Political issues that require public discussion
Corruption means dishonesty by those in power, typically involving bribery. When an elected representative misuses his powers or changes his decision due to certain unfair circumstances it is referred to as corruption. A person who receives or gives bribe is said to be a corrupt person. For example, if a police officer accepts money, he is said to be corrupt. Although we say that India is a democratic country which got freedom 64 years ago, but we are still not free from the hands of corruption. The only difference is that the British have been replaced by the corrupt rulers. Now days, corruption rules us. Corruption is damaging the economy of India badly.
The major problem in India for its present state is corruption. We often blame the government when we see unhygienic circumstances but that is not true. The government is sanctioning financial aids to improve our country but it is not reaching the people because some corrupt officers are swindling it. Every day, in the newspaper we see different scandals and scams.
The government has passed several laws but none of them are being executed because of some corrupt officials who have been appointed by the government to ensure that More >
The last 15 years have witnessed dramatic developments in the Indian subcontinent. Economic liberalism has firmly placed India on the fast path to prosperity and progress, not withstanding Pakistan’s perennial corrosive proxy misadventure. Scholars have demolished the notion of any Aryan invasion, established the unparalleled achievements of our illustrious forefathers, and have veritably provided a new identity to the common people to take pride in their heritage, their culture and their past and of course their country. This has raised a pertinent query in many Indians’ minds. Can we regain our lost glory and reclaim our position as a world leader in every sphere of influence? My answer to this question would be a resounding YES.
Let us take a brief look at the mind blowing accomplishments of the ancient Indians. We spoke arguably the most refined and grammatically precise language till date viz Sanskrit. The Chola kings ruled over a territory extending as far as modern day Indonesia. Kalidasa ‘s literary feats and Adi Sankara’s theology (not to forget ontology and epistemology) make the works of the western scholars pale into insignificance. Indian mathematicians invented negative numbers in addition to zero and infinity. Aryabhatta, Bhaskarcharya and Varahamihira ‘s mathematical More >
Since 1947, India has been celebrating Independence Day to rejoice in her freedom from imperialism. Its essence is also to recall how much suffering people had undergone during the British rule.We all are now ready to celebrate 65 years of Indian Independence, which is obviously a good day to sing patriotic songs, listen to dignitaries’ speeches and feel passionate about our motherland. However, we tend to forget the basic introspection required that where are we heading, as an Indian and as a Nation?
Of course, we also have to understand and analyze the purpose of our freedom. One can reasonably expect this exercise to be done after a decade or so, when things would have begun to take shape as envisaged before Independence. For a celebration of any achievement by an organization or an annual function, it is the past performance that is normally evaluated. If we look at India, increasing casteism, communalism, corruption, terrorism, etc, are not just the by-products of decadent social system; we all are equally responsible. After 65 years of Indian Independence we are still moving ahead with 64% of literacy rate (not even one percent per annum) along with the total population of 1.22Billion by 2011. In fact, some of the states’ More >
More than six decade ago, India transferred to itself the ruling powers from the hands of the British and called itself an Independent democratic republic. Our proud Indian rulers and their new found powers made promises to a dreamy population to eradicate each problem of the country with the best constitution and the best governing system. Everyone promised to learn and develop. Hopes were really high.
Yes, India did progress and prosper. We are now going to be a Super Power (whatever it means to our 40% population below poverty line), we are now world champions in cricket and corruption, we have won a handful of medals in Olympics (though we don’t remember the name of those who won them for us), we have few of the richest people in the world who can gift airplanes to wives and sons, we have mastered the business of education, we have learnt to convert news into entertainment and most importantly we have learnt to remain clean of any guilt. You would question me the last point. The answer is very simple, we remain clear in everything by blaming.
A train accident takes place; – blame it on the railway minister and ask him to More >
We have the tendency to interpret and understand history by looking at events through a narrow snapshot in time. At every snapshot, there always invariably is a point where India seems to be riddled with societal, cultural and religious dissensions that cause the nation to crumble from within. Always in these most difficult times, one great leader is born who has the capacity to transform the society and reinvigorate societal and cultural ethos and re-instate dharma to its rightful place. During the period of Alexander’s invasion in India, not only were the small kingdoms divided, but also the social fabric had disintegrated. Meaningless and misinterpreted rituals were rampant and selfishness was dominant. At this critical juncture, one man, single-handedly, vowed to unite the vast country and establish a new dharmic social order and revive India to her rightful position as beacon of knowledge to the entire world. This extraordinarily talented man was none other than Chanakya.
