A complaining Society…..

It is known to all of us that we Indians have complains with almost everything. If Sachin returns pavilion early we complain,  if he smashes a century but India lost the match then also we complain that he is selfish. Same is the case with the government.  We curse our governments for every wrong things in our life. Either it is corruption,  price-rise,  when tax increases, potholes,  cleanliness,  and for not getting job. Although we have all the right to complain and keep the government  accountable for every incidence and policy. However, the question here is that do we really care our society and nation that much what we show? If yes,  what part we are playing in the nation  building and solving the societal problems?  If so what is its outcome?  

Undoubtedly there are people who really care about the society they live in,  they are really working hard to ensure that everything remains fine in their society.  Same is the case with a nation. Also every individual is somehow contributing in nation building.  But,  if we require a faster pace of solving the problems our society is facing today we need to enhance our efforts. 

We are a democratic country and so we demand all our rights. We demand for better governance,  effective public service mechanism,  and much more. We also know that some problems can only be solved locally.  A government being run from the capital would not be able to solve your local problem as much effectively as a local institution from there can. That’s is why we have a system of panchayat raj in rural areas and municipality in urban areas. We need to be active in electing our local wards and keep him accountable for his duties. We can arrange some mohalla sabhas, teach some poor students, feed some Hungary people, and can organise community service teams to look after problems and issues around us. There are many more ways to fix things through community participation. But, who cares! Even if someone cares for this, he/she don’t have time to do all these things. He has time to troll politicians and journalists on Twitter for their foolish remarks, listen their political speeches and debates, and has all the time to gossip about the prevailing corruption in the system. It’s like that we are made only to be ruled where the ruler is blamed for every wrongs happenings around us. The irony is that we call ourshelves democratic where people has the ultimate power, that is, they are the rulers as well as the ruled ones. But the very same people is complaining about having no power and authority to fix even local issues. Whom we are complaining to? To the very same people we are blaming to be corrupt and have no intension to public service…………….

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How would have a Diamond felt while stucked in the piles of coal. 

Imagine,  what might be the feeling of a Diamond being stucked in the dirty piles of coal,  what would have been the feeling of a lotus flourishing in the mud,  what would have been the state of mind of soft rose flowering among the roughness and needle-pointed branches,  what would have the state of mind of prudent Vibhishan among the evil rakshashas. 

All these analogies are not done in an alcoholic state of mind,  but in  a very confused and helpless state. Whosoever it is,  a Diamond,  a lotus,  a rose or the Vibhishan,  or even a common man; if he is worthy of something,  he needs to be identified and  should be given the due respect and  values he deserves as in the case of diamond,  rose and lotus. Whereas some requires to prove his worth himself only as Vibhishan does by taking the side of Rama. 

This world is full of talents  and potentials of all kinds. However,  there are only few who have been identified with the talent he possess. There may be millions of people in this world who would have amazing talent which  can be utilised to solve the complex problems of humanity and universe. We talk much about innovation and research in the field of science and technology,  space,  geology,  and biology. But lesser have been talked about the research on humanity and the indigenuity of individuals. What indigenous quality an individual possess,  if identified,  would make  all other research and innovation processes simpler. But,  for that we need to have a very deep understanding of human behaviour and hence we need to study the diverse groups of individuals. We need to find out the diamonds stucked in the coal mines and not looking for them only in GOLD MINES. This will instill confidence among those who found themselves worthless among the people of other interests.  In a nutshell, the necessity is to classify people on the basis of their indigenuity to extract best out of him.   

Bihar’s Dilemma

India’s one of the most politically powerful state, Bihar has suffered much more than any other state in the country post-independence. The main reason behind this sufferance and backwardness may be the prevalent agrarian society and that too a rain-fed one. In addition to its climatic and geographic challenges, governments have also not done much for the state. Post 1991, when other Indian states were flourishing with foreign investments and infrastructure development, Bihar was creating its image as the most criminalized and corrupt state. In the name of providing social justice to the deprived and socially underprivileged people, politics were played to woo their precious votes without making them realize their real potential in economic and financial sense. The society were divided on various lines by infusing the sense of retaliation among different castes which gave birth to various horrible organizations including Ranvir Sena. The real damage was done to the century old practices of different castes and religions that co-existed peacefully for centuries. Obviously, there were some flaws in those social structure which are still there. The irony is that the flaws were not addressed separately and smartly. Instead, they were used for political dividends. Their addressal might have lost the gains permanently for certain political parties. Post 2000, Bihar had been mostly talked due to its almost illiterate Chief Minister which created the most embarrassing feeling of being a Bihari. But, still the advocates, even the intelligentsia, of those politicians feel proud about their political masters. In 2005 when Nitish became CM in alliance with BJP, a hope was created and the government too partially fulfilled those expectations. Thanks to the charismatic leadership of Nitish. Bihar started growing with the fastest rate among Indian state. Roads, electricity and infrastructures were improved although not up-to the level expected, and law and order situation was dramatically improved. As a result of better situation again the same govt. came to the power in 2010 under the Nitish leadership, but there was some dissent among the leaders of the alliance- the BJP and JDU- which resulted in broken alliance. After that Nitish/JDU formed govt. with the help of RJD and congress.The worst part was felt in 2015 election when again the same casteist advocacy dominated in the election campaigns of both major alliances. A little bit of Nitish image as a ‘Vikash Purush’ might have worked. But, the detailed analysis showed that the society was clearly divided on caste lines. Aftermath of election in some region is also disastrous where there is openly hatred is prevalent among castes. So, the whole point here is that Bihar is proving that the Earth is round. Bihar has been trapped in vicious circle of caste, some lollipop of social and political rejuvenation of certain castes and little bit of development. The point is not that the new govt. will fail or pass with regard to development assessment, but the reversal of mindset of people who voted in sentimental flow initiated by politicians.

Good Governance

We come across the word “Good Governance” very frequently in newspapers, speeches of politicians, academicians, economist and in almost all modes of communication. So, what is this Good Governance? Good Governance is basically about formulating and implementing a decision/policy in best possible way. There are numerous characteristics of Good Governance including accountability, transparency, rule of law, effectiveness, efficiency, openness, responsiveness, equity and inclusiveness, etc.

India has a huge dearth of good governance in terms of implementing various government welfare and development schemes. The most burden of this Good Governance is on the Indian Bureaucracy, in which topmost in the hierarchy formulates the policies and lower in the hierarchy is responsible for implementing these policies .Our question here is that in-spite of being one of the best bureaucratic system in the world, why our officers are not able to achieve the targeted goals efficiently in a time-bound manner. As much as I have heard, the lower bureaucrats especially the state bureaucracy is most inefficient in terms of meeting the goals. There has developed a huge void in the delivery of targeted schemes efficiently. Since, most of the public welfare schemes delivered through them, it is necessary to have a rigid inspection system and a transparent public grievances and redressal mechanism in order to have Good Governance. Before that, the officers at lower bureaucracy must be given some rigorous moral and ethical training, so that they treat the public in human way.