Saturday, January 26, 2019

My tryst with New year resolutions

Yours truly on New year's eve ~

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Too much neglect and too much slacking off has gone on for far too long. Not a day longer!
2019 is going to be a selfish year. My time will be invested on improving and reinventing myself.
From tomorrow onwards..


  •  Early to bed & early to rise
  •  High-Intensity Interval Training at the Barbarian gym
  • No non-veg
  •  No alcohol
  •      & last but by no means the least..(wait for it..)
  • MEDI-effin'-TATION, to awaken my 'Kundalini' and all the 'Chakras', biatch \m/


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(By the end of the first week..)





Inner voice : Why the hell are you not going to the gym man?

Yours Truly : Oh, I am afraid if I start working out, I'll be too sexy. That's why ;)

Inner voice : Hmm. I see. And what about "awakening the Kundalini" and all that jazz..

Yours Truly : Tried that but frankly speaking, it's not my cup of tea. With due respect, it's too time-taking, specially for "KarmaYogis" like me.



Inner voice : *cough cough* Yeah, right! And what about the no non-veg pledge? I thought you said you loved animals..

Yours Truly : And I stand by what I said 100%. Of course I leaouve animals. Some of them are so tasty.

Inner voice : Man..you're SO going to hell for putting it that way!
And..wait a minute..what's that Budweiser can doing in your hand, by the way?! Didn't you promise to stay off alcohol..

Yours Truly : Aw come on now..you gotta be kidding me!! Beer kab se alcohol me count hone lagi bhai?! :O (Since when does beer start being counted as alcohol?!) By that logic, quite a few medicines too contain alcohol. So? Ab Insaan dawa bhi na le?? (Is a man supposed to give up medicine too now??)

You know what mate..THAT is precisely why no one listens to your shit. If you had your way, everyone should just roll over and die already.
For your kind information dude, YOLO! Bole to 'Zindagi Milegi Na Dobaara'. So keep calm and keep kaam-se-kaam (mind your own business) okay?

Now Takhliya!
(Over & out!)

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And thus endeth yours truly's tryst with New year resolutions. Till the next time ;)



This post is part of a blogtrain hosted by PrernaAlpana and Vartika & sponsored by Pandora's Box and Recipe Dabba.
I wrote under the prompt 'Gone with the wind - What I say and what I actually do with my new year resolutions'




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Farewell, Good Sir

  •  Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee
  •  MS and PhD from University of California, Berkeley 
  •  HoD Civil and Environmental Engineering at IIT Kanpur 
  •  One of the founding members-cum-first secretary of 'Central Pollution Control Board of India' (CPCB) when it first came into being in 1979 
  •  Mentoring an entire generation of Indian environmentalists like Anil Agarwal and Dr Rajendra Singh also known as the 'Water man of India'


But is it these stellar academic and professional accolades alone that make Professor G.D Agarwal a true Hero?
NO! This only makes him a great scholar and academician.
 
What really makes him a real Hero in the true sense of the word is the fact that he chose a life of struggle when he could have very easily chosen a life of luxury, with such credentials under his belt.

A staunch Gandhian, Professor Agarwal was a life-long bachelor who cooked his own food and swept his own floor, all by himself right to the very end.
 
After having retired from IIT Kanpur, he finally joined a monastic order, became a Sanyasi, assuming the name of 'Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand' and dedicated his remaining years to the one cause that had been the closest to his heart throughout his life - the cleaning and rejuvenation of river Ganga.

And he did so in true Gandhian fashion ie through the route of 'Aamaran Anshans' or fast-unto-death.
His first such fast, undertaken in 2008, brought the issue of river pollution to the centre stage of the hydro-power production discourse. It led to the designation of the Ganga as India’s national river. His second fast in 2009 led to the formation of the 'National Ganga River Basin Authority'. The third one in 2010 forced the UPA government to cancel all the three new projects between Gangotri and Uttarkashi and the establishment of the 'Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone'.
In February 2018, after having waited for four full years, he wrote a series of letters to Prime Minister Modi requesting him to take some concrete action to stop further exploitation of Ganga.
But to no avail!

