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On Celebrity Social Responsibility

The do’s and dont’s of a citizen’s action list can fall in two categories – what she must do and what she should do. The ‘must’ is largely related to legal duties such as paying taxes, abiding to civil and criminal laws, following traffic rules, respecting the liberty of fellow citizens, and so on. The ’should’ list includes what a citizen does beyond the ‘must’ list.

The ‘must’ list appears very important because we, the Indians, mostly donot understand the difference between freedom and liberty, and also rights vs duties and what others should do vs what we should do. We are very intelligent and rational as individuals but pathetic while collaborating and cooperating. If each of Indians only take care of this ‘must’ list, the country will change and see its pinnacles. The interesting part is that the ‘must’ list doesnt require us to sacrifice much of our resources, money, or time. This is a part of the daily life chores and only ’self regulation’ can make this possible.

The ’should’ list is optional, depending on one’s own choice or discretion – by not doing which one’s not legally or morally wrong/irresponsible. This list is not even required to discussed if everybody is self-regulated and takes care of ‘must’ list for oneself. This list is being discussed only because ‘must’ list is ignored by one part of the inhibitants and the apathy of those who sould have taken care of the ‘must’ list. And thats where the celebrities, corporate, or somehow privilaged section of citizens come into the picture.

A celebrity can be anybody because, according to me, a celebrity is a person who has ‘an area of influence”. A common man can influence herself, however a celebrity can influence a group of people. The larger the area (of influence), the bigger the stature of the celebrity. When a common man starts this mission (in the form of social or political activism), she has to first work towards increasing her reach and the area of influence. A celebrity gets this by default, so, when a celebrity enters in the arena of activism, she starts with the immediate action. And when a bigger celebrity comes in picture, she can immediately make many people acting on that task. So, the celebrity stature gives a person an edge, which is mostly the power to influence and width of her reach.

I think this is the reason people raise their heads towards celebrities. But that doesn’t mean a celebrity must do it, definitely not. In this sense, everybody fall in the same pool, hence it is pretty senseless to criticize a celebrity (or for that matter, anybody) if she doesn’t do it. If she takes care of the ‘must’ list, doesn’t influence others to go against it using her reach, she is already a responsible citizen. What more, she is an excellent professional which is already somehow contributing to the development of the country. If somebody leaves her profession (no matters how lucrative or profitable it is), then it is way too great; if she doesn’t, it is still great. We founded one such organization called ‘Dream India Project’ two years before and during last 2 years, much more people joined DIP and involved in debates and activities. Most of us are excellent professionals and are contributing to our professions very well. I am running my own company and when I spend my time, effort, and money with DIP, it is totally my choice and interest. Same goes with fellow DIPians. Even if we don’t do this, we are responsible citizens and contributing to the development of the country with our works in our professions (and this is already beyond the ‘must’ list). Cribs never help, acts do. And I have found that most of the cribs and complains come from those who don’t act. I feel very great that these kinds of topic are being discussed very widely nowadays.

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Who says India lags behind in education?

…When the size of “Coaching for admission to the IITs and other engineering colleges” industry is Rs. 10,000 Crore. ASSOCHAM says:

“The amount of money which goes to these institutions is enough to open 30 to 40 IITs with lots of seats that can ensure admission to average candidates,”

Of course, it doesn’t include coaching institutes for management tests, civil services exams, other government services, international tests, medical entrance tests, computer courses, et ceteras.

Also: The Economist has an article on how to learn the right lessons from other countries’ schools.

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Right to Emergency Care : Bloody Rumours Again

Three days back, I received a forwarded mail from Pragnya, a friend of mine, that was about a judgment of Supreme Court. At first, even I got excited by that amazing information. And why not, it was about the right to emergency care that at first sight, gave me an impression of a revolutionary step by the judiciary system. At the next moment, my mind started playing with its database by the help of heuristics. Within moments, I recalled another similar forwarded mail that I had received last year or something. That was about Section 49′O (negative / neutral voting).

According to 49′O, in a particular constituency, if a voter has dislike to all of the candidates competing there, then he can show his dislike to all of them by registering for 49′O. Now, if the number of 49′O count is larger than that of the winning candidates total vote count, then a re-election is called there.

We will discuss about 49’O at the end of this article (must read the end of this article). This time again, the mail looked too much promising to me. I was busy with work so I ignored this rumour and got back to work. Last night, in an Orkut community Rational Behavioural, I saw that another friend of mine has posted the same thing. Surprisingly, dozens of people already had replied to that post and even few had forwarded the mail to others as well. Lets look at the mail first.

