Monday, December 31, 2007

Me in 2007

I am on track! I am on track of the adventure, we call it Mathematics and Physics. 2007 effectively taught me that the satisfaction that one gets in doing Mathematics, is way ahead of any work human being can do. Of course people get satisfied by doing hard work in their corresponding field, but the longevity of any Mathematical duty is everlasting. If something is a prime number, it will be always a prime number!
My tour from a General Physics lover to Electronics engineering to Computer Science to an Embedded System Engineer was neither smooth, nor I got any any sincere help from academia or people surrounding me. None from any of my friends! Doing Maths, which earlier involved fundamentals of computing, often involved stuffs which have no direct use in Industry. For example, I succeeded in getting into Variational Calculus, Geometry of fourth Dimension, and Lambda Calculus, Relativity; and of course I am on the way to study Nicholas Bourbaki book. But can you write themin your resume? Can you tell your friends that I was occupied in understanding infinity and Set Theory? Though, if you are developing open source your friends will fabricate your intentions. 2007 made me very, very mechanical!
It was an year when none of my friends tried to understand me, and left me really dry! Oh yes, there was a view --- nothing will affect you (that is me)! Dear all, your friend can be right or wrong, and the way he was actively involved in enriching part of your lifetime, he may go for some other duties too! Forget him, but do not do politics with him.
I may be bad or may be a good person, I do not want to know ... however there are many people and areas for whom I can play important role! This is what I am going to be in 2008.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

India in 2007

When I read the situation of democratic values in countries like Russia, China, middle east, and many other countries of world, I think we worked very hard to inculcate the larger sense of democracy in the ethos of Indian diaspora. Yes we have Narendra Modi, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee; nevertheless our fundamentals of democracy are too strong to be easily shaken. Indian politics has not been extremely idiot on major issues involving prolong interest of country. I will not delve deep into analytics, and so I have just compiled some points which were critical to India in 2007:-
  • Sanjay Dutt's Imprisonment. The TADA court verdict stirred many a debate regarding the purposes of punishment. If a person has improved himself, or realised his fault, what should be the action of law? Or, what should be the motive or methodologies of any punishment. Are criminals or frequent law breakers can be cured? Can people like Sanjay Dutt should be "punished" to work as a normal member of some NGO and achieve such and such results? This should of course take benefits of his star image.

  • Nandigram. For a major population of India, agriculture is still the single most important economic source. Though India has seen rapid development in Manufacturing and Services sector in last few years, same cannot be said about agriculture areas. Agriculture is not a highly profitable field. It is hard for a farmer having few acres of land to earn money for his development proposes, though he can manage to feed his family properly. The economic fabric in villages of course creates a protective umbrella, but then mischievous Industry can easily blow it. Thus there should not be hyper active desire of State/Industry to eat up agricultural land. However this happens, and has happened in Nandigram. The most cruel part was the insensibility of government towards the concern of poor villagers. India have not learnt respecting farmers, and if they will perish India will become hollow inside.

  • Shilpa Shetty & her tears in Big Brother. I am not a sexist. I am surely not a feminist, neither I have any logical intent to be anti-feminist. So when I am writing about Shilpa Shetty, women please do not get perturbed. Shilpa proved herself through media that she is cultural brand ambassador of India! That she represents modern India. And yes, she weeps too. She can make very very tasty chicken curry. She dances. She can tolerate infinite tortures, as many Indian women do. Her steps made such views floating in different corners of media in January this year. I have no point to disagree. However like her, Rakhi Sawant cries too. So does actors of many of those horrible K* Television serials. So does many women in India, who manages to get (technical) jobs, and have pathetic attention over their work. I have never seen any women fighting hard to be technically sound, though yes academically they are strong. Shilpa Shetty made me think on other question also --- why Indians are still so fond of British or American pats? After all, we all have conception of perfection. She also made me think that we lack intellectual inclination. Though she still needs Indian people to make her films hit, she feels honoured by British. Indian, and particularly women should be more courageous towards real intellectual issues, ;-).

  • Super Computer by India. India was in the race, and now world's fourth fastest super computer is from us. This will definitely broaden the range of computing currently available to India. Such type of developments are initially a research issue, and after some success, they gain large commercial/engineering interest. Dr Narendra Karmarkar (of Karmakar Algorithm fame)was involved in this project. I think people like him who are in the computing field should reach masses.Computing is a fundamental field, sharing questions common with Mathematics and Physics(Quantum Theory). Actually computing can be thought as a wing of Mathematics. Dr. Karmakar's involvement with masses (and also direct involvement of people like Dr. Ashoke Sen, Raj Reddy) will be a major boost for technical level of Indian students. Of course we have Abdul Kalam, or YashPal, but we need some one who teaches real technology to masses, some one like RP Feynman. Though we have some dozen of scientists who are doing great job, technical unfitness of majority of engineering or other technical field students is surely some thing that worries us.

