Random Thoughts

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Random Thoughts

A Humble Prayer :)

Its been a year since I blogged-so I thought I would make a (re) start :) . But cant think of anything to blog-my brain has been hibernating since a year (or maybe more than that ! ) . Considering a few ppl still do visit my blog (thanks to my e-mail signature that contains my blog address ) ...heres one of my fav poems from the great poet-ME :) !!!

Give me the strength to do what is right,
And fight the wrong with all my might.
O God, give me the strength to bear,
The difficulties I will face till I reach there.
After each fall, let me emerge stronger,
Let me persevere through the darkness a little longer.
Success and failure, let me take both in my stride,
In trying times, You be my guide.
Let me always give more than what I take,
The world a better place, help me make.
Let me never betray the people who trust me,
Make me worthy of love and respect, this is my humble plea.
Let there be no place for hatred in my heart,
With happiness and love, let each day start.
O God, free me from anger and envy,
The brighter side of life, let me always see.
Give me the courage to own up when I err,
To stand for the right , let me dare.
Make me good O God, I beg of Thee,
So that long after I am gone, people remember me.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Right To Information Act,2005

I thought i would blog on something useful :)....I have been trying to find out more about the Right To Information Act,passed in October 2005 in India. This act may be what India needed to build a corruption free soceity .

I found more interesting information on this in various blogs ..

The Right to Information Act (India) came into effect on October 12, 2005. It is similar to the Freedom of Information Act in the US and Canada.

Such an act has long been in place in most developed countries and the irony is that public disclosure acts are more needed in countries like India than the developed ones. That being said, it is finally here and now the question is, will it live up to its expectation or will it face challenges with our bureaucratic babus.

RTI is a powerful tool that will enable the common man to have access to information at Central and state government departments (excluding J&K and a few restricted departments). The act specifies what is open to disclosure and what is not. So the success of RTI will depend on understanding it and using it in its best possible form by the civil society to hold our government(s) accountable. RTI would be helpful to eradicate corruption and promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority.

The government is appointing Public Information Officers (PIO) in all administrative units or offices under it to provide information to the citizens requesting any information under the Act. Under the rules of the act, citizens will have to pay a nominal fee from Rupees 2 to Rupees 50 depending on the service sought and there are pre-set timelines with which the PIO must comply. Like the Canadian model, the government is also setting up a Central Information Commission (CIC) with 10 Information Commissioners (IC) who will be appointed by the president. CIC will be an independent body that will monitor and arbitrate complaints against the functioning of the system and redress the issues; at least theoretically.

So that’s a gist of RTI in simple words and I encourage every citizen to visit the Right to Information Act web page set up by the government.

There are three areas of concern within the current system.
All Public information officers, Information commissioners and other senior positions are appointed by the government and the President’s office, wherein most of those appointed so far are former bureaucrats, who can bring their work habits here and slow it down.

RTI will help citizens find areas of corruption, which in most cases would have been known to people prior to RTI; but the key here will depend on how citizens can use the documented information to hold those involved accountable. Citizens using RTI can be threatened, harassed or even assaulted by individuals/gangs that aid public departments in their corrupt practices. An increase in human rights violations can be expected especially in rural areas and states with high mafia-police nexus activities. The government needs to step up to bring in measures to protect the citizens using RTI. Canada and the US along with some other countries also have what they call a ‘Public Service Whistleblowing Act’. This act provides protection against employment reprisals for employees who make complaints against their employers for the alleged violation of any central or state legislation. The government of India needs to bring in such an act that will encourage more public service employees to come out with information that will bring accountability and better transparency in the functioning of our bureaucracy.

Finally the law does not apply to political parties, religious groups and non governmental organizations. India is no stranger to controversies and riots from these sectors and citizens should have the right to know where they get their funds from and how they spend it. RTI should be extended to these groups especially those receiving funds from outside India. This is not the first time India has passed a historic law by popular demand and will not be the last time either, but time and again we have seen that the enthusiasm doesn’t last long, and the people’s will to hold our government accountable is soon lost; like the promises of our politicians. The success of RTI and eradication of corruption in India will depend primarily on the motivation of our citizens to overcome the challenges that come with it and hold our government(s) accountable and bring a positive change to our immediate society.

For more information on RTI: http://www.persmin.nic.in/RTI/WelcomeRTI.htm

And the original blog where i found the above information : http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2005/11/rti-_can_it_del.html

Do check out the above sites...we need to build a BETTER INDIA !

