Archive for: September 2013

The dress code dilemma!

The Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) of Karnataka Government issued a circular on August 12th prescribing state government employees to wear clothes that present them in a “dignified manner”.They corroborated this order with studies that showed that the performance at work suffered due to casual dressing.

Let’s examine a little closely at the point that the Karnataka government is trying to make.A person who wears jeans has a more casual approach towards work than the person who is dressed formally.Doesn’t make any sense because what you wear doesn’t define what you do.It can very easily be the other way.No amount of perks, restrictions or circulars can change the approach towards work.You can change the way of doing something but not the core attitude.

Do people really take work more leniently when they are dressed up casually? Hmm.Yes,but only for a certain period of time.Things like these have a limited affect on our lives.A perfect analogy would be that of a vase or any other decorative piece in the house,you are fascinated by it for the first few days then it slowly starts to slip away from your consciousness and a few weeks later you barely know its there.

Imposing sudden changes of this nature do nothing but tamper with the peace that employees have made with their work place environment over time.Adapting is a long and major inconvinience.

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Rapes: It is my fault..

Today, our society boasts about technological developments that man could have never imagined and yet in this modern day society women aren’t respected. Apart from the many heinous crimes that are committed, our woman today face a fate worse than death – The possibility of being sexually abused, harassed or raped! All the crimes make me wonder – have we seriously become sophisticated? Have we lost our barbaric ways? Or do we just claim to evolve. Do we have rights to speak about being modern and having equality when in real life we do not really preach it? I think we should have a reality check. The Delhi gang rape and the 24,923 rape cases registered in 2012 have once again proved that in our society, women are no longer safe and perpetrators of crime walk free on the streets.

In the Nirbhaya case, the victim and her friend were sitting on the roads waiting for somebody to help them. Auto-rickshaws, cars and even pedestrians chose to ignore them. Finally, somebody called the police. Even though three PCR Vans arrived, the police was fighting between themselves, deciding whose jurisdiction the case comes under. They did not provide clothes to the victims and did not bother to call an ambulance. The friend who was severely injured had to carry the victim to the PCR van. Not one police officer offered help. Instead of taking them to close-by hospitals, they were taken to a hospital far away. Continue Reading..


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Wanted: A Grand Strategy For India

In response to a request under the Right to Information Act, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has revealed that PM Dr. Singh has incurred a whopping expenditure of over Rs. 642 Crores in the past 9 years he has been Prime Minister. The information reveals that Singh undertook 67 travels since 2004 when he took over as PM, of which bills of five have not been received. The bills received from the rest 62 visits show that Rs 642.45 crore was spent on air travel.

Last year, the information accessed by PTI had revealed that former President Pratibha Patil had spent Rs 223 crore on her visits abroad during her five years which triggered a debate on expenditure over VIP visits.

But I’m not here to criticise the expenditures on these overseas visits. I actually, encourage them. A rising nation like that of India certainly needs such high profile state visits to shore up bilateral ties with other nations in this highly networked, globalised world. I also understand that these expenditures are not WHOLLY spent on the PM or the President alone. It is common knowledge that during state visits, they do travel with a large staff contingent that can include senior officials, businessmen who’d be signing deals on behalf of the companies/ consortiums they’re representing and then of course, the press personnel. In addition to these people, the security personnel who travel with the dignitaries, all together push up these costs. Agreed. But what I’m here to talk about is what we’ve gotten out of these visits? Continue Reading..


Kirish Raj
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