Thursday, January 26, 2017


Hello World,


The recently concluded #JallikattuProtest is being pushed out as a victory for students and youth while it is a case of carefully planned scheme that fooled students and youth who protested. While I believe that the entire #Jallikattu issue is a big-brother-helps-little-brother political drama, I would like to analyse the possible backdrop of this issue so the students and youth get an opportunity to understand the reality of the situation. To start, please refer to the image above for the news report on potential legal hassle approaching the recently declared 'victory of students and youth.'

What’s the Plan About and What Happened

PeTA, founded in 2000 in India, took over a decade to get to the animal rights in #Jallikattu. That’s an organization which has the capability to investigate secretly guarded animal-abuse practices. For some reason, the organization took over a decade to get to #Jallikattu, which happens to be a public event conducted annually. Not one person in the media has discussed this aspect.

A and B had planned for a collaborative #Jallikattu issue where the A would enable the ban on the sport and the B would do a miraculous counter effort to get back what rightfully belongs to its regional citizens. Unfortunately, those who wrote the story and script did not get elected again to continue the drama into the second term. The new comers, C and D realized there is a quality script ready and decided to produce it and arranged the release. 

As per script, the local parties should have taken turns to call for ‘Bandh’ and when a few of those happened over a span of 4-8 weeks, D would make a publicity-laden appeal to C stating #Jallikattu is part of the region’s cultural identity and C would grant a carefully crafted ruling that will remove the ban on #Jallikattu. D would get the intended ‘Hero’ image and will build the vote bank using this image as the stepping stone. C, in exchange will get the support of all elected D members for everything C tries to achieve.

Unfortunately, out of the blue, students and youth got together at the beach. As the protestor crowd got bigger and bigger, everyone expected someone will start causing nuisance and the police will get cracking. However, the students and youth maintained fair discipline and also cleaned up their trash. This added to the surprise. The party cadres waited to get to the streets with their planned nuisance scheme but the students and youth just went for days in a row. 

Finally the party cadres decided to join the students and youth which is where the screenplay took an unusual twist. The students and youth said NO to all PARTY groups. This came as a surprise to the party cadres.

What was the Response

The party cadres including C and D realized that allowing this protest to go further will only nullify their presence and most importantly, the public perception of their power. So they carefully planned to establish a well declared defeat for the students and youth. They planted their youth-wing cadres dressed in black amongst the honest students and youth who were protesting for #Jallikattu. This is how different smaller groups within the #JallikattuProtest started protesting for things other than #Jallikattu. The unassuming protestor crowd did not know they were already neck deep in this carefully designed chaos. They were still believing their protest for #Jallikattu was just growing in size. The reality is that there was a parallel ‘noise’ that kept growing, muffling their genuine objectives and projecting a digressing protest that to me indicated its end is near.

The Current Perception and Possible Reality Behind

The students and youth, for the most part , believe their protest ended in violence but their efforts got the desired results. Unfortunately, from my perspective, that’s not the case. I still believe, the ordnance is a back up plan that was used to bring the protest to an end and appease the fairly unaware students and youth that they won. The fact is the students and youth entered a game where the planned teams and players were very different groups and none of them included these protesting students and youth. 

What Could be Possible Future of #JallikattuIssue

The top court is going to shoot down the ordnance saying its is up to C to do the necessary corrective measure and D’s actions will not be legally valid. The party groups will then move as per their original script and schedule multiple ‘bandhs’ before D will make a louder and stronger plea to C. Then, C will make a remarkable legal provision, and with drumroll in the background, announce that #Jallikattu and the use of the banned animal will remain legal forever. D and C will continue to convince the voters that it is them who took the fight from the students and youth and ran the final leg all alone, and valiantly fought for the cultural identity of their people. The students and youth, out of part embarrassment and part fear, will stay away from any such protest in future and the PARTY groups will continue their voyage. The voters will continue to believe that when they vote, they have to vote for a PARTY and not an independent. The world will be back to the chaotic equilibrium it used to be. 

I don’t want to emphasise that I am exactly right in my assumption. I am however, inclined to ask the question: If this is not what it is, what else could it be? 

