Friday, December 24, 2010

Wikileaks: Voice Against Tyranny

The world politics is feeling the tremors as Wikileaks is throwing politically confidential information to the common public. Naturally, Wikileaks has found a long queue of criticizers. Criticizers blame it saying that it is compromising with the security and has termed illegal. However, Wikileaks’ gifts are precious. With the motto, “We open governments”, Wikileaks has become an instrument for the browbeaten to fight against the tyrants.

Wikileaks has certainly changed the thinking of common people towards the working of world politics and what really does happen behind the sealed doors of political institutions. It has unmasked the countries’ real identity. It has allowed us to peep inside the diplomatic affairs that run the world powers. Well, most obviously, criticizers slam Wikileaks saying that in the call of transparency, it is gambling with the security. But the truth is that it is no threat to security. It must be noted that one’s security can be a threat to other’s fraternity. United States considers it a threat because Wikileaks prevent US from being a threat to its enemies. In fact, the US finds itself in the middle of the sea, as it cannot ignore the allegations against it.

Truth should never be masked. Also, digging out truth is not an offence. In fact, it is an act of appreciation. Wikileaks only discloses the truth, which the people should know. Moreover, it is the basic right of citizens to know how they are being ruled. So, its worthless to debate that Wikileaks is a foe to democracy. Even the United Nation backs Wikileaks saying that this is the way that transparency works and that corruption has been confronted in many cases. UN agreed with the idea that Julian Assange (the founder of Wikileaks) was a "martyr for free speech."

Wikileaks has helped us to distinguish between our associates and bullies. The recent leaks have enough potential to affect the relationship between the countries. It would not be a matter of surprise if our diplomatic relationships change with our associates, especially with the United States and other western powers.

Wikileaks has redefined the meaning of press. Its affect is so immense that countries have started blocking their servers. But, it seems strange that the US, which claims to be the redeemer of freedom of expression and press, has stood against Wikileaks. It’s really queer that US is doing the same what it has been accusing China for. However, it’s impossible to freeze Wikileaks. After all, truth can never be concealed. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flaws In Our Education System

Modern educational system in India, perhaps, was introduced during British Raj. Since then, it has undergone numerous revisions and modifications. But still our present educational system is incompetent in producing human resource.

The flaws in our educational system become visible when we focus on educated unemployment. There are more than 60 million educated unemployed in India. The problem of educated unemployment is so acute that it severely affects the economy and hinders the growth in GDP. Moreover, Indians are loosing their scientific temperament. It’s a matter of shame that being a scientifically rich country, India has till now produced just handful of Nobel laureates. Our R&D scenario is far appalling. But why are the problems so acute? Well, our educational system is to be blamed for the crisis. Indian educational system is marks-oriented. It believes in memory power more than the concepts. Students are made to learn the concepts by heart. Rather than drawing the concepts in our practical life, it is restricted to marks. Naturally, students too run behind the grades.

Fortunately, HRD ministry too recognizes its incompetence. Consequently, HRD ministry, under the Manmohan Singh government and guidance of our Kapil Sibal, has taken several initiatives that, according to the ministry, would enhance the quality of education in India. Ministry started its experiment in mid-2009 with the present class X batch, studying in CBSE affiliated schools. As a part of the trial, CCE (or Comprehensive and Co… Evaluation) was introduced. Ministry claims that it would provide opportunities to so-called ‘back-benchers’ to show up their potentials and skills not only in academics but also in co-curriculum activities. It also claims that it would discourage the theory of ‘learning by rote’. But is the ground reality same as claimed?

Well, Mr. Sibal must work more to turn his castle in the sky into reality. CCE is no more than old wine served in a new bottle under a glittery label. The significance of CCE has been exaggerated and is nothing more than a mirage. Though CCE has considerably backed the backbenchers, but didn’t enhance the quality of education. The pattern of teaching remains to be same and students’ response is not so sunny as expected. Being a student, I would appeal Mr. Sibal for the review of his decision. CCE is a total failure and he must work upon other alternatives.

