Monthly Archives: December 2011

Death Certificate of Bhagat Singh- Do not Forget..

Death Certificate of Bhagat Singh

Do not forget the sacrifices made by Bhagat Singh and scores of others. Time has come to expect and demand death certificates of Afzal Guru, Kasab and corrupt and anti-national politicians, industrialists, businessmen and underworld associated members of the film industry.


Mr. Komisarjevsky and Mr. Hayes may you rot in hell!

A jury in New Haven, CT voted for death penalty for Joshua Komisarjevsky, 31, second convict in the brutal attack, sexual assault, and killing of a mother and her two daughters   after tying the two girls to their beds and torching their home in Cheshire, CT in 2007.

The gruesome cruelty visited upon Mrs. Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11 is so gut wrenching that one loses faith in humanity.  Perhaps, Asuras (devils, rakshasas) described in our scriptures might be of the genere of Mr. Komisarjevsky and his friend,  Steven J. Hayes, who was sentenced to death last year.

The Petit family:  Hayley, Michaela, Jennifer and Dr. William Petit, Jr.

Dr.  William A. Petit Jr. , the sole survivor of the ordeal has to live with the memories of that fateful night. I pray that he gets the courage to live on and somehow find peace within.

That these monsters will pay with their lives for their unspeakable crimes is some solace. if there were ever  a case for arguing in favor of death penalty, this one is.

Mr.  Komisarjevsky and Mr. Hayes may you rot in hell!

History of the case at,_Connecticut,_home_invasion_murders

Harvard and Dr. Swamy: an OP-Ed in The Hindu

Harvard wrestles with free speech

At a time when Kapil Sibal’s statements on monitoring online content have raised a furore in India, his alma mater Harvard is engaged in free speech issues of its own. Two recent decisions taken by the Harvard University raise pertinent questions relating to the University’s ethos of dissemination, debate, and freedom of expression.

The first concerns the decision to exclude Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s courses from the Harvard Summer School course catalogue. The second is the University’s decision to close Harvard Yard to outsiders involved in the Occupy movement.


To begin with, on December 7, Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences took the unprecedented step to remove the summer economic courses taught by Mr. Swamy, himself a PhD from Harvard. The decision was based on a controversial op-ed written by him in the newspaper Daily News and Analysis(DNA) on July 16 in response to terrorist attacks in Mumbai. In the op-ed, he had offered strongly worded ideas on how to “negate the political goals of Islamic terrorism in India.” Among his ideas were that India should “enact a national law prohibiting conversion from Hinduism to any other religion,” “remove the masjid in Kashi Vishwanath temple and the 300 masjids at other temple sites,” and “declare India a Hindu Rashtra in which non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus.”

Undoubtedly, the op-ed is execrable in so many ways, starting with cloaking itself with an understanding of social and religious history of India, and making suggestions that would leave a lot of people speechless with outrage just to think of them. Notwithstanding that, however, Harvard ought to stand for Mr. Swamy’s freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech is probably the most sacred constitutional guarantee of all, and the true test of this sacred right is when someone uttering morally repugnant thoughts exercises it. The U.S. courts have long held that in times like these, there is a need to swallow hard and understand that, in a free society, any restriction on speech or expression must be taken under very serious consideration and pass some very stringent tests regarding public safety, and clear and present danger.


To take just one example: recently, a case was brought against Fred Phelps, a pastor, who demonstrated at the funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq, with signs that said things like “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “You’re going to Hell” because, in his twisted mind, America’s war deaths were God’s punishment for the U.S. tolerating homosexuality. In the case brought by the dead soldier’s father alleging an injury for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, the U.S. Supreme Court held for Fred Phelps (protecting his right of speech), and against the dead soldier’s father by a vote of 8-1.

In doing so, the U.S. Supreme Court solidified the notion that underlying the constitutional protection of freedom of speech and expression are values that transcend what people like Mr. Phelps and Mr. Swamy say — values important to everyone. And when free speech rights are attacked, if one allows the least popular and morally abhorrent people to be deprived of their free speech rights, then it is not long before others are deprived too. Thus the battle for free speech is always fought on the fringes, with people whose thoughts find scant endorsement. Protecting their rights does an essential public service, because it protects everyone’s rights.

