Outright Brazenness

I have absolutely no doubt regarding the political motive behind this. BJP/NDA feels it has the government in a corner.

This makes it more proactive finding issues and making a national issue out of it. And the government has been doing its bit to help them. On 2G scam, Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Housing scam, Swiss Money mess, CVC controversy et al the govt has been on the backfoot and there are no signs that it has any seriousness to solve these problems(or atleast appear to do so).

Cherishing this situation, the opposition believes it has a chance to make the govt panic and hence force it to take stupid steps.

But for now lets put aside the overall, gloomy picture.

The issue I’m miffed up about at this point is that the brazenness with which the state govt in J&K has been allowed to stop the unfurling of  the flag at Lalchowk in Srinagar. There has been no attempt by anyone in the central govt as well to stop this move by the J&K govt.

Now I’m not supporting BJP on this. I also agree that the security situation in J&K is very tense and any such attempt especially by a Hindu sympathetic political party is bound to further escalate the tension there.

But I strongly believe that stopping  anyone to unfurl our tricolour in any part of our sovereign territory is outrightly WRONG. This is against the constitution and anything which is so must be acted against by the central govt(or any govt for that matter). If for meeting the political ends or for the fear of annoying the separatists(read : real trouble makers) the govt acts in such a cowardly manner I am ashamed. I feel let down.

This event, I feel, is one of the saddest ones of our democracy.


Too Many Blogs!?

Of late I’ve been following many blogs. The reference is been provided by a few good lists on internet.
Now the number and the amount of content on them is simply ming-boggling.

I’ve published this post not to talk about quantity of the blogs, but to make two points.

First. If I am to assume that the no. of blogs is quite good, then I’m missing the bigger picture here. Coz I, as an individual may be overwhelmed by the no. but the holistic picture does not make sense.

-The population of our nation is >1.2bn.
-As per the different statistics available, the internet penetration is about 7%; actual figures at about 8cr.
-Assuming that 0.1% or even 0.01% of people with internet connection are intellectually capable and consciously willing to blog, the no. comes to 8lac or 80k- a huge no. indeed.

Now I obviously do not see that many blogs or anything even close to that number.

This may probably be too much to expect.( I have enough blogs to do with,  just making a point though.)

Second. Talking of the intellectual depth and quality of people blogging does not cease to amaze me.

The repercussions of this point are as follows-

-Too much optimism about India and its future
-Too much expectations from our future leaders(in whatever field)
-I AM NOT ABLE TO CATCH MY FAVOURITE NEWS SHOWS(Well, not really favourite now.)

But you know what- I don’t regret this.

Following these blogs has made me make mine and start this blogging. Adding my little to the blog culture, which I believe is a great medium to air one’s views.

You know, some of the good part of blog theory was that blogs would be like diaries that the world could read. They would be spontaneous, whatever pops into your mind, as a diary would be.
-Gregg Easterbrook

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