The World as I see and feel it.
22 June 2013
23 April 2011
- I can't feel anything but cynicism towards the Anna Hazare case; the pervasive corruption in our milieu is too huge for this act. - 6 Apr
- As always, @acorn has some excellent insights on the ongoing issue. #JanLokpalBill #GrammarOfAnarchy - 7 Apr
- So, finally, Rajkhowa too realises the futility of rising against the Indian state, says he's ready for dialogue. #GrammarOfAnarchy #ULFA - 8 Apr
- I support & respect Anna Hazare's intentions - corruption has to be weeded out. It's just that I think his method is unconstitutional. - 8 Apr
- Havells fans ads remind me of the extremely proactive 'civil society' in India. #GrammarOfAnarchy - 9 Apr
- It's really heartbreaking to see that people are so disappointed in Democracy - the way it works here in India. But, this was coming. - 10 Apr
- There is so much anger against the blatant corruption here, so much frustration. No wonder Hazare got such unprecedented a support. - 10 Apr
- The proposed Jan Lokpal bill is draconian, or naive at best. It's good that a committee is constituted to look into this matter. - 10 Apr
- The Bhushan duo have done some excellent work for the country in the past. Their inclusion in the comm. would only result in something good - 10 Apr
- Here's hoping that our society is finally exorcized of corruption. It's a tough ask, but we are up to it. - 10 Apr
- Devil's Advocate on CNN-IBN with Kejriwal clarifies a lot of points regarding the Jan Lokpal bill; nice watch. - 10 Apr
- Amongst this Jan Lokpal brouhaha, Indian Express retains its voice of logic and sanity. - 13 Apr
- It's a classic catch-22. Voting doesn't help as your vote doesn't matter; any other way to voice your dissent/opinion is unconstitutional. - 13 Apr
- Frankly, i'm a bit surprised at Open Magazine's stand on the Jan Lokpal case. Also, their articles are unnecessarily provocative. - 15 Apr
- It's interesting how no one is criticising Mulayam's antics in that Bhushan CD - shady-dealing on his part are taken for granted! - 21 Apr
- It smells of an ugly conspiracy all over, every now and then a new controversy being raised against the Bhushans - 21 Apr
- 2 (6) ‘Government servants’ excludes Judges; 2 (11d) ‘Public servants’ includes them.
- 6 (2c) Why this age fixation?
- 6 (3) How these numbers were reached?
- 6 (4) Define ‘unimpeachable integrity’?
- 6 (10b) What ‘public feedback’? How would the majority Indians, the ‘Bharat’ if you may, provide its feedback? And this ‘Bharat’ is he who elects our leaders, due to its sheer numbers. This much for ‘democracy’.
- 6 (11) In continuation of our glorious tradition, the President is merely ceremonial.
- 7 (3e) Senior-most judges at the time of removal, junior-most/youngest for appointment?
- 12 ‘Deemed to be a police officer’? Rank?
- 12, 13 (4) The Lokpal is, therefore, Police and Judge at the same time?
- 18 (viii) What if the President rejects the Lokpal’s recommendations?
- 19A Apropos of the sheer volume of cases in our courts, and in light of the fact that there is the provision of imprisonment, can the bill envisage the chaos it may cause?
- 19B The Lokpal chairperson is above the Judges? “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes”?
- 21B Guidelines to be mabe from time to time? Does the definition of ‘integrity’ change with time? And why, after being ambiguous and vague at so many places insofar as definitions are considered (implicit subjectivity), is this allowance of explicit subjectivity?
- There is a time limit for everything, and no exception is added; what if there’s a genuine need for one?
- As Shekhar Gupta pointed out, Musharraf type ‘impeccable integrity’ references abound. This is highly subjective and vague.
- 22 (5) Suo moto transfer?
- 23 (7) Arbitrary salaries?
- 28A (8) Half of the funds shall lie with the Lokpal! [‘Lokpal Fund’ and the question of incentive for ‘extortion’ (for lack of a better word).]
- 28B Mentions an ‘ethics committee’ all of a sudden; and is incomplete.
Corruption is indeed a huge problem in India and has to be weeded out for the society and economy to develop to its full potential. But unconstitutional means, which do no more than drumming up jingoism, for/towards the same do only disservice to the cause and the country. A bill which seeks to undermine the basic structure of the constitution - our country is a Parliamentary Democracy, a Democratic Republic, remember - must not be allowed to hold our legislature hostage. Anyone who seeks to be a part of the legislature should come through the proper channel - by fighting elections.
18 March 2011
(4) Another important feature of Lucknow is the residency, built in 1800 A.D by the then Nawab of Awadh, Saadat Ali Khan II. It was constructed in order to serve as the residence for the British Resident General who was a representative in the court of Nawab. The palace gained prominence during the siege of Residency, at the time of the rebellion of 1857. Sir Henry Lawrence, who bore the responsibility 3500 human lives, undertook the defense and counter initiative when he was completely surrounded by the 'mutineers'; he died during the last days of the siege, before help arrived under Havelock and Outram.
(5) Suggested further readings: Yogesh Pravin, Anurag Kumar, and Abdul Halim Sharar.
14 November 2010
01 October 2010
I took this picture on a cloudy night. The moon is not a full one, and it's seemingly entangled in the clouds. Yet, it's a delight to look at - pristine and glowing. There is darkness everywhere, except for that little zone of luminosity struggling to hold on to dear life.
25 September 2010
1. on opening up new IITs..NO...not because it will tarnish the image of the IITs, but because it is just an extension of the trickle down theory. The money can be better spent directly on the bottom of our socio-economic pyramid. Infact if you ask me today, I would not support even the creation of those seven in the first place.
2. On reservation...NO more of populism please!...They only benefit those are already well off to support their basic education and have a decent living, not those who have nothing.
3. On a common entrance test... YES!...because it has the obvious benefits of integration, but it should take the varying needs of institutes into account.
4. on taking the board marks into account...please prepare the framework it needs first, then do it. It will give a better idea of the overall personality of the student. But dont try and reach the moon with an autorickshaw.
12 September 2010
08 September 2010
22 August 2010
But, for all its awesomeness, fb does have its own share of issues. The most important of them is the issue of privacy. As anyone who's been on this site for a while will testify, the privacy settings are pretty cryptic. And in saying that I'm actually being generous! Setting proper safety settings on fb is as tough as its important (take your sweet pick!); and I could find my cuppa, with help fromthis post, after devoting a considerable amount of time to the stuff.
The most important safety feature on fb is that of lists. Basically, what it means is that you can 'tag' your friends as per your wish, and allow only specific people - a list of them - to be able to view any particular content. Say, for example, you want to post a pic of you flipping the bird to your boss, but you don't want your office people to see it. What you'll do is that you'll put all your office people in a list - effectively tagging them - and then prevent those people from seeing that pic on your wall, by hiding the pic from them, as you upload it. Yes, it is that simple!
You can also enable only a group of people to post on your wall, only for them to see other people's posts, or even hide the whole wall from some people, the combinations are endless! Ideally, one should limit those friends who can access one's info on fb; but that's strictly my own opinion.
One way orkut is better than fb - in my opinion, of course - is that on orkut you can access someone's private album even if you have the direct URL address to it. This isn't so in fb, and that's a dangerous thing. Still, the pros far outweigh the cons, and so, for now, fb it is!