The $64,000 Question: WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

I am not very new to WordPress but have not explored it much. And this question was bugging me since quite a while now. Here is the answer!

Best words from the author:
“Having a blog or website here on WordPress.com is a bit like renting an apartment in a complex. You don’t have to worry about the pipes freezing in winter, you don’t have to mow the backyard, and you don’t have to fix the dishwasher if it breaks — all of that is your landlord’s job.

But on the other hand, you can’t install skylights, knock down a wall to combine two rooms, or rent out your spare bedroom without the landlord’s permission.”

The Daily Post

WP ButtonsIf you’ve been using WordPress.com for very long, you’ve likely run into some variation of the grand “com v. org” debate. And it’s possible that any explanation you received raised more questions than it answered. So, what’s the deal with the two WordPresses? What are the advantages of one over the other?

To explain this clearly, it helps if we go into a bit of history, so gather round children, and I shall tell you the tale of WordPress.

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Pakistan fighting Taliban is like taking antibiotics when the infection is peaked!

In an interesting development, Pakistani Air-force is executing it’s operation Prophet’s Sword in which it is bombing the Talibani hideouts. Something which India was demanding since long!

But when the Talibani militancy has gone completely out of hand and they have attacked Karachi last week, Pakistan seems to have woken up to the fact that if this Cancer – which it was feeding mostly because of Kashmir – is not controlled now, then they will have to worry about Islamabad rather than Kashmir.

Pakistan jets strike insurgents in full-scale offensive | Reuters.

 

Pakistan jets strike insurgents in full-scale offensive

There are no “experts” in business.

This comes from an accidental consultant at McKinsey & Co. who worked in that “firm” for some time and shared few lessons in the blog (link below). In his own words,

It was my first grown up job, and this was the biggest surprise. Before I joined I had assumed that people in the upper echelons of the business world really knew what they were doing – that they were imbued with great wisdom, and knowledge, and insights, and secret data that the rest of the world didn’t know about. Turns out they are pretty much guessing, much like the rest of us. That’s why they hired a bunch of smart young people to tell them what was going on in their own companies. And we were able to tell them.

via Ten Management Secrets You Learn At McKinsey & Co. – Forbes.

 

I have similar experiences in the MNCs I worked for that includes another consulting firm Accenture. When we look from a distance, we think that things are probably perfect and that’s how a big entity as such is running successfully since long. This feeling is also true with almost anything, be it the bureaucracy of a superpower, top ranking sport’s team, or even the leading space agency. But the truth is that, in most of the cases, it is not rocket science; even when it’s dealing with rockets! And you can only understand the truth when you are inside the system, which is not an easy task, always!

 

 

 

How Modi’s SAARC move is both Calculative and Foresighted ?

Modi is going to be sworn in the Prime Minister of the Nation on Monday 26th May 2014 at 6 PM. In the ceremony that is going to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, invitations are being sent to the guests suggested by the Modi’s office through the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Even if we do not ponder on the depth and the dimensions of the move, it looks like a step in the right direction. India is too big a nation to ignore it’s neighbours and not play a leaders role in the region; something that it was doing since decade and which has therefore tarnished it’s image and supremacy in the world and especially South Asia.
So, firstly, this move is commendable as a step towards restoring that image and also for taking SAARC to a meaningful position.
Puting Sharif in a fix.
Secondly, extending an invite to Sharif as well, as a member of SAARC nation has many dimensions to it. One is not giving Pakistan any undue importance at the very beginning of the Modi era. Which otherwise would have been the case if only Nawaz Sharif was invited.
Another dimension is putting Sharif in a fix by extending him a invite knowing that it would be difficult for him to personally accept the invite as PM Manmohan Singh refused similar invitation extended by Pakistan at the time of Sharif’s swearing-in ceremony. 

The Foresightedness 
Even before the results of the 16th Lok Sabha Elections were out, there was a huge uneasiness in Pakistan over the possible crowning of Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India.
BJP is perceived as pro-nation party with an image of having an ideology which is capable of taking strong steps when provoked. Be it the Kargil War or the Nuke test of Pokharan; BJP has certainly added feathers in the cap of the National strength.
This image get magnified many times when the name of Modi comes into picture. Another dimension of pro-hindu leader emerges which further increases the heartbeats of our neighbour.
In this backdrop, it is only suitable for Modi to project his willingness to work towards cooperation and peace with Pakistan though this step. In future, if there are any unfavourable circumstances because of seize-fire violations or terror attempts, Modi will be in a position to tell the world that he tried for peace but it did not work.
Whether Pakistani PM chooses to come himself or send his representative is secondary; the main thing is that Modi has made his first move which is no less than checkmate for many. Even Congress and Omer Abdullah are praising Modi for this move! Future is going to be interesting.

लोकतंत्र में परिवारवाद

आज वरुण गांधी ने अपना नामांकन सुल्तानपुर से किया।  नामांकन करने के तुरंत बाद उन्होंने अपनी बहन प्रियंका के आरोपों का जवाब दिया। इन भाई-बहन के वाद-विवाद को सुन कर मन में यह प्रश्न उठा की परिवारवाद से राजनैतिक पार्टियो का फायदा हुआ है या नुकसान। सवाल जितना आसान है जवाब उतना ही मुश्किल।

बात भारत की हो रही है पर परिवारवाद भारत की उपज नहीं है। अमरीका का केनेडी परिवार, पडोसी पाकिस्तान का भुट्टो परिवार, उत्तर कोरिया का किम परिवार। अगर सूचि बनाने लगे तो अनगिनत परिवारवाद के उदाहरण मिल जाएंगे।

भारत में परिवारवाद की नीव रखने का श्रेय जाता है नेहरू-गांधी परिवार को। आज़ादी के बाद के लगभग ६० साल के राज में से ३५ साल सत्ता इसी परिवार के हाथ में रही है। अन्य राजनैतिक पार्टिया चाहे कांग्रेस के खिलाफ क्यों न हो पर एक चीज़ तो सभी ने कांग्रेस से सीख ली – परिवारवाद। अगर वामपंथी दलों को छोड़ दे तो शायद ऐसी कोई पार्टी न मिले जिसमे परिवारवाद की जड़े न फैली हो।

  • कांग्रेस – नेहरू-गांधी परिवार, हुड्डा परिवार
  • बी जे पी – राजनाथ परिवार, सिंधिया परिवार, जसवंत सिंह (पूर्व सदस्य)
  • स पा – मुलायम सिंह यादव परिवार (यू पी)
  • अकाली दल – बादल परिवार (पंजाब)
  • इ ने लो – चौटाला परिवार (हरियाणा)
  • लो ज पा – पासवान परिवार (बिहार)
  • जे के एन सी – अब्दुल्ला परिवार (कश्मीर)
  • एन सी पी –  पवार परिवार (महाराष्ट्र)
  • शिव सेना – ठाकरे परिवार (महाराष्ट्र)
  • बी ज द – पटनायक परिवार (ओडिसा)
  • रा ज द – लालू प्रसाद यादव परिवार (बिहार)
  • टी डी पी – एन टी आर परिवार (आंध्र प्रदेश)
  • वाय एस आर कांग्रेस – वाय एस आर परिवार (आंध्र प्रदेश)
  • डी एम के – करूणानिधि परिवार (तमिल नाडु)
  • आप – राजमोहन गांधी (सांकेतिक रूप से)

सवाल यह उठता है की क्या राजनैतिक पार्टी बिना परिवार के नहीं चल सकती? या परिवार बिना पार्टी के नहीं चल सकते?
कांग्रेस की बात की जाये तो लगता है की बिना गांधी परिवार के कांग्रेस बिखर जाएगी। ऐसा हुआ भी है जब इंदिरा राजनीती में सक्रिय नहीं हुई थी और जब राजीव के जाने के बाद सीताराम केसरी अध्यक्ष पद संभल रहे थे। ऐसे वक़्त में हर कोंग्रेसी अध्यक्ष या प्रधान मंत्री बन जाना चाहता है। पर जैसे ही कोई गांधी आ जाता है सारे कोंग्रेसी उसकी सत्ता को स्वीकार कर लेते है और आजीवन उनके निचे काम करने को तैयार हो जाते है।
बी जे पी में परिवारवाद को खूब भुनाया गया है। परन्तु कभी बिना परिवार के बिखरती हुई नहीं दिखाई दि। इसका कारण है की बी जे पी के पीछे एक बहुत बड़ा परिवार काम कर रहा है – संघ परिवर। बी जे पी के द्वारा जुटाई गयी शक्ति का असली भोगी यह संघ परिवार है। बी जे पी के अन्य परिवार तो क्षेत्रीय लाभ ही भोग पाते है।
अन्य पार्टिया जैसे स पा, लो ज पा, जे के एन सी, शिव सेना, बी ज द, रा ज द, टी डी पी, वाय एस आर कांग्रेस, डी एम के सिर्फ एक ही परिवार के आधीन रही है और रहेंगी । इन पार्टियो का परिवार से पहले अस्तित्व ना था और ना ही परिवार के बाद रहने की सम्भावना है।

सवाल यह भी उठता है की परिवारवाद में क्या बुराई है, बाप की दुकान अगर बेटा नहीं संभालेगा तो कौन संभालेगा?
इस सवाल का जवाब भी सवाल में ही है। समस्या यही है की कुछ परिवारवादी लोगो ने इस देश की राजनीती को दुकान समझ लिया है। जबकि राजनीती में योग्यता के आधार पर स्थान मिलना चाहिए न की जन्म के आधार पर। इसमें अपवाद के तौर पर अगर कोई योग्य संतान हो तभी उसे स्थान देना चहिये। भारत के मतदाताओं को यह समझ लेना चाहिए की राजनीती में योग्यता सर्वप्रथम आती है। अगर हम आज अयोग्य संतानो को चुन रहे है तो वो दिन दूर नहीं जब हमारी भी स्तिथि सीरिया जैसी होंगी। सीरिया में वंशवादी बशर अल-असद अपने पिता के बाद राष्ट्रपति बने। वहाँ राष्ट्रपति बनने की योग्यता को ४० वर्ष से बदल कर ३४ वर्ष सिर्फ इसलिए कर दिया गया ताकि उस समय ३४ वर्ष के बशर आसानी से राष्ट्रपति बन सके।

परिवारवाद के लिए लोकतंत्र में कोई जगह नहीं है। परन्तु विडंबना देखिये की जो पार्टिया लोकतंत्र को सुरक्षित रखने का दवा कर रही है वे सभी परिवारवाद में फांसी हुई है।

हिंदी में ये मेरा पहला लेख है इसलिए त्रुटियों के लिए माफ़ी चाहता हूँ।

The number game behind Representation of People Act

The world’s biggest voting event is here. More than 81 crore voters are expected to choose their representative using the power of voting given by The Representation of People Act – 1951.

When we open Facebook, Twitter or TV set it is very likely to hear intensive debates on GDP, inflation, women empowerment, corruption, secularism etc. But for actual* voters these debates doesn’t really matter. They still vote for food, cloth, shelter, water, roads, electricity etc.

Why this divide in voters?
To answer this I did some interesting calculations**, it goes like this:

Which effectively means that:

  1. Population of India is 2.51 times of what it was in first general election
  2. The number of constituencies in India is 0.11 times of what it was in first general election
  3. So while population of India increased from 35 crore to 123 crore (88 crore more) the constituencies has increased from 489 to 543 (54 more)
  4. In 1951 there was one elected representative for every 7 lakh people
  5. Whereas in 2014 there will be one elected representative for every 22 lakh people
  6. It means the elected representative (our hard working ministers) should work 3 times harder to serve their constituency in 2014 as compared to 1951
  7. And if the elected representative isn’t able to work 3 times harder (obviously!) then the remaining 15 lakh people in every constituency becomes ‘isolated’. They have no contact with their elected representative. They have no access to information, news and media. They are eventually deprived of basic livelihood needs.

This is what divides voter into ‘well informed and connected’ or an ‘isolated’

Although I am no expert in politics still I could see some simple measures that could be taken to close up this gap:

  • Reforming the Representation of People Act
  • Demarcation of boundaries of constituencies should be done every 5 years instead of 25 years
  • Reduce the size of constituencies. We can’t expect 1 M.P. to be reachable to 22 lakh people. It’s highly impractical.
  • There should be mandatory mohalla meetings, gram sabhas, or something to connect M.P.s with people. By saying so I DO NOT become an AAPTard.
  • An M.P. must stay in his constituency for half of the hours spent in parliament in a year
  • “Right to News” should be introduced to ensure that TV or news-paper or radio or some medium is available to each and every citizen of India no matter how detached his village may be. Access to news is very important. In absence of news a poor may not know when he is kicked out of BPL zone or how much daily wages is an unemployed eligible under NAREGA.

*Visit a general bogie in train or a government hospital to see them
**Assuming in 1951 people were 100% connected with their representatives