Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Personal mission statement writing-worthdoing

I feel great after writing personal mission statement.It has given me self-direction,motivation and a clarity in day to day living.It is tremendously satisfying, believe me.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Make this world a better place

I like this entry from

make the world a better place
Our World — 11 weeks ago
Our World
It is our children’s inheritance
But we are wasting it today
An uncaring society
And no-where left for them to play…
Indifference breeds indifference
What once shocked is now ignored
Caring only about me, me, me
And intolerant of those abroad.
Open your eyes, open your heart
There are many things you can do
A simple smile can lighten a soul
And takes but a moment, too…
Think before you act, for every action or inaction
Is like a ripple in a pool
How will it affect others
Should you do it at all?
Stop, read this and think
How can you help someone today?
Gavin (Firefalcon) 10/6/2005

Sunday, August 28, 2005

My personal mission statement

I started writing about my personal mission statement on 18th April,2005 and i could give shape to the first draft on 27th August,2005.It took about 4months and 10days.I had wriitten about 43 pages about my Self and related matters to know exactly what my mission in life is.I firmly believe that all human beings are born with a mission in life but we have to discover it as we growup.We cant really choose our mission.To some people ,this may sound fatalistic but free will comes into play when we make efforts to realize this mission and not in choosing the mission.
Here is my mission statement:
I am born to read all the great books of this world,to discover the hidden and indepth meaning of life ,and explain that meaning to others through my writings and speeches.For this ,language will not be a barrier for me.Movies and arts will be helpful in achieving this goal.
I intend to be an intellectual and influence the political and cultural situation of this country (India)and the world.In the process,I want to set the stage for reforms in society and fight injustice in all its forms.For this purpose.I will concentrate my physical,mental,emotional ,moral and spiritual powers, making use of philosophy,yoga and psychology.In doing so,I will endeavour to take the help of as many people as possible and to inspire them to reach high ideals and shall relentlessly practise the values of integrity and truth,compassion and non-violence,conscience,courage,communication,competence,zest and trust.
Please write any suggestions.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Blog of Nandita Das

I liked this post from the blog IntentBlog .It is bog of Nandita Das::
A few words more...
posted by Nandita Das on August 25, 2005 at 10:48 PM
I have been seeing a battle of words and thoughts on various posts in the last few days and strangely it has stirred many thoughts in my mind. I don’t think I have the skill to articulate them adequately.
God sent was an email that came with many quotes from Martin Luther King Jr., whom I so admire. He has said it all. And it’s amazing how relevant it is to the times we are living in. His wisdom comes from deep compassion and understanding of the human condition. I quote him:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent aboutthings that matter.” “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional lovewill have the final word in reality. That is whyright, temporarily defeated, is stronger than eviltriumphant.”“In the end, we will remember not the words of ourenemies, but the silence of our friends.”“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political andmoral questions of our time; the need for mankind toovercome oppression and violence without resorting tooppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for allhuman conflict a method which rejects revenge,aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such amethod is love.”“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”“I submit to you that if a man hasn't discoveredsomething he will die for, he isn't fit to live.”“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous thansincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he standsin moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Political reservation for women in India

My views on the above subject are as follows:
Reservation may not be an ideal way to empower women but very few practical alternatives seem to be available.Political power with women representatives may help in creating awareness among women in general.It is worth giving a try in India. Anand
I have posted these comments to DesiPundit>Governance also

Monday, August 22, 2005

Free markets and bleeding hearts

I have posted the following comment on the post regarding bleeding heartson the blog'Octane is in the air'
Talk to a landless farmer about Empowering him and he will look aghast at you.And what is empowerment in any case?Who is to empower whom?How do free markets and liberalization empower a poor, landless ,illiterate,scheduled caste man (worse if she is a woman)?Who are these We in your post who you say have to empower individuals to create a growing pie which will be cut by automatic mechanism called free market?They would be another class of bleeding hearts from whom we need to attain freedomCertain interventions are essential if we have a faith in the inviolable dignity of every humanbeing.I do agree that present politco-bureaucratic nexus in our country is incapable of any meaningful intervention in our lives.
3:37 PM

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Let us stop this corruption

On 18th August,TV channel Aaj Tak flashed a news story saying that Lucknow Development Authority allotted 28 plots to certain powerful politicians and their kins and some bureaucrats throwing all the norms and procedures to winds.I would not have bothered about it and treated this another case of ordinary corruption ,had I not noticed some extraordinary features.
Most of the applicants had chosen not to reveal the names of their father and in the column provided for it,they had written father or Pita.Some of the applicants got the allotment letter one day earlier than the date of their application for allotment.The landuse of the plots had been converted from institutional to residential to facilitate allotments.
What intrigued me was that in the press conference held by the Vice chairman of the Authority,Secretary to the Chief Minister was present.Both are IAS officers.
They justified it on the ground that similar out of the way allotments have been done earlier also.What was intiguing more was the release of a list in their press note containing the name of 47 officers and journalists whom plot had been allotted earlier in a similar manner.
What floored me completely was the press conference addressed by the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav saying that it is an attempt to malign him because the newschannel focussed on showiong the photograph of the special secretary to the CM,an IAS officer Anita Singh.
One expects from a Chief Minister in a democracy to come with clean hands,so that a common citizen may retain her faith in democracy.Incidents and coduct of senior administrative and political functionaries in this and similar cases has lowered my faith in democracy.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

my comment on coutesies and sacrifices

I posted the following comment today on the above subject to a bloa Bhartie:
You seem to have written at two different planes.One is at the level of day to day interactions which Daniel Goleman describes as emotional intelligence.Little things count,little courtesies like saying thankyou or sorry matter and often bring some material success.The other plane touches the holy ground where maryrs and heroes made supreme sacrifices for certain ideals.They didnot do it out of any emotional intelligence.Such actions raised the whole countries and sometimes the entire humanity a few inches higher.I often wonder when writers like Ayn Rand say that all human actions arise out of selfishness.I think of Bhagat Singh and reflect.No,all actions cant be inspired by selfishness.Some actions are selfless.Whether they enable us to win,I hope so. .i am not sure. . .but maybe they dont.Thank you for writing earnestly on such a wonderful subject. Anand

Friday, August 19, 2005

Movie called Mangal Pandey

Today I am going with my daughter to see Mengal Pandey,the Rising.A demand from Mangal pandey's village in Ballia district of UP,India has been voiced to ban this movie on the ground that the movie doesnt mention the name of Ballia or native village of Pandey.This ,to my mind ,is utterly parochial.Others like Stardust have published a story about Amir's two years old illegitimate son .This again seems to have no relation with the movie.A third objection has been raised in Britain about the movie being anti-British as it has shown certain officials of East India Company in bad light.Again I dont believe it.
Any movie is an an artistic piece and should be judged on that touchstone alone.Other extraneous factors should not be allowed to come between the movie and its viewers.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Mera Bharat

I often wonder whether Bharat,that is India, is really a great country today.In any case what makes a country great?Is it the average person on the street?Or is it some of those people whom we call great,who make a nation great?I hesitate to answer this question especially when i see poverty,pollution,garbage,corruption,laziness and weak consciences all around me.No amount of slogans like Mera Bharat Mahaan or Jis desh mein Ganga bahti hai, inspires me.Not that i always felt this way.As a child i often thought that when i grow up ,i will find some truth in these slogans or songs.But not any longer.
Many many years back ,i read a book by Kamla Markandaya.:Nectar in a sieve.I read it again recently.It quotes Coleridge in the beginning:Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve,and hope without an object cannot live.
What hope do we have to make this country great?