Fathers And Sons

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Son: Dad, I need some money.

Dad (not looking up from the newspaper): Why?

Son: You know I did not get through to a merit seat in engineering or medical. I need the money for capitation fees. You know none of this would not have happened if you had only managed to get a fake SC/ST certificate right? Or if our grandads had been like oppressed, depressed and suppressed like centuries ago?

Dad: Stop blaming me for everything. Its not my fault that your mother’s second cousin took our money claiming to have a jugaad in the Panchayat and ran away with all we paid him.

Son: She told me the guy who screwed you was her friend from college. I didn’t know she was her second cousin.

Dad: Well whatever. I dont have any money to give you soon. I am not Reddy uncle that gets crores a day from mining interests.

Son: What are your organs for Dad?

Dad: Sorry Son. I am saving my kidney for a Droid X. Your mother already used hers up for an iPhone. And she cannot even listen to all the calls her “second cousin” makes her as they keep getting dropped because of the position she holds the unit in. Serves her right….

Son: Well Dad what about my kidney?

Dad: Well what about it?

Son: Can’t we sell it for my education?

Dad: Oh I forgot to tell you. We sold that years ago—why exactly I cannot remember off-hand.

Son:  That sucks.

Dad: Yes sorry son. We are flat broke. My dad raised money to send me to the Idiotic Institute of Pottery Management and you know how well that turned out. No job ever, just a bunch of soft skills and I have spent my life counting chickens and eggs. I am not going to make his mistake with respect to you, i.e. pay for a worthless education.

Son: But then what the hell am I going to do?

Dad: Here is an idea. Yes the more I think about it the better I think it is. Go into the jungles and become a Naxalite terrorist. Kill some cops, plant some bombs, spring some ambushes —it’s just like playing Counterstrike except in real life.

Son: You mean make money from extortion?

Dad: Well no I meant this great scheme the West Bengal government has announced for the rehabilitation of terrorists.

The West Bengal government on Wednesday announced a surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy for the Maoist guerrillas with immediate effect.

As per the package, based on guidelines formulated by the union home ministry, surrendering Maoists would get a monthly stipend of Rs.2,000 for a period of three years, while the state government would make a fixed deposit of Rs.1.5 lakh for three years for each.

Once the fixed deposit matures, the entire money would be handed over to the rebel if he shows good conduct for three years.

Son: You mean the government will pay me this amount of money for essentially promising to not be a criminal, after being one for a few years?

Dad: Absolutely son. Taxpayer’s money exists to bring “misguided” youth back into the mainstream, not for the well-guided youth who play by the rules.

Son: But why do I need to go to the jungles Dad? You know how much I hate big ants. Can’t I just do blow up a few schools here in the city and extort a few diamond merchants?

Dad: God, you are not too bright are you? Well I guess I should not have dropped you on your head when you were seven months old. The thing is that rural guerrilla warfare against corporations and the government is romantic. Doing the same thing in the cities is a law and order crisis. You won’t get any sympathy or rehab cash for that. Plus the international literati hasnt really taken up any urban violence cause yet as in they are not made out to be Robin Hoods as much as the jungle hoods are.

Son: Hey can’t I be someone like those people you once told me about, the champagne liberals who jet-set around the world, ink expensive book deals from corporate publishing houses, rail against corporations, US, Israel and India, and then try their best to get themselves to get arrested so that they ultimately get a Nobel prize? Honestly that sounds likes more fun than hiding in a bush full of ants holding a gun.

Dad: Well son, for that to happen, you need to be erudite. You however speak like a heavyweight boxer who has taken too many blows to the head. And neither would you be described in the press as “An explosion of curly black hair…showcases nearly childlike, saucer eyes and cheekbones that erupt the moment she talks or smiles“.  The truth is that you look as pretty as a character from a Ram Gopal Verma creation, the kind that sits in the dark in a Sarkar film.

Son: What to do Dad? I am just a reflection of you.

Dad:  Well knowing your mother, I am not too sure of that. Any case there are possibilities son if you adopt the path of violence. If after a few years you think the government stipend isnt to your liking and you would like to go for advanced study, you can go to the MIT for terrorism—Pakistan. Funding opportunities there are ample—-even if you cannot qualify for the  billion-dollar Kerry-Lugar fellowships unwittingly paid for by US citizens, even the Ten-per-cent Zardari scholarships would go quite a way in a place like the Afghan border. Trust me son, there is no better place in the world for this kind of education. Once you get a training in Pakistan, you can go anywhere in the world and I have heard that if you are a top performer, they organize a boat trip to India as part of your terminal practical training (TPT).

Son: Just a question. This joining Naxals and then going to Pakistan—this does sound kind of risky. What if I like die?

Dad (Looking up from the newspaper): Dying is tough. But it happens to all of us ultimately. The best thing about dying as a terrorist is that people, trying to win a Nobel Peace Prize or appear exaltedly liberal to their friends, will mourn your death and make you out to be some kind of hero. For the rest of us, who will die in a train accident in Bengal or will have their lights extinguished while making way for a VIP’s vanity posse or will be murdered for not buying a birthday gift,  there is not even the glory of a single tear drop. Better die loved and feted than cold and forgotten.

Son: I love you Dad. You are really the best.

Dad: Yes I know.

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91 thoughts on “Fathers And Sons

  1. hehehe! Good one.
    These efforts usually have mixed results. Have been tried in Assam, Nagaland, and Tripura.

  2. great writing. real sarcastic. west bengal is going to the dogs no matter who is in power.
    By the way greatbong your posts are becoming more serious each passing day. when will we have posts like 10 worst films of the decade, My Name is KingKi etc?

  3. Nice one….

    @Greatbong – I have been meaning to ask u this for a while. Do you actually handover those damn ipods/ipads to the nice little people who stamp ‘1st’ in the comments section first and then proceed to read the blog?

  4. Ah ……. the irony and injustice in Indian society and politics …. as usual, brilliantly elucidated. It seems you are becoming more prolific and matured as a writer with each passing day. Are you considering becoming a professional writer ? Won’t be surprised if you do !

  5. amazing read. somehow reminded me of that “diary of a moro-cop”. could be the irony…! way to go arnab da.

  6. Bravo. When i reached the kidney selling part of the post, i found it to be exaggerated sarcasm. But the middle and the end of the post is thoughtful. I hope Arundhati roy reads ur posts ( or does she ?) and feels ashamed of herself for being anti national.

  7. One of the best pieces I have ever read on Naxalism. Beautifully woven with sarcasm and a child like innonence.

    It is unfortunate that the Naxalism has become such a huge crisis.

    One suggestion, I would have loved it, if you could have woven the issues facing the government in tackling with this situation. Would have made it more informative for readers!

  8. “For the rest of us, who will die in a train accident in Bengal…” another thing to mention regarding this… When the Mangalore plane crash happened many celebrities expressed their condolences. But after the Bengal Train Accident only.. yes only Aamir Khan expressed his grief.

  9. Idiotic Institute of Pottery Management – we know what you are referring to. be ready for some legal notice 😉

    good post, truely depicts current affairs

  10. Typical vintage GB stuff. Simply superb, Arnab da!

    In coming years we may hear some politicians (like N.D. tiwari or so..) announcing the similar rehabilitation schemes for prostitues as well.

    Nilz

  11. dude, may I say that you have got it all wrong inside your head and your understanding of life is convoluted. By publishing this post you have thus successfully insulted all those unfortunate people who were not lucky like us – to be born in well to do families with ample to eat and play around.
    Whether the scheme of West Bengal govt will work or not is another debate. I am not even sure if the government is doing this for the aim of rehabilitating those poor people or buying a vote bank. The point here is that this is a good step none the less. Please try and understand the situation and put yourselves in their shoes. Why do we have naxals? More than fifty percent of people in India live in ghettos. Most of them are born to criminal parents or brothels. Most would consider themselves lucky if they have had any parenting at all. We all become selfish when it comes down to our survival. When you do not have food to eat or water to drink, you don’t think of morality because in all probabilities, you have never known any.

