Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Pune University to teach Marathi to non-Marathis

At the peak of the Marathi vs. Hindi debate an acquaintance who had recently relocated to Maharashtra asked 3M a question… "Why should I learn Marathi when most Maharashtrian are more than eager to speak in Hindi? In fact most of them speak within themselves in Hindi!"

He went on to tell me that even if he wanted to learn Marathi there was no way of doing so as there are no “Marathi speaking classes” anywhere… Now Pune University has decided to “answer his prayers”!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


At the outset, let me thank BharGo for giving me a chance to contribute to this wonderful blog. It will be my earnest attempt to help you understand the power shifts in Maharashtra Politics – some gradual and some very dramatic.

The MahaPol Powerlist ranking will take into consideration five key parameters for evaluation. Each of these parameters has sub-elements which contribute to the overall ranking. They are as follows -

1. Electoral clout
........a. Number of elected representatives of his/ her– MPs and MLAs
........b. % of vote in the last elections that his/ her party was able to garner
2. Clout within the Party
........a. His/ her Relationship with the Party Top boss (in case the person is not heading the party)
........b. His/ her say in the party decision making process
........c. His/ her base in the party – especially grassroot level
3. Authority
........a. Whether his party is in power in the state
........b. The portfolio that he handles as a minister
........c. Number of local bodies (Municipalities, Zilla Parishads, Gram Panchayats etc) where his party is in power
4. Social Clout
........a. Major Cooperatives (Including APMCs) under control of his party
........b. Support of Lobbies – Sugar, Workers unions, Businessmen etc
........c. Organisational base – Ability to mobilize masses irrespective of the party
........d. Intelligentsia support – Having favourable relationship with intellectuals from different fields like arts, social service etc
........e. His/ Her Caste – Being a Maratha has an added advantage in large parts of the state.
........f. Media Relationship – Does the politician have favourable relationship with TV and Press journalists? Does he have news value?
........g. Public Image – public perception in the minds of voters in Maharashtra
........h. Nuisance Value – Higher the nuisance value higher is the importance attached
........i. Money Power – Ability to mobilize funds for the party
........j. National Clout – Does the politician have a clout at national level?
5. Personal Capability
........a. Intellectual prowess
........b. Administrative capability
........c. Global perspective on issues

Some of the parameters are quantitative and some are qualitative and hence no score will be given to each politician. MahaPol will just publish relative ranking.

So jump on to the MahaPol Express and enjoy the ride!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

"Stateless Actors"

Ecophilo is a hugely popular Indian blog... Today's post is really hilarious and I have pasted it below -


"All these stateless actors are causing a problem. "


"Well, they have created a parallel industry of themselves without the locals."

"Like how?"

"See, they have disproportionate influence over the locals as compared to the state actors"

"But can they do anything without local support?"

"True, but that local set is an exclusivist set and does not represent the view of the true local majority"

"How would you know that?"

"We are in touch with the ground realities"


"They run the industry all by themselves. Their fund sources are from all over the world and they have sympathizers all over the world. So, many of their actions find sanction everywhere. They are a big hit, even though I hate to admit it..."

"Any specific person?"

"Oh yes. Amitabh Bachahan. He is one of the biggest stateless actors." said Raj Thackeray signing off...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

'MahaPol' joins Ek Marathi Manoos

Please join me in welcoming ‘MahaPol' as a fellow contributor to ‘Ek Marathi Manoos’. He is a senior political analyst with a reputation for having his fingers on the pulse of Maharashtra Politics. Giving in to his demand, 3M has agreed to keep him incognito!

Though MahaPol will contribute his views once in a while, his main contribution will be ‘MahaPol Power List’. Starting January 2009, he will publish the ‘Power List’ of the top 25 politicians in Maharashtra on the first of every month. Track the winners and losers in the “Snakes and Ladders” game of Maharashtra’s Politics… month on month!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Raj ki Baat

Raj Thackeray seems to be coming back into his elements after the post 26/11 hiatus. His public meeting in Pune drew good crowds where he made some very clever statements… the best one was “irrespective of your party, be proud of being Marathi” – An attempt to put “national” parties on the back foot by confusing their cadre!

