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I have heard many people say that they would not be voting this time around. Apparently, it has become a pointless routine that only results in like sweating. I can understand the frustration that people have in the candidates and their higher-ups, but to lose belief in a system that quite possibly is democracy’s like bestest friend like ever is just cynical to the point of retardation.

I’m not saying casting a vote this time will sift the muddy waters of Tamil Nadu politics. I am relatively sure that things will remain the same no matter who wins. Construction of bridges will be delayed. Water supply will run short. Electricity might be a bummer during summers. Of course, good stuff will also happen. A surge in employment opportunities…maybe. Better roads (who’d you think laid the Chennai-Bangalore highway? Elves? Rajinikanth?). Improvement in counter disaster measures. I can almost hear Robert Plant scream, and the song remains the same.

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At this point, I urge you to think about what went wrong with voting. Like many other channels of pro-democracy, this one too has taken a hell of a beating over the ages. The greed for power and the insecurity of having to let go of it have driven politicians batshit crazy for ages. By savagely taking advantage of process loopholes and the unbelievable hard-on that people have for currency notes, they have constructed a zillion ways of rendering the voting system useless.

But for fuck sake, that does not mean casting a vote is pointless. Well…it would be if more and more people do this neat trick of talking through their asses about how voting like really sucks dude. Is it really totally awesome that we give up the right to decide which party gets to lead our state? More importantly, how would you rather have it? Inky pinky ponky? Oh wait, I forget. You don’t care. You like don’t give a rat’s arse about politics. Hell, if famous people on television urge you to vote, it must be uncool. But let’s not discuss how much your life depends on both State and Civil cooperation or how voting at least ensures that there is always a medium for future improvement…nooooooo…let’s just focus on shit that went wrong.

Suffice to say, I harbour a certain amount of fear towards that dystopia; one in which power is assigned to cynics who would rather use every ounce of intelligence to fuel their own cynicism.

This isn’t China, fuckers. Put that goddam Samurai blade down and cast your vote. We’ll talk about how totally cool it is to be indifferent towards society much later.

Much much later.

P.S: For those in Chetpet, check out the array of election officials at the Club Road Corporation School near the Malayali Club…totally Hell’s Angels lookalikes.

Post-election footprints’ reaction: Thank you, come again!

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Sometimes the world rules…

Slumdog Millionaire: It’s fantastic that Danny Boyle teamed up with Vikas Swarup. It’s not often that a great novel gets to be made into good movie (yeah that went well…grrr  read here). I almost get a headache thinking about how much better Q & A is when compared to any Booker Prize-winning Indian novel.

Shoe-In: Cheers for George Bush-based flash games. Finally, sliced bread has stiff competition. I just hope Lebanon and Turkey don’t go to war over the shoe’s origins.

The Wrestler: Mickey Rourke’s stamp of approval for underground wrestling. Fake you too, soothsayers.

Trinket, Montane Trinket: A new species of snake has apparently been discovered near Goa. Added to that, a new forest has been discovered in the northern Mozambique region of southern Africa. Yippee…the world is having an abortion.

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Sometimes it chews on donkey balls…

Ghajini, It Seems: Apparently South India didn’t do enough damage to Memento. And kudos to that Bollywood guy who claims Ghajini is not a remake of Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece. He’s right, you know? It is not just a remake; it is a piss-poor, batshit crazy, self-defecating, puerile remake.

High School High: Congress has demanded that minority affairs minister Antulay should take his comment back regarding the death of Hemant Karkare. The minister apparently replied, “You take your comment back”, to which Congress said, “oh yeah…” thereby initiating a 2-hour staring contest.

Broadcast Media: With no specific natural disaster scheduled for next year and with Indian security being tightened up to avoid terrorist attacks, the media has now decided to make people paranoid about polio vaccination.

Popular Genes: A random study showed that teens become more popular if they carry the human gene linked to rule breaking, adding more steam to the theory that to rebel is to battle Attention Deficit Disorder.

Epiphany: Jeers to everyone in general for requiring a panel of experts to tell them “Indian and Pakistani journalists have been acting like nationalists instead of like journalists.” You could have dug up Helen Keller from her grave and asked her instead.

