India in the eyes of Rabindranath Tagore
A positive India
Problems In India
An interview with professional party of India
I N D I A
Science and technology
No private transport day
India-Mixed bag INDIAaaa How do I change India?
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Dec 2008 Alfa Issue
"India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all". -Will Durant, American historian
"There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds... I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” -Keith Bellows, VP - National Geographic Society The British Royal Family
india See INDIA through the Eyes of RABINDRANATH TAGORE
Tagore had argued that the "idea of India" itself militated against a culturally separatist view—"against the intense consciousness of the separateness of one's own people from others.”
“ Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; ... Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; ... Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake” Nothing, perhaps, expresses Rabindranath Tagore's values as clearly as a poem written by him in Gitanjali. In an interview in 1930, Rabindranath Tagore identified the lack of basic education as the fundamental cause of many of India's social and economic afflictions. “In my view the imposing tower of misery which today rests on the heart of India has its sole foundation in the absence of education. Caste divisions, religious conflicts, aversion to work, precarious economic conditions - all centre on this single factor” he had said. As Shashi Tharoor asks in his balanced, informative, and highly readable account of India: From Midnight to the Millennium"What has been the story of those first fifty years?" If Tagore were to see the India of today, more than half a century after independence, nothing perhaps would shock him so much as the continued illiteracy of the masses. He would see this as a total betrayal of what the nationalist leaders had promised during the struggle for independence—a promise that had figured even in Nehru's rousing speech on the eve of independence in August 1947. In view of his interest in childhood education, Tagore would
not be consoled by the extraordinar y expansion of university education, in which India sends to its universities six times as many people per unit of population as does China. Rather, he would be stunned that, in contrast to East and Southeast Asia, including China, half the adult population and two thirds of Indian women remain unable to read or write. Tagore would see illiteracy and the neglect of education not only as the main source of India's continued social backwardness, but also as a great constraint that restricts the possibility and reach of economic development in India (as his writings on rural development forcefully make clear). Tagore would also have strongly felt the need for a greater commitment—and a greater sense of urgency—in removing endemic poverty. Rabindranath would be shocked by the growth of cultural separatism in India, as elsewhere. The "openness" that he valued so much is certainly under great strain right now. Tagore would see the expansion of religious sectarianism as being closely associated with an artificially separatist view of culture. Indeed, by pointing to the immense heterogeneousness of India's cultural background and its richly diverse history, Tagore had argued that the "idea of India" itself militated against a culturally separatist view—"against the intense consciousness of the separateness of one's own people from others." Rabindranath insisted on open debate on every issue, and distrusted conclusions based on a mechanical formula, no matter how attractive that formula might seem in isolation (such as "This was forced on us by our colonial masters - we must reject it," "This is our tradition—we must follow it," "We have promised to do this—we must fulfill that promise," and so on). The question he persistently asks is whether we have reason enough to want what is being proposed, taking everything into account. Important as history is, reasoning has to go beyond the past. It is in the sovereignty of reasoning—fearless reasoning in freedom—that we can find Rabindranath Tagore's lasting voice..
india We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without w h i c h n o worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made. -Albert Einstein.
November 2008 beta Issue
A positive look at India
India is changing. There are signs of devastation and negativity all around. But that dosen't mean that everything is just going wrong in our country. There are various examples of this country taking a positive and definitive leap towards its future. Here we present to you some true stories from different corners of India. Story#1::A vast district in southern Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is for the most part green and pretty. But despite abundant annual rains, its intrinsically agricultural community faces an unobvious sort of poverty due to recurrent droughts.An unlikely team of clerks in government offices in Mumbai are Section reaching out to the rural school Index children in Ratnagiri district.In 1994, the Lanja Rajapur Sanghameshwar Taluka Utkarsha Mandal was formed as a charitable trust by the mumbai clerks. Today with some 50 busy, salaried clerks as members, the Trust runs an operation spanning 3 counties, hundreds of schools and children, calling for an average annual budget between Rs 500,000 and Rs 900,000. As of date, the Mandal has arranged totally supported education of 171 children, 91 of them girls. Story#2::Ralegaon Siddhi (aka Ralegan Shindi) is a village in Parner Taluka of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra, India. It is considered a model of environmental conservation. Since 1975, led by Anna Hazare, the village has carried out programs like treeplanting, terracing to reduce soil erosion and digging canals to retain rainwater. For energy, the village uses solar power, biogas (some generated from the communal toilet) and a windmill. The village's biggest accomplishment is in ÂŠTeam Bodh-e-verse non-conventional energy.
