On 10/24/07, Vihan Pandey <vihanpandey(a)gmail.com> wrote:
IMHO - continuing to live dedicated to a righteous
persistently pursuing it no matter what the obstacles are, tirelessly
without a vested interested counts as giving one's life and blood.
it doesnt - perhaps you are too young to have gone through periods in
our nation's history where people *really* shed *real* blood, were
tortured, starved and killed for freedom. If you had, you wouldnt
spout tripe like this.
'Tis true that i am ``too young to have gone through periods in our
nation's history where people *really* shed *real* blood, were
tortured, starved and killed for freedom".
But perhaps you have forgotten that some people actually bother to
read History books and get angry to see mankind repeating its mistakes
and misdeeds time after time. Tyranny is tyranny let it be the KGB
putting restrictions on who could use the photocopier and for what or
governments supporting DRM to suppress what information can be shared
and what can't.
If we simply choose to ignore what's happening in world like DRM,
Software Patents, and
Trusted(sic) Computing then things will just get worse. If we don't
care and don't bother to do a thing about it - its a carte blanch
invitation for corporates and governments to go ahead and do what they
want regardless of its merit.
K.G, i'm not belittling the sacrifices of our nations freedom
fighters. i'm just saying its wrong for us to ignore those who are
fighting for freedom and liberty in software and if we have an
oppertunity to say something about it - we should.
I had a message from Alpesh (who also went to Chennai with Krishakant)
all this is due to the messup with the media. we have both audio and
video records of what Krishnakant spoke where the freedom aspect was
not only mentioned but underlined. However, the media chose to
neglect those issues.
Btw, the news also says a person from the city (meaning Chennai), but
nowhere did they mention that he went there representing gnowledge.org
lab of Homi Bhabha Centre, TIFR.
We need to do something to educate the media too. they have no
awareness as why we are doing what we are doing.
I have been doing the following with the media person: as soon as I
start speaking, I tell them, please record. if they do not have a
recorder or if they are doing the interview over phone, I request them
to send me the story before it goes to the press. else I tell them
clearly, you have not permision to mention my name in the paper.
Another strategy I use is to ask them to send the questions over email
and send them my replies in black and white.
This strategy works quite well, though I must admit the media people
do not oblige all the time.
As soon as we get the video's and audio files in my hand we will upload them.