Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The current UPSC row.

As the recent row over the UPSC exam pattern has escalated for worse only, something needs to be done; for sure in order to tame the problem or the problem can definitely inflict a huge attack on our motherland.

The contemporary fierce battle over the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission of India) CSAT exam is completely a language issue. On one side there are students who don’t want English to be included as a compulsory language while on the other side of the issue are those who consider English as a vital and crucial tool required to be handled by sophisticated to-be officers and therefore their aptitude and knowledge test (which demands a good grasp of English language upto class X level) is a must to check whether the aspirants are really able to handle the matters and duties assigned to them after becoming top class bureaucrats.

As far as my knowledge is concerned, the English aptitude and comprehension test is pretty much crucial for the applicants who want to succeed as top class bureaucrats in the future. Those who would one day be made to deal with high level matters need to have a very good hold on their language skills. In fact, it would not be a wrong thing to say that English is the language of the world. Today most of the nation’s (most of the European and American nations) speak English while those who don’t have their officials who have a good grasp of the language so as to avert any problem that could arise out due to language barriers in international meetings and dialogues, while on the other hand Hindi continues to be a limited to India only, and the fact is that it is not even spoken in whole of India. In our own nation we have half of our population (Southern India) speaks English and prefer English rather than Hindi. Let’s assume that today the government concedes to the demand of students protesting in order to snatch away the title of compulsory language to English. Now when these students go on to become IAS officers or IFS officers then surely they would be made to talk with envoys from different countries, they would be required to work as officers at various international institution like UN etc. and in various other countries, so what these officers will do when they would go to work in those countries which have English as their most-spoken language. How would these officers who are not even able to talk with people there, would lobby to get things in the favour of our nation? This is one of the most important reasons why I deem the current protest by students against the inclusion of English as a compulsory language, completely preposterous.

The other thing is that some people have jumped up in the protest by proclaiming that it’s a matter of national pride as English is threatening other Indian languages. Now let me some established fact. India is the nation having more English speaking people than anywhere in the world. While on one side when English is spoken all over the world, Hindi is not spoken completely in India only. It is good to regard our regional languages as they maintain our nation’s huge civilization but still we need to be practical. If we continue to have the same approach that we had forty-fifty decades back and we stop teaching English to our coming generation, then we would not be able to communicate with the world for ever our basic needs and that would be a serious problem. What good can our language do to us if a Tamil can’t understand a Gujarati? It is good to maintain old heritage but it is more important to change as per the demand of time therefore rather than decrying change, we should embrace it whole heartedly.
One more thing that I would like to emphasize on is that rather than blaming the students for the protest completely we should have a look at the previous government policies which are today proving to be a nightmare for the whole country. Those who are today’s applicant for the UPSC exam might have graduated from their school around 3 to 5 year ago and these people might have joined school around 15 to 16 years ago. Going into the past, we would uncover the bitter truth that at that time, at government schools, Hindi was the teaching medium and even today in most of the government schools, even science and maths books are in Hindi. When students who have been taught even maths and science in Hindi, aspire to crack IAS, English would definitely be a barrier for such students. Today just because of the unworthy policies of the previous governments, today these students are made the scapegoat while on the other hand those responsible for all the mess are hardly blamed. Even today also, NCERT maths and science books are published in Hindi and just to please the world, a slim short English literature book with difficult meaning and summary in Hindi is provided to the Hindi-medium school student. This is exactly the ground reality of the great developing India.

Today something needs to be done. Rather than blaming the students solely for all the protests, the central government needs to rectify its own policy to prevent the devastation of the upcoming generation due to such language barriers.


Monday, 28 July 2014

True sons of motherland.

When you lie down in the lap of your loved ones,

On the far end of our borders, motherland loses many of its worthy and valiant sons,

When you sleep in the beauty of your dreams,

They are uncertain whether they would rise up again or sleep for the rest of their life owning to enemy’s bullet’s beams,

You feel secured and proud to be in your nation,

But remember, they are the ones behind our nation’s creation,

Whenever something threatens our unity,

These sons of mother India restore our nation’s integrity,

They work relentlessly to make your life a success,

And in order to do that they bear the brunt of enemy’s unholy mess,

Sometimes terrorists, sometime enemy, sometimes huge hindrances try to threaten them and make them fall down,

But these great souls refuse the hardships of life and remain duty bound,

Sometimes snow tries to chill them up,

Or cold water makes their temperature go down,

But these great souls, whether its is sizzling sun or thunderous zephyr, 
remain duty bound,

