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The real crisis in India – Moral or Economic?

moral-crisis1                                             OREconomic-crisis-definition                                 Which one is India facing?

The probationary trainees during the Bharat Darshan went to a small village -Rasuali in Bihar. The motive was to get an insight of the socio-economic condition of the people residing in this small village. They had an astonishing view in store for them. The toilets built under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan(SBA) Program were actually being used as an alternative for store houses. On being asked the reason- the Sarpanch’s reply was even more surprising – “Most of the pits get filled up very quickly and the Dalits who are meant to clean them up are reluctant to do this. “Jab se padhne likhne lag gaye, hume hi dhokha dene lage” (Since they started getting education, they have been betraying us). The irony is, one of the provisions of SBA is the eradication of manual scavenging, and the Sarpanch wasn’t aware of this.

So, the question is, is the government to be blamed for this kind of behavior? In a way it may be correct. The recent times has witnessed a growing debate on whether “moral” or “economic”crisis has withheld India. There are two sides of the coin, one which says “Immoral mishaps have contributed an economic mishap” and vice-versa. Let’s closely look the first side.

As a matter of fact, the changed mindset comes from education, and believe it or not, seven decades since independence, though we have made a remarkable movement ahead, there is still a whole chunk of the population which is illiterate. Those who get educated know that this discrimination against the lower strata, which in most cases are socially deprived thanks to the age old concept of untouchability holding its root from the later vedic times, is still being followed. Shudras have got new names over the centuries, be it dalit, harijans or the scheduled castes and tribes now.But if only the status of these people changed the way their “nicknames” did. They have been a subject to inhumane, immoral, unethical sights over the years, deprived of status, education, health care. As a result more than half of their population have not contributed to the economy of ours. How can we expect someone with a defamed status to have the confidence to contribute?

One of the most peculiar and immoral mishaps the country witnesses is the women being deprived of the equal rights in the country, both on personal and professional level. Honor killing has most cases of women being killed, the skewed child sex ratio(ever decreasing rates of girl child since independence), the innumerable instances of female infanticide are the reason why the GDP of the country has not been according to it’s potential. As pointed out by the recent report by Mckinsey, India could have an astonishing 60% growth in the GDP if the female participation in the labor force increased manifold. Not only this but most women are considered to be laborers at home, looking after their family. The sad thing, they are never paid for this work. So this patriarchy is not only disrupting the potential women force on the national level, but also depriving them of their personal finance. Apparently, cases of female in the economy are forced to leave job because of either low pay scale, sexual abuse or family obligations. Isn’t this a loss to the economy in a way?

Most of the women (approx 71% of girls) are forced to leave or drop after 8th standard. What are the other complications that follow? An uneducated girl becomes an unaware mother later, not knowing that government has provided for the pre and post natal services, not knowing that breast-feeding is most imperative for the child’s overall development. Result? A malnourished child devoid of immunization, direct pressure on government’s spending to provide nourishment and immunization. More spending on government schemes has been the major reason for an current account deficit country. Also, how can we except a unhealthy child (who as empirical evidence show, would have a bad physical and mental strength) to contribute to the nation’s workforce?

Recently there was a case where certain subordinates of the bureaucrats were served tea in plastic cups while the officers were served tea in expensive utensils, along with dry fruits. Not only was it unethical and immoral, it was discriminatory and against the principle of equality for all. This kind of a behavior fuels the notion of arrogant seniors, and their juniors would be reluctant to do work for them. The ground implementation of most of work is in the hands of these juniors (sahukars,tehsildars). What if they channelize their anger to the public, by not allowing implementations to fall in place? The government’s money getting wasted. So what could have been avoided morally, took along a different turn of events affecting the economy instead.

We throw garbage, litter around,pee in public, spit chewing gums on the road, don’t use public dustbins, throw plastic bags and empty bottles on highways,dispose  waste in the Ganga and say the government’s schemes (Namami Gange, SBA) aren’t working. Another instance of how we ourselves waste our own money (the tax’s payers money.) It sometimes feels like only the government has to keep spending, and we won’t change (Tax dete hai bhai!)

Corruption, which starts from a bribe to the traffic policemen to cross the red light, goes above till the corporate level. Tax evasions are very prominent in India, and we are just behind China in the league of developing countries to be corrupt. Tax evasions, fund the terrorist activities,move out side the countries through Benami transactions and enter the share market as P-notes as claimed by certain media houses. Speculations in the share market may lead to a potential disrupted market, having a major impact on the economy.

