October 2006


Apparently,

Sachin Tendulkar welcomes criticism, but it should not be the knee-jerk variety or without any cricketing logic.

Tendulkar is not given to extremes and his analytical mind puts things in perspective. He sees the bigger picture and he wants cricket buffs to understand that.

Sachin, who these days speaks like an elder statesman, wants to be a freelancer, not bound by any specific role.

Take a look at this article of Vijay Lokapally!

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A T Thiruvengadam, based on his

experience in the Northeast in the State police as well as in the Intelligence Bureau

feels that

The circumstances that necessitated the deployment of the Army on these duties still exist.

He ends his piece with the following suggestion:

The panel would have done justice to its task if it had come up with a measure to ensure the presence of the Army under some enabling legislation without contradicting the democratic norms of the country.

While the fact that we are forced deploy army to quell insurgency is deplorable, presence of army without contradicting the democratic norms sounds oxymoronic to me.

Finally, there is a subtle indication that before protests, the Armed forces were not following and observing all legal requirements:

Allegations against armed forces excesses came to the fore in the eighties when the valley was riddled with terrorist activities and the armed forces were inducted. The people of the valley resented the search and seizure operations undertaken by the Army.

Swift response and timely remedial measures undertaken by the force commanders and the administration on a few allegations against the Army and other paramilitary forces kept the people somewhat satisfied. A few measures were also initiated at that time. They were: a) co-opting a police officer by the security forces columns when undertaking search and seizure operations; b) carrying out interrogations jointly with the police while the accused/suspect is in police custody; and c) following and observing all legal requirements of the case.

On a different note, take a look at this article from the same open page edition; the article uses abnormal(-ity) in the context of homosexuality six times, without mentioning the basis for such an assertion even once. What is happening to the Hindu? How do these shallow articles are getting published? Is there nobody who will articulate the same positions that these authors take but with more depth?

Having heard a lot about Web2.0 and even having written a post or two in it i asked myself “What Indian Web2.0 companies are there?”. I mainly had to ask myself this question because so much has been said about the Indian IT industry and yet i had not heard of any Web2.0 company except Zoho. And thus began my quest for some of the best Indian Web2.0 companies out there. And in this post you will find what I found.

I have to say at this point that although I found quite a lot of them listed on various sites very few managed to make an impression. Those that did I have listed here and the rest you can find in the posts mentioned under Sources at the bottom of this post. So lets begin.

1. Taazza:

A fresh perspective for news from the Indian subcontinent!

Although their website currently says “We are launching soon!” and i didn’t get a chance to explore it, the site in itself made me want to be part of it. So i decided to dig around for people were saying about Tazza and this is what i found.

Bothack’s review on Taazza and Adle’s Taazza review.

After reading these reviews its fair to see why Taazza is so widely anticipated.

On the same trail i was sidetrack to some other Web2.0 websites that i would like to mention.

2.SimpleDesi: A very neatly presented site, with articles on the latest News, Business, Showbiz and much more.

3.Shunya.in: The site’s title says ‘Connecting the Indian Technocrats’

Welcome to shunya.in the only community news site in India where you can express your opinion on news and issues that affect you

Its clear enough from the name what this site is all about and after spending a few minutes at this site it was plain to see that the site actually lived up to its rather strong statements.

4.India47: This is an Indian News feed Aggregator which picks up news from a number of news services.

5. Neobiniaries: This is my personal favourite. This site has got what I would say a very impressive listing (a good 57 pages!) of pretty much everything Web2.0. And i have to say that I believe it just might have more on its list than Go2Web20. You can also add in your Web2.0 application, that is if you have one.

6. Ourmedia:

Ourmedia focuses on both sharing knowledge, media and tools in a community environment.

That pretty much sums up everything that you can do if you choose to participate in this site.

7.ForumsofIndia: This is Digg styled forum with its content Indian Oriented. This is a very impressive site and I’m sure you would spend quite some time here exploring and interacting.

8.GuruLib:

GuruLib is a free web service to help organize home libraries. Catalog your books, DVDs, music CDs, games and software online using a book shelf metaphor.

This is very unique site with respect to the fact that it not only gives you a control over your repository of things but also alerts you on certain events like when the price of an item that you want falls below a certain prize range. Quite interesting indeed, i must say!

9. ClearTrip: ClearTrip helps you organize your trip by helping you plan out your entire trip and also finding out the hotels in that area. What is worth mentioning about this site is something called SmallWorld which gives you all the information you would need (from a tourist’s perspective) about a particular location.

10. OnYoMo: This is a listing site that allows you to search for Outlets and businesses in a particular locality. Although its in its initial stages the site looks all set to deliver a lot. Oh and OnYoMo actually stands for ‘On Your Move’. Pretty Neat!

11.Terrawiz: Terrawiz claims to be the ‘Indian Search Engine‘.

One of the “true crawler based search engines” for India and India related content. Our patent pending algorithm automatically identifies India related content on the web and organizes in such a way that you get the most relevant results fast.