  • Sports Country. Sports does not get prime attention from most of us, though movies like Chak De! are certainly a bang on such an erratic attitude. A lot of introspection is necessary to ascertain the elements which sets the standards of life, including a higher level of happiness. Sports plays bigger role in making a healthy, happy society. Chak De taught many such things. It's title song has become the unofficial sports song. Unluckily we do not have enough sports ground, and there are very few facilities commonly avaiable. The recent controversay over ICL/IPL and Hockey federations, do not have serious sports interest. However we all should play!

  • Hyderabad Bombs. India suffers terrorism more than any country of world. This time the center of attack in India was Hyderabad.
  • FloodGate. Bihar saw worst flood this year. Similarly water lodging problem in Delhi/Mumbai is a deep problem. Actually whole India has severe issues involving water. Be it Narmada or Kaveri. Our infrastructure is not up to date, and environmental problems are towering. Proper usage of water, and electricity should be strictly followed. Though media puts some emphasis on environmental matters (basically through celebs), coverage of floods/water lodging in different areas of India was extremely erroneous. I think water issues are more important than Kashmir issue.
    • Connection of Indian rivers is a major engineering endeavor. Though it can help us fight floods, the environmental aftereffect should be studied/researched deeply. This is surely the biggest engineering task that India should consider properly.
    • Nepal and Bangladesh should be properly involved in water management issues. Since they are either sink/source places of our rivers, there is a ncessity of political will in solving this problem.
    • Drainage system should be state of art. One can look into water purification, dirt filtration issues in the flow system, as well as in the back end there should be electronic surveillance system (along with the pipeline).A hi-tech central monitoring system of drainage is worth of attention.
    • Kaveri issue is a cake for politicians of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Is it possible to treat water supply and usage something similar on the lines of electricity supply and usage?
    • And a revolution involving plantation lot many herbs/shrubs/trees along the shores of river!
2007 was an year of silent progress for India. We did lot of introspection, and it is right time that we should make our basics strong!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The condition of Science

Though Mathematics and Physics are the most enrich and deeply developed fields, they are not getting prime attention from academia for many years. I thought that the situation is prevailing only in India, but it seems it has become a global epidemic. A Babe in the Universe is a blog by beautiful researcher L. Riofrio, working in the field of Cosmology. I initially thought that like many women she will be jelling with "life-is-a-saga-of-poetic-events" kind of attitude, but luckily that is not the case. Her blog is sincere approach towards disseminating knowledge of Cosmology in particular, and Physics in general. In one of her articles, Big Trouble in Little Particles, she has precisely pointed out the sorry state of affair between State and Physics:-
The world of particle physics is getting small indeed. The UK budget is caught between Northern Rock and Southern Iraq. On December 11 the UK announced withdrawal from the International Linear Collider. One week later December 18 the US budget was finally released. It ends funding for ILC and US participation in the ITER fusion project. Fermilab is hit particularly hard, having already spent much of its budget for the year. Possibilities include laying off staff and shutting down the lab for a time. There could be very little raison d'etre for Fermilab after the Tevatron shuts down in 2009.
Once I was explaining Binomial Theorem (in a way to prove some theorem), to a 100+ M.Tech class, it became as if I am ploughing mountain. The approach towards subject matter has become too methodical, and the guys coming out of undergraduate/graduate classes can have funny knowledge. I do not think that our courses in schools or colleges are too bad, rather somehow we are lacking the culture to respect education. Riofrio, UK has Fermilab (even if it is getting less budget), India does not have any such name. Though, yes, we are playing one IT-IT game. I do write programs, but I do not know what is the core competence level (in intellectual terms) people of this game has.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Social Analytics and Narendra Modi's Victory

