The Hindi Blogosphere: Nithari and the New Year

With just about every person in Nithari village of Noida & news media in an uproar on the issue of missing children and the subsequent discovery of their skeletons, Hindi Blogosphere isn't far behind in expressing their reactions. Tarun was criticising the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh for not even bothering to visit Nithari to atleast console the grieving parents whose kids were abducted, sexually molested and then killed brutally and whose remains where recently found months after they disappeared. Chandra Prakash is also upset on this issue and saying that Nithari is one of those faces of the corrupt Indian system to hide which efforts are being made by those who can make such efforts. He also says that the day we understand these things will be the day when we will be able to recognise these diseases and think of ways to eradicate them.

And its not that the new year started with all this serious stuff. Some of us welcomed the new year in the mountains in cold weather and survived it to tell our tale. And some have been really busy over the new year, like the Tarakash team who had setup a public poll to chose the “Upcoming Hindi Blogger of 2006″ which ended just a couple of days back and whose results have come out. This effort of Tarakash team didn't go unnoticed outside blogosphere as a leading Gujarati daily Divya Bhaskar published a story covering this effort to recognise Hindi & Gujarati bloggers. And while we are talking of awards, a special mention goes to Eswami for giving away the “Eswami Indifference Award 2006″ to Indian Police Force which in fact satirically highlights the indifference attitude of the indian police which stand correct on the saying

Laaton ke bhooth, baaton se nahin maante.
(explained in English)
Some understand the language of kicks better than the one of words.

Coming to the Hindi language, Ravi Ratlami got his new year's gift as popular online hindi magazines Abhivyakti & Anubhooti did away with the font-specific versions of their websites & adopted unicode from 1st January 2007. Hindi tech blogger Unmukt is kinda surprised as live streaming media service of Council of European Union can be seen only on Windows and Mac & not on Linux. As he finds out, the FAQ from EU says that they don't support Linux as they can't do it in a legal way and on this Unmukt is surprised because unlike Windows & Mac(which are proprietory systems), Linux is open source and is not owned by any company, so how can supporting it has legal implications!! Thus he asks people to sign & support a petition against this action of EU which he already has signed.

And on a final note, GK Awadhiya's narration of Mahabharat continues as Arjun gets divine weapons.


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