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Archive for October, 2007

corruption in the administration – solution or problem?

Posted by Irus on October 30, 2007

we all agree corruption has taken root in every nook and crany of the Government of India. Here we discuss some off beat solutions to tackle this problem or rather solution to many issues.

once upon a time (Cornwallis 1805) the spoils system (earning from public directly) was legit. today it is not but its still continuing on ground. why feel bad being corrupt for a hypocritical piece of legislation which did not provide for a practical alternative to the spoils system?

that takes us to the next question. do the men make the system or system makes the men?

should we warp the system around corruption today and rename it as fees and bring the corrupt in the definition of honest?

should we accept it legally(finally a practical legislation) and fix a percentage to it and fix new transparency and accountability rules, create appropriate new checks and balances? e.g. lokpal.

should we create lists of items on which bureacracy may charge fees and probably fix grades of fees depending on the customer/clients ability to pay?


should we continue trying to change attitudes etc. which has been a total failure so far and is expected to stay so?

If we select the former we won’t need to have pay commissions anymore as everything will be fixed in percentages. Also waning glow of civil services will hopefully return once again, uplift the morale of the services and finally financial burden of maintaining the government juggernaut will be over.

It only requires a small change in the angle of looking at things. Corruption should be tackled organically (Legalise and assimilate it to regulate it) rather than inorganically tackle it (Punitive actions, checks and balances) because corruption is essentially not preventable. So far all solutions have looked at corruption from the “inorganic-problem-illegal-prevent” angle, is it time to look at it from “organic-solution-legal-regulate” angle? I think so. What do you think?


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Invitation by Sri Aurobindo

Posted by Irus on October 15, 2007

An intense and uplifting collection of musings from a person who was a revolutionary fighting for the freedom of India, and then an Enlightened Being. He calls his days in prison as a year’s living in an ashram or a hermitage. He describes attaining an inner freedom that does not depend on others, of embracing solitude and of ‘tasting’ peace. The underlying wry humor through the book makes us closer to the spiritual message on every page.

The following is a poem by Sri Aurobindo that he composed in Alipore Jail, 1908-09 :


With the wind and the weather beating around me
Up to the hill and moorland I go
Who will come with me? Who will climb with me?
Wade through the brook and tramp through the snow?

Not in the petty circle of cities
Cramped by your doors and your walls I dwell;
Over me God is blue in the welkin,
Against me the wind and the storm rebel.

I sport with solitude here in my regions,
Of misadventures have made me a friend.
Who would live largely? Who would live freely?
Here to the wind-swept uplands ascend.

I am the Lord of tempest and mountain,
I am the Spirit of freedom and pride.
Stark must he be and a kinsman to danger
Who shares my kingdom and walks by my side.

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Pioneering Work by Delhi Police

Posted by Irus on October 5, 2007



Adoption of senior citizens by school children.

To take care of senior citizen.

As and when required.


Ghoduli – This is the entry i came across on the website of Delhi Police. I’m amazed that such an innovative idea could come from Delhi Police bureaucrats!

Building on this is another scheme where profiles of senior citizens staying in old age homes are prepared and filed for perusal by young adopters of elderly. Yes you read it right grand children are now adopting grand parents – and loving it!

The program since it’s inception sometime back has been a great success with 200 senior citizens being adopted in various families in the City.

The youngsters get the love, affection and experience of wizened grandparents and the latter get a place to call their home and and a family.

Is the society which hitherto wanted nuclear families at any cost and dumped anyone within a shadow of the word old, really becoming sensitive?

Is this truly the Ageless Generation ?

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Expected speed on your ADSL2+ connection

Posted by Irus on October 5, 2007

internode-adsl2-distance Use the given chart to find what kind of speed your ADSL/ADSL2+ ISP will be able to provide for a given plan on offer.

Line Attenuation can be located in MTNL router settings by going to Advanced –> ADSL

Line Attenuation and distance from the exchange are directly related. The further you are from the exchange the higher will Line Att. be.

However, the speed is inversely related to both the above variables.

Example, My line attenuation is 27.0 dbM downstream, implying i live around 2 kms from the exchange. Tracing this on the Y graph you can see my ADSL2+ connection will support services upto 17-18 Mbps. i.e. IPTV (3Mbps) and Broadband (2Mbps) will run smooth simultaneously.

Example 2, suppose the line attenuation was more than 45.0 then it would be borderline case of being able to run the 2 services of iptv and broadband simultaneously.

Accordingly, see for yourself what kind of service quality and line speed you can get before paying for a more expensive ADSL plan from your ISP.

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