Towards making capable youth…

Yesterday I read an article in Hindustan TimesAre smart phones app-propriate for kids“, regarding “Mobile Apps” for children, or child specific apps on Tablets or Smart phones. I was partly sad and partly irritated, maybe both for the same reason. The only question loomed in my mind was “where are we heading?”

The Gen Y is smarter than Gen X when it comes to technology, it’s an agreed fact. But this smartness at what cost, is the question we should ask. When I was 3 years old I didn’t have mobile phone to play with. But nowadays a new born baby too starts playing with the mobile. This is an effect of generation gap, agreed. We were more technologically advanced than our parents were at our age, no doubt about that.

But my concern is we are taking the new generation towards “Physically Challenged” being.

How?

Well, we are creating “Educational Apps” on tablets and smart phones in order to push the sales of smart phones up. Parents enthusiastically download the apps and their children sit hours and hours with the tablet and get Educational dosage.

But what about their physical well being, have we taken it into consideration?

When we were kids, we had small timber or plastic cubes, alphabets engraved or painted on it. We used to pile all such stuff around us and play with it. Not just identify the alphabets but also learn to build a structure. This exercise was both mentally and physically demanding and motivating. We used to run around in the house with the small bullock cart or car we had. We would take the ball and throw, run behind it on the ground. In short our body was also exercised with the brain, and THAT was healthy.

All the above mentioned activities can now be carried out by sitting at one place and staring at a screen. Where’s the body movement involved in this? Just the movement of fingers can’t be considered as body movement.

The result is we are seeing more and more obese kids around. The age in which they should be fit and fine, they are panting for breath after even a short walk or climbing 10 stairs. Ask a 3-4 year old kid to stretch out and they will fail to stretch fully. They can’t, and that’s where the problem lies.

सिर सलामत तो पगडी पचास”.

Samarth Ramdas (Shivaji Maharaj’s guru) and even Lokamanya Tilak pointed out the same thing.

What’s my point?

My point is simple. Making your child technologically sound and up-to-date is need of hour, no doubt about that. But in that don’t forget that we need to make them physically efficient too. So limit or restrict the use of smart phones/tablets by children and force them to make physical exercise.

We don’t need just Intelligent youth but capable too, to run this nation.

Screams on Deaf Ears…

She screamed,

Once again,

Of the fire on her body,

She has screamed a lot,

But in vain,

Her screams have always,

Fallen on deaf ears.

* * *

Her children run towards her,

Every time she screams,

It has become their drill,

They now wait in ready position,

For her to scream again.

* * *

She witnesses Mahabharata,

Every now and then,

But in an undeveloped photo film,

Where Pandava’s are cons,

And Kaurava’s are helpless people.

* * *

Yes, you are right,

The Pandava’s are politicians,

Similarly, Kaurava’s are we people,

And the screaming woman,

is of course Mumbai.

Savarkar Smarak…

Some days back I bumped into a very good website. The site is an official website of “Savarkar Smarak”.

 

Now before you guys ask me who Savarkar is? (Its anyways a shame if you don’t know Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) I am really amazed to observe how Indian Government easily forgets this man. He’s also one of the most ignored Freedom Fighter. For those who don’t know V. D. Savarkar, here’s a brief introduction:

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was one of the  freedom fighters of India. He’s best known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar. After getting inspired by his  brother, he also joined the bandwagon of freedom fights. He was not just a freedom fighter but a poet, scientist, writer, thinker, a great swimmer and a Pure Patriot. His *Ne Majasi Ne* and *Jayostute* are pieces of genius. Savarkar was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment and transported on July 4, 1911 to the infamous Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Apart from a fantastic poet, he was imminent writer too. I have read his books, one of the recent reads was “The Indian War of Independence in 1857” and let me confess, thats an awesome book which provides us with an insight as to what exactly happened in 1857. Also his book about his punishment in Andaman and Nicobar is also famous.

