Thursday, April 23, 2009

Teaching-Democracy-Secularism and We the People

This is very relevant today to talk about the way teaching is designed in schools, which is foundation of a nation. In India we have Hindu Schools, Muslim Schools, Christian Schools so on and so forth but constitutional mandate makes us secular! Do we relate ourselves with religious study? Religion has guided human beings for centuries and it preceded Rule of Law. Is to correct to advocate religious study? Is to puerile to counter secularism with religious study? Isn't rational, reason  religion part of the bag conscience ?

To me religion is Dharma and Dharma only ...Dharma is understanding / respecting all life and non life forms. Learning is incomplete without studying Dharma in this sense religion is the bedrock of a civilized society. Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission, in Eternal Values for a Changing Society: Education for Human Excellence, Vol. 3, has identified objectives, which should be achieved by education. If we focus on these objectives we may find what and how of education.

Some of the core points identified in the book are:

1. The training of our children to an appreciation of our nation’s cultural heritage and to equip them with the desire and the capacity to enhance the same and leave to posterity a richer legacy.

2. The training of our children in talents and capacities by which they become productive units of society and the source of its economic strength.

3. The equipment of our children with the qualities of courage and vision to protect our newly won national freedom, to preserve its democratic structure, function and liberties, and to carry the same to ever-wider fields and ever-higher levels.

4. The training of our children in virtues and graces that will make them emotionally stable individuals and enable them to live in peace, harmony and cooperation with their fellow citizens.

5. The training of our children in virtues and graces that will make them international in their outlook and sympathies, and enable them to live in peace, harmony and cooperation with the emerging world community.

6. The training of our children to an awareness of the spiritual and trans-social dimension of the human personality and to a converging life endeavour in the realization of this fact in and through life and action.

Why I am so concerned about it now? when I studied I never knew in my childhood what is secularism all about but I knew love, I knew religious mandates...not to lie, not to hate, fear god (value not to do wrong)and so on. Today when my child is learning I notice impact of surrounding..thus my opinion.

If we realize through educational system these values in our children, I think we may die in safe hands. The debate on education, religion and secularism shall go on but we need to harmonise our system for a better future.

Teaching-Democracy-Secularism and We the People

This is very relevant today to talk about the way teaching is designed in schools, which is foundation of a nation. In India we have Hindu Schools, Muslim Schools, Christian Schools so on and so forth but constitutional mandate makes us secular! Do we relate ourselves with religious study? Religion has guided human beings for centuries and it preceded Rule of Law. Is to correct to advocate religious study? Is to puerile to counter secularism with religious study? Isn't rational, reason  religion part of the bag conscience ?

To me religion is Dharma and Dharma only ...Dharma is understanding / respecting all life and non life forms. Learning is incomplete without studying Dharma in this sense religion is the bedrock of a civilized society. Swami Ranganathananda of Ramakrishna Mission, in Eternal Values for a Changing Society: Education for Human Excellence, Vol. 3, has identified objectives, which should be achieved by education. If we focus on these objectives we may find what and how of education.

Some of the core points identified in the book are:

1. The training of our children to an appreciation of our nation’s cultural heritage and to equip them with the desire and the capacity to enhance the same and leave to posterity a richer legacy.

2. The training of our children in talents and capacities by which they become productive units of society and the source of its economic strength.

3. The equipment of our children with the qualities of courage and vision to protect our newly won national freedom, to preserve its democratic structure, function and liberties, and to carry the same to ever-wider fields and ever-higher levels.

4. The training of our children in virtues and graces that will make them emotionally stable individuals and enable them to live in peace, harmony and cooperation with their fellow citizens.

5. The training of our children in virtues and graces that will make them international in their outlook and sympathies, and enable them to live in peace, harmony and cooperation with the emerging world community.

6. The training of our children to an awareness of the spiritual and trans-social dimension of the human personality and to a converging life endeavour in the realization of this fact in and through life and action.

Why I am so concerned about it now? when I studied I never knew in my childhood what is secularism all about but I knew love, I knew religious mandates...not to lie, not to hate, fear god (value not to do wrong)and so on. Today when my child is learning I notice impact of surrounding..thus my opinion.

If we realize through educational system these values in our children, I think we may die in safe hands. The debate on education, religion and secularism shall go on but we need to harmonise our system for a better future.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Regulatory Regime and Infrastructure Development

In the Indian context a fad word or phrase has all takers, academicians, politicians, bureaucrats, and the layman in the common mass. In recent times regulatory nuisance has become nonsense..., somebody says scrap it, others say have more and more regulatory frameworks in India because only such frameworks are going to free India from regressive bureaucratic control. One of the recent fad phrases has been "regulation and infrastructure development" and people believe religiously that ideal (debatable) regulatory framework creates infrastructure for the economy. Some available literatures need appreciation on this context:
www.uneca.org/adfiii/docs/ri_infrastructure_dev.pdf
www.adb.org/Media/Articles/2006/10895-Indonesia-infrastructure
www.hindu.com/2007/03/19/stories/2007031900421600.htm
www.cuts-international.org/RptRegFrmwork140105.htm

All said and done; is it correct to say that a regulatory framework per se leads to infrastructure creation and development. Furthermore Mohan Pyare says that this is all a World Bank gimmick, they want to free economies from the governmental control so that global capitalist economy could be established. Seems interesting...but I do not think this is applicable to India...high governmental hand in regulatory system...? Mohan Pyare believes that regulatory framework is just an extended form of executive authority in India.. If this is true then why to burden the governmental coffer by creating a regulatory framework? may not be. But how regulator would create infrastructure? Is regulator going to scout investors? may not be. Then how regulatory framework would create infrastructure? Indeed it will…by creating demand or supply...no way this is not the function of a regulator. I am seeking this answer from Mohan Pyare, hope to get it by next week.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thus Spake My Lord

Lord Krishna at the time of his departure from this world gave instructions to Uddhava. Uddhava had asked: What are the symptoms of pure devotees? How can we become pure devotees? How can we achieve uttama-bhakti (pure devotional service)? In this connection, Krsna replied:
“O Uddhava, a saintly person is merciful and never injures others. Even if others are aggressive, he is tolerant and forgiving toward all living entities. His strength and meaning in life come from the truth itself, he is free from all envy and jealousy, and his mind is equal in material happiness and distress.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.11.29)]

“O My dear Uddhava, My devotee is very merciful. He cannot tolerate the sufferings of the conditioned souls. That is why, like Narada, he travels throughout the world, without invitation.”