"Western minds are confused by Aristotle's philosophy. Aristotle is an old fool." - Bhagwan Rajneesh.
When Bangalore Railway Police prised open 13 Madras-bound gunny sacks marked 'goatskins' last fortnight they found to their utter surprise 6,000 cobra and rat-snake skins valued at Rs 5 lakh.
Last April, addressing the delegates to the Cooperative Congress, Mrs Gandhi mentioned en passant that there was a tendency in some powerful groups to try and control the cooperative movement in the country.
As the euthanasia movement spreads, appeals go beyond the terminally ill to people who wish to donate their organs to others, or seek to end futile suffering.If a man ventures to sit beside a lady in a bus in Madras, she is liable to give him a dirty look and shrink from him as if he had made a pass at her. If a young man is spotted once with a girl, they must be having an affair.It is a textbook case of neglect. At the best of times Dharampur is not a congenial place to live. It is classified as one of the most backward areas in India and little has been done since Independence to change this. This year has been worse than others.
The death of Promode Dasgupta will work as a catalyst for very significant change, not only in the Communist Party of India-Marxist but also in the entire Indian communist movement.
The confrontation between the generations has become a staple source of stories for Bombay's film makers. And Producer-Distributor Gulshan Rai dips once more into the cauldron for his all-star cast extravaganza Vidhaata, pulling out a long and somewhat confused tale of the internecine struggle between good and evil.Dev Anand has done it again in his 26th effort as producer. Combining godman with badman. saffron and sex, Anand mixes a formula that is reminiscent of the dum maro dum of Hare Rama Hare Krishna.
"It is a pity that the glitter of the Games has thrown the real heroes - the athletes - into the shadows. All the limelight has been hogged by the organisers and the politicians."
One of the most critical turning points in Sri Lanka's post independence history is fast approaching: the December 22 referendum.
Dimple Kapadia, looking more curvaceous than before, and stunning at a tender 23, was signed up by block-buster king Ramesh Sippy for his forthcoming untitled venture.
Srinagar, nestling in the Kashmir valley, is getting more and more congested by the day. Its parks and green spaces are one by one being gobbled up and replaced by endless blocks of brick and concrete.
Industrialist S.P. Godrej appointed as the next sheriff of Bombay. He takes over the reins of sheriffship from actor Sunil Dutt.
Violence has become a way of life in Uttar Pradesh. This was dramatically underlined when several dozens of the state secretariat security guards went on a rampage for two days in the secretariat building.It is the rule in most of India's villages that a single family, by virtue of money and power, is able to browbeat the vast majority of indigent inhabitants.Even as half a dozen mediators - some of them self-appointed - fussed around with the 18-month Akali agitation in Punjab, no solution was in sight last fortnight.Three months after getting New Delhi's approval, the six-month-old Karunakaran Ministry has been unable to acquire land for its most publicised "gain" - the proposed naval academy project at Ezhimala in Cannanore district.The importance of Promode Dasgupta to the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), cannot be better judged than by the way he was bid goodbye.Her penchant for wandering around in the nude had given her plenty of exposure, but it turned out to be of the indecent kind.The Tamil Nadu Government and its Chief Minister. M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), are reportedly under pressure from the Centre not to repeal the state's Anti-Scurrility Act. There was a strangely surrealistic air about last fortnight's state visit by French President, Francois Mitterrand to New Delhi. Ten days after his departure, nobody was quite sure whether he had actually been here or not.Last fortnight, when large consignments of spurious life-saving drugs and fluids were detected in major Bihar state hospitals, including the Nalanda Medical College Hospital in Patna, government officials immediately set off a state-wide alert amidst much panic.In a move presumably directed at ensuring the "health and prosperity of the state", Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah recently declared his intention to ban communal and secessionist parties like the RSS, the Mahazi Azadi, the Liberation Front and the Muslim League in the state.The much-vaunted accord between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu on transporting 15 thousand million cubic feet of water from the Krishna river by a 380-km-long open channel to Madras, to cater to the chronically parched city's drinking water needs, is now practically a dead letter.The traditional analogy between the Chinese and their legendary inscrutability now seems to have been consigned to the dustbin of folklore. At 13, Tulasa Bhirduj Thapa has seen more of the seamier aspects of human avarice and lust than most people three times her age.