 

Another interesting fact about him is, while being carried in a ship, he tried to escape by jumping through the toilet hole of a ship and swam for he only knows how many days to not get caught again. But after so much of hard work and to our ill fate, he still got caught. But I salute to the man’s attempt and daring to swim the entire ocean. I doubt if any of the politician today can do that for India.

 

Coming back to the motive of writing this blog post is to introduce you all to a very beautiful site. Thats

www.savarkarsmarak.com

This site contains almost all the books ever written by Veer Savarkar. This site contains both Marathi and English versions of books. Also this contains some of the very rare letters and articles of Ancient and Pre-Freedom India. I would recommend everyone on this planet (Whether Marathi, Hindi or English speaking, doesn’t matter) to visit this site and read his literature to understand him. I have already downloaded all the books from the site and now enjoying reading them.

Happy 64th Independence Day to all Indians

मुझे शिकवा मेरे देश से नाही है,

वो तो देशवासियोन्से है.

उनकी जाती धर्म से नाही तो,

उनके बर्ताव और नासमझदारीसे है.

उनकी पैसोकी आमिरी से नाही,

तो उनकी दिल की गरिबीसे है.

उनकी जगह या मुल्क से नाही,

तो उनके देश के प्रती अनादर से है.

मुझे फक्र है स्वातंत्रसेनानियोन्पे,

जिन्होने देश के लिये जान कुर्बान की,

मुझे नाझ है उन जावानोंपे

जिन्होने भारत मा को जान नजर की.

मुझे आदर है हर उस इन्सान का,

जो राष्ट्रगीत और ध्वज का सम्मान करता है.

मुझे नाझ है हर उस व्यक्ती पे,

जो मेरे देश का नाम रोशन करता है.

मुझे प्यार है उस छोटे बच्चे से,

जो गरीब हो के भी इमान नाही बेचता.

लानत है हर उस इन्सान पे जो,

देश का नाम मिट्टी मी मिलाता है.

स्वतंत्रता दिन की सबको हार्दिक शुभ कामना.

प्रसाद भ. कुलकर्णी

१५ अगस्त २०१०.

Falling Fertility Rate in India…

One of the boons for India in recent times is “Falling Fertility Rate”. Though this is a boon for India the reasons behind this falling fertility rate should be understood. I read one article about falling fertility rate globally in Indian Express today. The reasons written there were apt for global view but were somewhat less as compared to India. So I thought of enlisting some more reasons those are responsible for falling of fertility rate in India.Fertility rate

1) For almost all of the 20th Century (that is 1900-2000) an average single family wanted a baby boy instead of baby girl. So they had babies till they bore baby boy. This was until 1970′s. The in-laws were also particular about having baby boy than baby girl. This caused a huge difference and acted as catalyst in rising the fertility rate.

According to a book “Population in Asia” by Warren C. Sanderson and Jee Peng Tan,

in 1980-1988 fertility rate in India fell from 4.4 BPM (Births Per Mother) to 4.0 BPM. Again in 1988-1991, fertility rate fell from 4.0 BPM to 3.6 BPM. Thus on as average, the total fertility rate fell by 0.05 births per year between 1980-88, and more than twice as fast, 0.13 births per year between 1988-91.

Thus we can see that as the mindset has changed towards having any baby than particular baby boy. Thus taking the fertility rate further down to current 2.72.

2) People in India are becoming more career oriented now-a-days. So they are happy with even a single child so as to balance their work and family life. Even a single baby is enough for them to take care of.

3) As economy is emerging fast and its becoming hard to cope up with the pace of economic boom and competition, people are more and more drifting towards the mindset of having less children.

4) With increasing stress and work load, health of people is deteriorating rapidly making them physically less fit to bear more than 2 children. Not that they are expected to bear more than 2 children, but they find themselves incompetent. Less physical capacity and aftermaths of having a child has made it more complex thus dragging the fertility rate down.

5) In India, education is becoming more of a premium thing than the basic need. With even nursery schools asking payment up to Rs. 20, 000 and more per year, education seems to be for privileged only. It’s becoming more and more difficult for parents to educate their children and that too in some good school and college. That’s why current mantra of parent’s is “Less the number of children, more is the probability of educating them properly” thus bringing the fertility rate further down.

6) Also marriage of a daughter is becoming an one-time affair unlike in the past. So people think of making it more valuable and memorable. So “Less the number of children (especially girl) the more the probability of making her marriage more valuable and memorable.” This can also be one of the reason why the fertility rate in India is falling down.

These are some of the reasons of dropping fertility rate in India. Well the dropping fertility rate is really a boon and as people say “Nature takes care of it’s balance”, nature here is taking care of rising population.

Currently India is at 82nd number with rate at 2.72 BPM.

The rival China is at 157th number with rate at 1.79 BPM.

The fertility rate in India has reached to Replacement Rate so I reckon this rate should continue with a slight modification on the negative side.

Identity Crisis…

Really a huge problem in front of we people right now. What’s your real identity? Do you know the real thing about yourself? Does your close ones know the real identity of yours?

There are umpteenth number of occasions when we suffer of this “Identity Crisis”. Do you get anything in your head burning? Can you think of a situation that has happened in your life where you felt the Identity Crisis?

Well, how about following example?

Suppose you are out of your house and someone who looks exactly the same with similar habits and behavior comes in your home. Some time after you come back and see yourself sitting in the couch. Upon questioning his origin and authenticity he cross-questions you asking the same things and you feel how am I gonna prove my closed ones that I am the real person and this one is fake?

Does your parents know something special about yourself that the others may not know. Because when such person tries to infiltrate your family life, they come well prepared and you better pull your socks up and think what’s unique about you and yes, your family should know about this uniqueness.

Well, the situation may seem filmy here, but let me tell you that however filmy such things happen in our lives. These occasions may not be the exact replica of what I have portrayed above, but the gist is the same. The story holds it’s plot though the characters differ.

When we fail somewhere down the line, make some mistake at some point or don’t get what we deserve, we sit dejected and lonesome. That time this “Identity Crisis” peeks its head up. You start thinking

a) Who am I?

b) What’s my identity?

c) What’s my forte?

These questions coming in our mind indicates the “Identity Crisis”. This thing happens with each and everyone. And the need of knowing some unique characteristics of yourself come handy at this point. The relatives or family in the consideration will be your mind and yourself will ultimately depict your body.

So in such an emergency, your mind should know what’s that uniqueness that will distinguish between you and your dummy. So always keep in mind

a) Who am I?

b) What’s my identity, and

c) What’s my forte?

before falling prey to “Identity Crisis”.

Noble Prize auctioned…

Well! Well! Well! Don’t be surprised if tomorrow morning you come to know that Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mayawati, Manishankar
Ayyar or some MLA or most surprisingly YOU get the Noble for Peace. Don’t ask me “What on the earth I am saying” because
Noble Peace Prize is on auction. Recently US President Barack Obama got it, so why can’t you get it?
This is really insane that US president who has barely made 37 weeks in the office and haven’t done any substantial or material
thing other than stating that World needs peace and I am going to work on making the World a Nuclear Free place (This world
will contain every nation other than US). If just declaring things like “I am working on making this world a better place to live”
gets you a Noble prize then why Indian politicians are kept away from receiving Noble for Peace? Our Indian leaders are saying
things like “We won’t initiate attack on Pakistan”, “If an attack comes from Pakistan side we would retaliate”, but not to mention
that when an attack comes from Pakistan side we don’t do anything more than saying “We condemn the attack from Pakistan”.
So doesn’t this stand in line for getting Noble for Peace or any other category?
One question that came in my mind after hearing the news that Barack Obama got the Noble for Peace is, is Noble Peace (or any
other category for that matter) so cheap? I think Noble Prize has lost its credibility. Anyone with influential or monetory power
can get Noble prize. Getting Noble prize has just becoming as simple as getting some Filmfare or some other local prize.
Now considering the fact that Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Ravindranath Tagore and likes of people have received this
Noble Prize in the past, is it commendable that a person like Barack Obama who hasn’t proved anything to the World yet gets a
Noble prize? He is yet to prove his mettle and just saying doesn’t mean he has proved. Saying something is very much easy than
doing it. I guess nobody should be surprised in the future if Pakistan Ex-chief Parvez Musharraf, Osama Bin Laden or any other
terrorist or conman gets a Noble.
I hereby declare that I am not satisfied with the work the Noble Committee has done by giving Peace prize to Barack Obama.
It could have been a fair deal if Obama had proved anything. If he does something positive and proves his statement by making
this world a better place than now, then it’s ok to confer him something dignified thing like Noble.
Noble committee has brought shame to people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King by conferring this award to Barack Obama.
Because these people have proved themselves over the years and not just over the Weeks.

