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The lost era of a postman: Replacing sentiments with technology

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By Arnab Mitra

The Indian Post Office started its service on 1 April 1774. It started with a bang but gradually got replaced with other technological advances. Now, the postman will only be remembered through novels and films.Untitled-1

There was a time when letter was the only means of communication between people. However, in this age of Internet, everyone wants to communicate at lightning speed. Amidst the flurry of texting, tweeting, online chatting, whatsapping; the art of letter writing seems to be disappearing.

In an interaction with NewsGram, Jiban Mukherjee, the head postman of Barasat GPO, Kolkata, tells about his life as a postman.

Arnab Mitra: When did you join the Indian Post office and at which post?

Jiban Mukherjee: I joined as a postman in the year 1972 at Howrah GPO, West Bengal.

AM: Do you enjoy your job as a postman?

JM: This is sort of a weird job as the people hug you on getting good news and blame you for bad news.

AM: Nowadays internet acts as a medium between the people. Is the postman being forgotten slowly by the society?

JM: After the advent of the internet, the jobs at the post office have reduced in an assorted manner. Today, the post office only survives on official works, and it won’t be long when the postman will be extinct from the society.

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AM: Letter writing is an art and it also acts as a medium of imparting education and knowledge. Can e-mail or chat retain this form?

JM: These days people use abbreviations like ‘u’, ‘d’ ,‘4’ and many other similar abbreviations. If letter is a means of imparting education, then the modern form of chatting works in a reverse manner, destroying the education system.

AM: Regarding your job, do you face any problem in adapting to the new technology?

JM: I am a computer illiterate and that is my main problem.

AM: Are you happy with the salary and pension structure of the Central Government?technology-298256_640

JM: Yes, I have no complains on that.

AM: Now you are the head postman at Barasat GPO. Has your workload increased?

JM: No, to speak the truth, I have no work except signing the files.

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

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Death knell for the rape culture
Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali