Incredible India 19; Next Rohini May be Your Daughter

Folks, time now for yet another episode of Incredible India, those only in India stories.

* Your child goes to a school in India. But will she come back or will it be her corpse that you see in the evening? Six-year-old Rohini, an UKG student at a private school near Trichy in South India, died after her monster of a teacher caned her on the head, locked her up in a steel almirah and then threw her in a water tank. Here’s an excerpt from the Times of India story:

A six-year-old girl studying in a private school in Tiruchi died on Tuesday after the teacher, who hit her on the head, locked her up in a steel almirah and later threw her into a water tank.

A teacher and two school employees were arrested for the death of Sri Rohini, who was studying in the UKG class at the St Maria Annai Primary School at Manapparai in Tiruchi district.

* Who says the caste system is waning in India? Maybe to some extent in the cities, but caste still reigns in rural India with its sway strong even after death. Caste Hindus in a village in Tamil Nadu harass members of lower castes even after their death. Read this excerpt from the TOI story:

The petition, filed by advocate P Rathinam, contended that the caste Hindus of Sampatti panchayat in Manapparai taluk prevented the SCs from using the cremation-cum-graveyard built under a government scheme. In December 2008, the dead body of an SC member had to be cremated at a different place because of caste feeling prevailing in the village.

Rathinam said that despite representations to various district officials, including the collector and the superintendent of police, the body had to be cremated at a separate place. The petitioner said such a practice perpetrated by official would further alienate a section of the people and would encourage caste barriers in villages.

* Traveling in India by train? Chance are you’ll get drugged by your ‘friendly’ co-passengers. Read this account of two Chennai-bound passengers and this story of passengers in Patna.

* One more Indian dad has allegedly raped his young daughter. According to this DNA story, the latest incident happened in Falipta village, near Phillaur in North India.

Mera Bharat Mahan.

14 Responses to "Incredible India 19; Next Rohini May be Your Daughter"

  1. Stitha   March 29, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Thank you for those wonderful pieces of information.

    It had been nice pleasure commenting on this site for about a month.

    I think though you have exceptional english, i didn’t feel happy about the way you think. It went over from ultra pessimism to gutter inspection. Anyway, this is your blog and you will write whatever you want but as a keen visitor I don’t recall many happy moments reading this blog. I think I need to move on. Probably my last comment.
    Thank you. Responds:

    1. You write: i didn’t feel happy about the way you think. It went over from ultra pessimism to gutter inspection

    Considering some of the garbage you wrote here and the way you maliciously besmirched our reputation, you have the audacious temerity to accuse of ‘Gutter inspection.’

    Let’s look at some of the bilge you spewed forth here over the last few weeks. Folks, the following is from this sanctimonious guttersnipe:


    * You have a terrible sex life or what ? (Feb 24, 2:34 PM) [to a post on Slumdog Millionaire]

    * I do not know whether this post was deliberately written so that it appears on top of of Google search results when one types “Naan Kadavul box office “. (Feb 12, 2:38 PM )

    * This is one of the worst websites I have seen on the Internet. No aesthetics at all. One is welcomed to the first page with all the stupid links and dirty advertisements ((Feb 24, 2:34 PM)

    As if we are responsible for Naan Kadavul’s pathetic box office numbers in UK or the post’s ranking in the search results.

    Dirty ads? It’s only for warped, depraved, priapically obsessed minds like yours that ads for travel agencies or hospitals morph into ‘dirty ads.’

    Remember, it’s these ‘stupid links and dirty advertisements’ that pay the bills. But how would you understand that with your bizarre sense of entitlement – I not only want things for free but wouldn’t mind being paid for what I gormandize. That seems to be your weltanschauung.

    No aesthetics? This is a mostly text-oriented blog with a clean design and few distractions. In any case, what would a know-nothing philistine know anything about aesthetics.

    2. You write: I don’t recall many happy moments reading this blog

    You want happy moments? Get back to your Barbie.

    3. You write: I think I need to move on

    Scoot, now. Don’t foul up this fine blog.

  2. Stitha   March 29, 2009 at 2:13 am


  3. ordell   March 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I tend to agree with some of the posters. Filing violent teacher and rapist fathers under incredible India reeks of poor taste. You can probably take a cue from Dreamindemons. They also list all the freaks but they don’t file it under “Incredible America”. Your “Incredible India” does have lot of interesting information which are definitely OII, but freaks and perverts and cults don’t exist OII.

    For that matter filing the biscuit bandits under “Incredible India” also doesn’t make sense. Con artists are also not OII.

    Stitha seems to be a very squirmy person. You should probably have a PG section for her. Responds:

    You write above: You can probably take a cue from Dreamindemons. They also list all the freaks but they don’t file it under “Incredible America”.

    You miss the point.

    The ‘freaks’ are the norm (increasingly) in India and hence belong in Incredible India. We are talking of a society, some elements of which are in a state of advanced putrification.

    Together, the various posts under Incredible India paint a good composite of India.

  4. Asha Tampa   March 30, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Hey! Long time, since I’ve been here… Well, was wondering, whether you could change the base topics a bit… u know, maybe focus on something else… like the upcoming elections for example. Cos, well, I read these posts in the local newspaper too. These, or similar incidents, do happen a lot. So, it’s like we’re reading the same news over and over again. That might explain the earlier two comments.

    Btw, have you seen this movie, Twilight? It released in the US in November, and I’ve read all 4 books, but I wanted to know from you what sort of movie it was. Also, no review for Aa Dekhen Zara? I logged in for that review 🙂 Responds:

    We’ll do a lot more posts on Politics/Elections in the coming weeks.

    As for your other suggestion regarding the Incredible India posts, some readers may have read a few of the stories while others may have not. Plus, our desis and non-Indians here most likely have missed them (yes, we do have some non-Indian readers too).

    But we see your point and will strive to add more content of a different genre.

    No, we did not see Aa Dekhen Zara because we think Bipasha Basu represents the nadir of acting, the dregs, the lees. Plain awful. When future historians write about the decline of the finer elements in Bengali culture, they’ll probably cite Bipasha Basu’s acting as the prime example. Bipasha Basu is a disgrace to all notions of art.

    We didn’t see Twilight too. The last non-Bollywood movies we watched here were I Love You, Man, Gomorrah and Tokyo Sonata (in theatres) and Crash (on DVD).

  5. I. M. Legend   March 30, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Ebert had to say this about Twilight:
    “Twilight” will mesmerize its target audience, 16-year-old girls and their grandmothers.

    But Kristen Stewart looks cute (hey Asha, Robert Pattinson is superhot too!).. and it’s redbox day.. so may pick it up today.

  6. Asha Tampa   March 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Heh, I’m neither, and yet I loved it. Pity I had to watch it on my laptop, though. I’m waiting for it to release here in India. No idea when thats gonna happen.

    Btw, I got my Voter ID Card (finally, when I’m almost 25!) and I’m proud to say I’m gonna vote in this election, heh…

    A huge pain regarding Indian elections is that almost all youngsters are away from their hometowns, either working or studying. They cant vote, cos we r only allowed to vote from the locality mentioned on the card. This results in a vast chunk of young people not voting. I wish there was something that could be done about this. Responds:

    You write above: Heh, I’m neither,

    We’d respectfully submit that you are no less cuter than Kristen Stewart. Once again, that was said most respectfully.

    ‘Cute,’ as they say of another emotion, is all in the eyes of the beholder.

  7. Asha Tampa   March 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    That was such a nice thing to say! Thank you! 🙂

    PS: I think I said it already, but once again, you remind me very strongly of a friend. Are you sure you are not in Mumbai? 😛 Responds:

    OK, Mee-vokkalake rahasyam chapthunna (this is a secret…only for your ears) – we are actually blogging from RTC ‘X’ Roads area, near Chikkadapally….close to Sapthagiri Theater and Venkateswara Temple. 😉

    Mee intlo andaru baggunara. Inkenti visheshalu? (what else is new?)

  8. Asha Tampa   March 31, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Heh! You are simply unbelievable! You mustve lived here for quite some time to know those areas so precisely! And your Telugu is quite cool!

    Andaru bagunnaru, meeku adigemani cheppamannaru. Heh 🙂 Responds:

    Ippudu memu pappuannam avakai-to patu tintunnamu (we are enjoying Andhra-style Dal rice with mango pickle). – 12:03 ET

    Taruvata, Next cinema chudamani anukuntanamu (we are planning to watch the Nicholas Cage movie Next).

  9. Asha Tampa   March 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Ohh wow! Thats my favorite combo! Enjoy yr meal… and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the movie, as well. I liked it.

    I wonder whether you are an Iyer or Nair 😉 Responds:

    You write above: I wonder whether you are an Iyer or Nair

    Why not Kamma, Raju or Reddy?

    Mamsam baga ishtam (we like our meat curries).

  10. Asha Tampa   March 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Heh… naw, u r not Telugu, i can detect small mistakes in yr language 😉

    And well, everyone eats meat these days, even my Iyer friend in Mumbai eats meat(the one who u remind me of)

    I bet u r an Iyer… eat meat when mom is not around, if I’m not wrong 🙂 Responds:

    1. Ma gundae pagili poyindi (we are heartbroken) that you refuse to accept our Telugu roots.

    2. You write: u r not Telugu, i can detect small mistakes in yr language

    Well, we can detect mistakes in your Telugu too. In an earlier comment, you wrote: meeku adigemani cheppamannaru

    The correct usage is mimmalnee adigamani cheppamannaru

    Ma Telugu is pure Tu-Goji Telugu (East Godavari Telugu) not poor Hyderabadi Telugu or the terrible Srikakulam Telugu. 🙁

  11. I. M. Legend   March 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    you are not Tamil, you are not Telugu, you are not Mallu.. so you got to be Kannadiga

    800-555-1212 Responds:

    Vathiar, just give us your phone no and you’ll soon eat crow. Edhukku, ivolo baiyam (why are you so scared?).

    In the meantime, we are Enjoying Sundal – Yummy.

  12. I. M. Legend   March 31, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    one more reason for why you couldn’t be Tamil..
    no self-respecting Tamil would admit that he enjoys listening to Rajkumar’s songs.

    I can’t talk on phone or in real life.. I had salivary cancer in 2006 and had multiple surgeries that caused me to lose my speech. If you think I am trying to pass on Ebert’s issues as mine, then you are being overly cynical.. Responds:

    1. You write: no self-respecting Tamil would admit that he enjoys listening to Rajkumar’s songs.

    Absolute nonsense….As if art has any language barriers.

    By your logic, Pakistanis should not enjoy Bollywood movies. Yet, they all admit how much they love our Bollywood movies.

    By your logic, Americans should not love Mexican food. Yet, we see Mexican restaurants in the U.S. crowded with Americans….Tacos and Nachos are becoming mainstream now.

    By your logic, Tamil Nadu should never have embraced Shivaji Rao Gaekwad a.k.a. Rajinikanth, a Marathi from Karnataka. Yet, Rajini is the superstar of Tamil movies.

    2. The underlying premise of your argument is indefensible rubbish.

    You make it sound as if Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are deadly enemies like India and Pakistan.

    In fact, there are a lot of Kannadigas in Chennai, Thanjavur and Trichy areas of Tamil Nadu just as there are lots of Tamils in Bangalore, Mysore and Kolar.

    There are about 19 lakh Tamils in Karnataka and 10.5 Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu (Source: TOI). For the most part, the two communities live together in harmony.

    Despite the stray incident (primarily because of Cauvery water and release of movies), Kannadigas and Tamils do not have any such enmity as you suggest.

    3. Rajkumar is in a sense a son of the Tamil soil. Rajkumar and his family spent the better part of their lives in Madras a.k.a. Chennai. Bet you never knew that.

    4. You write: I can’t talk on phone or in real life.. I had salivary cancer in 2006 and had multiple surgeries that caused me to lose my speech.

    You don’t have to talk. You can listen to our flowery Tamil.

    Time to fess up – was it salivary cancer or brain cancer. 😉

    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses.

    Vaarththai thavari vittal

  13. I. M. Legend   March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    😀 knew that I would get lambasted for that statement.. There is no retract/recall button, is there?

    I didn’t mean that we (Tamils) have enmity towards kannadigas.. we just look down upon(not to be confused with down the blouse) Kannada movies/actors .. they are universally accepted to be the shittiest among south indian movies/actors..

    I still stick with my original theory.. one of you does have Tamil roots and the other one doesn’t.. but tries to pretend that he/she is Tamil/Telugu.

    you said: was it salivary cancer or brain cancer.
    How insensitive can you be?! Che Che chee chee thoo thoo!!

  14. the gora   April 1, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Sorry to interrupt this Asha/Amy love fest, but one of your non-Indian readers just came across this article and thought it was double I worthy.,25197,25273557-2703,00.html Responds:

    Depressing numbers. It looks the death toll has nearly doubled.

    About a year back, we did this piece: Mumbai’s Killer Trains Kill, Kill & Kill Again.

    Look at this Mumbai train nightmare or this train video.

    Many years back, we travelled on the Mumbai train during offpeak hours. Horrid experience. Never tried it again.

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