He also stressed on a point that 3M had made earlier on this blog – shrinking electoral clout of Marathi Manoos in Maharashtra due to delimitation. He gave an example of Kolhapur District where the assembly seats have shrunk from 11 to 9. These 2 seats have been shifted to Mumbai Metropolitan Region… where immigrants will decide the fate of the politicians. “No wonder these national parties are going in for minority appeasement.”

Obviously, if Congress-NCP & BJP-SS combines are not going to assuage the fear of Marathi Manoos – real and imaginary, the coming elections will see Raj grabbing a sizeable chunk of the votes!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

In search of the elusive Santa!

In my childhood, the only place where you were assured a tête-à-tête with Santa was the “largest departmental store” in Mumbai – Akbarallys. The cheerful Santa would be perched on his “throne” right at the entrance. The kids would make a beeline to sit on his lap… ask for the “mechano set” or “bicycle” which he would “make a note of”… try to check if his beard was real or fake… take a Ravalgaon Toffee from him and walk off 3 inches above the ground. For me, the other favourites on the Christmas day - a walk in the Horniman circle gardens and a peak into the Laffans store to admire the waterfall, caged birds and a stuffed tiger. The day would end in a sumptuous dinner at Kandeel or Khyber… those were the days!

Wanted to recreate the same Xmas magic for my 3 year old daughter. Wasn’t sure if the Santa still sits at Akbarallys… So we decided to go to its modern day equivalent – INORBIT! We were sure that a few Santas would be floating around in the mall. The atrium had a show where kids and parents were dancing away to the latest Bollywood Punjabi number. 3M did not want to "waste time on such silly things” as Santa on Xmas was far more important. So 3M and MMW lugged their MMB (MarathMoli Babe) from Hypercity to Shopper’s Stop and from Spencer’s to Lifestyle… but Santa was nowhere to be seen! When we asked around…

“He was just here…”
“Do check at the kids’ outlets on the first floor…”
“Must have gone for a peeeee break… ;-)”

Finally, the MM family decided to have some grub at the food court… lo and behold… there he was… at the entrance of the “peri peri” restaurant… but MMB was not amused… “He is not fat”… “He is wearing a mask”… “There are no gifts with him”… “He is not a real Santa”… no “shake hands”... no "photo-ops"!

Finally MMB found solace in the Punjabi Music in the atrium… Santa nahi to Santa-Banta music hi sahi!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Future of Raj Thackeray

One die hard fan of Raj Thackeray forwarded this link in response to 3M’s earlier “prediction”… then an internet search yielded more such soothsayers! 1 2

Good TP

Thackeray says “I’m Marathi first”

The three part interview of Balasaheb Thackeray in Samna, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, was quite a damp squib… no new issues were discussed. From terrorism to political opponents and from Sena defectors to Hindutva, he repeated his same old viewpoint peppered with choicest cuss word.

3M was amused to see that Thackeray agreed that he is “Marathi First” and had to take up the Hindutva issue for the “larger benefit of India”... political compulsions!

The main aim of this interview was to emphasise that he was in good health and that Shiv Sena was in the “safe hands” of Uddhav. He ended the interview with a impassioned plea to the Marathi Janta to bring Shiv Sena back in power. The campaign for the assembly elections next year has started in right earnest.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Antulay's U-turn

After creating immense embarrassment for the Government, Antulay is suddenly satisfied with Chidambaram's statement that Hemant Karkare was indeed killed by Pakistani Terrorists! The U-turn seems as illogical as the theory he propounded in the first place.

3M is surprised that BJP and Shabana Azmi were on the same side of the political divide!

