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Karnataka ministers were watching porn in assembly…So What?

7 Feb

Watching porn isnt illegal in India, although I think that it can be illegal if it is watched in public places. Legal debate can be on whether assembly is considered as public place or not. Well I dont see any legal implication and their ouster or any punishment by speaker can easily be challenged in court. Now comes the question of morality… my advice… change your moral code if you want to stay… Say that watching porn is but only natural, and it was just an error in judgement and not something disastrously sinful. But I am sure that these ministers dont have guts to pull this off… On the bright side, (from what we know so far), it wasnt they who were in that porno.

If you want to know more about these ministers then feel free to head here.

Will we see a pro-porno minister? I guess not, but then who knows.

-via Times Of India

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Shiva – A multimillennial marker of India’s social construct

21 Jan

As much a religious person I am, I think its time, especially so in India that we take religion out of religious texts and put them in philosophy or sociology classes. I dont know when is that going to happen, but sooner is better. I think we are at least a generation away from that happening as a natural transition. Natural transition will be when religious conservatives will ask academia to take religion and save it in its purest form or say in its entirety.

ImageLets come back to the Shiva. Oh! what a topic it is, what a character it is. Quintessentially a tribal creation dating back to earliest civilizations, Shiva is a concept as wide as multidimensionality of Hinduism and as singular as singularity of physics. Since we have sample of Shiva’s representation from past several millenniums, he therefore becomes a more than decent marker of social change throughout Indian history. One, just have to run a radio-dating on such a marker. Taking liberty and furthering my radioactive analogy; in totality the half life of Shiva as a concept is just wonderful.

When we talk about Shiva, the comparison with other members of holy trinity will always be around the corner. No discussion on either Shiva, Vishnu or Brahmaa is complete without putting them together in one frame. More importantly, the comparison of Shiva and Vishnu is always enlightening to both the trained and untrained. Like the above two paragraphs, the idea highlighted in this para deserves a blog, no, a thesis, no… several thesis on its own. But just to highlight the difference between Shiva and Vishnu; both made different kind of transitions through different epochs of Indian history. Shiva did have advantage of early start, because the unrefined nature of early concepts helped it to travel far and wide.

So, how come, am I writing about it today? Thanks to a photo blog on which I stumbled upon, which has several pictures from the Shaivism branch of hinduism.

http://nirarbuda.tumblr.com/

Indeed an interesting photo blog and the picture used in this post is also from that blog, as the original post does not refer to the artist, I am unable to do so.

Bhojpuri Pop – A defining genre.

21 Jan

Where was I, when all of it was brewing? Why am I having this cold coffee now? At 3:30 am in night, I am watching bhojpuri pop song after song. I want to laugh, but all I can come up is some severely restrained laughter, coming in form of air pumping and silent head banging; as I my room-mate is supposedly asleep.

One serious thought that came to is regarding the appropriateness of these songs, which are filled with sexual innuendos, being published far bellow the eye sight of any sort of censoring body. Not that they require any sort of censorship, but similar stuff may not pass through censor bodies present for mainstream media in India.

They are a sociological puzzle to me… and I guess if I continue watching them then I may decide to drop out from my masters program and take Film Studies program or apply for PhD in film and cultural studies.

I guess it is the intention to display brazen sexuality under some sort of restrain that make these video funny. About the wordings, well that somehow reflects the society or treads societal needs. Whatever; as a note to untrained ears, I want to tell you that the guys in this videos are not singing about homosexuality, they are straight guys singing about their lust for two beautiful women who are ripe for some sort of consumption.

For me it is important to not to fall in ‘feminism’ trap, which I believe will not allow me to look at these videos as objectively as I want to. To me these videos, specially the one posted along with this post are commentary on suppressed male sexuality than anything else. But then again, such a view limits the understanding of environment in which ‘Bhojpuri Pop’ is being produced, and honestly I am ill equipped to pass a judging comment.

So, I will take leave and leave you with the video that made me laugh, because of its wordings, singing, production quality, and imagining how a person without the understanding of the language might perceive this song.

Leveraging You and Me

11 May

On starters, I never understood web1.0, web2.0 and I am sure I will not understand webX.0 in time to come. With this I never understood transition from one version to another. But I do know that there are waves (not the google one) but like stream of thoughts that flow from time to time on internet. Another thing that I am sure of, is that internet is becoming more and more relevant by every passing day. I said this before, as an undergraduate from technology perspective, and now when I am in public affairs, there again I will say the same.

