Thursday, July 17, 2014

Which is Strength?

Felt bad for the deers
Cursed the nature
For tigers being stronger

Confused now
Looking at statistics

Who has the risk of getting extinct?
Is it the tigers?
Who kill deers for food...
Is it the deers?
Who get killed by tigers for food...

Who really is stronger?
What really is strength?

* Written sometime in 2005


No more rooster crowing dawns
Now it's all timepiece alarms

No more innocent people around
Who come screaming to help
Even if slipped on a stone...

The more civilized people here
Just shed a sympathetic look
And move on unmoved
Even if hit by a car!

Looks like
The air pollution
And noise pollution
Have damaged their hearts!

Everyone has their commitments
So no one can take deviations

I have always wondered
Why only country brute and no city brute
Why only urbane and no rurale
When villagers are way better in humanity

The Indian answer to the English questions is...
Because... there is no indecency of inquiring caste here!

Then... long live urbanism!

* Wrote after my first week in Chennai in May 98.

Government Job: Rights and Responsibilities!

* Written 13 years back...

Everyone wants to somehow get into a government job these days. Somehow! If they run from pillar to post, identify an influential politician, fall on his feet, pay him some huge amount and get into a government job, they don't have to worry about anything forever. Forever! Reasons are many. 1. Work or not work... salary is assured. 2. You can cheat the society by speaking communism and employee welfare while leading a peaceful life. 3. A government job will fetch plenty of dowry.

There is no respect for hard work here. The capitalists have looted the country and made it a waste land in last 50 years. Some of the saviors of working class take huge bribes from their industrialist enemies and play their double games so flawlessly. They lead luxurious lives inside and are respected for their simplicity by their followers outside.

Next... the teachers... Some of them are worse than the industrialists. Since things like financing to fellow teachers, chit funds and many other lucrative businesses have become their main business, teaching has become a side business for them. Some of them go to work regularly just to ensure that there is no impact on these other businesses. That's the only motivation that brings them to their work places.

The public servants (such a meaningless term!) in banks, post offices and other government institutions that are in direct contact with public are so arrogant that we get shivering when we go close to their offices. They change their face as if we asked them for some share in their ancestral property. Arrogant buggers!

Increments in regular intervals... Permanent job... No accountability... So, they think they could do anything and still get away. More than all these, they can do multiple businesses. Which private profession offers this flexibility?!

Some time back, some bus conductors used to bark like dog if there was more crowd in the buses. Even the drivers used to accelerate without stopping if there was big crowds in bus stops. Now, they get bonus based on the number of people traveled and revenue generated. Profit sharing! It has changed their attitude upside down now. If something like this is done in all the above places also, the situation might get better.

The most complicated of them all is the bonus system for teachers. Just imagine how would it be if the teachers are paid based on their students' performance. Performance means??? Not just the marks. If you say marks, my god... I can't imagine what kind of harassment the younger ones will have to go through. Not only that, then there also corruption will find its place. Let's look at something like this. The teachers have to be paid based on the success of their students - from those students' money itself (I mean, after they start earning!)... throughout their life. Isn't it super? Let me leave it for the contemplation of the concerned people...

* You may wonder, 'Why the heck is this fellow finding fault with everyone around?!'. That's why I keep using words such as 'most', 'some', 'few', etc. very carefully everywhere. If you are a decent public servant that doesn't behave like this, please ignore this as it's not meant for you. You can even be proud about it. We the people are all proud of people like you - always!

* From the 1998 diary...

Tender Dream

The class teacher asked me
In fifth standard
What do you want to be
When you grow up?

I said
When I become big
I want to become a scientist
Who makes rockets and atom bombs

The tender dream
From my fifth standard days
Got realized now
In a crackers factory
In the next street

My dear countrymen
Tell me one thing
In a country 
That has so much child labors
How do you say 
That old age homes alone are a sin?

* From the 1998 diary...

Young or Old?

I have heard that Vajpayee was a communist in his early days and only later he came out and joined other parties. So were Gujral and many other leaders.

This is what some people say - "People are generally very emotional in youth. Heart rules over mind. They take aggressive decisions and go after what they want. Right or wrong, they are strong. They don't think about things from all perspectives. But, elders think coolly and rationally so they come out with the best decisions. They know the tricks of all trades because they have seen the world and they are more seasoned!".

Is it to be called seasoning or bluntness? Have their minds become seasoned or lost their sharpness and become blunt? A youngster who wants to change the society, getting drowned in selfish thinking and becoming pessimistic over time is a result of the seasoning process or blunting process?

There is a quote of someone, which says, "Any man who is not a communist at the age of twenty is a fool and any man who is still a communist at the age of fifty is an even bigger one!". Why? A man who is intolerant about the injustice that is meted out to a fellow human being becomes tolerant at the age of fifty. Is it because of the seasoning process? Or because of the repeated exposure to the same thing over and over again makes him numb to such things over time?

So, the social revolutions have to be lead by youngsters. Only they have the courage, conviction and intolerance. Only they can cry while looking at someone's suffering. Only they keep the humanness alive in them. We have plenty of examples to prove this.

* From the 1998 diary...

Going Abroad - Is it a Sin?

Is it wrong for someone who has studied and grew up in this nation to go abroad for work?

