational credentials.

Sonia, Rahul and their half-baked cronies are best kept at a distance.

If they do not see the writing on the wall and step aside, it will be the party’s funeral.

G Joslin Vethakumar

How Congress flexed its muscles for Ahmed Patel’s win : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/how-congress-flexed-its-muscles-for-ahmed-patels-win/article19458824.ece

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The Future of Singapore on Show at NDP

 

An AI-Driven Smart Nation is Better Than One  Stifled By Overpopulation!

It was a National Day Parade aligned with the realities of today. It was not about threat perceptions or any fear psychosis relevant for even countries insulated from violence, crime and political mayhem.

It was about reassurance that Singapore is in good hands ready to face the future with confidence and preparedness.

Not surprisingly, Singapore’s military might with focus on maritime security, artillery power, new-generation combat support systems and even terror-attack simulations were effectively presented at the Parade this evening.

Robots and Drones: But, to me, what stood out was a robot among the show hosts and drone formations that tie into what the future may look like for not just Singapore but the world, not excluding the most populous ones.

It is more than just a hint of an Artificial Intelligence-driven future.

PM’s Message: This is, to some extent, reflected in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day message that touched on three factors critical for Singapore’s future – Education, Healthcare and Technology, with its Smart Nation vision.

Singapore is already world-class in these areas, the difference lying in how the interests of its citizens appear to have been taken lightly.

My own vision is of a Singapore with a population that is 20% lower than that of today for a better quality of life.

An AI-driven Singapore is better than one where overpopulation and alien interests are prioritised for a strong government chest.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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NDTV, Fake Liberals and Cheap Tricks!

I picked up this book from Landmark in Chennai yesterday. I hope Arundhati Roy does not disappoint me! But this post is not about the Booker Prize winner or her second novel.


It is about fake liberals and the pits they descend to in a desperate attempt to market their paperware.

Following the initial publicity blitz on NDTV, I wanted to get Indira by Sagarika Ghose as well.

But the channel slid into cheap territory by positioning the book as a no-holds-barred “story” of the life and times of Indira Gandhi.

Worse, to boost sales, NDTV tried a vulgar trick with blurbs that pointed to the late prime minister’s affairs. That sleaze was enough for me to avoid forking out Rs 699 for a book full of lies and half truths. 

Having read extracts in the media, it was clear Sagarika had used disgusting language to portray Indira Gandhi as a loose woman – merely based on hearsay without a shred of evidence.

Detestable Writing

Even if there was truth in what she brought up, one does not expect such detestable writing from those who seek to project themselves as liberal intellectuals.

Sagarika’s book is a mere attempt to placate the BJP by spinning tales verging on character assassination of Indira Gandhi.

I am not one to support authors with an agenda.
But, not surprisingly, The Hindu carried a review today to support Sagarika’s suspect biographical foray.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Swiss Double at Wimbledon!

Hingis Stands Vindicated for Dumping Leander

A Swiss double fructified at Wimbledon as Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray romped home in Mixed Doubles just now.

If Hingis had not dumped Leander, it will perhaps have been another first-round exit for the duo after their French Open fiasco just last month.

Leander, not surprisingly, was booted out at Wimbledon at the first hurdle he ran into in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. In men’s,  the loss was to a pair that had a 40-something player and not a seasoned one.

Sport is not about loyalties, it is about winning without allowing your partner to crush your win chances. Leander, of late, had become the weakest link for his partner. At Wimbledon, he was the poorest performer among Indians.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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If China and India Rule the World, it Will Be “Goodbye Humanity”!

China: A Jailed Nobel Laureate Denied Basic Rights Dies

India: Hardcore Criminals With Illgotten Wealth Live Like Monarchs in Jail

In China, a Nobel Laureate, who was jailed for being a pro-democracy activist, is denied basic rights, resulting in his death of liver cancer today.

Dr Liu Xiaobo, an academic who was once a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the U.S., even had his dying wish for treatment abroad rejected.

In India, hardcore criminals enjoy a life of luxury in jail, as it surfaced today with reports of privileged treatment being given to corruption convict Sasikala Natarajan, who had gone on a looting spree in collusion with late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha.

Sasikala is accused of paying hefty bribes to get a Queen-like treatment in jail, including a kitchen exclusively for her.

In a TV debate a little while ago, it became clear that the Sasikala saga was not an isolated instance. Former top prison officials revealed that it was common for influential criminals to get special treatment in jail.

These, my friends, are how the establishment in the world’s top two populous countries works.

And the world wants to hand global leadership on a platter to China, with even the democratic West sucking up to the communist giant while shedding crocodile tears!

G Joslin Vethakumar

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Why sexism has festered for so long in Silicon Valley!

These are complex affairs that merit a multi-pronged investigation.

Professional and moral aberrations, corporate ladders, manipulations and deals with lethal digital-era twists go hand-in-hand with mediocrity.

It’s not just a tech affair!

G Joslin Vethakumar 

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/08/technology/culture/sexism-silicon-valley-code-of-conduct/index.html

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At the Stroke of the Midnight Hour…

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s stirring and epochal speech is one of those moments in history that will warm the hearts of non-political Indians for ever.

That straight-from-the-heart speech, capturing India’s tryst with destiny for the world to cherish and be inspired, is clear demonstration of his intellect and passion that served the country’s fight for freedom well.

Full of emotion and patriotic fervour, Nehru2delivered with power and no drama, the speech alone is enough to cement Nehru’s position as one of India’s greatest leaders ever. Delivered 70 years ago, it continues to inspire people worldwide. It even served as inspiration for a Grammy-winning composition from jazz artist Ted Nash this year.

No amount of vilification from bigots and self-seeking politicians or rewriting of the history books can take that away from him.

Anything that Nehru and Indira Gandhi are remembered for simply does not go well with today’s narcissist prime minister Narendra Modi and his cronies.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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