Tuesday, March 11, 2014

a story about my new sony xperia z1 compact

Right from the day when the news and pics of the sony xperia z1 f surfaced for the japanese market which is just a small screen version of it's big brother sony xperia z1 i was very excited to finally a mid sized phone which is small enough to be operated with just one hand but powerful enough to match any big phone in the market at that time. I was finally thinking of replacing my HTC desire HD which is almost 4 years old and i still miss it for elegance and simplicity and most importantly its metal construction and camera.
After months of wait it finally got released and i made the mistake of buying it as soon as it got released. When i bought it (march 2014) on the 2nd of the official release in india it was 35k in the local shop but there wasnt a screenguard or a case available since its new. They gave me a temporary custom cut screenguard for 200 Rs. I bought an expensive screenguard online which need to be soaked in soap water before it has to be applied to the screen and it was a complete waste of money. I took it to the mobile shop with another screenguard which i ordered online again and they couldnt do it either but they gave me another crappy screenguard for 350Rs which doesnt cover the screen completely and it got a lot of bubbles. Now i have ordered a normal screenguard online for 600Rs, so i wasted 2750Rs (200+800+800+350+600) so far and i also bought a bugdroid case online since the back already has scratches on it. After 10 days of buying this phone now it is available for 32k on online stores.
Few things which really disappointed me are the [CONS]
1. the camera : My 4 year old HTC DHD with 8mp takes much better looking pictures than this new sony xperia z1 compact with 20mp. It doesnt have a face shutter but only has a smile shutter.
2. The Internet passthrough: I wasted 2 good days with this phone to try to use PC internet on the phone via USB which i had it in my 4 year old HTC DHD phone but it doesnt have that feature. Sony just like other companies is a partner centric corporation, when it comes to making products. I tried rooting the phone but still no go. HTC DHD has a 4th option to choose from when you connect it to your computer and that is internet passthrough (reverse tethering).
3. The Build: Since I was so used to the metal construction and rough handling of HTC DHD i didnt go for the delicate plastic darlings of samsung. This one has a stell frame but not the metal body. The back is still plastic and the front is glass.It is waterproof but a security risk where sim, memory card can be taken from the phone if you have left it unattended for even 10 seconds. The panel which covers the charging or the usb port seems fragile and may come off after a long use so you are forced to now buy an expensive magnetic charger which doesnt come with the phone.
4. NonAvailability of accessories: You make a waterproof phone and to avoid taking the lid off to charge you create an external magnetic charger but you won't make it available for a country with 1.30 billion people.  I can't find a good logic here. Am I missing something ? If the fragile lid after a certain period of time gets disconnected or comes off then sony has to replace the entire handset because In the authorized service centers of my metro city there is no repair option but to repair. The only magnetic charging cable (not the dock but just the cable) costs a whopping 2000 including shipping. wtf sony why do you want to hurt yourself ?
Today I filed for a repair of the product since The camera is worse than i though because many of the units are DOA when it comes to camera because they are affected by this flash bleed issue and it is construction problem and thus it cannot be fixed with a firmware update.
I called the sony service center and they told me that they will replace the handset. Thank you sony.
Today when I went Jayanagar, bangalore center they said they cannot replace it, how sad.
Below are the picture samples with "FLASH BLEED" problem and the pictures are horrible.

A sample from 4 year old HTC Desire HD

Gave back the handset to the sony service center after restoring the TA partition (unrooting the device) and relocking the bootloader with a new generic firmware from sony. They said they will get the handset replaced in a week. Waiting for it now. sigh.
Finally got the replacement phone. Tested it at home with flash in complete darkness and the flashbleed issue is no more there.
I strongly urge you not to use the default case provided with the phone which has a magnetic sticky strip to attach itself to the back of the phone. Its good but i somehow think the magnet in it is making the tiny camera parts inside go messy. I switched to bugdroid case and the images seems to be better.
Here are the samples of the sony xperia z1 compact phone main camera's samples after the replacement of the phone.

