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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Open URLs and send emails with ease using Text2Link

Recently installed this nifty add-on in Firefox & Thunderbird – makes me miss Opera even less :).

Installing the Text2Link Add-on in Firefox & Thunderbird enables features similar to Opera’s Go to Web Address, but with better implementation IMO.  Allows you to select & open a link, even if the URL is not marked with HTML tags & is simply posted as text.

Why better than what Opera does

  • You get the option of selecting where you want the URL to open – same tab, new tab or a new window.
  • You also need not highlight the exact URL to open it
  • If a URL is anchored around a text it allows you to copy the text with a single click.

Take for example this link provided on this page.

Text2Link add-on

The URL provided in the page is posted as simple text. Having Text2Link lets you open the page by simply highlighting the part containing the URL & then choosing whether you’d like to open the page in a new/same tab or window.

Text2Link Add-on

Similarly, the add-on for Thunderbird, allows you to just highlight the email id & select the option to send the address an email, thereby opening up Thunderbird’s compose window, even if the address does not follow proper email address syntax [though there is a limit to which it can recognize email ids not following proper syntax].

A useful add-on as it is, a welcome addition to its features would be the ability to open multiple  URLs by simply highlighting them & choosing the option to open them – have mailed the developer about this :).

Add-on for Thunderbird

Add-on for Firefox


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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Get a free license for eXpert PDF Pro software

Expert PDF Pro 5 Avanquest Software, UK is giving away free licenses to use their otherwise commercial software, eXpert PDF Pro. The software lets you manage, create and edit PDF files with ease, besides having a fully functional PDF reader of its own. The complete set of features may be viewed here. It even comes with a good piece of review.

You will first have to register with them after which you will be able to view your license key.

Catch: the license is for version 5 of the software, the latest version 6 having already been released. Nevertheless, a versatile software the older version too is, as I find out.

Here is the direct link to download the file. Registration is still necessary, though, to receive the license.


Sunday, August 02, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in Thunderbird colours

Doesn’t matter that the dates for mass producing the Lightnings have been pushed back by two years [which itself was a date that pushed back 4 years from the initial estimate of 2010]. Even as people are closely following the development and testing cycle of the F-35 with all its delays and criticisms [some warranted, most not], CGI gurus at Lockheed Martin have created some awesome imageries of the Joint Strike Fighter in Thunderbird colours.

Me thinks, it may have something to do with placating, restoring confidence and boosting the sagging morale of a lot of American jingos with the sheer awesomeness of the images. All in all a brilliant PR-boosting exercise.

Indulge yourself in a feast of sheer visual delight :D.

Click in the thumbnail to view bigger-sized images

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Thunderbird

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The Blue Angels too have been visualized flying the F-35 C


Original link


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yada….Yada….Yada…Blah….Blah….Blah OR why I had not been online for the last few months

Maverick is re-engaging - Why am I reminded of this line is a no-brainer – its a line from TOP GUN!!. However why did this line pop out of the cranium the moment my Internet connection had been restored is a matter that is yet to be explained to the satisfaction of the major portion of the adult me, save for that tiny little corner of my brain that feeds some of my wildly over-the-top, juvenile fantasies.

Yet, as things stand, after nearly two months without an Internet connection at home, I got myself an Internet connection. There is a change in my ISP though. I am no longer able to receive the Internet service from my beloved sarkari ISP, BSNL with its virtually unlimited data transfer Plan 500 connection & its blazing fast [in hindsight and comparison :(] 2 Mbps connectivity. I have now become an extremely unhappy customer of Tata Indicom’s broadband service with its apparently unlimited data transfer plan being served to me at a torturous 256 kbps crawl.

The reason for this absence from the online world has been primarily due to our shifting of residence. After having lived more than 15 years in the previous location, we were quite compelled to look for another another apartment. As the cliché, however clichéd, yet completely apt, goes - Its biggest advantage became the very reason why we decided to re-locate. The area, as time passed, turned from the cosy, laid-back residential locality it was, into a loud, vibrant and flourishing [from the looks of it] commercial destination. Pretty much everything that one needed was available to us at a distance of no more than 2-3 minutes of travel on foot. That place now houses some of the biggest stores and showrooms, both in terms of brand and size, along with the numerous big and small commercial establishments that invariably open up around these biggies. A first time visitor to that place would be forgiven for thinking that the place is hosting a walk-in plaza that day, every day. Convenience of availability was best exemplified by that area.

Yet it was this very reason which prompted us to re-locate. The large number of people visiting my uber-convenient area had made living there a bit of a inconvenience – frequent traffic jams on the road & impromptu honking competitions that the stuck-in-the-jam drivers engaged in along with frequent discovery that some of these visitors took liberties of parking his[mostly her] vehicle inside our housing complex [every watchman hired turned out to be nincompoops :(], and then engaging in a leisurely, long-drawn out session of retail therapy. As if this wasn’t bad enough, as I frequently discovered, these buffoons often drove their vehicles right inside our reserved parking area. Returning from college/office, waiting for the vehicle’s owner to return and oblige us by removing his/her vehicle from inside our reserved parking area, was definitely not  an infrequent ritual – humans can be really stupid and irritating.

One positive outcome of this exercise, though, was that these experiences did wonders to our patience and self-control, enough to outshine any career Zen Master, I’m sure. Extremely happy living with our normal, materialistic, worldly lives and having no intention of bettering the Zen masters & depriving them of their fame and mystique, we decided to look for a new apartment in a still residential locality.

Fortunately my folks found this place that was still under construction then, a few minutes [2 minutes 47 seconds under ideal conditions – precision displayed by an almost-Engineer :D] from our then residence [it still is ours, in a way]. To future-proof the house from any eventual metamorphosis of that area also into a commercial hotspot, folks decided to buy the apartment on the sixth floor and a little away from the main road, where the sound from ground level reduces by a fair bit.

We moved into the place in the last week of April, just around a month before my exams were to commence. A combination of excitement of living in a new house and the academic pressure brought on by an impending exam looming over the horizon, ensured that time passed in the blink of an eye, leaving me with no time to miss the absence of an Internet connection at home.

Almost immediately after my exams got over as I was contemplating applying for an Internet connection, Providence got better of me, to ensure I had no real need of an Internet connection even during my 3-week long vacation. It involved me being made busy with the hospital affairs of members both from my immediate and extended families in near quick succession. God’s mysterious ways ensured that their stay in the hospital was fruitful and outcome pleasant and my vacation spent in the company of doctors and nurses, many of them visual delights, if I may add ;).

As for our new house – living on the sixth floor does have its charms – got a decent sized view from the balconies [or terraces, as the builder would like us to believe]. But the wind speed tends to get unmanageable occasionally.

But the biggest problem/inconvenience that we [actually just me] faced after moving here was having to surrender our existing landline, which also provided us with our Internet connection, something that we had for the last 14 years or so. The biggest irony of it was that we actually moved closer to our Telephone exchange in this house. Unfortunately, for us, our builder, in all his wisdom set up a DID telephone exchange in the building. So now even though we are still being served by the same BSNL telephone exchange as before, we could no longer use our old telephone number. No real loss in terms of staying in touch with people, thanks in no small measure to the cell phone. What really irks me, though is the absence of BSNL’s broadband connection. Its Plan 500 was heaven sent – a decent 2 Mbps speed, along with 2.5 GB of permissible data transfer, sufficient for all my normal surfing needs. But the best part lay in its happy hour clause – every day between 0200-0800, any data transfer that took place would not be charged for. So peole were free to do as much downloading and uploading one could manage without any though of an exorbitant bill at the end of the month. As I found out, often my monthly data transfer would reach nearly 75 GB, all for wonly 500 bucks [little more than 10 dollars USD] – the closest I’ve ever come to experiencing utopia.

