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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

All politics is local

April 13, 2011

I voted for ADMK for the first time today. For someone whose first political impressions were formed during 1991-96, this is a very difficult thing to do. After all as the newly emerging SUN TV did teach us that JJ is the embodiment of all things corrupt and bad in TN politics. But Mu.ka family's antics have pushed even me, who wouldn't normally touch ADMK with a ten feet long pole, into amma's hands. First world tender-contract corruption is perfectly acceptable (who is pure these days - certainly not me), But to go the african banana republic "my family eats everything" route is too much.

Even with all this, i almost pushed the button for udhaya sooriyan out of reflex. But the proverbial final straw was DMK's candidate - they guy is our current panchayat board president. There is bad blood between us and him - he has been pissing our family off for the last ten years by doing everything in his power to deny our street tar topping, water and street lights for the past ten years and that was enough to convince me to vote ADMK. What 6 hours a day power cuts, the prospect of azhagiri becoming CM and 1,76,000 crores couldn't do, the personal grudge did. All three votes in our house went for ADMK - another first. Even my coddled by karunanidhi-govt servant/pensioner mom has went against DMK today. Doesn't bode well for the ruling party.

If amma wins, we are in for five years of constant culture wars instigated by hindutva right wing assholes (meat ban anyone?). I hope admk doesnt win outright and gaeb10 gets enough MLAs to make a nuisance of himself.

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A grand project

April 05, 2011

For the past seven months, i have been involved in a gargantuan undertaking - writing about WW2 in Tamil wikipedia. Books and materials on wars are few and far between in Tamil and the few that exist have been written by people with no clue about military history. So i have set out to remedy this by covering WW2 i some detail. yes i know, i am no proper military historian, but i have been reading on this subject for the past twenty years and know enough to write a decent article without mucking things up.

The target is to write a 1000 articles covering all the major issues and happenings. I began in September 2010 and have completed about 200 articles so far. Have finished two major fronts - Western Europe and North Africa. It will probably take a couple of years to finish this project

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