spent so for
+200(temporary screenguard)
+600(wasted Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Screen Protector) March 5, 2014
+600(wasted Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Screen Protector) MArch 7, 2014
+350(temporary screenguard)
+800(cruzerlite Case for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case for Xperia Z1 Compact-Black; don't buy it if you use a screenguard. it will mess up your screenguard overtime)
+600(magnetic charging cable)
+600(wasted Capdase Klia Screen Protector for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact)
40,319 INR :(
Lessons learnt so far:
  1. 20mp of sony xperia z1 compact > 8mp of HTC DHD, This is because many handsets have this flash bleed and interestingly this has not affected many of the black handsets.
    This 20mp is actually the 8mp which takes multiple shots and then combines it to make it look like a 20mp picture. Oppo has implemented the same in their new oppo find 7 phone where the 13mp camera takes 50mp pictures.
  2. Never buy a product before 6 months of its official release in your region.
    (a) it will be very pricey in the beginning
    (b)no basic accessories
    (c)if it goes for repair then it will take forever since it will be a new product and the parts will not be available soon for replacement.
  3. make a list of your favorite features of your current phone/product offers (internet passthorugh in the case of my HTC) and check to see whether your next product/phone offers it and if not is it worth buying it.
  4. Screenguards are too big a pain to apply.
  5. Avoid buying products/gadgets/smartphones from companies who have a conflict of interest in creating a competition with their own products. Everytime an iphone/ipad sells sony makes money since it is the sony sensor which is inside an iphone. Sony is one of the world's largest seller of point and shoot cameras, handycams and also they are now emerging into the field of professional photography and videography. No business minded company would like to make a camera-phone which could potentially threaten their money minting product lines of photo & videography.
    Samsung supplies Ram, Display Screen and even its A7 chip to apple along with the SSD in apple's macbook air. Nokia will have a conflict of interest with their main windows line up of phones so they will never make phones which might compete with their windows mobile OS. So, the only other player who is worthy of being called an iphone of android is HTC.
  6. Never buy body cases like  Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case since they will mess up your screenguard from the edge and then you will end up replacing the screenguards every month.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Islamic Banking a flawed totalitarian concept ?!

