Tuesday, November 27

We are becoming comfortably numb

It’s a shame for the country.

Shocking, humiliating pictures of a tribal woman being stripped and assaulted in India's northeastern state of Assam have showed an extreme limit of savageness and outrage. Atul Barman along with others should be prosecuted.
The footage showed the unidentified woman being chased through the streets by three men wielding wooden clubs was not only shocking but shook the sensibilities. A woman was stripped and assaulted in India's northeastern state of Assam, in our country in our homes. They tore off her clothes, beat her and kicked her as she tried to protect and protest. Terrified she was running naked for help through the streets but this insensitive society some photographed her; some took the video on the mobile but was rescued by some local people.
Although analyzing the TV footage, police arrested people for violence, including the three alleged attackers but the communication, inclination, proclivities are different. Communicating the incident was important in the society but at what cost? Showing on televions, blogs? It’s adding insult to her injury. To strip a woman naked and show her on the media showed their insensitivity to womanhood. Communicating such incidents in the society is important but at what cost? Not by showing a women naked just for the TRP,S.
There was a very weak attempt of morphing the lady. Before the story is telecasted with such videos/photos they should be analyzed or for that matter why a code not introduced till date when we have tallest of journalist in the country.How insensitive everybody can be by showing a women naked without her permission....adding more to this was a compensation of Rs 1.lakh from the CM to the lady.
An incident like this really gives us reason to reflect. Sentiments cannot be smothered when few are comfortably numb.

Saturday, November 24

Who is responsible for the security of the country?

The issue of national security and its dimensions has been a subject of discussion at different forums. As a citizen of the country I see the issue becoming complicated since 9/11. India as an emerging power has no options but to play a significant role in the new emerging world order. But within India lack of governance has an important bearing on national security which needs serious attention.
India is faced with a proxy war waged by antagonistic forces from across the border, whose aim is to destabilize the nation. Terrorism is the main instrument employed for this purpose. Terrorism has taken many forms and shapes. The danger from covert, proxy or limited war has increased and we cannot afford to be a smug. Protecting the nation from internal threats has now become the foremost responsibility of the government.Our successive governments in the past 60 years have failed to make India an internally strong country. Corruption has resulted in ill-governance. Fundamentalism and communalism in the name of religion is another biggest deterrent in paving the way for a secure country.
Political cooperation is the first step to combat terrorism in our country. India’s political system should stand united against terrorism than only thing can go forward. National parties have been accusing each other whenever an attach takes place instead of locating where the problem lies.
The absence of coordination within the intelligence agencies, para-military forces, the armed services, and between the para-military forces and armed forces is very well known. The lack of expertise in the management of national security is also well known. Lack of steps to remedy these deficiencies highlights the casual approach of the government-the people who run the government .
Party’s manifestos as promised to implement remain unfulfilled. Continued injustices cause schisms to widen, wounds to fester. Politicizing terrorism is not the solution. Matters of national security should be executed by professionals. Politicians should not have a greater access because they are the elected representatives. Today Politicians job is just to capture power on minority appeasement and vote bank politics.
The media roars with unsubstantiated debates instead. It is always a blame game and media discussions provoke more.
Indian system delivers justice for all crimes, especially mass crimes of unspeakable brutality but the lack of action against the perpetrators is also clear evidence of the operation of a double standard of justice. India and it systems of democracy, executive, judiciary and legislature, need to reflect.

I'm convinced that a solution can be found or we are doomed.
India must introduce identity cards in the border states, develop a national security policy that should also shape the country’s foreign policy and make the defence planning more strategic than just tactical.

Tuesday, November 20

India seems to be hooked to car racing.

Formula 1 has been growing hugely in popularity. The Indian GP announcement has already sparked an explosion of further interest to rival that of the traditional sport — cricket which is still by far the favorite Indian sport.
Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed reports that India will get its own Grand Prix race starting in 2010. The Indian firm Jaiprakash Associates and its JPSK Sports Private subsidiary have inked a 10-year deal with Formula 1 under which they will build a race circuit in the metropolitan area of India's capital city.
After finalising the track for Formula One Grand Prix in Greater Noida, the government is planning to lay a 15-km racing track in Madhya Pradesh. The track will be one of the largest in the world to host Grade-II races like Grand Prix 2, A1 and Formula V3.

The first Indian driver, Narain Karthikeyan, came to Formula 1 racing on the Jordan-Toyota team in 2005, and the Spyker team was purchased by Indian liquor magnate Vijay Mallya and is now known as Force India. And Indian GP2 driver Karun Chandhok made his test-driving debut in Spain, driving for the Red Bull Racing F1 team.

The state government will not only earn revenues by holding the racing events in the form of corporate advertisements but promote tourism aswell .MP could become the most favourite destination for racing events after Delhi. Probably it an become the favourite in Asia after Japan and Singapore.

It’s a pity on the country’s law enforcers.

