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Save Bhopal Heritage
From shehla masood

To: Chief Minister Madhya Pradesh Government

The importance of India is in its Incredible Heritage.

The Flagstones of History are bastions of legacy of Golden Days.
In Bhopal the legacy is under threat as the Minster of Urban Development Babulal Gaur is making way for parking lots by demolishing the oldest post office, The Gateway of the old City the only surviving Gate of the Old City Jumerati and the Royal Rest House Sheesh Mahal.

Lets Not be silent viewers and join hands to save the buildings from the acute danger.
Believe in past as present stands on it and so does Future.

The Bhopal Heritage Foundation called for a reactionary protest against the order of the urban development minister Babulal Gaur who on April 1 announced that three old buildings of the city (Sheesh Mahal, Old post Office and Jumerati Gate) will be demolished to make way for parking area in the market.

The President Shehla Masood, Secretary Sikander Malik, Archaeologist Pooja Saxena with several historians Dr Amita singh, Dr. Mamta Chandsoria were prominent and eminent citizens were present.

We request Culture and heritage Lovers to sign the petition to save the Historical monument in Bhopal. These orders they are not coming for building but for a culture.

Our politicians have been elected agents of real estate Mafia. In the name of Urbanization its is just creating a divide.The member demanded the calling of the orders, realizing the historicity of these buildings to save them is much easy then destroying them with better options.

The rest of World tries its level best to save, preserve and renovate historical sites, heritage, buildings etc.. But political expediency and Money only seems to be the criteria for these so called politicians.When the world is talking about Restoration n Conservation of historical buildings.....some Destructive Minds ,think in the reverse direction.

Show your Solidarity Friends.

Jumerati gate was one among the several gates that were erected by Sardar Dost Muhammad khan the founder of Bhopal. This gate is a living legend of city’s history built around 1720. It defended the Bhopal city during the siege of Bhopal. The gate is the only part of the Sher-i-khas which is curbed by the rising encroachments and is facing the brunt of the insane authorities.

The old post office was a part of the unique postal system of Bhopal that was modernized by the Begum of Bhopal Nawab Sikander Begum. Later the postal services were consolidated in times of Nawab Shahjehan Begum and consolidated postal services were introduced in the former Bhopal state. This building is now in a dilipidated state due to negligence.

The Sheesh Mahal is part of the khirniwala maidan complex. It was constructed in times of Nawab Sikander Begum of Bhopal to accommodate the state guests who visited Bhopal on royal visits. It is the building where Iqbal the poet wrote his masterpieces dedicated to the nation. This royal guest house was the residence of celebrated poet Fazal Tabhish of Bhopal. The building houses the old art school of Bhopal of Zari Zardosi established by Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal. The producer Ismail Merchant used the city palace complex for the incustody movie. The unique blend of Indo-French architecture is a example of architectural heritage.

Friend please sigh the petition and share it with your friends.


Shehla Masood
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Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010 2:37:18 PM
From Ambreen Zaidi
Congrats!! Shehla.
Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010 1:27:52 PM
Modified on Friday, April 9, 2010 1:32:32 PM
From shehla masood
So Finally Babu lal Gour Sahab sends his message through News Papers that the decision is under reconsideration.

"This is Peoples Power"
The Orders to be reconsidered for the Demolition of the 3 heritage properties after the Growing Protests.
Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010 12:04:21 AM
From shehla masood
various Organisation joined today after the Bhopal Heritage Foundation took a step forward to raise voice against irreparable damage to be done to Bhopal Culture and History. by Mr Babu Lal Gaur decision if executed
INTACH Called a PROTEST today
Bhopal Citizens Forum
Gas Peedit Sanghatan
local Residents
People Representative
Christian Association
RainBow Foundation
Progressive Muslim WOmen Forum and many others have joined the Protest and it will Continue till the time the orders are changed.
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Why David Coleman Headley is being let off by America?
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From shehla masood
Instead of being given a Death Sentence he is given a Life sentence!

In a Chicago courtroom the double agent American David Headley pleaded guilty to being the advance man for terrorists who bombed and shot their way through several parts of Mumbai, India, two years ago. The attacks left 164 people dead.

Headley had worked at a local travel agency, admitted today that he helped plan the attacks. He also admitted he was working with al Qaeda on a plot to chop of the heads of employees at a Danish newspaper that had published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Headley now faces life in prison.

What Right does America has to let him off if he is responsible for cases outside America?

The Washington-born child of a past Pakistani civil servant and an American female, David Coleman Headley, purportedly made friends with Bollywood superstars.He even dated an actress during his prolonged surveillance tours throughout India.

Headley collaborated with examiners straight away after his October detention. Yesterday, he officially confessed his perpetration of 12 terrorism charges after prosecutors accepted to not look for the death punishment or to permit Headley to be handed over to India, Pakistan or Denmark to face connected charges.

The prosecutors declared that he, however, will be told to straightforwardly state under oath in any overseas legal procedures conducted in the United States by means of deposition, video-conferencing or letters rogatory.

US Attorney General Eric Holder has proclaimed that the admission of guiltiness by David Headley is a pivotal step forward in their hard work to accomplish righteousness for in excess of 160 individuals who lost their lives in the Mumbai terrorist outrage.

Holder has stated that David Headley is bequeathing to the Americans and their allies precious information about ongoing terrorist developments.

He has declared that America will function effectively with its internal and intercontinental partners. He has revealed that America will not relax until all those answerable for the Mumbai assaults and the terror scheme in Denmark are held responsible.

David Coleman Headley's Pakistani roots and his US citizenship made him “a lucrative asset” for LeT operations in India.David Coleman Headley's Pakistani roots and his US citizenship made him “a lucrative asset” for LeT operations in India.

If Headley was on the FBI radar for over a year before he was arrested in October, why was this intelligence not shared with India?

Headley was under surveillance for a month before 26/11. There was still no intelligence passed on. This was despite the fact that the FBI warning of a potential terror strike on hotels was specific and detailed.

And then, the most striking detail - Headley worked as undercover agent for American's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) being arrested in 1998 for heroin smuggling.

Both the New York Times and the Daily Beast Website have reported extensively on how Headley infiltrated Pakistan's narcotics underbell

Headley was charged with conspiring to attack the Copenhagen newspaper that ran cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed.
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Posted on Sunday, April 4, 2010 11:57:30 PM
From shehla masood
Our west block officers are shameless!
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 4:59:34 PM
From Anurag Shukla
Dear Ma'am, I saw your blog after posting mine on the same topic. By all indications, Headley is an asset woven into the strands of American intelligence fabric very cleverly. We are making so much of a song and dance about his so called "revelations". Each word had the Home Minster and media swooning with I told you so's. Idiots that we are, it is so difficult to imbibe that fundamental principle of international, nay human relations ie
"There are no permanent friends or enemies. There are only permanent interests". Headley will now be used to keep India and Pakistan at each other's throats longer, while US makes merry in Afghanistan sitting over the thwarted Iran- Pakistan- India gas pipeline, sells us both arms and sells India nuke plants to keep its drowning economy afloat and regulates the pace of growth in these two potential powerhouses of South Asia. One can only sigh in frustration and watch the game go on, recalling Mirza Ghalib's linesr - Bazeecha -i- atfaal hai duniya mere aage, hota hai shab-o- roze tamasha mere aage .
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Toward better policing in Madhya Pradesh .Seminar on March 13 in Bhopal
From shehla masood
Dear Friend,

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), PRAYATNA & UDAI would like to invite you to a daylong interactive workshop on 13 March 2010 at Hotel Palash, Bhopal from 11:00 am- 5:00pm.

This workshop is an opportunity for you to gain an understanding of the recent developments on the issue of police reform in India and a chance to be involved in the process in Madhya Pradesh. The session is divided into two parts Pre-lunch session and Post lunch session.

In September 2006, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgement in Prakash Singh and Others vs. Union of India and Others. The Court took the decisive step of instructing the centre and state governments to implement seven directives to fix these deep rooted problems as an interim measure before enacting new police legislation. Madhya Pradesh has been one of those few states that have taken few steps to implement the judgement. It has disobeyed the Court’s orders and is going unchallenged.

It is the community that is the final beneficiary of good or bad policing. It is important therefore that people in general and civil society in particular participate in the reform process and where government is inactive put pressure on it to make sure that the police become more accountable to the law and the people it serves.

We will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court judgement and the Madhya Pradesh Government’s response to it. We will also examine to what extent Madhya Pradesh’s government orders are in compliance with the Court’s judgment. Last but not the least we will discuss the PIL of Mr Ajay Dubey for implementation of Police reforms in MP.

The expected outcome of the workshop will be for the participants to strategize collectively and devise an action plan to ensure that the State complies with the directives and that consultation with civil society on the issue is accounted for. The action plan that emerges would be the initial step towards raising awareness and beginning a campaign for better policing in Madhya Pradesh. Your participation at this workshop will be of enormous value.

About CHRI
With strong background in policing and human rights has been advocating for police reform in India for a decade. CHRI sat on the Police Act Drafting Committee and submitted a Model Police Act 2006 to replace the Police Act of 1861. CHRI has also intervened in the proceedings leading up to the Supreme Court judgment. Since 2006, CHRI has been involved in a series of civil society consultations and workshops, interacting with civil society groups all over the country to share experiences, knowledge and expertise around police reform.

About PRAYATNA- NGO working on Environment Issues, Good Governance &, Transparency, in Madhya Pradesh .Have Credit of PIL in Police reforms, Mining, Sand mining, MP Pollution Controll Board.

About UDAI- NGO working on Environment &, Good Governance &, Transparency, Sports and Tribal Welfare, Women and Minorities issues in Madhya Pradesh

We keenly look forward to your active participation as a Speaker and in the discussion. Please confirm your attendance by no later than 11 March by 7 pm.


Navaz Kotwal (Mobile: 09810743531) Shehla Masood(Mobile: 9826020233) 163 Zone I MP Nagar Bhopal. 4228205, 4273143
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Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 8:52:01 AM
From shehla masood

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) along with Parayatna and Udai society urges the government of Madhya Pradesh to fully implement the Supreme Court’s directives in the Prakash Singh case on police reforms. Several NGOs, lawyers, journalists and retd police and serving officers deliberated on the issue of police reforms for the day. The seminar was attended by serving officer including Mr S K Raut, DGP, Shailendra Shrivastava, V K Wate, ADG Complaints and Human Righs, Vijay Yadav IGP, Mr R Katoch PS Home, S C Tripathi, Retd DG, Prof Zamruddin, Arvind Malviya, Congress spokesperson, Arpit Sikarwal, BJP Youth Wing, Amit Sharma, Congress Youth Wing, Mr Abdul Jabbar, social activist, Mrs Deepika Baghchi, Ratna Mukherjee, Ajay Gupta, Criminal lawyer, Mrs Raka Arya, Law University, Sadhna Pathak, lawyer and human rights activist and Mr Herdenia, activist.
The Supreme Court of India in its 2006 judgment, Prakash Singh and Others vs. Union of India and Others had directed all State and Central governments to implement six directives which would kickstart the reform process. These directives were aimed at giving functional responsibility to the police in matters of administration while remaining under the supervision of the political executive and also ensuring that public complaints are addressed and police accountability is enhanced. Madhya Pradesh has been one of those few states that has been disobedient of the Court’s orders. Of the six directives it has implemented only three of the directives and that too only on paper. The casual approach of the Madhya Pradesh government borne out by its lack of effort in complying with the Court’s directives or taking any concrete steps to implement significant directives with far reaching consequences for improving the state police demonstrate its unwillingness to reform the police.

Crime in Madhya Pradesh is increasing steadily. The state ranks highest in the number of rape cases as well as highest in the number of cases received against the police. In wake of such statistics government’s apathy in bringing about reforms cannot be explained. The DGP as well as PS Home today failed to give any reason for not setting up the required bodies.
It was concluded that a letter would be sent to the CM with a set of demands to immediately implement the reforms. An urgent reply from the CM is expected.
At the moment the public has little faith in the police, which it views as abusive, corrupt and broken. The people of the state deserve first-rate policing and nothing less. This is the one chance to reform the police. There is no moment to be lost.