So, on June 22nd, he commenced on his fourth and final fast-unto-death for the cause of Clean Ganga.
On 11th October ie 111th day of his fast, he died under controversial circumstances at AIIMS Rishikesh.
It was only after his death that people in general, including myself, got to know of his valiant fight to save Ganga. A fight he undertook for the future of our children.

The general sense of apathy during his struggle and even after his passing away is another proof that we, as a society, have completely failed yet again and we don't deserve a genuine saint like Him.
What a shame!
 
It reminds me of these lines by the legendary Hindi poet, Baba Nagarjun..
बाल झबरे, दृष्टि पैनी, फटी लुंगी, नग्न तन
किंतु अंतरदीप्त था, आकाश-सा विस्तीर्ण मन
उसे मरने दिया हमने, मिट गया पागल पवन
अब भले ही याद में करते रहो सौ-सौ हवन


Nagarjun wrote these lines on a similar death due to neglect of one of his fellow legend of Hindi poetry, SuryaKant Tripathi 'Nirala'. But these lines ring equally true for Professor Agarwal.
We failed him while he was alive, fighting all alone. Let us not fail him in his death.




Let us all take a pledge to carry forward his fight for a Clean and Rejuvenated Ganga
That, and that alone can qualify as our true homage to his memory!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Movie Review: Kaala

"Until the Lion learns to write, every story will always glorify the hunter."

That seems to be the guiding motto of director Pa Ranjith's work to date in Tamil cinema. At least that's the impression I got after watching 2 out of the total 4 films he's made so far - Kabaali (2016) and Kaala (2018), both starring the legendary Rajinikanth.

India's epics have always served as inspiration for filmmakers, right from the very first film that was ever made in India,  Raja Harishchandra (1913). Manirathnam's Raavan (2010) and Prakash Jha's Rajneeti (2013) are just two recent examples that come to mind. The main reason behind this is the Timeless and Universal appeal of these epics. The Ramayana and the Mahabharat, in particular are "Living Epics", not some dead literature and the most prominent feature of living epics is that they are open to interpretations. This is what makes them so conducive to reinterpret, reimagine and refashion to create a whole new version altogether.

As Dan Brown says in his famous novel, 'The Da Vinci Code' :

History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”

This is all the more true for Mythology. As any keen observer would tell you, mythology is a battle between different narratives.  The victor's version becomes the dominant narrative and comes to be widely accepted while the vanquished's version or the counter-narrative gradually gets buried under the sands of time. Pa Ranjith's Kaala is a retelling of one such counter-narrative that might have got buried under the sands of time but refuses to die nevertheless.
In Kaala, he takes the age-old trope of 'Good vs Evil' from Ramayana and turns it on it's head by presenting Raavan or, to be precise, Kaala as the Hero.  Dharavi, Asia's second largest slum, serves as the backdrop for this retelling of Ramayana; Raavan's Lanka, so to say, thereby locating the epic in contemporary Indian realities.

Kaala is a film rich in symbolism, be it the use of colours to represent the different caste and class structures prevalent in the society or the names of the chief players - 'Kaala Karikalan', his son 'Lenin' and 'Hari Dada' or his henchman 'Vishnu' (who gets killed by Kaala on the day of Ganesha Visarjan) or Hari Dada's company 'Manu Realty' that wants to turn the slums of Dharavi into 'Dandakaaranya Nagar' or the omnipresence of Dalit-Bahujan iconography such as the statues of Buddha, Ambedkar and Periyar..heck even the number plate on Kaala's Mahindra Thar jeep which reads 'BR 1956' (the year Dr. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism) 

Hats off to the director for incorporating so much symbolism into the story. Direction on the whole is top-notch. Three sequences, in particular, stand out.

