Open Letter to The Chief Justice of India

Dear Mr. Chief Justice,

Good morning. I hope you are feeling good today. This letter is in regard to the episode of you feeling emotional in some meeting with the PM. I am not quite sure of what happened and what is the that made you feel emotional. If it was some dust in your eyes, that made tears roll down your cheeks. You see the media always sensationalizes everything and a common man like me cannot be sure of what happened unless present there and sometimes even when they are present.

So I chose to write to you directly to know what made you breakdown emotionally and if it all in the first place you were emotional. Media says you were overburden with the work on your shoulder. Is that correct ? We know there is a long pending work in the field on Justice and I understand that it is difficult to deal with all the issues related to Justice because what is just for one may be completely unjust in someone else eyes. And when you are given the responsibility of taking care of all the issues in the country and making a decision on them, it is but natural to feel overwhelmed and burdened. But does that mean one should feel emotional ? (Well I cannot wait to hear your response/feelings on that ) Even if that makes you emotional and breaks you down, what after you shed your tears? Do you feel empowered now ? Is there a new energy in your thoughts ?

Because I have heard them all say that when you share your pain with others it lightens your heart. I hope you feel lighter now.

I have read the President notes from one of his books, that he worked towards making Justice his primary agenda and planned on moving all the cases to digitization. What is the status on that ? Is that helping you or are you burdened with it ? Do I need to mention who was the President, if you didn’t have time to read books, then it was Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Again as I said I wouldn’t know what is the status of it unless you tell me. I don’t want to file an RTI nor I want to wait until you retire and write a book. I know you cannot speak while you are on position, but you need to device some means to talk to the new Gen Justice guys.

I have been reading The Republic by Plato and having a hard time reconciling what Socrates speaks of and what my own thoughts are. I cannot read more than 2-3 pages a day while I complete Chetan Bhagat books in few hours and JK Rowling’s book in a day. In a way I don’t mind you not knowing CB n JKR, but I believe you have read The Republic ! Have you ? Please tell me frankly !

When I read that, (I have not yet completed it yet) I realized it is very difficult to provide Justice and the notion of what is just and unjust totally changed for me. I started to think and see everything with eyes of Justice. Yes your eyes. My blood raged with everything I saw and my heart broke to see how people follow unfair means for their own benefits. Those very tiny little things about – not traveling without a ticket, an employer not paying salary and similar kind. Those tiny little issues compared to what you deal with, make me realized that notion of Justice is totally flawed in India and it is very difficult and risky to provide a ‘100% Fair n Just Decision to Everything’.

By then I understood the gravity of your life and started to appreciate how you tackle everything so wisely. But then this happened. All the noise in news about you becoming emotional. So I want to know what happened !

Are you eating food on time ?
Do you get time to listen to your favorite music ?
How often do you meet your grandchildren ?
How is your brother (Read Dalveer Bhandari, Internal Court of Justice) ? Do you happen to talk to him! Is he doing a good job there.
Do you go on vacation ?

I do not intend to challenge your capabilities and skills but I talk to you as a family member, as a grandson. As to whatever is happening in the family (country) you are a hope to what good can happen. You may feel sad, dejected broken, but you cannot stop. You have a vision and you need to implement that. I do not have the experience of life as much as you do and so I am not entitled to serve  Justice so soon. You cannot on the other hand wait for me go gain same conscience as you have and serve the country, because by then you will not be there any more. I am here and I can see you. Give me an example to live by for the rest of my life.

The media might not speak of the amazing work you do, but I will, even the tiny little thing you do, I will remember that and I will be inspired. All your grandchildren will be inspired to serve Justice in the right way.

And I want to you tell me in the reply to this letter, as I have spoken my heart out with genuine care and affection for you, what are your suggestions to me.

Thank you and take care of your health. See you soon.

One of your many grandsons
waiting for you
to become my hero !
~ Bhanu

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WhatsApp Secured End to End Message Encryption Feature Released

Did you see an encryption prompt in your message window on WhatsApp ! What does it mean ??? Don’t worry, here is what it is about.

Ever wondered about all the text containing important and sensitive data being exchanged on WhatsApp, was it secure? Well the solution is here now from WhatsApp !

WhatsApp is a popular messenger App used for staying connected with people and sharing text, media and documents with those in contacts. WhatsApp keeps updating various features every now and then. Most of the features are very useful and hence the popularity of the App. WhatsApp now released a secure end-to-end encryption feature for sending messages and calls. How can you verify that ? Just follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Update to the latest version of WhatsApp !
  • Send a message to your contact. You will see a prompt message generated informing about the new feature. Click on it !
  • You will be prompted with details. Click on Verify! If you want to know more about the feature click on Learn More.
  • It will land you to a Verify Security Code page. You have two option – either you scan the QR code of your contact from your mobile or your contact scans the QR code on your phone.
  • Once done you will see a Green Check. It is verified. You are good to exchange your information securely now.

