A new reform movement – सोने की चिड़िया

There are two biggest mind boggling issues currently haunting every Indian intellectual and citizen alike. How to eradicate poverty – of such a vast country ?  where the system has crippled the creativity of around 70% of its population? How … Continue reading

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FPTP vs. PR Electoral System

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India follows FPTP electoral system. There is lot of discussion going around, on social media and blogs, to consider a different electoral model befitting Indian democratic system. Countries in the other part of the world are implementing different models to enhance … Continue reading

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How Government (Mis)manages to keep the Nation Poor ?

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Sometimes I wonder why people remain poor even after government providing all kinds of help to alleviate poverty. They provide subsidized food and shelter.  Some countries even provide free education and employment assistance. But, poverty becomes worst in poor countries … Continue reading

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How middle class can impact Indian politics?

Middle class consists of those people who usually work to live life of others. They keep working and never stop. They are busy chasing their little dreams but not yet there. They usually live pay cheque to pay cheque. If they miss three pay cheques in a row, their entire little world crumbles down. To add to this misery there is a new invention called “credit line”. The middle class borrows the money to buy what others have and works overtime to pay it out, which never ends.

Now tell me, where is the time to bring the change. They can complain or voice their concerns but participating directly, to bring the change, is not an option. This is the common plight of the middle class. They are very well aware that corruption exists all around and is visible widely all over the place. But, they do not have time to work on the root cause. They can gather in a group and march or perform a Dharna. They can file a petition or voice their concerns. Few people tried to combat it, from within, but got bulldozed. They lost their jobs. Some gave up, some lost their lives and some left the country.

We know that to bring a change is not easy. One needs to be the change. But, to bring a political change we all need to be the change. It is well known fundamental that to resolve any issue, one need to focus on the root cause. Sometime the issue is overwhelming, thus we need to keep everything aside and work only on that issue. The current socio economic structure will not allow the middle class to do so. This is where the rich and the poor have the advantage. They do not need to worry about their economic or social survival.

Rich politicians know that busy people will never have time to work to bring a political change. Thus they pick poor and unemployed people as their party workers. These workers raise funds for the parties and keep their share. Thus the poor gets employed as well as gets the taste of power. Some of them exploit the power for their own benefits, and some puts it to good use for the benefit of the party. Did you see that how middle class is out of this equation?

Middle class need to generate force to bring the change. According to the law of motion, acceleration generates Force (F=ma). Acceleration is only generated when we have a variation in speed (dv/dt). Constant speed has zero acceleration, thus cannot generate force. To bring change in India, we need several forces. One or two Forces is not enough. Keep in mind that all the forces should be additive to create a larger sum of Force. Similarly, the middle class need to give little shake to their life style and generate some acceleration.

All the middle class people should form a group, in their area, and participate in a discussion one to two hours a week. Any one person can take a leadership who is not constrained financially especially who doesn’t have to work to sustain or maintain their family. These leaders can touch base with other leaders and share the thoughts. They can start working on one issue at a time. We know that government doesn’t have enough resources to resolve issues. These groups can help government to resolve those issues and demand government to utilize those saved resources to combat a more risky issues. This is the best way to create impact on governance systems and bring political change at large. The groups can be called as “Freedom groups” and their work can be called as a “Citizen Governance”.

This is the only solution for the middle class to impact the governance with one core ideology of “Liberty and freedom”. Later these group leaders can become members of “Freedom team of India” and participate in forming the best Governance system, the world had ever seen.

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Indian Democracy is in Danger !

I was reading an article in Deccan Chronicle , searching the reason why Loksatta (a promising party) member lost the seat in Kovvuru, AP. It was describing how other parties were pumping cash for votes. The sane people will describe it as corrupt political tactics.

Let’s analyze how, giving cash to voters, can be termed as a corrupt practice. Corruption means, Improper and unlawful conduct intended to secure a benefit for oneself or another. The act needs to be deemed as immoral, illegal and unethical.

