Monday, May 5, 2014

why modi for now??

                                      Why MODI FOR NOW??

        After 60 years of independence, India is at a crucial juncture. What India is going to do in the next 5-20 years going to set the stage for not only the Indians but also for the entire south Asian region and eventually the world as well? There is no doubt that we are a country of immense talent esp. the 55% of the population in the age group of 25-59 years is the highest in the world. This demographic advantage, if not tapped properly, the young population who are high on aspiration, if not given opportunities to excel will definitely become a demographic night mare and the consequences will be fatal. So, the panacea for the problems India confronts today is growth, development and job creation.

          India is predominantly an agricultural country with more than 55% of the population still depend on the agriculture either directly or indirectly. Whereas the contribution of agriculture to the GDP is only 4%    , the overall investments in the sector including the subsidies are growing at an annual CAGR of 14%. It means, the amount of money going into the sector is not commensurate with its productivity and efficiency. The result is the increasing farmer suicides. The so called farmer friendly govts of congress at the center and states like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have seen more number of farmer suicides than any other state.

       In the past 10 years india neither created enough jobs in manufacturing sector nor could able to increase the employment in the non-farm agriculture dependent sectors for rural youth. So, the problem is compounding. There is no manufacturing growth so, no jobs there and agriculture has been losing its sheen. The tertiary sector like the IT, tourism, banking, trade, hotel management etc is the only one which created some opportunities but is largely grabbed by those who are already well educated and from middle class. So ,The bottom of the pyramid population finding jobs as agricultural laborers  or migrating to the cities and working as  construction workers , brick kilns workers , industrial workers , street vendors , watch men and doing jobs at paltry wages which do not offer any kind of social security  and some resorted to crime having found no option. Are the previous govts are not responsible for their misery and increasing social and economic inequalities??
          The previous 10 year misrule of the congress headed UPA government which has sunk it’s head deep in corruption charges, has added as many scams(2G , common wealth , coal gate , mining scams etc) as the populist schemes to its name failed miserably in many fronts including the creation of adequate jobs and quality employment. The promises made were largely confined to the papers and there is little change at the ground level. The governance structures have collapsed , corruption became endemic , economic and social disparities increased , education and health care costs increased several fold , social indicators has not improved drastically  and with increasing subsidies and doling out the money to the gullible people by giving many things for free ,a populist measure to garner votes , they destroyed the working culture of Indian population.
            The economy in jitters  with inflation close to double digits  , no major reforms in many important sectors like finance , railways , manufacturing etc , the policy paralysis in the past 2-3 years owing to the unearthing of various scams by the CAG  is palpable and the twin centers of power theory and the remote control PM arguments have gained acceptance post the release of two books by ex bureaucrats who were very close to the PM have done more damage to the already sinking congress-UPA ship. The vacuum in leadership and lack of vision have created and sustained inefficiencies in both government and governance.

        Owing to all these factors and many more, the anti incumbency factor is palpable all over the country. The recent elections in the 4 northern states and various surveys point out a debacle performance of congress this time. What’s the alternative then?? Are we going to give the reigns to rule the world largest democracy to the self seeking federal govt formed by the coalition of regional parties without any common ideology and vision , where the leaders of each regional party eager to  become the next  PM , where there will be so much infighting to fulfill the interests of their respective states sans India ,or are we going to vote for the NDA which will pave the way for the second generation reforms  India desperately needs and if so , is there a strong leader on whom we can repose our faith and hope for the betterment of our future.??

               At this time, the emergence of a person like modi, the three time CM of Gujarat-a state with 7 cr population, a home grown mass leader coming from modest back ground, one without having any dynastical linkages like the prince and who has got the support by his party in spite of having the stalwarts like advaniji in its kitty,a person with a clean fiscal record  and good administration has been welcomed by many people and me , one of them.

         Why modi?? Because he is the man with proven fiscal honesty, man with planning and ability to execute his plans with conviction, who knows the annals of administration, who can better connect with the masses, an excellent orator with proven track record in establishing good governance structures and in creating jobs. He is a man with vision and clear mission in his mind, seems to be having practical answers to the problems India facing, with unwavering faith and extraordinary patriotism chanting the mantra of development and growth. Probably, it is for the first time that a leader openly comes and talks about development in electioneering process, not just freebies.
         Development does not know caste, creed, sex or religion. Fruits of development will be shared by each one .For it, everybody is equal. It is neither for Hindus nor for any minorities. Congress, since time immemorial has been practicing the minority appeasement but did little to improve their conditions. Having been at the center for 12 long years after the incident has happened and having no other thing to target modi congress flares up the 2002 riots in which, in fact , the SC appointed SIT gave Modi clean chit. It shows the UPA’s disrespect for the democratic institutions. There may be some allegations like he is so autocratic and runs the show one man but nevertheless, having been fed up with the 10 years of indecisiveness of UPA’s PM, people are ready to accept Modi.

