Wednesday, July 25, 2012


 I am very much fond of Indian Culture. There are many things which I think are exceptional in our Indian Culture, especially we have a distinct nature to preserve 'Family Value', to conserve 'Respect' and 'Conservativeness'. I mentioned these natures as we can find people in India having parental feeling in a divergent way. There is a huge difference in the way of upbringing the child in India. And so we respect our parents, elders and because of which usually 'smoking, drinking' is kept veiled from parents. This nature is to that extent that I have seen or experienced any talks about these so called 'Sensitive' topics are usually avoided. 'Sex' is another topic which can't be discussed openly. It's always kept hidden and I have started observing detriments of this nature.

Today I read news in TOI (link). This is second case of molestation in this month. I know this could be a normal/regular thing but now a days it's getting more media attention. And this news triggered thoughts in my mind. Why still girls are not safe out on the roads? 

There are many reasons like lack of safety measures, poor laws to punish molesters, ineffective police control and to a major extent "In-sensitiveness of people present at the scene". But making sure these things should be these is 'a treatment of disease'.  Cause of disease lies in one 'nature' I mentioned above. Hiding the things makes things inexplicable. And especially with topic like 'Sex' piques someone's curiosity easily. It's pretty unfortunate that every city has 'Red Light Area' but we say it's unethical to have it like it's there in cities like Amsterdam. So in short, hiding things aggrandize or comes out in a wrong way. This is definitely not to support molestation but to enlighten problems of proclaimed culture where we need 'Ladies Compartment' in local trains, where girls can not go out alone at night, where wearing western cloths is a sin for girls. 

We should learn to respect other person irrespective of gender. Sensitiveness is a nature of human being. I heard few people saying after Guwahati Molestation (link) "That girl was wearing revealing cloths, and so this is girl's mistake as well". So what? It was her choice to wear cloths she wants. Her skirt and T-shirt doesn't give you right to molest her!! Even a prostitute has a right to roam around  and you can't molest her because she is already a prostitute. We definitely need to change the thinking, behavior and nature. We should respect other person. And it's a time to when this should be inculcated. This should be discussed at home, with parents, with elders. And parents should remember 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree', so it's their responsibility to discuss about untapped topics. 
There will be freedom of discussing topics like 'sex'. Though this is not a only reason for such molestation cases but it would take the topic of 'sex' out of the curtains and we would not think 'girl' as an object of amusement. We would respect 'girl' as another human being with similar feelings about this subject. We would be able to control urge/feeling otherwise can't imagine how the world would be.  

I respect Indian culture but these are few flaws in it. It should be changed. We will not find molesters on the road. And I wish there should be such a punishment for molestation that no other person should dare to do it again. I hope all molesters would be prosecuted so these molestation cases would not happen again.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Anna Hazare, Congress and Media...

In my childhood I used to listen stories of King-Queen, Prince-Princes and Villains.. kingdoms, people living in kingdoms...
Many days passed, and now after I grown up I have started seeing the role plays of those stories now!!

Yesterday I was watching the press conference hosted by Anna Hazare on different news channels. He complained about 'Salman Khurshid (SK) - A minister of  prominent Ministry of Law and Justice who is a Lawyer by education- a conspicuous personality of Indian National Congress Party. Anna Hazare was telling that he met SK 'in private' after his invitation of a secrete meet to discuss the progress of 'Lokpal Bill'. It seemed that Congress party have started to consider some thing about Lokpal Bill seriously. But my hope died away after listening the reason of the Press Conference. It was to communicate to the public/media that Mr. SK (the lawyer) cheated him by sending letters to other members of the 'Team Anna' about his secrete meeting. Obviously letters were not directly sent by Mr. SK but from Union Minister of States 'V Narayanaswami'.

This could be a another trick to create a rift in the team fighting against corruption. Brilliant isn't it? Today I got a chance to see a debate on this topic and I was held stood after hearing to Congress Spokesman (Mr. Janardan Chandurkar - Another Lawyer). He was saying that Arvind Kejriwal (AK) gets stardom status with these kinds of movements (i.e. Anti-Corruption Movement). AK got his 3 photos in news paper where there was only one of 'Anna Hazare'. Bang on !! It cleared all the doubts of SK's meet (secrete) with Anna Hazare.

I was right about the politics. These people will try to break the team fighting against corruption and rule again to stole the money away to the tax heavens to substantiate a proverb 'India is a poor country of few rich people' (see link).

On the other hand, I couldn't justify Anna Hazare's decision to meet SK secretly. Anna Hazare must be knowing these people better than anybody. He must understand the kings and 'The Queen' will do whatever possible to hold the crown, the sovereignty and to hand over the kingdom to the Prince. They definitely are not trustworthy. I believe 'Anna' you are ...

 I wonder if these kings and 'Queen' use this brilliance for our Kingdom .. we could see kingdom would be free of at least few of the problems ...

Senses ..

We have learned in 5th grade about 5 senses. With all these sense there is one more which is never taught in school, that is common sense. And this is the one which is required to taught in the school. At least I have started thinking like that!
Coming to the point directly, now a days I have seen people losing their senses. Sense to see what is happening. Sense to listen whatever is coming to them. Sense to feel (the touch). This is not up to any specific case. You are standing in a queue, people would do anything to jump the queue, probably they are losing their sense of vision to see there are other people standing. If you try to shout for this then they will ignore you as you are alien, probably they are losing their sense to listen. And at last they would never feel that they are pushing you aside, probably they have lost their sense to touch.
This is just a generalized example. If we look around us we see people throwing rubbish on the road especially from their kitchen window. We see people rushing ruthlessly while driving and ignoring old aged pedestrians crossing the road. We see people talking as loud as possible to disturb other people as far as possible. We see people standing near accident spot discussing how it happened instead of helping injured person.
And so on ... this list would never end neither such thoughts of general awareness!!

Selfishness is  everywhere in this world and an another example of 'abating senses', but there must be a line drawn to decide to what extent one should think of selfishness. There are few norms if we follow our life would be a lot better than what is now. If we keep our senses live, we could think of for people, our society, our nation.

I always thought Indian culture is very good compared to other culture we call as 'western'. Yes, it is good in one aspect but there are few good things we should take from so called 'western' culture. I was impressed by the way people behave in public places. The first thing which we observe when we go to other counties is discipline. I never saw a person jumping the queue. I always saw people observing traffic rules. I saw people waiting to enter lift/train till other person comes out. I learned the rule of 'ladies first' there as I never seen a man entering or coming out of the lift if any lady is waiting to go in or come out.
Today I saw a picture of traffic jam in London with a news "American and Australian Olympic team stuck in traffic due to Olympic lane". I didn't find any car in that Olympic lane in that picture as this lane is reserved to Olympic Vehicles only. This is the way people follow rules there. And everyday I wish I will find vehicles following the lane discipline in India (at least in Pune).

Vehicles stranded due to Olympic Lane:

Definitely  I am one of these people not following rules and I think I should change first, but I have seen the affects of following the rules on road :). Don't know how it this could be followed, but I know one thing that everybody should follow the discipline and life would be much easier.