Wednesday, March 07, 2007

BPD ready to contest election in UP

Edit: This is the announcement on BPD's site regarding UP elections.

Bharat Punarnirman Dal contesting election for more than 20 seats in UP
Some of you might know that BPD launched somewhere this year as a new political party with fresh ideas and young blood. I took an interview of Its Vice President and acting spokesperson Mr. Ravi Kishore. During the interview we discussed a lot of things from the meaning of name of BPD, its vision, IIT Tag, inspiration and so forth.

The party recently announced their plans for upcoming elections in UP. I am really hopeful of their good show during these elections. I hope to see a fresh breeze especially for UP. The current and last few governments at UP (mostly true for whole India as well) have worked on small objectives driven by smaller interests. The state and country needs some radical changes in its thinking, expectations, vision and consequently its work.

The new party may not have a panacea for every problem out there but an overhaul of the work culture, missions and objectives will definitely solve majority of the issues for India. Following are some quotes by Ravi during the interview, I thought were interesting.

"The country itself has not really evolved very strategically from the beginning."
--Answering the question regarding the meaning of the name of BPD

"Its not difficult to get inspired to get into active politics .............The inspiration to get into politics comes very easily. This is a one billion population country, and you just see the profile of the 543 people sitting in the Indian parliament or you look at the profile of any assembly of any state in India. It is easy to convince yourself that we definitely can put a far better kind of individuals in those houses."
--When asked about inspiration to get into politics

"That the system is corrupt and nobody is doing anything about it is probably also a factor that contributes to our inspiration."
--When asked about the motivation about fighting into a rotten system.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Could you please switch off your computer monitor when not in use?

I asked my colleague few days back. In response, he immediately changed the settings on his computer such that, his monitor switches off after five minutes of inactivity. Convincing a colleagues to do a little to save energy and hence environment was quite easy. It took my two minutes only.

People in general want to save energy and environment whenever possible but they are generally careless. We have to be really careful and make sure that we do our best to save energy (which helps environment) whenever possible. If you want to change the settings of your Windows computer to save energy, follow these steps.

Right click on your desktop --> Click Properties --> Click on Screen Saver --> Click on Power -->
On this tab you can do several things to save power. You can time switching off monitor, switching off hard disks, system standby, and system hibernation at set times. Choose what is best for you, and feel happy for saving energy and environment. Its that simple.