Examined through the above constitutional lens, Harvard’s decision to exclude Mr. Swamy’s courses, and thereby effectively oust him from the teaching roster, appears harsh. Also, Harvard has in place strong commitments to free speech in its policies, and this decision violates these policies. The University’s “Free Speech Guidelines,” adopted in 1990, state, for example, that “curtailment of free speech undercuts the intellectual freedom that defines our purpose. It also deprives some individuals of the right to express unpopular views and others of the right to listen to unpopular views.”


Although the subject matter could not be more different, the second decision displays the same oppositional stand of Harvard against a libertarian conception for freedom. It relates to the University’s decision to close Harvard Yard to outsiders engaged in the Occupy movement that has erupted all around America.

Harvard Yard is a calm and vibrant community space where students, tourists, and community members sit and stroll. Many buildings, including dormitories, libraries, a church and lecture halls, surround it. In the month of November, tents had sprouted on Harvard Yard in solidarity with the Occupy movement. The Occupy movement at Harvard was made up of Harvard students, staff and faculty, and posed no threat to the security of Harvard affiliates.

However, on the pretext of security, the University ordered a complete lock-down of the campus, thereby depriving outside protestors the basic freedom to have an open conversation on the campus. In doing so, Harvard reinforced institutional exclusivity and elitism — features that the Occupy movements seek to change.

Many professors of Harvard shared this sentiment. Notably, Duncan Kennedy, a Law School professor, wrote an open letter to Harvard President Drew Faust expressing his dissatisfaction with the way the University administration handled the protest. Without a doubt, the decision to close the gates amounts to a violation of the freedom of assembly in the most general sense by saying that Harvard is off limits to those that seek to engage in a public-spirited discussion.

It is bewildering how a peaceful movement in protest against economic inequality would provoke the lock-down of a University that admits students because of their commitment to the democratic values of an open and just society. This, and the decision to rebuke Mr. Swamy, is precisely the sort of action that a university dedicated to intellectual freedom must seek to avoid.

It is central to Harvard’s thriving as a centre of excellence that it immediately reassures that freedom of expression will be protected at Harvard. The University must honour its commitment to policies that allow diverse opinions to flourish and to be heard. And who knows in doing so, Harvard might just provide its famous Indian alumnus, who has recently been at the receiving end of a lot of flak, a much-needed free speech message.

(Karan Singh Tyagi, a graduate of Harvard University, is an associate attorney with an international law firm in Paris.)

Utter Stupidity of Muslim Cleric

These retrogrades themselves are obsessed with sex. How low can you sink? They have made women into chattels, taken away their rights and dignities and now they come up with this absurdity? Can’t the Muslims rise in unison and throw these guys in the mental asylum?

‘Banana, cucumber bring sexual thoughts; women must avoid them’

 Source: Agencies   |   Last Updated 17:09(07/12/11)

Cairo: Women should be kept away from fruits like banana or cucumbers as they could arouse them and make them think of sex, feels an Islamic cleric. The unnamed sheikh who is based in Europe was quoted saying to an Egyptian website that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male should serve them.

According to him, these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could bring sexual thoughts to a woman’s mind.

He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.

The sheikh once featured in an article on el-Senousa news.

One being asked how to “control” women when they are out shopping for groceries, the cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.

Answering another question about what to do if women in the family like these foods, the sheikh advised the interviewer to take the food and cut it for them in a hidden place so they cannot see it.

The opinion has stirred a storm of irony and denouncement among Muslims online, with hundreds of comments mocking the cleric.

One reader said that these religious “leaders” give Islam “a bad name” and another commented said that he is a “retarded” person and he must quite his post immediately.

Others called him a seeker of fame, but no official responses from renowned Islamic scholars have been published on the statements.

