Category: India

Conditional Access System

Conditional Access System (CAS) is a good thing. It should have been implemented in Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi and Madras in 2003. It was implemented in Madras. In other cities it was not implemented due to opposition from some people.

Pay channels take consumers for granted in cable system. After ESPN and Star Sports joined together they charge as they like. Whenever there is sports event a new channel bags the rights and they charge for telecast. For 2006 Football World Cup Ten Sports bagged the rights. For a cricket tour in 2006 Sahara Plus bagged the right and became pay channel. People have to pay whether they watch the channels or not.

In Madras consumers have benefited. After introduction of CAS people did not want pay channels. Pay channels became free to air channels. People had to pay less.

In other cities cable subscription charges have gone up. Did the people who opposed CAS want the consumers to benefit or owners of pay channels? In Evershine City charges went up from Rs.200/- to Rs.250/- to Rs.275/-. That is the experience of other places. Why people have to pay charges for the channels they do not want? Delhi High Court has ordered the implementation of CAS in Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi by 31/12/2006. In other parts of India it should be implemented by 31/12/2007.

Direct to Home (DTH) is there. It has not made much headway. Zee and DD have DTH. Star and some other networks do not have DTH.

There should be paper view option in CAS and DTH. People pay for the particular programmes they want to watch.

Thoughts on 9/6/2006

The Government of India proposes some changes in rape laws. They include having a woman judge, woman prosecutor and a woman police officer for rape cases. This may not help and be counter-productive. In Bombay, judge Laxmi Rao, a woman judge, punished a woman judge for rape for having sex with a minor though there is no provision for punishing a woman for rape, and let off men convicted of rape lightly. One was just sentenced to imprisonment till the sitting of the court on that day. There was an outcry against her judgments and she was transferred.

Sensex has come below 10000. Some months back when it reached 7000 some analysts had warned about the dangers. There was a debate on Big Fight on NDTV 24×7. One person said we have to be cautious. Another person was euphoric. He said it would reach 25000. Sensex crossed 12000 and was very close to 13000 and then the decline began. FIIs were responsible for the boom and the doom.

Blasphemy Law is not desirable. Christians sentenced to death in Pakistan.

Films certified by CBFC should not be banned. Scenes should not be cut in adult films shown on television.

Rahul is an independent candidate for Rajya Sabha supported by the BJP. They wanted Rahul Mahajan. That did not happen. They support Rahul Bajaj. The name is same though the surname is different.

Marriage is a union of a man and a woman. Judges in USA have crossed their limits in allowing same sex marriages and then striking down laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. USA should have retirement age for judges. In Terry Schiavo case members of Congress assembled on a Sunday and passed a law to save her life. Yet first one judge and then other judges did not allow her to live. It was murder. The judges who did not allow her to live must be tried for murder and sentenced to death.

Evershine city as the capital of India

Evershine City is the right place to be the capital of India. It is one mile away on the eastern side from Vasai Road railway station. It takes 25 minutes by train from Borivali to Vasai Road.

Delhi was not always the capital of India. Pataliputra was the capital of Magadha Empire. No dynasty ruled from Delhi for a long time. From 1206 to 1526 Slave, Khilji, Tughlak and Lodhi dynasties ruled from Delhi. Babur founded the Mughal Empire in 1526. Humayun succeeded in 1530. Sher Khan defeated him in 1540. Humayun returned in1555 and died in 1556. Akbar tried Fatehpur Sikri as capital and later made Agra the capital of Mughal Empire. Shah Jahan made Delhi his capital. He was overthrown in 1558 and spent last eight years of his life as a prisoner in Agra Fort. The Mughal Empire disintegrated after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707. The British Empire in India began with Calcutta as its capital. Simla was the summer capital. Freedom Movement in Bengal made the British to shift their capital to Delhi. The announcement was made in 1911. New Delhi was built. The Governor General shifted to Delhi in 1931. In 1932 Aden was separated from India. In 1937 Burma was separated from India. In 1947 British rule in India came to an end and Pakistan was separated from India.

Today India faces separatist movements in Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura. Naxals hold sway over large parts of territories in Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Making Evershine City the capital of India can reverse the trend of disintegration. The bungalows and flats of MPs in Delhi can be sold for large sums and flats in Evershine City can be acquired for comparatively low sums. The Government will make lot of money. During winter there is fog in Delhi and flight and train schedules are affected. Headquarters of many Central Government institutions are in Bombay.