Sunday, December 23, 2012

Death Penalty for Rape: Should it be there??

सन 2000 के आसपास भी इस तरह के अपराध के लिए म्रत्युदंड की सजा की मांग उठी थी, और लाल कृष्ण आडवाणी, उस समय के गृह मंत्री और  उपप्रधानमंत्री, ने इस की पुरजोर वकालत की थी। आज देश गृह मंत्री से कह रहा है, उस समय गृह मंत्री देश में घूम घूम के पूरे देश से कह रहा था। मैं भी इसका बड़ा समर्थक था, और उन दिनों रोज़ अखबार में इस खबर पर आगे की प्रगति ढूँढता था। मुझे बड़ी निराशा हुई थी जब स्वयं महिलाओं के संगठन, National Commission for Women (NCW), ने इसे सिरे से नकार दिया था।

उनका कहना ये था की अभी तो पीड़ित को जिंदा छोड़ दिया जाता है, पर अगर मौत की सज़ा पक्की हो गयी तो कोई भी अपराधी पीडिता को जिंदा ही नहीं छोड़ेगा, simple! जब वो ये सब कर सकता है, तो अपनी जान बचाने के लिए पीडिता की जान भी ले लेगा।

मैं निराश हुआ, मुझे उन दिनों बहुत तेज़ गुस्सा आया, पर बाद में मुझे उनकी बात ठीक ही लगी।

मुझे आश्चर्य होता है कि यह सब किसी राजनेता ने quote  नहीं किया है, इस विषय पर एक समय पर बहुत मंथन हुआ है। Media वालो की तो बात ही क्या करें!

 इस तरह के cases के लिए सजा को बढ़ा कर पांच  गुना, कम से कम 25 साल कर देना चाहिए। इस समय ये 7 साल है। अलग से courts  होने चाहिए, जहा victim की privacy पूरी तरह ensure  की जा सके, speedy trial होना चाहिए, जहाँ 3-6 महीने के अन्दर ही केस का निपटारा हो, महिला पुलिसकर्मी और महिला जज ही हो, एक 24x 7 नेशनल हेल्पलाइन नंबर होना चाहिए जिस पर दर्ज कॉल पर कार्यवाही को  एक NGO monitor करे, (much like the anti-ragging helpline), F.I.R दर्ज करने महिला पुलिस पीड़ित के घर जाए, (जिस के साथ यह सब हो गया वो अब पुलिस के चक्कर और काटे!), और समूह-अपराध गैर ज़मानती हो जाये जिस पर और भी कड़ी सज़ा हो, और सरकार समय समय पर संचार माध्यमो में सन्देश प्रसारित करवाए (उपभोक्ता अदालतों और high way पर सुरक्षा के सन्देश तो ज़रूरी हैं, इसके नहीं! वाह!

बहरहाल, NCW की बात मुझे ठीक ही लगी थी।

Reference links:
NCW rejects death sentence in rape cases: April 3, 2000

Advani favours death sentence for rapists

Sunday, December 9, 2012

90 per cent Indians are idiots, can be easily fooled: Markandey Katju

New Delhi: Ninety per cent of Indians are "idiots" who can easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju claimed on Saturday. "I say ninety per cent of Indians are idiots. You people don't have brains in your heads....It is so easy to take you for a ride," he said at a seminar in New Delhi.
He said that a communal riot could be incited in Delhi for as meagre an amount as Rs 2,000. He said that all somebody has to do is make a mischievous gesture of disrespect to a place of worship and people start fighting each other. "You mad people will start fighting amongst yourself not realising that some agent provocateur is behind this," he said.
Katju said that before 1857 there was no communalism in the country but the situation was different now. "Today 80 per cent Hindus are communal and 80 per cent Muslims are communal. This is the harsh truth, bitter truth that I am telling you. How is it that in 150 years you have gone backwards instead of moving forward because the English kept injecting poison," Katju said.

