Crisis faced in India: Moral and economical

 

6th August, 1945 world witnessed an unprecedented catastrophic sequence of event, when USA nuked one of the city of Japan named Hiroshima and ravaged it. Similar event followed in one more city of Japan on 9th August 1945. Similar catastrophe prevailed there and Japan surrendered to USA and this event lead to the end of World War 2. Just 2 year later, an unconnected event occurred in India and it became free from a foreign dominion on 15th August 1947. Both countries had a task on their hand, and that was start from fresh to build a nation. Japan chose pacifism as their policy and embarked on the path of development. Now, with the advantage of hindsight, we can see how they reacted to the challenge emerged out of crisis and became one of the most developed nation.

Nation is not a static and its ever building process creates many opportunity as well as crisis. Identification of crisis is the first step towards its elimination. Morality simply means to judge or to act in accordance with the principles developed over time that what is right and what is wrong. It may be at personal level as well as at societal level. Even though India is a very ancient civilization and inspiration for the whole world, yet on moral front we still have to work on. Categorical description on the issue will help a bit to understand

Crisis on moral front:

Corruption is killer; yes it’s the killer of democratically established institution. Transparency International released a report and in terms of transparency India is still ranked on 85th, way below than most of the advanced democracy which we cherish. Corruption not only financially deprived the chances of the eligible but a sense of deprivation prevails on the victims. National resources depletes for the benefits of the perpetrators.

Even though we may boast our culture as the ancient, but the stark reality is that even after having political equality enshrined in the constitution, half of the population, i.e. female population still faces sexual discrimination in many parts of the country. Female feticides, skewed sex ratio in favour of male, sexual abuses such as horrendous event like Delhi gang rape malign the dignity of nation.

Cast identity and communalism is also one of the detractors of our moral fabric as a nation. Though it is guaranteed by the constitution that state as well individuals should not discriminate on the basis of cast or religon, yet we witnesses many cast based stir, communal riots, atrocities on Scheduled Casts. One of the reasons that, we became colony of Europeans is the same feeling, still we are not learning the lessons from past.

One more attribute, which is galvanized in our morality over the years in us is “West is Best”. There is no doubt in the fact that west particularly European and Americans, were ahead in terms of political, industrial as well as economical and so they dominated the world. But this doesn’t mean that every aspect of them were correct. Colonization is criticized even in Britain now days, the relentless and injudicious use of natural resources by them has posed and existential threat to human civilization in terms global warming, family concept is diminished and many more to count. The point is that we should be modernizing, not to westernize. Japan can be one example in this front. Cleanliness, civic discipline, attitude towards public property there are many front in which our nation is lagging compare to other developed nations.

Challenges on economic front:

Even after 68 years of independence, the number of suicide committed by farmer was nearly 3,200 in year 2015 alone. This is abysmal for a country which is claiming to be the third largest country in terms of GDP (PPP). Number of poor is huge in terms of the government data released, nearly 26%, civil society even doubt on the data and claims the number even more.

Gross inequality is prevalent in social as well as economical front. At one side there is a large water sports amusement parks for the niche, on the other hand female has to walk for kilometers to fetch water, potable or not that is different question all together. This inequality is also found in educational, health care, sanitation, social infrastructure.

Unemployment is a serious challenge in front of the government. We have benefit of demography this point of time. A large population (more than 70%) is under working age group, but they don’t have much opportunity and job to do. Post reform era, our GDP was impressive, but the period was marked by “Jobless Growth”. Still more than 60% population is dependent on primary activity, which is not an healthy sign for a developing and aspires developed country.

Skill of the person is asset of them. In terms of skill, if we compare India with many developed and even developing country we have to concede a lot. South Korea’s 84%, Japan’s 91%, Chaina’s 76% population is skilled, but when we talk India it’s Just nearly 24%. Even with this abysmal number, when KR Narayan Murthy says that only 18% of the engineers are employable, that pose a serious question on our policy towards skilling youth.