    The idea behind this scheme, and I hope that it is true, is to rehabilitate people who have been at the wrong end of lady fortune. Life is all about giving options. The government is giving them a choice which they never had before. They can either choose to live a normal life or choose to go down the same path of violence. We are not defined by our actions but by the choices we make.

    I am not passing a judgment but may I say that you have mocked those who have had less opportunities in life. In all probabilities, the scheme will not work. But the fact that the govt has realized that it has failed these people and empathizing with them has to be appreciated. I feel happy that we are trying to address the root cause of the issue and not just ordering a military operation aimed to kill each and every one of them. You might find it insane, but they are not criminals. If you were in their position, I am sure you would have done the same thing. As all living creatures, it is in our instinct to do anything to survive. And those who have the option to take action, should take the right action. As far as the fact goes about why not extend this courtesy to all criminals in the world, there is no answer. Today, Naxals are the biggest treat we are facing. It means that things have horribly gone wrong there and government is trying to address that. Ideally this courtesy should be extended to all criminals but that is simply not realistic in a democracy. The govt is doing whatever it can at the moment. If you have a better solution to this problem, I am all ears.

  12. @Anshu – Most poor parents are criminals or prostitutes? The poor are immoral by default? That kind of moronic generalization cannot even be dignified with a response. Perhaps you should get out more and understand the world better before writing such ignorant drivel.

    It would be interesting if deluded souls like you actually drive through Lalgarh and get ambushed by the tribal warriors (repeatedly mistakenly called Naxals and Maoists by the Indian media) there. See if they care for your condescension. According to an uncle of mine who was unfortunately ambushed there, their favourite form of torture is to hang you upside down.

  13. @Anshu Dutta

    That is quite a counter argument that you make here. However, there are a few basic fallacies in your argument.

    If the Naxals (or Maoists, Ulfa and other tribal warriors) are out of a result of an unfair system, then every body living in the Red Corridor would be one of them. Fortunately, that is not true.

    Poverty, or unfairness does not erode the morality of human beings, and nor does the fight for survival. The Naxals, and by extension most criminals, take the easy route of crime. Farmers in Vidharbha choose another way to end their misery. That way is suicides for them.

    The people who do not pick up guns or give up their own lives are the Real Heroes in the Red Corridor, for they have sustained their levels of morality, along with the poor conditions they live in. It is with respect to these heroes that the menace of violence be stopped in the Red Corridor. They do not deserve the violence along with government apathy.

    What these silent and real heroes deserve is that the funds that are being put up for the rehabilitation of Naxalists should be spend of rehabilitation of these real heroes.

    That would be a step in the right direction.

  14. The reservation system in the field of education should be banned by the Indian Govt….or at least SC/STs sud be divided into creamy and non creamy just like OBCs…Many deserving students r biting their nails at home whereas undeserving students(who rly cant be called backward acc to their parents’ income,are getting into institutions like the IITs..withhout even scoring half the marks of a General candidate(who dint qualify)….if the situation exists,there ll be a “GENERAL QUOTA” in India after 30 years….

