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Reproducing a conversation on whether there is need to check these sites. No edition is done, simple copy-paste 🙂

Me:-
Today read an article on pornography sites. (Freedom that must have limits in newspaper, “The Hindu”). Sexual freedom and erotica are good things. So why were these sites didn’t seem fine? After long I realized what exactly was uncomfortable about these sites. What they are serving is sexual violence, child abuse, encouragement of posting real life abuses of victimization and off-guard individuals. In short it is serving counter-eroticism. Violence and abuse can never be erotic and rather than bringing sexual freedom, they bring sexual oppression that reflects on mindset of people who consider these kind of oppression as an act of pleasure.

MG (A friend):-
It may be one perspective, but BDSM is very acceptable and practiced by many. BDSM brings newness to the concept of erotica and is definitely more vibrant. It’s just that many people fear change and view BDSM as violent or heinous. However I agree that pedophilia and real-life abuse/victimization is unacceptable. But “so-called” violence in form of BDSM is a very different concept, and I see no point in opposing it.

Me:-
BDSM- Referred Wikipedia to know the term. I realize that this kind of role playing can be erotic to some. That’s why I said I was confused earlier about the discomforting factor. Discomfort comes in the fact that many irresponsible people, rather than finding a willing partner practice this role-playing with people who they could dominate and find pleasure (I prefer to call it sadistic pleasure) in the real resistance. They see it just an extension of BDSM. Nothing is good or bad in itself. But irresponsibility is too prevalent to be overlooked.
We check what influence something might have on our children. In similar way, what a society is being served in general has to be censured at times just because many in this society are not mature enough to understand the piece of knowledge/ information/ whatever. Here lies my agreement in checking this sexual freedom. (I didn’t say banning, but checking of free availability and yes complete ban on encouragement to posting of real life abuses and catching someone unaware and child abuse). It’s good to see that you put your thoughts across on the issue as most avoid talking about it.

MG:-
I completely agree with the fact that real life/child/unaware abuse are not at all acceptable. But I respectfully differ that BDSM is even remotely connected to sadistic pleasure. Uninformed and half-knowledged people have ruined the beautiful art form of BDSM and degraded it. I cant explain to you, but I can assure you that people associate violence and sadism with BDSM, but it is completely different.
Coming to the main issue, ban on pornography (I prefer to call it intimate art form) is also not justified. Our Indian culture was rich with erotica. The cave carvings of different love positions, the ultimate love making book KS, various exotic dance forms (lost over the period). We even had Deity for it-Kamadeva and beautiful representation of Shiva in form of Lingam called ShivaLinga. History apart, it is an art form, be it in multimedia format or print format or even in literature format. While restriction of such content can be ensured by making laws so that age inappropriate audience does not have access to it, there is no need to completely ban it. It is a form of entertainment nonetheless. People might say it is morally wrong, while disagreeing witg this statement, I would like to ask such people what is morality? Can Indians (Majority) have any right to talk about morality given the present state? Where majority of society is drenched in ancient rigid patriarchal system, I believe, morality (as I understand) has been long lost in Indian Society. Where the P.M. makes a statement that legalizing same-sex marriage in Norway is to be looked down and a matter of shame, in a nation where there is a long long history and culture of homosexuality from the times of Mahabharat and even before.
Long story short, erotica is not to be looked down upon or considered to be a sin, and there is no need to criminalise it.

Me:-
My second line says “Sexual freedom and erotica are good things”. I believe that and that’s why I was confused on why pornography has to be banned. And pornography isn’t a derogatory word at all in itself. No where I put my personal likes or dislikes. But I agreed on restricted access as you yourself have asked for. Refer last bracketed statement in my previous comment “(I didn’t say banning, but checking of free availability and yes complete ban on encouragement to posting of real life abuses and catching someone unaware and child abuse)”. Please read what I wrote again. I am sure you overlooked many things and assumed many others. Else you wouldn’t have find the need to quote history and present situation. In fact you too in your comment are agreeing to restricted access of these material. Ignorant mind finding distortion is most likely and hence I favoured this restriction. Not that it has to do something with morals.

MG:-
I had read your status update in detail. I think u misunderstood me. I was not referring to you, I was just putting my point, which fortunately, is almost similiar to ur viewpoint. That is why I have used the word “people”. All I was doing was just adding to what you already said. I really appreciate that you started this discussion, which many people consider taboo, and I thank you for having an open mind and a mature view. People supporting the ban are just bunch of immature ill-informed people.

