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Delhi Student in Time List of Next-Gen Leaders

Interesting, this must have come as a huge surprise even for this student of English Literature in Delhi.

Gurmehar, who recently spoke against university campus violence only to be trolled and threatened with violence by the pro-BJP brigade, has now made it to the Time list of next-generation leaders.

That’s fair recognition for the courage she showed when even the media showed laughable shamelessness, with most journalists chickening out, not just bowing to Modi mania but also going all out to glorify the divisive politics of the BJP-led Government.

‘Free speech warrior’ Gurmehar is one of Time magazine’s Next Gen leaders

G Joslin Vethakumar


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Carlsen in Singapore, Poor Media Coverage!

Singapore’s chess enthusiasts got to see World chess champion Magnus Carlsen in action in the country over the weekend when he played 16 simultaneous games, winning all of them.

I was not aware of it until I read a report about it in The Straits Times today. It is a newspaper that does not cover chess in its sports pages. But, today, it did!

Carlsen in singapore

Worse, it hardly reports on even big chess tournaments, missing the recent World Cup in which Carlsen lost in the third round to a Grandmaster from China.

Five-time world champion V Anand had also played simultaneous games against 50 young players in March this year. He had won 48 of them, losing two.

I missed that too, I will blame that also on the poor media coverage.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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Brilliant Anand Beats Hou Yifan for a Fine Finish

Attacking Middle Game and End-Game Mastery on Show at Isle of Man Tournament 

It was a fine finish for Viswanathan Anand at the elite Isle of Man tournament today as he showed endgame mastery to defeat Hou Yifan. 

The easy win took his tally to 7/9 points, just half a point behind World Champion Magnus Carlsen who drew his final round match with Hikaru Nakamura, who also ended up with a 7/9 score.

The title expectedly went to Carlsen, followed by Anand and Nakamura.

Having watched all of the nine rounds online, I can say that Anand’s win against Hou Yifan was his best in the tournament. He was fully in control throughout the game, went a pawn up early and with an attacking middle- and end-game play scored an emphatic win.

Vidit Gujarathi wound up the tournament half a point behind Anand.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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196 Countries in 19 Months!

That’s a lucky 27-year-old, woman power at its best!!

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PRs Still Foreigners, Data Must Be Clear

Permanent Residents (PRs) are still foreigners. It is not right to club citizens and PRs in statistical data.

Singaporeans have to be alert to jugglery that skirts the distinction.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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So, Amos Yee is Free to Say the “US is Finally Dead”

A Teen Claiming to be a Victim of Political Persecution is Height of Absurdity

The U.S. has a smart-assy way of inviting trouble, aided by its intellectually impoverished culture of liberalism. The latest demonstration of this inanity is in the granting of asylum to Singaporean juvenile delinquent Amos Yee (18), whose avowed aim is “to spread anarchic communism.”

If a teen can claim to be a victim of political persecution in Singapore only those steeped in idiocy will be taken in by the height of absurdity. The country had ignored his YouTube ranting (since he was 13) and was treated with kid gloves even after he celebrated the death of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew with a video titled, “LKY is Finally Dead.”

If he had not been arrested, he may have landed himself in a worse form of trouble for he was seeking to foment communal ferment in the country with venom against Christianity and Islam.

It is just selective atheism – attacking religion is not the same as targeting particular faiths in a peaceful, multiracial country. Calling him an atheist just amounts to mocking at genuine non-believers.

Joining the Anti-Trump Brigade

He is an embarrassment for anyone who loves free speech. Singapore is not a country to be rattled by a 15-year-old delinquent desperate for an escape from National Service in the country while seeking good life in the U.S., without deserving it.

Amos Yee will fit in well in the U.S., joining hands with those protesting against President Trump and exacerbating the anarchic situation already prevailing there.

Why is Snowden Still an American Fugitive?

As I had posed in an earlier post: “If the U.S. is a country that stands by absolute freedom, why is Edward Snowden on the run?”

The asylum for Amos Yee also reminds of how Uncle Sam gave asylum for a few duds from India – maid Sangeeta Richards and her family.

The U.S. embassy in India then went to the extent of conspiring with the maid’s family (husband, Richard, and children) to have them evacuated into American soil. Richard was a driver with the embassy.

Uncle Sam’s Surreptitious Actions in India

Interestingly, soon after his surreptitious arrival in the U.S., with all costs paid for by Washington, Sangeeta and Richard filed for divorce.

Then, there is this instance of American teenager Michael Fay who was caned for vandalism in Singapore. Then American President Bill Clinton had personally called Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong seeking pardon for the vandal. But Singapore politely declined, saying the law cannot be different for a foreigner.

After the jail term and the caning, Michael Fay went back to the U.S. where he was later arrested for assaulting his father.

It is time the U.S. started to see reason in Singapore’s actions.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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Terror Strikes in London as Routine as Train Service Disruptions in S’pore

Metro terror attacks in London and Europe have become as common as train service disruptions in Singapore.

Perhaps that is why I am not seeing live coverage on BBC TV in Singapore.

Sky News and CNN had better focus on it but not non-stop coverage. But then this was a minor incident, so they may not have wanted to bore global audiences with something that is becoming routine.

We can live with train service breakdowns, so Singaporeans can complain less. However, with a population bursting at its seams, that can be just as scary.

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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