Elections for five states are over, results are out, and what a performance…..
Congress: Fail (actually, if there can be anything worse than failure, then that).
Celebrations, sorrows, amusement, anger, disappointment, excitement; so many emotions are there on social networking sites. If we leave Mizoram results behind then it’s a really poor performance by the congress party. Lost 3 ruling states Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, with a big margin to opposition and couldn’t even shake the throne of Shivraaj Singh Chauhan from Madhya Pradesh. Most intriguing were Delhi’s results, with AAP ( a completely new party/ideology) emerging second largest after BJP.
I am not really comfortable calling AAP a party, it’s more of an ideology. Ideology of Anna, which was hijacked and then carried forward by Arvind Kejriwal. People have voted not for AAP the party but for the ideology that AAP stands for, for the values that AAP has shown, and for the honesty that people were craving for in the political system. It’s a whole new world. Who could have thought that a party which is actually just a year old will rattle heavyweights Congress and BJP with their marvelous victory of 28 seats. I bet, even Kejriwal hadn’t thought of winning by this much. But, this is not an easy road, It’s easier to talk about good and honest governance but it’s a totally different ballgame to actually provide one. With rumors of re-elections, it is not clear whether AAP or BJP will form the government in Delhi. But, my wish is to see AAP as the ruling party. I don’t want Kejriwal to sit in opposition and call out media conferences every time they do not agree to ruling party decisions. I want them to rule, and deliver every promise that they have made for winning election. I want them to provide transparent and good governance. I want them to prove that they are not just an ideology, but party with a working and practical ideology.
Our very own party with difference:BJP, is gaining momentum with each passing day, courtesy none other than Mr. Modi. But, if the current election results are any indication then other than Modi there are two major factors that are favoring BJP. These factors are poor governance of congress on national level and good governance of BJP in BJP ruled states. It was the good governance of Shivraaj Singh Chauhan in MP, which has proved once again that there is no other alternative. It was the anti incumbency voting in congress ruled states, which has translated into success for BJP. To top it all, BJP has a charismatic leader. A leader who has proved his governance, his decision making abilities, his motivational and inspiring persona and above all a leader who is not heir to a popular dynasty but rather has risen from somewhere within us. Narendra Modi. Right now, he seems like the only leader who has the vision and a will. But, is it enough for BJP, enough to come to power? I am not very sure. I do believe that there is a “Modi Lehar” but BJP will need a “Modi Aandhi” to actually sweep away all the big and small obstacles (regional parties) and come to power in center. Till then “Dilli abhi door hai”…..
Coming back to from where I started – The Congress. Oh my dear Congress, what can I say about you. It looks like that you have seen the worst in Delhi elections, but believe me this is the best thing that has happened to you. Why I am saying this? Well, to start off, you needed it, you needed that big jolt, a thunder lightning or a “zor ka jhatka”, just so that you can see the reality. Just so that you can see where are you headed to. This is the best thing happened to you, because now you can open your eyes to see. Look around, you are surrounded with parasitic Yes-Men.
I feel amused when I hear some of them asking to declare Rahul Gandhi as congress PM candidate for coming elections. Why? Do you want to end his political career? It’s too late now, there is no option other than defeat, then why do you want to make Rahul Gandhi a face of failure. Spare him this time. Think about what you can do to minimize the margin of your defeat. Make some changes, drastic one. Do something, or at least pretend, that you are doing something. Exercise your PR, not through media but through social media. We all know media is paid, we don’t believe in journalists as much we believe in trolls on twitter. If you can’t do anything futile, at least try to be humble, show some respect to voters. India does not live around 10 Janpath anymore. Shifting is in progress, you better book your movers and packers. See you at the other side……
- Capital punishment: Delhi faces President’s rule (dnaindia.com)
- With 78% strike rate, Narendra Modi helps BJP decimate Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh (dnaindia.com)
- Congress scorched by BJP’s massive wins (thehindu.com)
- Who did AAP snatch the seats from? And BJP? (jayajha.wordpress.com)
Have you ever wondered about all the silly conversations that you have with yourself? I do.
Me trying to sleep, in the hustle of random thoughts going on in my mind. Me and my Mind
Me: Am I spending too much time on Facebook?
Mind: Noooo, I don’t think so. It was just for ten minutes.
Me: Ten minutes or more. It was more than ten minutes.
Mind: Well, maybe fifteen but not more than that. Plus think of all the friends and family members, you stay in touch with.
Me: Yeah, you are right. I wished a friend for his anniversary, another one for birthday. God, how much they have changed since their marriage.
Mind: Time flies.