There have been cases of lobbying and nepotism in the inclusion and admission in government jobs and government colleges. The collegium system in Judiciary is the best example for the same. This deprives genius minds jobs of their potential and compels them to move to different countries in search of jobs and opportunities, resulting in loss of potential economic boost that they could have provided.

The recent sessions in the Parliament were mostly disrupted as the opposition claimed of the government using unethical means to defame it’s leaders. But who were the ultimate sufferers? It was our economy, the market which has been awaiting reforms in the form of better tax regimes like GST which is still on stay. This not only diminishes our chances of capitalizing from the China slowdown, but also portrays India as an irresponsible nation.

RIGHT WRONG

Looking on the other side of the coin, is “economic crisis” forcing towards immoral activities? It can be true as well. Lack of employment opportunities, government overshadowing  “bimaaru states” have pushed people there to take up arms against the states (Naxali Movements in Jharkhand, Chattisgarh). More and more youth are getting radicalized and leaving towards joining ISIS.

Similarly, too regressive a tax regime (specially for the MicroSmallMediumEnterprises’s) has compelled them to use unethical means to attain environmental, inspection clearances and cross cutting in labor facilities, which is immoral for the workers as well as the environment.

In agriculture the developed countries imposing high import duties on the foodcrops,horticulture from the developing countries have forced the farmers to use unethical means to use cheap urea to increase production. Isn’t this all in a way loss to economy, maybe having tertiary effect?

For every problem, there is some solution. Government has been focusing on building more entrepreneurs so that they emerge as “job providers” rather than “job seekers” through schemes like Start up stand up. The focus of the government is to change the mindset of the people who consider women as liabilities by providing them with reserved seats in the third tier, and the recent Women’s reservation bill. Similarly, refinancing agencies (Mudra) and collateral free loans (Mahila bank) have contributed in making the women self dependent and contributing their bit to the economy by opening small enterprises and start-ups. Initiatives like Beti-Bachao-Beti-Padhao have been successful in providing cent percent primary school enrollments along with “selfie with daughter” to create awareness about girl child.

Similarily, governments push towards “e-governance” by providing internet till the last mile(Digital India), connecting panchayats and hinterland with the main land (National optic Fibre Network), Direct Benefit Transfer, public domains to look for the working schemes, Jan-Dhan-Aadhar-Mobile (JAM) have made sure the public sovereignty, transparency and accountability is maintained. Also, educational loans, and scholarships like Ramanujam have also made sure the young minds remain and contribute to the country.

So basically, there is a strong blend of interconnection between what is moral and economic, and how it has been stirring a crisis in the country. They both have in a way been collectively contributing, going hand in hand. What Gandhiji thought a dream country would be, was unfortunately shattered by the intervention of the colonial rule, breaking the country two-fold. But how can we contribute our bit so that the country becomes the one which it used to be in pre-colonial period. Can we give up discrimination on the basis of caste and creed, can we consider the girls as being the same as boys? Can we contribute our bit to our country by being here and not moving out? Can we live happily, with tolerance for each other’s religious notions, work hard till we are on our feet and not merely criticize the government? Can we be the long lost “sone ki chidya” again?

 

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  • This is just amazing. You’re getting deadlier essay after essay 😉 Opinion stuff.

    • Thank you sir/ma’am, but can u tell me who this is?

  • Shreya

    • Thank you Shreya, keep reading 🙂 ATB from Joker 😛

      • But why have you stopped writing on insights?

    • When u do something good, haters follow u. Cannot take so much negative energy in one day. I hope u got my point 🙂

  • Yes, I understand.

  • Immoral mishaps among the aspiring bureaucrats

  • nice one! good structure.. really liked the conclusive paragraph. keep it up Nitish ! 🙂

    • Thank u so much for the review toothless 🙂
      Appreciate it to the core

    • Raunak Vashisht

      haha…yahan sabki pol khul rahe hai…tootless aka Namita, Joker aka Nitish.. and all these days I thought u r a boy 😛

      • lol 😀
        Hi Raunak .. even I thought you are a guy when I first saw your comment on my answer.. then I saw you had put your dp 😛

    • So, my friend Fury is here! Nice to meet you 🙂
      Isha here!

