The shock of the Bombay blasts have barely set in and the Middle East has erupted! If the US does not intervene immediately, the situation could easily get out of hand.
This is a great opportunity for President Bush to reach out to the Arab world by pressing Israel to go easy. Another tough call for the President.
The recent bomb blasts in Bombay deserve to be condemned by all and sundry. It was only a matter of time that the terrorists strike again after NY, Spain, and London. What was surprising was that India was the target this time around given that India has been relatively lying low on Iraq, Afghanistan and other issues. So it was a little surprising that India was the target this time around.
In any case, a few post-blast developments deserve to be mentioned.
- The Govt. Of India has been cautious. They have not come out and blamed their neighbors. At least not yet.
- LeT and some of the other groups have condemned the attack and said that they were not responsible for them. (I can’t recall where I read this!)
Both of these are positive developments no doubt. One can only hope that there is no retaliation of any sort for these attacks. Such moves by anyone or any group can only worsen an already bad situation. Retaliation of any sort will only perpetuate the cycle of violence.
Check out Martin Crowe’s recent comments. The guy makes a lot of sense. I am glad that at least some of the former cricketing greats are raising the issue which I think needs immediate attention.
Check out these recent stats about Internet traffic. Impressive!
Its a clear sign of an emerging trend beyond the conventional search, email based traffic……
Oscar winner, must-see.
Starring: Lots of actors (Matt Dillon) and actresses (Sandra Bullock) with no specific lead role. (Don’t know the names of the other actors though many of them appear to be familiar faces).
A brilliantly made film that revolves around events that occur over a period of 36 hours all of which involve several different characters from different ethnic backgrounds living in LA. At the end the story tactfully brings all these characters and events together. Along the way, the director manages to explore each character’s motivations, strengths and weaknesses. Illegal immigrants, gangsters, racism, armed robbery, ethnic stereotyping, politics and political motivations, homicide, you name it –All the present day issues are blended into the story. The editing is excellent so there is no dull moment and its fast-paced.
A fine plot, excellent film-making, great acting, brilliant direction. This film is a “must watch”. Make sure you are alert will watching the film. If not, you are likely to miss the subtleties, and the various linkages in the story.
India has been riding a wave of positive news in global media: outsourcing, economic boom, jobs, nuclear deal with the US etc. The failed satellite launch closely following the missile test failure is quite a serious set back for an emerging economic power. Wonder what caused these failures after years of successful similar efforts? Will this re-set India’s planned trip to the moon? Remains to be seen.