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Saturday, June 27, 2009

End of a Musical Era: Michael Jackson is Dead

Micheal Jackson, the king of pop or the Whacko Jacko is gone forever. On Thursday June 25, 2009 at 2:36pm he took his last breath and bid adieu to millions of fans, and followers. An epitome in the pop music, Jackson has lived a fairytale life. Born as a simple boy in Gary, Indiana, Jackson grew up to become the superstar of the pop music. He made impossible possible with his musical prodigy. Jackson started his musical career at the age of 4 as a founding member of the Jackson Five. He became the lead vocalist and frontman and modelled his impressive dance moves fearlessly. His variation in vocal styling also touched millions of hearts and they rose and jumped onto their feet with pleasure.

With the success of Thriller, his second album with Quincy Jones, the music producer, Jackson earned the highest reputation to become the unclaimed ruler of the pop world. "The Girl is Mine," and "Billie Jean," another most popular singles took Michael on the height of popularity and success at the tender age. By the time, he had one Grammy in his kitty. The videos of these songs proved Michael's ability to experiment with his dancing moves and he got standing ovation from the audiences. After that, there was no looking back and Jackson set forth to claim his position in the entertainment world.

Soon after, Michael treated his fans and music lovers with his some of the greatest masterpieces including "Beat It," "Thriller," "History," and others as a disco funk mixed with brilliance guitar tunes. The huge popularity of "Thriller" brought six Grammys to Jackson and he became the God of Pop, selling millions of music albums and LPs. Interestingly, Jackson is the only entertainment celebrity who has sold over 750 million copies of his albums and LPS worldwide, making him the most popular pop artist so far.

It is true that success and happiness come with lots of pain and suffering. In Jackson case, it is quite true. This quintessential superstar faced so many controversies such as financial crunch, child abuse cases and etc. It is believed that his much-talked about comeback on July 13 at London with his "This is It" tour series, Michael pledged to reform his financial situation. Unfortunately, he never get this chance and he passed away at the age of 50.

Michael Jackson, the name itself has become an important word in the history of pop music. He came, play, contribute and left some unforgettable memories in the hearts and the minds of uncountable fans and followers all over the world.

RIP Michael Jackson..we love you and keep celebrating your dance moves and beats till the day music dies...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Women's Reservation Bill: Will it Change the Future?

Since its introduction in 1996, the Women's Reservation Bill is still struggling for its clearance from the Lok Sabha. After twelve years of its introduction, people who have established themselves as guards of politics still hesitant to give even 33% reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Does this bill will ever see green light?

Women Reservation Bill is a perfect example of ugly politics stands in the country. Over the years, the governments have tried enough to get consensus on the matter but remain unsuccessful. Recently, in the common minimum program released by the UPA government, the bill is given a high priority. However, as always, the controversies and protests by women bodies and political parties, are making the proceedings difficult to continue.

This time the bill is on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. Hence, it becomes the duty of every responsible parliamentarian to gear up and make a common verdict on the fate of this bill. Thankfully, major parties are speaking in the same tune for the bill. Not to forget protest from other parties including JD, SP (especially Abu Azmi who tried to snatch the copy of the bill from H R Bhardwaj, the law and justice minister) and RJD. According to Laloo Yadav, the bill will benefit only women from elite class and widens the gap more. Does Mr. Yadav ever tried to minimize the gap or do anything for women empowerment?

The time has come for all parliamentarians to come forward and make a common verdict on this matter. This is a serious concern and should be taken given high priority. In addition, the bill is about women empowerment. It should not be mixed with caste, class and religion.

Encourage women to come out and contribute their best in building a better and happy future.