अनिल एकलव्य ⇔ Anil Eklavya

September 21, 2011

सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम

पहला: मार साले को!
दूसरा: मार साले को!
तीसरी: मार साले को!

कोरस: मार साले को! मार साले को! मार साले को!

पहला: मर गया क्या?
दूसरा: लग तो मरा ही रहा है।
तीसरी: अभी पूरी तरह नहीं मरा।

कोरस: मार साले को! मार साले को! मार साले को!

पहला: अबे ये देख वीडियो तेरा।
दूसरा: दिखता नहीं इसमें तू मर रहा है?
तीसरी: नहीं मानेगा, और लगाओ इसके।

कोरस: और लगाओ इसके! और लगाओ इसके! और लगाओ इसके!

पहला: मान जा! रस तो तेरा सारा निकल गया है।
दूसरा: रस तो सारा कोरस को चला गया है।
तीसरी: अब बचा क्या है? अब क्या करेगा तू?

कोरस: अब क्या करेगा तू? अब क्या करेगा तू? अब क्या करेगा तू?

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September 5, 2011

The Missing Clause

There is a legal agreement written in very legal language that I had to read today. It’s called Mutual Confidentiality Agreement and is required to be signed by two parties who plan to collaborate on some commercial product or service.

After having plodded through the legalese and having understood most of it (I have an advantage in this regard), I found that there was one clause that was glaringly missing from it.

The document lists all the conditions that apply when the Disclosing Party discloses something to the Recipient. It has a section euphemistically titled ‘Injunctive Relief’ that might send the shivers down the Recipient’s spine, depending on the power balance. It also lists all the exceptions under which these conditions may not apply. Such conditions include “court order” and “as required by law”.

What is missing is something that should be included in all such documents post-9/11, in all countries that went for the security Gold Rush, which practically means all countries, (almost) period.

That missing clause should go something like this:

An (unintended) disclosure by the Recipient to any number of third parties of any of the Disclosing Party’s Confidential Information will not be considered a breach of the agreement if it happens under any of the following conditions:

  1. As part of surveillance operations carried out by the State and any of its agencies, the institution in which the Recipient works or any part thereof, the Local Version of the Truman Show, the Connectivity Service Providers, the Private Security Companies, the Local Quasi-authorised Vigilante Organisations or any other such agencies added to the list till the eve of the day the breach is considered for scrutiny.
  2. [Talking of eve] As a result of eavesdropping by the agencies and organisations listed in 1.
  3. As a result of disclosure by the people involved in (a) surveillance and (b) eavesdropping by the agencies and organisations listed in 1 to any of their superiors, colleagues, sub-ordinates, business associates, friends, relatives, family members or strangers.

The clause sounds very reasonable in the post-9/11 world and makes perfect legal sense. After all, any disclosure made (unintentionally) under conditions listed in this clause would not be the fault of the Recipient and it would only be for The Good of The Country and The World and The Humanity (as everyone knows and agrees to).

I have one doubt, however. Won’t the addition of this clause almost nullify everything else in this agreement to mutual confidentiality?

But the clause is required. Isn’t it?

And what about that poor thing, The Market?

Is it already being forgotten in favour of other things?

January 16, 2011

Everybody Loves the Trauma Show

The phone rang, though I wasn’t expecting any calls at all. The call was not from any ‘contact’. I received the call, that is, I answered.

Me: Hello?

There was a girl at the other end. It seemed to be a call from a call centre. Let’s call her the Representative.

The Representative: Hello. May I talk to Mr. Anil Eklavya?

Me: I am Anil EKlavya.

The Representative: Sir, could I take some of your time?

Me: Yes, sure.

The Representative: Sir, I am calling from the LoveTrum Show…

Me: Love Trauma Show?

There was a pause at the other end. Possibly some sniggering too.

The Representative: No, sir, the LoveTrum Show.

She spelled out the name.