Right to Emergency Care:

Date Of Judgment: 23/02/2007.

Case No.: Appeal (civil) 919 of 2007.

The Supreme Court has ruled that all injured persons especially in the case of road traffic accidents, assaults, etc., when brought to a hospital / medical centre, have to be offered first aid, stabilized and shifted to a higher centre / government centre if required. It is only after this that the hospital can demand payment or complete police formalities. In case you are a bystander and wish to help someone in an accident, please go ahead and do so. Your responsibility ends as soon as you leave the person at the hospital. The hospital bears the responsibility of informing the police, first aid, etc.

Please do inform your family and friends about these basic rights so that we all know what to expect and what to do in the hour of need.Please not only go ahead and forward, use it too!!!!

I was astounded. The first thing that kicked my mind to get some details was the date of the judgment. According to the mail, the Supreme Court verdict came in the month of February. And the verdict was very much revolutionary. So, when our media fills a complete page on absolutely redundant issues, then how come it missed such great news. The suspicion raised.

I started browsing official sites of Judiciary and I arrived at JUDIS(Judicial Information System), an official website of Supreme Court of India. The mail already had given me some initial details to find out more. It said that the judgment came for the “Appeal(Civil) 919 of 2007“. So, first I searched in the JIS that any such judgment ever existed or not. Here are the Judgment search details:

Judgment:

Link: http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/chejudis.asp

I entered:

case type = civil, appeal
case no = 919
year = 2007

Result:- Record Not Found

Undoubtedly, no such judgment existed in the database of Supreme Court who had supposedly declared this in February, 2007. That means, this was a very false information and obviously a rumour. If it had been true, JIS search would have shown the details of the Judgment.

Then, I tried searching if there any such cases ever existed or not! This time, I arrived at Case Status (disposed and pending case status), again a website run by Supreme Court. This website keeps track of each and every disposed and pending cases in Supreme Court of India, all High Courts, and some district courts.

Case Status:

Link:- http://www.courtnic.nic.in/courtnicsc.asp

Case Type – Appeal Civil
Case No – 919
Year – 2007

Status:

Case Status: DISPOSED

Status of : Appeal (Civil) 919 OF 2007
SHARE MEDICAL CARE Vs. UNION OF INDIA & ORS.

Pet. Adv. : MR. Y. RAJA GOPALA RAO

Res. Adv. : MS. SUSHMA SURI
Subject Category : INDIRECT TAXES MATTERS – APPEALS UNDER CLAUSE (B) OF SECTION 130E OF THE CUSTOMS ACT, 1962 ANDSECTION 35L OF THE CENTRAL EXCISE AND SALT ACT, 1944

Date of Disposal : 23/02/2007
Detailed Status:
http://courtnic.nic.in/supremecourt/temp/dc%2010429-1043105p.txt

It was about right to stop elections then, it is right to emergency care now. So, a case of Indirect Taxes had been turned out to be a judgment for the right of emergency care. I am sure that this mail must have reached to thousands of people till now. Instead of having a great resources like Internet and a revolution of e-governance in India, people don’t try to find the truth and stop spreading such rumours. The motive they possess while forwarding such mails get corrupted and affects inversely to thousands. I agree that people are not that much aware and don’t even try to be so until they themselves get affected by the social evils and problems. But, wrong information surely affects people more. Now, it will take a 2-page description to let them understand that this information was actually fake. And what about those who didn’t get access to this clarification?

Anyways, this is a very bad idea indeed and people should verify it once before they spread such information. Try googling for such information, get a list of authorised websites such as websites promoted by government of India and its other entities, or atleast ask people who acquire relevant knowledge. We can’t do for those people who starts these chains but we can break it at the moment they reach us. This is an irony that in the information age and thriving Indian industry and society in this age, it is actually “lack of awareness” that has been lagging the development of people, society, and nation behind. Lack of awareness is the biggest problem that exists in the most informative and elite junta, broadly including who are having access to all such resources such as the virtually-active people or people having regular access to Internet. We need to understand that E-world and E-governance exist for only one reason – to make us aware – to make us informative and wise.

For your quick reference, here is the 49′O case from my mail archive:

Please take some time to read this entire mail. You will definitely feel ts worth. Hope some of you have already got this mail and got to know about the 49′O. It says :

“In a particular constituency, if a voter has dislike to all of the candidates competing there, then he can show his dislike to all of them by registering for 49′O.

Steps for doing this :

1. while registering the name by the time of voting, convey the booth officials that “I want to go for 49′O”.

2. Register your signature in the 49′O form available there.

Done. Now, if the number of 49′O count is larger than that of the winning candidates total vote count, then a re-election is called there.