1. The animated portion featuring a young Rajini from the 80s right at the start laying out the backstory.

2. The brilliantly choreographed slo-mo Rajini rain fight sequence right before the interval.

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3. The cryptic yet super-charged Climax; the first known instance of the use of "Magical Realism" as a cinematic tool in mainstream Indian cinema. Multiple Oscar winner Alezandro Gonzalez Inarritu of Birdman fame would be proud!

The only minor glitch is the track involving Kaala and his ex-lover Zarina played by Huma Qureshi. This whole track feels forced and could have been easily done away with, without taking anything away from the story.

Coming to the performances, Kudos to the Thalaiva, first of all, for choosing to lend his  Superstardom to such an offbeat and potentially controversial subject (One of his dialogues goes like: "Land may be a means to Power for you. For us, it is our very life. I'll not spare even your Gods if they too try to take it away from us!").
It may or may not be his most successful film in terms of box office but it surely is his most important and Rajini-the actor is in rare form here making sure he does full justice to the immensely likeable 'Kaala'. In fact, it won't be an exaggeration to term it his finest performance till date with the possible exception of Manirathnam's Thalapathi (1991) (which, by the way, was itself based on another epic, the Mahabharat)



Every great Hero needs an equally strong Villain. Batman had the Joker. Superman had Lex Luthor. Kaala has 'Haridev Abhyankar' aka Hari Dada played to perfection by the great Nana Patekar. Even though he actually makes an appearance in the film in the second half only, yet his shadow looms large, both literally as well as figuratively, over the whole film, right from the beginning, even when he's not in the frame. It was a masterstroke to pit Nana's acting prowess against Rajini's off-the-charts charisma and just as you'd expect, sparks fly whenever these two stalwarts come face-to-face on the screen.



But the real scene-stealer here is the effervescent Eswari Rao who plays Kaala's wife, Selvi with such aplomb that it becomes difficult to believe that she is making a comeback to Tamil films after over a decade! The mature romance track between Kaala and Selvi is one of the most endearing aspect of the film and provides some much needed lighter moments in an otherwise politically charged film.


Not just Selvi but even the other female characters of Kaala - be it his ex-flame Zarina or his would be daughter-in-law Puyali - most of them are shown to be strong, independent and opinionated women with a mind of their own and not like the stereotypical Bollywood caricature of Indian women. 

Nowhere is this more evident than in that memorable scene, which can also be termed as the highlight of the film, where the firebrand Dharavi
mulgi who also happens to be Kaala's would be daughter-in-law, Puyali (played with the requisite gusto by Anjali Patil) while being manhandled and stripped by the corrupt Policeman, instead of picking her shalwar to cover her "modesty" chooses to pick up a hockey stick instead to beat the shit out of her molester. 

Which is an indication that Pa Ranjith's cinema is not just about Dalit assertion but about Women rights and Feminism too.

Background music is yet another highlight of the film, particularly during the rain fight sequence right before the interval and then towards the climax. Songs, albeit, are strictly okay. At least in the Hindi version that I saw. The use of Hip-hop as a tool of rebellion against oppression by the slum youth is a nice and novel touch, though.

All said, Kaala is director Pa Ranjith's film through and through. It bears his unmistakable stamp in almost every frame and every aspect of film-making, which is a remarkable feat for a director who's still only 4 films old!
If post Kabaali, he had the "thinking" fans' curiosity, post-Kaala he now has their attention! 

Final word: Must Watch for everyone who's interested in meaningful, stimulating, thought provoking cinema. 

Here's wishing more power to Pa Ranjith's craft and looking forward to the third and concluding part of his 'Educate.Agitate.Organise' Trilogy. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

A fresh start. A new beginning

Okay, I admit it right at the onset that blogging is not something that comes naturally to me. Yet, I do, at times, feel the urge to express myself on certain issues and there's no better medium for doing so for a commoner like me than the blog. That's the reason that prompted me to take up this medium for the first time around a decade or so back.

