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December 12, 2008

What’s the Difference between ‘MILITANT’ and ‘TERRORIST’ ?…BBC needs a Brain Transplant!

This opinion by Farrukh Dhondy on BBC getting it all wrong in today’s edition of DNA got me to check out as to what exactly is the Difference between ‘MILITANT’ and ‘TERRORIST’…Ironically I have referred to the Oxford English Dictionary

‘MILITANT’ is an adjective that means ‘supporting a cause in a forceful and confrontational way’ 

‘TERRORIST’ is a noun and means ‘person who uses violence and intimidation in an attempt to achieve political aims’

BBC has told it’s panelists and anchors not to use the word ‘TERRORIST’ but to say   ‘MILITANT’ instead when commenting on the recent Terrorist Strike in South Mumbai

I agree wholeheartedly with Dhondy….Methinks BBC needs a Brain Surgery…make that a Brain Transplant !

The Ten who came in by sea one Wednesday night in the last week of November 2008, audaciously attacked South Mumbai,firing indiscriminately and hurling grenades and placing RDX Bombs that killed nearly 200 innocent civilians and injured more than 300

Nine of the Ten were killed by Indian Security Forces and one was arrested…he has revealed that they had orders to kill 5000 Soft Targets and spread Fear and Panic !

Yet BBC wants us to call them ‘MILITANTS’ and not ‘TERRORISTS’ !

Is BBC the UK Government Stance too ? is this their way of appeasing Muslims in the UK who support the Kashmir Cause and who otherwise might have got alienated ?

Cause or No Cause! When you deliberately kill Soft targets of Civilians that include women and Children,you are nothing but a ‘TERRORIST’!…you’ve crossed that Thin Line in the Definitions.

Is our 26/11 any different from USA’s 9/11 except in scale !?…You rightly called Osama a Terrorist for 9/11…Now BBC,why are you applying a diffrent yardstick for the same nature of Crime for India’s 26/11 ?…Methinks you have a cause too…with a political aim…and this dictum of yours is clearly an intimidation…so should I label you too, BBC, as a TERRORIST !

And one more thought…BBC,why stop at your softening stance from ‘TERRORIST’to ‘MILITANT’ ! Go the whole hog and label these ‘TERRORISTS’ as ‘FREEDOM FIGHTERS’

And to conclude…I’m not sure what you would have called our Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose  in your Language..a ‘MILITANT’or a ‘TERRORIST’?…To us he was a ‘FREEDOM FIGHTER’ who used Non Gandhian means  read more

What’s Cooking ? Spotted Lady Head of a rival Insurance major hobnobbing with the Vice Chairman of an ADAG Group Company !

What’s Cooking ?

Was hosting a top Citibanker ( on his way out), last night at a Club in South Mumbai and greeted the Vice chairman of an ADAG Company at the reception….later in the Night he was one of the citizen panelists on a TV Debate on a leading News Channel on the Recent Terrorism Strike in Mumbai….I had given him my ticket for Shiamak Davar’s ‘I Believe’ Concert earlier this year at NCPA.

What intrigued me was that he was with the Indian Lady Head of a rival and  Major Insurance  Powerhouse and who is in contention to Head the Sponsor Banking Group early next year

Her Lady Banking colleague has just switched to head the Indian Operations of a US Financial Powerhouse and who has just announced US $ 400 Million financing for rival brother,Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance group

Is the ADA Group,through this Vice Chairman, trying to woo this Lady ? If she does switch she will be out of contention for the Main Job of heading the Bank in her Group…thus leaving the top job to be snatched by the current harried Woman who is responsible for the Bank’s Operations and who has repeatedly come on Television to reassure clients,creditors and shareholders that all is well with the bank 

Earlier this Vice Chairman was heading the Finance function of a leading Cement Company and is known as a Finance Wiz

Interesting and Intriguing and Insider Trading of sorts !…a lot at stake here  for many ! 


Dow should Dive below 8000 today as Auto Bail-Out Plan fails to pass Senate

Bankruptcy is not an Option for General Motors….but there seems no other Option…..last Night the Senate  failed to clear the Bail-out plan for Emergency Aid of  US $ 14 billion to the three Auto Majors in USA….General Motors,Chrysler and Ford

Dow closed at 8565 yesterday and is likely to dive below 8000 today….General Motors closed at US $ 4.12 and is sure to collapse today as will both the other two Majors Auto companies too

Asian Markets are all down 3% to 7% today

The Auto Alphabet in USA may well read as Automobiles…Bankrupt….Chapter 11….Detroit…………….Zero

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