Remember Pussy Riot? The ugly posterchild of American meddling in Russian politics

Its name was a combination of slang & metaphor. Pussy Riot was an English name that would be meaningless to most Russians. Name recognition was not the prime objective of the group. All that the US State Department or whoever controlled them wanted was to get the group members arrested. They enacted one outrageous stunt after another. Realising that it was a trap, the Russian police ignored them, even when they indulged in a drug-fuelled naked orgy inside a museum, supposedly a protest against Putin’s call against declining birth rates. (One of them was pregnant at that time.) When they invaded the hallowed portals of a famous church, ordinary Russians called for their arrest. Russian police had no choice but to implement the laws of the state.

US State Department was waiting just for that. The evil Russian state arrested a group of artists engaged in a protest. Evil Putin. Same guy responsible for the incarceration of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. With clockwork precision, Western media exploded in outrage. Madonna and other celebrities expressed support.

Public memory is short. Nobody remembers that now. Now, the tables have turned. It is the US of A that is complaining of Russian meddling. How cute.

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World Bank throws Modi & Jaitley a bone as a consolation “Eews of doing business” ranking

After demonetization, the complicated GST has dealt a blow to manufacturing. Yet, World Bank finds India has improved in ease of doing business? Maybe to save Modi in Gujarat elections!

After GST was passed, Jaitley & Co claimed that Indian sovereign rating will be raised. Contrary to their previous claims of how important GST was, rating agencies let out a big yawn and drew attention to the fiscal deficit & asset quality issues in the banking system.

There is never any final set of reforms. There will always be new “urgent reforms” and pending bills. The goal posts will always be changing. Like asking dogs to fetch a stick, different political administrations will be given different task and different reasons. Old politicians will be cast off when their usefulness has been exhausted. Permanent reforms until the democracy has become part of a global fascist dictatorship.

Like loyal dogs, our netas are eternal optimists & are once again looking for more “good dog” taps on the head.

People in Gujarat are seething in anger over job destruction and crop losses. If Modi tries to use World Bank’s bogus talking-point ranking in his election talk, it will only cost him more votes. Of course, Israeli con artists will have to be called in again to tamper the voting machines.

Tax car owners but don’t ban Diwali firecrackers

Diwali firecrackers are just a catalyst – Delhi fog is caused by overhanging pollution already in the air from cars. Euro fuel norms can reduce particulate matter and eliminate/reduce some components but has no effect on the ever-increasing number of cars on the road. The basic chemical energy equation is still the same.

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As Ms Social Butterfly said the banks are to blame. Today, even the “poors” have cars.

Car loans should not be cheaper than educational loans but they are. Business channels are forever talking “the case” for the next rate cut so that our lazy corporates can further overload PSU banks with more NPAs. Our priorities seem to be, as the Americans say, a$$ backwards.

The poors buy cars on loan and are cramping our roads. There is no space for public transport  because of which their on-time performance is poor. The buses are in poor shape and the transport corporations are deep in debt.

The solution is to place a direct tax of at least Rs. 1000 per year per car on car owners . This revenue can be spent on subsidizing Indian Railways and also be appropriated to the states to be spent on roads maintenance and public transport. It should not be spent on white elephant projects like metro or high-speed rail. The amount should also not be clubbed with regular budgetary allocation to transport ministries because it will then spent on salaries. If the money simply disappears into the black hole of regular government spending, then it is nothing more than a carbon tax. The poors might be tempted to burn a few government buildings if a carbon tax is imposed.

The poors will continue to have their cars and will not become impoverished by the tax. They are truly middle class – they are vain enough to treat it as a matter of pride.

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The enduring Western image of India, in light of Modi’s many white elephant schemes

We don’t need your stupid bullet trains. They won’t make a difference to what the West thinks of us. Bullet trains have not made money anywhere in the world and are a drain on taxpayers’s funds. If anyone thinks bullet trains are financially viable, let them bring the foreigners willing to invest their own money in it and let them repatriate any or all profits from it. How about some market-economy practices instead of state-funding everything?

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We are already drowning in filth. So, Modi, stop listening to your Goldman Sachs tutors. Don’t tie up meager state finances in debt servicing and your fancy white elephant schemes.

Is Google truthful when it says it does not store Aadhaar numbers?

Android uploads all data created by your apps (including those of non-Google apps). It also uploads all passwords (including those of  Wi-Fi networks) to Google servers. Google calls it as backup, for your convenience, diagnostic information, anonymous usage data, etc. Google seems to have a psychopathic determination to place everyone who use Android in its surveillance net. To enable this, Android is forever scanning for any wireless network, even infected ones to upload your data. Since Google knows the password of all WiFi networks it may even be unlocking those networks to upload Android data. Maybe they just turn over that data to those three-letter agencies and they do pretty much what the want. Technically, Google does not do anything illegal. It’s the agencies which are tapping into the collected data.

Now this Tez app doesn’t store your Aadhaar number. Oh what a relief!