Maharashtra to gain from Salt-tolerant crops

Bhavnagar based research institute has developed salt-tolerant crops like groundnut and tobacco. Maharashtra is next only to Gujarat when it comes to farmland affected by salinity. These transgenic crops are sure to power the rural economy... especially along the Konkan coast.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Munj in Sky

Dhananjay Datar, a Marathi Millionaire based in Dubai, gave into his late father’s dream of conducting his grandson’s मुंज (Munj = Thread Ceremony) high in the sky… With 150 relatives, Datar Mandali conducted the ceremony in a chartered Jet Airways plane. In addition to the journalists, even representatives of Limca Book of Records were present to witness the high flying “record making” ceremony!

3M finds it hard to believe that even in these recessionary times, people have money to spend of such whims… Also this is the first time 3M has seen a Batu (the boy undergoing thread ceremony) wearing a turban… Punjabification of Indian ceremonies!

Image Courtesy - Maharashtra Times

मन शुद्ध तुझं Man Shuddha Tujha

A very inspiring song from Kunku (1937)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

26/11 and Raj Thackeray

3M accidently came across an article written by Natteri Adigal, a south Indian, about Mumbai attacks and Raj Thackeray. Though the article is jingoistic and biased, it does try to reply the most common question that was asked by media... Where was Raj Thackeray when Mumbai was burning?

Marathi book industry and Piracy

As the Marathi book industry blossoms, it is attacked by the cancer of piracy. The anti-piracy laws are in place but the lack of implementation can create an impediment in this renaissance.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sun FM understands "regional needs" in Maharashtra

SFM, Sun network's Radio Channel, understands the need to get regional in their content. Their Pune station emphasise more on Marathi... something that the more "metroized" radio station have failed to understand!

3M wonders that the Marathi population is Mumbai Metropolitan Region is more than 3 times the Marathi population in Pune... enough potential for SFM to launch a Marathi FM channel in Mumbai. Given the sucess of Marathi TV channels, we can expect a decent response.

Cinemax promoting Marathi film industry

As a part of its strategy to woo Marathi Manoos, Cinemax shows the National Anthem with 75 Marathi cine personalities.

3M wonders what is the real reason... Economic or MNS?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Antulay flashes the "Muslim Card"

A R Antulay, Ex CM of Maharashtra and the minorities minister in the current Central Government, questioned the killing of Hemant Karkare by the terrorist during the 26/11 Mumbai attack. This has lent credibility to the murmurs in the Indian Urdu press and the howls from Pakistan!

But what made Antulay, a politician not known to suffer from a foot-in-the-mouth syndrome, make such a statement? 3M guesses that the octogenarian politician does not have the guarantee that he will get the Congress ticket in the next general elections. After this controversy, he knows that Congress can’t throw him out or deny a ticket due to the fear of loosing the Muslim vote.

Surprisingly, Antulay never played the “Muslim Card” in his heydays!

Typical Mumbaikar

In 2002, 3M attended a skiing course at Auli in Uttaranchal. For duration of one week, a bunch of 30 people bonded so well that we created a yahoogroup -Auli02. As 95% of the guys and gals were from either Mumbai or Delhi, the antaksharis would be between “Mumbaikars” and “Delhiwallas”.

In one of the emails, Rajat, a Delhiwalla with Bengali DNA, wrote about a typical Delhiwalla – His traits, habits etc. Then he asked what is a typical Mumbaikar like? 3M’s response was -

Sharda Dwivedi, a prominent urban historian, was the first to come up with the theory that Mumbai is actually an amalgamation of smaller cities that coexist next to each other... Hence there is no typical Mumbaikar... but there will be a typical ‘Sandra from Bandra’...
or a ‘Mites Sa from Ghatkopar’...
‘Amit Joshi from Dadar’....
‘Huzefa Pipermitwala from Byculla’...
‘Laxmi Srinivasan from Matunga’...
‘Kripashanker Pandey from the Jogeshwari cowshed’...
‘Pakya Dada from Dharavi’...
‘Mrs. Pam "Hep" Chopra from Lokhandwala Complex’ (A touch of Delhi here)...
‘Shri. Prabhakar Ratnakar Bhambhurde (Shiv Sena Shakha Pramukh) from Kalyan’...
‘Harish Agarwal from Kalbadevi’...
‘Harry Kewalramani from Ulhasnagar’...
‘Kantibhai from Dalal Street’...
‘Kuttishankaran UnniKrishnan from Chembur’
and above all ‘Apro Boman Daruwalla from Khushrow Baug’... for a non Mumbaikar all this wud probably not make sense...

