Sunday, December 05, 2010

Nehru lighting a cigarette for the then British high commissioner's wife

Homai Vyarawalla, India's first woman photojournalist and the founder member
of WNCA, turned 94 this year. Her camera has captured some of the defining
moments in the country's political history.This black and white picture of
Nehru lighting a cigarette for the then British high commissioner's wife is
an absolute stunner.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Save Nature Save Life

Our cry for environment is neither ingenuine nor new. More than 5000 years ago,when all the adulterations, degradations and environmental deteriorations we see today were absent, our ancestors were equally careful to the biosphere.Their intents and prayers for the purification, as recorded in World's oldest written record reveals.The Vedic prayer invokes divine intervention to bless and protect the environment.

"Do not harm the environment;
do not harm the water and the flora;
earth is my mother, I am her son; …

Tranquility be to the atmosphere,
to the earth,
to the waters,
to the crops and vegetation."

"Whatever I dig from thee,
O Earth,
may that have quick recovery again.
O purifier,
may we not injure thy vitals or thy heart".

The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth for its Principle of Replenishment,
"You give me and I give you".

But we forgot it in our over enthusiasm and have evidently lost much. There is not an easy solution now to workwell for everyone, but there are solutions that do work. Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity.

Friday, August 27, 2010

On Happiness

Happiness presupposes pain, dukha,choice is one's own... whether to take it... as half glass filled or half empty.View on it according to your wishes... a poet might view it half empty... to fill his poems with conscience...a common man might view on it as half filled... keeping in mind that a glass of happiness is never full...there shall always remain a space empty... for the pain... as one has presupposed it already.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Majestic Drama

Human history is a meaningful process. Those who look at it from the outside are carried away by the wars and battles and politico-economic upheavals, but below in the depths there is a truly majestic drama, the tension between the limited effort of man and the sovereign purpose of the universe.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The "Killing Instinct"

The first thing which is intended to develop in our educational system is the "killing instinct"... killing physically is a very small and negligible part of over all scenario, killing the vision, killing the conscience, killing of independence of thought, killing of fellow's opportunities, cut-throat competition,killing of ....and ...the list continues...

Spreading of love and compassion, cooperation, humanity...equal vision...are left only as annexure appended... as optional for odd men outs... the dragon headed to swallow it self...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Me and my Life

"Whenever my life meets to me, it meets like a stranger..."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Independence Day

Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments narrow domestic walls; ...
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit; ...
Into that heaven of freedom,
my Father,
let my country awake.
Guru Deva Rabindra Nath Tagore, Gitanjali

Monday, August 09, 2010

Declaration of principles

1] All human beings are different. And should do everything possible to continue to be so.
2] Each human being has been granted two courses of action: that of deed and that of contemplation. Both lead to the same place.
3] Each human being has been granted two qualities: power and gift. Power drives a person to meet his/her destiny, his gift obliges that person to share with others which is good in him/her. A human being must know when to use power, and when to use compassion.
4] Each human being has been granted a virtue: the capacity to choose. For he/she who does not use this virtue, it becomes a curse – and others will always choose for him/her.
5] Each human being has the right to two blessings, which are: the blessing to do right, and the blessing to err. In the latter case, there is always a path of learning leading to the right way.
6] Each human being has his own sexual profile, and should exercise it without guilt – provided he does not oblige others to exercise it with him/her.
7] Each human being has his own Personal Legend to be fulfilled, and this is the reason he is in the world. The Personal Legend is manifest in his enthusiasm for what she/he does.
Single paragraph – the Personal Legend may be abandoned for a certain time, provided one does not forget it and returns as soon as possible.
8] Each man has a feminine side, and each woman has a masculine side. It is necessary to use discipline with intuition, and to use intuition objectively.
9] Each human being must know two languages: the language of society and the language of the omens. The first serves for communication with others. The second serves to interpret messages from God.
10] Each human being has the right to seek out joy, joy being understood as something which makes one content – not necessarily that which makes others content.
11] Each human being must keep alight within him the sacred flame of madness. And must behave like a normal person.
12] The only faults considered grave are the following: not respecting the rights of one’s neighbor, letting oneself be paralyzed by fear, feeling guilty, thinking one does not deserve the good and bad which occurs in life, and being a coward.
Paragraph 1 – we shall love our adversaries, but not make alliances with them. They are placed in our way to test our sword, and deserve the respect of our fight.
Paragraph 2 – we shall choose our adversaries, not the other way around.
12A] We hereby declare the end to the wall dividing the sacred from the profane: from now on, all is sacred.
14] Everything which is done in the present, affects the future by consequence, and the past by redemption.
15] The impossible is possible