Now with with our hi-fundoo DID exchange in the basement not having the required equipment to provide BSNL’s broadband Internet connection, some sort of crappy tie-up has been arranged for with Tata Indicom to provide the residents with a joke of an Internet connection. Got my connection last week & have already called up their tech support 5 times to complain about the lack of connectivity – that is more than the number of times I have had to call up BSNL in the 4 years I was their customer – and in most cases, as we would eventually find out, it was due to some snapping of the undersea cable that disrupted my connection. Even when I do mange to get a connection, the experience leaves me pulling out my hair out of my head, which anyway earlier had started showing signs of a receding hairline [a great cause of worry for my mother, who worries that my marriage prospects would get deprecated in proportion to my receding hairline :D]. 700 MB files that earlier took no more than 70-90 minutes to download from the bittorrent network, especially when there were 1000+ seeders took me 8 hours to do so and that too with 5000+ seeders. Having always experienced speeds that would be measured in kbps, I now see many of the speeds of file transfer being shown in bps arrrghh!!!! :(. Asking him about the prospects of getting a BSNL broadband connection, comes with his standard template reply – should happen in a month – for the past 3 months. As if this was not enough, I now pay 700 bucks to endure the torture. My unsolicited advice to people looking to get themselves an Internet connection – Don’t take your connection from Tata Indicom.

Not having checked my mail for 3 months left me with a deluge of mails to be checked. Overwhelmed by the scale of the task , I took the easy way out – I deleted them all. So if you had been one of those who had mailed me in the last few months, but received no reply, then I’d like to apologize for the absence of my reply. If it was important, then do send it again and it shall be responded to promptly.

As I realised, I got to submit an assignment paper on Design for Assembly tomorrow [actually in little more than 9 hours], and I have no clue what it is all about. I think I got to get a little serious with my studies, at least now that I am in the final year [a resolution I make at the beginning of every academic year only to break it within a month of making it]. Will do some digging around for my assignment.

I started a Youtube channel. Might want to check it out – Luptonga.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Download Corel Paint Shop Pro X for free

If you like playing with and editing images, then you’d like this bit of news – Corel is letting you download  and use their Paint Shop Pro software for free.

It is a slightly older version of their exisiting software - Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2, but still is a pretty worthy and powerful software, so said my friends who are into graphics designing and photo editing stuff.

Using it would require you to register for free with Corel, something  you would be prompted to do at the start of the program.

Download your free copy of Paint Shop Pro X version 10.10 from here.

Alternatively, here is the direct link to the file.

You may disable the reminder screen that prompts you to upgrade to the latest version of the software, every time you close the program, by following the instruction given here.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

India 2009

Starting tomorrow, for the next one month, the world’s largest democracy begins the process of deciding who is to lead this wonderful nation for a period of five years.

Cliches notwithstanding, it is indeed pretty much in our hands how our country’s future shapes up based on who comes to power.

So if you are an Indian, love your country and are eligible to vote, then just....

Friday, April 03, 2009

F-16 Thunderbirds Wallpapers

Some images of the F-16 Thunderbirds that I’ve been using as my desktop wallpaper. The Thunderbirds are the USAF’s Aerial Aerobatics team, similar to IAF’s Suryakirans. In fact, IIRC the Suryakirans and Thunderbirds are two of the only three Aerobatics team that regularly performs 9-aircraft formation flying, the other being RAF’s Red Arrows.

Bharat Rakshak’s page on The Suryakirans.

Click on the images to open larger sized images.

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All images courtesy


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Friday, March 20, 2009

Watch Aero India 2009 webcasts

You can watch some of the recorded webcasts of the lectures delivered during the Aero India 2009 Air Show.

Aero India 2009 Webcast

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Though I’ve yet to watch the full lectures, some lectures that I found very interesting and am planning to watch tonight:

Indian AEW&C in the global perspective by Dr. S Chrisptopher

F-16 E/F Automatic Terrain Following Development by Mr. William A Flynn

New challenges in Aeronautics [TSAGI Technological Capabilities] by Dr. Sergey Chernyshev

Fghters in the long war by Bill Sweetman

Adaptive materials and Aero Structures : Revolutionising Aerospace systems by Dr. Ronald Barrett

Dr V.K Saraswat too had given a lecture whose webcast is available – it is a keeper IMO.

These webcasts are being streamed by 24 frames digital, a company that provides Video streaming service to different organizations.

You can also view some other webcast for which they had provided their services.

Note: Found some difficulty viewing the videos in Firefox and Opera. Solved it by using windows and opening the URL in Internet Explorer.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What Handgun are you?


I am a: Heckler and Koch, Model P7 in 9mm
Firearms Training


Heckler & Koch P7 PSP 9mm

Some info from H&K website

The extremely compact HK P7M8 can be drawn, cocked, and fired accurately, faster than any other pistol. With an overall length and width close to many .380 pocket pistols, the full-power 9mm P7M8 has a full-length four-inch barrel enclosed in its low profile steel slide.