BTW Bongs don't exist in Mumbai... they appear out of thin air during durga puja at the "Dadar Shivaji Park Sorbojanin Durga Pooja Utsab"... and then they just disappear for a year...

Mumbai is like a mini India... Just as you do not have something called a Typical Indian... U can’t have a Typical Mumbaikar”

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Indira Gandhi was Marathi?

If Dr. B N Sharga, one of Indira Gandhi's relatives, is to be believed, she comes from a family of Marathi Brahmans who migrated from Maharashtra in the 14th Century to Kashmir! That makes Sonia "Maharashtrachi Soonbai"?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Marathi Manoos & Business?

For all those (including 3M) who believe that Marathi Manoos is not entrepreneurial, here is an event to prove them wrong. Jagatik Marathi Chamber of Commerce and Industries is holding “Global Marathi Business Leaders’ Conference” in Rang Sharda Auditorium, Mumbai from 27th to 28th December 2008. This is a platform for interaction within the Marathi Business Community as well as with the Government machinery.

3M wishes JMCCI as the best for their endeavour… May their tribes increase!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Full-too Champi!

Barbers in Nagpur have decided to give poetic justice to Maharashtra Politicians!

The pleas of the महाराष्ट्र नाभिक महासंघ (Maharashtra Barbers’ Grand Council) have fallen on deaf ears of the State Government. In retaliation, all the Hair Cutting Salons in Nagpur have “banned” the entry of politicians during the forthcoming Nagpur Assembly session. And to rub it in, each salon is actually carry a “no entry” notice board…

Sau sonar ki… Ek NAYEE ki… Hyuk... Hyuk...

Marathi Terrorist

If Urdu press in India is to be believed, Hemant Karkare was killed by a Marathi Terrorist... and you thought Pakistanis attacked Mumbai?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Nandan Nilekani joins the “Separate Mumbai” bandwagon

Times of India continues its “Separate Mumbai” campaign with vigour… After Narendra Nair, Bacchi Karkaria said the same thing in a subtle way yesterday… and today was the turn of Nandan Nilekani (Infosys CEO) to preach the sermon… He is right when he says that power has to be decentralized… lack of power to city governments is crippling urban India… point taken! After that he slips into the usual “Mumbai is cosmopolitan” cliché…

3M would like to differ on two of his statements –

NN: While it lay in the heart of Maharashtra, it had Gujarati as well as Marathi residents, and many other linguistic communities.

3M: This give the impression that Gujarati and Marathi residents were equal in number… according to the 1951 census Marathis were 51% and Gujratis were 18% in the city of Mumbai… if you consider the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (that concept dint exist then) then the balance tilts in favour of Marathis even further! Over the year the share of the Hindi speakers has increased while those of others have reduced in Mumbai. Even today Marathis are the single largest linguistic group in Mumbai at around 40%. Nilekani might be surprised that the percentage of Kannadigas in Bangalore is lesser than percentage of Marathis in Mumbai… case in point to try his experiment in his home state first… 3M is sure Karnataka Rakshan Vedike will give him the necessary support!

NN: Jawaharlal Nehru proposed that Bombay become a separate, bilingual area, but the rioting and protests that ensued forced him to back down, and the city became part of Maharashtra. Since then, Indian cities have been passive and subordinate to the state governments.

3M: C’mon… Samyukta Maharashtra Chalwal led to urban India being a subordinate to state governments… you are stretching it a bit too far! BTW, Nehru wanted the state of Bombay to be bilingual (suggested name was “Mahagujarat”) not the city.

3M respects Nilekani for his achievements and contribution to India but requests him to not single out Mumbai… had he given a case of at least one more city in India to make his point the article would not have an anti-Marathi flavour! Please make a pan Indian pitch of "decentralization of power to urban India" and 3M will support you.

