Friday, February 26, 2010

Recently published

Most awaited unique identification in the offing

Croak of annoyance gets high on citizen’s life while applying for a government job, passport, loans, asset registry, even a mere phone connection and almost everything private and government that demands lawfulness.
Nanadan Nilekani in a recent visit to state capital assured to provide identification number to 2.10 crore people of Chhattisgarh. Briefing about the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) he mentioned that the UIds would benefit people of all sectors to avail various mass-oriented schemes. “Yeah! this project will not only cost an arm and a leg rather an axe to grind but once it comes out well, the citizens are sure that would be a sigh of relief,” delighted a senior citizen in the capital.
What’s In The Bucket
Just like the globally unique finger and tongue print, the UId would add an invincible feature to citizens’ character. Soon after the gigantic task of enrolment is accomplished for initial users, demand for UIds would simultaneously hype among citizens for its uniqueness and requirement. Future scenario of 2011 depicts that UId would prove to be a life giver when it comes to making passport, driving license, opening a bank account or at the time of tax payment, pension collection, rashan, and government’s development services etc..
“Being ubiquitous and pervasive it will also help the authorities to check black money and result in higher tax collections”, highlighted Nilekani in a TV interview.
Reports also said that about 600 million of about 1.2 billion population will be covered under the project in the next five years, so it would take not days, months or a year but ‘Years’ to reach the tail of population. “Let’s be optimistic this time as the costly project of national importance is in the hands of a reliable gentleman and not a bureaucrat. Youth of our country couldn’t rely on the lethargic government servants anymore and we would be lucky if the project is implemented as planned, Mr. Nandan don’t disappoint us” said Shishir, an engineering student in a serious tone.
Sigh of Relief
Perhaps an initiative has been taken to fathom the chaos with announcement of Unique Identification (UId) project by Nandan Nilekani the co-chairman of Infosys now the Chairperson of Unique Identification Authority of India. Inclusive of all relevantly loaded documents required to prove one’s identity would be replaced just by a 16 digit number. What a relief isn’t?

“Aah! Afterall my wish is on the verge to be granted. Am sick of unsuccessfully attempting government service examination is a fateful story but xerox, post and freight charges of identity documents has left me broke. I cross my finger to get my UID the soonest,” Ravi, a struggler prayed hopefully. Seems the project has already taken its toll and citizens are anxiously looking forward to it. Soon Indians would be dealing with a 16 digit mother of all cards associated with identifying biometric data and photographs.
What A Unifying document!
Undeniably the project would majorly benefit the poor as government issued Ids are fragmented by purpose and region in India, which results in widespread bribery, denial of public services and loss of income. Once called as Multi Purpose National Identity by Bharatiya Janata Party, UId would smash the multiple fake ids, fight terrorism and illegal immigration.

What about Money
Everything worth, costs a Ferrari. UID has been sanctioned with Rs 120 crore in the interim budget that would eventually increase with the implementation of the process to Rs 10,000 crore till the accomplishment. Around 150 non-government professionals have joined the croon to get started with the humongous task.
No Bhaigiri
Sad news is for the ‘bhai’s’ and dominant people who couldn’t pay extra to choose the unique number they want, like they do for vehicles or phone numbers. The unique Id numbers would be generated by the system randomly and could not be changed by any means.
Ifs and Buts
Amidst loads of optimism, lie a few pessimists who deny believing blindly on the announced plan and raise points to prove as intellectuals.
1. "Enrolment and authentication" will be a mammoth task, as pointed out by Nilekani. What about population of 1.1 billion, a significant portion of India-2 in remote area.
2. Quite hard to trust due to past similar endeavors that have not been entirely successful.
3. Voter ID cards, PAN cards, SMART cards, how many more cards do we stuff in the wallet?

Citizens still have a reason to celebrate, don’t they? Let’s decide to have patience, settle at a mildly optimistic attitude and hope that for once, the execution of this project will be nearly (at least somewhat) as good as it sounds. As the load of country is upon a person who has ‘imagined India’ widely, most of the Indians have a cinch of belief on him.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Inseparable Us...

This poem was published on Feb 14 on Valentine's Day. There's a story behind it... ;)
I just loved it...

The moment I picked up my phone to message you,
It beeped, “I Miss You” you said to me…
My thoughts whispered, “Me Too”,
You answered, “Not More Than Me”,
I have realised lately, who you have become to me,
Suddenly the heart chirped in, now I am not me but ‘We’…
Gone are the days to secrete the emotions,
Time to give each other a realisation…
Never imagined ‘We’ could miss ‘Us’ so much,
Reminds urgently of the tender lovely touch…
When my heart skipped a beat in the morning,
Instantly I called you to know if you were leaving…
“Yes”, you said welling up my eyes with tear,
Plopping it out, my heart consoled, we are still near…
The day seemed like a mountain to climb,
Even work failed to make this feeling blind…
Though I know you would soon be back,
And life would run again on love-quarrel track…
Though the mind squeezed to think something new,
But eyes eyed on phone, it could be anytime ‘you’…
Thoughts dawdled from here to your moving train,
Where you peek out of window with me in your brain…
Couples moving on the road envied me to the lees,
Missing us together, our heart chirped again “say cheese”…
Never imagined to miss us so much,
The heart ciphered our feelings to give an inseparable notch…
Here we pray for thy eternal bliss, O’ heart,
As you are not his or mine, but ‘our’ part…

Saturday, February 20, 2010

For a while...

Alright, last few days have been killing hectic for me. New job (already six months though), newly launched paper, new office, new desk i.e Features and all that jazz of Features deskk has kept me away from my very own blog page. And ofcourse the post engagement adventurous courtship is underway, so…you see.
Due to the occasional guilt for not coming back to it, today I am here. Still in the office, but dieing to write here. Not that I don’t get time to write, it can't be, plus I have never seen myself into so much of writing before. Probably ‘NOW’ it has become real to me, something that I can now worship religiously. It doesn’t seem to be that hard to me anymore, earlier I used to write but never upto my expectation. “It’s not really easy to impress me,” I used to think after re-reading my stories.
I wonder, how on earth the renowned writers afford to write so much just in a day. They write for newspapers, blog, write columns, books and sometimes host shows on tv news. No, I don’t dream to be like them as I have something else in my mind but I need to gear up with the speed. Talking all about writing is because you would encounter with my stories, reports and features for the few next pages of my blog. Please bear them like always 
I will be posting them soon. Might be today night or in a few days.
And yeah sorry I couldn’t carry forward the previous post as it needs lots of chatting with friends and too much of research that asks me to be nostalgic. Well, really not possible at the moment. Sorry guys.
Till then Cheers!