Well! Well! Well! Don’t be surprised if tomorrow morning you come to know that Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mayawati, Manishankar Ayyar or some MLA or most surprisingly YOU get the Noble for Peace. Don’t ask me “What on the earth I am saying” because Noble Peace Prize is on auction. Recently US President Barack Obama got it, so why can’t you get it?

This is really insane that US president who has barely made 37 weeks in the office and haven’t done any substantial or material thing other than stating that World needs peace and I am going to work on making the World a Nuclear Free place (This world will contain every nation other than US). If just declaring things like “I am working on making this world a better place to live” gets you a Noble prize then why Indian politicians are kept away from receiving Noble for Peace? Our Indian leaders are saying things like “We won’t initiate attack on Pakistan”, “If an attack comes from Pakistan side we would retaliate”, but not to mention that when an attack comes from Pakistan side we don’t do anything more than saying “We condemn the attack from Pakistan”. So doesn’t this stand in line for getting Noble for Peace or any other category?

One question that came in my mind after hearing the news that Barack Obama got the Noble for Peace is, is Noble Peace (or any other category for that matter) so cheap? I think Noble Prize has lost its credibility. Anyone with influential or monetory power can get Noble prize. Getting Noble prize has just becoming as simple as getting some Filmfare or some other local prize.

Now considering the fact that Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Ravindranath Tagore and likes of people have received this Noble Prize in the past, is it commendable that a person like Barack Obama who hasn’t proved anything to the World yet gets a Noble prize? He is yet to prove his mettle and just saying doesn’t mean he has proved. Saying something is very much easy than doing it. I guess nobody should be surprised in the future if Pakistan Ex-chief Parvez Musharraf, Osama Bin Laden or any other terrorist or conman gets a Noble.

I hereby declare that I am not satisfied with the work the Noble Committee has done by giving Peace prize to Barack Obama. It could have been a fair deal if Obama had proved anything. If he does something positive and proves his statement by making this world a better place than now, then it’s ok to confer him something dignified thing like Noble. Noble committee has brought shame to people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and their work by conferring this award to Barack Obama. Because these people have proved themselves over the years and not just over the Weeks.

Just some time after this Noble Prize was announced I went through BBC site and read this comment from Paul Reynolds. I am posting that comment here for you people.


Paul Reynolds
BBC News, London

The award is certainly unexpected and might be regarded as more of an encouragement for intentions than a reward for achievements. After all, the president has been in office for a little over eight months and he might hope to serve eight years. His ambition for a world free of nuclear weapons is one that is easier to declare than to achieve and a climate control agreement has yet to be reached.

Indeed, the citation indicates that it is President Obama’s world view that attracted the Nobel committee – that diplomacy should be founded “on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population”.

