Life

Naked paths inside my mind

Lingers back for a few memories,

Subjected to an innovative end,

Refreshed by a dozen

Of superb chapters,

New hopes, new visions!

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She was my SISTER!

“India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.

I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.

I shall always strive to be worthy of it.

I shall give my parents, teachers and all elders respect and treat everyone with courtesy.

To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.

In their well-being and prosperity alone, lies my happiness.”

What I have stated above is the pledge of my tricolor flag owned nation. Yes, I’m an INDIAN. A democratic country which is rich in its tradition, culture, rituals, food, education and all, among the world nations. Well, I’m not interested in mentioning about the conversant attributes of my nation. What actually I have to reveal about my nation is this story which touched every Indians heart for the past few days.

I don’t know how will you react to this crooked incident after hearing the story! I’m bit feared about your approach and expectations in the near future towards my nation though. What I’m going to tell you is all about the thoughts and responses by a common being against an illogical incident happened by the mid of this Christmas month and finally ended up with the death of a 23 year old girl who had enough dreams to achieve in her life. Let me briefly describe the incident at first.

Kaput Hopes

December 16: The victim, a paramedic student, watches a movie with her friend and heads home around 9 pm. She and her friend get on an illegal bus (a common sight in Delhi) whose conductor indicates that it is heading towards her home. 

On the bus, six drunken men, including the driver, first taunt her and used an iron rod to beat her friend, who tries to defend her, unconscious. They then rape and torture the young woman for over 40 minutes. 

In an attempt to hide their crime they strip the woman and her friend and throw them, naked and unconscious, out of the bus. 

They are discovered by the police and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

December 17: The police begin their investigations. Using CCTV footage and other clues, they identify four of assassins. Meanwhile her doctors disclose the extents of the woman’s horrific injuries.

December 18: The first protests begin, carried out by students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The day also sees a drama-filled day at Parliament where Sushma Swaraj calls for the death penalty and Jaya Bachchan makes an emotional speech.December 20: Students protest directly outside Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit’s house. After they try to storm the police barricade they are chased away by the Delhi police in the first of many such clashes. The victim’s friend gives his statement. December 21: The victim continues to be critical. Her friend identifies Mukesh, one of the accused, at Tihar jail. One more of the six are caught by the police.

December 22: Protests begin to get larger and start to center around the India gate and the Rastrapathi Bhavan, where thousands assembly and protest peacefully. 

December 23: Protests continue. Some elements begin to attack the police barricade and damage some vehicles. Delhi police retaliate with water cannons, tear gas and indiscriminate lathi charges. The reaction leads to chaos around India Gate and causes a severe backlash against the police. 

A police constable, Subhash Tomar is found collapsed at the scene of the protests. The police immediately arrest eight protestors for assaulting him.

December 24: The infamous ‘Theek Hai’ day. After demands by the protestors to be addressed by the leader of the nation, PM Manmohan Singh makes a statement. He asks protesters to go home and assures them that measures would be taken to improve the safety of women in the country. His lackluster statement quickly passes out of memory. 

However, as he ended his speech, he asks the question ‘Theek Hai?’ (Was it fine?) to the technicians off-screen. 

This part of his speech is accidentally broadcast and raises fresh protests and a stream of comments as to why the entire situation was ‘Not fine’. 

Meanwhile two of the accused are produced in a Delhi court where they ask to be hanged for their crimes. 

December 25: The victim appeared to be getting better with her doctor hoping for an optimistic outcome despite having to remove almost all of her small intestine due to gangrene. She manages to give a statement to a magistrate. 

This statement lead to an ugly political spat with CM Sheila Dikshit complaining to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde that the police were causing interference with the process. 

The Delhi constable who was found collapsed at the scene of the protests on December 23, Subhash Tomar, dies. 

December 26: The protests continue in Delhi and only get larger. Constable Tomar is cremated with full state honors – a rare service for a constable and seen as the Delhi police making a point.

However the victim’s condition deteriorates drastically and she is flown to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

December 27: The victim remains critical in the ICU of Mount Elizabeth Hospital. The Delhi police, along with other paramilitary forces, clamp down on the capital in a desperate attempt to stop the protests. 

They stop metro services, close roads and essentially turn the heart of the capital of India into a fortress. They even impose curfew, forbidding more than five persons from assembling. 

December 28: Despite the efforts of the Delhi police the protests continue. The victim’s condition deteriorates further. Her doctors in Singapore announce that she is suffering from multiple organ failure and is ‘extremely critical’. There were hopes that the super-specialty hospital might yet save her life. 

