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Happy Christmas

I wish all Happy Christmas.

Happy Christmas is different from Merry Christmas. Merry need not be happy and happy need not be merry.

Many people have holidays because of Christmas and it is appropriate that they wish Happy Christmas. Everybody is not a Christian. I know some Christian sects do not celebrate Christmas. People who do not celebrate Christmas are free not to accept or reciprocate the greeting. That does not mean that Christians who celebrate Christmas should wish Happy Holidays instead of Happy Christmas.

Last year I watched on Night Out on NDTV 24×7 greetings of many Hollywood actors and actresses. Most of them are Christians. Most of them said “Happy Holidays”. Some said “Merry Christmas”. Sylverster Stallone said “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays”. Daniel Craig said “Happy Christmas”. I wish more people had said “Happy Christmas”.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem

The decision to show the birth of Jesus in Nazareth in the Vatican crèche is baffling. Both gospels of Matthew and Luke mention that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. There is nothing to suggest that Jesus was born in Nazareth.

Vatican officials should not play with the faith of the people and go against what is written in the gospels. How Benedict XVI has allowed it? Does he think Jesus was born in Nazareth? If so, on what basis? The first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew does not mention that Joseph lived in Nazareth before he took Mary as his wife. In the second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew the magi are told that Bethlehem is the birth place of Jesus. There is no basis to say that as per the Gospel of Matthew Jesus was born in Nazareth.

The crèche at Vatican needs to be as per tradition. Otherwise there should be no crèche.

Thoughts on 10/11/2007

It is for the couples to decide when to have their first child. Couples generally prefer to have their first child within first year of marriage. Satara Zilla Parishad’s scheme asking couples to delay their first child for two to three years and offering Rs.5,000/- and Rs.7,500/- for staying childless for two and three years after marriage should be scrapped.

Appointing Anil Kumble captain for Pakistan series was a right decision. We have to take each series as it comes.

USA had different standards for Burma and Pakistan. In both countries there is suppression of democracy. There are sanctions against Burma. No sanctions against Pakistan.

Release of films is not national news. News channels should not give prominence to them.

Price of oil has gone up. Government should allow the rupee to appreciate. There should be no subsidies.

As per reports, Mukesh Ambani’s house will cost Rs.4000 crores. He gave a jet costing Rs.274 crores as birthday gift to his wife. How much Income Tax he has paid? He should have paid Rs.1,830 crores Income Tax. If not, something is wrong with our tax laws or enforcement.

One cannot be NRI for tax purposes and resident Indian for election purposes. Vijay Mallya’s status needs to be made clear.

All cardinals must have the right to vote in a conclave. At present the number of cardinals above eighty are not allowed to vote in a conclave. The number of those who can vote is restricted to 120. The total number of cardinals is around 200. No new cardinals should be appointed till the number comes down to 120 and then all cardinals must be allowed to vote in a conclave. The proportion of European cardinals in general and Italian cardinals in particular is large.

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