Posted: July 29, 2013 in Economics, Politics
Tags: Corruption, Disaster, Economics, employment, hunger, hunger and employment, Inefficiency, investigation, media, Midday meal, Midday meal Scheme, news channel, newspaper, Politics, predatory politics, Public Distribution System, welfare economics
Let’s start with history of Midday meal Scheme
People do not want to know history and some might already know how it all started, but a bit background is always better to understand what event in past triggered Midday Meal scheme in India. History of Midday Meal scheme goes back to 90 years when in 1923 corporation school in Madras (Chennai) started providing cooked meal and was introduced in large scale in 1960 by then Chief Minister K. Kamaraj in Tamil Nadu. Here is an interesting story directly taken from wiki about the scheme inception:
There is an interesting story about how K. Kamaraj got the idea of a noon meal scheme. He saw a few boys busy with their cows and goats. He asked one small boy, “What are you doing with these cows? Why didn’t you go to school?” The boy immediately answered, “If I go to school, will you give me food to eat? I can learn only if I eat.” The boy’s retort sparked the entire process into establishing the midday meal programme. Continue Reading more!
Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken a jibe of SPOT fixing in its latest season of 2013 just before the finish of trophy. Fixing in cricket is not fresh scandal unearthed by the Delhi and Mumbai police, even before also former captain of India cricket team was found to be guilty. But bigger question is why did Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), did not take the action after the scandal surfaced in 2000, they sat on it for so long that It has became so nasty now that not only players but even the team managers seems to be involved in it. Again police seems to be doing the job to spot the players who seems to be involved in the business of fixing and their links to Bollywood and underworld. If police is willing and government allows they will soon hit a hornet’s nest, which can lead to big fishes and sharks who are actually controlling this billion dollars business. But the basic question need to be asked whether putting a better laws to curb betting business will help anyone or it will be a cover up until a fresh scandal hit the media and chorus starts again to ban the game itself. Indian media and society just wanted to show their back to nasty business of spot fixing, as if it is something which was not done before and after scandal it is not happening, which is totally untrue because of the nature of business, where money is involved in billions of dollars. We need to face this issue upfront that demanding more laws to curb the spot fixing will not help, as bookies and their masters will find a better solution to use the same system to generate the profit. Better solution will be to regulate the betting and legalize betting so that bookies can come in open and revenue, which is generated can come to government. Government and their ministers have to understand that basic instinct of human nature cannot be curbed by more and strict laws but by regulating it, which is done in the case of liquor, which once was treated as immoral and ban was put on it. But soon the government realized that it will not help and regularized it start a revenue stream from it, same need to done for cricket too. Continue Reading more!
Posted: May 25, 2013 in Food Security Bill
Tags: Bill, Congress, Economic growth, Economics, Food, Food security, India, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, PDS, Politician, Public Distribution System, Right to Education, There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, Voltaire
Flagship scheme (Food Security Bill) of Congress towing the lines of socialism and another populist scheme to gain votes in the coming 2014 general election. The problem with the flagship schemes is that flag is waved by party to project the scheme as success but in reality ship is marred by heavy corruption and inefficiency. Political parties simply do not want to look through the issue or rather problem at hand, which is purchasing power and employment, needed by person either in town or city to purchase the goods of his/her needs. Parliament was jammed and ruckus was created on the corruption issues, which is forte of government, but none of the political leader actually wanted a debate on the point that why food security bill (FSB) is needed and how it will create corruption. They wanted a debate on implementation of the scheme but the problem lies with the inception itself, when government allow ELIGIBLE household; 5kg food grain per person per month. The monster in waiting is the failed Public Distribution System (FDS), which will open new black market of food grain like kerosene in the current scenario. It is not rocket science to understand from procurement till distribution everything will have corruption as it is free money to procure, accounting can be tampered and in distribution (FCI) it will be given through ration cards, which is already suffering from heavy corruption. Babus and bureaucrats at the top will take away their share, which is a known facts even though government will deny it, and in middle market middleman and government agent will take their share and finally the local ration unit will eat away as much as he wants. The actual beneficiaries for whom the scheme is launched will be suffering from the hunger and poverty as before and only the handful on people will get benefitted. These handful of people will become cheerleaders for the government phony schemes and will help in propagate the lies that populist schemes actually helps the poor but in reality it never helps the poor. Continue Reading more!
