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Ganges at six in the morning (A Haibun)

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6’O clock
I and me, crossing the Ganges on a freight train, see the horizon enveloped in life. Indian women with their own elegance borrow water from the goddess. Men, after the holy dip, join their hands before the sun.

Heart of India
Lies in this stream, which spread and
Sanctify their souls.

I can see life and death at the same time. Bodies which no longer breathe, are being drown in it. Also, the bodies which breathe are drawing water to drink. But it’s difficult to find which body is alive and which one’s dead.

Plastics, garbage, dance
on surface, to enter bodies,
Whether breathe or not.

And now the river’s crossed. I look inside. The bodies beside mine have closed their eyes. Some are open, but are of no use. Their mouths are whispering to each other in their own fashion. Some talk of politics, some about the mythology. Oh! They also know the stories about the purity of Ganges. But…

None of these stories
Can sanctify the drops which
Purify these mouths.

Now I need to be ready, for my stoppage is arriving. I dare not call it my destination as it’s already decided. The sacred Ganges that I crossed is the ultimate end of this body. Like all of them, I also have to die before death. [“I’m a critic of left wing ideology.”
“You’re right. They don’t respect the indian culture.”
“By the way who will win the election this time. What do you think?”
]
And here comes my stoppage. Let’s meet new bodies, new eyes and new mouths.

About the Ganges at Six

The Ganges is considered as the most sacred river of India. The natives purify themselves by the holy dips. But the catastrophe that the river is facing is being ignored. That’s what I chose as the theme of my poem.

This prose enveloped haibun has been written in response to Colleen’s Poetry Challange. Thanks to her for giving such beautiful words every week. This time the words were Grace and style and my synonyms are Elegance and fashion. Hope you enjoyed it.

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Love,

Mistella ❀️

Human or Woman?

Lonesome, thoughtless, quitely I sit,
Away- away from your dazzling world.
Rituals you perform and aside, the lakshmi is quit
With her legs and eyebrows, all curled.

Lakshmi for a father,
Parvati for a husband,
Durga for the scoundrels,
Show me what more you dare to see,
Or is that all you expect of me?

When the lakshmi bleeds,
Aside she sits,
When the parvati needs,
Beside, but away he sleeps,
So when the durga wants to be seen,
She recalls how she has been
brought up all this while,
Around her people but often in exile.

And alas!
No durga comes out,
But suddenly,
A voice is heard- “Why didn’t you shout?”

When did I ask you
To make a lakshmi, parvati or durga out of me?
No, none of them do I desire to be,
All I want of you
Is to see a “human” inside me.

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What Stops Indian Economy To Grow?

On Mr. Rajan’s Statement

Raghu Ram Rajan was the former governor of RBI. He has asserted the Demonetization and GST as the two headwinds in the way of economic growth of India.

Raghu ram Rajan is an eminent economist.

Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM
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β€œThe two successive shocks of demonetisation and the GST had a serious impact on growth in India. Growth has fallen off interestingly at a time when growth in the global economy has been peaking up,” he said delivering the second Bhattacharya Lectureship on the Future of India.

According to Mr. Rajan, the current 7% growth isn’t enough. It is not enough to support the needs of the country.

He said,

“..for four years- 2012-16- India was growing at a faster pace before it was hit by two major headwinds..”

Apart from these two shock blows, India is facing some other issues too.

We will talk about them in detail. But before that let’s make the major two headwinds clear. What’s say???

Demonetization

It was an absolute surprise!! A surprise announced on November 8, 2016.

Economic Survey Of India, 2017-18 was released just before the general budget 2018. It claimed that all the negative impacts of Demonetization have ended.

Impact On Economy

The Demonetization stabilized the cash to GDP ratio. This suggests a return to equilibrium.

The survey says that GDP will rise from 7% to 7.5% in 2018-19. This might be proved as an increment from prediction of 6.75% growth this fiscal year.

The import and export data suggests that the Demonetization effect was over now. The data has come to be in line with the global trends. This implies that the Demonetization and GST effects are receding.

The main objective of Demonetization was to curtail the black money. They were running as shadow economy. Besides stopping the counterfeiting was also an objective behind it.

Goods And Services Tax (GST)

It came into effect on 1st July, 2017.

It was an indirect tax levied to replace most of the indirect taxes.

It is probably a comprehensive, multi- staged, destination- based tax. It is levied on every value addition.

It is one Indirect tax for entire country.

