Obtuse And Acute

November 3, 2008

India is a developing country

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“India is a developing country”. I remember reading this line back then when I was a junior school student. I mugged it up and poured it out whenever I was asked to speak or write about any topic related to the statement. As time flew by, I came to understand reasons behind this statement. Never the less, some great people inspired us to believe and dream and work for making our country a ‘developed’ one. Some of the names include the very honourable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, big shot industrialists like Ratan Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani, Narayana Murthy, etc.. Little by little people began to believe that India could work up to put the major population above the poverty line.Things started appearing bright and hopeful. The Indian software market boomed and people like myself were the lucky ones to be absorbed asap via campus recuits. However from no where, the clouds were coming in. All predictions on the S/w industry to continue booming were distantly and slowly diffusing. On yet another side,with a major class of people financially rising but still uneducated, the country was bound to face winds of change. For example , it was great to make three tier AC seats available to more Indians at affordable prices. But what was overlooked was that,after this, the once neat and tidy AC tiers were now littered with packets and dirty toilets. Our beloved politicians did probably achieve what they call ‘affordable prices’ to many more Indians, but they forgot to spread a simple routine education system that would promise that people could now distinguish between the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. The vast majority still does not know much about health and hygiene, about respect and decency, about honesty and hard work, but they know that money works, so earn it anyhow. Isn’t it wonderful to see such a spectacular and brilliant INDIA !!!!!

I’m not denying the importance of money and that too,lots of it. Why should I? After all it’s a fact that life on earth is governed not by human virtues but by these green paper pieces that we are apparently supposed to collect until we die. Although once we die, none of this goes with us.lol. You don’t have money , you don’t have a life. Because humans have evolved to meet the basic necessities of life, i.e. food, water and air, not naturally but through these papers. And being a human I’ll have to follow the race unless I’m a sincere sage.

Getting back to the point of “Developing India”. We read it in our social study books (as per curriculum), that India is a social,secular,democratic country. 

Lets see the current status for ourselves:

SOCIAL:  well people don’t mind classifying themselves as SC/ST/OBC any more. Great job! Really! It’s good to know that people are not looked down upon as some other world, lower class people(mind you, the society and not the creator made these classifications). But then is that the reason why people accept to be called SC/ST/OBC? At a point of time, when this class was looked upon with contempt, reservations made sense. But now, who does not know that these social differences are but tools for politicians, to agitate and provoke the ‘partially’ educated and illiterate Indians?

A complimentable proceeding of our ‘developing’ country is the current news headline about Raj Thackeray and his open quest to purify Maharashtra with only the Maharashtrians. And the Indian public is satisfactorily sleeping. So much like the central government. Well…if that’s the deal then why don’t they demolish all buildings designed, created, sponsored by Indians all over the country? Why don’t they pull off railway tracks placed by North Indian labours? Why don’t they get rid of the heart-throbbing Bollywood? What do these people want? Communism? Monopoly? Another separate nation like Pakistan? Well, whatever be your motive, in the end what you are killing is, the dream country of all leaders and revolutionaries who fought all their lives to create an Independent India, a country where existed “Unity in Diversity”.  

 

SECULAR:

An unfortunately common headline these days is about the serial blasts all over the country. One day there’ll be a blast , the next day there’ll be suspects, then there’ll be a handful detained , then there’ll be court proceedings and then again there’ll be blasts and the routine follows. Meanwhile the country politicians are either signing clouded Nuke deals or campaigning for votes or protecting farmer land by killing industrial dreams,simply by smiling or shouting there way on the TV cameras. There’ll be conclusions that the bombs were planted by Maoists, IMs, etc. The faces of the criminals will be shown on the screen but blurred, so that the common man can never spot them.The reports will be followed by exaggeration and over exaggeration until someone switches the channel  to watch a ‘commercialized’ sport or daily soap. Trains were burnt down at Gujarat in the name of religion, Kashmir is murdered and looted everyday by everybody, people are provoked to convert religion.

This is the idea of the Secular India today.

DEMOCRACY:

A government of the people, by the people, for the people. And what do ‘the people’, want? Wealth? Name? Fame? The rich sweat all day to become richer. Why for a change can’t they open a chain of well served hospitals with qualified doctors all over the country? Why simple issues on animal protection are normally overlooked? Why can we see that the Kashmiris are in trouble but cannot see that her bounty of nature that made it a paradise on earth, is almost dead. Why can’t we see that the Ganga and Brahmaputra are choking? Why is everyone not concerned that the coal mines are finishing?Why are the Maoists, IMs increasing? Why for a change can’t minorities declare, “give us our rights and stop discriminating us as minorities at all!”. Can’t the democratic government make a law to have just one class, the general? Can’t we plan on a security system so solid that no one can dare a second bomb blast? Why can’t we put banners of APJ Abdul Kalam to inspire daily passer- by to work on a dream instead of promoting goods via skinny girls with skimpy clothes?Why can’t we retain IITians by creating an office environment as good as it is in the US? Is all of this so impossible? Where are we Indians going?