Me: But, they are changed, a lot. Hmmn… have I changed?
Mind: Nooooo, I don’t think so. Still the same.
Me: No, I think I have changed.
Mind: Well, maybe a little. But, it’s for good.
Me: Yeah, you are right.
Mind: Time flies.
Me: How much time have passed? Years and months? ….. Why I am not good with dates and years?
Mind: Not at all good with dates. Can’t remember them.
Me: That’s why my history was so weak. How difficult that time was? Why teachers expects from us to remember all those crazy dates? Who cares?
Mind: Remember social study teacher?
Me: Yeah, what was her name?
Mind: Ohhh… I forgot. But, she was so sad and old.
Me: Hmmn… I saw her crying once, in staff room.
Mind: What was she crying for?
Me: Maybe, because of us. We were so bad. None of us paid any attention in her class.
Mind: Hmm… but she was so sad. Sad and boring.
Me: I don’t like boring.
Me: I must sleep. Babies are sleeping.
Mind: Remember last week at doctor’s office.
Mind: When office assistant asked you about Renne’s date of birth?
Me: Yeah… I forgot. I mean, not forgot… forgot. But, yeah, I was completely blank for a minute.
Mind: Then you told her, he is twin to Otu. Both have same date.
Me: She was not looking for this answer. What she must have thought of me?
Me: Am I losing my memory?or my Mind?
Mind: Noooo…… you are fine.
Me: Hmmn… I am raising three kids. I think, I am allowed to go nuts, once in a while.
Mind: Maybe. But you are fine. Go to sleep.
Me: Hmmn… I think I should sleep.
Me: or maybe, I should read a book. Where did I kept it?
Mind: It’s on kitchen top.
Me: What’s it doing in kitchen?
Mind: I don’t know….. go get it.
Me: No, I don’t want to go. I am sleeping.
Indian media is going frenzy with the allegations pressed against the “Tehelka” Magazine editor “Tarun Tejpal”, of sexually harassing a junior journalist. It is shocking to see a renowned media person involved in such a crime, but more shocking is his statement “I feel atonement cannot be just words. I must do the penance that lacerates me. I am therefore offering to recuse myself from the editorship of Tehelka, and from the Tehelka office, for the next six months.”. Read full letter here.
Is this enough? I don’t think so, moreover who is he to decide what punishment he should get? I am quite miffed by this incident, but intent of writing this post is not to talk about this case. Intent is to share my thoughts on the Boss and Employee relationship; relationship that is more than just office work.
Men and women working in an organization together is pretty common, more common is the healthy flirting that goes on between them in the office environment. I am calling it healthy, because this could be a way to break that sexual barrier/tension between the two sexes. But where to draw the line?
Answer to this is not very simple. It actually varies from person to person. Depends totally on the how the other one is going to perceive your gesture. But it’s never a good idea when the two person involved are Boss & Employee or Senior and Junior. If one of them has the power to influence the appraisal or work assignments of the other one, than they should not be, more than the friendly coworker.
Having worked in major organizations for more than seven years, I have witnessed few of such incidents. One that I would like to cite here, is that of a manager who was giving some extra attention to a female employee working two ranks lower than him. It came in notice when that female employee got promoted way before her scheduled time, even when she was not working on any active projects. Manager got sacked, and girl got promoted, again.
Sometimes it’s the other way round too. I have seen many girls, specially in IT field, who are surviving in the industry not because of their knowledge but because of their other skills. One senior manager once asked me to give good ratings to a girl working under me. I objected, as she used to spend more time in coffee breaks and arranging parties in office, than in completing her assigned work. The girl was positioned under another team leader, the very next day. A cute smile, a gentle pat and a little twinkle in your eyes can get you a long way. Long long way…. 🙂
To share a funny incident, once I have seen a guy, helping a girl in distress by trying to write a Java software code for her. Funny thing was, he didn’t even knew what Java was. He couldn’t complete her work, but he did manage to sit with her for half the day. What did the girl get? She managed to get the attention of her team leader, who than sat with her for other half of the day, to complete her work.
On that note, keep enjoying your working environment because some girls have knowledge and talent; some boys have the strength of character.
- Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal steps down for six months over alleged sexual assault (ndtv.com)
- Tehelka: How do you associate a sexual assault with someone who you thought stood up for justice? (indianhomemaker.wordpress.com)
- Tehelka editor accused of molesting his staff (niticentral.com)
- Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexual assault by journalist, steps down as Tehelka’s editor for six months (ndtv.com)
- Deeply disappointed with Tehelka response, says woman journalist to NDTV (ndtv.com)