Thursday, 31 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
No dearth of contenders for the most covetous position of Bharat Ratna in country like India where for everything on earth there is a clash amongs politicians - be it a trifling matter or the one that is big enough to secure a status. Even names unheard in the past or hardly heard ever are proposed for this prestigious award, the highest one in the country. Great stalwarts or the personalities who sacrificed a lot for the country and whose contribution is something that makes history are the ones who really deserve as against those who did nothing except serving their own interest. What Charles Lamb once said as 'Politics is the last refuge of the scoundrels' quite sounds to be true very often when things are measured based on their behavioural pattern. Atal Bihari Bajpai, the ex Prime Minister of India, proposed by another veteran giant sized politician could be one proposition to be understood based on his sacrifice and contribution. Then different names started pouring in like BSP proposing late Kanshiram, comrades in West Bengal suggesting Jyoti Basu, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra talking of Bal Thakerey and different other groups suggesting various other heavy weights in some field or the other. Possibly there was never such a big list submitted for consideration in the past. Democratically there can be any name(s) proposed for any position but Bharat Ratna is not the matter pertaining to some mohalla or locality -it is something that concerns the whole country. After all dignity, status, stature and above all being above board are the essential ingredients to make a Bharat Ratna and this can't be taken lightly by those who count for the purpose.
Monday, 21 January 2008
Many an items are there in the market which are easily purchasable and every one does it to the extent his pocket permits. Merit is much different a phenomenon which one just honestly can't afford to purchase in an open market howsoever best he tries. People in politics are however an exception as they are the kind who can manage any thing like if some body doesn't fit into a job on merit pattern, there is a readily available device to reserve the post(s) for a particular category. This is not honest. Social justice is the need for every society but merit is an element which should not be compromised for the purpose as there are ample ways to bring upliftment to different low level layers of people both financially and otherwise. Sam Petroda, the head of Rashtriya Gyan Aayog opined the other day that it is unfair to force reservation in educational institutions for the simple reason that it only downgrades the merit. Opportunities must be offered for different caders of the society to get necessary education and training for a career building. These opportunities are a must no doubt for all those who have acquired necessary skill for the job not only by way of hard labour put in by them but more than that on the basis of the merit the candidates possessed. Reserve the scope to learn and get educated, don't reserve them by artifically adding extra marks to the candidates simply because they belong to a particular caste or creed.
Saturday, 19 January 2008
The current cultural revolution all over the world has it that writing scenario is fast switching over to blogging, blogging on all matters, be it serious writing, publishing ads or playing online games. Access to any website promoted by the sponsorers instantly shows thousands of posts as if the entire world is writing with their blogs as a tool for the purpose. I too have been feeling so enthusiastic about it considering it as the most powerful weapon so far as the expressions are concerned. Satisfying to the maximum with utility orientation, this tool hardly has any match. I have number of websites on varying types. Keeping and maintaining a bigger number of blogs is a task in itself and sounds so cumbersome at times but the very mechanism involved in the process continues tobe interesting and self satisfying coupled with some financial benefits too. I believe in following the rules but many a times, I do admit, I miserably fail to adhere to them in the matters of blogging. Every sponsorer has most voluminous a package of rules which a blogger has to accept before embarking the task to blog. Rules of one sponsorer are most often conflicting with those of others and it is hardly possible for a blogger to meticulously follow the discipline. Even if the working is quite within the frame of the rules, it is not necessary that there is no problem left as many a times a blogger is confronted with hidden clashes amongst the sponsorers. Rules permit a blogger to write for different sponsorers on the same blog but this is something which becomes the root cause for the problem. In practical terms possibly no owners/sponsorers are prepared to tolerate others on the same site. Situations like this are a matter of
embarassment to the bloggers who find it too difficult to freely concentrate on writing. The problem assumes much graver proportions when it is found that the sponsorer are normally not prepared to enter into any correspondence on individual areas of difficulty. They never lag behind in most vociferously claiming that they are always prepared to extend all support to individual bloggers but factually it doesn't hold good at all. They either don't reply the queries or, if at all they do so, it is an answer curt and blunt. How nice it would be if those who manage the field for blogging behave more realistically without causing any embarassing situation to the bloggers.
