The hunger that

Whether a country is developing or developed, Western, Asian, European or else, the basic needs of a common human being are always the same, i.e food, clothing & shelter.

If we talk about India, on paper we are developing at a rapid pace, but if we talk reality not much has changed. Our nation might be getting upgraded in some aspects, the money, the technology might be flowing in, but what has been upgraded for the people that are below poverty line (BPL) or even for the common man that is in many ways the backbone of our nation.

The Common man here is the basic work force that drives a nation to a right path in terms of economic strength. This work force is in almost all sectors is under appreciated & under paid while people sitting higher on the food chain are over appreciated & over paid. There seem to be no balance between the different segment that exist in our society. Over the years the situation for people living BPL or near the poverty line hasn’t changed much, children in many parts of our nation still suffer from diseases that are certified to be eradicated, not only children but even grown ups suffer from imminent deterioration, that lead to shorter & miserable life span.

The Government announces a increase in growth rate, but what growth is growth when even a single person sleeps hungry at night. From decades, our economists are claiming to roll out better budgets that should control inflation & also decrease the poverty ratio. But to what extent all these policies work is unknown.

Some people say that corruption is a root cause behind all of this & making better policies & bills would add to the betterment of this situation. Lok-pal bill is believed to reduce the corruption rate & to better the situation, but is one bill or even hundred more of them enough ? Corruption roots within us. No policy can promise a better tomorrow  until & unless we eradicate the corruption within us. We all tend to add to this corruption when we bribe a officer, a clerk or anyone to either sort things out or get our work done before time. It’s we who tend to break the rules to prioritize our life.

But, I don’t intend to say that the whole problem is within us, in fact it’s just a fraction of the problem that we adhere to. Maximum of our policies were written decades ago, while changes have been made over the years to better these policies, these policies still need to be changed. The people who make these policies are not much educated & lack the wisdom & the power of independent & objective thinking that is a must for any policy that affects millions of lives.

I heard someone saying that “ Corruption is a disease, that cannot be cured”. This is just not true. Somewhere in my earlier posts, i have mentioned that it’s we who make this nation, we are the ones empowering the roots, it’s we who appoint these policy makers, so we reserve the right to change them or even change the whole outlook.

Many a ministers & policy makers tend to opt for “Ignorance is Bliss” as an option & just rely on their mouth to tackle most of the situations. I ask What is the basic criteria for entering politics or taking oath as a Minister ? & How many of the current ministers & even the members of the cabinet are true to these requirements, or maybe just being a sibling to some powerful person is a wildcard entry into politics without a need for qualification ?

I don’t intend to write numbers here, the point that I want to make is that all these policies, these new bills & budgets are pointless as they just don’t feed the hungry & they don’t treat the sick. Over the past few decades the situation of people living below poverty line has deteriorated even more. New Policies look good on paper as they project numbers stating thousand of new homes/shelter, hospitals, schools & other basic necessities but just on paper, what does happen in reality is a great mystery.

Our Constitution says that we are a free country & we have rights then why the authorities what should be protecting our rights just hinder them in the first place ? Things need to change & we all have to be a part of it. Give your coming generation a better tomorrow & make each day count.

Remember, I am just speaking my mind & i don’t want to offend any group or any individual’s opinion.

Life in a pot hole

The very basic perspective of development is to move ahead from a significantly depreciating stage. India is a developing nation is what we all have learned from childhood. We all have seen development change the face of our respective cities. Old English type roads have been converted to metro style roads with four to six lanes of traffic passing by. Development by its core name suggests betterment.

The use of technology has made our life easier in many ways. While not discussing the technology part, if we look at the surroundings with an eye of a bystander, it feels the basics have not developed much.

We can have a cellular signal everywhere, internet access or many new things in terms of overall growth, but we are still stuck with something’s that are not changing even if India is on its way to become a superpower some day. You leave home, office or might even be going for something important. The first thing you notice is potholes.

A study of human behavior suggests that if we face too many obstacles in our daily lives, we tend to get irritated and the work or our total life suffers. But why doesn’t anyone cares for these? why the most famous roads of major cities suffer from all these potholes? why aren’t the speed breakers planned? Why the intersections are made anywhere the planning authority pleases.

Just talking about Dehradun, the main roads, namely Chakrata road, East Canal Road, Rajpur Road, Raipur Road, all suffer from pothole cancer. The departments responsible for maintaining roads does the job, but then the Water Department or the sewage department or the electricity or telecom people ruin everything.

If City maintenance planning is done at a central place so as to involve all these departments and all of them work in a planned way so they don’t have to dig the newly built roads & then they won’t have to patch it ultimately making potholes out on every road there is, the life of us humans won’t be so miserable.

City Planning should be done in such a way that conserves the overall treasure that state has. After all its taxpayers’ money & it’s not being utilized like it should be.