The person who is giving cash to the voter is not gaining anything in person. It is not guaranteed that the voter will vote for him. Instead he is justifying that he is doing a moral act by giving money to the needy person, without expecting anything in return.

Legally there is no contract binding the voter to vote for him. He may argue that he is giving money on behalf of the party and not asking to vote any particular candidate. According to the law, “Acceptance of money to vote for a candidate is a corrupt practice of bribery under Section 123 (1) of R. P. Act, 1951. It is also an offence under section 171-B of Indian Penal Code and is punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or both.” Did you notice the “candidate” and not the “Party”.

Giving or distributing money is not unethical. It happens every day. It is similar to the bidding process for government contracts. Each party is bidding to form a government. These parties are paying money to secure the tenders. The voters think that these governments are a useless piece of junk and never benefitted anybody. After the formation of the government, the citizens are back to their usual business, fighting for survival on their own. So these voters came up with an ingenious solution,” trading futures”. They converted their ‘votes” into “future stock”. They tapped the market demand. They are selling their “futures” to these politicians and pocketing the cash. The life-cycle of these stocks is five years and then expires. So who benefitted – the voters who sold the “futures”. Is trading immoral?

Currently, these voters know that the Governments only bother for the development in cities. Who cares for rural development? Unfortunately, it is true. More than 80% of the budget has nothing to do with rural development. But still, more than 80% of the voters, who cast their votes, are from rural areas. What a paradox?

In the world of democracy, voting right is the most important civil right to have for any citizen. It is the most important weapon. If it is sold or not exercised with sanity then it tells that something is not right with the citizens or the democratic structure itself. The very Democracy itself is in danger.

It seems that we have a bigger problem than what we think of. I don’t know what it should be called. But if we do not change this model, will continue to remain in this perpetual cycle of dreaming a “Dream government” in India and keep creating more “slums” in catching this “Indian Dream”.

|| namo Bhartam, namo sanskritam ||

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Why Hinduism is the most Liberal religion?

You might be wondering how a certain religion can be liberal. There is hype on the web, as well as in India, that Hindu fundamentalists are not liberal.  Gurucharan Das says [6] “With the rise in religious fundamentalism around the world, it is increasingly difficult to talk about one’s deepest beliefs.”

Fundamentalism can be termed as a belief system. The fundamentals are the basic principles defining the structure of any existence. They are the essential ingredients to construct any theory. Thus one needs to fathom the fundamentals first to grasp any subject. It is like mathematics rather than physical science. The principles of mathematics are absolute whereas the principles of physical sciences are not, they exists relative to some reference point. Thus in my opinion, any belief in the fundamentals, be it mathematics, science or religion, which allows you to perform the basic discourse, can be termed as fundamentalism.

Liberalism is an ideology, broad political tradition, and current of political thought, which holds liberty as the primary political value. Broadly speaking, liberalism seeks a society characterized by freedom of thought for individuals, limitations on the power of government and religion (and sometimes corporations), the rule of law, the free exchange of ideas, a market economy that supports private enterprise and a system of government that is transparent. This form of government favors liberal democracy with open and fair elections, where all citizens have equal rights by law, and an equal opportunity to succeed. Liberalism rejects many foundational assumptions, such as the Divine Right of Kings, hereditary status, and established religion. Fundamental human rights that all liberals support include the right to life, liberty, and property. [5]

Hindu philosophy is incomparably greater intellectual work. It is termed as “Dharma” which means “that which upholds supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe”. It is a doctrine of service to mankind. It teaches that there is no eternal hell or damnation and every soul has the capacity to realize the Truth. It encourages each soul to find its own way and path whether through devotion, austerity, meditation or selfless service. Good conduct, love of all living and inanimate things, non-violence and law of Dharma define the Hindu path to salvation. [4]

Dharma” is derived from the root Sanskrit word “dhri” which means “to hold together”. It has a wider meaning than the word “religion”. There is no equivalent word for Dharma either in English or in any other language. In this sense, Hinduism is not a religion; it’s a “Dharma”. Those who profess the Hindu Dharma and seek to follow it, are guided by spiritual, social and moral values, actions, knowledge and duties which are responsible for holding the human race together. [3]

