Month: December 2019

This blog turns to politics

On October 18th, or immediately thereafter, a small line of people will walk in  into the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square. That will be the new Standing Committee headed by Xi Jinping. And at that time the world shall know what has happened to the “elections” in […]

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Who’s who in Chinese politics

Xi Jinping, the current Chinese leader is easily the most powerful leader that China has had ever since Deng Xiaoping faded away in the early 90s. But in order to understand his power, we have to go back a bit in time in modern Chinese history. Mao was a tyrant […]

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When you give

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let […]

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Politics and the average Chinese

The man in the street simply does not care ! At least politically !! In a country of 1.2 billion, such a sweeping  statement is an outrageous generalisation. But it is broadly true. The average Chinese does not care because (a) what is the real choice (b) she has very […]

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Practicing righteousness

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1). To this point, Jesus has discussed prohibitions found in God’s Law: do not murder, or even surrender to anger; […]

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China’s Issues

Every country faces challenges and China is no exception. But by global yardsticks, China’s issues are less critical than what most other countries face.  It is after all the one country in the world which does not face a serious growth challenge (at least as of now).  China is however […]

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China’s new lineup

Anybody who predicts what the next Standing Committee and the Politburo will be is almost certain to be wrong ! This is why most newspaper columnists are content with naming possible candidates and leaving it at that. This blogger does not care if he is proved wrong or even as […]

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A French soap opera is about to unfold

The world’s richest woman just died. If you didn’t know this, please stop focusing on the tweets and turn your attention to more weighty matters of the world. Liliane Bettencourt passed away four days ago at the age of 94. She was the heiress to the founder of L’Oréal, the […]

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Ramamritham falls in love

Who is the person I hate the most ? No; not that one, whom I frankly don’t care about . He is half the planet away and troubling other folks; not me. My visceral hate is reserved for somebody much closer home. The “dotard” called Ramamritham. Allow me an unhinged […]

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Wooing HQ2 ? Yuk !

If you are an American, here’s a a nice issue to distract you from your fixation about you know who and direct your attention to a different issue you can get all worked up about. Witness each city falling over each other and doing the most stupid of things to […]

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Insanity in Property

                                                                      (Photo : Google Maps)  The world’s costliest building it has become. Yesterday, “The Center” in Hong Kong – a 73 storey landmark was sold for $ 5bn. Yes, FIVE BILLION US DOLLARS. For a single building. No you are not hallucinating. It really did happen. […]

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Text of PM’s address at joint session of Parliament on 70th Constitution Day

महामहिम राष्ट्रपति जी, आदरणीय उपराष्ट्रपति जी आदरणीय स्पीकर महोदय, श्रीमान प्रहलाद जी और सभी आदरणीय जनप्रतिनिधिगण। कुछ दिन और कुछ अवसर ऐसे होते हैं जो अतीत के साथ हमारे संबंधों […]

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