Aadhar – R.I.P?

I don’t have an Aadhar card. Why, you may ask. I’ll answer that with another question; why do I need it and what will I do with it? In fact, I’ve had this debate with my parents who were all excited when they got their Aadhar cards made about a year ago. Both my parents weren’t sure how it was going to help, but their counter was, “What’s the harm in getting one made? It may just come handy someday.” Fact is, not a lot many people understand what the Aadhar card truly does. Continue reading

We Are The Change

India has been through a tumultuous time in the recent past, marred with instances of violence, apathy, intolerance, political dissonance and assaults on democracy. This post, very briefly, tries to capture everything that’s wrong with the nation and very humbly tries to urge fellow citizens, to ‘be the change, they want to see’.

All photographs in this collage are copyrights of their respective owners.

All photographs in this collage are copyrights of their respective owners.

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Delhi Women Unsafe; Government Playing It Safe?

Incidents of rape and molestation seem to be cropping-up every other day, akin to news of uproar in the parliament houses. However, the former is a far serious matter of concern. We all realize this and we’re all deeply troubled, concerned and alarmed. But I bet there are a few people out there who would be telling themselves that such atrocities will never happen to them or their loved ones. Well, think again. Do you think the victims of such heinous acts of crime, even in their wildest imaginations, would’ve ever thought that their fates would be written this way? I don’t think so.

There are numerous propositions that have come forth from various quarters, on measures to curb/eradicate instances of sexual assault. I’ve heard a few of these suggestions on the news and I agree with most of the ideas that are being put forward. However, to me it seems like most of these suggestions are post-incident measures. Trauma centers and counseling for rape victims, constant patrolling by the cops, prompt and stricter punishment for the perpetrators, fast-track courts, self-defense classes and tweaks in the law against sexual offenders etc. are all well and good. But to my mind, these are all irrelevant. Because when I put myself in the shoes of the victims and their families, I can imagine how they must feel. I’d feel the same way if something of this sort were to happen to my loved ones. I’d feel crushed and exasperated. I’d curse my misfortune. I’d feel helpless. But for the victim, life may never be the same; in fact it won’t be. Society will make sure that the victims are forced to relive the horrific tragedy from their past, every day, for the rest of their lives. Continue reading

Parents Against Love

I was watching an episode of the blockbuster TV series, Satyamev Jayate, a couple of weeks back. The cause discussed on this episode was ‘Intolerance towards love ‘and I’ve been mulling over this social injustice ever since. If the Indian culture and values are being propagated as justification for the Taliban-style treatment dished out to couples in this country, then we must ask ourselves, are we really a democracy? No self-respecting democracy would tolerate such vehement and heinous crimes against couples whose only ‘crime’ was that they had the audacity to fall in love. It’s because of obsolete and illegitimate practices like these that India is still referred to as a third world country. Continue reading

Satyamev Jayate: A Runaway Hit On Social Media

Two episodes and two social causes down and Satyamev Jayate (SMJ) still continues to create ripples on Indian television.  SMJ has also seen unparalleled success, in terms of the buzz that it has managed to create on social media. Even the handful of shows that did manage to capture the audience’s fancy in recent times, like Bigg Boss, The Dewarists and Bade Ache Lagate Hai, have failed to generate the kind of frenzy that SMJ has managed to, in the last week or so. The show has also received critical acclaim from socialists and the film industry alike. From the initial trends, SMJ is all set to change the face of Indian television. But will it really bring about a social impact, is something we will have to wait and watch. Continue reading

Anna Hazare: A Wannabe Reformist?

I’ve been keenly observing the developments in the Anna Hazare vs. Govt. of India squabble (pardon my insensitivity) over the Lokpal, these past few months. I took my time to decide whose side I was on but fortunately or unfortunately, I couldn’t make up my mind and my current stand is neutral. Having said that, I have been critical about the methods adopted by the Anna Hazare camp to intimidate the govt. into accepting their terms and conditions. Where do I start! Continue reading

India Continues To Bleed

(originally posted on November 29, 2008  to Facebook)

Mumbai’s pride in flames – The Taj Mahal Hotel

26th November 2008, a day every Indian will remember for the rest of their lives. When terrorists brought the city of Mumbai to an absolute stand still. Highly trained men armed with AK-47s & grenades stormed the Taj Hotel, The Oberoi & The Narimaan house taking hostages & firing randomly, killing few & injuring many. Some of them also hijacked a police van & went berserk firing at innocent civilians before they were gunned down by the cops.  Continue reading

The British Returned, Left The Men Behind

I woke up this morning to the news of a 17-year old girl’s murder in Kaithal, Haryana. She was killed by her own father for refusing to stay married to the 55-year old groom her family had found for her. This disconcerting news came just a day after the story of a pimping father in Kerala had splashed across the national media.  Needless to say that these are horrendous acts of crime against women, what is even more disconcerting is the victims’ families had a role to play in most of the recent crimes that came to the fore. Continue reading