what is islamic banking?
Islamic banking is a concept derived from the fact that in Islam forbids taxing people or charging interest for lending money. Thus a concept evolved where rich financiers, bankers or banks will lend you money to start your own business without charging any interest but instead they will be partners in your business and there is written guidelines on how much equity they will own in your business. Some say it is an 'unwritten' guideline where banks cannot own more than 50% of the profit or equity in the business of the person whom they are lending the money. Here are some of my observations
  1. It is an unwritten guideline that banks or financiers cannot own more than 50% of the equity of the business of the person to whom they are lending the money but it is an unwritten guidelines which means the bankers are not obligated to obey it under islam or under the law of the nation and one can easily demand more equity or profit than 50%.
  2. if a bank has lend money to 1 lakh people then banks now own an equity upto 50% or more in each of those businesses ranging from hotels, restaurants, autos or even mega ventures of ambanis and tatas. Now banks are partners in these businesses and thus they now have to manage all these businesses too since they are partners. Imagine a bank managing 1,00,000 businesses. Most of the companies die because of improper management and if one bank, banker or financier tries to manage 1,00,000 banks then its a death of the society since no businesses will prosper. This is totally impractical.
  3. It is very easy to discourage non muslims from trying to get a loan from these islamic banks by just asking too much equity in their businesses. If a muslim wants to own an auto then the islamic banks can ask him to give 50% (sitting) partnership benefits and for a muslim just 5% partnership benefits and obviously a non muslim will go to some normal bank where banks will only ask a % of interest for the money that they given you but not from the fortune that one can make from that money.
    Let us look at the saudi arabia the birthplace of islam and it has quran as its constitution. Unless you are someone who is a saudi citizen then you cannot own a business or run a business in your name.
    It also provides a possible dangerous means of induced conversion to islam by offering % free loans to non muslims or offering conditional loans only after conversion.
  4. If all the banks start to follow Islamic banking then it only means that the corruption will increase since banks or the bank manager will have the ultimate say in how much equity the banks can have in a business and there are no particular guidelines, the possibility of backdoor dealings will increase exponentially to bribe the bank manager or the authorities in the banks to decide in favor of them so that banks own as less equity in their business as possible.
  5. This will also mean that corrupt bank managers can make a deal with shady business runners and lend them a lot of money and show fake losses and since the banks also share the losses here , banks will lose all the money. Ex:- I will make a deal with the few corrupt bank authorities to lend me  1 crore from the Islamic bank and let the bank own 90% of the equity. Then I will declare that I suffered a huge loss in my business and show the manufactured records for it too. Now since banks own 90% equity, banks now suffered 90% loss of  the 1 crore money that they lent me. In other words banks are responsible for the 90% loss and I am only responsible for the 10 lakhs. Since banks are partners in too many businesses (let us say they have lent money to 1lakh businesses thus they are partners in 1 lakh businesses and it is impossible for a bank to manage these 1 lakh businesses thus they will fail to monitor how their money is being used which leads to easy bank frauds).
  6. If the bank has lent money to 1 lakh businesses then they have to have atleast 1 lakh more employees places in each of these businesses to make sure that the money is being used correctly and the business is being run correctly. This employee of the bank is also a potential CEO or a director in the board of directors so he has to be paid a huge salary too as per the salary structure of a CEO and if not he can be easily bought by the borrower of the money to show fake losses. Can a bank afford 1 lakh CEOs placed in all of the businesses of they co own and pay them well in crores p.a. ?
  7. Since here banks also share the losses it will very easy to fund the islamic terrorists by just lending them money with maximum equity to bank and show losses later so that the terrorists can keep the money. ex: as a terrorist i will get 1 lakh loan with 90% equity to the bank and i will show a complete loss and pay 10k to the bank since i owed only 10% of the equity in the business.
  8. This can be easily used for money laundering too in the same way as stated in the point above.
  9. Islamic banking will not give loan for beauty parlours (since it is against islam), or a meat shop for sikhs or hindus who eat jatka meat but not halal,  no laon to make a movie, or music album, or music band, or art gallery since these are all against islamic principles.
  10. It's often been argued that many countries are following it and thus we should do too. If tomorrow someone starts to commit suicide should we do too? Why should anyone follow a sheep of herds if it is leading you to the wolves?
    If these countries like Malaysia, saudi, UK have islamic banks then has anyone produce a record of how many non muslims have been given a load in these banks?
    What % of loaners are non muslims in these islamic banks ?
    What % of the banks in these countries are islamic banks? The % of islamic banks in malaysia is less than a single digit. If somone has a different figure then I'm do let me in the comment section with proof.
    Where do these countries stand in the graph of the world GDP?
    UK has only a handful of such islamic banks to appease muslims and to provide an uneven advantage to muslims where muslims get loan without any interest but non muslims have to go to regular banks and pay a hefty interest every month because non muslims are discouraged to get a loan from banks with all the possible red tapes and demanding a very huge equity in their business.
  11. what if i want to take a personal loan like a loan for my marriage? will the bank own a part of my marriage? What if I want to buy a car and want a loan for that, Do i have to give a % of the equity of my car to the bank? If someone has to take a student loan from these banks then a % of his lifetime income should be given to the banks, in literal terms I will be paying upto 50% of my salary to the bank till I die and a % to the govt. as professional tax. Here islamic banks are helpless and they will just deny the loan saying we offer only loans for commercial purposes.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

One Law One Nation (My Idea of uniform civil code)