Paulo Coelho

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Absurdity of Traditionalism

The Absurdity of Traditionalism

The terms “Traditionalism” and “Traditionalist” have been gaining currency, reflecting an unfortunate and misleading trend. Presumably used to describe the intellectual ideas promulgated by Rene Guenon, then further developed by Ananda Coomaraswamy and Julius Evola, it instead treats those ideas as merely another perspective or school of philosophy. As such, it would then be subject to criticism and debate at that level.

First of all, it is necessary to be clear about what Tradition is and what motivated Guenon. “Tradition” must be understood in its literal sense as something “handed down” or “given across”, not as the “repetition of the past” for its own sake. What is handed down, then, is a transcendent knowledge which cannot be considered as just another perspective or worldview. In actuality, due to historical contingencies and the resultant isolation of cultures, several traditions have arisen, each reflecting the primordial Tradition.

As such, each authentic tradition is complete in itself. Thus, the “traditional man”, who follows one of those traditions has no need whatsoever to know anything about the teachings or symbols of another tradition. Everything he needs for his own self-development or self-transcendence is already there within his own tradition. Hence, it is absolutely absurd to call him a “traditionalist”, since he is simply a Hindu, or Taoist, or Sufi.

It is only In the modern Western world, which has lost its own tradition, that the question of multiple traditions is forced to arise. Guenon, in his search for authentic tradition in the West, studied the various traditions and noted their commonality – not in their empirical manifestation, but in the transcendent knowledge they carry. Guenon compared this knowledge, hidden in the metaphysics and symbols, of the traditions in his voluminous writings. Nevertheless, not even Guenon was a “traditionalist”; instead he embraced the authentic tradition of a Sufi lifestyle, in his intellectual (not religious) conversion.

As for those who dare call themselves “traditionalists”, Guenon writes:

[“traditionalists” refer] to people who only have a sort of tendency or aspiration towards tradition without really knowing anything at all about it; this is the measure of the distance dividing the “traditionalist” spirit from the truly traditional spirit, for the latter implies a real knowledge …

Ref: Chapter XXXI: “Tradition and Traditionalism” in The Reign of Quantity & the Signs of the Times


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award"




July 27, 2010, New York — The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the Call for Entries to the 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, an annual $100,000 prize program to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.

In a statement about the Challenge, The Buckminster Fuller Institute explains the background of the prize program:

Short term reductionist thinking which dominates all industrialized societies is a fundamental cause of the massive social, economic and environmental deterioration our world is confronted with today. It is now painfully obvious to many that most attempts by civil, corporate, scientific, academic and government sectors to deal with these breakdowns, despite good intentions and significant investment, often exhibit little more than a reflexive default to the same reductionist approach that created the problems in the first place. Little if any attention is ever directed toward optimizing whole systems. Instead the focus remains riveted only on improving various parts in isolation. Not surprisingly, when it comes to solving complex problems, actions are typically fragmented, disjointed and piecemeal. The net result: on a global scale the level of deterioration is rapidly increasing and imbalances have already reached crisis proportions.

During the past half century pioneers like Buckminster Fuller and other visionaries responded to the failure of reductionism by developing new approaches to meeting human needs, concurrent with preserving the vital diversity of cultures and ecosystems that form the fabric of life on Earth. Their holistic approach has influenced thousands of individuals in numerous fields who continue to break new ground in how to think, plan and design.

This evolving and growing body of work contains the seeds, models and strategies for the fundamental shift in direction so urgently needed today. The work spans a range of development stages— from the conceptual phase, to prototype ready, to well proven models poised to scale up. However, most of these new approaches, even the most advanced, remain under funded, under recognized and have yet to significantly penetrate mainstream education, economic activity, media, philanthropy and public policy.