In the mean time Maharashtra Times, the Marathi daily from the TOI stable carries exactly the opposite view… enjoy!

Innovation by a “rural vernacular” newspaper

3M is sure that 99% of Mumbaikars have never heard Deshonnati, Marathi daily from Marathwada. It is a very strong local newspaper with a large readership. Being a “rural” newspaper, did not stop it from innovating to deliver a distinct benefit to its customers!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Marathi TV channels lag behind in the "regional race"

Karnatique, a blog on Kannadiga World, gives some interesting analysis about "regional" TV channels. Even though there are more Marathi speakers than Tamilians in India, the revenue and viewership of the Tamil channels is far higher. But why?

The story starts after gulf war when Indian satellite TV market was born with Star TVSUN TV was the first “regional language” channel to be launched. Since then it has managed to innovate and hence dominate the Tamil psyche… The Telugu, Malayalam & Kannada channels followed soon. The speakers of languages like Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Oriya and Punjabi were already exposed to Hindi channels. When channels in these languages final appeared at the turn of the century, their content was not as glitzy as the Hindi channels leading to poor viewership numbers. It is only in the last 3 years that quality of content in the Marathi & Bengali channels has improved drastically. Given the current trend, the share of revenue of the Marathi & Bengali channels is sure to improve over the next 4-5 years. 3M is surprised that the DNA report fails to speak about Gujarati, Punjabi & Oriya channels!

BTW Karnatique has given the “Languages ordered by decreasing order of speaker population” which is wrong… the correct order is Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya & Punjabi.

3M supports Karnatique when he protests against the attitude of media to bracket Hindi Channels as "National Channels"!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

And you thought Mumbai commuting sucks!

An international survey has ranked Mumbai above Sydney in terms of quality of transport... 3M is sure the survey team never landed at Mumbai or probably just saw the new revamped airport!

Or they have some different definition of "Efficient" - Packing maximum people in a local train's bogey... recycling 1974 premier padminis as cabs... Reusing space under the flyovers for "housing the dishoused"... using roads optimally by ensuring every inch is covered by traffic... Lage raho MumBhai!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bombay First... Mumbai Second!

Joining Meghnad Desai in the “Separate Mumbai” campaign is Narendra Nair from Bombay First in today's Times of India Editorial (Mumbai)

MAXIMUM CITY - Rescue Bombay by Narendra Nair

Images of Hemant Karkare donning what turned out to be ineffective headgear and bulletproof vest, preparatory to heading out to confront the terrorists at the Cama hospital, filled us with quiet pride. Smiling grimly, his body language indicated the confidence to go into the thick of battle and appreciation of the dangers ahead. Little did we know he would be gunned down minutes later. In consequence, those images have now become among the most heart-rending in recent memory. The BJP, the Senas and fanatic Hindu outfits who hailed him as a hero when hunting down Muslim terror outfits called him a traitor and other vicious names when he caught Hindus engaged in similar acts. The prospect of such brazenly bigoted people getting control of the country in the next election is scary in the extreme. So, before we sink once more into our standard attitude of apathy, there is one thing we must do. Urgently. Rescue Bombay city, the only international city we have in this country.

Bombay was, like the United States of America, made by migrants and achieved its international status on that account. Right now, Mumbai is one big slum; a narrow parochial identity has been forced upon it. Attempts to reduce it to just another linguistic region, where even vehicle number-plates are illegally and dangerously in Marathi — think how hard they are to decipher quickly in a hit and-run — are to belittle the history of this great city and to negate the contribution of its vast migrant army. It is the commercial capital of India, not just of Maharashtra alone. The city should therefore without delay be centrally administered, as many have suggested. The best Indian brains should be requisitioned to run this city and any political interference should be resisted and rebuffed as emphatically as possible. The prima donna Union home minister Shivraj Patil quit, inanely declaring, “It is a great burden off my shoulders”. Wrong. It is a great burden off our shoulders. As for Maharashtra’s comic — and thankfully former — deputy chief minister R R Patil, he casually ignored multiple warnings of terrorist attacks. When the warnings came true, he called the murder of innocents nothing more than a minor event inevitable to any big city. For that remark alone he should be ostracised. As for Bombay, let us hope that narrow-minded linguistic fanaticism will not hasten the obituary of what was once a great city.