Summing up, I wish to conclude, stating the students and youth came up for something they felt passionate about and demonstrated top-notch civil behaviour. However, they are not as trained as the party groups and could not detect or avoid infiltration and digression. In the end, the students and youth got used for the ulterior motives of so many who did not share the true passion for culture or freedom as the students and youth do. After all, everyday regular people can't take up things in their hand, get together in large gathering and go against a massive industry designed to cheat humans: politics. This will remain the case as long as voters believe, they have to vote for a party. #ThinkIndependent

Update as of 1st Feb, 2017:

The supreme court has refused to stay the new state law enabling #jallikattu. While most of my fellow citizens consider this a victory of those who protested, I see this as a new complex issue in the making. This new issue might be aimed at establishing the recent and future 'protest mentality' as unreasonable and naive. Here's my take on this:

If supreme court should allow the state law defying its previous judgement banning usage of bulls in #jallikattu, then to be fair, it should also allow the other state's law that enables them to stop river water from flowing out of their catchments. 

The supreme court is going to point at the state-level #jallikattu law and consider the other state's law on river water distribution on the same grounds of similarity. While the legal descriptions may very, the court finding will claim if one state is to be allowed a state law overriding the supreme court's judgement, the other state's law overriding the supreme court judgement should also be permitted on grounds of similarity in legislation driven by popular public sentiment.

In essence, the supreme court is about to set an example situation which will end declaring the very objectives of the #jallikattu protest as unwarranted, illegal and last but not the least, stupid. The parties will wait until the turn of events reach this stage and then make a claim saying it is them who are more qualified to bring political solutions in the most legal manner as opposed to protest-driven ordinances such as the recent #jallikattu law. Again, this will be done, only to ensure the political class regains its public power perception. 

While I support the students and youth about their core beliefs, I have to say, they screamed ordinance when they first got the media attention. Halfway through, when they realized ordinance can be shot down by the court, they started demanding permanent solution. As a result of ambiguity in objective, the political class is trying to divide them into two groups: one that feels the protest should have gone a different route and another that feels they got what they asked for and the students deserve this victory. Unfortunately, given the state of things, the political class seems to be gaining strength in terms of discouraging any further such protest mentality, now that the division is clearly visible.

Summing up again, what could be solved in one step of removing the bull's name from a list, has taken the longest route possible causing the entire nation an administrative overhead, only to be positioned for another decade long legal battle that can go either ways and the worst case can result in long term ban on #jallikattu. When the state demands river water from the other state, the supreme court is going to say, your #jallikattu law is the basis on which the other state is allowed a similar law to stop river water sharing. When the state says, the law was passed to appease the sentiments of students and youth and the general public, the court is going to suggest, the state can get their water from the same students, youth and public who protested for the ordinance. To be fair, the students, youth and public in the other state demanded the river water to stay within their territory and their government passed a law over the supreme court judgement, just like what happened for #jallikattu. This will end up with the political class, pointing their fingers at students and youth, calling them responsible for all this trouble. Everyone can celebrate the victory of #jallikattu protests and the state law until this happens. Just my thought.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017


Hello World,

With so much rage being displayed over the ‘Ban on Jallikattu’ in the southeastern end of India, it is hard for me discuss the nonsense that I am noticing.

Firstly, last year, thousands of layoffs were announced. In the coming months most of those layoffs will be executed and more job cuts are fast approaching. 

Secondly, with 100-[or is it 150-days now?]-days-work program, labourers are increasingly not preferring factory jobs which means the manufacturing sector is facing a shortage of workers.

Thirdly, in the name of engineering, grossly misunderstood versions of the same are being thrusted into the minds of students who now have to completely rely on their own efforts to identify and learn what they need to secure their first job. [At least this is the case with this corner of India]

When the very state of survival is becoming a state of strange probabilities, for some reason, the citizens are bubbling with passion for a sport involving bulls. The surprise is not that but the fact that so many stepped out in procession demanding the legalisation of jallikattu.

This is where I find the nonsense. I am happy that there is a sense of unity growing among a section of the citizens and the passion for #jalikattu is playing a good catalyst. What I am ashamed of is the way the ‘protestors’ perceive the issue and and the methods in which they display their protest. I am absolutely frustrated at the very demands they are making. All the #jallikattu protestors are wasting their time demanding the infeasible, never mind the irrelevance.

While some are demanding a special legal provision needs to be created [an ordnance maybe], some are demanding PeTA be banned. Just when I decided I need to focus my attention elsewhere, I had the absolute misfortune of learning complete idiots demanding separation of state from union of the country in exchange for ignorance of the jallikattu issue. 

Even if one were to be a chronic alcoholic and a meth-practioner and in a fit of high, starts making the unrealistic of the demands, will you, in your senses, even imagine, if separation of state from the country will be one of them? That too when the high-flyer is passionate about a sport involving bulls.

When the need is to have the sport conducted everyone is busy explaining how all can make a difference if they stand in unison. Some made their way to the beach in Chennai. Some have made their way to the main roads and their college entrances in protest. In the end, all they ever did was stand, scream and nothing more.

If conducting the sport is of importance, the effort needs to be towards conducting the sport. Given that social media has proven its ability to send messages across large masses within short time frames, the capability needs to be leveraged, not to get to the roads but to the grounds where jallikattu can be conducted. This will bring those passionate individuals to the spots where jallikattu is conducted. They are going to watch the sport anyways, from the safest distance possible, mind you. Hardly 5% of the jallikattu crowd will even set foot into the ring with bulls. The rest are just audience. 

So when they say ‘We want jallikattu’ they are really meaning, ‘We want to watch jallikattu as the real jallikatu players chase the bulls’. 

Jallikattu has happened in the state, in rather small events. Everyone is claiming they did. Well, with all due respect, the jallikattu players did it and you watched them do it. Most of these ‘watchers’ did that on their mobile devices. 

Given the circumstances, this seems to be a situation where the local power houses are being offered a source of political mileage by their big brothers from the federal level. During the British rule, local rulers where given similar mileage where unless the local rulers paid a huge sum, the administration did not build a school [high school mostly]. This way, the innocent citizens, were driven to believe that their local zamindar/king paid from his pocket [which he did not] to get their kids the access to school education.  This is how the smaller rulers who promised allegiance to the British rule where supported by the crown.

Getting back to present, this jallikattu seems to be the game where those at the federal level are providing an opportunity to those at the regional level to establish a wave of faith and reinforce their presence so they can continue with their existing and evolving relations for motives, we need not digress into for now. I am suspecting, the message probably is ‘Let me stop something less-relevant that people are passionate about and when their anger reaches peak-performance, you make a strong request and I will accept to the demand. This way, you will remain the symbol-of-guts-that-brings-glory for your surrounding crowd and you can continue to submit yourself to my reign of nonsense. If you are happy, so am I. Are you game for it? Let’s go fool some citizens. Shall we?’

The protestors are busy claiming many versions of the legalisation of #jallikattu without focusing on the core cause, the inclusion of Bull in the list of animals that will not be used for any sport/display event. 

The 'ruling' class slowly waits to leverage this situation. Amidst the accusations, what they are about to establish still remains outside the focus areas of the general public, including the protestors. This gameplay is looking to fool the general public in large scale by giving them the feeling that it is them, the 'ruling' class who took up the issue and got #jallikattu legalised. In the end they successfully created a 'demand' and are taking the credits for providing the 'supply'. The wave of voters posting selfies with dotted fingers will only grow. That is the real reason behind this entire drama being orchestrated by the 'ruling' class. The economy has grown so much that citizens are busy with their own lives. The rulers need newer reasons to build their business on without doing the actual public service. The only way is the enrage the public with trivial 'designed situations' and then appease them with a suitable 'political solution.' Digressing here, I still don't understand why the voting public is still sticking to political parties. They can as well vote independent candidates. If independent candidates get the attention they deserve, the parties will resort to more meaningful ways than requesting the centre ban traditions and build vote-bank out of it. I don't think, the protestors have the awareness to ask the question, 'Why parties? Let it be independent forever' just because they don't want to be in a situation where they seem naive or specifically without a mouth-shut answer. This is the heuristics that has been leveraged by the 'ruling' class for centuries across the planet. But that's a democracy joke which is slightly off-topic for this post.

While the region is beginning to ride the wave of victory over the fact that groups of 15 managed to drag their farming bulls into dirt and claimed conducting jallikattu, what remains unaltered is the fact that the ban on the sport is live.

On a very different note, for some reason, a sport largely associated with a festival of a specific religion, often practiced in or around the temples of the same specific religion is being projected as the sport of the larger ethnic group being named after a language. Unfortunately, that larger ethnic group [based on the language] comprises more than one religion which do not cover this specific festival or the temples. This jallikattu, while being claimed as the identity of a language based ethnic group is merely a sport closely associated with a festival of a specific religion often practiced in front of places of worship associated with that specific religion alone. 

I am not surprised that this fact remains incomprehensible for the larger segment of the population. They are just not equipped enough to understand the concept of realistic segmentation. They are however, very emotional individuals who will not give up on anything that is thrown at them with their ethnic identity as the package. 

Civil disobedience, can be non-participance when something is forced on citizens or wilful practice of something that is banned. When such is the state, the 43rd distantly remote option of making a human chain along the beach and blocking the main roads are gaining prominence which to me means, absolute nonsense is gaining prominence. In a democracy, citizens have the right to display civil disobedience. So when something important is banned they can very well go ahead and practice it to display protest. But if they choose to do other theatricals to gain media limelight, then that becomes the case study for a failed democracy, largely on the basis of the demos being irrevocably stupid.

