Inconsolable

I am asleep, yet awake !
leaving everything to fate !!

Feeling mute, yet loud it seems !
It’s not about reality, but my dreams !!

Loath the sound, an empty heart makes !
You should listen, to when it breaks !!

You can’t control, yet you desire !
Make it stop, as my world feels on fire !!

It’s not that I think, Though I am right !
Suddenly the sun, doesn’t seem so bright !!

It would end, some place, some time !
Waiting for the moment, when i hear you chime !!

I know, I know you, from now or then !
Does it really matter, since when !!

I am lucky, our paths crossed !
So I am stable & not tossed !!

Read it loud, but make no sound !
understand it, the world is round !!

We will meet again, some place, some time !
It does not end here, It is Love, not crime !!

Be happy my love, be great !!
I wish, I hope, good be your fate !!!

Oh My Media !!

The word Media is referred to every branch of press i.e. newspapers, electronic media etc. that exists. Almost every industry out there has developed with developing times. So has the information industry. The different forms of media have grown over the years and have turned from being the information agencies to the fourth pillar of the society or per say the backbone of any economy.

Over the years media has undergone a vigorous transformation cycle and now it gives out an impression of a change in its core values. The values in terms of the written word mean solidarity, openness & authenticity in information. I am not saying that everything associated with Mass Media or better call it the press has changed. As does everything, media too has good and bad sides. It does work in many good ways to help amplify the voice of the ones who are mostly left unheard within a crowd. Many have gotten justice because of the media & likewise many lives have been destroyed by Media.

These Information agents are considered to be the history shapers & yes they are. Many major incidents are recorded and archived by the media. What we know about history is because of the written word, the written word that was recorded at the time of the incident by somebody. Ask yourself a question, What if, the incident recorded sometime in history has been recorded incorrectly? perhaps manipulated? It’s a question beyond the scope of this article but the manipulation in the presentation of information that we see today brings us to a point where it seems anything is possible. Maybe the type of suggestive news we get today, the type of subjective opinions that the press presents to the viewer certainly lacks the moral & professional ground that the press should maintain.

What we write today will age with time & sometime in future, it might actually gain some authenticity, even if what we write today is just a figment of our imagination or in simpler words fabricated.

Media today is responsible for controlling the thought process which we all use today. It’s the media who shapes the information flow to present a particular news with either positive or negative impression. The part of the media in the information flow should actually be neutral. Presenting authentic information is something the media should work on.

When any piece of information is provided to the audience, there are a number of filters that are applied to make the news look sensational. The thing to understand is that any news/information should be edited only to the extent that it must not lose its real meaning. The same sentence said in two different ways can alter the meaning completely. I might say “ That person is addicted to movies “ but if I take out “to movies” from the sentence, it becomes highly offensive to the person in context. This trick is widely used to achieve audience to a particular scheduled program. This way Breakdown & reconstruction of information is highly prejudicial.

Media has turned from a information providing agency to a fascist organization that tends to control the flow of information to either benefit itself or to benefit someone with power or control. Democracy requires free access to information, the information which is not filtered or manipulated to suit someone in particular.

A Lie said a thousand times, might someday sound like the truth, but it will always be a lie. Press certainly has the power to say something, it has the freedom of the press with it, but unwanted nosing in personal matters is somewhat uncalled for. In fact, the people representing the press i.e reporters carry an attitude that should not be there in the first place. Press is not a governing body. They are most definitely not the decision or policymakers. Yes, their job lets them keep an eye out for corruption or bad policymaking, but that doesn’t give the media a right to hold, on the contrary, it gives them an opportunity to be the voice of the nation & to work for the people’s benefits. Sadly, they do not.

Advertising has been another add-on that has evolved alongside the News industry. It has evolved so much that there is more to advertising than to the information/News it carries with. Media now looks towards the advertisers for funding rather than to provide quality information to the audience. Every Industry out there works for money, but Media seems to be reaching a point where it will start working only for money & the code of conduct associated with the press will seem vanished.

