I Pledge – Happy 68th Republic Day

“Republic” is a quite a contextual word, used by every country in a way they feel comfortable.  Our Country, India 🇮🇳, it means an announcement to be a sovereign nation, abiding by a constitution, following rule of law and governed by the representatives elected by the citizen.

However, foundation stones of our nation, its unity, integrity and nationalist pride have been largely eroded, more due to petty political gains and careless (& to some extent selfish) attitude of its many citizens.  While this can be a high-pitched statement, to great extent we honestly know its more a reality.  The situation has come to such a low that few of the very ‘phrases’ which symbolized the national pride and integrity are now being openly questioned, and questioned in name of very Freedom of Speech and Expression granted by republic constitution.  This is thus a real cause of concern and a pain for many like me, who undoubtedly love the country.

On positive way forward, we as people need to work together to reinforce the nation with pride and integrity, make people realize embodiment of nation’s love within themselves as well as their next generation. Recently Supreme Court of India did gave a amazing judgement mandating the playing of National Anthem in movie halls across the country, a definite step that will integrate the individual to national identity elements, like national anthem.

On this Republic Day, I would like to ask every one reading this a simple question, how many of you know India’s National Pledge and how many times did we recite it as Indian Citizens in last one year.  Isn’t this the simplest thing one should be knowing by the heart?

This is not a quiz competition, but its just a question for introspection on one’s allegiance to their motherland. I know many of you will not be able to recite the National Pledge correctly, so I am inking this down here for you to re-collect and share it further.

Fellow countryman, this is an apt moment to re-kindle and reinforce our National Pride, Integrity and Unity by honoring our national identities elements. Jai Hind !!! 🇮🇳

India’s National Pledge:

India is my country.
All Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country, and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall respect my parents, teachers and all elders and treat everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well being and prosperity alone lies my happiness

National Pledge (in Local Languages) can be read from Wikipedia – Link

Interestingly I also found an amazingly great video on National Pledge – Link

and lastly.. wishing you all a Happy 68th Republic Day ! Jai Hind !!! 🇮🇳

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Brainless Bomb : Open View on Patidar Anamat.

To my fellow Patidar Countrymen,

Even though I am not Patidar, right from start I supported your movement. But I always said that all agitation should be dissociated from politics.

Today, August 25, was example of how one man’s greed & ambition overpowered hopes of millions. One more sad day in history of Gujarat.

Yes an individual doesn’t count much when you have mass followers, but yet every individual is important, and sadly you lost me as a comrade.

Wish you all the best for YOUR ambition.

Jai Hind, Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat,

– Another Common Man, who suffers equally as patidar, but weigh-in peace over violence & society over individual.

A conversation between a Soldier and Software Engineer in Shatabdhi Train – An interesting and a must read Article!

A must read conversation. While conversation is with software engineer, I think this goes true with every job & industry.

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Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdhi express could not cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought; he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. As PM, he had so many things to do!!

He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.

“Are you from the software industry sir,” the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop. Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car.

“You people have brought so much advancement to the country, Sir. Today everything is getting computerized. ”

“Thanks,” smiled Vivek, turning around to give…

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Brainless Bomb : Should LAW have expiry date?

Today was one of the Historic day for Indian people, not because Mr. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi received a grand welcome in America, but because he rejuvenated the dreams of achieving greatness of Indian heritage & re-affirmed his vision of ‘United’ India.  But that’s not this post about, there would be many who will pen down their thoughts on that, both optimistic & pessimistically.

During his speech Mr. Prime Minister touched upon a point that was going around in my thoughts for quite a while.  He said, an high level executive committee is formed to scrap out Indian laws that are almost irrelevant in today’s world.  Indeed an very very positive step towards bringing ‘Good Governance’.  However, I would not like him to stop just as removing those laws, I want him to make necessary changes to law making process, so as to ensure we don’t need similar exercise in future. Here is what I think of & obviously, the well educated can take it forward to see the light of day in most appropriate manner.

Should LAW have an expiry date?

Should LAW have an expiry date?

  1. All LAWS (it includes, ACT passed by Parliament of India or otherwise notified Rules) should have an expiry date attached with it ensuring that LAW dies natural death at some point of time in future.  Why’s that’s required because we as society are evolving & if there is no expiry, very few people will take pain to re-visit the law at frequent duration.
  2. No LAW should have more than 10 years of life span.  It doesn’t mean similar law cannot be enacted after 10 years, but it means that particular LAW should be revisited, debated and with appropriate modification should be re-notified for being in effect.  This will ensure ongoing LAW are more relevant to society that belongs at that point of time.
  3. I do agree that 10 years is at times too impractical to review all enforced LAWs, and thus there should be provision to extend any LAW by period of another 10 years simply by cabinet resolution and President of India acceptance.  This ordinance route should be exercised only once during the entire life span of the LAW, thus ensuring at every 20 years LAW would need Parliament approval route to be in existence.
  4. Each LAW that includes some monetary penalties for non-adherence to LAW should have ‘percentage’ values rather than ‘absolute’ values of penalties. Absolute value loose the deterrence after few years due to depreciation of currency & Inflation.  For e.g., if I am traveling with a friend on train from Mumbai to Delhi, say AC 3-tier coach, the cost of ticket is approximately INR 2000, however if my friend is running 5-10 minutes late, I can stop the train by pulling the chain.  The penalty I pay is mere INR 1000 (which I am anyways gonna loose as cancellation charges if my friend is gonna miss the train).  Does this penalty sounds deterrence to inconvenience thousands of other travelers?  Ideally I should be charged, say 500% of the train fare applicable, i.e., INR 10,000, ensuring I say to my friend please hurry up or take the next train.
  5. LAW should have ‘TRAIL’ period to understand the complete applicability and also use that opportunity to create awareness among law-abides about the implication.  Yes, this should not be applicable on all LAW but definitely the one’s which are based on ‘Societal Behavior’.  Say for terrorism related law, this is obviously not possible, but for say, law stopping ‘dumping garbage on public places’, TRAIL period is good option.  In ‘TRAIL’ period, you don’t impose penalties of citizens, but you give them chance to improve on their mistakes, mostly driven by their habit or behavior.  Again, citizens get aware of such law and also get fair chance to change themselves for better rather then being punished. During the TRAIL period, even government can identified scenarios which may create loopholes in the LAW and amend them accordingly.

These are mere few thoughts that came to my mind and I believe will bring lot of relevance to Individual’s life, if they are being implemented after a healthy debate & discussion.  May not all can go along right at the start, but there is a plan, plan to expire LAW so that more relevant practices can take its place to keep pace with ever evolving society & more importantly an Individual.

If you agree with even a single point mentioned above, share it on Facebook, Tweeter, your Blog or any other place, but spread the word around, ‘BE THE CHANGE’.

Pause & then move ahead… That’s life :-)

Quite a surprising title for this blog and probably a more surprising was the silence on this blog for almost last 7 months, specially given it was time of Elections.  Elections generally give all the free speech enthusiast an option to write & debate till last breath on topic we believe is truth.

Well lots of things have changed when I last posted and till now, we have a new single party government in India and world have let behind the Crimea tension between once the two superpowers and ya, Scotland have cast vote to be part of United Kingdom. The points are endless to count and history books (or say Wikipedia pages) have already been written on it.

I believe, Pause is definitely required from one’s routine life and not because it monotonous, but it helps one to think on life and priorities, it helps to think on same matter with different perspective and that’s what will make us as humankind evolve as community.  With that pause, its time to now move ahead, share more ideas, more interpretation & analysis and voice opinions.

So from now on, things on this blog will be different, the pause has definitely ended with more Right, Wrong & Truth to be revealed.. so keep the reading appetite high.