14 October, 2016

गूगल नोटू

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जजूर क्यों नहीं। 

आखीर हमने भी तो पाठशाला में हिंदी पडी है. मैं ये समाजनेकी कोशिश कर रहा हूं की भाई ये गूगल का नया फॉण्ट कैसे इस्तेमाल करैं। अंतरिक्ष यान से दूर नीचे पृथ्वी शानदार ढंग से जगमगा रही थी. ज्यादा जानकारी के लिए कृपया यहां देखियेगा। 

गूगल मैं बेंठे कुछ अच्चे लोगोंने ये फॉण्ट बनाया हैं और सबसे बढ़िया बात तो यें हैं की उसे बीना किसी दाम के उपलब्ध भी कर दिया। इसीलिये हमने सोचा इसे कमसे कम इस्तेमाल तो किया जाय. 

21 August, 2015

Forget Smart Cities, Lets have Twin Cities

While you wait for benefits of Smart City Mission to reach your city, please read this :

Municipal corporations in India are sick, at every possible level (planning, decision making, execution). They do not have capability or will to provide world class municipal services (including basic services as mandated in the Indian constitution) for thousands of new citizens joining the city. Still they keep increasing/expanding the municipal boundaries.

  • Lack of town planning and regulations is leading to thousands of illegal housing projects.
  • High cost of decent housing for low income groups, leading to illegal slums.
  • No focus on providing public transportation leading to explosion in trips using cars, no wonder this leads to traffic congestion.
  • Corruption eats away significant portions of the budgets and expenditures on things that do not solve any problems (like Flyovers at busy junctions/squares) 
  • They have no grand vision to leverage the culture, heritage and to building a different identity for the city (like Paris has).
  • People are being fooled by buzzwords like "Smart city" without having any plan and funds on ground. It is business as usual.
Once of the root causes behind current situation is monopoly of the single sick municipal corporation on geographical location. The sick municipal corporation has monopoly over all natural resources (land, water, hills, gardens etc.) and they can do anything with it. People and genuine businesses are forced into submission due to this monopoly.

We must work to break this monopoly. How?

Remember the times when you had to bribe or wait for months to get a telephone land line connection at home? Govt. agencies had monopoly over telecommunication and they forced you in submission. Mobile phones created the competition that freed people from the shackles of this monopoly.

So point is that there MUST be a competition to the monopoly of single sick municipal corporation over a geographical area. This is possible if we divide the geographical area in to two parts and have two municipal corporations compete with each other. 

People working in factories, IT parks, offices should have a choice when the spend their money on buying property. Two corporations will compete with each other to do efficient tax collection and proper spending money on infrastructure. Corporation which does bad job will be punished by less investment and falling property prices. Also people will be able to compare performance of two and demand results from their representatives.

Does this guarantee world class municipal services? Perhaps no, but it gives people choice to choose lesser evil.

31 March, 2015

Striking Similarity between India Against Corruption Movement and Free Software Movement

Recently there was split in India's new political party AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) due to irreconcilable differences between co-founder Arvind Kejriwal (now Chief Minister of Delhi) and more idealist co-founders of the party Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. 

AAP party was born out of India Against Corruption movement to fight various forms of corruption at all levels of Indian government. All other well established political parties in India (BJP and Congress) have taken more "practical view" on corruption as "necessary" evil to run party operations. There was no pressure, will power and perhaps capability with established parties to fix cancer of corruption in Indian politics.

India Against Corruption movement spread quickly in all parts of urban India, thousands of people came of the streets to support the movement. People were tired of phony politics of Congress and BJP and their tolerance of corruption. 

Aam Aadami Party (AAP) was a side effect of this
movement. Arvind Kerjiwal was the poster boy. He became popular over time overshadowing more idealist members of the movement. 

Apparently Arvind Kerjiwal found it too difficult to adhere to pure values and ideals of the movement. With AAP winning Delhi elections with Kejriwal elected as Chief minister, the distance between AAP leadership and the original movement grew. Specifically AAP believed that winning Delhi election anyhow was important and providing good governance to Delhi is the top most priority. Arvind is famous for his apparent arrogance and dictatorial traits.

On the other hand, more idealistic leader believed on much large vision of taking the movement to all parts of India and do so without any compromise on principles/values of the movement. The movement should spread all over India and it is much bigger than success in a state election.

Arvind Kejriwal (Poster Boy)

Yogendra Yadav (Idealist but not popular)

Having participated in both Free software movement and India against corruption movement, for me similarity of striking.

Richard Stallman initiates Free software movement based on principles of "software freedoms". Software users and developers were suffering from the monopolist practices of Microsoft and cumbersome software licenses regime. So many people supported free software movement. It grew in many parts of the world.

Open source software projects (under various licenses including GNU GPL) was a side of effect of this movement. Linux Kernel project was born out in the fertile environment created by Free software movement. Linux and its creator Linus Torvalds became poster child of this movement. However Linus never fully supported the ideals of software freedom and refused to help the movement spread. He decided not to call Linux distributions as GNU/Linux. Linus is famously known as "Benevolent Dictator".

Richard Stallman always appreciated Linus as a good engineer, but criticized for compromising on principles of "software freedoms". Stallman believes that movement is much bigger than a single project.

Linus Torvalds (Poster Boy)

Richard Stallman (Idealist but not popular)