The Disturbed Hierarchy

In the world we live today, almost everything is easier said, than done. I am not saying that actual execution of your task hasn’t been simplified, instead the simplicity now, has a unique demand of skills and processes.

Whether it is a Government organization or a private one, it is now a common belief that, where there is human, their is corruption, or at the very least, laziness. People sitting behind a desk, holding good positions, getting paid for what they are supposed to do, just neglect doing it. Even if they do complete the task they are paid to do, almost every other person takes an unjust amount of time to do it.

There is no meaning for the word productivity for authority figures. I am not implying that all authority figures or officers of a particular agency are like that. But, most of the people that I have come across, expect some kind of a payment to do their duties. Payment doesn’t necessarily mean money, sometimes just bragging about the things they have done, makes them happy.

Is it supposed to be like that ? Is taking crazy amount of time to complete any work justified ? Employment agencies, Education authorities, Government offices etc. etc. all take an unjust amount of time to process things, & even if they do, the intimation of the said work is almost non-existent, Why ? Isn’t the person waiting on the other side important ? Or is it, that the common person’s time doesn’t actually hold any value ?

Things have to change, in some places, they are changing. Government Agencies, Education Authorities & Institutions that hold a significant value in terms of Human welfare or empowerment should take necessary steps in interconnecting the leading agencies of our country.

Technology is to our benefit today, the time taken for postal services between these agencies can be cut to a least count, thus improving the overall productivity & economy. Certain developed countries have protocols for execution of certain task & they follow them to the book, these protocols are in place to increase productivity & general satisfaction.

Proper usage of resources & man power, applied at the right time & in right places can make all the difference.

AAP– an open letter

Dawn of a new today seems to be right around the corner. This is what I & many others thought & hoped for while expressing an open opinion to everyone or everywhere there was a forum for open speech, I tried to convey my best to get a few things out and in motion for the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).

AAP & it’s backbone Shri. Arvind Kejriwal is well known for his dynamic speech & the true content he holds for this nation & our fight against corruption. AAP started more as a group who wanted to do something to change the current situation, a situation that is filled with corruption & barbaric political parties.

The Manifesto or the list of issues raised by AAP has been to the mark & most of these were also raised by the BJP.  AAP, before constituting itself as a political party, used to speak their mind. They used to do things that a common person would do. They stood for the constitution of India, at least I thought so.

Right after the Legislative council election, things started to change. The party, who I thought would do great in the Lok Sabha election, started to wiggle & collapse in the juice of a win. Well, not a win, but coming second in the first elections they ever appeared in. It was a big deal & many of us thought, things will finally change in the capital of India. The long-term of Congress rule in Delhi finally came to an end.

AAP was supposed to be a party for the common man & by the common man as most of their leaders say. But, is it? From what I have seen from their Media appearances, most of them appear to be in a sort of sarcastic mood. They are disrespectful, have no sense of politics as a science & appear to speak in a weird fashion. The Common man of India does not speak like that.

In a recent gathering of the three political parties on AAJ Tak, a lady politician openly called someone from the audience a liar ( the person was not lying & he just pointed out a fact about a statement from Shri. Kejriwal ). It appears that the science of politics is no longer applied. People from all the political parties appear to fight & quarrel, as if, they were in a fish market. The decency from every statement from every political party has vanished. AAP being the newest of the lot was expected to be a bit different. Why are they not?

We, the people expected them to make a Government & change things, the thing they promised they would change, when & if they came into power. From the current situation of things, it seems like they are running away from their duty, duty towards each & every person who voted for them. This is the time for AAP to show everyone the power of common man and the correct way of how things should be done. Instead, they are still contemplating on whether to make a Government? why?

Isn’t this why the AAP ran for power in these elections? Even after getting a chance to make a Government in Delhi, they still speak like the opposition, demanding things to be done. Why? AAP should take charge & do things they promised, at least now, when they are getting a chance. That is why the common man voted for you. They did not vote for you to indulge in some ridiculous series of question & answers and some weird idea of another opinion poll to form the Government. Winning 28 seats was more than enough opinion they should have wanted to form the Government.

