The sudden hike in online delivery demand this festive season, put an extra pressure on some biggies to go for spot recruitment for Delivery Boys. HR, though a very formal corporate word, is practised differently for different workforces. For 12th std dropouts, just happy to get a bike to ride around the city, fuel paid, with extra money, is the spirit one looks for.
So, it happened, that supervisor, Mr Prasad, from Bhagalpur, interviewed some delivery boys, with a common one-line query, “How fast would you do it?”. A winning answer was “At a time” the Indian version, that is certainly more in circulation and intrinsic meaning, that stands for “At once”!
To keep the HR world abreast, the next winner, much to the delight of Mr Prasad said, “Ek Bak!” A word, that perhaps migrated from Rajasthan to the northern belt, means, as urgent as “Back before you say one (Ek”).
The real delight and winner, was “hand to hand” (from the Hindi, “haathon-haath”). The term was clear, meant shall fall in the designated hands, and has an inclusive urgency in it!
Talking of “handwork”, less than a week ago, there was an unexpected (in terms of unanimity), shift in hands of power in the mid-belt of India. Surely there was the spectre of the big -brand-hand in the background, and as announced by the president of the Party that won, the millions of hands that worked in the fields. In a way, bringing about the message, that the hand that tills the soil, shall wear the crown. To be true, this is partly in practice. Two-thirds of the elected representatives being millionaire/billionaire farmers. Loan waivers to farmers as a one-time, time-based, or even a continuous policy has so many procedural, audit, legal, and constitutional questions, that I would leave this to others to scratch their heads.
The more important question to be explored, is the real cause and reason of farmer deaths. Is it that he had too little land (land distribution laws may take into account what is the minimal arable land for subsistence, much like minimum wages), and anything less than that should be a matter of the legislator to sort out, even dispense justice by approaching the law through his office?
Finally, let there be a draft that is enforceable as farmers rights for a decent living in the public domain, as defined for other groups, as backwards, tribes etc. With close to 70% of the economy dependent on farm produce, and what is pragmatically more enticing, the consideration of 70% voter strength!
It is time parties start structuring a farmer’s cell. Let these be educated, close to their roots, so that they may take up issues within the party, for a net and escalating gain, in the same manner as you have an economic cell. One could also revive more sensible policies by facilitating minority scholars. Sloganeering times are out, but scholarly opinions from minorities, (as part or advisers to the party with a pro-active stance), may pave out an agenda with appropriate understanding. There should be an elite backward cell, that compensates, to finally rule out the disparity, to enable India in its economic pursuit. There is an adage in politics, that “Unless you exert sufficiently to create a monumental misunderstanding, you can’t muster up the force and wisdom to reach an understanding”!
The largesse and reforms that a government can do, are more essential and appreciated today, than old faces.
For a while, play some overs with a straight bat!
A basic principle of medicine is that no disease exists in isolation. There are lifestyle issues, habits, genetic, addiction, personal and professional pressures. The same logic applies to other issues, including politics,
Taking you aside from the previous discussion, one may consider foreign lobbies playing a hand at the fastest growing economy. The same has also been affecting countries world-wide. This is a message to all parties now and those yet to occupy a not so enviable chair. The losses were in Karnataka (our silicon- valley), and now Chhattisgarh (our richest iron reserves). These could be much larger bargaining points for the grand election in the offing!
India’s rise, some parity in defence against China, a strategic partner in the US, retaining defence ties with Russia, may be seen with a green eye by some of our own allies. See the incidences in the recent past.
Doklam, was not a part of the govt’s pre-decided agenda, even resources, but the government had to find funds to cope up. I would equate it with Kargil in a previous tenure of this party. A popular cricketer took up the captain’s seat with what is stated as the army’s support, and not a word was said by the bigger democracies. On the other hand, raising queries on an army’s “surgical operation” is to be gulped down as “trash”. Nationalism has been distorted, let “patriotism” not be corrupted. Take this one seriously. The farmer dies of starvation (bad agricultural economics and whatever else), his brother who commits martyrdom, is disowned as a freak. Where does this thinking arise? an external lobby implant!
Kartarpur came as a big elation to the respected Sikh faith (there is a saying that a Sikh should try to visit all the historic Gurdwaras of their Gurus, much like “Haj” in Islam, and the four Holy places of Lord Shiva for Hindus). In the political turmoil, and cross-border killings, more serious discussions lie ahead. We appreciate Pakistan’s gesture!
GST, demonetization, are tough measures. The first was a posterior economic thought of respected Man Mohanji (he’s a Kohli), in incubation. The second has been attributed to various causes, including tons of fake even legitimate currency in terrorist hands. Criticism, the sole weapon of politics and the human mind, has the right to bring down the dust.
Modiji did well to jack-up the national reserves. Made a record number of trips across the world, increased the tax flows. Economically we are better off. To my mind, the discussion going on in the highest corridors must be the realization that some of the hands he shook were of plastic, with fur gloves. Sure, the opposition has shown merit, but let them all think of one people, one nation! Walk the talk! The victory would not have come without efforts.
Of all the famous names of Lord Krishna, the most popular in Gujarat is “Ranchhod”, where Krishna withdrew from a battle, only to revamp and re-attack!
Was this a tactical withdrawal?
When facts hurt, philosophy is a balm!
You often see the incomparable AB go in the snow wearing only thermals, then immediately taking resort to a laxative in the train, even helping a guy who accompanied him on the snow trip! One caused the other, but he got paid for sponsoring two products!
Many are the uses of adversity!
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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