Select Twitter Tributes to Dev Anand

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Nirala, Patita, Jaal, Baazi, House No. 44, Munimji, Taxi Driver, Nau Do Gyaraah One and only one-Dev Anand Jaye to jaye Kanha #Sadgati

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Funtoosh, Paying Guest, Love Marriage, Maya, Solhava Saal One and only one-Dev Anand Dukhi Man Mere Suno Mera Kehna #Sadgati

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Baat Ek Raat Ki, Kala Pani, Kala Bazar, Bambai ka Babu, Asli Naqli, One and only one-Dev Anand Chal Ri Sajani Ab Kyaa Soche #Sadgati

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Teen Deviyan, Hum Dono, Jewel Thief, Tere Ghar ke Samane One and only one-Dev Anand Abhi Na Jao Choodkar ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahi #Sadgati

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Amardeep, Jab Pyaar Kise se Hota Hai, Guide, Hare Raama Hare Krishna 1 & only 1 Dev Anand Tere Mere Sapane Ab 1 Rang Hai Live in our hearts

madhusudan41 Madhusudan Thakkar

Dev Saab you have turned BEWAFA…

madhusudan41 Madhusudan Thakkar…  Essence of GITA realistically depicted.DEV SAAB’s ATMA is ALIVE

madhusudan41 Madhusudan Thakkar

This is the ULTIMATE.Best scene in INDIAN…  ANAND may your soul rest in peace

madhusudan41 Madhusudan Thakkar

Dea Anand lives in our hearts…

narendramodi Narendra Modi

During the 1975-77 emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, Dev Sahab was the one who stood up in favour of democracy with most conviction.

narendramodi Narendra Modi

The guide of entertainment industry, Dev Sahab has passed away. Our tributes to him…May his soul rest in peace.

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

Hard to believe.. but 1946 to date Dev Anand has had a career of 65 years in movies… Doubt that will be easily matched.

mediacrooks MediaCrooks

Man to great violinist YehudiMenuhin: “I’d give my life to play like U” Menuhin replied “I already did” One cud say the same abt Dev Anand

theprudent Prudent Indian

#devanand God Bless U Dev Sahib where ever you are gone now. Keep Shining Keep Smiling. My Pranam to U.

theprudent Prudent Indian

Aha! RT @sandymridul: RIP Dev sahab.. Abhi na jao chodh ke ke dil abhi bhara nahin.. #devanand

theprudent Prudent Indian

#devanand Exactly! RT @calamur@theprudent i won’t . he loved life. he would have like to go out like this -n… (cont)

theprudent Prudent Indian

#devanand An ODE to Dev Sahib ‘The Great’.

anandmahindra anand mahindra

As long as Dev Anand was alive, I thought I would live forever too….

TandonRaveena Raveena Tandon

Sad to hear the Grand ol Gentleman of Indian cinema is no more…Rip Dev saab

AutoNazi mayuri sinha

Barbadiyo ka shok manana fazool tha.. Barbadiyo ka jashn manata chala gaya…RIP Dev Anand…….

SandeepShelke संदीप नारायण शेळके

“Guide of Bollywood” Shri Dev Anand passed away. My heartiest condolances. May his soul rest in pease.

keshav61 Keshav

RIP Dev Anand. Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar Ke Dil Abhi Bhara

RajatSharmaLive Rajat Sharma

Met Dev Anand few days ago, he looked an inspring young at 88. He was planning his next film. Can’t believe he is no more.

Tarunvijay Tarun Vijay’s

The incomparable and invincible spirit of Dev Anand , Dev Saheb wil live for ever. My humble tributes to the greatest actor of the Guide

subodh1945 subodh khanna

Devanand song of ziddi ”marne kee duain .kya mangoo.jeene kee tamnanna kaun kare”was a gr8 song

subodh1945 subodh khanna

ka zindagi ka saath nibhata chalagayaRIP devanand

vicharak1 Gaurang G. Vaishnav

Dev Anand- one of a kind. Best in Hum Dono and Guide. Kabhi khud pe, kabhi halat pe rona aaya; Deen dhal jaaye par raat na jaaye Sadgati OM


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