They don’t know who you are,

But still they are ready to transcend any limit or bar,

To avert any problem that threatens the credibility of the nation,

They work day and night as unselfish masons,

Helping the nation develop day and night,

They are the courteous sons of the motherland, even ready to die in this fight,

They don’t know what the next moment may bring them,

Whether it’s 1962 or Kargil, they continue to be at the helm,

They don’t know if the coming enemy’s grenade may cease their life’s lease,

Making them rest in peace,

But they are busy leading us out of darkness,

They are not afraid whether they will die in the coming passage of time,

They just feel proud to say, “O’ my great nation, you are mine.”

They will for the sake of nation sabotage any attack,

But the whole world knows at last that Indian army will never back…will never back.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Is cricket eating our heritage???

As the Glasgow 2014 Common Wealth Games start up, there is hardly any fervour seen in India related to world’s second biggest all in one sports gala after the Olympics. Notwithstanding having various exceptional players, expected to bag medals in these CWG, a large proportion of the populations seems to be hardly aware of the fact that any such even is being organized in the world and that India is taking part in it and this clearly reveals the true condition of sports as well as that of sports players in India.
India has been a country of cricketers. Hardly has there been any game other than cricket which is played in all the parts of the nation with enthusiasm and zeal. Cricket has reached to such a depth in Indian sports that today Indians have forgotten their national game, which is in fact hockey not cricket. Great games like football and tennis, remain confined to only some states West Bengal, Goa and Kerala while significant sports like hockey hardly hold on to any significance in the real India and that’s the main reason why we continue to show up a very bad tally of medals in Olympics. Till now a nation of 2.137 billion has been able to grab only 26 medals which are not far more than the tally of 22 medals of the American swimmer Michael Phelps. With this all the sports in the nation continue to bear the brunt of the apathy of the whole nation. Sports like football, hockey etc. continue to suffer and lot and sports players much than the sports themselves and that’s the reason why today parents don’t want to make their children sports players thus overall producing a generation which is either good in Cricket or at nothing else thus marking the doom of all the other sports in the nation.
Today Indian sports continue to be at their nadir. Today the Indian hockey which accounts for 11 medals out of the 26 Olympic medals continues to experience its worst period in the history of the game. Today the players of our national sports are even such a financial state that they can’t even afford to buy hockey kits for themselves while on the other hand, cricket players continue to ear crores from IPLs, T20s, ODIs etc.

 The condition of athletic in India also continues to be pitiable. This great nation doesn’t even have more than ten to twenty athletes who have made any significance at the international level. In sports like swimming and diving, India continues to be a failure while in sports like sprinting etc. Indian athletes are not even able to qualify to participate at the Olympic levels while on the other hand small nations like Kenya and Jamaica continue to produce world class record holders.

If we talk about tennis then there has been no player which has been able to win the Wimbledon cup in singles. No player except Leander Paes has been able to grab up a medal at the Olympics. Today India continues to perform a poor show in grand slams, having no great player currently who can make his presence felt at the international level tennis competitions.

Lets now move on to the world’s greatest sports i.e football. It would not be a wrong act to proclaim India as an underperformer in the football world. Indian national football team has a ranking of 151 in the FIFA list which is even lower than that of nations like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Despite of having a pool of wonderful players in the states of West Bengal, Kerala and Goa, the nation has not been able to completely exploit its talent to the hilt because of reluctance by the authorities to take the game forward.

Today the condition of sports in India is so much disgusting that even one medal at Olympics comes as an unexpected serendipitous gift for the nation. We continue to be counted among the worst performers at the international gala but we continue to forget it all up and engage ourselves into the matches of cricket. Today so many exceptional players are there, but just because of no scope of different games in India, these players have to do pitiable works day and night in order to make both ends meet. This ultimately demoralizes other budding sports talent who want to play games other than cricket thus forming a cloud of despair over other games.

Today we need to revise our spots strategy and need to incentivize other sports too in order to entice the new talents to come up rather than remaining hidden doing unworthy works or the future of Indian sports will be lost forever.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

History repeating.(USA and Russia)

Recently a great catastrophe struck the whole world as the flight MH17 was dashed down into bits and pieces due to an inhumane act by some horrifying people. As the MH17 was gunned down, 289 benign souls were made to leave this world. Those who were dreaming of a good future were made to get the whole of their life devastated. Those who dreamt of moving ahead were ravaged completely. The Boeing 777-200ER airliner went down debilitated near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine at a distance of about 40km from the Ukraine-Russia border, slaying down all of the passengers just due to international animosity arising out of the Crimea issue.

The Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was scheduled international passenger flight flying from Amsterdam to Kaula Lampur that crashed on 17 July near the Ukraine-Russia border. The calamity that struck the travellers was in itself a huge shock to the whole world, but now the results which are going to ensue this incident can be much more horrifying.

To understand the profoundness of the matters that just took place, we need to plunge back in time, to know about the Crimean disaster. The Crimean crisis which recently came into the limelight involved Russia and Ukraine over the control of Crimean Peninsula until its annexation by the Russia. This move of Russia was unwelcomed by various powerful heavyweights of the world like United States of America, France and Germany and then these nations decries Russia for intimidating Ukraine and forcefully annexing Crimea which was actually a part of Ukraine while on the other side Russia remained stern on its position and thrived on its stance by citing the result of the Crimean referendum in which people residing in the Crimean region were asked to vote in a referendum on whether they wanted to join Russia or if they wanted to restore Crimea’s status as a part of Ukraine. In the referendum 96.77% of the voters voted in favour of assimilation of Crimea in Russia. Russia officially recognized the results of the Crimean referendum and claims that unilateral Kosovo declaration of independence has set a precedent, which allows secession of Crimea from Ukraine. Such parallels are disputed by Western scholars, however.
 Russia put, in its favour, this argument against the condemnation of countries like Germany, United States and France and European Union. While later thirteen members of the United Nations Security Council voted against the referendum quoting it invalid and Russia vetoed it.

After than EU, USA, UK etc. came ahead to snap various embargoes on Russia citing the problem with Russia on the Crimean issue but the Russia refuted to abandon its stance and therefore continued to take Crimea as a part of Russia. This suddenly led to the polarisation of the whole of the world into two half just like the condition of cold war. One side of the world which has some contention issues with the Unites States accumulated in the side of Russia and the rest went to the Unites States. Again the issue went silent on the international forum as EU imports many things from Russia and didn’t want to break up from Russia snapping up the supply of various commodities.
Till now the tensions had not even been abated and yet another problem arose in front of the world. The recent airliner crash! Now the US and its allies are blaming Russia, calling it culprit of the recent crash while Russia says that the Ukraine government needs to take up the responsibility of the attack as it took place over the territory of Ukraine.

At this time, when all of the nations in the conflict are equipped with nuclear bombs and weapons of mass destruction, neither USA nor Russia would want to enter into a state of cold war but tensions can definitely trigger between the two old enemies. USA wants to minimize Russian influence on previous USSR nations and nations neighbouring Russia while on the other hand Russia wants to regain its influence on various neighbouring nation and when the beliefs of these two world powers collide, something bad can happen at any point of time.

Therefore the world today needs to be careful about the results that can follow the current problems rising between Unites States and Russia  and hence something needs to be done on the matter. Today various international organisations like UN should intervene in the matter in order to help the countries make a settlement rather than condemning one another.

Hope that the peace will be maintained and nothing bad like Cold War would once again shroud the whole world.



Monday, 21 July 2014

Indian future jeopardised.

The new budget which came as a respite in a major way for all the India had far more delighting things than were expected. Contemporarily it is not a covert fact that India is treading behind many other developing nations in terms of science and according to some new reports published, India notwithstanding carrying a population of 2.137 Billion invests much less in science than needed and ultimately all such thins ultimately amalgamate together to constrain the real talent of the nation from being unleashed.

But as the new budget was announced, the new Finance Minister of India, it seemed that Mr. Arun Jaitely, truly comprehended the gravity of this issues and therefore the Finance Minister also rolled out plans to erect five IITs and IIMs and four AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha and Purvanchal regions.

Although without scepticism, it seems truly correct that the current laggard situation of our medical research would have goaded Mr. Jaitely up to announce the decision of opening four more AIIMS, but what’s needed more is to learn from our past failures first rather than going on committing the same mistakes in the future. Though Mr. Jaitley’s decision is heartily welcomed by me and probably by whole of the nation but the new government should also go one to learn from the previous fiascos due to which we continue to be beaten up behind.

AIIMS continue to be India’s most prestigious medical hospital and college which is attributed of conduction the best medical operations and researches all over the nation with the best faculty of doctors and specialists and the thing holds true till a large extent. AIIMS came up in the year 1956, with an initial endowment from New Zealand of a million US dollars. At that time AIIMS was just a tentative experiment and nobody was sure of its future but today resplendently, AIIMS treats 10,000 satisfied patients everyday thus becoming country’s lifeline hospital which operates the rich as well as the poor with the same precision and care. But there is also a truth behind the real image of India’s this marvellous institution.

Today AIIMS continue to be engulfed by various problems. Some of them are here.

The first problem continues to be of the whole nation. Lacks of doctors predominantly scares the whole of AIIMS. Today AIIMS is operating on just two-third of its required strength falling short of more than 200 doctors. According to some recent reports on the AIIMS College, around 53% of the graduates from AIIMS immigrate to various other developed nations in order to practise medicine. This problem arises due to, lack of incentives to doctors, lack of funds for research, lack of proper instruments in order to treat the patients and poor working conditions. All these problems sum up in order to be converted in the problem of brain drain which leads to loss of huge talent pool of the whole nation.

The other thing is that the previous governments completely overlooked the real need in order to reform this crucial institution which works nor only to save the life of people but also to save the hopes of hundreds of others associated with the patient. Paucity of beds at AIIMS continues to horrify thousands of patients from around the country who come to be treated at AIIMS. According to one estimate, more than 7000 people visit AIIMS OPDs everyday but even AIIMS reception counter is not able to hold such a large capacity of people, what about the beds in the hospital. Many patients continue to be there in open hoping for the attention of the life giver doctor.

One more thing that continues to jeopardise a bright future of AIIMS is the pay and working conditions at this institution. It takes more than five years in order to get an MBBS degree and even longer in order to become a specialist in a particular field. After spending around a decade of their life focussing on become a good doctor, the graduates also want to be reciprocated for their struggle and hard work that they had put in their studies but at the end they get a minimal salary of Rs. 51,600 a month. Today engineers earn more than lakhs per month which doctors who gave away so many years of their life in order to achieve the dream of their life get such a minimal amount which doesn’t even let them make both ends meet and at last these doctors are forced to settle in some other country. Imagine that your parents spent a large portion of their salary in order to arrange coaching for you to clear the medical test, then they spent a lion’s share of their salary in order to get you enrolled in a medical college, then they spent money for over a decade in order to let you complete your medical studies and at last when you earn such a less amount of money then, it just hurts everyone and therefore our doctors go on to move to countries like United States where medical profession is much more revered than in India.

According to some statistics in the year 2020, India would need an additional workforce of more than 4 lakh doctors and around fifty thousand new medical centres in order to successfully treat a large portion of the nation’s population, but according to the current circumstances it seems that it’s pretty difficult to reach upto the target, but we can surely help ourselves out of the problem if we pay heed to these problems plaguing our system for such a long period of time. If such problems like lack of incentive to doctors, poor working conditions etc. continue to hover over our medical workforce then a lot of people would be made to lose their life just due to our negligence and inability in tackling the problem and therefore a lot needs to be done.



Sunday, 20 July 2014


Recently the whole of India witnessed two huge celebrations back to back with humongous fervour and zeal. First one was the Brazil 2014 FIFA world cup and the second one was the BRICS summit, in Brazil’s Fortaleza. Although the football aficionados were not quite happy with the result of the coveted FIFA World Cup as Indians’ two most favoured teams Brazil and Argentina could not grab the chance to hold the world cup trophy but this season gave the nation yet another surprise, the surprise of the relishing success of the BRICS summit 2014, Brazil that just carved out history with golden world and gave the world a signal that the BRICS houses world’s upcoming leaders in every field.

This 6th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) can be declared as the best of all its previous versions concluded. Despite of being haunted by the situation of dead lock when nations like China continuously refute to change their stance, this summit was marked by the alacrity of the members of the summit to help each other move forwards and to provide a helping hand in the development of the whole planet. The BRICS forum which was till now considered just as a talking forum transmuted its reputation around the whole in this 6th summit after the announcement of decisions to erect New Development Bank (NDB) and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement (CRA).
BRICS nation account for almost half of the world’s population but still was not able to take up desired results due to the reluctance of its members to expedite the work of upliftment of this vital summit but now as the gravity of different members towards the group aggravated, the summit has not started retaining enormous importance and the blooming results which were rolled out were the fruition of the tenacity being shown by the members of the group in this 6th summit.

