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Anna! What have you done!!

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On 27th August 2011, Baba Ramdev & BJP realised something. That calm of White is more powerful than aggression of Saffron. All it took to bring a mighty government to its knees was will of one man. And mind you, this mighty government had been elected by 1.2 billion people.

Interestingly, a World Cup triumph could not inspire Miss Pandey to live upto her promise. But Mr. Hazare’s fast made Yogitta Dandekar and Jenny to embrace tricolours in unimaginable ways. Even our very beloved Angry birds got a competition from ‘Angry Anna’.

I read it somewhere that “Anna has lit a fire. It’s for us to keep the flame of hope alive.” All the online & offline forums are busy appreciating Anna’s efforts. Anna has indeed done a repeat of RDB. Everyone is ready to light candles and sit on dharnas.

But I don’t feel that what happened, happened for the good…

Will Lokpal Bill serve its purpose of eradicating corruption? I am not sure. But what I am pretty sure of is that corruption is in our blood and it is here to stay. It’s in the very fabric of what represents our Indian society today. And just a Bill might not be sufficient.

Indian government is already facing problems of high inflation and slowing growth. But instead of focusing its effort on these issues, it is forced to deal with Anna(s). The focus is more on fire fighting and less on working towards sustainable growth and development. And this does not auger well for country. If one person can derail a duly & constitutionally elected government and make a complete mockery of the Constitutional process, then what kind of growth can we expect in such a country? Who will have faith to invest in a country which has such unstable political environment? An imperfect democracy is far better than a perfect dictatorship. The claim of Mr Hazare and his gang that they are actual representatives of Indians is not democratic but dictatorial. Indian public is much more concerned about earning its daily bread than it is about corruption. And the worst part is that even the Middle Class is finding time to get involved in these ‘disastrous’ events! And I swear that if this trend continues, all bets on India would be off. But if people, somehow do regain sense and go back to work instead of taking part in agitations, only then will the good times be ahead and not behind us.

I read it in an article that a lot of important economic issues like formation of an Indian Sovereign Wealth Fund, FDI in multi-brand retail are pending for final decision. But our government does not have the time. It has to deal with ‘our savior’ Anna.

The image in this post says it all – Anna Arrests Government.

PS –After March 2010, this is the first month when I have written more than 2 posts!


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August 29, 2011 at 2:47 am

Tagged, in my dreams

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You were tagged!

A notification has struck your online life.

Did you expect it coming? No? Doesn’t matter. You have still been tagged.

I was discussing the Culture of Tagging with a close friend AA. And not surprisingly, both of us agreed that life is not as it used to be. [Last sentence makes me feel as if ours is a generation past its prime]. In good old days, we were required to make phone calls, write SMSs or letters (!)/emails to make people realize that we still remembered them. But now, all it takes is a few keystrokes, i.e. @Name and bingo! You have achieved a feat that did not even exist a few years back. You have tagged someone! And the tagged person gets to know that you care for them. You have him/her in your mind. You have not forgotten them.

Disclaimer – If by now, it seems like another of my loud-thinking posts, I won’t blame you. The reason for taking up such redundant topics ‘may’ be attributed to this.

So, ladies and non-gentlemen (men should not be gentle 🙂 ), being a part of this revolutionary Age of Tagging, I put forward a radical and disturbing thought.

You would agree with the fact that only time, when you are socially inactive is when you are sleeping. Now what t. f. would happen, if thanks to technological advancements, people are given the ability to tag you in their dreams??

Just imagine 😦

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August 20, 2011 at 2:51 am

Decision analysis in parallel universes

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Performance should never be measured by end results, but by cost of alternatives. i.e., what would have happened, if during the course of a process (for which the performance is to be judged), just one event had not happened in the way it actually did? What would have happened if atleast one of the events decided to take a different course?

You wouldn’t be wrong to say that I am referring to MultiVerse (Multiple Possible Universes). In which, the only difference between 2 logically ‘adjacent’ universes is one event. For simpler understanding, read the next few lines –

Look back and think of a particular juncture of your life, when you had to make an important decision. You obviously have an idea about what you decided. Now, assume that you had taken an altogether different decision at that moment. How would have things changed after that? What course would have your life taken after that? Where are you in your life and where ‘could’ you have been?

This leads us to deduce that the life we are living right now is one of the many possible ones. Even Bhagvad Purana (a Hindu scripture) has a similar take on the issue–

The countless universes, each enveloped in its shell, are compelled by the wheel of time to wander within you, like particles of dust blowing about in the sky. The śrutis, following their method of eliminating everything separate from the Supreme, become successful by revealing You as their final conclusion.

Decision Making in Parallel Universes

The post is neither meant to be judgemental of anyone’s decisions nor a way to prompt others to start evaluating their past lives. Past is past. Period.

The post is more of a Lazy–Sunday–Morning-Loud-Thinking.

PS – “Far more than our abilities, it is our choices that show what we truly are” (Albus Dumbledore)

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August 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm