Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

Of course Minister

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 11 - 2013Comments Off

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid thinks PRISM is nothing to worry about. In his own words

“This is not scrutiny and access to actual messages. It is only computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails that are being sent. It is not actually snooping on specifically on content of anybody’s message or conversation”, Mr. Khurshid, who is currently in Brunei to attend series of ASEAN meetings, told reporters.

“Some of the information they (the US) got out of their scrutiny, they were able to use it to prevent serious terrorist attacks in several countries,” he said.

makes me wonder what was going through his head. But then of course his own government has similar plans in pipeline. May be this just helped him to rehearsal his responses. There too nothing creative, for long states have given us the same old (Terrorists, drug dealers, pedophiles and organized crime) reasons. The thing that shocks me the most is the absence of public debate. May be privacy is not important to us – Indians. Or may be we will have to face another emergency before questioning the states motive.

I will stop my rant here. I think its time to get a gpg key for yourself, also if you haven’t seen cypherpunks interview, watch it now.

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A Decade of Blogging

Posted by Thejesh GN On June - 12 - 20135 COMMENTS

By next week I will be a decade old blogger. In internet times I am really old :)

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It all started with a newsletter ten years back. Never knew It would continue so far, its been an awesome 10 years.

Thanks for reading.

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Why AskYourGovt.in ?

Posted by Thejesh GN On May - 28 - 20139 COMMENTS

For a long time, we (the so-called middle class) didn’t have access to the ruling and administrative classes. We couldn’t ask them questions directly and they didn’t care about us. We were dependent on journalists to question politicians and politicians in turn to question the bureaucracy. It never worked for us. Journalists never worked for us. We were never their customers (our fault?) and I don’t have to say anything about the ruling class.

With RTI, we got that access. Just like a top journo, I could question the Prime Minister and demand answers. But like how any other set of laws were used, RTI’s first success stories were very personal. I think even today RTI has been used in a very personal way to get answers to personal questions.

But then there are a set of people who are asking public-interest questions. Answers to which are very useful to the vast majority. Hence the use of AskYourGovt, where I plan to build a comprehensive database of Public Interest RTI requests and responses. The idea is not just to aggregate the responses. It’s to build a community around “Questioning the Govt” which includes asking more questions, demanding answers, commenting on the responses, building stories and larger public awareness.

This seems to be a huge task. But I don’t have to succeed, As an individual, there is no pressure on me. I am just going to give it a good try and hope that you will help me.

Alpha website is out :)

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Running TCS World 10k Bangalore

Posted by Thejesh GN On May - 22 - 20132 COMMENTS

This was my first proper long distance running. I finished Open 10k in not so respectable 1:39:00. Its not that bad, considering I haven’t been running at all. I am planning to run a half marathon this year, hopefully with decent timing.

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Library Of Congress

Posted by Thejesh GN On May - 21 - 20131 COMMENT

Its been a dream to visit the library from long time. This time I made sure I did. Library of Congress is the largest library in the world (British Library is very a close competitor). It roughly attracts 1.75 million visits in an year and is a reference library. It has books from all over the world including Kannada books(ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ ಕುವೆಂಪುರವರ ಅನಿಕೇತನ ಕವನ ಸಂಕಲನ, ಎಶಿಯನ್ ರಿಡಿಂಗ್ ರೂಮ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ದೊರೆಯುತ್ತದೆ.).

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With a free library card you get to see and study them. The library card is available to anybody with an address proof. Fill up the form online and carry your passport (you don’t have to be US citizen or permanent resident. Passport of any country is good) and get your id card in like 10 minutes.

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If you have a free day in DC don’t miss visiting loc. They have a free tour almost every day and they are wonderful. If you want to follow-up online they have great set of blogs. They also do 140 character updates.

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