Monday, November 28, 2011

Where is your convenience ?

There are two interpretions of the word 'Convenience' in the seafaring
and the Management vocabulary. Interpretion (1) is that if u see
something wrong then somehow make-do during your tenure and leave
quietly without disturbing the peace of others most of whom are on top
of you.
Interpretation (2) is to report and inform when something is faulty
-the concerned people thereby protecting your convenience.
If u r type (1) person, u are the more liked of the other people, and
because, with you, the ships appear to keep running smoothly without
apparent hiccups, until its doomsday day arrive, if at all it does,
when tricks to making-do run dry. And after that, poor legislation,
weak governance and corruption lighten up the path for you during
doomsday day.
Interpretation (2) people save their convenience , with the belief of
getting the fault repaired and corrected. But are charged of 'covering
their @@@@ (CYA)', and disliked for 'giving work' to their seniors.
They mostly do not succeed in career and thus create a personalised
Statutes typically favour, in their spirit, the followance of
interpretion (2), whereas in practice, the world is filled with
category (1) guys. If a big damage happens everyone looks to hire a
category (2) guy to show to the world their 'sincere' workforce, until
the incident fever wears out from the public.
The general expectation of a senior office staff who has come from
Interpretation (1) group for a ship staff who's caught in a trouble
which is a consequence of category (1) is to show his smartness by
re-applying the category (1) definition. such situations, as a matter
of fact,are the episode of evaluation for an Appraisal report. The
circumscribing feature of Category (1) people is to have enough smartness to be able to
switch to category (2) as and when needed.
 Clearly, there is more discomfort at personal level in the
Interpretion(1) of the word 'convenience'. But the hidden discomfort,
as would it be attempted to be justified by its practitioners, would
be that it is the cost for rising career which is nothing undue and
 Interpretation (2) practitioners are mostly the senior level and high
age seafarers whose children have brighter and Independant future, and
the seafarer has no liabilities. They see the purpose of coming to sea
in such age and condition as pleasure trip of making money to do
another family holiday when returned from sea. However hedonistic this
may sound, but such people have stronger adherence to the core
philosophy of shipping - safety. They avoid to risk of getting
involved with the government authorities as well, which may come even
for the faults of a junior ship staff. ' I don't want to see myself in
prison after having earned so much, for a fault of yours', is their
explanation. However 'what inconvenience behind their salaries' is
answered through the natural discomforts of seafaring- bad weather and
vagaries of sea life.  Their age help justify their reasoning and rule
out the applicability of the common criticisms of Interpretion (2).
   In a more diagnostic view, in truth, always the senior staff
switch over to  Interpretion(2) after having practised Interpretion
(1) in their young years. This is  a normal practise in all societies
- the older people have best conveniences in less amout of work, while
bulk of work is passed to the younger generation.
Thus, Interpretion (1) and Interpretion (2) are essentially the
Generation Wars- between the youngs and the olds.
Regulations which are basically written for the holy purpose of safety
of life, become the weapons of political battles between the young and
the old.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

About Feudalism and nature of Democracy

Feudalism in Indian Society comes in many guise which we are so habitual to see that it skips our notice.Justice Markande Katju's remark on media and it's explanation addressed the problem of feudalistic attitudes in our people. Here I attempt to identify some of the forms in which feudalism masquerades around on ships and in our management and governance. Disciplinarian is a very frequent cloak of feudal act.
Provisionally,discipline procedures under various acts ensure that any occurrence of indiscipline is only when some one is adversely affected by some other's non-following of good practises.
On ships, Not wearing the uniform is not indiscipline if no other person wears uniform. The procedures and protocols for the uniform, if not firmly registered with the authorities, may not cause indiscipline act. Trademark and Design registration act of national government is the place to do this job. How often do we know that?? Other common sighting is the assumption by a senior that subordinate staff is not entitled to raise voice during arguments, ask questions and for reasonings, and, do debate.
Regarding Debates and Arguments from a subordinate as a pretext for not doing a job, it is here that we test the presence of Democratic Style of the senior. The truly democratic solutions entail either (1) specialization on the debate subject matter which may bring a clear cut and objective answer to the debate, or, (2) in the absence of resource for specialization, use of Democratic legal channels to enjoin upon the subordinate to conform and comply. It is these kind of tricky situations which bring the answer to us that in democracy , Motivation channel is the best means to control people, because in authoritative channels the law can roll to either side leading to sever damages. Justice is the delivery mechanism of democracy.
The tendency of a Democratic Style of Management to propel towards Specialisation can also be sensed in the discussion above. In summary, In Democracy, getting a work done can best be through Motivation. And for motivation, Specialisation is the key, which is enhancement in knowledge and information in a large variety of fields to be able to answer to the queries of a subordinate.
 Case other than this become Authoritative acts or Feudalism.
 In the more recent trends of rising information source all round and of all nature, some of which can confuse out the whole theme of motivation, or manage to put the Knowledge of superior into dumps thus preventing the Superior's progress, solutions could be adopting legal procedures, or leading by physical self to prove his point. Thus, one can also notice the importance of possessing knowledge of law, the Common Law as a least, in a democratic style of governance. The ups and downs suffered by both the superior and the subordinates during their mutual conflict become rationale for why one should become humane in approach towards another person. Human virtues such as those of Mercy, Patience , Tolerance are thus another essential requisite of a Democratic Style of Management. Thus, there is a better rationale available for why a man should be virtuous in his deeds if the democratic Style of Management has to seriously prevail. There is, in prudence terms, an incentive for being humane. This may also be the cause why of all governance styles, the Democratic Style found the largest popularity, even though it is still not free of all shortcomings.
From the above, one can easily draw the list of responsibilities of people, the superior or the subordinate, to help democracy governance sustain in their society. The tool of Motivation as the best available control switch, the tendency for rising Knowledge and thus the Specialisation and the universal knowledge of law, called the Common Law, are must for citizens to acquire, for Democracy to survive. Justice remains the encompassing frame within which everyone has to live for society to be called Democratic.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Social Injustice..the culprit of public mental health

