May 032012

it is incredible the number of people who mix up unbiased and non partisan. possible to have biases without being partisan …no ?

for example i am biased towards women’s rights or against loutish behaviour, does that mean i am also partisan … does it translate into support for a party? Not really, because i can’t think of a single political party that stands for the rights of women, and i don’t know of a single political party that hasn’t exhibited loutish behaviour. If an issue is important enough to me, I will have a bias on it. That bias does not translate into party positions, possibly because parties do not have any positions except winning. People like me are floating voters. I will vote for a party that i believe will give me most. I am as loyal to a party as it is to me, which is to say not at all. Conversely, I don’t have biases on issues that don’t matter to me or I don’t know enough about. I may have a Yes/No position on that, but if that Yes/no is challenged by an expert who explains it, i don’t have issues in admitting that I am wrong. Give you an example. I still believe that first come first serve on 2G was the best way to increase penetration of telephony. And that the real scandal is unaffordable 3G that is a result of auctioning. Does that mean i support the Government/Congress Party in the way telephony has been handled – no i don’t support them on this.

Those who conflate the two – bias and partisanship – are trying to confuse the issue and make targets of those who don’t follow their world view. And I have begun resenting that.

Also on the rise are those who are in the us or them mode. The number of guys on the Right who have told me ‘you shouldn’t be speaking to x, or y or z’ because they are paid congis, and the number of people on the opposite side who have told me that they will ‘judge’ me because i talk to sanghis, is on the rise. I am not on a KG playground… I know lots of people. I try and find common cause with most.  The real world is real and not made up of 140 character barbs. Yes, if people are genuinely abusive – and I have had people call me corrupt, a paid propagandist, loose in terms of sexual morality, all sorts of things – right from the days of blogging- I will do what i do in real life, cut them out of my life. Have no interaction if possible – unless i bump into them or step on their toe -in which case i will acknowledge that and move on. Your enemies are not mine, unless you happen to be my business partners or my closest friends. Your biases are not mine. Your Party is not mine. Your role models not mine. And mine are not yours…

Do i judge – of course I do. You have issues with the Election Commission’s behaviour, i will buy your point and hear you out. You target the EC because of his faith – i will bracket you as a bigot. You make jokes about rape, i will think you strange. You go after women and target their morality because you disagree with them I will bracket you a misogynist. And you cry wolf, i will hear you once and respond to it, but then next time will no longer take you seriously.

My world is not black and white. It has millions of hues and shades – and you know what, I recognise most of those hues and shades.

Sep 292009 has around 76 known usages of the word cast.

I am reproducing 6 of those here, do check out the rest – they too are illuminating !

–verb (used with object)
1. to throw or hurl; fling: The gambler cast the dice.
2. to throw off or away: He cast the advertisement in the wastebasket.
3. to direct (the eye, a glance, etc.), esp. in a cursory manner: She cast her eyes down the page.
4. to cause to fall upon something or in a certain direction; send forth: to cast a soft light; to cast a spell; to cast doubts.
5. to draw (lots), as in telling fortunes.
6. Angling.
a. to throw out (a fishing line, net, bait, etc.): The fisherman cast his line.
b. to fish in (a stream, an area, etc.): He has often cast this brook.

It has 6 different uses of the word caste :

1. Sociology.
a. an endogamous and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having mores distinguishing it from other such groups.
b. any rigid system of social distinctions.
2. Hinduism. any of the social divisions into which Hindu society is traditionally divided, each caste having its own privileges and limitations, transferred by inheritance from one generation to the next; jati. Compare class (def. 13).
3. any class or group of society sharing common cultural features: low caste; high caste.
4. social position conferred upon one by a caste system: to lose caste.
5. Entomology. one of the distinct forms among polymorphous social insects, performing a specialized function in the colony, as a queen, worker or soldier.
6. of, pertaining to, or characterized by caste: a caste society; a caste system; a caste structure.

Times of India – the world’s leading English Language newspaper – as a part of its austerity drive, has gotten rid of its dictionaries as raddi, and its copy editors have been deputed to make chai -as a part of their head count rationalisation measures. All very commendable, and possibly explains this story :


@vijaysankaran tweeted on, well, twitter :)

@calamur give toi a break:-)..they think of cast all the time. Diol bole cast on set, wanted star cast, katrina cast with srk, ….:-)

I could say a 100 things or more – but i guess a picture speaks more than words :)