Wednesday, May 2, 2012
EDUCATION SYSTEM SURPRISING OUTCOMES • The smartest students pass with first class and get admissions to medical and engineering schools. • The second class students get CA’s, MBA’s and LLB’s so as to manage (or harass) the first class students. • The third class students enter politics and rule both first class & second class students. • The failures join underworld control politicians and businessmen. • And the best of All ?…. • Those who did not attend any school became Swami’s, Guru’s and everybody follows them. • JAI HO
Bofors Rajeev Gandhi & VP Singh - The Fact File Some revelations by the Swedish Police Chief through Chitra Subramanian, have given more opportunity to the bad mouth without knowing the many facts. Rajeev Gandhi:- • Was a visionary and believed in modernity. • Selection of Bofors gun was fair and professional. • Bofors was the best gun then and even now. • We Got saved in 1999 (Kargil) because we had Bofors. • Mirage – 2000, Mig-29’s, An – 32, IL-76 aircrafts and Mi-17 heptrs were inducted during his tenure as PM, set the pace for modernization in the IAF. • Similarly ARC moved towards modernization with the induction of B-707 (for Elint) G-III (Gulfstreem) for PR, An-32, & IL-76 were also inducted for modernization of the intelligence outfits. • Even modernization of civil aviation-Air Bus-320 was inducted in IA. VP Singh:- • He raised the bogey of corruption in the Bofors deal – directly blaming Rajeev Gandhi. • He also raised doubts on induction of Air Bus-320. One Air Bus 320 had crashed near Bangalore airfield on approach (short finals). The fleet was grounded, a high level enquiry was ordered. The aircraft accident was due to human error. Lack of adaptability to the new systems. The Air Bus fleet remained grounded for eighteen months, incurring heavy losses. (Folly of VP Sing’s Govt.) • VP Singh generated a politics of hatred, to achieve his political aim just to become PM. • In overall analysis VP Singh caused the Indian polity the maximum damage. • In a nut shell it can be summarized VP Singh stabbed Rajeev Gandhi in his back.
The Fact File The Change Makers Based on SCMLD (Pune) Seminar on 21-22 April 2012 Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram. Country Director Mohan foundation Operation Eyesight Universal Lalitha and Raghuram are a couple and a team. They counsel families of accident victims who are declared brain dead, to donate organs to save other lives. Tragedy struck them when they lost their son to a road accident. But Raghurams decided to see their son live in others by donating his organs. They run Mohan Foundation in Hyderabad. Ms chandralekha, Social Activist Nat Purwa, Lucknow As a daughter of Nat Purwa, a village close to Lucknow, where every girl is raised to be a prostitute, Chandralekha had no choice but to get into the profession. For 20 long years Chandralekha sold her body to earn a living. She gave birth to four children. 15 years ago Chandralekha reached breaking point. “ I went to a village nearby where a drunk thakur held me at gun point and abused me and that is when I came home and cried and decided that I have to give this up, “she said. Mr. Charudatta Vitthal Jadhav, Vice President International Braille Chess Association Mr. charudatta Vitthal Jadjav became visually impaired due to an eye disease at the age of 13. Today, he is 41 and lives in Mumbai. He plays and promotes chess among the visually impaired; also he was the first Asian to be the Vice-President of International Braille Chess Association. He is involved with the All India Federation of Blind for Chess and many of his students have participated in world chess championship. His chess software for visually impaired is helping people in 18 countries. Mr. Uttam Teron,Founder, Parijat Academy Uttam Teron, the person behind Parijat Academy at Pamohi village just outskirt of Guwahati city has made it to the list of 35 Indian youth icons. Uttam Teron has established Parijat Academy in 2003 for four poor children in Pamohi village with Rs. 800 which has now more than 500 students along with 17 staff members. Mr. Nityananda Das, Choreographer and Teacher Kalashram Shri Nityananda Das lost one leg in an accident about 10 years ago, in spite of that he is a Nayapalli odissi Dancer, living in Bhubneshwar. He left home at the age of 10 and joined Jatra where he learned Odissi with the group. He dances with one leg and he is also a choreographer and a teacher who runs a school by the name of Kalashram. Mr. Swagat Thorat, Producer-Director, Wildlife Films-Editor, Sparshdnyan3 (India’s 1st fortnightly Newspaper in Braille for the Blind People) 45 year old wildlife photographer, Swagat takes out India’s first Braille newspaper for the visually blind. Published twice a month, sparshdyan or knowledge by touch is a 50 page Marathi newspaper launched in Feb 2008. Swagat puts in his own money for the printing of the paper and takes a yearly subscription fee only from institutions that can afford to pay. He’s given the blind their basic right to news. Mr. Rangaswamy Elango Panchayat President, Kuthambakkam Village He is a Gandhian, dalit and the Panchayat president of Kuthambakkam village (made up of 7 hamlets) of Thiruvallur in Tamil Nadu. Born and brought up in the village, Elango is a chemical engineer and was a scientist at the Council for Scientific Industrial Research. Ekabgi’s visits to this village exposed him to the hardships of poverty, case riots, illiteracy, and illicit arrack trade. In 1994 he quit his job and started working on a rapport building exercise in his village for two years, and independently contested and won the 1996 Panchayat election. He connected rural development models across India. Special Note: Ordinary people doing extra ordinary activities- for the betterment of the society