All I can ask is …… When will they ever learn?

Update as of 19th Jan:

There it comes, the metaphorical 'Aapu' [sharpe wedge] for the protests. Again, the fact of the situation is that the intentions of the public/protestors is right but their efforts are headed in the wrong direction.

In the interest of those whose brains are blocked by their perceived concepts of 'confidence' and 'conviction', I would like to break this down further:

There are laws prohibiting bribes and there are laws that demand all motorcyclists wear helmets. Bribes continue to be given and taken. There are many riders who don't bother about the helmets. I would assume this rings a bell [I am not in the mood to hallucinate though].

While rationality demands those who are really passionate about the sport, might very well play it in their own towns, what's happening now is very odd [I am using empathy here, trust me]. The problem is #jallikattu proponents want to conduct the sport with a large audience where the event involves lakhs of rupees in prize money and the other business opportunities around it. 

If that is really not the issue, the bull owners can meet every Sunday morning with their bulls, at grounds at the outskirts of their respective villages and play the sport as long as they want. There are soft and hard tennis ball cricket tournaments. There can be a #jallikattu tournament every month if not weekly. Now, the problem is, the religious and caste-dominated social behaviour cannot happen if the sport is democratised this way. Those who dominated want to dominate the same way they used to. The players don't want to just chase the bulls. They want to chase the bulls in front of a big audience with a huge prize money waiting for them. 

Now everyone will focus on how one should first understand the concept of #jallikattu and the methodology behind the sport. 

The protestors seem focused on 'Uprising of Youth' 'Rising of the Student Power' and how an ethnic group stands up for its cultural rights. I may be very wrong here but I can only describe and comment what I observe.

One can either hold a hero's image or get their favorite sport into practice. Those who want the ban to be live need to engage the crowd on banning PeTA, establishing a state as a separate country and how international companies are dominating their cultural roots. 

Again, all I can ask is 'When will they ever learn?'....

Update as of 20th Jan:

The students and youth asked the political parties to stay away from them during the protest and they are maintaining that stand even now. However, now, the political class has planned for rail roko. So the 'youth-only' protest now is a multi-dimensional protest with one dimension controlled by the political class. The fast approaching irony is that the political class will invite the students to the railway stations and then declare that the parties have joined hands with the students and youth. From then on, any criminal act that happens will be thrown on everyone involved in the protest, including students and youth. Their absence in the real sense will be ignored once the political class claims their joining hands with the students and youth. By now, the ruling class would have asked around the admin circle about the possible repercussions of any protest activity and choose the safest protest zones for their respective political parties. In the end, the efforts of students and youth is about to be misused in a large scale effort.

Again....when will they ever learn?

Update as of 20th Jan [Evening]:

Now that a promise for a state-level law has been made, the law is yet to be passed. The political class have finally established their control over this issue. 

From now on, it will be the 'PARTIES' which will claim, their efforts at local and federal levels resulted in the special law.

The point is, this could have happened anytime in the past. Unfortunately there was no need. Now that a 'demand' has been created, the 'supply' is being prepared by the political class. 

While most of the protestors will claim the youth and students did it, after a few weeks it will be the 'PARTIES' who will hold the limelight for doing something ground-breaking. 

When the citizens have multiple pressing issues related to their well being, the political class picks a distant yet sentimental area and installs a tailor-made chaos. The citizens get all raged up and when they reach a state of despair, the political class presents a solution. 

The solution is not there yet. By the time the solution is delivered and it is ready to meet the next obstacle, the protesting citizens will be back to their busy lives, some thinking their unity got them their victory and the rest blaming others for not supporting early on. 

The political class will get back to business as usual. They are fairly new here, they needed something that will stay on their cap for a while. That's why this ban-drama was written and directed.

Meanwhile, the political class can have their youth wing cadres dressed in black, without any party logo/mercandise commit small acts of vandalism so that 'students and youth' get branded as hooligans. While the chances for this are low, the potential impact will be too much to handle. 

Still don't believe it? Look at this screenshot below:

The court order is being purposely delayed to buy time for the regional political class to create local law and claim that as a victory of their respective PARTY. This way, the protesting citizens will assume their local political class has delivered value against a not-so-friendly federal political class. The order could go in any direction but that is still being delayed on purpose. Nobody cared for the order until protests erupt and when that does erupt, the process is delayed. If this is not a clever plan to create a 'hero' out of a political class, then what else could it be?

