Monday, April 25, 2011

Corruption: Part 2

Enough has been said, talked and written about the Political Corruption. Even, the last post I wrote revolved much around the political corruption. Yet, it’s not the gravest of all types of corruption prevailing in our society.
I, myself cannot run away from the harsh reality of being corrupt. Sometime back a friend of mine wrote in his Facebook wall post that “hypocrites are the people who talk of corruption being a menace using a pirated operating system”. 
Like everywhere in the world in our county too we have a two way path to get the things done. Either we follow the traditional path of getting the work done through the fixed rules and regulations which will take its due course or we look for an alternative i.e. bribe the official, who in any case won’t object, and get the thing done in matter of seconds. The greatest tragedy of our country is that almost everyone wishes to follow the second shortcut path.
Even I’m not Raja Harish Chandra and have altered the corrupt system several times to suit my own needs. I had been asked several times for a petty sum of anything in between Rs. 50 to Rs. 200 in return of a confirmed seat by corrupt Railway Ticket Checker. The thing doesn’t end here, its people like me who succumbs to pleasure of having a confirmed seat which subsequently adds to corruption.
I can cite many such examples from my own life where knowingly or unknowingly I surrendered to the lure of corruption. Yet quite at times it’s the barbaric system which forces an individual to fall down for the shortcuts.
Once when I went to a local police station for personal verification which was must to get an internship at a renowned PSU, I was blatantly asked for fifty rupees. I refused to pay the bribe and asked the official to carry on with the set rules. I was shocked and felt petty after knowing that verification without bribe would take around a week time.
A friend of mine who happens to be an IIML Alumni is waiting for his passport for more than 3 months now which would have according to set mandate shouldn’t have taken more than 15 days. His only fault was to say a clear NO to an insolent official asking him for some financial favors.
What’s the solution than? 
Our whole system has been twisted and eaten up by such vultures. We need a revolution and for the same we need to bring in a fundamental change in our political system. The political parties running our country irrespective of whether right, left or secular are one and all corrupt. Such widespread loot and mayhem must be stopped. And, the only answer to all this is VOTING. We should effectively use the power of voting vested in our hands by our constitution makers and should vote for a deserving candidate irrespective of his caste, creed and religion. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interactive Sessions cum Informative Seminars

What an awesome last week I had. I attended three mind-boggling informative seminars cum interactive session in a short span of just 7 days. 

Races are transformed and societies are revolutionized by a mere application of ideas which have the potential to bring on a renaissance. With the same vision and to bring on the spirit of entrepreneurship in the students of IET Bhaddal, Ropar the foundation stone for Incubation Cell was laid few months back.
Living onto its objectives the Incubation Cell organized an interactive session in association with TIE, Chandigarh Chapter. Notable entrepreneur and visionary Hitesh Mandani of Bulls Eye fame in his very own demeanor told the students about if’s and buts of entrepreneurship. He highlighted the importance of positive attitude in one’s life and career. It was all-in-all a great interactive session.
Another such informative and interactive session was organized by National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) at Punjab Engineering College. NSEF works on the principle of inculcating the idea of social entrepreneurship in the young budding entrepreneurs which can bring on a positive change across the country irrespective of being so diverse in culture. For the very same purpose it conducts Idea competitions, seminars and conferences throughout different colleges and universities in the country.
I send in my idea there which happened to bewilder me from quite a sometime now. I got really delighted after knowing that mine idea was being selected for the final round to be conducted at PEC, Chandigarh. Along-with the Idea competition it was an interactive session too as I have already mentioned. It was an awesome learning experience to hear success and failure stories of people like Ajay Chaturvedi of HarVa, Osama Manzar of Digital Empowerment Foundation and Anirudh. Nevertheless, my idea failed to make an everlasting mark on the judges’ mind yet mine was the only idea which got critics acclamation.
Believe me; it’s quite motivating to hear about failures of successful people whom you look onto as your source of inspiration. In spite of many failures they never lost the hope and stuck with what they felt was right, cleared their obstacles and become successful later in their career.
Day before yesterday, there was a commercialized personality development session arranged by my college Training & Placement Cell. I used the word commercialized because the person presiding over the session was there to sell his brand i.e. he was the owner of a company dealing with grooming students in interview skills. He was a great entertainer and orator who in a small time of one hour enchanted us with few basic but important interview skills. The only fault with him was his unwillingness to bring forward the creative part of students.
One thing I learnt from all these interactive sessions cum seminars cum competition that only one thing can drive you towards success and that is your stubborn attitude to do good, to be good and to remain open-minded always. 

