Sunday, August 20, 2006

हिन्दुस्तान का असमंजस ः भगवान भी मूर्ख बनाने आ पहुँचे

अब और क्या कहें? वहाँ दिल्ली मे हमारी सरकार आरक्षण का बिल केबिनट की बैठक में पास करने जा रही है और इधर भारतवासियों को मूर्तियों को दूध पिलाने से फुरसत नहीं है। मुझ् लगता है कि भारत की अधिकतर जनता इतनी हताश हो चुकी है कि उसका भरोसा अब सिर्फ इन टोने टोटकों पर रह गया है। अब भगवान के धरती पर आने की ही प्रतीक्षा है।

सबसे मजे़दार तो ये समाचार चैनल है जो कि सबसे गैर ज़रूरी खबर का जोर शोर से प्रचार करते हैं। अब ये खबर तो इतनी बेकार है कि और लिखने की इच्छा कर ही नहीं रही। बस God Bless India


So the cabinet is going to clear the reservation bill

The cabinet has decided to clear the reservation bill as you can read in the news below.

I seriously do not know what this Govt. is upto. I am not sure what happened to the response Indian Govt. was supposed to present to Supreme Court about the criteria for deciding OBCs. Please let me know in the comments if you have idea about that.

Raising the same questions, it is the greatest mockery of India and its citizens. The country whose Government did not conduct caste based census for last 80 years is proposing reservation on caste basis, on a data which is 85 years old. This is a pathetic situation. Any support to this data will be useless.

The way we the Indians got up against amendments in RTI act, the same way we should oppose any bill which divides us by caste. None of the political parties are going to oppose this reservation bill due to vote bank politics so this is upto us to oppose it.

I hope some day sanity will prevail.

PS: Was watching "Nayak" yesterday again. Wish it could come true

Monday, August 14, 2006

India's Leading National Daily

This is the cover page of India's Leading National Daily. Complete attention has been given to blinking ads, but editors forgot about spelling!


Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Feedback: Indian Government Website Grievances

With regard to my feedback to one of the Indian Government website, I received the following response, from the email ID: NIC indiaportal(at)nic(dot)in
This response is for a different site than the one about which I wrote in my earlier post, but still the issues are same. I do not know exactly when they are going to implement the suggestions I had, but it's good to have a response at least. I would recommend you to visit these sites when you have some time and provide positive feedbacks as well.


National Portal of India
Dear Sir,
Thank you for visiting the National Portal of India – and keep sending us your valuable feedbacks. Your valuable suggestions/ feedbacks are forwarded to the Portal Coordination Committee for consideration. You may suggest your friend/s to visit

Web Administrator

Forwarded message :

Name: Anurag MIshra
Email: mishranurag(at)gmail(dot)com
My few suggestions are: 1. The site should be in Hindi, with an option to view in English. 2. The site should have bigger fonts. 3. The major links should be placed at one side of the page hidden into categories. I will add more comments as I navigate more through this site. Thanks Anurag

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Did Rakhi Kiss Mika, or Mika Kissed Rakhi?

Indian Media followed this "Rakhi-Mika" saga religiously for quite a few weeks. They showed pretty interesting clips on TV, made them to talk on phone on live TV and did frame by frame analysis of the party video. I am not sure what they have found out, but what I have realized is that probably India has most irresponsible media.

Media is supposed to be a pillar of democracy. Its a sorry state that this fourth pillar in India is losing its relevance, importance and responsibility. I have been saying this after following the news by Times of India, Rediff, CNN-IBN, ZeeNews Channel, AajTak, NDTV, BBCHindi, HindustanTimes etc. Unfortunately I rate BBC (a UK company) as the best news source amongst these for India. Doordarshan, I haven't followed for long, but I would rate it better than ZeeNews and AajTak.

It appears that these news sites and news channel have forgotten what they are supposed to do. They just try to get most spicy news they can and present it on TV again and again, until they get another spice to offer. Most of you might have seen or experienced the kind of stuff they suffer, but few examples are: Rakhi-Mika Saga, saving Prince and its coverage for 50 hours, unnecessary elongated coverage of cricket, BCCI and its politics, Rahul Mahajan's engagement and all other useless stuff.

The media tend to get the news which it can commercialize the most. These days these news channels have also started presenting crime based programs which are mostly gross dramatization of actual crimes.

Also the news is presented with lowest research, poorest graphics, stupid details, and useless repetition. When you compare Indian news channels with their US (CNN, FOX), and UK (BBC) counterparts, it feels shameful. BBC, CNN and FOX not only have good reputation, their news coverage also affect government policies.

There has been lot of discussion at how much useless news media covers like this discussion in BBCHindi, but what I would like to see in the news is:

1. A well researched report on actual population status of India, what is projected for next few years, its repercussions, what common man can do about it, what some social service organizations are doing about it, and what's the Govt.'s stand on it.

2. The actual status of water availability in cities and villages of India, its quality, imbalance of demand and supply, future possibilities and again Government's stand.

3. The energy status in India, what President of India has been emphasizing upon, what other countries are doing about it, how much is the gap between demand and supply, what common man can do, what are relevant studies/research and what Govt. is doing.

4. The garbage thrown by us! Where it is dumped, how it is dumped, how much recycling is done, how much more recycling can be done, how much common man can support to it, what should Govt. do about it, what studies/researche are being done in that field and lot more.

5. There are hundreds of social service organizations doing very good work in various fields, cover them. Parivartan organization has been present right in Delhi for so many years, yet people knew about it after Mr. Arvind Kejriwal was chosen for Ramon Magsaysay (International) award

6. Everybody has been shouting about farmers committing suicides, but none of the reporters actually went to villages, studied the issues and presented them in a fair manner. As a result, all of us know about the fact that farmers are committing suicide, but no one knows why.

7. Actual issues in North East India, their development, why they still appear to be behind rest of India. I bet 80% Indians won't be able to count the seven North-Eastern states. Try it!

8. Coverage of key international events with proper research and information.

9. What's happening in science and technology? Why Indian customers are still paying double the price of electronic items than US customers. Why couldn't we pressurize Microsoft to sell Windows for cheap in India? What options people have besides pirating?

10. How is urban life different in India than in other countries? What amenities do we as Indians miss? Why have we accepted low standards for our life?

11. Several social, societal issues, changing mentalities, research studies in Universities.

There are several important issues like the ones I mentioned above which need to be covered in proper light and need more importance than Rahul Mahajan's engagement and Rakhi-Mika saga. It's also important for the viewers to actually request these news channel and news-sites to present proper information with proper research. When I emphasize on proper research for news stories, you actually need to see the kind of research which some very good news magazine do.

Finally, the quality of news presenter. It appears that news correspondents and news presenters are very less educated, low confident, poorly trained and have poor public speaking skills. I have been following news on CNN only and sometimes on Zee News and TV Asia. Not even once I have seen Jack Cafferty, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Lou Dobbs, Paula Zahn even falter while speaking. They have amazing confidence and also very good grasp on the subject they are covering.

I am really looking forward for the start of a more responsible news media in India, as that will decide the pace of India's real development.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

This is the way Indian Government Works

According to the animal statistics there is only one Donkey in Delhi. It's hard to believe cause parliamentary session is going on and we gave seats for 545 there.

Anyways, the following blog shows how the Govt. Deptt. has been doing census calculations.

I can understand some errors in this census but this a big blunder.