"We're looking for solutions that address multiple problems without creating new ones down the road— integrated strategies dealing with key social, economic, environmental, policy and cultural issues. Our entry criteria is deeply inspired by what Fuller termed comprehensive anticipatory design science— an approach we feel holds an important key to the design of strategies aimed at having a transformative effect on the system as a whole. We are very grateful for the recognition the prize recipients have received to date and hope this will lead to the greater understanding and wide-spread application of the whole systems, design science approach we are championing." said Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

After decades of tracking world resources, innovations in science and technology, and human needs, Fuller asserted that options exist to successfully surmount the crises of unprecedented scope and complexity facing all humanity— he issued an urgent call for a design science revolution to make the world work for all.


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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Govt plans to go biometric with census

Dr. Manmohan Singh: Govt plans to go biometric with census

Govt plans to go biometric with census

NEW DELHI: The Centre is planning to undertake an ambitious effort to create a national population register — a proposal that has surfaced in various forms in the past as well — which will document biometric information and photos of all "usual residents" of India above the age of 15.

While previous governments have also considered such a scheme, with the NDA wanting to restrict this to a citizen's register when it was in power, this time the effort is being tagged to the next census slated to get underway later this year. The decadal census will incorporate information that will be digitalized.

MoS for home Ajay Maken had announced the plan for an NPR in Parliament earlier this month and home minister P Chidambaram has said that he hoped to have a good register by 2011-12. The proposal has been on the cards even earlier in 2008 but is only now being operationalised with the Cabinet expected to approve the initiative at its meeting on Friday.

The home ministry proposal closely mirrors the unique identification number initiative that is also expected to get off the ground this year. It is likely the two exercises will be carried out simultaneously with census machinery being the information collecting agency. With its experience in conducting massive nation-wide surveys, the office of the registrar general and census commissioner is seen to be suited for the task.

As in the case of the UID project, the register of population side-steps the contentious issue of identifying illegal migrants as those from Bangladesh by referring to persons who are usually residents. This also includes large number of people from Nepal working and living in India. As citizenship as a parameter for being in the register has implication for illegals, the government has broadened the criteria.

There is a view that even if it means a certain dilution of the proposal to have a citizen's register, it would be useful to have residents on the record as this would put persons on the map. Even if the citizenship criteria is blurred, it will help trace individuals if they are part of an electronic record.

Friday, February 26, 2010


M.F. Husain, India’s greatest and most celebrated artist, has been conferred Qatar nationality - something that is very rarely given.
The incidence of Mr. M.F.Husain is really sad for any Indian.
This raises fundamental question on the levels and nature of freedom we have, expect,intend,enjoy and practice. We must not forget that we live in a society which has evolved through thousands of years and survived many severe disturbances. The inherent values our society has become stabilized upon, dictate certain decorum,which whenever violated by any one, or any faction leaves its mark on the whole system.

Mr.M.F.Hussain, after being in India for more than nine decades had to leave it because a few short sighted self interest groups aiming to gain advantage by promoting factionalism They have certainly committed mistake.We can not say they are here in India only, but they are virtually every where throughout the world. Some time they come up individually, some time as Institutions trying to downgrade the rival institutions, covertly or overtly to gain further power and authority in the society.History has enough records to cite how certain ideological and religious institutions declared their synonymity with the State.

The fundamental question here is, do these people, or institutions have freedom to do all such acts in the society? If yes,as in case referred above to, then there is no need to waste time on this topic but if answer is NO, then it raises the question, what the Law has done to correct it and moreover, why have the executive been impotent in controlling it?

Secondly, on the individual level, does a creative person, being an artist or author or filmmaker or of any genre have the freedom to express or exhibit completely and without giving any due consideration to those stabilized values which are deeply rooted in the society he lives?

Difference between inherently stabilized perennial values and traditions have to be understood before reaching any conclusion.Inherently stabilized perennial values are those based on humanity and human being's faith engrossed with spirituality,which have been prevailing continuously, unhindered by any external forces, as undercurrent in the society. In India, we have it as our way of life. I mean the perennial values.

Temporal traditions are and might have been the repercussions of many intermediary events which took place, they have shorter life and change rapidly as we are experiencing in our day to day lives.

To return to the point, we have to judge if there has been any misuse of freedom of expression, creative people claim as enjoying, which touched negatively the inherent stabilized values?
There must be a line, both for the Law and the freedom since both exist within the Society.Any trespassing from any side is bound to attract penalties.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Where did Valentine's Day come from?

By John Roach
for National Geographic News
Updated February 11, 2010

Where did Valentine's Day come from? (Think naked Romans, paganism, and whips.) What does it cost? And why do we fall for it, year after year? Read on.
Valentine's Day History: Roman Roots

More than a Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day, like Halloween, is rooted in pagan partying. (See "Halloween Facts: Costumes, History, Urban Legends, More.")

The lovers' holiday traces its roots to raucous annual Roman festivals where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanked young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility, said classics professor Noel Lenski of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The annual pagan celebration, called Lupercalia, was held every year on February 15 and remained wildly popular well into the fifth century A.D.—at least 150 years after Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

"It is clearly a very popular thing, even in an environment where the [ancient] Christians are trying to close it down," Lenski said. "So there's reason to think that the Christians might instead have said, OK, we'll just call this a Christian festival."

The church pegged the festival to the legend of St. Valentine.

According to the story, in the third century A.D. Roman Emperor Claudius II, seeking to bolster his army, forbade young men to marry. Valentine, it is said, flouted the ban, performing marriages in secret.

For his defiance, Valentine was executed in A.D. 270—on February 14, the story goes.

While it's not known whether the legend is true, Lenski said, "it may be a convenient explanation for a Christian version of what happened at Lupercalia."

Valentine's Day 2010: Spending Takes a Holiday?

Even in the doldrums of a down economy, today's relatively tame Valentine's Day celebration is big business—the 2010 holiday is expected to generate $14.1 billion in retail sales in the United States. But that number's down from last year's $14.7 billion, because a number of consumers are simply choosing to sit this year's Valentine's Day out, according to an annual survey by the U.S. National Retail Federation (NRF).

Among those who are celebrating in 2010, the average U.S. consumer is expected to spend $103 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals, and entertainment, according to the survey—about 50 cents more per person than in 2009.

But spouses are apparently feeling frugal toward one another, and plan to invest just $63.34 on Valentine's Day gifts for their significant other—down from last year's $67.22 average.

Friends, co-workers, and even family pets will feel the love instead. Americans plan to spend significantly more on each of these groups than they did last year.

"It's something we saw periodically throughout 2009," said NRF spokesperson Kathy Grannis. "The most important thing about the holiday for some [couples] isn't giving to each other. It's providing another way to make somebody else happy and show others your appreciation instead."

Valentine's Day Gifts Go Back to Basics

Which Valentine's Day gifts are in vogue? Recession economics appear to have spurred a shift.

Practical gifts like winter clothing and accessories are way up, while just 35.6 percent of NRF survey respondents plan an evening out—way down from last year's 47 percent.

"With people cutting back on discretionary items that difference in spending between couples really lies with focusing on making a meal at home instead of going out," Grannis said.

"In this economy a new sweater on Valentine's Day really goes a long way. Somebody may not have bought one for themselves during the last three months, because they were trying to cut back on expenses or pay down debt."

Economy notwithstanding, one Valentine's Day spending statistic remains constant year in and year out—U.S. men spend nearly twice as much on the holiday as U.S. women. In 2010 the average man will spend $135.35 on Valentine's Day gifts, while a typical woman will part with only $72.28

Valentine's Day Cards

Greeting cards, as usual, will be the most common Valentine's Day gifts. Fifty-five percent of U.S. consumers plan to send at least one, according to the survey.

The Greeting Card Association, an industry trade group, says about 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. And that figure does not include the hundreds of millions of cards schoolchildren exchange.

"Giving your sweetheart or someone [else] a Valentine's Day card is a deep-seated cultural tradition in the United States," said association spokesperson Barbara Miller. "We don't see that changing."

The first Valentine's Day card was sent in 1415 from France's Duke of Orléans to his wife when he was a prisoner in the Tower of London following the Battle of Agincourt, according to the association.

Valentine's Day cards—mostly handwritten notes—gained popularity in the U.S. during the Revolutionary War. Mass production started in the early 1900s.

