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TRAI and reverification

TRAI has ordered reverification of customer data of all telephone companies. This is unnecessary and a problem for customers. This is similar to security check of every commuter at Churchgate station. It caused lot of inconvenience to people.

Reverification has caused hardships to people. People had to submit documents again. Leave has to be taken. The exercise of reverification should be abandoned.

Thoughts on 20/1/2007

If something is offensive TV channels should not show it. Sometimes TV channels give publicity to clips they say are offensive. IBN 7 showed a clip of which it said insulted Gandhi. More people came to know about the clip. The Government of India issued a notice to IBN 7 and the channel had to apologise.

There are demands for ban of various types of films but no demand to ban a film that glorifies tax evasion, bribery and smuggling.

Use of Internet for destroying someone’s reputation should be punished.

Affairs, break-ups, engagements and marriages of actors and actresses are not news that deserve telecast on news channels as headlines. They can be shown in entertainment or film sections.

Advertisements of food items, toilet articles, stationery, jewellery and cosmetics should be banned.

Indians should not attach importance to Oscars. Getting Oscar award does not mean that film is great. Some films that got best foreign film award are not better than some of our Hindi films. It the idea is to get publicity and market the producers should dub or sub-title their films and distribute in other countries. However song and dance sequences do not make sense to many foreigners.

Racism should not be confused with dislike for someone’s food or making fun of accent.

It is ridiculous to ban the wearing of a crucifix in a school as a health and safety issue. This happened in England.

There should be a change in the process of selection of Indian cricket team. First the team should be selected. Then the captain should be selected out of the players selected. Those who are not fit or out of form should not be selected. Captain should be for a series. After every series there should be fresh selection.

There should be no Special Economic Zones. Governments should not be acquiring land for private enterprises. Why should some places have tax concessions? Let the whole country be Special Economic Zone and have tax concessions.

China has tested anti-satellite missile. It is a warning to USA. USA did not want such tests to be banned. Now it is concerned.

Full details of Nithari killings are not available. We may have to wait for the trial to begin to know who all are guilty and of what crimes.

Caste system is a cancer

Caste system is a cancer. It needs to be got rid of. It has damaged Hindu community. With spread of education and urbanization caste system should have disappeared. Reservations based on caste kept the caste identity going.

It was wrong to have reservations. The constitution of India proposed reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for 10 years. They would have lapsed on 26/10/1960. They have been extended every ten years. Many other castes got reservations as socially and educationally backward classes due to an amendment to the Constitution.

Hinduism is the only religion to have caste system. Reservations to Scheduled Castes should have been confined to Hindus. They were extended to Sikhs and later on to Buddhists. Now there is a demand to include Muslims.

There are attempts to introduce reservations in places, which were so far exempt from reservations like IIMs, IITs, security forces and judiciary. This should be resisted. Some want to introduce reservations in private sector. Private sector people should reject the proposal.

Hindus thought in caste terms rather than as Indians. For people of many castes it did not matter who ruled. This facilitated aggressors who conquered India. Arabs, Turks and Mughals conquered Indian territories. Later British conquered India with the help of Indians. Even during the heyday of British Empire the number of British in India was not more than 2,00,000. This included women and children. British India included Burma, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Penang, Singapore and Aden.

Caste system should be abolished. Otherwise it will fragment all communities in India and destroy the country.

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