Ganges clean by 2020, a proposal by NGRBA India…

No Untreated waste to flow in Ganga by 2020.
a) Why government waited for this long considering the fact that sewage disposal and treatment plant requires 10 years to
come into existense? Ganga was polluted before also. Ganga is victim of pollution and waste disposal
since long time, then why government waited for this long to form National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) for solving
Ganga pollution problem.
b) Now NGRBA has asked central government to provide them with 1000 MW of FREE power (electricity), why?
You have necessary funds at your disposal. Moreover if you (NGRBA) fall short of some cash you can always raise the funds
from market by floating an IPO or simply some relief fund kind of thing. As Ganga is our National River (which has been
declared in LAST November, thats Nov 2008, I mean what took them so long to declare that and take some action on keeping
Ganga clean or for that matter every river clean?) You should not be asking central government for any freebies.
c) This proposal of cleaning Ganga off wastage and pollution is good, but this proposal should go much deeper than only Ganga.
Every Indian river is ailing with pollution and wastage problem. When Government is planning to clean every river? India is
facing a very serious problem of water shortage in almost every city. Considering the fact that our rivers are more nullahs than
rivers and carry more waste than water, it needs huge investment to purify that water and supply for domestic use. So why not clean
them and use them as resources for providing water to every city and town in the country? Government should undertake that
project also as soon as possible.
d) No doubt, better late than never, Government has woke up to the fact that Indian rivers are getting polluted. But as we all
know that Indian Government is inefficient of executing anything, it will be interesting and important to see for how long the
NGRBA works in line for Ganga cleaning. It will be better if Government really follows the proposal to the exact deadlines,
unlike what’s happening in Delhi prior to CommonWealth Youth Games 2010.Project

Project:                                         Cleaning of river Ganga by 2020

Project Inception:                Still in the nascent stage.

Project planned:                    In October 2009

Project Cost estimated:    Rs. 250 crore.

Project Deadline:                  By 2020

Further process:                   A plan will be devised for cleaning the Ganga and will be presented by NGRBA.

Yes, the river Ganga is about to get clean and purified or rather Industrial wastes will not be left in Ganga anymore after 2020. But I don’t know why so late onto deciding such a critical issue? I have some doubts and questions to be asked and those are as follows:

a) Why government waited for this long considering the fact that sewage disposal and treatment plant requires 10 years to come into existense? Ganga was polluted before also. Ganga is victim of pollution and waste disposal  since long time, then why government waited for this long to form National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) for solving Ganga pollution problem.

b) Now NGRBA has asked central government to provide them with 1000 MW of FREE power (electricity), why? You have necessary funds at your disposal. Moreover if you (NGRBA) fall short of some cash you can always raise the funds from market by floating an IPO or simply some relief fund kind of thing. As Ganga is our National River (which has been declared in LAST November, thats Nov 2008, I mean what took them so long to declare that and take some action on keeping Ganga clean or for that matter every river clean?) You should not be asking central government for any freebies.

c) This proposal of cleaning Ganga off wastage and pollution is good, but this proposal should go much deeper than only Ganga. Every Indian river is ailing with pollution and wastage problem. When Government is planning to clean every river? India is facing a very serious problem of water shortage in almost every city. Considering the fact that our rivers are more nullahs than rivers and carry more waste than water, it needs huge investment to purify that water and supply for domestic use. So why not clean them and use them as resources for providing water to every city and town in the country? Government should undertake that project also as soon as possible.

d) No doubt, better late than never, Government has woke up to the fact that Indian rivers are getting polluted. But as we all know that Indian Government is inefficient of executing anything, it will be interesting and important to see for how long the NGRBA works in line for Ganga cleaning. It will be better if Government really follows the proposal to the exact deadlines, unlike what’s happening in Delhi prior to CommonWealth Youth Games 2010.

Austerity and Indian politics…

Today’s Indian Express says Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar has said that austerity by a politician should be a voluntary gesture. Well, I as a citizen of India want to question this statement made by honorary Lok Sabha Speaker.

 

-> Does flying with economy class brings down your prestige and social status?

-> Does travelling by an ambassador or any government assigned vehicle harms your status?

-> Does paying electricity and phone bills harm your status?

 

I guess every politician will answer yes to these questions, as they are not habituated to live big and work less. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are held so as to solve the problems faced by the country and state. But the picture there is pretty different. At first place MPs don’t attend the parliamentary sessions, and use the highly costly and worldly pleasures offered at these places. If you don’t want to work there, don’t become a MP. MPs fight in the parliament like they are in a school. Are you paid to do this? Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha expenditure is done through the revenue generated from people. So MPs should note this thing and don’t pretend to be spending their own money on this.