Society Representation
Mr Mr Hardeni NGO
Prof Zamruddin Proff/Activists/
Mr DIXIT Citixens Forum 1
MrS Chandna Arora NGO
Mrs Meera Singh NGO
Mr Vijay Kumar Activist
Mrs Ratna MUkherjee
Mrs Deepika Bagchi
Mr Abdul Jabbar NGO

Peoples Representatives NONE OF THE MLA came
Amit Sharma congress youth leader
Praveen Saxena youth congress Parshad
Arpit Sikarwar BJP youth Leader 1 Yes

Institutions Yes
Mr S K Raut DGP 1
Shailendra Shrivastava IG Bhopal Range
RC Arora ADG CID PHQ Bhopal
Vijay Yadav IG
V K WATE ADG Complaint & Human Rights PHQ 1
VIJAY KUMAR SINGH ADG AJK Complaint & Human Rights), PHQ
Mr R.Katoch PS Home
Arvind Malviya Congress Spokesperson
Anil Bajpaee IIM
Law Students
Barkatullah Universitystudents
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Need for Whistle blower and Activist Protection
From shehla masood
The ideology we hold against corrupt practices in our country time and again are questioned.

Yesterday RTI activist Shashidhar Mishra known as ‘Khabri Lal’ in the area for his knack to expose scams in the welfare schemes through RTI was shot in his head. criminals in Begusarai dist, Bihar.

The murder of Satyendra Dubey, a government engineer who exposed corruption in the national highway building program forced us to ask for our Rights in Democracy. His death was neither the first, nor will be the last that vested interests will perpetrate, but Dubey’s death uniquely encouraged the whistleblowers demand for an act.

Every one believed that as a result of supreme sacrifice of Manjunath, pricing anomaly of selling kerosene at highly subsidized prices will be removed finally. Time has proven us wrong. It has only worsened.
The murder of Shanmughan Manjunath, a manager at a state-owned oil company whose body was found riddled with bullets in the back seat of his car for his cause to fight against selling of impure gasoline raised the question of safety of the whistleblowers.

Hundreds of people are murdered AND threatened every day all over India.

The insensitivity of the administration stand exposed. The FIR is not written. Security is not given. Harassment and victimization of whistleblowers is the norm Inspite of legislation, or they are ignored.

The democracies like USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand have whistleblower protection Bill. With one telephone call to the media, one video on YouTube, one letter to the right public official, a corrupt can be brought to its knees by a whistleblower.

If we want to have participation form the public it is the duty in the constitution to uphold rule of law and it is with the help of the law that a sense of security can be inculcated in the mind of the common man.

We need affirmative whistle-blowing task to report incidents of others violating rules of ethics. Ignoring proposed legislation like the Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Informers) Bill (PIDB drafted in 2007 submitted by Former Supreme Court Justice B.P. Jeevan Reddy needs attention.

India passed a federal Freedom of Information Bill in 2003 but was void of the Whistleblowers Act recommended by the Constitution Review Commission in 2002. In 1999, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had advocated a Whistleblower Act. Although such legislation found support with the Central Vigilance Commission and the Constitutional Review Commission, the proposal/ the Draft bill remains in cold storage to date.

Satyendra Dubey's death merits attention and a subsequent Public Interest Litigation urges the Supreme Court to direct the Centre to evolve a system to ensure protection to anybody who complains to the Government against corruption. His request for keeping his identity secret was duly rejected by the than officials. Dubey ended up paying with his life for drawing the PMO's attention to the corruption in the system. The PMO could have averted his death if they had kept his identity a secret, but denied the request.

The need for a Whistle-blowers (Protection) Act in India is felt very heavily because we are ranked high in the level of corruption in the Global Competitiveness Report Index and Survey of the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.

A protection of law to a Whistle-blower will be boosting his moral fiber to disclose the corrupt practices in his knowledge. The bill will attract others also to whistle-blow for a better future of his country.
India lacks a progress on curbing corruption. The Political consensus is awaited. The leader who came in power by peoples mandate does not care.

The Lokpal Bill, 1996, drawn up ostensibly to root out corruption, introduced in Parliament several times awaits the approval of both the Houses. Enactment of the Bill into law is one of the promises made in the Common Minimum Programmes of the ruling United Progressive Alliance as part of administrative reforms.
It is still clear the government has a long way to go in its fight against corruption and organized crime. India can be successful if there is a strong commitment to the strict separation of executive, legislative and judicial power.

On 3rd March, 2006, The Whistleblowers (Protection in Public Interest Disclosures) Bill, 2006 was introduced to provide for protection from criminal or civil liability, departmental inquiry, demotion, harassment and discrimination of whistle blowers, i.e., the persons who bring to light specific instances of illegality, criminality, corruption in any Government, public or private enterprise. However the bill is yet to be passed and assented to by the President.

A robust law is awaited for our protection. Pro-whistle blower laws need to be enacted – Corruption in India is a mega industry to which public exposes are no match.

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 2:57:13 AM
From Sasanka Sekhar Debnath
I am ashamed to write anything about her as there is no words in me to say why she had to sacrifice her life. All of us are responsible for her life. A curseder, who fought for the benefit of all human being had to end her life by the hand of some vested interested people. No word is sufficient to console neither her family nor ourselves.
Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:40:49 PM
From Piyush Chandra Sharma
The views expressed by Shehla Masood are commendable.She has been doing a an excellent job of creating an awareness among people to fight injustice and corruption. Her suggestion for a Whistle Blower Protection Act(WBPA) is apt and requires to be implemented without any further delay to save whistle blower's life. It ironical that She has lost her life pursuing RTI, anti-corruption crusade and WBPA.
It is very shocking and sad that she has been killed by some unknown assailant. My heartfelt condolences and sympathies are with the bereaved family. May God provide eternal peace to the departed soul and provide strength to the near and dear ones to bear this irreparable loss.
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 9:52:10 AM
From Dev Kumar Vasudevan
Gandhi: "the purpose of civil resistance is provocation". Anna has succeeded in provoking the Govt and the Opposition. Hope he wins us freedom from corruption. Meet at 2 pm Boat Club Bhopal - This was the last post on Facebook posted by Shehla Masood before she was shot dead in broad daylight in Bhopal Tuesday morning. R.I.P. Shehla.
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:29:31 PM
From Rashmi Shukla
I wish some heed was paid to the words of this lady, then maybe she wouldn't have dies, maybe just maybe she knew the upcoming events of her life.
may her soul RIP
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 6:30:35 PM
From Sadaf Chaudhary
Shehla Masood... Tribute to you, you took the state to a certain level. all Esteemed Bloggers will continue to keep the flame lit by keeping your views, thoughts and actions alive.
Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2010 8:28:23 PM
From Amarjeet Singh
Maam I do agree with the fact that people who are fighting against corruption need protection but expecting it from the system, which is fought against, won’t do, that too for legislations ensuring protection, if legislations were so effective I don’t think we needed to fight corruption.
I never mean to say that we should be antagonist, but the actual problem, is not about changing the system I think its about changing the mentality of the common man, who dithers a thousand times and ultimately succumbs when he thinks about raising his voice against the corruption.
Maam I heard about a NGO fighting against corruption in Kolkata, its working procedure was such that, when ever the members (usually common people) of the NGO used to get any complaints against, any petty cases of corruption, affecting daily lives of the people then the members used to protest against it with full strength, suppose if police denied filing complaints then hundreds of members used to go and raise their voices, the work was done. The term for helping a non-member was fixed that that person will have to join the group and will have to participate in the next campaign of the group.

If we really look at the significance of it on the individual whose complaint is denied it would really boost the morale of the man, it could kindle that lost spirit and fill him with the confidence and strength to raise his voice against corruption. Because ultimately it is not the system that needs to be changed rather the mentality, which nurtures the corrupt system, needs to be changed, the corruption would lose it nourishment and would fade away.
Maam though it looks a bit hypothetical but could be turned practical with commitment, it just needs the start….
Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 12:05:50 AM
From Dinesh Chandra Jugran
That is a very relevant poetry of Amjad Islam Amjad. I am quoting one of the famous sher of Munir Nayazi equally relevant.
Is s mulk par munir asaib ka saya hai kiya
K harkat to taiztar hai magar safar ahesta ashesta
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 9:39:51 PM
From shehla masood
Ham log
DaaeroN main chaltay haiN
DaaeroN main chalnay say
Daaeray to bharrhtay haiN

Faaslay nahi ghaT-tay
Aarzuain chalti haiN
Jis taraf ko jaatay haiN
ManzilaiN tamanna ki
Saath saath chalti haiN

Gard urrti rehti hay
Dard barrhta rehta hay
Raastay nahi ghaT-tay

Subah-dam sitaaron ki taiz jhilmilahat ko
Roshni ki aamad ka paish baab kehtay haiN
Ik kiran jo milti hay, aaftaab kehtay hain
Daaera badalnay ko inqalaab kehtay haiN
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 7:54:15 PM
From Zamiruddin .
Im no defeatist but shehla one swallow can not announce spring. we need inqilab. My own fight is on as yours zamiruddin
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 1:18:06 PM
From shehla masood
अगर ख़िलाफ़ हैं होने दो जान थोड़ी है
ये सब धुआँ है कोई आसमान थोड़ी है

लगेगी आग तो आएँगे घर कई ज़द में
यहाँ पे सिर्फ़ हमारा मकान थोड़ी है

मैं जानता हूँ के दुश्मन भी कम नहीं लेकिन
हमारी तरहा हथेली पे जान थोड़ी है

हमारे मुँह से जो निकले वही सदाक़त है
हमारे मुँह में तुम्हारी ज़ुबान थोड़ी है

जो आज साहिबे मसनद हैं कल नहीं होंगे
किराएदार हैं ज़ाती मकान थोड़ी है

सभी का ख़ून है शामिल यहाँ की मिट्टी में
किसी के बाप का हिन्दोस्तान थोड़ी है

by Rahat Indori
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 11:59:24 AM
From Nani Manna
When those who are in charge to implement & enforce the law belong to the same vicious circle, how can mere law be able to give protection to these brave whistle blowers?
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Bhopal will Celebrate Valentine by showing Love for "Tigers" The endangered Species.
From shehla masood
Dear Bloggers we Need ur help !

Please spread the word among your Group members --

Let this Valentine be celebrated for our endangered Species "Tiger" this year.

Join the efforts and show u care on 14 the Feb 2010.
Get messages, posters and off course yourself at the Boat Club Bhopal 12 pm 14th Feb 2010

Please contact 9826020233/4228205/
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Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 8:55:21 PM
From shehla masood
Dear Friends.. the response was overwhelming ! Cheers. To see the Photographs join me on Facebook. he he
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 8:53:09 PM
From Nani Manna
Wish you all the best.
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:58:49 PM
From shehla masood

Thanks.Please share ur message on the Group and
Please spread the word among your Group members, Friend, relatives --
Let this Valentine be celebrated for our endangered Species "Tiger" this year.
Join the efforts and show u care on 14 the Feb 2010.
Get messages, posters and off course yourself at the Boat Club On 1TH fEB Bhopal 12 pm.
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:35:02 PM
From Ravi Upadhyaya
great work SHEHLA, keep it up. ,m-9214581420
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My Name is Khan 12.2.2010.
From shehla masood
The Sena leaders had been attacking leading personalities like Mukesh Ambani, Shahrukh Khan Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Gandhi.

Dont they love Indians? What is the Econimcs besides decisive votes/

Bal Thackeray attacked industrialist Mukesh Ambani over his recent statement that Mumbai belongs to all Indians."Marathi people have as much right over Mumbai as Mukesh Ambani has over Reliance companies," Thackeray said in an article published in Sena mouthpiece Saamana.

Sachin not a loyal Maharashtrian, said Shiv Sena when he said 'Proud' Maharashtrian Sachin says Mumbai belongs to all Indians ...

The Shiv Sena is warning Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan to apologies for backing the Pakistani cricketers at the IPL and making remark that Mumbai is for all Indians. The party stated that his films would be banned in the city if he doesn’t offer an apology but the Baadshah is not bowing down to their demand.

The AICC general secretary had flayed Sena for its tirade against people from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh telling that the NSG men who vanquished terrorists during 26/11 were also from the rest of the country.

Stepping up its attack on Rahul for the "Mumbai for all Indians" remark and raking up Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin, party supremo Bal Thackeray said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamna, "Mumbai may belong to all Indians but how can it belong to an Italian mummy."

Salman is harassed by Rajput Sena Karnis in Jaipur. the Shiv . the Shiv seva even dragged Amir Khan. "According to Aamir, if any cricketer is good, he would like to have him in his team, it makes no difference to him which country he belongs to," said the statement. The statement is accompanied by a digitally altered picture of the recent record blockbuster "3 Idiots". It shows the head of Aamir popping out of a drum and SRK is sticking his tongue from another drum .. Could have been more original…

Injustice triumphs when the powerful are silent.