For example, all the village streets are lit by solar lights. Each light has a separate solar panel.
Story#3::Jindu Ram, Sarpanch,Khandraur Panchayat, Bilaspur district, in India's Himachal Pradesh, narrates "In 2006, we began a campaign to build latrines in every home," Mr. Ram recalls, "members of the community asked us: Where's the money? Who will pay? We told them, it's in your interest, for your health and well-being. Do it yourself. Build your own toilet. About 80 percent of the community was inspired."
Now a days every newspaper you open, every news channel you watch will show scenes of devastation in India. Bomb blasts, bodies lying around, corrupt politicians, tense people . But does that imply that we have no hope and that everything going on in India is bad? Here are some real news stories from across India, to help restore the positive feeling about our country. Story #4:::In a defining departure from their abhorrence of the Indian state and the police,Maoists showed solidarity with the Mumbai attack terror victims and security men with a gun-salute to them in the dense forests of Latehar in Jharkhand.
Story #5::It was not too long ago that it was called Kutrampakkam (a place of crime). Located a mere 40 km from the center of the city of Chennai, Kuthampakkam like any other Indian village was only dependent on its two (paddy) crops every year for its income. That meant insufficient and unsustainable income. Thus, people there had to resort to unlawful social activities to augment their income. What accentuated the problem of Kuthampakkam was the caste clashes between the Harijans and others. In 1996, Rangasamy Elango contested in the local elections and became the President of the Kuthampakkam village panchayat. His goal: to make Kuthampakkam a role model for other village panchayats. Interestingly, with the participation of the Gram Shaba, Kuthampakkam Panchayat prepared the five-year plan for the term 1996 to 2001 -- a first perhaps in the entire country! With his planning all the inner roads were upgraded to concrete roads. Likewise drains were constructed with proper slope at all the required places. A 'samathuvapuram' was constructed where fifty twin houses were constructed to accommodate 100 families. In every twin house, a Harijan family was allocated one side and the other side was allocated to an 'upper caste' family. Of course, this certainly involved delicate handling of sensitive issues, and Elango tells that this was achieved 'not by debunking castes, but by accepting various castes and persuading each caste to respect the other while not wishing it away.' Elango is targetting to make 200 role model villages before 2011.
The problems India faces...
But it’s true that India is facing problems. Problems ranging from terrorism to poverty to global warming. We decided to make our readers visit:bodheverse.org/india
Yes - we have problems, lots of problems which we need to fight together. In this section we want to show you eaxtly what we need to be fighting - the actual size of our problems.
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The above picture is of people gathering water from a well in the village of Natwarghad in the Gujarat in the summer of 2003 in the midst of the worst drought in over a decade. As temperatures soared to 44 degrees, dams, wells and ponds across the region went dry, forcing people to rely on state-run water tankers. (Photo: Reuters) . A report from World Bank in 2005 reads like this “India faces a turbulent water future. Unless water management practices are changed – and changed soon – India will face a severe water crisis within the next two decades and will have neither the cash to build new infrastructure nor the water needed by its growing economy and rising population”. Another problem which is devastating India is Water pollution. The pesticides , fertilizers used by the farmers to provide you with fresh vegetables and have more productivity and profit is the silent and major cause behind water pollution. As these pesticides just mix with water and make water inconsumable.
Another problem troubling India for long is it's never declining crime rates. With the world's largest police force of 1,032,960 India also is number one in number of murders, a whooping 37,170.Total crime of India numbers to 1,764,630 (standing 10th in global ranking). While if we compare that to the much hyped software piracy, India ranks 43rd in the world with a software piracy rate of 69%. In a world bank report India has been named as the hub for human trafficking. Kids through India are passed from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan .
Unemployment 'India Labor Report 2006' says that India will experience an 'unemployment explosion' by the year 2020 that will hit the Indian economy. This report says that India will have an unemployment rate of 30 per cent and there would be over 211 million unemployed in 2020 if appropriate steps are not taken.
The problems India faces... Corruption
Crime and corruption in India is a disease that has spread to its roots. Here is the data to portray the actual scenario. All data presented here are collected from UN annual r e p o r t s , Wo r l d B a n k reports and Govt. of India census reports.
