By Vijay Simha
1. PLAN B
It’s what every government puts in place, even in Hollywood thrillers. When will we?.
2. LIFE AS A SUPERPOWER
What will our Islam policy be? What do we do about the UN? Will we have world-class products?.
What should our population be? How many states will we have? How do we travel? The works.
We are dangerously addicted to potato and edible oil. Our food joints sell junk. It shows in the way we look.
Barring icy civility, we don’t have a clue. There are incursions in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. We watch.
6. DRUGS AND BOOZE
Our biggest blind spot. The number of addicts and alcoholics is rising in every state. We wait.
7. POOR LIFE ETHIC
We are not good with ambition and efficiency. We are poor executors. We are not the stuff of dreams.
It’s hot in Srinagar. It’s parched in Bihar’s Gangetic belt. It’s pouring in Delhi in August. What gives?
Gandhi was right. We are masters at spitting and urinating. We don’t wash enough. We fall sick too often.
10. BEASTLINESS IN PEOPLE
Can’t smile. Can’t greet. Can’t give way on the roads. Can abuse. Can beat. Can kill.
& 10 THINGS SHE IS OVERDOING
1. Fear of Maoism
2. Sense of well-being
3. Importance of CWG 2010
4. Pre-eminence of family
5. Role of Bollywood, they don’t deserve Padma awards
6. Sanctity of courts, they should be accountable too
8. The media, mostly mediocre
10. The Pakistan bogey