My Views

Cast(e) The Vote

Posted in Caste, Insight, Polity, Society by dullar on December 7, 2006

Is caste system real reason behind the agitation of dalits which rocked the nation from villages to parliament recently. It is not probably. The social and ritual basis of caste has become too old and sure to die a slow death, if not now, but surely in near future. In the social sphere, it is an issue, which has become very obscure and economic modernisation and process of globalization has kind of engulfed it. But in the political sphere the issue is much younger and has really become monster headed hydra with its tentackle spread all across the country. If there is common basis for the political parties and a common ideology for them, it is issue over caste and their percieved self interest under the garb of people’s conviction and interests. If Ambedkar’s presence is more felt than Gandhi and his ideas still guide the people’s actions and thinking intoday’s India then it is only because politics of this country is guided by votes and which, primarily on caste based manouvering. Reservation issue is another hot bed of caste based politics. Every repurcussion, good or bad emanates from these very basic facts. Media has a very obvious role in educating and awaring people about the whole damn issue but they too only builds fancy headlines out of all this just to make crispy stories and ready money.
It is not very long since we were basking in the romantic fancy of Gandhigiri, of Gandhi’s resurgence in 21st century, and now we have just swinged to the oppiste pole of Ambedkar and dalit politics, thanx to media driven propaganda. The very own idea that Ambedkar and Gandhi lies at opposite poles as far as idea of caste system is concerned is of limited literary value. But the truth that makes sense to realise is that both stood against untouchability, and for equality and social justice. And had either of Gandhi or Ambedkar been living today, it woudn’t have mattered to them as whose legacy is still driving the nation but all that they would have worried and mourned over was the caste based divisions in the society. Our political parties have made most when people have nothing but to loose. As sociologist Max Weber have said about ‘power’ as a zero sum game, the positives of slfish political parties is nothing but negatives of people of country. Former rules latter get ruled, former divides, latter falls apart.

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Baba Vs Bapu

Posted in Caste, Polity, Society by dullar on December 7, 2006

Is this the question that India is facing today? The answer, the validity being doubtful, for the question, Has Ambedkar’s legacy proved more durable than that of Gandhi? is 81% Yes and rest No. Or is this the point that Gandhi’s path of self righteouness was far more tougher than the Ambedkar’s path of agitation for the rights. Certainly today’s dalits and depresed clases have opted the latter path. The ascending of the educational and economic status of dalits since India’s independece has been a fact for everybody of us to notice, and so has been the fight and agitation for the rights of social justice and equality of status. But how far has they achieved their goals is clear by the mass agitation by the dalits all over the country few days back. In the absence of a leadership which is reflective of the dalit’s economic and political aspirations common man of lower classes has come down to roads in their frustrations and desperation. The politics of number has gone into the heads of people of this country to this extent that today our media judge the greatness of two leaders by the number of people coming out on the roads to cleberate or commemorate their anniversaries.
Is it important to debate on the issue that whose legacy has proved more durable than other’s of address the issue that what made people to protest and burn cities? Is our society just enough to fulfill the aspirations of all sections of people? The answer is well known to us and it is a big no in capital words. Politics of reservation has done more harm than good to people. The thing to notice by the series of latest events is how divided our society today is. Social justice is still absent in this 21st century India which is eyeing to be a world superpower. Vote bank politics has eaten the fabric of brotherhood and sentiments of camaraderie of our people.
As Amartya Sen has pointed out political justice and equality has no meaning without social and economic justice.