In India, if we talk about the government or government officials or administrators, somehow we can relate them with corruption. We pay bribes at times willingly to speed up our work and at times, due to compulsion to get our needs in time. So we people are both a victim and criminal, in case of corruption. In the Corruption Index of 2008, India has been given a rating of 3.4 and was placed at 85th position. By the report of Transparency International Global corruption Barometer, Asiapacific region which comprises of India ranks second in corruption next only to Africa. According to that survey totally 13% of the people have paid bribe, in which Asia-Pacific region consists of 22% way beyond the average 13% and India's percentage in this 25%.
Some stats on India's problems.. People below poverty line: about 260 million (acc. to AB Vajpayee feb 04). Poor living in India: one quarter of the world's poor [BBC Aug 04] People living on less than 1 Euro per day (50-55 Rs) 2004: about 30 % of population Number of people in India living on less than 50 pence per day: about 300 million [BBC News Night, Oct 2006] Number of people living in slums: 150 million [BBC 15 sep 2004]
Literacy The literacy rate in the country is 64.84 per cent, 75.26 for males and 53.67 for females.
Number of places of worship (temple, mosque, church etc): 2.4 million (more than schools, colleges and hospitals combined) Haryana cost of buffalo: 18,000 - 24,000 Rupees - Haryana cost of girl (human trafficking): 4000 Rupees.
Terrorism Regionalism and Extremism Population Poor Infrastructure
Number of personnel (police and para-military forces) involved in anti-Naxalite operations in Andhra Pradesh: 20,000 Money spent street kids on tobacco in Mumbai: 43 % of their income
An Interview with The Professional Party of India Raja: PPI will succeed because PPI's strategy is completely different in three critical aspects:
To d a y, I n d i a w a n t s CHANGE. Everyone talks about it and very few people act to change. Bodheverse introduces to you, a newly formed national political party that promises to be different from the usualâ€Ś Professionals Party of India (PPI) formally registered as a political party with the election commission of India in August 2008 .
An interview with Raja Narasimhan, co-founder, core member and Jt.Gen.Secretary PPI (Raja has worked with American Express in India (last position Director-Technologies) for over 17 years; with Infosys (Delivery Manager) for over 2.5years and with Kanbay (General Manager) for over 1.5years.Currently, an entrepreneur in the F&B industry in Pune for last 3 years)
Bodheverse: M r . R a j a , W h a t l e d t o P P I ? Raja: Professionals Party of India (PPI) is a dignified constitutional platform for India's educated, professionals and middle class to rightfully participate in our political process fearlessly. PPI is a movement, born out of years of painstaking research to identify pragmatic and actionable, India centric solutions, customized to India's unique demographic, social, cultural and economic conditions. PPI was conceived because the only strategic solution was that a new political party be formed - a Party that will tickle the consciousness of Indians - inevitably targeting first, the 'arrived' urban middle class of 250-300million (and growing), to motivate them to get involved in the democratic political process and ensure that professional patriotic Indians get elected to our Parliament and solve systemic problems top down.
A PPI is not a personality driven endeavor. It is driven by progressive minded professionals and is devoid of sycophancy & icons. B PPI initially targets that section of Indian Middle Class who are conscious to the need for change and far more empowered to do so too. PPI is therefore much focused. C PPI is determined to bring Systemic Change top down, not bottom up. (eg: when a company goes sick, not the workers, but the management needs to be changed.)
Bodheverse: W h a t w i l l b e y o u r p a r t y ' s s t r a t e g y f o r c o m i n g l o k s a b h a p o l l s ? Raja: 3 areas of immediate focus for PPI : i. Propagation of the movement & ideology thru city chapters, conventions, internet, wireless telephony, press&media, advertisements, college fairs etc. ii. Funding for Propagation: Today, PPI is funded by donations & contributions by well-wishers & core group members. Much more is needed to speed up the process of CHANGE. Exemptions for such donations are available under relevant sections of the I.T. Act, PPI being a registered political party. iii. Identifying MP candidates from across 4 metros, 24 State Capitals, 20 A-Class & 12 B-Class cities where Urban Indian Middle Class Professionals (UIMCP) largely reside & work.
Bodheverse: H o w c a n p r o f e s s i o n a l s w h o a r e w i l l i n g t o c o n t r i b u t e i n P P I , j o i n y o u r p a r t y ?
