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BT Brinjal February 16, 2010

Filed under: My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 11:15 am

I’ve been following the story of the BT Brinjal for a while now and the government’s decision is great news. Most agriculture in the US is controlled by a handful of companies who decide how many varieties of seeds are planted, how much is grown, and what foods finally find their way to the supermarket and to the dinner table.

Monsanto owns around 90% of IP on seeds in the US. Farmers not using Monsanto seeds could be found guilty of stealing protected property even if their crops happen to be cross pollinated by Monsanto crops! Given our record of dealing with MNC’s – Union Carbide anyone? – I don’t think small farmers need to be jointly owned by crushing debt and MNC’s. We have driven enough farmers to suicide without having to add a Monsanto to their list of worries. You can find a few more examples here..

I am not against bioengineering itself. G.M. foods (unlike GM cars, ha ha terrible joke) are most likely the way of the future. We do need stronger IP laws protecting our music, movies, software, and novels (after the way Aamir Khan and his friends ripped off 5 Point Someone). I’m not sure having a company own the IP on all our food is the right way to go. The solution I’m imagining involves heavier government intervention, indigenously developed seeds and more education and freedom for our farmers to grow what they choose and for consumers to know more about what they’re eating.

At the end of it all, it’s consumers who must fight for their own interests. And it’s people like us who need to be aware of what’s happening and fight not just for ourselves but also for those who can’t read a newspaper let alone understand the issues that impact them. We seem to think that all protests and rallies are evil indicators of a government not doing it’s job right. We seem to forget that we can’t outsource thinking about important issues that affect us to a bunch of people in parliament (or the assembly) and spend our time in the pursuit of money and multiplex movies.

The more I see what capitalism in America, the more I feel pure capitalism is not what India truly needs. Wal-mart, Big Banks, Monsanto, the fast food industry, a fee for everything and reality television may be right for America. But our roadside chaat stands, the State Bank of India and Ekta Kapoor serials might just be good enough for us.

 

Held to Ransom by an Alcoholic December 10, 2009

Filed under: My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 10:35 am

Isn’t it time some of us stepped into politics?

 

A Veiled Comment June 23, 2009

Filed under: My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 8:49 pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out strongly against the wearing of the burka by Muslim women in France.

“We cannot accept to have in our country women who are prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity,” Mr Sarkozy told a special session of parliament in Versailles.

Read more here.

Many Indian Muslim women in cities and small towns can barely veil their disgust over French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s comments on the burqa. From the college lecturer in Mumbai to the young married woman in Bihar’s Munger to the student in Lucknow — all say the burqa is an article of faith, a pillar of support.
“It is so embarrassing that a head of state can make such an ill-conceived statement. There’s simply no compulsion to wear a burqa,” says Jamia Millia geography professor Haseena Hashia, member of Muslim Law Board.

Many Indian Muslim women in cities and small towns can barely veil their disgust over French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s comments on the burqa. From the college lecturer in Mumbai to the young married woman in Bihar’s Munger to the student in Lucknow — all say the burqa is an article of faith, a pillar of support.

“It is so embarrassing that a head of state can make such an ill-conceived statement. There’s simply no compulsion to wear a burqa,” says Jamia Millia geography professor Haseena Hashia, member of Muslim Law Board.

Read more here.

I think it’s something tricky France is attempting to do. You can’t really separate religion from the culture that accompanies it. And I think India’s long since accepted this.

Don’t get me wrong. I personally would never cover myself from head to foot just to “protect” myself from someone else’s “evil intentions”. I think it’s the one who has “evil intentions” who should probably wear blinders or a blindfold to keep his evilness in check. But if someone thinks a burqa works towards protecting them, who am I to judge? How is that any different from me driving to the grocery store that’s maybe half a kilometer away just because it’s “after dark”? It’s not any safer, really. But it surely makes me feel better.

Just as my not wearing tank tops and shorts and looking terribly out of place in the American Summer doesn’t make me oppressed, I don’t see why an educated woman making a free choice to wear a scarf or veil should be judged as oppressed.

I think it’s time the burqa was judged more for how it makes the woman feel than how it makes the observers feel.

 

From The WSJ Opinion April 24, 2009

Filed under: Link Out,My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 11:18 am

Here’s something “the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush” wrote for the Wall Street Journal. It would be good to hear some comments from you guys on it. One line that stuck out…

In London, he [President Obama] said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy” — as if that were a bad thing.

As if that were a bad thing…

I really wish the WSJ would stick to economics.

 

Manmohan vs Advani – II April 13, 2009

Filed under: My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 1:11 pm

The pointless verbal battles of these octogenarians (give or take a few years) never cease to amuse me.

What right does Manmohan Singh have to talk about the Kandhar episode? Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Assam… And not to mention the ludicrous failure of administrative machinery Mumbai was… For five years, it seemed no city in India was safe. Dr. Singh should pick a better issue than National Security to attack the NDA on. He might also do better to brush up on some details of the international pressure India faced during the Kandhar episode.

What right does Advani have to talk about strength of will? Gathering troops of maniacs and demolishing a mosque seems to be his level of comprehension of strength of will and execution.

The Congress could do better than to harp on their diplomatic triumphs. Someone should remind them that Pakistan has not yielded an inch on Mumbai yet. Indo-Pak relations were a million times better with Vajpayee and Musharraf.  The animosity was open for all to see. But we still played cricket with each other. Now we don’t do that either.

At the end of it all, I think I preferred the old NDA to the current UPA. At least they kept us a little more safe. From the terrorists and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and the endless reservations that killed the aspirations of a small town student who is about as economically backward as the officially backward guy.


Disclaimers:
1. I trust the allies of the BJP to keep it from getting too communal and the RSS type organizations to keep it from ever instituting religion based reservations.

2. Not too sure if the new set of allies are as trustworthy as the old. The two best ones – BJD in Orissa and TDP in Andhra – seem to be gone.

 

Election Time! April 11, 2009

Filed under: My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 1:24 pm

Manmohan weak, has no authority – Advani

Sonia speaks for PM, says Advani talking rubbish

Wouldn’t it be better if Manmohan spoke up for himself once in a while?

Also, came across this about the Samajwadi Party’s agenda.

“The use of computers in offices is creating unemployment problems. Our party feels that if work can be done by a person using hands there is no need to deploy machines,” Mulayam Singh said at a press conference after unveiling the manifesto.

“Previous governments have promoted forward trading, share trading and mall culture. Any government formed with our support will either reduce or stop it completely,” he added.

What are we trying to do? Go back to the middle ages?

 

Outrageous March 7, 2009

Filed under: Link Out,My Political Stand — The Goddess @ 4:07 am

I try to refrain from judging too harshly when I read controversial news articles. But this one, is just outrageous. A nine-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather and left pregnant has an abortion and the Catholic Church decides to excommunicate them and the doctors who performed the procedure.

Are they freakin’ out of their minds? Does pro-life mean anti-mother’s life?