        Whatever may be the case, as for me and for many youngsters ,as things stand today , a very strong decisive govt should come at the center under the leadership of Modi to steer India through this most important time and if , this opportunity is missed , there will be a great danger awaiting with fractured coalition govts.

That’s why I say, “ABKI BAR, MODI SARKAR “...

        And when it comes to the development of seemandhra, there is no person better than Chandra Babu , who is also a part of NDA govt and who shares very good similarities with MODI and personal rapport , who is a sheer hard worker and a man with proven track record.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Most freedom, least accountability..

Most freedom, least accountability.

Social networking has been the new avatar of the cyber space. Amidst all other popular inventions in the domain of internet services, it has gained the edge speedily mainly due to its open source nature, free of cost structure and the freedom of choice it offers to its users etc.

25 years before, when Tim burners-Lee delineated the concept structure for the governance of their invention called the World Wide Web, they would not have imagined the radical changes this new communication platform would bring in the days to come. Alas! Many things have changed since then. the world has been becoming so small everyday and the speed at which the globalization taking place, one wonders , would not have been possible this fast without the help and support of internet  and the fast paced network of communications offered by various tools connected to it and various services it offers to it s users.

The social networking sites offer their users ample freedom to express their views, put in place their intentions, write their heart out without any inhibitions on any matter, about anybody, at any time to any degree at any length. There is literally no restriction except some laws like IT act, 2005 and some sections of IPC. So, the regulation if at all exists is self –regulation alone.

Freedom is the life blood of any democracy. It is the pedestal on which the democratic values express themselves and find expression in a modern sane society. Democracy without freedom is like a house without foundation. But, for me, it a term most ill understood than well understood. According to me , the word freedom must be looked at in greater detail. Everyone of us , by birth entitled to some basic rights , the inalienable rights – the right to live , right to grow in a healthy environment ,right to be subjected to the fair treatment in a society , right to equality and equal opportunities etc. but right to freedom should never be an absolute one , it has always have some reasonable restrictions to make the living and functioning of individuals and groups in a society sane and to create some workable solutions not only for the betterment of the individuals but for the growth and stability of the society in which he/she is a part of.

I think, if there is anything absolute, that is freedom of thought. one can think logically , emotionally , aesthetically , sanely ,or insanely and in numerous other ways as long as it does not cross the boundaries of one’s mind . Everybody has the liberty to choose from among the various alternatives at hand and to choose the one suits him the better or worse. One can think whatever one is capable of, dream according to his ability .But the real problem arises when the “freedom of thought “ is being confused with “the freedom of expression”. I feel, following an average value system set in motion in a society is no where detrimental to individual freedom. Of late , I see , children not respecting the elders ,youth not obliging their teachers ,sons/daughters not listening to their parents, husbands/wives resorting to the divorces for the problems which would have been otherwise dealt in more subtle ways had they been allowed their near and dear to counsel them. “I know all” attitude and increasing levels of intolerance are being mistaken for craving need to get more and more freedom.

The same attitude is being reflected in our day to day living and the way we deal with others. In a country like India, where 1 billion people have 1 billion views on every damn issue , the problem is compounding. Handling of law and order situations in the olden times were easier than now as the information used to take some time to spread and some maneuverable space was available for the authorities to checkmate the false propaganda. The recent incidents of spreading hate messages against the north eastern students due to some untoward incidents in Karnataka has lead to the exodus of thousands of north eastern people across the south India. Incidents like these, has once again put the question of ubiquitous freedom of social networking offers to its users in the limelight.

The increasing levels of hate messages without a purpose and just to spew venom ,in a way intended to degrade somebody or to hurt his/her feelings is a reflection of our attitude of growing carelessness.

We must ask ourselves-Is it freedom or our inability to control our emotions and falling pray for the gimmicks of damn adrenalin which was basically meant to instigate the fight or flight responses. Many times the answer is in negative. I feel sad when I see outrageous, irresponsible, indecent messages and comments for some celebrity pictures in FB. Face book and twitter are the new powerful tools in our hands with power to change and challenge the status-quo. Many revolutions in the Arab world have become what they are having been impacted by the no cost, no govt control, easily accessible, seamless connection oriented social networking sites like twitter and FB.

