Majestic MODI !

Since 26 May 2014, the day Mr. Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India, he has continued to surprise us every single day with his charisma and magic. Today, on 26th January 2015 it is eight months and he has put on a spectacular show at the Rajghat celebrating the 66th Republic Day of India and the journey has been nothing less than commendable so far. As US president Mr. Barack Obama attended the event on the request of Mr. Modi and the two leaders were seen chatting candidly and discussing issues, it appeared as if the not only the two of them were embarking on a long lasting friendship but the nations of India and US separated by the seven oceans were coming together to shake a hand of friendship and a long lasting cordial and mutual relationship.
Modi has always been enigmatic in his own way, by setting little things right he hopes to accomplish great tasks for India as the PM and certainly he is on the right track. Obama has been supportive as expected and has offered a lot in this visit, he has agreed to bolster India’s defence, agreed to counter the power problem in India, signed a nuke deal and also supports and encourages Modi’s Clean India and Digital India campaigns.
Sometimes I think of Modi as a magician whose bag of tricks is infinitely deep and right now he is just setting the stage, I am sure once he begins the real show he will surprise and amaze us even more. Those are just thoughts, but in reality he has done only what a leader(PM) of India should do. Why the previous PMs were so reluctant to befriend the most powerful nation still escapes my mind. Modi is a clever person and wants to be friendly and cordial with everyone. His approach is completely informal and frankly thats what is the need of the hour.
It would not be wrong to say that Modi has achieved enough in 8 months to silence the opposition for the remaining 4 years and 4 months of his tenure. It is only the future that will tell us what is in store for us, but the way Mr.Modi is working in the present, future is certainly bright and it will be here faster than we think.
Before I sign off I just want to say hats off to Modi for bringing professional attitude in the PM office and integrating it with an approach which makes things lucid and moves the gears without much friction. I only wish that all the politicians should learn a lesson or two from our prime minister. He only sleeps 4 hours a day !

Journalism vs. Terrorism

The war Between Words and Bullets.

The incident at Charlie Hebdo and the brutal killing of 12 journalists is not the first act of terrorism against the freedom of speech and expression but it is certainly the most barbaric one of all. Our history is marked with incidents where people used to slaughter and fight if they had a difference of opinions but as civilization crept in and people became more peaceful use of bullets and swords declined. Democratically chosen leaders who came from common walks of life replaced kings and words replaced guns and fear. I wouldn’t be going too far if I mention that there was a period when something like the freedom of speech and expression actually existed. Journalism, a profession which evolved as a direct result of this fundamental right came into existence and showed a bright future ahead, where matters of conflict were solved with words and peaceful discussions and not with arms and weapons on grounds of battle. For a better understanding, journalism is a transparent glass between the common people and those who make the news. It is only a medium which communicates the truth and the facts without bias and without prejudice.
The attack on the French satiric magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ is an attempt of silencing the opinions of those who show the truth to the world. The attackers who shouted the slogans proclaiming they had avenged Prophet Mohammed seriously need to rethink and readjust their moral compass. They need to revise their understanding of Islam and that of the teachings of The Prophet.
The French magazine has published satiric cartoons targeting almost all the major religions of the world and they have only tried to express the need for reform, if someone does not understanding the symbolism behind their harmless cartoons or the message they wanted to convey, that someone still does not deserve the right to cold blooded murder or spreading terror. Without realizing they have defamed their Prophet and Islam even more, they have proved that the journalists and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were right in every way and I would do what those brave journalists did if I has the chance.
If some people were so much hurt by those cartoons, they could have protested, filed a case in a court of law or drawn their own cartoons and published them. Nobody stops them from speaking up or voicing their grievances. The Charlie Hebdo incident is a sad one as it starkly points that we still have some people trotting on this planet who live in the dark ages where logic took a backseat and hatred drove people to murder those with a different opinion. How can you kill somebody for making a cartoon ? Those who want to silence our voices by methods of violence are only adding gravity and weight to our voice, those journalists may have died but their work and their voice will reciprocate throughout centuries.
This war between words and bullets has been raging on silently and sometimes violently, but those with words and pens never murder an Innocent person or an innocent emotion. The peaceful protestors in Paris raised a pen in honour of those journalists who died on 7th January 2015, and I am confident that they would never raise a gun because a “pen is mightier than a sword.” I implore you to pick up a pen and join me in this battle against terrorism and those who want to silence us.

– A tribute to the journalists who died on 7th Jan 2014, office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
@JeSuisCharlie.

Cyber Security.

We live in the age of information, surrounded completely by artificial intelligence. To say the least, the experience is surreal, magical and unbelievable. We wake up to digital alarms set on our intelligent gadgets, measure our steps on GPS enabled health bands while listening to songs on our little music players, drive to work in our intelligent cars, while talking to our phones telling them what to doetting reminders on the go all this while we are connected to the internet and leaving our personaland professional data vulnerable to so many dangers out there on the world wide web. The fact that we are exposed like a nerve is a real threat which must be dealth with seriousness and caution.

What is cyber security ?

  For an ordinary internet user cyber security can be simply defined as the protective measures undertaken to counterattack viruses, malware, keep hackers at bay, ensuring data security and defense against unauthorized access. It is an old issue with internet users that keeps coming back at them in new forms and ways. Phishing, hacking, stealing private information like bank account details, unauthorized access are some examples of cyber attacks. The name given to those hackers who indulge in such criminal activities is ‘cyber terrorists’ and the danger they pose to us range from ordinary to life threatening.

Knowing and implementing.

  Most of the users on the internet are aware of this but still choose to ignore. Internet got better And more secure with the introduction of  ‘captcha’, antivirus softwares and firewalls. this does not mean that we can sit back, relax and use our phones and laptops without exercising proper caution rather it means that we should be more informed and all the more careful now that the need for such measures has arised to combat cyber terrorism. Awareness must be spread and implementation is must. Those who know should inform and encourage others who don’t.

Cyber Security in India.

  Unlike other countries users in India are still far behind in this war, succumbing to flashy advertisements and spam emails they are liable to give out information unwantedly to malicious hackers at the other end of the wire. Without their knowledge they fall prey to these illegal hackers and become victims. Piracy and software counterfeiting is rampant in India and the Indian webspace is crawling with malicious programs, viruses, malwares and other demons of the internet. The scenario of cyber security in India is pitiable and pathetic and it needs some serious attention from the government, private agencies and the consumers.
    Mr. Narendra Modi , the current Prime Minister of India has recently launched The Digital India campaign in which he plans to unfiy India through a high speed internetwork spanning the whole country by 2019. This means that the number of internet users from India is going to experience a tremendous boom in the coming 5 years, making it all the more necessary to educate these users about cyber security first.

Some Tips on Cyber Security.

General information about cyber security is availaible on a million websites on the internet and we can easily access it, but here are some easy tips to keep users safe and secure.

1. Use licensed  antivirus applications on your phone and computers.
2. Use virtual keyboards for online payments and transactions.
3. Never give away your passwords, not even to those you trust.
4. Browse and download content from official websites and trusted sources only.
5. Say no to piracy amd spftware counterfeiting.
6. Internet is a great tool, exercise caution and use your wisdom, use it wisely.

Rakshit Tandon is a computer professional, he has also served as the Chief of Cyber Security Cell, with Agra Police, Uttar Pradesh, India. For informations and queries regardning cyber security you may visit him at his website www.rakshittandon.com . The global war against terrorism is on, I hope you will be a part of it. Safe surfing.

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