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Lockdown?

Two days ago, on Saturday morning, I received a call. It was related to blood requirement for an old lady. This was not the first blood donation request that I received since lockdown started. However on earlier occasion, I was on fast and could not be of help.

Being Corona Positive

The India has been under lockdown. It is about to continue for another two weeks. It may and should continue further. 

The asynchronized work pattern and presence of kids add another dimension to it. Since kids are more prone to go out in evening and all of a sudden all their 'freedom' is curtailed, they become cranky. At such a time apart from such crankiness, we are subjected to many negative news on electronic media and social media too. Wih all this going around, it becomes difficult to remain positive.

India learning to flex trade muscle

Indian govt, after some mulling over, banned import of refined palm oil. The source country for the product being Malaysia, will see impact on indo-malaysian relationship. 

India imported around 2.5 mn tonnes of palm oil from Malaysia. In 2014, the dollar value of palm oil import from malaysia, for India, was around 2 bn USD, which has gone down in recent years. 

As such expectation was that the volume of import will go north, but geo-political scenario came into play

Fastag

Driving on  a highway is always fun. Long, uninterrupted stretches of roads; no speed breaker; no population of pedestrians to be aware of and the speed to thrill the senses. Elements of nature's beauty, on both sides of the road, work as dash of spice and the countryside view is like a fresh whiff of aroma. - alas we end up missing most of this aroma and fragrance of spice in a hurry to reach out destination. 

they are back

A group of artists has written a letter against mob mentality in India and called India Lynchistan. 

Why is no one surprised?

Because it is like Deja Vu.

Similar set of people have been making noise on India being insecure for Muslims (calling them minority, which they are not - 18-20% of population is not minority) . in 2014-15, before Bihar election, the same lobby was up in arms. The same lobby was up in arms when Delhi elections were round the corner. 

Minding the mandate

An exercise which had been going on for more than 2 months now, has come to conclusion today with declaration of result of Indian general election. 

The mandate this time calls for a re-look.

Taking people for granted

Rulers have a habit of falling into a trap that 'We are the destiny of the nation/state'. This leads to taking people for granted. But this trap finally leads to downfall. 

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