H is for…..
Horse trading is in fashion nowadays. Not that it was unknown earlier but recently it has been quite in news. The term was nothing new in the political scenario of the subcontinent where there is always a hung assembly as no party gets a clear majority, courtesy there being more parties than voters. African nations like Somalia were also big players in this game but since they discovered Civil War; that has been their national sport. But other countries are fast catching with the trend. Canada has been leading the charge of the new countries. Recent members of the club include England and Australia. Nepal has gone a step further by asking for help from her neighbour China, monitory help to buy a majority. The advantage of this system is that many times old foes become chums, work hand in hand and sometimes even act as if they are hand in glove. Disadvantage is that the ruling coalition usually hangs by a thread.
Honour Killing has been quite in news here in India since some months. Especially in North Western part of the country, this has become a trend. Parents have killed their children, brothers have murdered their sisters and brother in laws and in one case a grandmother took the life of her granddaughter. Why? Because according to the murderer, the murdered had dishonoured the family by marrying someone either outside the caste or from the same Gotra or subcaste. Kangaroo courts (Khap Panchayats) in villages pass death sentence on anyone who dares to marry in such away. They say it is to defend the honour of the community and call it Honour Killing. I say the term is correct. They are killing the honour of the community and their own by practicing such medieval system of justice.
Coming to the sporting world, after the scandal in cricket, the commonwealth games are not far behind. Many players in India have been tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Players and games officials are in hot water now and it seems heads will roll. It will be a Himalayan Blunder if Mr. Kalmadi doesn’t have a trick up his sleeves but I doubt the possibility as most of the new schemes are but Heath Robinson. Moreover most of the people on panel are hairy at the heel and no one is ready to hold the baby.
Watching the parliament channel in India is more entertaining than any reality show in the world. Politicians hard selling their half baked schemes. And there is hardly anything called civil debate. 5 minutes into the session and everyone will be going hammer and tongs at each other. The poor speaker has the hard task of herding cats. Recently the MPs gave themselves a pay rise of 300%, but are not content, they want a hike by 500%. And the kind of people contesting for parliament, the voters usually have a Hobson ’s choice.
Time for me to hit the books before I hit the rock bottom of lethargy. My head is mince right now. Can’t decide which subject to start with.
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