India is getting used to it now or this is the last part? Another bullying which we are witnessing again is of Bollywood. They are divided over the Shahrukh Khan. Apology to Shiv Sena.

Ask them for a solution they have with them.

Failure of the state and Central Govt.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:07:44 PM
Modified on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:10:19 PM
From Satya Sheel Sahai
good one SHEHLA i appreciate ur views on THACKREY's because i am one of the Indians in your blog who actually had to leave his job during that time when MNS actually used to take care of so called NORTH INDIANS but seems MNS forgot whom they are fighting with are INDIANS only, may be some from NORTH/SOUTH/EAST/WEST. few days back we at bhopal read a news where students from NORTH- EAST have said that they feel bad when people call them by names say chinese/ japanese even if they tell that they belong to any NORTH EASTERN INDIAN STATE... this discrimination between the citizens of the same nation is gonna become a big reason for our downfall in future....

I actually appreciate your last line of failure but not the difference of state or central its an overall failure of all the government bodies across the nation
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 7:58:41 PM
From Zamiruddin .
The days of all insular,communal, regionalists,are over. Thank them they did what we couldnt have done more to malign themselves. Sweet are the uses of adversity Zamiruddin
Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:38:57 PM
From Ravindra Jain
see my blog

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Raj express
Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010 8:41:20 PM
From shehla masood
U Bet.!
Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010 8:34:07 PM
Modified on Friday, February 5, 2010 8:37:02 PM
From Nani Manna
They have fooled us by their rhetoric. They blackmailed us by playing with our sentiments. We eulogized them, made them heroes & gave them power to speak on behalf of us. It is another matter that, what they speak supposedly for us, is not our language. We are the ones who must be punished at first place, for giving them the importance they do not deserve at all.
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Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Department served Notice of "KURKI". Tragedy of Madhya Pradesh Banao
From shehla masood
Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Department served Notice of "KURKI". The Applicant is Mrs Lata Chauhan working in the department as Class 3 employee as her Husband died in 1997. Her Dues are not cleared Till date.She has been claiming Compensations . Its her Right and in Law.

In 2003 the Court had Directed the Department of Women Child for clearance. As usual the Responsibility in the Govt Officers is never assigned.

Today 1/1/2010 the Notice was pasted on the Commissioners office Door of Rs 28 lakh Mortgage.

The Officer who died in the Car Accident wan an Account officer/Dept Director/Class 1 rank officer in Madhya Pradesh Government.Isnt it SAD ?

Wife who is already a Clerk in the same department as her husband was is unfortunately a Women. She even Represents the Department of Women and Child .A women of India .. this i never dreamt.

I Ask Mr Gulshan Bamra Commissioner of the department, Principal Secretary Mrs Joshi. unfortunately a Lady.What are the foremost on your agenda ?

Our lady Minister another unfortunate coincidence is Pradesh Women and Child Department

Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Department is meant for what??.We don't deserve this Treatment. Policies are there but not implemented.The Bureaucracy who is running us is mixed between Politics of Economy. They are Deaf years and Closed Eyes.

The politicians are Busy with their Economics. We are taking the Burden. Because we do not react! Dont be a Vegetable !

Hume Madhya Pradesh Bana na nahin hai Chief Mnister Shiv raj Singh Chohan Sahab! of Madhya Pradesh . Kee Politics and Economy mian achee sambandh bana na hai.

wHAT is the Vision for the next 4 Years?
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 11:13:11 PM
From shehla masood
So who is running the Government.?
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 10:49:13 PM
From Ashish Gupta
जिस दिन हमारे नेता हमारे विश्वास को समझ लेंगे की क्यों हमने उन्हें अपना नेता चुना है तब हम उस जगह पर होंगे जहाँ सिर्फ प्रगति होगी. मैंने आपका ब्लॉग पढ़ा अपने बहुत बढ़िया लिखा है. इन सभी बातो का government को तभी याद आता है जब शोक दिवस आता है. फिर से नए नए वादे किये जाते है. लेकिन कुछ ही दिनों में फिर वैसा ही आलम हो जाता है. शायद उन्हें एहसास नहीं है की कितने लोगो ने अपने परिजनों को खोया है और कितने लोग आज भी उस हादसे की वजह से प्रताड़ित हो रहे है. जब तक हम अपना past अच्छा नहीं करेंगे तब तक हम अपना present और future को कैसे बनायेंगे...सबसे पहले में ये जानना चाहता हूँ की भोपाल की तरक्की के लिए कौन कौन से important decisions government ko जल्द से जल्द लेने चाहिए...???????
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 10:23:28 PM
From shehla masood
Time is gone.. when we should raise Applications ..we need action, we need answers , Solution from among us.. out of this Cyberspace.

What has happened to the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.. Because we kept trusting the Governments of different Ideology?

Please read and respond.. will wait ..

Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 9:58:29 PM
From Ashish Gupta
शेहला जी, इस देश में अच्छा चुनाव होने के बाद भी हम अपने गाँव, शहर को उसी हालत में देखते हैं जैसे की वो पहले था. अगर हम हमारे भोपाल को ही ले ले तो भोपाल मध्य प्रदेश की राजधानी है. लेकिन यहाँ की व्यवस्था को देखकर तो नहीं लगता. इंदौर भोपाल से कहीन जायदा व्यवस्थित है..ऐसा क्यों. मेरा ऐसा मन्ना है की हर १ राज्य में एक ऐसी committe होनी चाहिए जो निचले लोगों और मध्य वर्ग के लोगों की समस्याओं को हमारे नेताओं तक पहुंचाए और अगर वे लोग उसके लिए कुछ नहीं करते हैं तो उसके लिए यथावत एक्शन लिया जाये.
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 9:26:15 PM
From shehla masood

Explain... give a solution.. Raise a question.. Dare.

Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 9:21:26 PM
From Ashish Gupta
This is government of India...Shehla ji...All say that We are proud of our Country..we ll do anything for our ... Nothing can be said...
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New Element Discovered in India to Be Included on the Periodic Table:
From shehla masood
The following report was sent by a well wisher ... it will make you smile :)
Read and enjoy.

New Element Discovered in India to Be Included on the Periodic Table:

The Nuclear Physics Department of the University of Delhi has
discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element,
Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy
neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass
of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which
are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called
peons. Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it
can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes
into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that
would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years
to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 - 6 years. It does not
decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of
the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places. In fact,
Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each
re-organization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming
isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists
to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a
critical concentration.

This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalyzed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an
element that absorbs just as much energy as Governmentium since it has
half as many peons but twice as many morons.

please check
Shehla Masood
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Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 1:12:04 PM
From Ravi Upadhyaya
It is an amazing information not known.
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Full Text of Delhi High Court Judgment dated 12/01/2010 RTI Vs Supreme Court
From shehla masood

Mr Subhash Chandra Agarwal and Myself in the Photograph

Full Text of Delhi High Court Judgment dated 12/01/2010


Judgment reserved on: 13th November, 2009

Judgment pronounced on: 12th January, 2010
+ LPA No.501/2009

Secretary General, Supreme Court of India
Through: Mr. G.E.Vahanvati, Attorney General for India with Mr.Atul Nanda and
Mr.Sanjay Bhardwaj, Advocates


Subhash Chandra Agarwal
Through: Mr.Prashant Bhushan with Mr.Mayank Mishra, Mr.Rohit Kumar Singh and Mr.Vivek

Advocates CORAM:




1. Whether the reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment? Yes
2. To be referred to reporter or not? Ye
3.Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest?Yes

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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010 4:18:01 PM
From shehla masood
Ravi r u on facebook by any chance?
Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010 4:23:47 PM
From Ravi Limaye
Very interesting
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From shehla masood
Tigers are a rare and precious treasure and it so sad to see them lost to ignorance, incompetence and greed.

There are too many reasons for the extinction of Tigers in India. We know some of these but now it's time to know and should try to find out

*Why forest officals are helpless?
*Why forest guards are helpless?
*What are the reasons that force villagers to take such cruel steps?
*Why local people support/help poachers?
*Who are these poachers?
*Who are the bosses of these poachers?
*What is the chain of these people?
*Who are the real NGO/people working for the benifit of environment and wildlife?
*What help/support these Ngo/people are getting from the govt. and semi govt. bodies and even by local and big industrial groups?
*Are the Tigers missing/poached from the Tiger Teserve Tones or from outside the core and buffer zones?
*Are forest guards less equiped?
*Should forest officals be given more power?
*etc. etc.
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Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 6:10:17 PM
From Zamiruddin .
Dear Shehla: all carnivora are in danger of extinction including Muslims. Since Muslims eat more animals than all the tigers of the world put together, they need to be preserved for without them the world will be devoid of trees and all greenery. Ameicans need to be told this painful truth that Muslims can replace the tiger if only they chase Islam and not Muslims Zamiruddin
Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:32:00 PM
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Posted on Saturday, February 6, 2010 6:57:06 PM
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Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:14:29 PM
From shehla masood
Thanks Shlok...

as far as i know.. there were no commitments on that day but on way....
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 11:58:05 PM
From Shlok Chandra
Congrats on the NRI show at Bhopal!! I believe it was your company that managed the show. What was it like?? Any major commitments from NRI's for MP?
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 5:30:01 PM
From Shlok Chandra
Belinda Wright is truly an authority on the Indian tiger. We had a chance meeting with her during our recent visit to Kanha Kisli. The Kanha Reserve Director Mr. Negi is also completely dedicated to saving the tiger.

Some of the common problems that are facing the tiger are the man-animal conflict and the threat from poachers. The villagers often start seeing the tiger as a threat when the tiger comes too close to the villages and threatens their cattle i.e. their source of livelihood. It is also a well known fact that tigers are under threat from poachers. These poachers use almost every part of the tiger’s body. There is a huge demand for the tiger’s body parts in China and Tibet. I have heard form locals that each tiger killed can fetch the poachers upwards of Rs 1 crore.

While some villagers find livelihood from tourism at the national reserves, others have no direct benefit from the preservation of the tiger or the natural reserves. These villagers are most susceptible to giving precious information to the poachers like the last recorded tiger spotting, schedule of checks by rangers etc.

Very recently, Dr. Manmohan has taken it upon himself to handle the issue of tiger preservation. Hopefully, this will provide the much needed impetus to the drive for tiger preservation. It will truly be a pity to lost this majestic animal.
Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 2:47:26 PM
From Johny
I think Belinda Wright can answer a lot of those questions and what to do about it. As a child i have known her mother Anne Wright and Belinda is one of the foremost animal activists in the country...Kanha Kisli was a great place to visit as a kid...
...three tiger sighting in 2 days...
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Is 'fore play' too tacky ?
From shehla masood

In the last couple of weeks, sex ruled not only the sports headlines, but the tabloid ones as well, with the sordid saga of Tiger Woods.

Sex in sports showed its power in a completely different manner’s appeal is driving the continued rise of Patrick. It's powerful enough to do that for someone who looks good but hasn't exactly earned her way. Conversely, sex is powerful enough to turn a Tiger into a cheetah, as the popular joke goes. Woods has played his way to the top of sport, becoming the richest athlete in the world by dominating a finicky game like golf in a way that's never been done before. His 14 major championships at age 33 solidify his greatness. But sex can topple a titan, even one who has earned every step of success.

There is a both outrageous and quality journalism going around. Some talk about sex appeal and some talk about the act itself. thing have been proven again by both cases: Sex does, indeed, sell, whether it's by the marketing machine of NASCAR or to the insatiable appetite of society for the dirty details of celebrities' personal lives.

Before this animalistic analysis shifts into second gear, it must be made perfectly clear that these are two totally different areas of the sex spectrum. lol

Berti Vogts, the German football manager in 1994, banned his players from sex before games. Linford Christie, the British sprinter, agreed with the notion, saying a romp the night before a race made his legs feel like lead.

Athletes have long perpetuated the theory that sex before competition zaps energy. Muhammad Ali, for one, reportedly wouldn't make love for six weeks before a fight.But scientists say there is no physiological evidence to suggest that sex before competition is bad. In fact, some studies suggest that pre-sports sex may actually aid athletes by raising their testosterone levels, for example.It is unclear, however, what psychological effects sex may have on an athlete's performance. Some scientists suggest that abstinence could help some athletes concentrate better.

"There are two possible ways sex before competition could affect performance," said Ian Shrier, a sports medicine specialist at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. "First, it could make you tired and weak the next day," Shrier said. "This has been disproved. "The second way is that it could affect your psychological state of mind. This has not been tested," he said.

The hormone of both sexual desire and aggression are from the body.

Still less is known about the psychological effects of sex on athletic performance.
Some experts say coaches may be favoring the abstinence theory simply because they want to make sure young athletes get enough sleep before a big game. Too much anxiety or too much aggression may result in poor performance. "If athletes are too anxious and restless the night before an event, then sex may be a relaxing distraction," Shrier wrote in his study. "If they are already relaxed or, like some athletes, have little interest in sex the night before a big competition, then a good night's sleep is all they need." The results will depend on individual preferences and routines, Shrier said, adding that consistency is key.

Does Good Sex Make Sports Heroes? Here are the two opposing perspectives from sports greats themselves. Muhammad Ali, believing it sapped an athlete's strength, wouldn't have sex for six weeks before a fight. The ancient Yankee philosopher, Casey Stengel, on the other hand, quotith: "I'm less worried about a player having sex the night before a game than him being out all night looking for it."

It’s an irresistible mix says the researchers. Sex and sports inseparable? The question brings to mind two historic sports heroes. Wilt Chamberlain claims he had sex with 20,000 different females or 1.37 women per day over a period of 40 years, from the age of 15. He further states because of such encounters he slept not a wink the night before he scored an astonishing 100 points in a National Basketball Association game.

"Babe" Ruth was equally notorious for countless liaisons, but sex did not seem to affect his legendary baseball records. However, it was Hank Aaron, a presumably straight-shooting, early-to-bedder, who broke Ruth's record of 714 regular season home runs. Could a well-rested, sexually-restrained Ruth have hit 800 or 1,000?
Must a sexually active athlete sacrifice success in the world of sports? For decades the answer was a definitive "yes." Sex, said many coaches and trainers, stunted athletes' potential and shortened their careers. This nostrum, probably based on an 18th-century notion about preserving vital body fluids, is fast losing support as a result of modern scientific study.

There seems to be no penalty in combining sex and athletics, according to sports medicine director John Troup, M.D. "Unless it becomes distracting, it might even help some people sleep," he says.

Most experts agree no evidence exists to support the old taboos.

"Moderate" sex before competition may indeed be beneficial, according to George Leonard, author of The Physiology of Sex. Leonard lauds the benefits of the "rapturous synergy of exercise and sex" and concludes, "Either sex or athletics is good for you, and in conjunction they're even better."

The loss of even one night's sleep is likely to result in fatigue, irritability and mood shifts. "At a certain level, the physical differences a competitor can feel are small, but there are no bounds to what can be done mentally," says Sue Hollaway, the first woman to compete in two Olympics during the same year (skiing and kayaking, 1976).

Research indicates sleep loss undermines creative thinking (spontaneity, flexibility and originality) and the ability to deal with unfamiliar situations.Physiology professor Bruce Martin agrees. "Humans can respond remarkably well when aroused," he says. "Sleep doesn't matter when athletes are fired up for competition."
Author Charles Garfield dissents. "No one lives in a constant state of arousal. More important is maintaining the energy to do good work consistently."
Time of day is a performance factor. The consensus? Consistency is the key..

Come to think of it, I’d like to do that research. Anyway, until some research is conducted, your guess is as good as mine as to whether sexual relations will hinder athletic performance. So until then …trial and error. Look at the bright side though, the trial and the error is going to hurt so g-o-o-d.

“Picasso had his Blue Period… and I am in my Blonde Period”. Since its inception in November 1953 (Miller, 41), Playboy has been a hit with men of all ages. He changed perception through business, including the use of sports. He turned the infamous Bunny logo into a cultural icon. Men and women recognize it throughout the world. It is this adorable symbol that gives him his place in history.
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Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2010 4:16:09 PM
From shehla masood
i need u active on Facebook.. out here it seems there is a race going on for posting Posts... no discussion at all.. abrupt endings.. i still cant understand the logic of editorials choice of Blogs and their status lol..
Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2010 6:22:39 PM
From Zamiruddin .
Dear shehal I am not in a position to respond to your invitations: Im a novice in handling computer and I shall have to obain Asfaque's help. sorry for not getting connected. This computer is like the Raqeeb in urdu poetry that doesnt allow two peple to meet! Even machines turn rivals.Enjoy the joke. Zamiruddin
Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 7:58:10 PM
From Pravir Krishak
Interesting analysis …do not forget Gary Kirsten’s recent advice …and just look at Team India’s recent performance in cricket..What you think is it merely a coincidence??... now we all know what it takes to be No 1 :-)

The general belief is that sex relieves stress and helps a person get a little aggression .The performance enhancer, it is believed, is testosterone, the hormone which aids muscle growth and prevents tissue breakdown and every scientist agrees that testosterone level surely goes up during sex.

So what’s wrong if some old politicians are also trying to remain fit and aggressive... after all politics also is a tough sport:-)

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A lion would not cheat on his wife but a Tiger Wood.
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From shehla masood
Would it be fair of Tiger Woods's wife Elin Nordegren to demand half of his $600 million fortune as a divorce settlement?

Tiger Woods might have announced his intentions to quit golf to repair the damages in his personal life. But.. MEDIA continues claiming his affair with Rachel Uchitel. After experiencing intense humiliation for quite some time now, Tiger Woods finally has a professional who understands.. It is Boris Becker and many others.

The skeletons tumbled out of the Wood’s closet at alarming speed. Golf genius Tiger Woods, winner of 14 major championships and 71 USPGA Tour titles.

On has heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but did you know that a photo of Tiger Woods is going for $300,000? After a former New York Police Detective spoke on a televised interview regarding Tiger Wood’s security and the fact that no one has managed to catch a glimpse of him or take a photo of the golfer in nearly a month. “There was a lot of broken glass. It’s conceivable that he was hit in the face with the club or that some glass shattered from the windshield into his face. It’s possible that he hurt himself when he was on the ground outside of the car.”

Than there are jokes on internet..
What: Tiger Woods wins the US Open in an 18-hole play-off with Rocco Mediate
When: June 16, 2008
Where: Torrey Pines, San Diego, California.
Watch: You Tube

Do we need to know that the man is a genius on one leg or two? What he did over the course of five days at Torrey Pines seems already to have blurred into myth. Woods may not be the man of grace he was 12 months ago, but that does not lessen his godly achievements.

With a wrecked knee cartilage and two stress fractures of the leg he won 4 majors. He a tremendous gift to takes it to the ultimate high. The putt that Woods holed to stay alive on the 72nd green teetered on the edge of possibility. Very few would know his knee injury case. He made a birdie three on his opening hole in the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson took eight months to reveal that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of his left knee and had sustained a double stress fracture in his left tibia.

He was rusty, he was crocked, but still he came out on top. Despite having trailed 45-year-old Rocco Mediate after 17 holes in the 18-hole play-off. Tiger Woods will remain an asset for golf. The decade for him will not go low. It began with Californian coast in June 2000. Later that year Woods won his third major in a row at the USPGA .Any other human being would have been beaten in the May's afternoon but Woods found one more putt on the 72nd green. It was the day when he perfected the Woods fist pump; it was the day when Tiger seemed able to fly close to the sun without falling. The world's media turned up at the Masters of 2001 to witness what couldn't be done. No man had ever won four majors in a row.

He waited to come back on the major stage. He returned at the Masters In 2005. Who can forget that chip on the 16th green when he ran his ball up to the top of the shelf? It was the Nike moment. The ball seemed to have stopped rolling then, as if moved by an act of will, quiver and fell into the hole.

In 2006 after the death of his father he won amid tearful scenes at Hoylake. It was called a championship for the connoisseurs.

Then the historic win at Torrey Pines. In 2008 Woods won the US Open with two stress fractures of his leg and a ruined knee. The name itself stirs the imagination of golf enthusiasts all over the world. Is truly a "golfer's paradise”.

Tiger Woods ' car accident has opened a big, fat can of worms. Woods was considered one of the worlds most private and image-conscious sports stars. In the last week, he has faced exposure and personal scrutiny like never before, both through the legal process and its open-record requirements and the relentless pursuit of the tabloid media, which have sought explanations for the accident that he has declined to provide. I think Tiger's brand value is assured.

Tiger Woods won 12 major titles, he dominated the World Championship events with 14 victories, he won more than 50 times on the PGA Tour and he is now within touching distance of Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors and Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA tour victories. Yet he is still only 33.

Tiger Woods became sport's first billionaire. He spoke at Barack Obama's inauguration.
As rightly put “The Greek gods and Shakespeare's tragic heroes looked on in approval”

Wood’s lust, his fatal flaw, had sent him crashing. Once we wondered at man's divinity. The will to win four in a row defies human frailty. AG Heuer confirms today that it will continue its relationship with Golf n°1 Tiger Woods but will respect his desire of privacy by modifying his role in the coming months’ marketing programs. The assessed the decision for a week.

The global consulting firm Accenture PLC became the first major sponsor to cut ties with Tiger Woods, saying the golfer is "no longer the right representative" for the company. The firm had earlier credited its "Go on, be a Tiger" campaign with raising its profile.

Sports card maker Upper Deck Co. continues its relationship with Woods.
Woods is voted Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press, despite the fallout from his admission of infidelity. Voters say Woods' accomplishments during the last 10 years outweighed the revelations that forced him to take a break from the sport he dominates.

The company building "The Tiger Woods Dubai" golf course and housing development says it remains committed to finishing the first course designed by Woods despite the emirate's cash problems and the scandal involving Woods.

The Golf Writers Association of America votes Woods the male player of the year by an overwhelming margin over Steve Stricker, with most of the ballots returned after he became embroiled in a sex scandal. It was the 10th time Woods has won the award in his 13 years as a pro.

The Wall Street Journal reports that one of Woods' alleged mistresses, Mindy Lawton, has been under contract to the London tabloid News of the World and that her agreement with the paper prohibits her from discussing Woods with other media until after this Sunday. Both the Journal and the News of the World are owned by News Corp.

Under the severest pressure Woods achieved the impossible without breaking stride. He might aim the Century Club of San Diego Invitational at Torrey Pines in late January for his 2010 debut. Interest will be passionate when Woods comes back to competition, as inevitably, will be the media reception.

Happy Xmas.. To all Pope calls for peace amid concern over his security just hours after a woman jumped a barrier and dragged him down during Christmas Eve Mass.

This year, cheer instead of gloom and doom . Happy Xmas. to all.
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Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 2:54:23 AM
From shehla masood
Thanks for giving me food for thought.. Hope u like my new Note..
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2009 8:51:21 PM
From Raghav Chandra
That is indeed an honest and fair portrayal of Tiger Woods, clearly one of the greatest sportsmen of the century. Professionally he has been beyond reproach and almost perfect.

But apparently, he had a streak for the wilder things in life. I wonder if that was because of 'need' or 'greed'? A larger conceptual issue at stake is whether sex, or extra-marital pleasure is something which is like a drug that bolsters the adrenaline and can be equated with performance-enhancing steroids which are clearly prohibited. This is something that sports doctors will want to research about. There is one extreme view, which many Olympian athletes have held that if you restrain yourself from sex, it lets you focus more and allows one to give his best. But the contrarian view is that of footballers like Ronaldho of Portugal who went to say that before a major tournament his best performance is assured if he has indulged earlier with the vigor and hysteria of a "porn star".

Certainly Tiger has been tamed. Accenture was overplaying him, and have learnt a lesson. It isnt a good practice to put all your eggs in one basket!

Overall, I would still give my left hand to watch Tiger play. His personal life is none of my business. And for that matter of many others. He is a great player and like many Americans who were asked to vote, I too would choose to be Tiger's caddie to spending a night in the Lincoln bedroom in the White House.

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Politics of narrow self interest to prevent a policy for human survival."Copenhagen Accord ".
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At first it was difficult to know who had come off the worst: the scientists whose emails were published, or the bloggers who disgraced the academics, describing “climategate” as “the greatest scandal in modern science” and branding the research unit “disgraced”.

And now the Deal. A Copenhagen Accord = politics and economical interests minus solidarity, collaboration and science.