Now, my first experience with this fascinating medium was a reasonably good one as, to my own pleasant surprise, I somehow did manage to get some kind words of encouragements from a few readers. But after the promising start, I failed to keep the momentum going (damn..this cricketing influence on my vocab!) As a result, the blog started being updated only once in every blue moon and gradually went completely dormant.
Tried reviving it some years later, around 2011-12 but soon 'Nirbhaya' and the 'India Against Corruption' movements happened and since then, like many a young men and women my age, Politics took a precedence over pretty much everything in my life with the sole exception of my family. As a result, blogging once again had to take a backseat.

All in all, it'll be fair to say that my first two attempts at blogging didn't really go all that well. 

So, this will be my third attempt at blogging and I must thank a dear friend of mine, Parul of the Vartikasdiary fame for encouraging me to give it another go. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration and motivation, Parul!

This time around, I'll try my best to not repeat the same mistakes from my earlier attempts and update my blog as frequently as possible with posts on varying topics, and not just sports or sher-o-shaayari/poetry.

Wish me well, folks 🙂

Monday, August 27, 2018

An Ode To Banaras

इस शहर में धूल
धीरे-धीरे उड़ती है
धीरे-धीरे चलते हैं लोग
धीरे-धीरे बजते हैं घंटे
शाम धीरे-धीरे होती है
किसी अलक्षित सूर्य को
देता हुआ अर्घ्य
शताब्दियों से इसी तरह
गंगा के जल में
अपनी एक टांग पर
खड़ा है यह शहर

These lines are an excerpt from the classic poem 'Banaras' by one of my favourite Hindi poets, the late great Kedarnath Mishr ji. I, for one, couldn't think of a more apt description for the second oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
Yes, you read that right! Only Damascus in Syria can claim to be of an older vintage.
Speaking of Banaras, I love it like I've never loved any place! Yes, not even my beloved hometown. (Never thought I'd say that!)
Went there for the first, and hitherto, only time in May 2014 to campaign against NaMo in the General elections. Without a doubt THE best experience of my life, despite the result not favouring us!
Never felt so ALIVE as I did back then, even in the sweltering 48+℃ peak summer heat. Not even in the Delhi assembly election of 2015 where we won with a huge landslide margin of 67/3.
As they say "Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail!
Politics aside, there is something so vibrant, so 'magnetic' about Banaras! Though a sworn Khanabadosh, if I ever choose to "settle down", it'll have to be in Banaras.
The Ghats, the boat rides, the Dawns, the Dusks, the Aartis, the Chai Adis, the Thandai, the Paan Banaras Wala, the banter & above all the baths in Ganga! 
Everything so chilled out & relaxed. Laidback & Old school. Just the way I like it. Kehte hain kuch sheheron ka bhi apna hi ek mijaaz hota hai..
Don't know about others but it's definitely true about Lucknow (my 3rd fav. place) & Banaras; captured perfectly in Subah-E-Banaras & Sham-E-Avadh
Just realized writing this piece has made me so nostalgic. Can't wait to visit there again. May it always retain that old world charm.
Here's looking at you, Banaras..

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The key to the door


[ From Fb Notes dated July 7, 2011 ]

After three years of making up His mind that She indeed is The One for Him, He finally goes to the door of His Beloved.

*Knock Knock*

“Who’s there?” asked Her voice from inside the room.

“It is Me”, He replied.

“Go away, there is no room for 'You' & 'Me' here”, came Her reply.
The door remained shut.

He goes away feeling betrayed & vowing to never return. He wanders off to a distant land and turns into a philanderer. But even after many years of knocking & entering any door that appealed to Him, He still couldn't find that which he was so craving for.

Thus, eight years later, restless, lost and deeply repentant, He returns to the one door He had vowed never to come back to.