  15. @Anshu Dutta: I think the reason why this scheme of wb govt. needs to be criticized is because this is a dangerous attitude adopted by a govt. Rather than giving incentives to naxals, the govt. would have done better by using that money to provide free education and healthcare to the rural and unfortunate people. Rather than rewarding the lawbreakers and the violent, why not create goodwill among the entire lot and actually nip the problem in the bud?
    “I am not passing a judgment but may I say that you have mocked those who have had less opportunities in life.”
    Rather than getting all sensitive about the ‘mockery’, can we look at the situation more rationally? GB has mocked the genius brains behind this govt. scheme and not the less fortunate. And have u imagined what would be the consequences of the application of this scheme? Those rurals who did not resort to violence earlier will actually have a reason ( and may I say regret ) to turn to it.
    “You might find it insane, but they are not criminals.”
    Please, this apologetic attitude is despicable. ANYBODY who kills another human in the civilized world no matter what his motivation be, is a criminal. Period. But yes, criminals of such nature should be dealt with differently and should not be bracketed with your average murderer.
    “As all living creatures, it is in our instinct to do anything to survive. And those who have the option to take action, should take the right action.”
    So u mean right action is resorting to violence and killing the policemen whose only crime is that they work for the government??
    “Ideally this courtesy should be extended to all criminals but that is simply not realistic in a democracy.”
    U really live in a dream world… Because a citizen of your country has committed a crime ,it is the onus of the govt. to use your money to rehabilitate him..hmm. Rational. And the word u used – courtesy?? Courtesy to a criminal, think again.

  16. Great write up.

    @Anshu Dutta- What next? Terrorists are freedom fighters? You sound like a certain Ms.Roy.
    Such schemes are never going to work. The Naxals are only going to get bolder (if that is possible). We need someone like a KPS Gill there. That’s the only way out.

  17. Ah! That GB touch!!!!!
    “you look as pretty as a character from a Ram Gopal Verma creation, the kind that sits in the dark in a Sarkar film.” Good one.

  18. brilliant stuff again.. Government practically creating a pension plan for those who take up arms and then give it up… this motivates even peaceful people to take up arms, kill a few people and then claim to give it up.. how much money will actually reach them, is a big question mark.. its just a new novel way for the govt. and local bureaucrats to make money.

  19. @Ankit

    I have never denied the things you have said in your post. Poverty is not the answer for taking up arms and violence. Neither am I saying that whatever these insurgents are doing are right. What I am simply saying is that probably many of them never had a choice to do anything else. We can debate and produce arguments and counter arguments because we are educated. Most of these people do not even know what education is. They are probably ignorant of the ramifications of their actions. Does this argument stand for every Maoists? Surely no. There a few who maybe are maniacs and are doing this for fun. But there must be a few who fit my description.
    The government is rolling out funds to help poor people who have not taken up arms. It sad that most of the money is being eaten away by corruption. But that is out of the current context. I am commenting on the new scheme of helping and rehabilitating those who have taken up arms. Whether this money should be used to help these poor farmers instead can be a good debate. But the question – How are you going to tackle the Maoist situation? – remains unanswered.
    I disagree with your statement that the farmers committing suicide are a better way out of disparity. Life is a gift and it has to be lived. It is highly unfortunate that they had to take such drastic step. But had a few taken up arms, could you have really blamed them? Evolution bears testimony to the fact that life will do anything to survive. If I am marooned in an island with a fellow human with no food, we will probably turn into cannibals. There is no shame in admitting this.

    @Shana
    In case you do not know this, the government does use taxpayer’s money to rehabilitate criminals. They teach them skills, craftsmanship and educate them so that they can make a living when they are freed from prison. What a waste of resources – eh!! Man… they should all be just annihilated. Shouldn’t they?

    @Thalassa
    Thank you for the “matured” name calling. You have no clue what I have said and hence there is no point speaking.

    I am going to draw context from a very important event in history. Back in 1945-46, when WWII was over and Germany was tamed, the allied forces had a huge task in hand. What to do with the Nazis who have surrendered? The Germans had just killed six million Jews and caused suffering for entire Europe. Ideally every German was responsible for the genocide in some way or other. But did they kill all the Germans? Understand that it was very difficult to distinguish a good German from bad. But did some of the Germans really have any choice? In a dictatorship, you are brainwashed and forced to follow orders. The point here is that some of the Germans were punished and the rest of the country was rehabilitated. In process some Nazis went free while some good Germans were executed. There was no other choice. To understand what I am saying, refer Nuremberg Trials if you have time.

