Union Budget – My Views

Yesterday, I was watching the Union Budgest speech delivered by P. Chidambram, and I found that it was really innovative, the proposals for upcoming financial year can bring up the Indian Economy well above from its current position. I acknowledge what is said by him in his concluding remarks, that we can become among the top 5 economies of the world in all respects by end of 2025. This statement has a lot of strings attached starting with ifs and buts… Nothing can be achieved without proper implementation in a strategic manner.
Initially, when he started his speech, all he was telling was some numbers, this much will be allocated to this department, this project, this mission and all… It seemed no sense to me, that so much money is allocated then why we are still lagging behind, the answer lies in implementation. Acknowledging the inefficiencies in Government department he also announced various PPP projects. His budget was basically consisting of policies and stratgies being adopted at International standards. Something, which was a kind of new thing was a Women banks, this can be seen as political agenda, but after all he is a politician also we can expect some level of populistic budget in that terms. Another, new thing was taxing HNIs, something which is being adopted in many countries to fill in gap of their fiscal deficits. But, no one can stop people from tax evasion, and here comes few tips from Economic Times and there are others available too to prevent yourself in falling the 42800 HNIs in India.

A few days back, I read this article in Times of India that how taxing the “rich class” could this really help the government in building funds, and I must say it was an eye opener for me. In his budget speech, he restricted himself talking about common man much., but the main focus was to improve the macroeconomic scenario of country. If I were to rate the budget, I would have rated it 3.5-4 out of 5. It was innovative,forward looking, talking a bit about policy changes, etc. but less relief for a common man’s day to day life.

Empowering the women

It was a surprise for me to see a bill being passed in parliament amidst the coalgate allegations on Prime Minister by opposition and constant adjourning of parliament. This was an important bill long due as per some of the bureaucrats and NGOs. The Sexual harassment of women at Workplace bill (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal), 2012 is a prolific result of the toil of NGOs and concerned bodies. While NGOs were happy with the Bill terms and condition as it also included domestic help, some were sceptical about the implementation of law.

As per law any kind of sexual advancement towards women at workplace would be criminal offence and could easily land you up in jail or a good amount of fine. Any repeated incidents reported against employer could even disavow an organization/employer from its business license. This might come as a great fear to the IT companies which try to maintain a fair sex ratio. No organisation would like to cancel their business license because of their employees’ personal issues. This brings a bigger challenge to the companies where most of the workforce is diverse and from different cultures and religions. As per law it is also mandatory for every organisation to deploy an internal redressal system which could allow employees to solve their conflicts internally.

This move seemed to be another move taken in favour of becoming a feminist state. I really don’t understand what does gender equality actually means in country like India…

Love or Politics?

First let me elucidate that the “Love” which I am going to talk about here is the teenage love or more precisely the adolescent love aroused because of sexual desires. Love is something whose definition has always been elusive to me, one of the reason is I’ve never experienced anything so strong in terms of feelings, I can always work on them curb them whenever required and get over the things that I wished for. In my definition, Love should be pure, the unprecedented one and it should be like devotion to something. But this is just a romantic way to define love; it is poles apart from what is real. To some people infatuation is love, to some sacrifice is love, and to some sex is love. I’ve only seen the real love as per idealistic definition, in movies like Twilight.

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Well… I’ve been in love (May be it was..) and as I am not successful in politics and so I got hard luck to get success in “Love”. Love in today’s world seems hardcore politics to me. Most of the things can be directly observed as nothing but politics. The story starts something like this there is a boy much similar to electoral candidate who is in love with girl much similar to people of his constituency. Please note this is pre-election condition. The boy tries every possible way on earth to coax the girl to get in love with him, he starts with gentle flattery conversations and there comes other contenders too just like pre-election scenario and girl generally enjoy this part very much, then once she declares commitment to a particular boy, there starts the decay of so called “Love”, and it gradually ends and there are re-elections. In some cases liking is induced from both sides and even after re-election winning candidate remains the same. This love also involves bribery at times when needed and other party support may work wonders. Who says if you have money you can’t buy love.., it’s all game of politics if you have money and an agenda of achieving love, one can buy it very easily.

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In the end, I would say it’s truly said for today’s world all is fair in love, war and politics. These are not governed by any rules, only a good experience, luck, money or other party’s support can help you win it. Moreover, Love is Deaf Dumb and Blind and so are our politicians.

Freedom – An Opinion

With this article I am going to scrutinize the fact about, what freedom actually is. The article may become Elusive itself at some level. However, I am going to try to keep it as lucid as I can. So, Freedom, which common man sees as a situation in which he or she is not restrained for his/her actions, thoughts, beliefs, etc. This is what I call as Political Freedom, the word “freedom” is generally referred to Political freedom so, lets discuss about the political freedom first.

Its happy to be living in a free country like India and at times I feel proud to be living in a much better situation than it could have been possible in any other countries where freedom to articulate their views may be declared as criminal transgression. Constitution of India provides a lot of freedom and noninterventionist attitude to the People of India, Thus keeping the state harmonious and enabling the citizens to enjoy and practise their rights to greater extent. But, even in highly liberal and Independent state like India, sometimes government issues order to bridle the news and opinions and this is certainly not new. In some situations it is required to curb the news so that destructive outcomes may be avoided. I shall not be referring to any particular incident over here but there are times when freedom of citizens, rights of citizens gets impinged, and the result is people really don’t think themselves as a citizen of free country. Hence they come up with the demands of separating themselves as another nation and here starts the work of the great evil “Ego”. I believe ego works at all levels and it’s a primary source of any crusade. Ego should be handled carefully, as these nations when get divided become vulnerable to greater threats like less economic stability lesser amount of security forces, ultimately mass destructions takes place and civilisations end. So, for a common man freedom is a pre requisite to a healthy living society. Where our actions and thoughts are not controlled by government their lies the freedom!

Being a science student, I relate freedom as an absolute measure of being free from all kind of forces. I see freedom as the time when I can choose myself about what I want to do, which forces I want to be involved in doing something etc… This is purely an idealistic definition of freedom, only true for some magicians who can even resurrect people from the dead. As per this definition freedom is something which is very difficult to achieve. But scientists are trying to figure out where the actual freedom lies they are constantly looking way to understand nature and re-engineer it the way the like few years ago no one could have thought of organ implants and giving new lives to the patients with damaged organs, but science is making possible by understanding the critical ways about how nature works and how we can make it work in the way we like. Some of them are even working on equations which can make it possible to summarize the whole sciences into one simple equation. These equations represent the way how nature works, and we can see them practically around us in material form as their applications, the car which we drive everyday is governed by a set of equations which is given by Physicists which govern how precisely the engine has to be designed to make it an efficient product. This means everything in this world can be quantified in terms of equations. We can measure the physical parameters around us with the help of various “meters” made available to us by Physics, and very accurately predict how a machine is going to behave when subjected to certain activities. This will become true in near future with humans also; given a particular set of various human body parameters we will be able to predict very accurately about how a person will behave in a particular situation, howsoever there may be abstractness in human thoughts.

This raises a big doubt in my mind, whether we are really a free being living on this planet, certainly not, at every instant we are bound by a particular set of equations involving complex variables which can predict with reason about how and why certain things are happening. But again, we can take advantage of these equations and re-engineer for our good. This would be a great achievement of science if we ever will be able to reach an equation which will enable us to envisage about any of the human activity like emotions, strengths, fear etc. Demerits is currently not in my scope of discussion Winking smile

P.S. – This is purely my personal beliefs, your inputs would be highly appreciated, please use the comments section below. Smile