Chanakya was a well known professor at the world-famous Takshasila University . He graduated from the same university in his early youth. He was aware of the corrupt practices of the Nanda king who was the ruler of Pataliputra (present-day Patna, Bihar) in the Magadha kingdom. More >
The association of cinema and politics has got a long history in Southern India. The political landscape of southern states (especially Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh) has been significantly altered by actors turned politicians. The Telugu superstars and some other actors are actively associated with the various political parties. They are literally sweeping the media by storm with attractive statements about various issues faced by people of Andhra Pradesh. The people need to realize and understand how many of these actor turned polticians are genuinely working for the sake of state and country development.
Cut to 1970s! The Tamilnadu state was primarily governed by Congress party, which was systematically toppled by the Dravidian moment. It was a significant change for the people of Tamil Nadu, which provided a platform for the film stars to enter into main stream politics. Primarily the Dravidian moment was launched by Periyar in 1925 to restore ‘self respect’ among lower caste people, which formed the lower side of the society. A powerful yet simple medium was required to reach these uneducated, rural and poor people to proliferate the Dravidian ideology. Initially it was people like Karunanithi, who fueled the Dravidian ideology by writing revolutionary thoughts in the form of More >
Anna Hazare the crusader against corruption was born on 15thjune 1937 in Bhingar, Bombay Province in British India. He is unknown to the rest of India till he took up the issue of corruption at National level in the esteemed company of Kiran Bedi, the former super cop, Arvind Kejriwal, a social activist, and Prashant Bhushan who is a prominent lawyer. Anna Hazare served in the military in 1963. He also participated in India- Pakistan war in 1965. He was influenced by a book ‘Call for the Youth in the Nation Building’ written by Swami Vivekananda. He took an oath in 1975 after his retirement from military to serve the humanity.
He transformed his Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmad Nagar district in Maharashtra State in to a model village from a poverty clad village. He made the village self sustained in Power Generation with the help of solar power, bio fuels and wind mills. He concentrated on providing Educational facilities and conducted collective marriages in his village. He ran a crusade against liquor shops and untouchability in his village. He was also responsible for watershed management projects there. He fought against corruption in the Government of Maharashtra. He was awarded padmashri More >
There are about 80 million Telugu speaking people living in India and outside India , equivalent to the population of Germany. It’s extremely difficult to arrive at the exact population of Telugu people since they are wide spread not only in all many States of India but also in many Countries of the World. Telugu population is said to be more than 120 million according to some estimates.
Telugu vaishyas migrated to vidarbha, part of Maharashtra, many decades back and are called by the Surname ” Wars” such as ” Regundwar”. Many Telugu Padmasalis have settled in Solapur, Maharashtra. Similarly there are many Telugu people settled in Mumbai(Maharashtra), Kharagpur(West Bengal), Kolkata(West Bengal), Odisha , Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh etc. in India.
More than a million Telugu people are said to have settled in America. A large population of Telugu people can be found in Countries like Mauritius and U.K. A size-able population of Telugu people can also be found in Singapore, Malaysia, Countries in Middle East, Canada, Australia, etc.
Andhra Pradesh is the first State to be formed on 1st November 1956 on the basis of language in India. Andhra Pradesh has 2nd largest coastal line (972 kilometres.), 4th largest in area (275,045 More >
We the Indians are proud of achievements of our country in various fields. In the past few months news papers and electronic media reported any number of incidents about corruption. Corruption reached ridiculous proportions. The corruption has spread its hands far and wide. Everybody would have come across corruption in their life any number of times. There are reports about corrupt officials, corrupt ministers, corrupt cops, corrupt priests and sometimes, even a corrupt Swamiji every other day. Corruption has become an integral part of our daily life. We have to pay a price to everyone starting from the highly privileged Chief Ministers to the lowly paid sweepers in the Government Offices for getting our works done. Corruption is a very integral ingredient of Indian politics. They were (and are) really good and successful crooks, who excelled in the art of treachery and made many times more than sufficient money. They also have high end contacts to keep them out of jail and from all sorts of trouble.
For the last few months social networking sites and email chains are pleading to support “India Against Corruption”, will that help change eradicating this mega problem? First we must start by saying “No” for More >