In spite of growing economically or in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of India’s Independence we come across incidents, which are just bizarre, appalling, agonizing, unreasonable, scandalous, undemocratic and implausible. In recent past I can recall incidents, which were abnormal in their own way.
In one of India's worst human tragedies. It's been 11 months since the Nithari case first came to light. At least 20 bodies, most of them children were found murdered and dissected but still a judgment is awaited.
Take another shocking & painful instance where a 32 year old mother of a child decided to walk naked to register her protest, and to everybody’s disbelieve, her protest was registered in the police station by the same officers who hd earlier refused her report against her husband. What a shame!
The wacky one was a 33-year-old man of Tamil Nadu married a dog in a bid to ward off the ‘curse’ of a canine couple he had killed 15 years ago. Selva Kumar tied a mangal sutra on the animal, pet named Selvi, at a Ganesh temple in Manamadurai. After the incident, he suffered a stroke and could not move his left arm and legs and also turned deaf. He now walks with the help of a stick.
Another abnormal and unfair incident was witnessed in UP, when we saw politics mixed with sports. Kanpur police decided to ban people wearing black clothes in an effort to ensure that Chief Minister Mayawati, chief guest of the match, does not face protest from political rivals. To avoid greetings with black flags, the administration decided not to allow anyone wearing black enter the stadium.
In a recent incident in dhar a low-caste villager was lynched and possibly burnt to death because he beat cattle belonging to his neighbour, in a case of caste-violence. 40-year-old Kailash Bagri was burnt alive a remorseless group of 50 armed villagers on November 10, after he beat an ox belonging to his upper-caste neighbour that had strayed into his field. The accused are absconding.
In September, a Dalit woman was burnt alive by hardnosed upper-caste men in northern Uttar Pradesh state, after her son eloped with a girl from their caste. Earlier in August, a ruthless policeman in eastern Bihar state had drowned two low-caste girls by throwing them in a river for stealing firewood from his orchard.
Two Dalit women died after being thrown out of a government hospital in UP. An example of cold-blooded murder. The reason was poverty. They could not afford rs 1000. Although caste-based discrimination is banned, upper-caste Hindus still practice all forms of discrimination, including not allowing the low-caste to worship at temples and insisting that they drink from separate village wells. Dalit community members, who comprise about 160 million of India’s 1.2-billion population, also largely do the most menial jobs, including cleaning of sewers and night soil, often manually.
These incidents speak volumes about injustice, corruption, lawlessness, fanaticism, prejudices, racism, extremism, sadism, cruelness, narrow mindedness, torture, violent behaviour, sexual violence, and insanity of human beings with humans.

Any law is not binding them. They are not bothered of the law. For them law is a tool.

Monday, November 19

World's most expensive advertisement

This is the world's most costly Advertisement and the winner of thisyear's best Ad of the world.

It took 606 takes and re-takes to make this commercial and the totalcost was $ 6.2 Million for this 90 second commercial.

You could probably make a movie for that kind of money!

Everything is real with no graphics used and still look at the precision.

The team that made this commercial won many awards.

Saturday, November 17

You can never plan the future by the past

I can’t forget Feb 2 ,07 as was delighted after hearing his speech and vision. Chief Minister, Shri Shivraj Singh Chowan of my state -Madhya Pradesh was welcoming the delegates who came from all over the country and dwelt at length on the initiative taken by Madhya Pradesh government towards e-governance.
He was addressing the 10th National E-governance Conference in Vidhansabha Bhawan premise. He called for greater public awareness about e-governance to provide corruption-free and more efficient administration.
The attendance was unprecedented, as in previous nine conferences the number of delegates never crossed 350 but in MP 1350 delegates participated. Apart from making government official’s computer savvy he stressed and made essential to enhance awareness among people about corruption.Union Minister of State for Suresh Pachouri; MP Minister for IT Vijayvargiya; CS R.C. Sahni; PS, IT ; Special Secretary in the Union Ministry of IT and Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Personnel R.C. Chandrashekhar and Rahul Sareen were there on that occasion.
He informed about the revised IT policy by launching Samadhan Online and Cyber Treasury, he expreesed his views on the strengths of e-governance which was increasing the transparency as computerization network helps in better financial and budgetary control.
He had won hearts when he said"E-democracy is necessary for e-governance,Internet is a turning point in the history of human civilization and it is next only to writing in the list of human achievements.
Why a person of his vision gets caught under the charge of corruption for mere 4 dumpers ? Questions are being raised about the chief minister and his family amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. Has credibility taken a nosedive?
Lokayukta superintendent of police K.K. Lohani registered the case after Bhopal district judge R.K. Bhave yesterday directed the anti-corruption body to book the Madhya Pradesh leader, his wife Sadhna and four others under the Criminal Procedure Code.The order for the probe came after Ramesh Sahu, a “social worker”, urged the Lokayukta to register a case against Chauhan, his wife and the others for extending undue favours to cement company JP Associates in Rewa district by allotting prime land.

Thursday, November 15

A single negative encounter can undo our positive image

Trumpet lasted for 12 months.

Claiming too many visitors at the Sanchi circuit, Tourist bus from Bhopal to sanchi was launched with great fanfare 12 months back for Bhopal sanchi circuit with free lunch to the travelers. And now the bus service has discontinued without any information or notice by the tourism department lacking of tourists/visitors.

