Category: General

Crime and media

Media has a responsibility in what it shows and how it shows. If anything that TV channels do gives a boost to crime, TV channels refrain from doing it.
If some people call TV reporters and tell them at a particular they will go to a particular place and damage public or private property there or beat people, TV reporters should not go to cover that event but report to the police. The people want publicity for their crime and if there is no publicity there will not be crime.
Sometimes some events are reported out of proportion. People engaging in hooliganism get publicity. Publicity is the oxygen they need and without it they are like fish out of water.
A topic is discussed on a TV channel for three days successively. Sometimes irrelevant and ridiculous questions are asked. Then there is a related programme in which two persons are asked questions for two days. On the fourth day there is an interview which is “exclusive”. The person is interviewed on another channel as well.
Sometimes I see one person on two persons appearing on two channels at the same time. Both channels seem to have live discussions. If anything is recorded beforehand it is not mentioned.
Sometimes TV anchors are told they give too much importance to some people or events and they should ignore them. During their discussions they ask panellists about it. If one says ignore people or events two others say media is doing a good job by covering crimes even when they are told beforehand. Anchors know whom to select for their panels.
English news TV anchors should interview people who speak English.
There should be no publicity to threats that a certain film will not be allowed to be shown or a city belongs to certain people.
Law and order is a state subject. Crime thrives because state governments do not take action. When they want they can provide security to a person. Many times police are hand in glove with criminals who engage in vandalism and hooliganism. When police enforce law the criminals run away.
If a person announces that he will set himself on fire and does so all the reporters and cameramen who cover it should be put behind bars.
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Bt Brinjal

On 9/2/2010 Jairam Ramesh, Minster for Environment and Forests, announced his decision to withhold permission to cultivate Bt brinjal in India. He said there was no consensus among scientists about the effects of Bt brinjal. If consensus emerges in favour of Bt brinjal it will be allowed to be cultivated.
Jairam Ramesh had held discussions in some cities regarding Bt brinjal. The discussions witnessed lot of shouting.
There was opposition to Bt brinjal from various quarters, some for political reasons. Swadeshi Jagran Manch opposed Bt brinjal. Soon BJP ruled states followed suit. There was opposition from some other states including Andhra Pradesh, ruled by Congress.
There is more passion than reason in debates about Bt brinjal. Some oppose anything that is new and foreign so they oppose Bt brinjal. Some are opposed to anything that is genetically modified so they oppose Bt brinjal.
Bt brinjal does not require pesticides and has other advantages. Some say local brinjal can be cultivated without pesticides.
Why governments have to get involved in matters of cultivation of vegetables? It should be left to farmers. Let farmers individually decide what they want to do. At one time there was resistance to Bt cotton. Now it is widely cultivated.
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Climate Change

We are witnessing unusual weather patterns. The winter was very severe in large parts of Europe and that affected travel. Moscow was warm. Some countries had unexpected snowfall. Some countries had floods. For Winter Olympics in Vancouver there is not enough snow and it has to be transported from other parts of Canada. In Kashmir there was an avalanche on 8/2/2010 that resulted in the death of many soldiers, as per one report 15. There were two more avalanches on 9/2/2010. There are conflicting reports about climate change, what causes it and what has to be done. As per one report Himalayan glaciers are melting and they will disappear by 2035. That is said to be wrong and another report says Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2300. Someone said glaciers have been melting since Ice Age and some glaciers are expanding. There was controversy about Amazon forests. IPCC is under attack. There is talk about reducing pollution but how to go about it is debated. Developing countries blame developed countries. Developed countries want developing countries to co-operate. NGOs have their agendas. Some even say reducing the size of Ozone hole is bad for environment. Volcanic eruptions cool the earth. They have taken place before global warming became a problem. Coal and oil are finite commodities. One day they will get over. Destruction of forests needs to be stopped and reversed. That can result in better climate and reduce droughts and floods. Link to e-book King – a novel: http://go4quiz.com/vincent/king