Whatever this web is called, web2.0 or web3.0, but what this web is doing is much better than what was ever done before. It is leveraging you, me and everyone. On this web, if you havent realized it by yourself, then you are following different roles, sometimes as a pure consumer, sometimes as pure producer, sometimes part of crowd or herd, sometimes as an activist, and most often you are there in intersection of two or more kinds mentioned above.

Sites, are becoming more engaging, and firms or website that is not leveraging this is out there sitting static and stagnant. The website that made me write this page is one WFPs mentioning 10 facts related to hunger. One thing that I noticed was that how it invite you to be an activist, by allowing you to tweet each individual point. Likewise you can share whole post also. There is a Facebook link, twitter link to follow and rudimentary RSS feed link. I posted it on my facebook page, and I am sure that at least 10 people will look at it.

Are governments listening to me…are governments watching the web… if they are then they should leverage us. They should minimize their footprint and use our footprints. This is not economical discussion on regulatory role to be played by government but this is pure efficiency. Solution is out there…allow people reach you, talk to them, there are new alternatives of engaging people in decision making and society has evolved from the times when Romans thought of democracy. This is the reason that my heart cringes when politicians harp on that voting is the time when public can vent their opinions in form of vote. My reply – Sorry Sir.

Dynamics of democracy is changing, and so should the system, so should the attitude.

Did somebody say – Most of the people do not have access to internet, so your thought isnt practically justified?

My Reply – Most of the people at one point of time thought that world is flat! So, is world flat? Internet is not there for most of the people because they cannot see the use, the day they see its use, it would be there. It truly is the time to leverage the power of public.

This post can be summarized as rant, but thats how Socrates started 😉

Presentation on Public Distribution System

25 Mar

Well this was my presentation on public distribution system program in India. It is in support for paper written for International Public Affairs Association conference in SPEA. I will soon report the findings on this blog. Grad life is tough and maintaing a blog is tougher…so please bear with any delay.

When love beckons a fight…

12 Jun

If I say that one of my friend is in love, seriously in love and wishes to marry her. This all may sound too obvious. But there is still one thing which makes me wonder; whats the value of a fancy marriage proposal without a ring? But then every other Bob is in love with someone or other and already bubbling to express it in some form or the other. I have no problem with any of it. More than this, I am pretty sure that my problems wont matter either. Love is something, which we as humans have got from Papa Apes who got it from their Papa Primates and it goes back and further back.

What is love? You dont need to be an expert to find it out, you just have to have beautiful girl who is sane and ready to devoter herself for you. Oops…I think I just asked everything. Let me tone it down; but to tone that, in most of the practical cases, I need to break down the sentence into two parts,

a. You need to find a girl who is ready to devote herself for you.

b. You need to find a beautiful girl.

Well both the above statements are quite sexist, and I have my apologies for my readers of fairer sex. I know you are nor like this, but then that girl in your class, that girl at your working place is exactly like this, and you know it. Dont smirk, I am not asking her name but already know her and her traits.

Once a girl is ready to fall in line, fall for you after your hefty presentation, there sometimes happen a paradigm change, she stops looking beautiful as she is now devoting herself to you rather than to her beauty maintenance regime. And when you strictly stopped paying attention to a girl who was devoting to you and you made it clear, then within weeks of doing so, that girl start looking beautiful and reason is opposite to one stated in previous line.

It is all quite interesting, isnt it? Well I bet, only a person like me, who have wonderful lady friends and still single can really enjoy this post, or in other words can be as wise as to appreciate what I am writing. To all the others, it is nothing but representation of waster body and wasted mind. Being an ardent follower of history, religion and love for past 15-20 years (ie. most of my life) I know two things, 1. Person not in love will sound like an idiot to one who is in love and vice a vis. 2. Love beckons fight, one way or other. These two things doesnt mean that I learned only these two things after spending 15-20 years of my love for history, religion and love, but they are two main things when it comes history, religion and love.

This post wont be plain outreach of my feelings but would be one with some solutions. And now I start with the main thing which I intended to write from the start.

Love as I said, always beckons fight. may sound troublesome to many and many might feel it as my fetid outpouring. But then they are almost true everytime. Just as warning, this certainly does not mean that we should stop loving, all it means is that we should continue loving, why do I say so…find it at the end of the post.

