Saturday, May 31, 2008

Judge Sahib - How was Victoria Falls?

Year 2007: Chief Justice of India travels 7 times abroad, First Class, accompanied by wife- air fare cost alone is Rs 39 Lakhs. Read the fully story here.

Union Law Minister HR Bhardwaj justifies, " They also need comfort, they also need to go out. Why they should be deprived of it.'' Sure Mr Minister, if that is the case why use the garb of a conference in Pretoria, and end up at Victoria Falls! Just because it is tax payers money!

And what about government rules that say judges cannot be accompanied by wives on work tours?
The Law Minister enlightens the CNN-IBN reporter: "How can you deprive the wife? You are a woman. You should understand”. Sure Mr Minister, if a citizen flouts rule, he must be jailed by the judge, if a Judge flouts the rule - Law Minister has a ready excuse?

I can see people, spending hours trying figure out how they can save a few thousand Rs in taxes - and there i see the Judge Sahib off to Victoria Falls with their money!

Lead India Campaign - TOI - Damp Squib?

Remember the Times of India's much-hyped 'Lead India Campaign '? Yes, the same one where one Mr R.K.Misra from Bangalore was the winner.

Well what happened to it? Where is Mr R.K.Misra. I only see him occasionally in some page-3 pictures in TOI. He is not at fault. Much like everything else that Times of India (and its equally useless Times Now) does, this too was a lot of hype, little substance.

Nobody knows what was supposed to happen as a result of this campaign. Was the winner supposed to fight elections? Was he supposed to be given a party ticket by some political party? Or was this all a stunt, to make people spend some money on SMS.

'Unlock Bangalore' - this seems to be another such campaign from the same group - mostly aimed at hype and gaining some mileage from 'sexy sloganeering'.