60 years back on this date, our nation adopted the constitution, commemorating the Poorna Swaraj declared 80 years back from now, in 1930. Wishing all our readers & visitors a very Happy Republic Day!!
Last year, on the occasion of Independence Day, we ran a contest. We ran it with a motive. We wanted this platform to be known by more people & to survive. We wanted people who were willing to contribute. The contest picked up well & we got a very good participation response. But unfortunately, the expected growth did not get triggered. We totally take the responsibility for not having delivered what we promised, with regards to the prizes.
Today, being the Republic Day, we have decided to stand up and apologise to all the participants of the competition, to whom we did not deliver the promised prizes.
We apologize to each one of you for not living up to our word:
I had a particular problem on my prepaid Vodafone connection. I lodged a complaint on the Consumer Online Resource & Empowerment Centre. The complaint in itself is definitive of the whole case and conveys the point I want to make. So, I have pasted the exact complaint that I have posted on CORE’s website.
Given below is the complaint:
Title : Unauthorised Charge for Caller Tunes
Complaint ID : xxxxx
Complaint Details : I am subscribed to a Vodafone Prepaid Mobile
connection with the number 9xxxxxxxxx
Automatic incoming calls from Mobile Service Providers is a norm. One type
of such calls was missed by me on the morning of 09/03/2009. These numbers
are normal 10 digit mobile numbers and not distinguishable as promotional
I called back the number. I was told by the IVR its a free call. I
realised it was a call for Caller Tunes. Incidentally, I had been planning
to activate it around that time. So I thought of going through the options
of songs available.
I was listening to the songs on the Bollywood menu I had entered by
pressing the specified key.
After the songs in that menu exhausted(I had not pressed any key
indicating selection of song), I was asked whether Caller Tunes was
already activated for me. 1 for Yes. 2 for No. I pressed 2. Suddenly the
system tells me that the caller tune had been set. After disconnection of
the call I received their sms’.
I was charged Rs. 45 in an unauthorised fashion, without my consent.
I called up their Customer Care twice on that day. They heard me out and
said we’ll transfer your call. And in that process the line disconnected.
Today, I had called them up again & the call was eventually
transferred to one of their special CC executives.
I explained the whole thing to her & told them to reverse Rs. 15 &
I would change my caller tune to one of my choice.
She told me that what I said was valid, but they didn’t have any procedure
to reverse it if I had called in the number, and even if I visited their
Gallery, it wouldn’t be reversed. Only it had got activated on the
incoming call & not the outgoing call would have it been reversed.
The amount is small here, but the concern here is the
(maybe intentional) glitch in their system, which must be charging all the
users without consent. Most users think it is a small amount and let it
be, but with these drops they making an ocean of unauthorised revenue at
the cost of their customers. I would call this openly robbing the
It would be great to have an explanation from Vodafone about the fact that
their systems are prepared or programmed to rob us, but when one of us
realises we’ve been robbed, they say there is no procedure(or their
systems arent programmed to reverse this amount). WHY?
And first of all, WHY should such a major glitch be existing in their
Moreover, there is a small issue with the CORE website as well which I wanted to blog about right away alongwith this.
Today is 03/11/2009(11th of March, 2009) & I lodged the complaint at around 5 PM. Look at the snapshots below and they should be enough to convey what I want to say.
Hindi is not our National Language. OK. You have read it on the blog earlier. But, how many people around you know this fact? Just practically check it out. Ask people around you and you’ll know.
This is an initiative to spread this lesser known fact.
It’s an eye-opener which talks about the citizens of India being under an hypnotization by the system, which has very widely embedded in the minds of all of us that our National Language is Hindi. Our blog post has got around 4,500 odd views, which is not even 0.01% of India’s Internet population. People have the right to not stay under this hypnotism. The people of India need to know that India doesn’t have a National Language instead of blabbering around that Hindi is the National Language.
This post is an attempt to raise awareness about this fact.
What we need to do is very simple. If you are sitting here and reading this post, you are definitely present on atleast one of these channels on the Internet:
Social Networks(Orkut, Facebook, etc)
You own a website
You have a blog
What you need to do is leverage each of these mediums you are on to let people in your circle know this fact.
If you are on email, send this to all Indians in your contacts list
If you have a website or a blog, publish this.
If you are on Social Networks(most of us are), use the different mediums(scrapbooks, walls, communities, groups, etc) to spread the word
If you are on microblogs like twitter, post it there. Retweet it.
