Archive | June 2012

Know Your Politicians


With all the fuss about Presidential Elections, 2014 General Elections and December Elections of Gujarat, I was inquisitive about Educational Background of most important people in Indian Politics. With all the grapevine about Mrs Gandhi being Fifth Pass doing rounds, I felt the need to ascertain the same about our current CMs and Presidents, PMs of all times. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.

Usually my Blog Posts are my Opinionated Domain but this time it is just compilation of what I came across. Also, bear the bad embedding of media. ūüėõ

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  • Presidents
Most of our Presidents of all time have been extremely “Highbrow Men”. Receiving Honorary Doctorates and Lecturing at Universities like Oxford and Cambridge assures me that our Head of the State is a creditable person.
  • Prime Ministers

Level of my awe decreases here but we still have had a Kashi Vidhyapeeth Scholar and a Cambridge, Oxford Graduate. All inclusive, not that bad.

  • Chief Ministers

Assorted people form the body of our CMs. From being Home-Schooled to Doctors to IIT Bombay Graduate, some of our CMs are highly educated while few are not-so-well-read but even then they have done good for their states.

Even though all this Google research tells me that states have performed even with the CMs that are not so well learned, but personally I have always been of the opinion that more the educated people in Politics, more the progress we will see. Few of the relatively new CMs (viz Goa, Bihar etc) are also well-read and I am hoping for huge progresses in their respective states. I believe Education has a trickle-down effect. If the Head of the State is highly qualified, probability of success of states increases (plus, it gets easier to respect the States-person). Compared to earlier times, I find more CMs having proper education qualification today.

Black, White, Grey And Everything In Between


Have you ever had a very close friend who did something you will never forget? Better yet, have you ever done something to your friend which you think was right but your friend hates you for that?

In earlier times, there was a clear definition of Black and White, Demon and Angel, Bad and Good. The were more of “Don’t Do”s than “Do”s. Everyone noticed, commented and ordered you against your choice if you talked loudly or returned home late or talked to opposite gender or fell in love or expressed your opinion in front of elders etc. The list of “Do”s was limited up to grow up, marry, have kids, respect others & live your family lives.

If you cross the wrong line, you were no different from a murderer. You were to become an outcast or even worse, beaten & killed. Thankfully the next generation took it forward. People are more independent and less scared. But this has blurred the line between right and wrong. Now you can kill someone and still not be an evil (Remember Hrithik’s movie Guzaarish?). ¬†We can’t categorize people in Black and White. We say that unless you are in their shoes, you won’t know the reason of the sin they commit, we say everyone has a reason for a wrong choice. Bad choices are a part of the lives we live. We say we learn and move on. (Remember, I call it a lesson learned?). Don’t we all have friends who made mistakes of dating wrong people? We still forgive them because we know they are not a Saint and so they are allowed to make mistakes. And since they are not a Sinner, they are still our friends.

We forgive politicians for non-performance, parents for emotional & physical pain, friends for back-stabbing, partners for wrong choices and so-on. I have known of people forgiving humiliation, violence and even infidelity (God knows, after all the movies I watch, I am scared of not being completely loyal myself!!). Worst thing you can do, darkest thought you can have, people close to you tend to forgive it all. But  how much is too much after all?

Human Rights: Right For All?


After very long time I saw a movie based on Bihar/UP and so-called Goonda Raj there! Rowdy Rathore is a typical time-pass, stupid-action, over-exaggerating-comedy sort of movie. Even though it is a no-brain movie, I couldn’t stop thinking about the plot and the crippled way of village/small town life shown in it. If the whole torture on tax-paying¬†commoners is actually the way it is shown in the movie, the states are in very sorry conditions.

It saddens me to see a place in India where one is scared of going out because you might be robbed /raped /beaten /murdered. It happens all over the world but the frequency with which it is shown to happen in these states, makes it scary. The whole lawlessness, corruption, poverty and the idea of Goonda (hooligan) Dynasty making and breaking rules is enough for anyone to go cold feet. What shudders me from inside is the entire episode where you can’t even do anything. Surely not every area in those states is as unsafe as it is shown in all such movies, but some are. Such facet can over-shadow anything positive, if exists, of any locality.

It reminds me of the recent uprisings in countries like Syria, Libya etc where people are ready to die for better tomorrow, for better Human Rights and better social-economical conditions. May be my understanding of the whole situation is wrong, but I think violence (at times) can help kill violence. Like the capture/death of Saddam Hussein led to the beginning of new era in Iraq, death of bapji & his son led to relief in the movie Rowdy Rathore, I don’t get the point why such villians are not killed at sight. What’s the point of waiting when direct encounter works. Obviously, it is all considering the established notion that these states have been synonymous with absence of law. What will happen at max, the Hero will die? Didn’t that happen already? Vikram Singh had to die anyway!

If condition in some parts of India is actually such, I think we need either brave government or brave¬†Heroes¬†who’ll shoot these goons and make society better. If this is the price to pay to get rid of rapists/robbers/murderers, so be it.