Sunday 29 September 2013

Ultimate option - none of the above

An excerpt from one of the news channel's website - In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Friday gave the citizens of India the right to reject all candidates in elections. "Negative voting would foster purity and vibrancy in elections," the court said. 
Opinions of frustrated citizens would be known publicly as practically the entire electorate would vote and if the rejections exceeded the votes cast in favor of candidates, all the candidates would be rejected and fresh elections with new candidates would be scheduled. Those in favor of negative voting have been demanding that re-election should be ordered in a constituency where more than 50 per cent of the voters reject all candidates. At present, the law doesn't allow that. 

Supposedly, this is on the verge of reality shows, wherein its the common people who drive the show. In the event of this option being included in the electronic voting machines, I foresee certain benefits:

Voters shall now be free to express their views, rather than being compelled to opt out of any of the given candidates. They might be granted the ability to mandate the possible candidature too. In most of the countries, including India, the political party chooses its candidate. But in US, it is the people who choose the candidates.

Every political party would regard the electorate as a formidable force to reckon with and would ensure that only honest representatives of integrity were admitted to their party. Hence the representatives would be careful and prudent in their conduct. Parties will have to be cautious and pressurized to put up better candidates. This shall also ensure that people cast their mandate for the *candidate* and not for a *political party*.  Scams and scandals would decrease immensely.

A new era of integrity would begin. The citizens will be able to raise their voice/ concern which wouldn't otherwise have been possible easily, esp. in those constituencies where aristocracy prevails in the name of democracy. 

Moreover, the democracy which was till now, of the people and for the people, will now be by the people too.

Accolades and a grand welcome to this decision . I vote for it!

Monday 23 September 2013

Open up a whole new world now..

Turn failure into a greater success. Every situation will throw up winners as well as losers. Defeat can, however, be turned into victory by a slight shift in attitude.

The first step is to accept gracefully the fact that you lost. And that you lost because there was something that you did not have and the winner did; do not blame others for your defeat. Focus on that something, understand it and, in doing so, identify your weak areas. Now try and figure out ways of working on those areas. Look at your present defeat as an opportunity to improve yourself and also something that may possibly help you shift focus onto something bigger and better. 

Sometimes it may so happen that you are trying to succeed at something that you are not meant for, and greener pastures await you elsewhere. If that is so, understand that. Focus your energies towards areas more suitable to you. Shifting your goal may open up a whole new world for you, one you may not have dreamt of earlier. 

And remember - 
"Koshish karne se mushkil aasan hoti hai ,
Milne se kya bol tamanna kum hoti hai"

Saturday 21 September 2013

Sunday 15 September 2013

Nyaymeva Jayate (न्यायमेव जयते)

In no way am I eligible to comment on the judicial system of the largest democracy of the world, neither do I have enough wit to educate people against committing crimes.Adding to the bombardment of the web with yet another anti-rape post. 

I am contended to know that the four convicts in the Delhi gangrape case are sentenced to death penalty. Being a girl, and above all, a HUMAN, this is what I had opined should have been their fate.

A second thought that startles me is, does this decision also imply that every victim ought to loose her life in order to lead to such a verdict? Is it mandatory for every such crime to fall in "rarest of the rare" category? I guess, rape is rape, isn't it? And, what if she, out of her misfortune lived through those scars which lasted for rest of her life, just like the Mumbai journalist and lakhs of others in India! Possibly, the punishment would have been different in such instance.

Moreover, awarding capital punishment in this case shall keep the "future" rapists notified that they make sure the victim is spared alive.

Not every victim is fortunate enough to have the whole country stand for her- may it be the police (who prepared a 1200 page chargesheet within a month), or the public who landed on the roads in protest, or may be all politicians irrespective of the parties they belong to, and of course, the judiciary and the media!

Alas! did I miss the under-aged, juvenile, the luckiest of all?  He is one of the blessed and much cuddled "baby criminals" of the nation. The other day while I was googling about juvenile justice in various countries I figured out that many countries amend their laws for juvenile offenders depending on the nature of the crime. To the best of my knowledge, India is not the only country, beastly crimes occur in almost every corner of the planet.
But will it all come to an end? If yes, how?

Ending with these questions here...