Feast for Thought

Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Let's have Military Rule sans sudden coup...

A periodic dose of military rule will help us appreciate the value of 'Freedom' and the associated responsibility that ought to accompany it.

We often hear it said that we get the government, (and the municipal corporation, and the police) we deserve. 
But methinks we are asking for, indeed we need a good dose of ... military rule. No don't look West to locate and quote a history of coups. Instead calm down and read on -
For a period of about 6 months before every election, let us have the military personnel administer India, ie, the function of governance will be carried out by the three defence forces, supported by the paramilitary, the Territorial Army, and the Home Guards. A civilian will still head government, don't worry - the President, as S.C.A.F.
A periodic dose of military rule will help us appreciate the value of 'Freedom' and the associated responsibility.
"Responsibility is the price of freedom", ... whether it is freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of choice, or any of the other 'guaranteed' freedoms.
Why do I say so? Read on - 
On the return of a brand of noodles, my fellow citizens say:
"Welcome back, 
We missed you.
So what if you're not healthy? At least you're safe.
We are living (surviving) on far worse food, air and water.
Go ahead, you make your profits.
We and our children will overcome. If we don't, there's always the 'karma' scapegoat to blame..."
On car-free days, my fellow citizens say:
"I'll not observe car-free voluntarily. I'll oblige the day the exercise is made compulsory".
On plastic-bag usage, my fellow-citizens say:
"Let the Govt ban. Till then don't deny us our convenience, laziness and indifference.
....oh, the environment? The business environment is very good, very eco(nomy)-friendly. See the amount of FDI we are raking in".
On civic sense, my fellow citizen says:
"Yes, yes, my neighbour has none.
The municipality has not provided dust-bins....
The contractor and corporator are hand-in-glove..."
On traffic sense, my fellow citizen says:
"The police is not around.
Zebra crossing? What's that?
These pedestrians... can't they see where they are going?"

Got it now?
Let me list the immense benefits of a 6-month military rule.
1. The military will ensure strict adherence to pre-election model code of conduct.
2. Indifferent citizens will get a chance to 'obey', follow rules, stick to nation-wide legitimate diktats.
3. For 6 months, it's possible to get even the media to behave.
4. The entire country will get a sample of what governance ought to be.
  My fellow soldiers will do a great job; I know for sure.

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Monday, November 02, 2015

EFCC - is it Economy, Finance and Crony Capitalism?

MoEFCC is the acronym for the Ministry of Environment-Forests-ClimateChange, but it is headed by a Minister for 'Economy, Finance and Crony Capitalism' ....
"Please see how systematically the so called MoEF&CC (because it is now doubtful if this Ministry is any longer the custodian of the nation's ecological security) is hell bent on diluting environmental norms left, right and centre:
The first part of this series, by biologist TR Shankar Raman, showed how the ministry stopped considering the hydrological value of forests -- the rivers and streams they give birth to. 

India is diluting forest protection by ignoring this one vital thing

The concluding part, by environmental lawyer Shibani Ghosh, focuses on the ministry's attempts to stop considering public health while granting clearances in critically polluted areas.

Is India’s pollution control agency weakening pollution regulation?

It is also a matter of grave concern when such issues do not figure in mainstream media stories or TV debates????"

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