The unique HK cocking lever allows the P7M8 to be carried safely with a round in the chamber, yet it is ready to fire by the intentional squeezing of the fingers around the grip. Releasing the cocking lever decocks the P7M8 immediately and renders it completely safe.

The P7M8 gas system retards the movement of the recoiling slide during firing and eliminates the need for a conventional locking mechanism or heavy slide. The low profile slide contributes to the balanced center of gravity and compact size of the P7M8.

Made of high-grade steel, the low profile slide keeps the recoiling mass as small as possible. Combined with the optimal grip angle of 110°, the result is a compact, accurate, and low recoil pistol well suited to civilian and law enforcement users.


Saturday, February 07, 2009

Create fonts from handwriting using Your Fonts

You can add a personal touch to documents you type out and print by using a font that replicates your own handwriting [provided you got a handwriting that that is legible – mine doesn’t quite qualify :D]

Your fonts

Your Fonts is a free online service that allows you to do just that. Take a printout of the template provided on their site and write down the letters printed on that template in your own handwriting. Once filled, scan the paper as an image and upload it to their site. Once done, within a few minutes it will prepare a new font that looks just like the handwriting you had submitted, which you can then download for use.

If you want, you can also fontify [??????] your signature, so that you can simply paste your signature onto the document [the signature is optional in the font creation process – I would advise against fontification [??] of your signature].

However one flaw that the service appears to have is that the fonts came out looking small for the given font size compared to the other fonts out there. Yet it, in my opinion, is a cool service to use.


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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

India’s Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft program : A comprehensive summary

“It’s the biggest fighter aircraft deal since the early 1990s.”

This is how Mark Kronenberg of Boeing described India’s Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft acquisition program for the purchase of 126 of the most revered/ feared aircrafts currently developed.

MMRCA courtesy Wikipedia

An acquisition program that had been lusted after by the Aviation industries since the time it was announced, it acquires added significance in these times of Economic recession, where budget cuts initiated by the countries around the world has resulted in cancellation or cutting back of purchases earlier committed to the companies.

Adding to the value of the already coveted program are whispers emerging from credible sources indicating that India has increased the budgetary allocation for the program from $11 billion USD to $16 billion USD.

The program, initiated in 2001, has seen more twists and turns than any Bollywood movie can ever dream of conjuring and one of media houses that has been following the developments and been providing us with a ring-side view of the program right from the conceptualization of the program has been Defense Industry daily.

Now with the aircraft having completed its technical evaluations, are ready to be flight tested and undergo user evaluations in the months of March April, the final precursor to the deal being finalized [touch wood].

Compiling together all the significant developments and highlights of the program, DID has put together a well-written article that contains its own valued opinions and also a well-prepared dateline. A must-read for every Aviation enthusiast.

India’s MMRCA Fighter Competition



Sunday, February 01, 2009

Pakistaniat - Fueling hatred towards India

Update: I have made a repost here 26th November 2008: Pakistaniat – fuelling hatred towards India

A few days back I bumped in to an old school friend near my place. He is currently pursuing his M.S in the US and had come home during the Christmas vacations. We sat down chatting at my place, reminiscing about the old, blissful [in hindsight :D] school days and getting updated on who amongst us is up to what.

Any conversation that involves an Indian in incomplete without talking about the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai not being talked about – and here were two Indians conversing. Being currently located in the US, he naturally came in contact with and knew [or “sleeping with”, as he so eloquently put it] quite a lot of Pakistanis and his perspective and take on the matter was a matter of curiosity for me. On asking him about how well he got along with the Pakistanis [his “sleeping” claims notwithstanding], his reply was quite on expected lines. Spoke in the most flowery terms how they share the most commonality and how Indians were just like the Pakistanis [as opposed to “claiming” that the Pakistanis were just like Indians – it might just be me, but I think there is a big difference]. On asking him how do the Pakistanis respond when the question of Pakistani involvement in the terror attacks in India is raised, his answer was simple and escapist – they do not talk “politics” with each other. His definition of “politics” was quite all-encompassing – anything and everything over which Indians and Pakistanis could have a disagreement, including choice of movies to watch.