Ayodhya: Who to blame?

Court has finally pronounced its verdict on the much controversial Ayodhya title case. One may get assured that the sixty-years old hullabaloo has finally come to an end. But has the blaze of abhorrence been quenched by the proclamation of the court? Well, in my opinion, the decree has put wax to the conflagration, which started long back in mid 20th century. No matter whose side the court takes, people of India would never ever comply with the judgment.

The courts proclamation is only the instigation of a chain reaction, which is feared to persist for another several decades. The ground-zero reality is that the verdict has triggered the lever of hostility among the communities. It is certified that none of the sects would knell in front of other. But who are to blame for the dilemma?

Making the list of perpetrator would probably take another sixty years. However, the names of few culprits are more likely to struck our psyche first, and the citizens of India itself top the rankings. India, a country of thousand culture and religion, has always been a place of contradiction, tension and differences in opinion. History remains the witness of uncountable violence. So, it’s quite evident that people of India would require lots of time to break the strands of past and enter into the world of communal harmony. We, Indians, have too much allergenic towards religions. We believe in religion more than our heart. Religion makes our soul and we give our soul to empower religion. And consequently, in the race of proving our supremacy, we have overlooked the teachings of religion.

The same theory applies in the case of Ayodhya. Neither of the sects concurs to give up their part. Each faction understands that 2.77 acres of land would make no pearl of sand. But still, none readies to bow its head, especially when ego of each religion is at stake. Another aspect is that it is not just a conflict between two trustees, but a clash between religions.

The second position in the list of ‘perpetrator of the crisis’ is earned, with due respect, by the propaganda of political parties in India. The messiah of democracy (the political parties) has used the instrument of religion to bag votes of particular community, by compromising the sentiments of other wings. It’s unreasonable to name the particular political party because every party leans to the same philosophy.

Indian unemployed and amateurish youths too add their drops in the pool of hate ness. They are still immature about religion. And their childish and babyish thinking make them easy targets for political parties to use them as an instrument to spread communal violence in the society. It’s truly regrettable that the backbone of the society itself is trembling in the tremors of communal politics. The youth crisis, however, can be unscrambled by budding new employment opportunities. This would engage them and resist such irrational thoughts to menace them.

Thirdly, media’s role cannot be disregarded. Indian media has been hypersensitive over the issue. With Indian spices and zing, media has served the news. In the race of moneymaking, media has tried to soar the issue, leading to tension and anxiety. Though broadcasting bureau puts a check on such reports, however, it has failed over again. It is a matter of embarrassment that so-called ‘fourth pillar of democracy’ itself is quivering in the tremors of money.

So where lies the solution? There are no two views that judiciary alone cannot extinguish the fire of violence. So out of court dialogue remains to be one of the prominent elucidations of the debate. But bi-lateral talks can proceed only if both the communities come to a common conclusion. Things must be compromised for the sake of national unity and tranquility. In the present context, however, such negotiation is far off dream and unlikely to happen ever.

Well, its nearly impossible to unbound billion people from the chain of bogus ideology. Neither can political parties be put off the hooks. The only stone left unturned is government’s intrusion. Though being a secular country, Indian constitution provides space for government in the matter of religion. Government has the authority to intervene in religious dispute. But what must be government’s next measure to resolve the decades old catastrophe?

Rather than isolating the property from any delegation, government must seize the 2.77 acre-plot for the development of folks. Any orphanage, hospital or ashram deserves to be on the plot more than a shrine. After all, religion is all about charity, benevolence and generosity. This may sound bizarre, but it is undoubtedly the finest solution in the context of India’s incongruity. Moreover, the solution has been tried earlier in different context and had been quite triumphant. Even dwellers of Ayodhya hold in view that bringing religion would bring catastrophe into the land of sanctity.