*Knock Knock*

“Who is it?” asked Her voice from inside the room.

“It is You.” He replied.

This time the door opened to let Him in.  

My position vis-à-vis Anna & his movement


[ From Fb Notes dated August 21, 2011 at the height of the 'India Against Corruption' movement]

[Disclaimer: The views expressed below are the personal opinion of the author and admittedly pretty "layman" one at that. In no way, shape or form does the author claim to be an authority on matters pertaining legislation]

"For every complex problem there is a solution which is simple, neat and wrong."
- Henry Louis Mencken

First of all l'emme make it clear right at the very onset that, contrary to the impression some of my recent posts on the social media (Fb, Twitter etc.) may be giving, I am one hundred percent with Anna Hazare as well as his ‘India Against Corruption’ movement. The idea, that is. That Dr. Manmohan Singh's second term as PM has seen corruption breaking all previous records is an undisputed fact and therefore any individual or movement that seeks to bring this most incompetent of Governments to book has my unstinted support.

The issue, as we all know is corruption. Now, before we proceed it is of paramount importance to understand one bitter truth about corruption- that at it's very core corruption is a basic human flaw and thus it can, at best, be kept in check; never eradicated completely. If anyone seriously believes it is possible to completely eradicate it, he/she is severely deluded and needs to get their head examined. Now that we have that out of the way, let us move to the heart of the matter.


At the heart of the matter is the controversial Lokpal Bill. Now while my personal opinion regarding “whether we need one more institution- the LokPal- to keep corruption in check?"- is NO. Our constitution already provides us with more than enough institutions such as
-the Judiciary
-the Election Commission (EC)
-the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)
-the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
-the Central Burea of Investigation (CBI)
-the Police
-the National Commission for Minorities (NCM)
-the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
besides powerful acts like the Right To Information (RTI), which, if allowed to function independently, are more than capable of keeping corruption to the barest minimum. Thatthey are not allowed to function so is the problem and steps to ensure they are allowed to function as was intended by the constitution is the solution, not adding one more chunk of institution to the already complicated system.


But then, that’s just my personal opinion, and admittedly a pretty layman one at that (given my lack of a legal or administrative background). Who am I to challenge the wisdom of such eminent intellectuals as Mr. Arvind Kejrival, the ex-IITian? Fair enough, I am mature enough to realize that it is quite possible that I could be wrong in my opinion (that repairing and rehabilitating the already existing institutions alone can achieve the desired result & there’s no pressing need of any new legislation or institution as such) and perhaps, Lokpal *is* indeed THE only way out of this corruption mess. Fine with me, I am flexible enough to accept Jan LokPal if that’s really the case. Anything for the prevention of corruption. And if a LokPal has to be instituted then it goes without saying that I, too, like any sensible Indian would rather have Team Anna’s Jan LokPal than the Government’s JokePal.


But where I am most respectfully in complete disagreement with Team Anna is their obstinate stance on getting their version of the bill, as it stands TODAY, passed ASAP through tactics bordering on moral blackmail. Key words here being “as it stands TODAY”, for that is where my problem with the bill lies. The Jan LokPal bill, as it stands today, though brilliant for most part still has a few contentious clauses that need a serious rethink IMO.


Now, as already explicitly stated in the Disclaimer at the start of this post, I don’t fancy myself to be
any kinda authority regarding matters pertaining to legislation. So I’ve no shame in admitting that when I read through the Jan LokPal bill (as found on the ‘India Against Corruption’ official web portal), some portions of the bill went right over my head. But I did manage to grasp most of it (as can anyone who bothers to actually make the effort to read through it). From what I understood, Team IAC’s Jan LokPal seems to me to be a brilliant piece of legislation with many applause worthy provisions, none more important than the "provision for protection from victimization of the whistle blowers". Two thumbs up to the drafting committee for that.

