Archive for January, 2011

Whenever India’s economic progress is taken up for a discussion, the experts tend to use different yard sticks and come to their own conclusion. Is India somewhere near the so-called rich nations? Or whether it is way behind these countries? There are pessimists who would say, India’s progress after independence has been miserable”, simply because there are slums here and there [mainly in big cities]. Their conclusion is also based on protests and demonstrations against price rise or things like that, ignoring the fact that certain political parties resort to such demonstrations at the drop of a hat.

To put things in a nutshell, India’s progress since independence has been at an average speed but steady and all embracing to some extent. The food scarcity was at its peak at the time of independence, but India could overcome this by introducing scientific methods, resulting in green and white revolution. Simultaneously, the country focused on education by introducing a system which enabled the poor and the downtrodden to go to schools and colleges. Apart from the fact that education was free and compulsory, noon meals were also introduced. On top of this, there have been job reservations as well, for these students. More than anything else, one has to take into account the rapid growth of population which called for earmarking a huge amount for the above said progress. If there are stumbling blocks still, we have to put the blame on certain political parties whose members are more concerned about their own survival than anything else.

When a mega scandal shook the nation and set in motion endless accusations and debates, the media and the politicians pushed everything else to the background. The minister concerned and some of his close associates were in real trouble. The party which the minister belonged to was on the verse of a vertical split, but slowly some unexpected developments overshadowed the above said issue. The politics of capitalization appeared in various forms. Issues which had been written off as baseless decades ago were racked up by certain national parties, mainly to embarrass their main rivals who were themselves equally ‘smart’ in paying their rivals back in their own coins.

These parties often stoop to ridiculous levels to paint each other black. But they are in fact tarnishing the image of the nation and setting a bad example to the people. The greatest harm to the nation is done by the secular fundamentalists who are rather soft to anti-national forces.

If these politicians do not stop the mudslinging game, how are they gong to find time to do something worthwhile for the people of the nation?

Importance of being an Indian

There is no harm in being selfish to some extent. One could set a goal for oneself and work hard to achieve the same, no matter how one’s fellow travelers fare. Such persons depend solely on their ability and never look for a trap door to achieve their goals. But there are people who thrive on sympathy waves created by caste, language or region; and their asylum is politics. Either become full fledged politicians or be a part of their muscle and money power, fully exploiting the ignorance of those dumb-driven cattel—the ones who had for centuries lived peacefully and happily. Various welfare measures aimed at uplifting the tribals and other socially backward people have been in force ever since independence but certain divisive forces in the garb of regional politics have been meddling with the lives of these innocent people so as to create an impression that the government of India is neglecting them.
It is these divisive forces who are responsible for the frequent demand for new states or rather the division of the existing states so that they could become chief ministers and ministers. National parties are indirectly responsible for this dangerous trend. They have miserably failed to protect the vulnerable people from the ultra regionalism and communalism. Even now it is not too late….let all national parties sink their differences, at least, on this vital issue and stress the importance of being an Indian.

It must be English, all the way

“I am the monarch of all I survey; my rights there is none to dispute”. English seems to assert its pre-eminent position as an international language, while the rest of the languages, specially the popular ones, have been wondering how English managed to overtake them effortlessly.

English became omnipresent during the colonial era when it was enthroned as an official language of these countries. Moreover, the English were less rigid unlike some other European countries as far as the growth of the language is concerned. Ever-so-many non-English words found their ways into English dictionaries and the natives saw it as a friendly approach. The contribution of cricket deserves special mention. This game became a favorite one of the colonized countries and the natives [people living in British colonies] listened to English commentaries. On top of all these things English was taught in schools and colleges; and the students and teachers loved Shakespeare, Wordsworth or Keats as much as they loved their own native poets and novelists.

In view of the above facts and more, English is reigning supreme but I happened to come across an article [to my dismay] in a leading journal which publishes thought provoking articles. The author of this article says that the days of English as an international language are numbered. According to him modern nationalism and technology will make it less popular. Whatever it may be, the world does need an international language and it should be the well established English.