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Random Thoughts

Its been a loooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggg time since I blogged, and I was pretty surprised the last time i visited my blog and saw Gandhiji's picture...It took me a minute to realize that this was from the site where I took a 'Leader Personality' test, and after the results came out there was a link which said 'Post to Blog' and lo ! here it was. By the way, i thinkn I shud remove that post, coz the next time I took it my personality profile was 'Mother Teresa ' !!! Wonder what I will be next time I take it :) . And an 'emanciated do gooder ' ???? Honestly, I think ppl who know me as 'Destructive Deepthi' or 'Kutti Pisasu' ( dont ask me what it means- figure it out urself :) ) will roll on the floor laughing :)

Hmm.....what have I been doing all this while ? And why did I suddenly wake up to blogging again ?? Kind of lost touch i guess...got busy with work,and the only kind of creative writing I have done in 4 months is writing creative code (Exceptionally Creative...Pun INTENDED) and code comments :)

And finally a couple of days back I came up with the following verses :

Nature-Natural Anymore ?

Away from the city, nature I see
This is how God meant the earth to be
Flowers nodding away, colorful and bright
With cheerful abandon in the pleasant sunlight
Sparkling lakes rippling in the breeze
Luscious green meadows stretching lazily in peace
Clear crisp air filled with scents divine
Heavenly splendor- of flaws not a sign

He fashioned the earth and gave man the choice
To rule over it -or in it rejoice
And we- Oh ! what have we done ?
We have wrecked nature in return
Where once tall trees merrily used to sway
There hard dreary roads now lay
Gone are the plush fields, gleeful and green,
Blazing structures in steel are now to be seen
Civilization has fogged the air and our mind,
In search of progress, we left ourselves behind.
In the city, our world I see
And wonder- Is this how God meant the earth to be ?

My first attempt at writing nature poetry, though it did not turn out to be completely that way...keep the comments coming :)

Till we meet again...Shubh Raatri, Shabbha Khair..and do take very good care of urselves :)

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The right job for me

I took a test at Tickle.com :the Right Job/Wrong Job test- been wondering of late whether I am really suited to do what I am doing, if not- what will I be the best at ? and here are the results :

Deepthi, the right jobs for you would allow you to be
Creative and Strategic

You're a visionary in many people's eyes — able to think outside of the box to come up with your own solutions. You're creative not necessarily in the artistic sense, but because you can expand your mind to do things differently from others.It might take a while for colleagues to recognize and reward for your entrepreneurial spirit and abilities. That could be because they envy you, or because they find your ideas slightly rebellious — willing to go against the current. All in all, you make it hard for people to pigeon hole you. That is why you, more than others, need a job that allows you to play to your strengths, break out of the mold, and truly excel.

Hmm..any suggestions as to what I'll be really good at ???

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

We, The People

I was reading my own blog and realized that I was sounding pretty old ( what else do u call a person who talks about philosophy and mission on earth :) )

On a more serious note- i was surfing and i saw this :

"... India at least does not seem to have the culture yet of individual empowerment - the “American” Dream that you can make your life better in your lifetime – and that really saps the ambition for many folks. American Indian immigrants in general are different than those they left behind because they are obviously had the ambition to leave. "

Hmm..this set me thinking ( and that needs to be celebrated - does not happen too often nowadays :) )

We all know that the cause for the brain drain is the system here- we say the system sucks - and unfortunately its quite true. But what have we, 'the people' done to change it ? Instead , we pack our bags and shift to the 'land of dreams' ... what about the Indian Dream- will it ever see the light of the day ? Will it ever materialize ?

The best way to combat the system is to become a part of it and change it from the 'Bottom Up'- we need to uproot corruption , and that can be done when more and more Educated youth who really want to make a difference and are passionate about their country ( forgive me if I sound like Microsoft :) ) take to politics - with a vision to improve the nation .

Lets make India Better !

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I was so busy trying to make a living that I forgot to live !
This is so true ! We keep running all along, trying to reach our destination- and forget to enjoy the journey in the process. Finally we realize life has just passed us by ...and wonder what we were so fervently searching for when it was all within us !
Hmm.....i have been pondering of late about the purpose of my very existence- did i come here just to earn money, have all that i want to have in the world and leave ? what is it that i want to have ? Is there a deeper mission that i have to fulfill- if yes, what is it ?