Thursday, February 18, 2010

Who is the Vice-president of India ???

Who is the current vice-president of India(as on Feb 18 2010)?
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat?  Naaah ?

Hey, It is not a quiz here. I have been asking this question to many people i came across since few weeks, and not surprisingly, very very few could answer. Many of them include software engineers, students, government employees, IAS aspirants(ahem!), NRIs etc. The first thing I noticed in them is that though they had the  answer somewhere in the grey areas of their busy brain and they were unable to retrieve  it from the hidden database. Some were totally blank when they faced this question.  Few of them asked/doubted whether i know the answer or not.  One of my friends felt relieved when he told me the answer after few minutes of database mining . Interestingly, few people were so obsessed with this question that they took time to find out the answer. Some of them smsed the answer after a day or two. Of course some embarrassments for civil service aspirants who chewed water and gave some lame excuses.  The most common  and first answer i got from most of them is  that our vice-president is a 'Muslim'. Am not sure how many of you are going to search in Google or Wikipedia to find the answer.

My concern is not the answer but the reason for missing the answer. Is it because of the scarce media attention vice-president gets ? Is it because that he is just a symbolic head of some legislative body? Is it because of the happening factor that every bit of data is readily available for us in just few clicks ? Is it the name of the vice-president which is quite uncommon to remember? Is it because of the word 'vice' which means sub ordinate?  Is it because of our life style and changing attitudes ? Is it because of the diminishing trend towards the static data?  Is it because that we will  know about him in future when he becomes President of India, probably. May be, i guess, it is quite common and natural to ignore vice-presidents, irrespective of the period we live in.

Am not going to draw any conclusions from this question. I know that it doesn't matter whether we know the answer or not. The most embarrassing moment can be when a kid will pose this question to us. This post is an attempt to create an opportunity to know more about the vice president of India, who is quite multi faceted academician and intellectual. He is really a Wise-President.What made me to write this post is the sentence i came across which was quoted by the current Vice-president of India.
"No citizen is apolitical; as a citizen, by definition, has to take interest in public affairs."

By the way, have you googled or wikipeded for the answer?

PS: To know his name as well as about him, click


Yemiledu said...

First one to comment :~D
I remember once goggling for the name of our President...To make sure Mrs.Prathiba Patel is our President....
A bad citizen huh :~(
Our Wise-President truly seems so WISE!

Inb/w A nice new template!!

geeta said...

A real thought provoking post...

I guess I have missed few of your posts...will come back to read them...

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Yemiledu..

This post is meant specifically for guys like u ...
thanks :)

@ Geeta...
Thanks buddy and wisdomism is awaiting your visits ...

Mr said...

President and VP posts are sympolic in Indian contest. Thanks to Abdul Kalam, there was a buzz around Presidential talks during his tenure and the buzz spilled over a bit during Prathiba Patel too. If the next President happens to be a boring personality, the indian public can even forget his name too, leave alone VP.

- Lakshmi Rajan
P.S > Can u activate Name/Url for commenting, It will make life easier for people like me who frowns upon the need to login google just for the sake of commenting. For your info, the open id url does not work. name/url works.

Mahesh Kalaal said...

@ Mr..

Thanks for adding the points :)

Rachana Shakyawar said...

@ Mahesh Buddy
I would have yelled on u if u would hav thrown a real quiz on GK...perhaps U get much deep with the concept of asking questions to the much unanswered unknown question!

At the end i was quite happy and jumping...that i knew the answer..but then the googly..."It does not matter u knw the answer or not!"...Ahh..i lost all points to ur quiz but got spellbound with ur view!

U give turns and me U make me wise sometimes n i mean it buddy:)

Congrates for ur unexpected post comming from the single quote..that moved me tremendeously!

U..Keep the spark Alive..

BK Chowla, said...

Hamid Ansari.
Look, the VP has very little role in the politics of the country.
He is not a decision maker in days of crises, God forbid.
Except for his role in the RS , he has not much to do except addressing seminars.
No offence meant.

√ij@y said...

a post that made me think few things ?

agree with you that the vice-president of India is not covered by media as other delegates.

BUt its really surprising that people of India at least who are educated and can read news papers. Don't know the name of our Vice president, it's Pathetic..