Monday, January 27, 2014

Why is mainstream media silent on this


Social media has been abuzz with allegations of corruption between NDTV and the finance minister. Here are few links.

http://pcwedsndtv.blogspot.in/
http://manushi.in/2014/01/27/ndtv-chidambaram-accused-of-money-laundering-scam-of-rs-5500-cr/
http://www.aboutcorruption.org/p-chidambaram-and-ndtv-in-trouble-over-money-laundering-and-bribery/

Its high time mainstream media takes this up.

Friday, January 24, 2014

कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती / हरिवंशराय बच्चन 

Hear it on https://m.soundcloud.com/anupamkher/04-lehron

लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

असफलता एक चुनौती है, स्वीकार करो
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ मत भागो तुम
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy that the Jan Lok pal bill was not passed in 2011

I have liked Amitabh Bacchan movies right from childhood, what was it that made me like it? This lean, tall, poor, often orphan guy would take on people more powerful and did this with all his frailties. He had no magic wand but made way, to emerge by sheer will. We were all glued thinking we all can actually do what this person has done. However in 2 hours we knew it is a movie and the hero will surely emerge successful here but not in real life.We were proved wrong a month ago. AAP has made reality of an idea, no one would have believed a few years ago. It is the new angry man standing for all that we think someone should stand for. 

No matter what deep down it has shaken the conscience of the people. It has brought hope. It has made politics look as an option to many people who had given up on it.

When someone stands for something it is bound to conflict with those, who benefit from the status quo, not just the current government but people who indirectly benefit from that association. If the establishment was good enough we would not need Amitabh Bacchan or Arvind Kejriwal to fight with it. 

Since it stands for something new,with its own ways, accepting the changing realities will take time for all. There will be periods where just like in a movie we all will say "Yahan isne galat kiya, aisa nahi karna chahihe " but that very fact that we think about it, discuss, write and offer our opionion shows that we care for it and want to see it through. 

AAP though has many things to take care of. An umbrage of vested interest would be unleashed on AAP, people would try and color it with lies, nothing would be spared to destroy it since this is what suits the current powerful. It may make mistakes and lose the track.It may misjudge and misread things for other complulsions.  However it must always remember that people who actually care for AAP are the marginalised in the system, people who had no say in the system for many many years, people whose voices have been crushed and need someone to tell them that they can speak. 

We must be prepared for a lot of controversy ahead. Since the methods are new so would the results be. When we are not looking for good governance but questioning the way we are governed we can very well imagine how deep the faultlines are. People who have been used to the current style of governance would vehemently resist a style that largely takes their power away and distributes it to the people

What is needed is a rational long term perspective for India. Even without AAP the possibility of a hung parliament was not ruled out, with the emergence of AAP the possibilities becomes even more pronounced. The national mood is not for AAP, it is for honesty and clean politics. Everyone must adopt to it. AAP birth is a lesson in miscalculation of people's mood by established parties, they must not misread the national mood now.

Anna and all of us must be happy that the Jan Lok pal bill was not passed in 2011 else we would not have the political entity-AAP. Jo hota hai acche ke liye hota hai.The rules of the politics has been changed by AAP. Awareness of the rules is now being made to old players by the new born.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Recently I came across a a list of things to do to be successful. I really liked the simplicity of the advice. Few words can mean so much (http://www.businessinsider.com/hard-things-you-need-to-do-to-be-successful-2014-1?IR=T)

  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
  • You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off.
  • You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
  • You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.”
  • You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
  • You have to try and fail and try again.
  • You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
  • You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
  • You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
  • You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
  • You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Despande Fellowship Program- Now Accepting Applications !!! Hurry


We are pleased to inform you that the Deshpande Fellowship Program is now receiving applications for tenth batch. Deshpande fellowship program was begun in order to empower a major untapped resource in the development field: hungry young people with plenty of potential to go for in their field who are held back only by their skills and self- confidence. DFP seeks change that and help participate to realize the true potential and ambitions.

This rigorous 7½ month residential leadership development program,Through NGOs visits, village studies, entrepreneurial and Leadership activities and intensive course work, fellows gain skills needed to become true leaders in their chosen field.  

