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.

Post for ABC Wednesday’s H Day

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34 Responses to “H is for…..”
  1. Magali says:

    I love that you highlighted so many issues! Very nice H post.

  2. Denise says:

    An informative, detailed contribution.

    Thanks
    Denise
    ABC Team

  3. Gattina says:

    Very interesting H post !
    Gattina
    from the ABC team

  4. sheila vaz says:

    Nice post Prateek. You really manage to bring up so many issues with each alphabet and write so much about it. Love reading your posts.

  5. jabblog uk says:

    An excellent, thought-provoking post!

  6. magiceye says:

    good take on the theme!

  7. ann chin says:

    You have covered so many topics. The western world is very curious about the honor killing. and of course, now with match fixing of the cricket, we watched it in our news everyday.

    • snowleopard says:

      Honour killings are a mystery for me too. The people who believe in it say they are protecting the culture and that the blood line has to be pure. They are just so rigid in their thinking that nothing can change them. Thanks for the comment.

  8. Purba says:

    One of your best, if I might add.

  9. What a clever post, and the second part was entertaining, too.

    There’s nothing entertaining about ‘honour killings’, of course. I was about to say ‘they’re misnamed!’ but I like your interpretation. They do indeed kill the honour of the family or community they purport to protect. So, so sad.

    • snowleopard says:

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah, honour killings are sad indeed and the even sad part is that the communities seems to support it and the killers are called heroes who have upheld the honour of the community.

  10. Roger Green says:

    Very imformative.
    There is no honour, in “honour killings”, of course. They tend to particularly tick me off.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  11. Reader Wil says:

    How clever you are to find all those expressions! The “hairy heel” is a new one for me! Great inventive post, Snow Leopard!

  12. LisaF says:

    You certainly put in a lot of time and effort into your H-day post. I agree there is no honour in an “honour killing.” It is quite the Hot topic these days.

  13. Mohammed says:

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  14. Jingle says:

    apt h post,

    love the phrases such as hand in hand…..and more.

  15. Very nice listings for H Patty! Well written!
    Really this is superb than your G’s post.

  16. Amity says:

    Hahaha…well written! Favourite so far.. :)

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