It was known only when few travelers from outiside the stae reached bhopal to catch the bus for sanchi. They not only felt cheated but were harassed by the behaviour of the officials who had not informed or intimated as claimed on their official sites for the sight seeing.
who will repair this sad state of affairs ? But, many do not care.
Proves only that the wheels of government move far too slowly.
How will the department attract tourism investments when they cant afford tourists. Was the news in the recent MADHYA PRADESH investors meet fake?
This all has happened after the tourism ministry announced to develop special buddhist tourism circuit in MP.
A single negative encounter can undo our positive image.
About Sanchi

The famous Sanchi stupa near Vidisha is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. It comes under heart of heritage. This circuit is a pilgrim's passage through the palaces immortalized by the enlightened one.Sanchi is an important Buddhist pilgrim center of India. The site has no direct connection with the life of Buddha. It was Emperor Ashoka, the great patron and follower of Buddhism, who built the first Stupa here in the 3 rd century B.C., and a great number of Stupas and other religious structures were added over the succeeding centuries.

However with the revival of Hinduism, the monuments at Sanchi were forgotten and fell into a state of disrepair.It was in 1818 that the site was re-discovered through chance, by a British officer General Taylor. However, amateur archaeologists and treasure hunters, ravaged the site till 1881 when proper restoration work was initiated. One Ashokan pillar was used to build sugarcane press! Between 1912 and 1919 the structures were carefully repaired and restored to their present condition under the supervision of Sir John Marshall.

Sunday, November 11

Who is responsible for the pollution after Diwali

This is a cyber bom on diwali.

Isn’t it strange how the very connotation of Diwali — the festival of lights — has changed to a festival of pollution, noise, litter and nuisance over the years? Come Diwali and environment condition of the city or the country starts worsening. Thanks to the firecrackers emitting heavy clouds of smoke, debris, and chemicals harmful for health of human beings, animals and nature.

What's worse is that the smoke has its effect even days after the festival is over. The debris after the Diwali day is enormous which adds to problems like stagnation of sewage drains, if not cleared properly. A MENACE I THE LOCALITY.Noise levels cross-deafening limits. its sleepless night but a forcefull one.The situation gets normalised in a day or two.

It obviously affects human health but also impacts trees and plants that are covered with thick layer of Sulphur dust and suspended particulate matter. Trees are prevented from releasing oxygen and moisture into the air. Birds and animal have to cope with loud blasts and toxic smoke leading to their disappearance from city. Children are the biggest victims as their defense mechanisms are not fully developed to withstand the increased intensity of pollution. Others also suffer from respiratory disorders like asthma and even heart attacks Highly polluting nature of these firecrackers lead to a plethora of diseases………

Stranger is the fact that after burning up thousands of rupees for the fleeting fun of firecrackers, all you get in return is loads of pollution and perhaps even some hospital bills. Keeping religious and cultural values intact, perhaps what’s most required is a serious approach towards fireworks and a more controlled or licensed usage.

Political support, public awareness and if nothing else then at least a strict implementation of the rules to check the nuisance is needed in the country because im sure we cannot have a place especially for fireworks like Singapore has it. Certain directives under the Environment Protection Act sould be passed specifically for Diwali. Violation of which should cost the guilty a penalty because in india mostly people lack civic sense.

Environment gets affected in the following way

  1. Air Pollution affecting health especially to diseased persons, aged people, children & pregnant women.

  2. Water & land pollution will pollute our resources rivers, lakes.

  3. It takes several weeks to bring back normal air quality.

  4. Fire hazards causing heavy damages to life and property.

  5. Social nuisance leading to community disharmony.

  6. Sound pollution causes: Palpitation of heart Spasms of the digestive system Dilation of the pupils of eyes Emotional disturbances Continuous exposure to loud noise may lead to permanent deafness.

Pollutants Can lead to...Suspended Particulate MatterAsthma, cancer, restrictive lung diseases, pneumoconiosisRespirable Particulate MatterRespiratory illness (chronic bronchitis and asthma), heart diseasesSulpher Dioxide (SO2)Eye burning, headache, respiratory problems like pulmonary emphysema, cancer, heart diseasesNitrous OxidesLung irritation, chest tightness, viral infection, airway resistance.

Before you burst crackers to mark your cultural and religious rights, take a peep into the contents and its resultant health hazard. It’s just a synopsis... the details are even worse.

  1. High SPM exposure: Headache and reduced mental acuity.

  2. Sulphur Dioxide and Nitrogen Dioxide: Respiratory allergies like asthma High decibel sound: Restlessness, anger, anxiety, allergic bronchitis, acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis.

  3. Copper: Irritation in the respiratory tract Cadmium: Can damage kidneys, cause anaemia and increase blood pressure.

  4. Lead: After ingestion can affects central nervous system, can cause cancer of lungs and kidneys, young children can suffer mental retardation and semi-permanent brain damage by exposure. Zinc: Human skin irritant and effects pulmonary system. Large amounts taken by mouth may produce nausea, vomiting.