With a concentration on social entrepreneurship and innovation, the DFP has transformed over 200 fellows into entrepreneurial young leaders. Kindly spread the words with your colleagues, friends and who interested to become part of the Fellowship Program.  
Interested one apply directly by using attached application or can be downloaded from online-http://www.dfp.org.in/
For more information you can reach us at fellowship@dfmail.org or   9740011883 
We look forward to hear from you soon.
Note: Last date for application will be 28.11.2012, Hurry to apply!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Political party vs movement


Most of India against corruption supporters are people who dislike/hate politics, they are people who can contribute in spurts of anger but do not have the spirit of political cadres, Arvind kejriwal's attempt for a political party is welcome step but in the short term looks very hard to be a difference making reality.His audience-the youth is an impatient group who wants to see quick changes. However 5-10 years down the line if the resilience continues it would surely be a force to reckon with.

While they may win 1-2 lok sabha seats on account of the anti-corruption media coverage and the actions of the current government,but the ideological difference between a party vs movement is a huge setback. Kejriwal's attempt looks logical, a much needed step, it speaks of an impatient reaction that any crusader is bound to take sometime or the other, when all he sees is a deadlock. However the reality of an election is different, fighting an election would show them why netas are the way they are. they make every day decisons which would bewilder them,everyday ethics tests,friends and allies who maynot be upright and inevitably compromising the ideals of any sane/educated individual.

Good people having political ambitions is a good sign for the country and Arvind must not be potrayed as the one selfish guy.I personally think there is a need for a political role for young educated Indians, but converting the movement into a party will not work. Politics has its way which goes far beyond the imagination of the movement. A more grassroot movement from villages is required to change politics, since it is they who tide the scale and actually elect governments.Social media youth votes add but do not decide the course.

The best thing that can happen now is that Ram Dev and Kejriwal come together to make a party. This can work since Ramdev appeals to a much wider audience and compliments Anna's movement.Organically the Anna team would get a new set of leaders who steer the movement to a much focussed path of truth and course correct Kejriwal when his compulsions overwhelm him.It can be the much required moral guide and people's force, providing support and channelizing the youth energy to a political goal. This adds pressure to the current framework both as a party and a movement.In this way the movement has a political voice, but is itself largely neutral allowing new people to jump in the path of righteousness.

Who knows in the next 10 years the relationship of Anna movement to Kejriwal party would be similar to the one between RSS and the BJP, sans a tint of religion.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

After a long time !!


It’s been a long time since I wrote, much of this is because I was seeing if it would be appropriate to write or not given the setting in which I work. However I would love to tell stories, stories that keep me going, stories I wonder about, for their sheer truth rural India offers. Here are two of them

 I go to a household in Haryana trying to ensure the villagers have toilets and hear a moving story. A lady in 40s tells me that she has 3 adolescent daughters and how it is a real problem for them to go out in the open. I specially recommend construction of a toilet asap. The next day as work is to be started my team finds that she was lying. She had a toilet built up a bit far from the house. I wonder why did she lie, if she had said she has issues in using them, I would still have considered it. The problem with the experience is that once you hear another such a story I would be suspicious, in case there is a real family that has 3 adolescent daughters it would be hard for me to believe it is a true story. The question now is how we filter them the fake from the truth because they both come so many times in a day

In this place I rarely see women who are empowered. I saw one today. In a Primary health clinic in one of the villages I meet a staff nurse. In such a setup the doctor is never there in the evening- they are all on call 24x7, Oh ya do not know why they call 24x7. The staff nurse comes to this, out in the blue village 25 kms far on a bus that only runs twice a day. She has a night shift and is worried about her safety. What does she do? She hires a woman from the village to provide company and have someone by her side in case she needs it. Instead of complaining she finds a way, being unmarried and given the eve teasing, I am sure she has a very hard time, but she still does her best in a  male dominated society, trying to provide services to people who need it most. In such a setup with no cleaning staff, a place where the chowkidaar is not provided by government but hired by the doctors themselves and has not got his monthly wages in 6 months. We still have a few who have the heart, treat rural women with care they truly deserve. The staff nurse was one.

It’s been two months since I penned some thoughts, looks words come by a bit difficult when all you do is executionL

After a long time !!