Raja: PPI today has active chapters in Bangalore, Mumbai, Nashik besides Pune. People who are willing to set up PPI City Chapters (PCC) are invited to write to us. We will initiate them. PPI has a pan Bodheverse: H o w i s i t d i f f e r e n t f r o m o t h e r India vision & will also be contesting 2009 Lok Sabha Elections. PPI p o l i t i c a l p a r t i e s i n I n d i a ? approach has been well received & backed by liberal minded
(Continued from previous page) Indian professionals from across the globe. PPI has chosen to work alongside like-minded groups across the country.
NO Private transport day No Private Transport Day Pollution and traffic is killing India. We
Bodheverse: W h a t i s y o u r v i s i o n a ) I n d i a thought of making a small start to address 2 0 2 0 a n d b ) P P I i n 2 0 2 0 ? the problem. On 23rd December 2008, we ask Raja: For 2009 we are targetting 4 metros, 4 state capitals and 4 A class cities (for e.g. Pune). We are confident these will give us the success required as 'Pilot' projects. Our vision for 2014 is to get 540+ honest, patriotic, professional Indians to run our Parliament as professionally as possible as a corporate conducts the affairs of its company so that it is the most developed nation. Believe us, the current elected parliamentarians have projected it to be the most complicated. Bodheverse: Y o u r m e s s a g e t o f e l l o w I n d i a n s ? Raja: Don't be afraid. Join this patriotic movement. Only YOU and I can bring about a systemic change in our country and drive out the ills. ACT for CHANGE; ACT NOW. IF NOT NOW, NEVER. The vision for the Professionals Party of India is to "Improve the Quality of Life of every Indian". For more on PPI , visit www.ppi.net.in .
our readers to observe with us, "NO Private Transport day". We will not use any private owned cars/bikes on this day and will travel only by public transport or by cycle. Participate in this drive - just one day, act in the interests of our beautiful country.
A cyclist is seen here riding on the roads of Bogota,Columbia on “cycles day”. Can’t we follow their path ?
Do you think this is the right step we are taking ? Please write here. Share your ideas.
India -Mixed bag Dream of a beautiful world by Raghu from Pune
What do you think represents India to the outside world ? 1)Corruption. 2)Black magic 3)Cricket 4)poverty 5)Culture Take part in the Poll.
Starting from today, every parent must practice the following :? - be friendly with your children ? - hear them out patiently ? - speak good things with them ? - When we sense some uneasiness in them for anything, make them comfortable ? - cool them down & show the right path of love to them all the time and every time. ? - Even if we notice such feelings in other children also, try and do something positive to them however small way it is.
Do you have an experience encountered with foreigners regarding India.Good r bad it might be. Please share with the rest of us. Write here.
The India quiz
Little drops make the mighty ocean. This is the only way, we can build a very healthy life around us. Let us build a very Peaceful World by 2020.
What is this room ? Find out more questions and answers here.
“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."-Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA
Jallikattu - ? ? ? ?? ? ? ? is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebration. Although it sounds similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, it is quite different. In Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the 'matadors' are not supposed to use any weapon. And we only think about Spanish Bull Fighting!!
Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated onto the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Arab incursions starting in the 8th century and Turkic in the 12th were followed by those of European traders, beginning in the late 15th century.
The Shaiva manuscripts in Po n d i c h e r r y were awarded the status of UNESCO's Memory of the World in 2005.
Geography Borders:Bangladesh 4,053 km, Bhutan 605 km, Burma 1,463 km, China 3,380 km, Nepal 1,690 km, Pakistan 2,912 km Situated on the Indian Plate in the northerly portion of the Indo-Australian Plate. India lies to the north of the equator between 8°4' and 37°6' north latitude and 68°7' and 97°25' east longitude. It is the seventh-largest country in the world, with a total land area of 3,287,263 square kilometres (1,269,219 sq mi). India measures 3,214 km (1,997 mi) from north to south and 2,993 km (1,860 mi) from east to west. It has a land frontier of 15,200 km (9,445 mi) and a coastline of 7,517 km (4,671 mi).
Hindi is the national language and primar y tongue of 30% of the people; there are 22 other official languages: Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit. 28% of the people in India live in urban areas and rest in rural areas.
Illustration of the Battle of Kurukshetra. With more than 74,000 verses, long prose passages, and about 1.8 million words in total, the Mahâbhârata is one of the longest epic poems in the world.
