A secret Business in India.
Crowd is to democracy what ink is to news papers. The news papers may not be main churning force in debates but but they have not seized to exist even if relegated to quite irrelevance. Something similar is about crowds. Democracies much less it’s elections can not be imagined without crowd gatherings and elections rallies and all the usual high decibel celebrations.
It is even more unimaginable in a democracy of 1.3 billions. Apart from elections, crowds are also required for protests, supports or dissent on the issues. It is the time tested old method which has worked for over century. Right?
So, from where does this crowd comes? Well in India, things have taken a turn for more than a decade. People who matter watch on television and decide and those who visit, they do not matter.
India, is always on election. First General (Federal) Elections. Than State Elections, Municipal Elections, Village Elections. It never ends. But what is seen in last few years that the crowd pulled in elections rallies had no proportion with Elections results. Those who lost elections, had equally packed grounds or perhaps only slightly less than the winner. So what makes this crowd?
Plagiarizing PhD from an old Book
Sterling Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi published a book in 1977 titled Jawaharlal Nehru and India’s Foreign Policy. It is authored by Yuri Nasenko. An ebook of the book is available at archive.org.
But then I came across a new website of Govt. of India as part of digital India program where all the research papers submitted to the Universities are uploaded. And here came a surprise. The most famous thesis in google search is plagiarized version from above book of Yuri Nasenko. This thesis is here.
The reference link is : http://hdl.handle.net/10603/107119
Thus Shri Nagendra Varthe under the guidance of Mallikarjuna K. Reddy at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantpur received doctorate in 2015 in the subject of History by extensively plagiarizing from above book. The Guide was busy with something other than history. Such a pathetic attitude.
All the best.
But what is the point of creating shodhganga when there is no place for feed back? The Governments in India work so slow that it always behind a decades of expectation. Hope some day it will introduce the feedback feature, to check plagiarizing.
Quest for knowledge.
Gathering knowledge is an intellectual quest but utilizing knowledge in one’s own life is entirely different thing. More often than not we come across the preachers, teachers, Gurus or such people who do not walk the talk. That is so common place. But to be so outrageous that to blurt out this hypocrisy, to a complete stranger is rather amazing.
There is a gentleman in the virtual world who claims (on you tube) that at the age of 41 he quit his day job and after distributing a part of his wealth, he decided to devote his life to Indology (Study of India and its history etc.) Spirituality and Hindu Dharma etc.
It appears that he is moderately successful with about 89 thousand followers on you tube where he mostly interviews specialists from various branches but relating to India. The subject could be Sanskrit or history of India but more frequently answering the Western Indologists twisting the history or Sanskrit translations. There are many (perhaps dozen) books also written by gentleman on variety of subjects debunking many western theories of India. Nice work. Continue reading
An ode to a modest hero:
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25 Decemeber 1924 to 16 August 2018)
Ata Bihari Vajpayee founded Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in 1980 and in 1984 BJP had just two members in Parliament. He was severely punished in 1980 and 1984 by public for joining/merging his older party Jan Sangh with Janta Party in 1977.
An orator at par, a poet, a statesman who was never afraid to pause in conversation and a person who loved good food will always be remembered for his affable nature.
Eventually in 1996 he became Prime Minister of India for 13 days. After fresh polls in 1998 he became Prime Minister for 11 months after which his Government fell for just one vote. In 1999 itself fresh polls were held and Atalji became Prime Minister for the third time till 2004. He was conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee in 2015