For the heck of it

Monday, September 05, 2005

Is India really a "third world" country?

Take the example of New Orleans vs. Mumbai

Inches of rain in New Orleans due to hurricane Katrina... 18

Inches of rain in Mumbai (July 27th).... 37.1

Population of New Orleans... 484,674

Population of Mumbai.... 12,622,500

Deaths in New Orleans within 48 hours of Katrina...100

Deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37

Number of people to be evacuated in New Orleans... entire city..wohh

Number of people evacuated in Mumbai...10,000

Cases of shooting and violence in New Orleans...Countless

Cases of shooting and violence in Mumbai.. NONE

Time taken for US army to reach New Orleans... 48hours

Time taken for Indian Army and Navy to reach Mumbai...12hours


48 hours later...New Orleans is still waiting for relief, army and electricity

48 hours later. Mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual's most developed nation

India...third world country..

Now, you judge for yourself...Is India really a third world country??

Sunday, September 04, 2005

State of politics in India - Verbal tussle

State Revenue Minister Narayan Rane vowed to hit back at Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for verbally abusing him at the Sena meet at Shanmukhananda Hall, King’s Circle, yesterday.

Rane, who recently quit the Sena, said he would ‘return the compliments.’ “I am not in Mumbai, but I have accepted the challenge and I shall answer him. Just wait for a couple of days!” he said.

We will be waiting for your comeback, Mr Rane.

While addressing Sainiks from Rane’s Sindhudurg district, Thackeray used what he proudly calls, Thackeri (street-language that is generally below the belt) and called Rane a variety of names.

These included: bhadwa (pimp), dedhfutya (referring to his short stature), vasoolmantri (extortion minister), phurse (poisonous snake) and a mad dog.

But there was more as the Sena backbenchers hooted through all this name-calling. Thackeray then said Rane couldn’t have children as he hadn’t got an erection in 10 years.

He also went on to declare Rane’s assets, which Thackeray insisted, were amassed after he became corporator, MLA, minister, chief minister and Leader of Opposition.

Over the phone, Rane said he did not want to use similar language, but promised that he would certainly answer Thackeray.

“As regards estate details, I have been filing my income tax returns regularly, and they were also mentioned in my election affidavits. Is the Sena trying to provoke me into publishing their details? If that’s the case, I will do it, in the book I am writing a book on Uddhav and his men.”