Monday, March 23, 2009

Elections IPL and Indians

Elections IPL and Indians
Cricket is not just another sport as for as South Asia, especially when India is taken in consideration. Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar are more than living God for the cricket passionate Indians, Though this is fact that cricket is not beyond the reach of market dominating powers as huge money is involved with the conduction of the game but still cricket is the red life supporting liquid flowing in the blood vessels of Indians.
Unfortunately in our country, though we have a democratic setup of ruling but still most of us didn’t dare to cross the verbal reaction lines and enter into field of action. BCCI has decided to move the IPL to foreign land in reaction of central government’s refusal to provide adequate security as the dates of tournament and Loksabha elections are clashing with each other. A lot of voices will raised in the country an favor and against of this but one thing is sure that all the accountable persons will be allowed a safe rescue passage for not being responsible for this.
It was very much clear even before the IPL started last year that during the 2009 country will have to go for Lok sabha elections during the April May, surely there were chances for pre elections but all that was case of ifs and buts. It was much clear on the first day of year 2009 that elections will held during this time and after the terrorist attack on the Mumbai, security of the players will be the measure concern for the government and IPL organizers. I can’t understand in these conditions why the BCCI agreed to play an additional Test Match in the New Zealand? Why the wisdom of holding the tournament early has not be opted by the IPL and BCCI? Yet another question is to be answered by the BCCI and IPL organizers, in the democratic set up what should be kept at preference Lko sabha elections or a regular sporting event? One thing is sure that Indian capacities are sufficient enough to tackle the security concerns of elections and this mega sporting event. As Shri Narendera Modi, has already offered his willingness for conducting all the IPL matches at scheduled dates in the Gujarat. Some other states are also there ready to provide security in these conditions surely the decision of moving the IPL away from the country, taken by the BCCI, is beyond the boundaries of understanding?
We are living in the world of market dominated era and cricket is the most profitable commodity, every one, even those claims working for the providing and creating opportunities for the talent are eventually working for gaining the monetary benefits and no one is questioning their this attitude even when in the country, cricket is life style. The question is raised only when the market dominating forces and national pride appear to clashing each other. Surely moving IPL to another country will carry a message of failure of Indians as the nation though this will indicate professional excellence. The only question is there, are we Indian are ready to be renowned as the professional people at the cast of national pride?
As the media reports says most probably IPL will held in Landon because of availability of two cricketing grounds in the city. Is the Landon is more suitable venue than Gujarat? Will the BCCI, who had shown the concern over the losses of market dominating force in case of IPL is not held, dare to think the losses of Indians living in the Gujarat, as Shri Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat is ready to conduct whole IPL tournament?
As I had stated in the opening lines we Indians have an attitude of satisfying our accountability with verbal reactions and don’t hold courage to enter into action fields so nothing will happen and this prestigious Indian sporting event will held on the foreign land. BCCI and political parties will blame the central government and central government will push the ball in the court of states.
The ideal action situation for the Indians will be, if the BCCI persists for his decision of moving IPL away from the country even when Gujarat is ready to assure safe conduction of tournament, not just only boycott the television rely of the matches but also stop using the products of companies sponsoring IPL in the foreign country? How beautiful these words are appearing because we all know these are the words and not deeds and we Indians are masters of words like the cricket.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Democratic Elections

Democratic Elections
Lok Sabha elections are round the corner and in the country like India this opportunity is generated at the regular interval of usual five years and citizen get a chance show and express their attitude and accountability towards the building of geographical land as the nation India.
This is time, the usual democratic elections are meaning a lot more as recently we had seen the anger expression of Indians generated from the terrorist attack on Mumbai and still this threat is withholding the government to grant permission for the IPL in tandem of elections.
Will this time, we the citizens of India, be able to deliver something notable towards our contribution for the development of nation? Will our choice fulfill the standards of selecting a proper representative? After the election will we have the satisfaction of fulfilling our responsibility, laid down on us by our constitution? These are the some of the questions which are bound to get an answer by these elections.
It is often said that elections are the acid test for the politicians, but if we look with wider vision and true sense, eventually democratic elections are the biggest obligation and acid test of wisdom of common citizens, because this one minute individual action is bound to play all important role for the future and contributes very significantly towards the building of nation. The most important question waiting for a reply from this election, is the Indian citizens, during these over fifty years of democracy, does the Indian voters had gained enough maturity and learned art of unbiased voting?
Before we get answer for this on 16 May 2009, this will be beneficial to learn how we had voted in the past, because it is past which gives birth to future on the surface of present. Till today we Indian have voted on the lines of
1] Political Party: At the dawn of democracy in the country, Indians were under the influence of political parties and since recent past not much considerable change is visible as for as this influence is concerned. We are voting on party lines without bothering or even thinking about the ability, social background, educational level, life ideology and many more things related with the individual candidate.
2] Cast: In this line of voting also we ignore all the demerits and shortcomings of individual candidate and vote on solitary line of cast to which we and candidate belongs to.
3] Personal Relation: More than 20% of the people, who comes out for voting are slave of this criteria of voting. We often vote for a candidate only because we have good social relations with candidate or with the friends and relatives of the candidate.
4]Influenced voting: This is yet another significant pattern of voting and very distinctly visible in the rural and areas with low educational levels, where under the influence of threat, greed or short term economic gains, people comes out to vote for a particular candidate.
5] Aggressive Publicity Voting: We had reached to status of living in the market so how can the elections be remaining unaffected from this. Today elections are the reason of economic boost and occasion of huge flow of money. Unfortunately more than 50% people of urban areas, coming out to exercise voting rights are falling pray to this aggressive publicity. The amazing things that most of this educated lot know that, what the candidate is promising and publicizing is not more than seasonal rain of elections and bound to get evaporate as soon as the sun of reality starts to shine in the sky of normal life.
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

