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Reservation was first adopted in constitution of India for the period of 5 years for social upliftment of socially backward classes, which have lesser representation in various services and institutions of India. But as we have moved forward, ‘Reservation’ has acquired a meaning which extensively differs from the idea for which this term was coined. Nowadays reservation has been a much used term in the Political Manifesto of most of the Parties and has been a major card to win vote banks during elections. And at the moment, we are at a stage when reservation has almost crossed the halfway mark and is resulting in reverse discrimination. I would like to point out two examples of reservation which will surely highlight many flaws of Reservations.

(a)    Since most of the reservations are based on caste in India, It results in discrimination against the meritorious students/candidates. For an instance, if a General and a SC candidate get selected as DC of District after clearing IAS exam. And they start their livelihood from scratch. No wonder that both the DC would earn the same and their children would get exactly similar facilities in life. Yet at the time of Admission in Educational Institutes and selection in Government Jobs, son of the SC will get reservation any would bypass the General’s son even if he had scored less than the latter. It doesn’t end here, a reserved employee will get promotions and bypass unreserved employee not on the basis of performance but on the basis of the family/caste he has taken birth in.

(b)   Similarly there was much furore about the Women Reservation Bill and was in the pipeline since the Idea was proposed by then PM PV Narsimah Rao around 14 years ago. And after years long struggle, on Women’s day the bill was passed which would reserve one-third of the seats in Constituency on rotational basis for the period of fifteen years. Only thing that has impressed me about the tabling of the bill and later on its acceptance in the higher house is the way the house has passed it and the MPs has voted beyond the party lines. It seems like the advent of an Era where Policy making has scaled the walls of Party politics and vote to bring a change and for the development and progress of country be it Vote of no confidence motion during nuke deal or Women Reservation bill. But in later case i.e. for Women Reservation bill we have surely missed a proper argument in absence of any opposition by major parties, the only opposition for the bill we had, was from a bunch of leaders trying to win muslim vote banks who were asking to have Quota within the Quota. But, on overlooking this hairline ray of light of better polity in India, we’ll come across the various flaws that this reservation has in it. Firstly, since the reservation of the seats is to be done on rotational basis for the period of 15 years, this will make the MPs or MLAs from the respective constituency less accountable. If we have a male MP for one term and in the following term the said constituency would be reserved for a woman, that MP is not gonna reelected irrespective of the work he has done. Similarly this problem will give rise to dynasty politics as MPs may get their female family members contesting from the reserved constituency.

Above all if it is taken as a step to empower the women in India, I don’t find it that way. As, politics is not a one on one bout in a boxing ring, in which we need same gender contesting against each other. In fact by reserving the seats particularly for females we are sidelining them from male contenders and I don’t think that any female would feel proud to defeat a weak female contender instead of a relatively strong male contender. Why do we need a law for a thing which can be imposed/done by principles? Each party is independent to stand as many women as they want, then why mere 33 % when they can have 100% women contesting the elections. Same is the questions for the Leaders who are asking for reservation for Dalits/SC, if they want to uplift certain cast give them the tickets. I believe that all we need is better leaders/politician irrespective of their sex/cast/community. I would be happier than any one if we have all our MPs women if they are better leaders than the competing men. Jai Hind!!!

 For years long we have been talking about bringing a change to Indian political system. Dozens of governments have been tried over sixty years and we have come up with different kind of leaders. But, till this millennium we have been witnessing an orthodox type of governance which was working within a box and today we have a government that has guts to work differently and come out of the box occasionally as it’s still not possible to change everything overnight. But any change that is for good is always welcome by everyone so was the speech of Environmental Minister Sh. Jai Ram Ramesh in Loksabha clarifying the Indian stand on Copenhagen. He had a profound knowledge about the subject and expressed himself with impeccable display of oratory. He made it clear that India won’t agree to any kind of legal binding on emission cuts and nor would it put its national and voluntarily carried out projects to cope up with climate change under international scrutiny unless it is funded by them. He made it clear that India has a desire to lead the world to make this planet a better place to live as it would be India which would be worst effected by the climate change. He said that India would voluntarily agree to decrease its emission intensity by 20-25% till 2020 and he also emphasized the point that dealing the situation with little bit flexibility and without the expense of our sovereignty won’t result in selling out the country as neither he nor any other leader is so unpatriotic to sell off his own country. It was a pleasure to see his strong urge to satisfy each and every Indian in a simplified way when most of the other MPs were getting bored and asking him to end the speech claiming that they had got his point. So, finally we are in an era where the politicians are more responsible, accessible and answerable to the common man. Jairam Ramesh has enlightened a hope in my mind which has forced me to write something in favor of Indian Politics. Hope our politician would keep on giving me reasons to write positive about them unlike my previous posts which are more harsh on the Politicians. Jai Hind!!!

Sports…

Posted: September 4, 2009 in General
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World sports is often looked as a competition which has million of spectators, which lure many giant commercial houses to pump in lot of money to sell of their products in tiny ad intervals between breathtaking show of exciting contest. But a deep introspection brings out the fact that World sport has led this era far away from the evil of racism and inject a streak of patriotism among the players as well as the spectators.

