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The premise of any healthy society is based on its capacity to satiate the needs of hunger, thirst, livelihood and JUSTICE of the community at large. Now this society is no one else but all of US – together. And so it is our responsibility to take care of these needs of ours and our fellow beings. But what is occurring is that – we are more focused on satisfying the first three needs viz – hunger, thirst and livelihood, that we have ended up lowering the importance of our need for JUSTICE. We have come to believe that an entity called GOVERNMENT will supply us Justice. And we have started to ignore the fact that we cannot survive without Justice.
The fact remains that society over time has only become more unjust, in more ways than one. Be it dilapidated remains of age old caste system, systematic unequal distribution of political power and a high degree of gender intolerance – all of these have resulted in a creation of ungrateful and delusion seeking society that breeds Injustice.
When I am hungry I seek food, when thirsty I seek water, when unemployed I find an employment – but what do I do when I experience injustice. In our upbringing the society does teach us how to fetch food and water and it does equip us with skills to make us employable. But we never really instill in ourselves the ability to be Just and the desire to find Justice, when denied. Experiencing injustice and not fighting for it is OK in our country.
But then, once in a while some individuals who go through unfathomable injustice, find this latent need for justice activated in them. Once activated, I believe, it must be so strong that all the other basic needs become insignificant in comparison to their need for Justice. We call them revolutionaries, mahatma, messiah etc. What binds them all is their absolute intolerance towards injustice.
The point I am leading too, is the realization that Justice will not come to us, if we do not seek it. Today when we hear/read about the atrocities being subjected to the women folk of this nation, deep inside we all wish to have justice. But we are so blinded in the rush of our other needs that we do nothing but feel despair. We remain helpless. We wait for times to change. We wait for a messiah to come and save us.
While we wait in despair in our comfortable chairs, somewhere in a village in Uttarpradesh a group of middle aged women have taken up lathis in their hands to fight for justice. They wear Pink, they beat up abusive husbands and corrupt menfolk of the society and they call themselves the Gulabi Gang*. They exist since a decade and now their area of concern has widened form women issues to other societal evils like child marriage, corruption etc. Many legal cases are pending against the founder Sampat Pal Devi, but her need for justice remains unsatiated and she works every day of her life to satisfy this need of hers. Today there are more than 20,000 women who are part of Gulabi Gang.
I have been brought up to be a non-violent individual. My own perceptions of universe have further developed my belief in the virtue of non-violence. And as much as I believe in Justice I believe in the value of non-violence. Simply put ‘hurt’ cannot be ‘just’. Today as I read through the atrocity** carried upon a little girl child of our community for the first time ever I feel the urge to be violent. Not just the ones who committed the crime but all the perpetrators identified needs to be punished, in the most severe fashion. If law of the land is found incapable, let’s find our ways to provide Justice.
Am I being selfish and fearful under the veil of being ‘non-violent’? Is it time to weld the lathi? I know the roots of any evil have many dimensions and they all need to be addressed if one has to eradicate them. But lathi for sure would address a few of those many unknown dimensions.
Having said that, I am not advocating rioting and killing. By ‘welding a lathi’ I mean taking strong, affirmative action for the cause of Justice.
If we do not find food, we die of hunger, if we do not search for water we would die of thirst, if we do not find livelihood, we would not have means to survive; similarly if we do not fight for Justice, we would become extinct. History has recorded this, it took a while to build Rome, but it did not take as much time for Rome to disintegrate.
It’s time to join the Gulabi Gang, its time to go Pink!
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Categories : counter point, My musings
We all have stories inside us. Within us is a mix of sketchy emotions, which we often feel, but never let out. Even if they are let out , they come veiled under worldly gestures. Yes, love exists within us, it resides inside us somewhere. Subdued by our fear and ignorance we are unable to embrace the existence of an unadulterated passionate love within us. We remain inhibited. And the love stays inside us like an unformed story. Thus i say we all have stories inside us.
The inhibited feelings that we carry manifests themselves in our sensitivity towards nature, music, arts, poetry etc. This could be the seed of romanticism.
The poem below is an expression of my experiences with my own feelings.
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Categories : My musings, pleasure, poetry, Random
Speech given at Entreplexus 5.0 (Bi annual Alumni Meet) welcoming the new Trustees as Board of Governors of EDI Alumni Association.