The Representative: The LOcal VErsion of the TRUMan Show.

Me: What is that?

The Representative: Sir, it is a kind of reality show.

Me: Reality show?

The Representative: Yes, sir. It’s a show in which the participants don’t need to be in the studio.

Me: Meaning?

The Representative: You can be in your own home and still be in this show.

Me: But I am not interested in any show. In fact, I don’t watch any T.V.

The Representative: Sir, could I take some of your time to explain in detail?

I thought for a moment and decided to let her complete. I don’t get any calls from girls anyway.

The Representative: Sir, this show is not a T.V. show. We have participants who just live in their own homes. Also, it is a multimedia muldimodal show. It includes still and moving images, audio, online activities, travel or anything else that the participant might do.

Me: You mean the whole life of someone is put on the show?

The Representative: Not always, sir. Sometimes some parts may be left out.

Me: Parts that the participant does not want to be shown?

The Representative: No, sir. The content of the show is not decided by the participant.

Me: Then who decides it?

There was a long pause.

The Representative: I am sorry, sir. I can’t help you with that.

Me: So the participant does not know when he is on the show?

The Representative: No, sir. The participant does not know that he is on the show.

Me: You mean the participant is put on the show without his knowledge or permission.

The Representative: Sir, the participant is selected after due process.

Me: Yes, but he is not told that he is being put on the show?

A pause again.

The Representative: No, sir. The participant is selected after due process.

Me: How can there be such a show?

The Representative: There is, sir.

Me: But how can it be allowed?

The Representative: It is allowed, sir.

Me: But who will watch such a show?

The Representative: The show is not watched, sir, it is followed. It is a multimedia multimodal show.

Me: OK, but who will follow such a show?

The Representative: It is a very popular show, sir. It is one of the most loved shows.

Me: I have never heard of it.

The Representative: It is an unlisted show, sir.

Me: Unlisted?

The Representative: Yes, sir. It is not publicly advertised.

Me: Then how do people follow it?

The Representative: We have a network, sir.

Me: Which company runs it?

The Representative: There is no company, sir.

Me: Then who manages it?

The Representative: It is run according to the Extended PPP model, sir.

Me: PPP model?

The Representative: The Public-Private Participation model, sir.

This time I had to pause.

Me: What if someone doesn’t want to be on the show?

The Representative: The participants don’t know that they are on the show, sir.

Me: What if they do find out?

The Representative: Don’t worry, sir. It does not affect the show.

Me: What do you mean it does not affect the show?

The Representative: The participant cannot affect the show, sir.

Me: What if he shifts from his place, home or office?

The Representative: Wherever you go, the show will follow you, sir.

Me: Me? You mean I am on the show?

This time there was a long pause.

The Representative: Yes, sir. You have been on the show for many years.

Me: What are you talking about? Many years means what?

Pause again.

The Representative: Sorry, sir, I can’t help you with that.

Me: You mean I am on the show and I can’t get out of it?

The Representative: Don’t worry, sir. The show is very popular.

Me: But I don’t want to be on the show.

The Representative: I am sorry, sir. The participant is selected after a due process.

Me: What process?

The Representative: Sorry, sir, I can’t help you with that.

Me: What kind of people would watch – follow – such a show?

The Representative: All kinds of people, sir. We have a very large and diverse following from all sections of society and from all regions. It has been certified to be beneficial for the society, the country and the world.

Me: But I am like J. D. Salinger. I am like Boo Radley. I don’t like to be on the show.

There was a very long pause this time. I thought the call got cut.

Me: Hello?

The Representative: Hello, sir. That only makes it more interesting, sir.

Me: But I don’t want to be on the show. How can I get out of it?

The Representative: I am sorry, sir. The participant is selected after a due process.

Me: What if I move to some other place?

The Representative: Wherever you go, the show will follow you, sir.

Me: What if the participant kills himself?

The Representative: As I informed you, sir, the participant doesn’t know.