Today when the world is fighting like cats and dogs, world sports has remained immune to much of its affect, if we ignore few trivial but shameful instances. Today, you need not belong to a particular caste, skin or community to participate in a national or world event. A player is picked up by his capability and talent. There are lot of instances where the sportsmanship has pushed the word ” Racism” far away. The William sisters are cheered up by the American irrespective of their colour as they bring home some invaluable grandslams. Even the british who took the racism to all time high during their regime of brutal rule over Indian let an Asian to lead their cricket team for many years and they don’t shy away to include several asian players to their team. In football no player is asked to defend or attack the post on the basis of his colour or caste. Its the talent that counts.

Also, when modern youth is getting highly westernised, its only the Sports which ignite a sense of patriotism among them. Its the glory of the sport which catalyse a spirit to represent their country, which is nothing but a mismanaged chariot full of load of millions of people being driven by a bunch of corrupted crooks, at world’s level. So, in order to unite a world sitting on piles of nuclear weapons we must encourage the world sport and insulate it from shameful ” Monkey Gate” instances.

A day=24 hours?

Posted: June 14, 2009 in Facts
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For years long, i was taught at the school that a day has 24 hours. And many of the students would have surely be punished for writing it as 23 or 25. So much to their delight and surprise, i have come to a fact that they weren’t wrong in counting 23 or 25 hours in a day. But, to prove themselves right they have to undergo a much complicated subject rather than craming 24 hours a day as an easy option. The concept that comes to play to proving many young students, who couldn’t recall the taught 24 hours a day and often mistaken it as pre and post consective 23 and 25 is ‘Daylight saving time’, often called as ‘DST’. Conventionally it was being used for centuries but its modern concept which is being adapted by most of the countries in world was coined by a Kiwi entomologist George Vernon Hudson in 1895. He found that he could deal better with the studies of insect at the time when there is more sunlight. So, he proposed to advance the clock by one hour at the start of the spring and adjust it backward by one hour at the start of autumn, so that there is more sunlight at the day time and lesser at the dawn. To be specific, about the country who ruled us for centuries and provided us the initial eduaction, but failed to teach us the DST, which would surely have provided many students a space (read more options) to answer a question, the Great Britain, which generally follows the GMT. They adjust their clocks forward by one hour on the last sunday of march at 0200 hrs at the advent of spring and adjust it backward on the last sunday of october at 0200 hrs. So, eventually the their clock doesn’t struck 0200 hrs either on last sunday of march or the last of october, but instead jumps from 01:59:59.9 either forward to 03:00:00.0 or backward to 01:00:00.0. So the last sunday of march has 23 hours and october has 25. Its peculiar but an interesting concept.

Now when we are just a week short of much awaited results of 15 th general election and majority of the seats have been voted for, it still give us a hazy picture of a hung parliament. Nevertheless it was much talked and advertised election in Indian Political History aftermath the Mumbai terror attacks, people were urging and campaigning to vote for a change. But, what the poll stats for the four phases have depicted that , we the Indian are best at making noice and complainig and when the time comes for us to change it we all just show our back. None of us has expected just 50% polling in Mumbai, which wer standing tall in great number and shouting loud to bring the change after the 27/11 attacks. But its really ironic that it just took a little more than a  half year to get out of that trauma and live their most popular ” Amchi Mumbaikar Life”. It was claimed that this time Mumbai won’t just stand up again and follow its ” Chalta hai ” sort of trend, but it was the same, soon they all have forgotten all the wounds given by Azmal Kasab and his fellow terrorists. Same was the case with Delhi, it was quite agonising that all this campaiging and motivating could only convince the half of the population to come out and vote for their right. Although at the end of the day, it was claimed that most of the voters were deleted from the eletoral roll along with the Chief Election Commissioner of India, Mr. Navin Chawla, which at last voted due to his Status, but still a perfect listing of the voters would have just helped to reach the numbers by 55% at most.

                                      Two constituency which were much to be appriciated for their participation in General election were Malegaon and later Nandigram. People just rushed to the polling stations in heaps and bounds to vote for change and to vote for their rights even most of them were taken from the relief camps where they were staying as refugees after loosing their homes to communal rights. In Nandigram a thumping polling percentage of 88 % was recorded.

                                  We must give a thought to what we are giving to our nation. After all the happenings in last year, the terror attacks, the recession, the inflation, the hung parliament was the last thing which the people of India and most of the parties would have dreamt of. But with election commission banning the exit polls its just the activities of the various parties to work out post poll alliances to reach the magical figures, shows that they are pretty sure by their internal sources that none of the parties or pre poll alliance could emerge with majority on their side. It was supposed to be a battle between Sh. L.K. Advani and Dr. Manmohan Singh, but now with all the happenings there are lots of Kings and queens who are trying to grab the throne.

                               Its really hard to figure out the picture of the next government, but the left and the upcoming third front or the fourth front of Bihari leaders would give it a colour for sure. These small heroes are gonna play an important role to form a government. But its not sure that for how long that hung government would survive. I think we would be into the 16th polls pretty soon and i urge you all to vote and above all vote wisely next time.