If you have 3 children and if you are unfairly lineant and dear to the youngest and provide unparallelled advantages to the youngest over his or her siblings then it is obvious that the other two will be jealous, which leads to hatred and anger. This is the main basis of division in the society. When we declare all of us to be the children of this nation but still provide unfair advantages to one section of the society in the name of caste, religion, origin or other reasons we create not only jealousy among the members of the society but divisions leading to collisions and disharmony. This is only beneficial to the people in power to remain in power since now people can be busy fighting each other than fight those in power to do right for the society. This can only benefit the western countries which are actively funding such reservations and castist movements in bharath (Hindustan or India) so that the real talent can run away from bharath to come to them to prosper their nation since in bharath now the progress and recognition of a person are not base don merit or talent but based on caste, creed, color, religion, origin and affiliations. A huge chunk of NASA, Microsoft, Google and many corporations are bharatiyas (hindustanis or indians) which shows why our system is rotting since those who run the systems have been put their not because they are qualified or talented but because they are from a reservation category. This unequality is not just about reservation in jobs or college admission or other aspects of power in the society but it is scarring our society in the name of feminism which has become a disguise for the Marxist fascism.
Things need to change irreversibly
  1. end of any kind of reservation in any field for anyone.This means now all the posts in govt. or private sectors will be filled by those who deserve it but not those who reserve it. This also means right people doing the right job and no brain drain will occur which is holding back our country.
  2. no separate legal or political privilege to any particular gender, religion, people of origin or any community of people.
    This means all the gender privileges given to women will be taken off. Currently a women can accuse a man of dowry harassment or domestic violence and his entire family can be put in jail without any warrant or any preliminary proof. Currently a women will get half of a man's property after divorce. So all a pretty women has to do is keep divorcing men to get half of their property each and every time. overwhelmingly more than 80% of the cases filed by women on their men are proven to be false or incorrect to take revenge on them in the court of law.
    This also means that no temples will be taxed or controlled by govt. since no mosques or churches are controlled or taxed by govt.
    No muslim will be allowed to marry 4 wives since all can have just one legal weding partner at a time. In india there is a scarcity of women to men as per the national gender ratio and to correct it this is necessary.
    no mosques will use loud speakers and nor do the temples which disturb others who are in and around those places.
  3. no more more draconian fascist feminism They claim that men and women should be given equal rights but with the method of mere fear psychosis fascist feminists have divided our country between genders. Women have been given more benefits of being divorced than being in a wedlock. Unless there is a pre nuptual agreement a couple will not share each other's properly after divorce and no one needs to pay any kind of alimony to anyone. There shouldn't be any gender based reservations in the system too. no more abuse of domestic violence or dowry harassment cases where a women can get the entire family of the husband in jail without an option for bail and they dont need to prove in court that dowry harassment or domestic violence took place but instead the man's family and the man has to prove that it didnt take place. so here the man will be assumed guilty until proven innocent.

Monday, February 3, 2014

'ADticles' the new age of sublime and deceptive advertising

When I read the story about how 'Google Saved An Estimated $887 Million By Paying Adblock To Show Its Ads' i wasn't surprised at all. Politicians have been using media houses to promote themselves by making these media houses run their promotions in the form of genuine articles. Nobody wants to see ads now, If the user has a chance then he will completely do away with all these advertisements. The famous transformers live action movies series one of those movies where automobile companies lined up to be featured in them. If you haven't yet wondered why do most of the users in hollywood movies use mac with that shiny apple logo than a PC ? even thought PC users are more than 75% of the total global computer users.
News agencies have realized that their consumers now have gone smarter by and they might be using methods like browsers add ons such as adblock plus, flashblock or ghostery which will take out those annoying ads out of your webpage. Many people are moving away from regular news channels to e news and regular TV entertainment to downloads and streaming. In order for these media houses to survive and thrive they are now throwing us the ads in the form of articles which i like to call as ADTICLE (Ad+article) which is basically an ad in the form of an article. I am noticing that these adticles are increasing day by day in my facebook newsfeed from the pages i have liked and following. So, next time when you wonder why are you seeing four to five new articles about one particular brand, product or person then make no mistake that there has been a serious amount of money spent to make you see that.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Solution to the world's shortage for clean water

A lot of the world's population including of my country have no access to drinking water and that shows that we have failed in the collective growth of humanity. Many may talk about the lack of food too but you cannot grow food without water. I have a very simple, extremely economical and effective solution to curb all this, especially in the developing and developed countries.

When it rains the water hits the ground and most of it gets evaporated due to sunlight and other factors. This is more true especially in the developed and developing countries where it is becoming harder and harder for the earth to absorb water due to high rise buildings, roads and other manmade real estate and transport routes who act as a barrier between the earth and water. In order for the earth to stay normal, ground to stay healthy and stable it should have a normal and certain level of moisture which is achieved through ground water. The more ground water we have in a place the healthier the soil will be with all the essential micro and macro organisms which keep the soil in a state which promotes the growth of the crops. When the land loses its moisture below its normal level we may start to see land slides and land craters where the land starts to collapse and form craters. Then do we have to go back to mud roads instead of tar roads ? live in stone buildings and caves or huts instead of high rise buildings ? No, we need not but our progress shouldnt affect the planet negatively but we should find out a way to bypass this negative effect on earth.

