Saturday, August 18, 2012

Politics of Crime or Criminal Politics

The Assam Riots, the Riots in Mumbai, the mass exodus by North Eastern Indians Starting from Bangaluroo and then spreading across Karnataka and now as reported from Pune.  People are made to think that these all has resulted due to the Hate Comments as posted on the Social Networking Sites or the Hate Messages as circulated through SMSes or Twitter.  Cops are also working towards ensuring that the Social Media is engaged in cleansing of such Hate Messages.  But is there any focus on the Root Cause of such cases?  Would somebody get down to identify From where these messages came into being? Would someone try to identify the Origin of the Sins caused?

Take for instance - Riots that originated at Azad Maidaan in Mumbai could not have been sporadic.  There has to be a good amount of planning behind them and there has to be a good amount of backing to those who were involved in rioting.  Police Force deployed got apparently outnumbered resulting in molestation of  Female Cops, now this situation cant arise unless there is enough preparation behind the riots by the Radicals.  It needs to be treated more as a Organized Crime and Organized Political Vandalism rather than Rioting.  The Case here is of Criminal Conspiracy shielded by the Religious Politics that in turn is shielded by the Religious Sentiments.

Another Instance - Mass Exodus of North-Eastern Indians starting from Bangaluroo and now reportedly stretched to Pune.  This is another case or Organized Crime to threaten the fellow citizens against their right to Education / Employment. Though this is nothing new because we have seen this before and that was more gruesome than this.  Though there is mass exodus, there still is no violence involved at this time and I would pray for the peace to prevail.  Having said that, this again is one staged and planned Regional Political Conspiracy that was played through the newer Information media of Social Networks and SMSes / Twitter messages.  If it were not the Pre-Planned case, why would special train/s be running (as reported) from Bangaluroo to the North Eastern India? That too without any "Official Announcement" about them.  This again is a clear case of Politically Sponsored Hate Campaign.

Coming to Situation in Assam, it is not something that we would ever like to witness.  People in relief camp are not ready to move back to their home for they are afraid.  What are they afraid of?  Why would someone be afraid of moving back to own house? Certainly when there is a known case of Political Backing to the rioters.  

All the above instances make me wonder "if India is at the brink of Political Insanity?"  Has the era of Political instability in India marked its beginning?  Are the people who get motivated to spearhead the Riots gone Insane or have they lost their sense of Civil Socialism?

With the set of happenings around in the Country, it makes me wonder why I get to hear - "We are a Civilized Nation!!" When actually the Politics here is of Barbaric Activities and Hate Speeches to the extent that the Law Enforcement Agencies themselves find it difficult to cope with!!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Unknown Tiger - The Black Tiger

It is very interesting for our Nation to have been awaiting the flick "Ek Tha Tiger". Interesting because the nation has had so many real tigers who need to be praised for their bravery and their courage to have laid their lives for the Nation, for Mother India. Today, when the nation is headed to celebrate 65 yrs of Independence, I feel that there are many Unsung Heroes and known Tigers who need to be Saluted and whose families need to be honored on this Day when India got its freedom 65 years back.

One such Tiger or the National Hero was Ravindra Kaushik, who was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan in 1952 to an ex Air Force personnel Mr. J M Kaushik.  He served the nation till his last breath in 2001.  He is one of the real hero who the nation needs to recognize for his bravery.  The unfortunate son whose hard work though helped the nation in many ways, but was never recognized.  Whose glory should have touched the height of the Skies above, but were rather burried deep in the politics.

Ravindra Kaushik, was one of those who sacrificed their youth, their family life and their own interest in the interest of the nation.  He, who was known for his "Mono-Acting" and Mimicry Skills, left everything for serving the nation.  In 1971, he joined RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), India's External Intelligence Agency and underwent rigorous training for two years.  During the training, he learnt Urdu, given religious education, taught about the topography of Pakistan and then to show him as a Muslim "Sunnat" was performed on him.

Ravindra was then sent to Pakistan with an identity as a resident of Islamabad and he enrolled in Karanchi University for a Law Degree. After completing is Law Degree, he could successfully join Pakistan's Army as a commissioned officer and went up being promoted to the rank of 'Major'.

