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Monday, October 4, 2010

Response to Tom Fordyce and His Report on the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Delhi

A response to Tom Fordyce's (of BBC) report at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tomfordyce/2010/10/delight_delights_-_now_for_the.html

Are you a sports journalist? Your report doesn't seem a sports story at all! Are you trying to tell the world that India is poor? Means, the world did not know this earlier and you made some kind of a discovery?
Nobody is proud of its poverty in India, and people need to fight it, I am sure they are going to do great things in the near future and put an end to the poverty. But yesterday was the night to be proud of, as a big sporting event was being inaugurated and the ceremony was fairly good, good enough that Indians could be proud of, good enough that the world should have been happy that something like this could be staged in India and above everybody could enjoy the good entertainment. This point about displaced people and extreme poverty, (I watched this story on the BBC World News' program Asia Today, this morning as well), you could have aired this report yesterday or a day after, I do not understand why or what was the pressing need to club the opening ceremony to this report of people living in poverty. Nobody is proud of poverty, but I am sure the people you have reported about, they would also have enjoyed this ceremony. You can go back and get their reactions. You have actually confused two different topics, and the outcome was nothing more than a bad report. As I read the various comments here, majority of the people commenting have not liked your report, I do not know how BBC sees it, but I suggest you need to do some introspection as what were you trying to report and what you ended up with!

Simply, may be, if some opening ceremony of games could make Indians happy for some time and forget the poverty, you should have reported and let them feel proud of whatever they were happy about. Its more that people are reacting to your report because you are connected to BBC, a respected news source in India so far. Otherwise, nobody would have bothered to write such length comments on this piece of sheer bad standard reporting.

I suggest next time you make a report, consider the following points to be included or researched or discovered by you:

1. Why does Common Wealth Organization (CWO) exist?
2. What have been the achievements of CWO?
3. How many countries have been helped by CWO in fighting poverty?
4. What has been the economic impact of British colonialism on the CW countries that is carrying to the 21st century?
5. Is it true that the CWO is an attempt to keep the sense/feel of the British empire alive among the royal family of Britain and other imperialistic people?
6. What did Britain do to rehabilitate the countries which had huge economic impact of the British occupation?
7. Why did not Britain return the wealth that was accumulated from the occupied countries by all unfair means and filled the treasures of your own country?
8. How many countries are reeling under poverty even today because of the historic economic exploitation of these countries by Britain?
9. Why Britain fed its children with the food that was meant for the malnutrition-ed children of countries like India?
10. Do people think that their ancestors them on the looted food and brought them up with the wealth accumulated by committing atrocities on the poor people of occupied countries during colonialism?

Tom, do write an article and a TV report with these points covered, because the real reason for the in-human conditions of many countries that they live in today...root back to the occupation and economic exploitation of those countries by none other than Great Britain, whose prince Charles came down to the opening ceremony and declared the so called Common Wealth games open in Delhi, yesterday! What do you feel proud of, Tom?

Looking forward to your response or a response from BBC.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

CWG Delhi

These games made India and Delhi both shame and proud, but made many politicians and officials richer by millions! So much has already been written in every media about it that I don't feel like writing the same again. But yes one thing I would wish and pray, that in future if we host a big event like this, or Olympics may be, the CWG mistakes should not be repeated. I hope we have learned a lesson and our politicians and officials, will put our country ahead of petty personal interests and benefits.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Railway Crossing Mess, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India



This may seem to you very usual Indian phenomenon, but there is a difference actually. While returning back to Delhi, from Himachal, we thought of seeing the Brahm Sarovar at Kuruksetra, on August 24, 2010. We roamed around for a while, then started back towards the GT road. After driving for around 10 minutes, we encountered this railway level crossing, with barriers down. So, it was a typical Indian scene, with people bending down and sneaking through the rail road. We were waiting for around 30 minutes already when we saw a train engine coming towards the crossing, so we were relieved a bit.