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Inspiration :  Rohit Yadav
A word of thanks: Hasmeet Singh ( believing in me); Gaurav Sharma, Rajvir Singh & Prabhjot Singh ( for  supporting me); Madam Deepika Bhalla ( for her concern and support)

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Corruption: Part 1

Over the last few months the word Corruption is been consistently in the news. The word baffled me enough to look for its actual meaning. And, I must say that no other site would quench your thirst better then the Wikipedia.   
We must comprehend our-self with few basic things before showing our support for mass movements like the one we witnessed last week. Never get carry away with such movements. We should bind this in our mind that wiping out an evil like corruption will take years. Yet, movements against social evils like corruption acts as an igniter and more of a catalyst to start a process which will definitely yield an output in the long run.
Wikipedia informed me that corruption is of several types; it may be a political, social, police, spiritual, corporate, linguistic, etc. More of I came to know that the most common type of corruption is Political. And, in a democratic country like ours the political corruption is the root cause of all other corruption. So if we truly want to throw off corruption from our country than we must strive hard to bring a political change.
Sometimes, I get tormented by an illogical reasoning that corruption follows a lower order hierarchy i.e. from bottom to top. Such type of baseless thinking is totally inane. A middle class person never gives bribe to an official willingly. He succumbs to the pressure and compromises with the corrupt system. Even, the official taking bribe is under constant pressure to supply funds to his senior. And, this cycle continues to only end after reaching a minister. That means for eradicating corruption we must eradicate corrupt ministers as he/she is the only person who favors corruption willingly.
Voting alone has the power of bringing a positive change in the democracy. We must thank our constitution makers who bestowed us with this precious gift. But, every boon comes with an equal responsibility. If we don’t vote than we lose our moral right of speaking against the government.
I found a two-fold use of voting when I came to know about several districts in moist affected areas where people boycotted the last general elections. We must declare that if in 5 years time the ruling political party fails to live onto the people expectations or the promises which they did before coming into power remains unfulfilled than there will be a country wide boycott of the general elections.
Another way is to crisp up the things. We must force the government in bringing out a law that will accuse the major political party running the government of carelessness if any during the 5 year tenure which will further result in cancellation of nomination paper of the MP’s of the concerned party in the next general elections. 
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

World Cup ’11: A Weakest Review

Finally, the most awaited dream of the every cricket fan of this country where cricket is practiced like the first religion was fulfilled when Mahindra Singh Dhoni smashed the ball for a long six into the crowd in his very own helicopter style. The wait is over and the cup is ours after 28 long years.

In between we had our chances of ups and downs but were never able to bring the cup back in our courtyard. Now, we are the champions for at least four years. Critics raised eyes on many-a-times on the decision taken up by the skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni, but always his management of team kept all of them at bay. 

This cup symbolizes not only a great victory and teamwork but also it shows the world and the country the importance of small towns. The scenario in the country has changed, due to rapid industrialization and development once small towns have risen up to a level to get engrossed with a feeling of competiveness. These small towns will soon become the modern day Delhi or Mumbai and will shine like any other developed city. 

Winning Cricket World Cup 2011 was a very proud and yet emotional moment for the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar. Every record in the cricketing book is under his name yet he had to digest the painful fact that his team had never won the Cup. It’s not like as if though India had never been close to a World Cup win in between all this 28 years. In one of the occasion we reached the semis and then in 2003 we were the runner-ups as we lost to the much better side, the Aussies, in the finals.  

Indian team had the inherent advantage of playing on the home ground but tackling pressure in one’s own country was never an easy task. Also from the day one we were the favorites of not only the Indian media but also of the foreign media, which further aggravated the pressure. So credit must go to each and every member of the team and the management for the way they handled such an immense pressure. 

I know we won this cup just because of the sheer skill and talent of our playing eleven but, we must never forget the important roles played by many other players from time to time in making this dream come true. Contribution from players like Saurav, Srinath, Kumble, Kaif, Agarkar, Laxman, Dravid, Jadeja, Robin Singh, and Prasad to name few must never be forgotten. This cup belongs to all of them as much as it belongs to the playing eleven. 

I don’t know whether our PM would agree with this or not but certainly cricket provided him the much needed respite he was looking for from so many days. Cricket diverted even the attention of the sharp-eyed opposition for the time-being. Yet, our politicians never underestimated the power of cricket and used it wisely to suit their political career. 

One thing I love the most about cricket is its social influence. Nothing binds us as strongly as cricket does, which was quite apparent in this six weeks. Never for once I heard the Shiv Sainiks and their sister organization restricting a North Indian from coming to Mumbai for watching the finals. 

But then, I find it quite painful and hard to digest whenever I read news stating various state governments and PSU’s announcing gifts worth millions. Isn’t all this money the same which we borrowed from the World Bank? So the money which was in reality must have been used for the various development programs now is been used otherwise to make a multi-millionaire become a billionaire. Also, I guess most of our PSU’s are in a very bad taste and are undergoing the process of disinvestment to raise money. So from where the hell are they going to sustain the cost of liberties which they gifted otherwise?

It was really heartbreaking when I saw the whole stadium doing boo in Quarter final match against Australians when Ponting got out instead of raising their hands in unison for greeting such a splendid knock. Also, the jingoism associated with the Pakistan match and all those messages circulating hysteria backed by the corporate giants ebb the true sporting feeling of the cricket. The skyrocketing price of the tickets for the stadium baffles me up.  Words from my gatekeeper truly symbolize this, he says… “Yeh sab Amiro ke chochle hain bhai g”. 

To end this post I must again congratulate MSD for his brilliant captaincy, team management for backing and providing the team with the support they needed and all the players who made us proud. 

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