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Over the past few days, the media has been hyper active in dealing with various issues. We had people attack the govt. and its decision, we had people who supported the govt. and attacked the anti govt. propaganda, we had people who attacked both these groups and played their innocent card, but in the end what we had were several questions and an active media. So here's an honest attempt to answer few charges that were leveled against the govt. and the community.
Accusation 1: why was there no debate?
To summarize it, we had a 6 hours long meeting/debate on 19th December 2012. As you can see eIndians from all walks of elife were invited to the meeting. It was a collection of Old players, New players and Players who joined the country not so long ago.
The meeting started with an insight on the history of eIndia by the wise old Ashwamedh and Navin Charles. It was followed by a rather fiery debate between several people. And ultimately we had three questions which popped up 1. Should India join CoT 2. Should India remain in EDEN and 3. Should India go neutral. Everyone got a chance to put forth their views on this matter and finally after 6 hours the outcome was that everyone, except 1 person, wanted us to quit EDEN. I don't see how 6 hours that we wasted debating and putting forth our views were unreasonable.
Accusation 2: why was the referendum rushed at?
We all know how EDEN treated us in past several months and then we were put into the battlefield to fight a war that wasn't even ours. We Indians value our honesty above everything else. Tomorrow irrespective of the outcome we can proudly say that we chose to be neutral and that the battle wasn't a deciding factor in what we chose. The deciding factor was our Honour and self respect. We made it clear repeatedly to the whole world that we would fight the current battle in Indian soil for EDEN, and we are doing it right now. And that once the battle is over we will go on our neutral way. We sent a message to everyone, our current allies and our future allies, that we are not governed by our selfishness or greed, but we are governed by our right to be honest.
Another reason is any changes in current policy within the present game mechanics is bound to look radical even though it is a result of several months of discussion and contemplation specially in a small country like India.
Accusation 3: why was the names of the voters disclosed in the referendum?
Because some people can't get enough. The govt. was first accused of meddling with the decision and ignoring the result of referendum, few went to the extent of claiming that without a detailed report we can't take the decision of leaving EDEN, so we gave them a detailed report. And now we have someone asking us as to why we gave out the names.
Accusation 4: Why was the referendum announcement biased?
Because that is the very purpose as to why we are going for referendum.
Can you imagine this situation?
"We love EDEN, We love CoT, we hate EDEN, We hate CoT but lets just go for a referendum!"
The fact is we won't have even gone for a referendum hadn't we got a strong reason to leave EDEN and that is what the article was about. And sorry we are not hypocrites to claim that we have no reason to leave EDEN yet we want to go for referendum to leave EDEN.
Just to give the expats an idea about what India is
India might have a population of 700 citizens, but we have hardly got an active population of 50 to 60 players. And yes, majority of eIndian community know each other, we know our real names, what we do, where we live, we meet from time to time, etc. And this has been a strong aspect of this community. It's wrong with the current low population to expect things in India to work like it does in other countries. Here the Govt. is the whole Community. The decision is taken by majority within community. And No the community is not just Real Indians, but it also has several Non Indians, who play a big role in Indian Politics. And this is the sole reason why we have stayed strong in defending our country against several PTO threats in past.
Finally An opinion: Am I personally apologetic the way People presented their opinion in the media?
An honest answer is No. We need to understand the human psychology, no two people can think alike in every situation. Some like to present their views in an aggressive manner, some prefer mild manners. We have conservatives who think liberals are stupid and we have liberals who think conservatives are crazy, does that make either of them right or wrong? What might look morally right to one person, won't to another. This is what makes us "Human" and we need to accept that. Judging a person within our mind's capability or perspective is actually wrong. Plus remember that this is a game of pixels in a virtual world of existence. I am with everyone who presented their opinion as per their choice and I don't think anyone should be apologetic for presenting their opinion in past few days.
What hurt me though was people being judgmental about other's real life with comments such as "you are immature, I have kids of your age, I have family in real life, etc. etc."
Just to let you know, all of us here have a family. Some of us play the game for fun, some play it to escape reality. We have people who are 15 years old and we have people who are in forties. But, remember that age or family background isn't the deciding factor of a person's level of "maturity", neither is judging a person behaving the way you expect them to, fits the label of "being matured". What is immature though is to claim that you are "so and so" and that's why you are mature!
On a Lighter note here are few pictures from the recently held meet in Mumbai and Chennai! I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and tons of congratulations to all the participants and the organizers of the meet for success.
In my next article, I'll be covering the details about Secret Santa Event scheduled for Tomorrow i.e. 25th December 2012, The Rules of Congress for the prospective congress members and the plan for Gaming Tournaments across India as a part of Babyboom effort.
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