Posted tagged ‘Satire’

Secularism

December 8, 2008

What is the similarity between a secular Muslim or a secular Hindu and an unbiased opinion?

All the three are oxymorons!!

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Gateway Of India peace march in pictures

December 5, 2008

The recent acts of terror in Mumbai have sparked strong emotions of indignation in Indians world wide. At a peace march at the Gateway of India, Mumbai on Dec 3rd, 2008, Mumbai-kars voiced their resentment in their signature satirical style.  Here are some images (courtesy my friend Mr. Sanjeet Hegde-Desai) that tell the tale of ire that the people of Mumbai feel against Indian politicians.

Refer to the glossary below for explanation about people, events, terms shown in the pictures.

Glossary

  • Raj: Raj Thackeray is the founder and president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (Maharashtra Renaissance Army), which is a regional party in the state of Maharashtra in India.
  • Mr. Deshmukh: Vilasrao Deshmukh is, now former, chief minister of the state of Maharashtra. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. He was widely criticized for taking Ram Gopal Varma to the Taj Mahal Hotel in the aftermath of the terror acts.
  • Achuthanandan: V.S. Achuthanandan, Kerala’s Chief Minister, who remarked that even a “dog” would not visit the house of NSG commando Sandeep Unnikrishnan after being denied entry into his home by the late commando’s father.
  • Ram Gopal Varma: A famous Bollywood film maker fell from grace lately after his lame attempt of remaking one of India’s cult classics – “Sholay”. The remake is called “Ram Gopal Varma ki aag” and has been widely lampooned by media and the public at large.
  • Sena:  A reference to “Shiv Sena” – a regional political party of India. Sena is the Hindi word for army.
  • Deshmurkh: A purposeful misspelling of the former chief minister’s last name. The 2 parts – “Desh” is Hindi for country and “murkh” is Hindi for unwise , or dim-witted.

See how a black woman beggar cashes in on Obama’s “change”

November 24, 2008

This morning on my way to work, I saw a black woman outside McDonald’s on Market Street begging for money. A homeless person begging in the streets of San Francisco is nothing new but the placard this woman was holding up and her ethnicity drew my attention. The sign said,

Obama gave me change, Can you?

I was wondering why a person who is smart enough to use such a message to beg, needs to beg in the first place unless this is some crazy social experiment!