Clothing items with the Levi Strauss name tag may soon be made in India: the California-based US company has come to an agreement with Indian garment manufacturers for the supply of some categories of women's wear to be sold in the American market as Levi clothes. The National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation is a powerful semi-official body which has frequently been at the centre of controversy involving its procurement, marketing and export operations.Frogs croaked in accompaniment to the shouted slogans that resounded in the Kerala state secretariat in Trivandrum last fortnight. The bilingual protest, sponsored by the Kerala Frog Catchers' Association, was against the Central Government's decision in August to bring frogs under the Wildlife Protection Act.It is in India and the so-called mixed economies that the lights are stuck on amber: you push ahead and stick your neck out and someone or the other invariably comes down on you and says, chop, chop, chop. You pull back and start all over again. Sometimes, you don't start at all.The markets seem to have caught their euphoric mood from the Asiad and surged forward to catch a glimpse of the pot o'gold at the far end. The surge was expected - the bulls have been at it for a long time - but there is more to it this time than meets the eye.With the power supply situation continuing to remain critical and the shortfall regularly crossing the 100 megawatt mark resulting in prolonged spells of load-shedding, the commonest joke in any Calcutta household was that every month they were paying for something which they never got.Never had Indians queued up so impatiently to pay up their taxes as they did at numerous customs counters for two months till December 4. And it showed that tens of thousands would do almost anything in order to own a colour television set, even pay Rs 7,000 to the Government as tax.
For sixteen drama-filled days, it had occupied centre-stage in the vast Asian continent, dominating headlines in 33 countries. And finally, it was over. When the giant flame atop Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the heart of New Delhi flickered out for the last time, it was meant to symbolise the final curtain on Asiad '82.The match of the IX Asiad, the final of the Asiad hockey tournament on December 1 between India and Pakistan, turned out to be cruelly one-sided: 70 minutes of stickwork on the blazing green astroturf and the green-shirted Pakistanis thumped the boards of the Indian goal an incredible seven times for the gold medal.History will remember the Asian Games football tournament for a reason far removed from Arab dominance - the ugly incident that soured not just the semi-final clash between North Korea and Kuwait but the smooth running of the Games.It was an acid test. The spectacular opening and the closing ceremony of the Asiad was the crucible, the country's first Asia-wide telecast, in which the Government's crash project on colour TV would be tested.It was bureaucratic bungling on a grand scale. As the tumult of the IX Asian Games subsided last fortnight it became vividly clear that the Asian Games Special Organising Committee never really knew how many guests it would have to put up.One of the more sensational sidelights of the Asiad spectacle was the report appearing in a national newspaper just after the Games concluded, that "15 to 20 cases of rape or attempted rape" had been committed since the Asiad Village opened for business on November 9.At 30, Subhabrata Basu, alias Chandan, the lean and tall only child of Jyoti Basu, the Marxist chief minister of West Bengal, is poised to become one of the archetypes of Left demonology - a self-made businessman.
Karan Singh's life, first as a prince, then a regent, and finally, as the book comes to an end, a constitutional head of state, has a dream-like quality made more poignant by recurrent nightmares.Despite legends that have grown around the 17th century Maratha ruler, Shivaji - legends of his military prowess, his prodigious valour and his fierce sense of cultural identity - it is seldom realised that he died at the comparatively young age of 50.
The news media is a mirror on society in that it reflects in greater or lesser degree what is perceived to be happening in, society at large.
In spite of pressing domestic and foreign issues, the newly-elected West German coalition Government, last fortnight, showed ample signs of continuing its foreign aid collaboration policy, specially in connection with the Third World countries, including India.At twenty-three, he was the youngest TV director at BBC and the only Asian to have been appointed a drama director, a distinction he still holds. And now, having conquered the West, Waris Hussein, 44, is finally coming home.
In the hurly-burly of the IX Asian Games being held in New Delhi, most residents and visitors missed the opening of a massive cultural import: the start of the six-week long exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art of the works of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin.The widely published duet or jugalbandi between Pandit Ravi Shankar on the sitar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan on the sarod last fortnight in New Delhi was the kind of rare event that musical history is made of.