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, Ahmedabad, March 2, 2013.
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My teachers – Respected Dr. Awasthi and Dr. Shukla, my colleagues Gaurav, Mitul and Rutul, the newly elected BOG members, fellow alumni members and my dear current batch students; Good Evening and Welcome to Entreplexus 5.0.
Today is the day of ‘change’. Today is the day we celebrate ‘change’. Every beautiful flower that blooms to its peak gets its time out in the sun and it gets its time to spread its fragrance in the world around. What also is a fact is that every flower after having spent its time out in the sun, has to decay, has to fall on the ground and become part of the soil, to eventually let a new flower bloom and to let the new flower give its fragrance to the world.
Friends; Change is the law of nature; Change is a fundamental of Universe, Change is divine. We as Trustees of the esteemed EDI Alumni association are glad to have been able to bring this moment of change to you. It is a moment of pride for us to have brought the association to this stage whereby we can ‘handover’; handover the reigns of this dynamic and potent alumni body to a new team of volunteers. We give you a fresh pair of 14 hands and 7 strong willed hearts as care takers of EDI Alumni Association. On behalf of the alma mater I welcome you all on Board.
To have reached here, to be able to do all that we could, let me tell you it was not easy. It was daunting and extremely challenging for us to bring the association at this stage. And I specifically wish to talk about those challenges, particularly to the newly elected team and the young students who would soon be alumni, and warn you that it is not going to be an easy role to play. All the challenges that we have faced and I am sure which you shall face too, can be summed up as follows:
- The first challenge that we had to confront was – Accepting our own limitations.
You will pass through a phase where you would feel “maine to itna kiya, usne to kuch nai kiya”, “ye mera kaam nahi, ye mujhse nahi hoga” etc. So many ideas you will come up with, and realize that it’s not becoming possible to achieve them. And this would be extremely disheartening. You will have to learn to understand yours and your team’s limitation, and prepare yourself to accept those limitations. Unless you will accept them, you would not be able to function as a team and give value to a public forum like ours.
2. The second challenge to hit you will be – Disillusionment.
Imagine you have done a lot of hardwork, taken a lot of pain, invested your heart and soul in creating some value for the alumni community, and when the day of event turns up, you do not see any participation. When you have to get on stage and talk to empty chairs, it will disillusion you to the core. And it has happened to us quite a few times. I remember as I went back to home, retire on my bed, a tear would roll down my cheek and I would question myself, “What and for whom am I actually working? ; Am I doing the right thing? , Should I continue?” Yes we as a team have experienced such disillusionment, to the maximum magnitude possible; but than we learnt to confront it; overcome it; and the same would be expected of you.
3. The third and the deadly challenge to face is – Not becoming Bitter.
A voluntary task or for that matter any task that we undertake is bound to have constraints. Environmental and external constraints manifest more and affect greatly in voluntary and part time endeavors. It is very normal to accuse the constraints and say “isme to kuch nahi ho sakta”, “ye to aisa hi rehne wala hai”, “chhodo hame kya”. Out there in the world there are two set of forces or energies that are trying to enter your system – The bitter forces and the better forces; and it is absolutely upto us to make the choice. At the end of every challenge do you wish to become ‘bitter’ or do you choose to become ‘better’; that choice will decide the course of your life.
Its not that these challenges would show up only once; not at all; we have faced them frequently and adequately during this course of 6 years. We had our moments when we would have thought to ‘give up’. But some how during this journey we learned to overcome this feeling of ‘giving up’. Today I stand before you, and with immense pride I say that inspite of every challenge, we managed to survive, sustain and deliver.
And it was possible for us to overcome these challenges because we are filled with genuine love and affection for this institute, for this education and for the teachers who delivered this education to us. Every brick that you see around, every wall of this complex, we are in love with every bit of this institute; we love the individuals who have graduated from this illustrious institute. That is the reason that every challenge had to lose against our armour of love and affection.
It would be unwise to say that we came along with truck loads of love and affection inside us. It wasn’t as if whenever required we pulled out a bucket full of love and affection from our stock and pour it on our challenges. No, that wasn’t the case.