International Women’s Day and Gruhinimahotsav Kolhapur

International Women’s Day and Gruhinimahotsav Kolhapur
8th March is the day, celebrated through out the world as salute to women power. In the country like India, since the centuries social life is considered to be male dominated, though this is fact in the universe India is only country where women is worshiped as Goddess and even in day to day life is treated as Grah Laxmi [Goddess of wealth] but the fact remained unchanged and beyond doubts that during the rule of Moguls on the country work area of Indian women was restricted within the boundary walls of homes. This status of some centuries resulted in creation of secondary status for the women as for as social life is concerned.
Towards the end of British rule movement for strengthening women power in India was started which got momentum after the Independence and in very short time Indian women started moving and sharing social responsibilities. Today after the 60 years of independence Indian women is emerging as one strongest pillar for social and family life. From politics to industrial management in each and every field foot prints of Indian women are very much distinct and clearly visible. Today an Indian woman is leading the country as Rashtrapati first citizen of the country. Kalpna Chawla becomes the first Indian to go into space and Bachindari Paul first Indian lady to climb Himalaya.
Not only in the big cities but small and rural population rich area like Kolhapur, this day is celebrated to felicitate and mark the progress of Indian women. Since last six years, sou Pratima Satej Patil is coordinating Gruhinimahotsav [ ] an annual event orgainsed by Dr. D. Y. Patil Arts, Sports, Educational & Cultural Trust Kolhapur under the able guidance of young and visionary leader Bunty Patil [ ] During this event Women Bachat Gats of Kolhapur District gets free stalls to exhibit handicraft items prepared by them, show their cooking skills and participate in the discussions related with social welfare and awareness. Some of few topics of discussion are Save Girl Child, Pre Marriage HIV Test [ ] and Save Environment etc. During the event Rangoli competition and Greeting card competitions are also held on the same topic.

Monday, January 26, 2009

60 glorious years

60 glorious years

India, world’s largest populated republic democracy is entering into sixties and I am also heading for this as seven years from now I will be able to use the famous Indian Saying “Satha So Patha”. I am daring to write this because at least for two third progress of country [last 40 years] I am live witness. I can recall some political memories like going for listening speeches by Late Balraj Madhok and other political leaders in the series of Lectures by eminent Indian personalities arranged by Community Ganeshoutsav Mandals of Burhanpur or going for taking autograph of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpay direct from hospital where I was recovering after a serious operation and special permission of doctors was taken for this only. This might sound a bit hard to believe for younger generation but frankly speaking in those day life was not the utensil of complicity as the present one is.
History might be cursing Late Smt. Indira Gandhi for imposing emergency and over shading the rights of freedom of millions and million Indians, but I can recall we were discussing it among the friends as necessary action for bringing discipline in day to day life because in those days trains started running on time. This might be the sky limit for thought flight of our teen aged minds. Today when I am listening and observing consists demand from masses for the responsibility filled work attitude either by politician or by the government officials I can say seeds of this are eventually sown during the days of emergency.
This journey of 60 years was not always of the smooth roads; Himalayan obstacles were presented by wars with Pakistan and China, though India always emerged as victor but never found comfort of safe international boundaries. Communal forces and lack of strong political will had also proved speed breakers for economic and infra structural growth of country.
Since the 60 years Kashmir is burning and unsolved social problem, the souring wounds are salted with agitation and voices of separation from the north east but more importantly countries political leadership looked more interested in deepening this valley of misunderstand instead of working as strong biding force for keeping the communal harmony intact. God might have created Indian land on ideal of own because like the different colors of natural powers, India is human ocean of different faiths, customs and traditions, as nobody is sure about the liking a certain color of nature so no body can say which faith, custom or tradition has worked more importantly for making India, one among the super powers of the world.
Entire world is looking at 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai as one of the worst happening in the country during these 60 years but frankly speaking surely there will be people for whom this incident was blessing of God because despite of scarifying lives of some truly dedicated defense personals and some hundreds of innocent citizens Indian youth awaked with realization of self, Muslim community which always blamed for creating a separate stream, appears to be part of main Indian stream. Political leadership has realized that days are over for their decade old policy of divide and rule, common Indian citizen is not going to be satisfied with the verbal actions like the past. Official are feeling the pressures of responsibilities linked with their post and more importantly youth is stepping forward for constructing New India, defining responsibilities and persisting for getting the answer for the questions related with the progress and safety of the country. This is all important post 26/11 effect that country is now not getting satisfaction with words but looking for the actions taken for the improvement.