What Slows India? – Part II
(Does what one intend to write and their course of life entwined in one way or the other? It keeps me wondering, how I who was writing on a regular basis wasn’t able to site before my system and touch the keyboard for over a month. Well, really it has been quite an interval I am meeting your thoughts through my words.)
While I began to ponder over ‘What slows India?’ a month ago, I’d started with the Black economy, that which deserves the first mention than the rest. Later, as it the sluggishness of the ‘Indian Administrative system’ affected my routine; I’m here to continue to fish something more and share on the same topic.
The Indian notion of laws and regulations is surprisingly different, I guess. This might have been the same line of thought of a legion of fellow citizens of this beautiful, yet mysterious country. The ‘mystery’ word here pertains to the administrative procedures almost at all the levels. If ever the quantum rules and regulations of any nation are taken for comparison, ours would hardly have a competitor.
The Indian administrative system is loaded with enough and more rules and regulations that the person in-charge finds him/her too hard to familiarize them before their term ends. At every level the framed laws are implemented in ways that compels the public to think, laws are nothing more than a paper work, a bunch clerks and typists keep working with.
The ever news hungry media, though raise their collars for standing for truth and exposing them to the nation, too can’t help beyond a certain level. We might hardly deny the opacity of the administration, big or small, state or national. The lack of transparency in the functioning of the system in the whole will forever be the safe haven for the law benders.
You may get reminded of the RTI (Right to Information) but be also informed that this only enables a citizen to get hands on the data. Still we have to depend on the ‘same bureaucratic systems’ to act upon the mishaps, the data reveal.
Slothful Judicial Machinery:
The then UK Prime Minister William E. Gladstone’s “Justice delayed is justice denied” is the most famous quote (so mentioned in the dictionary of quotations) often cited, to comment on the judicial machinery. Indian judicial system, from the apex court to the local courts, seems to vouch it continually. The law makers had only laid the guidelines. The proper execution and enforcement of the law lie primarily on the hands of the judicial system. Needless to say, it’s much like a crippling child. The data on the pending cases in all the courts across the nation are always staggering.
Both the aforementioned reasons lean on each other, in a way.
Before the law everyone is the same. The whip of the just knows no difference. These are some of the fanciful words uttered on stages amid thundering applause. They mean nothing more than that. Every one of us knows it, yet we accepts it as the order of the system.
Failing Educational system:
This might initially seem like the odd man out in this lot. Could we really list the Indian education system, while pondering over the reasons slowing down the nation? Yes, we can. We have to, in fact. Speaking of today’s educational system is nothing different from comment the nation after a decade or so. The pupils groomed by the present educational system are going to be the future of the nation.
Every Indian adult, who had his/her education here, might not disown the fact that what we got is not the ‘wholesome education’ as it’s said to be. Our current system of education informs, but never assists ‘wholesome growth’. Knowledge seeking tendency is acute comparing to mark seeking tendency. The system of education (irrespective of the curriculum/ board) only churns out employees for companies and rarely complete human beings emerge.
These reasons are only a few, very few. The reasons are aplenty. Yet, these are some of the core issues to be tackled if ever we really have to mobilize the nation in the progressive path.