Tuesday, August 14, 2012


We are going to celebrate 65th Independence Day anniversary of our nation.

There is a Japanese saying

“Today should be better than yesterday and worst than tomorrow”

It applies to our nation in a sense that, our present should be better than past and worst than coming times. It means that our country should progress every passing year. The citizens and stakeholders in the country should be happy, and a sense of security and well being should prevail.

When I was in the school I used to stay in Dombivli. It is a small town on the outskirts of Mumbai in Thane district. We used to get almost 24 hrs of electricity barring some occasions. Water was never a problem. My school was just 10 minutes walk. Now after 20 years I am told that the same town has regular power cuts. Water is regulated and comes for couple of hours everyday. The roads and amenities are same but the population has increased four fold. Children have to travel for long by bus. Hardships of everyday life have risen because development has not kept pace and, the net effect is SCARCITY of basic amenities.

Advancement of technology if not put to use to enhance quality and reliability of basic amenities like drinking water, sanitation, electricity and living conditions, then mere feigning progress by showcasing advancement of technology in terms of different gadgets is of no use. There is serious buzz that government is thinking of giving free mobile telephones with free talk time to below poverty line (BPL) families. This is a classic example of lack of ground realities by the government. It seems government doesnt even know the primary rung of Maslow’s triangle.

The most important aspect which propel the citizens to progress is a fair, robust and workable system. Not only should the system be fair it should be perceived by the people that it is fair. People are not much affected or bothered by economic disparity but get disheartened by seeing unfair means getting rewarded. Unfair means has a cascading effect of decaying the system further. No person can be happy in an unfair system. People can live with economic disparity. People can live with mediocrity. People can live with hardships. People can wait. People don’t want subsidy. People don’t want reservations. What they long for is fair system. Choose a system and stick to the system without intervening it.

"When you know that in order to produce, you need to obtain
permission from men who produce nothing,

When you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods,
but in favors,

When you see that men get rich more easily by graft rather than by work,


When your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them
against you,


Ayn Rand

The sense of security and well being comes only when the system is fair and everyone knows that what they get is what they deserve. Important aspects of a fair system are

 Abide by the ten rules of RASHTRAVRAT.

To make a society caste free and corruption free.

To deliver fast and timely justice.

Teach next generation, the importance of sticking to rules.

We must not forget that our actions have direct bearing on our Nations prestige.


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