Friday, 18 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Looking too small apparently, the tiny 'Nano' is practically big enough to meet the need of the people who otherwise can't afford going for big cars. Utility and use wise, this is the vehicle sumptuously capable of passing through even lanes and streets and there lies the advantage of this car coupled with the feature that it is quite consumption friendly from fuel point of view with 20+ mileage per ltr. Cost wise it is much worth its value as an amount of 1 lakh of rupees in today's market is not considered to be a big sum. With 8% less in space outwardsly when compared to Maruti 800, it is 21% more than that in the interior giving sufficient leg space to the passengers. It is a moving story that inspired Ratan Tata to go for production of a small car. While travelling he saw a woman taking shelter under a tree alongwith her husband and two children as they couuldn't physically afford travelling further because it was raining. They must have been some junior middle class family who were not in a position to manage any vehicle beyond a scooter. Tata instantly madeup his mind to produce some small vehicle which can easily be affordable by the people unable to apply their option for big cars. Such an inspiration drawn by him speaks volumes about a normal human being in him who gets worried on seeing others in difficulty. Bringing out such a car for which Indian engineers with Tata worked day and night is certainly not a commercial venture to earn profits, it is infact a great service to the people of the country. All praise to Ratan Tata the great.
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Her name is Smriti, Smriti Agnihotri, currently in police custody at Luckow where she had gone to meet the Chief Minister Mayawati for redressal of her problems but she was sent to police station instead. Her father died and over stricken by his sad demise her mother too breathed her last. It is her maternal uncle who is taking the advantage of her parents being no more and none else left to take care of her and her two teenager younger brothers. There is no trace of her one of the two brothers. He might possibly have been kidnapped. She has been running from pillar to post to trace the boy but failed and reached Lucknow all the way from her village in Jhansi to seek help from the Chief Minister who too like big bullies in politics didn't give her an appointment. Instead of getting a chance to meet the Chief Minister, she was forced to get lodged in a police station. On what charges? There is none to explain this and now it is a matter of months that she is there. Her father had a house of his own and also cash besides his bank balance to the tune of around 35 lacs. This property and cash is the cause of the tortures she is getting from her maternal uncle who wants her to hand over both the house and the cash to him. He has already forcefully occupied the house. There are people talking of womens welfare, there are forums boasting to be the champions of womens cause, there is government machinery with certain special cells for the protection of ladies. Where are they? They possibly are not for the common women suffering on one count or the other crying and running from one pillar to another post. The forums meant for women never lack in crying at the top of their voice when it is the day observed as 'Womens Day' but are normally found only reluctant when it comes to extending a tangible help to them. Love India as the slogan says 'We love our India', but why love an India where there is no love for the women folk? India was once known for always extending due respect to women with the saying '..Yatra nariyastu poojyante, ramante tatra devta.' meaning thereby that where women are respected, gods are found there. Unfourtunately the fact remains that it is very much in this country that women most often are treated as objects for 'use' or say misuse and they are not respected. Talking of loving such an India looks nothing more than a political ritual.
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Friday, 11 January 2008
Saturday, 5 January 2008
U.P.Chief Minister Mayawati getting a clean chit in disproportionate assets case as from the Incometax authorities appears to have more meanings beyond just a simple exoneration. The ground that gifts received out of 'veneration and personal esteem' are legitimate ones obviously denoting that they can't be termed otherwise.Her bank accounts with credit balance beyond 7 crores of rupees were frozen by the authorities getting fully convinced primarily that it was a clear case of disproportionate assets acquired illegitimately.Law was followed, the Law that was to finally convict her. Laws then and the Laws now are the same. Changing law is not a matter so trifling that it could be changed any time but the via media adopted for the purpose is 'interpretation' which can vary from individual to individual and from situation to situation. Political situation when she was booked as an offender of law and the one that started to obtain afterwards, more particularly after she took over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is visibly clear to all and it leads one to conclude that not the law but political placement of the concerned individual counts. It is this very type of change in scenario that is capable of changing 'bribes' to 'gifts'. It is difficult to think of any gratification including bribes where they can't be named 'gifts'. One who bribes the other can always very conveniently say that it was done not as a matter of any pressure or compulsion but purely 'love and affection' based transaction. Commodities are sold for money, workers are paid for their labour, money lenders get interest from borrowers and much beyond all this there are people who have nothing tangible with them to sell but still get money. It is this very money that is defined as 'bribe' when the concerned individual lacks the required equations for the purpose. When political equations normalise, the definers of law start terming the bribe as 'gift'. Possibly this is exactly what has happened. The relaxations so granted by redifining the earlier provisions may not end here only, they may further be extended to many other so called political stalwarts like Lalu Yadav in Bihar or many a Lalus elsewhere. Politics has its own way of spelling out their terms always in a manner that suit them irrespective of the repercussions it may cause to the society as a whole. Are not we a great democracy in the world?