3M cant miss the YOU-BLOODY-GHATIS-CANT-RULE-BOMBAY attitude in this editorial! There is no denying that the city is going to the dogs... but this anti-marathi manoos attitude is going to add to the problems... 3M considers this viewpoint as much parochial as the self-appointed-guardians-of-Marathi-asmita!

The Accessible CM

Ashok Chavan, the newly appointed Maharashtra CM, has decided to give an ear to the Janta of Maharashtra... Please give him a earful on and he better listen to you as you are going to decide his fate in the elections... and they are less than a year away!

Chavansaheb... you have a lot of ground to cover before the elections... Not just terror but on a lot of issues... Please start delivering as your mai-baap (voters) are watching!

3M wishes you all the best for your endevours.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

NCP is the big brother in Maharashtra!

Yesterday, Maharashtra Congress looked like a party in shambles while NCP came across as a strong cohesive force that knows where it is going… NCP was clear about its ministerial candidates while Congress was “negotiating” with the high command till the last moment on whom to include… The NCP team seems to be loaded with “heavy weights” while Congress has again picked up hot potatoes like Suroopsingh Naik!

During the post-swearing in ceremony press conference when Ashok Chavhan was unable to respond to a query, his deputy Chhagan Bhujbal took over the mike and gave a credible response… 3M is in no doubt who is the big brother in the coalition and the post assembly elections CM might be a NCP man… with or without Congress support!

Pawar is Power... rest dont matter!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Statehood for "Bombay"

When 3M predicted that there will be a call for separate Mumbai after to the terror attacks, one of the readers of this blog rubbished the idea as presumptuous! Yesterday Lord Meghnad Desai, the celebrated economist, pushed for “Statehood for Bombay” in Indian Express. His regular column is called “Out of Mind” and true to that name one of his suggestions to counter terror was that Mumbai should be called Bombay again!

This is the YOU-BLOODY-GHATIS-CANT-RULE-BOMBAY syndrome that a section of the “elite Bombayites” suffers from!

नाच ग घुमा (Nach Ga Ghuma)

Probably the best representation of the Mangalagaur ceremony!

Sandhya in "Chandanachi Choli... Anga Anga Jaali!"

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gods must be Marathi!

Rang Rasiya, a movie on the life and times of Raja Ravi Verma, the legendary painter will be releasing soon… On seeing the promos, some old memories jumped out from a cobweb ridden corner of my mind.

As a kid I used to wonder… “What language the gods must be speaking between themselves?”… Sanskrit the ancient language… or Hindi coz Himalayas are in the north… then how do they understand my pleas in Marathi?

My kiddie logic was that the best parameter to judge was to observe the clothes they wear… Most of the male Gods wore a dhotar (dhoti)… but that is what my Marathi Grandpa as well as the doodhwala bhaiyya used to wear… very confusing! But the goddesses were a clear give away… from Sita to Parvati to Durga, they all wore NavWari Sadees (Nine yards Kashta style Marathi Sarees)… Obviously GODS MUST BE MARATHI! ;-)))

It was only in my teens that I realized that these iconic images that I saw in every second home across India were creations of Raja Ravi Verma… and the fact that his muse was a Marathi lady ensured that all his goddesses “imitated” her dressing style. He undoubtedly
changed the image of divinity in every Hindu’s mind for perpetuity!

Tumhara Khoon Khoon... Humara Khoon Paani?

When 3M was planning to write the hypocracy of media of covering Taj attack in detail but giving CST a cold shoulder, Gnani Sankaran slammed the media for doing the same. No need to do a redux though I do not agree with all the points raised!

Is there so much outrage against terror this time because the Mumbai Gliteratti was a victim? Usually Hoi Polloi are killed in terror attacks... when the creme de la creme of the society is hurt, media howls!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Misplaced priorities

When the country has faced its worst terrorist attack, one would expect the entire government machinery to swing into action keeping aside politics. The foreign minister should be touring the world to build up opinion against the Terror factories in Pakistan... and the defence minister should ensure that the borders are protected so that future attacks can be prevented! That is what a "normal" government would do... right?

But Pranab Mukherjee and A K Anthony were in Mumbai for past few days to decide who will be the next CM of Maharashtra... To "democratically elect" high command's choice for the gaddi!

Even after the seething anger against the political class that can be seen across the country, these "public servants" do not get any wiser... it happens only in India!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Madam does not give in to blackmail

Even as Narayan Rane tried to arm twist Sonia Gandhi to get the CM's gaddi, she proved 3M wrong by insisting that loyalty to her family is the biggest detemining factor when it comes to deciding who sits on the throne!

Looking forward to read the editorial of PRAHAR tomorrow!

Rane torpedoes Chavan's chances

Though majority of the Congress MLAs in Maharashtra have shown their support for Ashok Chavan, Narayan Rane is acting stubborn and threatening a revolt! He says Sonia had promised him the gaddi "when it gets vacant"... Also he does not want to "report to a junior"...

If Sonia agrees to Rane's demand, it will be "Bhagwa over Mantralaya"... coz Rane and Bhujbal (NCP's most likely candidate for Dy CM) are both ex-Shivsainiks...

3M predicts that Sushilkumar Shinde will be the "Mandoli" CM!

Accurate prediction of Mumbai Terror!

A Diwali Ank called Bhagyasanket accurately predicted Mumbai Terror! Click on the image to read the prediction.

Ulta chor kotwal ko daate!

Here is some interesting "analysis" from Pakistan!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Janta's anger during the Mumbai rally

Hope the politicians see the writing on the wall... we want action.

3M is amazed at the spontaneous response from Mumbaikars!

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Petition to PM

Please view and if you think fit, do endorse it on

On 7th December 2008 this petition will be attempted to be presented to the Prime Minister of India. Till 7th December, endeavour is to collect at least 1 million signatures. Probably such mass need may stir the administration to take visible and needful action. Please sign and forward to as many people known to you as possible.


3M salutes Mr. Bajaj for having the guts to send this letter to the PM...

Dear Mr. Prime minister

I am a typical mouse from Mumbai. In the local train compartment which has capacity of 100 persons, I travel with 500 more mouse. Mouse at least squeak but we don't even do that.

Today I heard your speech. In which you said 'NO BODY WOULD BE SPARED'. I would like to remind you that fourteen years has passed since serial bomb blast in Mumbai took place. Dawood was the main conspirator. Till today he is not caught. All our bolywood actors, our builders, our Gutka king meets him but your Government can not catch him.. Reason is simple; all your ministers are hand in glove with him. If any attempt is made to catch him everybody will be exposed. Your statement 'NOBODY WOULD BE SPARED' is nothing but a cruel joke on this unfortunate people of India.

Enough is enough. As such after seeing terrorist attack carried out by
about a dozen young boys I realize that if same thing continues days are not away when terrorist will attack by air, destroy our nuclear reactor and there will be one more Hiroshima.

We the people are left with only one mantra. Womb to Bomb to Tomb. You promised Mumbaikar Shanghai what you have given us is Jalianwala Baug.

Today only your home minister resigned. What took you so long to kick out this HM? Only reason was that he was loyal to Gandhi family. Loyalty to Gandhi family is more important than blood of innocent people, isn't it?

I am born and bought up in Mumbai for last fifty eight years. Believe me corruption in Maharashtra is worse than that in Bihar. Look at all the politician, Sharad Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane, Bal Thackray , Gopinath Munde, Raj Thackray, Vilasrao Deshmukh all are rolling in money. Vilasrao Deshmukh is one of the worst Chief minister I have seen. His only business is to increase the FSI every other day, make money and send it to Delhi so Congress can fight next election. Now the clown has found new way and will increase FSI for fisherman so they can build concrete house right on sea shore. Next time terrorist can comfortably live in those house, enjoy the beauty of sea and then attack the Mumbai at their will.

