Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Women’s Code Bill in Kerala – Some thoughts

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table

The last few days the suggestions by the committee with Retired Justice V R Krishna Iyer as the chair person came flashing in all the news channels and newspapers.

Following are some of the highlights in this bill that came up in the media

You can be imprisoned for impregnating your own wife. Worst, you could be branded as a `legally disqualified person’ for the third child onwards. INR 10,000 or three months simple’ imprisonment deserves to be slapped on the expectant father of a third child
The Kerala Women’s Code Bill 2011 maintains that violation of family norms will be deemed a legal disqualification and parents will not be eligible to receive any benefits from government. It insists on that religious and political outfits should not be allowed to discourage population planning and any such effort on their part should be censured by the governor. The report reads, “No person or institution shall use religion, region, sect, cast, cult or other ulterior inducements for the bearing of more children”.

Here are some thoughts on it.

What about the equal status and rights guaranteed by the constitution for each and every citizen of India which helps to rule out any discriminations based on gender, caste, religion or any factors? Will the government be ready to punish this committee for putting forward an idea which goes against the constitution of India instead of punishing a big daddy?

Why does the committee want anybody, or any group to be punished if they want to express their will against this law? That statement is again contradicting the foundation of Indian constitution right? If any group can make a rule and say that the rule cannot be changed forever, then why should we have democracy, elections, legislative members who can make rules and political parties which are defined as a group of people who comes into power by majority and who tries to implement their views? If any party can make a rule and say that no more rules and they are the rulers forever, is that dictatorship?

Earlier days, government tried to control population by promoting sterilizations by means of gifting people whoever comes forward to accept the procedure. Now government wants to force population control by dictating, no more than one or two kids. Tomorrow who can guarantee that the government will not try to simply kill some people on theory that there are not enough resources for everyone? If population is a problem, why do the governments want to take initiatives for child welfare and actions to control child death rate? If population or the count of human beings is termed as a problem, then should we fear that the government may later silently promote activities that terminate life – I mean any sort of actions that ends in killing fellow beings? If the government says only two kids, will they provide every need for the two human lives till their death? Will this bill silently promote Gender discrimination by means of abortion?

What happened to our principles of sharing the resources? Will you be killing your fellow beings when you feel that you do not have enough resources to share with your brothers and sisters? What is happening to the high morality of our culture which always held humanity high? Ever did your parent asked you not satisfy your hunger just because you are the third or fourth child? Will any one of us be ready to commit suicide because your brothers and sisters do not have enough? If we are not willing to do that, who are we to prevent the life and growth for our own satisfaction?

Hey pity human beings, have you not learned from the example of Hitler who tried to bring up a better race by killing others in extermination camps, gas chambers and all? Instead of spending time with fortune tellers and future predictors why don’t you look back into the history? How many times have you seen civilizations predict the end, the dooms day. How you not learned from the numerous failed scientific predictions that predicted the end of availability of so many things? Have you not seen that the human race succeeded through it?

How many different ways have you tried to increase productions of whatever you consumed, but miserably failed? How many ways have you tried to exterminate mosquitoes and pests and failed miserably? Now are you trying to kill yourself? Don’t you know that “any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall”?

Do you enjoy the beauty of the life in the above picture or do you feel that you should kill some cranes from the above picture to make it more beautiful?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pacific and Bixby Creek Bridge View from US Highway 1 (Wide Angle)

The view of Pacific Ocean from the US – Highway 1 is elegant. Highway 1 or CA 1 is considered as one of the most beautiful coastal highways in the world. Unfortunately the sea was always ash in color due to the clouds formed when the hot air from the main land touched the chilling climate on top of the ocean. You can also see the Bixby Creek Bridge in this photograph.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pacific View from US Highway 1

The view of Pacific Ocean from the US – Highway 1 is elegant. Highway 1 or CA 1 is considered as one of the most beautiful coastal highways in the world. Unfortunately the sea was always ash in color due to the clouds formed when the hot air from the main land touched the chilling climate on top of the ocean.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blue Lake

On the way back to Los Angeles from San Francisco, we pulled out of the Freeway to watch a wonderful lake and snowy white cloud hanging on top of it. The snowy white cloud hanging on top of the lake is already published in a previous blog-post. When we turned towards the opposite side of the sun, we got this clear picture of the pretty blue lake and the blue sky.

Monday, September 05, 2011

San Bernardino Mountains

San Bernardino Mountains are beautiful. This picture is taken while driving towards Lake Arrowhead from City of Arcadia. You can read more about San Bernardino Mountains at San Bernardino Mountains

Friday, September 02, 2011

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The photograph is taken with a cell phone camera while waiting for the signal at Hope Farm Junction, Whitefield - Bangalore.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead lies in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County in California. You can read more about Lake Arrowhead in the link Lake Arrowhead