Friday, April 28, 2017

Your English vs My Hinglish

It sounds so stupid when both of you know the local dialect well & yet choose to converse in English. English is not bad. It's good that you know a language that'll help you communicate anywhere on this planet. Sign language is much difficult & less recognized.

But when you make it a prestige issue?! Ah, Aargh. Talking in English doesn't make you an intellectual. Nor does my broken English make me an idiot. It just feels odd that you are practising your English vocabulary with me, especially when I am more comfortable in Hindi. I'd like to enhance my Hindi vocabulary. Give me a chance if you can. No? OK.

It amuses me? No. It hurts to see parents talking to their newborn in English so that the baby picks up the language early in its life. But what's the use if you don't teach manners to the baby; if you never step outside because your neighbors are bad at English, & you restrict the Internet so that your toddler doesn't start using Hinglish in place of English.

The books you bought for the child are from 17th century. Nobody uses that complex language anymore. I, for one, don't roam around with a dictionary or use my phone to search for meanings of the words you are using. Oh, I did once, when a Twitter friend said she's leaving because I am too morbid. What on earth is "too morbid"? Everything is morbid. But let's start a Google search.

If I feel comfortable omitting the word "that" or "which", I'll skip them just like I skipped "wi" in this sentence. I only need to communicate, not to show off.

Language is just a medium for expression. If you say writing in Hindi will degrade my efforts, did you even think of writing such a long Facebook post as this - in any language?

You can write better English anywhere, for a restricted audience while I use the language that makes me feel at home... while also depending upon whom all I want to read my books, articles, or anything. If I can express myself better in Hindi, I'll use Hindi if you too know that language. Otherwise, since you struggle at Hindi, I'll use English or any other language so that it makes you feel better and not because I want to show off my oral English skills. I don't gauge people on their English quotient. There are people who can't speak at all. Some don't have voice; other have disabilities. Try calling me on phone & see how long before I respond.

If you unnecessarily start turning to English just to show off, I won't understand you, even if you give me a digital dictionary. I won't even try. I feel those parents are wrong who spoonfeed English to justborns instead of letting the child learn core cultural values first.

What if the kid learns good English only to throw you out at a later stage because you mix up English with Hindi: the great Hinglish language? It happens. It happened to many.

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Arun Kumar

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

आखिर पाकिस्तान हमारा दुश्मन क्यों है?

हमारे यहाँ ही नही, दुनियाभर में सिस्टम बच्चों को यही सिखाती आईं हैं के किसको प्यार करना है, कितना प्यार करना है और कब प्यार करना है।

हम पैदा समझदार होते हैं लेकिन हमें स्कूल भेजा जाता है ताकि हम जान पायें की हमारा धर्म सर्वश्रेष्ठ है और दूसरों का धर्म बेकार। हमारे मन मे अलग अलग भय बैठा दिया जाता है ताकि बड़े होकर हम भी उसी सिस्टम का भाग बने।

यह धर्म और जाति तक ही सीमित नही होता। हमे बताया जाता है हमें किन देशों को पसंद करना है और किससे नफरत। हम भूल जाते हैं कि अगला भी इन्सान है। हमारी उनके प्रति नफरत हमें यह सोचने भी नही देती की अगले ने हमारा क्या बिगाड़ा।

वो तो स्कूल और मीडिया ने कहा दिया कि पाकिस्तान हमारा दुश्मन है। क्या सचमुच वहां रह रहे लोगों ने अपना कुछ बिगाड़ा है? वे भी उसी सिस्टम का शिकार हैं। उन्हें बताया गया कि हिंदुस्तान उनके लिए खतरा है।

सिस्टम क्या है? इसके पीछे कौन हैं? क्यों हमे हर पल, हर घड़ी गुमराह किया जा रहा है? इसका उत्तर कभी और दूंगा। अभी इतना जान लीजिए के politicians और media भी उसी सिस्टम का शिकार है। चाह कर भी निर्णय नही ले पाते क्योंकि नमक का हक अदा करना है... और society (सत्ता) में बने रहना हैं।
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सेकुलर बनाम तुष्टिकरण - भाई जागो, क्यों 18वी सदी में रहना चाहते हो?