Hallmark got in the game in 1913, according to spokesperson Sarah Kolell. Since then—perhaps not coincidentally—the market for Valentine's Day cards has blossomed beyond lovers to include parents, children, siblings, and friends.

Valentine's Day Candy: Cash Cow

An estimated 47 percent of U.S. consumers will exchange Valentine's Day candy, according to the retail federation survey—adding up to a sweet billion dollars in sales, the National Confectioners Association says.

About 75 percent of that billion is from sales of chocolate, which has been associated with romance at least since Mexico's 15th- and 16th-century Aztec Empire, according to Susan Fussell, a spokesperson with the association.

Fifteenth-century Aztec emperor Moctezuma I believed "eating chocolate on a regular basis made him more virile and better able to serve his harem," she said.

(Related: secrets of ancient candy.)

But there's nothing chocolaty about Valentine's Day's most iconic candy: those demanding, chalky little hearts emblazoned "BE MINE," "KISS ME," "CALL ME."

About eight billion candy hearts were made last year, the association says—enough to stretch from Rome, Italy, to Valentine, Arizona, and back again 20 times.

What Is Love? Evolution and Infatuation

Valentine's Day is all about love. But what, exactly, is that?

Helen Fisher is an anthropologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey and author of several books on love, including Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love.

Fisher breaks love into three distinct brain systems that enable mating and reproduction:

• Sex drive
• Romantic love (obsession, passion, infatuation)
• Attachment (calmness and security with a long-term partner)

These are brain systems, not phases, Fisher emphasized, and all three play a role in love. They can operate independently, but people crave all three for an ideal relationship.

"I think the sex drive evolved to get you out there looking for a range of partners," she said.

"I think romantic love evolved to enable you to focus your mating energy on just one at a time, and attachment evolved to tolerate that person at least long enough to raise a child together as a team."

Valentine's Day, Fisher added, used to encompass only two of these three brain systems: sex drive and romantic love.

But "once you start giving the dog a valentine, you are talking about a real expression of attachment as well as romantic love."


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Sunday, January 31, 2010

India's Future by Gurcharan Das,

Courtesy Mr. K.Balchand

A Question to Indian Media

On what grounds should we trust our media represents India for opinions?
Sent to
@thenewshour - TimesNow

Reply awaited if any

Friday, January 29, 2010


 By Billy Cox

Recently, I shared with you the importance of “HOPE.” From time to time, we all need a dose of feel good from within and I don’t mean from a pill, potion, or lotion. We have got to reach-in before we can reach-out and all “HOPE” comes from what’s inside of us.

The following seven steps will help you build “HOPE” and a solid foundation for a spectacular life:

1) Goals – Many people have lost hope because they’ve lost their dream. As a result, they lose focus on the targets to shoot for in life. The lack of clarity breeds a lack of hope. On the other hand, when you have clearly written and defined goals you will gain power in the present because you will know the targets to laser in on that will brighten your future.

2) Attitude – Our attitude is our choice. We can’t always control what happens to us but we can control how we act or react. We can choose to read good positive books and listen to inspiring audio programs or we can choose to turn on the negative news and listen to those who say it can’t be done. Whatever you feed into your mind you will project into your outer world. People with a positive attitude have a positive expectancy, which means they have hope.

3) Responsibility – People with hope accept full responsibility for where they are in life and where they are going. To gain hope, you have to become a no excuses person. When you discover that you are in charge of your own success you will realize that you can change your future and increase your level of hope.

4) Words – The words you speak to yourself out loud and in your mind will determine your future outlook. What you tell yourself eventually becomes reality. People with hope stay positive by continually telling themselves “I am healthy, I’m wealthy, I feel good, I feel great, my time has come and I will not be denied.” Tell yourself, “I am born to win, today is my day, no excuses and the world is at my fingertips.” If you repeat these phrases consistently, you will develop hope in the future.

5) Action – People with hope take action daily. No one feels up all the time. However, people with hope discipline themselves to take certain actions everyday. Action creates the desire to move you in a direction that makes you feel good. Action promotes hope.

6) Faith – Faith is the belief or feeling of certainty that something good is going to happen. Hope and faith are related to each other. Faith increases your trust in a higher power and says, “God’s not finished with me yet and my best days are in front of me.” People with hope have the attitude that “It’s all good.”

