Month: January 2009

Nirmala Venkatesh should be sacked

There was an attack on women in a pub named Amnesia in Mangalore on 24/1/2009. The hooligans were around forty. Such attack has no place in a civilized society. These hooligans are counterparts of Taliban. Law must take its course and the hooligans must be punished.

Blaming the victims for crimes committed on them is wrong. National Commission for Women sent a delegation. The words and actions of Nirmala Venkatesh, a member of the Commission, are disgusting. Instead of focussing on the crime she had targeted the pub owner and women who were beaten up. Her statement that women should not be anywhere without security shows Taliban mindset. It implies crimes can be committed against women if there is no security for them. This is wrong.

Nirmala Venkatesh should be sacked from her membership of National Commission of Women. She is a disgrace.

Pranab Mukherjee should resign


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Pranab Mukherjee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pranab Mukherjee has been humiliated by Congress time and again. In 2004 he was not made Prime Minister. He was told that he would be made Home Minister but made Defence Minister. When the time for Presidential Election came he was not made a candidate. The excuse given was that Congress cannot spare him. The reason was that he would not be a puppet of Sonia Gandhi.

After 26/11 Shivraj Patil resigned and P. Chidambaram was made Home Minister. Now Prime Minister Manmohan Singh kept the Finance portfolio with himself. Now Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has undergone surgery and unable to perform his functions. They should have been passed on to Pranab Mukherjee as he was the Seniormost Minister in Cabinet Committee of Political Affairs. Finance portfolio was given to Pranab Mukherjee.

Pranab Mukherjee was Finance Minister when Indira Gandhi was Prime Minister. Congress cannot find any MP who can be made Finance Minister. Republic Day functions should have been performed by Pranab Mukherjee. Defence Minister A. K. Antony performed Prime Minister’s Republic Day functions. This is the limit. Pranab Mukherjee should not put up with this humiliation any more. If he has any self-respect left he should resign immediately. He has not much to lose, just a few months of ministership.

Barack Obama is President

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, 20/1/2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as President of USA. He is the 43rd President of USA but is generally mentioned as 44th President of USA. That is because Grover Cleveland is counted twice as 22nd and 24th President of USA. In between his two terms Benjamin Harrison was President of USA. There were many Presidents who had two terms. They are not counted twice. Franklin Roosevelt was President four times. He is not counted four times.

While administering the oath of office John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of USA mentioned the words in wrong order. Instead of “faithfully execute the office of the President of United States” he said “execute the office of the President of United States faithfully”. Barack Obama stood silent for a while. I thought he missed the words. I realized the mistake of John Roberts later on. As Wolf Blitzer of CNN said “John Roberts screwed up”.

In 2005 Barack Obama had opposed the nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice.

Most of the Presidents of USA are WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). There are exceptions like Martin Van Buren who was Dutch and John Kennedy who was Irish Catholic.

Barack Obama is said to be the first black President of USA. He is not a descendant of blacks who were slaves in USA. His father was from Kenya. His mother was white.

Barack Obama talked of change. Within eleven hours of his taking over as President disappeared and after sometime reappeared in a new format

Barack Obama’s middle name is Hussein. At one time that was considered a disadvantage but Barack Obama overcame that.

Barack Obama has two daughters. George W. Bush has two daughters. William Jefferson Clinton has one daughter. It is strange that three successive Presidents of USA had daughters and no sons.

Expectations are high from Barack Obama. Whether he will meet them only time will tell.