This has been the week of people having bigger mouths than heads; if you are harboring any doubts I don’t mean it in a good way either…
It started off with Shabana Azmi proclaiming that ‘Indian democracy unfair to Muslims’… Let’s come back to this later… This was followed in surprising follow up done by Arundhati Roy who said ‘Kashmir needs freedom from India’…
Shabana Azmi said “I think there is not enough understanding of the fact that in a democracy how you treat the security of the minority must be a very important part for the success of a democracy. You can’t only make token gestures and actually let them be in the state that they are as the Rajinder Sachar Committee report shows. So what happened is token gestures are made but real issues are never addressed.” Shabana Azmi said Indian politics has been unfair to Muslims and despite Indian secularism Muslims are discriminated against. “I wanted to buy a flat in Bombay and it wasn’t given to me because I was a Muslim and I read the same about Saif (Ali Khan). Now, I mean, if Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi cannot get a flat in Bombay because they are Muslims, then what are we talking about?”
Arundhati Roy said “And if no one is listening then it is because they don’t want to hear. Because this is a referendum. People don’t need anyone to represent them; they are representing themselves. As somebody who has followed people’s movements and who has been in rallies and at the heart or the edge of things, I don’t think you can dispute what you see here, since the 1930s, there have been debates and disputes about who has the right to represent the Kashmiri people, whether it was Hari Singh or Sheikh Abdullah or someone else. And the debate continues till today whether it is the Hurriyat or some other party. But I think today the people have represented themselves. India needs azadi from Kashmir as much as Kashmir needs azadi from India.”
And as long as we are on the topic of having bigger mouths than head here’s what Bill Gates once said…
Question to Bill: “I read in a newspaper that in 1981 you said ‘640K of memory should be enough for anybody.’ What did you mean when you said this?”
This was also observed at Wired.com… It seems they had an interesting Mythic Figure Quiz… You might want to attempt…
Do you remember a single thing Bill Gates ever said?
Can you recall a single penetrating observation Bill Gates has ever made about society, politics, media, or culture?
Do you want your kid to grow up to be like Bill Gates? Or would you drown him first?
Have you ever spent an evening reading inspiring story about Bill Gates? For that matter, have you ever heard an inspiring story about Bill Gates? Seriously?
Has there ever been an intimate or personal detail about Bill Gates that you were/can
glad you learned about
have ever passed on to another human being?
By the way the response from Bill is appended below…
Answer from Bill: “I’ve said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time.”
Now that’s a mature response from Bill… I am sure that Shabana and Arundhati if asked again would probably say that the quote was taken out of context… I am just waiting to see how soon it happens… They will also be lucky if they don’t get tried for Sedition…
[Off Topic] Microsoft… I’d rather take it up separately…