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Kurukshetra

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A place in Haryana where the Hindu holy book – The Bhagavd Gita was born amidst a long war. Please do not close this tab because I am not going to go “spiritual” on you.

College of Engineering in Chennai hosts its annual technical symposium called Kurukshetra. It is a rather strange but I think the by-line explains it “Battle of the minds”. Please do not close this tab because I am not going to go “technical” on you.

Incidentally, Kurukshetra 2010 has become a battle of decency, thanks to the presence of a well known human rights violator, mass murderer and a fugitive from law – Dow Chemicals. Dow Chemicals has a long list of violations, a list longer than the list of Tiger Woods girlfriends. Please do not close this tab because this is important for everyone to know.

But on top of that long list is Bhopal. It has been 25 years since the world’s deadliest industrial disaster and we are still talking about it. What does that mean? It means someone is not holding their end of the bargain.

Carbide owned the factory at the time of the gas leak. It hastily settled on some compensation with the Government without properly analyzing the long term effects of the disaster. The survivors of the disaster are in utter disarray with second generational health defects

Carbide did not clean up the factory where the gas leaked. really, I would like to know how many tenants in India will be allowed to vacate the house in an unclean state without paying for it. Carbide did.

Carbide’s CEO did not show up in court where a criminal case is still pending. This bad history has fully known to Dow but still Carbide is consumed by Dow in Dow’s greed to become a powerful chemical company and accumulate profits. Dow bought Carbide with its assets and liabilities. While Dow wants to make money out of Carbide’s patents, it does not want to pay for Carbide’s misgivings.

If you want other violations in this long list, please go here

It is a choice of decency that Anna University needs to make. Dow merely is trying to gain a foothold in India as a responsible corporation. They have tried to do this greenwashing of their malpractices at other events and have failed miserably. IIT’s have routinely said “thanks, but no thanks” to Dow Chemicals and recently The Hindu, also a Chennai based institution gave back Dow dollars. US universities are divesting out of Dow. It is beyond me why Anna University cannot do the same. If they do the right thing by pulling out and there is a shortfall, I am more than certain that their alumni and people in the community will pitch in to bridge the difference.

College of Engineering at Anna University – Do the right thing. Dump your Dow. Justice before Business.
After all, the triumph of truth and justice was really the message at Kurukshetra.

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I am adding this after this woeful justification for the sponsorship given by the University. This was published in the Deccan Chronicle.

“However, university vice-chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar told this newspaper they cannot reject the sponsorship.
“They have been sponsoring Kurukshetra for the last four years. Further, I think Dow Chemical has no direct connections with Bhopal gas tragedy,” he said.

Really? REALLY? It should not be protested because you have been doing this for 4 years. Mr. Mannar, if you are about to discipline a student for copying and he comes to you with a justification that he should not be disciplined because he has been copying for 4 years. Will you let him go scot-free? If you will let him go scot-free, can you announce it in a press release tomorrow to your students.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Let it be Brinjal BT

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“While in India, live like an American” is the mantra for a lot of urban “educated” Indians who crave for all things used and thrown by the Americans. Coming to a market near you is the latest and probably the gravest in this series of obsessions – Bt. Brinjal.

Bt.Brinjal is not a pseudonym for Brinjal like Aubergine and Eggplant are. So, kindly raise your threat level to red. Bt.Brinjal is produced through a joint venture by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company, Monsanto and possibly Satan. Bt stands for Bacillus thuringiensis is a soil bacterium that has insecticidial properties. Seed corporations have inserted this gene into crops to make them resistant to pests.

Brinjal is a crop indigenous to India and there are a number of different varieties. Environ”mentals” fear that the Bt.crop will destroy the rich bio-diversity of India. The farmers do not want Bt crop because they have to buy seeds every year from a corporation and cannot save their seeds. It will increase their costs of farming. They also have some fears associated with Non Bt crops cross pollinating with Bt.crops, blah blah. blah. As well informed middle class, we are well informed that our farmers are not farmers, they are framers. They frame arguments and put them forth in a hard to ignore manner just to usurp our tax payer money that can be well spent in providing subsidies for malls with air-conditioned nails spa.

As an highly educated upper class ego-centric male I am only bothered about myself and my out of shape paunch. My only concern is whether it is safe for human consumption. Can still have my stuff myself with stuffed brinjal curry, Baigan Bharta, eggplant Parmesan while the farmers and the environment die their slow deaths?

I read a few well researched reports that say that there is no solid proof that this crop is fit for human consumption. So while Tendulkar is tearing the bowling to shreds in the post-lunch session, you might miss it all because the Brinjal had an adverse effect on your digestive system. There will be no labeling to seperate the Bt. Brinjal from non-Bt.Brinjal too. So why the heck is the Government introducing it?

Apparently, the 30 member committee advising the Ministry of Environment and Forests which approved the crop is a body that is for, by and of the corporations. But thanks to the effigy burning, traffic jam causing protests, there is a window of opportunity.