And fast it is! Ive tried it out myself. However at this point i must add that i am a little skeptical as to the results that were thrown up.

12 Complore: With a tag line of ‘Come Xplore‘ (the name is coined from these words), this website enables you to

  • Share articles, bookmarks, events.
  • Organize your work.
  • Search research work submitted by others.
  • Grow your network among research community.

Darn i wish this was up and running a long time ago!

13.IndianPad:

IndianPad is a social bookmarking and blogging site. That’s just a complicated way of saying that our USERS rule!

Its really nice when a company banks so much on its users. You can explore stories, audio. There is also something called Livecast which in my initial impression was a take on DiggSpy.

The following ones are really awesome.

14. Webyantra:

Webyantra is a tech blog that profiles Indian web products & services. It is ‘ground zero’ for Indian web startups, ecommerce websites and internet based businesses..

One of the unique ones on our list today, these guys profile some of the coolest things out there. The latest app that theyve mentioned is called SlideShare. Well like the name suggests, make your slides and share them!

“Its much more complicated than that!”

15. Startups.in: This is the by far the only one that really got my nerves tingling next to Neobinaries. The folks at this place have everything you would like to know about the latest and hottest startups from the land of India. This is defintely worth a moment of your time, that is if you are intersted in the subject.

Well although there are many many more Web2.0 companies that could be talked about here i am afraid this is the list of all that impressed me today. I would surely love to hear about any more impressive Indian Web2.0 companies so do drop in a line.

Sources:

1.Web 2.0 activities in India

2.India’s Web2.0 Entrepreneurs

3.Web 2.0 companies in India

4.Numsum spreadsheet list of Indian Companies – has Web2.0 and others too.

5. India Web2.0 not yet.

Original Article by wildgrey Posted here with permission.

adoptAngelina Jolie is adopting an Indian baby to add to her growing international brood, according to US reports.

Sources say the big-hearted actress and partner Brad Pitt have already applied to adopt a tot from an Indian orphanage. An insider said: “They hope to be able to bring the child home by Christmas.

“Brad would prefer a boy no older than 18 months to even out the sexes but Angie has told him she can’t guarantee she won’t fall in love with a little girl.”

Except for adoption by Hindus, Indian law has no provision for adoption.

If you really want to adopt Angelina, here is a tip, one family member must retain Indian citizenship if seeking  to adopt a baby through preschool age child with no special needs. Angeline and Brad with an Indian passport? Now that’s an idea!’ 🙂 More here.

Indian Vet 

Lieutenant-Colonel Parasanali Bapu, the only veterinary surgeon serving with U.N. peacekeepers in south Lebanon, plays with a dog after giving it a rabies injection outside the U.N. Indian battalion headquarters in Ible al-Saqi.

Indian UN Vet

Lieutenant-Colonel Bapu checks a cow wounded by shrapnel in Israel’s war with Hezbollah guerrillas.

“Major Saurabh Pandey, spokesman for the contingent, believes locals value the role of the Indian troops, who stayed during the war despite intense bombing and shelling. During lulls, the Indians delivered food and water to villagers, arranged evacuations and provided medical care. “This way we have been able to touch their hearts,” Pandey says at the battalion’s headquarters near the village of Ibl al-Saqi.“It was not very obvious before the conflict in certain places, but afterwards you go to any place and people are smiling and waving. Kids turn up and say, ‘Indian, Indian’ or ‘UN, UN’, and they shake hands. It’s a very welcome change.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Bapu, who returns to Bangalore after a 12-month tour next month, has trained villagers to give injections and medicine to their animals, skills he hopes they will retain when he is gone.

“After the war, help was pouring in for people to rebuild their houses but no help came for the animals,” he says.

“The greatest satisfaction is I was there with medicines, running around able to save them.”

Full story in Reuters, a must read!

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 comes into effect Thursday in India.

According to estimates, about 70% of women in India were victims of domestic abuse in some form

Under this law, domestic violence offenders can be jailed for a maximum of one year or fined up to Rs 20,000, or both.

The new law provides an all-encompassing definition of domestic violence  including not only physical violence by the husband, such as beating or physically hurting his wife, or sexual violence like forced intercourse, but also verbal or emotional violence such as insulting the wife or preventing her from taking up a job, and even economic violence such as not allowing the wife to use her salary.

While I commend the government’s intentions with both this law and the law to prevent child labor, I wonder about how the government is going to make it work?. Does the government have the necessary power and will to implement and maintain these laws ? Or is this just lip-service to be made effective and then forgotten or wilfully disobeyed like most other laws in India?

Only time will tell……

For more details, read the articles in Times of India and The Hindu

Free Tibet

Watch this video. Shot by Romainian Pro TV, it shows Chinese soliders killing Tibetians in cold blood.

I really don’t know what to write here after watching the video. From the looks of it, I think Tibet and Tibetians will be extinct in China in the near future.

And there is nothing anyone can do about it.

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