90 per cent Indians are idiots, can be easily fooled: Markandey Katju

"The policy that emanated from London after the mutiny in 1857 that there is only one way to control this country that is to make Hindus and Muslims fight each other," he said. He said that then there was a propaganda that Hindi was the language of Hindus and Urdu of Muslims. "Our ancestors also studied Urdu, but it is so easy to fool you. You are idiots so how difficult is it to make an idiot of you," Katju said.
Katju said that he was saying these harsh things to make Indians, whom he loved, to understand the whole game and not remain fools.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Found this post very useful!!

6 simple tips to fix your damaged smartphone

...more often than not, the condition of your favourite gadget may actually not be as bad as it seems and you can fix the problem yourself by following some simple steps. Here are some tips.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Energy Drink, The Man, and His Untiring Energy!

A person can do anything he/she wants! Just look at the ups and downs of this man, and how high he rose after being decimated to a construction laborer and a taxi driver!


NRI’s energy drink under lens for 13 deaths in US

WASHINGTON: A high-caffeine energy drink which has propelled an Indian-American businessman to the billionaire's club — and arguably to the top of the wealthiest NRIs in America list — is under scrutiny after being cited in 13 deaths over the last four years.

 Lucknow-born Manoj Bhargava, whose "5-hour Energy" drink has a cult following in the US, is at the centre of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) filings examining links between energy drinks and serious fatalities such as convulsions and heart attacks.

A Forbes magazine article earlier this year said that Bhargava may be the wealthiest Indian in America, and some estimate put his net worth at $4 billion.

Bhargava moved to the US with his parents as a teen and grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, as his father pursued a post-graduate degree at Wharton. A math whiz, Bhargava Jr enrolled at Princeton but dropped out in his freshman year, returning to India in search of a spiritual education and living as a monk and mendicant in ashrams across India. He took on a variety of jobs, working as a construction labourer, cleaning contractor, accounting clerk, taxi driver, printing press operator and business manager, before starting a plastics raw material company in 1990 called Prime Conduit which he grew to $20 million in sales and then sold it to a private equity firm.

Early last decade, Bhargava founded the consumer products company Living Essentials, and in 2004, introduced 5-hour Energy, a caffeinated and vitaminized energy booster that he developed. Sold in two-ounce shots in stores across US, the drink became a monster hit, racking up a billion dollars in sales within seven years.

At a personal level though, Bhargava has earned a reputation as a philanthropist, signing up with Bill Gates-led Giving Pledge by billionaires to donate 50% of their wealth. A minimalist who does not believe in excessive personal consumption, he plans to offload as much as $1 billion in charity in India over the next decade through a non-profit foundation he has established.

For now though, his energies are being consumed by the FDA scrutiny of the product that brought him the billions.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Will Power

"I told my players there was someone called Albert, Albert Einstein, who said that there is a force more powerful than steam, electricity and atomic energy: Will Power."

-Jose Mourinho, worlds most respected football coach, who has transformed some of the weakest teams into unexpected achievers.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rahul Dravid

Rahul dravid, the perfectionist. His wife, on him:

"Before he went on tour, I would pack all his other bags, but his cricket kit was sacred - I did not touch it; only he handled it. I know if I packed only two sets of informal clothes, he would rotate them through an entire tour if he had to and not think about it. He has used one type of moisturising cream for 20 years because his skin gets dry. Nothing else."

"He doesn't care for gadgets, and barely registers brands of watches, cologne or cars. But if the weight of his bat was off by a gram, he would notice it in an instant and get the problem fixed," 

Rahul's humility off and on field is well known and Vijeeta did write about that trait of his personality. 

"People always ask me the reason for Rahul being a "normal" person, despite the fame and the celebrity circus. I think it all began with his middle-class upbringing, of being taught to believe in fundamental values like humility and perspective. He has also had some very old, solid friendships that have kept him rooted." 

Vijeeta also wrote that Rahul had this "fantastic ability to switch off" after the game. 

"His batting may bother him, he will be itching to go back and try again, but he can compartmentalise his life very well. He won't order room service or brood indoors, he would rather go out, find something to do - go to a movie or watch a musical, which he loves. He will walk out to the sea to wind down or go to bookstores, or find something else to do." 


Here's another post i blogged in 2007 on Dravid