Monday, March 31, 2014

The great AAP experiment

14 Feb 2014, Arvind Kejriwal's date with 'power' to change the system came to an end! He resigned, out of frustration with the system, he claims. 

When Anna and AK launched the movement against corruption, We the People of India thought we could see a change. Their movement caught the imagination of the middle class, the educated masses, who are never considered a vote bank, who never stir out of their homes on voting day, came out in support of the movement in huge no.s. We all thought good days back back to India. Some even compared it to the Freedom movement in the '40s.

Then appeared the cracks among the team Anna. AK decided to go alone. And the people still hoped...

And when AK launched the Aam Admi Party, people where elated. And voted his debutante AAP to power, well almost. AAP getting so many votes was a record in itself. 

After all this, what did AK and his AAP do? Drama, Drama and Dharna. All he could manage was mere 49 days in power. What was his problem? His Lokpal bill was not allowed to be presented in the legislature, for procedural issues. And like crybaby, he resigned.

So what, the AAPtards ask. What he did was right, he did not want to stay in power once he realised he could implement his promise. 

But what he really achieved? Anyone care to think? He dashed the hopes of the millions of people, all over the country, hope, hoping for a good future, clean politics, good politicians.
He reinforced what the rest of the politicians were saying, you cannot clean the system.

Now did he do that indvertantly or by design, who knows. Answers, anyone?

Income Tax Dept & Privacy

The new ad by the Income Tax Dept. claims to know every spending activity of ours. The spot ad on FM channels claims 'ನೀವಾನಾದರೂ ಬಚ್ಚಿಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಾ, ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ...." Is this not an assault on our privacy. The Govt. has the right to levy taxes on us and also collect it from us. But is this not tantamount spying on us? We get upset about the Govt. reading all emails, our tweets, facebook posts..... How come we are never worried about this blatant spying? Our Hon. Finance Minister claims to created a mega software which can analyse our incomes, spending patterns, how much tax we have paid, etc etc...... We are quiet abt this, nonchalant. But when we are told that Google 'scans' our mails to display targetted ads, we are inflamed, protest passionately!!! Wakeup Indians, #‎uttishTabharata

Saturday, February 15, 2014

ನಾನೋಬ್ಬ Anarchist!!!!

Imagine a situation, a rogue country has attacked India, & Gen. Bikram Singh, COAS says, "Sorry, we are here to learn. We may have made some mistakes, but our intentions are good"
What if the Chief of Naval staff said, Let me first learn & them we will fight the enemies.

What if the Hon. Justices of Supreme Court of India said, we are anarchists?

Can you imagine the CEO of Infy sitting on a dharna??? because the American Embassy refused visas to his employees???

We expect high standards of performance from the Executive, the Judiciary, the Defence forces, teachers, lecturers, professors,  our hairdresser, tailor, even our kaam wali bai..........
We take extreme care when we select our kaam wali bai.

But then why do we elect & tolerate; untrained, uneducated, roguish, anarchists, criminals in the Legislature????? Why do we never ask their credentials, verify their credentials, their competence......... We blindly vote based on their glib talk, caste groupings, religion......... Why so? Any answers ppl?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

67th Independence day

Everywhere there are congratulatory messages, celebrations, elevated moods for 67th Independence day of the Republic of India??

What are we today?

We claim today to be the world's biggest democracy, but only 40% of the population vote! Are we then a real democracy?

40 odd years after Garibi hatao, we still need the Food Security Act to feed our people with 150 gm of food grains/person/day, and the definition of a rich person is a person who can earn more than Rs. 26/day.

We need Aap ke paise aap ke haath (Direct Benefit Transfer) to get in full what is rightfully ours.

We still need to fight in courts about the necessity to sing Vande mataram, our national song, in schools!
We have forgotten the sacrifices made by the anonymous millions during the freedom fight but remember just 1 family n their dynastic rule.

Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekar Azad, Khudiram Bose are described as terrorists in our text books, but Kasab n the people who wave flags of a neighbouring country are sympathised as freedom fighters!

Is there anything to celebrate, congratulate ourselves?

ವಸಂತ ಮೂಡುವುದೆಂದಿಗೆ

ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ಈ ಹಾಡು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು ಸಿ. ಅಶ್ವಥ್ ಅವರ ಸಿರಿ ಕಂಠದಲ್ಲಿ. ಸಂಗೀತ, ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಅಮೋಘವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ ಇದರ ನಿಜವಾದ ಅರ್ಥ ತಿಳಿದದ್ದು ದೂರದ ದೆಹಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ.

ಹೀಗೇ ಒಮ್ಮೆ supplier visit ಮುಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ತಣ್ಣಗೆ AC ಗಾಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗುರ್‌ಗಾಂವದಿಂದ ದೆಹಲಿ ಏರ್‌ಪೋರ್ಟ್‌ಗೆ ಹೊರಟಿದ್ದೆ. ಹೊರಗೆ ವಿಪರೀತ ಬಿಸಿಲು, AC ಇದ್ದರೂ ಒಳಗೆ ಅಸಹನೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಗಾಡಿ ಅಚಾನಕ್ ನಿಂತುಬಿಟ್ಟಿತು. ಮತ್ತೂ ಅಸಹನೆಗೊಂಡು ಕಿಟಕಿಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಗೆ ನೋಡಲು ಕಂಡದ್ದು ಒಂದು Ape ಆಟೋ. ಆಗಲೆ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ೩~೪ ಜನ ಇದ್ದರೂ ಸುಮಾರು ೧೦ highschool ಓದೋ ಹೆಣ್ಣುಮಕ್ಕಳು ಅದೇ ಆಟೋವನ್ನು ಏರಿ ಕುಳಿತರು. ಹೊರಗೆ ಉರಿಬಿಸಿಲು, ಈ ಪುಟ್ಟ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಆಟೋದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೀಗೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾರಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬ ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯ, ದುಃಖ. ನೆನಪಾದದ್ದು ಇದೇ ಹಾಡು “ ವಸಂತ ಮೂಡುವುದೆಂದಿಗೆ, ಈ ಜನಕೋಟಿಯ ಗೋಳು ಬಾಳಿಗೆ”! ಯಾವುದರ ಪರಿವೂ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಆ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ನಗುನಗುತ್ತಾ, ಪರಸ್ಪರ ಮಾತಾಡುತ್ತಾ ತಮ್ಮ ಲೋಕದಲ್ಲೇ ಇದ್ದರು.

ಸುಮಾರು ಒಂದು ಘಂಟೆಯ ನಂತರ, ದೆಹಲಿ ಏರ್‌ಪೋರ್ಟ್ ತಲುಪಿಯಾಯ್ತು. Check in, security check ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಾಂಗವಾಗಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿ, waiting hallಗೆ ಬಂದ ಮೇಲೆ ಆಹಾ, ಸಮಾಧಾನದ ಉಸಿರು ಬಿಟ್ಟಂತಾಯಿತು. ಎಂಥಾ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ, ಅದೂ ಕೇವಲ ೪೦ kmಗಳಲ್ಲಿ! ಬೇಸಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲೂ ಛಳಿಯೆನಿಸುವಷ್ಟು AC, Pizza Hut, KFC, Costa Coffee…. ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಟಿತ restaurantಗಳು. ಇನ್ನು ಕೊಳ್ಳುಬಾಕತನವನ್ನು ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸುವ ಮಿನಿ ಮಳಿಗೆಗಳು.... ಕೊನೆಯಿಲ್ಲ.

ಆದರೆ ಈ ಜನರೇಕೆ ಹೀಗೆ? ಕೆಲವರು ಮುಖ ಗಂಟು ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು, ಮೊಬೈಲ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆ ನಡೆಸುತಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಇನ್ನೂ ಕೆಲವರು blackberryಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಲ್ಲೀನರು, ಮತ್ತೂ ಕೆಲವರು laptopಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊತ್ತುಕೊಂಡು charging pointಗಾಗಿ ಹುಡುಕಾಟ, ಒಬ್ಬರ ಮುಖದಲ್ಲೂ ಮಂದಹಾಸದ ಛಾಯೆ ಕೂಡಾ ಇಲ್ಲ! ಇರುವುದೆಲ್ಲವ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಇರದುದರೆಡೆಗೆ ತುಡಿವ ಮನಸ್ಸು! ನೆನಪಾದದ್ದು ಅದೇ ಹಾಡು “ ವಸಂತ ಮೂಡುವುದೆಂದಿಗೆ, ಈ ಜನಕೋಟಿಯ ಗೋಳು ಬಾಳಿಗೆ” ಈ ಜನರ ಬಾಳಲ್ಲೂ ವಸಂತ ಮೂಡುವುದೇ???

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

All in the name of love!

Let me tell you a story. Long long ago, there was a saint. A very kind man he was, he would help the poor & needy, the orphans. Whenever someone needed money, this kind saint would drop a small bag of money in that person’s home, unnoticed. Someone was hungry, food would materialize on his table, courtesy the saint. This noble gesture of gifting continued as long he was alive. When he was no longer, people continued this tradition of gifting in his memory. Any guesses who this noble saint was?

