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Omnishambles

For those who all wondering what the title means, let me first tell that this is the “word of the year” chosen by Oxford Dictionary considering the the current situation in Britain. Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word – defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” – its top term of 2012.

I find it amazing the word fits perfectly to situation in my country. Take example of UPA govt. in India.The govt has been battling issues of corruption since almost 1 year.The fight against corruption started with anna hazare in the lead has taken a whole new dimension with Kejriwal’s political outfit.And to make things worse,Congress always keeps mum.Is the party in omnishambles?

Totally mismanaged,everything and anything that party does is subject of severe scrutiny and criticism.Talking about blunders and miscalculations,there’s no better example than Mr.Rahul Gandhi who comes once in a blue moon with strange facts and controversies.

 “We were also in the Opposition. Then the Kargil war happened. We were all together. Congress stands together in the interest of the country whether we are in government or not. “- Rahul Gandhi

The congress has perfected the art of drawing criticism upon itself.Wrong speech made at the wrong time. We’ve had many shambles this year,the last being “Sandy” and “Neelam”.  However I feel “Omnishambles” could be often used in political terms.I am not anti congress and these are just my thoughts.Long live “Omnishambles”.

From the archives:Tale Of two Islands

En route to Thenmala

ImageWith almost 2 lakh people around, it’s nice to see Congress in agressive mode. batting like sehwag. fearless against opposition. doing their stipulated work. good luck to them if they remain in the same mode and do some constructive work for the common man.

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It has been in the news for some time that the chief guest for 2013 Republic Day of India will be His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sultan Of Oman. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will officially communicate the decision to Oman Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, who will be attending the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) meeting in Gurgaon on November 2. India is also expected to present the sultan with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding, which was announced for him in 2004.

The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner in the Gulf and an important interlocutor in the bilateral, AGCC and OIC contexts. Oman also accords a high priority to its ties with India. India and Oman are linked by geography, history and culture. Both countries enjoy warm and cordial relations, which can be ascribed to historical maritime trade linkages, intimacy of the royal family with India and the seminal role of the Indian expatriate community in the building of Oman, which is acknowledged by the Omani Government.

For more info about Indo-Oman Biltaeral Relations,visit http://www.mea.gov.in/Portal/ForeignRelation/Oman-January-2012.pdf

The Indian community in Oman is regarded to be among the prosperous communities in the country. At present, the Indians constitute almost 14% of Oman’s total population i.e. 2.3 million, as it is the largest expatriate community in this country. The Indians in Oman belong to various professions and businesses. Almost 25% of them are unskilled workers, 30% of them comprises semi-skilled and 35% are the skilled ones. The rest 10% consists of professionals such as engineers, bankers, financial experts, managers/executives and businessmen. There are around 2,000 Indian doctors in Oman, who work in different hospitals and healthcare centres of the country.

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Source:http://85.154.248.117/MONE2010/#view=viewCensusSummary&selectedWafers=11&selectedColumns=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14&selectedRows=0

Some of the best-known names in Oman’s business include Gujaratis like Pankaj Khimji and Ramdas Khimji , who run huge retail centres, auto dealerships and construction companies. They belong to the Gujarati community who settled in Oman hundreds of years ago and are now influential businessmen.The majority of the Indians in Oman come from South India, constituting almost 80% of all Indians living in the country; out of these, there are Malayalis who alone account for 60% of the population. The high professional calibre of the Indians is quite obvious from the fact that the Indian companies have come to hold a quite distinct position; a number of joint venture projects have already been accomplished and many are still in the process.(Stats from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indians_in_Oman,   Ministry of national economy)

This is written over my fury over the wild allegations by the IAC and specifically the damage that it creates to India Inc in the international scene. Mr.Kejriwal & the IAC have come out with stunning exposes over the last two months starting from that of Sonia Gandhi’s son in law, Robert Vadra to BJP president, Nitin Gadkari. Between they also made a pathetic attempt to expose Salman Khurshid, Foreign Affairs Minister for alleged misuse of funds, which in my opinion was hardly based on any evidence provided by the IAC.

The whole issue of Salman Khurshid was bought out by the India Today news team and I don’t understand what role the IAC played other than attacking Mr. Khurshid personally. It seems that IAC is using issues that were in the public domain for a while for its political standoff against the BJP and Congress. IAC, which started off as a noble idea against corruption in the political system is now a political party. I wouldn’t be surprised if they make such sweeping allegations against the ruling party and the main opposition.IAC is critical of the political system in India, the judiciary and the people who voted Congress into power.