The see-saw of the human mind..and tendencies too…

The minds of human beings are so very fickle…. a sudden incident can make a sad mind happy, and another sudden one can make the opposite happen…. This incident happened today morning…I was travelling by my office transport, a little sad, a little lost… the bus was pretty slow because of the traffic. Suddenly, it came to a halt. “There’s a live crow on the road”, said the driver to his assistant. I was wondering whether he would carefully drive over the bird so that no harm could come to it; but no; something else happened! Another man on the road came forward, and asked the driver to wait. He went to the bird, picked it up, and got off the road. Now why would a driver stop a bus to protect a helpless bird? Why would that man, who obviously must have his work to do, come forward and take the bird safely off the road?? Aren’t these men of the same species of men who run their cars over innocent human beings, who leave alone dying accident victims on the road, while touching up their make-up that they so carefully put on to attend a party?? This does let in a thin ray of hope in my mind, that yes! Fellow human beings are still compassionate, caring, empathetic!! And it swings my mood to the brighter side! 🙂

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India is a tolerant country!!!(Is that a matter of pride btw??)

I’ll start this one with a real  life incident that I happened to witness of late.

Our office transport vehicle stops outside each office, and collects passengers, and drops them home. Outside the Rajashri office bus stop, is a Rickshaw stand. For some obscure reason, the rickshaw drivers have a problem if our bus stops there. A few days back, they threatened our driver that they’d break the bus if he continued to stop there. The bus driver willing- or unweilling- ly obliged. For two days, the passengers getting in at that office complained that the bus stopped away from the proper bus stop. They even screamed at the driver for doing so. The driver told them the situation. On the third day, it was assumed, plus announced that the bus stop has changed.

For ages, and generations long, while stating the positives of India, we have been saying that India is a tolerant country; that it embraces everyone with its arms wide open….

Come to think of it,  is tolerance a virtue? or is it a limitation? If we adjust ourselves to something that should’t be so in ideal cases, is it called tolerance? Or is it called cowardice???

We chant ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ and welcome thousands of immigrants from Bangladesh to our country, and burden our already taxed system…

We allow politicians, and other big shots to rule our countries, states and lives….

We accept our loss, and do nothing about the different forms of corruption eating away into us…..

And then we give it a ‘grandiose’ name like tolerance! Till when is such a mockery of ourselves going to continue????

Three cheers to the Karnataka Government!!

After a long time, got to read something positively good (read that as – not irritating, not depressing, not infuriating!) in the papers. The Karnataka Government has planned a Bill on making it mandatory for private hospitals to attend to the victims of accidents and other emergencies, rather than sending them to Government Hospitals, or pushing for a police enquiry. This will surely come as a huge relief to all those patients who are turned down by hospitals, when they report in after an accident, or such occurence happening under medico-legal conditions.

A huge debate still prevails on whether the life of a victim is less important than the cause of the accident and the identification of the guilty. One party says that life is important, under any circumstance. The other says that you cannot destroy evidence by altering a victim’s state before recording it, ’cause if the guilty is let loose, he (Ok… for people who may find the ‘he’ sexist, lemme add  ‘he/she’ ) shall strike again. I tend to bend towards the former argument. Even if an enquiry/post-mortem is conducted, there’s no guarantee that the victim will get justice; but by giving him timely first aid, atleast his life will be assured!!

In a case of suicide, accident, attempted murder, or anything like that; don’t the questions like “How it happened?”, “Why it happened?”, and  “Who is responsible for the situation” hold far lesser importance than “How we can improve the situation”?? Imagine the trauma of a wife, whose husband fell-off the ladder and is serious; being asked which rung of the ladder he fell from and what he was doing on it!!

That is why I give Kudos to the Karnataka Government for taking such a step, and hope that the bill is passed soon!!

Random sailings….

Was sailing on the unstable ship of my mind, over a vast sea of past memories….. and docked on this particular line quoted by a speaker at a Gudi Padwa rally….

Sir Winston Churchill, while addressing the British Parliament, a little while before India got Independance, said about us, “Don’t give them freedom, ’cause they are not a nation, just a population!”

Does it touch a chord somewhere deep inside? Or to go with the current  lingo, does it shake a plank deep in the base somewhere???

The reservation issue —– yet again!!!

Stay on quota will stay: SC” screamed the headline of the TOI today… “Whoa, finally!!” was my reaction.. I was glad that finally, the Supreme Court in its “final” judgement, ruled out any possibility of the stay on 27% reservations for OBCs being implemeted in central educational institutions in the 2007-2008 academic sessions, being reversed.

But alas, as I was browsing the web in the afternoon, I came across this piece of news in TOI itself. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Quota_issue_Govt_to_approach_CJ/articleshow/1949461.cms

This article tells us that the centre plans to approach the Chief Justice of India to seek an early hearing on the OBC quota issue and hoped for a “just and compassionate” decision.

Just?? Compassionate????

To whom?? To the financially creamy, but ancestorally ‘backward’ layer of people??  

For what?? For allowing them to eat up the fair share of the deserving ones??

It really really puzzles me, irritates me, angers me!!! The issue over how much interference the Government should have in our judiciary system is burning for quite some time, and it needs to be addressed soon!

Apart from that, I wonder what exactly are Mr. Arjun Singh, and his top-boss Mr.  Manmohan Singh trying to do…. Do they plan to increase their vote-bank by employing such goofy tactics??? May be, but why don’t they realise that even if the OBCs vote in their favour, they are going to be rejected by the other sections, those affected by this policy, and other rational thinkers, alike.

A lot has been said over this reservation issue, and a lot has been heard about it. But if ‘the’ Supreme Court cannot have the final word about it, then who can???

Carvings on the wall…..

Do you find advertisement placards , bills and pamphlets put up on walls and meter-boxes  irritating?? Well, atleast I do!! But yeah, some catch-lines are too impressive to ignore….

On a wall enclosing Pune station: “Paani paishyasaarkhe udhalu naka”, meaning, ‘Don’t waste water like money’….

A small line, but says a lot!! Doesn’t it?? What’s missing in it? It has wit, irony, truth! All the best ingredients for a good one-liner! And it so so so truly describes today’s situation!! And yet its such a simple line!!

In old days, our elders used to say, don’t waste money like water; and now, its the other way  round!! Yes, today’s IT revolution may have brought ample money into people’s lives; the modern world has begun recovering from ‘financial’ poverty, but only to be engulfed by the dearth of natural resources, of water!

A situation worth thinking about, right??

It pains me!!!!!

It pains me to hear about the 33 people killed in Virginia varsity by a sadist gun-man…

It pains me to hear about the teenage girl, dying with cancer, who was allegedly raped at the Tata Memorial Hospital, and is now 5 months pregnant……

It pains me to hear our politicians blabbering about who seperated Pakistan several years back, when there are so many burning issues present currently and in need of proper attention…….

It pains me to see Shilpa Shetty and Richard Gere bufooning on the stage in an AIDS awareness program, and it pains me all the more to see all the media hype created about the act!!!

Ahhh…it pains me!!!