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Opening School Gates to Molesters

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“A 9-year-old girl studying in a BMC school at Govandi was allegedly molested in the school’s toilet by an unknown man on Thursday.

The 2nd standard student, who studies in the Urdu-medium section of Shivaji Nagar Mahapalika School, went to use the toilet at about 5.30 in the evening, half an hour before classes got over for the day.

According to her, a middle-aged man followed her in. He then put his hand on mouth to prevent her from shouting and then touched her inappropriately. While struggling to free herself, the girl managed to scream, alerting school staff who rushed in to see what had happened.

However, in the mean time, the man allegedly managed to escape.” Continue reading “Opening School Gates to Molesters”

Of Farmers’ Junkets & Free Tablets

Earlier this year, 172 farmers from Maharashtra were sent abroadas part of the Maharashtra government’s initiative to “educate” them. While the state government funds half their expenses — upto Rs 1 lakh — the farmers are expected to pay the remaining amount’.

Rs 10 crore has been earmarked in the budget for this scheme. The farmers can go to any places of their choice. They are accompanied by officials from the Department of agriculture as well as a translator. Continue reading “Of Farmers’ Junkets & Free Tablets”

Childhood Lost

February 2012. Darya Ganj. Delhi.

Arya Anathalaya at Darya Ganj in central Delhi has become the epicentre of a massive controversy after an 11-year-old girl died following alleged sexual abuse at the orphanage.

According to a report by HAQ: Centre for Child Rights, a majority of children – both boys and girls — the NGO interviewed, said they were subjected to sexual harassment, ill-treatment, eve-teasing and rape.” Continue reading “Childhood Lost”

So What Do You Think?

This morning’s newspaper brings the astonishing news report that the CBI is enlisting the help of school and college students to help the agency fight corruption.

In a recent directive, CBI Director A P Singh asked all anti-corruption units to visit schools and colleges — following the Vigilance Awareness Week from October 31 to November 7 — raise students’ awareness and urge them to help with information about corruption in Central government offices. Continue reading “So What Do You Think?”

Yatha Raja Tatha Praja

This is in continuation of  my previous post, about what factors a  government keeps in mind, while formulating policies. An idea gaining importance currently is, that improving the quality of life of citizens is desirable. The government should  not just focus on increasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This is not really a new idea, at least not in the Indian context.

In the Mahabharata Vidura advises  Dhritarashtra to levy only that amount of taxes as his subjects could easily pay.

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तद्वत् अर्थान् मनुष्येभ्यः आदद्यात् अविहिंसया ll Continue reading Yatha Raja Tatha Praja

A Spoonful of Happiness

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 UK Prime Minister David Cameron has often spoken about the necessity of  increasing the level of general well-being of citizens.

Speaking at the Google Zeitgeist Europe conference a few days ago he said that

 

 “It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money and it’s time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB – general wellbeing. …………Improving our society’s sense of wellbeing is, I believe, the central political challenge of our times.” Continue reading “A Spoonful of Happiness”

Law of Unintended Consequences

The newspapers have been filled with reports about the Commonwealth Games these past few days. Reading them, I am struck by the fact that the Games offer us an opportunity of observing examples of many interesting Laws and Principles.

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1. The Dilbert Principle – The basic concept of the Dilbert Principle is that the most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management. Continue reading “Law of Unintended Consequences”

Going Round and Round

Nonsuch30I recently read about a man who had been trying to sail from Gillingham, about 35 miles east of London, to Southampton by following the southern coast of England. He was trying to navigate with the help of only a roadmap, keeping the coastline to  his right.

‘But he ended simply doing laps of the 36-square mile Isle of Sheppey a short distance away in the mouth of the Thames.’ Continue reading “Going Round and Round”

The Great Indian Census

The Indian National Census, conducted every ten years, has officially started.  The census has been conducted regularly since 1872, and this will be the 15th one. It is a mammoth exercise, the physical counting of 120 crores population and classifying them according to gender, religion, occupation and education.

The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil, was the first person to be listed. She has appealed to fellow Indians to follow her example “for the good of the nation”. Continue reading “The Great Indian Census”

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