But absolute freedom in the hands of absolute morons will do more damage than good. I do not recommend censorship or tight govt control of the otherwise free social networking sites which could be disastrous for the people to show their anger, angst against the stinky systems and can be detrimental for the new initiatives and inventions which may work for the betterment of the society and the world.

All I plea is that, we have to be much more cautious, responsible and accountable not only to ourselves but the society as a whole and should take an oath not to indulge in false propaganda, celebrity mongering, spreading hate messages, anti national propaganda, expressing feelings in an indecent language .we should cultivate the values of accountability and responsibility for the betterment of the virtual cyberspace and to strive to become the better netizens.

Sunday, January 26, 2014



     ‘Republic’-A form of government where the head of the state is neither inherited nor a monarch nor divine ruler but an elected one and is the representative of the overall political will of the people of that state and today 135 out of 206  sovereign states use the word ‘republic’ as part of their official names.

                So, democratic form of governments and the word ‘republic’ are intricately linked though there were some integrationist states like USSR which have used the word ‘Republic’ but are not the one’s in true sense of the term.

                 But, we are different. We, Indians are different .NO NO –India is different. it is hard to imagine a country which is multi diverse, multi cultural, a home to all of the world’s  religions except Confucianism and Taoism, multi lingual, multi ethnic, with its varying geographical and climatic  conditions from the south to north to west to north east, more over a country which was never under a single empire except for a brief period of time during the reign of Asoka and possessing many rivers dividing the country into different swathes of lands with varying productivities and types  therefore dictating the plethora of regional flavors-etc factors make India a miracle in the world map and still it’s a nightmare to historians as to how this country could remain united for so long.

              Baring the oppression and suppression of nationalism for over 250 years under colonial exploitation and expansion , A largely illiterate  population with subsistent economy and whose resources are drained and wealth was plundered by the British  to fuel their development and industries , having the Presence of many local Rajas, Kings, Rao-bahaddurs, Nijams etc with their local fiefdoms ,  who were seen by their subjects as the men born with the divine right to rule – when our first generation national political leadership talked about “democracy “ and the right of Indians for swaraj ( “self rule “) , it was seen by many nations, political scientists , authors and the so called intelligentsia representing the then world order as a crude joke. British denied us independence saying that we , Indians are incapable of ruling ourselves and it is their military , police , administration and governance structures that are making and safeguarding India and once they get out they said “ India will plunge into chaos and Indians will become beggars “.

                But we resisted. We fought. We won. And we proved each one of them wrong and 65 years after successfully conducting democratically elected parliamentary form of governments with successive lok sabhas sitting and deliberating public policies , and the robust constitutional framework proving time and again as the greatest strength and the torch bearers of Indian democracy and the institutions like election commission and CAG having gained international applause for their efficiency and unitary judiciary upholding the rule of law and coming to the rescue of common man very time it is required, Democracy in INDIA is not only a successful experiment but also the one to be worth emulating .

                The idea of complete freedom ( the purna swaraj ) has become the sole objective of Indian national movement was adopted in the Lahore session of INC on 26 Jan 1929 proposed by shri Jawaharlal Nehru under the steward guidance and leadership of our beloved father of the nation sri Gandhiji and other eminent national leaders which demanded the complete withdrawal of British forces from India and ultimate self rule for Indians and India as a constitutionally bound sovereign republic .When the British ultimately realized  that their days in India were numbered , our constituent assembly was formed with Dr. Rajendra Prasad as its chairman and the proud son of India Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, being the head of the all important drafting committee in Feb., 1946 after the cabinet mission plan.

                I think, there was never in history it so happened that a bunch of 350 odd people sat together with the baggage of slavery in their minds, many differences, representing many social and economical strata, baring with several points of views , to sow the seeds of a nation with lofty ideals and extraordinary rights. In spite of their differences , I feel , the underlying force behind the success of our constituent assembly , therefore our country  was their unflinching zeal to make India proud of herself , their unwavering patriotism and more so , their uncompromising faith on Indian people.

