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There is something about Jairam

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  1. He once walked up to a lady in a the bar at Boston and said “Why don’t you come home with me tonight? I have cosmetically modified assests.”.
  2. In a letter to Sharad Pawar, he furiously wrote “I am not a sugarcane for you to chew and throw. I am not like the price of food that you control for you to pull up and throw down as you like. I am Ram, JaiRam”
  3. I am sure the conversation here was limited to the following three words “”Kaminey! Kaminey!! Kaminey!!!”
  4. He met this stunner in Bhopal who proved elusive to his charms and pleaded “Honey, touch me and you will find that I am not a toxic asset. Can’t you see I am 50 and still not balding “
  5. He met a sultry woman with expressive eyes in the foothills of the Himalayas one night and said “Honey, it is 20:05. My love for you will not melt unitl20:35, just like these Himalayas.”

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

February 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm


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Last night, I was tossing and turning in bed as I constipated with fear over my previous post in Italian. I was worried  whether I would have inadvertently(due to my very limited knowledge of Italian) asked Sonia Gandhi to shove that Bt.Brinjal up her posterior instead of Monsanto’s posterior.   Whenever I have such moments of self-doubt, I turn to Google, which threw up this gem.

Jack: The Italians have a saying, Lemon, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” And, although they’ve never won a war or mass-produced a decent car, in this area they are correct.

Thanks, Jack and more importantly KD !! I am adding a disclaimer to my previous post in Italian

“If the Congress workers who know Italian feel that my previous post was offensive to the Iron lady of their party and are looking for effigies to burn kindly google “Google Translate”. I get all my Italian from Google Translate and Rick Steves’ Italian Phrasebook.   Arrivederci, vigliacchi”

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

February 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm


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Dear Mr. Ramesh
I am Sudarshan.  I am writing to you with respect to the ongoing consultations  between your Ministry and the people of India regarding commercial cultivation of Bt. Brinjal. At the outset, I would like to commend you for seeking public opinion on this key decision while your fellow colleagues have been very keen to rubber stamp the approval of Bt. Brinjal.

Sir, Brinjal is a celebrated Indian vegetable and with over 2500 varieties, it represents the rich bio-diversity that symbolizes India. It is unfortunate that your Government is trying to tamper with the King of vegetables by introducing the genetically modified version of the crop.

Sir, there is a genuine belief amongst the people of India that the Government of India looks out for their safety and well-being. By introducing a food-crop that is not fully-tested and there are questions regarding its safety, you will putting a lot of lives at risk – many who have little access to information about the potential negative effects of the crop and many more with no access to quality to health-care.

The Expert Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has certified that this crop will not cross-pollinate with other non-GM varieties after assuming a planting distance of 300m. Such a large distance sounds very impractical for an Indian farm where landholdings are small and the fields are adjacent to each other.

The industry backed lobbying groups are using their advertising dollars to tell the world that there is a huge saving in moving to Bt-vareities of the crop. This is an absolute flat lie because farmers will spend a lot more on buying proprietary seeds from these companies and will be driven deeper into debt.If GM is a magic pill for the woes of the farmers, why is it that more and more farmers are committing suicide and many more are in penury even after they planted Bt.Cotton. Sir, I demand you protect the food sovereignty of India by kicking out the multinational food corporations whose profit-only approach has put many communities at risk.

Sir, most of your counterparts from Europe have banned cultivation of GM varieties and have taken strong stands against corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta hijacking the interests of the farmers and general public.I urge you to listen to the voices of the people who have attended the consultations and have overwhelmingly spoken against Bt.Brinjal.


PS: If you need references for any of these facts, kindly feel free to write back and I can provide them for you

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Indian Brinjal Plants for Sale for below market prices

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Are you dreaming of a vegetable that will keep your country self sufficient, happy and rich?

Then this is truly Indian vegetable globalized over the ages is the answer for you- Brinjal or Eggplant or Aubergine

Have about 2500 varieties of this versatile plant that are available immediately for sale. Their colors vary from white to yellow or green as well as reddish-purple and dark purple.

You can mix and match between varieties of brinjal from kotti tale badane to mattu golla to salte begun to lamudhadha badane.

All varieties are proven in treating in type 2 diabetes and has anti-rhuematic and anti-tussive properties.

Letting go of these indigenous varieties as we are moving to an unproven, unsafe and deadly brinjal variety.

These varieties have to go as soon as possible before the people become aware of the dangers of the new variety.

We are a reputed seller of native plants and will guarantee high yields, safe produce and happy farmers.

Buyer needs to come and haul it. For an extra few cents, my boss Dr.Manmohan Singh will be available to dig up the plants and load them in your state aircraft.

Serious buyers only.

If you have questions or concerns, email me,

You can also call me at +91-11-24361727or+91-11- 24363958

Jairam Ramesh

Written by Sudarshan Suresh

January 19, 2010 at 10:05 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:

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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