Anyhoo. I happened to reach home a bit early than my usual time today. So, I planned to keep myself abreast with the current affairs. I flipped through the news channels one after the other. Every other channel had panelist accusing the guy-with-a-pony-tail(no, no not the dare-to-think-beyond-iims guy. This fellow, apparently, is the recent addition to the pony-tail-flaunting dorks). The panelist demanded justice - Hard and fast. People demanded that even the top brass to be scrutinized just like ordinary people. Jargons (Credibility over Chaos) were coined. Campaigns were kick-started. Links for on-line petitions were shared seeking signatures so that we, the people, stand united in our fight against harassment against women.
Yesterday, we outraged about whether it was the right decision to award Sachin with Bharat Ratna. People challenged the decision and in fact a case has been filed against the decision.
The day before it was the Patel statue.
The day before it was about the escape velocity.
The day before it was about the RaG and the curious case of 25,000 mosquitoes.
The day before it was about the bloggers who outrage about the outraging things that are happening in this outraging country filled with outraging people.
The day before it was botched up channa masala.
Ok. Ok. You get the drift right?
Back in 2010, we had a crisis in our project. We'd multiple client escalations reaching till the whos-and-whos of the company. We were at the brink of losing the project. Many feared that we'll be out of our jobs if we didn't get the next delivery right. Adding to it was huge backlog of bugs that kept piling on a daily basis. The client demanded instant solutions. Like the old saying 'If God closes a door, he opens another', 'If we closed a bug, we would end up opening another'.
Amidst all this chaos, there was this GUY who managed to talk some sense to the client.
Man! Did he have balls made of steel or what? (That we never knew ;-) )
No, he did not turn water into wine. No, he did not find a way to shut the black hole that was sucking all of us in.
All he did was - He prioritized things. He came up with a contingency plan. He took some time ( a little longer under the circumstances) to identify the root cause. Things started becoming better.
He did not turn things upside down over night. It took some doing but we were able to win the client's confidence back.
Now, I am talking about a project which involves 50 odd people working their ass of in India and few others who spend most of the time dreaming about their vacation in Europe. [ Hee hee.. Had to take a dig at onsite fellows no ;-) ]
India, as I speak, has a population of about 1.27 billion (Data from the first link that Google returned)
It takes a long time for someone to formulate a policy, review, execute and ensure that the people concerned are the ones who are actually benefited by the policy.
We have waited 60+ years after independence. How long should we wait?
I hear you. As much as we all want the country to prosper, we must understand that it TAKES TIME.
To ensure better governance, I propose few radical changes
To start with, lets pick one funny, one funky and one outrage-worthy topic for a week. Let us all focus our energies discussing them at length and bring them to closure before moving on to the next one.
People should have a say (only)in choosing who rules their corporation/panchayat. Not beyond that. The elected representatives in turn get a vote to pick candidates for the houses of the Parliament. I don't see how a party, which doesn't even have a presence in my state would care for my well being. Of course, they can always form allies but it shouldn't be just for the sake of cashing in on the votes.
- I am actually saddened looking at these things. Genuinely. Trust me.
- Managing a project and managing a country are two different things. I get that. My point is – you cannot expect things to happen immediately.
- Women go through a lot in our country on a daily basis. They are molested, groped and even in some cases get attacked with a machete. I am not denying the hardships they go through on a daily basis. Rather than outraging about an incident and forgetting the moment something else happens lets find a solution which helps the country in the long run.
Too much to ask, eh?