More than all, the shameful fact is, This 49′O is available ever since 1960, but it is in no way conveyed to the people. Neither the government communicate this, nor did the election commission. As long as the people are unaware of this one, the political parties are enjoying by winning the election and ditching our country. To stop this disaster to continue further, we don’t need to take a swordand fight against the government.

Just help every citizen to know that they have such a powerful weapon which can be used for ensuring their welfare. None of the media will be ready to publish this 49′O. Let us do this by ourselves. Communicate this information with all your family, friends, neighbors as much as you can and let them know their right. Please send this mail to everyone you know and request them to spread it across to everyone. Convey this information to as many people you know.

Not only that, we get a satisfaction that we have done a good service for our country’s welfare. This is very well equal to what our patriots have done for the independence of our country. Very less time left before the next election drama. Before that lets make sure that everyone speaks about this word “49′O”.

Important Update:

After going through comments raised by Bhawna and Ashok, I had to look for the validation and truthfulness of 49 O. And with due apologies to more than 2000 readers of this article, I would like you all to inform that Section 49 O (under the conduct of elections rules, 1961) explicitly says that the elector can decide not to vote and duly notify the election commission of the same. Although not popular and much utilized by the general public, this rule has been in practice since almost 50 years. According to Election Commission of India, THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961says:

49O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

source: MANUAL OF ELECTION LAW

In 2004, Election Commision of India sent a proposal to parliament which included an extension of 49 O, among other proposals. In this proposal, the ECI suggested two main things:

1. Providing a mechanism to use this facility with the electoral voting machine

2. Amendment to specifically provide for negative / neutral voting. For this purpose, Rules 22 and 49B of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 may be suitably amended adding a proviso that in the ballot paper and the particulars on the ballot unit, in the column relating to name of candidates, after the entry relating to the last candidate, there shall be a column “None of the above” , to enable a voter to reject all the candidates, if he chooses so. (this proposal was made in 200l also)

source: Press copy of the proposals on “Electoral Reforms”, 2004 (pdf file)

Notably, famous speaker Shiv Khera-promoted organization Country First is also working for the implementation and promotion of “right to reject” practice by a general Indian.

Also, after many recent incidents and cases where the “right to emergency care” could have helped enormously, the media and the social service organizations have turned their eyes upon relevance and demand of such rights and mechanisms.

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Education for all, where is the goal?

Besides all the melodrama of business and engineering education and the quota for minority and backward classes, the current situation of primary education still doesn’t seem to be improved. The government and the HRD ministry just shrug off by giving excuses that they are spending a heck lot of money in primary education. But when it comes to the resultant, everybody starts playing blame game. I wonder why these politicians are worried about quota in elite institutes more than the primary education and educating the mass, especially those living in rural areas. The union government spends an overwhelming amount of Rs. 24, 115 crore every year for education. This is not a small amount of money and the goal can easily be achieved if it could be spent with a serious goal to increase literacy rate. But again, if we see other way round, this is not also adequate money and this sector should be allotted more money through different schemes and programs. It needs intensive care because education is the most important factor that can stop India becoming super-power by 2020 or so, considering the fact that by 2020-30, almost 75% of Indian population will be youth and this young India needs education now. And while the funds are inadequate for primary and higher education, what is the need of spending more than Rs. 40,000 crore to implement OBC quota in IITs and IIMs? It should surely be considered that which part of human resource is being developed by the HRD ministry and how should the overall goal of HRD be conceived by us. The government advocates the implementation of reservation in elite institutes by referring it as the empowerment of the impoverished and oppressed class of the nation. This gets strengthened by the plan of spending more than Rs 40,000 crore which is considerably much greater amount than the money being spent on primary education. I doubt if anybody can justify this policy of the government when the money spent on some 5000 people is more than the money spent on 48 crore children who needs or going through primary education and a approximately 65% of total population who are studying or needs the education. It is crystal clear, even to a layman, that who needs empowerment and special or just honest considerations from the leaders their parents have chosen with a hope to get justice and genuine benefits from the government. One can imagine that how much improvement could have been brought if the money going to be spent in implementing OBC quota would have been spent in improving primary education and revitalizing age-old education policy. If the reason behind this situation had been the failure of the government system, we would have been satisfied with it. But the most depressing point is the motive and intentions of the policies and our leaders.

