Sunday, January 16, 2011
When you were here
You said things
you did things
I found fault with you
I fought with you
'You were so nasty
you were so bad'
When you were no more
I often did brood over
what you did
what you said
'Was I nasty to you
was I bad!'
Today it matters not
what you did
what I said
what I did
what you said
In moments I shall also be gone
On tree tops
in oceans' depths
in deserts' cool sands
above snow clad mountains
Serenity will prevail
Life will just move on.
1. Though we are a rotten society beyond redemption at large, there is still a glimmer of hope in people's power if we invoke it. And today nothing but that can save the country. For invoking our power, we have to do self cleansing through introspection.
2. In day today life, there is hardly any hope for common man to get justice in normal course. What should come to a citizen of a civilized country naturally, one has to fight really hard and use up one's whole life at times to achieve that little in India.
3. For one Jessica, where justice could finally be delivered, there are lakhs of cases justice is never done. If this scenario continues, we are doomed.
4. Media can still redeem itself, if it so wishes and decides.
5. Against the background of the society as realistically portrayed in this movie, how can we aspire to be a global power?
Friday, January 14, 2011
1. UPA II, the govt of the day as popularly called, has not only lost its credibility but also its head.
2. And/or that they are least bothered since they know how short public memory is and next general elections are still three long years away.
3. The word 'accountability' should now be struck off dictionaries in India.
4. Last but not the least, one must learn to close one's mind to survive in this great country.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
A very recent news item about him in Times of India contained following:
'Twelve transfers in five years, an illegal suspension order, a fabricated chargesheet, denial of promotion and a spoiled annual confidential report (ACR). That's what forest service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi was awarded by the Haryana government. His 'crime'? He unearthed a multi-crore scam involving senior officials, implemented the Supreme Court's orders preventing a wildlife sanctuary from being destroyed and stopped government money from being spent on private lands of politically influential people.
For three years, the Prime Minister's Office, state information commission, environment ministry, Central Administrative Tribunal and cabinet secretariat tried to stop the relentless harassment of the young officer, but Haryana chief minister B S Hooda's office paid no heed. Ministers, officials in the CM's office and senior bureaucrats continued to hound Chaturvedi at every possible chance...'
It is the last para which should be ringing alarm bells in the ears of those at the helm of affairs in the Govt, if there is one in India today, and the media, if there is a responsible one in India today. What were they doing when a young officer daring to be professionally correct was being harassed and hounded during best period of his life; while his colleagues, keeping their political bosses happy at the cost of public whose servants they are supposed to be, were being rewarded with choice postings and promotions? With this example before them, what line does society expect the budding young officers to adopt? But the real alarm lies in the reported fact that despite best efforts of none less than the PMO and the concerned Ministry, his harassment continued for years. That tells what the PMO and the Ministry are worth and what their efforts were worth. How many times can one say 'shame' to those very people?
It does not give me any pleasure in the fact that this news item again confirms what I have been posting in my blog all along.
'......In the natural course, such silent cross-party collusions would have resulted in major political realignment across the political spectrum. But that is unlikely to happen. Indians are half-hearted warriors who fight only with half-measures. They are always willing to wound but afraid to strike. Political realignment seems out, more chaos seems in.'
The two italicized sentences above interested me a lot. How true! Most of our evils do flow from these so well defined characteristics.