David Cameron's regret for Jallianwala Bagh massacre!

Rulers, Invaders and crooks can not change colour.

David Cameron the visiting British Prime Minister visited the site of Jalliawala Garden yesterday and voiced his regret for the massacre by describing the episode as “deeply shameful“.
Newspaper are running a debate if the Cameron should have offered an apology. Film actors are showing off their philosophical knowledge by saying that the past is gone and that generation is dead. Let’s bury the past. I would have agreed without hesitation but is past really dead? Have we actually buried it? Continue reading

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David Cameron’s regret for Jallianwala Bagh massacre!

Rulers, Invaders and crooks can not change colour.

David Cameron the visiting British Prime Minister visited the site of Jalliawala Garden yesterday and voiced his regret for the massacre by describing the episode as “deeply shameful“.
Newspaper are running a debate if the Cameron should have offered an apology. Film actors are showing off their philosophical knowledge by saying that the past is gone and that generation is dead. Let’s bury the past. I would have agreed without hesitation but is past really dead? Have we actually buried it? Continue reading

Aaron Swartz’s Prosecution in violation of International Law and Equity

Death of a crusader!

English: Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event.

English: Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aaron Swartz was a champion of the cause of free information. More so the freedom from intermediaries. First about his recent cause. JSTOR is a website which holds more than 1,400 journal titles in more than 50 disciplines from about 800 Universities, in a digital format. The authors of these articles get nothing from sharing their content but the JSTOR pays to the Publishers for participating the content in its database. BTW JSTOR also charges a fee for accessing its content.
Aaron was bulk downloading the contents via Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s  data network. JSTOR discovered and caught hold of Aaron. The matter was settled and Aaron returned the downloaded content to JSTOR. After the civil dispute between the affected parties was over, FBI arrested Aaron alleging wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer and claiming to be acting under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act {18 U.S.C. § 1030}. The question is:

Was prosecution of Aaron, even if legal, justified in overall circumstances? or was it a persecution to deter him from being a crusader of free information cause? Continue reading

Due process of law in 1354, 1772, 1791, 1955, 1973, 2008 and 2012!

None shall be condemned without Due Process of Law.

Due process is the right to be treated fairly by law. Right of Personal Liberty to a common man who is neither Nobel, Aristocrat, Royal or Rich was conferred very late in the west. Following is the earliest known concept to England:

“That no Man of what Estate or Condition that he be, shall be put out of Land or Tenement, nor taken, nor imprisoned, nor disinherited, nor put to Death, without being brought in Answer by due Process of the Law.
( See: Liberty of Subject (1354) CHAPTER 3 28 Edw 3. The STATUTE of The Twenty-eighth Year of King Edward III.)

Original text of 28 Edw. 3; borrowed from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

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Solution for terrorism

Blood on streets and dozing Regents
Terrorism has become a threat to the human civilization. Explosions and bombs are now synonyms of terrorism. Public places of hanging out are now terror hot spots. Nobody can vouch for safety, at any place.
Nobody can be trusted and no one is being trusted. Every mode of communication is under monitoring for key words if nor entirely under wire-tapping or live surveillance.
But this does not seem enough. As delay in catching Osama and inability of Indian Government to deal with Naxal problem shows, communication silence can out pace the counter-measures.
So what should be done?
May be it is time to look into the most important aspect i.e. Explosives. It appears that the explosives used by terrorists are manufactured for industrial or other purposes by commercial industries which are not owned by terrorists. Why not make it mandatory for each industry to manufacture traceable explosive.
For example the Liquefied Petroleum Gas supplied for domestic kitchen has no smell but before supply, a nasty smell is added to it, so that it’s leakage, is immediately detected. Some similar measure must be taken either make its possession easily detectable or if possible something which may lead to trace the trail back to manufacturer of explosives.

But wait a minute, am I a genius whom this brilliant idea struck? I do not think so. Idea is already there but vested interest in the Government do not want for it also make state sponsored terrorism. Remember that wiki leak about export of terrorism! No, check here.

So unless good guys stop acting like bad boys, the bad boys will not be caught.

Alas!

(c) Sandeep Bhalla