M sorry, Anna!!

Anna's latest tyrade against the government has been a wake-up call for the people and politicans alike. Ramdev Baba too started his own form of protest in the form of demonstrations and fasting. However, his protest was short-lived when Delhi Police entered the area unceremoniously and destroyed all their morale.. Baba escaped from the venue unscathed, dressed in a woman's clothes.. This little incident made me question the very question of extending support for a good cause.. These arent the features of a democracy.. What was wrong with the peaceful protest? Were the cops too bored to accept bribes and decided to go mob-hunting?!

Anyways, the aftermath of this incident was that a person as well-balanced (both mentally and physically!!) as Ramdev Baba lost his peace of mind and decided to form their own little army, trained in latest weaponry and combating skills, in order to ward off the cops in future.. The point is, what was supposed to be an eye-opener for the government, turned out to be a mind-blower for the protesters. Is this what they set out to achieve that day? More importantly, is it wise to protest in localised groups?

When the cops decide to put an end to a demonstration, they use tear-gas, lathicharge and, in worst cases, air-firing..  Anyhow, the worst sufferer is always the common man! Just consider this... You went to show your support to the latest anti-corruption movement in or around your locality.. It was just a peaceful candlelit march in front of the Vidhan Bhawan.. However, the mayor is ordered to stop this.. He arrives with sufficient force and disperses the crowd... The crowd refuses to quit.. A cop fires off a shot in the air and a stampede follows.. You fall down and about 20 people step on you while running helter and skelter... Cracked ribs, bleeding hands and scratched face are the minimum possible injuries in such a scenario... You are hospitalised for 2-3 days, with long prescriptions and even longer medical bills... On the other hand, the brutality of the cops comes on front page the next day, becomes the stuff of gossip and gets forgotten as soon as the latest Amitabh Bachchan starrer releases.. What is to become of you? It wasnt your fault for which you got punished.. Yet, you are unable to study, appear for exams/interviews/presentations, lost a limb or two, unable to lead a normal life for many days because you decided to raise your voice against unjustice and corruption...



Concentrate on the bottom right corner of the above image and you'll spot what I m trying to say... Coming to the point, I think that before trying to do something for your nation, its better to secure your future first.. The world listens to you only when you become worthy of listening. No one feels interested when a young kid babbles away his imagination to the world.. Yet, when the said kid cracks IITJEE and turns his imagination to a solid model, the world stand up in his adulation. Whats the point of jumping into this protest or that rally if those who have power dont think twice before maiming you? Work hard, get yourself to a respectable position, plan and then jump in to save your country...
As for our Anna, he is way past his prime... The cause for which he is fighting is laudable and needs all the support he can get.. But we have to be wise as well.. We got our own lives as well... Tomorrow, if something unruly happens to Anna, the movement will lose half of its steam and will die out eventually unless we have another patriot like him in the offing... Practicality is one constraint in every movement, daily bread is the other... Anna is a true Gandhian... I m sure he wont want you to get injured permanently in return for supporting him..If you want to show solidarity to Anna, there are many other safe ways like facebook campaigns, SMS and e-mail chains, signature campaigns or peace marathons.. All the best to India!!

Rक्षण- the big R, re-visited...

Cautionary note- The below content may hurt the sentiments of many, for which I would like to apologise profusely. But these are my views... And if they appear discriminatory or biased, its just because I was also a victim of this malaise!

And someone also commented on my writing style as monotonous and blunt.. To that, I just wanna reply that I only write to vent out my inner feelings.. I am not a professional writer, nor am I a kind-hearted fella, nor a paid journalist and neither am I under any sort of pressure related to respecting the feelings of the fairer sex and plain idiots!


Reservation- the current hot topic of discussion, made popular once more by Prakash Jha's recent film.. There have been contless debates and discussion on this very issue for many decades... In the end, on 10 April 2008, the Supreme Court of India upheld the law that provides for 27% reservation for Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in educational institutions supported by the Central government. Apart from that, the cut-offs for SC/ST's were thrown down to almost 50% to that of those for General category students.... Now, its sounds childish, but I had this friend in my coaching who was supremely over-confident of scoring hig in IIT-JEE... Needless to say, he scored a total of 118.. However, his average friend ("me"), scored 155 in the same exam... Logic dictates that I deserve more right on the engineering seat than him... However, this so-called quota ensured that I was left to roll around aimlessly in the "extended merit list" while my friend used (or abused) the quota system to his advantage and finally got into an IIT and in a decent discipline... All this was made possible only because the cut-offs for SC/ST's were too damn lower... In short, this fucked up reservation policy in higher educational institutes of India turned my friend into my foe and made me swear so hard that Arjun Singh might have been turning in his grave..

Was this what the policy-makers had in mind while passing this bill?

