Archive for August, 2010

Not Ready to Vote at 18

Posted: August 29, 2010 in Politics
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Are we ready to vote at 18?

There is a protective environment for most till the time of schooling. That means by the time we turn 18 we mostly carry thoughts influenced by our family and school. In school we read facts that are highly politically indifferent in their outlook. Though there is a big political game played around in catering that politically indifferent curriculum! If you are content with your family view point, you like their political ideologies too unquestioningly. If you are a rebel, you choose ideologies diametrically opposite to that of your family. Beyond these two extremes it’s pretty rare that we have any other option to choose from as we find different viewpoints disrespectful and it is considered that you lack devotion if you question your loved ones!!!

We grow older. We see more of this world. At times we even get wiser. But most of the times we have newer influences. Most of these say that if you don’t become one of us, you’ll be excluded. We start following the trend not because of the fear of exclusion, but for the temptations of few material gains. People influence us because they don’t want to feel guilty of being corrupt and we get corrupt as we have perfect excuse to be one. We learn not to question. We learn to accept things as they are. We learn to overlook misdemeanour lest we get entangled in one. We learn so much that we forget who is right and what is right.

I wish we all can unlearn and become 18 again, when we had ideals and passion and fewer manipulations. Family and schools after all aren’t that bad influence!!!

Random Thought

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Views
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Surveys shows that honest people struggle to sail through their tenure in govt. jobs. They get irrelevant work most of the times and hence at times feeling of being unworthiness creeps in. At times frustration too overpowers them.

“Is it worth being honest” becomes a haunting question.

After experiencing this bitter-sweet battle and seeing the difference between a sincere, honest govt. employee and their opposite counter-parts, today I am sure that one has money but no trust, has authority but no respect. And other, once getting over initial hurdles if stick to his principles has everything along with sufficient money to fulfill his needs.

Nations Within A Nation

Posted: August 9, 2010 in History, Politics
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There always was a cultural flow but India in most of its history was an amalgamation of many kingdoms. Today we are getting used to the idea of defined identity of being an Indian and the concept of nationhood. Is Indian-ness something that can forcefully be got accepted?

Aryans came and ruled. There were Greeks and Persians too, who conquered. Westerners in recent history subjugated. There were Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian rulers. But most kingdoms didn’t last long and those which did left deep impact on identity of present India that we can feel even today.

Aryans had superior war-skills and administration. They were prosperous with their large live-stocks and subsequently they developed better agricultural techniques. Mauryans with their emphasis on better infrastructure were the largest economy of the ancient and medieval world. With lowered taxes and encouragement for personal development and freedom Guptan kingdom became epicentre of arts, science and learning. Through its administration many aspects of Indian art, culture and religion were spread to large parts of Asia. Mauryan and Guptan Empire declined with weak successors. Mughals integrated Turko-Persian culture with ancient Indian culture. Prosperity flowed through this integration. But when brutality and centralization replaced it, downfall of the empire began. Europeans brought new technologies and products from their industrially revolutionized continent. Along with it came new rule of law. But since they started siphoning off India’s prosperity and suppression began, their rule was challenged and ultimately done away with.

These are the kingdoms/rulers who ruled major parts of India for considerable time. One thing that is common is development and prosperity through good and effective administration. Everything other than that was different and diverse.

An Indian can be ruled by an Aryan, a Greek, a Persian, a Turk or a European. A Hindu, a Buddhist, a Muslim or a Christian can rule it. Who is there in administration comes to front only when administration is weak.

Oneness (in this case Indian-ness) or love for your country can’t be forced but opportunity and development is something everyone chooses, universally.

Affluent Streets

Posted: August 7, 2010 in News, Society
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Cap the number of rickshaws as they choke the city roads. It is so difficult to manoeuvre while driving my car. I pay the road tax and so I deserve to have more space. Lesser rickshaw means more people will be on foot. This way we can cultivate healthier lifestyle. It’s healthy for me too but I can afford to go to health clubs. For that reason too I must have faster roads so that I can have more time to spend in these clubs. Lesser rickshaws results in lesser rickshaw-wallahs, that in turn results in lesser slums. I’ve servant quarter in my apartment as I don’t like places that ruin the landscape of the city. If you can’t afford city life, you must stay away from it. You can come and visit once in a while as a tourist. But leave these city roads for those who have forgotten that they are affluent only in comparative terms.

In your absence they may realize that your humbleness is so important to nurture their affluent egos!!!

P.S.: Supreme Court lashed out at Civic agency in Delhi for targeting poor by capping number of rickshaws while growth of motor vehicles remains unchecked. Logical observation I must acknowledge.