Me:-
I included myself in people . I was wondering though that how you are saying the same thing while overlooking what I already said. Now that confusion rests. But I would add that even the people who are asking for ban aren’t necessarily immature ill-informed just because we don’t agree with them. May be they feel that restriction many times turns out to be no check and that’s why they are asking for complete ban. And practically speaking, ideally what should be the case is many times hard to implement. With lack of infrastructure to keep check (as it needs mature and responsible administration and we are right now in a transient phase as a society. Please don’t read it as my displeasure with administration as they too think in a way we all in general think.), these people must have seen the ease in implementing complete ban.

MG:-
While I mostly agree with you, I would like to point out that pragmatism was initially complimentary to idealism. Whenever achieving idealism seemed “Impossible”, pragmatism was used as a last resort. Unfortunately because of mass procrastination, pragmatism has become the first approach and no effort to achieve idealism, even closer to idealism, is being made. That is exactly the rationale behind the use of word “immature ill-informed”. Having studied software engineering, I disagree that keeping control is not possible. Government has complete control over ISP and restriced access is not only possible, but is also quite simple. Resorting to pragmatism without ever attempting to come near to idealism, is uncalled for. The access over television and print media is relatively quite easy vis a vis internet (which is also very simple)

Me:-
I completely endorse what you say . It’s a sad fact that selective frenzy plays defining role in governance and daily conduct of our social life.

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While studying at Jamshedpur, TATA’s contribution towards city’s infrastructure was most visible. I didn’t find anything unusual except that it was in complete contrast with the infrastructure provided by the government administration. Never did I see TATA propagate the notion that they are favouring others by doing this. After that, one day I witnessed TATA Company’s compassionate side towards their employees when my friend’s father expired. He was employed in TISCO. How the company reacted to it was touching. The same compassion was witnessed by the world through TATA’s employees during 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai. Harvard University is studying what made these employees go beyond their call of duty and put their life at stake to save lives of their guests at Taj Hotel, Mumbai. It was company’s compassion towards its employees that percolated through them. In earlier times Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) terminology wasn’t coined but it existed through those who wished to take social initiatives and their were many who did so.

ITC took up farmer and rural community upliftment as their core issue and incorporated it in their business strategy. Many softwares to aid in teaching are developed by software companies. Marketing is done by associating a company with some philanthropic cause. All this is happening but there still is wide scope for much more to be done. These examples also indicate that CSR is not a charity activity but a core business activity. It is about benefiting one’s employees, community and environment as in return it gives them better returns and increased business avenues.

Government is in dilemma on whether to make CSR spend mandatory for corporate sector in India. Presently, the Companies Bill will urge companies to spend up to 2% of their net profits on CSR but it may not make CSR spend mandatory. However the Parliamentary Standing Committee has underlined the need to mandate firms to spend on CSR activities. But since making it mandatory may give rise to malpractice and manipulations of accounts, officials are averse to introduce it as mandatory measure. Moreover there is opposition from industries too as it may give undue advantage to many scrupulous activities in the garb of CSR.

Government and leading corporate firms must come together to promote CSR as beneficial business policy to encourage more and more firms to adopt it with full willingness. Most companies in India spend in charity rather than spending on long term developmental projects. They may be provided with informed options that suit their business interests as well as serve people too. Bottlenecks and dilemmas too are needed to be dealt with so that companies have ease in carrying out such activities. Programs to dispel misconceptions about CSR and promoting its advantages must be organized. So, rather than making it a mandatory exercise, propel it as a mutually advantageous activity for all the stakeholders.


Past year has witnessed so many scams that it has lost its news worthiness. Corruption has become a topic of gossip these days. Very few people gets outraged by this widespread menace, unless, it strikes them personally. Corruption is there since long back. The only difference is that today it has been exposed in every sphere and we no longer can keep our eyes shut. But most disturbing part of this revelation is that everybody is assuming that they aren’t part of the system and others are blamed for disastrous proportion of corruption. Cynicism can not totally be done away with but along with that don’t we need self-introspection? How long carrying on with blame game solves the problem? Isn’t the time to stand for honesty yet arrived?

There were scams before Harshad Mehta took the centre-stage. This scam took figures of bungled liquidity to thousands of crores, a figure that was unheard of prior to this episode. People were shocked and soon this shock transformed into awe for this biggest scam-monger of Indian history. When Harshad Mehta did it many people were impressed and dubbed him a clever man who could take Government machineries and regulatory authorities for a ride. That was 1990s. Telgis and Ketan Parekhs followed and Lalu Yadav was cherished for his media histrionics after fodder scam. We talked at lengths about them but weren’t outraged yet. Such things used to come to surface far and in between and we could easily ignore them. Smaller scales have mostly failed to catch our attention.

A little dishonesty was acceptable and cited as a necessity for survival in this practical world. But standard definition of “little” was missing and the scales of this measurement kept changing with time, space and increasing temptations. Corruption became a norm and what we are witnessing today is manifestation of the same dishonesty that was always prevailing and was increasing in its proportion.

