Saturday, January 31, 2009

Why I have chosen blog?

In Marshal Mc Luhan's parlance, "Time has ceased, space has vanished, and we all live in a time of all-at-once-ness". Luhan, through this adage, emitted the effect of media technologies, over three decades ago. And the profundity of this prophecy is now felt more intensely than ever before.

Though I have been a technology freak myself, I have begun to dwell on these lines, which look more like a benediction. Those of you who know me would recall the many technology-driven initiatives triggered during my stint as Union HRD Minister, the remarkable among them included setting up of IITs and launching of Simputers. I was also involved in two IT Task Forces. I can say my date with IT is old and deep.

Having found myself as a man of the masses for over four decades now, I have often wondered what could be the best way to be in sync with people. As I like traveling and meeting people, it has given me immense opportunities to fill my heart with rare and authentic experiences. But, still I think a major chunk of population has remained far away from me.

However, I don't repent, thanks to technology, today I am handed down with the alternative and the ceaseless power to stay tied with all of you seamlessly. And yes for this there is no mediator. Blog is the only tool that I have been keenly following for some time now and after having assessed the challenges associated with it – the toughest being regular here – I am finally committing myself to it.

Why do I do this contrary to the fact that coming weeks and months are going to be extremely hectic? Well, as I said it's challenging, but worthy of acceptance for a variety of reasons. And, finally it’s blog, which is interesting. It is timeless, seamless, limitless, space less.

Let me quickly delineate what I mean.

I can sit on my computer or Blackberry and jot down my thought as and when I want. The trigger is my thought and unlike other mediums of articulation, I do not have to depend on anyone except technology and my own spirit. Time does not hinder my ability to air my thoughts any time of the day or night.

It's constant. If you know my blog site, you do not need the assistance of any tool to read my thoughts. You can connect with me as and when you like it.

A blog site gives me the power to explore as much as I can. It enables me archive my thoughts and I or you can revisit them as and when I want, as many times as we want.

Blog knows no space. It also cuts across cultures and nationalities and provides me a medium to relate with a vast mass of people.

I have always kept technology in very high esteem. It really transforms us and our ways of thinking and provides us amazing power to connect and communicate.

I am so glad, it's all happening in my lifetime. As I sit back and muse on the transitions in the mass communication domain I feel lucky to have seen so many facets of it. From black & white television to colour, big newspapers to slim-sized and Berliners, All India Radio to a plethora of FM radio stations across the country, Postcards to Internet, Land phone to mobile telephony – the metamorphosis has been humongous and revolutionary.
I am also glad I have kept my spirits alive and have moved with technology as much as I could.

My blog is yet another tribute to this mega-transformation we have all witnessed.

Trust you will tune in and continue to provide your invaluable feedback. I also pin up hope that you will be able to pluck something from my mental horizon. And to top it all I hope an effective criss-crossing of thoughts, through this blog, will help synthesize a larger objective.


Anuj Dhar said...

"You can connect with me as and when you like it." Pranaam Sir. I, for one, am sitting at my comp right now at 1 am. Millions of your admirers world over will be the beneficiary of this new venture of yours. Regards. Anuj.

Emjay said...

Great to get connected with you, Dr. Joshi.

I have been a great admirer of you and your policies during your stint as HRD minister. In the time where some of the current policies in HRD seems to take us backwards, I really look forward to hearing from you your thoughts!

Keep blogging !

Avi said...

Hello Sir, can you put your views on Mangalore pub issues.
It would be great if we youth can hear your thaught on this.

Avi said...

Hello Sir, it's nice to see the way you guys are conncetng with us. Do you have any thaught or opinion on the Mangalore pub issue.

santoreeves said...

To Avi,

Majority of the Bjp ppl wd like to keep mum on the mangalore issue, I am a pious hindu, But am also very much secular. I luv other religions... I wd say this extremist sponsored attacks on gals at mangalore was by unemployed hindu youths, who in the name of religion want to create terror and goondaism..

What is the diff bw taliban and the so called Ramsena...both are attacking ppl..!! shame... Even more alarming thing is that few temple trust have started donating money to these organizations...

Id rather vote for congress rather than ppl hu mislead hindus..!!

Kaliyuga is here..!! Krishna nee begane baro..!!

Amit Tare said...

Dr Joshi, first of all many congratulations. This is a very nice move and as you rightly mentioned a good way for anybody in public life to get the record straight and be in touch with "Aam Aadmi"

As far as Ram Sena is concerned, they need to be told that Ram was called as MAryada Purushottam. And by doing what they did in Manglore, they have crossed all Maryadas.

Reflections... said...

I thank Anuj Dhar, Emjay, Avi, Santoreeves and Amit Tare for your comments. We shall keep communicating using this medium. Thanks

Girish said...

Dr. Joshi,

Destiny of this nation requires implementation of the ideas of people like you whose vision is non-parochial. In this connection I would like to make a few proposals for your review and implementation in the next Lok Sabha>

1. The founding fathers intended that the Prime Minister of the country should always be from the Lok Sabha. This should be incorporated in a constitutional amendment.
2. I have made a prposal to the Venkitachalliah Commission through Mr. Sangma that the constitution should be amended to ensure that no person who has at any time held a foreign nationality as an adult, should not be eligible to hold constitutional posts in India like President, Vice President, Prime MInister, Chief Justice etc. Next Lok Sabha should enact this amendment.
3. Another proposal I made was that no relative of a Prime Minister, Cabinet Minister, Chief Minister should succeed that person and occupy the same post. This also should be implemented.

I hope you would consider these suggestions. Best regards to you Dr. Joshi.

संजीव कुमार सिन्हा said...

Respected Joshiji,
Sadar Pranaam,

I invite you to visit my blog on Indian Politics.

Sanjeev Kumar Sinha

Shankar said...

Pranaam, Dr Joshi. I look forward to enrich myself through this blog.

I would like to bring to you notice that the email ID on main page is not going through.

Reflections... said...


suraneni said...

Hello Joshi ji,

its great to see your blog, its a wonder tool to connect and get what the youth of India thinks.Welcome to the blog world.
I am admirer of your thoughts about India.I want to ask a simple question, Whats your response for down fall of BJP in UP(once it ruled the state) and whats the reason for it?

Basant said...

Dear Sir,
Definitely this will help you to reach the common people of India - the young mass who now matter a lot. This is the right step you have put forward to create a space for you in their mind.

Dr. Joshi, don't you think the credit you deserved for the actions you had initiated during your tenure has been hijacked by others? You need not tell the world what you did; we already know. You could not use the media in a proper way to highlight your achievements.

Now I am sure, the internet media won't let you down this time.


Girish said...

Dr. Joshi,

I sent you some proposals on constitutional amendments. Hope you got a chance to read it. Otherwise future law ministers like Bhardwaj will continue to subvert the constitution, as Bharadwaj has done by making the UPA chairperson a super-constitutional authority above the PM and the President.
My e.mail>