December 29: At around 3 am IST, the victim passes away.

The End

Most of you would feel ashamed after reading this real incident happened in my country 2 weeks back! Yes, I belong to a country where brutal acts and sexual abuses against women and children are increasing day by day. But why? I had been regularly taking the pledge mentioned in the beginning along with my mates from my kindergarten days onwards till my Higher Secondary School Level. It was almost around 12 years of my life, I had raised the same pledge in every morning sessions before the class starts. One among the assassin included in the list is a minor, who is legally an immature guy. How come he also added up in the gang? Did it show that I wouldn’t be able to walk along with my sister or mom in a public path during late night?

My personal opinions:


As a fellow Indian being, I couldn’t resist myself after hearing this heart-rending news in late today morning. My expectation for her come back from the brutal cause to life was keenly an affable one. Even her determination and wish for a comeback in such a bad condition made me excited as from a manly sight. I have also a family consisting of an elder sister and mom. If this is the case, how could I at least walk in the darkness of night with my mom or sister to a nearby shop or home which is at a distance of 10 or 20 minutes walk?From my point of view, India lacks well blatant rules and justice against the murders who are committing unbelievable crimes of this sort. I do remember the strictly engaged rules in Arabic nations against this kind of atrocity by the human pests. 
* Sudden actions must take against such shindy acts in the public.
* Every woman should take their own responsibility in keeping them safe from impassable conditions. 

*Be always cautious in taking every step when you’re either in a crowded or strange independent area. 
* Hold a mobile or at least tell your parents when you’re out during night schedules. Be always in touch with them.
*Avoid using modern and faint dress materials when you travel alone at night.


What I have seen from the responses of common people over here is just WORDLESS! Hoping for a peaceful and apt justice from the legal authorities against the murderers and convey it as a lesson for those who’re still in the crooked paths of doing injustice and uncultured events. May the assasins think about themselves what they did to their sensitive sister and remorse about the sins they put on her and the family. ATONEMENT! It must be the final result which should elapse through their mind with the punishment they are going to face. 

Thanks,
Rahul

Progressive Races!

With the advancement of technology what all are happening around us! There was a time when we had a little chance to contact someone for an emergency and now we get into the world of pokes. I mean, one is easily accessible anytime, anywhere!- Facebook, Twitter, Gtalk, Y!messenger, Hotmail, Skype, Call and SMS– everything on different gadgets. The longing for access to someone has reduced, and everyone has become easily contactable and thereby almost taken for granted! By and by the relationships have become like a toy for a kid, getting wondered with something in it, then getting addicted to it, then asking for it each second, playing with it in whatever ways possible, then getting bored, break up and on to an ‘updated‘ toy the next and the same repeating procedure! Is it not like that, more or less? Comparing with our fore fathers life, we all are living such a technological heaven where each and everyone have greater access ability towards each other, where time and distance isn’t at all a matter. We now live in a time when we can really dream of a near future, when we will have weekly rockets to moon and flying cars, as seen in Love 2050. It would be incommensurate no? Buying a robotic assistant for anything getting it programmed for our needs, buying internal chips that would be capsule education, capsule knowledge or capsule programming for every internal organ including brain, and to add up, human clones too will be available! Haha… A robot, who will be avail for doing my needs like a slave?? Instead of taking regular meals, why can’t I take food capsules (which will serve equal energy in comparing with usual food intake habit) 2 or 3 times a day?? A vehicle which can run in PURE WATER instead costlier petrol or diesel?? Will all this happen at least in the near future?? 😛 😀

The above mentioned technologies by our man kind would definitely give easiness and effortless batten in all fields I know. But will that always favor a prepossessing life for us! What about other living beings? It would leads to a new era which will be incomparable and  with our present WORLD no? As you all know, at the present condition itself our living world is in such a worst situation cos of environmental, life span issues and all. While human intelligence is sometimes capable of soaring in its creativity and the way of expressiveness, much human thought is derivative though. All these technologies will allow us to transcend these limitations of our biological bodies and brains. We will gain power over our fates and destinations which we are aiming. Our mortality will be in our own hands. We will be able to live as long as we want. We will fully understand human thinking and vastly extend and expand where it can reach. By the end of this century, the non-biological portion of our bravery will be millions or trillions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence I guess. If so,what will happen in a far future, I mean, in the farthest zenith of future? I wonder…with getting everything, yeah of course with human efficiency, what will we gain as the final result? Of course everything has an end, an end point… Will the term ‘human’ survive, with all its essence of the sense, competing with the fast development of technology, panting for breath of an original human heart that ‘feels’ for someone or something?\m/\m/

Thanks,
Rahul 

The World Environment Day 2012!

