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మారాము! మారామా! మారాలా!

June 10, 2008

మనం చూస్తుండగానే విమానయానం లో ఎన్ని మార్పులు? ఒకప్పుడు ఇండియన్ ఐర్‌లైన్స్, ఐర్ ఇండియా తప్ప భారతీయులకు మరోకటి గత్యంతరం లేని పరిస్థితి నుంచి, మా విమానం, కాదు మా విమానం ఎక్కండంటూ పోటీ పడుతున్న, ఎన్నో విమాన సంస్థలదాకా కలిగిన పరిణామం, ప్రయాణీకులకు వరమై, విమాన టికెట్ మధ్య తరగతి వారికి కూడా అందు బాటు లోకి వచ్చిందనటం లో అతిశయోక్తి లేదు. వీరి మధ్య పోటీ, వారి ప్రకటనలలో కూడా విస్ఫష్టం. ఈ విమాన సంస్థల పోటీ ప్రకటనల hoardings చూడండి. వాటిలోని, సృజనాత్మకత కు అబ్బురపడాల్సిందే.

This is a hoarding Jet Airways put at a busy road in Mumbai (bandra road )

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AFTER A FEW DAYS …

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అమెరికా! ఎవరెంత తింటున్నారో తెలుసా?

May 30, 2008

ఈ మధ్య భూషయ్య గారు సెలవిస్తూ, అమెరికా లో పెరిగిపోతున్న నిత్యావసర వస్తువుల ధరలకు కారణం,భారత్ మరియు చైనా దేశాలలో అక్కడి వారు ఎక్కువ తినడమే కారణమన్నారు.స్వామి రాందేవ్ గారు కూడా, భారతీయులు అవసరానికి మించి తింటున్నారని సెలవిచ్చారు. ఒకసారి ప్రపంచ దేశాలలో,ఎవరెంత తింటున్నారో చూద్దామా?

GERMANY:
The Melander family of Bargteheide  – 2 adults, 2 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

UNITED STATES:
The Revis family of North Carolina   – 2 adults, 2 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

JAPAN:
The Ukita family of Kodaira City   – 2 adults, 2 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

ITALY:
The Manzo family of Sicily  – 2 adults, 3 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

MEXICO:
The Casales family of Cuernavaca  – 2 adults, 3 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

POLAND:
The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna  – 4 adults, 1 teenager
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

EGYPT:
The Ahmed family of Cairo  – 7 adults, 5 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

ECUADOR:
The Ayme family of Tingo  – 4 adults, 5 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

BHUTAN:
The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village  – 7 adults, 6 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

CHAD:
The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp  – 3 adults, 3 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

ఎవరెంత తింటున్నారో చూసారుగదా? భారత్ లో ఇద్దరు పెద్దలు, ఇద్దరు teenagers ఉన్న సగటు, మధ్యతరగతి కుటుంబం వారానికి ఎంత ఖర్చు పెడుతుందో, మీరే అంచనా వెయ్యండి. భూషయ్య చెప్పింది, ఎంత సత్యదూరమో మీకే తెలుస్తుంది.

Source of info of various countries: Internet

బంగ్లాదేష్ లో ఏమి జరుగుతోంది?

August 26, 2007

బ్లాగులులలో, ప్రధాన వార్తా మాధ్యమాలలో దొరకని వార్తలు కూడా లభ్యమవుతున్నాయని, మనం గతంలో పలు మార్లు తెలుసుకొన్నాము. ఇప్పుడు బంగ్లా లో ఉన్న పరిస్తితుల పై ,సరికొత్త బ్లాగు చూడండి.

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The Barren Banana Tree

Singapore Airlines warned of “protests by university students developing in Dhaka” as we boarded the plane. But emails from Delower and Rahnuma during the brief stopover in Singapore talked of the curfew in place in the six main cities. This was no longer a small skirmish in Dhaka University. Joshim was going to be at the airport with my accreditation card and we would try and find a way back home.

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Students at Dhaka University under teargas attack, throwing bricks at police. 22 August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh © Munir uz Zaman/DrikNews

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Students at Dhaka University shielding themselves with sheets of tin, during fights with police. Photographer anonymous.

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Protesting students gather at Dhaka University campus during violent clashes with police. Photographer anonymous.

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Student hit by police shotgun bullet being carried away by fellow students. Photographer anonymous.

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Enraged students burn a car at the Teacher’s Student’s Centre (TSC). Photographer anonymous.

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Members of Dhaka University Teacher’s Association protesting against the attacks on campus by police and army, and demanding withdrawal of the state of emergency. Two of the teachers in the front row have since been arrested. 22 August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh © Munir uz Zaman/DrikNews

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Rocketing prices of essentials create extreme distress for people with low earnings, like the people pictured in the foreground. The military of Bangladesh, which has not had to fight since the birth of the nation in 1971, has in the meanwhile, had increasing budgetary allocations in each successive regime. Numerous allegations about corruption in military purchase, has gone uninvestigated. 22 August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh © Munir uz Zaman/DrikNews

The government had taken all mobile networks off the air. With only official press releases for information, the person in the street was in for a rough time. It was easy to find Joshim in the empty car park. Only the occasional long distance truck plied VIP road. I put the video camera on record mode, but relied on my less conspicuous LUMIX to photograph the empty streets. Though I stopped on the Mohakhali flyover to take pictures, I was nervous when the RAB vehicles passed below. There was never a good time for being arrested, but this was as wrong a time as it could get.

Aaasteeey! The policeman strode over lazily. Ki bapar? I did have my card dangling from my neck, and from previous experience, used my confident, ‘I belong here’ approach. That usually worked best with low tier security people.

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The Mohakhali Junction, one of Dhaka’s busiest traffic spots, is empty on the night of the 22nd August, when the government called an indefinite curfew. Dhaka Bangladesh. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/MajorityWorld

I’d stopped to take pictures by the near-empty Tejgaon rail station. Stepping carefully through the people sleeping on the floor, I came up to Shahjahan and Neela. Unaware of the curfew, they had brought their sick child Shamim from Tangail, but got stranded in Tejgaon. There was no food, no doctor, no place to sleep, no way of knowing how long this would go on. Each visit to the toilet cost 5 Taka.

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Stranded passengers at Tejgaon Railway Station, sleep on the floor. 22 August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/MajorityWorld

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Shahjahan and Neela tend to their sick child Shamim, whom they had brought to Dhaka for treatment. Along with other stranded passengers at Tejgaon Railway Station, the family had no food or drink, or a place to sleep. 22 August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/MajorityWorld

The next checkpost was slightly more hostile, but the expired accreditation card dangling from my neck was working overtime. We passed without much harassment. Dropping Joshim home, I went past the Shonar Bangla Market in Karwan Bazaar. The busy market place had a haunted look. No cackle of chickens, haggling for prices, or calls from vendors. Just one man counting loose change.

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Shonar Bangla Market at Karwan Bazaar is one of the busiest market places in Dhaka. The shops are empty on the night of 22nd August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/MajorityWorld

The brightly lit Square Hospital in Panthapath stood out in the dark. Government orders to turn down the lights after dusk to save electricity was presumably for commoners only. The street was empty, but this time as I approached with my camera police converged from all directions. I fumbled a bit, but recovered in time to get one shot. This was not the time to look for best angles. Rattling off important sounding words like ministry of information, and dropping the occasional names I could think of, I got into the car and drove off before the uniformed men had gathered their wits. A government adviser’s business interests in Square Pharmaceuticals – while undeclared – was well known. Students had already attacked the building the previous day. The approaching police knew whose business interests to protect.

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The Square Group, one of the wealthiest business enterprises in Bangladesh owns the Square Hospital. Government regulations prohibit the excess use of electricity and non-essential shops are required to close by 8 pm. Several people were killed by the police when they came out in protest, demanding adequate electricity. The Square Group is owned by the family of one of the advisers of the caretaker government. 22 August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh. © Shahidul Alam/Drik/MajorityWorld

The road through Dhanmondi was eerie. The women who walked the streets near Abahani playground were nowhere to be seen. Like the many others who struggled to make a living, they too would not be earning tonight.

The junction near ULAB was scarred by burnt tyres. The convoy of police vans deterred me from getting my camera out and I turned into road 4A. It was time to go home. Kamaler Ma, Joigun, Zohra and Rahnuma were all up waiting. With the mobile network off, they didn’t have any news about me. There must have been others in many more homes who were up worrying.

Rahnuma and I talked of the events over the last two days, of the army camp in Dhaka University. Of a soldier slapping a student. Of the vice chancellor (acting) being beaten up by police. This had never happened before, not even during the Ayub or Ershad military regimes. The reference to ‘evil doers’ in the chief adviser’s speech to the nation was worryingly close to the ‘axis of evil’. Independent media channels were then still defiant. That night the information adviser advised the media to practice ’self censorship’.

Despite their claims, this government had never been called in by the people. We had no say in who the advisers would be. It was not military rule the people had welcomed, but the cessation of violence and the fear of further anarchy if the rigged elections were held. Banana trees would have made equally good replacements. However, banana trees would not have sold national interests. Closed down environmentally-friendly jute mills. Made slum dwellers homeless, or tortured and killed adibashis protesting the military acquisition of their ancestral lands. So while there was initial relief, as the price of essentials soared, news of nepotism and the partisan manner in which Jamaat -e-Islami was being shielded soon made people realise this banana tree would never bear fruit, let alone run a government.

Warrantless arrests by plainsclothes army under the cover of curfew. Dissenting teachers picked up in the middle of the night. Making threats to independent channels ETV and CSB are hardly the character of a saviour government pledged to the return of democracy. As the behind-the-scene military decides it will now take centre stage. As Bangladeshis realise that a democratically elected autocratic government has simply been replaced by an unelected autocratic one, the tune in the streets is changing.

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Symbols of fascist oppression drawn on university road. 21st August 2007. Dhaka Bangladesh © Munem Wasif/DrikNews

Multiple demands of students and teachers have been whittled down to one – withdraw emergency rule. Underground pamphlets are spreading like wildfire. With the Internet down, text messages are filling up the ether. The information adviser’s suave statements to the media faltered as he snapped, “why such a fuss about a slap or two?”

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“In unprecedented scenes, soldiers in uniform were seen being chased out of the Dhaka university campus by students. In two days, the myth of the army’s omnipotence was all but laid to rest.” BBC. Photographer Anonymous.

The US has declared support for the chief adviser’s statement. What he lacks is the support of the people.

August 24th, 2007 Posted by shahidul | Bangladesh | No Comments