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 


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The Lure of Limelight!

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has taken the bait to get back from retirement possibly to garner some attention.

I doubt it is a prudent decision unless he is ready to dent the reputation he has as one of the greatest chess players ever. His comeback notwithstanding, he can never upstage late Fischer who, to me, will remain the finest player the chess world has seen.

Moreover, these are times when current and former world champions Magnus Carlsen and Vishwanathan Anand do not hesitate to draw games through repetitive moves.

Kasparov back from retirement for US tournament

G Joslin Vethakumar 

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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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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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Lee Family Dispute: Legalese and Venom Show there is Little to Do with Matters of the Heart

PM’s Statement Brings Up Serious Questions on Will!

“It is with a heavy heart that I will leave Singapore in the foreseeable future.” This note is from the statement released by Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, but by bringing matters of the heart into the public domain they laid bare their intent which may not necessarily mean bringing down late Lee Kuan Yew’s Oxley Road house in line with his will in probate.

With legalese and venom against their elder brother, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the statement does not leave me convinced that what they want is nothing other than honouring of their late father’s wish.

In contrast, PM Lee’s first statement in Facebook appeared to have come from the heart, an expression of disappointment at the decision of his siblings to go public with what was essentially a family dispute. He followed it up with a detailed rebuttal, through a statutory declaration issued through his lawyers.

Bringing Disrepute to First Family

A naïve question from the brother-sister combine is why PM Lee did not take the issue to court. It beats me how it did not occur to people of their stature that it was simply to stay clear of anything that could bring disrepute to the family.

PM Lee has raised doubts about how the demolition clause that was not in wills 5 and 6 made it to will number 7, the final one. He also brought up a conflict of interest since the final will appeared to have been prepared or supervised by Lee Hsien Yang’s wife, Lee Suet Fern. So, the matter may end up with a legal resolution.

Criticism from China: “Lackeys of America”

By making the family feud public, the siblings have brought international embarrassment for Singapore. Even China and its netizens have heavily criticised Singapore with comments such as: “Lee Hsien Loong did not go against the wishes of Lee Kuan Yew because both father and son chose to be lackeys of America”.

The siblings are to be blamed for not only causing harm to the legacy of late Lee Kuan Yew but also to Singapore’s reputation.

There is no question that the house must go if it is established the will was valid and reflected the late leader’s final wish.

If, however, it emerges that the father of the nation was only tentative about having the house demolished and if the issues the Prime Minister has raised are confirmed in a court of law, then the Lee Hsien Yang family may not be able to leave Singapore as they now wish. 

If that happens, it will prevent heritage getting reduced to rubble.

My Earlier Post: https://joslinv.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/singapore-in-good-hands-the-lee-family-feud-notwithstanding/

G Joslin Vethakumar

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What a Tame Draw!

Carlsen, Anand Dish Out Mediocre Chess in World’s Strongest Tournament

It was a waste of time watching two world champions, current and past, play out a draw by repetition of moves in the ninth and final round of the Norway Chess 2017 that ended that minutes ago.

V Anand appeared to hold the edge after the first 10 moves, but then he started to cower and got into defensive mode. Magnus Carlsen was no better as both were perhaps too keen to avoid finishing at the bottom of the world’s strongest Super GM tournament.

Carlsen’s dismal performance all through the event will have been a huge disappointment for his home fans in Norway.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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Carlsen Faces Anand in Norway Today

But the Super GM Tournament has been a Forgettable One for Both

Altibox Norway Chess, the strongest Super GM tournament, has so far been a forgettable one for both World Champion Magnus Carlson and the player he dethroned Viswanathan Anand.

Anand vs Carlsen 2The two face each other today in the final round with leader Aronian having a comfortable two-point lead over both.

It was only in Round 7 that Anand had his first win, with Fabiano Caruana being his victim. Still, that was one up on Carlsen who had his first win only yesterday, in Round 8 over Karjakin.

I intend to watch the live streaming, as I did last night when Anand drew with Aronian. Carlsen holds the psychological edge while Anand will hope to salvage some lost pride.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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