It’s been a long time since I wrote, much of this is because I was seeing if it would be appropriate to write or not given the setting in which I work. However I would love to tell stories, stories that keep me going, stories I wonder about, for their sheer truth rural India offers. Here are two of them

 I go to a household in Haryana trying to ensure the villagers have toilets and hear a moving story. A lady in 40s tells me that she has 3 adolescent daughters and how it is a real problem for them to go out in the open. I specially recommend construction of a toilet asap. The next day as work is to be started my team finds that she was lying. She had a toilet built up a bit far from the house. I wonder why did she lie, if she had said she has issues in using them, I would still have considered it. The problem with the experience is that once you hear another such a story I would be suspicious, in case there is a real family that has 3 adolescent daughters it would be hard for me to believe it is a true story. The question now is how we filter them the fake from the truth because they both come so many times in a day

In this place I rarely see women who are empowered. I saw one today. In a Primary health clinic in one of the villages I meet a staff nurse. In such a setup the doctor is never there in the evening- they are all on call 24x7, Oh ya do not know why they call 24x7. The staff nurse comes to this, out in the blue village 25 kms far on a bus that only runs twice a day. She has a night shift and is worried about her safety. What does she do? She hires a woman from the village to provide company and have someone by her side in case she needs it. Instead of complaining she finds a way, being unmarried and given the eve teasing, I am sure she has a very hard time, but she still does her best in a  male dominated society, trying to provide services to people who need it most. In such a setup with no cleaning staff, a place where the chowkidaar is not provided by government but hired by the doctors themselves and has not got his monthly wages in 6 months. We still have a few who have the heart, treat rural women with care they truly deserve. The staff nurse was one.

It’s been two months since I penned some thoughts, looks words come by a bit difficult when all you do is executionL

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The colonial India of today

Well !! they came,left.. yet they never did so, they mentally enslaved us and continue to entrap us. We wake up from the coma, get small fits, look at one two issues now and then and slumber off again. The Indian public continues to suffer from colonial laws,which are not just irrelevant but in some ways against basic principles of human rights.


1. What was sedition in 1920s is still followed and looks like we are beginning to wake up after making someone suffer badly,a doctor,human rights activist  Binayak Sen's case is a example of such a folly,destroying a family and instead of appreciating his good work booking him for sedition.If just finding literature can make you a traitor then I guess every one of us would be traitors.I have books on Pakistan, U.S, Israel :)
Mahatma Gandhi our father of the nation was also booked under the same law in famous Ahmedabad trial in 1922:He said this “Section 124 A under which I am happily charged is perhaps the prince among the political sections of the IPC designed to suppress the liberty of the citizen. Affection cannot be manufactured or regulated by the law.”

2.Our Mai baap culture is continues to prevail. Why do we not have better ways of taking in talent in the government services.Students slog for an exam and based on rank we provide them postings, take foreign services for e.g, How have we ensured the domain expertise needed for international relations in the exam, I could take Pali and Hindi literature and be a diplomat. This is crazy and provides some reasons for lot things that have gone wrong for India internationally, those are better left unsaid.  Is it not time to have a seperate exam for such services which actually take in your interest to serve as a diplomat or a public administrator like the U.S does. How do we really have the depth to focus on international affairs ? When we take up roles for India in such specialised fora is it the passion, the domain knowledge or just the hard work of years for the exam that should matter?

3. Why do we still have the Railway budget? When 70% of the country is based on agriculture Why not have a agricilture budget? When britishers had this their priorities were clear, they focussed on the loot and railways development formed the backbone of the loot infrastructure.

4. For  53 years after independence until 2000 we presented the budget at 5:00 pm Why because we wanted the Britishers to hear them, and pass it at their noon time.Well even in 1999 thats completely nuts, how could we do that.We forgot, did not realise it, followed traditions?? It took 53 years to understand.

5. The Indian Flag is another case. A lot of us have not really hoisted Indian flags at our homes why?  Because we were told it was inappropriate by law. What a crappy law. Imagine how good it might have been if we could really do so in our childhood. Luckily  today we have better laws,we are allowed to, but it was not granted it took individuals to struggle to get this done.

These are just few examples, some of them came up during my discussions with Kumara Guru who in Boston today, I am sure there are tons more. Why don't we look at all of them for once and set out for better laws that actually uphold liberty, equality and fraternity in our way and really bury our past. They are gone, isn't it really time to bury their laws for once and all.