                That is why we, the people of India has given to ourselves the constitution which is the basic law of the land forming the indestructible union of destructible states called India, that is BHARATH on 26 Jan 1950  , an year later after constituent assembly adopted and enacted it on 26 Nov 1949 as a sentiment for upholding the date of purna swaraj resolution. As Ambedkar said in the assembly, “democracy in India is a top dressing phenomena and we have to work extremely hard to inculcate the values enshrined in the constitution to work “.  I can say, our politics were reasonably successful in doing so till now.

                Barely at the same time, a nation came up from the wounds of ww2, which has seen two nuclear bombs, plunged into economic and political disarray and whose constitution was drafted by 20 American military generals, Japan started its journey anew. Two parallel happenings ,In India, when the efforts to plant the seeds of democracy, universal adult franchise to 90% illiterate electorate, imagining giving fundamental rights to people who  do not know the meaning of ‘right’ and never enjoyed one , Japan had lost everything to America’s wills and wishes.

                 After 65 years of journey, both the nations came far way. India has achieved significant things in the past 20 years and is in the twilight of making reforms both politically and administratively delaying which it can ill afford and Japan became one of the strongest economic powers and one of the biggest strategic partners OF India, our relationship has been growing from strength to strength. That is why, upon seeing this year’s Republic day guest Abe, the Japanese PM, evoked a sense of nostalgia in me and motivated me to write this piece.

                26th Jan is a true festival day for India and all Indians must celebrate this as this is the day we became a sovereign, socialist, democratic, secular, republic, this is the day which gave new life to our sober souls and gave us an identity and a sense of pride as the world’s largest functioning democracy. On this day , I appeal to all my Indian brothers and sisters that Every principle, ideal, vision enshrined in our constitution must be kept in mind and every citizen of India must respect and show tolerance towards the diversity of India. One must keep in mind that whatever we are, what may be our beliefs, faiths, interests- we are first humans, then Indians and republic day must not become another public holiday but is a day we must remember the founding fathers of this great nation and must inject the spirit of constitution into our blood and re -dedicate ourselves to strive for India’s prosperity and growth .