The Information industry should realize the fact that small-scale press, mainly newspapers were the cause of mass enlightenment in our history. Be it the revolt against the British rule in India or Against the Nazi rule in Germany, the power of press did wonders when used with an open and clean gesture.

Fascism in media or the sensationalism of information might be a humorous topic for some, it certainly is not. We all should not think that “ Media is like that only” & “ Media can say anything”, don’t forget something said today might become a part of history someday & presenting the future generations with fabricated information is not the way to go.

There is a radical shift necessary in the field of information industry to keep the value of the written word intact & it’s our duty to make sure that the value of the written word stays intact.

Remember I am just speaking my mind, my observation to words,
no offense to any group, community or individual is intended.

The hunger that

Whether a country is developing or developed, Western, Asian, European or else, the basic needs of a common human being are always the same, i.e food, clothing & shelter.

If we talk about India, on paper we are developing at a rapid pace, but if we talk reality not much has changed. Our nation might be getting upgraded in some aspects, the money, the technology might be flowing in, but what has been upgraded for the people that are below poverty line (BPL) or even for the common man that is in many ways the backbone of our nation.

The Common man here is the basic work force that drives a nation to a right path in terms of economic strength. This work force is in almost all sectors is under appreciated & under paid while people sitting higher on the food chain are over appreciated & over paid. There seem to be no balance between the different segment that exist in our society. Over the years the situation for people living BPL or near the poverty line hasn’t changed much, children in many parts of our nation still suffer from diseases that are certified to be eradicated, not only children but even grown ups suffer from imminent deterioration, that lead to shorter & miserable life span.

The Government announces a increase in growth rate, but what growth is growth when even a single person sleeps hungry at night. From decades, our economists are claiming to roll out better budgets that should control inflation & also decrease the poverty ratio. But to what extent all these policies work is unknown.

Some people say that corruption is a root cause behind all of this & making better policies & bills would add to the betterment of this situation. Lok-pal bill is believed to reduce the corruption rate & to better the situation, but is one bill or even hundred more of them enough ? Corruption roots within us. No policy can promise a better tomorrow  until & unless we eradicate the corruption within us. We all tend to add to this corruption when we bribe a officer, a clerk or anyone to either sort things out or get our work done before time. It’s we who tend to break the rules to prioritize our life.

But, I don’t intend to say that the whole problem is within us, in fact it’s just a fraction of the problem that we adhere to. Maximum of our policies were written decades ago, while changes have been made over the years to better these policies, these policies still need to be changed. The people who make these policies are not much educated & lack the wisdom & the power of independent & objective thinking that is a must for any policy that affects millions of lives.

I heard someone saying that “ Corruption is a disease, that cannot be cured”. This is just not true. Somewhere in my earlier posts, i have mentioned that it’s we who make this nation, we are the ones empowering the roots, it’s we who appoint these policy makers, so we reserve the right to change them or even change the whole outlook.

Many a ministers & policy makers tend to opt for “Ignorance is Bliss” as an option & just rely on their mouth to tackle most of the situations. I ask What is the basic criteria for entering politics or taking oath as a Minister ? & How many of the current ministers & even the members of the cabinet are true to these requirements, or maybe just being a sibling to some powerful person is a wildcard entry into politics without a need for qualification ?

I don’t intend to write numbers here, the point that I want to make is that all these policies, these new bills & budgets are pointless as they just don’t feed the hungry & they don’t treat the sick. Over the past few decades the situation of people living below poverty line has deteriorated even more. New Policies look good on paper as they project numbers stating thousand of new homes/shelter, hospitals, schools & other basic necessities but just on paper, what does happen in reality is a great mystery.

Our Constitution says that we are a free country & we have rights then why the authorities what should be protecting our rights just hinder them in the first place ? Things need to change & we all have to be a part of it. Give your coming generation a better tomorrow & make each day count.

Remember, I am just speaking my mind & i don’t want to offend any group or any individual’s opinion.

