Sunday, August 23, 2009

Politics should be imbued with the deepest of spiritual values

[Integrality is a nuance on universalism which pushes its borders into the Transcendental and Absolute. Re: On Universalism: In Debate with Alain Badiou by Etienne Balibar Debashish Sat 22 Aug 2009 09:08 AM PDT]

[Secular should not be equated with immoral. Politics should be imbued with the deepest of spiritual values otherwise it’s dry rot that will affect the country. This diverse country needs to be governed in an inclusive and accommodating manner. 'Echoes of myself in Jinnah? That would be arrogant' expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh, Times of India - ‎23 August 2009]

[The Indian as an individual has in every field across the world, including business, demonstrated innovation and originality. But as a society and as communities, India is among the world's least innovative.
In every social sector public education, public health, public infrastructure, public morality India is abysmally below world class standards, ranking below 100 in the comity of nations. Times of India - Top Article:
Creative Leadership Can Make All The Difference GEETANJALI KIRLOSKAR 22 August 2009, The writer is chairperson, India Japan Initiative]

[No such thing as quick victories: Azim Premji‎ - Economic Times - ‎23 August 2009
First, to build a just, equitable, sustainable and humane society, we must act with the clear understanding that the issues and challenges facing our nation cannot be solved by the government alone. We as individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations are equal participants of this democratic society, and must play a more active role in these systemic issues. Indeed the government can do a lot more and do much better on many dimensions, but equally, we must do a lot more. Second, giving money in the form of contributing to ‘causes’ is perhaps the usual first step towards our starting to engage with these issues. However, the engagement becomes a lot more meaningful and useful if it really involves giving attention and thought to these issues. Often the paths to improvement require a lot more than money; they require careful thought and sustained energy. This is thus a combination of a basic attitude of ‘giving’ and ‘caring’ for what happens with what we ‘give’. Third, we must be prepared for the long haul. If we want genuine change and improvement, we have to be willing to stay with the issues for years. I don’t think change on social issues happens in the same timescales as changes in the corporate world. We must resist the urge to report quick victories. There are no quick victories in the arena of social change, real positive changes can be seen only decades later. In summary, I am convinced that each of us must deeply engage with social issues. This engagement will happen meaningfully if we give our attention and thought to specific issues, in addition to giving money. We must have the resolve to engage with these issues for a long time, and only then will we be able to make the difference that we desire. (The Joy of Giving Week from Sept 27 to Oct 3 calls on every Indian to give in cash, kind and kindness.)
www.joyofgivingweek.org The writer is the chairman of Wipro Technologies// Indian entrepreneurs are jiving to a new beat
Times of India - ‎23 August 2009 Murthy and Azim Premji to the millions of men, women and children who are entrepreneurs out of necessity, using their imagination and wit to survive.]

[The Times of India: Independence Day India celebrates 62 years of freedom on August 15. Civil institutions have a role in shaping our collective identity, writes Arabinda Ray, a retired corporate executive. Being Indian It is also significant that the newly independent country continued to call itself India a word of foreign coinage not found in any of the languages of the subcontinent. The heightened momentum saw us safely through the adoption of a path-breaking Constitution. But cracks began to appear, thanks to the Congress being hoist by its own petard of promises made as a part of the struggle for independence. It began with the fast unto death of Poti Sriramulu, which led to the creation of Andhra Pradesh in 1956. Nevertheless, as long as the near monolithic hold of the Congress existed at the Centre, loyalty to old-time political bosses kept the situation manageable. After Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Congress's reversal at the polls in 1967 saw the opening of a Pandora's box. Adherence to religion, region, caste and even sub-caste became more important in the democratic process of the election of our political representatives at all levels. Fortunately, the Centre has held together though badly scarred by fissiparous pressures.]

NTR in Andhra Pradesh altered the political landscape at the Centre and later Chandrababu Naidu too played a major role in installing successive regimes. NDA lost power because Naidu didn't fare well in 2004 and in 2009 he was done in by Chiranjeevi. Overall, appealing to linguistic chauvinism and provincial prestige still brings in votes transcending ideological divides. [TNM]

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