Therein lies the crux of getting along well with a Pakistani – do not raise issues of matter relating to hundreds of Indians being killed in Pakistan-sponsored terrorists strikes each year, do not raise the issue of the war of 1971, do not speak affirmatively and positively about anything related to the Indian Armed Forces and the yeomen service they are rendering to our country, especially in thwarting Pakistan-sponsored terrorist operations in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Follow these guidelines and you could be seen getting along with a Pakistani like a house on fire.

However raising issues that point towards the complicity and treachery of Pakistan in its relation with India brings out the true face and outlook of a Pakistani – that of despising India, harboring the most venomous and virulent form of hatred for India, what India stands for, what India has achieved and most importantly what it has lost due to India’s involvement in the affairs of Pakistan.

The very crux of Pakistan’s unity lies in the anti-India tirade that it has been whipping up and sustaining since the time it came into existence. The failure to develop a sense of nationalism and belonging among the disparate ethnicity residing in Pakistan has given strong roots to the separatist sentiments in the country -  Balochistan, Sindh, NWFP all harbor aspirations of breaking away from the rule of the Punjabi dominated republic and carve out their own niche as a nation. In face of Pakistan’s failure to hold itself together with reasons of nationalism and progress, it is left with no other choice but to promote anti-India sentiments among its people to maintain cohesion and control.

Pakistani is a nation that prides itself for being a “martial race” – a warrior class, the story of whose “military prowess” and “achievements”, should, in its opinion, alone be enough for its adversaries to lay down its arms & accept defeat. It was this belief, based on which Pakistan carried out its pogrom through the length and breadth of Bangladesh [Warning: Contains footage that may be disturbing] [then East Pakistan] from the time of its separation from India in 1947 till 1971. The unrestrained, gleeful massacre of Bangladeshi citizens and reign of terror that was being orchestrated by the masters sitting in West Pakistan, resulted in around 12 million Bangladeshi citizens entering in to India to create the World’s biggest refugee crisis, the likes of which has, fortunately never been replicated anywhere since.

Things came to its head, when after the 1970 election East Pakistani leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was prevented from taking over as the Prime minister of Pakistan, in spite of having achieved a clear victory in the elections. The aggressive and brutal subjugation of the Bangladeshis by the Pakistani establishment continued unabated.

It was at this juncture, that India under the leadership of the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi decided to liberate Bangladesh from the tyranny and oppression of the Pakistani brutality.

The resulting attack by India on Bangladesh produced the most unprecedented result ever achieved in the history of a military campaign – more than 90000 Pakistani Men of War [around 95000] – the pride of the “Martial Race” nation, layed  down their arms and surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Sovereign Republic of India.

This surrender of the pride of Pakistan dealt the most stinging blow to their awaam’s psyche, for whom their Military establishment had been their only source of pride for a nation who otherwise receives parity with the likes of Malawi and Afghanistan. It totally shattered their illusion of invincibility and their military was reduced to looking like a bunch of rag-tag thugs terrorizing the weak and unprotected but running of to save their own backsides at the first hint of a challenge.

No other military force, has ever surrendered in such an unprecedented number. India’s military campaign in Bangladesh under the leadership of Field Marshal Sam Maneskshaw [who was a General and India’s COAS at that time] and the subsequent decimation of the Pakistani Armed Forces is considered as one of the most brilliant examples of planning and execution undertaken and is considered for Case Studies in War colleges around the world.

Pakistan’s military history has been permanently scarred by the fact that the magnitude of their surrender to India has not been surpassed by any other nation.

Pakistan’s lack of any military achievement can also be gauged from the fact that while India celebrates its Victory Day on 16th December ever year, a day when India decimated Pakistan and paved way for the formation of Bangladesh, Pakistan, on the other hand, celebrates its National Defence Day on 6th September every year, a day during 1965 War that ended following a Cease fire agreement with India in 1965.

Any logical, pragmatic observer would be in a position to concur with the statement that a Cease-Fire Agreement is no victory for any military. Such is the deprivation of this “martial race’s” military’s achievements.

Redemption of this stinging humiliation of Pakistan in general and its military in particular would be sought by attempting to orchestrate a similar severance in India. The state of Jammu and Kashmir, which till then had been the object of a duel contested only within the boundaries of the U.N, would, in their opinion, be an ideal place to sever from India, owing to its majority Muslim population. What had been a battle being fought within the compounds walls of the U.N General Assembly building would now be taken out in to the open on the grounds of Jammu & Kashmir.

