Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lok Sabha Elections 2009 – a showdown!

Elections 2009 is currently on-full-on in India and each party competing elections are in high spirits to win the Lok Sabha elections. Elections began in India on the 16th Apr 2009 and it will take place in Mumbai, Maharashtra on the 30th Apr 2009.

Mumbai, the city of dreams, is all geared up for Election 2009. The only thing that is constant is ‘Change’ and in order to bring about that change, in this city we breath in – in the country that we belong to, is by casting our vote and bringing the right people to power. We need leaders who will think for the people and act for them, rather than filling their own deep pockets.

Broadcast initiative
Our entire team on radio, have been promoting elections 2009 and encouraging people, especially the youth to go out and cast their vote. We are doing in dial-in shows and taking people live on air to talk to us. I cannot forget this one caller, you called to tell me that he will not vote this election.

On asking him the reason for this not-so-good decision – he said that he is visually handicap and because of this, he is unable to find a job. Adding that, every employer rejects his application on first sight. He says, that the government is doing nothing to address his sorry state of affairs.

I was dumbstruck and actually didn’t know how to convince this young man. I assured him though, that I will talk to the area Municipal Councillor and try to find a solution. We immediately involved the area Councillor in a live on-air discussion, who definitely tried to pacify him to some extent.

We have also proactively written an email to Priya Dutt, daughter of a very famous politician and leader late Mr. Sunil Dutt, who is campaigning elections in North-East constituency- which is also the constituency that the caller belongs to. I am still awaiting a response from Priya.

This is one ‘such unfortunate case’ that I have come across. There maybe so many young men and women who are unemployed in this country. And unemployed not because they do not have the skills and competence required to perform the job– but unemployed for no fault of theirs. This hurts even more!

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

“Shoe is mightier than the sword”. . .

Now you know, what I am trying to impress upon right? Yes, you are absolutely right, if you are angry, irritated or frustrated with somebody, simply pull out your shoe and bowl it on that ‘somebody’, making sure that you do not miss on your target.

Hey, now listen, this is not some solution that I prescribe. Don’t get me wrong ;-) But we see the trend these days, that people who are furious and angry and feel like they are pushed to the corner, find simple solutions to vent out that anger- offcourse making sure that if they are convicted for this act, the case looks funny and absolutely weak. Doesn’t it?

Journalist once said, “Pen is mightier than the sword”. But this only remains a rhetoric, because looking at their actions these days, looks like they have reframed this expression a little bit, saying, “Shoe is mightier than the sword”.

Some occurrences
There was this frightful incident that occurred in the life of Ex-President of the US, George Bush, actually which happened during his handing-over process. Just imagine, a shoe being thrown at the most powerful person in the world, the President of the United States – now you need guts & fortitude to be doing something like this….oops it hurts!!

And Oops, it happened again! Yeah not in the US, but here at home in India. Now Election 2009 is round the corner and we see all the parties who are competing at the elections, rigorously campaigning to show their mettle. Basically all that branding and showcasing done, as if the people of this nation are dumb bimbos and cannot see through them, hah!

Right, so two big-time respected campaigners (from India) have already been shown the shoe and probably have been voted out from the minds of the people. Again, the shoe part of the story happened at a press meeting when the journalist loosened his shoe strings to throw it on the contender. This happened less than a week back and today the journalist (who committed this act) is became the talk of the town and indeed become a star. He has even gone further by writing to the event managers of the press meeting, to return his shoe back to him. A guy with nerves, must say ;-)

Following the legacy
Imagine, if this kind of an exhibit is displayed at a corporate board meeting or business meetings. I have heard of people, pinning up their bosses photograph as a dart board to vent out their anger. But we need to think long term right ;-)
To avoid this kind of a humiliating situation, probably, it should be made mandatory that all people attending meetings should remove their shoes before they walk inside the meeting room. Howzatt!!


So, are you in a fit of rage? A solution recently discovered: Throw your shoe! Though not recommended!

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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!

Stick around, because life is beautiful!