Most of the western countries, including the USA, used to think India of a country with snake charmers and ancient maharajas, where they should visit only for photo opportunities and buying some artifacts. But now, we have a US President touring India, who says he is here because he wants to create jobs back in his country. Have times changes? Or are we just fooling ourselves?
A recent poll by The Times of India showed that after the 19th Commonwealth Games got over, 82% of the Indians wanted to bid for and host Olympics. While many thought it surprising, Faking News found out that it indeed was true and many Indians supported the idea. This week’s Sunday Magazine finds out why this news has brought cheers on the faces on some Indians.
After making so much fun of the Commonwealth Games, our team is feeling very guilty and suicidal, so we decided not to cover the CWG for our Sunday Magazine. Instead, we are focusing on another alleged loot-fest that took place a couple of years back – the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The estimated size of this scam is dozens time more the whole budget of the CWG.
In the last three months or so, protests have been taking place in various parts of Kashmir valley asking for Azadi. Most of these protests are being led by Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who thinks throwing stones weighing around 5 kilos on policemen is a form of “peaceful protest”. Last time a person led an “independence movement” in the sub-continent, he had different ideas and means.
Last week saw a sting operation conducted by a British newspaper that suggested that at least three Pakistani cricketers – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – were involved in what was later termed as spot-fixing, which we thought could have been better termed as ‘match-fixing for dummies’. But whatever fixing it was, it broke the faith of many who still thought cricket was a gentleman’s game.
So a higher salary could curb corruption among our leaders? Well, some people think it will at least give them a chance to be honest, even though most of the corrupt to the core guys have been stinking rich already. But fine, maybe it will curb corruption. Then why not also give our leaders some private escorts so that… this week’s Sunday Magazine makes a point.
Last week, like many weeks before that, saw more news of alleged corruption in the organizing of the Commonwealth Games and demands for Suresh Kalmadi’s removal from the organizing committee. But Kalmadi clarified that he’d resign only if ‘his leaders’ wanted him to, and expressed confidence that he’d complete his full term, which has continued unabated for over 14 years now, and organize the games successfully.
Today is Friendship Day, without which we could have never ever understood the importance of friends and friendship in our lives. The Sunday Magazine on this day celebrates the same undying spirit of friendship and helps you relive the moments spent with your best friends, which you might have forgotten by now. Also find a couple of self-help articles on friendship and get the spice back in your life.
Last week Bihar assembly made news on international arena with a Congress MLC Jyoti Devithe reminding people of The Incredible Hulk and a hammer-throw player. Earlier such events didn’t made news as they were deemed natural and normal for Bihar legislators. In wake of these events, this week’s Sunday Magazine tries to find out if Bihar is returning to normalcy after a gap of five years.
The Foreign Minister level talks between India and Pakistan were mostly awarded zero stars by most of the critics despite powerful and dramatic dialogues delivered by the Pakistani Foreign Minister and a stoic and somber performance by his Indian counterpart. This week’s Sunday Magazine analyzes various aspects of the talks – why they failed, what could have made more interesting, and other finer aspects that are ignored by the mainstream media.