Monday, May 10, 2010

The Unstoppable Indians?

I am not referring to Lalu, Mayawati, Modi (Narendra or Lalit), Jayalalithaa, Mamata, Rahul, Shashi Tharoor or Jayaram Ramesh and Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni or Sania Mirza. Neither I am interested in Shah Rukh Khans, Salman Khans, Katy Mirza or Katrina or Shilpa Shetty, Rakhi Sawant, Priyanka Chopra or Preety Zinta, et al.  All these are Public Servants, Politicians, Film Stars and Sports Persons but making tons of money.  There are this IFS-B Officials like Madhuri Gupta, Ketan Mehta, MCI Chair-person, corrupt bureaucrats and even Defence Personnel in senior positions.  Who is paying them? The gullible, innocent, honest, simple, sincere Tax Payer - the AAm AAdmi.  Either these celebrities get elected or selected initially on the strength of their merit, sincerity, honesty, hard work, intelligence and so on but later turned out to be Heros. There are some fly-by-night operators. Each one of them claim unique achievements which are some times questionable by experts, lawers, etc. They earn name, fame, money, power, positions but never share the success with others.

I am excited about those who toil and serve.  Please see the link here: The Unstoppable Indians.  The TV Channels like NDTV, CNN-IBN, etc are carrying out yeomen service in covering stories of such unsung, unheard, unwept and unknown heroes and heroines.  I wrote about the Social Entrepreneurs in one of my earlier blogs two months back.  They are the ones who care for the society, create new ventures, afford employment avenues and help their unfortunate brethern to eke out some living.  We heard of Mohd Yunus of Bangladesh who created Grameen Bank and won Nobel Prize in 2005-6 for Peace.  In India, we have several Yunuses (!) in SEWA, SKS finance, Basix, Lijjat Papad, Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, AMUL, etc. 

"The Week" of Malayala Manorama Group (Kerala) scouts for and identifies every year a unique person in the service of humanity and declares him or her as Man of the Year. It is going on for over twenty five years. The list of unstoppables by NDTV is very special with names like The Umang Mahila Movement, The Barefoot College, Dalit Businessman, Gulabi Gang, Khabar Laharia, etc.  It is time that Government of India should acknowledge and recognise / reward all such self-less unstoppable Indians instead of encouraging controversial politicians, businessmen, scientists, sportsmen, cinema stars and others who influence and get awarded with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and others.

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