Thursday, August 25, 2011

I hate Corruption ! So what? I don't support Anna Way?

Curious voice : Are you with Anna? 
Me: "No". 
Aggressive voice : Don't you want corruption to end?
Me : I want corruption to end.
One angry Voice : Then, why are you not supporting Anna's Jan LokPal?
Me: I don't think that will going to end corruption.
Frustrated and Still angry voice : People like you are here, that is why India is in neck dip in Corruption. You must be from Congress. All politicians are ****, and you are one of the blind supporter of them. You are not a patriot. And much more angry and emotional outburst.
I thought, what I have said which has pissed off my friend. I never took or gave any bribe, atleast not from the time, I gain my consciousness. I am not terrorist. I have faith in India. So why on one fine day, my friend has easily labelled me as unpatriotic?
There is so much written for or against Anna and his team. I also have my own reservations on any national or social issue. So why I was deprived from expressing myself. Why is it become "only Anna" equation? 
In the time of Mahatma Gandhi, there were lot number of people who were critic of his methods. Ambedkar on Social or Bose on National issue. Not always people went for Gandhi. 
So If I decide not to join Anna movement or criticize him, why such anger?
I am not with corruption and I doubt who are doing corruption may also are against corruption. There is always a small section of society who loves to break law for enjoyment. Just leave this group, and see that all other are against corruption. But nowadays its a fad to support Anna. I have seen a group of builders who were supporting Anna. Shall I need to say more?
What is corruption exactly? 
- Political corruption : It is the abuse of power by the state official for the private gain. 
- Social corruption : To stops valuing integrity, honesty, virtue or moral principles. 
For what we are targeting is Political corruption and not the social corruption. Because we all know how corrupt we all are. Corruption start at rock bottom level, going upwards well nourished and protected. 
Most of us have the target of "getting thing done". It is because lack of knowledge of the processes, checking for short-cuts which are not at all necessary. 
I see, passing the Jan Lokpal bill is one more moral, social and constitutional corruption we are committing. 
If someone is going to make a law in this country, then its my right to ask questions about it. Why the open discussions are not being held? Why more emotional outburst that the rational answers. The same so called weaker laws have put A Raja and Kalmadi and many others behind bars. Why are we forgetting the case of
"Nanavati and Ahuja Murder case" where we had to abandon the system of Jury from the Judicial system of the country, which is still prevalent in many western countries.
There are many bill are required, separate bills, like Police reforms, Judicial procedure reforms, Political parties reforms, etc need to handle corruption. 
But what about social corruption? I heard many of my friends are very proud saying that they get so many things in dowry. Many of us still look down-ridden caste as ugly and disgusting. Many of us are involved in honour killing. Beside all this, many of us are living on the space which was reserved for forest or school or children park. The list is countless. These things were in our hand, but we turned blind because it profits us. 
I don't want bloody revolution in my country, I don't support Modi because of what had happened in Gujrat, I don;t support congress becasue of what they did with Sikhs and I don't support many others because of this. 
I believe in Democracy, I believe in elective representation in Parliament, I believe in our independent Judicial system. I believe in reforms from dialog and discussion. It needs Patience and courage. Here, Team Anna, who don't represent people of India, dictatorial mandate to Pass the bill in single session doesn't go well with me. Hence I don't support his fast and bill. 

I would like to give a quote from Ambedkar.
If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgment we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha. When there was no way left for constitutional methods for achieving economic and social objectives, there was a great deal of justification for unconstitutional methods. But where constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us. – Dr.B.R. Ambedkar

Monday, August 22, 2011

Shudras are not untouchables!

While discussing about reservations in Indian system, my friends told me that it is okay to give reservations for Shudras. I asked him, what do you mean by Shudra? My friends said, weren't they untouchables?
Often we don't know the history or remember some part of it. The above information might have come from false interpretation or limited knowledge. In my history classes, I never taught about the actual history of India. The actual history of India is not well written and highly speculative. All we know for sure that there was a system existed in India. There was Varna system and caste system. Caste are different from Varna. This must be well understood. People often mix here. They think Varna and Caste system are same. They are not same, may be mixed but not same. Varna is basic division of then society in four major parts,
- Brahmin (mainly priests, scholors)
- Kshatriya(kings, warriors)
- Vaishya(traders)
- Sudra(craftsmen, labourer)
Castes are endogamous groups which may sub-divided in sub-caste.

But the untouchables are not part of any of this. They are simply outcaste. Anyone outside the then society and not in varnas are outcaste, chandaal.

Untouchables or even the shadow of them were considered unpure.

The outcastes are below sudra and not a part of society. So next time if you hear someone is confusing between shudra and untouchable, tell them the reality.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Luck ?

What is Luck?

"Hey, today I won a ticket to Paris. I am the only lucky person among 200."
"I won lottery of 1 million $."
"Wish you best of luck for you future."

Looking at general point of view about luck, I still don't understand luck and its consequences.

What is luck? I say, I don't believe in luck but use it as a word in day-to-day interactions.

Luck is a false idea. It just give you a ray of hope in oddities. It's just a positive thinking. It has no spritual or scientific base.
No one believe in luck, yet they just want it to be on their side. Have you come across someone who actually said, I am lucky and I will win this lottery?
It is such a fragile idea that only after something happen you come to know about it.

Let's say, Person A has won a lottery for a trip to Thailand (or wherever), while on board plane has accident and Person A died in it.

Following would be the outcome of statements:
- Person A is lucky to have won lottery (after lottery results out)
- Person A is unlucky that he died in plane crash (after plane crash)

Let's alter the plane crash outcome to Person A lightly injured.
- Person A is lucky to have escaped death (after being hospitalized)

3rd outcome: Person A badly injured, all limbs gone
- Person A is lucky to have escaped death (after being hospitalized)
- Person A is unlucky because of limbs loss (after being hospitalized)

So the Person A luck is always happens after. You can't determine the fate of Person A before something happened.

Skill and Effort:
In the above example, Person A requires no skill or effort to win the lottery. Person A just needs to participate in that lottery, willingly or not.

CAT exam for entrance to MBA is an extremely difficult exam to crack. If there is only one seat and two people with same name, age, abilities, marks, background etc.. Are contending for it and one get than seat, the one is lucky and other is unlucky.

In first example, person A requires no skill or effort to win that lottery. It is possible that he may not even have opted for it. But in second case, the winner and loser both have put their equal efforts to win that seat. The unseen phenomenon if someone termed as luck by the virtue of day to day language is fine. But otherwise how good it to be judge for the looser who has put exactly the same amount of effort but still a looser. The explanation cannot come handy on some superstition things like Karma in last life, or the luck or something like this. If something is already written, then why to take an effort? Or taking effort is also written somewhere. The idea of being a play tool of someone who has taken good efforts to write about everything about everyone is scary. Mammoth effort, isn't it? To do such thing, only effort and skill are required. Nothing is automatically done.

Luck and Decision making
Decision making is a collective result of experience, skill, thinking, etc. Do you really put your luck in your decision making?

Luck is essentially a wishful thinking and nothing else. It is just denying the unpredictability of random events.