Why is it called wrong by those who call it so? Their point of view is - You utilized all the resources of this land to come up, so you should only work for the upliftment of this country and enhancement of its resources and not someone else's. They say, it's not ethical to say, "I will take everything from this place and when it comes to giving back I will give it to someone else!". If you look at it from that perspective, it is correct. If you look at it from a different perspective, it gives a different answer.

Gone are the days of seeing our population as a pain in the wrong place. It is becoming a gain in the right place now. It is becoming our strength now. Even today there are lots of talented youth that are running from pillar to post for good jobs here. Only in a few fields they get good recognition and rewards they deserve. There are still lots of poor boys and girls who don't have the required money power or political power to get what they want. They have been cursing this nation and for being part of it. If they can get good recognition and rewards somewhere else, what is wrong with it? Isn't it good for us all? A country doesn't just mean its land area, right? Isn't it good if its citizens do well irrespective of whichever part of the world it is in?

On the other hand, countries like the US have plenty of money and running short of human resources. They have lots of jobs but there are no people to do them. Those who are there are not able to do a good job. It's not that they are useless. They have their own expertise. They are experts in them. But, there are also other areas where our guys can do better job than them. By sending our people there, we can reduce the gap between the demand and supply in the global arena. It would help achieve balance at the overall level. So, when people go from here, it helps to distribute both money and manpower across the world. Isn't it good?

As a country, it might look like a loss for us in the near future, but it looks to be good for the humanity in the long run. If the parents can't feed their kids, what is wrong if someone else is able to do it? That too, when the someone else is able to pamper your kids! Instead, we can allow them to go ahead and look at sharing the wealth they generate by going abroad with the less fortunate ones back home. We may revise our laws accordingly.

You may say, whatever is the case, a loss is a loss - losing our valuable human resources means nothing else! I understand... but I would like to bring in a different perspective here. A sensitive one that makes us emotional though! The ones who oppose reservations say - "I don't get what I deserve here. If I go abroad, I can compensate for that. Then you give my seats to someone else who is in need of more opportunities here!". Doesn't it sound sensible?! These foreign opportunities might give them some relief, right?

All those who support it say - "It's not that only those who come in merit have talent. Even we have a lot of talent. It's just that we need more opportunities and exposure!". So, when a lot of people go abroad for jobs, it gives more opportunities for the less fortunate. When someone who scored better than me could not get what I got in this land, isn't it good if they make their fortunes somewhere else? Why should we say they shouldn't do that as well? Why don't we realize that we can do the same good job with the plenty of talent that we have got?

But, the only problem it would create is - more inequality. Those who go abroad would surely lead a better life than those who got stuck here, which means more inequality. But, that doesn't mean that we should oppose some of us going somewhere else for a better living. Gradually, when we all get exposed to the western cultures, we may lose interest in creating inequality among people. It's anyway going off these days. It's not as bad as it was in the last generation. I think, it is because of our urbanization and westernization. It's a problem of this land. The western world is little ahead of us on this. So, even this could be an additional boon.

Hence, let's not look at it as an unethical act until everyone else in India is settled with some good job here and until we start feeling that there is shortage of people because of people going abroad. Instead of all of us struggling together, isn't it good if some of us could go somewhere else and do better... live happier? If the remaining lot can also get better opportunities with their leaving, then what is wrong with it? Isn't it actually great... a blessing in disguise?!

Besides all these, it will reduce the population density. Isn't it unfair to accommodate 17% of the world's population in 2% of its land area? Isn't it unfair to accommodate one sixth of the world's population in one fiftieth of its land area? Isn't unfair to give only 2.5 kilo meter of land to an Indian when the world's per capita land area is 22 kilo meter? The world's population density is 45 per square kilo meter whereas it's 360 per square kilo meter in India. In Australia, it's 3. In Canada, it's 4. In Russia, it's 8. One of the reasons for this is our weather. We have got the best weather for living and reproduction. When there are people who are ready to even compromise on that for more money and other comforts, why should we stop them? That too, when there are much more additional benefits...

* From the 1998 diary... So, if something is not relevant to today's context, please bear with it. :)

India - After 50 Years

* Written in 1998

The golden jubilee of Indian independence is being celebrated across the nation.

The meaning of two words freedom and sacrifice have changed over time in our dictionaries.

Poverty and corruption are still playing without losing their wickets.

There is no light in the houses of those who till, sow, cultivate and produce food for all of us.

There is more vacancies in the police department as those who realized 'there is no value for hard work' have changed their profession.

The unemployed youth are leading from the front in managing the communal clashes.

The useless education system has created animals, which has lead to ragging deaths in campuses.

In a country that has not fulfilled even the basic needs of its citizens, there is a lot of celebration for atom bomb testing. Even the ones that have not got their share of basics are joining the celebrations not knowing what it means to them.

The word politician has become synonymous to criminal.

The sum of the expenses spent on inquiring corruptions has exceeded the amount of corruption itself. Hope it doesn't exceed the total debt of the nation some day.

* From the 1998 diary...

Differently Abled

Please don't keep telling me
I have no problem
I have no problem

It just keeps reminding me
The same question
Do I have a problem?
Do I have a problem?

* From the 1998 diary...


Hey sun!
Are you a politician?
How come you are surrounded
By so many followers then?!

* This is the translated version of my first short poem that got published. It was published in school annual magazine. I am so hesitant to call it a poem today but every first has an importance, right? :)


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