Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Socrates

July 5, 2012

Socrates

The sage
in a
room

Burns himself
oil and
ink

The endless
pages

Of thought
which shine

Only to
him though

Drawn into
this light
everyday

Becomes a
mystery

To Nature

The storm
buildin
outside

Callin out
for the
darkness

The spears
come in

Out comes
a soul

With blood
on the
floor

The huge
gush inside

Reveals a
diamond

Nor a
thought

Not a
remorse

The diamond
gone

Here lies
“Socrates”

Caution: This might be all theory

Society and Machines

April 19, 2012

Society and Machines

This is a blog about all of us, the machines we build, and the Societies we live in.

‘Poor Societies’ produce ‘Poor Quality Families’, ‘Poor Quality Families’ produce ‘Poor Quality Students’, ‘Poor Quality Students’ produce ‘Poor Quality Workers’, ‘Poor Quality Workers’ produce ‘Poor Quality Machines’ [cars, computers, cakes and more]. Again to close the loop, ‘Poor Quality Machines’ in turn produce ‘Poor Societies’.

Nature provides the infrastructure to Societies to invest in themselves to produce better machines, in turn which would produce better Societies in the future. Developing countries likeIndia, Africa and China all have depleting ‘Natural Resources’ and hence are leading to poor Societies. Even developed countries like America have their ‘Natural Resources’ depleting, leading to a poor Society after the upturn in the last century.

As we produce poor machines leading to poor societies, are we all on a death path, with Nature going away?

Caution: This might be all theory

The Story of the ‘Youth of India’ and the “Ticket to West’:Part I (The Indian View)

February 18, 2012

The Story of the ‘Youth of India‘ and the “Ticket to West‘:Part I (The Indian View)

Nature in the villages has exasperated, it can no longer support the ecosystem of villagers, their trade and need. The youth of India is looking for a ticket to the cities of the country and then perhaps to the West.

The Education of India has always been of copying and mugging. And not that of self-reliance and innovation. Hence there are institutes which train you in basic English language and some technical jargon and arrange you to be transported to cities, where body shopping companies, IT companies and BPO pick and groom for mundane daily work and not that of innovation. Most of them end up in dark places of the cities working more than 18 hours and with odd timings.

Most of these youth kids end up disillusioned (95%), their body system does not regulate anymore, with no self-will and torn from their native homes forever. And with no purpose leading a daily mechanical life.

The villages lose their best young blood to the city and perhaps nothingness making them empty and barren. Only old folks and machines live in the villages leading to a complete loss in culture, self-reliance of India. Offcourse I haven’t written about 70% of India’s population which is not connected to the urban India at all and they face similar environmental challenge.

The cities are also turning into pure machine with no innovation. The whole net of India is hence a machine and body of the West. Our freedom for all of us probably won in 1947 is gone forever untill unless we innovate. How do we bring originality in India (Sam Pitroda) and hence make “India” a country and not just a part of the World.

Where do we begin? Education System? Companies in India? Courage within each of us to think new bold things? Implement them.

Caution: This is all theory

How the East & West Work?: A Negative Perspective

January 20, 2012

How the East & West Work?: A Negative Perspective

This is a blog, mostly a negative perspective, about the “East & West” and how they control people and perhaps the Nature too.

In the East, punish the children & elders, and he will make learn and effort . Hit the man or penalize him and he will perform. Mostly physically.
The Movie Arjun

The West seem to be a bit soft in this. There is an indirect way of punishing an individual. Mostly financially (Jobs).
Labour Law (Freedom to Slash Jobs at Will)

Off course if the East and West join hands, then they punish you in all the ways: financially, physically and mentally.
The Movie: One flew Over the Cuckoo Nest

Caution: This might be all theory

India’s Tryst with Destiny in the 20th Century

February 3, 2010

India’s Tryst with Destiny in the 20th Century

If you look at the population growth of India in the past 20 centuries, it was less than 50 million before the 20th century. The Industrial Revolution was started in the West during the 17th Century and started bearing fruits towards the end of the 19th century. India started getting exposed to the advancement of West during this time. The first thought which came to the common Indian mind was “More the hands in the family, more the money”. This led to a tremendous population growth in the 20th century with the population doubling every 10 years from about 50 million in the beginning of the 20th century to about 1200 million at the end of the 20th century. It’s funny to think of it, but I am also a product of this exact thought.