Me: But you have told me just now.

The Representative: This is an exception, sir.

Me: What if the participant kills himself?

The Representative: Don’t worry, sir. Everyone has to die sooner or later.

Me: But what if the participant does kill himself?

The Representative: We have a waiting list of participants, sir.

Me: This is amazing. What if I make it public?

The Representative: That is not possible, sir.

Me: What do you mean it is not possible.

The Representative: It is an unlisted show, sir.

Me: It won’t be if I make it public.

The Representative: No one would believe it, sir.

Me: What if your call is recorded? I have your number too.

The Representative: The number does not exist, sir.

Me: What about the recorded call?

The Representative: You can record anything, sir.

Me: So, whatever I do, wherever I go, I will be on the show?

The Representative: Yes, sir.

Me: So why are you calling me?

The Representative: You have been selected for a special offer.

Me: What offer?

The Representative: You can follow someone else, sir.

Me: Someone else like me? Who is on the show?

The Representative: Yes, sir.

Me: How many people are on the show?

The Representative: I am sorry, sir, I can’t help you with that.

Me: Is there anything I can do without being on the show?

The Representative: I am sorry, sir, I can’t help you with that.

Pause from my side.

The Representative: Would you like to subscribe, sir? We have a very interesting case.

Me: No, I don’t want to follow anyone.

The Representative: Are you sure, sir?

Me: Yes, I am sure.

The Representative: Thank you very much, sir, for your time. Have a nice day. And don’t worry, sir.

The call ended and I wondered whether I had made a mistake.

December 28, 2010

Revealed: The Protesters Have Red Blood

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The medical records and documents of the Protesters recovered from a few of their top leaders apprehended recently have revealed secrets about the lives of the Protesters which they would have probably liked to remain hidden. The records and documents provide answers to very important questions about the personal lives of these miscreants, authorities have informed our special investigative correspondent.

The purpose of these investigations was to highlight the great irony of the lives of these Protesters, which is that while they have been revealing and protesting against the official and institutional activities of the state and corporate leaders — and which has placed them at the centre of the firestorm about the controversy related to the right to know and the right to justice — in their personal lives they have been highly secretive. The investigation also aimed at finding out the truth about the consistency between the high moral ground taken by them and the realities of their own lives.

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One of the glaring facts to have come out of these investigations, based on the records and documents we mentioned, is that these protesters have blood with the color red. Apart from the obvious political implications of this disturbing fact, it is also worth noting that most criminals and terrorists have red blood. It will have to be seen how the Protesters and their sympathizers are now going to explain the high moral ground they have been taking, even as the authorities and corporate leaders have been humbly trying to get them to enter negotiations.

The documents and records recovered, as well as our interviews with people who have had encounters with them, also make available details about their body shapes, their bodily fluids, the clothes worn by them, the diseases they have had, and a lot more.

Officials who helped us in the investigations, have observed that a careful analysis of these details indicate that crimes and immoral activities like rape, sexual deviance, unprovoked violence, unfair treatment towards women and minorities, financial irregularities, as well as not washing their hands before and after protesting, sleeping irregularly and listening to romantic and boisterous songs are fairly common among the members of these Protesting groups.

We have found out that some of them come from troubled families.

Not only that, some of them even have children.

In an astonishing act of arrogance and disregard for the security services, one of them had sent emails and documents addressed to ISI Calcutta. We are trying to find out how the ISI came to establish a full fledged branch with a public address in Calcutta.

We are in touch with experts and will be updating with a report about how this could be an evidence of the delusional and psychotic nature of the people involved in these groups.

The media’s focus for the last few months may have been on the troubling details of the cases that some of the protesters are facing. But it’s fascinating to discover how their lives have had so much unhappiness and lack of privilege – not that you’ll be reading about it on their all-disclosing websites any time soon.