Then came Satyam scam which exposed corruption in corporate sector. Commonwealth Games; 2G scam; IPL fiasco followed in quick succession and uncovered the nexus between Public and Private Enterprises and also took Sports World in its stride. Year 2010 has turned into year of scam and 2011 is continuing with the same. Our Judiciary started getting blemished. Media was no longer a vigilant eye for public. When these watchdogs were falling from there respected positions no body was wondering. We all got used to it. Corruption was considered a domain of few sections but today it has breached all such boundaries. No section of our society, no part of our administration remained untouched. Collectively or individually, we all fall in one or the other category of system that is corrupt.

Being exposed isn’t something to be proud of. But rather than being ashamed or dejected we can look for ways to better ourself. Exposure of corruption has also exposed the hardship that an honest person faces in such scenario. It’s the time to replace cynicism with corrective measures. In fact these exposures have given opportunity to honest and honesty to raise their voice, the voice that has been strangulated many times. Whistleblowers have paid with their life or were constantly harassed for exposing wrong-doings. They favoured us and made us aware of real picture. Now is the time when one needs to decide that if this awareness must be used to discuss it just to fill our spare time or one must stand up for building an honest nation.


Oil mafia alone was not responsible. Some people in administration are dishonest and those aware of this happening were indifferent.

Most of us don’t wish such things to happen but most of the times we close our eyes to our own actions that leads to such crimes. Even after it happens we look for immediate culprit forgetting how all of us have contributed towards it.

We don’t have to become Angels. All we need is to become Human and Humanity lies in compassion.

Affluent Streets

Posted: August 7, 2010 in News, Society
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Cap the number of rickshaws as they choke the city roads. It is so difficult to manoeuvre while driving my car. I pay the road tax and so I deserve to have more space. Lesser rickshaw means more people will be on foot. This way we can cultivate healthier lifestyle. It’s healthy for me too but I can afford to go to health clubs. For that reason too I must have faster roads so that I can have more time to spend in these clubs. Lesser rickshaws results in lesser rickshaw-wallahs, that in turn results in lesser slums. I’ve servant quarter in my apartment as I don’t like places that ruin the landscape of the city. If you can’t afford city life, you must stay away from it. You can come and visit once in a while as a tourist. But leave these city roads for those who have forgotten that they are affluent only in comparative terms.

In your absence they may realize that your humbleness is so important to nurture their affluent egos!!!

P.S.: Supreme Court lashed out at Civic agency in Delhi for targeting poor by capping number of rickshaws while growth of motor vehicles remains unchecked. Logical observation I must acknowledge.


Sounds bitter as truth always does. But think of it and you will see the reality behind.

She has to be a prostitute at times, at others she becomes a beggar and she is an eternal prisoner. Census merely has recognized this truth of our society and clubbed “housewives” with all these three under economically non-productive category. Are we ashamed of this prevalent fact???

P.S.: This is about all, including “those housewives” (there are many who are very strong individuals and I am excluding them. And by strong I certainly don’t mean arrogant and ill-tempered!), who are prisoners of their own follies. They also want other women to fall into the same pattern. And people around aren’t too keen to break their shackles.

Let the Schools Remain Elite

Posted: July 19, 2010 in News, Society, Views
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Right to Education (RTE) says all children in age group of 6-14 years have the right to study i.e. to be enrolled in school. A child doesn’t have to possess any special talent to avail this right. So, in general cases no screening process has to be adopted to enrol a child as any such criterion for selection will render RTE irrelevant. Then what made our HRD Minister, Mr. Sibal to ask “How’ll schools like Doon, Mayo, Modern and others give random admission to children?”

Are these starred schools different from other schools? They certainly are as they are those select few, which are often mentioned in their field. But what makes them different apart from their popularity and elitism? Is it about their Infrastructure, Management and Staff or is there any innovation involved in imparting education? If this be the case, isn’t every kid has the right to avail these facilities irrespective of which strata his/her family falls in? Or is it more about who they choose to admit in their schools that sustains their brand value? A child’s capability can’t be a criterion because of the nature of the right. That implies it’s his/her parentage or family lineage that is considered. The reason sited is that if kids are randomly picked, it may adversely affect environ of the school thereby bringing undesirable effect on the selected few. And elite schools won’t remain elite anymore.

These schools are private establishments which can certainly choose their way. But education of children is a responsibility that is above shallow considerations or otherwise it becomes just another business that exists to generate profit by providing certain service. In this case service is education in elite surroundings. Has anyone given it a thought that intermixing of kids from different strata of society gives them wide perspective of life and people around. If we don’t consider education as just another profit-making proposition, good school thus is one, which has the means to educate a child in every sphere and can work towards an inclusive society. Else after inculcating discrimination in child in his/her formative years, we must not wonder why they become so when they grow up.