Archive for May, 2010

There was a time when we didn’t even qualify to be categorized as “Human”. From there we stepped into newer phase of evolution, not because we were unhappy, but because change is natural and the biggest motivator for creations, discoveries and inventions. We got habituated to things that weren’t considered necessary till they were invented. We started exploring newer territories and interacted with newer people. Our lifestyle changed with all this newness. These alterations in turn changed culture; and civilization took its next step towards evolution. In those times, were those changes accepted without opposition? I doubt. Accepting only those changes that we find convenient has always been the norm. Some express their disapproval in discussions, some in debates and some shout back. Some hit back with fists and some with weapons. Some do it alone and some in groups or may be with troops.

Why “change” and “opposition” are so noticeable today? We aren’t “changing” for the first time, its continuos. Nor are we “opposing” for the first time, its eternal. But today our oppositions are pitting us against civilization. Boundaries are shrinking with every leap of technology; and we are getting exposed to changes much faster from every corner of the world. We wish to keep comforts of these changes and do away with effects that follow. We have always cherished newer times only when it has turned old! But for the first time, civilization today is global and inclusive and equations are changing rapidly.

Is it the pace of change that we are finding hard to assimilate and see the inclusiveness of today’s world as threat to our unique “cultural identity”? May be we want to disguise our inertia in the name of tradition.

Time is certainly required to assimilate change and not all changes are needed to be accepted by all. Pick your own bunch and decide your own pace. But let others do it for themselves. If you’ll decide it for them, you turn into controller of others’ choices. You can even choose not to change, but don’t make others choose the same stagnation in the name of culture as culture in itself carries volatility in its nature!


I am Proud to be a Bihari

Posted: May 19, 2010 in News, Politics
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When I was studying there Bihar was going downhill. When I came back to Delhi after completing my graduation, except Atal “Bihari,” no bihari was respected. But then Atal Bihari wasn’t a Bihari in geological terms. Downturn continued even while Lalu grabbed all the limelight. He played the media gallery well but couldn’t do anything other than bringing development in Bihar to halt, more precisely introduced it to newer depths. Not just here but Mumbai too discarded and ill-treated us. “Bihari” became an abusive term.

I loved Bihar then and I am proud now that in Bihar smart cards were introduced and today India’s Unique Identification Cards are emulating the same model. GDP and other economical indicators along with infrastructure are demonstrating positive trends. Is Bihar progressing towards developmental politics? I wish so and I wish this for every state as I associate with most of them due to my association and others simply because I relate myself to this country.

It’s the administrator/executives at top who creates a defining image and in a democracy people choose who governs. So when others look down upon us, we need to look within and see why we are cutting such sorry figure. We all want development but while electing we overlook work profile and see only the caste and religion of the candidates.

If caste, religion or any such classification becomes inconsequential, no politician will back Khap Panchayats. Instead of reservation, we can bring about inclusive growth where necessity to demarcate people on caste line will be wiped out. After scam exposes, political leaders won’t be confident of winning just because their caste calculations are strong. But all this will continue unless we change.

And if we can’t, we must stop complaining about our image as that is what we are.

From my birth to my growing up; from my marriage to my sexual life; my clothes to my make up; my going out to my being at home; my education to my profession (which now is turning out to be no-profession), all aspects at every stage of my life is pre-defined by my religion. I am defined by others and so are my aspirations, making my brain an obsolete entity.

Many females from different religions too are living by set norms. But they are doing it as social norms or cultural aspects, which are easier to breach. If they break these norms they may become social outcast but not in front of their Gods. I am unique as if I try to redefine myself even without affecting others I am labelled a culprit in the eyes of Allah.

I wish I could tell these representatives of Allah that I too am one of his creations and he himself has bestowed the similar faculties of thoughts and senses to me as he has given to them. You can lead your life the way you choose. You can guide but if you start dictating what will I do with my brain. I don’t wish to waste this precious gift of Allah and let it remain untapped. I am alive and so are my senses. I too can feel and I too can see.

I may not think big still I am happy that I can think. I won’t let others to do it for me!

Caste system or for that matter any other form of discrimination is undesirable and incompatible with present global inclusive societies. But can desirability or lack of it wipe out the reality of its existence?
Answer is no.

Are some of our representatives in government and parliament who are opposing caste census unaware of this reality?
Caste based reservations in place makes it highly unlikely to believe so.

So why there is such reluctance to include caste based surveys?
May be ideologically our leaders relate it with British Era divisive policies and fear its negative repercussions in our society. But as far as I know ideals have seldom bound our leaders!

Or is logistical constraints the reason to forego this exercise, as our Honourable Home Minister has cited and suggest that other agencies can do the caste-based exercise?
Logistical constraints must have led our founding fathers to do away with the caste census. If the same constraints hold good even after so many years of independence, then this will be a trouble for other agency like National Commission for Backward Class too, to carry out this exercise. In fact, even a not so qualified person knows that to incorporate few more details in already elaborate data base collection will require far less resources than to conduct it afresh. Always considered a well-informed and knowledgeable, our ex- Finance Minister and present Home Minister can’t forget this simple basic rule unless there is good reason to wipe out the memory! Or does change in portfolio do the magic 😉

Aren’t those parliamentarians and politicians in ruling or opposition lagging behind in raising this issue or is it for the next census?
The date is fixed and known for commencement of decennial census. Raising the issue when census exercise already started, makes it just that, “an issue” that needs to be discussed in the House to mark their presence and justify their allowances and perks associated with their job!

When there are facilities/schemes based on caste, it becomes necessary to have elaborate data to take the benefits to the target people effectively and efficiently. May be that leads to eradication of caste-distortions and a healthy society and our leaders can then find time to concentrate on other developmental issues to give us a prosperous and happy nation 🙂