Jet Airways Struggles

The WSJ has a detailed article today on the struggling Jet Airways.

Without a doubt it was India’s best airline at its peak. It was a huge disappointment to see Jet Airways cancel it’s flights to India from SFO so quickly after introducing them. With the airline industry struggling the world over its not surprising that airlines in India are now hit by the decline as well.

Hopefully, Jet can stage a comeback!

Dynasty Politics

Vir Sanghvi describes the issue of dynasty in Indian politics in the HT.

Farooq Abdullah is the second generation of the political dynasty founded by his father Sheikh Abdullah. (His son Omar is Chief Minister of J&K.) Prithviraj Chavan is from a well-known Maharashtra political family. Salman Khurshid’s father was a minister in Indira Gandhi’s government. Dayanidhi Maran is the son of Murasoli Maran, a minister in A.B. Vajpayee’s government and is a close relative of M. Karunanidhi. Selja is the daughter of former Union Minister Choudhary Dalbir Singh.

G.K. Vasan is the son of G.K. Moopanar. M.K. Azhagiri is the son of M. Karunanidhi. Parneet Kaur is the wife of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Ajay Maken is the nephew of noted Delhi leader, the late Lalit Maken. Bharatsinh Solanki is the son of former External Affairs Minister Madhavsinh Solanki. D. Purandeshwari is N.T. Rama Rao’s daughter………….

The author praises America for the rise Barack Obama. Its true and deserving. Despite this there are no shortage of family connections playing a major role in American politics. Here is a relevant piece in the NY Times.

Sitting in the Senate gallery on Tuesday as senators were sworn in by Dick Cheney, I saw plenty of lawmakers who had benefited from family.

Two Udalls were being sworn in, under the watchful eye of Stewart Udall. Mark Begich, the new senator from Alaska, is the son of a former Alaska congressman. The classy Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, son of the late Gov. Robert Casey, was there in a festive pink tie. John McCain, whose wife’s money and Arizona pull made his Senate election possible, looked on with a smile. Hillary, whose husband paved the way for her to join this club and run for president, chatted with colleagues. Jay Rockefeller wandered about, as did Chris Dodd, son of Senator Thomas Dodd. And Teddy Kennedy, walking with a cane, worked the room with his old brio.

It isn’t what your name is. It’s what you do with it. Or, in the case of W., don’t.

KKR Wins!

Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Ridders finally won a match. It had to happen. Sooner or later McCullum was going to strike and some team was going to suffer. It was Chennai’s turn. When McCullum gets going, boy he can be dangerous. Dada continues his struggle.  KKR can play spolier by beating RR in their final match.  Meanwhile, the fake IPL player has promised to reveal his identity tomorrow!

Apart from the brilliant batting by KKR, the other surprise of the day was Dhoni’s comment after the match. He said what his bowlers did was produce “one of the worst bowling efforts” he has seen.

After the last defeat again BRC he criticized the youngsters in the team for their fielding.

“Not really happy. We tried to win a game out of it. Our fielding has been suspect throughout the tournament. We are a safe fielding side, but not a brilliant fielding side. We have a lot of youngsters in the side who can’t throw or run all that well. We were clearly about 20 short. “

Is India’s Captain Cool losin’ it lately?

Pakistan in Denial

There are no shortage of articles on Pakistan these days.  There are many out there but this one summarizes things very well and has plenty of interesting links.

A Grand Conspiracy Theory From Pakistan

Asked, by the same pollsters, to say who they believed was behind the attacks in Mumbai, the largest number of Pakistanis pointed the finger at the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s intelligence service.

Sounds like hatred and dislike (and obsession) for India is not restricted to the political and miltary in Pakistan but has seaped through to the average man on the street.  At a time when Pakistan appears to be on the brink of being running over by extremists, its sad to see a country in denial and focused on the wrong threat.


Pakistan: Is the situation bad enough?

If media reports are to be beleived, Pakistan is in a terrible state and the situation is fast deteriorating.  Taliban is ready to take over.  Zardari’s days are numbered. The military is simply not doing enough to contain the extremist threat.

Here are two very interesting articles on the situation in Pakistan. The first is an editorial from the NY Times while the other is a view from India in the Hindustan Times.

60 Miles from Islamabad

Mr. Kayani complains that his troops lack the right tools to take on the militants, including helicopters and night-vision goggles. The army should have used some of the $12 billion it received from Washington over the last seven years to do just that, instead of spending the money on equipment and training to go after India.

When Attacked, We Must Hit Back (View from India)

General Musharraf is still blatantly hostile to India as his last rant at the India Today Conclave demonstrated. Asif Zardari has refused to help in the investigation of the Bombay attacks. Terrorists continue to be sent across the border to foment trouble in India. Far from following a liberal policy, the new civilian government has done deals with the Taliban and imposed the medieval Sharia law in parts of Pakistan.

All opinion polls suggest that the average Pakistani hates India, loves Osama bin Laden and believes that 9/11 was a Jewish plot to malign global Islam. Worse still, the evidence suggests that if you push the Pakistani masses about their true identity they would pick Muslim over Pakistani. Do you have to be a genius to see that the good neighbour policy has been an utter and complete disaster?

Hillary Clinton and team have their task cut out. The mess in Iraq is unaviodable at this stage. The situation in Afghanistan is being addressed by an increase in troops.  But what about Pakistan? Is the US going to wait until the damage is complete to react/respond?

Dhoni’s missed opportunity

I have been a huge fan of Dhoni and his approach to the Indian captaincy. But I think Dhoni missed a great opportunity to force a win in the last Test and drive home the point that he is a consistently brilliant captain who is fundamentally different from all other captains India has had in the past. This article captures this thought extremely well.

Man follows his passion for cooking

Check out this interesting story of a chef in NY. Originally from India, he went on the become a chef after a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry.

I’m out of the restaurant on weekends, and people at Tabla know not to call me unless they really need to. I spend that time at home with my family, cooking three meals a day. It drives my wife insane. She doesn’t understand why I can’t just relax and eat cold cereal. I tell her I don’t think of cooking as work. I really love what I do.

Deepak Chopra on Rush Limbaugh

Interesting piece by Deepak Chopra. I am sure Rush will return the favor if he hasn’t already.

I know people who listen to Limbaugh every morning. They don’t believe a word he says. They deplore his rhetorical sins. They detect the whiff of hypocrisy. Basically, they tune in out of sheer incredulity.

Rush Limbaugh is dead weight when it comes to finding a solution to anything. Like Sarah Palin, his spiritual bride, he lurks in the shadow of the human psyche, expressing the dark anger, resentment, jealousy, and vindictiveness that society can never escape. And yet, the next time you tune into Limbaugh’s censorious circus of insensitive scurrility, give him a kind thought. As far back as Mark Twain, the American character has been ornery. We secretly love rascals, bank robbers, tricksters, swindlers, hell raisers, and outlaws.

I am sure Rush will return the favor if he hasn’t already. Dr. Chopra’s heated exchange with the WSJ after the Mumbai riots  was a response to criticism against him, but this time around, he seems to have made the first move. In these difficult times I guess spiritual gurus can’t help but reach out!