What happens when mistakes of the government’s are out in the open? Does the government try to improve itself? Does it even try to apologize after looting one sixth of the country’s GDP? Does it quiver in its boots and feel the wrath of the people? No! It feels all this is ridiculous and goes on to do sensible things… like turn into a dictatorship. Yes we are officially under dictatorship so if you don’t want to waste time reading any further; you may run for your lives…
The government recently, in a move to gag the news channels brought the information and broadcasting board under its ambit. This means that if the ministry feels that something shown on tv is ‘inappropriate’, ‘anti-national’ or violates its ‘norms’ , it will take away the license for that channel to broadcast! As we may safely assume that the government feels that ‘it’ is the whole country and we are only their money minting slaves, it will just restrict channels who criticize their party, whichever comes to power. This move came right when the tide is well against the government. The politicians know what news channels can do once they have got whiff of something amiss. News channels played a huge role in exposing the politicians and were catalysts in mass movements against corruption. They also asked uncomfortable questions to politicians, “How do you own a private jet with models as your hostess, when everyone here in the studio supposedly earns more than you?” or “Why did you buy things for the common wealth games at 15 times the prices (:O) when the world tells me bulk buying should be cheaper?”
I believe that the media companies have no interest what so ever in showing people what they don’t want to watch, so by natural selection, the only programs that will survive are the ones people will watch, so why, in the so called largest democracy in the world (by population, dnt be so happy :P), is the government trying to control what people see. If anything needs to be controlled, it is the recent bollywood movies, to save people from becoming retarded, not the news channels and half naked celebs making love.
The politicians were astounded! “HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT? YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE STUPID!” They soon found out that the Right to Information Act actually works and all their happy looting was being exposed. They worked out that people were happily starving before the RTI came into being, when all they could do was die. They were still starving, but now had the proof and the politicians were going to jail! For a moment they thought of, being careful. They didn’t like the experience very much. They were the rulers elected and re-elected on the basis of ignorance.
All this civil power was highly unacceptable… So the politicians have started to question the RTI itself. Recently many politicians in what we are supposed to believe by coincidence have started attacking the RTI by saying it leads to inefficiency. Of course it does, a lot of the scams were exposed because of this act. Without RTI people might have never known the mind boggling figures upwards of thousands of crores which were taken out of their hard earned income, I think even the mogul emperor Aurangzeb took less money than that from his subjects and it was all white! The politicians want to efficiently loot people… They implement the ignorance is bliss thing, literally.
Now they seem to have suddenly realized that they are indeed the light for all darkness, the owners of all souls and so, people who file RTI application are being attacked and killed. Since last year at least 12 RTI activists have been murdered for seeking information on various government activities. They have been shot, slashed by knives and swords and severely beaten up.
So there is this act, implemented by the government to bring in transparency in its functioning, but if you use it, you will be killed… Neat.
There are only two places left which are yet to be touched by the infected hands of politics… They are maybe the most important tools that we have. One is the Supreme Court. The only body in the whole country which can dare to put sitting ministers in jail. And the other is the Internet, the only place where I can write and publish THIS without (probably) being tortured and killed. It is the only place where freedom of unendingly varied ideas can exist. Not selective, but free in a true sense. It is responsible for the rise and fall of many movements that will shape the history of man… I fear though, that after trying to gag the broadcasting channels and killing RTI activists, the Internet will be next… If it is, then we will be truly enslaved…
When religious people abuse the terrorists, i wonder weather they think for a moment that, the terrorists think that they themselves are doing the right thing (for their own religion), we perceive them as downright evil but they actually believe that someone up there wants them to do what they do, just as u think someone up there wants u to do things (on a much smaller scale like rituals and beliefs), but don’t u see the wrongness in this whole movement of thought!? An institution of faith, wants you to wage wars for self preservation. It requires you to actually believe tht there is an ultimate force, which by the way seems to have a wicked sense of humor, and you are to constantly please and bow down to it. The terrorist is highly indoctrinated. Brainwashed, he is forever trapped in his own fairytale concept of things. So its is almost amusing to watch a religious person abuse other religious people because their idea of religion is different. Both are unaware, tht at different levels, both are brainwashed!