One of the astounding reasons of the rise of Europeans in 18th century or for that matter USA in 20th century was the amount of research and innovations done in their country. In twentieth century, USA became the epitome of research from atomic energy to Internet, from Google to Amazon all came from USA, Whereas India is underperformer in this segment. Japan and recently China spends a lot of amount in this front.

Though, we may have seen that in there are crisis like situations in both moral as well as economic front, but we should treat this as a challenge rather than Crisis. We have performed very well in compare to the past. Our agricultural output has increases manifold.  Our industries became widespread and diversified. Service sector witnessed huge upward trend.

Some of course correction could be the promotion of equality in economic front. Some of the benefits of capitalist’s tendency should be encouraged, but when it reaches the point of exploitation government has to step in.

Women participation in economic sector has to increase. Financial independence will help them to make their own decision and hence they will be able to do better both for them as well as for nation as a whole. Financial independence will also help in reducing sexual discrimination.

Government has to invest on infrastructural front heavily. Which in turn will attract the private player from both India as well as abroad and ultimately help in creating Job.

Government spending in social sector such as health and education has to be increased, as health related issue is affects marginalized the most. Spending on skills and education is the need of the hour.

In sum, though there are numerous challenges are there but every challenges brings opportunity with it. Moral as well as Economic crisis has answer to each other in many sense. If we address moral challenges such as corruption, then in turn it will help us economically. If we increase women participation in workplace and reduce discrimination it will  help economically as well socially.

 

 

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Shifting to Wordpress

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They say, the only permanent thing in this material creation is change. Some is good in adopting that, but others are happy or pretends to be happy as a prisoners of the Past and resists it. For nature, the changes are value neutral, but for a living entities these changes are value added, either good or bad.

Taking a cue from the pattern of overall blog user, I decided to switch to Word press from Blogger. Some says the User Interface and overall features in WordPress is better than compare to Blogger. Hence I adopted this change. Yet, I have republished some of the articles from the blogger to WordPress with the same date as it was originally published  . Even though these changes is not very difficult  for me to adopt, knowing the thin user base of the regular reader of it :-), though I tried and got the same name address in both domains. For blogger it was eternaltryst.blogspot.com and for WordPress it is eternaltryst.wordpress.com .

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शायद ऐसा तो नहीं कि,
किसी तूफान का अनुमान है !

हर कोई मांझी से कह रहा कि
अपनी पतवार वो न उतारे सिंधु में;
प्रचंड हिलोरों से टकराकर
समा जायेगा वो अन्नंत बिंदु में.

पर मांझी आज बहुत धीर है
लक्ष्य को लेकर वह अपनी, आज बड़ा गंभीर है.
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आज वह तो केवल, अपने उद्देस्य का ही भक्त है.

कमर कस ली है उसने
और उसकी संगिनी, नौका भी तैयार है.
आज दोनो की इक्कठे
प्रचंड सागर को, ललकार है.

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Environment day and I

Even though, nearly a month has been passed since “The World Environment Day” celebrated across the globe, some of the peculiar incident and observations on that event prompted me to write this article. I wanted to post it on the same day, but I kept procrastinating as I found myself in quandary that whether it’s worth sharing or not. Finally today I persuaded myself, if not coerced.

Mahatma Gandhi once told “there is enough for every ones need, but not for their greed”. An African proverb goes as “We have not inherited this environment from our ancestors, but we have borrowed it from our children”. There may be a lot many quotes and even actions by famous personalities will be available to show the importance of environmental conservation. But still today we are grappling to make this environmental conservation theme, a ubiquitous and unanimous phenomena. Commemoration of “world environment day” on 5th June is a step in that direction only. There is no doubt in the fact that our pristine environment is degraded at its lowest level, courtesy “the most intelligent species of planet earth”. So, if we have created the menace, than it’s our responsibility to check this also.