It seems like history has to be repeated and yet again we need avatars of Ram Mohan Roy, Lal Bal Pal, Bhagat Singh,Sukh Dev,Chandrashekhar Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose,Swami Vivekanada, Ravindranath Tagore, and so many more.

And one final question. Can we as Indians consider ourselves even a ‘developing’ country anymore? I think I won’t. After all, the common man is doing nothin except typing on the keyboard. Isn’t it?

November 1, 2008

The Adamant & The Loud

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This happened while we used be fourth semester students. One of my batch mates decided to undo his muteness and revolt outright to a visible unfairness of one of our teachers. It was some silly question on white noise. Since it was a subject we knew we’d have to study for ourselves later, no one seemed to pay attention. Consequently no one had a reply. The girls in their entirity were already standing when one of the boys, Prateek was questioned. Thanks to the background prompting, he gave a partially correct (because it was incomplete), statement. The teacher however decided to allow the girls to sit and keep the boy standing. Unable to bear the injustice the boy slashed back. We were stunned and I might add, I found the apparent temper of the student despicable then. afterall I wasn’t the one bearing the punishment. I had just been spared one. This was followed by a fierce argument with no side budging. In the end teacher rushed out of the class. We were later requested by a respected faculty member to grow a little more adjusting and give the new faculty members a chance to improve. We did adhere to it but it was possible because of the added consequence of the fight where in the more rebellious boys were given higher priority than girls by the same teacher. It seemed that the outbreak worked.Lolz….. :)….

October 10, 2008

Infinite Lives

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A month back, on this very date, that is , 11th September 2008, and at this very moment, we (myself and my family), were living a nightmare. We lost Jingo, our pet dog for 13 years and 9 months. We weren’t the first ones to go through this, but that did not make it easy for us to bear the moment.

As such, there isn’t much I have to write, but if I do start, a single post can never be enough to wrap up everything I have to say. 

Life has never been the same for us since then. Habits that had embedded themselves in our daily routine because of him, were not easy to change or forget. In fact , after having a selfless buddy trotting near your feet almost all day out for almost 14 years – living a life excluding him, wasn’t exactly what we could ever remember we lived. His absence still makes his presence, only too prominent.

Great men and women have said, “Everything happens for a reason, everything happens for something good”. I do not defy them, but I do definitely seek to know the reason that’d allow us to find solace from all that happened that night. Not that there isn’t one, but life since he left, has at least not been better, right?

I miss you Jingo and if somehow you get to read this or hear us, please do remember that we still love you and are simply too proud of you. God bless your soul.

I heard in a movie,”1 dog year is equal to 7 human years”. Unfair as it is, it just happens to be the truth, yet in a way, not entirely so. Jingo, in his almost 14 years, lived more than any of us have, he lived, “Infinite Lives”.

October 9, 2008

Obtuse and Acute….

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Hello to all those who are kind enough to spare time, to go through my blog.

A limited few know me well. Whether or not ‘I’ myself am included in this list, remains a question in itself. I don’t quite like the idea of being a complete idiot and I try to keep exploring myself in order to keep up with my quest. But then, I’m too much a human, so being stupid, is a part of me. This is probably why I named my blog , “Obtuse And Acute”.

October 24, 2008

Phew!!! Blogging needs patience….

Filed under: Uncategorized — obtusenacute @ 8:02 pm

Blogging is in the air…there are about infinite bloggers and still greater number of blogging pages. Following the queue, I decidedly created a blog for myself. I thought, since writing happens to be a passion for me and since I could contribute something to one of my friends blog, having my own blog would be fun….. However, assumptions aren’t exactly what I’m good at. And creating a blog ‘for fun’ proved just that.

The day I started writing on this blog,I wrote two articles. One as a welcome note for readers and the other was an inspiration that allowed me to start expressing to people at a hopefully larger scale. However, that seemed to be all. I could not find another topic to write on for 1 full fortnight.

However, there exist some quotations from big shot and also well respected people, that say, hope lies just round the corner or  oppurtunities come in disguise, etc…

I went through a couple of other blogs just like that (probably that is what people call surfing) and voila! I found both these blogs stuffed with articles. The patience of the writers inspired me…and like I mentioned previously, hope probably lies round the corner, I finally found a something, to blabber about.

Blogging, specially if you do not receive comments, tends to become harder to maintain and kept alive(or so I feel). So indeed I’d like to say,” Hats off to all those people keeping alive the spirit of blogging. Not only does this show enduring persistence on the person’s part but also signifies ‘hope’, that acts as a fuel to fire the individual’s efforts”.I thank you people, for inspiring me to get going (even obtusely) to keep my blog alive and kicking.

At least for a while I did feel, my assumption of blogging to be fun, is not totally wrong.

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