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India: Social Development

I am working in a private software firm in Kerala. I am married, my wife is also working. We have a small boy as well.

I am a Muslim by birth. But later I understood that, there is only one religion all we see is different flavors of it. I believe and accept the supremacy of god, the supreme (Brahman or Allah), but do not like priests and middlemen. I believe in sacredness of all religious texts – Bhagavat Gita, Vedas, Bible, Quran – I feel they are all saying the same, only rituals are different.

I am reluctant on communist labeled socialist movements in India as most of the time they see things peripherally, theoretically without addressing immediate miseries and think only about long term goals. That is the reason I am happy with BSP, Bahujan Samaj movement. I am not yet part of it.

I believe in a bottom-up approach in development, we should build our nation from houses and villages. I think small steps can create big differences: e.g. keep common cycles in each bus stop, so that for small distances people can use it; it will save energy, keep people healthy. But such initiatives require much education so that people shed their selfishness for some social cause. We should keep our environment clean and beautiful. We should grow flowers on roadsides; because it’s the face of our nation, when we are coming out of houses!

I wish to build a happy nation and have mad ideas of social security and indigenous development. After god giving birth to us in world’s best piece of land and being blessed us with the best knowledge (Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Saints, Scholars, Semitic religious texts etc); I think it will be a sin if we are sitting idle.

We need to spread the message of duty to change India. As a nation we should tell the entire population – “work hard, if you fail we are here for you, do not worry about results but enjoy the work and aim high”. Leadership and media should spread a message of optimism and confidence.
I believe the following are some valid points to uplift India:

1. We need to focus on rural empowerment; rather than creating small number of high profile jobs, we need to create huge number of low profile jobs.
2. We need to develop a wide social security system so that nobody is thrown out of life. Else our concept of nation is not a success.
3. We need to produce all goods internally and our GDP should increase based on our production, rather than FDI or rich people. This requires a radical change in approach.
4. We should bring back the concept of welfare state. State should start multiple companies and organizations and should participate as players in every interest.
5. We should make India a job surplus state, so that we can provide jobs and security to poor countries worldwide. Then only our civilization makes sense.
6. We should revamp our data capturing system on people. We should NOT capture religion and cast officially. It should not figure in official records like SSLC book, professional and nativity certificate etc. Instead it should be maintained in a separate certificate, which is to be used on demand. Religion should be kept out of administration as a personal issue; state should only ensure that there is a freedom of belief.
7. We need to establish discussion houses and knowledge centers throughout India, where all major religious rituals (of all religions) can be practiced. The main objective should be active discussion between beliefs. Lack of communication creates mistrust among beliefs; almost all religions are teaching same things, but people fight each other. This should bring back the era of revisits to all religious texts and we will create a feeling of mutual trust and respect.
8. Another important thing should be focus on co-operative sector. I think we may be able to do wonders with that (e.g. Amul)

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Economic Recession: Prevention and Way Out

I am not a financial expert, but used to view the world with my limited knowledge and unlimited passion. I believe, it is high time for us to think about some preventive measures to avoid frequent financial meltdowns, or we need to develop some mechanisms to automatic restructuring of markets (without war/armed conflicts) to avoid job cuts and related miseries. It may be a natural end of a capital based system, but it will be good, if we can do some thing to reduce its impact on us(whole world). I feel it is worth sharing my thoughts regarding prevention of recession in future as well as on a way out from 2008 recession, which is gripping the world at the time of writing this.
Basically, if we see the bottom line, avoiding all the financial terms, recession is the result of financial credibility loss. The financial world is driven by the fight for the survival and the fittest emerges as winners. As a result of this the wealth gets accumulated in limited points, even though regulatory authorities and taxation are in place. When the economy take measures like job cuts to save individual players or units to survive, it indirectly pumps more distrust and reduces the purchasing power of more people; in-turn adding more to the credibility loss.
It seems once the economy is recovered we can be more preventive. Governing bodies and/or regulators should be more vigil on the purchase power of common public. They should be more supportive, both for helping more people to attain purchasing power and for retaining the purchasing power once it is reached. This can be either by social security measures, or by automatic acquisition of a fixed percentage of shares of profit making institutions, if it controls a considerable meaningful amount of assets to the financial system, specifically for generating more jobs and supporting individuals with income below some bench marks.
It will be better to have little slowdown in profit making at good times to create a society with more purchasing power around than getting in to trouble in cycles (naming it as a cyclic unavoidable phenomenon to escape from the responsibility of tackling it!). Rather than terming such initiatives as protectionist/socialist and discarding such options, such inclusiveness will bring more continuality to the system.
Prevention is better than cure. A stitch in time saves nine. Planting a tree at good times will return its fruits at bad times (a Malayalam proverb; sampathu kalathu ka pathu nattal, aapathu kalathu ka pathu thinnam, means, If in good times 10 seeds are planted , at bad times 10 fruits can be eaten). Our world have a lot of proverbs/lessons to guide us, let us be optimistic.
While the world is going through an economic slowdown, the governing bodies should invest in the customers than investing in the producers/suppliers. It is being understood that suppliers are not able to create their respective customers, or failed to create a purchasing community for their products/services. So the immediate action of the states/authorities is to enable more people with financial security and thus providing them a mind set to involve in more purchases than financially aiding big corporate houses, which have accepted their failure in anticipating and/or preventing a meltdown. Right action can give right signals, right signals can bring joyful results.