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

suicide , the irrevocable fall

It’s very heartening to know that somebody died committing suicide. Moreover, the profile of the people ending their lives and the increase in the number of cases of late makes me feel sad, at the same time a bit cautious. What if, one day, anybody I know ends up in that position – the very idea is very disturbing and unpleasant .I wonder, why do people end their lives? Isn’t the extreme step is due to an instant outburst of the feeling of not loving one’s own life no more or is it the outcome of a prolonged and sustained depression for some reason or other and the emotional upheavals one is going through either noticed or unnoticed for sometime .Every cause might have its own share and the people might have their own reasons .
But why do only humans commit suicide. There is no animal in the existence seems to have been resorted to this extreme step, though there are certain theories and experiments proving the suicidal tendencies in animals exist, not yet proved with reasonable amount of authenticity. So , why do the homo sapiens sapiens ,calling itself  the wisest of the wise creature in the all life forms existing on earth tries to kill itself where as the other mean living things around it seems to be surviving in spite of many odds.
What is more damaging is that people with less to eat, no space to keep their family, not much literate , no great education , in spite of living at the subsistence levels and less standard of living are not the major chunk  resorting to this step but it is the affluent , high achievers ,celebrities , the so called educated youth – people who have achieved tremendous amount of success are ending their precious lives. Great courage is essential to achieve success in life, many qualities make one achieve consistent results. Then, why those qualities which have helped them in making what they are, have not helped them to cope up with the realities of life. Isn’t people must be more courageous and brave enough to take out the thread or saree to tie it to their fan hanger, to swallow poison, to eat the sleeping pills; isn’t the boy/girl cutting their arm wrists to protest against their parents not accepting their proposals have no courage, a school girl failed 10th class jumping into a well after SMS’ing all her friends expressing her grief does not know the value of relationships ??
In India, the NCRB data says as many as 1,35,445 people committed suicide in the country last year. Statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show that excluding West Bengal, 79,773 men and 40,715 women had taken the extreme step. The rate of suicide last year stands at 11.2 per one lakh population. As per rounded off figures provided by the NCRB, on an average, 15 suicides an hour or 371 suicides a day had taken place. The relatively developed  states like Tamil Nadu tops the list with 16,927 suicides, followed by Maharashtra with 16,112 suicides, West Bengal 3rd and Andhra Pradesh following it with 14,328 suicides. The rate of suicide at the administrative division of Puducherry ,the developed one among  all UT’s was the highest in the country, 36.8 for every 1 lakh persons. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu plus Maharashtra have together accounted for 50.6% of the suicides reported in the country. And the suicide rates on the rise from 1990’s , the time liberalization started in our country. These are very disturbing statistics. Isn’t it..??
Educated youth, housewives make the major chunk. They are not laymen – there are doctors , engineers , IT professionals , army officers , film stars , writers , celebrities etc ,- people who could have contributed so much to the nation are finally ending up as corpses in the hands of their beloved parents , shedding permanent gloom and perpetual sorrow to their near and dear.
All this above discussion makes Suicide a matter worth examining. What motivates one to push towards the edge of life must be explored to stop this national menace. I do not simply buy the argument that people who commit suicide are not brave enough, ultrasensitive, do not take their life seriously, etc kind of reasons. Studies say that 7 out of 10 people resorted to suicide only after they tried every possible way to live. Only after they felt that they are no longer recognized, wanted or accepted by their family and their loved one’s committed suicide, therefore people die not because of their failures (though failure has the potential to cause the mental havoc and diminishing trust on one’s own ability which might have a spillover effect), it is their perceived or actual resistance by the people close to them and their ignorance of the victims social needs that play an important role.
It is not the absence of courage that kills them but the lack of people to pat on their back to give necessary emotional support ,declining means to vent out their grievances , absence of people to lift off the lid over their increasingly pressurizing brains due to the incessant negative thought patterns resulting in more number of ‘neural firings ‘ which will subsequently reduce the number of mirror neurons or empathy neurons which play an important role in keeping the comparisons among the people with similar emotional upheavals alive that makes the victim comfortable as the thought that his/her is not the only one suffering in this world but there are innumerable people out there  facing many tougher and gruesome situations daily but are living in spite of them is very comforting. Proper counseling, visiting a psychiatrist or a psychologist are needed for some who are in deep states of depression, but, that is not the permanent solution. If somebody is kept alive through medication or suggestion it means the target is on the symptoms not on the deep rooted causes that underlie.
I think, majority of the human beings are not living, they merely exist. They breathe, walk, talk, eat, laugh, act most of the time unconsciously without paying adequate attention to the beauty of this life, vitality of the body, exuberance of existence, and the feel of free flowing energy within and without. It does not require great “Sadhana “but a silent sitting for at least 10 min a day in introspection and feel for life around us – from the small house fly to the African elephant , listening to the inner voice , feeling the very presence of our life energies evokes a sense of greatness and gratitude towards the mother  nature and so  will it happen one day when one no longer sees himself as an isolated entity but finds him all over, a way of existing in an all inclusive way. Spending quality time with the family, listening to them – simply listening actively without being judgmental, visiting a place of comfort - that could be a religious center, amusement park , temple ,church, library , a new exotic place , developing healthy habits ,reading good  , inspiring , motivating books , nurturing a balanced attitude towards success and failure etc are all ways to keep oneself energized and engaged in a positive way and everybody should find his/her own way to reduce the stress and anxiety in an otherwise rat race we are in. as someone said “nobody gives us stress except ourselves “ , we should find hammers to break the stress to lead a happy life.
Individuality is ok, it is physical separation, no denying that .But ,individualism is a disease according to me. A man who is not social is either a beast or an angel. our mythology has ample examples of people who faced tougher challenges like harischandra , rama ,bali , pandavas ,bhishma ,ahalya ,etc , despite being in the most difficult situations , facing betrayals ,insults . problems . false propagandas , never once any of the above or the scriptures talked about them put in the choice of committing suicide , and in fact , taking one’s own life was regarded as the greatest of sins by many religions.
This life we possess is going to be with us for a short span .whatever we want to achieve we will and we can but remember “living “itself is the sole purpose of life, there are no original purposes other than that , all remaining are our manifestations. But the quality of life and the feel for it can only be enhanced with increasing consciousness, presence and awareness.
I strongly feel , the threats posed by globalization like  increasing individuality ,declining traditional authority of the families , high achievement motivation , diminishing importance to older people ,their advice and life experiences , love for instant gratification etc are leading to reduced social control , increasing stress levels , fear of failure ,inability to cope up with the problems; nuclear living and instable relationships are adding salt to the injury. The only way to counter act these dilemmas is to increase our perception of life , heightened awareness and understanding the limited nature of human mind , not yielding it beyond its limits..peeping deep into ourselves ,respect for life and love for self not only solves this menacing problem of increasing suicide rates in a country which has taught the world how to live but also makes us good and responsible citizens contributing to the development of this great nation and its society.