The engine arrived, but to our amaze, it stopped in the middle of the crossing! It stayed there for 5 minutes and then went back. But bars were not released, even it had gone back. We could only watch the drama and repent taking that road. Then later, after another 30 minutes, it came back again and did the same. May be it was changing the tracks, I guess. On both sides of the road, by that time, huge traffic had queued! My question to the Indian Railways, or to any authority/department responsible for civil infrastructure, is that even in the 21st century, why we have to go through such "planned" mess daily.

The whole road was blocked for over an hour, what for?, engine changing tracks dot at the level crossing? Such things can only happen in India! Is it a design fault on the part of the Railways or the agency who constructed the road, but the sufferer is the general public. After all this drama, stuck helplessly for more than an hour there, I could imagine why the rate of mishaps at the level crossings in India is so high. This video may make you remember the similar incidents that you yourself might have been through.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A thankyou mail to the Hong Kong International Airport

The following is  my thank you mail to the Hong Kong International Airport staff that I had written in 2010.
Its worth publishing here so that we can learn a few things here in our country and especially our airports.


Hi everybody at the HK Airport,

I am writing here, to thank you everybody out there at the HK airport for the great experience that I had there. I along with my wife, landed on 29th June, 2010, for our honeymoon trip. It was morning 7 AM. Actually, while going to board our bus to hotel, we forgot/lost our Sony digicam at the waiting (near tourist poles)  area. So before boarding the bus, my wife looked around for the camera, but couldn't find anywhere. So we went to the hotel, and we were in such a bad mood that we thought our honeymoon has been ruined. We reached the Regal Oriental Hotel at about 10.30 AM. I spoke to the help desk their about this incident, so a person there told me that the airport has a Lost and Found department, and we should speak to them. He gave us the number of the HK airport, and I called, my call was transferred to Mr. Jackie in the Lost and Found department of the airport. I told Mr Jackie that I am Manav and me and my wife landed at the airport this morning from New Delhi, India and have lost our Sony Digicam there. He asked me the model of the camera, I told its T-200. Then he told that "Yes we have one camera with Indian pictures." Suddenly my mood changed and I was so happy as I was sure it was ours. I asked him whether its a black color camera, he replied yes it is. Then I asked him, how can I claim it back, to which he said I need to come back to the airport and sign a paper. I thanked him, and asked the hotel staff how to go back to the airport from the hotel. They told me to take the bus number A22. I went to the nearby bus stop, after some time the bus came, I boarded and reached the airport. There I located the Lost and Found department at the level 6, with the help of ever-helping airport staff. There I met Mr. Jackie in his chamber, I told him about our conversation earlier about the lost camera. He just picked the camera from the table and handed over to me. I tried to show him my picture in the camera, to which he said that "I've already seen that." So nice of him actually. Then he gave me a paper where i filled my India address and signed it. Then I thanked him once again. I could never in my dreams have thought that a lost camera be recovered back. But all the thanks to the unknown person who found it handed it over to Mr. Jackie. Then I came out and was looking to go to the bust terminal again, but was not able to find the way. So there a lady staffer (middle-aged-about 50+), being so generous, helped me buy an Octopus card and then accompanied me to the bust terminal, from where I could get the A22 again, back to the Regal Oriental. I thanked that lady as well. After that me and my wife were so happy, grateful to the HK airport people and enjoyed our stay there to the fullest.

So, in short, I want to thank all the Airport staff in HK, particularly the unknown person who found the camera and gave to Lost and Found Department, Mr. Jackie who was kind enough and returned the camera with no hassle at all, the lady who told me how to buy the octopus card and then the way to bus terminal. and all others whom I asked directions to reach at Mr. Jackie's Chamber.

I request you to convey my hearty regards and love for all these people.
I wish, if you people come to India, we are also able to be like you.
You have not only performed your duty, but made a friend for life time.
You people are just unforgettable.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg in 1914


Mahatma Gandhi with wife Kasturbai in Johannesburg in 1914



Gandhiji at the time of his arrest in 1913 with his co-workers Miss Schlesin and Mr Kallenbach


A file photograph of the inhabitants of the Tolstoy Farm