Finally the ongoing circus in Copenhagen venerating the global warming religion offers a front row seat to human folly at its finest. A naked, world class shakedown of the naïve political class retreating in their imagined fears of climate doom, by the dependency class of third world countries, the Copenhagen carnival collapses under the unbearable weight of fraud, folly and foolishness

We have been made to understand that the Earth’s average temperature changes frequently though time as does the atmospheric CO2 content. The sages of the research unit stood up with their theories and claimed that recent observations regarding climate change are still geologically well within the bounds of very normal for our planet. Few shielded themselves from the hail of blows for allegedly using methods which are questionable for their theories as advocates continue to use ice core data suggesting CO2 is causing temperature rises when this was long ago shown to be false.

On the other hand the basis for COP15 and other past climate agreements is based on the proof that CO2 in the atmosphere causes warming and that we are at, or already have, passed the point of no return such that atmospheric levels of CO2 will cause considerable warming with all the attendant problems—sea level rise, weather changes etc.

Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from?

Which countries are most responsible for causing human-induced climate change?

What have governments done so far to keep the global average temperature rise within "safe limits"?

The science of climate change became a lot more polarized over the past five years and last 20 day’s it got decidedly worse. As the UN summit in Copenhagen approached things went not as expected. We witnessed the turmoil inside and outside, the two-week summit which limped to a conclusion despite some hailing the Copenhagen Accord as “historic”.

We witnessed politics of narrow self interest to prevent a policy for human survival. Struggle with the developed and emerging countries at a log jam…. The COP15 meeting in Copenhagen lacked the care and pure approach of science but beleaguered and compromised by politics and money.

The nonaligned and unbiased approach necessary in science has is replaced with almost a religious fervor that seeks a particular finding at almost any cost including carefully choosing exactly what facts are used.The scientists of various countries of the world involved appeared gritty to use their status. Those with a different opinion could not untie and are subject to having their reputations questioned.

Ghossssssh.. One only has to look around at this Summit—full of lobbyists with check books. The original hypothesis that carbon and other “green house gas” emissions is causing the Earth to warm began as a scientific endeavor, but now appears to have evolved into a political matter where the science is playing second fiddle to other motives. And the reason why it is political and a mess, frankly, may be found in the root of modern politics—money.

The public ….. understandably confused. A recent poll showed that 41% accept as scientific fact that global warming is taking place and is largely man-made, while 32% believe the link is unproven and 15% said the world is not warming.At the moment it’s just frustration and stonewalling all round. If you ask anyone associated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ,they tell you to wait for their next five-yearly assessment report.

No wonder the public is confused, Working scientists grumpy about the unfairness, journalists with a choice between waiting for the occasional tablet of stone from the keepers of the global warming flame….This polarisation means that a considered view on global warming is much harder to achieve, so in the end people simply go for the belief that feels right for them.

If the high priests of global warming want to convince us that we could face a man-made rise of 4C in the global temperature this century, then they have to engage with their critics instead of hiding away in their ivory towers. It may be that discussing the science is irrelevant now so far as COP15 is concerned What is required and long overdue is a full and independent audit of climate science and the models used so that the scientists can once again be confident they are operating with accurate information.

Full and independent audit and debate around the science is needed.We have come a long way, but we have much further to go.. master scheme to monopolize and limit production around the world and charge people for the right to do so.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 4:31:37 PM
From shehla masood
Below are reactions from key figures at the conference and non-governmental organisations.

Developed countries
Developing nations
Non-governmental groups

We're going to have to build on the momentum that we've established here in Copenhagen to ensure that international action to significantly reduce emissions is sustained and sufficient over time. We've come a long way but we have much further to go.

We have made a start. I believe that what we need to follow up on quickly is ensuring a legally binding outcome.

I will not hide my disappointment regarding the non-binding nature of the agreement here. In that respect the document falls far short of our expectations.

The text we have is not perfect... If we had no deal, that would mean that two countries as important as India and China would be freed from any type of contract... the United States, which is not in Kyoto, would be free of any type of contract. That's why a contract is absolutely vital.


The meeting has had a positive result, everyone should be happy. After negotiations both sides have managed to preserve their bottom line. For the Chinese this was our sovereignty and our national interest.

It's very disappointing, I would say, but it is not a failure... if we agree to meet again and deal with the issues that are still pending. We have a big job ahead to avoid climate change through effective emissions reduction targets and this was not done here.

[The draft text] asks Africa to sign a suicide pact, an incineration pact in order to maintain the economic dominance of a few countries. It is a solution based on values, the very same values in our opinion that funnelled six million people in Europe into furnaces.

It looks like we are being offered 30 pieces of silver to betray our people and our future.

Anything above 1.5 degrees, the Maldives and many small islands and low-lying islands would vanish. It is for this reason that we tried very hard during the course of the last two days to have 1.5 degrees in the document. I am so sorry that this was blatantly obstructed by big-emitting countries.

I ask whether - under the eye of the UN secretary general - you are going to endorse this coup d'etat against the authority of the United Nations.

We lost our vigorous commitment from other parties to [a temperature target of] 1.5C.
We were not able to secure a legally binding outcome. We were not able to secure mid-term targets, a peaking year and many other factors that AOSIS believes is crucial to our survival.


Copenhagen has been an abject failure. Justice has not been done. By delaying action, rich countries have condemned millions of the world's poorest people to hunger, suffering and loss of life as climate change accelerates. The blame for this disastrous outcome is squarely on the developed nations.

The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight, with the guilty men and women fleeing to the airport. There are no targets for carbon cuts and no agreement on a legally binding treaty. It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest, let alone caring much for the millions of people who are facing down the threat of climate change.

Given where we started and the expectations for this conference, anything less than a legally binding and agreed outcome falls far short of the mark. On the the other hand... perhaps the bar was set too high and the fact that there's now a deal... perhaps gives us something to hang our hat on.

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2009 6:55:06 PM
From shehla masood
Sir Thanks once again for acknowledging ….The agreement held out the vision of $100 billion in annual aid from 2020 for developing nations but did not specify where this money would come from?

The diplomatic and political wrangling over climate change that is opening up will lead us? I do not deny that whatever result came is surely hard work on all sides and not easy but how to treasure them?

Wealthy nations did not spell out their commitments. Goals will be empty unless rich countries vow to make steeper cuts in emissions.Signaling tougher deal-making coming their way is no answer to the problem looming us.

The financial support commitments from the developed countries are still ambiguous and technology transfer issues were barely mentioned .We need to be clear about how the 50 percent would be shared out, otherwise it's an empty slogan.

a little effort on each and everybody's part will surely help this world.
Posted on Monday, December 21, 2009 7:23:09 AM
From Prof. Prem Mohan Lakhotia
A powerful and timely comment from an expert writer with research and reason.

We cannot be cynical about who did it in past but we must ensure that all of us, every one of us do it no more. Nations are ours and glob too is ours Responsibility has to be individual as well as collective. Conferences are becoming picnic spots for the heads of nations with casual seriousness to look reflective and action-oriented.

The extent of damage can be realised from a single fact in sight - the king of summer fruits, mango is ripe in November and December. The sun that used to fall longer in my court yard is now only a few metres long.

Prof. Prem Mohan Lakhotia
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The Bhopal Gas tragedy continues unabated. The heart bleeds.
From shehla masood
My heart bleeds …Every daily has pictures which raise thousands of questions and tell sad, unexpected, shocking and tragic tales even after 25 years of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Twenty-five years after the world’s worst industrial disaster shook Bhopal (My City ) on December 2, 1984. my hear aches as i see the pictures, read stories and watch television showing victims and the pathetic state of the area till date.

25 years ago shortly after midnight on December 3rd, 1984 in the city of Bhopal, India, tons of lethal gases leaked from a pesticide factory run by the US company. A negligence which caused the lives of the innocent and the future who did not see tomorrow.40 tons of toxic gas spilled into the city, killing tens of thousands of people. Methyl isocyanate caused the mass death. It prevents oxygen from entering the blood when inhaled. In just one night, thousands were killed. Chaos and panic broke out in the city and surrounding areas as tens of thousands of people attempted to escape.

We witnessed the twice as heavy as air, the poisonous cloud which blanketed the ground, seeping into homes, schools, places of worship , everywhere. It did not even spare the animals. Thousands ran through the streets trying to escape the burning, suffocating chemicals and died on spot. Ripping their clothing off their burning skin, many dropped dead, and others lay dying in pools of their own vomit in the roads and alleyways. The gas was so deadly, that after inhaling the air from the child’s lungs few doctors/inhalers died. There was no Hindu no Muslim no Sikh no isaee.. The last ritual could not be performed properly as lacked identification. Some were buried some were lit fire. The cloth ran out of stock from the market. The numbers were innumerable for the innocent who died. Even the mortuary till date thousands are missing as have no clue about them. Mothers didn’t know their children had died, children didn’t know their mothers had died and men didn’t know their whole families had died. Thousands of dead cats, dogs, cows and birds littered the streets and the city’s mortuaries are filling up fast.

This was not enough the bodied were tortured before dying it affected the eyes- “inflamed eyes about to burst. ., foul breath from the mouths oozing blood streaked froth.. Bodies were tortured even after death due to the pressure from the gases produced by the chemical decomposition of MIC.

By December 1984 the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal India had been cited for safety violations, failure of monitoring systems, leaks of MIC into the community, and an explosion and fatality. Union Carbide was a U.S. owned chemical giant based in Institute, West Virginia. Decisions that allowed the Bhopal plant to fall into disrepair were made in the U. S.Two years prior to the disaster, journalist Rajkumar Keswani published warnings about the MIC storage, that the Union Carbide plant was a sitting on top of a “volcano.” Eager to profit from the Bhopal plant, Institute ignored the warnings, resulting in the worst industrial tragedy in history.

The toxic gas leak had caused a human tragedy of unprecedented proportions: In the following years the death toll from long-term exposure have crossed lakhs and children are born with birth defects, and many millions would fall gravely ill from drinking water contaminated by the massive amounts of chemical waste which is dumped in and around the Carbide factory grounds. The toxic gas altered the immune system of those who were still in their mothers’ wombs.

The waste left behind at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) factory that was closed 25 years ago after a fatal gas leak continues to poison people around that area and Politics is being played at the expense of the victims.\ Real justice has been elusive despite substantial evidence of political corporate cover-ups and criminal negligence.

Safety measures are still not in place in industrial units across the nation. Verbal commitments by the authorities and politicians for lessening the sufferings of Bhopal gas victims still continue. None have learnt lessons from the past. Bhopal gas tragedy is a prime example of how the rich and influential can easily get away despite such gross negligence which not only killed people 25 years ago but has also affected the future generations.

The culprit Warren sits in New York State private estate living a “life of luxury”. He is untraceable, and had been so since 1992 when “Indian court”, exasperated by his refusal to heed multiple summon for trial, declared him a fugitive from justice. Anderson was chairman and chief executive officer of the United States-headquartered Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) at the time of the lethal December 2-3 methyl iso cyanate leaked from Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal and faced charges on many counts, including culpable homicide.

Accused in a December 1, 1987 charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against him and 11 others, including UCC, USA; Union Carbide (Eastern), Hong Kong; and Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL), had been placed under house arrest soon after the disaster but won his release on a promise to return to India to stand trial.

Neither Mr. Anderson nor Carbide turned up in the court for obvious reason. The dubious role played by the world’s most powerful democracy in protecting the key perpetrator of the world’s worst industrial disaster can be seen today the government of the state and the central has shown little interest in getting justice for the people of Bhopal.. Seventeen years after he was proclaimed an “absconder”, Mr. Anderson, now 88, continues to elude the long reach of the law. Bhopal tragedy is a reminder of the unconscionable way justice plays out for the poor in this country. The governments came and left but none was bothered to even forming a commission. The whole world criticized but the administration could not take a decision.

For the $3 billion amount asked the compensation was settled for 15 per cent of the amount which reached in 1989 that too out of the court. The survivors were awarded a lifetime average compensation of Rs.25, 000, far below international compensation standards in 2005; six years later the amount reached the government. The records were distorted by the administration and not taken seriously. The correct compensation as criminal liability was not accepted rather affected due to ineffective role of the administration. No proper case was presented in consideration with eh MP Govt. Medical council report was ignored. It leads to suspicion. The compensation for 1.5 lakh people was distributed to the six lakh. The compensation paid by Union Carbide to the Indian government was laughably low: nowhere near enough to pay for the actual numbers of people affected by the gas spill.

