Let me wish you a very happy Basant Panchami. May the goddess of knowledge and culture bless you with good leanings, good judgment to be responsible in personal and professional life.
Our January, 2016 issue with cover story on “Western Coal Fields” is the first coverage of any public sector coal company. The information on CSR engagement of WCL is worth referring to and adapting in appropriate situations.
The month of January, 2015 may be remembered as the month of “Caste Politics in University of Hyderabad”. The suicide of young research scholar Rohith Vemula, for reasons not explicitly mentioned in his letter but created by political parties, brings up a very deep and complex issue social problem India faces. This problem is too deep in the national psyche of India and every Indian, which needs a solution. The solution has to come from political establishment through social policies and legislations. But the politicians are using the suicide of Rohith as a game of political sports for scoring few political brownie points. The fire of tensions in the Hyderabad University campus is fueled by the visit of politicians in the name of solidarity and support for the family of Rohith and the cause of Dalits. This magnified the already boiling atmosphere in Hyderabad University hot enough to continue for weeks and spread to national capital with an aim of making it a national issue. Making an issue is fine. But is any politician or a political party has a solution to the problem of discrimination in India based on caste or even for that matter discrimination based on religion. If, they had, they could have solved the problem of “Caste” and “Religion” based conflicts during the first at least FIFTY years of independence.
Any success in any sphere is fundamentally influenced by, “WILLINGNESS” or “NIYAT” in Hindi and “ABILITY” or “KABILIYAT” in Hindi. If Indian political establishment has failed to solve the problem of “Caste Discrimination”, the issue of concern for now, then they obviously lack either willingness or ability. From the facts available on record, it is obvious that politicians as a class have a vested interest in keeping the problems of Caste and Religion alive and burning and they are keen to add fuel thorough any available opportunity to keep the fire burning, as they have to bake their political cake, through the problems, may be, at the cost of lives of people and careers of students.
Students in Universities and Colleges should have opportunity to think creatively and express themselves as they are in the most creative phases of their life. But they should think positively and should be provided a positive environment for that. They should be guided by able academic leaders in the campuses and not at all by the political leaders. A true guide or advisor should not have any interest in his mind other than the interest of his or her subject. In the present case the political leaders or political ideologies, restricts the creative thinking possibilities of students and pushes them in to directions, desired by the politicians, may not be for the best interest of students. Therefore, the TEACHERS in the campuses have a tremendous role in guiding the students and showing them the right path. Unfortunately the teachers and teacher bodies are also sold to political ideologies. Therefore, the need of the hour is to remember, Chanakya, who advocated the role of TEACHERS to be supreme in nation building, who should be able to ready even to raise arms (Sashtra) if the Books / Rule books (Shashtra), fails to support nation building process or blocked by the STATE. He strongly advocated, NATION (Rashtra) is always above Government (Satta). The TEACHERS have to take up their RESPONSIBILITY in nation building rising above narrow interests and be sucked in to political processes loaded with vested interests against the interest of the STATE (Rashtra). They have to win over the students back in to their fold, who are getting drawn in to and being used by political parties for building their political interest. The teachers have to guide students for nation building, which is a much larger process and possible only through MERITOCRACY and benefit all sections of the nation. But the effort of students in promoting narrow interest groups and getting in to conflict would affect the process of nation building and would never be able to satisfy the interest of any individual group.
The time has come for the TEACHERS to perform their social and moral responsibility, rising above their role as “employees” of a university or a college. They have a duty to get the Academic Campuses truly academic and focus on nation building, interests of the nation as a whole. Hope and wish, the political parties would permit the campuses to remain free for intellectual activities processes and not get involved in political activities and processes.
This issue covers Climate Change and CSR and the approach of companies towards the sustainability. The issue also covers the interview of Shri Satish K Singh a seasoned media person who expresses his views on role of media and the social responsibility of businesses. Besides, we have covered the individual social journey of Anuj Garg, who is trying to use technology for social good.
As usual, this issue covers news and events covering international and national arena.
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Any success in any sphere is fundamentally influenced by, “WILLINGNESS” or “NIYAT” in Hindi and “ABILITY” or “KABILIYAT” in Hindi. If Indian political establishment has failed to solve the problem of “Caste Discrimination”, the issue of concern for now, then they obviously lack either willingness or ability.
The need of the hour is to remember, Chanakya, who advocated the role of TEACHERS to be supreme in nation building, who should be able to ready even to raise arms (Sashtra) if the Books / Rule books (Shashtra), fails to support nation building process or blocked by the STATE.