Sunday, July 23, 2006

हमारा पैसा, हमारा हिसाब - सूचना का अधिकार और जन आंदोलन।

आज ही कुछ मित्रों (AID-Association for India's Development-Blacksburg, Va, Chapter) ने सूचना के अधिकार पर चल रही ताजा बहस के संबंध में जानकारी भेजी और इस विडियो का स्रोत भी दिया।

सन् २००१ में भारत सरकार ने आम जनता को सूचना का अधिकार दिया था। इस अधिकार के अनुसार कोई भी आम व्यक्ति सरकार से किसी सरकारी परियोजना के संबंध में सूचना प्राप्त कर सकता है। अब मुद्दा... पूर्ण आलेख

The most shameless man - Manmohan Singh

This is the worst government I have ever seen. We have a Prime Minister about whom nobody cares about. To get some work done, he always has to blackmail his cabinet by "his resignation", fellow ministers do or say whatever they want whenever they want without consultation with cabinet and PM, PM asks farmers of India to look for some other source of income besides farming, and now the government headed by him is tabling the bill of "Office of President" without any change.

Relevant News

President Kalam returned this bill for careful consideration and the decision of government to table the bill without any change shows that,
1. they don't care for the Office of President
2. they can do whatever they want to preserve their chair
3. since they do not care and respect the office of President, that means they do not care about India and its people as well.

Congress is not moving beyond its "Emergency" time mentality, and I think this is the time to uproot this Govt.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Indian Government Website Grievances

"I posted the following message on Hope to get a good reply and I will post the same."

Dear Sir/Madam,

Recently I have started visiting websites of Indian Government to look for some information. Unfortunately I have realized that the websites of Indian Government mostly designed by NIC are examples of bad web designing. Here are the reasons.

1. Speed --> I am right now on a connection of 1Gbit/s, and all the websites on my computer load in a snap, unlike Indian Govt. Website.

2. Support for other browsers --> There is minimal support for other browsers in all the Indian Government websites, and one cannot read Hindi fonts in any other browser except Internet Explorer.

3. Site Designed for--> Generally sites are designed to appear best in 800 X 600 resolution which was a good practice five years back, but not now, and we need to proceed to 1024 X 768 resolution at least, ASAP.

4. Usability --> It gets difficult to navigate or finding proper links in these websites due to poor "usability" (which is an Engineering Course in itself). For eg. the page on which I am writing this comment, does not have links divided into proper categories, has many links dead, the comment box in which I am writing is just 20 px by 20 px.

5. Flashing links appear good in porn websites, but not in government websites. Not all people are so good with their eyes who are visiting these websites.

6. I would suggest you to hire some good technical writers and usability specialists before designing websites.

I have posted same comments in

Please contact me if you need further clarification or some assistance.

Thank You
Anurag Mishra

PS: After I sent the query, the page reloaded, with a blank form and I don't know if my query was accepted or rejected, so I went on a related link and submitted it again, and I hope it went through.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

इंटरनेट और हिन्दी

ये बात बड़ी ही रोचक है की मुख्यतः अंग्रेज़ी भाषा में विकसित हुआ कंप्यूटर और इंटरनेट आज बड़े ही बेहतरीन तरीके से अन्य भाषाओं में इस्तेमाल हो रहा है। आज अंग्रेज़ी का न्यूनतम ज्ञान रखने वाला भी कंप्यूटर और इंटरनेट भलीभांती प्रयोग कर सकता है।

हिन्दी भाषा सीखने, समझने, और...... पूर्ण आलेख

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A must read article

I would ardently request you to please read this article in its entirety.
Mr. Prime Minister the heart is broken

Most of us; net surfing, blog writing, kool, hip and urban people never realize or care about
the conditions of poor farmers in India. Most of the discussion regarding that are rejected as not being hip and not of our direct concern.

The above article is written by Jawandhia, who has an MSc degree from Nagpur. He is not just a leader of the farmers organisation Shetkari Sangathana, but he has spent his life, in his own small but determined way, trying to bring sanity in the governments agriculture policy.

This article will give you a pretty deep info about farmers conditions and Govt. policy regarding that. I would request you to read the article and understand the pain of the farmer who is feeding us.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

सरकार या सरकस

भारतवर्ष की यूपीए सरकार को देखकर ऐसा ही लगता है। जिसकी जो मर्जी़ आए वही करता है। कुछ दिन पहले अर्जुन सिंह को अचानक सामाजिक न्याय का भूत सवार हुआ और उन्होंने आरक्षण का शगूफ़ा छोड़ दिया। नतीजा सबके सामने है। मीरा कुमार को लगा की वो कहीं सामाजिक न्याय की रेस में पीछे ना छूट जाए तो उन्होंने खुलेआम सभी निजी कंपनिओं को अपने यहाँ आरक्षण लगाने की धमकी दे डाली।

पूरा चिट्ठा यहाँ पढ़ें।

Monday, July 03, 2006

Inundated Mumbai, Reducing Dal Lake size, and no scope of Water Resource (Civil) Engineering in India

Quite unrelated...uhh!

Well one thing is common amongst these, "Water"!

It is an extremely interesting fact that the commodity, which was given prime importance in the thousands of years old "Indus" civilization is neglected completely in the most modern of times in India.

No matter how much investigation is done, it is evident that the biggest reason of inundation in any city is "drainage,", the reduction in the size of Dal lake or any other water body is drainage, and reducing supply of water in India is improper water management (includes drainage), which are widely covered in civil and agricultural Engineering.

In US, when even a small parking lot is constructed, a proper study is done to manage the water resulting from a 10 year, 25 year or larger storms. In India, every other construction makes sure to stop the drainage.

This problem is rampant in any other Indian City. I would call any city in India an extra ordinary example of Civil Engg. where students can learn how not to do things. New colonies, houses, marketing complexes are made without taking care of water disposal and supply. On a side note, I think India is one of the very few countries where water supply and sewer lines run side by side, and India also has one sewer system for storm water and waste water.

All the cities on the bank of rivers dispose their "shit" in their "Holy Rivers."

No matter how great India becomes with the software progress, or industrial progress, negligence of this basic commodity will leave us with nothing. The current condition of water resources in India might bring us to a position of buying water from foreign countries, and it may become a reason of social unrest in coming years (There have been incidences of violence in water scarce villages, Link).

The moral of the story is that Government needs to invest heavily in improving the drainage and water supply system in Indian Cities. All the other facilities, roads, railways everything runs on this foundation only. These projects need to be properly planned and heavy scaled. Attempting to clean a river few days before rain (as we did in Mumbai) is not gonna yield anything.

At the individual level, people should make sure not to throw things in sewer which may block things, and not to block drainage while conducting new construction.