7) Growth – There’s a basic rule in life that says we are either growing or we are dying. This rule applies to grass, trees, homes, marriages, life, and hope. People with hope understand that life is a journey not a destination. They also know that, “How they handle the journey will determine their destination.” People with hope are proactive and they take on the day like there’s no tomorrow.

I “HOPE” that I have lit a fire inside of you and ignited your passion so you will fulfill your dreams. I believe your best days are in front of you and your greatest accomplishments lie ahead. Here’s the bottom line: You can’t have power in the present without having hope in the future. If you have lost hope it is because you are not growing. You have to believe that the past does not determine the future.

Combing the seven steps I describe above with belief and commitment will show you the way. If you develop the belief that everything happens for a greater good, you will propel yourself toward the person you are destined to become. You have to believe that failure is only a temporary setback as long as you are learning and growing as you go.

Everyday you need to ask yourself one of two questions, “What’s right in my world?” Or, “What’s wrong in my world?” You will find an answer for both questions. However, people with hope only choose to ask the question, “What’s right in my world?” and they always find answers that give them hope.

As you move forward, I challenge you to be bold and strong. Let the past go and believe that your time has come. It’s a new decade and you can rediscover the dreams you have buried deep down in your heart only if you will start believing. Believe that you have broken the chains of the past and replace them with building blocks for a brighter future.

Decide today that your life is filled with hope and victory. Decide right now that you will accomplish every dream in your heart. Overcome life’s challenges by letting hope shine.

Finally, remember…”It is what you do every day that makes you who you will be some day.”

Billy Cox

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beloved Mother, 1920- Jan,26,2010, RIP

Beloved Mother, 1920- Jan,26,2010, RIP

ऊँ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते ।
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ।।

Om poornamadah poornamidam
Poornaat poornamudachyate
Poornasya poornamaadaya

That (pure consciousness) is full (perfect); this (the manifest universe ) is full. 
This fullness has been projected from that fullness. 
When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that remains is fullness.
- Peace invocation -Isa Upanishad

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Theism & Atheism

Theism & Atheism,both are bound by their beliefs in conviction, Is there a way to look at both without a belief in conviction?

Asked to , reply still awaited :
  1. @deepakchopra Theism & Atheism,both r bound by their beliefs in conviction,Is there a way 2 look at both without a belief in conviction?from web

  2. @RichardDawkins Theism & Atheism,both r bound by their beliefs in conviction,Is there a way 2 look at both without a belief n conviction?from web

Thursday, January 21, 2010

To Mr. Raja Menon , National Security Advisor

Dear Mr. Raja Menon

Whatever our internal administrative arrangements are, or might, or may be, our National Security must be firmly founded keeping in view, rapid technological developments world over.
All our key defense systems are now dependent on information & space technologies, they therefore must be fully equipped to face any emergency and also to support ground actions.
As the National Security Advisor you will have a great responsibility  to think far ahead, get prepared for the future as well as for present and we rest assured that you will do it without being influenced by any politics.

COMMENT HT:20100121
Drssd Pandey09:49

Monday, January 18, 2010

Lightning hit the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa tower


It's all happening in Dubai ....spectacular photos of last night's storm...
When lightning hit the world's tallest tower!  For as long as half hour lightning hit the tower and the thunder sounded all over the neighouring areas !   An unforgettable night!
Courtesy K. Balchand

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pointers to Life

Chief obstacles to our mutual understanding :an almost mystical faith in the superiority of this or that race and the historic missions of nations.

World history shows we have been solemnizing our desires and organizing hatreds by propounding the theory of the predestination of races.

The pernicious doctrine of fundamental racial differences and national missions have been preventing the development of a true human community.

Science, however, supports the very different view that the fundamental structure of living beings and human mind is uniform in all races.

Varied cultures are but dialects of a single speech of the cosmos,the differences are due to accents, historical circumstances, and stages of development.

The story of man's gradual rise and progress can not be without its interest to all those who have faith in the solidarity of human being.

The inspiring ideas are always larger than the historical forms which embody them.

Science has put human isolation to an end making  realization of the dream of ages possible, the building of a great society on earth and nations.

Universe exists in order that we may apprehend ourselves, and attain our full selfhood.

