Who Wants To Be In The Olympics?

Whenever the prestigious Olympic comes after a hiatus of four years, one burning question rises in India - 'Why we as a nation fail in Olympics'. This time is also no exception. But the only differentiator is, first time Chinese media tried to scrutinize the causes behind it. And it is really interesting to know that they are mostly correct in their analysis. Chinese media listed out some reasons in this regard. These are poor health, poverty, lack of infrastructure, popularity of cricket over other sports, lack of information about Olympics in rural areas, vegetarianism, lack of interest among youths etc. In fact, Chinese media lambasted India's always poor show in the world's most grand event. When Chinese are saying anything about India, it is bound to make ripples. But surprisingly Indian leaders, sports ministry and in fact, media too are already aware of these hard hitting facts. 

India is a country of over one billion people. But they are not capable to bring handful of medals from Olympics. India's sports federations are run by bureaucrats and ministers who have zero knowledge about games. What could be more inglorious for country is that Union Sports minister of India Mr. Vijay Goel was threatened by Rio 2016 organising committee to cancel his accreditation on grounds of misbehavior and trying to enter venues with his entourage without no valid passes. Though minister rejected these allegation but this can easily explain how much India is serious about promoting sports in the country where leaders grab every single opportunity to just go to the games in a foreign country with their huge entourage which has no interest in games. Their only intention and attention were to have free dalliance.

But despite all odds, individually some sportspersons are making the difference. Yes they are few but their success at many international tournaments brought some hope and government attention. But government and their machinery have a lot of things to do to develop a fair sports atmosphere in India. There are many budding talents but their hard work always goes in vain. Government has to keep its eyes wide open and start striking right notes to bring hope among sportspersons.  

Jobs on India


With the deeper penetration of gadgets into our life, we surely started reading and watching a lot of stuff online. But in the chaos of being everything online, somewhere we are leaving good habits of substantial reading. A good book have the charisma to transcend its reader into a different world. It can unearth the world of knowledge, imagination, passion and wisdom. It's always good to read and learn about great personalities. Their perspective of life is very much different from what an average person usually perceives.  Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs is extensive but one can enjoy every bit of it.  Jobs spent seven months in India roaming in Delhi, Haridwar, villages around nainital and in Manali. According to book, later he said about the trip to India as-

"The people in the Indian countryside don't use their intellect like we do,  they use their intuition instead, and their intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world". 

I Want To Make It Big

There are two types of people in this world. One is pessimist and another is optimist. Sanjay is the second type. He is full of hope for a brighter future. Sanjay is a mechanic and runs a car service center in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.  His shop is small but he has really big ideas for life. He recalls that day in year 2000, when his family sold some of their farm land to the government. They got money in the form of compensation. But instead of spending on luxury they built their house and invested in his older brother Rajeev’s car service center business.  That paid off and later Rajeev started pushing Sanjay to learn car repairing techniques.

Sanjay is the second in the family. He has two younger brothers. He smiles and says, he is the only person who went to complete 8th standard in school. But this never bothers him. Sanjay believes more than education one needs to be aware things around them and grab rightful opportunities without hesitating.

Now Sanjay want to take a big leap in the future. Along with brothers, Sanjay enthusiastically want to venture into a car service dealership form India’s number one car company. For this, he is hopeful of raising huge amount of money. Sanjay says, one should think big to achieve big. His little eyes are full of dreams...  

Controversial Cartoon On India's Mars Mission (Mangalyan)

New York Times apologised for a cartoon published in its newspaper. Cartoon categorically depicts India's Mars space mission as an attempt to enter into elite club of space missions. Before moving ahead, let’s talk about this cartoon first. 

Controversial cartoon depicts an Indian scientist with a buffalo. Scientist is wearing a traditional Indian attire dhoti and knocking at the cabin where two elite scientists are reading a newspaper. Newspaper's headline writes India's Mars mission. Cartoon depicts how India is trying to enter this elite club of Mars mission where developed countries already have a presence.

Hong Kong based Cheng has made this cartoon, who is famous for cartoons on world affairs. So what made New York Times to pull out this cartoon? Many readers complained that cartoon is full of racial overtone and mocks India's ambitious mars mission. This is not a first incident and I feel this won't be the last.

What India has achieved from her maiden Mars mission attempt, some developed countries took many attempts in reaching there. Across the world many scientists have been dumbstruck at the low cost of India's Mars mission 'Mangalyan'. This strong feat is in fact, less commendable in developed country’s media. Rather they published a cartoon to mock at the ability of developing country’s scientists.

Racial abuses in a developed country like Australia on Indians are not a new story. Many Indian students were brutally attacked and forced to flee from the country. Though Indian government took a firm stand on this issue but again there were recurrent issues of racial slur reported in Australia.

I feel, it is basically a result of colonial mindset which is still prevalent in the western countries. But what they failed to understand that world has changed a lot since last 50-60 years. Free movement of talent is a standard norm in 21st centaury. World is fast becoming a global village. No country can afford remain isolated. Ideas and information are easily accessible. Every country is depended and at the same time need other countries markets to expand. If the slightest incident of racial abuse occurs it will hamper the right atmosphere. Mindset must change with rightful germination of awareness.

Vote Yatra

Its a jouney to understand the political mood of the country. Extensive tour around the country just to take a look how common man is thinking about 2014 Indian general election. People will choose 543 member of parliament during month long, most expensive and extremly tiresome election process. It is thus important to notice whether local issues plays an important role in choosing a leader from a particular constitueny.

Way of life

It seems Tonga is still a way of life in India. It is a easiest and most cheapest mode of transport at many places in the county. This photograph has been taken in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. Visit small towns and anyone can witness how mordern and ancient systems are still present and working fine. A complete paradox...

Anna In America

It is great that Anna is gathering support of NRI's for his anti corruption movement outside India. Leading a parade in New York is also an example in this regard. But the question is how all these efforts will pay dividend in not so far general election which is due next year. It may happen soon also. Anna's movement, if we see correctly, is confined to mostly middle class. And this class has almost minimal role in the democratic process of electing candidates. They always regard Election Day as holiday and confine themselves inside the home or involve in some stupid recreational activities rather than standing in the long queues to cast their valuable votes for a genuine candidate. Their so called aggression is limited to writing on web, liking pages, twitting and lighting candles to support the cause. It is alright to do all these things and nothing wrong in that but, it is also important to do more than that.
Till now, middle class’s participation in the election process was not even consequential when compared to lower classes who take all pain to cast every valuable vote despite adverse weather conditions and other reasons. Voting percentage in lower living condition areas are always higher than in high living condition areas. That’s why major political parties are not even bothered yet and they have started trying to woo their vote bank with all means. Samajwadi Party is already distributing free laptops in Uttar Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan is giving away bicycles in Madhya Pradesh and latest news is UPA government led by congress party is working towards providing free tablet computers to poor students.
What all things denote? In my perspective, awareness for the electoral process is more important to make a drastic change. Lack of motivation in the middle class should be channelized into active participation in the democratic process. Let’s hope for a better future and for that let’s hope for drastic increase in voter percentage in those areas where it is almost negligible.   

Kumbh 2013- Part I

 Here are some photographs of most spectacular event of our century. Will share more in coming days...