We are denizens of the 21st century. Deputy cheif minister Mr R R Patil seems to have lost touch with reality, when he says that dance bars are instrumental in "corrupting" the minds of the youth. He seems to conveniently ignore the fact that a young man does not need to walk into a dance bar to get his mind corrupted. All he needs to really do is switch on his TV set, or better still, log on to the internet. The business of titillation is widespread today. Why single out dance bars, which turn out to be an honest way of earning a living for many women from underprivileged parts of society? Mr Patil believes that dance bars are the stepping stone to prostitution. My mother says, that downing the shutters on dance bars would mean opening up a whole new market for prostitution. By allowing these bars to function, we are allowing families to be able to make ends meet. Who knows, someday children from these very families could emerge as educated, conscientious citizens. But is Mr Patil giving them a fair chance? He says that the closure of dance bars would not hurt other institutions that allow singing, dancing and other forms of entertainment. Is he expecting to unearth a Lata Mangeshkar or a Geeta Chandran from these dance bars? Mr Patil needs to be able to bring himself to terms with reality and look at the bigger picture. Often, in this era of coalition politics, one chooses to grab every minute of fame that is readiliy available. The people that are remembered though, are those that choose to stand by the right decisions at the right time. Others like Mr Patil, have to be remembered for their infamy.
|The other day, I had an exchange with one of my colleagues on the so called greatness of a certain "Bill Gates". I find it surprising to see such a huge number of people idolise Gates just because he has the heaviest pockets in the world. Are we so bereft of idols that we choose to idolise someone who has made all his money swindling, cheating and muscling his way in the industry. Whatever happened to the values of being a contributor to society? Whatever happened to being a good neighbour, to saying "Yes" to freedom? Is the concept of Gandhism totally obsolete in the country? Is ethical technology no more a concern? Its high time we looked at better idols. Linus Torvalds, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens....and the grand-daddy of idols Richard Stallman...|
|I think I as an individual would be doing these people great disservice if I were to allow their contributions to be overshadowed by BillyG. And so would every proponent of free software. Its time for the free software movement to ascend to the next level. Its high time we targetted the housewives, the moms, the grandparents, the aunts, the people that wouldnt classify as geeks even for toffee. Its time we created more awareness amongst those that we never counted as prospective parts of our community. Its time free software shed its urban, elite image and became a mass movement. Only then can we expect our generation and those that follow, to have better idols.|