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Monkeys on keyboards…

April 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Kya aap paanchvi paas se tez hain?*

Kasab appears to be smarter than a standard four dropout
16 Apr 2009, 0311 hrs IST, Kartikeya, TNN

MUMBAI: It was the world’s first glimpse of arrested gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab in flesh, and it was hard to miss the ease with which he walked. His short stature came as a surprise to many, but even when towered over by burly security men, Kasab looke16P5-3.TIM at home in court.

He did not hesitate while addressing the judge, and unlike regular criminals he was not nervous or intimidated by the judicial proceedings.

His keen understanding of what was going on was clearly visible as he followed every argument made in court. He often grinned, tried striking a conversation with the other two accused, and walked in and out of court with an unmistakable swagger.

Why do idiot journalists keep building these guys up as larger-than-life-heros anyway? And what is this mysterious “16P5-3.TIM”? Sounds like a secret code to co-conspirators in Pakistan to me….

*P loved the video for this with the screaming kids making inane gestures. Since you’re reading this far, you might as well go watch it here.

Of misplaced punctuation and punctuated rulings….

April 6, 2009 Leave a comment

HC allows girl to ‘live-in’ with boyfriend

This should’ve read: HC ‘allows’ girl to live-in with boyfriend.

After all, the disapproving old men on the division bench have no legal right (as they thankfully recognized) to rule on the romantic life of a willing, able 29-year old woman. It’s sad that they felt they could tsk-tsk to her face along the way.

Categories: culture, indian, law

"Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles, he’s gone!"

March 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Muthalik banned from Mangalore

NEW DELHI: A Mangalore court on Monday banned Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik from entering Dakshina Kannada district for one year. Muthalik’s Ram Sene was involved in an attack in a Mangalore pub in January, 2009. …The order by district magistrate V Ponnuraj came into effect immediately, the spokesperson said by phone from Mangalore. ….A group of 40 activists of the Sri Ram Sene barged into a pub in Mangalore and bashed up a group of young women and men, claiming the women were violating traditional Indian values.

Satisfyingly strong stuff by district magistrate V Ponnuraj there. But I wonder – will this just mean Muthalik gets even more free publicity and a great deal of sympathy? Can he pretend that he of the Ram Sene is like “Lord Ram, exiled from his motherland”, and cash in on the unintended (?) symmetry of their situations? Will Muthalik be the simple son of the soil who’s been subjected to separation from his sustenance by those very shoppers of sin, those suppliers of superficiality he’d been trying to shut-down in his saloon-strike?

Meanwhile, I do see Ponnuraj’s pov too. Especially in an election year, you don’t want moronic misogynists making a mockery of the (mis)rule of law. But if Muthalik can’t do mayhem in Mangalore, where is he going to do so? Because his mischief-causing mind isn’t going to become milder with mitigated means.

Will Muthalik see sense? Will the Sene make a-mends?