  • Shivam Sharma

    Bhai. Amazing essay. It’s better to post here, insights is too messy these days. (personal opinion)

    Even I also tried to link the economic and moral crisis, but you gave me many good points. (OK, here)

    But after reading some essays I got one more idea. See, what we all are doing is, we all are getting trapped in linguistic paradox. We are reading economic crisis, which is a economic bizarre. And then we are reading moral crisis, and we are inferring the same meaning of crisis here. But you remember, crisis of conscience, conflict of interest? Moral crisis means, conflict between competing interests. And as I wrote a feedback on LordTukTuk ‘S essay. I got this idea, just have a look at it. May be we can both learn from each others strength. You are certainly amazing with your simplicity.

    • Thanks Shivam for reading. Yes after reading ur review I have got an idea about the “crisis” thing which has been read the same way by many. But as usual, ur thinking and concept building ability is what am a fan of! Keep up the good work, lot to learn from ur mature thoughts.

      P.S Yeah I’ll be posting here only. Hoping u start urs soon (ur analytical skills and way of writing is something out of this world 🙂

    • Well Thank you OK for your review on my essay!! 😛
      i was mesmerized by that analysis!! 😀
      LORD here! 🙂

    • hahaha OK 😀

  • Raunak Vashisht

    Amazingly stuff !

    • Hey Raunak,thank you so much for reading it.

      P.S I hope this is a boy 😛

      • Raunak Vashisht

        Amazing*
        Sorry to disappoint 😛

    • Yes I noticed the DP. God so much of confusion ma’am! U’re a faculty! Respect from an undergraduate 🙂

  • Intro:- good, but u did not mention that elsewhere, neither in body nor in conclusion: (don’t know shayad apki koi nayi maya ho !!)
    Body:- if i m not wrong u have not segregtaed the crisis wither economic or moral , but a blend of both, u hit it right here, this was the demand of this essay, and u have established that through several dimensions, great job joker.
    U have given the other side too, that is economic crisis also lead to moral crisis, which most of the essays missed, (Bhole baba ki kripa bina rahe aur aisi hein anaylysis aati rahe)
    it used to be before in pre-colonial period:- check this?:-P
    No link with intro in conclusion this time??But it does not matter, everytime u try a different style and this time posing questions in conclusion, was another big bang explosion!
    Sone ki chidiya: D 😀
    P.s.: hope u got who is here?

  • Intro:- good, but u did not mention that elsewhere, neither in body nor in conclusion: (don’t shayad apki koi nayi maya ho !!)(personal opinion: wo link waala hi achha lgta hein,)
    Body:- if i m not wrong u have not segretaed the crisis wither economic or moral , but a blend of both, u hit it right here, this was the demand i think for this essay, and u have established that through several dimensions, great job joker.
    U have given the other side too, that is economic crisis also lead to moral crisis, which most of the essays missed, (Bhole baba ki kripa bina rahe aur aisi hein anaylysis aati rahe)
    it used to be before in pre-colonial period:- check this?:-P
    No link with intro in conclusion this time??But it does not matter, everytime u try a different style and this time posing questions in conclusion, was another big bang explosion!
    Sone ki chidiya: D 😀
    P.S.: hope u got who is here?

    • Yes u got me right. Somewhere I thought ki the gist of the topic is the interconnection between the two.

      Yes, my bad (pre waala :P)

      I had been getting reviews of changing the style I wrote, like experimenting something new as I was not willing to come out of this comfort zone, agli baar se I’ll try and link it back again (while writing this, I got an idea how I could have formed the link)

      Sone ki chidiya (I think I read this in urs too :D)

      Yogi,is it?

      Boom shankar

  • Hey Serious!! Read your essay!! bhai, too good!! no harsh comment from my side!! and to be true, inspired by your essay!! 🙂 keep writing.

  • excellent essay man! keep up the great work. so much to learn from you 🙂

    • Thank you friend. Am sure u’ll come up with masterpieces a time soon, keep practicing 🙂 🙂

  • Hi Serious! Like always you nailed it this time too. I am quite surprised how you are able to achieve such a perfection in essays and answer writing within a short period. But anyway, its beneficial for people like me- we get to learn a lot from your write up.
    About the essay- U perfectly balanced the two stance and also interconnected them. That is the thing i found missing there in insights platform. You always come with Unique approach. Keep it up. Many among us are benefiting immensely from it.
    I Thank you actually for this brilliant piece of write up to make me understand the flaws in mine 🙂

    • That was so very generous of you. Hope we engage in meaningful discussions and help each other grow further.

