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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’.
LOK SABHA ELECTION DATES (LEAKED):
16 April-124 seats
23 April -141 seats
30 April-107 seats
7 May-85 seats
13 May-86 seats
Result 16 May 2014.
– WhatsApp forward, so understandable that authenticity is not confirmed (In short, this might not be true).
P.S. – Election dates are expected to be declared anytime this week (analysis based on quick back to back cabinet sessions to clear some populist moves ahead of code of conduct implementation).
the old age story goes like this…
if you find a rotten apple in basket full of apples, obvious thing to do is remove the rotten apple, else entire basket will be full of rotten apples
the new age story goes like it…
use media to propagate that only basket apples are perfect & apples on trees are always rotten.. collect actual rotten apples from ground, shine & present them as in ‘active support’ of the ‘perfect’ apples in basket
– a food for thought for all AAP followers on day of limited induction of infamy Medha Patkar in their party
Like others, this is one of the questions that came to my mind when I first heard plan of introducing IRCTC Shopping website. The next question was why IRCTC would invest into a venture which is already overcrowded with private players, probably more lean & strong to challenge a semi-government organization like IRCTC? Why IRCTC would jump to band wagon of competitive private e-commerce and not focus on its monopoly business of train ticket booking?
The fact that IRCTC has monopoly on train ticket booking creates a large online customer base for any e-commerce player to leverage it for additional monetary benefits. But what surprised me was the selection of ‘Yebhi.com’, not so successful venture in e-commerce space. I am no expert in e-commerce domain, but on personal experience, IRCTC did not do the best vendor selection. However important point for Yebhi.com (vendor who is providing entire catalog, shop product, shopping platform and back-end services to IRCTC) would be maximum marketing of its brand in this IRCTC venture. Yebhi.com might get a jump-start (considering on its own it is not as famous as its peers) from joining hands with IRCTC but would not build its brand value in this one or three years of contract & ultimately going to lose, unless they sustain this relationship over long period with IRCTC (which looks difficult if this venture succeeds.)
On other hand IRCTC, instead of venturing into different domains like air tickets, shop & holidays, should have focused to its core strength of train ticket booking & should have used its monopoly to create better customer service in that area so that monopoly is not challenged in future. Alias, I am not their strategy consultant, but I believe, moving out of your core advantageous positions to known downward market is not at all a good path to walk on. Yes, obviously IRCTC is going to have short-term monetary benefits, but would be definitely at cost of its brand value & customer satisfaction (which is already low considering its ticketing platform is under tremendous burden of public dissatisfaction), but I guess in monopoly business these factors are like pawn in game of chess.
Going ahead, it would be interesting to track this half-cooked venture of IRCTC & Yebhi.com.
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are personal views and is not intended to cause any derogatory remarks/ statements to any institution/company or individual.
NaMo in Manmohan
NaMo (Narendra Modi, PM candidate of principal opposition party) is also there in name of Manmohan (Dr. Manmohan Singh, current PM of India).
The image represents names of this two distinguished leaders in Hindi, Official language of India.
– Image Courtesy : friends on WhatsApp.