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McDowell Signature Indian Derby 2010 – Unparelled Glamour and Jaw-Dropping Rendition …

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2010 by xpressindiaon

McDowell Signature Indian Derby 2010 – Unparelled Glamour and Jaw-Dropping Rendition …

Posted by Deepak Shetty

I witnessed the Richest Individual Sporting Event in India with an over Rs 2 crore prize purse. The event was on 6th and 7th of Feb’10, at Mahalaxmi racecourse.

I was all the most excited cos’ I had never been to a derby all my life, being from a middle class family , I thought these things were a class apart. However, it was not too late to change my perception. Fortunately, I got an invite from one of my colleagues and witnessed the most wonderful, classy, bold, powerful and the most stylish event. It was rocking!

The custom-designed 16000 sq ft air-conditioned hanger hosted all the performances and entertainment acts 2010, including carnival bazaar, flea market, Spiritz & More, etc. The crowd was cheering the racers, the racers were speeding up for a win, the glitters and glamour of the well choreographed Fashion show was top of the world. Glen Jackson indeed revived memories of the great showman Michael Jackson, and internationally-acclaimed vocalist ‘Kaiya’s’ tribute to Tina Turner lit up the show.

The electrifying confluence of sport, fashion, fun unparallel glamour, high-energy excitement and jaw-dropping rendition was truly a feel good experience

Friends’ I must say it was a definitely world class bold and stylish event celebrated by McDowell Signature Indian Derby ‘2010.


Why Raj Thackeray is wrong-and right

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by xpressindiaon

There’s is something about the nomenclatural identity of India’s 28 states. All, except one, have names with either regional (Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland) or geographical (Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh) significance. Maharashtra, which means ‘Greater Nation’, is an exception; its self-identification is national.
It is, therefore, distressing that certain local political formations in Maharashtra succumb to the temptation of parochialism every once in a while by projecting non-existent antagonism between ‘natives’ and ‘outsiders’. Invariably, it is Mumbai, India’s first and still the most cosmopolitan city, which bears the brunt of their insularity. In the 1960s, their target was Dakshin Bharatiyas (South Indians). Now, resentment is sought to be whipped up against Uttar Bharatiyas (North Indians).
The notion that any city or part of India belongs only to its ‘natives’ is unconstitutional, repugnant and injurious to the ideal of national unity and integration. From time immemorial, our people have freely moved from one part of the country to another, believing all of India to be their own. As far as Mumbai is concerned, although it is the capital of Maharashtra, people from every corner of the country have migrated to this city of dreams and opportunities since its inception. Mumbai is what it is today because of the contribution of diverse communities inhabiting it. In particular, the two sources of its national and international profile — business and Bollywood — would be unthinkable without a grateful recognition of the role of non-Marathi speaking communities. It would be a great misfortune if Mumbai degenerated into a provincial capital.
Therefore, Raj Thackeray, whose Maharashtra Navanirman Sena has made impressive strides in a short time after breaking away from the Shiv Sena, has done no good either to Maharashtra’s proud reputation, or to himself, by making ill-advised remarks about North Indians in Mumbai or about a national icon like Amitabh Bachchan. He has a promising political future. He would, therefore, do well to win the support of the city’s considerable population of North Indians in his inclusive political strategy, without being apologetic about espousing legitimate Marathi pride.
While one must condemn anything that weakens our unifying Indian identity, it would be hypocritical to turn a blind eye to certain harsh social and political realities of Mumbai. With 1.9 crore residents in the Mumbai Metropolitan Area, which includes Navi Mumbai and Thane, its population has rapidly grown to become greater than the combined population of nine Indian states. Its once-famed infrastructure is highly overstretched, lowering the quality of life for rich and poor alike. It once had the best municipal governance in India; not any more. Fifty-four per cent of its residents live in slums, most of which are so unbelievably congested and squalid that it is criminal on the part of any government to let people live in such inhuman conditions. It is well known to authorities that tens of thousands of Bangladeshis, many with voting rights, are living in Mumbai. Some 20,000 houses in the older part of the city are in a dangerously dilapidated state, the reason why every monsoon one reads about people dying in incidents of house collapse.
Mumbai is decaying. But few politicians in the city, state or country are taking a serious and comprehensive view of its chronic condition, and fewer still are willing to take the tough decisions to set things right. By tough decisions, one does not mean banning ‘outsiders’ — north Indians or Indians from any other part of India — from settling in Mumbai. That certainly is wrong. But is it wrong to hold that encroachments should be stopped, that people must not be allowed to occupy pavements and places earmarked for public utilities, or that the cut-off years for regularisation of slums must be strictly adhered to?
Indeed, some political parties have developed a vested interest in allowing unauthorised settlements to proliferate for vote-bank considerations. When illegal settlements along the lethally polluted Mithi river were sought to be cleared after the July 2005 deluge in Mumbai, which claimed nearly 500 lives, it was stoutly resisted by local politicians who felt threatened that their voter-base would shrink. Mumbaikars know of hundreds of such examples of duplicity and political muscle-flexing.
The question that Raj Thackeray and many people in Mumbai are asking is: How can slum redevelopment and rehabilitation ever succeed if there is political patronage for the creation of new slums? How can Mumbai ever see orderly urban development, with world-class infrastructure and civic amenities for all its residents, if there is deliberate and corruption-induced disorder in the use of its most scarce resource — land? Indeed, which Indian city can grow well if short-term and partisan political interests undermine a long-term and integral vision of urban renewal?
Hence, some of Raj Thackeray’s concerns are right, but he has voiced them wrongly.