In our journey we have met such amazing individuals, rare gems, who reinstated this value in us, time and again.
During our initial days in EDIAA office, while we were working on the first Entreplexus, we came across this extraordinary volunteer called YK (Yaduvendra Singh). He along with his amazing team mates from batch 10, likes of Ryan, Minal, Minakshi, Zalak, Trupti showed us the meaning of working with love and affection for the alma mater. As we progressed we met more gems from batch 11. I must mention this amazing lady namely Shuchi Roy, first. Along with her we met Nibha, Sonali, Nikhil, Bhushan, Ashish, Vikrant and likes. This team has resulted in the most impactful Entreplexus till date. There came a time that our interaction with students went down, particulary with batch 12, and we were skeptical about the result of fourth entreplexus. At his juncture we came across Deepak, a rare species in volunteerism who just reconnected us with the batches here and we managed a wonderful event under his leadership. Look I might be missing out on names, but I am sure the people whom I am talking about, know that I am talking about them. Finaly it has brought us to this batch, you guys – the batch 14. And if I were to put it in one line I would say – Entreplexus 5.0 has been made possible by one guys conviction and that is GG (Gaurav Gupta) – the latest find in my collection of priceless gems. Some 8 months back when we first met GG and his team of Raunak, Sonu, Hardik and likes for the first time they made us realize our age. Yeah guys, their spark and enthusiasm proved to us that you guys are not ten years behind but ten years ahead of us. And I must compliment them for it.
This brings us to this one person – who like a tower – has stood by with the association forever. He was there even before we came into office and will remain even after we leave. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Ganapathi. Tears swell up in my eyes, when I think of acknowledging his love and affection for the alumni; an extraordinary human and the greatest support of EDIAA. Today during the morning meeting with the new team, he states to the new team that “24 x 7 x 365 I am available and you can count on me always”; there’s no one else who would do this for EDIAA.
And friends let me make it clear, that none of these individuals were on board, neither were they remunerated nor were they honoured or named. It is a sheer exhibition of volunteerism fuelled by love and affection for the alma mater. These individuals, Gems as I would prefer to call them, showed us that the only way to fight a challenge –
- to prevent oneself from getting disheartened,
- to save oneself from being disillusioned and
- to control oneself from becoming bitter
is by building genuine love and affection for the purpose in question.
I thank all of these extraordinary individuals for being our guides and showing us the way.
And I strongly believe, without any doubt in my mind that the only way to build great institutions is by cultivating a culture of giving out of love and affection.
I must also tell you that it is easy to learn the tricks of the trade and skills required to get various things done, but remember that there is no short cut to love and affection. It has to be cultivated.
I wish and I pray that you guys, the new team, experience this emotion during your time and tenure.
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During last holidays I paid a visit to my teacher. He is a wise ol’ man who loves his students. As we were talking about various things, out of my concern, I diverted the talk on his physical health and fitness.
I tried to advise him to take care of his health and get into a disciplined food intake. To try and convince him I quoted my own experiments with naturpathy and how it had helped me regain my fitness post turning 30. To be honest, I was trying to show to my teacher that I have turned wise.
For a few moments he let me speak. Finally as I ended my ‘wise talk’ , he spoke…
“Yes, I agree that I am not disciplined in what food I intake. May be I am not as frugal as you when it comes to eating.” He took a pause, his eyes fixed on mine, he asked me, “look around.” The room was filled with books, hundreds of them, across genres. In fact the place smelled of books. I almost realized my folly. I could fathom what he was going to say. He continues, “Look around, I am so disciplined in the thoughts that I intake, I am principled in consuming only that which I deem fit for my mind. I do not succumb to watching mindless TV nor waste my energy on every page of newspaper. I take care of what I should learn. And along side I take some decent care of my health too, and so by every logic I am better off than you – who only takes care of food intake and is blinded to the necessity of thoughts intake.”
By the time he ended the sentence, my eyes had dropped down. I could not see into his eyes any more. He concluded,
“In all probability you will lose the immunity of both your mind as well as your body, by the time you reach my age.”
The final lines that has had a great impact on me are,
“I would have appreciated if you would have had a holistic approach on your health, on your idea of ‘disciplined’ intake, but your current attitude concerns me”, with this he ended.
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