Monday, June 29, 2009

Rains delayed, we seek permission to die!!

Those who know India know how much normal life is affected by Monsoons in the country. We are used to listening to platitudes such as agriculture is the back-bone of the country even today (agriculture contributes to less than 30% of GDP), and how agriculture is dependent on Monsoons. Every year we hear about thousands of rain starved farmers committing suicide. Either these farmers are irrational or have some kind of hereditary mental illness. For over 60 years the government has failed to provide adequate irrigation facilities, and they still believe the government will do something for them? Something is seriously wrong with them. They should all take a class in Bayesian Updating and rational behaviour.
The latest is this bunch of farmers who have requested the President to give them permission to die. One guy says he is fed up of red tapism, yet he goes back to the same government to ask for permission to die? Hmm!! What makes him think that the same red tape will make his petition move any faster than building proper irrigation systems? More importantly, what can the President do? Pray to the rain gods?

Friday, June 26, 2009

I am a Victim of racism

If I follow the logic of Mizoram Chief Minister, every time people ask me if I am Indian they are being racist. No! Seriously... Here's is his logic.

Monday, June 22, 2009

You can't be serious!!

India's North-East has been a contentious place since Independence. The NE states constantly complain that they have been neglected by the central government and that is why they have turned to violent methods. Here is a news item, and the logic is just completely screwy. The village was ruled by the Communist party for 30 years and they did not have any development all those years. Duh!! Sure there was no development. Communists care only about redistribution, and you guys wanted these communists to rule you, why are you complaining now? You say
I also realized that under CPM rule, we had lost the right to speak up. It was time to take a stand and speak up.
Of course you lost your freedom of speech under the communist!!
Here is the one sensible thing in the whole article
And nobody will pay tax to the government anymore.

Yes. Please stop paying taxes, and build roads yourselves. You do not have to become Maoists and bomb useless government offices. They are not going to help you anyway, so why waste precious resources buying bombs when you can use that to buy mortar to build your roads!!