Still finding it harder to believe? Have a look at this:

What could have happened years before is happening just now. out of the blue all the procedures and processes have the room to accommodate this immediate request. If the request had been anything more relevant, it would not have got this attention. 

Now look at this:

This 'fast-food-law' might not end up on the right side of the constitution for long. What if this short term effort appeases the protestors and the issue goes back to square-1 in a few weeks time? 

All I see is, a game of big brother helping little brother establish a new hero's image in front of his home audience. Banning a sport is a mere trigger and the scores of youth and students are mere pawns who voluntarily brought themselves forward and are risking their well being.

If the animal rights have to be upheld, why add the bull to the non-performer list? What if the jallikattu sport started using other animals and the abuse went to a whole new level? When the real solution is in regulating jallikattu, why is the usage of one animal being banned rendering the game invalid? 

If you are still finding it hard to even consider this angle, look a this:

The activist organization's Indian chapter was founded in 2000. The ban on using bulls in Jallikattu came in 2014. 

An activist organization that is capable of investigating secret and privately organized acts of cruelty to animals in labs and slaughterhouses, took a little over a decade to get to jallikattu, which although rural, was a fairly popular festival-sport played in public view year after year. What stopped the them for over 10 years and what supported the activist group out of the blue? Ban on bulls could have happened years before 2014. What stopped them until 2014? 

Big corporations do have deep pockets and they can always offer a higher price in exchange for any conversion or upgrade. They don't have to 'ban' the usage of an animal and disrupt a sport. They have other profitable options which I am sure they are working on.  

This is a case of 'Political Acts of Brotherhood Among the Political Class' which just happened to play around with the emotions of the citizens. 

And still everyone is busy looking to claim a cultural victory assuming the game being played is all they care about. 

Again, when will they ever learn?.....

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Saturday, January 7, 2017


Hello World,

Long time. No see. I have been wanting to share this view since September 2015. I visited London back then and got an opportunity to roam around the city during the weekend. Among the hundreds of interesting things I saw, the London Chimneys stole my heart. I found them so interesting that I ended up taking around 1700 shots of the London Chimneys. So here is my account of London Chimneys and what I think about them. Scroll down to the end if you wish to skip the reading and check out the photos in a slide show [60 images].

Pretty much all the buildings in London have chimneys. There are so many kinds of chimneys and I think, I captured at least 30 different types. When I say Chimneys, I am referring to the chimney pots and cowls that are visible on the roof-tops of buildings.

I am not an expert on chimneys and therefore I am going to stick to just what I think about this, irrespective of its fit with what might be the fact. I however will not discount logic as I see it.

My View on London Chimneys

I see a case of centralised decentralisation in the chimney architecture [referring to their scheme and not the build]. Each room in a building gets a fireplace and so chimneys originate from different corners of the building across various levels. However, all the chimneys converge at one point on the roof. The rows of chimney pots and cowls on roof tops is the centralisation of decentralised placement of fireplaces.

From a material standpoint, having the chimneys along the walls of the building [inside] would have helped realise the capability with relatively shorter piping. From an operational standpoint, having the chimneys [the pots at top] at one place will help cleaning them less complicated. Having the chimney pots at one place to me indicates that the operational costs outweighed the material costs. While the initial investment got a bit bloated with more material and man hours, the customers have [supposedly] realized lower operational costs in maintaining those chimneys. 

On a different note, based on the limited London structures that I observed, those that belonged to the members of the royal family had lot of protrusions out of the building profiles. This included faces and borders protruding out of the building. However, the remainder of the buildings, those that of the ‘commons’ [anyone who ones real estate in London cannot be called so but let’s not get there now :)] have very conservative profiles. The protrusions/carvings/borders are towards the inside of the structures. Each side of the building will have almost flat-out profiles on all sides. Anything decorative will be a relief towards the inside of the building. The windows of such buildings stay a good 6-8 inches inside from the outer wall/plane.

Here is the slide show:

Click on the image below to open the album [60 images]

Usually, when we visit a new place, we travel there 'looking around.' In case of a travel to London, do 'look-up' when you navigate the city. The smoke vents from the past are still standing telling so much about heating requirements and how British architecture responded to them. I am presuming there are laws now that prohibit burning of charcoal/firewood for heating. The buildings use wall-mounted fluid based heating systems these days.

As strange as it sounds, I find the chimneys as a fascinating part of London. If you know anything about London chimneys, I waiting to hear. 

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