We are so interwoven in the threads of religion that both cannot be alienated from each other. Till date, no religion exit, which act as a threat for communal harmony. All religion has spread the very same message of mercy, love and kindness. But we have misinterpreted their teachings. Even Lord Ram and Babur would be relieved if their followers have obliterated the barriers of temple and mosque.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monopoly On Nobel

I glued my eyes on my television set for past couple of days, hopping that even a single Nobel would roll up to India. I kept my finger crossed and being an apprentice of science, I prayed for a miracle. However, as accustomed by the old tradition, India returns empty handed again. But what makes Americans or Englishmen to be a topper? Why can’t Indians reserve a seat in the club of elites? If we have glimpse over the Indian history of Nobel prizes, we find just 7 Indians in the club (including VS Naipaul although he was Trinidad born). I tickle my wit, run my psyche across several severe thoughts and finally landed upon three-point reason why Indians lag behind in the race of Nobel.

Firstly, to understand India’s failure at international forum, we must comprehend the selection process for the prizes. According to the statutes, the selection committee should consist of a board of five Swedish or Norwegian citizens, with its seat in Stockholm. The Swedish King in Council should appoint the Chairman of the Board, with the other four members appointed by the trustees of the prize-awarding institutions. In other words, the right of rewarding totally rests upon the handful of Swedish or Norwegian. There is no international agency for assortment. And it’s obvious that Swedish’s likings would favor its own interest.

Secondly, the politics interfere in the selection process of awardees. History remains witness that dozens of deserving candidates have been excluded from the list. Though Nobel Committee denies such charges of political interference, the roots can be found by magnified scrutiny. The finest and awkward illustration of such scams is ignorance of Gandhi’s contributions. Though Gandhi was thrice nominated for the recognition, yet the messiah of humanity and the founder of instrument of non-violence remained out of the radar of selection agency. Why? Sweden had affable relations with English at his time and Sweden probably feared that valuing Gandhi’s part would take the thorns for Sweden. However, in 1948, the year of Gandhi's death, the Nobel Committee declined to award a prize on the grounds that "there was no suitable living candidate" that year. Moreover, Gandhi is not the only island to be isolated. Several scholars deem that the committee had been more broadminded toward European writers and put others out of the radar.

Thirdly, we Indian are to blame for our breakdown. We never show our fascination in the field of research. The highest-minded Indians are more intended towards higher paid jobs. Since research work doesn’t pay much, youngsters prefer to attach with MNC, which generally flood their pockets. Moreover, those who believe in research have a preference in western countries, which provide much more technological assistance and financial backing. Brain drain is eating up our aboriginal endowment.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Overdose of Media’s Criticism On CWG

CWG organizing committee is bouncing upon thorns as one after another allegations are menacing them. From corruption to sanitation, every charge has been put on the committee. While organizers are trying to prove their innocence, media is busy in making fortunes. With Indian mirch masalas, media is selling the news to common public. And in the race of moneymaking, media is drilling holes in its own plate!
Nobody can disregard the fact that corruption does exist in CWG, but its unfortunate that media has glorified the dark side more than expected. Media has been too much pessimistic about Commonwealth Games. Yes, I admit that media is part and parcel of our society and must acknowledge government about its weakness. But, it’s highly recommendable that media must cooperate with the government. Media should remember that these criticisms cause more burn in the outside world. We are probably (or certainly) the only country who is more enthusiastic to project our darker sides to the world.
During 2004 Athens Olympics, construction work continued till the eve of opening ceremony, and still we didn’t complain. In Delhi, there are about 90 thousand security personals employed for the security of 7000 athletes and official, which turns to be around 13 guards per each athlete. But still, the world is tensed about security. Why? Why is the world concerned too much about India? Well, the blame goes to Indian enthusiastic and spicy media. Media has hyped the situation. The ground-zero reality is far better that anticipated.
I remember the speech by our missile man, Dr. Kalam, in which he blamed India’s pessimistic media for the country’s slow pace development. It’s natural that crisis would evolve during such huge events, but such crisis must not be overestimated.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Elected to enjoy lavishness

Who are MPs? Mps are the merchant of India who promises to work for the cause of humanity, but end up charging heavily for their negligible services. We elect them, feed them on our hard-earned money, make them feel at the top of the world, and latter, blame them. They enjoy the comfort of the parliament and they out-pace our voices. We make them travel in the lal-battis, whereas rickety bus suits our status. Still, they blame, “hamara kharcha nahien chalta hain.”

