Showing posts from April, 2012

Right to Education.. What happens to the quality of education?

15th Apr 2012, So, finally we have it here. The Right to Education. In the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), this is one unique issue on which a lot of conflict of opinions has occurred. While most of the UNDHR has been about promotion of the will of a freeborn man, the right to education has come as one bondage on every citizen as a duty. The states have been empowered to compulsorily educate all its citizen. the term of 'compulsorily' has often been interpreted as an element of force and coercion by the detractors of this Article of the UNDHR. The anti-educationist camp have claimed this article as a deprivation of their freedom to not to go to schools due to their personal choice. The question rises from a philosophical meandering on the issue of ,"what is education? and, is school education only what can be termed as education?" . That is how the anti-educationist camp has found its moral strength. nevertheless, the article has successfu

Sachin Tendulkar as Rajya Sabha member !

Here is a debate which broke out between me an my frind on nomination of Sachin Tendulkar in Rajya Sabha; NP: Conceived as a "House of Elders", where elderly wise people from various states could give advice to the "House of Commons", nominations to Rajya Sabha today have become a way of showing appreciation / reward. While one applauds Sachin & Rakhi, will they really be able to do justice to the seat they occupy in Rajya Sabha? Would not nominating intellectual people who can really advice the government on issues facing the country, be better? AK : Eminent persons are nominated to the upper house so tht they can represent their field. Sachin may give fresh views on sports bill. Jaya Bachhan n Shabana Azmi actively participate in the parliamentary process. However non-performers and frequently absent members like Lata Mangeshkar should not be nominated again. NP : NO sir, this is not the function of Rajya Sabha. They are supposed to advice the governme

When do people ask too many questions?

when you do something abnormal ! Correct and smart answer? right? But is that complete, self-sufficient answer? the obvious next question is, what is "abnormal" ? It is here the the worth of a corporate seminar, of the idealism, of the correct methodology comes into use. That which is not conforming to what is the seminary way of doing it; that of the ideally defined manner of doing it,--is always subjected to question. Nobody will question the whys when a gas has expanded in the ideal proportion when heated. Because everybody has been taught, a seminary discourse equivalent, that gases *all gases, that is,* conform to gas laws, and expand on heating in proportion to temperature, co-relatable also with the pressure. but, if a given gas did not expand as per anticipated proportion, do not expect people to sit empty mind and accept the "abnormality". that is "abnormality". And that is why a Seminar is required on new and different issues in corporate

Technical work in a marine Pilotage job

Continuation from the previous blog on the same subject The one big-policy execution responsibility on a pilot is that of Under Keel Clearance . UKC , as it is called in the maritime world, is the avaible depth below the keel of a ship, upto the bottom of the sea. This is a tight choice because the lesser the depth the greater is the cargo carriage but also is the increased risk of damage to full ship, its crew and the cargo. In port areas where the water is already congested, it also means a loss in revenue if any accident or agrounding happens in the narrow channel where such an accident can block the passage of other ships. A pilot is charged with the compliance of the UKC which the port regulations stipulate for all the ships which come inside the port limits. This UKC clearance as a policy matter is generally kept as 10percent of the draft of the ship. But to work out this "10%" , pilot should have good knowledge of the depth of entire channel. Depth of waters made av

A military coup in India !!?

why a military power seizure may not be possible with the government system such as that of India? After reading that baffling news in the Indian Express, I thought if the newspaper can publish a news for me (and for the sake of explaining better what is the big joke in the news that the Indian Express is giving.) "OMG ! Can you believe this. Banta Singh tried to take over the reins from Manmohan Singh by plotting his killing!". Technically Indian system does not have the essential features which can aid a military take over. Most people are not aware of what those features should be like. So the people can be fooled by such news scripts. But then, those same people can also be fooled by as idiotic news as any common man planning a coup to take over the government by murdering the prime minister. Essential, any military coup will require abundant elements of obedience from the civil services group, and that too a voluntary one, coming in the form of a constitutional orde

Why do we always take up a cause like a lobbyist?

Why do we always take up a cause like a lobbyist? Are we humans born a lobbyist by nature? Or it is the basal attitude which changes as the living standards improve and the evolution happens? Perhaps the latter. Talking about the avtaar of man--the-component-of-the-system, to form a good peaceful society, he must have robust arguments on his choices of the right and the wrongs. With that basic knowledge, he should deliver the justice to every party involved in a conflict each of which is lobbying for his own interest. Thus man is originally, that is, by his natural born state a lobbyist; some one who is meant to follow his own dreams alone without having any regards for how others are affected by acts. But to become the man--the-policy-maker, he should evolve to the higher plane of justice and keep an all round knowledge of other interest groups and their concerns. The legitimacy to their concerns should be awarded through empathy awareness and the basic understanding of the rights