 

Another issue is, what’s the harm in flying economy class? According to Lok Sabha speaker this issue should be left to the politicians. I bet no politician will fly economy class if left on his/her own. The ticket expenditure on every politician is through public revenue and taxes. So why waste in such a foolish way?

 

New MPs like Azaruddin and Shatrugna Sinha are demanding bigger and larger homes. What’s your status man? You are just a new born kid in the Lok and Rajya Sabha. Then why demand such foolish thing? Before becoming MP weren’t you living in the same place? So what’s wrong in living there after becoming MP? If a boy or girl of age 8 is demanding to be placed in class 10, can we do that? A person gets whatever he has got according to his abilities. So better leave demanding big things. At first do some good work and then demand.

 

MPs like Shashi Tharoor sorry Shashi (GYM)oor wants his own gym and privacy. If you want privacy build your own gym at the place you live and maintain your privacy. Aamir Khan also has his own gym, go his way. Why to live in seven star hotels and that too in Presidential suit? Who’s money you are spending there? I bet you are not spending your own money there. And if you are spending your own money, give Indian citizens the source of such huge money. Same applies for S.M. Krishna also.

 

Hon. Mayawati ji also built so many statues. Who’s money you are spending madam? Why nobody questions them? Banks and courts screw common man for not paying debt and spending more than what he got. Income Tax department raids common man’s home only, if seen some inconsistency in the income pattern. But then why not raid a politicians house and take action after that?

 

These things are really maddening. I don’t see a solution to it, until politicians follow the austerity suit. Freedom Fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Lal Bahadur Shastri and many more, had also lived an austere life.  Mahatma Gandhi left wearing full cloths because people were not having anything to wear. Lal Bahadur Shastri left eating rice because common public was not getting rice to it. Why did these people have done this? Because they followed austerity and that’s why they live thousands of years in the minds of public and in History. Today’s politician’s life is very miserable, because they have done this to themselves. These politicians will only be on the paper of history books but won’t be in anybody’s mind. Once they step down from the throne they won’t be counted also. Mind it.

People and their driving sense…

Ahead of Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi is buzzing with various infrastructure developments (only Delhi Government knows how many of those infrastructure development programs are meant for infrastructure development and how many for internal corruption and wallet filling). The development seems to be much sluggish than a tortoise walking on the beaches. Constructions have only started but the end seems no where. May be the development will end either on the date of commencement of Commonwealth Games or after the games get over. Similarly the traffic regulation and people’s driving sense seems to have gone for a vacation on some other planet (may be on Moon as Chandrayan and other space shuttles have discovered water on the Moon).

The traffic all over India is unregulated. Traffic Polices are only for a show off and for jacking money from people. But they don’t seem to regulate the traffic. They don’t even try for regulation. People also follow the similar notes. Vehicles are provided with Upper and Dipper beams so as to facilitate people in night driving. These facilities are provided for use only. But people don’t use the dipper beam and ply with upper beams only, even though that upper beam obstructs the vision of the person coming from the other side.

Similar incidence happened with me (though it happens on a regular intervals with me) recently. A person was driving a jeep and on a narrow road we came head to head. He was focussing upper beam only. So I flashed upper and dipper consecutively so as to suggest him that lower your beam as I am not able to see anything. But he refused to lower the beam. What I could have possibly done other than cursing that man. I tried to tell him to ply the vehicle on dipper and use upper when necessary, but in vain.

Delhi Government has announced a new program wherein they will educate the Delhites on proper driving rules and practices. But I doubt how useful that will be. But there is no harm in trying things out. Delhi Government and P. Chidambaram (Home Minister of India) stressed out that Germany and China have done the same thing before hosting such big events. The education program in Germany and China were successful because people there think for their nation and feel dejected if someone from outside blames their country. But that’s not the same with Indians. We Indians have lost pride in our country. And that’s the reason we are facing issues like corruption, ill-politics etc. (the list will go on and on).