The group discussed and pondered many issues of world security, United Nation, conflicts between its members and the talks this time produced marvellous and unprecedented results. One of the most prominent of them is the decision to set up New Development Bank. Although the proposal was there, pending in front of the BRICS nation, but this time no stone was unturned in making this dream come true and finally the BRICS group reached the consensus. Compromise on the size of capital was also reached. $50 billion are to be tentatively allocated to the bank and subsequently the money would be doubled up to $100 billion and Shanghai was chosen as the bank’s location. The bank will help the developing economies in infrastructural and development projects and will help needy countries to cope with the liquidity pressure.

After so many futile summits which resulted in no major breakthroughs, finally the BRICS summit has commenced evolving into a major world powerhouse and the proclamation of new decisions marks the will to mull over various issues with constructive help to each other.

This is the first time in the BRICS summit when the vision of the elite group remains clear. This time this world’s powerhouse seems to be taking a real initiative to effect an overhaul completely transforming the image of the BRICS group which was till now considered to be just like a group which convened to waste each other’s time making no significant decision but now after such stern decision by these BRICS nation, the probability of BRICS turning into a major world powerhouse has incremented by manifold proving the whole of the BRICS a robust support base to grow up and metamorphose itself into a reputed institution.

This is also a very good omen for the new BJP government at the Centre and I believe that Mr Narendra Modi deserves his credit also in representing India at this important world forum.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

We can't choose our neighbours.

Recently a survey was conducted by Pew Research Centre, in around 44 countries in order to know the perception of people of one country towards the people of the other countries and the results which came out lucidly expound all the ins and outs of the Indian relationship with the other countries.
According to the results, around 50% of the Indians watch in Unites States of America, their country’s biggest ally which on the other hand 29% denizens of India deem Russia as a dependable ally and around 26% Indians think that Japan is a reliable nation. And in a pretty well manner about 70 per cent of Bangladeshis polled approve of India. Some other countries with favourable approval rating for India are Japan (63%), Vietnam (57%) and the US (55%). So far the results were pretty good and optimistic. India according to the results mentioned by me so far seems to carry a very robust and wonderful reputation around the world.

But let’s now move geographically closer to our borders. Moving closer in proximity to our neighbours we come to exhume a very grave truth. Almost 72 per cent Indians believe that border disputes with China could lead to a military conflict, according to a new survey. While a majority of Indians (62 per cent) see Pakistan as a big threat. While nations like China and Pakistan also carry with them a very bad perspective towards our motherland India. 70% Chinese hold a not-so-favourable attitude towards India while a humongous number of people (87%) of the Pakistanis view India as a constant threat.
Today the most momentous problem that India faces is of its neighbour. What continues to prove to be a fetter in the overall growth of the nation is just the problem that India is having with its neighbours. Our greatest strategic failure in the whole of the nation’s history from independence to hitherto, is our inability to successfully manage our neighbours.

Pakistan, today continues to pose serious problems with issues like border conflicts and terrorism, on the other hand China has never been at peace with India. Due to neglect, reluctance and bad judgements made by the previous leaders of the nation, China has never been a friendly neighbour for the nation. On the extreme south if we move to Sri Lanka, contemporarily Sri Lanka is also at odds with the whole nation due to various issues. India’s procrastination to solve the Tamil matter with Sri Lanka has also contributed to this serious problem. Moving to the east, India is also not having a good relationship with Bangladesh. Despite of receiving a good answer from Bangladeshis in the above mentioned survey, India still continues to have many problems with the nation of Bangladesh which need to be mooted and discussed but due to delaying of many matters from our own side, we continue to face such problems.

According to Gilbert K. Chesterton, “We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour”. The quote seems to hold true in almost all of the cases regarding India. The root cause of all the problems and grudges that our neighbours continue to hold towards us is our own reluctance in dealing with our partners and also bad decisions made in the past. For example India has never had a good relationship with China because of a stint of careless decisions being made our predecessors during the war of 1962, and the two nations still continue to bear the harsh consequences of what happened so many years ago. With nations like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, we on ourselves have never commenced a constructive initiative in order to advance further. We continue to increment our problems with these nations rather than trying to cut the problems off. We still have not reached a consensus with Sri Lanka on the issue of Tamils and have never made substantial efforts in checking the terrorism and water issues with the nation of Bangladesh. Our, such kind of approach continues to mar the perception that others hold toward us.

It’s now high time that we mend our business with our neighbours because, we can choose our friend; we can choose our enemy but not our next door neighbour.