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    April 20, 2004
     

    Politics


    Thanks to the Acorn, I found this column by veteran journalist and MP, Kuldip Nayar on the blatant misuse of the Rajya Sabha by political parties.

    Mr. Nayar just about touches on the solution I suggest - only Lok Sabha members must be allowed to become ministers or hold any offices of cabinet rank. Unfortunately, retrospectively applied, this means that Manmohan Singh would never have become a minister in 1991 or like Mr. Nayar says, Jaswant Singh or Pramod Mahajan in 1998. So be it. The fact that most of the members of the Rajya Sabha are elected by the MLAs obviously gives scope for misuse. Perhaps that is what needs to be modified. Maybe we could have the Rajya Sabha be constituted by industry bodies who would send in their nominees. That way industry could also be officially involved in national decisions, rather than lobbying which is what happens now. In addition we could have various persons in the fields of art, literature etc. also be nominated.

    Technology


    How fickle-minded are search engine users?

    I read somewhere that since the Chinese government uses a very extensive proxy server & firewall system to censor, monitor and control Internet access, analysts call it the Great Firewall of China. :-)




    Cricket


    The BCCSL has written to the ICC about Chris Broad, the match referee who reported Murali for chucking, socializing and "boozing with Australian cricketers" during the recent series. The board claims that these actions of Broad's were in violation of ICC rules. I wonder if the BCCSL is doing this because boozing requires a certain degree of bending of the arm, which would obviously be illegal under ICC regulations.



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