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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Attracted To Pornography

Bangalore, Feb 8, 2012:
In a huge embarrassment to the BJP government in Karnataka, two ministers were allegedly caught on TV camera watching porn on mobile phone during assembly proceedings in the first such ugly incident in the state's legislative history. A regional TV channel aired the footage of Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi and Minister for Women and Child Development C C Patil allegedly watching the clippings. A close look and replay of the video footage showed the duo sitting together and watching pornographic material on a mobile handset which belonged to fellow minister J Krishna Palemar. All three have now resigned as ministers.

The Karnataka assembly's porn show is hardly the first instance of its kind. From USA to Australia and beyond, lawmakers tend to have "slipped fingers":

Indonesia, April 11, 2011
An Indonesian MP who helped pass a tough anti-pornography law has resigned after being caught watching sexually explicit videos on his computer during a parliamentary debate.

MP Paul McLeay was caught surfing porn sites on a parliamentary computer while in office. While the fact that he was busted while doing so may have seemed hilarious to most at first, the whole scenario became a lot less funny when his internet history showed up searches on child pornography.

Former Florida Senator Mike Bennett of the Republican Party was caught accessing pornographic images, as his colleagues were discussing the bill on anti-abortion. A media reporter, who was in the room, managed to capture Bennett's reckless action. In the 28-second video, Bennett was seen looking at the pictures showing a number of topless women on his laptop. Bennett defended himself, saying that he accidentally accessed pornographic sites.

66-year-old MP Simeone di Cagno Abbrescia was caught checking out women on an escort website during a session. "I was looking at my messages when a window opened up and I couldn't help looking at the pictures of those lovely girls," he explained. He later added, "My finger slipped."

An unnamed MP was caught watching an X-rated flick by fellow politicians... during a debate on road safety! It also emerged later that his MP pals had joined him in viewing the videos.

Per Asklund, Sweden
In November 2011, this high-ranking local politician from western Sweden was found to have made thousands of visits to numerous pornographic websites from his office computer. While Asklund, member of the Moderate Party, denied purchasing sex, an examination of his office computer by the municipality's IT department revealed that the politician spent a fair amount of his working day visiting pornographic websites and sites offering escort services.

To be fair to all such fallen heroes, we must remember that they have, in fact, fallen prey to that part of human psychology where boredom from over-indulgence in one's every day business creates a desire for diversion, a pleasure, more often a depraved pleasure, and so forth in a potentially unending downward spiral towards total degradation. In a nightmarish scenario, an upstanding politician could thus wake up to find himself on one of the web’s many sites explicitly dedicated to facilitating illicit activity. Like any metropolis, the web has neighborhoods, some safer and some horrific. Unlike any other metropolis, the web lacks a government, laws, or a police force. The only universally acknowledged cyber-crime is the intentional spreading of computer viruses—infectious software programs that could impair the experience of other cyber-tourists. Beyond this, there are no moral guidelines. A turn down the wrong cyber-street guarantees exposure to information or images at least as corrosive as anything available in the streets of New York, Paris, or Tokyo—and often even worse. For example, the web hosts thousands of pornographic sites—offering material that is as explicit and generally more violent than what is found in print publications—and these sites are heavily trafficked. A British survey reported that over half of all word searches on the Internet are aimed at locating pornography. The top eight word searches were all pornography related. Although much of the explicit material available online is free, through fee-per-view services and advertisements the online pornography industry currently generates about $1 billion annually. Researchers explain that it is the web’s “Triple-A Engine”—access, affordability, and anonymity—that drives the online pornography industry.

Politicians particularly are attracted to Internet pornography because it gives them a brief—albeit depraved—opportunity to leave their painful, lonesome reality in the legislative assembly, without having to manipulate a 'walk out' or a forced adjournment by the Speaker. Loneliness can be excruciating, and these statesmen are so desperate to escape their solitary lives in the House that they use the Internet like a sort of hallucinogenic drug. After the fantasy, return to reality is even more painful, and then these men often feel terribly guilty too; but until they find real pleasure in their political pursuits, they are likely to return to the net again and again. Legislatures are regarded as temples of democracy. Acts such as abusing, screaming, seeing dirty pictures and flinging slippers on one another by members denigrate parliamentary democracy. They lead to a loss of faith in Parliament and democracy. It is the primary responsibility of party leaders to work towards eliminating such acts, by inculcating parliamentary behavior among the members.

Healing, not condemnation, is at the heart of this problem. What is needed is healing the personality weaknesses that virtually guarantee some individuals will fall victim to Internet temptations. Exploring different aspects of how to help them give up these addictions and resist the pressure to resume this behavior, the immediate thoughts go to our revered spiritual Saints or Gurus who really are the best bet to bring sanity to all such statesmen. And as far as the three ministers of BJP government in Karnataka are concerned, there can be no better Guru to give them sense than Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the world famous spiritual leader, who himself belongs to Karnataka. Rather than inadvertently allowing parties like BJP to take advantage of his fame, in elections or otherwise, he could render real help in the healing process of the concerned BJP ministers in Karnataka, who, while attending the Assembly in session, were attracted to pornography.


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