Sedition or Freedom of Expression??

Few days back, there was a political furore over Aseem Trivedi and his cartoons. He had allegedly disrespected our nation and its constitution by their controversial depiction in his cartoons. I watched a debate  on a news channel which had some politicians and cartoonists as participants. Some of them went to the extent of calling him a terrorist. Some felt that though the drawings were in bad taste, things were unnecessarily blown out of proportion and calling him a terrorist was too harsh!! Later on i saw exactly what the cartoons were all about. In all there were four cartoons. One had the national emblem, in which lions were replaced with wolves. Second showed mother India being raped by politicians and bureaucrats. Third showed Kasab peeing on the constitution of India and the last one showed a toilet seat, similar in structure to the parliament. 

My question is, whether Aseem Trivedi was disrespecting our nation or was he actually trying to portray what our leaders have done to it?? Was he disrespecting the parliament or the people running it?? Was he disrespecting the Constitution or our politicians and judicial system who have made a complete mockery of it?? Having said that, I don't intend to justify his cartoons. I would say it was his frustration that came out in the form of art. And why just him?? Today, every common Indian is frustrated over the way our leaders are leading us and their frustration is bound to come out in some form!! They say that our national symbols have been disrespected and therefore Aseem Trivedi is a criminal. Funnily, these are the words of our politicians,  people who do not mind watching p*** movies during important parliament and assembly sessions!! Is our Constitution so flimsy that it will lose its sanity by what a person thinks, says or draws?? Is our national emblem so worthless that it'll lose its dignity by a mere sketch?? If a person expresses his thoughts in some form of art, without causing any violence, without breaking any rule, isn't he just following his fundamental right?? Just because some people disagree with him, can we call him a criminal?? 

Well, I would say our country has much bigger and important problems than some controversial cartoons! So rather than making these cartoons a topic of national concern, our politicians should focus on other important problems, which unfortunately they rarely do...  

Workshop@DCE Part-II

After sailing through the fitting, foundary and welding in the first semester, the workshop continued to the second semester as well. This time we had sheet metal work and forging.

Sheet Metal Work
In this, we were provided with thin iron sheets and using them we had to make cuboidal and cylindrical boxes. Initially it didn't seem or sound as difficult as fitting or welding. There were wooden hammers, scales, and "properly working" machines to cut sheets to the accurate measurements. So thankfully we didn't have to rely on saws to cut the sheets. Once cut, the sheet had to be folded with its ends interlocked. The base had to be fitted separately to complete the box. Interlocking was the most difficult part. Moreover, the "world class hammers"  of our sheet metal workshop made the task even more difficult. I remember with every 3-4 strong blows, the head of the hammer would come off its handle and therefore half of the time would be spent in fixing the head and the handle!! Fixing the hammer again and again was indeed an onerous task!! People could be seen holding the handle with head over it in upright position and banging the handle on the table to fix the head. The interlocking thus formed, played its own games. The moment we would realize that the box was nearly complete and we could run out of that workshop, its interlocking would unlock, taking us too many steps back. To interlock the two ends of the sheet again, the base had to be separated, and ends had to be interlocked, and finally the base had to be fitted again. Most of the people repeated this exercise a number of times... 

In forging, we were provided with cylindrical iron pieces that had to be converted to wedge-shaped. The task had to be done in pairs of two. For my partner, being paired with a girl was a slight disadvantage(why?? you'll know soon.. :D). First, the iron piece had to be heated to bright red colour in a furnace. Then one person had to hold the iron piece using tongs and the second person had to hammer it. Again, it didn't sound that difficult. However, the "world class tongs" of our forging workshop made the task too difficult. The person holding the iron piece using tongs would get a jerk in hands at each blow of the hammer. Initially we were not aware of it and it was decided that I would hold the piece and my partner would hammer it. The moment he hammered, I felt a jerk due to which I dropped the tongs and the iron piece tossed over the head of one of my classmates!! Thankfully no one got hurt. After that we took turns in hammering and holding the tongs cautiously. Despite all the jerks, I managed to hold the tongs and it gave a proud feeling too!! It's just that I couldn't sleep that night as my hands pained like hell...

P.S. I still don't get why Electronics and Communication engineers are made to go through the workshop tortures!!  

Few words for our Teachers...


She leads us to the path of life,
She holds our hand before we call,
She lends her support before we fall...

She sows little seeds within us,
She nurtures the plant till it becomes a tree,
Once it grows up, she leaves it free...

She teaches us little rules of life,
Love for all and hatred for none,
No temple, no mosque, as God is one...

She gives us beautiful wings to fly,
When we fly high and cover miles,
She proudly looks from beneath and smiles...

When we lose hope to succeed in life,
She makes us climb the ladder to success,
And she never forgets to bless...

She is a friend, philosopher and guide,
A great human being besides,

She is A TEACHER....