Jairam Ramesh, the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, and a man who is perfectly suited to play Brinjal in any theater play, is holding public consultations to hear public opinion about Bt.Brinjal. Ladies and Gentleman, we need to do some “brinjalizing”

Since this is the first Bt vegetable, let us mobilize and demand more detailed analysis and greater accountability. We need to fight this as a community. Do not stay at home and change your facebook status to “Purple” and feel satiated. Turn off your TV sets and internet machines and storm these public consultations. Take along a friend or a family member. Urge Bt.Brinjal come to us as Brinjal BT [Brinjal-Been Tested]

Kolkata 13 January 2010
Bhubaneswar 16 January 2010
Ahmedabad 19 January 2010
Hydrabad 22 January 2010
Bangalore 23 January 2010
Nagpur 27 January 2010
Chandigarh 30 January 2010

If you are interested in reading more or seeing more, here is a good movie by Mahesh Bhatt. Yes, the same Mahesh Bhatt who made “Murder”

Poison on a Platter: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4687000/12525766

You can leave me a comment and I can send more material your way, if you are interested in reading more.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

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Nunc Pro Tunc

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If the heading does sound like Greek and Latin to you, it is Latin. It means “Now for Then”. I am returning to blogging with a promise to myself that I will blog at least once a day. The foolish reaffirmation is partly due to my own inclination to be a writer some day and partly due to the hangover from a cheesy movie I watched in the airplane called “Julie and Julia”.

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December 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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The one that matters

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Of all the pieces, that I have read about the terror attacks and media coverage surrounding it, this is the one that really matters.

 Hotel Taj : icon of whose India ? Gnani Sankaran- Tamil writer, Chennai | OpenSpace

Hotel Taj : icon of whose India ? Gnani Sankaran- Tamil writer, Chennai

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December 3, 2008 at 12:04 am

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Partners in Deep Sorrow

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I have a new friend. Just like me, this person drowned himself in alcohol last Tuesday after hearing the election news results. We both drunk and hungover mourning the loss of Sarah Palin and the other dude who was on her ticket. While I drank and watched Nailin Palin all night long, my new friend who has a job as the editor of a newspaper, took up the revenge mission a notch higher and did this

Newspaper Omits Obama Win / News 4, Your News Leader, 4 Warn Desktop Alert, Dothan, Wiregrass, WTVY Marketplace

The Sapulpa Daily Herald printed Wednesday’s paper like any other day.

Except for one omission….no mention that Barack Obama won presidential election.

One paragraph on the front page did report the majority of Creek County voted for McCain.

Bravo, my friend!!! I am going to find this editor and add him as my best budy in facebook or send him some tweets through twitter. As a tribute to this great deed, I am going to blogroll the newspaper. Find them in the “I Support” section of my blogroll.

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November 11, 2008 at 11:24 am

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Yes I Can

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With all due respect to effect blogging has had on these elections, I personally think blogging is not rocket science but is a nightmare because one has to think 24/7 to be absolutely fairly unique and at the end of the day, my writing shouln’t of be any replication of someone else.

If you smell incoherency, I was trying to follow some advice from the word-a-nistas at Oxford.

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November 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm

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Hats Off – Hindi

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The Election season is over. In all the euphoria, we should not forget the tremendous contribution of  the Hindi Language to this election. We lent the English language the most important word of this election season. People loved it when it was convenient and hated when it was not but the effect of the word can never be understated. Ladies, Gentlemen and everyone in between, I am calling this election for the word – “PUNDIT”

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November 5, 2008 at 11:37 am

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Deceptive Packaging

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10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know – Yahoo! News

10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

The one thing you need to know and this is the only thing that you need to know- whatever you are eating everyday from the mainstream food industry, it is junk and not food.

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October 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

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Versatility is one of your outstanding traits

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Colin Powell might have played the race card in the back by supporting Obama but here is an endorsement to energize the republican base of McCain.

Al-Qaeda Supporters Endorse McCain

“This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier,” the message said. “Then, al-Qaida will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush.”

Can it get any better than this for the war mongering base. The enemy has picked you to fight with him. Doesn’t it mean you are the chosen one?. Rally once more around stupidity. 

Two Quit Call Center Jobs Over Anti-Obama Robocalls

At least two people have quit their jobs at call centers over scripts that accuse Barack Obama of working closely with Bill Ayers.

Haven’t these jobs been outsourced yet? Check out this story in Washington Post on how efficient Indian call centers are…

At Indian Call Centers, Another View of U.S. – washingtonpost.com

Under the pseudonym Carol Miller, Chaturvedi’s ability to deftly work around the standard line, “The check is in the mail,” is now being challenged by clients throwing out new responses: “How do you expect me to pay? This is the worst crisis since the Great Depression.”

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October 22, 2008 at 10:14 am

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A well-directed imagination is the source of great deeds

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Palin galvanizes Democratic Party base | Politics | Reuters

“When Palin’s radical and extremist views are combined with her inexperience and questionable record, it makes for an energizing brew more potent than Red Bull,”

She is not a pitbull! She is a Red Bull!!!!!

Palin Clothes Spending Has Dems Salivating, Republicans Disgusted

Palin Clothes Spending Has Dems Salivating, Republicans Disgusted

I think this should only tell us one thing- the Democrats have a poor taste of women.

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

October 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

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