The Pakistanis from the 80s initiated what was termed as their “bleed India” campaign. A systematic state sponsored support to extremist elements in India to engage in a campaign of terror and disturbance, killing innocent unarmed civilians in an effort to to compel India to give up its claim of governance in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, paving way to its annexation by Pakistan. A similar attempt had also been made in the state of Punjab by supporting the Khalistan movement, something that India has been able to successfully overcome.

The groundwork needed to ensure the success of this severance had started in the immediate aftermath of their 1971 rout. Pakistan, under the leadership of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, undertook an systematic campaign of change to manipulate their History textbooks to cultivate in the minds of its people a pathological hatred for India. Its syllabus, which read more like a mythical fable than an objective discourse in the history of Pakistan, projected India [or more appropriately Hindus] as conniving deceiving entities who posses no ethics or principles and always seeking an opportunity to back-stab. Indians [Hindus] are always portrayed as devious cunning individuals who is not to be trusted and who time and again plotted for the destruction of Pakistan. Pakistan’s version of the war of 1965 shows India as a evil nation that tried to annexe Pakistan and make it a part of India, which was repulsed by its brave and strong military. This distortion of their Educational Syllabus, to project Pakistan as an overly strong nation with an impeccable reputation is an admission [PDF 513 KB] that has also come from within Pakistan itself.

To further fuel this anti-India sentiment, they incorporated its most potent of reasons – Islam. By associating India’s challenge to Pakistan as a direct threat to Islam, they ensured that this  sentiment of hatred that they were festering would never ever run out of fuel. To ensure that Islam would indeed be a strong enough reason, conditions were created in Pakistan to ensure that its citizens could no longer choose to disassociate the two. In fact the extent of incorporation of Islam in their curriculum and the teachings they are being asked to assimilate in the name of Islam has caused concerns even among the US for the falsification of its message.

Strengthening of the hold of Islam on Pakistan commenced with General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq’s Islamization of Pakistani society. Under his rule each and every institution of governance and administration in Pakistan underwent a radical change in its operational objectives to incorporate projection & promotion of Islam as the underlying aim of their operation.

By associating their defeat with an attempted attack on Islam [the lakhs of Muslim officers and soldiers in the Indian Armed Forces notwithstanding], coupled with its lobotomized educational syllabus, Pakistan was able to formulate the perfect strategy by which every subsequent generation growing up in Pakistan would be indoctrinated with a deep-rooted hatred for India and everything India has achieved overcoming and still fighting the socio-economic challenges it had inherited at the time of its independence.

The extent to which Islam has been used to make people obey orders unquestioningly can be judged from the fact that a soldier inducted in to the Pakistani Army believes he is fighting more for the cause of Islam than the cause of the country whose Army he serves. Soldiers in their military serve in the belief that his fight against India is a holy war in which glory lies in sacrificing oneself for the cause of Islam which is being threatened by India. This act of seeking to be the one to die in place of the other in battle to achieve glory is called Shahadat – a concept that forms part of the idea of Jihad. This deadly mix of Religion, military capability and vengeance has given rise to citizens of a nation who care not for the progress and development of its own people as much as it is obsessed with its hatred for India with a desire to destroy the country.

This desire of Pakistanis to cease the existence of India on the map of the world finds voice through the Television shows of Mr. Zaid Hamid broadcast all over Pakistan. A gentleman with a questionable past, the self proclaimed defence analyst goes about his business of dispersing his anti-India views through his increasingly popular paid-for Television show. His popularity in Pakistan and Pakistanis around the may easily surpasses that of Paris Hilton by a fair margin or at least give her a serious run for her money. A look at his Facebook account stands testimony to his popularity among the young and upcoming of Pakistan.

