Sunday, January 31, 2016

How Cycling could be an essential part of Smart City

Respected Prime Minister, 
Republic of India

As you have given a new life to Radio by starting Man Ki Baat, like this you should also give a new life to Cycle. Cycle is not only the cheapest but a symbolic of sustainable development. 

Almost in all the developed countries cycling has emerged as important mode of transport. I am living in Tel Aviv city Israel. It is one of the smartest Cities in World.  Here children, students, professors, girls, women, adult and even elders use cycling on daily basis for going outside. In Israel cycling has been introduced emerged as a modern mode of transport with hi-tech technology.

Cycling will provide a cheapest transport or vast middle class population of India, but it will also reduce traffic from road and reduce pollution drastically.

In Tel Aiviv, the cycling Stands have been installed in all parts of city, where one can get cycle for rent on hourly or daily charges and can return at any other cycle stand near his/her destination. This is very convenient way as one remains relived from carrying cycle all the way.  This project (Project Name- ‘Tel-O-Fun’) is run by a private company.

This is a fantastic method of transportation. Here cycles are modernised equipped with gears and lights. Here even those who did not like to use cycle in India, are using cycles on daily basis.

We can adopt this project from Israel for sustainable growth of India. It will not only save money, fuel and reduce pollution, but also be beneficial for people’s health.

In the last few years, cycling has become increasingly popular not only as a form of transport in the city,  but for sports and leisure. There is even a remarkable rental system for bicycles, Tel-o-Fun, which enables people to rent bicycles at any time at hundreds of rental stations around city.

Here I have mentioned a link to the website of the cycling project (Tel-0-Fun) running in Tel Aviv City, Israel along with a video showing how cycling works here.


Sanjay Shukla
Tel Aviv, Israel


Monday, January 18, 2016

Paradigm Shift in Indian Polity

Anna, AAP and 2014 elections have transformed the Indian polity forever. 2011 Anna Anti-Corruption Movement, 2012's overnight rise of Aam Admi party (Common Man's Party) led by Arvind Kejriwal and Modi's solo elections 2014  have triggered a paradigm shift in the Indian politics as never before.
Well-coupled with social media, the rise of Anna Hazare, Aam Admi Party and Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party in past 4 years have threaten deeply all the erstwhile oligarchs of Indian politics.  Specifically, revolutionary rise of these two parties in 2013 and 2014 polarized the Indian politics drastically.


Such was the effect that some the political dynasties like Congress, SP, BSP, JDU, LJP were shaken out completely from waves of these parties, while CPI, CPM, were rooted out from their very roots in 2014 elections. Other regional parties also faced set back in different regional.

Amalgam of all these factors aired a new kind of political environment in India as never before. Almost all the political parties have appeared directly or indirectly as opposition to ruling party, in the vengeance of defeat.

Anyhow, this has given rise to profoundly strong but fragmented opposition against on party.

However, it cannot be ruled out that each and every political party have had their vote banks whether it is on sectarian or caste based. And almost all the political parties no matter national or regional Sectarianism and Casteism as their trump card for election. If Congress, CPI, CPM lured Muslim voted then, SP, BSP, JDU and LJP had casteism bank policy. But collectively all these parties have been pro-Muslim voters since their inception. 

On the other hand, BJP which has an image of Hindu nationalist cannot even won support of Hindu voters in India, due to its radical approach in previous elections.

However, a lot of research and wiring have been done on what I mentioned above. What na├»ve that I noticed in recent years is that, after being feared to protect their existence, all of these parties discovered another new and trivial kind of politics.

Political debates are necessary for sustaining the democratic values, but in such a trivial way was never a feature of Indian polity. 

The situation have become so worse, that even a single move of ruling party (BJP) or PM make their ears erect to exploit  it for political gains.

And amidst the war of rat and cats media plays a role of broker grabbing whatever both sides thrown on their mouth.  Moreover, advent of social media has given another tool for such political blame game.

As a common man, I am not taking side of any political party, but it is extensively true that such cheap political have never been part of India.

Common man is somewhat getting frustrated from such cheap polity of such intellectuals who are elected to shape their fate. These parties are creating communal hatred among people, which lives happily with each other.

These politicians must first consider themselves as Indian no matter what religion and beliefs they share, and stop dividing the people of India.  First British divided us on the basis on religion, cast and north and south and ruled and now these politicians have inherited those traits.

