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Electronic Voting Machine Security Issue

August 23, 10 by Bharani

A very disturbing security concern over Indian Electronic Voting Machines has emerged recently. VeTA has performed a kind-of sting operation on Indian EVMs and has published a white paper briefing the security flaws in the Voting machines. VeTA is an independant National level citizen’s forum for promoting Verifiability, Transparency and Accountability in Indian Elections. Some of the well known computer experts, political scientists, public activists, legal professionals, academicians have come together to analyze the state of Indian Elections. On Saturday, August 21 2010, Hari Prasad, Chief Technical Coordinator of VeTA was arrested for the possession of Electronic Voting Machine, which apparently was acquired through anonymous insider source! The Anonymity is still not revealed.

VeTA did a very thorough analysis on the EVM Hardware and software and proved in various ways that the EVM can be hacked and the results be easily manipulated. VeTA not just content with the findings went on to publish a white paper based on the findings. Now the whole world knows that Indian EVMs are not tamper-proof and the findings are completely contrary to the claim from Indian Election Commission “totally tamper proof, perfect, fail safe and requiring no improvement”.

I am surprised why Indian government and Election commission would have disallowed any independant security evaluation! This raises a serious integrity concern about ECI. While the cyber-hackers are growing powerful and while the cyber security is always playing a catch up game with cyber attacks, this lack of concern and total underestimation of EVM Hacking from ECI needs to be addressed immediately. I think ‘sting’ operations are the only way to reform the Indian government and remove the inefficiency and corruption from it.

You can watch the video below to understand the technical flaws of the voting machines and how naive the security mechanisms are.

References:

Time Management…


http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/jhalderm/electronic-voting-researcher-arrested-over-anonymous-source

Gold Medal winner’s Blog!

August 12, 08 by Bharani

Abhinav Bindra has made the entire nation proud with his fantastic feat in Olympics. What struck me the most is his demeanour and spirit. Such a normal guy! You have to read his blog entry he posted just the day after he won his medal to understand what I mean! Never seen such calmness and normalcy in people who have achieved extra-ordinary feat…The guy doesn’t even realize how much he means to the entire nation now 🙂 Brilliant…

While we are happy with the lone gold medal for the past 28 years and the lone individual gold medal for the past 88 years, there are guys like Micheal phelps, who strike gold after gold after gold…..incredible stuff…

Abhinav Bindra’s Blog

MIH India Launches OneFamily

October 29, 07 by Bharani

OneFamily

MIH India has launched a Family networking product called OneFamily, aiming to provide an online colloboration and socialization platform to family members and close friends. One can add his/her Family tree, add anecdotes about family members, share photos and messages with family members, make announcements about events/important occasions etc.,

Enabling users to handle their family tree easily and intuitively is not an easy job. Onefamily has managed to do it as simple as possible. I really liked the “Take a Tour” section and it essentially summarizes what the Product is all about.

Good News India

February 28, 05 by Bharani

News from India : of positive action, steely endeavour and quiet triumphs ~ news that is little known

http://www.goodnewsindia.com/homepage.php

Came across his wonderful website from Chakkarapani’s Post.

“…It is a site run by a one-man-army – a 63 year old Shri D V Sridharan, whose mission is to show-case the heroic efforts of thousands of little known men, women and institutions, while skirting celebrities, politicians and publicity-hunters….” [Chakkarapani]

Many of the stories are truly inspiring, but have been neglected media attention. I am happy that I came across this website and I salute the efforts of Mr. D.V. Sridharan. I am posting this here as a humble contribution towards popularizing the website…My main intention is not to just popularize the website, but to expose these wonderful steely stories to the world..

India: The next knowledge superpower

February 22, 05 by Bharani

“..Some of the biggest names in IT are heading towards Bangalore once more, but now it’s the brightest minds they seek – not cheap labour..”

http://www.newscientist.com/special/india

The website NewScientist .com has dedicated a special section focussing on India. Read on..Thanks Rohit Khanna.

SWADES

February 21, 05 by Bharani

Yesterday, I got my hands to Swades DVD through one of my friend here. I am glad I saw the movie. My first impression was “A movie well made”.

But I hope Ashutosh Gowarikar’s movie doesn’t bring all NRI’s back to India thereby stopping all the forex income for Indian government :-)


Pun aside, the actors in the film have done very well. Some of the scenes are very emotional. I normally will have some tears in my eyes when I see very emotional or sentimental scenes.This film definitely did brought some emotional tears in my eyes..

The scene where Sharukh visits Haridas (a poor tenant of Gayatri joshi’s land) is well brought out. Most of the population in India are in Haridas’s situation. The frame where Sharukh manages to generate electricity through hydro-electric concepts and turbines is pretty gripping. Gayatri Joshi is cute and homely. Her passion for teaching and educating village children is amazing and inspiring.

The comedy in the form of “Mela Ram’s Dhaba” in American highways is pretty clean and appealing. The background score by A.R.Rahman is stunning as usual. The songs are intriguing and have depth in lyrics.

I liked some punch dialogues in the film:

“Habits can be changed, but narrow opinions and beliefs can’t be changed..” [Gayatri says this to sharukh after she denies the groom]

“Every piece of ice is inevitably ordained to melt into it’s own water..” [Fatima a old muslim lady says this to Kaveriamma, when she faces the dilemma..Honestly this is the best line in the film..]

“Our light in the home giving light to neighbour’s house” [Mela ram says this finally to Sharukh]

“NRI == Non-returning Indians!” [Gayatri joshi says to Sharukh while he takes bath]

“The Thirst in my heart alone knows the taste of my tears..” [Haridas tells to Sharukh]

“What is money when compared with the value of human life?” [Kavariamma tells to sharukh]

The scene where they show the film in white screen brought my memories back. In my childhood I use to watch films like that sitting with many people in the open-air..It’s an experience..

If you get an oppurtunity to visit village side and meet some village poor people, do so..You will feel how comfortable and lucky you are to lead your life…One of my distant relatives are very poor and they live in such conditions..I have visited them and talked with them freely sometimes, which many of my other relatives don’t, they have enormous respect for me..It’s not just the money, it’s the care and warmth these people are denied of in the society..

Taj Mahal – 1944

February 16, 05 by Bharani

Somedays back, I received the link from one of my friend.

Digital South Asia Library.

“…The Hensley Collection is comprised of photographs taken during World War II by an American serviceman, Glenn S. Hensley. The photographs, numbering almost 600, were given to the University of Chicago Library by the photographer. The text accompanying the images is derived from notes written by Mr. Hensley.


The images include a rich array of photographs taken in Calcutta during 1943-44 by Mr. Hensley, a professional photographer participating in the surveillance of the Japanese in Burma for the U.S. Army. During his off-duty time Mr. Hensley used his ethnographer’s eye to capture daily life in a number of locations around India. The majority of the images are from Calcutta and its environs. Other locations in this collection are Madras, Kharagpur, Agra, and Burma. The photographs and notes were prepared by Hensley for his wife to use in teaching world history courses in Missouri during World War II…”

Impressive collection of photographs. The pictures of Madras, Calcutta were impressive and portrays the life of Indians in 1940’s..I admired the pictures of Tajmahal and vast empty land surrounding it…