DAD THIEF, SONS DOCTOR, ENGINEER AND MANAGER—BELIEVE IT OR NOT.


There is the limitations of human thought which prompted Shakespeare to write “ there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio.  I had no idea that there can be so much limitations of my thought until I stumbled upon the news item this morning that Three  brothers who  are—a marine engineer, a doctor pursuing a masters in surgery  attached to a reputed hospital in Navi Mumbai, and a student of hotel management could have  their father  a gang leader of a tak-tak gang and the prime accused in a Rs 2.5 lakh theft case . This impossible father is also wanted in connection with a Rs 1.6 crore ATM theft case in Dharavi, Mumbai.

The most common modus operandi of the tak-tak gang involves knocking on a car’s door on the pretext of informing the driver about “oil leakage” or an accident. The moment the driver rolls down the glass of his window, other gang members engage the driver and flee with valuables, especially high-end mobile phones.

In another case, a stranger had knocked on woman’s car’s door saying he had noticed oil leak from her vehicle. She told cops that when she got down from her car to check, an unidentified man stole jewellery and cash lying on the backseat and fled. Earlier this month, cops arrested four accused, including  the father here under discussion, while they were in the midst of conspiring to commit another theft.

This news shocked me like anything, I cannot reconcile that a thief can have such sons who are doctor, MBA, and a marine engineer. We have learnt children learn to behave by imitating their parents, then how this big criminal had children that grew up to be so much responsible people.

This world is full of wonders, there is no end to it. There is no single formula to define the world, it is full of surprises—at every turn something new may reveal. Perhaps that is why I find the world so curious, so much worth living !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Why south India is more advanced and north back ward ????.


This is a question  storming my mind for a long time, but I was not able to find a satisfactory answer. In the course of my job life, I moved through several places in the south and north. I experienced people from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra, are always disciplined, hardworking, serious in-depth, and thorough in their work, while people from the rest of India are not that disciplined, serious; and casual in their approach to work.

While I was in Tamil Nadu, I mentally settled, to actually settle there permanently.[ all my life the distant, the unknown attracted me, in my own peculiar way .  While in Tamil Nadu I mingled socially with bottom layer people extensively, having no Bengali friend. While in a Bengal village in connection with land revenue work, I would live for days together with Santals tribal people, I freely took part in their  BANNA UTSAV]. To continue with my main story, I was about to settle in Tamil Nadu, but subsequent development took me out of there. But the urge to know South Indian’s secret to progress kept me restless. Today while I was reading an article in TOI by Shaibal Gupta, I got a rough clue to my answer which runs as follows in my words—Most of the southern states had experienced massive social movement in the past, especially in the 20th century, resulting in demographic transition. For example, Kerala experienced a strong literacy movement, thanks to the efforts of the princely state of Travancore-Cochin, Jesuits and communists. Similarly, Tamil Nadu experienced the social (anti-Brahmin) movement, leading to social mobility and emancipation of women. Further, in the pre-Independence period, the expenditure on education and health was much higher in the Madras Presidency than in the Bengal Presidency.

There would be shortfall of revenue in Madras presidency, some of it would come under the tutelage of the East India Company from the surplus of Bengal Presidency, you can say that the progress of Madras presidency would be financed from the surplus of Bengal presidency.

‘The pivot in education is the teacher … if the teacher improves, the education system will improve’


As a responsible citizen of the country, I think, education—I mean quality education only, is the panacea to the myriad ills  our country is suffering—lack of democracy, hunger, ill health, sexual discrimination, religious bigotry, caste discrimination, communal disharmony etc etc. In this aspect , the subject ‘ education’ especially, school education, is my obsession, I believe proper education only have the capacity to lift us from this morass.

Recently, a statement  from Anil Swarup, secretary of HRD ministry’s department of school education & literacy, as reported in Times of India on 13.04.2018 , looks truly significant; in it, he says,‘The pivot in education is the teacher … if the teacher improves, the education system will improve’. True, the teacher is not the only instrument used in education, there are truly many others aspects, but this is undoubtedly, the single most important factor, and starkly lacking in our system of education. When I say this my focus is school education only.

. If the teacher improves, the education system will improve. We are trying to fix this issue. There are 16,000 BEd colleges and it is a known fact that if you pay them well, you will get a degree whether you study or not. To stop this, we asked them to submit affidavits. But out of 16,000, only 12,000 submitted. We started taking action against them. They went to the court. The court has stayed it and we say reforms are slow. What can we do?

Similarly, in order to make the recruitment of teachers transparent, we have proposed a central examination like a CAT or a SAT. The proposal is still lying with states. Similarly, the training service. Teachers hardly get any induction training. So, now we have set up a national teachers’ platform – for the first time we are creating a national repository of teachers so that at a click of a mouse every detail of a teacher can be gathered.” I hope, Govt  will walk the talk.