Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shameless Tharoor Saga Continues…

The continuing saga of our esteemed minister of state, foreign affairs is a reflection of the sorry state of Indian politico-social ethos. It’s a wretched and totally shameless behavior by him. He keeps on displaying insensitive arrogance towards the sentiments and dignity of millions who were having high expectations from young yet experienced Tharoor when he entered in Indian politics last year. One of them was me, too !!!!

His series of misdemeanors brought into limelight by media and net which are really despicable are….
1. He and his senior cabinet minister were carrying out their official work from five star hotel suits as if they were descendents of king Tutumkhanam .When pointed out and requested to move to available accommodations in Hyderabad house, they gave arrogant statements shamelessly displaying their opulent monetary status. Such a behavior is regrettable in the backdrop of rising cost of common man’s “THALI”, failing monsoon with looming draught and debt-ridden farmers committing suicides in our country.
2. When a symbolic austerity drive was started by his senior congress leaders, he ridiculed them by comparing their efforts with ‘cattle class’ travel. Here again, his opulent arrogance and insensitivity is evidentL If people traveling in economy class are like cattle for him, what about 98% of Indians who never travel by air in their lifetime?????????
3. When lot of hue and cry is there condemning his loathsome twittering and lack of common socio-political sense, he displayed another glaring insensitivity by finding faults with the people who failed to see inherent humor in his tweeter blogging…

What can be said about this person who is not accepting his series of faults and now trying to cover it up by questioning the sense of humor of majority of those who read and disagreed with himL Mr. Tharoor must be made to understand that their political representatives and ministers should not be allowed to make fun of poverty and pathos of common man at all. Some visible steps must be taken in this case and such persons should not be let Scot-free.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Khajoori Khas???---Distorted Values & Shameless Governance

The tragic incident, which took place on Thursday in a Delhi government school at Kahjoori Khas, reflects a deep-rooted malaise in our social–political fabric. Laying down priorities in development and administration work is so much distorted by the market-driven decision-making that the basic functions of governance like law and order, education and health are nowhere on the radar of our socio-economic administrative set up and political leadership. Such terrible incidents keep on occurring every year, leading to some momentary hullabaloo in media, an inquiry committee and large-hearted announcements of monetary compensations by our politicians. After some time, the whole system and society returns to its cozy corner and wakes up from its slumber only when another incident happens again somewhere else. When it comes to erecting large monuments, parks, statues, posh housing colonies and expressways, it’s accomplished in mission mode within target time but providing basic amenities to schools and hospitals seems a huge task for them, not yet accomplished even after so many years of our Independence.Kumbakonam, Dabwali and khajoori khas keeps on happening year after year putting a question mark on our whole social, economic, administrative and political set up.

In my view, such incidents are always a result of cumulative acts of commissions and omissions. Khajoori khas episode can be attributed to many such factors. First and foremost, it was as a result of casual, irresponsible and lackadaisical approach of School administration in handling a situation which they aggravated themselves by ordering movement of such a huge number of students at the same time through narrow stairs and no body was there to monitor and control them. There seems to be complete lack of order, system and discipline in the school.

Second reason is the arrogant and animal-like behavior shown by the male students, which spurred the stampede. The values and morals, which our family and social milieu is inculcating in them, are pushing kids towards such despicable acts. From dawn to dusk, sensually titillating ads ,images and programs in audio-visual and print media and on roadside banners and posters are negating their reasoning faculties pushing them to the edge leading to such behaviour.We all are responsible for promoting and allowing such milieu to pervade their mental space.

Third reason is the total apathy demonstrated by our government and its machinery in making efforts to improve the basic environment and infrastructure of schools and other such institutions. Our social watchdogs and NGOs have also failed miserably here.Even Public and Private schools are not doing better on this front. Recent death of a student with asthma in a well-known public school of our national capital is a glaring example.

And another factor is the galloping economic pressure on nuclear families leading to a situation where both parents are busy in their jobs most of the time, leaving the kids to vagaries of social ills and distorted imageries during their growth and development phase, leading to a confused and arrogant adolescence।