If you are someone from the media, communicate this fact through your medium(TV, Print, Radio, etc)
Make it a part of your dinner-table talks, party discussions, gossips.
Most importantly, when you communicate this, insist your friends/readers to pass on the message to their circle/network
Motive: JUST SPREAD THE WORD
I hope this initiative takes some concrete form and we can see lesser people living with the misconception.
Youth for Equality (YFE) is a group of alert aware citizens who share the youthfulness to believe in ourselves to “Get the system right and keep the system right”. YFE is an all India organization encompassing men and women of all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, class, religion and region. It draws its strength from its large support base mainly from the youth and students of India along with all the responsible citizen of the country. YFE along with the Art of Living has come together to start a campaign called ATAC (Against Terrorism Against Corruption).
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living, has conceptualized this march to awaken and empower citizens in order to create an on-ground structure that will actually effect a change in societal circumstances and situations, in keeping with His vision and mission of a stress-free, violence-free planet where individuals contribute towards the goal of a One-World Family. The objective of the march is to awaken and empower the people of India, especially the youth, to participate in the democratic process. This march is the first step of a nationwide campaign aimed at amplifying the collective voice of the citizens and propelling the youth of India against Corruption and Terrorism. We Endeavour to catalyze this movement, across the nation, with a 3 fold solution: AWARENESS, ACCOUNTABILITY & ACTION.
With this motive Youth for Equality along with WAYE and AOL has planned a march on March 1st, 2009. India has been badly hit by terrorism in last decade or so and yet our government hasn’t done any concrete step to enhance the security and intelligence of the country. Corruption, another evil in our system is eating up all the progress which we are making towards becoming a developed nation. If we want to prosper it is very essential to uproot terrorism and corruption. As a country, we need to actively start moving in a concerted way against these twin evils that are now threatening our very existence. So let us send out a call to our country to create a safe society. A society where there is no fear in walking into an airplane, a train or a bus. Or when we enter a mall, a cinema or a hotel, with our children. Or even our very own homes.
Let us take responsibility and bring the change – for our future and our future generations. Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what can you do For your country.
We need to take future in our hands; see it resting on our palms and take nation ahead.
Change is inevitable and it is important that Indian Youth takes the responsibility to bring the change. So, here is the call for all the citizens whose conscience is yet awake and they want to make the system effective. Be the Change.
As you may have read in the daily newspapers & watched on various TV news channels, the floods that have hit Bihar due to the overflowing of the Kosi river have taken a very drastic and devastating face.
Thousands of citizens have lost their lives and millions have been displaced or otherwise affected.
To get an idea of how destructive these floods have been, you can take a look at some of these news reports:
In this situation of crisis, we have joined hands with the organisation Doctors For You to raise funds for the people affected in the floods. Click on the ChipIn! button on the page that opens on clicking the below link, to donate money to our Bihar Relief Fund.
26th of July last year was when we started off with Jai Hind. Voila!! It is our birthday!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!
I’d gone to watch The Dark Knight 2 days back in a multiplex in Kolkata.
The rule of playing the National Anthem before the movie starts is something that has been introduced in various parts of the country at different points in time. It was already there in Maharashtra when I had moved to Mumbai four years back. Out here in Kolkata, it seems to have been introduced just lately.
An old schoolmate who had accompanied me to the movie and has also studied in Maharashtra blabbered out when it started – “Yeh Maharashtra ka rule yanha kaise aa gaya”! I really flared up at him saying what do you mean by Maharashtra’s rule. Aren’t we standing up to show respect towards our country, or are we doing it because it is the rule? And isn’t Kolkata in India? Also, I noticed some people just stand up for the sake of standing up and never really give a damn about the National Anthem being played. Then bloody why do you stand up if your intention is not to respect the Anthem?
I pity those who do not understand the importance of the National Anthem. And I pity those who care more about giggling when A.R. Rehman sings the last Jaya He part, than giving our National Anthem its due respect.
Anyways, thanks to all the readers & authors for making Jai Hind the way it is.
We’ve had thousands of readers in this one year, and we hope to reach out to more and more Indians and create some awareness among them about our country.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAI HIND: PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN!!
Part 1 & Part 2 were all about registering yourself with your Telecom providers. Part 3 tells you more about enrolling yourself for the NDNC Registry with your bank or credit card company. Please click on the following links to register: