Lateness Guranteed

What is it in India that takes 20 hours on an average for a 14 hour thing, is completely unable to manage disasters, has no plan B, keeps on growing on the number of the people using it day after day while its size still remains the same?

Unable to get it?

Or are you confused between a few things that happen in our beloved country. Well…let me give you a hint.

It was established by the british during their rule in our country. Today after winning an election politicians battle over the post for this particular ministry. It opens up 90 days in advance and even if you have a ticket on which you cannot travel and which gets automatically cancelled if not confirmed, you still need to pay up a small amount and yes, it keeps bringing people closer(literally).

Most of you people must have got it by now. For those who did not, I am talking about our Great Indain Railways.

The trains almost never arrive on the right time, and probably never leave at the right time. They have been unable to find a better solution to the naxals blowing up their tracks which caused the gyaneshwari accident except not allowing any trains on that patch after dark. And yes not to forget who literally  aree bringing people closer to each other. These are but a few problems that we the people face due to the lethargic attitude of the Indain railways. But here I focus on one problem in particular, the waiting time for the trains.

Go to any railway station, one announcement can be prominently heard,”passengers please take note, train number xxxxx up/down going from ABC to XYZ, so and so express is running late for so many hours. The inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.”Now my question is when do these people really start regretting it? When to they really feel regertful and do something about it? Or is it some kind of a situation where absolutely nothing can be done? As far as the last question is concerned, i dont think YES could be an answer. There is always something that can be done.

Take the Gyaneshwari Incident for example. Naxalites blew up the tracks during the dark, caused a train to derail and thereby many people got killed or injured. So until a solution to this problem was found out no trains were allowed in that patch after sunset. Ok, wise decision. But for God’s sake that was almost an year ago now. Why do they want to show their ineptness to deal with things, by still continuing with the same solution. And if you do really wish to keep doing that, atleast revise the train timings. How long does that take now. Given the complicacy and the mutual dependency of the vast Indain Rail network, I don’t think it should take the authority more than a month. After all that is their job.

The solution that I feel can bring the Indian Rail Authority out of this obesity is if there comes in effect a law which mandates the Indain Rail to return back a part or whole of the fare depending upon the extent of lateness. I believe that they have nothing to lose in this particular area, which is why they are unable to get the proper motivation for work. If they start losing money for late trains, they will automatically do something or the other to save the money. And whatever we get in the end will be better than the present. And yes, if they want we can also say while taking the money,”aapko hui aasuvidha k liye hame khed hai!!”

AAPNE JEETI GAYA!!!

Being in Larsen and Toubro Hazira has its advantages other than just the job experience. Being here I have learnt more Gujrati in the last 3 months than I could in the 4 years of my college. Today was the 5th and final day of the test match between India and Australia, and in what can very aptly be called a nail biting match, India won the match on a bowling pitch while chasing by just a mere single wicket. Well the match was quiet interesting and though people at Larsen and Toubro were not in front the television sets watching the match ball by ball, but nothing could keep them from keeping a track of the scores.

Work was going on at its normal pace as it always goes. Though “Score kya hua??” was asked by many, many times. People were discussing technicalities of the job while some were actually doing the jobs. The most interesting case to see was that of two people, one from the shops and the other from some other department involved in a heated argument over some issue. Things like this are not uncommon though on the shop floor.  But what was worth noticing was what happened next. Of the 2 people arguing, one’s cell phone rings into a massage tone. He opens the massage and happily shouts,”AAPNE JEETI GAYA!!” The argument is instantly forgotten and scores start getting discussed and the argument now changes to who should get the man of the match title.

What caught my attention was the phrase,”AAPNE JEETI GAYA”. Meaning WE HAVE WON. Not quiet often do we get to hear the ‘WE’ over here now do we. At this moment I recall one of Akshay Kumar’s dialogues from the movie Khaata Meetha (wait…don’t stop reading here, I never said about liking the movie),

”AAP AMERICA JAO AAPKO AMERICAN MILENGE

ENGLAND JAO TO ENGLISHMEN MILENGE

FRANCE JAO TO FRENCHMEN MILENGE

LEKIN INDIA ME…INDIA ME AAPKO MILENGE MARATHI, GUJRATI, PUNJABI, MARWADI…”

So true, is it not! We actually are Indian at very few instances. Unless we are out of India or some outside power is intruding into India, or unless there is a cricket match we are just so very non-Indian. Just look at the today’s match as an example. When Zaheer Khan took 5 wickets and was made the Man of the Match, he was an Indian and not a Muslim. When Sachin scored 98 in the first innings, or when Dhoni got out for 2 in the second innings they were Indians and not a Maharashtrian and a Bihari(No grudges against Dhoni, I love his shots and more even his attitude, this was just for an example). But what happens to us after the match ends? We go out and start the discrimination on the basis of caste, religion, region and what else not. The question that really comes to my mind here is why so? Why just can’t we be Indians at all times?

Why do we fall for some power hungry politician’s words in which he makes us fight against each other. Who in a so called secular India whose constitution treats every religion and people of all religions equally, puts his religion’s claim on something that should rightfully belong to all? Why do we fight for the Ram Mandir or the Babri Masjid of either of which today who knows what exists where? Why not build an orphanage or a school on that site? Haven’t all the religions always asked to help the poor of the society? Don’t our religions say that we must donate some part of our earning to the society? And when we remember everything else about the religion, why do we forget this good part?

Why do we fight for what language should get importance where? Why do we not understand that language is simply for expressing the feeling within us, that it is simply to convey our massage to the person standing next to you? Why do we attach so much importance to the regional language, or should I say force importance on it when we have one National Language? Why do the south Indian’s do not study our National Language? Why do they give so much importance to their regional language to the point of creating a hatred for the National Language? Why do we need to print our sign boards in a regional language rather than print them in a language that is understood by if not all, a lot more people? Isn’t it supposed to be bad for one’s business? If one cannot understand what a particular shop sells, why should he go in there and buy stuff from there?

Why do we let a few corrupt government officials and selfish political leaders, ruin our country’s image by letting them organize a world event that makes us all feel sorry before the entire world community? Why don’t we unitedly stand against this and demand for a change? India is supposed to be democracy I guess? Right from the traffic policeman who takes a bribe from us for us not having an insurance of our own vehicle to the minister who bungles in huge amounts of money for issuing a public works contract, or steals the money that is meant for the flood affected people in helping them building their homes back? Why can’t we just stand up for once and say a simple and strong NO?

Why do so many questions plague India today, when they can be vanished by a minute change in our mentalities? Will these or should I say, can these questions ever vanish?

AAPNE SACHI MA JEETE SHAKE CHE?

The Reservation Story.

With my brother’s admissons coming up i am once again subjected to the world of government admission procedures and reservation. Reservation…this could easily be the most debatable topic in the lives of the common man and most of those who do not belong to the reserved class must be against it and obviously those who are getting the benefits of it on the other side. But today with the reservation being almost 50% we really need to think, do we need it and if its getting too much or not.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at the time of independence demanded resevation for the people who were treated untouchables to help them improve their standard of living and come at par with those who caused these atrocities on them. As much as i know he had asked for the reserved status for only an initial period of 10 years. But our political leaders in their race for power kept on promising reservation even after the initial 10 year period, eventually creating the situation that exits today. Instead of uniting the society we have made sections of it. Today we are a nation that queues to be called backward. We are a nation that organises nationwide campaigns to get the backward status.
Today higher education is slipping out from the hands of the common man. With the government colleges and institutions giving 50% of their seats to the reserved class, the only option that is left for the common man of the unreserved class is to study in private institutions that charge enormous fees and donations. So if the common man cannot pay the fees should he stop his children from studying? Isnt’t the government failing then?
Today life a really a luxury for the reserved class. As soon they are branded RESERVED they become the government’s son-in-laws. They get previlages each and everywhere. During admission to government schools, they are charged less fees. After that when schooling ends, they have a good 50% of the seats reserved for them. All they need to do is appear for the exams and their admisssion to a good institute is ensured. There too they get a discount on the fees. Plus scholarships for the reserved class. Then comes the time of job. While selections in the government sector again all they need to do is appear for the interviews to get selected for the job. When in the job, they again get an upperhand over thier colleagues as again for the promotions caste is considered. Not to forget being RSERVED they also have discounts on taxes too. And all this beacuse our ancestors treated them badly! Isn’t this punishing someone else for something someone else has done. And then why is it invalid when we blame the muslims who invaded India and destroyed so many temples during their regime? Why is their so much fuss when Babri Masjid is destroyed? Well lets not drift away from the main topic and coming back to it, even if we accept that our forefathers committed artocitites on the so the today’s reserved class’s forefathers. Isn’t the non reserved class being subjected to atrocities today?
And moreover if we look at the motive of reservation that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had in mind while demanding reservations. He wanted upliftment of the poor of the society. But with what is happening today we are only enlarging the rich-poor divide. With the rich of the reserved class eating away rights of the poor of the reserved class. What we really need to think toady is wether the reservation being given is going to the people who deserve it or not. Definately a poor boy from the rural areas of chattisgarh who studies under the light of the street lamp after a day’s hard work to earn his bread need the benefits of reservation more than a rich boy living in the city of mumbai having all the facilites at his disposal. But the thing his the rich boy gets a bit more marks from the poor boy and avails the benefits of reservation. I dont think the rich boy deserves it as compared to the poor boy. What we need today either the complete cancellation of reservation or reservation based on economic basis. If we think as a whole, what is happening today is the undeserved people are getting an edge over the deserving. Thinking of India’s development, is it really going to happen if we keep on giving chances to the undeserved and keep on denying the same to those who really do? Can India 2020 be a reality?
And the worst part of the whole scenario is that people now keep on demanding more and more reservation. The Gajjars recently organized a massive nationwide agitation to get the status of ST instead of SC. It dosent need an einstein to figure out why. Plus when in institutions like the IIT’s when these undeserved people are unable to cope up with the competiton and the level of study and when they fail, the reserved category organisations start blaming the institutes on the grounds of atrocities against the reserved class. What really pissed me off recently was the statement a fellow student of mine who belongs to the reserved category. When i asked him why dont you put in a bit of efforts to pass this is what he said,
“Yaar…ek to mereko kuch samajh me aata nahi…aur tension thodi na hai mujhe kuch…mereko to bas exam likhna hai aur kaise to bhi usme pass hona hai…ek baar degree leke is college k bahar gaya to mereko job to lag hi jayega!! “
And we call such people as the future of our nation. Don’t you think we are making a big mistake somewhere?

