Just out of curiosity
Lets do it Gangnam Style.
Curiosity has always held man in good stead. It has helped us improve our lives for the better with the help of science. Curiosity has enabled man as William Shatner puts in the title sequence of Star Trek ‘to boldly go where no man has ever gone before’.
Yesterday i came across an interesting story by the One laptop per child foundation. The idea was dramatic. Give tablets preloaded with games and educational software to Ethiopian kids with no prior experience of using them and see what happens. Can they pick it up ? Amazingly a few months later they found out that the students had not only understood how to use the tablets, they had even learned a few words. Curiosity helped the kids explore the tablets and become better at it. The original story can be found here (http://mashable.com/2012/10/29/tablets-ethiopian-children/).
Online education is not new. MIT had opencourseware long before a lot of others entered the field. But Salman Khan, the founder of khanacademy.org truly redefined it with his approach. Now Salman Khan was just another guy trying to help his cousin with some algebra! Kaushik Basu argues for legalizing bribes for some situations. Its a peculiar idea. Today both giving and taking a bribe is a criminal offence. Due to this the bribe giver cannot turn whistleblower since he is equally culpable. Basu seeks to change this dynamics. If giving a bribe is legal but accepting one is not, we change the rules of the game. Once the rules are changed, the way the game is played changes too.
The latest cabinet shuffle was supposed to be homecoming for the prime-minister-in-waiting(hope t -> infinity) Rahul Gandhi. But this time too he managed to miss the bus. On the other side of the fence we have the BJP with its many dilemmas. The development figures in Gujarat might not be as rosy as they are portrayed, Narendra Modi’s approval ratings might not have improved despite incessant media campaigns on his part. But just out of curiosity it might be worthwhile for the BJP to give him a chance to run for office. After all he might be their only chance after the downfall of Gadkari.
Thanks to Arvind Kejriwal, this year has seen politicians getting bashed in all quarters of the country. Noted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai puts it as a fight between ‘them’ and ‘us’. The elite and the normal people. Let me suggest an experiment. Ban all existing candidates, their family members and their chamchas from contesting elections for a small area(Now that in itself is an interesting problem). See what happens. Lets have complete novices running for office. Maybe like with the Ethiopian children we just might have some interesting results. For Curiosity sake lets do it different this time. Lets do it Opp Opp Oppa Gangnam Style. :)
P.S: Thank you Ravali for editing the draft and making it readable. Ya and for the title too. :)