Even WhatsApp wouldn’t know what you are talking or texting (atleast that’s what they say !)

In Simple Terms

WhatsApp is now like exchanging mails or visiting a bank website with a lock secured web address or more so simpler like the WordPress.com you see on this browser.securewp

Glitch

What if your contact and you are not near to each other or at the same place or country ?What if you have a camera that is not efficient enough to pick the QR code ?

  • Just compare the very complicated number displayed on the Verify Screen.

 


Disclaimer

Way2Heart Blog website does not claim or guarantee that all your texts and data are secured to the highest level, that they can never be hacked or tampered. User Discretion is advised before exchanging any sensitive details. All the rights to the App and copyrights rest with WhatsApp Inc. Screenshots are taken from my mobile !

White Noise on Social Media

Sometime back, I posted my views on the events that happen in our life and how our understanding about those events is not clear, because of the media opinions and projections. We are not sure about what happens in the politics, business, society and states unless the projection from Media in TV/Web/Papers. Our views are clouded and our vision is blurred. Most of the times, it is tunneled and we don’t want to see the complete picture. Social media in all of this has a even more strong impact, as it is interactive, live and responsive. Anything and everything that one thinks and has to say, is just a click away. There is a lot of white noise on the Web and with increase in access to internet, this noise keeps on increasing.

I would like to share the story of Man behind the Egyptian revolution, who created a huge impact on the Egyptians via Social Media. Here is what he has to say and I firmly believe on the same lines :

I was hit hard on my head. I lost my balance and fell down, to find four armed men surrounding me. One covered my mouth and the others paralyzed me. I knew I was being kidnapped by state security. After, 11 days of complete darkness, I was set free. And three days later, Mubarak was forced to step down. It was the most inspiring and empowering moment of my life. It was a time of great hope. Egyptians lived a utopia for 18 days during the revolution. They all shared the belief that we could actually live together despite our differences, that Egypt after Mubarak would be for all.

This is what once Gandhi also visioned and everyone came along for protesting against the British rule and India got Independence. But what followed back then in India, repeated in Egypt too, this time more of it on the Social Media end. He continues to say :

But unfortunately, the post-revolution events were like a punch in the gut. The euphoria faded, we failed to build consensus, and the political struggle led to intense polarization. Social media only amplified that state, by facilitating the spread of misinformation, rumors, echo chambers and hate speech. The environment was purely toxic. My online world became a battleground filled with trolls, lies, hate speech. I started to worry about the safety of my family. But of course, this wasn’t just about me. The polarization reached its peak between the two main powers — the army supporters and the Islamists. People in the center, like me, started feeling helpless. Both groups wanted you to side with them; you were either with them or against them.

That day I made a very hard decision. I decided to go silent, completely silent. It was a moment of defeat. I stayed silent for more than two years, and I used the time to reflect on everything that happened, trying to understand why did it happen. It became clear to me that while it’s true that polarization is primarily driven by our human behavior, social media shapes this behavior and magnifies its impact. Say you want to say something that is not based on a fact, pick a fight or ignore someone that you don’t like. These are all natural human impulses, but because of technology, acting on these impulses is only one click away.

This is part of the reason, I had to go silent from Blogging World. I needed to reflect on what I posted and what was the impact that it created on the readers. I needed to be clear on what I say and why I say.

In my view, there are five critical challenges facing today’s social media.

  1. We don’t know how to deal with rumors. Rumors that confirm people’s biases are now believed and spread among millions of people.
  2. We create our own echo chambers. We tend to only communicate with people that we agree with, and thanks to social media, we can mute, un-follow and block everybody else.
  3. Online discussions quickly descend into angry mobs. All of us probably know that. It’s as if we forget that the people behind screens are actually real people and not just avatars.
  4. It became really hard to change our opinions. Because of the speed and brevity of social media, we are forced to jump to conclusions and write sharp opinions in 140 characters about complex world affairs. And once we do that, it lives forever on the Internet, and we are less motivated to change these views, even when new evidence arises.
  5. In my point of view, this is the most critical, today, our social media experiences are designed in a way that favors broadcasting over engagements, posts over discussions, shallow comments over deep conversations. It’s as if we agreed that we are here to talk at each other instead of talking with each other.

So I urge you to think on this end, that may be it is easy to just forward any message that you get, may it is very easy to like a post, share it with your friends, but every time you do something of that sort, you are adding to the white noise and you are amplifying the polarization. May be next time, when you share your views, be free to share if you believe them, be ready to listen to other views and ready to agree if you are convinced. As long as you don’t blindly add to the noise and as long as you are ready to share/express your opinions with certain acceptance level, we can collectively grow as society.

Thank you very much. Please feel free to share your opinions about this post as well, let’s start from here !