Time for the next instalment of Incredible India, those Only-in-India stories.
Here we go:
* Holy cow, unholy representation in the Holy City. What does it take to be the BSP’s Lok Sabha candidate for the holy city of Varanasi? Over two dozens cases including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, extortion, loot and land grabbing. Our candidate Mukhtar Ansari will contest the upcoming election from Gazipur jail, where he’s lodgedÂ now for the alleged murder of BJP-MLA Krishnanand Rai.
* Foreign tourists to India have never had it so bad. They are raped, murdered, cheated, assaulted et al, merely for the sin of coming to India. Now foreign tourists are so sick of the crimes against them that the other day some of them staged a protest march in Gaya in the North Indian state (or sewer) of Bihar. No kidding. Here’s an excerpt from the TOI story:
In perhaps the first protest of its kind, a group of foreign tourists took out a protest march in Bodh Gaya, on Saturday to register protest against incidents of crime, including road robberries targeting visitors from abroad.
The placard-carrying protesters also silently walked around Mahabodhi temple, the seat of Buddhaâ€™s enlightenment. The protesters from countries like Belgium, Canada and Mexico also demanded the deployment of â€œtourist policeâ€ to gain the confidence of visitors and prevention and detection of crime.
M Mariya, a visitor from Mexico, told mediapersons that some of her friends visited Bodh Gaya a couple of months back and stayed on the Root Institute Campus. One evening when the tourists came out of the Institute, a group of road robbers overpowered them and demanded money. When the visitors told the road robbers they were not carrying wallets, one of the tourists was made hostage while others were freed to fetch money and the hostage was freed when payment was made.
* Hey, if you can’t become a programmer, you can always become a pigrammer. With the coming restrictions on H1B visas, software programmers in Tamil Nadu can take up pig farming. Hey, there’s free training too.
* Sweet justice.Â Naxalites have occupied 250 acres in Kondapuram village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh that’s said to belong to Satyam crook B.Ramalinga Raju.
Did we hear anyone say Mera Bharat Mahaan?