Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why is TV hypnotizing??

In recent times, there has been an increase in the circulation of mails weeping about how much of our personal space is encroached by Television. In fact, there is one heart-rending essay purported to have been written by a child wishing to be a Television so that they can get undivided attention of his/her family members. One can easily relate oneself to frantic and often violent fights that happen in households over possession of TV remote as if it is ancient Somras guaranteed to bestow immortality on its purveyors or a $100 million lottery ticket whose number has just appeared in television as the lucky draw ticket.

One tends to think why is TV such omnipotent? How can it hypnotise millions of otherwise sane individuals to witness mediocre soaps and sporting contests, almost endlessly?

Television transports the spectator to an almost unreal world, so out of tune with his mundane routine, in to a world where he/she has no control over the happenings. It gives him/her an avenue for escapism, to flee from everyday problems and issues at least for a short period of time and indulge himself. It caters to his/her sub-conscious desires and aspirations – to fly and perform stunts like a super-man, to be outstanding sportsmen, to be like omni-lovable Casanovas and Cleopatras on screen, to be someone or something which they had always secretly wished but could not muster enough courage or will to do so for whatever reasons.

On another front, Television does not make value judgements on the people around, does not expect them to change for its sake mandatorily though people may change their routine out of their own sweet-will, and tells its own stories when you want to and not when they wish to. So much better than people, huh..

Every tail has its own head. Every winter has its own spring. Duality is the essence of life and in fact the universe.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Menace that is Maoism

My Way or High Way:
This seems to be the motto of all revolutionaries.. All revolutionaries start under the garb of public interest. As they grow in stature n power, power intoxicates them and gives them an omni-potent allure. They tend to get autocratic, callous and indifferent to very people they started out to fight for. The complacency breeded by their sense of power will ultimately prove their undoing. Just look at LTTE for example.

But once the movement unravels, one would discover, the regions that were under their swamp would be many a mile behind the rest of the world on all parameters with future of millions at stake. This would only breed further discontent, more armed struggle and a vicious cycle of underdevelopment.

A look at the history would reveal that a communist land was never a utopia but more of a dystopia where everything was reduced to Lowest Common Denominator and innovation was severely hampered.

So how to get out of this vicious cycle, how to avoid slidding deeper into the morass that is Naxal invasion..

Tackling Maoists:
Create an elite force to tackle the Maoists, selecting their cadre, predominantly from locals aware of d terrain.
Train them mentally (brain-wash, if you can call it as such) against Maoist ideals to remove the scourge that is Maoism by their developmental work. Allocate sufficient funds for this elite force to engage in developmental work as well apart from military offensives.
Allow this mentally trained individuals to intrude as common men into the midst of Maoists/Naxals, which can be a useful means to strategise operations against them.
Indulge in your power of propaganda. Ensure supply of power to the tribal areas and distribute televisions to all free (seek the TN govt's help in ensuring the success of this endeavor). Complement your good work at the ground with powerful propaganda over TV.

"Communism in Russia is not eliminated by military offensives. It is the media propaganda showcasing the merits of free society, that did the trick."

Don't invade and conquer people's lands and houses; Invade their minds, conquer them.

A day for eliminating Maoists will not be far.

Marxism, Maoism, and Utopianism: Eight Essays

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Discoveries of IPL 2010

Kings 11 Punjab is the new KKR.
Sangakkara is the new McCullum.
Gambhir is the new Sehwag.
MS Gony is the new Agarkar.
A Morkel is the new Irfan Pathan.
RP Singh is the new Munaf Patel.
Brett Lee is the new Akhtar.
Yuvraj is the new Ganguly.
Shilpa Shetty is the new Preity Zinta
And

Lalit Modi is the new Lalit Modi..

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mayavati's Masterstroke again

Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday decided to start recruitment for setting up a police force to guard parks and memorials for Dalit icons without waiting for Governor B L Joshi's nod for a bill and an ordinance for the same purpose.

There she goes in probably the only instance where a State Govt takes security issues quite seriously without any prodding from the Union Home Minister. Here I am reminded of a scene from Tamil, historical spoof movie named "Imsai Arasan (Troublesome king) 23rd Pulikesi" played by a leading Tamil comedian Vadivelu. The protagonist was seen to remark to his minister, "History is important, Mr.Minister". The setting of the scene goes as:
The lead actor, who is also the king, poses for a self-portrait, with his entire buffalo-like obese torso covered in white cloth. Near him, a man with a taut, toned body that would rival WWF veterans to shame stands with his face covered with White cloth. The artist draws the physique of the wrestler and over it the face of the king. When the minister, fascinated by the proceedings, expresses his surprise, the king dishes out his prophetic words of wisdom.

"History is very important, my dumb minister. How will the fools coming 100 years after my death know who I am. I'll leave this portrait as legacy for them to know who I am and how I lived. How could they ever know I've a lousy body."

Mayavati also seems to have been caught on by the history bug and wants to etch her name in the history. A classic case of misplaced priorities, especially in a backward state like Uttar Pradesh.

Or have I committed a sacrilege of denigrating a Dalit icon, Selfless Beacon of the oppressed by writing this piece! How bad of me to not even be able to stand a self-respecting oppressed woman etching her name in the banals of history. Oh sorry, I mean annals of history. I leave it to your better judgement as to who deserve the security more; Real men/women in flesh and blood, but who are anyway gonna die in 50 years, mired in poverty and diseases or the statues and symbols of Dalit identity and self-respect that is gonna proclaim to the posterity about a Supreme, Dalit leader who lorded over the masses in the Hindi heartland. The choice is obvious, really (i.e. the choice of Ms. Mayavati) unless you are insane, development-oriented person like me. Development can really wait, but not the Dalit glory.!!

God save the Queen and her people from her!! I am sorry for you people of Uttar Pradesh, you poor people certainly deserve a better leader.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Why do Auto drivers hate meters?

Happened to read a really insightful article on problems faced by auto drivers in Delhi. The situation is really no different in other Indian cities.

http://kafila.org/2010/03/24/auto-rickshaws-in-delhi-why-sheila-dikshit%E2%80%99s-comments-are-misguided/