Going back to beautiful-devoted girl dichotomy, when a friend of mine fell for a beautiful friend and later decided to go for a fanciful proposal (obviously without ring) then only thing that stuck me was, ‘bloody hell when is that fight going to come’. And then on one fine morning I found that this girl is double timing…

For most of the history most of the major wars were fought for ladies, yeah, I know you will point out towards first world war and second world war, but then believe me, like in every sunk ship there is a treasure, there is always a woman as a reason for fight, and if there is none so obvious, you can always frame some. But love has always beckoned fight at local level. Between dogs, between apes, between males of all the species. Very much like right of property the right of progeny leads to fight. Now all of you can have a theory for such fights and I wont say anyones theory is wrong, and the matter of fact is that this is one thing where everyone is right, untill everyone agrees that love will lead to fight, either for it or after it.

Now comes the solution part:

What should you do when you are in a ‘face-off’ type condition with the other contender for the right of progeny?

Here is a plain simple answer…

CALL THE GIRL. Give GIRL a CALL. Postpone the fight if you are not able to contact the Girl.

Your contender may throw lot of verbal shit at you, do not be bothered because this action will not only save you, but may save your contender, may bring international peace in long run if not immediately.

What to say when you call a girl?

Ask her… Should I fight this Anti-Bob (just because you are Bob in this case) or not, who says he is in love with you and he wants me out of your way?

Now comes the most important part… look for the type of her answer, there can be three following types:

a. Get the hell out of there. You have no business there. You idiot. Please go, do not fight.

Now, based on what type of girl she is, the tone and content may vary but the crux should remain same. And if she is sounding anything like what I have written. Its totally your choice to fight or not to fight, and even if you lose by ending in a hospital, believe me, you have won a war. Now that girl should by most probable case is in love with you and all that concerned her was your safety. If you decided not to fight, she may say, ‘good you listened to me’ and if you do not and then when she comes to see you in hospital ‘her angry tears will be like pain killer for you’. Victory in this case is not important.

b. Second type of answer can be, ‘Just get that bastard out of your way, go tiger go or just beat him up’ or something like that.

Well in this case, the girl is too distressed from all that is happening and more so with that other boy and wants you to eliminate that filthy leech from the face of the earth. Yeah, it sounds flimsy, but then it is possible. What should you do…well you just heard it. FIGHT. Yeah, Fight to win. But then again no need to worry about end result. The girl may not be in true love with you but she is definitely not going Anti-Bob’s side.

c. Umm hmm..no..why…hmm umm…

If you are hearing this kind of stuff from the other side, i.e. from the girls side, and this type always comes with some delay. Then, you should think of avoiding any kind of fight. Whether it was battle of Troy, Ramayana or Mahabharat (Religion/Epic/Hisotry) all were fought for women in some way or other. You need not fall in ‘Troy Trap’, escape, find a better plan, find what does girl really think. Even it means saying to that guy that ‘yes I will move out of your way’ just say it and go away. By saying so you havent signed any legal document, you can always remain steadfast on your path. But that Umm..Hmmm… and etc that what you need to worry about. Boy, this is the time to set your priorities, to meddle with Beautiful-Devoted dichotomy. That would certainly be not the time to fight bare chest showing your masculinity and all those related feelings.

I know, if are already in a ‘Troy Trap’, you can shower some shallow chauvinistic morals, of which I know all, but I also know that they may win you a war, but battle would eventually be lost, and boy this is why this is called as ‘Troy Trap’.

Lets say you are finally married, to your loved one… go to any bookstore as soon as possible and pick a good book on how to live a happy married life, because you know nothing about it, and yes there after marriage is a FIGHT waiting for you, which you will never win and always fight. One which you signed for, one which you signed to loose. That is why love beckons a fight.

Billu sans barber…

8 Feb

Few things just bounce, and no matter whats your height they will bounce over you. I hope you people have already aware of the fact that the coming film from SRK, Billu Barber wond have Barber in its name anymore. This  decision was taken by SRK so as to pacify the BARBER association who would have knocked the doors of court as they felt offended by the word BARBER with Billu. Some leader of theirs whom I heard was saying that, “You can name anything, Billu Hairdresser or Billu Artist…but no Barber as barber is a cast. They have no right to bring cast in between.”

My head is twirling at metaphysical speed, and I am not comprehend this plain fact which was stated by that gentleman. I surely know if ‘Nayi’ as cast and also as surname, but they all are supposed to be proper nouns. Whereas luckily or unluckily ‘Nayi’ is also a common noun, and whose english translation is nothing but barber whose synonym is ‘hair dresser’. I would with my little knowledge of immense database of indian surnames, like to challenge even ‘ARTIST’ against Billu, because I know few person with ‘Kalakaar’ as surname. This case is surely not in court and SRK voluntarily removed barber from billu. 

This will surely set a unique precedent regarding the name of films and companies. Well I am suddenly feeling that we will have to change various english nouns if all of a sudden few people and their designated organization start feeling offended. 