The gentleman’s virulent diatribe against India each week without providing even the slightest hint of corroborative evidence is all lapped up by Pakistanis with enthusiasm and fervor. His confident claim to that fact that Ajmal Kasab is actually Heeralal/Amar Singh, an Indian R&AW agent collapsed like a pack of cards when his own government owned up to Kasab’s nationality. Flashing a picture of the aforementioned Kasab, his claiming that Kasab “does not look like a Pakistani” are the stuff of unforgettable Internet folklore and lampooning. This and other such execrable “analysis” about India and India’s evil plans for the strong and prosperous nation of Pakistan are presented with unabashed hatred and rhetoric, that finds no rooting in evidence and/or logic. His continual labeling of India as a failed nation in control of religious extremist bears more appropriateness when applied to his own country - the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. His forceful assertion of the idea that a nuclear attack on India by Pakistan is a strong possibility points to a catharsis of desires and feeling among the people of that country. His standing among the Pakistani citizens grows by the episode who take to defending his honor online with violent vigor, for Mr. Zaid Hamid has given voice to their feelings.

Officers of Pakistan’s military establishment have been quoted venting out their deep-seated hatred that they have harbored for India by suggesting launching of suicidal pre-emptive nuclear strikes on India in an effort to destroy the object of its hatred as well as end the lives of its own citizens whose welfare it has so successfully neglected in course of its hate-filled campaign against India.

Pakistan, whose own Industrial and Technological progress is a topic of restroom humor has also not been able to digest the progress made by India in these fields by overcoming immense challenges. The contempt and despise with which the powerful in Pakistan speak about destroying Bengaluru [formerly known as Bangalore] [of all the Indian cities – Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata etc, he had to mention Bengaluru, I wonder why], the symbolic face of India’s Technological progress is further reiteration of Pakistan’s despise for India.

This pathological hatred for India and deep-seated anger resulting from the shame of Pakistani defeat continues to burn within every Pakistani citizen. The fuel for the continual hatred for India is provided in almost every aspect of the Pakistani society. Every time a mishap occurs in their country, it is first blamed on India fanning the hatred, only to be later claimed by one of their own home-grown proteges. Repeated allegations are made by their media accusing India of supporting the separatist sentiments simmering in their country and involvement of Indians in these struggles. Yet never has an Indian name been mentioned or an alleged captured Indian been produced in their court to stand trial or shown on television for the world to see this Indian who is wrecking havoc in their beloved nation. Yet such news are sufficient to make people’s stand about India even more bitter and hate-filled.

Unfortunately for India, Pakistani citizens for generations to come will continue to seethe with this hatred for India, for it shall never be able to achieve this decisive victory over India in a battle they have been seeking for the past many generations. Any war between Pakistan and India will end in a cease fire forced upon us by the countries of the world who stand to lose a lot by letting the 2 nuclear-armed nations continue with the war, long before any Nuclear misadventure can be attempted by the Pakistanis.

This Pakistani anger and insecurity has effectively impaired its National vision. Its hatred for India outweighs its love and welfare for fellow Pakistani citizen by an unassailable margin. While to try to acquire Weapon Systems, its medical system has languished and is in tatters. Its inability and lack of competency to treat the innocent Pakistani girl who was forced to travel to India to be treated by the very people whose destruction an annihilation is the sole purpose of the rest of the Pakistani citizenry, points to India’s humane and also ineffective approach adopted by India while dealing with Pakistan.

India has always welcomed such (w)hole-hearted Pakistanis and will continue to do so to the people of Pakistan, whose Government is in no position to take care of them and does not have the infrastructure in place to care for its own.

As long as Pakistaniat [everything Pakistani] is geared towards hating Indian and desiring its end, India continues to remain under the very real shadow of threat of a Pakistani misadventure resulting from its diabolic hatred for India.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Twitter playing activist

Take a look at the screenshot of an average Twitter page.


Now take a look at this screenshot.


It is standard practice for Twitter to enlarge the font of the last tweet you post, so that the tweet on top has a larger font than the ones below it [picture 1]. However as seen, if your tweet contains some specific keyword, such as Gaza in this case I suppose, the tweet remains with enlarged fonts even after a newer tweet has been posted above it [picture 2].

The misery that Hamas has brought upon its own people who had elected them to power in Gaza by continually provoking and launching attacks on Israel should be highlighted and brought to the notice of more people for increasing the awareness and opposition to Hamas terrorism.

Small changes such as the one made by Twitter could play an important role towards coming up with a viable solution to the problem facing Israel from Islamic terrorist outfits like Hamas and Hezbollah by generating awareness.


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