This was not enough; this meager amount reached the awardees after long delays, protracted red tape and bribes paid to lawyers, middlemen and touts. Till date no compensation has been awarded to those born with disabilities and those drinking contaminated water. For those who did manage to obtain compensation, the measly amount quickly ran out in the wake of new or persistent medical complications, hospital bills, and economic problems compounded by disabilities.The biggest failure, according to medical experts, is that the line of treatment given to patients exposed to MIC has remained essentially unchanged since the morning of the disaster, when nothing was known about the poisonous gas.

All medical data has indicated serious genetic mutation but no autopsy studies have been conducted. No government body can explain why the prevalence of cancer among female victims is three time the national average. No research has been done on genetic disorders, low birth weight, congenital malformations, developmental disorders and biological markers of MIC exposure.

In November 1999 protestors , survivor organizations filed a class action suit against UCC and Mr. Anderson in the Southern District Court of New York, charging them with violating international human rights law, environmental law and international criminal law but Federal Judge John F. Keenan was not interested.

In 2001 the UCC was tken in control by The Dow Chemical Company claiming acquiring without LIABILITIES of UCC and refused surrender Carbide for trial. As a result of the sale of its shares in UCIL, Union Carbide retained no interest in - or liability for - the Bhopal site, the firm says in a statement. Its 51% stake in the subsidiary was sold after the accident. Not only this Dow gone on with law suits on protestors who besieged its offices in India, shouting, “Dow, you now have Union Carbide’s blood on your hands”. Dow claimed $10,000 in compensation for alleged loss of work resulting from the demonstrations.

It’s been the CJM’s court in the Bhopal District Court who is the lone flicker of hope for the Bhopal gas survivors. The court has struck blow after blow. From the 1988 letters have been issued to the U.S. administration seeking permission for the CBI to inspect the safety systems at UCC’s West Virginia plan proclaiming Mr. Anderson an absconder in 1992 to persistently seeking information from the CBI on the status of extradition proceedings to quashing the agency’s 2002 attempt to dilute the charge against Mr. Anderson from culpable homicide (punishable with imprisonment up to 10 years) to criminal negligence (punishable with imprisonment up to two years), the District Court is as pro-active as the Indian government was laid back.

The CBI’s 2002 attempt at dilution of charges was of a piece with Mr. Sorabjee’s 2001 advice to the government against seeking Mr. Anderson’s extradition. However, with the Bhopal magistrate standing firm, the CBI was left with no option but to request the Ministry of External Affairs to seek Mr. Anderson’s extradition, which the MEA did, obviously reluctantly, in May 2003.

In July 2004, the U.S. government rejected the Indian request. It stated that the request did not meet the requirements of Article 2(1) and 9 (3) of the extradition treaty between the U.S. and India.

On July 22, 2009, the CJM’s court in Bhopal issued a fresh warrant of arrest against Mr. Anderson, and ordered the CBI to produce him before the court for trial. What do we expect for the 88-year-old “Accused no 1”? to come to India one last time — to stand trial for a crime he committed a quarter of a century ago.

Two generations of victims exposed to MIC have been indiscriminately prescribed antibiotics, steroids and psychotropic drugs to ‘manage’ their ailments instead of finding a cure. till date no research has been done deliberately. The study was terminated in 1994 and its findings were not made public. No research has been conducted since and lakhs of people who continue to suffer from MIC exposure only receive symptomatic treatment. But the ICMR is again planning to conduct a study, and will probably commission it by March 2010.

The need of the hour is taking care of the hazardous waste lying in the acres of land of the closed industry, adequate compensation, hospital care, pension for gas-affected widows and rehabilitation of people with permanent disabilities. Insensitive remarks by politicians, opening the site to create a circus in the contaminated area, holding exhibition and constructing statues will do no good.

I was witness to Mr Jairam ramesh remark in Sept 2009 (minister for Forest and Environment ).Holding up a fistful of mud from the premises, he said, look here, I am not affected. Although later he apologized for this shocking crudity as people like us apposed. None of the reporters reacted as expected although he called and apologized. Today on the 25th anniversary they have been claiming it to be hazardous as Environment organization has proved once gains the poison and toxic element it contains and the world is watching.

And today we stand to witness the criminal not being punished even after 25 years. But for many in Bhopal, for us the disaster isn’t just a moment in history to be remembered on anniversaries. It’s an ever-present part of their daily life. The generations are affected - physically, financially, and emotionally.

The baby’s born on that day were name Zahar lal and Gas Devi who have turned 25 years old.
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Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 7:44:09 AM
From Raghav Chandra
This topic is indeed toxic, and perhaps rightly so in view of the catastrophe and the overall damage and loss caused to an entire population. The ease with which Union Carbide got away is indeed a lesson for all governments.

But what needs to be done now is to bury the past and look into reparation and reform. To start over afresh. To that extent, I agree with Shehla that the toxic waste must be acknowledged and the best solution found for its extirpation/removal. We cannot and should not remains prisoners of the past. Let not the trauma overwhelm us to paralysis.

Perhaps all the agencies and entities and people who are stakeholders in the matter should get together and plan an agenda of action once and forever. And then stick to that. If funds are required we should make a pitch for that to GOI and do it!

It is a difficult thing to do, but then memorials apart, we cannot continue to live in the past!
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The premises of the defunct Union Carbide factory will be opened for public and under protests.
From shehla masood
A walk through the Carbide plant.

A fair deal to the victims of the Bhopal Gas tragedy, a fitting celebration on 150th Birth Anniversary year of Rabindranath Tagore and plea for better preservation of remains of the ancient Vikramshila University were among several issues raised in the Lok Sabha today.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Cong) said lakhs of victims were still recuperating from the effects of the poisonous Methyl Iso-cyanate gas and compensation claims of many were to be settled even 25 years after the 1984 tragedy.

It has been shut for the past 25 years - since that night when poisonous fumes rose from its premises and spread over a sleeping city, killing thousands and maiming thousands more for life. Now, the Union Carbide factory premises will be opened for people for seven days on the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in December.

The tragedy occurred when tonnes of Methyl Iso Cyanate and other lethal gases spewed out of the Union Carbide Corporation's pesticide plant here on the intervening night of Dec 2-3, 1984. The court on October 29, 2005 had ordered that the factory could not be opened for general public as tonnes of toxic waste was lying in the premises.

Dont you think there is a difference between visit of a scientists and experts team and general public’s visit?.

The experts from the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, Central Pollution Control Board officials, officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and officials from the MP Pollution Control Board did not experience any health problem .

"Just like we go to Hiroshima, Chernobyl and Ground Zero in New York to remember and pray for victims, so many people from around the world want to visit the Bhopal Union Carbide factory to learn about the disaster," said Babulal Gaur, minister of relief and rehabilitation for the Bhopal victims.

Twenty-five years after the world’s worst industrial disaster shook Bhopal (My City )the locked Union Carbide plant will be thrown open to the public for a week. The plant has remained closed to the public after December 2, 1984.

This tragedy is living on.... :(The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in the world, and the victims haven't received justice and basic human needs..much progress has been made, but much remains to be done to provide a minimum level of protection against chemical releases.Union Carbide pesticide plant leaked a deadly gas that spread over the city. 8,000-10,000 people died within the first 72 hours — and 25,000 have died since.

According to Wikipedia, some 390 tonnes of toxic chemicals abandoned at the Union Carbide plant continue to pollute the ground water in the region and affect thousands residents of Bhopal who depend on it.

It is a pity that when one think of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, most often the first thing that comes to your mind is the gas tragedy.The government’s deplorable response to the Bhopal gas disaster and its attempt to shield the polluter constitute a blot on our democracy.

Few Facts Gathered

The past 25 years in Bhopal make a story of death, disease and devastation, of injustice piled upon injustice, humiliation compounded by callousness, monumental corruption eating into miserable compensation, and of denial of rehabilitation. Consider the following:

*The Indian Council of Medical Research set up countless research projects on the toxicity of methyl isocyanate (MIC) and its products and the injuries they cause. But it failed to produce a simple treatment protocol that would tell a general medical practitioner what medicines to administer for lung injuries, eye damage, nervous system disorders or the poisoning of the kidneys or liver, and what physiotherapy exercises would help the victims’ recovery. The ICMR wound up all its projects in 1994 – without producing results.

*The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research failed to inform the public of the long-lasting toxic effects of MIC on human health and the environment and to produce an index of severity of injuries correlated to distance, wind direction, and so on. So people living far away from the plant and unaffected by the gas exposure were equated with the grievously injured in deciding compensation.

*The government appropriated the victims’ right to legal defence under the doctrine of “the state as a parent” but failed to gather and analyse clinching evidence to show that UCC, the parent corporation, was responsible for the design and day-to-day operation of the Bhopal plant and that the accident was caused by basic deficiencies in its safety system design. Such a design, wholly inadequate to cope with potential leaks to which every chemical plant is vulnerable, would not have passed muster in any country with a half-way responsible licensing authority.

*The Supreme Court comprehensively failed to engage with the issue of Carbide’s liability after the original suit was sent back from the U.S. on the grounds of forum non conveniens. All it was interested in was an out-of-court settlement, to which it drove an all-too-willing government. Indeed, so anxious was the court to let Carbide off the hook that it even extinguished its criminal liability – which was restored later, albeit in a diluted form.

*The government originally made a demand for over $3 billion in compensation. However, it suddenly lowered the figure to $470 million without any explanation. We will never know what the trade-off was. But high appointments were made abroad and at home presumably to repay the favours delivered in reaching the manifestly unjust and collusive settlement against the will and interests of the victims.

Indian society has learnt almost nothing from Bhopal. Our environmental and occupational safety regulations have not been tightened. In fact, the whole environmental impact assessment process has been reduced to a farce with an unconscionable relaxation of requirements to document possible hazards, rigorously scrutinise proposals and strictly monitor and verify compliance. We are inviting more Bhopals – in Vadodara and Vapi in Gujarat, Tirupur in Tamil Nadu, Lote Parshuram in Maharashtra and Sukinda in Orissa.

Our ability to cope with industrial emergencies and our capacity to rehabilitate their victims has not improved. Our legal system remains abysmally weak and ineffective when it comes to punishing negligence in industry and in bringing corporations to book. There is no law of torts (dealing with civil wrongs or injury) worth the name in India. Above all, we have not learnt to be humane towards victims of disasters who are in no way responsible for them.

All this speaks of a deep social and political pathology – of a governing elite that is simply incapable of defending the right to life and limb of the poor and underprivileged who, unlike, say, the hostages of the Indian Airlines Flight IC 814 that was hijacked to Kandahar in December 1999 – all upper-middle-class people, many returning from a holiday in Kathmandu – who are nobody’s constituency. Involved here is class prejudice and the bloody-minded callousness that is characteristic of a ruling class that has all but psychologically seceded from the Majority India that consists of the deprived and the disinherited.

Our rulers have no mindspace for the suffering of the underprivileged: they might as well belong to another planet. The death toll in Bhopal, now clocking 20,000, does not move them. Hard scientific facts about the persistent and extensive contamination of the Bhopal plant, where toxic chemicals and heavy metals have seeped into underground aquifers, do not jolt them into corrective action – not even to the point of asking Dow to clean up. Their own promises to the victims, delivered only when the latter come to New Delhi to sit on dharnas and hunger strikes, do not mean anything at all.

Or else, we would have seen Warren Anderson being prosecuted instead of being declared “untraceable” by Indian consular authorities – when his address in a posh New York suburb is public knowledge. We would have seen genuine well-funded relief and rehabilitation programmes in Bhopal. We would have seen the victims being treated with the empathy and care they deserve. This spells the complete collapse of the notion of shared citizenship and responsibility for fellow human beings. It returns us to a state of primitive, uncivilised, barbaric society. That should shame us all.

In this 25-year-long dismal story, it is only the Bhopal victims’ ceaseless, determined and heroic struggle for justice and for recovering their human dignity that stands out as a positive sign of the existence of civic life. They have given up neither hope nor the fight for equal citizenship, so central to democracy. We must respect their struggle and pursue Carbide and its successor in every forum. We have destroyed the possibility of real justice in Bhopal. The least we can do is to prevent future Bhopals – and our own social retrogression.
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Posted on Monday, February 1, 2010 10:40:22 PM
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Shameless politicians who rules us and shameless opposition who sits
From shehla masood
26/11 has blown apart a little part in every Indian. But each one of us feels it in a different way. some speak, some curse , some vent, some sit in despair , some don’t bother to say, some react as its their job, some feel as they have lost their family , some repeat the telecast to earn more money, some react as injustice has been done ,some react as forced by few, some are on the job as its their duty, some do as its politics, some react as its time to earn money and most of them still waits to see some God sent angel will come and provide security in out country.

Goddamn the insensitive politicians, inept bureaucrats and powerless police.India pretends to be a democracy.It has many flaws but it is legitimate. We need to reform the police ASAP.Speed up justice IMMEDIATELY.Make babus accountable without Delay. Stop criminals from entering politics ASAP . And Goddamn the sleeping society.. who do not react inspite of watching it again and again.

It is so frustrating the way the Mumbai crisis is being handled. It seems that we are all being taken for a ride and we are happily accepting to be fooled.
The ridiculous politicians are still using this sad and cowardly terrorist attach for their political mileage.

It is we who have accepted the feeble and corrupted system that is simply incapable of taking on trained and highly motivated terrorists.

Major corruptions have been revealed in the police system. Lackadaisical attitude in the security system is evident till date. We have no importance to ethics or morality as the end justifies the means. The Marathi manoos is sleeping. Alexandra conquered from Greece to Indus but do we consider Indus valley as the part of Greece.

The Thackray were hiding in their homes in 26/11 and it was common marathis were helping the injured.MJ Akbar says it .. It is both easy and pointless to blame the government. Every government keeps a thermometer in its holster and calibrates its decibel levels according to ground temperature. If it's warm, it will blow hot, as Delhi did so vigorously between November and January. If it has cooled, Delhi will cool it as well. It is meaningless to blame our Opposition. We have an Opposition that has become impotent without ever turning potent. The politician will only be as resolute as the citizen, and our sensitivities have been dulled by a culture of complacence. Even trauma has been reduced to television drama; once the scenes are played out, our bluster slowly splutters into silence”

Ajmal Kasab was the only attacker captured alive by police and is currently under arrest. He was the only only person the country sleuths were on the job untill after the arrest of David Headley in November 2009 in the United States, investigators determined that he had a key involvement in the 26th November attack.

This disclosure has come when National Security Adviser M K Narayanan had talks with CIA chief Leon Panetta in New Delhi on Saturday.What is to be seen is this disclosure coincides with the anniversary of the India Carnage ( Bombay attack). Eleven months but what kind of success? these two were arrested by the FBI in Chicago last month in connection with a Laskhar-e-Toiba terror plot against India.
Shame on our intelligence. One again I say.. Politicians should be involved in end-to-end emergency preparedness drills. Ultimately, it is they that authorize action against perpetrators. The questions of terror laws are still to be formulated.
Statistics are like a bikini; What is revealed is interesting; What is concealed is crucial.
8 attacks occurred.
The attack began on 26 November 2008 and lasted until 29 November. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Jewish-owned Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College, explosion at Mazagaon.
It killed173 people.
wounded 308 persons.
Among the dead were 28 foreign nationals from 10 countries.
There were 10 gunmen (terrorists).WERE shot dead.
1 was captured by security forces.
Still we have not learnt any lesson.

Want every reader to go down the memory lane ..On one hand the GATEWAY OF INDIA witnessed children, youth, old ..asking for security, accountability, their rights, agitated, full of hatred against the terrorism,,And on the other hand after the relentless appeals by the citizens and media finally forced the stepping down of Maharashtra CM.. and an apology by the Kerala CM.
Still we have not learnt any lesson. The Liberhan report is out . Much ado for nothing.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:39:57 PM
From shehla masood
Johny.. ur right when u say that opposition need to choose a cause.. but unfortunately the opposition cant think beyond issues which have their interest.. attached.. one can see what is happening with the swiss banks accounts, mining and environment issues, education bill, bill on terrorism act..

i mean y? both are same. and we citizens are responsible for this damn so called democracy.
the self imposed protectors of minorities and religions they have been using will pay for using the citizens rights.. they have been using them as per the convenience..none think about the 2 meals which is a dream for so many. None think about the environment and the livelihood attached to the forest. none think about the basic education a child is deprived of...

wake up or we will have another colour besides the red colour which is in news.he politicians of our country are busy arguing & abusing each other in the parliament & public, again disrupting the normal life proceedings.
Posted on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 1:22:29 AM
From Johny
Shehla ,don’t get me wrong…I do not question your right or your anger at what’s wrong with our country., I truly don’t....after all the constitution lays down a very important role for the opposition..
And trust me without a true opposition a democracy is a farce…

But somewhere down the line the Opposition needs to choose a Cause which is worth giving ones own life regardless of the result. I also get angry with the ills but I have been not able to identified “that one thing” that hurts me most about our country and for which I would be willing to sacrifice my life without worrying about the result…My failure, I guess……..

I hope you have identified your cause……..Unlike me……………..
Posted on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 1:21:04 AM
Modified on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 1:24:27 AM
From Johny
your comment got me thinking...
Posted on Monday, December 7, 2009 10:53:41 AM
From shehla masood
its me and u who can do the social audit to keep a check.. or we are doomed.:)
Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 12:12:07 AM
From Johny
social audit!!!..well,as per my understanding of humans as a progeny of animals, this concept simply doesn't exist...but yes,even animals do fight when the obvious is true...and in one sense(animal-wise)humans do have a future since somebody will fight for the truth...
Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:30:59 PM
From shehla masood

Its great seeing ur enthusiasm which is lacking in the present youth, the civil society acts like a vegetable on few issues which need urgent attention.

The problem is the administrators and politicians carry on with their agenda as nobody checks them or even botherto know how they are functioning.

Social audit is very Important in democracy.. which is lacking,, which asks for transperency.. unfortunately the Governemnt, officers and politicians dont approve of such a system. im not identifying everybody on the same scale but 99 % are the breed who think of the personal gain.. misuse their power and authority..

the reason being there is none to check them..Period.

r u there on facebook? If not just check the Group Invent India on Facebook.

waiting to read your next blog.:>)
Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 11:11:22 AM
From Siddharth
The last sentence sums it up. Much Ado for nothing. We only talk when the event has happened. We only react with spontaniety when it happens and conviniently go about with our lives. Change can only happen by simple demanding. It needs the strngth in numbers. Let us all for once, rather than protesting on the streets, protest outside the power centers in the form of a movement.

To hold the system accountable, we need to express ourselves physically in numbers. This numbers game can accommodate people from across the spectrum without too much expectations from the media, which would anyway frame it negatively.

Can we, use this event, to galvanize ourselves as a nation and demand accountability and quality from the system? Shehla, I will write about the numbers game in my next blog. But, I guess you got my meaning.
Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 11:14:22 AM
Modified on Friday, November 27, 2009 11:20:59 AM
From shehla masood
Mr Lakhotia .. i entirely agree not everybody body can afford criticism.

Octavio Paz, who got Nobel Prize in 1990 said in his acceptance speech,

The market economy can not be simply a cause for joy. As a mechanism, the market is efficient, but like all mechanism, it lacks both conscience and compassion. We must find a way of integrating it into society so that it expresses the social contact and become an instrument for justice and fairness.

The advanced democratic societies have reached an enviable level of prosperity and at the same point of time they are islands of abundance in an ocean of universal misery. A society possessed by the frantic need to produce more in order to consume more tends to reduce ideas, feeling, art, love, friendship and people themselves to consumer good. Everything becomes an item to be bought, used and then thrown on the rubbish dump.

Today, media’s commitment to the people’s cause is reflection of what Paz predicted 15 years before. Unfortunately, it has degenerated into a vulgar act of glorification of market world and superstitious mindset that exists in India

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 11:07:43 AM
From shehla masood
Mr Coomar . I appreciate your concern but 9o% of the society is a dead society.

It has not changed a bit after the incident ,its is still ignorant, we still choose leaders on hopes, we look for someone, we look to react on trivial issues which if looked upon do not matter at all, we are ready to kill anyone for pointing finger at religion.

We have a big ego… we will not learn, we will not reason we will die ..

Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 7:16:22 AM
From Prof. Prem Mohan Lakhotia
I surely regret posting this observation.
We could surely do something if we shed the pseudo-satisfaction of being comment-tators or criticism journalists! We criticise a lot but continue to indulge in the same behaviour which we criticise.
If we improve, the nation will improve.
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 5:30:55 PM
Modified on Thursday, November 26, 2009 5:31:53 PM
From Ashok Coomar
Very timely and thorough analysis. I wish there was some way to disseminate it down to people across the country. I say this in the hope that it may wake them up. We are otherwise inert.

Well done, Shehla.

Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 10:23:05 AM
From shehla masood
Cheers !!
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 10:13:05 AM
From Johny
hahahaha....Shehla,that was a great one and the essense of politics has brilliantly been bought out...and yes ofcourse, it is our right to know where the money goes..
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 9:50:56 AM
Modified on Thursday, November 26, 2009 10:03:46 AM
From shehla masood

we have all the right to know where was this 8 crore spent ??
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 9:45:30 AM
From shehla masood
at the cost of us.

on a different note...A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is politics?"

Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I'm the breadwinner of the family, so let's call me capitalism. Your Mom, she's the administrator of the money, so we'll call her the Government. We're here to take care of your needs, so we'll call you the people. The nanny, we'll consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we'll call him the Future. Now, think about that and see if that makes sense,"

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what dad had said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parents' room and finds his mother sound asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed. The next morning, the little boy says to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now."

The father says, "Good son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."

The little boy replies, "Well, while Capitalism is screwing the Working Class, the Government is sound asleep, the People are being ignored and the Future is in deep poo."
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 9:37:09 AM
From Johny
I think in the context of indian politics one year is hardly considered any time..The Liberhan commission has submitted it's report after 17 years..Well,17 years is a period of time when you and I were 17 years younger.I was then a young energetic lad on the threshold of life and you must be similarly placed...I guess if the time frame remains the same then the year of 26/11 report is 2025..

..I hope i would still be blogging then.
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 8:32:55 AM
From Ambreen Zaidi
Politics as they is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.......
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India selects Ajay Dubey as one of the Nominees for the RTI Award .He is from Bhopal
From shehla masood Nominees.html

Why is he short-listed for National RTI Awards?

For using RTI Act to reveal the fact that hundreds of mines for both major and minor minerals in Madhya Pradesh had been operating without obtaining clearance from state pollution control board (MPPCB).

Dubey used the information in filing a PIL at Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking closure of illegal mines. The high court first ordered all illegal mines to close down and later allowed the smaller-sized mines to obtain no-objection certificate from MPPCB if they wanted to prevent their closure. Dubey then appealed against this order in Supreme Court but later withdrew the appeal. The matter is still pending in High Court.

Dubey also used RTI Act to get state police headquarters to reveal that it received 2700 political recommendations between January 2008 and April 2008 for transfer postings of police officers.

Political recommendations for appointments or transfers have not only no place in states police manuals, they also go against the Supreme Court s landmark order of 2006 that sought to insulate police forces from political influence.

Dubey again used the information in filing a PIL at Madhya Pradesh High Court to get the state government to account for allowing this illegality to take place. The PIL also prayed for the state government to be tried for contempt of Supreme Court.
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Posted on Monday, December 7, 2009 10:48:51 AM
From shehla masood
Ajay has got the award . Finaleee :)
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 10:06:44 PM
From Ram Purushottam Kasture
i said u on 9 th nov. bahu will be mayor. i have no reaon to say bahu will take charge of mayor on 17th dec .
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:04:54 PM
From Proloy Kumar Bagchi
It's great news! I'm so happy for Ajay. He has been doing tremendous work in the area of RTI and exposing the utter lack of governance in the State
My heartiest congratulations!I wish him all the luck.
Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 7:57:17 AM
From Ambreen Zaidi
Heartiest Congratulations to Ajay....
I too felt extremely proud of him when I read about it in HT.We as a nation desperately need people like him..
Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2009 1:41:43 PM
From shehla masood
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Statistics and Aesthetics by Sachin Tendulkar
From shehla masood
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar created yet another landmark in international cricket on today (November 20 2009).

He has become the first ever cricketer to score an overall 30,000 runs in international cricket during the Ahmedabad Test against Sri Lanka.

Sachin has crossed the 17,000 mark in one-dayers and is approaching 13,000 runs in Test cricket.

He also holds the record for most ODI and Test runs and centuries.