Goal of life has to be reached through progressive training, gradual enlarging of the natural life along with uplifting of all its motives.

Life is much too complex for an ideal simplicity.

Set (1), 20100117

Friday, January 08, 2010

How to Implement the Amendment in CrPC for FIR Immediately

This contribution has been made to serve a long awaited reform, for the benefit of common man and to minimize the corrupt and unethical practices at the very first stage of any criminal investigation and foundational level of the judicial process.

We propose here a way to implement most effectively the long awaited amendment in CrPC for FIR where common man, especially rural poor shall have, if administered, a very smooth way of registering his or her complaint, free from ongoing inherent malpractices. Moreover, it does not require any additional infrastructure other than already available with the Central Government.

Triggered by Ruchika Girhotra’s case**, "The country has finally woken up against injustice. It seems that Government of India has realized the need to register all crimes" and decided to issue a circular to states and union territories calling for mandatory registration of all complaints as FIRs. "To ensure that all complaints received at police stations are treated as FIRs." Fine, but any policy or directive, unless implemented properly, has no meaning. We have been having many directives and policies which are either forgotten by now or drowned in files.

There have been repeated complaints from the public that police are very often reluctant to register an FIR, at times to just show a lower crime rate in their jurisdiction, and at times to protect influential law-breakers. ‘With Ruchika’s case drawing harsh attention to the brutal miscarriage of justice and showing how police discretion in registering FIRs can throttle a family's righteous plea related issues.’ The Centre has decided to demand from heads of police stations “specific reason for registration or non-registration of a particular case after receiving complaints". On the question whether a complaint is "genuine" and point to limitations in manpower, Police will have to investigate it after registering the FIR"…"If the complaint is found to be false, police can always drop the FIR. But that should not be a deterrent in registering genuine complaints as FIR”

With the facts that,
(a)    "Governments and police often show an artificial control of crime. This is also a source of corruption and crime as pointed by Ms. Kiran Bedi,
(b)   “The home ministry will have to work in tandem with states and judiciary or this will remain on paper."
(c)    Common man is highly scared from even the name of police and tends to avoid any interaction with situation is more horrible in rural areas,
(d)   Police avoids registering a FIR, “at times to just show a lower crime rate in their jurisdiction, and at times to protect influential law-breakers”.
(e)   Police avoids registering a FIR, as there is a shortage of police force and infrastructure.

Assuming that Government is really serious to amended CrPC for FIR and that it is not a  temporary political move to subside people’s resentment, a vital question which comes to mind  is how it can be implemented when, given the current situation, both the common man and registering body, i.e., Police, are averse to it, for reasons stated above?

Problem involves those belonging to both sides of the table. We must, therefore, devise some way to remove fear and hesitation of common man, and bypass aforesaid attitude of the police. The strategy proposed here not only overcomes these hurdles but also ensures quickest and most transparent submission of FIRs and above all, does not require any additional infrastructure other than available with the Central Government.

We have to provide some channels
(1)   Where people could submit their complaints without any fear,
(2)  Deliberate avoidance by police is minimized to zero,
(3)  Centralized monitoring of submitted complaints is possible
(4)  Complete transparency could be maintained to prevent any injustice ,
(5)  Complete transparency to prevent misuse by  complainants,
(6)  Requiring no or minimum additional personnel and infrastructure,

Available Infrastructure:

Our prime points of focus are objects (1) and (2),i.e., people must have a seamless way to submit complaints and police must have a smooth way of maximizing their coverage with minimum of stages where they have been preventing  complaints from the people. 

The most convenient and effective means nowadays is Information and Communication Technology, but unfortunately we cannot rely entirely on it since it has not penetrated deep enough to serve rural common people yet. Yes we can use it as supplement. Surprisingly, there is an already existing department of the Central Government, with excellent track record, services of which can be availed and used effectively and conveniently. It is Department of Posts & Telegraph.

Before assessing its applicability to our problem, let us review a few of its services which it has initiated recently and are relevant to our problem.

(a)  One of these services is e-Post which enables one to send even a hand written page to the destination where there is no email or fax or any such facility. The NIC has also been implementing a WAN connecting all the Head Post Offices, Administrative Offices, Major Speed Post Centers with National Data Centre being connected to the WAN will ensure a quantum jump in the quality of services being provided by the Posts Offices. Today India has the largest postal network in the world and covers virtually the whole India with penetration to remotest villages.

