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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’.

Too Lazy to Vote – Think why you shouldn’t vote?

Still Think Why to Vote

Too Lazy to Vote – Think why you shouldn’t vote?

On evening when the Chief Election Commission sounded bugle for commencement of the biggest festival of Democracy, Elections, posting this picture I found on Facebook to salute the spirit of this young lady to contribute to this festival of Democracy.

Many of us come up with wired reason for ‘Not’ to vote.  I wouldn’t say I agree or disagree to all, but humbly request them to pause for a second, see the enthusiasm of your fellow countrymen & think why you shouldn’t. If the spirit of lady in picture doesn’t inspire you to vote for country, then you also have no right to say about its imperfection. 

Sharing this picture with an expectation that it would inspire someone to shed ‘laziness’ & ‘reasons’ and step up ahead to vote.

Value Add : Official Close of Republic Day Ceremony – ‘Beating Retreat’

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Beating Retreat Illumination of Raisina Hill, New Delhi, 2014

One of the less known and very traditional ceremony of India’s Republic Day celebration is called ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony.  Beating Retreat ceremony marks official completion of Republic Day celebrations and this ceremony takes place on January 29, three days after Republic Day, January 26.

I have never attended this ceremony, but became aware of it during 2011 when they changes were made to this traditional ceremony and an official circular was released.  According to Wikipedia and other news articles, below is the glimpse of what is being performed during this ceremony.

The ceremony starts by the massed bands of the three services marching in unison, playing popular marching tunes like Colonel Bogey March, Sons of the Brave and Qadam Qadam Badaye Ja. The Fanfare by buglers then is followed by the bands of the Indian Army marching forward in quick time, then breaking into slow time, then by the ‘compound march’ involving movements to form intricate and beautiful patterns. The massed military bands, again, breaks into quick time and goes back to the farthest end of Raisina Hills. Then the Pipes and Drums of the Indian Army play traditional Scottish tunes and Indian tunes like “Gurkha Brigade”, Neer’s “Sagar Samraat” and “Chaandni” . This band also does a compound march and formation numbers. The last bands to perform are the combined bands of the Navy and the Air Force. This part of the ceremony ends with their compound march.

The three band contingents march forward and take position close to the President’s seat. The drummers, mostly from the pipe bands, give a solo performance, known as the Drummer’s Call. A regular feature of this pageant is the last tune played before the Retreat, when the National Flag is lowered. The chimes made by the tubular bells, placed quite at a distance, creates a mesmerizing ambiance. This is followed by the bugle call for Retreat by the buglers, and all the flags are slowly brought down. The band master then marches to the President and requests permission to take the bands away, and informs that the closing ceremony is now complete. The bands march back playing a popular martial tune and the official march of the Armed Forces, Saare Jahan Se Achcha.

As soon as the bands cross Raisina Hills a spectacular illumination display is set up on the North and South Blocks of the Parliament building. As the PBG’s horse mounted troops arrive back in after the bands leave, the band stops as another band is stationed to play the National Anthem again as the President receives the final National Salute for the day by the PBG, before the President and the PBG depart with the bands.

– Source: Wikipedia
Picture Credit: Anonymous on internet

A World’s View Without Glasses – Is the appointment of Satya Nadella a feather in India’s cap or a slap in the face for the Indian system?

With Satya Nadella being elevated to Microsoft CEO, social & mobile media flooded with messages congratulating we as Indians.  Unlike others we as nation are always happy to take pride of achievements of PIO’s even though they have never endorsed us as part of their life. 

When on some of  the channels I asked the tough questions, I was not seen with good eye, in fact one of the person went to extent of labeling me of ‘jealousy’ for Satya & being unpatriotic.  Guys give it a break, neither I was anywhere near as competition to Satya to Jealous of him and if asking tough questions related to country’s ‘Poor’ system, I am happy to be ‘unpatriotic’. 

Today came across one fine article from firstpost.com on this subject and can’t resist to share it with all… Though some of the metaphors are not fully subscribing to my thoughts, it would really an eye-opener for one who doesn’t see the world with blind-eye.

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Nadella as Microsoft CEO: A slap in the face for Indian system

Is the appointment of Satya Nadella a feather in India’s cap or a slap in the face for the Indian system?

While Indian newspapers were over the moon about Nadella’s elevation, with some justification, there is another side to the story we need to consider: why is it that India’s tech and other geniuses flower only in the US or Silicon Valley?

Why is it that every India-origin person to win a Nobel after independence in the sciences is not an Indian citizen any more? Hargobind Khurana won the prize for medicine in 1968, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar for physics in 1983 and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan for chemistry in 2009. All of them flowered only because they left India, and not because they were Indians per se. They left India behind.
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Brainless Bomb : NaMo is there even in Manmohan

Namo in Manmohan

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.