Before Sloganeering Make Arrangements
Certain youth in Bengaluru city on Dr. M C Modi Road were raising slogans based on the concept of Swachh Bharat on Gandhi Jayanti Day. They were picking up rags and litters on the footpath and filling it in sacks.All of them were wearing black trousers and smoke grey T- Shirts on which it was etched ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ probably given by an NGO or a political party. I just want to ask these people one question and that is when there are no dustbins placed on the footpaths by the Municipality, how anyone can expect the citizens to avoid littering on the roads and footpaths? Where should people put the rubbish, in their pockets or bags? Just by raising slogans and telling people to keep the city clean will in no way help in achieving their goal. Even people well aware of it will be helpless without dustbins. We wish that whether it is Government or NGO, should campaign for any cause after they make necessary arrangements of the pre-requisites or else their slogans will go waste and ineffective. In such a case public should not be blamed for the consequences.
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A Man of Words
(Organiser,5.10.2014); Aniket Raja has ado rated Lal Bhadur Shastri as India’s beloved PM, who stood for austerity and ethics in the article titled ‘A Man of Words’ in the Kid’s Org. page of Organiser. Now let us see what actually Lal Bhadur Shastri did when he was the Prime Minister.Our armed forces won the 1965 War with Pakistan with their blood, but Shastri surrendered all the gains at the negotiating table and returned even the Hindu majority Tharparkar region and the areas of J & K to Pakistan. RSS and Arya Samaj were opposed to state guest status to religious leader Pope Paul, but Shastri cancelled his tour and especially went to Bombay (Mumbai) to greet him and gave the statement that since some communal parties like the RSS were opposing the visit of Pope Paul therefore he has come personally to greet him. Shastri also prevented the Hindu King of Nepal from attending Hindu Sammelan organised by the RSS.
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It Boils Down To Mindset
(Organiser,12. 10 2014); This is with reference to the Editorial titled ‘ It Boils Down to Mindset’ in Organiser. Shri Prafulla Ketkar has rightly written in the editorial, “The Western concept of Modernity assumes that alone material change can transform everything, even your mindset, while oriental thinking believes that it is the change in mindset which brings the real change. This brings us to the conclusion that, true victory in real sense is the victory over self.” However, I have a view that our mindset — the main cause of all our problems in the country – is based on the outcome of what we have learnt from the British rulers. If I compare my 32 years of experience and service in the Indian Air Force as Air Commodore with that of the ‘Baudhik’ training which the RSS gives in ITC, I can definitely say that Baudhik is far more effective. I feel that many things need to get in immediately implemented in Defence Services out of the ITC syllabi.
SUSHIL KUMAR SONI
Mission ( I )( m ) possible?
(Organiser, 5.10.2014); This refers to the front page story in Organiser ‘Mission ( I ) (m) possible?’ by Madhu Deolekar .Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s declared intentions are laudable but when will he learn that campaigns and drives such as Swachh Bharat are very unlikely to deliver? Ministers and babus photographed with brooms in their hands are mere publicity stunts which invite ridicule and not administration. A nation with cities and towns overflowing with slum and street dwellers and hawkers and with most villages lacking in sanitation can never be cleaned in this way. It is necessary to eliminate the root cause of generation of filth.A sustained education of the general public on hygiene, starting from primary schools is also needed.
Show ability in economic front too
Prime minister Shri Narendra Modi and the NDA government have shown impressive risk–taking ability on a number of fronts. This marks a refreshing change from the UPA government which seemed wedded to the status quo. However, NDA’s core promise that brought it to the Centre been economic uplift—fostering development, generating jobs and curbing inflation. It’s long term success will be determined by whether it can begin to take risks and alter the status quo on the economy as well .On the political front BJP has broken its alliances in the poll going states of Maharashtra and Haryana , gambling on a repetition of its stellar performance in the Lok Sabha polls despite having no clear chief ministerial candidate in either State .And Modi has thrown himself full tilt into campaigning , turning the Assembly into a referendum on himself. While BJP has demonstrated gumption to maximise its advantage and go for the kill, a loss will reflect badly on Modi.
Is Building new India a Tall Order ?
( Organiser ) Apropos of the article ‘Is Building new India a Tall Order’ by Joginder Singh in Organiser. Jayalalithaa’s conviction for corruption conveys a strong message that politicians need to be cautious in venturing into the act of amassing wealth, for it is difficult to escape the clutches of the judiciary which sooner or later catches up with them. What is sad about our country is that people protest and agitate when their leader is convicted but do not seem to be concerned about the actual wrongdoing that is committed . It is an irony that on the one hand that we protest that the law is incapable for not taking suitable action against the wrongdoer and on the other hand we protest when it secures a conviction. Let’s remember that none of us is above law.
PREM K MENON,
CID to probe Burdwan Blast
(Organiser, 19.10.2014); Apropos to the report ‘CID to probe Burdwan Blast’ in Organiser by Basudeb Pal from Siliguri.The recent blast in an apartment in Burdwan district suggests volumes about the unholy nexus between political groups and terrorism. This incident is hardly the first of its kind .Yet , many an encore seems to induce little law and order reform. It seems political patronage continues to aid the trade of illegal arms and ammunition by anti –social elements while the common man continues to be at the receiving end of their attacks. A thorough investigation of the Burdwan blast can only happen if NIA is allowed to act independently in this case, which involves our neighbour Bangladesh too. Perpetrators need to be brought to book regardless of political patronage. Only strong deterrent action will put an end to such crimes.
RAVI GAUTAM, Patna
CPM Lost Security Deposits
(Organiser, 28.9.2014 ); This is with reference to the article ‘CPM Lost Security Deposits’ by Asim Kumar Mitra in Organiser. One could not even imagine that BJP on its own can ever win in West Bengal Assembly polls ,but we are lucky ones to share such historical moments. Shamik Bhattacharya of BJP won from Basirhat (South ) defeating his well estabilished CPM rival who has been winning that seat consecutively for the last nine times.ThoughTMC and CPM played all the foul play but failed to prevent BJP from winning. Today it is ‘Toehold’ tomorrow it will be ‘winning sweep’ for BJP. Keep it up BJP.
PRAMOD PRABHAKAR VALSANGKAR,
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