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    Why do I discuss politics in my Forum posts?

    Yesterday I took a resolve. I promised myself that I would not raise any post on contemporary politics in India. This is because I felt that of late my Forum posts are becoming very boring and predictable. I was firm in my resolve and did not raise any political Forum posts. Instead, I wrote a post on personal finance which I thought to be very useful for private sector employees. I wrote another thread on an Anglo-Indian old man in his sunset years. But I feel that no Member of ISC read these two boring Forum posts.

    That is the precise reason I raise political posts. The posts which discuss politics bring heated and enjoyable discussions. These discussions bring out the combative best of the Members. I enjoy these endless arguments.

    So, I raise political Forum posts. I enjoy these discussions.
  • #631275
    Not only politics, but threads raised on any controversial topic elicit more responses than those on other common topics.

    Despite the fact that people are expected to respect all religions but in practice there is not adequate tolerance on such matters and the threads revolving around religious subject matters generate more responses.

    There are few more topics e.g. use of Hindi as a common language for communication, crimes against woman, road accidents, reservation policy and gender discrimination are evergreen topics having potential of generating more responses.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #631282
    When the life gets boring we want change. Same is the situation at ISC too. We are not interested in general topics, personal problems, regular and repeated posts on same subject. But when politics are discussed , we feel like responding immediately as some where we connect with those politicians either opposing or supporting him. That way the political discussions on this site goes asking for. But for me any discussion is worthy , however if I am not sure and comfortable on certain subjects , I may desist from even reading those posts. So we are duty bound to raise such threads in this forum which can bring instance responses. What I invariably observed that as soon as when we post and a responses is registered, soon many would start to append their reactions. But when a posts starves for a response, that means our thread does not interest the members anymore.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #631285
    Many times our post does not elicit an answer, but that should not discourage us. Maybe members are busy, have nothing much to add or if they say its a nice post, they do not get many points or end up with a zero. For instance, I posted a thread on the bell which has no replies Gejje naadha: A melody from the baby's anklet bells.., I'm not worried as I feel happy about what I've written which is the key here, there would many similar good threads that wait for a reply.

    Discussions on controversial topics or topics that we feel injustice in happening are loved by all because we can vent out our feelings and opinions and find someone who has an opposite view too. Once we find that our views and beliefs in politics have been questioned we start responding with more fervor and enjoy the verbal sparring with others. Why do disscussions on Politics become very personal?.

  • #631320
    Doesn't matter.

    We all are from different backgrounds having different tastes so there shouldn't be any doubt that the postings are being ignored. Even myself sometimes make a comment on political debates but still & more often looking for the discussions not being repeated twice specifically when concerned with the political issues as these are not productive.

  • #631325
    Partha,

    I was going to post today morning itself a thread today titled "Admiration for political forum discussions" , but got involved with doing other things. Now I saw this thread and hence am posting as a response here what I was going to put in that thread's text -

    It astonishes me to see the depth of the discussions related to politics in our forum. It is not mere chit-chat, but a really good, in-depth discussion. Yes, it does get heated up very often, but that's fine. It adds sparkle, after all! I really have an admiration for people who can talk - verbally or in the written manner - endlessly about politics. While I do read the news and have a general awareness of what is happening, somehow it does not really interest me one jot. For me, it all looks the same - the politicians will give speeches, rant against one another, trade barbs and even horrible insults which cross the line of decency, etc. Governments will come and go, but generally, for the public, there are the same old problems of price rise, taxes, bribes, corruption, poor infrastructures, policies being drafted but not necessarily beneficial to the common man, So for people like me it is all the same, boring things wherein we can mentally switch off. Yet, here, in the forum, I get to see various aspects of the political minefield which, once in a while, I make a conscious decision to follow and actually enjoy.

    So it's Ok if nobody is following other threads. It does not really matter. Just give yourself a pat on the back when you have put into words your thoughts, when you feel pleased in your heart, "Yes, that was written well".

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #631330
    When there is a group if the discussion is on a common topic it will go a long way definitely. If it is a homogenous group then it is different. But when it is a heterogeneous group like this if we raise topics on specialised subjects many people may not comment. Politics, paper news etc., are very common and everyone will have some knowledge on the subject and hence the come forward with their point. So not only here on any sites where there are diverse groups, the discussions will be encouraging on common points only.
    But generally, the discussions on politics is not going on based on the merits and demerits of particular subject go on the basis of their affiliation.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #631331
    For everyone - if nobody else, there is the ME and other dedicated forum editors who will at least read your threads during our weekly/monthly forum check sessions. We even give points & cc to threads with no responses. So, yes, there are silent 'visualnaries' (like visionaries) who have their eyes on the written words in the forum threads!

    Just keep posting, friends. We are genuinely enjoying the forum revival. Thank you for that.

    When people come at you with their worst, you should come at them with your best (advice given to Selena Gomez by her mother, quoted in Time magazine.)

  • #631378
    On the one hand the ME was beaming with confidence about the forum revival , on the other hand some good threads are deleted citing duplication or similar thread. The heading may be nearly same but the editors must read the contents and then take action. Moreover deletion if any must be done at the end of the day and not at the beginning of the day. And if a thread gets at least one response, the editors should not delete the same. We are not so professional to remember the old threads and have a tow about them not to repeat again. By the way when general topics are bound to come now and then, let the forum get going.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #631380
    Mohan, could you please forward the URLs of so called 'good threads' that has been deleted?
    'He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.'- Elbert Hubbard.


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