The statement of our honorable MP made us (the aam-aadmi) think how much greedy a man can be! A labour, who spends a whole day working in a construction-site, earns just a dollar. And an MP, who promises to eradicate poverty, earns Rs1000 just for enjoying the chillness of the air conditioners. A study shows that more than 80 percent MPs hibernate in the parliament. But as salary hike is concerned, they are the first to come to strike for their demands.

Perhaps Indian constituent assembly has created the finest constitution and has left no stone unturned. But the rulers were kept out of the radar. Our constitution doesn’t define the duty of an MP. However, it makes no error while defining the elites of an MP! On one hand, where poor children are dying of starvation, MPs are enjoying kheer at just Rs 5, fish curry (Bengalis favorite, macher jhol) at Rs17 and yummy chicken at Rs24. Still they blame, “hamara kharcha nahien chalta hain.” Our honorable rulers! Come and spend a day with a status of a common man. Probably you would be able to run your (huge) family with your existing earnings.

In 1976, members of parliaments passed 42nd amendment act which added the term ‘socialism’ to the preamble of the Indian Constitution. Though socialism has a vast meaning, however, for India, socialism aims to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. But what if the lawmakers themselves demand for widening the gap?

It’s a matter of shame of that politicians are much occupied in earning rather than serving their duty. Moreover, being an MP is nothing more than a profession where employees are paid regularly irrespective of the duty. Probably ‘a job of an MP’ would be the next to be listed in! And only thing we can do is to quiz that how long will it continue?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

India: Fast Emerging Space Power

India is truly a fast emerging space power in the world. Space conquest probably began during the cold war between two most powerful states, United States and Soviet Union (now disintegrated into 15 different countries). However, the main aim of the race was not space exploration, but was political exploitation. Although India was far behind in the conquest of space, but hats off to Indian space scientists who made India into the list of space conqueror.

Many believe that ‘Indian space exploration’ history is just few decades old when in 1961; the National Committee for Space Research was set up under the Chairmanship of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. But in reality, the history dates back around 1500 years ago. Famous mathematician and astronomer during Chandragupta regime (5th century AD.), Aryabhata gave some great calculation regarding space that is almost accurate. He presented his theory of heliostat, which states that planets revolve around the sun. This theory was presented about a millennium before than the very same theory presented by Galileo. Rig Veda, the oldest text, also mentioned space exploration. India’s rich space exploration history is probably unparallel in the world.
But, in the real sense, the history of space exploration starts in 1963, when a sounding rocket, Nike Apache was launched from a church-turned-launch pad, Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in Kerela. This was a point where space development started. Then the first Indian satellite, Aryabhata was launched in April 1975. Although designed by scientists of ISRO, but Aryabhata was launched from the Soviet Union cosmodrome at Baikonur. Then it was the era of advancement in communication. India too participated in the race by sending its first experimental communication satellite, APPLE (Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment), which made India the sixth country to send communication satellite.
Although designed by Indian scientists working at ISRO, previously, the satellites were sent by other countries, due to lack of technology. But after the successful launch of Rohini satellite into the space, India is now not only capable to launch her own satellites from native land, but also the payload of other countries. So India is a self-sufficient country in the field of space exploration.