Since it is becoming harder and harder for the earth to absorb water, especially in the urban areas we should find a way to directly take the water to mother earth's belly. We should all first begin with roads, especially bridges and flyovers. The water which falls in these flyovers goes to waste and cause a small flood on the roads too. We should have pipes which bring that water to the ground at the sides of the flyovers. These pipes should be wide and at a 45 or 135 degrees to the ground. These pipes should attach to the another pipe on the ground which directly transports the water to the ground water zone of the earth. Under the flyover there is a lot of free place anyway and hence it can be installed easily. Between the contacts of these two pipes there should be 3 mechanisms which are easily achievable. mechanism 1) the water from the flyover should enter a filter pipe which connects the ground pipe. This filter should be installed at a 5-10 degrees more than that of the flyover pipe. This filter pipe will have a metallic filter which has 60% to 90% of of it area as holes or pores. This filter will be inserted at the middle of the pipe which divides the filter pipe into upper and lower openings. Only the lower opening should be connected to the ground pipe and the upper opening should be kept open outwards so that the unwanted garbage will be thrown out through a different opening. In very rare cases we might see a situation where if one wants to make sure the water can only go in but doesn't come out  then we can have a squared pipe on top of the ground pipe with a floating lid which only opens in wards but when the water starts to come out the lid floats and forces the lid to close the opening. Here the ground water reaches the underground directly thus avoiding unnecessary evaporation of the water. I wish I knew someone who makes such 3d models (physical or digital) to show this concept visually but I don't know any such person, If you are that person then please by my guest. We have to use water from the sea with huge pipes to refill the ground water beginning with the coastal areas of the sea. India is 75% surrounded by sea and thus we will not have any lack of water.

India has 4 seasons with 3 months rain. If all the flyovers in the city use this then there won't be any problems. If all the high rise buildings use this then there will be surplus water. Imagine a situation where nobody has to depend on govt. or public sectors to supply them with water anymore because you can take the water from the underground itself when you need it. All it takes is a simple law to mandate such installation for every flyovers, high rise buildings, apartments and then later to all the new coming houses to be built, private or public.

In our ancient Bharath this is what they did. They had open wells where they use to take water when needed and during the times of rain all the rain water was directed to the well. If you go to humpi, karnataka you will see that all the stone forts and vast buildings had these water redirectors to redirect every single drop to the underground. If those oldage people did it then why can't we ?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

"Right To Recall" a hostile idea in its present form

Many of you might have heard about this right to recall movement and how it is said to be the cure for all the countries problems. Below is a crash course

However more than solving it seems to create more problems or amplify them. Here the responsibility of keeping a govt. official from the bottom to the top level including the elected personnel is put on the shoulders of the voter himself which will definitely lead to populism. Currently most of the political parties bend their knees in front of the minority groups mainly muslims for their votebank since their vote is decided by the mosque in majority of the places where an entire muslim community will vote for someone based on the sermon that they receive in the mosque. There are many areas where muslims are in majority like kashmir and minority have no rights over there. If tomorrow someone has to come and introduce this new concept of right to recall then all muslims will recall anyone except those who will not hesitate to help them to ethnically cleanse the minority in the Kashmir valley. Sometimes a doctor has to give an injection the patient or perform a painful surgery even though the patient might not like it. In similar manner many a times popular ideas may not be in the nation's best interest. If this right to recall comes then these radical elements will be the happiest since they have been the masters of entering an area in small numbers then with just mere rapid breeding they will create a votebank in that area to make sure that the politicians submit to their will and demands. If tomorrow if this right to recall law is passed then any action which is against someone from their community will be stopped by just recalling the honest officer who is in charge. If the local MLA, MP is not ready to give them unfair reservation and resources then they will simply blackmail that elected person with a recall. This will lead to further appeasement in a place where our country is already suffering with too much of minority appeasement.

