Some unrelated bits of information today.
One is about the Asiatic lion. Yes, the very one my Brattie represented at school fancy dress. Apparently the numbers are growing and the forest is actually no longer enough to hold them. Have you heard anything more uplifting in the recent past?! I am overjoyed!
On the hand – Modi is refusing to part with his beloved lions and send some to other parts of India, to other wildlife reserves, because it is apparently a matter of Gujarati ‘asmita’ (pride). As predicted, just like the Senawalas, he plays the state card. Which if you ask me, is the lowest of low strategies. Never mind that the lions have run out of space and there is a conflict with the villagers, after a lion attacked a couple of villagers. They are also running the risk of inbreeding and disease, say experts. So why exactly is the man clinging on to them and not allowing them to spread to other sanctuaries?
This is an entire species – the Asiatic lion, being held ransom by one single egomaniac. I find it very hard to understand people who put their state identity above their national one. So who is going to speak up from Gujarat and tell him to have some sense?
Modi and the MNS make me laugh. This is the MNS’ latest demand. That signboards on Bandra Promenade should be only in Marathi. They can certainly kiss their foreign tourists goodbye! Wait – this isn’t all – they also want that all ministers must speak only marathi to even foreign dignitaries – even if they can speak English or any other common language! Yet, on the other hand there is a drive to ensure that the Marathi medium schools are taught better English. I am confused. Do they know what they want?
I also came across a piece by MJ AKbar I’d like to share – about which of these three is the biggest threat to the social stability of India – greed, hatred or stupidity. Worth a read.
Finally, this is a list of colleges that are not approved. Do pass them around to friends and family who are applying to colleges so that they don’t get conned into something shady.