Friday, December 17, 2010

We...the people of India and Hypocrisy...




i used to always think about hypocrisy amongst us....but had never given a thought to reduce it 2 writing...now i seriously think that i shld pen down the thoughts...arising about hypocrisy.....

Here are some definitions about Hypocrisy....


the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one's real character or actual behavior, esp the pretext of virtue and piety;

the condition of a person pretending to be something he is not, especially in the area of morals or religion; a false presentation of belief or feeling;


so Hypocrisy is nothing but saying something and doing something.....

It is difficult to say when did hypocrisy crept in our minds (term 'our' refers to " v the indians")....might b 4m the rule of the english who always beleived in divide and rule policy but boasted about propagating peace in our minds..thy said they came 4 commercial puposes but stayed here 4 more than a couple of hundred years only 2 govern us...
V wer informed tat v would b given freedom but got it only after securing it by fighting and laying blood 4 it....
V had thought tat Hindus and Muslims are like brothers yet they betrayed us by dividing the nation and which is still the bone of contention......between India and Pak;


OR           does it dates back to the primordial times of the mighty kings and emperors where there used to be treacherors in disguise as their loyalists...v have witnessed numerous wars wr the mighty kings have been deceived by their own insiders 4 the reasons best known 2 them....


Now a days hypocrisy has reached the core and kudos to politicians...who at the time of elections say something to garner votes 4m the voters and hardly thy can b seen after elections....


but who is responsible 4 this debacle....v need to ask the same ? to ourselves...it is v who r hypocrats.....b4 if v 4get the politicians 4 a moment nd think about ourselves v r also hypocrites...unless v correct ourselves thr is no way out...v need to get the issue addressed 'coz ultimately it's v who constitute the ppl of India....

If v stop being hypocrats and bcome practical thn v cn create wonders....


                                                                             
                                                                          Alemaari...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Eligibility for Politicians....

        Eligibility for Politicians....


I do not know how many people would agree with me about this rather controversial topic...

They say " The last bit of a scoundrel is to enter politics "
With the current Indian political situation being chaotic and flooded with Scams at the state and the center, somewhere something should be done by someone. At this critical juncture, I think this topic would be more relevant....

India witnessed politicians or leaders of two cadres... one the erst while in the form of Gandhi, Shasthri, Patel, S. Nijalingappa, Kengal Hanumanthaiah so on ...who stood for values and love for people and the country...
Modern India is witnessing another cadre of politicians like Lalu prasad yadav, Narendra modi, A. Raja and Reddy brothers who are there to plunder the various resources of the country and who think utilising public money and causing loss to the exchequer is their fundamental right....

Now, if i take a dig at the current politicians, a small chunk of them are below 40 while the majority of them have crossed 60...
I think in India, the normal age to enter politics has become 60 years by looking at our politicians....
we have leaders who take 10 minutes to put 13 steps or who can never be understood when they speak or who have had any graduation...
we also have leaders who have undergone bypass surgeries, kidney transplant or suffering with various diseases but still thirsty for power...
By the time they get  power they would have crossed the life expectancy age which is 62 years in India...
It's very hard to find leaders of the stature of Rajeev Gandhi who are young and dynamic....in power

The first rule should be to fix the minimum and maximum age to enter politics.

Unlike the current situation, where there is no such rules, people enter politics after 50 years, which is their leisure time in their life and would still be there after they have crossed 70. They know they would get a call from Yama to go to him any time.

1 ) The minimum age could be fixed at 30 years and the maximum age should be 60 years whicch could be xtended by 2 yrs i.e. 62 yrs.

The reason why i have fixed 30 years as minimum age is by this time the individual would be well educated and would have sound knowledge about problems of the society, then the common or civic sense would be established to the core...So even if he starts from the bottom, he has 30 years to his credit to excel in this field....

The maximum age should be 60 or 62 years for this is the time when all our body parts would start shaking like a pendulum and we would not be in a position to comprehend or decide on the matters of the government or the people. The more early we come out, more are the chances for the young and dynamic minds to enter politics or to be in power.

People who come out of politics after 60 years still could be used as guiding force by the young minds in deciding the core issues of the government. These experienced resources who have outstanding abilities and knowledge could be assimilated together in a "think tank" panel.

2) Graduation as minimum academic eligibility...


Hardly we see our leaders who have had graduation as their education. Laloo or Rabdi devi ruled Bihar without having any such eligibility...we can even see the Mayors or Zill Panchayat Presidents governing us though they are illiterates or who do not have ny graduation to their credit...

By the time a person completes graduation, age would be 21 yrs or 22 (4 engineering students) nd 24 ( 4 medical students). The person would have completed 15 yrs of formal education and his knowledge would be well equipped with regards to resolving the issues of the society.  
The individual would be able to understand the problem better, think about the solutions and decide, compare the problems with the neighbouring countries and understand the ways they have adopted to resolve these issues.

3)  Maximum term of holding office - 3 terms

If we see our current politicians we can see majority of them being elected by the public for the 6th time or the 7th time to the State Assemblies or to the Parliament. Though they hardly do any work at the constituency, they are elected by the people.
They seldom attend the sessions or even if they attend they would be in deep slumber.