The motto behind this right to recall is genuinely good but the results will be disastrous. If only we could employ an altered version of it where the voter will not have to bare the burden of being responsible of monitoring every government official in this country including the pune, clerk, labor officer, IT officer, inspector, sub inspector, commissioner, MLA, MP, corporates etc., he will only have to rate his satisfaction every month which will be counted against the constituency where he voted and such a voting will be a rating of the total administration in that area.
A resident of an area gets to rate the electricity, water, roads and other public and basic commodities in his area once a month and the collective rating of that area will be the rating of the corporate and such collective rating of the corpoates will be the rating of the MLA and such collective rating of the MLA's will be the rating of the State govt and so on. The future funds will only be allocated based on the rating and such ratings should be publicly available and the highest rated should be given special funds.
Whenever the resident of an area raises a complaint and after the resolution of the complaint he has to rate his satisfaction level for the resolution provided and such collective ratings per month of an area will be the rating of the corporates and such collecting rating of of the corporates will be the rating of the MLA and such collective rating of the MLA's will be the rating of the State govt and so on. The future funds will only be allocated based on the rating and such ratings should be publicly available and the highest rated should be given special funds.
motto: This will substantially help people to judge their elected officials and such a rating system will surely keep the elected officials on their toe
If someone performs consistently low in these ratings quarter after quarter then they should be recalled. Some crooks may try to have many sim cards and try to vote with that using the voter IDs of those who are illiterate about it but this won't happen since the phone from which they can rate their monthly satisfaction should have been engaged in call for atleast 5 hours in a month which means its an actively used phone connection.

The Blue Gods of Hindu (sanathana dharma) and the DNA

You might have seen the main deities of hindu shiva, vishnu, krishna and rama some times depicted with blue color and you might be wondering why? what is the connection of color blue or why are they blue colored.

Screwed up education system leading to cultural, social and economic degradation of india.

There are many ways to destabilize and corrode a country apart from the sheer muscle power. There are better subtle ways to do so which involves not your men but the men of the enemy and their own resources. The best way is the deceptive way as suggested by the history of all great fallen empires.

The world's biggest brain drain is happening in India. Almost all the top brains of India are being wooed abroad to serve foreign countries and foreign companies. majority of the NASA scientists are Indians, Majority of the Microsoft and many other top 500 MNC companies are Indians. In USA, Indian students are academically way ahead than any other ethnic group. Indian ethnicity has the highest average income compared to Jews or any other community. Imagine all this talent was in India but not anywhere else. India would have been a superpower which is against the interest of many countries who are in the top of the chain of the world politics and power. So it is in their interest to make sure India doesn't have a favorable environment for the talented but remains a last choice for the intelligent and talented. It is in record that when bill gates was asked why is he outsourcing jobs to India and hiring Indians in his company but not just Americans, he said "If I don't outsource jobs to India or Indians then they will form their own Microsoft". This was proved when USA refused to give uranium to India for us to be a nuclear powered nation we developed our own nuclear warheads using thorium in a mere 2 years of time. Indian nuclear warheads are the worlds least expensive nuclear warheads. When USA denied exporting wheat to India after our independence, a famous one liner of  Lal Bahadur Shashtri "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" stirred up a green revolution producing a surplus amount of wheat in our country. No country will give you technology and that is why 'homi jahangir baba' started the atomic plants in India while Jawaharlal Nehru was begging western countries for the same.

If a country has to go forward and move farther than others then it should have better scientists, engineers with it than any other countries. Some foreign countries have realized it and they are now making sure that these talents don't stay in India but they rather serve their country and their companies. Our politicians have made sure that the public education system collapses where teachers don't come to school at all but instead they take private tuition to make more money. Schools have been told not to fail the students below 8th standard where as this is the age they will learn the fundamentals. Every year the standard of education is going down and there are more graduates with less knowledge. They are the one who will join public services, many through reservation but not based on talent. This will cause the deterioration of the society. Whom does it benefit ? the enemies of the country. There are many public schools which are being shut down and government makes sure that they delay the hiring of staff to government schools as much as possible so that the private schools which are run by missionaries along with the politicians as sitting partners or beneficiaries get the inflow of students. These private institutions only provide education based on how deep your pockets are which leads to a situation where only the rich get the education and it is a known fact that a rich kid has lesser reasons to study and plan his future based on his knowledge than a poor kid who cannot afford education. This leads to a society where slowly the collective intelligence deteriorates from generation to generation. Majority of the missionary run schools propagate an alien anti Indian culture and many of them are involved in an active, passive, direct or indirect conversion which leads to a situation where our own generation will act as agents of a foreign hostile culture.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Caste System, A cultural 'Firewall of Hinduism'

when a critic of you who would like to replace you entirely if possible starts to show concern and worries about something in you then you should think why would someone who doesnt like you and likely want to replace you will show concern and worry about something in you !.