Ravindra accomplished a major operation in 1979 while serving as the Officer in Pakistan's Army & for that success that helped India, he was awarded with the title of "Black Tiger".   But who would know that later the same title would break open his identity as it happened in 1983.  The unfortunate incident when another Indian operative was captured in Pakistan and was interrogated for his motives. That operative broke and revealed the identity of The Black Tiger.  Ravindra was arrested and tortured to reveal information about the Indian Army. But the Tiger that he was, he never succumbed to any pressure and finally in 1985 he was sentenced to death which subsequently was converted to life imprisonment in 1990.  Ravindra spent almost 18 years in Pakistan's jail and finally succumbed to prolonged illness on November 21, 2001.  His body was Buried behind the jail in Mianwali.

The unfortunate Son of Soil could have been brought back, but he was not.  The Govt led by Indira Gandhi denied his Indian Citizenship and his existence as The Citizen of India and RAW operative are said to have been erased from the Govt and RAW files.  The once Black Tiger went down the history of Indian Intelligence Operations as an Unknown Tiger till the controversy on the movie "Ek Tha Tiger" broke with his nephew Vikram Vashisth slamming a Legal Notice to the Producer of the Movie to give Due Credits to the late Hero.

The Producers and the Director Kabir Khan have vehemently denied any connection between the movie and the Real Life Hero Ravindra Kaushik.  Whatever is the truth of the movie and the script, we as the fellow citizens must rise and salute the Black Tiger as well as the other Unsung Hero of the Nation. Today if we are enjoying our freedom and celebrating the Independence, we owe them a tribute and the respect for their sacrifices.
Credits - Daily Pioneer, The Telegraph

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Poor Empowerment or Another Scam Scheme?

Just Read and Article on TOI - "Every poor family may get a mobile"

Salient observations made - 

  1. Har Hath mein phone 
  2. Expected to be announced on August 15, 2012 by PM 
  3. Scheme is of Rs. 7000 Crore
  4. 200 minutes to be free
  5. To be Funded from the Telecom Department's Universal Service Obligation Funds
  6. Scheme would involve Monthly expenditure of Rs. 100 / mth / phone
  7. 50% of Funds to come from the Successful Bidder
Interesting that this stuff is coming at a juncture when most of the political parties are working towards ensuring that they prepare the right manifest and are putting the right Foot forward for the elections coming up in 2014.  This could lead to a speculation that the UPA has a hidden motive to reach the masses that play important role in the Poll Swings.  A Scheme that may be dubbed as the scheme to empower the Poors or the BPL families.  A scheme that would certainly have UPA earn some browny points.

Few points that I derived from the reading - 
  1. What would be the base to identify the "Poor"? If it would be the wages, well a good point.  But, if the Poor doesn't have enough to eat meals twice a day or to have a house to live, what would they do with the Phone? 
  2. What would be the per minute charges beyond initial 200 free minutes? 
  3. What would Govt do if the Poor wouldn't have the required money to pay for the excess bill? it is sure that if the bill is for the amount that the Poor Will Not be able to Pay, the service will get disconnected. What would Govt. do to ensure that the services are restored
  4. How would Govt. ensure that the "Poor" do not sell off the phones for quick money?
  5. How would Govt. ensure that the phones do not get misused and do not get in the wrong hands?
  6. Wouldn't it be good to ensure that the Poor get better education facility than the phone? If the poor wouldn't know to read and write, how are they going to use the mobile effectively?
  7. Wouldn't it be better to run a scheme that would ensure that the Poor get facilitated to get recurring Job and regular Income? That would ensure regular meals for them, that is what I opine.
These are just few questions that came to my mind and I couldn't stop wondering as to what would be the overall mechanism by the Government to ensure that the end result if the scheme would as "Envisaged" and as Expected.....

If you think you have any answer to the above, please do post your opinion and let all of us also understand the mechanism :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Youth and Intemperance

Intemperance refers to the quality of lacking restraints and is often used to represent the habit of excessive alcoholism, drug abuse and similar other evil habits of exceeding one/s appetite of consuming food or beverages.