This is a different time. This is a different generation. Youth of present India, who comprise major population of it, are not able to differentiate between Goodness or Badness. The definitions are blurred, often twisted, and sometimes in moral contradiction. Clever politicians should understand this notion. So when the Hinduism card is not working in India (people do get bored of monotonous slogan) , when people are recognizing the rhythm of "India Shining" ( Vajpayee government had fallen not because of this slogan, rather the confusion, the mutual contradiction of thought prevailing in the middle class of India at that time to accept the changes ) and when India suffers the most of Islamic terror; a radically polarized view point of "Moditva" arose. This surely is not a moralistic pathway; it has nothing to do with projecting ideologies of a religion (like Pope does often) though it uses religion to secure its position, and the followers will have to be hard on development for if they loose steam their fate will be similar to Shiv Sena in Maharastra. Nevertheless it is not vandalism every time, it does not make situation as dim as SP/BSP/BJP made in UP, RJD made in Bihar; it is not as anarchist as Communists (actually they are ~communists) . It has religious flavor, though it is not casteist; and cast has created severe problems, to India. However "Moditva" shares its elements with Nazism or Fascism.
Unluckily, Indian media has degraded in terms of quality over the time. It seems the degradation is proportional to the corresponding process in Indian politics. Media should be critical to the threads of thought emerging in social dynamics; it should not make decisions rather it should stir analytical discussion, it should present all available points to public. I could not find any positive reasoning in the way media clashed with Narendra Modi over Gujarat election. Vinod Dua, who is a complete mediocre and has many a purposes other than journalism, started his own roadshow on NDTV. Similarly a big fraction of media was fighting with Modi, as a political party. However the blog world was much balanced, thanks to "free writing", thanks to people who use their absolute mind while writing.
The present India does not believe in many a thing, its ideologies and mindset are different. The average Indian wants money, he wants having all kind of materialistic happiness, and he wants to win. In the era when personal happiness is most important, people vote for those who can deliver.

Monday, December 10, 2007

No More Ads

I know those who know me, would not have liked the idea of putting ADs on this blog. Chillax, I have cleaned them, :-). Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disco song for all of you:-

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Elements of Indian Socialism --- Preface

The Indian society has a history of its own kind of Socialistic flavor, mostly based on social interactions, though in last hundred or some more years, sets of different kind of socialism were identified. It was the intent of larger Indian community to seek glimpses of Socialism in Hinduism, Nehruism, Marxism, Gandhism and many of the ideologies enunciated by people like JaiPrakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Vinoba Bhave. However such type of intent often got blurred, one reason was the nascent stage of democracy in India. Since the values of a society changes with time, so the level of maturity that the society has achieved so far, will still have to be dynamic. Indian society was not excellent in Science, Arts, Music and in many other skill sets, when you will compare it with some of the prominent society of other part of world, however it certainly got benefited from a bunch of leaders, who were often very educated, and helped India adapt to new ideas (which were often inspired from other part of world). This gave us an almost integrated country, though lack of intelligence led to evolution of mediocracy in society. In following articles I will basically compile the elements of Indian Socialism, and since I do not have any formal planning, I will present the relevant materials, analysis and conclusions in "chat" paradigm. The era I will stress on will be mostly 1900 onwards, though the effects will be watched for 20XX's only and also origin of thoughts will be looked into the depth of Indian history.
Let us begin the story with an article from Yogendra Yadav, in the Indian Express :-


Posted online: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 0000 hrs IST

Nandigram did not surprise me. I was anguished and angry but not surprised. I had heard the story of Alipurduar from Jugal Kishore Raybir.

This dalit activist, a believer in Gandhian non-violence, was the founder of UTJAS, (Uttar Bango Tapsili Jati O Adibasi Sangathan) an organisation of dalits and adivasis of north Bengal. Through the 1980s it demanded greater regional autonomy and justice for sons of the soil. Not only did the government turn a deaf ear, the ruling party launched an offensive against them, branding them ‘separatist’ or ‘bichhinatabadi’.

The story of Alipurduar goes back to January 10 1987, twenty years before Nandigram. On that day, UTJAS had organised a rally of what they estimated to be about 50,000 people in Alipurduar, the headquarters of Cooch Behar district. As the rally started, they noticed something unusual: The police was nowhere in sight. Soon the rallyists found themselves surrounded by and under attack from the armed cadre of the CPM. The rally was dispersed as unarmed protesters were beaten and chased. The police surfaced, only to arrest the victims, once the party cadre had finished their job.

They say Jugal Raybir’s commitment to non-violence prevented a blood bath that day. But that day also marked the end of the rise of UTJAS as a political challenge to the Party. For the next few months, the UTJAS cadre was hounded by the police, attacked by the CPM and not allowed to hold even indoor meetings. This dalit movement wilted under the onslaught of the state, police and Party. That prepared the ground for the rise of militant outfits like the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation. But that is a different story.