Respect the common man and don’t just be another political party, is what we all ask of you. They should lose the Sarcasm & have some respect for people whose presence in the political sphere has always been a ray of hope for everyone.

We made you. We, the people of India. People of a country whose foundations were laid on a constitution as great as ours.

Where deeds don’t matter

“Adopt the good and discard the bad”, is a common statement we all get to learn while growing up. The current Indian Government has very keenly adopted the dynamic media presentations of the west. So now, the Prime Minister and the media spokesperson, like a theatre act, walk up to the media ramp in front of the cameras, to deliver their speech – Sound familiar? Yes, it’s the style used by the President of the United States of America when the White House addresses its nation.

Though it’s a good idea to adopt good things from the most powerful nation, adopting only the plastic presentation part is not really prize-worthy. If the Government had to adopt something, they should have adopted a bit of their foreign policy – or at the very least, learned just a little bit about dignity and self-preservation. One should take an example from people and nations that do not hold back when it comes to protecting their citizens and their rights. On the other hand, our current Government seems obsessed only with their vote bank; their every statement and decision reflects political agenda.

A Government has to have the correct set of implementation policies and ministers to protect and see these policies through. It’s been over 6 decades since we attained freedom; this freedom has produced plenty of people who prefer to think about their own financial enrichment. The saddest part is, no one cares about where our National Treasury is heading to. The financial stability of a country is based on a set of proper implementation scenarios by its Government. If the Government itself is involved heavily in dozens of scams, who is really the one guarding the future of Indian Citizens?

Rather than protecting its citizens, suppressing corruption, and taking our nation to a stable and secure state, the current Government has failed to protect our citizens, their rights, and even our national borders. Nothing is more shameful for a nation than having two of its neighboring nations continuously intruding its limits. To top it up, our Government has nothing to fix it. Is submitting an appeal for help to foreign powers the best we can do? And do nothing about the situation at hand?

No, If something must be adapted from the superpowers, it has to be the ‘guts’ to retaliate against foreign threats and neutralize them on high priority. Dynamic presentation is needed to gain an audience, not to run a nation.

Thoughts of a common man, Utilizing the Right to speech and expression

Destroying hope

I have written before about the economy, the policymakers, the unjustified lifestyle that people below the poverty line or even on and above the poverty line have to live. It would sadden any rational & intellectual human being when the true face of society we live in & sometimes feel proud about shows itself.

The life of any person starts with a dot, just like a seed when it spurts out of the ground. That seed if provided with proper additive, grows into a healthy & blooming tree. It becomes a home for birds & other creatures, gives us fruits and shelter. The same theory applies to a human being. Any child if provided with proper resources & help can become a good citizen and play his/her part in the upliftment of the society.

One of the resources extremely necessary for any person is food. In a country where even today thousands and maybe even more people sleep hungry at night, that includes little children, it is saddening & shameful that our Government lets tons of eatable goods go to waste. Instead of only planning & promising good storage facility & maintenance, construction of actual shelters and storage units can save a lot of resources that add to the overall economic stability. Recently it’s wheat, sometime back it was potato farmers that suffered in a similar way because there was no storage or shelter to protect these goods from bad weather conditions.

When 20 lakhs can be shelled out for a minister to buy a car or millions can be spent to construct a bungalow or even a park, is building a storage or shelter for such important resources that hard? What can be the justification for this? There can be tens of questions that can be put out, but there is no answer that might come from these policymakers. The agonizing outburst of people who suffer from hunger, poverty & disease seems to fall on deaf ears.

Politics is a science as said by many great writers. Today it has turned out to be a game. The game that if played well earns your wealth that you might not see otherwise. Today, a politician can make an uncountable amount of money & is still considered poor according to books, but a common man making Rs.32 or Rs. 26 a day is not considered poor.

