Appeal to All Indians

My dear friend,

It is more than evident that our Government and all the political parties are unwilling to enact a strong law against corruption. Because if they did so, many of them would face imprisonment. There is a serious conflict of interest. None of the large scams like the Adarsh Housing scam, the Commonwealth Games scam, the Reddy brothers scam, Fodder scam, Health mission scam of UP, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha scam, Cash for vote scam are covered by government.s Lokpal. What use is such a Lokpal Bill? It is weak and ineffective. It has a very narrow jurisdiction. None of the corruption faced by a common man is covered under it either. Please refer to my recent article on this issue for more specifics on why we think the government draft is not serious about tackling corruption.

Anna.s fast from 16th August is our last hope. We can.t afford to fail this time. For if we fail, we may never get another chance. Its now or never.

A number of people across the country are planning various protest activities. You can organize your own or or you can participate in any manner possible.

1st August to 9th August: Many people across the country are forming small teams and undertaking short and long padyatras. They would talk to people on their way, hold meetings, distribute pamphlets (download pamphlet from and show Jan Lokpal film. Would you like to plan a Yatra with your friends?

From 9th August: Mass burning/tearing of government.s Bill as a mark of non-violent protest. Anna will start it most likely from Delhi or Mumbai.

From 9th August to 15th August: People in villages, towns and mohallas will form teams and go for prabhat pheri in mornings singing patriotic songs and educating people about corruption and Jan Lokpal Bill. In the evening, there would be candle light and mashal marches.

15th August: Switch off lights from 8 pm to 9 pm on independence day as a mark of support for the anti-corruption movement.

Fast starts from 16th August: Government says they would crush Anna.s fast the way they crushed Baba Ramdev.s movement. We are ready for that. We will offer ourselves for arrest if the government decides to arrest us. We are ready to face their batons and bullets. But we will not move from there. We will not retaliate. It will be a completely non-violent movement.

But if the people take a week off from their work from 16th August and take to the streets- in front of their house, on the crossings, in parks, everywhere . with a tricolor in their hands, raise slogans against corruption - Government can crush one Anna, but it won.t be able to crush 120 crore Annas. Government could impose section 144 on one Jantar mantar. But will it impose curfew on the whole country?

If the whole country takes to streets for a week from 16th August, WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, can force the government to enact a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.

Will you be there? Can we count on your support and active participation?

Jai Hind!

Arvind Kejriwal

India Against Corruption (IAC)
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Ad-Hoc Amplifier

As you know, I started innovation series sometime back at our blog. "What an idea Sir-ji " I defined the outline for upcoming articles on innovation, application of simple innovative idea to make our day to day life easy. Today its first article on ad-hoc amplifier.

Innovation name: Ad-hoc Amplifier.

Intent: Make an amplifier with available household electronic items.

Context: Amplified voice through speaker system is always effective. The audience can listen to even in the presence of ambient noise. At Art of Living course, it is easier to explain Ujjai breath with help of amplifier. Many times, it may difficult to arrange amplifier for small gathering, in short notice.

Applicability: To address a group of people. To arrange music, singing any entertaining programme. 


*  A microphone with 3.5 mm audio jack. If it has 5.5 mm or 2.5 mm jack, then suitable adapter to convert it to 3.5 mm jack. 
*  A laptop, easily available with IT people. OR Desktop PC. Windows, Linux any OS is OK. 
*  An FM Transmitter. 
*  An FM Radio, and/or two-in-one, and/or any GSM/CDMA mobile handset with built-in FM radio. extra speakers or even TV speakers can be utilized.

*  Connect the microphone to audio in jack of laptop/desktop computer. Many laptop has built-in microphone, that one can use. 

*  Make sure, the audio is not mute in laptop/desktop computer

*  Connect FM transmitter to audio out of laptop/desktop computer. So its speaker will be automatically muted. 
*  Switch on the transmitter.