With my brother’s admissons coming up i am once again subjected to the world of government admission procedures and reservation. Reservation…this could easily be the most debatable topic in the lives of the common man and most of those who do not belong to the reserved class must be against it and obviously those who are getting the benefits of it on the other side. But today with the reservation being almost 50% we really need to think, do we need it and if its getting too much or not.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at the time of independence demanded resevation for the people who were treated untouchables to help them improve their standard of living and come at par with those who caused these atrocities on them. As much as i know he had asked for the reserved status for only an initial period of 10 years. But our political leaders in their race for power kept on promising reservation even after the initial 10 year period, eventually creating the situation that exits today. Instead of uniting the society we have made sections of it. Today we are a nation that queues to be called backward. We are a nation that organises nationwide campaigns to get the backward status.

Today higher education is slipping out from the hands of the common man. With the government colleges and institutions giving 50% of their seats to the reserved class, the only option that is left for the common man of the unreserved class is to study in private institutions that charge enormous fees and donations. So if the common man cannot pay the fees should he stop his children from studying? Isnt’t the government failing then?

Today life a really a luxury for the reserved class. As soon they are branded RESERVED they become the government’s son-in-laws. They get previlages each and everywhere. During admission to government schools, they are charged less fees. After that when schooling ends, they have a good 50% of the seats reserved for them. All they need to do is appear for the exams and their admisssion to a good institute is ensured. There too they get a discount on the fees. Plus scholarships for the reserved class. Then comes the time of job. While selections in the government sector again all they need to do is appear for the interviews to get selected for the job. When in the job, they again get an upperhand over thier colleagues as again for the promotions caste is considered. Not to forget being RSERVED they also have discounts on taxes too. And all this beacuse our ancestors treated them badly! Isn’t this punishing someone else for something someone else has done. And then why is it invalid when we blame the muslims who invaded India and destroyed so many temples during their regime? Why is their so much fuss when Babri Masjid is destroyed? Well lets not drift away from the main topic and coming back to it, even if we accept that our forefathers committed artocitites on the so the today’s reserved class’s forefathers. Isn’t the non reserved class being subjected to atrocities today?

And moreover if we look at the motive of reservation that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had in mind while demanding reservations. He wanted upliftment of the poor of the society. But with what is happening today we are only enlarging the rich-poor divide. With the rich of the reserved class eating away rights of the poor of the reserved class. What we really need to think toady is wether the reservation being given is going to the people who deserve it or not. Definately a poor boy from the rural areas of chattisgarh who studies under the light of the street lamp after a day’s hard work to earn his bread need the benefits of reservation more than a rich boy living in the city of mumbai having all the facilites at his disposal. But the thing his the rich boy gets a bit more marks from the poor boy and avails the benefits of reservation. I dont think the rich boy deserves it as compared to the poor boy. What we need today either the complete cancellation of reservation or reservation based on economic basis. If we think as a whole, what is happening today is the undeserved people are getting an edge over the deserving. Thinking of India’s development, is it really going to happen if we keep on giving chances to the undeserved and keep on denying the same to those who really do? Can India 2020 be a reality?

And the worst part of the whole scenario is that people now keep on demanding more and more reservation. The Gajjars recently organized a massive nationwide agitation to get the status of ST instead of SC. It dosent need an einstein to figure out why. Plus when in institutions like the IIT’s when these undeserved people are unable to cope up with the competiton and the level of study and when they fail, the reserved category organisations start blaming the institutes on the grounds of atrocities against the reserved class. What really pissed me off recently was the statement a fellow student of mine who belongs to the reserved category. When i asked him why dont you put in a bit of efforts to pass this is what he said,

Yaar…ek to mereko kuch samajh me aata nahi…aur tension thodi na hai mujhe kuch…mereko to bas exam likhna hai aur kaise to bhi usme pass hona hai…ek baar degree leke is college k bahar gaya to mereko job to lag hi jayega!!

And we call such people as the future of our nation. Don’t you think we are making a big mistake somewhere?