PM Modi: My expectations

Part 2 of series on #modiplan

Excerpts from article https://raverantreflect.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/pm-modis-game-planver1.pdf published on Oct 8, 2015 and some updates . The above article was written before the Bihar Elections and the stunning defeat of Modi.

I set down my expectations of directional shifts by Modi Sarkar:

My expectations of directional shifts by 2019

India has been without visionary and effective government since its independence. There is a huge backlog of development work and that of undoing the wrongs inflicted by the Congress for over six decades. Therefore it is unrealistic to expect all the following will be done by 2019. What I am looking for good progress in some areas and signs of directional shifts in the remaining areas given below.

  1. Major increase in jobs or livelihood earning opportunities
  2. Country’s external and internal security on a very strong footing
  3. Rule of law felt by all. The mighty should be scared of taking law in their hands and the ordinary people should feel reassured by law
  4. Overhaul of agriculture sector for benefit of 50% of population and for reducing urbanization pressure
  5. Major improvements in mass transportation -intracity and intercity
  6. Cleaner air, water and a better ecological balance
  7. Right to information to be expanded to include right to fair and accurate coverage of news by media
  8. Congress Mukta Bharat: Elimination of Congress Culture** (divisive culture)

In the upcoming post, I will start describing what I see with reference to my expectations.

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About being ‘Green’

I received this piece from a friend. Credits: unnamed author.

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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “greenthing” back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief(remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up oldnewspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull..

But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.

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The (newer) religions -1

There are ancient religions like Hindu, Islam, Christian, Buddha…But with advent of science and technology new religions started spawning.

Socialism came upon us following industrial revolution. Whatever leads to mass killings qualifies as a religion.  Socialism led to bloody revolutions in many countries. But the youth of at least one generation was very much enamored  of socialism. Compared to socialism, capitalism remains a small sect or cult if you if you go by the number of people swearing by it.  But in its effects capitalism is by no means less violent – do include exploiting people through profiteering by any means, wanton destruction of ecology, coercive labor practices, runaway and wasteful consumption, and causing and abetting ‘lifestyle’ linked diseases in your definition of violence.

In theory, socialism aims to achieve larger public good. In practice its effects are quite similar to capitalism. A communist China is a hugely polluting economy and it can give  the capitalist countries a tough competition in this regard.

In capitalist  economies economic and political power is in the hands of a few private groups (elected governments get hugely influenced by private parties). In socialistic economies power is concentrated in hands of a monopoly political party.  So you are essentially making a choice of who is going to exploit you.

In both cases the ‘religion’ is exploited by a few for private good. In this regard the new religions are not much different as compared to the ancient ones.

The new religions are different compared to the ancient ones at least in one aspect. The  followers of socialism can simultaneously practice capitalism without any fuss.  And the capitalists can fluently practice socialism by distributing a (small) part of their wealth under charity, giving back to society, corporate social responsibility etc.

‘So what? ‘ you might ask.  Right. But I don’t have to end every post with conclusions. Right?

#religion #ecology, #socialism  #capitalism #power