October 21, 2010

कवि परीक्षा

एक बार जब हमने कुछ कविताएँ लिख डाली थीं तो हुआ ये कि एक दिन हमें उनमें से कुछ को दुबारा पढ़ते हुए लगा कि हिन्दी की तमाम साहित्यिक पत्रिकाओं और बहुत सी किताबों में भी जो कविताएँ छपा करती हैं उनसे ये कुछ बुरी तो नहीं हैं। बल्कि हमें ईमानदारी से लगा कि उनमें से अधिकतर से तो अच्छी ही हैं। तो साहब हमने सोचा कि इन्हें खुद ही पढ़-पढ़ कर कैसे चलेगा, क्यों ना इन्हें छपवाने की कोशिश की जाए। फिर क्या था, हमने उनकी एक-एक कॉपी निकाल कर एक फ़ाइल में सजाया जैसे नौकरी का उम्मीदवार अपनी डिग्रियाँ, मार्कशीट और प्रमाणपत्र सजाता है। इस फ़ाइल को एक अच्छे से बैग में, जो मुफ़्त में कहीं से कभी मिला था, रख कर पहुँच गए एक प्रकाशक के दफ़्तर।

दफ़्तर कोई शानदार नहीं था, लेकिन हिन्दी, वो भी साहित्य, का प्रकाशन दफ़्तर होने के लिहाज से बुरा भी नहीं था। लगता था यहाँ कुछ पाठ्यपुस्तकें या कॉफ़ी टेबल टाइप की किताबें भी छपती होंगी। हो सकता है धार्मिक पुस्तकें भी छपती हों। लगा शायद कविता छपने का कुछ मानदेय भी मिल सकता है। और तो और, एक रिसेप्शनिस्ट भी थी। उसी ने दफ़्तर की हिन्दी-सापेक्ष शान से ध्यान हटा कर पूछा कि क्या चाहिए। गलत मत समझिए, पूछा ऐसे शब्दों में ही था जैसे शब्दों में कोई रिसेप्शनिस्ट पूछती है, पर हमें ऐसे शब्द ठीक से याद नहीं रह पाते।

उद्देश्य बताने पर उसने एक फ़ॉर्म जैसा पकड़ा दिया। पूछा तो बताया कि ये कुछ सवालों की लिस्ट है जिनके जवाब देने के बाद ही संपादक से मिल कर कविता के बारे में बात हो सकती है। सवाल कुछ ऐसे ही थे जैसे किसी झटपट परीक्षा में पूछे जाते हैँ। अब हमने इतनी और ऐसी-ऐसी परीक्षाएँ दी हैं कि कुछ सोचे बिना ही सवाल मुँह से निकल पड़ा कि इस परीक्षा में पास मार्क्स कितने हैं। रिसेप्शनिस्ट ने नाराज़ सा होकर कहा कि पास मार्क्स क्या मतलब, यह साहित्य प्रकाशन का दफ़्तर है। फिर बोली कि वैसे कम से कम तैंतीस प्रतिशत सवालों के जवाब सही होने पर ही कविता छापने की संभावना पर गौर किया जाएगा। जब हमने पूछा कि ये क्या कोई नया इंतज़ाम है, तो बोली कि नहीं ऐसा तो न जाने कब से हो रहा है। कमाल की बात है, हम अपने-आप को साहित्य का बड़ा तगड़ा जानकार समझते थे और हमें ये बात पता ही नहीं थी।

उन सवालों में से जितने याद पड़ते हैं, उन्हें नीचे दिया जाता है। भाषा के बारे में जो ऊपर कहा गया उसे ध्यान में रखा जाए। सवालों का क्रम बिगड़ा हुआ हो सकता है।