Thursday, 3 January 2008
It's a routine media coverage that some cover of some kind for protection and safety of the VVIPs or VIPs is added to them. The latest being the SPG cover demanded for U.P.Chief Minister Mayawati. There is no dearth of the grounds for the purpose.Law and order situation, threats from terrorists and even threats from political opponents. The categories recognized for the purpose are the Prime Minister, ex Prime Ministers. Exceptions were made in cases of Sonia Gandhi and the members of her close family. The proposed new addition in the case of Mayawati may in all likelihood be agreed upon by the Government not so much for the reasons of security and protection but for political reasons. Even ordinary MLAs or MPs are treated as VVIPs from their safety point of view. Needless to say that security measures so provided to many are used more for personal reasons than a real need based ground. Many an instances are there where stories of some attack or the other on individuals claiming eligibility for official protection are concocted to secure more amount of it to get highly equipped for a better show of grandeur.
What about the common man? Is there any channel to bother about their safety or the safety of their families? The answer is obviously 'no' if the amount of insecurity they are experiencing is taken into view.Loot, arson, kidnapping, train robberies and manhandlings for hafta wasooli are the order of the day. Our country is not that poor now. Thanks to technological developments which have made India capable enough to meet the basic needs of the people including security but it appears that revenue channels so acquired are diverted in bulk measures towards welfare, comfort, safety and grandeur of the so called VIPs. Which are the industries the MLAs and MPs are running to earn their wages as employees. None of the sort. On the contrary they are the people who raise hue and cry every now and then for increase in their monthly emoluments and perquisites and surprisingly such enhancements when proposed are only unanimous and approved instantly. Why don't they realise that those who work hard in the fields to feed the nation or those who work in factories and offices need attention in similar manner. In fact they need it more.
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008: Wished that the New Year starts on a pleasant note and I am to remain in my form. Actually it didn’t happen that way and I felt somewhat badly disturbed more than yesterday today. Problems being the routine ones only but as it happens with me very often I lose my grips on facing them which results into causing me discomfort, the discomfort and lack of ease I just experience. I am for avoiding tranquilisers but what actually happens is to resort to them often for days together as a measure to opt for a lesser evil as against the worst ones in the form of tremendous strain and tension. Only the other day I was taken to hospital by my son for an urgent checkup.
Despondency overtakes me which factor I do resist as I am never for giving up but human faculties after all have a limit. Possibly I am too tired and consumed. My daughter Bachhey who has been suffering from a slow growth syndrome right from her birth is a perpetual cause of concern that hounds me all the time. After my wife and her mother Shashi was no more, mine had to be a role not only as her father but her mother too. She has now grown to adulthood, she relishes talking on love themes with others in relations circle without knowing what it is all about. She very often asks me for my mobile to talk, I can’t afford disappointing her. I am leaving no stone unturned to find out some match for her which is ofcourse not only too difficult a task but possibility wise so remote in view of her physical deficiency on account of retarded growth. Since I don’t believe that there could be some God or a Goddess to help me, I have no phenomenon available to me to share the onerous tension and a killing sort of strain I have to undergo on this count.
I have opted to share this extract from MyDiary with my readers with the temptation that some one out of them could possibly extend me some help in securing some matching partner for my daughter whom I love most on this earth.
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Retirement is predetermined factor that starts on the day one when one joins some service or the other as a source of sustentation. Once this age used to be 55 in government undertakings, was extended to 58 and then in certain undertakings it was raised to 60. This rise was mainly based on health rate in the country getting better and it was logical to conclude that with a better state of health it was possible for the employees to perform more efficiently. The considerations that worked for raising the retirement age earlier changed to a different dimension later assuming a politically based criterion or in other words a vote oriented measure.Work is a must for all and any better performance workwise is possible with good health only unless there are undue accommodations. Various trade unions representing workfore in different undertakings have been raising a demand for quite some time that the age for retirement be extended beyond what it is today and they are correct to a considerable extent in the sense that theirs is not a demand to accommodate individuals but allow a legitimitately eligible class of workforce otherwise found physically fit.Central Government indicated only sometime back that the age for retirement of Central Government employees is to be raised to 62 which deci
sion was obviously hailed from different quarters of the workforce. Their jubilation was however shortlived as it didn't take much time for the system succumbing to political pressures and clarify that there was no such decision. They ofcourse gave feelers that the view earlier taken was likely to affect the unemployed youth of the country.It is all a number game. Strengthwise the people eligible for benefit of extension in age are far behind compared to current unemployed generation who obviously count much from votes point of view. OK if you talk of health, performance, efficiency or any factor that counts for nation's development but to opt for a basis that works as a vote catching device is neither fair not honest by any measure.