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Friday 9 June 2017

Forward mania syndrome - Forwarding of images and videos cause unwanted problems to receivers.

In the recent days, many of the WhatsApp users are suffering from "Forward mania syndrome". That means whenever they receive any message in their whatsapp inbox, (including personal messages), their fingers immediately jump to forward to all their contacts, whether it is relevant or irrelevant. They don't understand that they are causing lot of inconvenience to others, unknowingly.

I request all whatsapp users to avoid sending forwarded images and videos to any one, including me. These images and videos will get downloaded in the mobile and cause problems to mobile users. Without the knowledge of the sender and unknowingly every day the sender of such messages causes inconvenience to many mobile users. A survey reveals that more than 95% percent of receivers do not even see the photos and videos. They feel uncomfortable to receive such forwarded images and videos. This is also a wastage of bandwidth.

Everybody can use whatsapp chat or group to send his/her original messages for conversation. If needed they can send YouTube link with proper introduction in the original message. Also do not simply forward the videos, without mentioning about the relevance of such video.

You can share this message with everyone who is in the habit of forwarding everything to others.

By Prime Point Srinivasan


Sansad Ratna Award function 2017 - At a glance - 14 minute video podcast

Sansad Ratna Awardees 2017
On 27 May 2017, 8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Award ceremony was held at Indian Institute of Technology Madras to honour the top performing Parliamentarians of 16th Lok Sabha (up to 10th session). Justice (Retd.) Shri  P. Sathasivam, Hon'ble Governor of Kerala presented the Awards. 

Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, Shri N.K. Premachandran, Shri Shrirang Barne, Shri Rajiv Satav, Shri Dhananjay Mahadik, Dr Heena Gavit, Shri Sanjay Raut, K. N. Balagopal and Dr. T. N. Seema were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards.

Hon'ble Union Minister of State (Finance & CA) Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal presided over the function.  This 14 minute podcast video gives the glimpse of the Award function. 


Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 - Photographs and videos of the entire proceedings

The above event was held at IIT Madras on 27th May 2017.  Nine MPs were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards 2017.  Hon'ble Justice (Retd.) Shri P Sathasivam, The Governor of Kerala presented the Awards.  Shri Arjun Ram meghwal, Hon'ble Union Minister of State (Finance & CA) presided over the event.  Besides there were presentations and panel discussions on subjects of National significance with eminent policy makers and experts.    The links for the photographs and the videos are given below.

All Photographs (Images in jpeg format)

Welcome speech by K. Srinivasan, Chairman, Prime Point Foundation

Felicitation by Shri PP Chaudhary, Hon'ble MOS (Law & Justice)

Key Note address by Prof. Krishnan Balasubrmanian, Dean, IC&SR, IIT Madras

Presidential Address by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon'ble MOS (Finance & CA)

Award Presentation Ceremony

Address by Hon'ble Justice (Retd.) Shri P Sathasivam, The Governor of Kerala

Vote of Thanks by Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Associate Professor, IIT Madras

Interactive Session with Award winning Parliamentarians

Panel Discussion I - National Vision 2022 - Agriculture

Panel Discussion II - Tamil Nadu Vision 2022

Friday 2 June 2017

Civil Society and Media Should Encourage Performing Parliamentarians and Legislators

The civil society is generally cynical about politicians, and do not differentiate between the performers and non-performers among them.  The society’s perception is that the entire political community is irresponsible, not realising that they were elected from the civil society they belong to.  Be it a bureaucrat, a politician, a professional, an employee or a teacher, they are all from the civil society, which is a conglomerate of people of various characters and value systems. In such an environment, it is unfair to give a sweeping label of ‘bad’ to the politicians in general. 

The media too focusses on the behaviour and sound-bites of only the ‘trouble makers’ among the politicians, giving them the limelight they do not deserve, for the sake sensationalism and TRP ratings.  The real heroes, who are the initiators of discussions and debates in the Parliament are ignored and go unnoticed.  This gives an impression among errant parliamentarians and the people at large, that visibility before the media and the camera is the main objective to be achieved.

Elected politicians govern the state.  If governance is in the hands of good politicians, the people naturally stand to benefit. Way back in 2009, at the end of the 14th Lok Sabha session, the entire country was cynical about politicians and Parliamentarians. A casual remark by Dr Abdul Kalam, “Are we not having good Parliamentarians? Why term all bad?” triggered an idea to the Editorial Team of PreSense to identify and honour the achievers.

At the end of the 8th edition of the Sansad Ratna Awards in 2017, the Editorial Team is pleased and proud that this Award is considered the most prestigious award presented by the civil society to Parliamentarians in recognition of their achievement. The award-winning Parliamentarians acknowledge that this Award has motivated them to strive to perform better.  This is a silent revolution, generating positivity in action.

During the Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 function held at IIT Madras on 27th May, the focus was on two issues, viz. (1) how MPs should think of innovative projects that help their constituencies and (2) the role of the civil society in appreciating the performing Parliamentarians and Legislators, and actively supporting them in the development of the constituency.

The news about these top performing Parliamentarians should reach the people across the nation. Instead of being cynical and arm-chair critics of the politicians in general, the civil society can definitely play a proactive and participatory role by working alongside their elected representatives for betterment of their own society.

(Data Source: PRS India – data relates to the period from 1-6-2014 to 12-4-2017)

by K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief, PreSense
(This article was published in the May 2017 issue of ezine PreSense as Editorial)

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Prime Point Foundation is a non-profit Trust incepted in December 1999, to create Communication awareness among all the people.

K Srinivasan (Communication Strategist ) is the Founder and Chairman the Trust.
  • The Foundation offers Training, workshop on all Communication related subjects, including Image (Perception)  Audit.
  • The Foundation publishes a monthly eMagazine PreSense since March 2006.
  • The eMagazine PreSense has five initiatives. viz (1) Education Loan Task Force (ELTF), (2) Sansad Ratna Awards, (3) Next Gen Political Leaders (NGPL), (4) Digital Security Association of India (DiSAI) and (5) Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI).
  • Every year, the Foundation honours the outstanding Parliamentarians with Sansad Ratna Awards
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