  1. आप कला से हैं या विज्ञान से?
  2. आप कोई मंत्री, अफ़सर या कम-से-कम प्रोफ़ेसर हैं?
  3. आपकी कविताओं में से कितनी प्रकृति-प्रेम की कविताएँ है?
  4. आपकी कविताओं में से कितनी प्रेम कविताएँ है?
  5. आपकी कविता से कभी कोई लड़की पटी है?
  6. आपकी कविता पढ़ कर कभी किसी हसीना ने आपको ख़ुतूत लिखे हैं?
  7. माफ़ करें, लेकिन क्या आप खुद हसीना हैं?
  8. आपने कभी याराने-दोस्ताने पर कोई कविता लिखी है?
  9. आपके दोस्तों की संख्या कितनी है?
  10. क्या आपकी कोई प्रेमिका है?
  11. क्या आप शादी-शुदा हैं?
  12. क्या आप अपनी घरवाली से प्रेम करते हैं?
  13. आपकी कविताओं में से कितनी वीर रस की कविताएँ हैं?
  14. आपकी कविताओं को कोई गाता-वाता है?
  15. आपकी कविताओं में से कितनी गाने लायक हैं?
  16. आपके कवि-गुरू कौन थे?
  17. क्या आपने उनकी जितना हो सका सेवा की?
  18. आप कवियों की संगत में रहे हैं?
  19. क्या आपने काफ़ी समय कॉफ़ी हाउस में बहस करते हुए गुज़ारा है?
  20. आप किसी कवि से सिफ़ारिश पत्र ला सकते हैं?
  21. आप किसी भी बड़े आदमी से सिफ़ारिश पत्र ला सकते हैं?
  22. आप किसी से भी सिफ़ारिश पत्र ला सकते हैं?
  23. आपने जो कविताएँ अभी लिखी हैं, उन्हें ब्लॉग वगैरह पर तो नहीं डाल रखा?
  24. आप ब्लॉग लेखक तो नहीं हैं?
  25. आपने कोई महाकाव्य लिखा है?
  26. आपने कोई खंडकाव्य लिखा है?
  27. आपने कोई लंबी कविता लिखी है?
  28. आपने किसी कवि-सम्मेलन या मुशायरे में कविता पढ़ी है?
  29. आपकी कविता कभी किसी फ़िल्म में शामिल हुई है?
  30. आपकी कविता कभी किसी नाटक में शामिल हुई है?
  31. आपको कविता लिखने के लिए कभी कोई फेलोशिप आदि मिली है?
  32. आप हिन्दी साहित्य के किसी गुट के सधे हुए सदस्य हैं?
  33. अगर हम आपकी कविताओं का संग्रह छाप दें तो क्या आप उसकी एक हज़ार या अधिक प्रतियाँ खरीदने के लिए तैयार हैं?
  34. क्या आपके ऐसे संबंध हैं कि आप अपने कविता संग्रह को कहीं पाठ्यपुस्तक बनवा सकें?
  35. क्या आपके ऐसे संबंध हैं कि आप हमारे अन्य प्रकाशनों को विज्ञापन दिलवा सकें?
  36. क्या आप खुद हमारे अन्य प्रकाशनों को विज्ञापन दिलवा सकते हैं?
  37. क्या आप धार्मिक कविताएँ लिखते हैं?
  38. क्या आप राष्ट्रवादी कविताएँ लिखते हैं?
  39. क्या आपकी कविताओं की राजनीति पाठकों के किसी खास समूह को एक साथ आकर्षित कर सकती है?
  40. क्या आपकी कविताएँ किसी प्रतिष्ठित परंपरा की हैं?
  41. क्या आप कविता की किसी नई परंपरा के प्रवर्तन का दावा करते हैं?
  42. क्या आप समझते हैं कि आपके जैसी कविताएँ आजकल फ़ैशन में हैं?
  43. क्या आपकी कविताएँ पहले कहीं छपी हैं?
  44. आपके ही नाम वाला कोई कवि पहले से तो मौजूद नहीं है?
  45. आप पहले से दूसरों की कविताओं के अनुवादक तो नहीं हैं?

इतना तो हमें मालूम है कि नौकरी के उम्मीदवार को, खास तौर से अगर वो नया हो, अक्सर कहाँ पता होता है कि उसकी डिग्रियाँ, मार्कशीट और प्रमाणपत्र किसी खास काम के नहीं हैं। उनकी ज़रूरत सिर्फ़ उम्मीदवारों (कैसा बढ़िया शब्द है!) की भीड़ का आकार नियंत्रण में रखने के लिए होती है। पर यहाँ तो पता चला कि मामले का प्रमाणपत्र तक पहुँचना ही दूर की बात है।

अपन तो चुपके से भाग आए वहाँ से। बेस्ती हो जाती। आज तक कभी डबल ज़ीरो नहीं आया।

October 14, 2010

खुश हुआ खुश हुआ

[ये श्री अनिल एकलव्य जी के एक विद्वतापूर्ण शोधपरक लेख का खड़ी बोली कविता में अनुवाद है। मूल लेख बिजली के खेल में हुए हार्ड डिस्क क्रैश के कारण खो गया है। उसे रिकवर करने की कोशिश चल रही है। तब तक यही सही।]

जंगल-जंगल पता चला है
धोती पहन के मोगैंबो खिला है
पगड़ी पहन के गब्बर सिंह सजा है

पिछली बार जो लठैतों-डकैतों ने
तोड़ा-फोड़ी और पिटाई की वो याद ही है तुम्हें
तो ये मसला अब बहुत लंबा खिंच गया है
जज साहिबान, अब इसे लॉक किया जाए

अबकी अगर शामत न आई हो
तो समझ से काम लो और चुप बैठो
हमने रियायत कर दी है तुम्हारे साथ
पर लठैत-डकैत अभी संत नहीं हो लिए हैं

ज़रूरत पड़ी तो जो कहा गया था
वही होगा
तलवारें निकल आएंगी म्यान से
और जो भी करेगा विरोध
वो जाएगा जान से

हाँ, ये ठीक है – अबकी कोई शोर नहीं
बड़ा डिग्नीफ़ाइड रिस्पौंस रहा है
लगे रहो, जमे रहो, सीख जाओगे

खुश हुआ, मोगैंबो खुश हुआ
गब्बर सिंह को ये शरीफ़ाना नाच
ब-हु-त पसंद आया
ये परिवार के साथ देखने लायक है

परिवार समझते हो ना?
क्या करें
आजकल के बच्चे परिवार संस्कार
सब भूलते जा रहे हैं

उसके बारे में भी कुछ करेंगे
सर्च एंजिन वालों से भी बात चलाई है
पर फिलहाल तो इस फिल्म को
अगले साल ऑस्कर में भेजेंगे

[कविता में किए इस अनुवाद में घटिया फ़िल्मों का ज़िक्र आने का ऐसा है कि अनुवादक बेचारा खुद एक भयंकर घटिया फ़िल्म में एक ऐक्स्ट्रा है। दुआ कीजिए कि इस नई फ़िल्म को ऑस्कर मिल जाए। तब शायद अनुवादक को भी इनाम में माफ़ी मिल सके।]

August 20, 2010

A Self-Hating Anti-Semite Jew

I am not from your country, but I have been following your local version of the Truman Show. Excuse me, but is this guy of the Jewish persuasion? I ask because I have noticed that he keeps harping about the Nazis and fascism and once he even wrote “I am a Jew”. I understand that your country does have a small Jewish population.

Since he also seems to be critical of the Israeli policies and has bad mouthed respected figures like Henry Kissinger, I am of the opinion that he may be one of those self-hating anti-semite Jews who take the side of the Palestinians every time anything happens in the Middle East. The number of such people has been on the increase ever since people like Tony Judt started joining these Israel bashers and got the attention of many in the mainstream, despite all the efforts by the pro-Isreali groups in the US and elsewhere.

I wonder whether he has a record of involvement in Zionism. A number of these self-hating anti-semite Jews are known to be former Zionists of one kind or another.

I appreciate your efforts in trying to contain people like him. Who knows, perhaps he is a Holocaust denier too. Or perhaps he supports those who are, you know, like Chomsky.

Good luck to you all.

August 9, 2010

No Letup

This is to inform the followers of the show that there has not been any lack of diligence or letup from our side, as might have appeared to some. As you might have seen today, we have been on the job. As soon as there is any rising up of spirits, any getting back to work, we act swiftly to hit where it hurts to ensure that the status goes back to staring vacantly. The techniques we have been using have proved very effective. Even though we have the advantage of observing all in real time, it requires a lot of commitment from many people in many places and and in many positions to make effective use of all the information.

For our continuously successful efforts, we wish to thank all those who have been supporting us and taking part in these activities of national importance (in addition to providing entertainment). We also thank all the followers of the show who have not let petty considerations of privacy, human rights etc. come in the way of patronizing and enjoying the show.

Together we have been able to come up with very effective ways of dealing with any kind of potential subversion, even when there is little evidence, without resort to problematic use of violence or even any argument. Let us hope that all subversion (what they call dissent or resistance) will soon be either eliminated or completely confined virtually.

We won’t need any prisons.

Under such confinement, it will gradually rot away*. This will further give us an opportunity to study the process of rotting away on subjects never before studied.

*Rotting being the process of bio-degradation, it is also ecologically beneficial. Ha! Ha!

July 10, 2010

Potential Replacements

There has been some concern about how long can the local-Truman last. It has been asked whether, in the eventuality of his unavailability due to migration, flight or ceasure of existence, the show will continue or not. We share this concern, but we might be able to help in addressing it.

We are the co-ordinating members of the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) in our place. As part of our national and social duties, we have been observing several noteworthy individuals. Based on our observations over the last few years, we have shortlisted a select few for special attention. These few might form a part of a shortlist of potential replacements for the show.

We believe that the LIUs in other places too might have their own shortlists. We suggest that these shortlists might be combined together and the process of selecting the replacement be initiated, so that there is no delay, in case we are suddenly faced with one of the aforementioned eventualities.

July 1, 2010

A Dose of Randomness

Predictability can indeed compromise the confidentiality aspect of the techniques being used for the show. It is not only intuitive, it is even supported by the probability theory. I know that the show is being coordinated by very competent people, but if I might be so bold as to suggest an improvement, I would like to say that introducing an element of randomness can reduce predictability significantly. We might, in fact, go further and associate randomness not just with individual events, but also with schedules. And the schedules themselves can be varied in timing, duration as well as length on the same principles. In other words, we can mix purposeful individual events (which have to occur at some specific time, either decided in advance or based on observation) with schedules that are of varying length, varying duration and continue for a varying number of days. These randomized schedules can serve as a camouflage for the purposeful events which require some confidentiality. As an additional benefit, their randomness can itself become purposeful in the same way in which the events are purposeful.

The problem can be formally studied in terms of the probability theory alone, but while implementing it in practical situations, we also need to take into account pragmatic, psychological and behavioral aspects. The latter are harder to study and require prolonged exploration that might require considerable resources. Ordinarily, i.e., under conditions different from those of the current decade, it would have been difficult to get support for such studies for a show of this kind. Fortunately, at present, we are in the midst of a security goldrush, otherwise known the terror goldrush*, that will most probably last for a long time. Therefore, it should not be difficult to get the required support. But wait, does not the said show owe its existence to the same goldrush? I think it does, but even so, we should try and get the required support and utilize it efficiently for the studies mentioned above.

* It really has terrorized the local-Truman. Ha! Ha!

So, my humble suggestion is that we should conduct these studies as expediently as possible and reduce the predictability to which the existing techniques are susceptible. Confidentiality is an important aspect and we should do everything we can to avoid it from being compromised.

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