The GREATEST TEMPTATION that has to be avoided at all cost is to analyze UGLINESS. The deeper one gets into the ANALYSIS, one runs the risk of turning oneself UGLY. Because the most AUTHENTIC analysis is self analysis. Therefore one turns oneself UGLY to have an “INSIDER’S” view.
Let me cite a visual example. Supposing i do not have a speedometer in my car and i want to measure the speed of another car which is traveling at high speed, the best way to know the speed is to “catch up” with that speeding car and peek into the speedometer of that car. In the process what has consequently happened is that my car has actually accelerated to its speed. Now i am at the same speed as the SPEEDING car. The relative difference of speed between my car and the then speeding car is zero.
Similar thing happens, when we try ANALYZING UGLINESS. We all know the story of the Gautama Buddha and how his father was foretold about his son giving up the world and his Kingship. So no effort was spared by Gautama’s father to shield him from the miseries of this world. But when Gautama saw the UGLINESS, against which he had not been “INOCULATED” since childhood suddenly started taking a keen interest in their condition. The beggarliness, the transience of human life were are laid open to his consciousness, but he could not UNDERSTAND. The ANALYSIS started. Gautama is only one of the many millions who have attempted the grasp of the spiritual through the participation and SUCCEEDED in distilling the essence of life.
THIS TEMPTATION to ANALYZE UGLINESS IS THE ONLY BATTLE THAT A MAN HAS TO CONFRONT THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. ONCE THE AESTHETE IN A MAN IS SNUFFED OUT, BEAUTY OF LIFE PETERS OUT!!
Treaty making power which is an EXECUTIVE power and vested with the Central Government (as per entry 14 of List I to the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India) of the day, needs no ratification , unless the TREATY itself has a clause which states that the treaty should be RATIFIED by the Parliament. This power is vested with the EXECUTIVE for EXPEDIENCY. It has been reported in this morning’s papers (including Times of India dt. 17/08/2010) that the Supreme Court of India has made an observation that if the TREATY were to be challenged on the grounds that the treaty went against the BASIC STRUCTURE (that is an amorphous concept- ranging from ‘secularism’ to ‘Liberty’ to ‘Rights’ to yet to be formulated ideas) of the CONSTITUTION OF INDIA, the SUPREME COURT could adjudicate. Thereby the judges have again asserted two things- the Independence of the Judiciary as the final interpreter of the Constitution and secondly, that the power flowing from the Constitution cannot become an untrammeled Frankinstein in the hands of the Government of the day.
The issue is that if the TREATY were to be signed by the executive and later found to be offending the “BASIC STRUCTURE” of the COI, India would have to resile from those positions earlier adopted. Now this could not only be INCONVENIENT but TRICKY. This would become like our CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY giving GUARANTEES to the erstwhile Princes of the Princely States under the Constitution and later depriving them under an AMENDMENT ( 26th Amendment!) of the Constitution.This is a classic case of a GRANDFATHER giving a PROMISE and the GRANDSON revoking or resiling from the promise after the grandfather’s demise. This leads to lack of CREDIBILITY of our NATION in the long run.
We have invented a new concept called CURATIVE PETITION that goes beyond all the stages of judicial intervention. The last that i heard of was that the Government has moved the Supreme Court of India even on matters of COMPENSATION in the Bhopal Gas victims’ case. If at all the compensation was inadequate, it was because of the delay which ate up all the funds in the form of INFLATION! This CURATIVE PETITION is against all the principles of RES JUDICATA!! In India we have a habit to lengthen procedures instead of perfecting the process. Curative petition is one of those. Likewise, going to the courts after many years in respect of a treaty, which works damage to India’s interest, would be merely a clever way of wriggling out of an International obligation. It should be taken to the Parliament at once and got ratified or rejected. This process of unduly having reparative mechanisms would portray India as a nation which has internal mechanisms to meddle with its Intl. obligations.
The American treaty making is to obtain RATIFICATION from the Senate with a two thirds majority of Members present and voting. The President may negotiate, but for the TREATY to come to effect, it needs Senate ratification. Therefore democratically elected persons are involved in the BINDING OF THE NATION TO CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS.
IN OUR DEMOCRACY, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR POSTERITY TO BE SURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC COURSE, IT WOULD BE DESIRABLE IF WE INCLUDE THE OPPOSITION IN THE PARLIAMENT TO PLAY THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE IN TREATIES WHICH BIND US IN PERPETUITY.
The DNA has reported that, Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra of the Delhi High Court has said, “Live-in relationship is a walk-in and walk-out relationship. There are no strings attached in this relationship, nor does this relationship create any legal bond between the parties. People who chose to have live-in relationship cannot complain of infidelity or immorality as live-in relationships are also known to have been between a married man and an unmarried woman or vice versa.”
I fail to understand the last sentence of the portion excerpted above. There are specific words, when a married woman has a physical relationship with any man it is defined ADULTERY by both (if the man knows her to be married to someone else). If a man has physical relationship with a woman who is not married to anyone; or if an unmarried woman has physical relationship with anyone irrespective of whether he is married or not, then it is FORNICATION. So how does one generalize this in a live-in relationship?
In all LIVE-IN relationship there is a presumption that the partners are sexually involved, so if the sexual consent is construed as “free” even if there is a promise by one to the other to “marry” the other, would it not be a breach of Contract if in future the one who promised marriage were to resile from MARRIAGE or future cohabitation?
The Times of India reports that the Court stated, “… [A] contract of living together … is renewed every day by the parties and can be terminated by either of the parties without consent of the other party and one party can walk out at will at any time. Those who do not want to enter into this kind of relationship of walk-in and walk-out, they enter into a relationship of marriage where the bond between the parties has legal implications and obligations and cannot be broken by either party at will.”