    Lastly, my comment was never about Naxals or government. I simply said that this post is a sick joke. I am a great admirer of dry sarcastic humor. But there is a thin line between insult and joke. This one is an insult. The writer here is not mocking the government policy but mocking the people instead. It seems as if people take up arms for jolly good fun.

    Rest of you can believe whatever you want to. This is a free country.

  20. @ankush dutta: This is all you could come up with, HA! The first part of my comment says that the govt. can use that money to provide free education and healthcare to the rurals. And hunny, its known to EVERYBODY that prisoners don’t earn their living. Using money for such programs is a sensible step in the direction of rehabilitation, but cash rewards for the violent will prove disastrous in the future.

  21. @Anshu Dutta:

    More than fifty percent of people in India live in ghettos. Most of them are born to criminal parents or brothels. Most would consider themselves lucky if they have had any parenting at all.

    According to you then, if more than 50 percent of people live in ghettos of whom most were born to criminal parents or brothels, it would be safe to say that nearly half of India’s population were either born to criminals or in brothels; right?

    I know it’s a cliché, but still I have to ask you what have you been smoking of late, or for that matter what gutter literature had you been reading?

  22. GB – THIS IS THE BEST IN SOMETIME.
    Take a bow.

    @Anshu Dutta
    “Today, Naxals are the biggest treat we are facing.”
    I know it must be inadvertent but it is neither a treat or threat anymore, it is a harsh reality.
    Your entire stance sounds more emotional than rational but I agree with you partly that the government is trying to do something, whether it is the right thing to do is definitely a debate in itself.

    @Thalassa
    very well articulated

    @Run
    I am all for the General quota. In general it is a good idea 🙂

  23. The obligatory jab at your caricature of “ivory tower liberals” was pretty much expected (honestly man, let it go – plagiarizing from American AM talk radio isn’t cool), but it was really contrived in this post. Other than that, good stuff.

  24. Pensive,

    Using the word ‘plagiarizing’ (which means verbatim lifting from source material) is libelous. [Its another thing I dont have a radio] Please support your claim.

  25. Excellent writing. Just one thing to add: For the rest of us who die in earthquakes, train accidents, terrorist strikes, Rajiv Gandhi Gas Leak Guarantee Scheme, etc. Maun-maun Singh and Antonio Maino will “announce” 1 lakh rupees compensation.

  26. Anon-“great writing. real sarcastic. west bengal is going to the dogs no matter who is in power.
    By the way greatbong your posts are becoming more serious each passing day. when will we have posts like 10 worst films of the decade, My Name is KingKi etc?”

    Beware. I will kill you or anyone who mentions that “My Name is Kingki” is not a serious post. Even foreigners know it know: There are 2 types of Indians- kingky and non-kingky.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrea-miller/dating-advice-how-to-date_b_596496.html

    GB- Lovely sarcasm.

  27. @Rishi Khujur:
    Why do you say it has failed in Assam? I was too young at that time to know the incentives and too lazy now to look up all the carrots that were dangled, but the long and short of it was that a organised force was split down the middle and was generally considered to be an inspired political move by the CM.Needless to say though, for every one firearm surrendered, two were kept hidden and
    a whole new problem had emerged for businesses and people to contend with since then.But this move served its purpose
    @GB
    had great fun reading. unfair as it is though, this scheme might very well work if past success is anything to go by. The thought of the scale of any new problems it might create is frightening

  28. @ Anirban
    Tactically, it may work in splitting the “men” from the “boys”, as far as the Naxals and their “bloody revolution” is concerned, but I am not sure that in the long run a ideology based movement can be contained that way, unless the leadership is eliminated.

    A top down approach, where the leadership (both ideological and tactical) needs to be eliminated first, before any headway can be made with these kinds of initiatives.

    It may be interesting to study how the Janata Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) in Sri Lanka was contained.

  29. What looked like a humorous post sounds much more deep and sad when you think about it 😦 . Esp the murder mentioned in the end..

    Good post nevertheless!

  30. My partner and I enjoyed reading this blog post, I was just wondering do you ever trade featured posts? I’m always in search of someone to make trades with and merely thought I’d ask.

  31. Dear GB…. went to see ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ yesterday. Got a unexpected gift you might appreciate. Got to see the trailer of an upcoming film that goes by the name of ‘Dabaang’, stars the great Salman Khan. Do take a look. There haven’t been Hindi films like this in recent times (going by the trailer that is)!

  32. @Anshu

    No, I did not say that the farmers who suicide find a better way, all i said was that they find an alternative way.

    If I am marooned in an island with a fellow human with no food, we will probably turn into cannibals. There is no shame in admitting this.

    No, I have got no shame in admitting to that. And while I am not one to advocate extremism, I am not a liberal either, and I do not fancy Gandhism for sure.

    However, the point that I am trying to make is that these cannibals had not been stationed at an island without food. The proof of statement might not be proved through statistics, but by the simple fact that these cannibals share their habitat with those who have the mind not to pick up guns. These men and women who are facing the everyday threat of Naxalites and the government are really the onese which deserve the state sympathy.

    And frankly, the Naxalities have done nothing to improve the food situation in the Red Corridor. Killing policemen is symbolism for their mutiny against the state, I understand. However, does that in any manner improve their living conditions. What about the families of these policemen?

  33. Only I have the power to solve this problem! My randomness and arbitness have taken care of lot of heavyweights, and this time too I shalt prevail!

  34. Great post, a great snapshot of what is currently going on in India….;
    @GB: you surely don’t like a certain Ms. Roy, do you?? 🙂 me neither….

    My view is that any amnesty scheme in the face of ongoing violence is a sign of capitulation and only encourages more folks to pick up arms in the hope of making a fast buck…. another case of increased opportunity to breed corruption. Environment needs to be created such that the choice people make is clear.. follow the law and be benefited in the form of education, employment else bear the consequences should you make another choice. That is where the taxpayer’s money is better spent…

  35. @greatbong
    I didn’t mean to use the term in its technical sense, and I certainly didn’t mean to level charges of actual plagiarism (apologies). I meant to use it as a synonym for rehashing a trite idea (“limousine/ivory tower liberal”). The idea didn’t originate from right wing talk radio in the US, although that’s where it is most used today.

  36. @rohit- you are a fool, recognize the true greatness in me! And you call this satire?? Come to me my son, and my arbitness is gonna blow you away!!

  37. Will write a full comment when i recuperate fully, but..had to type this in right now!!! Finally, Blackadder has some competition in Sarcasm! 🙂 Beautiful, Dripping Sarcasm…..(drooling noises)!!!!:D

  38. Great post!

    Dear son i would suggest you to embrace religion of peace! Then start a biz in the kashmir valley. They are uneducated…so even ur average education will be respected there. Advertise your credentials in local urdu daily in matrimony section.Bribe the religious heads for creating reference and reputation. Get married to beautiful kashmiri girls. Given the unemployemnt, kashmiri parents will fight among themselves to marry the beautiful virgins to you!And the male-female ratio is also opportunistic. The males are busy giving their lives for the promised babes in heaven. There is dearth of suitable grooms there.Girls wont complain abt ur looks there..as they mostly dont get to see the groom.

    So, Kashmir is risky but best place for average losers like you.