The technology achievements of the West were not replicated in India. On one hand, the population grew exponentially and on the other hand the technology achievements of the West failed to establish a base in India. This is even after the Independence of India (Post 1947). This can be easily attributed as the biggest failure of our country. What were the reasons we failed to establish our country as a developed country? And we went exactly in the opposite direction. (You can have a look at Jawarharlal Nehru’s speech at Independence Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryst_with_Destiny)

  1. Rigid Caste System
  2. Loss of Patriotism or Nationalism fervor after Independence (We can hardly make the Indian Flag properly)
  3. Lack of Unity
  4. Lack of freedom as an individual
  5. Lack of Leaders with foresight to transform India into a developed country and arrest its population growth

Some other thoughts:

  1. We failed to improvise on the caste system even though there were leaders as role models (Akbar the Great, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King) in this field. Do we have the courage to get rid of it now or anytime soon in the future?
  2. Jawarharlal Nehru and his descendants were greatly influenced by the socialistic model of Russia (Too much of Congress post-Independence, What are our alternatives?  – Question for us now and in the future)
  3. Which country do we look as a rode model after Independence? The West (British, French) already had ruled us and we were a little bit unhappy with them. (Question prevailing after independence, i guess)
  4. Should we team up with Russia? America? Did the Cold War make the choice a bit difficult for us? (Question prevailing after independence, i guess)
  5. Lack of leaders as role models (Economic) around the world. As the effects of the Industrial Revolution were more recent to study and more distributed among a lot of people. Also the Industrial Revolution was typically due to a lot of inventors, entrepreneurs, discoverers and artists, rather than kings, conquerors as in the past of India & World.

* All data in this blog are assumptions or from Wikipedia & Google

# From Jawarharlal Nehru’s speech “Tryst with Destiny” on the eve of India’s Independence – The future beckons to us. Whither do we go and what shall be our endeavor? To bring freedom and opportunity to the common man, to the peasants and workers of India; to fight and end poverty and ignorance and disease; to build up a prosperous, democratic and progressive nation, and to create social, economic and political institutions which will ensure justice and fullness of life to every man and woman. (By the way, this is still the question today. And we have to answer this question. Because 50 years down the line-2050, our descendants will look back and probably write something similar as in this blog)

CAUTION: This might be all theory

Social Service

November 16, 2009

Social Service

Poverty & Illness is of global scale across boundaries. It would take centuries before we can take everyone out of them. Experience from my life has taught be that I should have spent more time outdoors than indoors. People from cities need to spend some time in small towns, villages. People from small towns need to spend some time in villages. People in villages should spend some time in forest and so on. Similarly people from developed countries should spend some of their time in developing countries. This would ensure transfer of education & technology from “haves” to “haves-not” in a much shorter time (Development of technology is one task and implementing is another).

When you are young and in a school or college (the age is ripe for learning), 50% of your time should be spend outside the class. When you are employed, probably 20% and when you run you own business probably 10% (These are random figures and can be decided by the global community). You can learn more about life outside than from books, computers, etc.

Mebbe now the time is ripe to have a Social Service number for everyone around the world (something like Social Security in USA or the National ID Project of India). Everyone gets Brownie Points as they contribute to the Society. There would probably be no monetary value but have other benefits like learning soft skills, culture, languages & mebbe would also signify Social Status in the future.

(Note: The movement of people the other way round from villages to towns and from towns to cities, increasing efficiency in cities due to privitization & competition is natural and does not need to be implemented)

# National ID Project is headed by Nandan Nilekani

Caution: This might be all theory