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From Bangalore to Bengaluru (2009 to 2019)

I was 26 when I had left Bangalore, 36 when I am back. 2007 was the time, when had arrived here first, its new airport was launched. 2009, I was leaving Bangalore, billboards all across the streets had signing-off messages reading "Bye Bye Bangalore!". It was a subliminal marketing method to promote that "Bangalore is now Bengaluru".

When I was leaving, global economy was punctured, when I am here, Indian economy is breathing high and low. Don't judge me, none of these name change, airport shifting, global economy and national economy has been distorted or ruptured by me. I am just an observer of the change trying to be passenger of change. The passive narration of this story is the symbol of disappointments I carry with the city of utmost hope.

This city is like a young girl hailing from a far off-lands trying out pace her urban counterparts to become the world leader. In the process she has forgotten that heart can be displaced but not the mind. She is tryi…

The Perfect Time to Live on Earth

"Whenever a worldwide change happens, it shakes the existing system. It has happened in the past when the ocean voyage helped us find America..." "From the invention of farming to the moon landing, human evolution was dead slow. It is only after the invention of the computer, mankind took lightning speed. Not very long from now but in the future, the history of human evolution will be written in two phases. One about what had happened before the invention of the wheel and second before the invention of the hashtag. The information age has accelerated human progress because the definition of power has changed. Until World War Two, the power was all about the ability to fight and kill. After dotcom, the power is about the ability to communicate with masses. This is where this 21st century turns out to be the best time to live a human life. 

Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence heated up exactly between the two bloodiest wars in human history i.e. the world wars. …

The Cusp of Democracy & Autocracy

A country where earning Rs.18 a day tags you not poor, Election Commission spends Rs.73 per voter to conduct the general election  - Jitendra Rajaram
"Out of 123 democratic countries in the world, not a single country is 100% democratic. Not a single democracy conducts 100% impartial election. In India where 36% population lives in a $1 a day, the cost of election is more than $1 a vote. The irony doesn't end here! The political parties conesting in such elections have spent more $13 to woo every single elector in 2019 General Election of India. Owing the amount of money spent, should we call it a democracy or plutocracy?

Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klass wrote in the first page of their book “How to Rig an Election” with a statement “The greatest political paradox of our time is this: there are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic”.

As Victor Hugo said, “Nothing is stronger than the idea whose time has come”, it is evident that time still…

जाने क्या क्या

"ये अचानक बढ़ी कौतुहल का ग़ुबार भर है, कविता कह देना बड़ी बात होगी, पेश है आपके नज़रो-क़रम के लिए "
कुछ मीठा मीठा छूट गया, कुछ कड़वा कड़वा साथ रहा। 
उसके आने जाने तक का, जाने क्या क्या याद रहा।
फूल, किताबें, मंदिर ओटलें, वो गली गलीचे गुजर गये।
भीड़ भाड़ कि धक्का मुक्की, में ये शहर बड़ा आबाद रहा।
सायकल, गच्छी, सीठी, घंटी, छुप छुप के संवाद किये।
अब आँखों की अठखेली का, न वो हुनर रहा न उन्माद रहा।
कुछ मीठा मीठा छूट गया, कुछ कड़वा कड़वा साथ रहा। 
उसके आने जाने तक का, जाने क्या क्या याद रहा।
- जितेंद्र राजाराम

Man Ki Baat of a Fool (i.e. me don’t get confused)

Democracy was supposed to be the rule of the people but it has reduced to the use of the people only in the election. Today democracy is nothing but the rule of the majority over all the minorities put together. 

In the quest of winning the election, political parties have galvanized the rivalry as if the people supporting these parties are on the border fighting against each other. The fire being spewed in TV debates are fermenting the hatred as if everyone has to take up to the guns and not EVMs. Social media debates and abuses in comment threads are like the next step would be burning the person alive and nothing less.
This was not the idea of election… not all the 545 Members of Parliament belong to one party. They all meet each other in parliament under one roof during parliament sessions. They don’t abuse each other, or lynch each other… they cheer, greet and laugh on each other’s joke or friendly pat. They don’t instigate each other to fight like their supporters does over social…

Reversing Democracy

It took thousands of years to get democracy as a method to elect the government. Out of 100 odd countries where democracy exists in some form or another, very few countries succeeded in constitutionally implementing democratic moralities.

After Europe and USA, India is the only country in Asia where the federal system of parliamentarian government rules the country which gets elected by a greater sense of democratic values in the election methods. The idea of equal representation of every class, caste, creed, culture, and community into the parliament of India has been best served constitutionally. This is not so perfectly formed even in the USA. 
We must thank our forefathers who have devoted so much time and hard works to make the constitution which ensures freedom for every one of us. Not even the USA had the right to vote for women until 1981. India had implemented the law of universal adult franchise since the very first general election in India in the year 1952. 
Our first gene…

Pulwama Attack & Use of Militancy

"Kashmir is a part of India because in 1947 neither Radcliff nor India-Pak Border Demarcation Committee ever suggested Kashmir to be ceded from India for Pakistan. As the deadline to set free these two Asian Subcontinent approached, the last viceroy of India could not help but declared that all princely states are free to join either of the sides after independence. Under this clause too, the last king of Kashmir, Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession Act 1947 in favor of India. So, all international laws agree to the fact that Kashmir belongs to India. Pakistan’s argument is that if the majority of Kashmiri’s are Muslims how can a Hindu king decide the fate of Kashmiris. The answer is, India is a secular country and doesn’t classify its people based upon any religion or ethnic identity. Here, again Pakistan claims fall short of credible argument against India. 

Over a period of 70 years, religious outfits in South Asia have polarized the people vehemently. Hindu Extremist…

Learning begins with unlearning

Any construction of a high-rise tower begins with digging the land to create strong base. This depth of the base is directly proportional to height of the tower. 

"It has been observed that people who have learned left hand drive vehicles do fatal mistakes when they are attempting to learn right hand drive vehicles. I was once nearly escaped death when I was learning to drive Classic Royal Enfield 350 because I was expert in driving latest Royal Enfield Motor Bikes and the placing of Clutch, Gear and Breaks of the both the vehicles are designed opposite. 
In learning life skills, each one us have an attached past. A past which has made us learn things which is hinderance in learning more important tools or skills. We all have pre-conceived notions about certain people, place, behavior, art or skills. Like, when I was living with my parents in a small town far away from any known city, my family used to discuss in dinner table about traffic in city. Road accidents, pollution, traf…

My political belief

"My vision is that everyone irrespective of their history must be allowed to participate in ensuring the progress of mankind without endangering any human or group of humans"  - Jitendra Rajaram 

Politics is a power struggle between “Handful powerful elites” and “Millions of weak & poor people”. The ruling power is a temporary state of equilibrium. This equilibrium is the sum of positive and negative powers like religion, wealth, societies, people unions, custom, culture, and ethnicities etc. This equilibrium can be managed and sustained through various funnels like autocracy, theocracy, plutocracy, and democracy. Each one of these funnels has their merits and demerits. Each one of them gives larger control to the “Few powerful elites” and a little control to the “Millions of weak and poor people”. Out of all these funnels, democracy is one thing that provides a reasonably OK power balance between “Elites & Weak”. 
In a democracy, a lot of ideas, beliefs, demands, negot…

Draw knowledge & wisdom from history NOT information…

History is being rigged, information has been distorted and facts are tossed in flake. We must know how to draw wisdom from the knowledge shoved in to our brain!