As I perceive, there are primarily two main reasons behind the digressing rate of literacy and education in India. First, the policies and second, the way available resources get utilized. In my business life, I follow one simple formula – The difference between getting at least 2% profit and losing your shirt lies in the optimizing the efficiency of available resources. Ditto with the machinery of government and Indian education system. For a moment, we forget the policies of central government in quota system, reservation policies, education policies, least effective research to improve education, education framework, etc. Let the leaders work on their vote-bank policies instead of the education policies. But if they work on rectifying the system which spends the funds and implements the resources provided by the government to run educational programs, India will achieve much greater success in primary and higher education.

Kaushal,a friend of mine reminded me of a quote by Rajiv Gandhi today. Rajiv Gandhi has famously said “If we send a elephant from here, it will become a rat before it reaches to a ground level person“. Almost the same has happened with the case of primary education. The central tells the system to teach the kids “education” and the kids finally don’t even learn the “e” of education. If the government runs the machinery in a way that it could utilize all the available and already existing resources, it will receive at least 70% improvement in situations. The problem is not only the inefficient funds or resources to be spent. Actually, the most severe problem is “not utilization of the available resources” and the policy. For example, take any case of government scheme, for instance, JRY. The center releases Rs. 1 lakh and when it reaches at the bottom level (where it had to be spent) it gets reduced to Rs. 20000. Even in the cases where hierarchy is smallest, for example PMRY, the beneficiary receives no more than 60% of actual amount. You have enough resources but the machinery consumes most of this and there is absolutely nobody to take care of this. The common man has been kept in dark and distant and few are taking benefits of this. Besides the dirty politics and vote-bank agenda, still the government doesn’t spend less money. The main issue is that it doesn’t get spent, whatever the problem is and whoever is responsible behind this.

I agree with the fact that a larger chunk of illiterate, poor, and unaware parents don’t want to send their children to the schools and they rather opt to make them work for livelihood. Here, I second V Raghunathan (writer of Games Indian play) when he says that regulation comes from self-regulation. The government has made a roadmap for every common man who later becomes part of that system. The system tells them how to become crook. And when we talk about the self-regulation, we also need to talk about the regulation policies. A simple example is that when all the reports/data/surveys/census tell that the situation of primary education is digressing, then what is the need to spend almost 40,000 crore rupees in implementing OBC quota in IIM/IITs? Shouldn’t this money be spent for improving primary education? Then, why doesn’t the government try to regulate properly. Obviously, it doesn’t like self-regulation because in same manner, the government will also require to regulate itself.

V Raghunathan says:

For example, consider the Companies Act, which governs disclosure of financial information by publicly listed firms. Today, if a public company does not disclose its financial statements on time, the penalty is Rs. 1,000 a day. This implies that if a company is willing to spend $9,125 on fines, it can go a whole year without making financial information available in the public domain. To me, that almost sounds like an incentive for companies not to file their annual financial statements. How can we have self-regulation when the regulations themselves are so weak? The reality is that back when these regulations were formulated, a thousand bucks a day was a lot of money. Today, you would need to charge corporations a penalty of Rs. 10 million a day for it to be a deterrent. The trouble in India is that the chances or being caught are low, and the consequences of being caught are weak. As a result, we have forgotten what self regulation means.

Well, let me take the topic away from the well-known agenda of government and failure of government policies and most of all, the facts of our leaders and political parties. I move to the education system and the process now.

Let me give you an example from Jharkhand. The teachers (from primary, middle, and high schools) get the highest salary than anybody else. Almost every panchaayat has 4-5 schools, even more. Besides all these arrangements of teachers and schools, the government started “sarva shiksha abhiyaan” for rural areas. Local public got selected for this purpose and a committee of 10 persons from the village got appointed in every village. The job of that committee was to vigil and to ensure the attendance of teachers & students and the availability of midday meals in primary schools. Along with it, some more people got hired by the state government at lesser salary to ensure that the schools are not lacking the teachers. These people have been working on partly-volunteer basis and partly-employed basis. Above this bottom level, there has been a well-formed system of bureaucracy which is responsible behind the implementation of education policies, expenditure of funds, and making sure the system works and works well. The machinery is not much adequate or greatly resourced but it can be assumed that the arrangement is good enough to start achieving sustainable growth in literacy rate and basic education.

Then what happened after all those arrangements?

  • Teachers – They still demand for the increment in salary and they are no way inclined to educate the kids. The only good thing is that they at least appear in the schools more often now.
  • Vigilance – There is not any arrangement to ensure that the money is being spent correctly and the system is running well.
  • Attendance – Still the same. Forget the students, now there are the evidences of proxy attendance of teachers and SSA volunteers.
  • Village Committee – They think that they are given an authority by the government, but they don’t still understand the responsibility that why this committee got existence and privileges.

What is the current situation?

