Indian strike, ‘Bharat Bandh’, for subsidies is poor thinking

Your free tea is on the way… (Pic courtesy 8pmnews.com) Today’s countrywide strike in India, Bharat Bandh, shows Indians are not prepared to live without government subsidies. It goes against the healthy instinct that we remain fair and square and pay for what we get. The rise in cost of living – food, medicines, and petrol – are only consequences of the pouring of wealth across all classes – with the exception of the remote, tribal hinterland (which provides photo-ops to the foreign media.) Most executives earn salaries in excess of Rs 4-500,000. Many families have multiple earners, whose income adds to the household account. Why then this clamour for cheap petrol, education and vegetables? The cultural roots of this tendency lie in a very deep expectation that we are bred with – of enjoying life without having to pay for it. What is the dream, THE DREAM, of a typical Indian? Free food, free transportation, free accommodation, free water and power, free...
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Will Viswanathan Anand go for the kill? – Sport – DNA

Viswanathan Anand has reached that stage in the World Chess Championship from where he can literally call the shots against Boris Gelfand. It is a great position to be in, but the question is will he actually try to call the shots or opt to play it safe? via Will Viswanathan Anand go for the kill? – Sport – DNA.   Anand had a marvellous time in the drawn ninth game: – He built a marvellous little castle. – His rook was bound to protect the pawn. – His knight bravely jumped around and kept the lone enemy Queen at bay. As the younger of the two contenders, I guess he ought to eventually outrace Gelfand and come out on top. ...
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Phoenix on Mars

The Phoenix aircraft — a small fan like structure — is now on Mars. Had watched the last Landrover robot picture and quite liked the idea of the venture. They say there could be frozen water on the North there, so the aircraft has been sent northwards this time. They want to dig the soil and find out if there is life lurking beneath. I was thinking: why not put some microbes there — let them adapt and adjust. They might evolve! That way we can export life on other planets. Kiddish idea, but quite a thought! On the aircraft, a mission scientist said: “Like a union worker, it went right to work.” ...
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