So if we fix their term as 3 terms, then it would be very nice as they would get 15 years ( if the government completes 5 yrs) to attend to the needs of the constituencies....
So even if a person enters politics at 30 yrs and manages to get elected by 35 yrs, then he would have 5 yrs as an MP or MLA. even if he gets elected at the age of 45 years and If he attends to his people's needs, then he would be elected again and again. Such repeated elections could be curtailed to 3 attempts. Such restriction would continue till 60 years which is the maximum age for being in politics and by then he would have completed 3 terms, so thereby both the conditions would be satisfied.


It depends on successful candidates who are elected thrice by the people to prepare a alternative for them during their last term thus identifying new talent and nurturing them so that we do not commit blunders in selecting a rogue to govern us.

In case of Ministers also, this should apply uniformly. A person who has become minister once should be given a chance only twice thus giving him an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of power for 10 yrs. After 2 times, he should not be taken as a minister instead should return to his consistuency to serve his people as a MLA or a MP.

When we have young blood governing us with experienced resources in the think tank guiding them, then we would bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots and to compete with other countries in every field.

" Sarvarigu samabaalu; sarvarigu samapaalu"



                                                                  Alemaari..
                    

Monday, November 8, 2010

Concept of Rationalism....!!!!!

                         Concept of Rationalism....!!!!!


wt is meant by rationalism....any guesses....
there is no clear cut definition about rationalism any where in the world.... I quote few meanings here:

"Reliance on reason as the best guide for belief and action"

"The system that makes rational power the ultimate test of truth; -- opposed to sensualism, or sensationalism".

"Rationalism as a philosophy is defined as using reason and logic as the reliable basis for testing any claims of truth, seeking objective knowledge about reality, making judgments and drawing conclusions about it"

 To sum all these definitions or meanings, i would rather give u a vague definition, " Rationalism is using our reason to guide us and draw conclusions  about anything".

This concept is not a new one but it existed in primordial times too...but during those days rationalists were called as outcastes, and they were termed as religious enemies....(might b true during tat point of time)....during those days hardly there was ny person who used to go against blind beliefs, traditions, customs and religious dogmas.... there was no one to stop child marriage, women abuse, sati system, women being treated as slaves, the pathetic condition of widows, widening gap between the haves and the have nots, dalit's downtrodden condition, carrying human waste on their heads, casteism and numerous other problems with priests of respective religions (who termed themselves as true worshippers of god) adding injury to wound that existed during that period of inequality...

But as and when man's brain started developing and he became started seeing the world with a different perspective, a small cult started questioning the religious inadequacies....

They started questioning y should a dalit b seen as a slave of the zamindars or y should he carry the human waste of the upper castes...albeit he does this cleaning job still he is treated as untouchable....
y a widow should not marry or y a woman who has lost her husband should enter fire with him for no fault of hers or for no valid reason....
They also started questioning the practise of child marriage, its after effects on the society and as well as on the two kids who knew nothing about marriage at such a young age....

Though this was a very small group of people who wanted to reform the society but they were pushed to the bottom or they were suppressed due to lack of support or intellectual inertia among the people....but even now it has not grown to tat xtent 2 wch it should have been but it has striked a chord in the minds of many ppl 2 think about social upliftment in myriad ways....

Karl Marx had said that " Religion is the opium of the masses"

How I became a rationalist....???????

                          How I became a rationalist....???????



I have asked this question umpteen number of times but till now i have not got any concrete answer....It's every day's fight within me..

Frankly speaking, i was an ardent desciple of god (4 me only one god existed by the name) till i was in 10th wn my capability to think independently devoid of other's impressions, or customs, traditions etc..etc..started developing..

I was watching an interview telecasted on Chandana tv way back in 1994 or 1995 with my mentor on rationalism, Dr. H Narasimhaiah ....(whom i call as "manasa guru") who was in his white dress with glaring eyes and exceptional thoughts on rationalism.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Narasimhaiah

I quote his words, " naavu yaavudannu vignaanikavaagi vichaara / prashne maadade oppikollabaradhu"
(meaning: we should not accept anything without due scientific reasoning).

He followed the same principle throughout his life untill his last breath.

Actually it did not change my mind or my life immediately or on that day but eventually " YES". It changed my way of thinking..

Slowly, I started questioning about the customs, traditions, blind beliefs, religious dogmas and other stuff...( luckily my mom was spared from all these questions...i used to ask them to myself...)
4 few ????s i used to get the answer nd 4 few i used 2 chk with other learned frns of mine or elders (albeit most of the times i used 2 be admonished 4 my thoughts)....

Later, as years passed, i was becoming more thoughful about things, practices, surrounding me....i started observing things in a more clear and thoughtful manner, but it was in Maharaja's degree college where i joined to do my graduation in Arts in Mysore in 1998
tat encouraged my rationalist thinking with the very famous rationalist Prof Ramdas teaching Kannada and i came to know more about Rationalism, rationalists and rational thinking..

It was here my concept of rationalism was nurtured to the core by my Professor M Vasanthamma with my other friends like Jayapal, Hari prasad and others. I gained new perspectives when i took social thought as an elective in sociology during my final year in graduation. This led me to see the social problems in a new and wider perspective.

Social thought was taken by my beloved Proffessor M Vasanthamma and she showed the world beyond us and our intellectual horizons became wide open....

Even to this day, i attribute my thinking and my questioning nature to be the gift of my Almamater Maharaja's degree college, Mysore.


Alemaari...