Today, June 5th: The World Environment Day (WED)! 🙂

I was supposed to hear about this special day in the morning, while watching  TV at hospital. Since I was not well( suffering from high degree fever and head ache), it blared around my ears similar to a distortion. I thought about the relevance of this day at that instant in my mind. Actually, The World Environmental Day related programs was conducted in a much better way at school rather than at my college I guess. This was a day, we(both teachers and students) fermented some blast outs in the near by areas through rallies, seminar sessions, awareness classes and all during school days. Since I’m living in an Industrial area, that includes well known factories in India itself like FACT, HMT and TCC, which all are the pioneering chemicals and pollutants makers over here. Usually, I have a habit of walking in the early mornings. It’s a strange fact that in most of the days, I’ll be welcoming by “SMOKY“( appears as mist or fog) and “AMMONIA EJECTION” gases paths on the way. In addition to this, most of the lakes and rivers in “God’s own County” including Periyar, Bharathapuzha etc…etc.. are under EXTINCTION. I was really amazed to see one among the most popular river source in Kerala recently. It’s beyond ENDANGERED and ABERRATION now! This is not at all a haphazard ill treat from environment towards us to care, but it’s all because of the hell-bent insatiable HUMAN BEINGS way of approach against the nature as well as near future beings! 

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This is one among the drastic news I read recently! Due to global warming and associated climate change, the sea level would rise between ONE AND TWO METERS by the beginning of next century in Kochi, India! An expert study, prepared by more than 220 scientists belonging to over 120 institutions, claims that India’s coast is VULNERABLE, KERALA’s coast especially so! But for the same sea level conditions, 169 sq km and 599 square km will be inundated in the coastal region surrounding Kochi. Because of Kochi’s peculiar topography, with a network of tidal creeks, backwaters and lakes stretching inland from the coast, CAUSES CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN TOTAL AREA OF INUNDATION. It is estimated that sea level rise by 3.5 to 34.6 inches between 1990 and 2100 would result in saline coastal groundwater, endangering wet lands and inundating valuable land and coastal communities. This report is all about the future and it’s a truth that, Why I should care about it? Isn’t it? As a common man nearly for more than 60 years, that I’ll be alive on this world. Which means the above mentioned issue won’t affect me anyway. Let me tell you 1 fact! It’s all about the existence of my near future beings. As an ancestor, I MUST TAKE CARE of them too no? It’s quite natural way of following as we did the same from pre-cursor’s no?

Now, this is all about 2012’s predates about World Environmental Day!

The 2012 World Environment Day logo supports this year’s theme – Green Economy: Does it include you? 2012 is also the 40th anniversary for World Environment Day, since the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972. 🙂

In this significant year for the environment and sustainable development, the world leaders will once again meet at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 20 years after the historic Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Dubbed Rio+20, one of the main themes of this Summit is ‘a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’. Embodying this concept, the World Environment Day logo reflects the Green Economy through several elements that are included in the image. These elements reflect some of the ten sectors of economy identified as ideal for investment in the Green Economy in a UNEP report – Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.

“The World Environment Day 2012” Logo..! 🙂

Looking at the image from left to right, the ten sectors are renewable (represented by the solar panel and windmill), agriculture, buildings, transport, cities, forests and the others not symbolically represented but by no means any less important – waste, industries, tourism and fisheries.The World Environment Day logo also captures the spirit of celebration and human involvement. The pink dot is a head of person with arms raised and legs that flow into a ribbon.

The ribbon itself forms an abstract letter ‘W’ (for World) that changes colour from pink through blue into a green that represents a green economy. The person’s position in the ribbon is where the colour incidentally transitions into green, signifying that people – you – are central to a functional green economy and thus it must include you. The light green part of the ribbon curves into a slight horizon of the earth. The ribbon therefore emulates the integration of the three pillars of sustainable development (social, environment and economy) through its smooth flow from the human element (pink head), into the environment (earth) and supporting the economy (green economy sectors). The vibrant colours and use of a ribbon hopefully transmit the celebratory spirit we hope that all World Environment Day participants will radiate. This year must therefore be about spreading the word of the importance of the Green Economy and how it includes you. Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual action that, collectively, is multiplied into an exponential force that can effect positive change.

Save our world!

 

 [Credits for Images added: Google]

I, Rahul Ashok, hereby declare in-front of the whole world through this pledge that,

“I will do my part to save the air we breathe and the water we drink by fighting global climate change.”

Thanks,
Rahul