In the long run, this quota system is gonna divide the country in a way not dissimilar to the Partition.. On one side, there will be the General category students, frustrated and bereft of opportunities that they deserved on the basis of merit... On the other hand, there'll be the students who got into elite institutions by the grace of the SC ruling... Students will start discriminationg among themselves.. For example, me and my friends still hate a certain guy from backward classes who got into an IIT despite having a healthy financial background and a pathetically low score in the successive JEE exam... We dont need another divide between us in addition to the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Brahmin, Kayasth, Vaishyas, Shudras, Meenas, Bheels, Gurjars, Marathis, Punjabis, Marwaris, Bengalis, Paharis, Annas, Telugus, Tamils, Oriyas, Assamese, Mochis, Kannadas, Pandits, Kshatriyas, Dalits and Bhangis... Already, there are too many flaws in our caste-system.. And this reservation will only work towards aggravating that.. Where else will the students go to study?? One may say "abroad". But that's  easier said than done... Studying abroad is no joke... Oh! And I forgot to add the problem of brain-drain.. And if they are adamant at making these quotas, well they might as well start reserving for students who undergo severe mental trauma when they arent chosen for a job just because they did not have enough bribe to offer or did not have a godfather in the organisation... Oh! And of course, they might also think of having separate hospitals, hotels, gardens, malls and multiplexes reserved solely for some castes and restricted to others... I m also thinking about a separate sub-state, about 27.5 percent the area of every state, to be started in all the states of India where the "backward" classes can reside and prosper!! Shut the front fdoor, will you?!?!?!



People, be sensible and honest to your effort... Dont disriminate us on the basis of birth again... As a mature woman rightly says in Prakash Jha's movie, we should improvise the primary education system before toying with the future of hundreds of deserving candidates just on the basis of a caste certificate.... Make reservations on the basis of financial status of you want...
First, fix the annual household income intervals...
Secondly, allot an equal number of seats to each slot..
Thirdly, bring back the screening test that used to be there  few years ago... It helps greatly in shortlisting a healthy layer of aspiring students...
Lastly, provide financial aid/assistance to those who have an unsatisfactory financial condition BEFORE the main exam... But these students need to have a respectable score to clear the screening test first...

If the policy-makers device such a formula, I see no reason to doubt that there will be ample opportunity for the backward class students and it'll also prevent any discord among the students from the so-called "general" category...


I dont mean to degrade anyone from this statistic... I am a Hindu myself... And I just wanted to portray that the age when people of backward castes were compelled to do menial jobs is long over... Wake up from that hangover and smell the rain... No point re-visiting your shady past and sleeping ghosts.. As they say in China, yesterday is past, tommorow is ours! (Ignore the patronising line :P)



Bapu's Bharat battered barbarically!



Mahatma Gandhi, aka Bapu, was the major force behind the outster of British from India and achieving freedom. Bapu had but one vision, to make India stand up on its own feet and to unite Indians through virtues of brotherhood, tolerance, love and non-violence. He worked tirelessly throughout his life to make our nation so. The country looked upon him as a father figure, someone who can take them away from misery and wrongdoings to the path of righteousness.
Many people blame Bapu for creating Pakistan and hold him responsible for the bloodshed that occured during the unfortunate partition. However, it wasnt Bapu who wanted an independent Pakistan. He was always against tearing up the nation into two parts. It was Jinnah, brainwashed by the East India Company, who wanted power solely for the Muslims. When all efforts failed to coax Jinnah, Bapu resigned to his wish and isolated himself. Bapu saved our country from external forces, but he didnt foresee the dangers that lay in a fickle-minded democracy. Bapu's efforts to unite India were shortlived, not due to his faulty vision, but due to the short-sightedness of those lusting for power.
Today, I m glad Bapu isnt around anymore. It would have caused him immense agony to witness the India of today. Its really amazing to hear that India is touted to be the next super-power. On one hand, there are the metropolitans of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad etc. A shining example of the rising economic growth. On the other hand, there are caste-based politics, money-laundering politicians, frustrated defence personnel, overworked police force, corrupt bureaucrats and indifferent citizens.
One just wants to get their job done, no matter what the way may be. People still look upon girls as an object of desire. The soldiers get a cold shoulder(literally and figuratively) in the country they had sworn to protect. Students are more concerned about fat pay-packages rather than actually learning something. Employers ask for undue favours in return for jobs, both to males and females. Mumbai, India's commercial capital, is notorious for housing the three largest slums in the face of Asia. the list can go on and on and on and on....
Bapu's ideals are no longer relevant today. People have zero self-respect. They are willing to fall to every depth in order to fill their coffers. They have no shame or sorrow while doing a bad deed or watching it happen to anyone else. Street fights are a regular source of entertainment to those in the vicinity. India is the so-called largest democracy in the world. Yet, Hindu-Muslim riots, train blasts, honour killings, dowry deaths, rape of minors, political scams, harassment of tourists, mockery of justice and the judiciary, MMS scandals are the headlines in daily news. What is the solution to all these problems?
The only solution as I see fit is a new regime. A constitution that combines democracy with autocracy. A structure which has one sole leader at the top, whose word is the rule of the country. However, the said person will be chosen by the people through popular vote. This is autocracy with democratic roots. No one can contradict his/her word. Today, people have no sense of apprehension because there is no one to whom they are answerable. This structure will prevent that. There will be quick sanction punishments towards violators and the intelligence wing will have unrestricted access to all files of the nation. There will be no nexus between the mafia and the industry once the entrepreneurs are assured of a safe and secure life. The industry will be controlled partly by the government like its being done now. Defence forces will have their chiefs reporting directly to the said leader. This appears to be a healthy way of governing a country like India, where people love to hate...