Recently I had to purchase house in Mumbai. I met about two dozen builders. Everybody wanted about 30% in black. A common person like me knows this and with all your intelligent agency & CBI you and your finance minister are not aware of it. Where all the black money goes? To the underworld isn't it? Our politicians take help of these goondas to vacate people by force. I myself was victim of it. If you have time please come to me, I will tell you everything.

If this has been land of fools, idiots then I would not have ever cared to write you this letter. Just see the tragedy, on one side we are reaching moon, people are so intelligent and on other side you politician has converted nectar into deadly poison. I am everything Hindu, Muslim,Christian, Schedule caste, OBC, Muslim OBC, Christian Schedule caste, Creamy Schedule caste only what I am not is INDIAN. You politician have raped every part of mother India by your policy of divide and rule.

Take example of former president Abdul Kalam. Such a intelligent person, such a fine human being. You politician didn't even spare him. Your party along with opposition joined the hands, because politician feels they are supreme and there is no place for good person.

Dear Mr Prime minister you are one of the most intelligent person, most learned person. Just wake up, be a real SARDAR. First and foremost expose all selfish politician. Ask Swiss bank to give name of all Indian account holder. Give reins of CBI to independent agency. Let them find wolf among us. There will be political upheaval but that will better than dance of death which we are witnessing every day. Just give us ambient where we can work honestly and without fear. Let there be rule of law. Everything else will be taken care of.

Choice is yours Mr. Prime Minister. Do you want to be lead by one person or you want to lead the nation of 100 Crore people?

Prakash B. Bajaj

Chandralok 'A" Wing, Flat No 104

97 Nepean Sea Road

Mumbai 400 036

Phone 98210-71194

Kaun Banega Mukhyamantri?

After some shameless backdoor diplomacy to save his gaddi, Mr. Deshmukh has been shown the door. We can expect the announcement of the new CM today.

Let's evaluate the candidates in the fray...

Prithviraj Chavhan (Not Chauhan) is a Marathi guy from Western Maharashtra settled in Delhi since his childhood... essentially a Delhi Darbari with little knowledge of or base in Maharashtra... Biggest plus point - access to 10 Janpath & Glib talker

Narayan Rane... The Shiv Sena rebel... Good administrator but bad orator... Can’t make an impact on Elite Mumbaikars... Will Sonia reward an “outsider”? Congress’s best bet to torpedo BJP-SS in the coming election… everywhere except Mumbai!

Sushilkumar Shinde… The fallback guy… mediocre administrator… viewed as a “soft” person… Being the only Dalit candidate, Maratha lobby will oppose his candidature… Also he himself does not seem to be keen on occupying the “hot seat”…

Ashok Chavan… The most sophisticated of the candidates… good equation with Sharad Pawar… Good administrator… clean slate… Has correct political lineage (Son of Shankarrao Chavan)… True blue Maratha..

Balasaheb Vikhepatil… This Sugar Baron is an old warhorse with “rustic charm”… Good administrator with deep understanding of the Sugar cooperative movement… In fact his father pioneered it in Maharshtra!

3M thinks Rane followed by Ashok Chavan have the best chance… finally “madam” and “saheb” will take the call!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Sab Bol-Bachchan

Pranab says… “Military Option is closed”… and then takes a u turn.


Zardari says… he will corporate and then refuses to hand over the terrorist


Sonia says… We will not bow down to terror


Naqvi says… lipstick protesters are un-Indian


Achutanandan says… all martyrs are dogs… then says sorry


Bal Thackeray says… first flush out mini-pakistans from the country


Just keep talking… talking… talking… no action


In the meantime there is an explosion in Assam and firing @ Hyderabad… we can expect some more talking… Bol India Bol!



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