Note the parallels between Nandigram and Alipurduar: The Party faces a political challenge, decides to nip it in the bud and executes an onslaught in sync with the police and administration. The only difference this time was that there was unexpected resistance. And that an anti-SEZ movement makes more news today than a dalit movement did twenty years ago. There were no Gopal Gandhi or Tanika and Sumit Sarkar then to point out that the emperor had no clothes.

Nandigram may not have been the worst case of police firing. We have seen similar incidents in Orissa, Rajasthan and UP in recent times. West Bengal is certainly not the only state where the ruling party uses the state machinery to crush its political rivals. Om Prakash Chautala could still teach the CPM a lesson or two in this game. But there is one thing Chautala never did. He never talked of human rights and lofty democratic ideals. A Chautala could not have issued the injured yet clinical statement that the CPM’s Politburo did after the Nandigram killings. The cold-bloodedness of the statement reminds you of the BJP top brass’s reaction after Gujarat.

This gap between the CPM’s preaching and practice did not surprise me. I have been looking at Christophe Jaffrelot’s research on the social profile of MLAs in India. His analysis shows that the proportion of upper caste MLAs is on the decline all over the country since the 1960s. There is only one exception: In West Bengal the proportion of upper castes has increased in the state assembly after 1977, after the Left Front came to power. A coincidence? Not if you calculate the caste composition of successive Left Front ministries: About two thirds of the ministers come from the top three jatis (Brahman, Boddis, Kayasthas). Perhaps you did not notice that West Bengal was the last major state to come out with an OBC list to implement Mandal. You might say, the CPM believes in class, not caste. Fair enough, but then why is the CPM in Delhi so aggressive about championing Mandal? Why does it present itself as more Mandalite than thou?

Or read the data supplied by the West Bengal government to the Sachar Committee. With 25.2 per cent of Muslim population, the state government has provided just 2.1 per cent of the government jobs to Muslims. West Bengal has the worst record of all Indian states in this respect. Gujarat has just 9.1 per cent Muslims and has 5.4 per cent Muslims among government employees. The irony, of course, is that the CPM was the first party to come out with a statement demanding implementation of the Sachar Report!

Will the CPM stop playing games? A few months ago the Party held an unprecedented State Secretariat meeting to discuss the Cricket Association of Bengal elections. The CM was openly backing Kolkata’s police chief only to be opposed by his own sports minister and Jyoti Basu. The Party finally declared that the CPM will not play politics with games, at least not with cricket. But what about playing games with politics? Will the CPM stop that as well?

Perhaps we should ask: Can the CPM stop playing games? Or are these games essential for survival for a party that has lost touch with the times, has lost faith in its own ideology and has come to fear its own cadre and election machine. Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj ke Khiladi was a brilliant depiction of the games nobility played at the time of its historic decline. Alimuddin Street may not have time for such bourgeois indulgence, but the point of this film would not be lost on an avid cinema buff like Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Sometimes it is not the player who plays the game; it is the game that consumes the player.

The writer is a political scientist at the CSDS, New Delhi

You would have sensed a fundamental asynchronism in the behavior of Indian politics. This is an example where people have an obfuscated conception of the locus of Marxism in India. This out-of-phase Indian politics is hard to dissect, but this is one of the problem statement of identifying the Elements of Indian socialism.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Nalini Singh ...

We have heard about Arundhati Roy and VS Naipaul, but masses read Sidney Sheldon or Robert Ludlum. No doubt these people will like Nalini Singh's novels. This Nalini Singh is not the famous Journalist, sister of Arun Shourie, often coming on Doordarshan; rather she is a famous author, author of some "bestselling" books. Check her blog ...
Do women write on politics or International relations ? I do not have any idea ...

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Morni Baaga Maa ...

Where is Yash Chopra of Lamhe, Chandani or Silsila ...

"I literally die of shame,
when people listen to my love story."

Books I could not get

Yesterday I went to IISc (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) to buy some Mathematics book with rigorous treatment of subject matter. The Tata Book House residing inside the campus is famous for range of books in the areas of Science/Technology. Further since IISc is top quality research center of India, it is expected that book store (ofcourse libraries will have all range of books) can be interesting buyer stop. But this time I was very much disappointed as I could not find high end Mathematics book which should be common for such an Institute.
  • No book on algebraic set theory.
  • None of Nicolas Bourbaki's books.
  • No book on Riemannian Geometry/Surface
  • Single book on Calculus of Variation
  • Very few and elementary books on Complex Analysis.
I have no idea why there are so many books on computer programming. Interestingly the book store did not have any book on latest advancements in Computer Science.

Oh! I forgot, power point slides are the way classes are taken these days (my MTech Institute (IIITb) used it like a very serious medium of disseminating knowledge). Great going!