With the failure of SLV-3 in 1979, India’s debut venture in developing satellite launch vehicle was introduced. But later in 1983, a modified version of SLV-3, carrying Rohini-2 was successfully launched. The satellite sent 2,500 pictures to its ground station. Again starting with a failure, ISRO launched ASLV (Augmented Satellite Launch Vehicle) program. But in 1992, ASLV-D3 successfully placed SROSS-III into the orbit. Then came the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) program. Its first successful launch in form of PSLV-D2 was made from the launch pad of Sriharikota in 1994. It escorted remote satellite, IRS-P2. India successfully launched its first GSLV (Geo stationary Satellite Launching Vehicle) in 2001, which allowed India to join the elite space club of five nations- USA, Russia, European Union, China and Japan.
Indian Space and Research Organzation has played an incredible role in the development of space technlogy and made India into the top list of space conqueror. Having a budget of $1.3 billion in 2008, ISRO made India’s name into the list of space conqueror. Till date, India has launced several communication and weather monitoring satellite. India’s first indegeneous multipurpose satellite was INSAT series. First in this series was INSAT 1A which was launched in 1982 from United States. India successfully launched I.R.S 1A, her first indegeneous remote sensing satellite in 1988. After the launch of I.R.S series, India stated locating resources on the Earth from space.
Indian space program is a broad one-from communication to weather forecasting and from mapping of resources on the Earth to space exploration. India has got a huge success in the field of communication. After the first launch of experimental communication satellite, APPLE, India has traveled miles to get a respectable position. Now using a satellite phone one can communicate to another, without considering the fact where the person is. We everyday use mobile phones, which is a gift of Indian space program. In television sector, one can just obtain a connection to any channel of the world just by placing an antenna on his rooftop. After the launch of INSAT 4A in 2005, India entered into the era of Direct-to-Home (DTH) service. Now private organizations were able to take pace with the government agencies in this industry. A man can surf Internet just by a push of a single button of his mobile phone. This type of comfort is present to us just because of the Indian space program. In weather monitoring too, India is very much capable to forecast the weather and can warn us enough before any natural calamity occur. ISRO also plans to map the earth and make the maps publicly available and thus will become a competition for Google Earth. The project is named Bhuvan.
Another major success of ISRO is the introduction of virtual classes using satellite technology. It means that a teacher sitting in front of a camera, can teach his students who are miles away from the classroom. This communication is possible only because of satellite technology. Modern age is an era of internet tecnology which can also be used to set up a virtual classroom. But for those who can not afford internet, IGNOU is a perfect one. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was set up for those graduate sudents who cannot afford studying in a well graded university. A student can optain a degree of MBA or MCA just by attending virtual classes, sitting in front of a television set.
Nation poet, Rabindranath Tagore wrote,
“If nobody lend their ears to your voice,
Do the work without them.”
Indian space scientists proved the statement correct when they built India’s first cryogenic engine without the support of any other external help. During 1990s, under the pressure of Glavkosmos, Russian Space Agency halted its support to India in the field of space technology. As a result, India’s Cryogenic project faced a serious threat. But thanks to the scientists of ISRO, who turn the dream of indigenous cryogenic engine into reality. This proved not only the capability of Indian scientists but also showed her desire to make her name into the list space conqueror.
On 22nd October 2008, a new chapter was added in the history of space for India by launching Chandrayaan-1 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C11) escorted chandrayaan-1 weighing 1304 kilogram. Its basic purpose is to make a survey of lunar surface and to locate minerals on the moon by staying in the lunar orbit for couple of years. It carried six scientific payloads- three from European Space Agency two from Nasa and one from Bulgaria. India became the sixth member of moon club after United States, Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. It is the third member from Asia, followed by Japan and China. It again showed the capability of Indian Space scientists and her power in the field of space.

The launch of Chandrayaan increased the confidence level of ISRO scientist and foresees to send a manned mission to space in next few years. The first step towards this goal was the 600-kg Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE), launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket, and safely returned to earth 12 days later. This demonstrates India's capability to develop heat-resistant materials necessary for re-entry.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has conceptually developed a Sun mission called 'Aditya'. ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair announced that this mission was approved.

ISRO also plans to send a navigation mission, called Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). It is similar to Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system and can be used to from any location of the country. IRNSS consist of seven satellite, which can detect the position accurate upto 20 metres. The work for the mission has already been started and it is believed that its fuctioning would start within 2012.

