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India and its culture

India and its culture

Some one calls it as Bharat but known as India to everyone. But even our national anthem says my country name as Bharat and not as India. Either it is Bharat or India, there is no difference between them. And we are in a so called democratic country. Yes, freedom in expressing what we feel. But there should be a star symbol over the word “democratic” to mention “conditions apply”. It will act differently for money and power.

The only active group in this country is Media and nobody else. I just did browse through top online medias of each state. Everywhere it contains different news stories. But when it comes to national medias, all of them have single news in their head lines about a rape incident happened in the capital. There are similar incidents happening everywhere and on everyday more brutal than this. But this incident gave a spark to the people to think about the safety of women like how Anna hazare started his protest. Thanks to that victim girl and let her soul RIP. Now Government setup a panel to ensure safety of women through a new law. Lets wait for atleast one law without loop holes for the accused to escape.

We are passing through a period of westernisation. There is “nothing” defines the culture of a country. It will keep on changing depending on the situation. We evolved through a lot of cultural change. In my childhood, I will rarely hear about love marriages around me. But just look at the people around you now. There was no cell phone and internet in my childhood. But look at everywhere now. There was so many restrictions some 100 years back for a fellow to talk with their opposite gender. But look at the space now. That is what called as culture.

Many politicians started accusing the injection of western culture as the main reason behind these rape incidents and they are expressing their age old ideas and thoughts on it. They should look at themselves along with their family in a mirror before saying anything. Their views might work if we have strict law and order policy. That is also not possible in this country. Many people want the rape incident accused to be hanged or strict punishments like in Arab countries. The people who said this must look at the rules imposed on women in those countries.

Do you think the rape incident is the biggest issue in this country? Definitely not. It is just the views of the people behind those media. Those medias are just injecting their views into people’s mind. There are much bigger threats. Last week a politician from a state publicly made an open hate statement against a community. The sad part is all the people around him claps for that speech. They don’t know they are being fooled and they are victimized for his political advantage. When there is something goes bad, all the innocent aam aadmis will fall as victims for these idiots. And these politicians will just penetrate and come out through another loop hole in our so called law. What about the people stashing black money abroad? Where is the media about these news? Whatever the news, it will be in headlines till they get a next bigger news than this. Then all the people will start talking about the new incident in all the social media. Then these media fellows will automatically change their gaze on the new news. This is also a recent popular culture here. NONE of the media is neutral in India.

Regarding the rape incident, apart from giving strict punishments there should be a change in people’s mind set about women. That should come by a social change by injecting a view on people’s mind. We don’t need to teach everyone about how they should be. Let us just be an example for others and the people around us will automatically change. The change won’t come from outside and it should start with in ourself.

INDIA and INDIAN educational system

INDIA and INDIAN educational system

Actually I thought of writing a post on this, a long time back. It happened when my sister’s daughter, a class VI kid asked me to write a HTML form with java script validation in it. That was the assignment given to her as part of the Computer science subject in her school. I tried to teach her but she could not understand. But she knows very well that what is google.com and wikipedia.org. These are the websites used to give some obvious results that she expects for her school homeworks and assignments. The other assignments given to her were a website for her family and a power point presentation on a mathematical subject. I helped her in creating all these things.

Don’t be very excited like we are living in an advanced country. The funny part of this is everytime they do something like this, they should copy it in a 700 MB CD where obviously almost 699 MB will be wasted. The reason is the teacher doesn’t know any of these things. They could have told her to bring it in a usb drive or to send through email. She told me that the teacher never opened her submission at any time. This is just a procedure and submission is just a formality. I need to accept the fact that, in our college third year we had a Internet programming lab. In that we did some simple web designs using HTML and obviously we did javascript form validation as one of the assignment. 🙂

It is good to know that our college syllabus is changed after we came out. The point I am coming towards is the educational system in India. We are a developing country where we see a great growth in all part of the country. I accept that it is very difficult to implement even a very little change to reach more than a billion people. The Government is doing a good job in bringing out the best.

I am from the southern part of India, where the state government is distributing free laptops to all the school children as part of their electoral pledge. It is good move but howmany children will utilize it? Still in many schools there isn’t better infra structures. Obviously they couldn’t bring it to schools for studies because the classrooms will not be having enough power ports to charge all their laptops. Those computers are preloaded with both Windows and a Linux flavor. It is really nice to hear. But do they have teacher in every school to teach what is Linux and how to use it? I don’t have answer for this. If they don’t know how to use it, definitely they will go for the next option to use it for browsing unnecessary internet contents and watching pirated movies. Who will care about these consequences? Because the government fulfilled their pledges. Their duty is over. Think in this way, instead of giving 50 laptops to an average class room strength, they could have use it to setup a world class, class room infrastructure with an advanced computer lab with just 10-20 systems. And the central government is planning to giveaway Android tablets to all the school students in the country. Whatever I said for laptops, applies here too.

What is the use of an Android tablet or Linux Laptop, if they don’t know what is Linux and how to write an application for the device they have? [P.S: These tablets and laptops will be given to schools and colleges managed by government and affiliated to government only]

When it comes to colleges we have to submit thesis as part of the completion. Considering other colleges in our area, I am happy that we have a good infrastructure in our college for utilizing. As per my college procedures, we have to select a topic by having a IEEE paper as a reference paper. Anyway it is good in a way otherwise many will end up in doing age-old library management project. But there should be standards in evaluating the practical implication of each project. Instead it can be made compulsory to submit a paper in International journal as part of completion. I am not seeing any Indian based software industry leading the world market in any technology. It is really not good to say when we have so much energetic minds but still lagging in leading the western world. Obviously India has great potential for greater minds that is proven since all the best in technology industries have setup their R&D centers in India.

India is the wealthiest country with poor people!