The Holi Festival. Chamba miniature, 26x22 cm. Collection: London, Victoria and Albert Museum. Krishna, Radha and Gopis playing Holi.
How can I help Change India? visit:bodheverse.org/india that harm the society, it is the under participation of good people which costs us dearly. Join a political party of your choice. 3. Join your respective association: Whether you are a student, worker, teacher, businessman, farmer or in any other profession, there are unions/associations for you. Take part in that process and contribute to your immediate neighbor. 4. Join a NGO: There are many NGOs which are working in needy areas, in villages for betterment of society. Go and register yourself for sometime of service. It is a work, you will remember for your life. Do not worry about yesterday, its past and it will never change. Do not worry about tomorrow; it's anyway going to be there. You cannot make the most of tomorrow, without first making the most of today. You can change your tomorrow, only by changing your today.
It is time we, Indians, should look inside ourselves and think if we are doing enough on our own part in this complex political process. You must have heard “Be the change, you want to see in the world” and “Don't ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for country” and many more. Let us figure out what we can do for this democracy in our own little ways. How can we play part in Changing India? Here are a few steps that might help each one of you to take it forward: 1. Run for a local office: It is very easy to comment on politicians without understanding difficulties of their offices. Stand in any election. am not saying to run for the post of president or MP to start with. Start small, run for local bodies. Run for your ward member post, any panchayat post. Bring the benefit of democracy and development to normal people. May Force be with you. 2. Join a political party: It is not the over participation of bad people
5. Contribute to your favorite party: If you want to make real difference then take active part in politics. All the above steps were passive participation. You should stand up for what you believe. Donate and help party you support. Paste their poster in your locality. Campaign for them. 7. Ask questions at the time of election: At the time of election, ask questions about what they have done in the past and evaluate. Don't just say “I will vote for you.” Ask question, their mission and vision. This is a time they cannot say “no” to any voter. Don't vote on the basis of caste or religion. 8. Meet your local leader: If you have any problem like your local sweeper is not regular, light is getting cut too much, area does not have proper water facility, goons are straying around, then go and meet your local leader. They don't bite. Sometime it may happen that they will not listen. But who knows, you can just wipe the problem out of your area or village. 9. Be citizen journalist: Big channels, magazines are constantly looking for content. Even they pour crap because they don't have anything to show. Take a step forward and make a video about your local problem or write an article.
How can I help Change India?visit:bodheverse.org/india 10. Maintain a blog and express yourself: If you are reading this article then you must have access to internet. Start a blog, it take very little time and gives you a lot of audience. It is very easy.
Don't say that you don't care. Damn it, you care, I care, all of us care. We are just afraid of losing our comfort zone. That is why everyone is saying, start small. It is just like exercise, you will not feel the need until you do it. So take a baby step, it's much required today!
12. Discuss current issues with your family, friend, and coworkers: Once you have acquired some insight in political, economical, social issues, it's time to propagate it. Discuss the current affairs with your family, friends and coworker. Involve people by telling them solutions to their own small problems and guide them. Though it does not make any direct impact, but it does push the democracy forward. Any democracy is as good as the thought process of people. 13. Read good books: A very good habit. Get a good book and just start reading, I am sure you will enjoy it. Don't read cheap novels brought from railway station book stall. Books diversify our thoughts and give different perspective on many things. Best results can be obtained by reading non-fictions. 14. Read newspapers/magazines regularly: We need to update our knowledge base to understand the real problems and issues faced by our country. Read a newspaper or magazine regularly. Local papers are best for being better informed 15. Go and Vote: The best and easiest way to contribute to your country is to go and vote for candidate of your choice, not only in big parliamentary elections, but local “Nagarpalika-Nagarnigampanchayat” elections also. This process is the only way to bring the grass root change in the mindset of populous. Don't say that you don't care. Damn it, you care, I care, all of us care. We are just afraid of losing our comfort zone. That is why everyone is saying, start small. It is just like exercise, you will not feel the need until you do it. So take a baby step, it's much required today! If you don't take these steps today, don't blame the system tomorrow!
India will again be the greatest nation on earth Rabindanath Tagore
“utthisthoto jagroto prapyo baran nibodhata”. Swami Vivekananda In his own words it means :
Arise Awake and Stop not till the desired end is reached. He told this to his disciple Sarat Chandra Chakraborty.