कई सारे देशों का कॉपी पेस्ट है भारतीय संविधान। इसीलिए कुछ भी (नहीं) सही है। एक लाइन जिस बात को recommend करती है, दूसरी लाइन उसे ही prohibit करती है। ऐसे में जनता को झांसा देना (आसान) है। 1952 में तो ज़ल्दी थी।

अब बैठ कर इत्मीनान से नया संविधान लिखा जाये। और उसमें पहले secular का मतलब बदला जाये। पहले सेक्युलर शब्द में से तुष्टिकरण हटा दिया जाये। रिजर्वेशन व कोटा बाद में।

तुष्टिकरण के चलते बंगाल भी कश्मीर बन गया। तुष्टिकरण के कारण रोज केरल में RSS कार्यकर्ता मारे जा रहें है। और सरकार किसी की भी हो, इस सब से उनका कुछ लेना देना नहीं है। वो तो बस अगले चुनाव की तैयारियों में रहती हैं हमेशा।

यहाँ एक्शन भी वोटबैंक के हिसाब से लिया जाता है। कश्मीर में जवानों के हाथ पाँव बांध दिए और बंगाल में ममता को खुली छूट दे रखे हैं कि पुलिस अब हिन्दू उत्सवों पर समुदाय विशेष के लोगों पर लाठियां बरसाती है। उनके प्रार्थनास्थल से घंटियाँ तक छीन लीं जातीं हैं। उधर तमिलनाडु अपने को अलग राष्ट्र ही समझता है। किसी actor-turned-politician ने united states of south का जिम्मा ले लिया है।

काट दो। उधर से कश्मीर, इधर से बंगाल तो काट ही दो। फिर केरल व TN भी हटा ही दो। क्या रह जाता है?
किसीको क्या फर्क पड़ता है? हम सभी तो बस अगले महीने के इंतजार में जी लेते हैं। बाकी का संविधान जाने और उसका (नाजायज) प्रयोग करने वाले जाने।

देश को और कितने टुकड़ों में बांटेगे, अपने स्वार्थ के लिये? किसी को मजहब के नाम पर तो किसी को caste के नाम पर। किसी को उसकी भाषा के लिए target करते हैं और किसी को उनकी चमड़ी के रंग के आधार पर। ऐसे बनेगा देश?

बनाना कौन चाहता है? यहाँ तो बस देश की जनता को दबाना है ताकि फिर से कोई freedom struggle न शुरू हो जाये।

किसी दिन तो लोगों की आँखें खुलेंगी और वे देख पाएंगे की 70 साल पुराने, already दूसरों के प्राचीन संविधान पर आधारित भारतीय संविधान एवं सन 1800 के IPC को पूरे ओवरहॉलिंग की आवश्यकता है। देखें वो दिन हमारे जीवनकाल में आता है या अगले जन्म में।
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AK
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Will you want to become Cyberorg? Neuralink aims just at that

Cyberorgs refer to living things that have enhanced abilities due to a computer chip in their brain. The living things could be humans or animals. Right now, there are few human cyberorgs and several lab animal cyberorgs.

Cyberorgs can also be biologically grown bodies containing an artificial brain populated with thoughts and ideas of a human body long dead/deceased. Wait. What? Doesn't that mean life after death? Yes, exactly!

Elon Musk... the same guy working on electric cars in Tesla Motors, transportation in Hyperloop, an elevator to the moon in SpaceX etc has bought a startup. This new venture is named Neuralink. Now what it does is something you've only seen in movies or read in science fiction books.

Neuralink is into creating Cyberorgs. The first thing it is working on is, to enhance qualities of humans by planting a chip into their brains. It is risky. The surgeon has to cut a part of skull to reach brain and then operate on brain to join its nerve centers to an externally or internally powered computer chip.

It is hard to locate and isolate the nerves responsible for different capabilities. Scientists are already working on that. It is even harder to connect those nerves to a computer chip. But we have examples where a totally paralyzed person got a brain chip implanted so that he can move his limbs simply using thoughts.

While the focus of Neuralink is to be able to create wonders by extreme enhancements in the human, few have also reported the possibility of being able to download data from human brain. Of course it will need a secure storage system & DNA based hard disks are completely suitable for the purpose. They can store data for ages.

If download is possible, uploading to brain is also possible. The data downloaded from brain can be fed to lab grown brains for use with humans and robots. While this is exciting, downloading and uploading data to brain may also be misused to feed certain thoughts to a large number of people who then think the same way.

Other than enhancing humans, Neuralink also aims at curing diseases like dementia, paralysis etc. We already have a person who has electrodes in his brain. These electrodes work based on thoughts and help the cyberorg in limb movements.

Since brain is involved, not many are willing for computer chips. However, there are volunteers who'd risk everything for a better life. Remember that the first human head transplant is scheduled just 8 months away. And there is actually a volunteer ready to get his head replaced. All this sounds like science fiction but is in fact, happening already. Will you want to go under a knife to remove some health problem or to enhance your capabilities by getting the brain operated?
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