  39. @Rishi Khujur
    I agree with everything that you have stated.
    Its just that the feeling of helplessness in the face of organised violence is somewhat reduced when something is done about it “right now” apart from endless debate over the 2 extremes of talks or military action. I agree in the long run it may not be enough to lure the grassroots cadre.
    But amidst all the din of crushing “them” militarily or talking to “their” leaders this move might create a thousand cracks and fissures in the united face that the naxals present. I am hoping that the “non-sympathisers” they lord over may no longer follow their whips in the ensuing confusion and that can no way be a morale booster even among the “men” among them.
    At worst, we would effectively be buying ourselves some time and some semi useful human intelligence, and at best, poach major leaders.

  40. @Rishi Khujur
    I agree with everything that you have stated.
    Its just that the feeling of helplessness in the face of organised violence is somewhat reduced when something is done about it “right now” apart from endless debate over the 2 extremes of talks or military action. I agree in the long run it may not be enough to lure the grassroots cadre.
    Amidst the din of crushing “them” militarily or talking to “their” leaders(the development agenda being just too late pursue now)this move may create innumerable cracks and fissures in the united face that the naxals present. I am hoping that the “non-sympathisers” they lord over may no longer follow their whips and that can no way be a morale booster even among the “men” among them.
    At worst, we would effectively be buying ourselves some time and some semi useful human intelligence, and at best, poach major leaders.

  41. a bad post…in every sense of the term!!
    Written with the intellectual capacity of a 15 year old kid.
    Going by the comments, you are trying to play to the gallery.

    You should stick to movie reviews. Leave the serious topics to those who not just depend on newspapers for forming their opinions and who have a better perspective of things.

  42. “oppressed, depressed and suppressed like centuries ago?”…..I dont understand why everybody in the so-called uppercaste or with a wealthy background have a problem with reservation. Come to real life, every day you read stories in newspapers of people facing “opression, depression and suppresion everywhere in India, just because they are born in a so called low-caste. And if you dont believe it….go to any slightly backward area and say you are from any lower caste and see the treatment you will get. Just making mockery of everything is not a solution.

    Problem is some people trying to take even the basic neccessities from the weaker section to fill their pockets. And thats from where “Naxals” and other problem start.
    “like centuries ago?”……..go and talk to some people whose grand-dads u think were suppressed centuries ago, they still are suppressed cause some people want to see only their grandsons flourish. And if u cant solve their problem someone somewhere will become “Naxal”.

    I normally like your homour and satire, however the first few lines were so shallow and thoughtless I didnt read the rest. And yes I would like your comments on whatever I wrote here.

  43. There is truly no ultimate low that our “leaders” won’t sink to.

    While I’m a fan of the Great Bong, I have to agree with Anshu Datta on a few points. An impetus to the Naxal/Maoist movement in the form of public support has been provided by the corruption of the government. Many of the Naxals are the voiceless poor. Their reaction is understandable. Illegal mining, poverty, illiteracy, what kind of a life is that? Are we to be exploited by our own government? Most of this will die down if the government decides to do its duty: Bring facilities to affected areas, educate them, create employment. What disgusts me is the greed and unconcern of our government. They are seeing the country shatter, our neighbours are egging it on, but our leaders don’t give a damn.

    @Ankit Podar: “Poverty, or unfairness does not erode the morality of human beings, and nor does the fight for survival.” Of course it does! Morality is a luxury of the middle classes.

    I remember a poem we has in school, “Voh khoon kaho kis matlab ka jisme ubaal ka namm nahi.”

  44. “Taxpayer’s money exists to bring “misguided” youth back into the mainstream, not for the well-guided youth who play by the rules.”

    LOL ! Can I quote you ?

  45. Thinkers beyond IIM and IIT will no longer be considered as a university. Looks like MHRD got a copy of ‘May i hebb your attention plz’, great job mr Greatbong U snatched d jobs from IIPM visionaries and made the rich-parent wards not to have a chance for free educational phoren tour, its conspiracy against the great Indian dreamers 😛

    http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=TOINEW&BaseHref=CAP/2010/08/23&PageLabel=9&ForceGif=true&EntityId=Ad00908&ViewMode=HTML&GZ=T

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