Just Another Day, Was It?

This November 14 (that’s Children’s Day, if you recall — birthday of India’s philosopher-politician first Prime Minister) came and went like just another day.

Oh, except just this one occurrence: ISRO’s Moon Impact Probe touched the Lunar surface at 8:30 PM IST. So, that was India’s first messenger on the Moon. I think ISRO consciously decided to coincide this with Nehru’s birthday. It all happened almost unnoticed, of course, by the media.

So, what else is new?

Well, I decided to become ‘unemployed’ effective today. But, that’s nothing that should create national or international headlines. It’s hardly stuff that headlines are made of — headlines are made of more substantive stuff like Abhishek deciding to divorce Aishwarya.

On an international note, I saw Neel Keshkari getting a lot of tough questions on Capitol Hill in a hearing before a House committee. There was Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Sarbenes and many others who were pretty worked up about Paulson taking Congress for a ride. Keshkari did a creditable job of explaining his or his department’s actions to the best of his ability.

That’s it!!!



The Future of India

Does anybody know what the future has in store for this country?

I remember slices of the millenial perspectives about India from Nehru’s Discovery of India.

Today, people of India have a vision that is of far shorter term — whether it shows their lack of vision or is merely a compulsion forced upon them by circumstance.

People of India are often only focused on the next day, the next week, the next pay hike, the next cricket match, the next Bollywood movie, the next election.