Posted: May 16, 2013 in Freedom Of Speech
Tags: ARTICLE 19, Carnegie Mellon University, Constitution of India, Freedom of speech, Freedom of the press, India, Jared Cohon, Salman Rushdie, Satanic Verses, Taslima Nasrin, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
To begin the joke, India has given its citizen “Right to Freedom of speech and expression”. The best part is, joke ends there and people who thought that they have that right, suffered either at the hand of public or government or police or media. No debate or discussion, to ask someone who made statement that prove it in public with evidence else you will be ignored and lose credibility. But it’s INDIA, we don’t have to expect much in terms of understanding free speech and expression as First amendment made to constitution was to curb it under Restrictions Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Indian constitution, enables the legislature to impose reasonable restrictions on free speech under following heads:
- security of the State,
- friendly relations with foreign States,
- public order,
- decency and morality,
- contempt of court,
- incitement to an offence, and
- sovereignty and integrity of India.
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Posted: May 10, 2013 in Economics, Politics
Tags: Asia, Business, Current account, Economic growth, Economics, Government, India, Land titling, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Politics, Raghuram Rajan, Right to property, United States
For a country as poor as India, growth should be what the US calls a “no-brainer”; said by a erudite person Raghuram Rajan about economic state of India. If growth of country like India is so easy; then what happened, the growth slowed down so terribly; Prime Minister office has to inform that GDP growth in 2013/14 seen at 6.4 per cent, which anyway will go down, when final evaluation comes as government figures has a long history of being incorrect. So the question comes back again, why a matter so trivial like growth as said by erudite, is haunting India and why can’t government as big as India; cannot fix the issue of growth and put everything back on track. Government is busy giving weight and money behind phoney schemes like NREGA/Food Security bill, it will “No-Brainer”; if new scam bigger than anything else comes to hit news in recent future. Continue Reading more!
Posted: April 27, 2013 in Violence against women, Women
Tags: Constitution of India, Delhi, Dowry death, Honor killing, Police, Television, Violence against women, Voilence against women, Voltaire
Violence is one of the basic human instinct evolved since the inception of human being where the survival of the fittest was the only way out. People were and are always involved in some sort of violence; gaining some or the other benefit, either tangible or intangible. Mostly women are the one, who suffer maximum number of causalities and abuse. Only human can think and we all are products of our own thoughts; which builds character from preconceived notion from society and religion. Human mind being the servant of its own thoughts, which are deeply rooted in patriarchal and religious values. Religion no matter what it is; always been biased for women and subjugation of the right is prevalent in sacred text; where women is not even treated unequal but also a method to bring shame to family. This mindset who do not challenge; treat almost all women in their life with disrespect and abuse. In Indian and other society too, virginity is treated as symbol of honour not only for the girl but to her whole family, and if her virginity is lost before marriage or without the consent of family before marriage, then havoc hits that family. Verbal, physical and mental abuse starts not only from relatives and neighbor but also within the family and can drive them to a limit where they can take the life away from her. As Voltaire said “It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.”
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Sometimes it happens in society that people are so frustrated, irritated, fearful and confused with the politics and policies of government that they are willing to embrace anything, which gives them hope, that everything will be fine until they do not believe everything; what uncapped crusaders like Arvind Kejriwal has to offer in name of swaraj. The problem does not totally lies with the people but with political class, more specifically with the opposition (the case in point BJP), who did not even tried to tap feeling and went behind these Satyagraha movement or Anti corruption movement. The lacuna of ignorance and hatred for government rather getting filled and tapped by opposition parties, is taken up by the Crusader (Arvind Kejriwal) and made it a national movement as people were having same feeling of frustration, irritation, fearfulness and confusion everywhere. Media played a heavy role in making this as full time 24X7 entertainment on their channel. Government was totally inane to get hold on movement and deal with it properly as they themselves were buried under number of scams, measuring in billions of dollars. Government even tried to suppress the movements by force and given opportunity to crusaders, to use the anger of crowds as weapon and become submissive to their idea; whatever they have to offer, without understanding it.
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