Cogito, ergo Blogito

I think, therefore I blog

Month: December, 2011

Blog Shifted

I think I have already shifted all followers, etc. to my new blog, and I trust that this will not be spamming anyone via email by repeating to them what they already know, but in any case, here’s a clarification to people who find themselves on this blog.

My blog has shifted to http://aletterdoesnotblush.wordpress.com

All my subsequent posts will be on that address, so if you want to read what I write [frankly speaking, I don’t know why you would ever want something like that] I would request you to visit that website henceforth.
Thank you.

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A Letter Does Not Blush

Since it has become so cool to write meta posts on blogs, here’s one for this blog.

For a ridiculously long time, my Blog Title and the Blog URL were simple permutations of each other. Now, the URL and the Title are supposed to give an indication, however slight, of  why you started this blog, and, in case you can follow through with your original motives and ideas, also an indication of what the blog contains. So, it is expected that your URL and Title agree with each other.

But by doing what  had done, that is using a URL that is a permutation of the words of the Title, it is very likely that you shall end up contradicting yourself. In my case, my Title read “I Think, therefore I Blog” while my URL read “I Blog, therefore I Think” which basically ended up reversing causality.

In my defence, I had originally intended my Title to be an accurate representation of what this Blog is about, and used my URL as a sarcastic reference to what most people who start blogs think what they are about. But I realised later that the sarcasm should have been a single post rather than something as holy as the URL itself.

So I wanted to change it and started looking for something different. But I didn’t find any suitable phrase for a long time.

Until now.

I found this letter written by the great Roman who-hasn’t-heard-of-him Marcus Cicero to his friend and correspondent, Lucius Lucceius, who was also an orator and historian, which contained this beautifully succinct line: “Now that I am not in your presence I shall speak out more boldly: a letter does not blush.”

The letter itself was a grandiose, conceited and effusively self-praising attempt [skilfully disguised as a non-grandiose, non-conceited, effusive-in-its-praise-for Lucceius piece],  aimed at getting Lucceius to write a separate piece dedicated to Cicero in his work on History, so that Cicero would stand out from the rest and “be immortalized rather than lost in the crowd of other greats”.

However, the phrase, “A letter does not blush” perfectly sums up everything about this blog- there is no inhibition in writing, for your reader cannot see your face. This blog is supposed to be a record of things I feel, my opinions, ideas, etc. all unfettered by what others think of it.
And, of course, this is a place for me to indulge in my self-love [or self-loathing] and narcissism. After all, wasn’t this the original context of the phrase?   😉

So, I hereby announce a change in the URL of this blog to http://aletterdoesnotblush.wordpress.com

Thank you for reading and keep visiting. 🙂

[BTW, there is a different blog named “A Letter Does Not Blush” run by a group of people who,  presume, are Law students. Thankfully- (a) they’re on blogger (b) they have used as a URL “lettersdontblush”. Hopefully, there’ll be no confusion.]

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40th Post

This is my 40th post. It has nothing to say. I posted it because 40 is a nice number.

Thank you.

Two things. Or maybe three.

Mainly posting because I haven’t posted in a long time. This is just to articulate a few thoughts. One of the problems with the current version of Indian Parliamentary system is unfairness. The second is is inefficiency.

By unfairness I mean the unequal importance given to different regions. Say, the North East region. When you allot only two seats to Arunachal Pradesh, you are basically saying that state isn’t important.

This is dangerous, especially for insurgency-inflicted regions like Manipur. This particular state is among the most backward in India and the current situation will ensure that it remains so for years to come. The sad thing is, much of the insurgency stems from local disputes between tribes unlike the Maoist problem, this enjoys very little popular support. But while the people of Manipur live their lives on a day-to-day basis, never knowing when it will all be over, the Centre is too busy with other “important” issues like the UP elections.

This indicates only one thing- your life isn’t important if you do not belong to a state which has a high population. While it does make sense at one level, it’s success clearly depends on altruism. It’s like a resource allocation system- high priority processes need preferential treatment, but you also need to ensure that eventually all processes which make requests get their allocation in time. Which is the reason this has failed so miserably in India- high population states with lots of seats hog all the attention and smaller states get denied.

One way this can be countered is by scaling up the number of seats of every state to comparable levels, but this will lead to many other problems. Another way is to cut up states in such a way as to make most states equal in population, but this is infeasible as well. A third way is to for unions of states [say, clump together all the NE states in a bunch] for federal legislatures, the two Houses of Parliament and then scale them up. This will, of course, give them collective power, but the problem may persist at the inner level.

By inefficiency, among other things, I mean the way parochial interests come in the way of good decision-making. The recent circus over the FDI issue is an example of how regional parties can completely derail the process of legislation to serve their narrow regional interests. Regional narrow-mindedness shouldn’t come in the way of legislations affecting the whole of India.

It might have made more sense to allow only those political parties to contest national elections which have a sizeable pan-Indian presence. Of course, the Left parties would get left out of the process [which would be a pity, since their ideology is truly relevant to the entire country as a whole], but it will be beneficial in the larger picture.

The third thing, of course, is the constant idiocy of walk-outs and stalling of Parliament sessions, costing millions in taxpayer money.

This one, of course, has no solution.

Okay, to sign off, here’s a picture of Obama making the expression which went viral on the Internet and ultimately joined the hallowed company of the rage-face memes: