Category: Social Messages

Thoughts and Cartoons with a Social Message

RTI activist beaten up for trying to unearth corruption in MNREGA.

Right To Information But No Right To Complain ?

In the ICU at a Jaipur hospital lies a 65-year-old RTI applicant,Dudhram from Bikaner, Rajasthan  with multiple fractures. He was beten up by the supporters and relatives of Current Sarpanch of Somalsar Village in his attempt to unearth the corruption in MNREGA work. Amazingly, there have been no arrests so far even after  FIR has been lodged against 10 people invloved in the crime.The Right to Information activist, Dudhram had complained to the Anti Corruption Bureau about the allocation of Rs 4 crore for clearing sand and that led to the incident.

Well, what is the point of Right To Information Act if pointing out follies and intentional-manupulation by the administration would lead to hospitalization while the accused would not be held for the crime ?

Smoking Is Injurious…Even After Death!

Smoking not only effects your own health but it is also injurious to the health of people inhaling the same air, around you. Smoking in Public Place is Lawfully Banned in India but rarely people abide by it . If you are smoking at home, you are making your family passive smoker. By Smoking you are sharing the poision with people around you.

Quit Smoking ! Make World A Better Place To Breathe !

India versus Internet.Filter contents or face ban

Petitioner, Vinay Rai believes this is in public interest and he has filed this complaint as  ‘affected person’ who believes in a ‘secular India’. Vinay considers the content on sites like Google,Facebook , Twitter and other such sites , including blogging sites contain unfiltered materials which are dangerous for the community and peace and harmony of the nation. He does not want the sites to be banned in India but contents should be filtered by the networking sites and search engines before going public, in India.

It might be a coincidence that he raised his voice against these sites almost around the time when the Congress Minister, Kapil Sibal declared his discontent with such sites.

Well, his complaint was slightly different from his views of filtration of content. He has accused the issue as a conspiracy between authors and the respondents to defame India with  clear intentions to spread communal violence in the country.

Delhi High Courts decision might have contented him temporarily by asking these sites to filter contents in the interest of country else face ban like in China.

Point is, today, World is considered a Global – Village and indeed it is. Just by removing contents considered objectionable in the interest of a country can it be guaranteed the contents wont create their impact when they would be freely shown in other parts of world. Do Indians live only in India. Given such circumstances, an Indian staying in Europe may get to see such content and may call up back in India, and discuss the same stuff with his friends and family and that may spread anyways. In such situation people would just follow others version of story and may react more badly. Isn’t that possible?

Since the internet has become prominent source of communication and expression , in India and the world, users have witnessed unlimited content which hurt religious and patriotic sentiments and most of them do not retaliate as they are literate enough to understand  offender’s spineless frustration which might have forced him to talk or draw contents against a religion or country. The ones who might feel offended have the liberty to contradict, question and react. Nobody stops anyone. It is fair. How many times in India riots have taken place due to contents on the internet?

By banning sites or even by filtering contents are we not taking away an opportunity of discussion, an opportunity of debate, an opportunity of correcting and above all “freedom to speech and express” ?

Is this ban not a way of saying ‘ None speaks against me.’ Is it democracy and secular thought process or dictatorship , inside the couch of ‘being offended’?

A few group of hardliners can stop someone to speak out as it happened in case of Rushdie. Point is did his expression in his book inspire someone to change his faith and if it all it did so , he never deserved to be in the clan, good for the followers of faith that a hypocrite is gone.

It is not the content on the internet but our conscious mind which filters what to react on and how and that is how it has been happening since internet has become public.  And anyways, if a content  is strong enough to shake religious or patriotic faith then such faith in religion or nationality itself was fake. Do we  have ‘only’ admirers in our surrounding? The answer is NO  and even after knowing someone does not like us or our views or dressing, we do not go ahead and attack him. We carry on without even explaining, in most of the cases.

