Monday, April 21, 2008

My Soul is alive

In the comments I received on this post, an 'anonymous' said that the first inference he could draw from the post was that my Soul was alive ...& kickkkking!!!! :-) And that is when I realised, how true it was!
The primary sign of a living soul is unrest. Once you stop thinking about what you are doing, you are so dead. One may not know 'exactly' what one wants, but she should be always challenging the status quo. The day I come to terms with my existence,my work, my life I will know for sure that a fire deep within (not of acidity) has seized to exist.
The comment has suddenly made me realise that this very unrest will make me do something interesting some day! Something that will make the world think I have achieved, and make me realise that i have taken the first step, increase the unrest within, and strive for more.
Thank you anonymous!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

RSS - an answer to the caste discrimination

One of my old post on Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh drew a comment today. It posed a few question about the stand RSS takes on the issues of caste system in our contry. The reader also asked if RSS could be a possible solution. And this, my dear readers in the fuel for this post.
Let me put forth some facts about the organisation called RSS right at the beginning.
  1. RSS is a social organisation. There is no formal registration and participation is completely voluntary.
  2. It is not a political, religious or profit making orgnisation.
  3. There are no posts, there are only responsibilities (in fact that what they are called).
These facts make it clear that this is a place where entry and exit is pretty easy. There are no costs involved with either. Which means there is no-one who can tell you that he will get you registered with the RSS and do you a favour. RSS is for everyone. In my opinion it is a perfect place where caste ism cannot exist. There are no reservations for a certain community. The Sangha (as I would like to call it henceforth), believes only in an individual and not the community one comes from.
The Sangha cannot force anyone into not believing in the caste system since it does not control any individuals thoughts. However, it certainly practices non-discrimination. For example, I have been to a shakha which is like a grassroot level proceeding of the sangha. Here I have taken instruction from a non-bramhin, had food with, bathed, prayed and lived with lower caste individuals. It is what I practiced as a swayamsewak. The Sangha will not issue a diktat or a fatwa. It will merely preach by practicing. So more the number of people who start going to a shakha the more they will stop believing in the caste system.
Go through the facts I have mentioned about the Sangh and you will realise it is no different from Orkut...but the sangha comes with a purpose, with an ideology and with some discipline.
To sum it all up, RSS is as biased as Orkut, when it comes to an individual's caste. :-)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

India Fund

On my way back home, during my bus ride, as usual, India's Nehruvian rate of growth struck me and I was trying to find a solution to many problems.
Democracy gives importance to numbers. Mere numbers. Crooked politicians manipulate these numbers to gain absolute power. They use tax payer's money like their own and use it to gain popularity with the numbers. Bestow them with free education (not loans) and barter votes for favour or cash. The taxes we pay go into a pool and are (mis)used by the politicians.
How do I as a tax payer ensure that the money I pay as taxes goes where I want it to. Here comes the solution:
The government of India should float an India Fund. The sectors of investment should be education, health, defense, infrastructure etc. Every tax payer should be allowed to pay his taxes by directly putting his money in either/all of these sector funds. This way rather than the vote, every tax paying citizen will have a direct control over how his government allocates funds. He can then use the vote to ensure that each of these funds are spent judiciously.
The government will of-course want to do something for the poor. Then the government should earn its own money by providing value added services.
If the tax payers see that they are not reaping the benefit by 'investing' their taxes in a certain sector, the corpus of that sector will start decreasing. This is an indication to the government to increase the efficiency.
If the government wants to start a new project in a certain sector, they should bring out a detail project report which should be made public. The project report should be such that it should attract tax payers to invest in the sector. We can also provide a little flexibility by allowing a certain percentage of fund to be transfered from one sector to the other.
It may seem at first that the general tax payer will not invest in sectors like education and health as he can avail the facilities from private suppliers. But the tax paying citizen also gets a certain benefit from the education and good health of the people around who cannot afford private services. Hence everyone will certainly make some contribution to the 'uplifting the poor'.
Sole intention is to have some control over where my tax money goes. What do you think?