(b)  There is another service which the department has initiated and which may have immediate application to object (5). Recently, India post (post office) has come up with a service of providing authentication certificate for addresses and photo identity. Since the ID proof is issued by India post which is a central government organization, it is similar to Govt. ID cards like Driving license, Voters ID etc. It can be used for opening bank accounts, for getting telephone/internet connections etc and can be used to authenticate complainant’s identity while placing a complaint/FIR.

Along with these, there is a way that Ministry of Home Affairs has been using for getting submitted the applications for passports. It uses online applications for passport, not as independent processing but only to assist submission only, rest processing is done by humans. The best part of it is that it assigns a serial number to the application stored centrally, and a date and time at which applicant has to visit in person to the office along with evidences.

Suggested Strategy:

With this background, we are in position to chart out the strategy for implementing the long sought after amendment in CrPC for FIR.

(1) Submission of complaints/FIR may be allowed, in addition to the usual Police Stations, at post offices also with some suitable format to get it forwarded through their e-Post service to respective district Police Head Quarters for centralized database and for its centralized monitoring and for further forwarding to concerned police Station for investigation.

Process, like online application for passport by the Ministry of Home Affairs, should carry a centralized serial number and assign a time where complainant will have to be present with details at the police station.

It will take care of some very important hurdles:
a.      Common man is highly scared from even the name of police and tends to avoid any interaction with situation is more horrible in rural areas,
b.      Police avoids registering a FIR, “at times to just show a lower crime rate in their jurisdiction, and at times to protect influential law-breakers”.
c.       Police avoids registering a FIR, as there is a shortage of police force and infrastructure.

And to fulfill the objectives:
                                                              i.      Where people could submit their complaints without any fear,
                                                            ii.      Deliberate avoidance by police is minimized to zero,

(2) Assuring Genuineness of Complaints

(2.A)        Format should have information on Police Station code and identity and address of the complainant. It may be as usually accepted like Voter Identity Card, Driving License or any other acceptable to the government.

(2.B)        Common people, especially from rural areas, need not possess Voter Identity Card, Driving License or any other acceptable to the government as either these are not issued to them or issued but are incorrect or simply they are not having it for any reason being illiteracy, ignorance or poverty. Non availability of these must not bar any person from submitting his or her complaint,

In non availability of Identity and address proofs, Post Office Address and Identity Verification Service as mentioned above, can be availed by the Complainant for a fee to the Post Office.

Since the ID proof is issued by India post which is a central government organization, it is similar to Govt. ID cards like Driving license, Voters ID etc. and hence acceptable.

(2.C)       A suitable penalty may also be suggested for false complaints by the complainants.
This will fulfill the objectives:
(3)       Centralized monitoring of submitted complaints is possible
(4)       Complete transparency could be maintained to prevent any injustice,
(5)       Complete transparency to prevent misuse by complainants,
(6)       Requiring no or minimum additional personnel and infrastructure,

This contribution has been made to serve a long awaited reform, for the benefit of common man and to minimize the corrupt and unethical practices at the very first stage of any criminal investigation and foundational level of the judicial process.

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Background Ruchika Girhotra’s case

Background Ruchika Girhotra’s case: Ruchika Girhotra, a 14-year-old tennis player, was molested by then Haryana police IG S.P.S. Rathore in Panchkula in 1990.Three years later, Ruchika killed herself. Nineteen years later, Rathore walks away with six months of rigorous imprisonment and a 1000-rupee fine, ; on grounds of prolonged trial and old age ; During the period, Rathore was promoted despite the molestation charges and also asked for reform in the judicial system to ensure timely justice in such cases. Even during the course of 19 years, Rathore had little to worry about. He continued getting regular promotions and was even made the director general of police. For further reading visit, Ruchika case: Centre reads the riot act to police, ; Haryana police files fresh FIRs in Ruchika molestation case ;Injustice & verdict mockery of judiciary ; Bid to reopen Ruchika case ;Ruchika case to be re-investigated ; as a model case ; Easy on the policeman? . Too little and too late judgment,  ; with public support  ;has turned up as a model   for future generations.