Like any other progressive and sensitive organization, here in my workplace also some steps were taken to venerate the “world environment day” on 5th of June. Out of some initiatives to make people aware about conserving environment, introduction of posters at the workplace was one of them. These posters were marked with UNEP (United nation Environment Program). UNEP is a flagship program of united nation, for conservation of the Environment. Hence the accreditation from such organization makes the poster worth noticing. Out of many poster I am placing here two:

 

Poster 1

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Cycling to office:

Taking the cue from the same poster, I decided to come office by my bicycle to give my contribution to this day. It was one of the audacious decision I have taken in recent times  . What makes a decision bold? I think it’s going against the predominant and prevailing doctrine of the society. And I can tell you with full authority; the society where I live is a traditional and conventional one as any typical Bhartiya (not Indian) society. And going to office in bicycle, that too in professional dress, that too wearing an Identity Card is simply challenging societal ethos, where it’s general thumb rule is that if someone is going to office by car is rich, with Bike less rich and through bicycle, you know the answer :-).  After a lot of vacillation I firmed my resolution that any how I will go office today by my old companion(FYI the bicycle that I had, was the same through which I used to go to school when I was here 6 year back).

Finally the day came, the most difficult part was to collect the threshold energy and to cross the inner orbital, that is to jump from home to road, I look out from home and made sure that non of neighbor is watching me, and when I confirmed this, then I rode my bicycle to get away from the vicinity of my home with such a speed, that even Pulsar 220 will admire. Finally when I believed that I entered in the safe zone, away from my locality, then experienced the bliss of riding the two wheeled after a long time. Lots of petrol and diesel engine, whose mechanism I have read (but not understood) in Basic Mechanical Engineering, passed by me. But I was calm or you can say forced to be calm amidst the chaos and noise. Meanwhile, when traffic was dense my left thumb searched for horn button, but then realization came and used “tring tring bell”, but it’s sound was not conspicuous and I had to compromise . Let me describe you something about the terrain where I had to drive. Even though the road infrastructure of my city is one of the best in our country, unlike plain area, the terrain of my place is unduly and uneven. Part of Chota Nagpur plateau, the roads of this region are also with steep slopes and inclination both upward vis-à-vis downward. You will enjoy riding cycle with little effort, where there is downward inclination, but when you encounter with the upward slope then it will surely test your muscles. Anyway, when your prestige is not on stake, you can simply step down from your bicycle and can sing a song of your like and drive your cycle side by side towards your destination. But in my enroute there was no such steep slope, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and reached office.

Reaching office, again I became anxious as I was in home. Now in place of neighbor, it was my colleague whom I want to evade. I was about to park my bicycle, then suddenly a familiar sedan parked just beside me. I knew the driver, so does he. Fortunately, I also evaded that too and reached office. I felt quite happy as I have contributed something, which the poster was demanding from me. But a parallel thought came in my mind that, if it is a gracious act and ultimately helping the nature, it should also spread. Without thinking too much, I told my colleague about my activity and with cunning smile some of them appreciated. Others were serious and also influenced(or pretended to be, never knew). But I was not thinking much about others reaction at that time, I sense of satisfaction was there.

 

Poster 2

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Vegetarianism: A way to reduce carbon emission!!!

The other poster which intrigued me is this one. Previously I knew philosophically and somewhat spiritually (you can also call it religiously) that vegetarianism is the preferred way in our culture and scripture, hence killing animals for sake of taste is not appreciated. But the scientific evidence and the endorsement by UNEP was unique to me. Mind you this poster was by UNEP, and that will be same throughout the world. After observing this poster, I remember one comment on the eve of “World Yoga Day”, a person told “some people need branding to arouse their action, yoga was an ancient practice performed by us, but now it’s “brandized” and now people accepts it”. I felt he was absolutely true.

And after reading in one section of poster (if you click on image you can also find) “ once in a week” make me laugh and I found this as just the aberration of absolute.

Last section of my blog will magnetize your attention towards one initiative which is adopted in our city within few Kms away from my home. For this I will not take the support of my word but of my Snap. Relish and contemplate on this. Acting on environmental conservation, left on discretion of yours.

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Thank you for spending your valuable time (If you think so that it’s valuable :-)).