Me Thinks

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kudos to our PM

When NDA lost in the last elections, I was sad. I thought the party that India needed most, the one with guts, was defeated by a party that keeps changing its agenda. From Pokhran, kargil war, the bus trip to the POTA, Congress opposed everything that the BJP did. It was clear that UPA would be ruling India, but the thought of Sonia Gandhi as the PM saddened me even more. I was praying it would be Manmohan Singh. His name came out of the blue. He was not a contender but it happened like magic. A highly qualified man finally became our PM.

As years went by, we all realized that the concept of Left and Right wing doesn't apply to India. Congress, which blamed BJP of cozying up to America, actually took steps that would strengthen the relationship between India and the sole super power. And BJP opposed every single action and called the PM a puppet at every possible occasion. The hypocrisy of the current opposition party is very apparent. They oppose without giving an alternative - so typical. Reminds me of John Kerry who kept saying "I have a plan" but never told anyone what it was and eventually snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and made G.W.Bush the President again. I am quoting a few lines from our PM's speech here and they sound very sincere. One can never tell who would win the election next time but lets hope that at least the ideas of our PM survive after the election.

The moral of the story is that political parties should be judged not by what they say while in opposition but by what they do when entrusted with the responsibilities of power.

Every day that I have been Prime Minister of India I have tried to remember that the first 10 years of my life were spent in a village with no drinking water supply, no electricity, no hospital, no roads and nothing that we today associate with modern living. I had to walk miles to school, I had to study in the dim light of a kerosene oil lamp. This nation gave me the opportunity to ensure that such would not be the life of our children in the foreseeable future.

Sir, my conscience is clear that on every day that I have occupied this high office, I have tried to fulfil the dream of that young boy from that distant village.

The greatness of democracy is that we are all birds of passage! We are here today, gone tomorrow! But in the brief time that the people of India entrust us with this responsibility, it is our duty to be honest and sincere in the discharge of these responsibilities. As it is said in our sacred texts, we are responsible for our actions and we must act without coveting the rewards of such action. Whatever I have done in this high office I have done so with a clear conscience and the best interests of my country and our people at heart. I have no other claims to make.

Friday, July 04, 2008


Kamal is a narcissist; he is doing 10 roles for the heck of it - I heard this a million times and over and over from everyone around. When I heard that he was writing the dialogs too, I was disappointed. He is no crazy Mohan, can't be funny. I was wondering why he was becoming a T.Rajendar donning all the hats. Having K.S.Ravi Kumar as the Director means only one thing - that Kamal would be the main go-to-guy in the making of the movie. Remember Avvai Shanmugi?

But still the ardent Kamal fan in me couldn't wait to watch the movie and I did. Its true that some roles are very redundant. I still don't understand why he had to become Bush. Why not Manmoham Singh and Karunanidhi too? And what were the 3 heads doing sitting together after Tsunami? I didn't get it. One of the roles (Muslim role) was inspired by Bheem-boy from MMKR I think. The makeup was sad. He could have as well worn a venetian mask.

All that being said, its still a treat for people who are looking for some class act. Kamal is brilliant with the dialogs, especially the conversation between Napoleon and Kamal in the period drama shows how brilliant this main is. Kudos Thalaiva!! Asin plays a typical heroine - no brains, a lot of immaturity and finally falls in love with the hero. I am glad I watched this movie.

He might be a narcissist but he is a complete artist, people!! Acknowledge that. I heard this movie is a hit in Tamil Nadu. God indeed is present... to reward talent and hard work.