Today he has made the lifeless wicket by patient unbeaten fifty runs.Tendulkar reached yet another landmark in his glittering career when he turned swing bowler Chanaka Welegedara backward of square for a single to take his tally of runs in Tests, ODIs and T20 internationals to 30,000.
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Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:14:51 AM
From shehla masood
# Most Man of the Match (53!) awards
# Appeared on the most grounds (90 different grounds)
# Most ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year - 1,894 ODI runs in 1998

Tendulkar's World Cup History & Records

* Most runs (1,732 at an average of 59.72) in World Cup Cricket History
* 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single Cricket World Cup
* Player Of The World Cup Tournament in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
R Tendulkar 597 689 67 30065 248* 48.33 88 144 34
RT Ponting 483 566 64 24057 257 47.92 66 123 30
BC Lara 430 521 38 22358 400* 46.28 53 111 33
R Dravid 474 548 67 21803 270 45.32 39 139 21
JH Kallis 436 512 85 20974 189* 49.11 47 127 25
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 10:54:09 PM
From Shlok Chandra
wow! you have me spell bound. Those were some ossum trivia, loved reading them!!

Some more:

- First person to be declared run out by the third umpire
- Shane Warne still gets nightmares about Sachin hitting him out of the ground
- The adage that a captain is only as good as his team, applied aptly to him
- His wife Anjali is six years elder to him (they met for the first time at the airport and she was blissfully aware of who he was on the first meet)
- He has more than 100 wickets in ODI's
- He and Bhajji are like brothers (despite their different personalities). Bhajji treats him like an elder brother
- Sachin is known to be extremely helpful to his past team- mates. Rumour goes that if anyone of them is struggling to get a job, Sachin steps in and calls some CMD to move things fast
- Srikant was the first captain he played under
- Went he was first covered by the media at the age of 15, it was said that it is unfair to compare him to Lalchand Rajput...funny how things change
- He visits the Sidhi Vinayak temple very often

Some of my favourite shots/moments by him are coming down the track to Eddo Brandes, settling scores with Henry Olanga, taking Shoaib for 16 in his opening over at the 2003 WC, vintage batting versus Warne, and so many more.

Long live the master blaster! Fittingly he scored his 43rd test hundred today. Hope Ponting never catches up.

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 8:52:59 PM
From shehla masood
Dear... im a fan of Sachin Tendulkar .. the living legend who has given every thing for cricket.He is in-arguably the best cricketer the world has ever seen.
The little man has finally got to 20 years at the top and has just celebrated with a 50 in Ahmedabad.His humbleness and simplicity has helped him to achieve what others could not.

God of cricket.
Name: Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (AKA: SR. Tendulkar)
Nick Name: The Master Blaster, The Little Champion, The Bombay Bomber
DOB: 24-04-1973
Test Debut: Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1989/90
ODI Debut: Pakistan at Gujranwala,
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break, Leg Break, Right Arm Medium, Leg Break Googly

dO U Know?

1) Sachin Tendulkar puts on his left pad firstand has the tricolour pasted inside his kit bag. ?

2) He bats, bowls and throws with his right hand but signs autographs and eats or plays table tennis with his left.

3) In school, Tendulkar took immense pride in his long curly hair, like his hero John McEnroe. Unfortunately, he was once mistaken for a girl by good friend and fellow cricketer Atul Ranade.

4) Ferrari gave Sachin Tendulkar a 360 Modena for equalling Bradman's 29 centuries in Test Cricket. Laws were passed so he could bring the car into India without paying customs. Special treatment for a special player, but due to political and social activist protests, Ferrari finally paid the dues.

5) In Mumbai, he must "wear a wig to go out and watch a movie only at night".

6) Virgin Comics launched a series of comic books featuring India's greatest as a superhero. Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson said: "Sachin's success is legendary and we are delighted to collaborate with him."

7) Tendulkar was a ball boy in 1987 World Cup in the semi final in Wankhede when India lost its defence of the World Cup to England

8) He was named after legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman by his grandfather.

9) The maestro wanted to be a tearaway fast bowler and even went to the MRF Pace Academy. However, head coach Dennis Lillee persuaded him to concentrate on his batting. And to forget the headband...

10) Sachin loves Kishore Kumar, one of India's most famous playback singers, and, ahem, Dire Straits. Well, there's no accounting for taste.

11) He is Glenn McGrath-like in that he clocks every Test dismissal - especially the bowler who dismissed him.

12) During their 664 run record stand in the Harrisshield in 1988, it is said Tendulkar sung with Vinod Kambli to avoid eye contact with the coach's assistant, who wanted to declare while the duo wished to bat on.

13) He refused to shoot for a soft drink ad of him smashing cricket balls with a fly swatter, reportedly telling director Prahlad Kakkar, " That would make me greater that the game." The ad was modified: he hit the balls with a stump. Kakkar said Tendulkar's humility left him "spellbound".

14) Whisper it, but he once fielded for Pakistan as a substitute during a one day practice match against India at Brabourne Stadiumin 1988.

15) A prankster from an early age, he once put a hose pipe into Sourav Ganguly's room and turned on the tap. Ganguly awoke to find his gear floating.

16) He used to sleep with his cricket gear during his junior days.

17) His early mentor, Ramakant Achrekar would put a one- Rupee-coin on the top of the stumps, and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. The Mumbai miracle now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his most prized possessions.

18) It took 78 one-day internationals for Sachin Tendulkar to score a hundred. Perhaps we should be less harsh about Michael Vaughan's ODI career...

19) 1988 As a schoolboy scores a century in every innings he plays, including a then record partnership for a Lord Harris Shiled inter-school match of 664 with his friend Vinod Kambli.

On December 11 (aged 15 years and 232 days) makes 100 not out on his first-class debut for Mumbai against Gujarat, the youngest player to score a century on his first-class debut.

20)1989 Becomes the youngest player to play at Test level for India, at just 16 years and 205 days. It was against Pakistan in Karachi.

21)Sachin fell from a tree on a Sunday evening during a summer vacation, to catch the movie Guide which was showing on national TV. His infuriated brother Ajit packed him off to a cricket coaching class as punishment.

22) During the 1991-1992 tour of Australia, which included centuries at Perth and Sydney, Merv Hughes commented to Allan Border at the time that: "This little prick's going to get more runs than you, AB." Tendulkar currently has 12,773 compared to Border's 11,774

23)At 19 he becomes the youngest player to score 1,000 test runs, during India's tour of South Africa.

24)Sachin becomes first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire in the English County Championship. He scores 1,070 runs in 16 matches.

25)In 1993 he scores his first Test century at home, in Madras, hitting 24 fours and a six in his 165 during a thrashing of England.With South Africa needing just six to win off the final over in the Hero Cup semi-final, his bowling comes to the fore as he concedes only 3 runs, giving India victory.

26) In 1994 Sachin opens an ODI innings for the first time, scoring 82 off 49 balls. Scores his first One-Day century on September 9 against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka.this year he receives Arjuna Award for achievements in cricket.

26) i can go on >:)

hope others share some more along with me.
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 7:03:06 PM
From Shlok Chandra
7300 days and counting. Sachin is something that happens only once in a century. Right from saving a match wearing a blood soaked shirt in his first test, to his century on a ferociously fast WACA wicket, back to back hundreds at Sharjah, the sight of him hitting Shane Warne bowling round the wicket into the rough, out of the ground, getting India off to a flyer against Pakistan at the 2003 WC, there are way to many images that will remain etched indelibly in the minds of an entire generation, one that I proud to be a part of :)

So are you a cricket buff?
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Two Kids on the block
From shehla masood
Watching and reading news every day make me wonder what kind of democracy we are living in ? Currently national interest is far far away and people ….who have.. are crucified. Language is mocked at in the cosmopolitan, vandalism is at large, corruption is in the blood of the system, caste ism is at peak, communalism, racism, nepotism.. all so blatantly visible and there is none to point out. But the media is ready to sensationalize everything that comes their way in a bid to grab eyeballs. Nonsense….

The society in the world dreaded, feared and doubted men with beards and turbans , men with beards and caps, men in saffron , women in scarf and the latest is men with white skin. Even after even resisting did not make us secure. Infact, the society is getting gulped by the monster called fear and restlessness because of the identity being created how they dress and how they look. Every time I read about the actions we take to protect ourselves from so-called terrorists, I have to wonder at the narrow-mindedness of our strategy.

The recent case is of David Headly Coleman and the 2 kids on the block- Rahul Bhatt and Vilas and the weather bureau predicting a cyclone and the media goes into frenzy while passing on the information to people, which should be otherwise told in absolute calm. I was there in Mumbai and witnessed the tamasha. It wasn't funny what the state of Mumbai was that afternoon. Shame on Media who created the frenzy..

Now coming back to the 2 kids on the block- Rahul Bhatt and Vilas Warak. why shouldn’t the two kids be commended for having had the courage to talk to authorities on their own and for having provided the agencies information about the white man Headly, which they otherwise would never have got. Bothe as advised by the family am sure boldly informed the caretakers of our system about what they had came across during their relation with a man who they had no idea was a mastermind of terrorist plans.

Both should be promoted as an example for others to follow to stamp out the menace.
Mahesh Bhatt is outspoken and clear-cut, virtuous and stands by his words, man of integrity and a man who has done all he can to further inclusion as a policy, as well as tried in the best way he can to support Indo Pak relations culturally through his films.

The media has a role to play in the society. The media is overlooking the facts.. the ineptness of our system? How David Headly Coleman did escaped every intelligence in the country? Is the NIA incompetent body? What role our intelligence and security wing is p[laying ? How a membership in the gym ‘Moksha’ was acquired? Does every body know that Moksha belongs to the well known journalist turned film producer Pritish Nandy. Rahul Bhatt and Vilas, work as fitness trainers a posh gym opposite the US consulate at Breach Candy in Mumbai .why is Moksha not being asked, questioned as in how without attaching a photograph to the form every member is supposed to fill and submit Headley got the membership?

Blaming people for our problems is a distraction we cannot afford if we truly want to find a solution to the crises confronting us. These incidents are symptoms of our failed system and society They are as bad as a heart attack to an individual as they are to the society/
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 2:48:27 PM
From shehla masood
what do u suggest?
Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 1:13:58 PM
From Ravi Upadhyaya
we have to fight to find a solution to the problem and only a fighter can be really a winner in its true sense.
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Congrats for the second issue of blogazine, Bloggers Park.
From shehla masood

Congratulations once again to the Team of the Blogazine, Bloggers Park.
I certainly will miss the Tet-e-tete.. as am in Mumbai for the presentation in fron of the the Former Justice K T Thomas of the Supreme Court Monitoring Commitee formed for the Police Reforms in the Country.

All the best once again and Cheers!!
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Will this time also the Mayor Of Bhopal be a puppet
From shehla masood
No doubt it great to hear that this time the seat for the Mayor has gone to general
Women Category in Bhopal

The question which arise are?

will she be a puppet?
will she be the Bahu of the ruling Government Leader
will she be the wife of a leader in the opposition
will she be a Woman enough?

uff.. once again

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Posted on Friday, November 27, 2009 10:46:14 AM
From shehla masood
Babu Lal Guaur kee jai Ho..
Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 5:43:38 PM
From shehla masood
why should we blame the candidate and the political parties..?
it is we who should be blamed as we vote for them...
not me..
Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:46:49 PM
From Ravi Limaye
The Khandan Politics and the Rubber stamp politics must end.
Probably Social profiles of candidates on scratchmysoul would present an appropriate picture of candidates for people to choose.
Posted on Monday, November 9, 2009 7:38:32 PM
From Ram Purushottam Kasture
बहु के चांस जादा दिखते है ! हम लोग अब तक महिला अध्यक्ष के पति से परेशान रहते थे ! इससे छुटकारा मिलेगा ! पंचायत एवं ग्रामीण विकास मंत्री ने ऐसे पतियों पर लगाम लगाने की कोशिश की है ! वे कहा तक सफल होते है ? बहु के मामले में ऐसा नहीं होगा ! ससुर मेचुरेड है ! ५ साल तक गाड़ी खीच जायगी !
मैंने ऐसे महिला अध्यक्ष को भी देखा है जो प्रशासनिक दर्ष्टि से काफी मजबूत थी ! किन्तु पति के आगे बिचारी कुछ अपनी क्षमता भी नहीं दिखा पाई !
महिला अध्यक्ष की पति के लिए कोई संहिता बनानी चाहिए ! यदि ऐसा हुआ तो निश्चित ही महिलाये अपनी क्षमता को दिखा पायेगी अन्यथा हमें खडाऊ राज पर फिर से आना पड़ेगा ! पति लोग पत्नीयो की चपल रखकर नगरीय निकायों को ५ साल तक राज करेंगे !
पतियो के लिया संहिता बनाने हेतु राजनैतिक शक्ति ही काम करेगी !