Few examples… 

Vermicompost : High resemblance  with Vermas, and its not even a good thing.

Chug: I know few Chugs also.

there can be zillions…

Then we can not have songs on Daru as there are Daruwalas who can feel offended. 

Villains can not use ‘Sharm’ in wrong way, as there are Sharmas. So we wont have dialogues like, ‘ Gori SHARMA kyun rahi ho’ before setting situation to rape the ‘Gori’.

Well I think I am safe, and you wont be seeing me in any protest…I am trivedi… how can some one use it in some wrong way…thank you daddy’s daddy’s daddy’s daddy’s daddy’s….the first trivedi.

Ways to kill education

9 Oct

‘We dont need no education.’ A Pink floyd’s masterpiece by name of ‘Another Brick in the wall’. This blog post is partly inspired from this song and mostly inpired from a passage from a book I am reading, Catch-22 from Joseph Heller. The passage I am reffering is like this…

Yossarian attended the educational sessions because he wanted to find out why so many people were working so hard to kill him. A handful of other men were also interested, and the questions were many and good when Clevmger and the subversive corporal finished and made the mistake of asking if there were any.

‘Who is Spain?’

‘Why is Hitler?’

‘When is right?’

‘Where was that stooped and mealy-colored old man I used to call Poppa when the merry-go-round broke down?’

‘How was trump at Munich?’

‘Ho-ho beriberi.’ and ‘Balls!’ all rang out in rapid succession, and then there was Yossarian with the question that had no answer: ‘Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?’ The question upset them, because Snowden had been killed over Avignon when Dobbs went crazy in mid-air and seized the controls away from Huple.

The corporal played it dumb. ‘What?’ he asked.

‘Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?’

‘I’m afraid I don’t understand.’

‘Où sont les Neigedens d’antan?’ Yossarian said to make it easier for him.

‘Parlez en anglais, for Christ’s sake,’ said the corporal. ‘Je ne parle pas français.’

‘Neither do I,’ answered Yossarian, who was ready to pursue him through all the words in the world to wring the knowledge from him if he could, but Clevinger intervened, pale, thin, and laboring for breath, a humid coating of tears already glistening in his undernourished eyes.

Group Headquarters was alarmed, for there was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to. Colonel Cathcart sent Colonel Korn to stop it, and Colonel Korn succeeded with a rule governing the asking of questions. Colonel Korn’s rule was a stroke of genius, Colonel Korn explained in his report to Colonel Cathcart. Under Colonel Korn’s rule, the only people permitted to ask questions were those who never did. Soon the only people attending were those who never asked questions, and the sessions were discontinued altogether, since Clevinger, the corporal and Colonel Korn agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.

The blue colour portion is the one which inspired me to write this post, so true, so the imperative logic which can be derived from this quoted piece is that to kill education, you just need to stop pupils to ask question. As simple as that, and education, learning will all vanish, what will remain will be dry teachings. If you ever feel like looking into Upnishads, then you will find that, Guru’s from that age knew the importance of question as all the upnishads are in form of question and answers.

With new (with present standard, its old) education system, the right of questioning is harried away from students. The will to question starts dying, and eventually system starts to crumble, as there wont be enough people to educate. India at present can not think of becoming a developed economy, un till and unless we just gear up to educate all female and children, I am delibratingly leaving males from the list, because their participation is nation building is limited, its women, and childred which builds nation from within.

Another way we are killing the very spirit of education is by taking away the right of making mistakes. With time and development we started putting to heavy a price on mistakes, which meant we said that we are not in position to allow mistakes to happen and in a way took away the experimental spirit from students and children. And thing which stands to testify what I am saying is all the successful researches, products which in process of building faced zillions of failure.

So what teachers are doing, what are teachers of teachers doing. Before changing education system we need to put some thought in the process of how we are getting teachers. How are they being educated? Teaching as I see is more about inspiring than transpiring. Will I take teaching some day to prove the point? May be yes! but just may be. Till then you can watch this video and sing song with it.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave us kids alone
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

Today is no teachers day, neither students day…do we need a day to put our thoughts.

Long Live freedom, as stated in constitution.

What to do with Kashmir?