In urban India, a shift from hardline devoteesm, to (today, or atleast ppl around me) a much diluted sense of belief, has occurred because people started to realize that no1 was judged for what they did or did not do. Yet due to prior conditioning over years and years, accepting that there is no judge at all, is very difficult.. How does a mind develop when it is locked in this system? Religion is very attractive comfort because people think they already know the answers to everything! But when two answers don’t match, then there are blasts, deaths and more wars, all to protect their own version of stories which have outlived their purpose to civilize.
Its hard to believe tht at this stage of development, so many people here are yet so hopelessly trapped..
Recently, 9 people were found off the coast of Japan in a small wooden boat. These people had run away from their home country. They were wearing hoods, masks and glasses to conceal their identity, hoping that their relatives in homeland won’t be identified and sent to DEATH CAMPS…! and no Hitler is not back.
We have all watched cartoons as kids and its taken for granted that the ‘good’ will win over the ‘evil’, no matter how powerful, ruthless and ambitious the villan is, the hero wins every single time. (He may have the script on his side…) But what about the real world? Our constant attempts to script it don’t work very well.
In the real world, Mojo-jojo was busy fighting the powerpuff girls so his cousin (who looks just as short and has a similar name) got jelous and decided to take over a whole country…
And he has indeed… The country in question is Pyongyang, 조선민주주의인민공화국, or North Korea. And the villan is Kim Jong-il, the dictator, ruler and (i’m not kidding) god, of the whole country. Yup, if u thought you had it bad from our hideious corrupt politicians and unjust nagging parents, then you need to change the whole dimension of thought here. Its like the whole country is grounded forever… Here’s what is going on in North Korea… Things even Mojo-jojo wouldn’t do..
The dictator, Kim Jong-il controls ALL media including the radio, news etc… U need a licence to buy a TV, which has 3 channels in the capital, and 1 (ONE!) channel in the rest of the country, all owned and controlled by the ‘government’ to propogate the ‘glory’ of Kim Jong-il and his family. The whole country is brainwashed to believe the ‘sacred birth’ of their leader (They teach that from school). So all you can watch on the TV, is the pathetic face of a mass murderer smiling at you as u die in your home, because hospitals are worse.
Any critisim of the ‘government’ is punishable by death. ‘Political prisoners’ are sent to labour camps with their families including children and grandparents for the rest of their lives. Most die from starvation or torture.
As kids, we loved to boast about our ‘general knowledge’ (catterpiller has 16 legs yay!), bah, the entire population there is yet to know that man has been to the moon! Internet is banned. More than 900,000 people have died of starvation in that country but according to the country’s controlled media, North Korea has NEVER suffered famine or poverty. (U may die of starvation while watching how well the country is prospering :P) If you are caught stealing food or attempting to escape the country you are PUBLICALY executed. A North Korean man was brutally tortured and publically executed by firing squad for calling a friend in South Korea on his mobile phone. (International calls are punishable by death).
Vehicles and fuel are reserved only for the political elite (leave vehicles, people don’t own themselves). People there are led to believe that their leader is loved the world over and is the ‘greatest’ and ‘kindest’ person in the entire world and has rendered immortal services to era and humankind.. (yup he has, by reinstating our faith in democracy!) It is hard to register in our mind that all this is actually happening to a whole country! Mojo’s cousin is bad!
It is intresting to see that if a whole country can be conditioned to believe and behave in a certain way, the whole of humanity is also another version of (intentional or unintentional) conditioning? We have slowly evolved from the indivisual power (imperialism, rulers etc) to power of the people (democracy). Power of a system will always outweigh the power of an indivisual. Dictators, communists and control freaks cannot keep their control for long because people will always gravitate towards a better alternative, it is our nature to do so.
In real life the hero or (wht we percieve as) ‘good’ eventually wins, not because of the script, but because people move towards what benifits them. I believe that freedom of North Korea is inevitable. Freedom in the sense of freedom from basic insecurities, because after all we too are slaves to the systems that we create…