But these developments in space sector came into controversy. People generally ask what is the need for investing billions of rupees in space exploration. The answer is plaussible and yet simple. It is estimated that there may be enough resources present in the universe which can fulfill all our energy and resource crisis. Asteroids and comets are such heavenly bodies which may consist vast deposits of useful natural resources. Hence more and more countries would try to locate and capture those celestial bodies which are actually the deposits of useful minerals. It is also predictated that the main cause of the third World War would probably be scarecity of water and space exploration for the exploitation of these resources. Investment in space sector means that India would be, of course, one of the country in the lead in upcoming decades.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A New Symbol, A New Era in Indian Economy

Finally, rupee got its own symbol, a symbol of prestige, a symbol of self-esteem and a symbol of strength. Indian rupee joined the club of selected who has its own internationally acclaimed currency symbol. Similar to the position of currencies like dollar and pound, Indian rupee would also get a reputable status in the global market. But can a mere symbol list India in the club of elites? Well, its not a mere symbol, its more that that. It signifies the strength of India’s economy and currency to endure the present economy of the world.
The symbol is more than a combination of devnagari and roman alphabets, but it corresponds to the fulfillment of old, numb dream. It signifies the strength of India’s economy to withstand the tough times of recession. Today, India’s economy is the second fastest growing economy and is believed that India would emerge as an economic super power in next couple of decades.
Few weeks before independence, a British official remarked, “With millions people dying of hunger, what can Gandhi do? Good Luck, Gandhi!” Today, I wish I could stand beside his graveyard and yell, “India has made it, Gandhi did what you couldn’t do.” India has been able to prove that she is able to undo the injustice that British did to India.

Friday, April 23, 2010

What Would Happen If IPL Is Nationalized

The whole country was shocked when MP Lalu Prasad Yadav raised an issue in the parliament demanding to nationalize the IPL. The following statement from Lalu Prasad came when the parliament debated on the scandal by Mr. Lalit Modi, the commissioner and initiator of IPL. According to them, IPL should be nationalized in order to avoid black money penetrating into the League. But is this theory of nationalizing IPL logical? Can IPL restrain its popularity if it gets into the hand of the government?

Well, Mr. Lalu Prasad would be annoyed to read the article.

Firstly, it is hard (or rather correct to say impossible) to attract such a large amount of capital. Industrialists and capitalists would think twice before investing in such a scheme where hungry politicians are ready to hound everything. So, there would be a perturbation in the minds of franchisers before buying a team in the IPL. Moreover, the profit of IPL would also shrink because a lot of money would be routed to the fund of Government. Or indirectly, it would make politicians’ pockets heavier than ever. Obviously, investor would think of their money.

Secondly, IPL would merely become a national league from entertainment league. The charm of watching IPL matches would no longer subsist. Lets take the paradigm of Doordarshan. Although the quality of programmes are much better than other private channels, but Doordarshan was unable to catch up large audience as that of private channels. And IPL would no longer be an exception. No cheer girls, no entertainment packages, and no crowd to cheer their home teams!

Thirdly, IPL would become a medium to bag votes. Opposition would debate on negatives of IPL to win seats in the parliament. Just imagine when parties would come up with propaganda to cut prices of IPL tickets! Politicians must work for welfare of the citizens, not for their entertainment.

No matter how devil IPL commissioner is, IPL cannot restrain its popularity without guys like Modi!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

IITJEE: Annihilation Of Wits

The landscape is no different from a scene of a fair. Students are waiting outside the gates of examination centers. And there was perturbation in the air; after all, it is the most crucial day for them. It’s IITJEE. While students are having their last minute preparation, their parents are busy in offering prayers and encouraging their children. It is natural because IITJEE is one of the toughest examinations in the world. Especially, when about half a million candidates are appearing for only ten thousand seats all over the country! But why are we all crazy about IITs?

The obvious response to this question is that IITs are the best institute all over. And for admission in IITs, every sacrifice seems to be small. The magnitude of passion among the students, perhaps among parents, is so immense that students take every possible risk to survive the exam. And coaching institutes provide spark to the fire of their determination. Coaching institutes play an important and indissoluble role in IIT-aspirants life. Today, students believe that without coaching classes, their education is incomplete. And the reason seems to be probable because schooling alone cannot stock up everything. As a consequence, market of coaching industry has grown up to 1,00,000 crores of rupees. But is it really making our future bright?

Nobody can deny the fact that coaching institutes are decent, but nobody can also rebuff that coaching institutes are terrible, in the sense that they are killing our wits. Coaching classes act as a spoon-feeder. Their teaching methodology only includes cracking toughest problems, rather than making students understand the concept behind the problem. Students are made to memorize certain types of solution to crack competitive exams. As a consequence, a student may be able to solve physics numerical in two counts, but may fail to explain the concept. Student may survive the exam, but he may (or will) perish in future. Nobody can guarantee about the problem ahead, so how can anybody lead if his concepts are weak? It’s dangerous to compromise with future for success, which don’t last too long.

Even IITs itself recognizes the fact. Consequently, there are putting up their best to make coaching institutes inefficient. IITs tries to bring variation in the question paper and even they are trying to include a section of aptitude test in the entrance examination. After all, IITs are only for real jewel, not for parrots!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Will Earth Hour Really Work?

Can A Single Hour Find Remedy To Climate Change?

India is all set to celebrate Earth hour on this Saturday evening. And green celebes like Rahul Bose and Abhishek Bachhan are pulling up their socks to make Earth hour a success. In 2007, Sydney became the first city to celebrate the festival of nature with seventh heaven. Eventually, Earth hour became a great success. WWF claims that in March 2009, India along with hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative. But will it really bring any ray of hope to find any remedy to climate change? Can a single hour bring such an impact?
The elucidation lies in statistics. Delhites consume around 3000MW of electricity during its peek hours. If five out of every ten house in our capital put-off their light for an hour, it would save around fifty percent of total power consumption. So it saves around 1.5 million units of electricity or in other words, it saves around 800 tons of carbon dioxide. And remember that this value is only for Delhi, however it is expected that this value may round off at twice or thrice.
It may give the impression of grand gift for nature. Moreover, we feel that we have been able to loosen the string of climate change. But this assumption is our biggest mistake. This amount is a small bit of the story. If we consider our total carbon emission, this amount is like a brick in a multi-story building. We never care about running AC and room heaters 365 days a year, so what revolution can a single hour bring?
Even WWF itself recognizes the fact. The organization states, “There’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year; it’s all about giving people a voice on the future of our planet and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for our planet.” But isn’t it too late? Shouldn’t have it be done a decade before?
Well I truly believe that little drops add up to make an ocean, but this process takes ages. And we don’t have much time for merry-making. It’s not the time to learn, but to implement all those steps we have learnt. After all there is no value of learning if we don’t implement them. Today, the death clock is tickling fast and if nothing is done right away, may the race of human becomes a history.
So, where is the problem? As most of us are to blame policy makers, the roots of the crisis stay inside our mind. We are numb toward our nature. We don’t care what would happen to our grandchildren. People save their hard-earned penny for their children, but don’t care about gratuitous driving or wastage of electricity, adding tons of carbon every year. We all are trapped into a single bogus ideology that nature can have no impact on human, as we are supreme.
It has been dinned into us by the proverbs and sermons that we never pay the price of a sweet voice until the bird has flown away. And our planet is no exception. Although the term ‘Global Warming’ first appeared as myth in 1970s, but there is enough evidence to prove climate change is no fake. Scientist warned us a decade ago but we never tried to comprehend the dilemma. We didn’t react. And now, when we are at the edge of our total annihilation, we are spending sleepless nights. Neither you nor me can ignore the effort of ‘Earth Hour’. In reality, Earth Hour is the biggest effort any organization can make on their part. The rest depends on us; how we respond to the yell of our grandchildren.