Moreover, if a nation has to take a decision on banning on internet or its content, it has to be put for voting, the way we elect our Government. Let the majority decide what they prefer.

The Rahul Gandhi Vs Narendra Modi debate!

2014 Polls – Probable Candidates for the Post of Prime Minister of India:

It is anticipated that 2014 elections in India would be a choice of the nation between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi from Congress and BJP respectively.

Congress does not have any better face than Rahul Gandhi, to offer and so is with major opponent party BJP where Narendra Modi is the only face popular enough to attract a change of thought among voters. Rahul Gandhi seems very promising and Narendra Modi has already set an example of his qualities, vision and spotless , true Chief Minister of Gujarat.

narendra modi picture image , rahul gandhi picture image,
Narendra Modi And Rahul Gandhi

Here is a slight comparison:

Rahul Gandhi

Political Party – Congress

Born in Delhi on 19 June 1970(Age – 41 plus)

Educational And Professional Background

He has obtained a M.Phil from Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1995.

After he completed graduation, Rahul worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London and in 2002 he was one of the directors of Mumbai based technology outsourcing firm.

Family Background.

Son of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi.Belongs to the popular Nehru-Gandhi Family.

Official Entry in Politics.

In March 2004, Rahul declared entry into politics. He contested in May 2004 elections, standing for the constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha and won.

Achievements

He was appointed General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee  and also in-charge of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India on 24 September 2007 and under him, the Indian Youth Congress and NSUI has gathered huge members rising from  two to twenty-five lakhs.However,it has been proved in various reports that he failed to eliminate family, patronage, money from Youth Congress asking aspiring delegates to pay a substantial nomination fee.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he retained his Amethi constituency and Congress is said to have brought back itself in Uttar Pradesh by winning 21 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. The credit goes mostly to Rahul.

His Views

He has always condemned “divisive” politics in India, saying that he would reduce tensions prevailing due to caste and religious diversities in India.
Rahul Gandhi has always been critical towards nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) comparing the organization with terrorist organizations like SIMI.
Wikileaks, in 2009, revealed he allegedly shared concerns with the American ambassador,Timothy Roemer that radicalized Hindu groups may become a bigger threat to India than Islamic terror groups.

Narendra Modi

Political Party – Bharatiya Janata Party

Born  on 17 September 1950( Age – 61 plus)

Educational And Professional Background

Holds Masters degree in Political Science from Gujarat University.

As a teenager Narendra Modi used to run a tea stall with his brother.

Family Background.

Narendra Modi was born to a middle class family.

Entry in Politics.

During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he volunteered to serve the soldiers in transit at railway stations.

He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student organization .

He was later nominated as  representative of AVBP in the Bharatiya Janata Party.

He is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

He was chosen to be the Chief Minister of Gujarat after the removal of chief minister Keshubhai Patel in 2001.

Achievements.

He has a personal staff of just three people and is known to be a workaholic.

Since he held the Chief Minister’s post , development of Gujarat State accelerated its pace and his contribution is immense. Gujarat has been one of the most prosperous Indian state since he has become the Chief Minister. He is thoroughly credited for his efforts in tis regards.

After the 2002 Gujarat riots, forced by the allied parties, BJP asked Modi to resign.He submitted his resignation  and recommended the dissolution of Legislative Assembly and in the following state re-elections BJP  won 127 seats in the 182-member assembly and Modi was the Chief-Minister once again.

Narendra Modi Government won 122 out of 182 seats in 2007 elections.

Criticisms.

The 2002 , Gujarat Riots earned him blames of inaction over the riots and for encouraging them where almost 1200 people mostly Muslims died. The riots had taken place after 59 Hindus died when a Muslim mob burnt a train carrying hindu pilgrims.

He ordered the demolition of many Hindu temples that were built without proper government sanction and hence faced criticisms.

Views.

He is one of those leaders who believes in development and promotes business and industries with an open mind.