-Sudheendra Kulkarni

Petition against terrorism, video on India’s 59-hour Bombay blasts

Posted in Mumbai, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 3, 2008 by xpressindiaon

When one segment of the four estates, the legislature, has become criminalised and dysfunctional, the aam aadmi has to take recourse to online petitioning. Here is a succinct petition, together with a pictorial essay on the 59-hour infamy.

The petition signals a hope that another segment of the four estates, the executive (despite having become chamcha-s), will be sensitive enough to stop being stone deaf and start listening to aam aadmi.

That leaves two other estates: judiciary and media. Unfortunately, law is an ass and moves slowly. Unfortunately, media is sarvaprajna and has little inclination to learn.

So, it is petition time. Please sign and forward. Pray for attacks by Hindusthan to take out terror central islamist jihadi terror structures.




Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM
Subject: {UnitedHinduFront} petition against terrorism, video on India’s 59-hour Bombay blasts

Dear friends, following petition is addressed to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Defence Minister of India and major media publications of India. Please take a look at it, consider signing yourself with your comments and forward it to as many people as you can.

“Demand for Action Against Recent Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai” hosted on the web by

Vote Nobody

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 3, 2008 by xpressindiaon

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section ” 49-O” that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these leaders have never disclosed it. This is called “49-O”.

Why should you go and say ” I VOTE NOBODY”…. because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received “49-O” votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way; of our whole political system…. it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public….

Please spread this news to as many as you know…
Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India … show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than voting… so don’t miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on…

Use your voting right for a better INDIA.


Open letter to fellow countrymen

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by xpressindiaon

Dear All,

If you agree with me, please add your signature and forward. We need to showcase our strength. I would request you add the number before your name and the city . I would also request every 1000th  signature to forward the mail as well as send me a copy on , so that I can sort the list to make a final one. I will be sending the final sorted mail to the Prime Minister on 19th Dec,2008 to hear our appeal. So, please make sure that I receive the mails by the 18th latest.

Open letter to fellow countrymen

Dear Friends,

“Beware, the middle-class” it is said and rightly so. Look at history; most of the revolutions, right from French to American and our own independence, were won when the middle class cried, “enough!”

We think, the time has come to reclaim the country, which was won with the blood of our forefathers.

Frankly, the terrorists made the biggest mistake of their lives when they attacked Mumbai and gunned down innocent people. This carnage reminds us that we have to take things in own hands. When terrorists attacked the parliament, it was more a case of like taking on like.

But we draw the line when it comes to the common man. We have some suggestions that will help us in our endeavor for national freedom again.

First let’s vote out all present politicians. Get unknown, unconnected young people in.

Let’s have a casteless non-communal country. Young people because the terrorists are young and our politicians; halfway in the grave are a no match.

Second identify terrorist camps in Pakistan and force the Pakistanis to hold joint cleaning up operations. If they refuse, let them be exposed for what they are.

Third, let’s bring the dead and one living terrorist and hang them, upside down, at the Gateway to let them know that this is the only Jannat they will get.

Fourth, let’s warn the Indians who want to raise the boogeyman of religion, region or language, that they will be the next at Gateway, if they persist.

So, may friends, lets all real Indians unite and WIN INDIA BACK FOR INDIAN.