But this is the slogan we Indians should have in our heart now.
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An event took place in a silent candle light march that I was a part of at the Gateway of India, near the Taj Hotel, where the recent merciless terror, left tears in everyone eyes, and pain in their hearts. A local fisherman from the group, vented out his anguish from the core of his heart. "I know I am an illiterate, i don't read newspaper, I don't know the worldly matters, I cant judge whether the statements made by a leader are really helpful for the country, or they lead to a massacre we just saw. But where the hell are you guys when it comes to the election day?" His interrogation left many white collar candle holders mute. The so called illiterate enlightened the majority when he added, "Even as I am aware that India has one of the best brains in the world, then why do these brains enjoy at a hill-station on the election day? Why cant they opt for good leaders, so that such mayhem can be averted?" This single incident, left many thinking that it is actually the educated mass that is supposed to carry such a huge responsibility of the country's population. Our decision to celebrate a holiday on the election day can either leave leave terror on the poor fisherman's face, or our decision to choose the right leaders can bring a smile on his face. I could see that if the educated decide, then these candle holders can turn into torch bearers, they can lead the nation towards the right path, they can enlighten the country and its future with their vision and mainly the with ability to choose such visionaries. VoteIndia.in is one such unique mission begun this year in the month of August. It is not a spark plugged out of an emotional upsurge, but a
thoughtful process that has slowly evolved into a fool-proof long term solution towards the betterment of the nation. We live in the world's largest democracy. From what we have been taught, and from what we understand is that, "Democracy is For the people, Of the people and By the poeple." Thus we cannot have a democracy successful without people's active participation in it. People should not just be in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality. And how to attain this quality is the question that VoteIndia.in decides to address! VoteIndia.in has a google map interface wherein you pin-point your home, this is from where the team learns to which constituency you belong to, and thus enabling them to send all the possible relevant information about the constituency and its candidates in your inbox without spamming your mail-box. Once you know the entire background of your candidates, you now stand in a much better position to choose the right candidate for you and your constituency. Once we start having efficient leaders in place, we can expect the wheels of the system to churn in the right way. Your one smart vote has the power to change the power at the helm of our ship. Remember, voting is its not just your right, but also your duty and your responsibility towards your nation. Nimish Jai Hind.
A group of young, committed people have come together, like many others, in the aftermath of the Mumbai carnage and have formed a group called WAVE (Win Against Various Extremes). visit:bodheverse.org/wave
From our readers
We had poll on our site regarding public opinion about Mumbai Terror strike. Here are the results . Q>The terror strikes at Bombay on 26th November 2008 show India under attack from terrorist groups. What, in your opinion, is going wrong? Why are we losing our people to these fanatics? ? India has not yet declared war on terror. We are seen as a soft state.
? The leaders do nothing but make speeches and ‘condemn’ attacks. There is no action.
? The citizens do not take enough interest. We put up with too much and say nothing.
? Our crisis response time is very poor. We aren’t prepared to face such scenarios.
From our readers on Mumbai blast Blood all over... families in pain... nation crying once again! This is how each human should be feeling at the mayhem that happened in Mumbai. Again and again, the security has been breached, police and intelligence agencies failed to discharge the duties. Is this all? Is it where all the discussion will happen and end? Not really, i think some of us will pull the corrupt politicians too and with the elections coming up soon, each political party will try to spit on each other. That’s how it will end with no solid line of action or planning to counter this. I'm sure most of us will be thinking on these lines I just wrote! BUT NOT ME! Read more - by Abhishek Singhal
From our readers on Mumbai blast There are good days and then there are the bad ones. Good days are seldom as good as bad days can be bad. We today have arrived upon a dark day. I do not want to ask questions, I do not want to point fingers. I have been feeling a surge of emotions all day today. All I want to do is vent some out. Make no mistake about it this is no terrorist attack; this is WAR. A war has been declared on our way of life. They want us scared and believe me I am scared. I or anyone I know in Mumbai could have been in any of those locations. If they can do it there, they can do it anywhere. I would say the terrorists have probably achieved what they set out to do. The whole country is in disarray. The common man is scared and worried for his safety. Read full article -by Naveen S K
This terrorism in India has no end...Its happening every now and then.... Shocking and shameful for a nation of 1 billion people! - by Roger T
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