      P.S U’re so very sweet with ur words ( Fury’s words and I agree with her totally! )

      P.P.S Even though u don’t ask me to review urs (for a reason I don’t know still :/) But still I love reading ur stuff. Keep going, All the best 🙂

      • I too hope the same- that we can help each other in our journey to the academy. And whatever i wrote that’ really true. Ask anyone!
        P.s- Am I really! :p
        And I thot I get just too critical while reviewing essays. When did Fury say so?
        P.P.S.- Yesterday, I was not well. So, didn’t review many, myself. Otherwise I know, thodi tareef guaranteed rehti hai Serious se review karane me 😀

    • N welcome to the world of mystic and curious souls 😀

      • And this wordpress hates me too. This time it is not permitting me to comment with my google a/c!

    • Fury is a very good friend. Whats App pe she said particularly about u 😀 So there must be some reality to it.. aisa kya jaadu kar dia uspe tumne 😛

      Maybe WordPress has realized ur inner charisma so wants you to have an account here 😉

      • Hehe, Fury is a good friend indeed. Bs review hi kr deti hu main uska aur toh kuch bhi favour nahi kiya 😛
        And I’ll try for wordpress. Its more like a challenge thrown by it

  • kant

    Nice essay
    – intro is good as usual but does it not sound apt for topic ‘social vs moral crisis’? But i think social is indirectly related to economic
    – covered many aspects. good.
    – mentioned how eco crisis leads to moral crisis and vice versa. awesome!. i missed this reverse relation
    – solutions are good
    – asking questions instead of mentioning what is desired is very effective

    Suggestions:
    – provide english translation for hindi. we never know if examiner understands it.
    – break this sentence , its too long: “As a matter of fact, the changed mindset comes from education, and believe it or not, seven decades since independence, though we have made a remarkable movement ahead, there is still a whole chunk of the population which is illiterate.”

    Keep writing!

    • Untouchability + Manual Scavenging => Moral. Loss of money spent on IEC for spreading awareness about the provisions (Loss to the economy). Will make this more clear

      Thanks for the suggestions mate 🙂

  • shruti

    wow, a brilliant write up with excellent use of examples.
    I wrote this essay in my notebook, it was on similar lines. I feel economic and moral crisis are interlinked. I would say that formed the very skeleton of my essay, but I failed to use the examples as extensively as you have used.

    Thanks!

    • Hey Shruti! Thanks for those gem of the words. I would like to see ur essay too, so mail them to me whenever u feel like. I believe u know my email id too (hint : the web address)

      Cheers and All the very best 🙂

  • Hi Joker, My views:
    1)Multidimensional-Good!
    2)Connectivity is missing. Try to use connectors at the beginning of paragraphs or follow a strategy of going from individual to local to national level
    3)Moral aspects handled very well but economic aspects were cut short (may be because of word limit)
    4)Read the title of essay-it includes the word “or” and a “?” what I mean that you have to show both the sides and then tilt your discussion by favoring a single aspect you think is responsible. Otherwise, the title could have been Crisis in India-Moral and Economic. Hope you got my point.
    Overall, brilliantly written. It is easy to connect with your ideas. Thanks!

    • Hey palash. Thanks for the review my friend.

      Yes I know u would point this out. Honestly, my thought for this was different. Urs is correct but just difference of idea I believe.

      Yes would use connectors from the next time! Thank you again! 🙂

  • Hello Dear.
    An Amazing articulation and connection of thought with your writing skills.

    Though it is too late to comment on this Essay as everyone already had a say on it.
    What I Feel (maybe I am misguided by my thoughts) is generally we dont end our essay with a Question mark?
    It must end with a Conclusion.
    Correct me If I am wrong.
    Thankyou 🙂

    • Hey Amrita!

      What I feel is there is no thumb rule for writing any part of the essay… The conclusion para with the questions, if you look closely, have an answer within. Just make it a little easy so that your ideas connect with the person reading… that’s it! Nothing else required.

      So yeah, you may use question marks to end an essay too. A refreshing way to end is always welcomed by the examiner, specially after the monotony 😀

  • Hello Nitish.
    Thankyou for an immediate reply, I got your point.
    But i would like to comment, It is an un-conventional way of writing an essay, you have written it very well.
    It is not my cup of tea 😛
    All the best for the coming exam if you are appearing.