Having said that, there are a few features of the Jan LokPal that make me extremely uncomfortable. First and foremost, I am in total disagreement with the very idea of an ALL-POWERFUL, OMNIPOTENT body that has everyone from Supreme court to CAG, CVC, CBI to the PM all under it’s ambit. It’s a universal fact proven through history that "Power corrupts & Absolute Power corrupts absolutely". The very concept of a body that’s going to be the judge, jury and executioner all by itself is itself flawed, and not just flawed but also unconstitutional and undemocratic. Democracy stands on three pillars- the Legislature(Parliament i.e Lok sabha and Rajya sabha), the Executive (Government) & the Judiciary(Supreme Court, 21 High courts and all other lower level courts) and each of these three are mutually independent and yet at the same time keep checks and balances on the other, thereby ensuring there’s no concentration of power in any one institution or pillar. This is the basic premise of any democratic constitution and the Jan LokPal seeks to change that.  Now while I am all for PM, CBI etc. being under the ambit of Jan LokPal, the inclusion of the Judiciary too under the purview of the Jan LokPal is totally unacceptable to me. Frankly, I fail to understand why is it necessary to do that?! Barring some exceptions our judicial system, for most part, has been doing a fine job of staying free of any political influence. Why, just the other day the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision quashing UP govt.’s ban on the screening of Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, ruled that no state government can ban the screening of a film once it has been passed by the censor board. That is just one such example off the top of my head. I am sure most of you must have, from time to time, read news reports saying “Supreme Courts raps CBI on delay in falaana case”. The fact that the likes of Kalmadi, Raja and Kanimozhi are behind bars today is largely down to the independent and impartial initiative on the part of Supreme court. It is the one institution that has managed to stay credible when all the others seem to have lost their credibility and become the mouthpiece of those in the centre. Of course, this is not to suggest that our judiciary is absolutely perfect. No, there are problems in our judicial system, none more serious than that of delay in dispensation of justice (as long as 20-30 years in some cases). Another problem is of corruption at lower levels. But these are minor problems that could be solved by introducing the long pending judicial reforms which has provision for setting up of more fast-track courts and special courts for petty crimes like theft, loot etc. (which constitute the majority of work before courts) ensuring a much quicker dispensation of justice. You can’t have the judiciary under JanLokPal’s ambit just for those reasons. Certainly not the Higher Judiciary at least. This much is absolutely non-negotiable as far as I am concerned.


My second issue with the Jan LokPal draft bill is concerning the “selection process” of the Lokpal.
The proposed selection committee is supposed to consist of Ramon Magsaysay award winners, Bharat Ratna Award winners and Nobel Laureates of Indian origin. Which means people like Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Lata Mangeshkar, V.S.Naipaul etc. shall now elect the most important office in the Indian state machinery. On what rational ground, if I may ask, does winning all these  awards qualify a person to be part of such a technical and responsible selection panel? I mean, with all due respect, how the hell does being the greatest female playback singer of all time qualify Lata Ji to elect the person(s) manning the most important office in the country is, quite frankly, beyond me!


Also, sample this:

 The members and Chairperson should have unimpeachable integrity and should have demonstrated their resolve and efforts to fight against corruption in the past.”

Am I the only one who thinks this sounds too naïve? Even if the answer is Yes, you can’t deny that this is a highly subjective  criteria. I, for one, am really curious to know how are they going to measure such a character trait as “integrity” in concrete terms?



Then  there are the functional & operational hazards that are bound to follow given the good-intentioned, idealistic but unrealistic goals JanLokPal has set for himself regarding the time duration for completion of investigation & trial and redressal of grievances through clauses such as-

“..if the complaint contains verifiable and specific information about misconduct or corruption, then that case shall not be rejected even if the complaint is anonymous.”
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Provided further that no complaint of allegation shall be rejected by questioning the motives or intention of the complainant.

which are guaranteed to result in a tsunami of cases most of which are bound to be politically motivated & frivolous, given the size and the population of the country. How do they propose to deal with that?


