Monthly Archives: April 2010

The parliament, the news, and the nation

The Lok sabha budget session is commencing these days. Recently, our MPs discussed on supply of food grains, promotion of commercial farming, Somali pirates attacking our ships, disappearances of people in police custody, the non-inclusion of Bhojpuri in the official language list, fires in farms because of the heat, water sharing disputes, missing Indian in Afghanistan, declining ground water table, the cyclone in West Bengal and Bihar, a 4 crore scam in Bihar, oil spill’s near our shores affecting the livelihood of fishermen, farm credit, oil and gas blocks and the national green tribunal bill, among several other issues. Continue reading

Right to information

The Right to Information (RTI) Act, that empowers Indians to obtain any information about government functioning, is slowly shaping up to be ‘reactive’ in nature. People looking for information have to ask questions, and wait for answers. This model has failed several times (wiki answers, yahoo answers). Making information ‘proactively’ available (like wikipedia) to people is the only way I can see this idea get implemented. Continue reading

Remembering Veenadhari

Ms Veenadhari from Mangalore was one of the first HIV victims to openly admit her disease. From a teacher, she turned into a well-known social worker and an ardent activist for the rights of HIV infected. She followed and advocated ayurveda and naturopathy approach to living with the disease. Continue reading

The GNU general public license

The GPL was written by Richard Stallman for use with programs released as part of the GNU project. Generally, a license document or a list of terms and conditions is boring to read, but this document is a poetry by an activist who lives his life for the freedom so dear to him! In a nutshell, the license is about- Continue reading

Khudiram Bose

British once organized an exhibition in Medinipur in Bengal. Their intention was to hide the injustice of the British using articles like pictures and puppets, and display that British were helping the people of India. Suddenly a 16 years old boy appeared with a bundle of hand-made bills, titled ‘Sonar Bangla’. It carried the slogan ‘Vande Mataram’. The true purpose of the British in putting up the exhibition was also exposed. Continue reading