Let me tell you another story. Long long ago, there was a saint. A very kind man he was , he would help couples in love get married, marry off soldiers, in short, do his bit to help lovers. For this, he was punished with death. Now if I were to ask who this saint was, everyone would say St. Valentine, who lent his name to an important day,” Valentine’s day”

The first story was how I was introduced to St. Valentine in my high school days & I remembered him this way. During the first year engineering, someone asked me “Are you going to give a red rose to someone?” I did not know why I should give someone a red rose. Laughing at my ignorance, that person explained the following day was a very special day, 14 February, Valentine’s Day. You could express your love to person you loved, through a red rose. Then I realized this was another facet of St. Valentine!

From that day I have followed Valentine’s day, year after year, from gifting a simple rose (roses aren’t simple anymore, they cost more than INR500 for single flower) to gifting of diamond rings, electronic gizmos. Beg, Borrow or Steal, but an expensive gift to your Valentine is a must!

St. Valentine’s name is being used to promote sale of greeting cards, expensive gifts, encourage promiscuity among young people, make junkies out of our future generation by goading them to taverns, the list goes on.

All for the sake of love, freedom & of course St. Valentine. The humble saint who stood for true love& companionship, would be horrified to see his name being used this way.

Is this the only way to celebrate LOVE?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hinduism: Answering a friend's questions

My friend had the following questions.
> In Muslims and Christianity, person from any caste can be a priest...
> In Muslims and Christianity, any body can enter any church and reach the "Altar" or
"Main pooja" place.
> But in Hindusim, I was told SC / ST can't be a priest (poojari)
> In Hinduism, certain temples are restricted for certain caste people .
I tried to answer him this way:
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, well all religions of the world, have their positive & negative points. Most of the time, we all forget the gud points & focus only on the negative points Thats human nature, we are drawn towards evil more easily than goodness, is it not so?
Well, answering your questions:
Coming to enter the altar or the main pooja hall (We call it the Garbha Griha), nobody, even upper caste people except the priests, are allowed there. The garbha griha is sacred. Priests too have to enter under strict conditions, they should not have eaten food till the puja is completed, they should maintain personal cleanliness, etc. Infact, the priests, once they enter the garbha griha should not move out till the puja is completed.
You have to be clean, in body, in mind. Whoever does not meet this criteria, will be turned away, upper caste / lower caste.
Well, this is not restricted to Hinduism only. Even Islam prescribes it. Have a look outside the mosques, you can see people wash their feet, hands & feet before entering.
The purpose of these things is not merely to maintain tradition. You worship God with clean and focussed mind. Other things should not interfere your worship. So, these things are prescribed. Cleanliness starts from outside, clean body, clean clothes, clean surroundings==>clean mind, is it not so.
Frankly, there are no restrictions for people to enter temples, neither caste, nor religion. Recently, the Prime Minister of Turkey & his family visited a Hindu temple in Bangalore. This itself proves it, right?
Coming to being a priest, its not easy to being a priest in Hinduism. Priest's role is not merely to perform rituals or be a conduit for God. He has to live as an example for the others, he has to be a guide for people to attain God. He has to know the Agama shastras (how to perform puja), Vedas, Upanishads etc etc. The training itself takes about 15 years. He has to be rigorously trained from childhood ( training will be nothing less severe than that of a Marine commando. Only, the training is for the mind).
Whoever can take this training & successfully pass, is welcome to be a priest! Well this is same with all religions, is it not?
Coming to the basic question of castes, the division was based on skill, physical ability, mental make up of the person(s) in question. Ask any child psychologist, he will counsel not to force the child. We should consider the child's ability (mental, physical makeup), interest and choose the right vocation for him. The same was followed in Hinduism too. Certain people were more capable of being soldiers, some were more capable of being priests, some were more capable of being in business, so were capable of service jobs. They were assigned accordingly. Asking people to do jobs against their skills makes them squirm, uncomfortable & underperforming (remember the ad!). The present degeneration is our mistake, not the mistake of the system.
I admire & honour all the religions of the world, their prophets & their followers. Hinduism proclaims the same. Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita proclaims " Whichever way(religion) you take, ultimately you will reach ME (God)" So, for us, all the religions are the same, since God is one & the same, for each religion claims their God to be Omnipotent, Omniscient, loving n caring. If the characteristics are same, then God should also be same.
What do you say people?