Development or Destruction

How do we define development ? What are the basic factors that constitute development. Sometimes the basic idea behind development in terms of state is the uplift of community or betterment of the public utility system or any other system that as a whole affects the citizens.

Over the past few decades, our surroundings have gone through a major development shift, that has definitely rendered our lives easier. Some of the core development can be seen with the management of roads, public transportation, technology, health & hygiene, communication, trading systems & many more. Without neglecting the fact that all of these development scenarios have indeed proved to be useful to us & have eased our lives in everyway, we cannot just neglect the price tag that came with all this.

Acres of landmass has been scaled even by cutting down trees & removing small hills etc. to make way for better trade routes & highways. The same has been done for setting up huge industrial areas. Today we are cutting down forests and making more & more room for our kind to survive, while shifting & leaving scarce resources for other species.

If I take & point out the development changes within my city limits, the face of this city has drastically changed over the last 20 years. Housing complexes & industries have taken over most of the natural outlook of the city. The single lane roads have been converted to 4 lanes & every road is now filled with automobiles that creates all types of pollution there is.

While several good people & their corresponding agencies are taking initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint generated by their industries, but that too takes investment in billions. Even that is still not enough to make all the damage done just vanish. This problem might not look as a immediate threat to some, in fact it is.The “who cares” & “someone else will” attitude is adding to the destruction of our planet.

This planet might be divided into continents & country boundaries, but does it also divide our human race somehow ? It’s just about caring today, for a better & safer tomorrow that your children will inherit. It’s your responsibility towards your home planet.  if you care a bit, search the internet for related articles that show the fact based reports and the current situation & also tells you some of the steps that as an individual one can take to add a little something to stabilize the situation.

Remember I am just writing my views & expressing what I see,
my observations to words.

What the Policy

A nation is built and run on a number of factors. These factors include defence policy, state & central policies, foreign policies etc. etc. While the people we choose to run the Government make & edit these policies with so called ” growth ” in mind, if we look closely we will find out that the policies and expenditures are being conducted strictly on subjective opinions of individuals who are in no way competent to make those decisions and handle huge amounts of National Treasure

Whether we talk about common wealth games where more or about Rs.10000cr was spent & the results were disastrous or talk about the grand community park by the Uttar Pradesh CM that took almost Rs.600Cr. These are just some latest expenditures that pop into ones mind when thinking about the tragic situation of BPL ( below poverty line ) community in India & to say the least about excluding all the essentials from the state or central development list.

There are two aspects of this scenario. One is that our chosen leaders or the decision makers decide to spend a large chunk of money on a particular project. After the completion, almost every time a ” Ghotala “, a scam comes out naming a few people for their indecent involvement & illegal usage of state/National funds. Actually It’s now a very common outcome of any new venture that takes place. The very first thing that comes to mind is ” How much would someone be gulping in the whole process ? “. Why does every time a giant venture takes place, scam comes out of it. Then goes the Inquiries & commissions that takes some more resources & time. Well, after all the losses to national treasure, what’s the point in beating around the bush ?

Second aspect of these expenditures is about the necessity. Let’s consider the latest example of the Community Garden/Park project that was completed a few months back and took about Rs.600cr to get completed. The venture by the Honourable Uttar Pradesh CM has no standing whatsoever in terms of state development. The one question that comes to mind is ” Does UP need a 600cr park ? ” or ” A good Hospital, School, better maintenance of village roads, better electricity supply lines, cheaper food & clean water ” could have been achieved with this huge sum of money.

A hungry or sick person cannot get anything out of that park or won’t give a damn about the CW games. A illiterate child cannot get education from that park.

These are just two examples that show the current status of our National Policies, where Need & Necessity has no standing what so ever. If only educated and competent people run our Government & make policies and adhere to rules of engagement, India can grow at a more rapid pace than it is growing right now.

It’s about opening our eyes to the fact that it’s we who choose the leaders of tomorrow & if we do that carefully, a large sum of resources can be saved & utilized where it makes a difference.

Just my observation to words.