Every single seed destroyed, destroys hope for a brighter tomorrow. It is essential that substantial steps be taken to prevent such mishaps in the future. The steps can lead to decreased inflation & will, for sure, add to the betterment of the economy & lives of the common man.

Oh My Media !!

The word Media is referred to every branch of press i.e. newspapers, electronic media etc. that exists. Almost every industry out there has developed with developing times. So has the information industry. The different forms of media have grown over the years and have turned from being the information agencies to the fourth pillar of the society or per say the backbone of any economy.

Over the years media has undergone a vigorous transformation cycle and now it gives out an impression of a change in its core values. The values in terms of the written word mean solidarity, openness & authenticity in information. I am not saying that everything associated with Mass Media or better call it the press has changed. As does everything, media too has good and bad sides. It does work in many good ways to help amplify the voice of the ones who are mostly left unheard within a crowd. Many have gotten justice because of the media & likewise many lives have been destroyed by Media.

These Information agents are considered to be the history shapers & yes they are. Many major incidents are recorded and archived by the media. What we know about history is because of the written word, the written word that was recorded at the time of the incident by somebody. Ask yourself a question, What if, the incident recorded sometime in history has been recorded incorrectly? perhaps manipulated? It’s a question beyond the scope of this article but the manipulation in the presentation of information that we see today brings us to a point where it seems anything is possible. Maybe the type of suggestive news we get today, the type of subjective opinions that the press presents to the viewer certainly lacks the moral & professional ground that the press should maintain.

What we write today will age with time & sometime in future, it might actually gain some authenticity, even if what we write today is just a figment of our imagination or in simpler words fabricated.

Media today is responsible for controlling the thought process which we all use today. It’s the media who shapes the information flow to present a particular news with either positive or negative impression. The part of the media in the information flow should actually be neutral. Presenting authentic information is something the media should work on.

When any piece of information is provided to the audience, there are a number of filters that are applied to make the news look sensational. The thing to understand is that any news/information should be edited only to the extent that it must not lose its real meaning. The same sentence said in two different ways can alter the meaning completely. I might say “ That person is addicted to movies “ but if I take out “to movies” from the sentence, it becomes highly offensive to the person in context. This trick is widely used to achieve audience to a particular scheduled program. This way Breakdown & reconstruction of information is highly prejudicial.

Media has turned from a information providing agency to a fascist organization that tends to control the flow of information to either benefit itself or to benefit someone with power or control. Democracy requires free access to information, the information which is not filtered or manipulated to suit someone in particular.

A Lie said a thousand times, might someday sound like the truth, but it will always be a lie. Press certainly has the power to say something, it has the freedom of the press with it, but unwanted nosing in personal matters is somewhat uncalled for. In fact, the people representing the press i.e reporters carry an attitude that should not be there in the first place. Press is not a governing body. They are most definitely not the decision or policymakers. Yes, their job lets them keep an eye out for corruption or bad policymaking, but that doesn’t give the media a right to hold, on the contrary, it gives them an opportunity to be the voice of the nation & to work for the people’s benefits. Sadly, they do not.

Advertising has been another add-on that has evolved alongside the News industry. It has evolved so much that there is more to advertising than to the information/News it carries with. Media now looks towards the advertisers for funding rather than to provide quality information to the audience. Every Industry out there works for money, but Media seems to be reaching a point where it will start working only for money & the code of conduct associated with the press will seem vanished.

The Information industry should realize the fact that small-scale press, mainly newspapers were the cause of mass enlightenment in our history. Be it the revolt against the British rule in India or Against the Nazi rule in Germany, the power of press did wonders when used with an open and clean gesture.

Fascism in media or the sensationalism of information might be a humorous topic for some, it certainly is not. We all should not think that “ Media is like that only” & “ Media can say anything”, don’t forget something said today might become a part of history someday & presenting the future generations with fabricated information is not the way to go.

There is a radical shift necessary in the field of information industry to keep the value of the written word intact & it’s our duty to make sure that the value of the written word stays intact.

Remember I am just speaking my mind, my observation to words,
no offense to any group, community or individual is intended.