Just made a quick google search and found out that at the moment the no. of central and state government employees in India is approx. 12 million. Assuming a modest figure of one complaint per 100 employees, we may have around 120,000 employees investigated per year. These complaints are to be investigated within 1 year. Even if one Lokpal can handle 100 cases a year, we will still need 1,200 Lokpals. Given three of them will be Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi & Prashant Bhushan..how are they going to unearth the rest 1197 Lokpals fitting the qualification criteria + “integrity”??

It’s quite clear that the Lokpal too is going to go the judiciary way i.e. overload resulting into extreme pendency.

In addition to these three reservations that I have regarding the Jan LokPal, I’d also like to pose two questions to all the advocates of the JanLokPal:

1-  When we couldn’t prevent 'independent-at-the-time-of-conception' institutions like the CVC & CBI from being politically influenced, how are we going to prevent the same happening to Lokpal in the long run?

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2- If we are, through some measures, going to prevent Lokpal from being politically influenced then why can’t we employ those same measures to rid CVC, CBI etc. of the political slavery?

With this, I rest my case. I hope it is clear that I am with Anna & Team India Against Corruption but not with the Jan LokPal as it stands today because at present it is undercooked. Needs more time, deliberation and fine-tuning before it chould be passed.

[Do keep in mind that opinion expressed above are based on the draft Jan LokPal bill version 1.9 as downloaded from the official India Against Corruption forum. They’re constantly upgrading it based on the feedback from various sections of the society. I’m told that they’ve dropped the utterly juvenile “Bharat Ratna, Ramon Magsasay, Nobel awardee” qualification since then, which is a welcome decision if true. I'm yet to verify it. If they’ve indeed managed to replace it with something more logical then that takes care of my concern number 2.
Also, there have been signs in the past couple of days that they’re willing to soften their stance on the issue of bringing judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal. I sincerely hope, wish and pray that better sense prevails and they agree to leave judiciary untouched. At least the higher judiciary (Supreme courts & 21 high courts). If that happens, that’d take care of my biggest concern. The rest I don't have much problem with.

Now, I know what  the natural question by the Fb cheerleaders of the Jan LokPal would be-
 “Agar LokPal solution nahi hai to tum hi bata do kya solution hai?

I’ll tell you. It’s this-

1- Get off your butt, stand in a queue irrespective of the weather and fuckin’ VOTE the next time an election comes round.

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2- Make a promise to yourself that starting today I will not be a party to giving or taking bribe no matter what the price I may have to pay.

Sounds naïve & "easier said than done", I know. But it’s the only solution, for corruption at it’s very core is not a problem of the legal domain. It’s the problem of the “moral” domain and that’s where it ought to be tackled. It’s a moral war that every individual has to fight within himself and that’s the way it is, whether you like it or not]

[ Also, I’d like to make it clear that my rantish posts on this issue (the “Aap Chutiye Hain” trilogy in particular) were not meant to ridicule Anna or the India Against Corruption movement. Only a thankless retard would dare to insult a selfless 74 year old  who’s out there fasting for the past six days for the sake of a better future for my generation. Make no mistakes, Anna is a Hero & so are Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi et al. My posts were meant to ridicule the hypocrisy of my generation who believes that just mere chanting "Anna! Anna!" & sharing silly Congress jokes on facebook will absolve them of their OWN part in making corruption the Frankenstein monster it has become today. I intend to expose more of this hypocrisy but that's a tale for some other time. For now, I leave all those hypocrites with just three simple questions to ponder over:


1- How many of you, since turning 18, have even once exercised your franchise i.e cast your vote?

2- How many of you have got your driving license, passport etc. the legitimate way i.e. without paying bribe/through an agent?

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3- How many of you Bhagat Singh’s have filed even one query  pertaining to corruption under the RTI act?

Be honest with yourself and you’ll get your answers.

Jai Siya Ram!