Saturday, November 19, 2016

SOME THOUGHTS

Once again I am defaulter as I have not written for over a month. I will not offer any excuses as it is my fault. A lot of ideas had been churning around in my mind but I just could not put those into words till now.

Let me start with current happenings. Withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes is a very bold step which was surely needed and such actions cannot be announced days in advance  but it seems those who decided about it did not foresee such huge surge of crowds to exchange old notes. May be they did not apply their mind fully to this but partially this crowding also is created by persons who visited banks every day to exchange old notes. If each family had used this opportunity of exchanging old notes only once to have funds for running of house, this problem would not have arisen. This is based on my calculation about Dwarka in Delhi. There are about 1 lac families and 100 branches of banks. Even if you take 70 branches being effective and clear 300 persons per day, then it would have taken only 5 days for each family to have needed funds. I think it may be similar situation at other places too.  Also there are reports of hired labour being sent by some persons to do this exchange job. All said and done, we know that there is no gain without pain. I feel the situation will be normal soon and hit those who are hoarding huge amount in such notes..

There is a row about water of rivers being shared. Government of Panjab does not wish to share river water with Haryana. It is also in news that they are willing to share only on payment by other state. One must know that natural resources are for all people. If Panjab thinks that they own rivers, they ought to know that all rivers which flow through that state originate in another state. How would it be if states where rivers originate ask for payment from Panjab? I feel that this is nothing but stunt for garnering votes in future elections and sense of natural justice or equal sharing of natural resources by countrymen be damned. The similar situation is between few southern states also.

I have seen blatant violation of traffic rule of jumping red light by electic-rickshaws. I am surprised why traffic police turn blind eye to this? These vehicles are registered as power driven vehicle by state transport department and not pedal rickshaws.


Please do share your views on this.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

DIWALI GREETINGS

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MAY GOD BE ALWAYS KIND TO YOU ALL.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

We all talk about women empowerment. We want women to be well educated, self reliant and work at high posts. Politicians talk about it till one feels that he or she is really keen about it. But how many of us really do want this? If one wants women to be empowered is it not correct to change some of traditions of past? Some societies have rooted out many past traditions which demeaned women, examples are Sati System, treatment meted out to widows or not giving a say for marriage to girl, letting girls study as per their choice.  Some still cling to past. As example I speak of triple talaq.

I had been told that as per religious books triple talaq is permitted in a certain way. There have to be gaps between each word Talaq pronounced. The gaps are meant for chance of reconciliation and can be as long as a day. But presently it is said that a husband can pronounce triple talaq in one sitting or even send it by post or telegram or pronounce on telephone or send sms or pronounce on skype. This has sanction of religious heads. How come it is only males who have been given benefit of advancement? In olden days women mostly were uneducated and were confined to homes carrying on with household tasks. Has that not changed now? Are women not mostly educated and working in high positions including Managing Directors of large organisations or even Head of a nation?   Then how come benefit of advancement not been passed to them? To my mind it seems to be a case of selfish interests of men. If not so , then let them also say talaq as dictated in religious books and not take advantage of advancements.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SOME THOUGHTS

There was a time when old persons could sit down and read newspaper at leisure. Now for old persons like me it is an acrobatic exercise. I do not know what has come over publishers of newspapers. I do not think they need any efforts to compete like fashion designers. Even one of famous columnists who's first name I remember is Bachi has written about it and she is surely much younger than me. Let me explain why I say this. I sit down comfortably on easy chair with a cup of tea within reach and pick up newspaper to see what is happening in the world. I unfold it and find many a times that first sheet is half with news printed. I somehow manage to turn it over to see what the next page which is luckily full says. When I continue it is suddenly that I find half page page again inbetween.  Now while I turn it over I lose grip on one side of paper making it fly all over with pages opening randomly. Or there is a folded sheet which opens from left and on unfolding it same process of paper going on it's own will happens. Why can not the publishers stick to newspapers as those were a few years ago without such half or folded pages? They should rather concentrate on reliability of and good coverage of news rather than indulging is these gimmicks.

An Army General gave information about surgical strike in the presence of Prime Minister, why should there be doubts? Or should some persons start talking that these happened earlier also making  us look as habitual at this in the International Forum? What is more important for us - National Pride or Advertising Political Party one belongs to?


Saturday, September 17, 2016

RESPONSIBILITY OF SOCIETY

I felt so sad to read in today’s newspaper about a 30 years old specialist doctor working in AIIMS having committed suicide. My heart goes out to her 2 years old daughter. As per newspapers her in laws and husband used to harass her. Instead of feeling proud of having a daughter in law who is so qualified and working for well being of people, they used to blame her for neglecting household work due to her busy schedule. I know the in laws will blame her of being quarrelsome but if it was so, would she have committed suicide considering her being so qualified and intelligent? It is said that in laws, who had taken her daughter away, did not let her meet her for a couple of months. One cannot bring her back to life but should now see that her so young daughter is brought up with love and affection. I feel some reputed NGO, if not government itself, should monitor her bringing up. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

WHY TARGET THE POOR ONLY?

Yesterday I saw in TV news workers of MNS in Mumbai upturning hand cart of a poor fruit seller thus throwing all fruit on road as he was non-maharashtrian. This makes me wonder if they want or their leader wants all non-maharashtrian to leave Mumbai then why target only poor. Why does he not speak against those who are rich, like people of film industry? Why does not he ask famous film stars most of whom are non-maharashtrian to leave Mumbai? Or the rich industrialists? Come to think of it, it is said that even he is from a non-maharashtrian family who migrated from Bihar to Bombay a couple of generations ago.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SOME REFLECTIONS

Well, on turning 71 I spent some time to reflect on times gone by. 

I am living in a rented accommodation with wife. Our both children are away. Daughter is married and living separately with her children and her husband is posted to another town. Son with his wife & children is in Canada for the last over 2 1/2 years. So we two take care of each other. By God's grace I earn reasonable sufficient pension to look after ourselves at the fag end of life. People do wonder as to how come I did not make a house for ourselves. I did make one but sold it off to take care of more important needs of our children.Now we do not wish to intrude into their life. But I do feel that having own accommodation does make a lot of difference as you do not have to run around to find another house for rent once lease for current one is getting over. We could check into some decent Old Age Home but we can not at present as we have a 10 1/2 years old dog. She needs a lot of care & love. We do not wish to abandon her. Also I am not sure about standards of such Homes. I have lived a decent life, earned respect of people who I came in contact. Even today if I meet anyone from my organisation, I get a lot of attention and respect. Still I feel that own accommodation as well as some regular source of income is a must for old age as we should not have any expectations from our children.


So my advice at this age to you who are still young is that do take care of your children, give them the BEST but at the same time CATER for your old age also.