RANDOM THOUGHTS Ten ways of being foolish 90 per cent of Indians have an unscientific temper. The facts bear it out I had mentioned the figure 90 per cent Indians are fools. I replied that it was not a mathematical figure, what I meant was that an overwhelming number of Indians were fools. One, Tamilians are some of the finest and most intelligent among Indians. They have done the country proud in various fields- scientific research, mathematics, It, medicine etc. In the US and Europe, the science and mathematics departments of many universities and institutes are full of Tamilian professors. Yet Tamilians are some of the most superstitious people in India. This may sound like a paradox, but it is true, and this just shows that scientific and unscientific ideas can co-exist in the same head. I was told not to take other in Rahukalam Time. Two, most ministers and even many chief justices of high courts take oath at the “auspicious” time, as advised by their astrologer. Three, judges of the Supreme Court are allotted houses in the Supreme Court Judges pool. One of such houses was 7, Tughlak Lane. Unfortunately some mishaps happened to some judges who occupied this house, and thereafter no judge would accept it, thinking it was inauspicious. Chief Justice of India wrote to the concerned authority to remove that house from the judge’s pool, which was done, and another house allotted to the pool. Four, some year back it was announced in the media (which plays a prominent role in spreading superstitions) that Lord Ganesh was drinking milk. There was rush of huge crowds in many cities in India to offer milk to idols of Lord Ganesha. Similarly, some years back a miracle chapatti was announced. Many such “miracles” keep happening from time to time, and most people believe them. Five, this is a “baba-bound” society. Consider the number of “godmen”, their huge following and huge properties they amass. The latest one claims to have third eye, like Lord Shiva. It was published in a leading English newspaper (April 18) that he had told people in Raipur not to keep shiv alingams at home for their welfare but to put them in temples. As a result, temples in Raipur were flooded with Shivalingams. Six, when I was a judge in the Allahabad High Court, it was announced that someone in Tamil Nadu had discovered a method of converting water into petrol. Some of my colleagues said that now we will get cheap petrol. Seven, before finalizing a marriage most parents consult astrologers, and it is only if the “kundali” matches that the proposal is finalized. The poor “mangalik” girl is often rejected for no fault to her. Eight, everyday, large number of TV channels show astrology and all kind of superstition. Their owners have given one simple instruction to them-keep the TRP rating high. Unfortunately, the intellectual level of the middle classes (who are the main viewers) in India is very low. All they wish to see is the lives of film stars, fashion parades (often with half naked women), cricket (which is opium for the masses) and of course, astrology. And so this is dished out day after day to get high TRP ratings. Nine, most Hindus are communal, and most Muslims are also communal. As I have repeatedly pointed out, they were not communal before 1857. Before 1857, Hindus used to celebrate Eid, and Muslims used to celebrate Holi and Diwali. Muslim rulers, like the nawab of Avadh, Tipu Sultan etc used to organize Ramlila, give grants to Hindu temple, etyc. It was after suppressing the Mutiny that the British decided that the only way to control India was by divide and rule. Hence a deliberate policy was laid down by the British to generate hatred between Hindus and Muslims. All communal riots started after 1857. The English collector would secretly call the local Panditji, give him money, and ask him to start speaking against Muslims, and he would also call the local Maulvi secretly and give him money to speak against Hindus. This poison was systematically spread year after year, decade after decade, until it culminated in the Partition of 1947. Even now, there are powerful vested interests promoting communal hatred. Ten, social evils like honour killings, dowry deaths, female feticides are still widely prevalent in India. Not to demoralize Indians, but to point out to them the correct path to prosperity. It is only scientific thinking that can save us from the disaster to which we are headed. India has a strong scientific heritage (see my article ‘Sanskrit as a language of science’ on kgfindia. com). It is only when we go back to the path shown by our great scientific ancestors, Aryabhatta, Brahmagupta, Sushrut, Charak, Ramanjuan and Raman and spread scientific thinking widely that we can recover our former glory. Adopted from Indian Express dated 23 April 2012 Markandey Katj, Former Judge of the Supreme Court, is Chairman of the Pres Council