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.