These are times of deglobalization and national introspection .Preservation of national identity is in the forefront and could be in the garb of populism .We do not want to transcend borders for common goals ans common good . We prefer ton flock together in the nation building process .
As we take it to the next level , in India , a new law has been introduced in which National anthem needs to be played before screening of any movie and every body need to stand during the playing of anthem as a mark of respect .Anybody who fails to do would have to face consequences . Continue reading “Test Of Loyalty”
Last week I experienced two different worlds, both with a promise of better tomorrow in a very different sense.
We took a trip to a Balaji shrine, which is in the state of Andhra Pradesh , one of the southern states of India .We pray to Lord Vishnu for wordly happiness.Every day it is visited by 50,000 devotees.
Not like most pilgrimages,it is a well regulated place with its impeccable security system .Devotees are supposed to be bare footed in the whole temple complex sans any kind of technology .People stand in long queues chanting and some times they have to wait for hours . The swathes of humanity that comes in and out of the holy sanctum makes you believe that there does exist a promise in submission to the higher power .
The other world was 4th New Delhi , Literature Festival in India Habitat center , which was organized by Times of India publication .It was mostly attended by younger crowd , college students or budding writer .Like most events in India , seating arrangement was outnumbered by the attendees. Attendees enjoyed each other’s participation . Air was charged ,youthful ,enthusiastic , intelligent and interactive .
Here the promise was of fame and immortality to posterity .
Each to his own
Have a very good week ahead .
Today’s world is ruled by negativity and we have witnessed that it has produced startling results. If negativity is convincing enough, it has moved mountains. That’s another change we are witnessing in our times.
In India, currently demonetization is playing havoc. It has derailed the promising economy and the worst hit are the middle and lower classes. Parallel black economy was always a historical problem in India but the way the strike was executed was unprecedented .
Amusingly those who are hit are witnessing the silver lining and that keeps them going. Patients feel doctors would take a harder hit, home helps feel their employees have been served right, bureaucrats feel politicians would face the heat and opposition feels ruling party is done for. The rhetoric of cleansing this opaque world goes on.
It was proposed in the past that success was measured by from where you start to where you have reached in your life’s journey. But these days success is also a relative world. How badly your neighbor has failed!
As we brace ourselves for the coming years of Brexism and Populism, one thing is for sure that common good is definitely not a goal any more.
For any job its a prerequisite that you have the required qualifications .Your employer wants a best fit for the job opportunity .So for every job ,there’s a desired theoretical and a practical experience and in most cases this standard approach works .One is then supposed to climb the ladder of success as per your talent , hard work and luck
There are always exceptions . In India , in tinsel town and in the political world , it works differently .Your birth history and family connections matters a lot .Its presumed that you will genetically inherit all the talent ,charisma and luck to succeed .Surprisingly , public acceptance is also automatic .
One of the best success stories in the digital world had been school and college drop outs .But those are rare instances . Majority of us , mere mortals , are supposed to tread the trodden path .
Recently we saw , for one of the highest offices in the world’s greatest country , there was no need of any prior experience .It can be explained that being one of the oldest democracy , rules for selection of presidential candidate had been written a long time ago .
The deep distrust of people in the current career politicians led to selection of a very atypical candidate .All the checklist for the selection was thrown out of the window .Agreed that for the president of the US , it would not always be a cookbook situation but a lot of leeway was given to the process and the current milieu of fear is genuine .
Just the last week , Indians were cleansed of one of their sins .For 69 years since Independence , ducking your income tax had been a wide spread malady .There had been various ways of saving taxes like stashing money overseas , keeping it under fictitious names or converting it into gold .
But this is seen more in the super wealthy class or super powerful class as you have to have that much of extra wealth to do so .
But the last week it was decided to end it once and for all . Ideologically, it was a very good thought but the middle class and the lower middle class were really very hard hit by the whole concept .
The first step taken was to demonetize currency note of 500 and 1000 . Everybody was taken by surprise as the time started at 8 pm on a particular day .This currency note is one of the common currency note in majority of households .Only very limited amount of currency exchange were allowed in the Banks and ATMs . This resulted in a super chaos as these institutions are not capable of handling the immense load .Businesses at small trading level came to a complete halt . Since morning till evening you had to be at the queues of one of these places . Small tradings came to a complete halt . Marriages were called off . Transport ,traders and small businesses are planning to call indefinite strike .
Hard working middle class is the back bone of India .They deserve a better treatment . Deep resentments has been seen to be translated into surprising results .
As a physician , when we counsel a patient about any disease process or initiation of medications or any operative procedure we are supposed to inform him about recent recommendations , the best practices and help him to make the best decision about his health .
We are not supposed to confound him by giving them the whole list of side effects as in most TV ads about any medication .The surgeon is supposed to give a clear picture about the procedure and an exact percentage of the adverse outcome .
It is by mutual consent and fiduciary guidance the process of treatment is completed .
Even in spite of all these counselling if God forbid, patient faces an unfortunate outcome the doctor has to pay a heavy price . He may loose his license , may be incarcerated or loose his life time income .
In comparison , in the present election scenario , one of the highest authority in the country could go back and forth on his statements , could be as ambiguous as possible just a few days before a very important decision would be taken . A decision which would not only change the fate of millions of people but may change the face of earth .
Is there not a fiduciary responsibility associated with one of the most responsible positions of the most important country in the world .
Is a plain apology or a resignation enough ?
I presume justice is just meted to us ordinary mortals .
As we all agree, we are a part of the big remote world .We as humans gave it its identity and there was a big explosion of advancement of technology and now it is giving the real world a tough competition .
Our comfort level is great in our remote world .Anonymity and the choice of interaction is ours .There is no compulsion of any kind .
But where is all this leading to ?
Drones are becoming your preferred mode of combat .Robotics are your preferred mode of surgery . Siri could be your best friend . Telemedicine would soon be the future of medicine and future cars would be all sans driver .We are working real hard to make Virtual world a big success .
We are yet to make a connection with the alien world as I was told that they have a higher IQ and they are not very interested in this alliance as it would not benefit them a lot .
We are moving towards a time where there would be minimal human interaction and our children would inherit a world where Homo Sapiens would be most redundant .We are racing towards our own Nemesis .
Transitions are always bitter sweet and never seamless .Currently the country is preparing for a national transition at the Presidential level .We all are closely following the journey and rooting for one or the other candidates .
With transition , we are hoping a change for better . First lady , who is an excellent orator ,urged the people to change their views about the other “America “, which is very much a part of the” Big America” , on the other hand , GOP’s too envision an America , which should be very different from the present America .
There is a constant parallel play and never the twain seem to meet .
America was conceived with very distinct values and ideologies and as long as they are upheld , the country would continue to progress in its path of excellence and beyond .
As we currently witness transitions all over the world , at some places with greatest upheaval and with most unfortunate results ,we pray that the present Presidential transition should be democratic and peaceful .
We could be hacked or rigged , swayed by populism or troubled by our emails but at the end of the day , we vision an America where people together are ready to walk the peaceful middle path to transition .