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conformityWithout politics, justice would wreak havoc on our lives. I really can’t see justice as anything other than pre-conceived faith that we are somehow expected to have in those who have long since spent their lives interpreting a largely Utopian concept into words and numbers. I prefer a corrupt system to an honest one simply because in the light of today’s social consciousness, people’s notions of morality and righteousness are far more dangerous than what they perceive to be unscrupulous and selfish.

Having said that, far worse are the pretensions that come along for the ride to ensure reckless abandonment of decorum. I even remember people hosting lighting candles during the aftermath of the Kumbakonam tragedy. Yes, nothing like an open flame to express a unified voice for the kids who tragically died in the fire.

It’s a twisted hyperbole we live in. One in which morality has spilled more blood than hate can even dream of and violence has saved more lives than good intentions ever could. A nonsensical wonderland where television makes viewers paranoid and religion encourages its’ followers to waste away their lives in fear and racial apathy.

And yet there are people out there – so convinced of their ability to straighten out other people’s socio-political priorities and so much in love with the notion that they are a part of a group that opposes what has prematurely and conveniently been identified as the root cause of a larger problem.

It’s the same logic that gave America four more years of George Bush and Indian cricketers the false notion that they are prima donnas. You could argue that it also paved the way for Barrack Obama to become the leader of the free world. However, Mrs Ann Dunham’s baby boy represented hope and change; two things that don’t belong in the same sentence as “collateral damage bah humbug…let’s just bom the fuck out of Pakistan”.

So what I am saying here, dear random sender of self-righteous email #32, solidarity against terror is absolutely pointless when most of the individuals expressing it are completely irrelevant to our country’s anti-terrorism processes. And if your idea of a perfect world involves hate and fear binding individuals together, I shudder to even imagine what your vision of dystopia is.

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DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

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barack-obama-2Distance does wonders to my sense of economic and social optimism. I’m over 8,000 miles away from any possible proof of Obama’s wave of change. Maybe that’s why I think the United States of America now has an opportunity to start afresh.

This history victory has also scripted new venues for hip-hop musicians from Ludacris, Lil Wayne to Jay Z to voice their opinion on Barack Obama. Militant hip-hop legends Public Enemy certainly is not an exception to this newfound interest that African Americans have started nurturing for their country. They have been tearing shit up since their sophomore album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back held the mainstream charts hostage. Containing arguably two of the greatest political tracks in Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos and Fight The Power, the album was raved and ranted about. Critics called it obnoxious, funky, avant-garde, political, and polemic amongst other things.

public_enemyMuse Sick N Hour Mess Age is the first hip-hop album I bought. One of the tracks – Stop In The Name – had Chuck D spitting out an incendiary verse that immediately gave birth to my long-standing fascination with hip-hop.

Once upon a rhyme all bigger / Meant for bigger cotton picker / Leave alone the men from the mice / who twice packs the gats / turn into dirty rats / I’m coming wit the antidote / I hope they cope / to the rhythm I wrote / pawns in the game / Going down the drain / A final call to my race in pain / Stop in the name / Please stop in the name

Lately I have been telling a lot of friends that I’d give my left arm to know how 2Pac would have reacted to Obama’s victory. I guess Chuck D’s decisive logic would suffice for now. Excerpt from an interview with Chuck D…“Barack Obama, regardless of what you think, seems like he’ll roll up his sleeves on day two and go to work.”

I must also admit that this is the first time I got to hear Public Enemy’s “I Woke Up In A Place I Forgot”. Quite a big surprise, considering that it has Chuck D telling us, “I’m trapped within, this skin and these bones, amongst temporary kings, on cellular phones” over a mellowed out beat and borrowed samples from Belgian trip-hoppers Hooverphonic’s Mad About You.

george_w_bush1While it might not be their best protest song, it certainly is a reminder that America has a lot of cleaning up to do. Hell, even if Obama swerves and holds back the changes that he has promised, I guess it’s ok…at least George Bush’s tyranny of evil has come to an end.

And if that’s not a reason to listen to some Public Enemy, I don’t know what is.

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Public Enemy – I Woke Up In A Place I Forgot

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