  • There is still unavailability of primary schools in every village.
  • Teachers appear in schools but there is no significant development in terms of teaching style and education patterns.
  • There are no private schools in village as well, so one has to go to the towns or compromise with the education.
  • Though the committee is made from the local people, they don’t do anything to persuade teachers to teach students or to convince the villagers to send their children to the schools. To be precise, they dont do anything at all except dealing with the money that comes from government to be spent on midday meals et al.
  • Villagers are either not aware or not convinced to educate their children and there is nobody available to make them aware about the education.
  • There is no such thing in the government machinery to vigil the functioning of the education department, schools, funds, and related bodies and people. I wonder whether DO and school inspectors exist or not.

To start a NGO or volunteer service for primary education is not a viable and efficient option. If the country has to achieve 100% literacy, there is only one way left that is to make the government system run properly. We can’t only blame the top political leadership because they are at least spending money in education sector. There is flaw in the entire system and everything needs a renovation – policy, government, system, teachers, infrastructure, people, students, everything. This will be hypocrisy if we don’t raise our eyes at the primary education, but only make a hullabaloo about the quota issues, entrepreneurship, higher education, research, and stuffs. Primary education is indeed the primary issue and everybody should understand the fact. Sustainable growth and a developed nation will only be a dream if we fail to provide primary education to each and every citizen of India.

If the term government is about the central government (ministers and all) then they are doing the job fairly well (in terms of providing funds for education system). They have allocated the funds for everything, vis-a-vis, infrastructure, teachers, midday meals, etc. Well, we may say that this expenditure is not enough for 100% literacy and HRD ministry should take care of primary education more than the quote et al, but it could at least be sufficient for 70% growth. But the problem is that even 70% is not literate, that means, the available resources are not even fairly utilized. The worst thing the situation didn’t improve after all these extra arrangements and also there is no sign of improvement considering the process remains still. So, why the resultant is cipher instead of that much expenditure? Definitely some people are responsible for that. And who are those people? Obviously, the people who are involved in this education system – the ministry, the teachers, the committee of local villages, AND the parents. This probably forms the entire system that serves the purpose of union government to provide primary education to each and every child regardless of the socio-economical status and all. Ignore the ministers (union and state). Reason: – Their job is to provide funds only and they are doing that (lets assume for a moment). But still, why to ignore anyone? Why to ignore the mistakes of anybody – even us?

Education for all, where is the goal?

The people involved and the “possible” things they should do and don’t.

1. Minister (union and state) : [political leaders]

  • Make policies(for the reason that the current education is not good enough because the results are depressing, so make new ones);
  • Provide enough fund to implement the policies and infrastructure;
  • Monitor the expenditure and results by taking reports in hierarchical manner (union ministers <- secretaries and state ministers <-the bureaucrats who are handling the education department in the particular state);
  • Ensure the functioning of the department by asking for regular reports from officials and providing extra resources that the system requires;
  • Spend some time on primary education improvement instead of wasting months for quota and related issues;
  • Spend some time on improving course of syllabus, education patters, innovation in system, policies making, study materials/etc.

2. Bureaucrats (all level):

  • Ensure working of the officials in hierarchical manner;
  • Employ reporting system;
  • Make proper channel of vigilance;
  • Initiate programs for making common people(villagers primarily) aware and convince them for education (this can be done by using the same people who are employed for part-time teaching or SSA volunteers at lesser amount of salary);
  • Each DO(of each district) should held a meeting at least once a month;
  • Each DO should manage the district vigilance officials and ensure that each school is being visited by them at least twice a month,
  • Take proper action against the teachers who are not attending schools or involved in proxies or not providing midday meals properly or even not teaching properly.

3. Teachers:

  • Should give reports to the district officials once a month,
  • Organize meetings with villagers,
  • Attend schools regularly,
  • Provide good teaching,
  • Create awareness,
  • Monitor the working of village committees and complain to the officials to dissolve and reelect the committee if the committee is failed to perform as it was supposed to do,
  • Coordinate with villagers;
  • Involve with the children closely despite of their social status,
  • Consult the parents if their children are not performing well or not attending the school.
  • Consult all villagers and take an indirect/unofficial survey to choose the right people for the committee.

4. Village Committee:

They first need to understand that all these arrangements are made for the welfare of themselves, their own children. They should :-

  • Coordinate with the teachers;
  • Monitor the attendance, teaching patterns, and performance of teachers, along with the midday meals;
  • Create awareness, convince, and persuade the villagers to ensure that all kids are attending the school (there are several ways to do it-by social pressures, personal pressure, threat to discard from society that they always do – and at least this can be done by the committee);
  • Initiate to involve educated people in the education process whenever and wherever possible.

5. Parents:

  • Monitor the attendance, teaching patterns, and performance of teacher and midday meals whenever possible;
  • Monitor the working effectiveness of committee and involve with them and persuade them if they are not working properly;
  • Ensure the 100% attendance of their children, Provide them study materials (if cant afford, then ask to the elite and educated people from village or even the teachers and officials);
  • Give them time to study at home;
  • Ensure that they are performing well.

6. Other Villagers:

  • Can do most of the things voluntarily that the committee and the parents are doing;
  • Make parents aware and convince them;
  • Educated people can also help the needy children with free tuition, books, and stuffs;
  • More educated people (who don’t live in villages but visit the village) help children with study materials and resources, guide them, and help whoever deserves to undertake higher education.

7. Kids:

  • Attend school, study well, and don’t waste the midday meals.  😆

Now, these are the possible things that the involved(or not involved) people can/should do. I am not blaming just because I have the only thing to do is to blame. But, if we don’t point out the errors, we can’t possible get the solutions. The errors are, for sure, caused by some bugs and talking about them is not blaming them, rather identifying them. As I think, only WE, the people of India, can’t enable the country to achieve the goal of 100% literacy. But also, the goal of 100% literacy can’t be achieved without the involvement of the people of India. One thing is sure that the government system MUST work properly to let the goal be realized because the government has a very large machinery and system and the public/private bodies can’t replicate that. And without having such machinery, 100% literacy is indeed very difficult, if not impossible. That’s why, perhaps, education, healthcare, and infrastructure are called the basic sectors of government. For 100% literacy, we need government. In fact, rather than “we need support of government”, “government needs our support”. It requires involvement of everyone – we, every citizen of India, the government, and the entire system.

The bottom line is to find a way to collaborate the common citizens (including us) with the government machinery and take bottom-up approach to make it work effectively.

This article was all about the current scenario and the problems associated with it. The left points are:- Citizen’s solution to this issue, the education policy, renovation required in the existing education system, and a roadmap to the 100% educated India. I’ll try to write about other dimensions and next steps very soon. Suggestions are welcome.

Image source: TEDxMumbai, Queen Rania of Jordon

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Social justice and citizen empowerment

Rights & Reservations: Wheels of Politics

Quota : quoted Again

The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, the man was genius. And here comes another genius – M. Veerappa Moily with some tremendous scientific ideas. His appearance in the most sacrosanct warfare was quite bright tending to prove himself the most genius guy of our times. The report of the oversight committee was the same, trying to justify all the actions, after such gang-ho created by UPA government and citizens over the quota cauldron. The HRD minister is still crying, vociferous but isolated, and few more committees have to be formulated in coming days. Vrinda Karat, Sitaram Yechury, and other communists are still protesting, don’t know why. Students are making alliances again and industry is celebrating the power of money. But, the brave man Moily submitted the report with numerous innovative paragraphs and its making HRD minister’s outcry louder than ever. The considerable point with Moily is that he doesn’t stop now and the most important point is that none seems to be finished when it comes to reservation. Everyone has an issue and counter-issue to produce and who is taking the decisions is still in the vague.

This is the second decade of Mandal and the debate and it doesn’t seem to be reached at any conclusion. After Kashmir and alike Kashmir, reservation has become the most working formula in this bloody business of our political avatars. Ramadoss duo quoted that the OBCs can’t wait now, they already have waited for 59 yearsin the same way Kashmir-related and Pak-supported terrorists quote everyday. Neither Kashmiris said it once nor the OBCs. The debate never landed in the mainstream that what exactly the people want. Uplifting is really an issue in our society and it certainly has to be taken care of. But, how will uplifting and the absolute social justice be achieved? Okay, we consider that the reservation can bring a sort of justice to the backward citizens however, neither it made any effect in the past 15 years nor it seems to do anything in the coming years. During my childhood, Id read somewhere that when Arjun Singh travels, more than 50 vehicles follow his car and in the same way, VP Singh’s constituency was one of the most undeveloped districts in the decade of 90s. This is what these social godfathers do for uplifting the non-privileged citizens of the country. What kind of change the whole reservation debate has brought to the society is visible to all. Everyone knows that the grass root is still not affected by all these developments.

