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Mr. Thackeray,

This is an earnest request from a non-marathi citizen of India, so you may wish to ignore the suggestions. Your appeal to ban the Pakistani artistes will appeal to many and many will be willing to go with you. If you try and enforce it the way you have done things in the past, by using sticks and lathis and knifes and swords it will not win you any admirers, you will end up losing those on sitting on the fence undecided.

If on the other hand you decide to take a more peaceful approach and appeal to the conscious of the people and ask them not to chip in to the success of films having Pakistani artistes it is likely that you will be more successful in implementing your ban and it will at least not push the fence sitters to the other side. It may actually bring some of your non-fans onto the fence if they do not outright jump into your side.

One needs to keep in mind, nobody likes bullies. It is only the bully’s cronies who will pander to their egos and that because they want something out of the bully and not out of any respect.

It is upto you to ultimately decide how you wish to proceed.

Yours
A peace loving citizen who would like to agree with you on this ban.

Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia by S. Hussain Zaidi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An honest book to say the least. A very interesting account of the mafia in Mumbai. Starting from the post independence era, the book traces the history of how the Pathans ruled roost and when their menace was going beyond control Dawood was hoisted by the police themselves to oust the Pathans. In process the police did not realise that they were giving rise to a mafia worse than the one they were trying to dislodge.

Kudos to Hussain Zaidi for writing this book and more importantly the manner in which it has been written makes the book unputdownable. It offers a deep insight of the other side of the law. It provides the motives which drive the mafia to pickup the gun. It underplays the role of corrupt police officials and politicians in the nurturing of these gangs. One only finds references to these underhand dealings. It is but natural as these are the people in power and can do anything they wish and get away with it.

The book ends with details of how Dawood continues to be under the protection of the ISI in Pakistan and how duplicitous the US is in its dealings with India. On the one hand they bring out a notice saying that Dawood has assisted the Al-Queda and hence needs to be punished, but nothing needs to be done, now that Al Queda has been emasculated. It does not matter that the ISI and Dawood continue their activities in India. It is an internal matter between the two countries and US is thankful to Pakistan for their assistance in helping them quell the Al Queda which both of them put together setup in the first place.

A goodread for all lovers of Mumbai.

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The latest news is that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Traced out and killed by the US armed forces in Pakistan (Surprise, surprise) and about a few 100 meters from the Army training camp of Pakistan.
The compound in which he was found and killed was a high security fortress built to protect the people inside it.
Wow either Osama Bin Laden was a real mastermind who could hide from the Pakistan army which was just a few 100 meters away or the more plausible explanation is that the army built the structure for Osama Bin Laden. Can somebody find out when the structure was built?
Update: The structure came up in 2005. And now will somebody find out who sponsored the building of the structure?
This is the latest report which states that the US Ambassador to India is disappointed that India has chosen to go with European fighter jets rather than US one. How funny it is when somebody reads this as “Fight, but fight with weapons supplied by me and not by somebody else. I need the money more than the other person”.
And the same American government will either give the same arms or maybe even better ones to the country with whom India has been forced to fight three and a half wars in the last 50 years or will give them billions of dollars based on which it can buy arms for either the US or from the other big “friend” of India, China.
Instead of promoting peace, now don’t tell me these are just deterrent weapons, countries like the US are promoting wars so that they can profit at the cost of such countries. We Indians are also stupid enough to go ahead and encourage such countries to sell their weapons. It at all we should be self sufficient in our arms. We should not go to somebody else and pay them a premium to buy this weapons.
US wants to provide billions of dollars of aid to a country where such a thing can happen. Supreme court saying that rape is fine (It is hogwash to say there is no evidence).

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