National Heroes

Posted in Crime & Corruption, Polity by dullar on December 6, 2006

Navjot Sidhu, sitting MP, gets convicted in a murder case. Shibu Soren, sitting cabinet minister, gets life imprisonment punishment for conspiring, kidnapping and brutally murdering his ex-secretary. Is it not a matter of shame for people of India where till few days back there were two two criminals were doing business in the country’s highest and most presitigious institution. Fortunately both for gevernment and opposition one was from BJP party and other was in the government coalition. So whom will the political parties blame now for allowing criminals to ocntest elections on their tickets? Every year such cases of politicians involvement in criminal cases appear before courts and people of India but still to this date we do not have a robust system of filtering such element and not allowing them to enter parliament. Many attempts of Election commision and Supreme court in this matter have been diffused in the parliament because all the political parties have their own interest in allowing the criminals, backed by muscle and money power, in contesting and winning the elections. Why then the people vote for such people in elections? Why do we chhose such people as our leaders, our national representatives?

Social Change @ 8 percent

Posted in Reality Check, Society by dullar on December 6, 2006

Sagarika Ghose writes in her blog as how social change and social reform in 21st century should be like. She writes that some form of social reform has always been taking place inIndian society, sometimes led by saints, sometimes by educational elites and intellectuals. But why then she now wants government to lead the social change in society. The very assumption that government led by power elites will work for a social reform is doubtful. The power elites of country are always concerned and interested in statu quo and conservative in their outlook. India being a democracy doesn’t effect that basic character. Though constitution provides for a political democracy but still the very reason of absence of economic and social democracy lies in that very fact. Even the so called people’s left government in West Bengal gives a damn to its farmers when it asks police to evacuate land for a car making company.
If a social reform has to be brought in this country, then it have to rely on its people only and not on the governments and political elites. Afterall rights have to be fought for and not to be begged before governments.

127 out of 177

Posted in Reports by dullar on December 5, 2006

The verdict is 127 out of 177, says UNDP report 2006. People who track the HDI for India year after year knows well that what that means, how are we progressing, and how static the rank for India is. HDI takes into account three factors, it is “composite measure of three dimensions of human development: Living a long
and healthy life (measured by life expectancy), being educated (measured by adult literacy
and enrolment at the primary, secondary and tertiary level), and having a decent standard of
living (measured by purchasing power parity, PPP, income)”. So besides the last indicator we can club the first two indicaors under social sector. That means we have been doing well in this area just next to some African countries. Is it not pathetic? Further though with reofrms are going on from last one and half decade and we have achieved a stable GDP growth rate of 7-8 percent but still there is much to be done to distribute this growing booty among the poorer sections of society. So are we allowing some top sections of people to suck and accumulate wealth and thus drifting apart the economic fabric of society. Definately not. India is growing rich, thanx to the process called globalization. One of the consequences of globalization is privatization and progressive lifting of government controls in most of the industrial spheres. But social sectors like promary education, health, old age security, sanitation, drinking water etc still needs goverment patronizing and spending. Agriculture has been a much neglected area during the reform period and its consequences are there in front of us in form of grwoing rural unemployment, youth frustration and farmers suicides.
We are still far away from the time when ecomomy pushes the growth momentum to the lower rungs of the people, when social sector may not be ahead but progresses in line with the economic sector. Till then India shining only means a thin silver lining on a otherwise dark cloud.

Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized by dullar on December 2, 2006

Views n Opinion is an attempt to give an expression to thoughts, opionions and point of views about the the events and happenings taking place in day to day life of a our country which is fortunate to be called as biggest democracy but its people hasn’t realised its meanings and manifestations in the fullest. For many of us democracy is just a bubble which can explode at any time given its inner stains and for few of us it is a road to personal achievement and goal having the shine of material and spiritual bliss.
Deepening inter-class divide, rising frustrations in the lower classes of society, increasing criminalisation of politics, progressive marginalisation and estrangement of the agricultral and unskilled sections of people, spreading tentackles of ethnic and religious fundamentalism are only a few of the problems that any informed citizen can realise as facing us today.
On the other hand rising material fotrunes of the large middle class of our society has given a general and widespread hope towards betterment and modernisation. Economic modernisation is sure to be followed by political and social modernisation. An informed, impartial and responsible media is the one of the greatest achievement of Indian democracy.
I, through this blog, endeavour to give a more critical analysis, best to my capabilities and knowledge and try to raise questions which are craving for answers.

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