Land of contrast.
On the last page of a newspaper(The HINDU) was a news about 200000 pounds donated by most respected Narayan Murthy ji for erection of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament square at London. It was also mentioned there that they have already got 500000 pounds. Lord Meghnad Desai’s name was also written in the news item.
A news about excavation of two Harappan sites at Binjor and Rakhigarhi was also published on that same last page. The site may claim as the largest Harappan site. But I thought why this news was published?
Some days back there was news that Smt Shail Devi who saved life of about 20 people from a mob in a village was given just 50000 rupees by the High up people in Bihar!!
Today on TV there was a news of a murder just only for 10 rupees??
Though in service, but due to lack of enough money I am unable to go to Chennai frequently for treatment of wife and child or for myself.
Today in BBC it was shown that in a village of Bengal area a new fridge (refrigerator) came to the Chaudhary’s home, and this is the first one in that village??? And thus many households come to put something or the other in that fridge!!
Farmers attempting suicide in India is also a news- and it is many times considered as a normal news.
Few villages do not have toilets for women. Few villages do not have drinking water sources!! Women have to fetch from far off places. There is one village in central India where men keep more than one wife, because fetching water itself takes many hours. Thus at any given time one wife remains in the house to serve the husband and his family.
Girls from east and poor parts of India are trafficked to west part of India (I did not want to name the states thinking people may think bad about me). These girl, women are having a status of just a commodity only, not a human being!! They sold and resold once their work is over or age takes over. One program on Life Ok TV Channel depicts all such stories as Sawdhan India!! INDIA FIGHTS BACK
Thus point is that there is no limit how people can use the money. How they feel about the money. But I don’t get good feeling when people spend huge amount on making just a statue.
Earlier temple were erected but those acts must be seen in the context of time and space of that era.
But when the globalization has taken place, everything now becoming in “cloud” and diminished boundaries between real and imagined (virtual) then spending such amount in making a statue is not a good idea. That money could be utilized to establish a solar energy plant, toilets for girls, making available the drinking water to villages, making available the education to girls in remote villages, making available the food grains in remote villages in Orrisa, Maharastra, Jharkhand, UP, Rajasthan, MP AP etc, or helping in improving infrastructure in Naxal areas, or improving the feeling of cut off in Kashmir area, where youth is totally going away from feeling of India (One India!!). Making available the new technology to the villages so that farmers can prosper.
These are the some of the activities where money should be invested.
I think there is a huge gap in research area. Can such money be invested in R & D, thinking it as philanthropy? There should be a National Science fund to support the R&D activity across India.
So that those who wish to donate money can donate fund in this scheme, such pool of fund can be utilized for R & D schemes, May be such as sending a Manned flight to MARS or Moon.
Or making a communication satellite in India
Or making a 100% Indian car.
Fund for excavation of important sites and DIGITISATION of documentation(data base)
DIGITISATION of manuscripts of all the libraries of India. (Kelkar(s), Saraswathi mahal, Ali Bux, Rampur, IGNCA, etc etc and many more can come together)
DIGITAL INDIA and Make In India are also there…..