19 Aug

At present my sister is sleeping, with her arms twirled around her body, very similar to self hugging, and I have just finished reading full page of Kashmir story carried out in Hindustan Times. I only wonder that do sisters in Kashmir with all this rage and violence sleeps as sound as my young sister is doing now. I can only talk about my disability to comment first hand and can only rue over this fact, since none from my family I know has ever visited Kashmir. Valley simmered for a piece of land of size no more than a football field which would in any case be occupied for not more than a month or two. I for first time could not understand why the hell are they fighting over a piece of land, but after giving some thought I felt that they might have some Baba Amte type sentiments for their land, and it must be applauded if they are really looking for preserving nature. If they are so admant on preserving greenery then why is green cover all over Kashmir is reducing. This and onther reasons are crap and nothing but crap. Where are we heading with Kashmir after 61 years of independence? Do we have any solution of Kashmir, or we are just hoping that things will get better soon, or we are no yet clear about what we should hope.

If economical figures are to be taken then central government is shovering three times the money it is spending on Bihar, and yet Kashmiris enjoying special status as a nation within nation feel that they are not being treated nicely. Yes there is huge presence of army in Kashmir but it cant be done away with as Kashmir is an entry point for terrorists and terrorism is not just a problem of Kashmir but whole India, so removing army from Kashmir isnt the best thing to do. Or are we just sticking to it just beacuse we want to and we have no reason.

Cant we let Kashmir free, free from India, and Pakistan as an individual state? Thats waht two articles in two different people were echoing. I am talking of Vir Singhvi’s and Swaminathan Ankleshwar Aiyar’s article in Times of India. They both in their own way said that lingering on with Kashmir is not doing any great help to India, both felt that in most probable cases Laddakh and Jammu would prefer being with India and Kashmir may decide to form a separate country or may wish to become part of Pakistan. In any of the above case we will surely eliminate this Kashmir problem. We have to somehow come over quasi collonist view which we have regarding Kashmir, being a liberal nation we must not only get ourselves ready for a liberal solution but alsomove ahead. If people in Kashmir really see themeselves anything different than Indians then we really do not have any right to keep them stuck to us. In present scenario, though being one of the richest state being on per capita income, there isnt enough happiness in Kashmir and this in turn isnt allowing India to remain happy.

Terrorism in now no longer a Kashmir specific problem, and even after doing away with Kashmir we wont find reduction in terrorist incidents, as miscreants will find other reasons to spread their anarchy. Still we will be in much better place to handle terrorism with strong hand as we wont be specifically answerable to certain state, and its people.

I even after readin few articles and going through few books find myself as no lerned apostle of Kashmir problem, but I strongly feel that now is the time when we should let Kashmiris truly decide their destiny. ANd kindly do go through the articles I mentioned in this post.

Sri Vivekanand Library from British Library; a new dawn.

1 Jul

Change is always for good, irrespective of results. When id first few moths of this year it was decided by some respected authorities from British Council, that they can not run British Library in Bhopal, there was lot of hue and cry. I for all that time kept on saying, wait, we are going to see brighter tomorrow; people on other hand didnt felt same. I had a simple logic in mind when I said that we were going to have brighter future, and the logic was that due to large number of college going student population which is aspiring to go great guns around the globe a city with 20 lakh+ population can not do without a proper library. There is a big market and if there is market there will be a system to feed the market, if it wont be British Library it ought to be some one else. There were petetions after petetions and large ammount of space was given to it in news papers those days. They all had an effect, we now have Sri Vivekanand Library in the same building and with same books (donated by British Library) but with better future. I will come to better future part slighly later, here i will like to emphasize on the effect of all that public hue. What it did is that it sped up the whole process of having a new library. If there wouldnt have been that much noise in those days, Government of MP which is now running SVL would have taken much more time to asses the requirement of public, and in due course they might have lost the British Library’s book collection.
Now comes the ‘better’ part, why am I of opinion that SVL is better than BL? BL as name suggest was highly British in nature, their interests were in coherence with British Council which was in turn looking for Indian students to fill their universities(I had no problem with that). Books and Journals which they had were mostly of British origin, which was in some way was not allowing enough American media, to come in (not in strictest sense). Now with SVL there is no ideological binding with ‘British’ and we can have wider array of events, and books in library. This means more opportunity to read various authors and journals around the globe and more seminars and discourses on various topics. Isnt it great?
People may still doubt that whther SVL can be run on the same lines of BL or not, but here also I am full of poisitivity, it surely will, primarily because it has retained good number of officials from BL and second they are not answerable to any council but directly to public as it is being run by Government of MP. Chances are that SVL might start keeping hindi literature also, once again becuase now they are not under influence of BC agenda. Only possible dark side I see into all this is that there are chances certain fluctuation in its appraoch of providing better books, literary and knowledge services due to change in governments and their respective agendas…Hey I am sure public (including me) will see into it that such a thing never occurs.