According to Moily, Rs 20,000 crore (approx) — half is one-time expenditure and half of the money is recurring expenditure(to be spent every year)— will be spent in next 5 years to implement the new quota policy. I’m not an economist/social planner, but I can visualize that such amount of money could be well spent on the primary education of 35.2% illiterate people. They are busy in amending child labor law and they smartly overlook the reason behind it. Who need the education— the SC/ST/OBC people preparing for JEE/CAT in Aakash/Career launcher or the 10-15 yrs old children working on tea-stalls and leather factories. Rs. 20000 crore..for 5000 reserved students(every year) and as the statistics shows, half of them will move to US/UK who got uplifted after this whole cauldron India or US? Are we creating warfare for enhancing economy of silicon valley? As I think, India doesn’t need this solution. Rs. 20000 crore for IIT and IIM. How many students from tribal lands and rural places join these elite institutes? The child carrying cleaning cups and glasses at tea-stall or working in farms with their parents in borrowed lands.under-privileged people never get the absolute advantage. Rs. 20000 crore.Rs. 10000/year was well enough to educate one illiterate person in tribal/rural areas. I’ve observed that rural youth haven’t got lesser talents, they need mental uplifting and a sort of economical support. Spending Rs. 10000 per student could have become miracle for them. According to Moily’s report, few more committees will be set to analyze situations in IIMs and other elite institutes. In the rural primary schools, there is no CVC/committee appointed to ensure the operations of teachers/school inspectors/D.O. Few years before, education dept has hired some volunteers for random inquiries in primary/other schools.the teachers paid them better than the government and now, teachers appear in schools once in a week and the volunteers are doing the same thing as earlier, that is, playing cards. Rs. 20000 crore.and uplifting of under-privileged citizens, social justice, removal of “manuvadi” culture, and whole debate of education. Rs. 20000 crore.millions of Indian taxpayers and a team formed by Singh, Ramadoss, Moily, Karat, Yechuty, Meera, Paswan, and Yadav. Rs. 20000 crore.. awakened silence of more than 1 billion Indian citizens and exaggerated outcry of one minister. This is how we are getting social justice. This is how we are uplifting the under-privileged citizen. This is how we act like Zimbabwe/Fiji and speak like US/Swiss. This is how will we achieve the dream of India-2020.

Well, the final report is expected by August 31, but what to do with it. We already know what is going to happen after all. Before that, look at top 3 poor jokes of last week:-

  1. The committee decided to ask all individual institutions to submit their detailed project reports (DPRs) for infrastructure upgrade. (as if, they always listen to the voices made by them)
  2. According to the report, besides adopting a code of conduct, the industry will create 100 entrepreneurs from SCs/STs in the first year. (well, how will they do it?)

  3. It also proposes establishment of coaching centers for about 10,000 SC/ST students in 10 universities and also for entrance exams in professional and technical courses for 5,000 students. (hmm…justifying the amendment that leads to more chaos).

RTI : Loss of a right

The biggest joke of the last week is that former IRS Arvind Kejriwal won Magsaysay Award for his remarkable contribution in RTI. This was the biggest achievement for Kejriwaal and slap on the government’s face. Still not recovered from quota cauldron, the “empowered” citizens got another shock. Everyone is performing own power-game, earlier they were politicians and now they are bureaucrats. “Right to Information” was another equipment making the common man empowered in this chaotic situation of the nation. But, it was harassing our IAS lobby, making them weaker among the citizen power. It almost became a necessity to amend the law before the citizen could become enlightened and prevent autocracy and corruption. Here comes the absolute social justice. That means, empower the segment who will benefit you and call it social justice. Social Justice.the most ridiculous word in a democratic nation. After all, which authority will lose its patronage and who will want to become answerable for their action. This is power-business, bureaucrats kept their mouth shut in the reservation issue. Now its time for payback, the politicians will return for their loyalty. Who is going to take care of the citizens? The proposal contended for all such details related to personal information, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the piracy of the individual. In the case of Kejriwal’s demands, how the committee could even imagine that appointments to Government of India is a private affair of some officers and that it does not have a public interest. The rationale for government actions, the lack of actions, change in certain policy, allotment of certain contract, or why a sanction was withheld to prosecute a particular corrupt official, aren’t they matter of public interest or related to public welfare, after all? Okay, let the old men protest again and let Kejriwal’s career be finished. Delhi police has always been busy with controlling protests and strikes, let the government utilize their HR costs.

And the bigger than the biggest joke is that they(who are making amendments in RTI act) are the same people who asked private/public companies to make their HR activities transparent to the government and the whole nation. Over the issue of reservation in private sector, it was decided that the companies will volunteered support “under-privileged people empowerment” and recruit people from reserved categories more than earlier. At the same time, the organizations will provide all the details to the government..and the government, they are taking the opposite decision when it comes to the transparency in their own activities. What a joke!!!