The oldest, the last and the only ancient civilization which is still surviving and thriving is Sanathana Dharma or Hinduism. If you want to attack Christianity then all you have to do is defame the one book and Jesus and you are done. There is no Christianity without Christ or the bible. The same way there is no Islam without the prophet or the Qur'an. In fact, there will be no Abrahamic religions if you take out or nullify the prophet Abraham. Please do not confuse this article as an attack on other faiths since I am a Hindu and I can't be a Hindu If I don't believe that all ways can be true and all ways of spirituality can lead to divinity or salvation, including atheism. Yes, I do believe that a belief system based on isah or allah can be valid too, because even though there is one unseen, untouchable light, it does give different visible forms and colors when seen through a prism. The same way all these can be different forms of the same infinite divine source which what we Hindus call it as Shakti.

So unlike other belief systems to attack Hinduism you cannot have an universal approach. There isn't one book or one prophet to attack or defame. Hinduism can still validly exist without Raam, Krishtna, Bhagvadgita or Vedas, without any form of god, without any deities, temples or even a code. So if someone has to attack Hinduism stating that Raam is a bad person and he has a violent history then one can always move on to Kristhna or Ganesh or Shiva or Vishnu. They can choose to worship the form of divinity which appeals them since everyone is different from birth and by taste. Each Varnas (Brahman, Xatriya, Vaishya, Shudra) has many castes and sub-castes with their own set of belief system which sometimes if not always contradict the other belief system of other castes or sub-castes. If one were to hatch a plan or theory to defame hinduism then they have to design a different theory and system for each of the varna, caste and then sub-caste and even if the perpetrator is successful in doing so then one can always adopt the other varna, caste and sub-caste system to counter the plan and attack designed for his or her original caste or sub-caste.

Lingayaths in south India especially in Karnataka believe in a system which doesnt base its spiritual path on the lines of vedas or any other texts but it sets a new path rejecting all of these doctrines with a new system called vachana sahitya. It was founded by basavanna and there was another disciple who countered him further and his name was jedara dasimayya. As per basavanna there is no need of any temples or vedas or any books but you just have a lingam which you worship everyday and at a final stage you will have the lingam in your heart and worship. He did advice his followers to wear a lingam as a beginning but jedara dasimayya refused to do that too. He said the devotion is enough and the divinity in the heart is enough and there is not even a need of wearing a lingam or enter a prayer hall. Basavanna begged jedara dasimayya to wear a lingam and help him to initiate this movement by joining him so that he will be allowed in the prayer hall where vachana sahitya was preached and produced. Jedara dasimayya inspite of being an enlightened composer of vachanas chose to guard the footwears of the saints who were inside the prayer hall than to wear a lingam so that he will be allowed to enter the prayer hall for the same. Jedara Dasimayya thus became the hatagar community (Weaver Community) guru, since he was a weaver by occupation.

In the above example if someone were to attack vedas and all similar texts then the lingayath ideology of hinduism can act as a counter to that attack and if someone attacks that too then hatagar sect of it can act as a counter. However if we want to make it easy for the soul harvesters, missionaries , dawah agents, then we should abolish all these castes and make it 'a one belief system' so that all of them can assimilate the gullible hindus very easily. Since these assimilaters want us to do this job of making all hindus as one and let them subscribe to one ideology so that they will have one ideology to worry about which can be countered with some or the other plan after a period of time.

Discrimination was never associated with the castes but with the acts. Dasharath married kaikeyi, an iranian women and their child Bharatha (after whom our country is still known as Bharath or BharathVarsha) ruled India till his beloved brother Raam came as its rightful ruler. Many of the kings (Xatriya Varna) married off their daughters to Brahmins and vice versa. Many Shudra's have given birth to fine Brahmins. Caste system was designed to carry on the legacy, tradition and most importantly a collection of skillsets in which that caste or clan specialized in. Westerners don't want or don't believe in the system of family tradition or family skillset or family business. They want to have a choice for themselves and they want to make their own choice of what they want to be once they grow up. Most of the time this decision is based on which career or path can give them more income, fame and name. This is so with the west because they only believe in YOLO - You Only Live Once theory. There is no rebirth, reincarnation, avatar. You have only one life and reap all you can, what you can and in whichever manner you can.Where as for a hindu we have as many lives as we need and as we can, till the our atma with the collective experience of all the lives that it has lived, achieves perfection to attain moksha/moxa.

This caste system was formed so that a particular set of skillsets can be passed on and perfected many generations. Let us say vaidic caste will specialize in medicine and the father will teach his children everything about medicine right from the childhood. Here a father transfers all his knowledge of his lifetime to his children and they will grasp it before they are adults, they will improvise it, learn more based on their experiences and cycle continues from this generation to the next generation. In this way the each generation gets sharper and sharper since genes also play a very important role in the proficiency of any skill set. A warrior's offspring has better chances of becoming a warrior because of his genes and genetic memory.

A dwivedi specializes in reciting 2 vedas with every syllable spelled intact just like his ancestors, a trivedi in three vedas and a chaturvedi in all 4 vedas. This is only possible if the father passes on this knowledge to his children right from the very young age. If we were to follow the western theory of let them decide what they want to be ( in the name of freedom of choice) when they are adults. So he has to learn all the things that he may not like or want till he is 20 or 21 and then decide whether he wants to recite vedas or not. If his son decides not to recite vedas but to be an engineer since there is more money in it and he might get to see the world then his father has to go hunting for someone who is willing to learn veda recitation and he may not find one and even if he finds him who is of the age 20 or 21 then this master veda reciter has lost atleast15 years of teaching time that he could have had with this young man if he was his son.

Let us say a doctor's son wants to become an engineer when he grows up and an engineer's son wants to become a doctor when he grows up. Doctor's son goes to this engineer and this engineer's son goes to the doctor. Both of these young men who have broken their family tradition have lost atleast 15 years of training that they might have had from their childhood. The doctor or the engineer can't take the same responsibility or may not be that devoted by heart to pass on all the knowledge to someone else's son that compared to their own son. It is a natural human tendency for an average human being to have full devotion and bias towards their own. A son might get the knowledge for free from his father but someone else have to pay for it. A doctor's son has to pay the engineer and the engineer's son has to pay the doctor to get the knowledge. So now education and knowledge which was passed on free has become a commodity leading to capitalistic knowledge trade. In manusmriti too it is highly advised that one should continue in the path of the caste and family skillset, even though he has a strong urge to do something. This is not written as a rule but as an advise to keep the social structure intact and make a society prosper with specialized groups concentrating on special fields from generations. Today we have an ENT specialist, eye specialist, heart specialist, neurosurgeon, chemotherpaist etc., instead of having one doctor for every field of the medicine. This helps to take the medicine field further and farther in a positive direction. If the same ENT specialist instead of making his children study all the other unwanted and un needed things such as advanced mathematics, calculus, trigonometry till the age of 18 or 19 but teach them ENT right from their young age after some basic schooling then his children will be a better ENT specialist than what he is.

There are things which we cannot fight or finish them off. It is better sometimes to work with something than work against it. It is better to use the wind to sail a boat than to try fighting it. Caste system is a necessary evil of the hindu society and thus instead of trying to remove it completely which we have failed to do from centuries, we must try to find a way to work with it to eradicate the negative effects of it on the society. One must and will create a harmony among hindus while keeping the diverse traditions alive by encouraging and promoting matrimonial or social inter-caste relations.

In a pure hindu tradition however weaver caste (hatagar) will specialize in clothes and the same person is believed to be born as someone else with some other skillset to practice or perfect after being reborn in a different caste. The knowledge is passed on freely, efficiently and completely. Even in many castes it is a tradition that women are generally not chosen to specialize in the family skillset of the caste simply because she has to unlearn it and adopt herself to the skillset of the family that she joins after marrying someone else. Later for some reason people stopped marrying between castes and which has led to the current system of caste discrimination. If only we take one step back where women are married to the men of good nature irrespective of their caste and women has to adopt and adjust to the new lifestyle of the new family so that the caste system along with their specialization stays alive without disturbing the harmony between the castes or the sub castes.