Thursday, December 30, 2004

[This post is also on my blog - here]

This post might be my attempt to be "intellectual" or something like that, cuz I usually don't pen down such serious thoughts. Most of them are more about specific incidents and not about a general idea or concept.

But anyways, this incident got me thinking... has idealism finished its term. I mean is it passe? Or are we morally/socially so corrupt that we have no ideals, and any sort of moral/ethical act seems to be a burden on us.

Consider this... a student is caught cheating in an end semester examination and he's given an F grade (ie he is failed in that course) PLUS he is also given a "semester drop" (ie suspended for one whole semester)!! Don't you think that giving the F grade was punishment enough? I mean how many times are you supposed to punish a person for one act.

I probably feel that a semester drop is too big a punishment cuz I feel that cheating is not such a big crime. Probably that's cuz of the inherent level of corruption in me. I probably accept corruption to some level. It's like a de-facto standard. It's part of the system. Anyone not corrupt upto that level is a menace for the system.

For example, if, in an exam I ask my neighbour for help - and he denies it. He's breaking the system. I'll be displeased with him. Kya, behen chod, satyawadi harishchand bana firta hai! That's exactly what I'd say.

I won't come back from the examination and think, Fuck man, I was wrong - I should not have asked him for assistance during the exam! I'm certainly not going to do that!!

Now, where am I wrong. How many people can I (or you) find who do not cheat! Hell, I mean how many professors can "cross their hearts and hope to die" and swear that they did not cheat during their student days! What makes them take this path of rigid ideology once they earn their PhD's and become professors. I'm sure even during their PhD thesis they must've machaod some fraud

That somehow bring me back to my "intellectual" point - has ideology lived its life? Is it over? Is it dead?

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Right Now!

I came across this video 'right now'. I am sure many of you have already seen it. This is the stuff our memories are made of. Kudos to the team who made it!

Friday, December 17, 2004

The MMS clip

Everyone, at least if you're staying in India right now, must know which clip I am talking about. After being the talk of Delhi, and then probably the entire country, it finally managed to shift focus from the school concerned to an IIT. Quite expectedly, the fire which was on its way to die out a much deserved death was provided with a fresh dose of fuel. It was very saddening to find a final-year student (from IIT-Kgp) getting involved in the whole issue. What was even more shocking was the fact that he hadn't even been conscious that what he was doing is a very grave crime according to the penal code. For that matter, I, and I am sure many others in the IIT campuses would find it very disconcerting that a seemingly inconsequential activity that almost all of us indulge in is an offence for which we could be even sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment.

For, though most of us may not share or distribute porn over the internet or not peddle it commercially, we are guilty of having been involved in the distribution of such 'offensive' material on our campus LANs. Many students have also mailed it through the net to their friends outside their campuses. In fact there are computers on the LAN that are known to share just porn and the total amount of it on the LAN at any given time could be in tens of GBs.
And so we have got so numbed by now that somehow the apparent severity of the whole thing fails to register with us.

Of course the first step taken by the college authorities was to expel the student who had just one semester left to complete his course. I am not sure if that was the right thing to do, but in recent times IIT authorities, and I find this happening across all of them, have become very panicky as far as the media is concerned. The first thing they do is to wash their hands off the issue, and the student.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Help Needed

The reason why I thought of getting this community blog together was that, towards the end of my pre-final year, and after a visit to IIT Bombay (I am an IITD student), I felt that despite having met several great people during the previous four years and having lived an amazing life at IITD, there would still be so many more guys whom I would have missed meeting, and so many great experiences that I would miss...well, experiencing. Many of these guys would have been my batchmates had it not been for the minor issue of our JEE rank and our choice at counselling. I had known this before too, but the visit to IITB during Mood Indigo confirmed my belief, that there is some common characteristic that binds most students of the IITs together. I can't define what it is, and I also don't want to sound elitist, but I am sure of it.

I felt it would serve as a repository, so to speak, of the journals of IITians, past and present - a method to be in touch with friends we had known, or would have wanted to know, but never had.


Needless to say, I met with an encouraging response, and I enjoyed searching for blogs on the net. But partly because of final year woes, and partly because of lethargy, I haven't been regular in maintaining this blog-list. Many of the persons listed in the column to the right have left blogging temporarily, or even for good. Several more from the seven colleges have started blogging afresh, and it's slightly difficult for me to trace all of them and add them here. And that's what I have been driving at. I think this blog needs at least one more person to join as a moderator (for want of a better word) who can add up links, and if possible, think up ways to revive the posts too. Any takers?