(1) Dichotomy of morals as obtained from religious preachings , and,
(2) anarchy in social order created due to bad governance , systemic
corruption, or even the changing morals with the change of governance
-- these are the two most potent causes of deteriorating public mental
health.  These both create a sense of injustice in the mind of common
man. Neurologically , perhaps, there is a centre for ethics and
justice in every normal human mind. The primary source for origin of
morality and ethics in human species is the rationale '' do not do
unto other what u don't want unto yourselves''. it is from here that
sense of justice evolves in humans. It is noticeable that this sense prevails exclusively in human species of all the living beings on earth.  Sense of injustice created by
mutually opposing religious morals, and, anarchy from corruption cause pain to
this centre of brain. Some people spend lot of time trying to settle
with the 'new  justice' which they feel otherwise as 'injustice'. many
people, the bigger section of population, give up on diagnosing the
'new justice' even as they feel it to be in conflict with their previously
held beliefs.
Senior citizens who are more concerned with the public order, as  they
have passed the age of adolescence romance and the earning struggles of middle
years, are more susceptible to mental health issues. However people of
all age groups, those who have suffered social injustice - say due to caste
discrimination, religious discrimination, public policy discrimination
such as Reservation- are likely to show some kind of mental
health disorder.
Utsav, in the case of SPS Rathore attack case, was a vitim due to social injustice caused out of SPS Rathore big muscles as the DGP. In case of IPS, Mr DD Mishra, the cause is old age where social injustice from the bad governance has been the cause of poor mental health conditions. In case of the flight passenger biting the air staff, the social discrimination was the cause. These cases are distinctively identifiable from a regular mental health patients as most of the cases are a one-off , passing events in the life of such people. And apparently, the causes they hold fast to are clear public issues on which public opinion is often otherwise in favour of the side represented by these mental health patients. 
There are a lot of cinema portrayal of such cases. In Partighat, Rohini Hatangdi has played one such patient. In one Jackie Shroff- Dimple Kapadia starred, actor Dimple has played such a role. Rakhi in Karan-Arjun, ..there are a lots of them. 
Diagnostically looking into such cases of real life, I believe there much more such persons around. In fact, the corrupt are also often a kind of mental health patients ,which is why even when they know what is wrong deed, they do not feel about it and thus continue to act in the manner apparently 'wrong'. 
the world is full of sociopaths.
Power corrupts-- and not just the power wielder, but also the sufferers. Unsung, unspoken story of the corruption is that it is the Psychiatry which is corrupted in realty. While most of us have been trained , culturally, to look for corruption in terms of economic gains or social and administrative advantage, the place where the whole society stands a victim is the field of psychiatry. 
Looking back at the construction of these exorbitant Mayawati Parks in Uttar Pradesh, i wonder what will be the rationale diagnosed by the thinkers of future generations about their constructions, centuries hence ?
Much as these acts of Mayawati can be traced back to the social disorder created by caste discrimination in past , a poor reasonabl-ilty of people of those times,  how will the generation of future look at the acts done by generations of today?
Will the entire governance not be seen as a case of psychiatric troublers? The architecture speaks of the people who constructed them. The case of a thousand marble elephant statues in the times when real elephants are losing their survival habitats and soon becoming an endangered species, the case of climate change , where several acres of land has been occupied to lay stone slabs on them- and not a sapling of a tree, the case of erecting own statues with public funds when electricity is scarce and farmers are in poor conditions even as the food shortage has started to strike the world,  will it all not leave a big tell-tale for the archaeologists of future ?

Looking at this grin picture, who do you think is actually psychiatrically ill?? or atleast, who is responsible for the people who are being put for the treatment in the asylums?

Saturday, November 05, 2011

the State of Mental Health in India...a comment

The world has just observed the World Mental Health Day, on 10th October .
Read a few of the stories and try ascertaining the community mental health in India.

Depressed, suicidal flyer bites airhostess & causes panic midair

UP cop calls Mayawati govt corrupt, dumped in mental asylum

Rathore attacked by knife-wielding youth, Utsav Sharma

Approach to community mental health can be made on the basis of following
The mental health of a community is directly linked to its social development. There are five core adaptive systems that explain the effects of social adversity on mental health outcomes (Silove model). These are ‘safety’, ‘attachment’, ‘justice’, ‘identity-role’, and ‘existential-meaning’.

----from the Dawn, Pakistan.