Wednesday, 5 September 2007

It happens only in India

Moni Kumar Subba, the Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam, has for 16 years lied that he is an Indian. The truth is he is a Nepalese, and he is a criminal.
A report by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says Subba is a Nepali national originally named Moni Raj Limbo, who escaped from the Illam prison in Nepal while serving sentence for murder.
Subba has always insisted that he is not Limbo though his brother and father use the surname. But Subba himself has given his game away.
In an affidavit filed before the Tezpur magistrate’s court on October 3, 1985, the politician admitted that Moni Raj Limbo and Moni Kumar Subba are the same person.
Subba was a building contractor then and signed the affidavit to get payment for bills issued under his earlier name of Moni Raj Limbo. And there is more evidence to suspect that Moni Raj Subba and Moni Raj Limbo are the same person.
Subba recently told the Supreme Court that he was born in Dabgram in West Bengal on March 16, 1958, but CNN-IBN found that the MP’s passport issued on July 5, 1993 says he was born in Harmoty in Lakhimpur district of Assam.
Then again if Subba was born in Dabgram, West Bengal, why did he tell the XII Lok Sabha that he was born in Tezpur in Assam, on March 16, 1951—that is the date which appears in his profile on the Lok Sabha website.
Subba’s affidavit before the Supreme Court, his passport and the birth date on the Lok Sabha’s website are lies but yet no action has been taken against the politician.
In March 2007, after CNN-IBN exposed Subba, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee ruled that the Lok Sabha didn’t have the authority to sack the MP.
Subba, escaped convict from Nepal, remains Honourable MP in India.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Enna kodumai sir ithu...

Recently, chennai based Dr.MGR university issued D.Litt(Doctorate) to 'Illayathalapathi' Vijay & Director Shankar. Here is abstract from the university founder AC.Shanmugam...

"Why we have chosen Especially Actor Vijay when there are many other heroes in cinema industry? The main reason for He being chosen is, he has delivered the message that parents are more important than love in the movie Kadhalukku Mariyadhai and also for accepting and taking up the suggestive roles in movies like Love today and Sivakasi, said A.C. Shanmugam. He is also Honered with this Doctorate because he is a middle class and not into politics , he said. Same like, Director Shankar is also honored with Doctorate for which he has brought new technics and broke the record by directing the movie Sivaji which the Tamil movies has not done before, he added. It seems they also took the other movie of Director Shankar into count."

However, the very next day Vijay appealed to his fans to avoid using 'doctor' before his name.

"Whoever calls me 'doctor', you my fans should not. I want to remain your intimate Vijay," the actor said at a function here to mark the 126th day of Pokkiri.

Coming to our topic, I don't find or accept the above reason to give a D.Litt to these personalities. In few years, like any other degrees(BE, M.Tech, etc.,.), I'm sure that D.Litt will lose its creditability. Who got popular due to this title - receiver or university ? I don't think this is good benchmark to issue D.Litt. To avoid these kind of illogical honors : 'Why not the govt imposes ban on issuing D.Litt by private or deemed universities'.? Let me know your thoughts.