Posts Tagged ‘politics’

cos·mo·pol·i·tan  [koz-muhpol-i-tn]

1. Free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; At home all over the world.
e.g. Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan city in India. 
2. Of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.
3. Belonging to all the world; Not limited to just one part of the world. 


cos·mo·pol·i·tan  [koz-muhpol-i-tn]
–adjective (slang, derogatory to natives when used in context of a place)

1. Parasitic – having no regard or bias for local or native issues and ideas, (implied) yet feeding on local resources for personal gains; Outsider, not attached or loyal to local political ‘leaders’ and agendas; Too global in outlook.
e.g. Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan city in India. 
2. Of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.
3. Belonging to the ‘outside’ world. Not native or local.


The first definition is as per common english usage (http://dictionary.reference.com).
Second definition courtesy: The Thackreys’ Thesaurus of Modern Indian Political English


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Benazir Bhutto has been shot dead in pakistan just 2 hours ago.

While all the stakeholders including US and India seem to be shocked at the moment, shock is more of a first reaction to an event of such significance. For, if one thinks about it, its not at all difficult to judge how predictable this eventuality was.

Those who have watched Beowulf recently, or are aware of the legend, will, I am sure, definetly be able to relate to the moral, both – immediately in the present context as well as in a broader perspective – The monsters you create today will come back to haunt you!

If the historians and the laureates of tommorow chose to narrate ‘Beowulf’ in context of our era, they would find ample illustrations to create their legend around!

Pakistan and Taliban, America and Osama, India and LTTE.

So today, when a wailing Aasma Jehangir pleads, “Will the world wake up now?”, however heart-wrenching her cry be, when sentiments subside and sense gets some space, there will arise questions which she, Musharaf, US, India, you and I will need to answer!

Is this is not the destiny that we, the citizens of this world, chose for ourselves? Even today, before trusting our ‘Heroes’ who claim they’ll slay the monster, are we making sure that they will not give in to the temptation?

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Dr. Manmohan Singh’s recent admission that our subsidy framework needs a rethink in context of the changed socio-economic landscape of the country, is, according to me, one of the few progressive statements he has made since taking on as the PM of the country. I sincerely hope it’s not mere words this time!

It’s probably also time that we as citizens start accepting what at least some of us (probably most) have long known – somebody needs to pay the cost of growth and development. As much as we would like to coil-up ourselves within the custom cocoons of irrational comfort woven by the ‘you-know-whos’ of our society, we need to understand that this is niether scalable nor sustainable!

When a politician promises ‘Free electricity for the farmers’, we should question how much is the cost and who’s going to pay for it?

When the cost of oil crosses 100$ a barrel but we still get to fill up our tanks for the same amount as last year, we should ask ourselves – who’s paying for this?

The answers to these questions may not be easy. In most cases they’ll be not. But we need these answers in any case lest the cost of free turns out to be so exorbitantly out of reach that by the time we discover it, we are already in deep debt and there’s no hope left.

Isn’t it much better to know that you are standing on the edge of a whirlpool than to realize that you standing in the eye?

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