How It Works

Tax is levied on every point of sale. Hence, multi- staged.
On intra- state sale, CGST* and SGST* is levied. While on inter-state sale, IGST* is levied.

*CGST- Central Goods And Services Tax, SGST- State Goods And Services Tax, IGST- Integrated Goods And Services Tax.

The impact of GST on economy is quite visible. It has helped in avoiding cascading effects*. Tax is collected on value addition at each stage of transfer of ownership.

Non-performing Assets

It is an asset that has ceased to generate income for the lender. It is also termed to be “bad loans” in the recent past.

NPAs have really proven to be the toxic agents for the banks in India.

On this issue, Mr. Rajan said,

“..best thing to do is to “clean up”..”

Oil Price Hike

It is already the hottest topic in the market. So we don’t think it needs any further detail!! And the reason behind it is the excessive reliance. Excessive reliance of India on oil import for its energy needs.

So, these were the issues India needs to overcome.

Possibilities of India

Back to Mr. Rajan’s statement, he suggested so many things too.

According to him, India is capable of strong growth. Now what it needs to do:

India needs to create about 1 million jobs per month. These jobs are required to be created for people joining the labour field.

Three Challenges Before India

1. Torn infrastructure – It actually needs to be stiched. As construction sector is the wheel of economic growth, it needs attention.

2. Unclean power sector– Power sector needs cleaning. As it is the source of electricity. And electricity needs to be distributed so that it reaches the needy.

3. Unclean Banks– Yes, the detoxification of banks is the need of the hour.

Finally, Mr. Rajan stated that the excessive centralisation of power is the key source of ceased growth of the economy. This was explained by him in a very humorous way. He took the example of the ‘ Statue Of Unity’ and explained the whole mess.

So people, this was an instant post. Hence, imperfect. But we hope you get some basic information about our economy.

It was completely based on Mr. Rajan’s statements, which is laudable and brave. Every word of his lecture inspired us to write a justified opinion.

We apologise if you don’t agree to any of the sentences.

Thanks for reading and we hope your Diwali was awesome!!

Mistella.

India And The Lack Of Scientific Temper

The rich history of India never lets Indians disconnect themselves from it. Indians are connected to their mythological history and any opinion, whether it is approved or not, if contradicts their mythology, is not acceptable in this country. By the way, this connectivity can’t be ignored because the Indian mythology is the biggest source that makes India proud of its pre-scientific abilities in this era of scientific development. But invention and innovation are two different aspects of science. What has been invented in the past, cannot be regarded as the ultimate achievement in the future. And this clearly reflects the lack of scientific temper.

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What makes Indians uncreative:

Few weeks back, one of the Global leaders of IT industry and co-founder of Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak stated that Indians are not creative. He supported his statement with an argument that blames the Indian educational system, which he considers to be very weak. He had predicted that India is unlikely to create world leading IT companies due to lack of creativity, which means a lack of scientific temper in Indians. This lack in educational system comes from the dominance of irrational opinions over the independent ones. Indian trace their future with their past and that’s the biggest obstruction in the path of scientific achievement.

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Development is all about future:

Scientific technologies like cloning, live telecast (divya-drishti), use of missile (Astra), used in Mahabharata are no doubt brilliant examples of the pre-scientific achievements of India, but they need to be explored. This may be accounted that the creativity and a keen scientific temper in the people of other countries, led them to learn from Indian mythology. But Indians themselves lack such skills and knowledge, except some of them. So science is not restricted to the past and present, it is all about future of a nation especially such a nation which has just put it’s step on the stairs of advancement.

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The way forward:

The statement by a Global leader can’t be denied as the Indian education system is evidently below average, when it comes to science or even other fields but we’re not going there as it would be like Pandora’s box. If India has shown a rapid growth in corporate sector, then the credit goes to MBA courses specially, which have been flourishing from past few decades. Except some of the institutes, there is a need to develop the approach towards education in a proper way. India needs quality education and not quantity education. Besides, excessive crowd in just one sector of education leads to the spoilage of the system and thus, the quality of education. So Indians are required to learn what they wish to learn instead of rushing to just one sector which, they think is the most efficient in providing a decent earning.

In a nutshell, what Indians must be advised to do, is to know their interest and choose what suits them. Science is not the ultimate field which provides money and fame. It is better to work as social worker instead of working unwillingly under some other person for the whole life and even with a meagre amount of salary that would never be able to be called as “decent”.

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