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Friday, December 21, 2012

What Makes Indian Women So Vulnerable ?

Woman in agony
Rancorous uproar for justice after every brutal crime  including and especially crime against women may represent popular sentiment but somewhere down the line they also reveal a hypocritical outlook. The demand for more stringent laws and strict enforcement being raised by people from across the spectrum; from the Parliament to the small town tea-stalls, is in essence retributive reflecting a mindset not much different from the mindset of the offenders. The shock, outrage and anger are genuine but it is not very clear if it arises entirely out of the wrong done to a young student or the fact that these offenders have glimpse of the monsters lurking within us. After all   these people must have been very much part of our society less than a week back. They might have taken part in anti-corruption movement and even joined the chorus denouncing rising rate of crime against women! One cannot really say.

Posted By danish Ahmed 2:30 AM

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Book Review: The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

The WSJ has called him the John Grisham of Banking. Having completed reading Ravi Subramanian's latest thriller, The Bankster, I can understand why. The author's in-depth knowledge of not only banking practices but also contemporary corporate culture,especially the dark side of it- opportunism, exploitation, nepotism and even criminality, makes the narration captivating. However, it is not just banking, in the backdrop of Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) lies an intricate plot involving illegal money laundering,covert security services operatives, anti-nuclear activists and unscrupulous bankers and politicians. After the mysterious death of three of GB2 employees, ex-banker and journalist Karan Panjabi resolves to get to the bottom of it. A global conspiracy awaits.   

Posted By danish Ahmed 11:23 PM

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Naroda Patia Verdict Vindicates Judiciary And Indian Ethos

I wonder why the mainstream media and other political parties are underplaying the Naroda Patia massacre conviction of Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi, is it not a milestone in India's political history ? The relationship both the convicts share with other Sangh Parivar members and government and especially Babu Bajrangi's statements in the Tehelka sting operation clearly lead the bread crumbs back to the Chief Minister and several high ranking functionaries of the Sangh and the government. Further, given the role media played in this case (the footage were admitted as evidence and journalist who carried out the operation was made a witness), it bemuses me to find rest of the media cold shoulder the agency as well as the journalist, Ashish Khaitan

Posted By danish Ahmed 12:39 PM

Monday, August 20, 2012

In Search Of National Identity

The current events surrounding violence in Assam and its apparent repurcussion in other parts of India should rattle every  patriot. The exodus of people belonging to the North-Eastern states from cities Bangalore, Hyderabad is more than tragic as there is no substantial reason for it. When tens of thousands of Indian citizens flee from cities like Bangalore and other cities in what turns out to be largest single migration of people since the Partition,someone has to be held accountable. From where I stand , it seems nearly all parties are responsible, some more others less but everyone has contributed by the way of both commission and omission.

Posted By danish Ahmed 5:15 AM

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Justice In Gotham : The Dark Knight Allegory

Batman is all over the digital media as Christopher Nolan's third installment- The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released in a few days. I found it quite interesting that the viral campaign started in April 2012, included a warrant and a wanted poster of Batman. It was an interesting way of engaging the audience, since The Dark Knight ended in an anti-climax (debatable)- Batman running from law. These posters let the fan pick up the bread crumbs and be ready with refreshed memory when it is finally released. They also served another purpose- reminding us that  this series can also been seen as an allegory* of an egalitarian or liberal, democratic city-state in the process of defining the concept of justice and the role of ethics,morality and philosophy in it.

Posted By danish Ahmed 6:58 AM

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cyber Warfare 2.0 : Operation Myrtus

Never mind the jargon  (or hyperbole if you would prefer) in the title, cyber warfare has indeed been taken to the next level in last  two years. The latest cyber-attack on Iran through the malware "Flame" (dubbed Stuxnet 2.0) wasn't surprising enough, it was expected. In a post I had made on October 2010, regarding the advent of cyber-weapon in most probability, Stuxnet being a precursor to a range of cyber weapons. After all Stuxnet had proved that a  cleverly crafted code snippet  can do what perhaps air-strikes may not be able to. This malware was successful in taking over control the computers in one of Iran's nuclear research facility,destroying centrifuges and pushing Iran's nuclear programme some years back. Given the huge return on investment, , 0 casualty  and stealthiness it provided, cyber weapons if properly executed, it is only natural that other nation-states follow the same.

Posted By danish Ahmed 5:46 PM

Sunday, May 27, 2012

India To Probe Google: Did the Search Giant Fall Into A Cultural Trap?

Posted by: danish Ahmed 8:41 PM

 A web services company running 400 portals sues Google for anti-competitive practices,according to  thenextweb.com . What I find interesting is that the former says that Google indulged in discriminatory practices in Adwords. Now, I haven’t used Adwords myself but all these years I haven’t come across any other advertising mechanism capable of delivering as contextually relevant ads than those based on web analytics. And no one does that better than Google Recently, Forbes reported how Target Corporation figured out that a teen girl was pregnant before even her father did. NYTimes provides a more comprehensive view on how companies learn your secrets

Posted By danish Ahmed 8:41 PM

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

World Worships Mediocrity

 Leaning Tower of Pisa 
Famous for its structural
Recently I set my Facebook profile favorite quote to "World worships mediocrity", I am not sure who first said,who it can attributed to,if any one does please let me know. Now if the statement sounds snobbish,read again! The word is mediocrity not mediocre, its about attitude not people. And the quote is intended to be part of a self-prescribed therapy.  The malaise I diagnosed myself with is the inability to complete tasks, any task.

Its an attitudional problem  I have been grappling with all my adult life. It is not just procrastination and laziness but also the fact that I am not satisfied with the outcome. Am I a perfectionist ? This thought never occurred to me before,but more importantly I have never been referred to as such. But then I have never achieved any success,radical enough and/or little cranky to be considered that.

Posted By danish Ahmed 2:16 AM