He supports revival Anti-Terror Legislations.

Gujarat is a no-alcohol state under his governance.

Overview

To sum it up, Narendra Modi with his ideologies, vision and work has set clear example of his capabilities. Gujarat is the proof. His decisions are firm and he has an uncorrupt picture, till date. However, his picture as a communal leader is a matter of concern for the muslim population of India.

On the other hand Rahul Gandhi is yet to prove things. He has mostly been seen as the cribbing child  complaining about the BSP government of Uttar Pradesh where he holds his seat.

It is a fact that even after being in the ruling party of the nation, Congress leaders are always occupied explaining and justifying and making promises. No humongous development has taken place since Congress came to power. On the contrary there has been price-hike be it petrol or food. Stands have not been clear on national security issues and issues related to Indian and Chinese borders and Chinese intrusions. Terror attacks are condemned and forgotten but no effective measures have been taken so far.

The UID card has been an utter failure which has been declared by one of the leaders of Congress itself. Hundreds of crores of money seem to be going down the drain if it is finally declared the UID card is inappropriate technically and incapable ID and Address proof for Indians.

In such scenario, it would be astonishing if Rahul Gandhi’s magic works for Congress. He may be the most eligible bachelor of India but how good would he be as a leader is yet unknown and there might be some people who might love to give him a chance and thereby support Congress in the 2014 elections.

BJP on the other hand cannot just bank upon Narendra Modi  and his Gujurat achievements to win 2014 elections. Acquisitions of being corrupt has been put on both Congress and BJP MLAs and leaders. Though Narendra Modi is clear of any monetary corruption issues , his image as a Hindu Leader and allegations of 2002 Gujurat riots will surely distract the muslim population and the population considering him communal.

Both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are visionary leaders and very impressive speakers but while Narendra Modi has already shown his worth on state – level, Rahul Gandhi has yet and a lot to do. Well the communal picture of BJP and Modi is the major disadvantage of Narendra Modi which may work for Congress and Rahul Gandhi’s benefit.

Now it would be the results of 2014 elections which would clear out whether the nation is willing to experiment with yet another young Gandhi or they would prefer Modi who has been a true leader in terms of development but has failed miserably as a leader of all but the muslims of India. 

Ashok Chakra to 26 Year-Old Lieutenant Navdeep Singh – the Real Hero

26th January 2012-63rd Republic Day of Republic Of India,Ashok Chakra was posthumously awarded to 26 Year Old , Lt . Navdeep Singh of 15 Maratha Light Infantry who lost his life, fighting  against attempted militant infiltration which took place at the high-altitude areas of Kashmir LOC , on 20th August 2011 at 12.30 am.

The lieutenant had killed 3 militants amidst cross-firing and while  seeing the 4th terrorist approaching ahead, he quickly tried changing position resulting which a bullet hit his head. He still continued his attack ending-up killing the 4th terrorist. He did not stop there and in spite of continuous blood-loss he bravely pulled one of his  injured fellow soldier to safety and kept firing till unconscious.

The young officer’s father Honorary Lt and Subedar Major Joginder Singh received the award from the president Pratibha Patil.
Well, the attraction towards the ‘Heroic and Meaningful’  Army-Life has slowly phased out from Indian society and it is quite ironical but true that there might be 95 out of 100, 26 year-old Indians who would love to be Reel-Life Hero in ‘Bollywood’  and Television Reality Shows but hardly would 5 stand ahead to do the job of a Real- Hero by joining the Army!

Lieutenant, salutations for the Supreme Sacrifice and to teach a few of us the meaning of a Real Hero and defining patriotism.

How Safe Is The Milk?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of our country  has detected that about 68% of milk samples from cows and buffaloes were contaminated with additives including fertilizer, bleach and detergent , diluted with water or sweeteners , fat , non-edible solids and skimmed milk powder to increase quantity of milk. This not only destroys the nutritional value of milk but increases severe health risks.