What About Agarkar?
I think I am going to start an Orkut community called "Jo Agarkar Nahi Woh Insaan Nahi".
"Indian maps always show Gilgit and Baltistan as part of India. The Constitution of India mentions that we are part of India. In your eyes, we are Indians and Pakistan has 'occupied' Indian territory. Then, why should we not get admissions in the IIMs and the IITs?" he says, adding, "I am an engineer, but now, I want to study law in the best of Indian law colleges. Help me get admission."
"India should either accept us as Indians or give up claim on the territory."
the NSSO, which is a government appointed body, has actually in its research in 1999 - which is the most latest research shown - that 23.5 per cent of all university seats are already with the OBCs. And that is just 8.5 per cent less than what the NSSO believes is the OBC share of the population. So, for a difference of 8 per cent, would reservations be the right way of making up the difference?
Well, I don't know I have not come across that far.
I have said what I had to say and the point is that that is not an issue for us to now debate.
They (government) have violated four cardinal principles that institutions in a knowledge-based society will have to follow: they are not based on assessment of effectiveness, they are incompatible with freedom and diversity of institutions, they more thoroughly politicise education process and they inject an insidious poison, which will harm the nation’s long-term interest.
As a society , we focus on reservations largely because it is a way of avoiding the things that really create access. Increasing the supply of good quality institutions at all levels (not to be confused with numerical increase), more robust scholarship and support programmes will go much further than numerically mandated quota
Affirmative action is based on respect for autonomy of institutions, it is based on trust, on the fairness of the admissions process. There is a vital distinction between numerical quotas and affirmative action. Affirmative action allows for socially more inclusive institutions and the natural process must be encouraged. Universities have taken the lead in becoming socially inclusive.
About two years ago, I had written rude and mocking things about Track II diplomacy and people-to-people contacts. At that time, it was about a Youth Initiative for Peace thingummy being organised in Pune, with twenty students from Pakistan and twenty from India being invited to meet each other. Back then I had called it naive and idealistic (though admittedly I was doing so mostly to irritate my brother).
Now that I’ve returned from China, have I changed my mind? Am I now convinced that people-to-people contacts are important and useful ways to bring countries whose relations have deteriorated closer together?
Hell no. In fact, the realisation that people are the same actually makes me more convinced of the utter uselessness of people-to-people contacts.
Indeed, it is Chidanand Rajghatta who was at the business end of this. I don't think HarperCollins or Albright's office would have responded with any urgency if not for the fact that it was a journalist from a big newspaper that was doing the asking. And I'm not saying this out of modesty.
What I gather from this episode is that, more than the just the blogosphere itself, it is the connections and the parterships that come about in the online world that can make a difference.
"They say we want to give Iranians incentives but they think they are dealing with a four-year-old, telling him they will give him chocolate or walnuts and take gold from him in return".
Insanity is much more common than is commonly assumed. I always used to hate the Freudian style of offering psychiatric diagnoses as arguments. ( i.e. instead of asking "Why do you support the war?", you ask "Did you have some psychological trauma in childhood that makes you support violence?") But it is becoming increasingly clear to me that a knowledge of insanity is much more important to understand human beings than I thought.
Robert Rodriguez has setup an example to follow when you adapt a novel. Nice little history behind it. Robert Rodriguez was a big time fan of Sin City graphic novels and he wanted to make a film on it, but Frank Miller won't bend because of his previous bad experiences with Hollywood, but Robert kept insisting. He made a small movie based on one of the short stories of Sin City "Customer is always right". He told Frank Miller that he can have a look at it and if he likes then it will be opening scene of the movie, otherwise he can have it is a short film to show his friends. And finally after watching that piece Frank Miller gave go-ahead signal.
During production in 2004, Rodríguez insisted that Miller receive a "co-director" credit with him because he considered the visual style of Miller's comic art to be just as important as his own in the film. However, the Directors Guild of America would not allow it, citing that only "legitimate teams" could share the director's credit . Rodríguez chose to resign from the DGA, stating, "It was easier for me to quietly resign before shooting because otherwise I'd be forced to make compromises I was unwilling to make or set a precedent that might hurt the guild later on."
That's how he was dedicated to the film and these graphic novels. I have both seen the movie and read the novel and I can say, this is the best adaption I've seen. You can atmost find one or two minor deviation from the original novel. Not only that, he also maintains same dark environment as in the novel. Cinematic adaption feels just like you are reading the novel. Although movie/novel sound weird to lots and lots of people, it has huge cult fan following. and fans of novels have become fans of movie too. I have gone through lots of movie boards of the movie and never found disappointed novel fan.
"He [Ganguly] supported me a lot. He backed Yuvraj [Singh], Harbhajan [Singh], Ashish [Nehra], Ajit Agarkar, Mohammad Kaif," Sehwag told Press Trust of India. "He is still playing first class cricket and hopefully he will get a chance again. It will be good if he gets back because he has got 10,000 one-day runs, 5,000 Test runs and 22 ODI hundreds. Most of the time India won when he got a hundred. He is a fantastic player and sometimes we miss Ganguly." Sehwag added that Ganguly was his favourite captain after Steve Waugh.
"Dravid is a very good thinker, someone who never panics in a pressure situation," he said. "Maybe, hopefully, Dravid will be the best captain by the end of his career." On Chappell, Sehwag said that he was a great player with a great knowledge of the game. Comparing him with John Wright, India's coach before Chappell, Sehwag pointed out that the difference between them was their attitude. "Someone who has been aggressive in his batting is also aggressive in his coaching," he said. "Wright would be tense and unhappy if we did badly whereas Chappell is very cool and calm because he knows all players face pressure situations." When quizzed if Chappell was a control freak, Sehwag denied this. "That's not true. As the coach he is the head of the family," he said. "He can instruct you, guide you but he is not forcing us to do this and that. I do not think he controls the players too much."
Representatives of political parties suggested the power saved due to captive generation by some companies could be directed to the rural areas of Pune district as the load shedding problem there was much more severe there than the city.
Member of Legislative Assembly Girish Bapat, while expressing his dissent, said "Industry should treat the matter as a corporate social responsibility initiative and should bear the additional cost out of their own profit. If the industry can provide food, water, clothes as a donation in the situation of draught and other natural calamities, why not power," Bapat asked.
Calling the proposal 'anti-consumer', social activist Vivek Velankar asked MERC to review the efforts taken by MSEDCL for controlling power theft. "As per the data made available by MSEDCL the collection against power theft is just Rs 50 lakh while the reports on loss due to power theft show the figure of Rs 1.50 crore. Thus, MERC should examine the anti-theft initiatives of MSEDCL," Velankar added.
Pradeep Bhargava, former CII chairman, said CII and other companies involved do not intend to make any profit out of this project. For us this would be a major landmark in public–private partnership.
"We are ready to pay extra charges for railway ticket under 'Tatkal' scheme and there are several other examples of similar kind, then why we are not ready to pay additional cost for our necessity," he asked.
"We have requested the government to reduce sales tax on diesel used for CPPs so as to bring down the power generation cost. If there is any other effective option we are ready to adopt the same," said Pramod Chowdhary, chairman CII.