According to Swami Sivananda [7], “Hinduism allows absolute freedom to the rational mind of man. It never demands any undue restraint upon the freedom of human reason, the freedom of thought, feeling and will of man. Hinduism is a religion of freedom, allowing the widest margin of freedom in matters of faith and worship. It allows absolute freedom of human reason and heart with regard to such questions as to the nature of God, soul, form of worship, creation, and the goal of life. It does not force anybody to accept particular dogmas or forms of worship. It allows everybody to reflect, investigate, enquire and cogitate.” [3]

Among all religions of the world, Hinduism is considered as an ancient religion that is recognized as the foundation of civilization and as the most liberal democratic way of life. Hindu scriptures encouraged equality, freedom of mind, expression, self-discipline, and righteous values for a just and equitable society to provide social justice. Hindu society adopted the principle of universal well-being, equality and brotherhood in her customs, traditions, rituals and festivals. [2]

Hindu society is the only society that propagated the slogan of ‘वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम (world is a family) at the dawn of civilization, implying that entire universe is one large family where everyone has to play the assigned role for the wellbeing of all. [2]

In summary, the Hindu fundamentalists who believe in “Hinduism” to perform their daily discourse of “Dharma” are classical Liberals in the entire universe.

Their simple mantra is “जियो और जीने दो” (Let live and let others live). They do not want to impose their theories on anybody, as other religious dogma does, and not to pronounce that their ways are superior. They believe that Hinduism is their only way to attain perfect harmony in life. It is the fundamentals of their science which allows them to draw energy from the universe to create, support, maintain and regulate their life.

P.S: Mostly, history is written by the “WAR” in the rest of the world, but the history of India is written by the “SPIRIT” shaped by the spritual leaders. This is the reason India is called the empire of spirits. The spirit of India is “Hinduism” a liberal way of “LIFE”. 

[1] http://www.dlshq.org/religions/hinduism.htm

[2] http://www.weeklyblitz.net/670/hinduism-is-the-foundation-of-civilization

[3]  http://hinduism.about.com/cs/basics/a/aa060303a.htm

[4] http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=1494

[5] http://www.hinduism-guide.com/hinduism/liberalism.htm

[6] http://gurcharandas.blogspot.com/2009/06/dilemma-of-liberal-hindu.html

[7] http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/swami-sivananda.html

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Why some cities, in India, doesn’t improve

I was pondering on why the cities, even after 5 – 10 years, certain areas and other places, are becoming worse and worse or show no improvement. If you observe closely, the places near the Legislative assemblies, posh areas and airports are clean but not the railway stations (except some metros), government hospitals, court houses (except High court and Supreme court), government schools, bus stands, fly over etc.

Elections come and go, with a promise to bring improvement but work is done only for a year and two but not up to the mark. During the work is undergoing, the goons comes into the picture and spurts into a gang war. The resources are diverted to cater these issues and the work gets delayed. Then the contractors are pressurised to meet the deadline. The contractors take shortcuts and finish the work with inflated expenses. The work is shoddy and not per the standards. A year or two later, a new budget is tabled for maintenance of this shoddy work. We know that the shoddy work, is like a white elephant which keeps eating up resources but, never gets fixed permanently. After fourth year, the politicians get busy with the preparation of elections for which the resources gets diverted, to keep the situation under control ensuring fair elections. Thus, back to square one and the vicious cycle continues till somebody takes drastic measures risking his life and liberty.

There appears a trend in these types of areas. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, most of these places are inhabited by poor or lower middle class people. These places have more number of voters (need to confirm in other states). Most of these areas are hub for goons and gangs. Thus these type of places are a good play ground for politicians to make promises and win votes.

Do you see the link, it is evident and crystal clear. These politicians learned how to exploit these gullible voters for their selfish power struggle; The rich and educated youth are lost in their dreams waiting for India to become a SUPER Power.

We just need 1500 good leaders to change this system. Are you there?

FTI is waiting for you?

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