Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Well, I know I have been very lazy with my blog these days but I have some valid reasons for that [ Now don’t ask me for more explanation 😉 ] . Anyway, here I am, again, with some useful information which may add up to your GK on our India:

First and Last Indian Governor General of Free India C. Rajgopalachari
First British Governor of India Lord William Bentinck
First British Viceroy of India Lord Canning
First Chairman of Prasar Bharti Nikhil Chakravorty
First Chairman of Rajyasabha S.V. Krishnamurthy
First Chief Election Commissioner of India Sukumar Sen
First Dalit President of India K. R Narayanan
First Deputy Prime Minister Vallabh Bhai Patel
First Doctor to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine Dr.Hargovind Khurana
First Education Minister Abul Kalam Azad
First Ethnic Indian Prime Minister of Fiji Mahendra Chaudhury
First Field Marshal of India General S.P.F.J. Manekshaw
First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan
First Governor General of free India Lord Mountbatten
First Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
First Indian Air chief Marshal S. Mukherjee
First Indian Chess Grandmaster S Vishwnathan
First Indian Chief Justice Justice Hiralal J Kania
First Indian Commander-in- chief General K. M. Kariappa
First Indian Cricketer to score three centuries in three successive matches on debut Mohammed Azaharuddin
First Indian Cricketer to score Triple Century in Test Virendra Sehwag
First Indian Judge of International Court of Justice Dr. Nagendra Singh
First Indian Member of the viceroy’s executive council S.P.Sinha
First Indian Naval Chief Vice Admiral R. D. Katari
First Indian Pilot JRD Tata
First Indian to Cross English Channel Mihir Sen
First Indian to get an Oscar Bhanu Athaiya
First Indian to get Anderson Award Ruskin Bond
First Indian to go in space Squadron Ldr. Rakesh Sharma
First Indian to Join the ICS Satyendra Nath Banerjee
First Indian to reach Antarctica Lt. Ran Charan
First Indian to reach in British Parliament Dada Bhai Naoroji
First Indian to reach the deep sea floor in the Mid Atlantic P.S. Rao
First Indian to reach the south pole Col. I K Bajaj
First Indian to Receive Bharat Ratna Dr. Radha Krishnan
First Indian to receive Jyan Peeth award Sri Shankar Kurup
First Indian to receive Magsaysay Award Vinoba Bhave
First Indian to receive Nobel Prize in Economics Dr. Amartya Sen
First Indian to receive Stalin Prize Saifuddin Kichlu
First Indian to win Nobel Prize Rabindra Nath Tagore
First Judge to face Impeachment proceedings in Loksabha Justice V. Ramaswami
First Muslim President of India Dr. Zakir Hussein
First Muslim President of Indian National congress Badruddin Tayyabji
First person to reach Mount Everest without Oxygen Sherpa Arga Dorji
First person to receive Paramvir Chakra Major Somnath Sharma
First Person to resign from Central Cabinet Shyama Prasad Mukharjee
First President of Indian National Congress W.C. Banerjee
First President of Indian Republic Dr. Rajendra Prasad
First president to die in Office Dr.Zakhir Hussain
First Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
First Prime Minister to resign without full term Morar Ji Desai
First Speaker of Loksabha Ganesh Vasudeva Mavalankar
First Vice President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

Feel free to add/update any entry if found not correct.


In Dec 2008, an Iraqi journalist threw not one but both his loafers at George W Bush. I am not sure how much fame that journalist got there in Iraq, but yes, by following the same strategy, one of our journalists, Jarnail Singh has got enough fame to lead rest of his life with much more ease with so many offers coming his way.

To give a brief background, Jarnail Singh (a correspondent with the Hindi newspaper “Dainik Jagran”) threw one of his shoes at Mr. Chidambaram in protest against the Congress party’s decision to field Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar – accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case – for the Lok Sabha elections. All this happened during a press conference at the Congress headquarters when the Minister refused to discuss on the Sikhs being denied justice by the party.

Jarnail Singh throws Shoe at Chidambaram

Jarnail Singh throws Shoe at Chidambaram

You know what perks he got for this gesture of firing shoe at our Home Minister P. Chidambaram? Check out:
* The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) announced a case reward of Rs. 2,00,000 for his “courage & bravery”.
* Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Singh Mann has offered a Lok Sabha Ticket.
* The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee has offered to give a job if his current employer fires him.

Wow! That’s so cool. Well, I too am thinking of firing a shoe at my ___ ? 😉
Never mind.

Anyways, coming to the point, just look at the offers he is getting for what he did, money, Lok Sabha ticket, job and what not. Well, I am not against his protest, but my question is does he really worth the things he is offered now? Lets evaluate one bye one.
* Cash prize: Why? You think its a great achievement to throw shoe at people? Or you think its like winning the world cup of which the whole country would be proud of?
* Lok Sabha Ticket: Aha! This makes some sense to me as the young fellow looks to be having enough courage and what we call in hindi, the junoon, to fight against unjust and evil. So, he can become a good politician, and of course, this opinion is just based on his first impression.
* Job: Well, on what bases? Just because he took his shoe in his hand? or just to put themselves in the state of showing pity when he is fired? or just for show-off? But its always welcome to hire him following the usual recruitment process.

After all this, coming to main the question, whatever he did is right? I completely condemn such behaviors. What the Iraqi journalist did is against Bush, who is not from Iraq. But here its a different ball game altogether. Chidambaram is our man, our own country-man. If there is some misunderstanding between ourselves then we have to solve it by ourselves, but should not make is a matter of joke for outsiders by doing such thing. Such an act against our own leader is strictly not acceptable, it sends wrong signals to the rest of the world and to our next generation as well [coz of the perks ;)]. One has to protest against unjust, that is fine but not in this way though. We believe in “Sathyagraha” where peace does all for us, where non-violence is the only armor. Shoe firing is not our style, never ever. But yes, it may be Iraqi style. 😉