No country has copyright of any religion and their followers.  Not Saudi Arabia has copyright of Islam, India have Hinduism and Israel has Jews. All is first – 'Humanity'.

Monday, January 4, 2016

India's Bloodstained Catastrophe

Someone's son, Someone's father, brother and friend, who sacrificed his life for the sake of Country, who was the only hope of his family, who spent whole life in becoming what he was, whose place cannot be replaced, cannot be filled, whose priceless bravery is beyond measure.
Photo Credit/ (Mukesh Gupta/Reuters)

Whose name will be forgotten after a few tribute ceremonies, medals, or at most national mourning? Nobody is going to cry for him, nobody will shed tears for him, World will never be same for his wife, for his children, for his family, left with lifelong catastrophe.

Their wounds would never be filled, never be recovered, even what change will it make if his wife receives posthumous Bravery award on the Republic Day ahead.

What they have got from sacrificing all what they had at once for nation, would anyone of his family ever dare to think of Army.

Why soldiers are not considered national heroes, why they are not regarded as icons, inspirations, why citizens prefer to talk about Cricketers, Films, Politics but not about our actual heroes sacrificing their lives for nation.

They petrol in hard chilling night in border so that our children can sleep safely in night, they leave their children so that our children can go to school, they leave their family so that we can live with our family happily, they leave every comfort so that we can live in comfort.

But what we give them in the return of their priceless sacrifice.

"Why not writers return their awards against such aristocracies, why Bollywood reel heroes speak up for nations real heroes, why not right, left- and center front go for strikes and movements, why human rights and richest non-profit NGOs are keep themselves out of ambit, have all Student Unions of JNU lost their caliber, is tolerance restored in Nation....?"

How long will India keep tolerating cross-border terrorism, how long will it keep sacrificing its brave-hearts, and how long will war of hatred continue???

New Year Brings Waves of Terror in India & Israel

New Year would not have been better than this, with 2016's first day and second day bringing waves of terror attacks in Israel and India respectively, who share common territorial and cross-border terrorism incitement.
On January 1, 2016, terrorists executed mass-shooting in the heart of Israel’s commercial capital--Tel Aviv (Dizengoff), leaving 2 dead and many injured. Shooters are still wandering free in city, triggering panic in people after 3 days. The intense search operation for culprits are still on, affected normal lives in whole city, imbibing threat among citizens once again.


On the other hand, just after one week of Indian Prime Minister’s Visit to Pakistan, they stabbed in the back of India. On January 2, 2016 brought another terrorist attack in northern Indian state to capture Air Force Base in Pathankot region near the border. In incident lieutenant colonel of National Security Guard, one of the most premium services, Niranjan Kumar lost his life for the sake of the nation.

Ironically, both the countries share the same fate since last 6-7 decades - cross border dispute and terrorism. And serendipity, the seeds were sown by Brits, followed by American and Russian Intervention in region.

Indian has been asking United Nations and all developed countries for fighting terrorism collectively, but no more than false assurance was given to Indian every time.

Notably, recent attacks in Paris drew sympathy from throughout the world, emergency meeting of NATO members was called up, and Americans followed the suit. But they do not attempt to poke their nose in Indian and Israeli issue, who has been prey of cross-border terrorism for decades.
This the time that all nations inducing the most affected and most influential must get together to fight the terrorism growing like mushrooms throughout the world.

Significantly, as compare to Asia, western countries are more affected by the rise of ISIS, as it is targeting the Muslims youth by cyberspace which is much more dangerous than ground battle. India, China, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries even having a predominant Muslim population are less affected as compared to western countries. 
Even after fighting for last 7 decades, India and Israel have lost their numerous brave soldiers, sons, daughters and citizens, fought several wars, but ended up with no hope of peace on both sides. Will there be any solution to this modern day epidemic. Thanks to British mandate, after divided on religious grounds, hatred has been inherited in veins of people of both sides. Neither side wants to compromise an inch of land, although priceless lives of their citizens are at stake.
Like Palestinians are not agreeing to quit fight for Jerusalem, Pakistanis are not ready to forget indelible desire of Kashmir, nor do they want to negotiate. How much blood will be shed, how many mothers will lose their sons, how many women will be widowed. Will the Indo-Israel fate will remain will written on the ashes of their citizens forever.