I saw this movie on DVD today afternoon and it was simply superb. It must be one of the best movies i had ever seen. Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, the owner of the chocolate factory was fantastic. This guy is so versatile, one can’t just imagine that this is the same guy who plays Captain Jack sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribean, another of my favourite movie. I’am now eagerly awaiting the release of the second part of the Pirates of the Caribbean-Dead Man’s Chest. Here is the Official site of the Movie. Do check out the cool trailer.
Monthly Archives: May 2006
The Pope the religious head of the Roman Catholics and the Head of state of the Vatican city threw all diplomatic propriety to the winds and interfered in the internal affairs of india by commenting on the efforts in some indian states to check religious conversions through legislation.
“The disturbing signs of religious intolerance that have troubled some regions of the nation, including the reprehensible attempt to legislate clearly discriminatory restrictions on the fundamental right of religious freedom, must be firmly rejected as not only unconstitutional, but also as contrary to the highest ideals of India’s founding fathers, who believed in a nation of peaceful coexistence and mutual tolerance between different religions and ethnic groups. “No citizen of India, especially the weak and the underprivileged, should ever have to experience discrimination for any reason, especially based on ethnic or religious background or social position “. the Pope said in a meeting with New Delhi’s new ambassador to the Vatican, Amitava Tripathi.
As expected there was lukewarm condemnation from the spineless MEA.
“It is acknowledged universally that India is a secular and democratic country in which adherents of all religious faiths enjoy equal rights,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna said in response to a question. “The constitution of India states that all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion,” he added.
The BJP and RSS were much more forthright in their condemnation
The Pope’s remarks on religious freedom are not relevant to India. There is much more freedom here than in many countries,” BJP Spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.
“Freedom of religion does not mean conversions by coercion and allurements,” he added.Asserting that State Assemblies had the power to enact such legislations, he said, “Such laws are not against conversion by conviction but if people convert en masse, motives have to be there”.
But the most bizzare statement was from the Sangh Parivar’s joker of the pack, Ashok Singhal of the VHP. In his statement he invited the Pope to join forces against Islamic Jihad
VHP Supremo Ashok Singhal reminded the head of the Catholic church that both Hindus and Christians faced the “same historical threat of Jihad (Islamic Holy War).” “We appeal to the Pope that both Christians and Hindus are facing the same historical threat to Jihad i.e. terrorism, from the destruction of Kashi, Ayodhya and Somnath temples to the crusades under the Pope to defend Christianity in Europe and now the strikes on World Trade Centre and London to the daily attacks on Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir.“It is better that without fighting each other, let us fight against Jihad and the Pope should declare that the Church will not convert a single Hindu,” he said.
Nepal is now the newest (banana) republic on the block. With the King relegated to not even a figurehead. The declaration of Nepal as a “Secular” state has taken care of that technicality.
The Nepali Parliament has made a resolution today which left the King a mere mortal who has to now pay taxes like the rest of us.
The resolution also stripped the King of the title of “Supreme Commander” of the Royal Nepali Army, which has now also been renamed as the Nepali Army and placed under the control of the Cabinet. The Cabinet will now make all appointments and decisions related to the control and deployment of the Armed Forces.
And just to make sure the Royal Guard also has been placed under the control of the cabinet and the King’s inner circle, the Raj Parishad has been scrapped.
Also, the next King will be decided by the Parliament and not by the King himself- an insurance policy against King Gyanendra’s notorious son Paras.
So, why the comparison with the Weimar republic? Because these supposedly well meaning SPA have just paved the path for the Maoists to take over subsequently. Just like the Weimar republic paved the way for Hitler.
How? They have in their anger and thirst for payback have pulled down every institution in haste and now Nepal stands vulnerable. Power is lying on the streets to be picked up by the strongest and best organised group and right now that is the maoists. Hope something is done before its too late.
Lok Paritran has split. But the allegations made by the new splinter group is quite disturbing and casts a big shadow on Lok Paritran being a “Party with a difference”. Reading those allegations it looks like it is already infested with the same disease that afflicts every political party in India. ‘During election campaign the volunteers and other resources including party funds were utilised only for Mylapore constituency where Santanagopalan Vasudevan contested and all others were ignored,’ said Ellanthirumaran, who has resigned from the State party presidentship of the LP Looks like the five founder members are the “Supreme” leaders of Lok Paritran. They are beyond questioning. How is this different from the personality cults practised by the likes of Congress, Shivsena, RJD, BSP, Samajwadi party, AIADMK, DMK, PMK, TDP etc.. He also charged Santana Gopal Vasudevan, (Chief Advisor and founder member of LP) Tanmay Raj Purohit, Chandrasekhar, and Ajit Shukla (All founder members of LP and ‘National’ office-bearers) as biased in favour of a particular community and dictatorial in their ways Meaning they favour the upper caste Brahmins, and there is a blog already that is slandering Tanmay Rajpurohit as a Hindu fascist. I didn’t bother to put a link here because it is nothing but bile and ranting with absolutely no proof whatsoever.But LP has to come out clean with what its ideology is and what it stands for if it is to avoid such allegations. Joining him, K Rajamany said that there was no proper accounts, no party constitution or procedures followed. ‘Decisions are taken according to their whims and fancies. Not even the office-bearers or candidates were informed on developments,’he said Exactly, Lok Paritran simply doesn’t have anything of the above. It was just formed with good intentions and is run on a ad-hoc basis. and underscored that it was the professed ideology of the party, ‘Corruption free and better governance’ which drew them to the party and alleged that ‘what was said and claimed in public platforms were never followed’ making it one more ordinary political party.’ Good intentions alone are not enough. It needs proper organisation and structure to realise it’s goals, if it has any in the first place.