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Ab Ki Bari, Atal Bihari!

Varsha Bhosle delivers another fine dose of sarcasm

Varsha Bhosle's latest column is titled Ab Ki Bari, Atal Bihari!. It is an absolutely interesting read if you are into India's politics or foreign policy. Why is it interesting? It has a refreshing dose of sarcasm that is so sadly absent from writers these days.

“Nehru, Shastri, Gandhi — all made crucial compromises in chasing the chimera of “durable peace.” Evidently, it is a national characteristic that shows no signs of petering out. For, Ab Ki Bari, Atal Bihari!”

I don't understand why our PM has to follow in the footsteps of the Nehru family. India's northern border is not where magnanimity should be shown. Definitely not to Pakistan and China. Opening the Nathu La pass against army's counsel may make headlines in the outside world, about a successful trip to China. But, this is such a bad idea for future. Everyone knows what happened a while after Nehru exclaimed “Hindu-Chini bhai bhai”.

Makes me wonder if there should be civilian control of our armed forces. Lives of jawans shouldn't used at the whims and fancies of people sitting in the comfort of government mansions in far away New Delhi.

OT: Why is google the best search engine? Here's one reason, if you are a Malayali.

  1. Maybe for the benefit of U.S. readers, you could explain what "Ab Ki Bari" means.

    Posted by: Tom on July 3, 2003 01:22 PM
  2. I believe (I'm not a native Hindi speaker:-)) it translates to "now, it is your turn".

    Posted by: Babu on July 7, 2003 06:21 PM
  3. yes why not they have to ability do this but they will improve fist their system utility. i think their more space to work them.
    i request to our hon. prime minister to talk with them personally.if they think me to be..

    Posted by: Vijay kumar sharma on February 6, 2004 11:30 PM