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Being social is not for media in Rajasthan

Newspapers and television inform us every day of what is happening around us, but are they well-informed?

With this line I might be treading a terrain full of landmines, for doing away with the unwritten rule “dog doesn’t bite dog.” Been in Jaipur for the past 36 hours, what is interesting to observe is that nothing much has changed and that most media outlets are doing a great job but well within their comfort zones.

The expulsion of Mahipal Maderna from state cabinet and the assumed or if I may say guessed implications are written endlessly, the possible cabinet restructuring is there, future of the government and image bashing and all are there, galore, but is there anything new?

Are those responsible of enlightening us themselves informed? Informed beyond the mundane ‘beats and departments’ they handle? The answer I would say is ‘no’ and if that is not the case then they aren’t informing us.

Let me come to the point. Last evening while on Twitter, I searched about Rajasthan and was amazed to see Bunker Roy talk at the TED.com being mentioned by people from Toronto, Bucharest and where not, but no mention in any of the media outlets. Why?

Is this not news that someone from the state is given a platform that the world looks up to? Most in state are ignorant. Is it not news worthy for the simple reason that those responsible for dishing out news are least aware of what is happening in the world and aren’t in sync with technologies, or simply that Bunker’s team did not send out the customary press note or gave a few courtesy calls?

I am sure those who are aware and want news would have browsed social media and enjoyed the talk that charmed over 46,300 viewers on http://www.TED.com, but this shows the apathy towards news and the lack of zeal to give people more.

Two things emerge out of this; first there is no chance that social media or global news stand in the not so tech savvy state or second, if harnessed the medium has the potential to inform people about many unknown stories and developments that they would be interested to know.

Planning a full-time online venture in this not so wired state, I am a believer in latter.

While Bunker a not so political person might have been given a miss by the media, its difficult to understand that when the chief minister of the state is on twitter and is getting responses from people across the border staying far away in Cambridge, even that is not reported.

Though @ashokgehlot51 has only tweeted on two days, that too obituaries, Pakistani human right activist @beenasawara sent a tweet thanking Gehlot for his appeal in getting Dr. Khaleel Chisty released.

While the CM messed on an opportunity to convert this potential tweet into a fan base, the media missed to inform people, who I feel have a right to know.

I feel that though both these aren’t Page one stories or require a big splash, but certainly a mention. May be this is where the niche of online journalism can chip in to fill the void.

Maybe for some it is wishful thinking, but for me this is certainly a great source of information, which anyways is consumed. So why not use it for better.



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May be this is why so many iSad for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs in dead.

The news is a day old but Jobs is treading worldwide on twitter and I am sure on other social media.

The post comes as an afterthought of an article I read on firstpost. Steve Jobs and social media mourning: Why are we all so iSad?

A valid question, with no clear answer I presume.

From various quarters and on different mediums people are remembering Jobs and expressing. This is why the social grief.

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators says US president Barack Obama which everyone including firstpost publishes on front page whereas a non tech savvy Rajasthan chief minister @AshokGehlot51 also tweets Millions like me, will remember forever #SteveJobs as a legendary innovator who touched our lives. Long Live the ‘ i ‘ man.

While a David Dunkley Gyimah, an Apple Pro and senior lecturer at University of Westminster writes In Memory of Steve Jobs and Apple.

The three though not even representing the fraction of Jobs fans, followers and supporters of the iconic inventor get a medium via social medium to express their feelings for the man.

Even someone like me who has never used an apple product ever tweeted with #iSad for the news of Jobs demise did make me feel sad and #iSad merely for that you become a part of the community that mourns the man online.

The #iSad may well be a fad or following the herd but it also brings some amazing facts which aren’t published.

May be this is why a #iSad phenomenon.

Whatever be the reason, fact remains Jobs will always remain in the hearts of millions and Apple will be his legacy which would be difficult to replicate.

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Simply Jodhpur @553

Happy Birthday Jodhpur.

Today, the Sun City of East turns 553 quietly taking a small and quiet step into the future basking on some recently added laurels.

Ironically the day matters to no one, I am putting the blog after being pushed into it and reading the almost predictable reports and glorified messages in a newspaper.

The chief minister and local Ashok Gehlot screams from the page one of Rajasthan Patrika stressing ‘prosperous culture is our identity’, giving him company is the erstwhile ruler Gaj Singh II who urges people to ‘safeguard the city’s heritage’.

The paper reports; 2023 master plan is planned, 18 new roads costing Rs. 150 crores envisaged and miraculously parking lots proposed for the city’s ever crowded marketplaces.

Perfect, predictable and politically correct messages coupled with dreams unlimited.

Joining the brigade of my fellow locals with almost all free time and being part of the majority I jot what I have seen in my hometown doing more or less nothing.

The second largest city in the state of Rajasthan today is a developing educational hub. To add to its list of six private engineering colleges and a regional engineering college it now has an IIT to its name.

The famed National Law University is here in the city, AIIMS medical college is soon to be functional, and its one of the leading Chartered Accountants producing centres in India.

Handicrafts and tourism have made the city a global tourism destination. Politically speaking it’s the home town of the state chief minister and has given the state three CM’s.

Its habitat diameter is growing and the once attractive walled city shrinks every passing day.

Inside the walled city new floors are being added to the old houses, automobiles are on the verge of outnumbering humans, the once playground for children are now the new unauthorised parking lots.

On the outer locations the mall culture is trying its best to survive, fast food joints and chains are dishing out localised adaptations of global fastfoods to out do the local mirchibada’s and kachori’s.

Gen next now flaunts designer tags, some designer boutiques have cropped up and keeping a couple of swanky mobiles is norm of the day.

Economically speaking, the signs are that the city is prospering and that’s no mean deal.

But look a little further and the beneath the glitz the dry and deteriorating image of the city stares at onlookers. The city seems to be almost static for at least three decades that I have seen.

The local inhabitants of most of these educational institutes are clueless about their goals; the affluent parents are least bothered.

The potholes on the city roads have stood the test of time and development, their consistency and precision has an enviable accuracy. They are where they were years back with more grave effects.

The civic amenities are in shambles, the system is just for the record books and infrastructure or the absence of it in the real terms has benefited a select few.

Only recently close to 20 newborn lost their mothers to government hospital negligence. All that the grieving families and a desperate city got was a suspension of the staff and some token compensation, but on ground zero the hospital still suffers.

This is just one of the few examples, of what plagues the city.

Not to say that these problems are particular to Jodhpur, but being a non resident Jodhpuri who luckily enjoyed the last few bits of pleasures the city offered till a couple of decades back it hurts.

It hurts to see that neither the flag bearers of the city are even saying leave aside doing anything for it nor are the people bothered. For how long will the city revel in the past?

When will the city get a new reason to tell its people and visitors Padharo mahare desh( come visit my land).

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