The Justice has done a great service to the society by DE-LINKING the sexual element from LIVE-IN relationship and has brought it closer to a contract.
Maybe the objective of this judgment is to explicitly state the INSECURITIES of a LIVE-IN relationship, which the younger generation seems to be rushing into unawares!
Very heartening to know that Steven Slater quit his job after 28 years of service as a flight attendant in JET BLUE airlines. Not because he quit, but the way he quit! He announces in the PA system in the aircraft, ” To the passenger who called me a mother f***er, F**K you. I have been in this business 28 years. And that’s it, I am done.”
He leaves the craft via the slide and that after he put his luggage on slide before he himself slid down!!
He is the MODERN DAY Moses. Moses quit the comfort of the Pharaoh’s PALACE and was thrown in the wilderness. From there he clawed his way back to the Pharaoh’s palace with the HYPOTHESIS that JEHOVAH wanted Israelites to worship Him in the wilderness. Moses took away the workforce of the Pharaoh leaving behind a devastated Egypt to fend for itself!
Steven Slater by quitting in this dramatic style has become and icon of all those who are “trapped” in their jobs, merely to eke out a living. But even the worm turns and it did. The overwhelming support extended to Steven Slater is heart warming. One has to read all those comments in Steven Slater FB, it is truly expressive of pent up volcanic emotions of the common man.
Moses “rescued” a defined set of people, but Steven Slater has elicited an eruptive emotion from the submerged consciousness of the sheep!!
Now u don’t believe that, then check out this link- gutsy girl!
INFOSYS is the HOLY COW of India. If one talks of WIPRO or SATYAM (now MAHINDRA blah blah blah..) one is not faced with stiff resistance, but if one were to talk of INFOSYS it is very likely that the images of Narayanamurthy, with his innocent lisp and his spouse Sudha Murthy with her looks of modesty (despite having huge holdings and thereby tax free dividends from INFOSYS and no apparent reason to be hugely humble about) are brought in and the critics are silenced. Therefore this CHOPSHOP stuff could not have emanated from India. In INDIA we create HOLY COWS and refrain from viewing- leave alone talking- critically of them. We love our IDOLS to be SACRED.
INFOSYS is SACRED in India. But we have this senator Charles Schumer who calls INFOSYS CHOP-SHOP, which was shocking to most Indians. INFOSYS had been one tech company which had not got bad press ever. But according to me, it is easier to avoid BAD PRESS, if one were to be HUMBLE and DOESN’T INDULGE IN PROFITEERING when he could have. INFOSYS and its management have been very careful in following these 2 principles. HUMILITY is not necessarily ABSENCE of ARROGANCE, it is mostly SUPPRESSION of the MANIFESTATIONS of ARROGANCE in INDIA!!
The time has come when we are under an attack from Schumer and his ilk, who seem to be catering to the resentment of their constituents, and indulge in MUD SLINGING. If we truly want to rise above these derogatory phrases, we should do some soul searching to find out whether we are CHOP SHOPPING or truly being CREATIVE and providing original solutions,
IN ANY CASE THE DAYS OF HOLY COWS ARE OVER AND WE HAVE TO SUBMIT TO SCRUTINY, HOWEVER IMPECCABLE OUR IMAGE MIGHT BE!!
I have consistently held in my blogs that the STRUCTURE defines the FUNCTIONS and the FUNCTIONS fulfill the PURPOSE. It is in that sequence that the objective of the ORGANIZATION is accomplished. There has been a lot of debate on the corruption, inefficiency, compromise and inadequacy of the management of COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010, due to beheld in Delhi this year.
But all the three are so closely set that a disturbance in one affects the other, whereby it creates an impression that one could alter the PURPOSE and bring about changes for the better in the STRUCTURE, or alter the FUNCTIONS and change the STRUCTURE. All these permutations and combination have been tried out in the past and failed. The only way is that a STRUCTURE that could accommodate FUNCTIONS to achieve the PURPOSE has to be put in place, otherwise human greed and perversion would creep in and the PURPOSE cannot be achieved.
Budgeting for the COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010 is over and now we need a structure in place, but unfortunately there is no STRUCTURE but a mass of racketeers, profiteers and carpet-baggers, who seize the opportunity to enrich themselves without any compunction. They provide treadmills and other sports equipments at exorbitant cost with a clause that they “would maintain and replace faulty equipments during the course of the COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010” and thereby avoid shortages in machines during the games. This clause would be the only clause that would justify payment of rates higher than the cost of the equipment itself! It is for this seamless functioning of the GAMES that the Organizers are enticed into getting into contracts which are apparently one-sided all the way. All this happens because we do NOT HAVE A STRUCTURE to handle all the functions efficiently.
A STRUCTURE in place would have assigned workforce and money in such a way that the task is carried through smoothly. But in the absence of a proper structure, CHAOS steps in and the FUNCTIONS get altered. In INDIA we have more crisis managers than structural engineers. Structure is a PEACE TIME activity, which needs self discipline and belief in the system, whereas once CHAOS is apparent it is free for all and the one who succeeds in restoring a semblance of order is the HERO. To become a HERO is the prerogative of the POLITICIAN, as he thrives on POPULARITY, which is the basis of all vote collection. This CHAOS we have created is not as much the work of SURESH KALMADI or his cohorts, but STRUCTURAL DEFICIENCY- which is the direct cause of lack of PEACE-TIME structure building activity.
Enter the politicians and restore ORDER through the STRUCTURAL MIGHT of their POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS! This happened in the ASIAD at Delhi in the early eighties. This justification of letting FEUDAL FORCES to encroach upon the SPACE of NATIONAL STRUCTURES is abominable.
DURING PEACE-TIMES LET US BUILD SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURE WHICH COULD HANDLE PRESSURES AND DELIVER PURPOSEFULLY!