Saturday, April 26, 2014

Social Media Impact

Forget Tunisia, forget Egypt, when so much of money and effort spent in social media campaigns by indian politicians, if you still think FB posts and discussions not worth a paisa, you are living in 1990s. 

Drive faster to catch up!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I did not Vote!

I did not Vote!

For those who are concerned on the above line:

Am not in the voters list this time. But even otherwise i had no intention of
voting because of practical constraints. Being in Pune, when the postal ballot is
not for all public but only for special cases like armed forces and voters on election
duty, i could not 'afford' to plan for the leaves in line with the polling day
at my home town.
This is as good as some one who couldnt vote being sick. I see this as a genuine reason
and i am sure there is very good percentage of people who fail to vote for the same
reason or similar.

It is up to you to be convinced or not.

Lets talk more. Voting is not the end of democracy but the beginning.
In the last 1 year, am very sure have done more as a responsible citizen than
many including those might have voted as well.
Have donated Rs. 7000 (500/1000 each mon for last 10 months on receiving my salary)
till date to a new political party which has given 'hope' to so many Indians like me
to clean up the system, shared it on FB as well just to send the message across and
inspire more which it really did. I did involve in discussions to raise the
political awareness both inside and outside of FB.

Why and How would the above actions justify my failure to vote?
Every message conveyed and conversation that we have on FB or outside FB helps a citizen, in making
a better informed choice when he votes that includes me. Infact gives an opportunity also
to explore the possibilities in which a citizen can get the system better.
Some people trivialise these conversations as "arm chair intellectuals" talking.
Thats true its arm chair but its not 'not effective", the actions can be triggered
by thoughts and the right thoughts through right conversations. I see FB as one of the
very good mediums to be exploited for the benefit of democracy as well.
Every single person should understand this clearly, though voting is
of utmost importance, mindset of stopping at just voting is dangerous and that
exactly has broguht us here. For democracy, some might donate money, some their time, some their
intelligence, some their experience, some their whole life, we should learn to
respect all and the most important to me is being involved in atleast one form or the other
that is applicable for us.

All said, No am not trying to justify me failing to vote, but i only mean
to say, have played a responsible role as a citizen of a democratic country inspite of missing voting.
Oh yeah, i pay taxes as well in addition.

In my school days havent been informed or emphasised enough positively on being actively
aware of politics and involvement in democracy. Nilekeni said, we should make our children watch Lok Sabha TV,
I agree with him on this atleast.

Am proud today, for my friend Hari questioned me openly why i did not vote, thats a welcome change for India and
i take the pride for his trigger was my FB posts in the last one year! :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Leader and Dictator

Leader leads by example and serves the followers.
Dictator only demands the followers
There could be good and bad leader, but a dictator is always BAD!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Morally confused Indians!

Today morning, I had to take the empty cooking gas cylinder from my apartment to the distributor for refill. Went for an auto. The distance is around 2.5 Kms. One way cost usually is Rs. 40/50 , no meter. And for return on the same auto it should be max double, Auto driver asked me Rs. 150 for return. I bargained for Rs. 100 and he only settled for Rs. 110. Meanwhile he did try some other couple standing a lil far if they needed the ride. I finally boarded the auto since he dint get them. Within minutes i got the refill cylinder at the gas agency. And when i searched for the driver after resting the cylinder in the empty auto, the driver was having chai and signaled me to join him from a tea stall opposite of the road. I did. I offered to pay but he stopped and paid for my chai as well. While returning i thought to myself that i should pay him Rs. 120 mainly because I wasnt comfortable letting him pay for my chai.

After returning home, when i offered him Rs. 120, he politely rejected and took only Rs. 110 since that was what agreed!

If you see what am trying to say, he actually wants to do honest business, when he asked for Rs. 150 which obviously is not right , he convinced himself then because of some compulsion which only he knows. But given a honest and comfortable situation, ie if he gets out of the compulsions, he will surely do the right ever.

Now after reaching home i checked the weight of the cylinder, it has its empty weight mentioned as 15.8 which means the weight now should be 29.8 including the 14 Kg of LPG but it was only 25 KG. and When i got the cylinder from the gas agency i dint even ask for a receipt because i was happy that I finally got the Cylinder before my wife comes for a week vacation tomorrow!

Leaving it to you to connect the dots!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Can we afford another election of 5k crores?

I was once a supporter of NaMo. I still will not take away any good he did in Gujarat. I dont deny his wave. But he can't take advantage of that to field 48% criminals and ask for vote. In fact its a golden opportunity for him to utilize his wave now to only put up clean candidates. Why didn't he do it? 

All I want now is to send him and any other party including AAP, a message, that only clean candidates will be voted. 

When some argue that India can't afford another election worth 5000 cr, I ask now, then how can India afford even one corrupt MP who can do 1.76 lakh crore scam?

Whether BJP and INC like it or not or even you like it or not, we are in transition. Its gonna get double difficult in future for the corrupt to come back. Every citizen is empowered by technology irrespective of his financial status. And the MPs that you gonna elect already know this. So when they know that its their last term and if they don't have clean mind, its real scary to imagine next 5 years!

Do think of it at least now.

Sunday, April 6, 2014



Only those,
Whose house bulldozed by builder mafia 
Whose land grabbed by land mafia 
Whose water stolen by tanker mafia 
Whose family member face human Rights issue 

Will understand the dharna when the elected govt shut their eyes and ears

It is also those people who did dharnas brought in RTI

Above all, if not for M K Gandhi's dharnas we would probably be saluting David Cameron today!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Pre Poll Prediction for AAP

Date : Apr-05-2014

My Pre Poll Prediction for AAP out of curiosity and interest :

State Total
Andhra Pradesh 1
Arunachal 1
Assam 3
Bihar 5
Chandigarh 1
Chhattisgarh 2
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 0
Daman & Diu 0
Delhi 7
Goa 2
Gujarat 1
Haryana 10
HP 1
J&K 0
Jharkhand 4
Karnataka 9
Kerala 9
Maharashtra 14
Manipur 0
Mizoram 0
MP 5
Odisha 4
Puducherry 0
Punjab 2
Rajasthan 5
Sikkim 0
Tamil Nadu 4
Tripura 0
UP 7
Uttarakhand 2
WB 1

Grand Total 100

You can call it a gut belief of an AAP well wisher, based on limited online resources that i have access to