The issue of Intemperance is widely observed in the society today.  With the ever decreasing size of families, more independence, increasing loneliness and other similar attributes, the youth today is experiencing a lot more inclination towards one or other form of Intemperance.  With more and more social networking getting online to the newer interaction media, the life of an average youth is more restricted to limited places and more of activities by the youth is being observed online.  

All the situations and circumstances are leading the youth to one specific corner.  The youth today wants to exhibit that cool and chick personality online and loves to brag around in virtual as well as real world about his or her hap attitude.  To exhibit their hap attitude, the youth get inclined to alcohol, smoking habits, drugs and similar other ill habits.  And before they realize, they find themselves that deeply involved in these habits that they can't think of a day without them, leading themselves at times to Intemperance, or over consumption.  This can be well represented by the ever increasing young deaths due to overdose of drugs and increasing medical expenses for excessive alcoholism.

For instance let me sight a case where this young chap was over indulged in the social networking.  He, who was a lot active in the field games in his school days when internet and social networking sites were not that a craze. But, by the time he was in second year of his college, he got hooked on to the internet and social networking sites.  You may say that the first sign of Intemperance with over indulgence to specific activity.  Slowly and slowly his interactions in real world were limited to the college and studies and more of his time was spent online.  He had a big time image in the virtual world where he was known as a Dare Devil, with a clean image of non-alcoholic and non-smoker.  There he was a regular gamer too and in one such game he lost the bet to someone in truth or dare sort of case.  That was the first time he had a drag of smoke and his first sip of beer. Over the time he developed the taste for both and before his friends and family could realize what was going around, Beer and Smoke became his best buddies in the confinement of his room.  the Young 20 something lad who had an Athlete's Physique turned into a So Called "Fatso" with that typical Beer Belly and "Bull Dog" Face.  His family, friends and well wishers tried to get him away from these regular companions, but more they tried, more he got drawn towards them.  The case went to the tune where he was admitted to Hospital for medical issues related to Lungs, for excessive smoking that too in closed room.  Today, at 22 something, the young lad is working back to regain his life that was prevalent in his early teens.  Life saved after getting into the trap of Intemperance....

Another case where this young girl of 16 something from a Middle Class Family got in a circle of girls from rich and affluent families. She started feeling out of the class and to be at par with them, she started demonstrating her so called "High Class" habits of smoking and junk foods. With time she realized her family can't afford to pay her the pocket money to lead the life like those girls and that was the first time she stepped on the wrong side of the life: she went to a rave party where under the influence of alcohol and drugs she accepted offer to sleep with someone for money. Today, she is high on drugs and has become a high society escort to fund her Intemperance for alcohol, smoke and drugs. Her family has disowned her for she brought the disrepute to them.  Life lost and spoiled in the trap of Intemperance!!!

There are many such cases where lives get spoiled and lost due to the lack of willpower and lack or support from families and friends.  It is very easy in today's society to get tempted towards something and slowly get into the vice like grip of Intemperance. And with the low social indulgence in the real society or lack of moral support, there are many lives that are lost or spoiled.

So, what should we be doing?  It's your call, we can actually do a lot towards such cases.  Just look around yourself and you would find one or other case of Intemperance. May be, you yourself may be suffering due to Intemperance.  It is important that we identify such cases well in time and help the one suffering to come out of the vice like grip of Intemperance.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Irresponsible Media

Oh So nice, Times Group was the one to run the campaign against Maharashtra Govt when they increased the legal age limit to consume alcohol. That time they targeted Govt and ran the Campaign with Captions Like - If I can vote at 18, why can't I drink at 18. Interesting that their campaign then fell right on the face.

Now the target is Amir's Satyamev Jayate - Interesting to note that Times has "Highlighted" the case when the episode in question was about Bad effects of Drinking.

Time for Times Group to grow up!!!  Media is called as one of the Pillars of Democracy and what we witness is irresponsible behavior by one of the Reputed Media House proving to be the Evil Eye of Democracy trying to Bake its bread on the scoops that would raise TRP of their Shows.....

Seriously - Time to Grow up and Time to be responsible

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