Beluru Sudarshana

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Beluru Sudarshana is a IT journalist - activist and media consultant. He can be reached through beluru@beluru.com. His writings can be read through his blog: http://www.beluru.com

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Nowadays, social media is flooded with ideological discussions. Neo-literates, who do not even know computers, are commenting on national issues through their smartphones. There is an equal forum: rich and poor, academician and uneducated, male-female-transgender - anybody can comment on anybody. It is a paradox. And all this is happening on a network created by a visionary called Time Bernes Lee, who never sought copyright over his invention of www protocol. But the present discussions are happening over corporate behemoths such as Facebook and Twitter!

I dedicate this column to my bansuri guru, who was my friend, guide and philosopher for the last 14 years. Prakash Kumar Chakravarthy, one of the finest bansuri artists of our times, passed away last month (10 October, 2016).

India is globally recognised hotspot of languages. In this fast-changing world, it is essential to ensure the preservation and protection of Indian languages which represent our cultural heritage. Developing technology tools for Indian languages should be accorded equal importance as any other raging issue, be it climate change, deforestation, urbanisation and so on. This mammoth task can be accomplished only with the continuous participation of governments, citizen and civic organisations. 

On August 9, 2016, Irom Chanu Sharmila ended her 16-year-old - 5757 days to be precise - hunger strike. Her protest, which lasted for 16 long years, is a world record. It is not a small matter to do such campaigns.  She stood for her own idealism and fought against an Act which she terms as draconian. I will not dwell on the merits of her demands, but I respect her grit; her resolve to send a message to society. Now, I respect her decision to end the strike; her decision to marry her soulmate; her decision to contest elections.

I hereby declare that Prashant Kishor (let us call him shortly as PK), the so-called poll strategist, is dangerous to the idea of a democratic India. He is disrupting the Indian politics in a manner which threatens the very social development model he preaches. I am writing this piece after studying his moves.

Last week, I argued that Desktops are here to stay. This time, I will enlist few desktop applications which go beyond being just tools. These tools are free / open source and you need not worry about piracy issues!  1. Winamp and SA Stereo Tool  

Being a personal computer (PC) user for nearly two decades, I pity those who are chanting the death - mantra for PCs. While this topic has been discussed in various magazines and news portals at length, like many such prophesies, it may not turn out to be true. The reason is quite simple: Personal computers cannot be replaced completely by smartphones or tablets or any such gadget. It is true that PC sales are declining, and last year, the sales nosedived.

Time is a great leveler and 90 human years is enough to count the changes. Let me take two organisations which turned 90 in the calendar year 2015. One is the so called Hindu rightist Rashtriy Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS); the other one is the leftist Communist Party of India (CPI). While RSS was born on the Hindu auspicious day of Vijayadashami (27th September 1925), the CPI was launched on 25th December day. For CPI it must have been a coincidence that the day was Christmas, as CPI's philosophy does not count religious celebrations.

`Digital life' demands a digital mindset. That does not mean you have to shed all your traditional thoughts and tools. This reasoning has resulted in many `thoughtful' IT tools. I am one among those fortunate journalist, who entered the world of internet, even when my contemporaries were blinking as to what it was. I have seen journalists who confused Hard disk space with cupboard space ; they even tried inserting floppy disk in a CD drive! Those were the golden days of emerging IT era.

`Digital life' demands a digital mindset. That does not mean you have to shed all your traditional thoughts and tools. This reasoning has resulted in many `thoughtful' IT tools. I am one among those fortunate journalist, who entered the world of internet, even when my contemporaries were blinking as to what it was. I have seen journalists who confused Hard disk space with cupboard space ; they even tried inserting floppy disk in a CD drive! Those were the golden days of emerging IT era.

At least, the Chennai floods should alert us about the impending climate catastrophe. The untimely rains that lashed northern and middle parts of India during February - March 2015, the infrequent rains during the monsoon period were all indicative of the calamity. Chennai faced three successive cyclones and was battered with downpour that could only match with similar events a century earlier.

Thanks to Bfirst.in, I am back with my English writing! It is exciting (and quite challenging) to think in Kannada, express in English. Through this column, I would like to share the knowledge which I have gained over years through internet search and my own studies (books and societal activities). My column would discuss topics like developmental “politics”, “constructive cinema”, “sustainable future”, preserving our “art & culture”, remembering our “magnificent past”, learning “techknowledgeable tools” and so on.

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