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  APROPOS of Perumal Koshy's article entitled "Caught between two Fronts: Kerala as innovation hub of India", it is true that there is a widely held belief that the Kerala voter will vote only for either the UDF or the LDF. If the voter is to place his bet on a third alternative, he should feel confident that the candidate/party he is voting for is likely to win the election.

One of the methods of creating this feeling is by spending a lot of money and creating a hype. Of course, the most effective way to develop this confidence is by working hard among the people and developing an organiation over a period of a few years -- a very hard and difficult exercise. And well-known faces with credibility must be in the forefront of this movement. Money, time, ability to maintain the morale over many years, are all limitations.

As Koshy has argued, the UDF is rather overconfident and complacent. Their organisational strength is very poor. Their policy is not to let new people, excepting the Leader's own children and henchmen into the party. Internal democracy is absent in their constituent parties. The much spoken about elections in the Congress are being hijacked by the consensus politics of the leaders. So, the UDF is in no position to collect positive votes.
  By  PC Cyriac Posted at 29/06/2010  05:22:32  
  The hike in the prices of petroleum products will hit the common. I wonder whether it is a government of the people, for the people and by the people. I think it is a government of the rich people, for the rich people and by the rich people. I am sorry to say this.  
  By  Ravi Kumar Posted at 26/06/2010  05:34:50  
  New Delhi    
  The debate on caste-based census has perplexed me. More so because one's caste brand is one thing one never is sure of.

For, a trace back on the family tree would probably lead everyone to his or her first ancestral parents generally called Adam and Eve, who have variedly been named by different religious cultures.

"What is your caste?" is a disturbing question that is repeatedly asked in our country and embarrasses every right-thinking person. This aspect has well been argued in an exhaustive article by A J Philip in these columns.

Leave aside this rather difficult-to-answer caste question, I find even the query, which one has to face more often than not is about the place/region one belongs to, hard to answer.

Can some reader please help me in figuring out this for me? I was born at Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, from where we had to move out, thanks to the Partition of Punjab in 1947, when I was a six-month-old infant.

I spent my childhood, till I attained my teen-hood, at Dhuri, a small village like town in Malwa region of Punjab. Then I came to Chandigarh, where I have been living for more than 46 years.
To which place do I belong?
  By  Balvinder Singh Posted at 02/06/2010  03:51:38  
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