Now, at least, one thing is confirmed. The politics and the authorities are in the greatest fear.afraid of the voters, afraid of the citizens, afraid of everything. All these events are just the consequences of the fears and their frustrationsand it gives the citizens more opportunity to increase the heat. What say!!!

Chalte Chalte

“The union government should not allow the unjust demand of anti-reservation people, who form 5-10% of the populations of India. They suggest phased implementation of reservation for OBCs, application of creamy layer concept and increase in the seats for general category. I am of the firm opinion that if these demands are accepted, it will amount to preferentially empowering the empowered, at the cost of oppressing the oppressed. It is strange that the creamy layer concept was not applied to the unreserved category till date these demands are entirely unconstitutional and unethical.” — M Karunanidhi, a letter to PM, Dated- Aug 4, Published – Aug 6.

Read his statement again..this is “the joke of the year”..totally ridiculous!!!

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The Mainstream Theory

Stage 1

  • Enter in your own profession a/c to the education/skill set/desires.
  • Never forget the responsibilities for parents & family and perform your duty.
  • You have to have happy/satisfactory/wealthy life and afford a reasonable standard of personal desires/ luxuries.
  • Never forget the greatest ambition to serve the country, reform the system, and make a great nation.
  • Keep finding opportunities and wherever get, don’t lose any chance to enter in.
  • Stay honest in profession, responsibilities, and ambition until the end of life.

Stage 2

  • Whenever find that there’s no problem while performing these tasks altogether, start the campaign (slowly) to aware the people who have longing anyways and later, who are afraid, and then, who are making things worse.
  • With slow pace, enter in the core reform process from the mainstream because until them you”ll have every required criteria and resource.
  • The core reform process must be continued and accelerated with greater speed day-by-day.
  • Be consistent, honest, passionate, excellent, and an Indian.

We first get to understand these plans, and then we begin doing the job some of us are already doing it and this is a continuous process, say when you reach at the 9th stage, someone enter in the 1st, and so on this movement is not about the protest and anger, it’s all about the awareness of the calling and the passion for the dream.

It all depends on whether we want it to be happened or not and whether we are ready with our contributions or not . by removing the tags of the escapists, non-reliable Indians, confused intellectual Indian society, India’s future who is thirst for power/money . and the selfish(not individualist) intelligence who could have been revolutionary turks for India’s future it has to be done, otherwise, the generations of the country will be carrying the dream for centuries and the nation will never attain it. I’m not telling to sacrifice anything be a materialistic but clearly define the limitations of your quests and the ethics of your materialistic quest if u want to be an American then make India like us and live in developed India.

We have got everything, look at ur house and clean the dirty stuffs and stains that had covered ur reality. stop crying, start cleaning the dirt . your thoughts, mindsets, attitudes — everything has been coated by dust the smell is coming from your own shits we r the cause.the solutions is not to escape.

Dream India


Where is the solution? — there is. change yourself, if everyone bring transformation within him/herself. we’ll achieve our greatest dream.

What dream? — the great Indian dream.

Where is it? — here, but we can’t see it until we get rid of fears and cowardice stopping us to cross the roadblocks.

What are the roadblocks? — 1.Population, 2. Illiteracy, 3. Poverty, 4. Governance, 5. Corruption, 6. Economy, 7. Unemployment, 8. Law & order, 9. Infrastructure.

What is the basic reason? — the lack of confidence, that’s the national character.

Main reasons — Lack of confidence, Escapism, Dependence, “sab chalta hai” attitude, Formal education system. (these all factors formulate themselves in an individual)

Where is the solution? — there is.change urself, if everyone brings transformation within him/herself. we’ll achieve our greatest dream.

Can we achieve that? — Yes, we have got everything, look at your house and clean the dirty stuffs and stains that have covered your reality. stop crying, start cleaning the dirt . your thoughts, mindsets, attitudes — everything has been coated by dust the smell is coming from your own shit we r the reasons.the solution is not to escape.

How to remove this drawback? — transform yourself and spread this message across the country and at least, stage 1 operations has to be installed in every Indian . as i hv specified, few ppl are already busy with the stage 2 operations. Their ways r different.but longing is the same. it will need national surge.. not violent, but fiery..and the fire will keep burning within us.

What is the way? — The mainstream theory.

It can be a solution and pathway that should suit everyone coz i always found that ppl are motivated by several causes that lead to their escapism and all these causes are imaginary, we need to remove the curtain and bring the real understanding we can make people feel part of national movement.. and we don’t want to form any centralized/political unit.it is solely individual effort and every Indian has to contribute here.

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