*  Now tune any FM radio, two-in-one, mobile handset to the frequency of FM transmitter.
*  Mobile phone with extra speakers: Connect extra portable speakers, that might come along with mobile. Connect Computer speaker with mobile. If mobile has 2.5mm out audio socket, then you may need to use 3.5mm (for computer speaker) to 2.5mm (for mobile socket) convertor. 
*  Mobile phone with TV: Connect mobile phone and TV with TV out or HDMI out feature of mobile. If mobile handset has just audio out socket then use a cable with one end 3.5mm jack and other end two RC pins.Red color RC pin for right channel and white one for left channel. Insert the cable pins as per their colors matching with colors of RC sockets at TV. Even Few TV models has built-in FM radio.

*  In the absence of any kind of extra speakers, play FM radio in mobile with its speaker. Request audience to use their mobile as FM radio tuned at transmitted frequency. More number of mobile will add volume. 
*  Even people can use their hands-free earphone to listen to and avoid ambient noise if any,
Known Uses
*  The FM transmitter is very useful to avoid physical cabling at any party, programme or even at home to connect TV or MP3 player or iPod or laptop to remote audio system. One can play same music with multiple FM radios in different rooms.
*  Any can enjoy his favorite TV programme, without disturbing others (particularly  night sleep) with his FM radio in mobile + hands-free earphone and FM transmitter connected to TV. No need of cabled earphone from TV.

*  FM transmitter can have many other uses like setup a spy device to capture audio conversation. 
*  Use FM transmitter to connect your iPod, Music player or mobile handset to Car audio system. Generally all car audio systems have built-in FM Radio.  Such arrangement can also be possible by

With cascading multiple such FM transmitter tuned to different frequency, one can establish a communication channel across a distance. 
*  FM transmitter has short range. However it is sufficient inside car and inside home, small hall.
*  The Usage of FM transmitter (particularly high power one) may be legally prohibited. 
*  If FM transmitter is not set at unused frequency then it jams genuine FM radio channel for public.
Future Scope: One can further explore use of other technologies for home networking like
1.  Bluetooth. Usage of bluetooth speakers and bluetooth dongle. 
2.  WiFi. DLNA standard protocol over home WiFi network. 
3.  Femtocell. In future femtocell may also be capable to connect audio devices.

4.  AM Transmitter should be cheaper. However, FM radio prevails in most of mobile handset.
Related solutions: Cordless microphone are popular since long. Even small battery powered amplifiers availble in the market. Car audio system has 3.5 mm audio Auxiliary (AUX) socket. So travelers can connect their mobile / iPod with an audio cable with 3.5 mm jack at both ends. Nowadays car audio systems are also bluetooth ready.

However, FM Transmitter seems a low cost solution to avoid audio cables and arrange for an ad-hoc amplifier. It goes well with many mobile model having FM Radios.

So friends, we explored ad-hoc amplifier. Next article in this innovation series will be about a simple technique of audio multicast. So our friends at remote places across the globe can enjoy live audio of any speech, or music or any event. Stay tune to your own blog : "Express YourSelf !"


Today, is GuruPurnima. Let's enjoy these beautiful CHOPAIs by saint Tulsidas from "Ram Charit Manas"

"Bandau Guru Pad Padum Paraga.Suruchi Suvas Saras Anuraga.
Amiya Murimaya Churan Charu.Sakal Suman Hara Ruja Parivaru.(Quart-1)"

"Sukriti Sambhu Tan Bimal Bibhuti.Manjul Mangal Moda Prasuti.
Jan Man Manju Mukura Man Harani.Kiye Tilak Gun Gan ...Bas Karani.(Quart-2)"

These two Chaupais (Quartets) are the first two quartets of the Guru Vandana in the 'Bala Kaanda' of Sri Ramcharit Manas by Goswami Tulsidas composed in Avadhi language during the 15/16th century.

The meaning is as follows:-

"I worship the Lotus feet of my Guru,who is full of (is the abode of)the sweet nectar of Divine Love.He is like the Churna of the Sanjivani (Amar Mool)which cures all types of ailments that can afflict oneself in this world."(Q-1)

"He (Tulsidas says about his Guru) is like the Divine Vibhuti (ash) on Lord Shiva's body which cleans the Mind of a Devotee & enables him/her to reflect the Divinity like a mirror reflects light & which when applied on the forehead (Tilak) enables one to conquer all the Gunas through which this creation works."

This translation is as given in the Ramcharit Manas translation published by the Gita Press,Gorakhpur (UP).