Monday, March 28, 2011

10 lessons to learn from Japan

Take Japanese Lessons !

A small country Japan,  taught this world TEN exceptional values to make a nation stand tall  when the land was shaking and triggered worst Tsunami that killed over thousands of Japanese.

These special qualities based on values in its society members make the nation great. When a nation is being built, it must be based on solid values so that nothing can shake it or shatter it, not even the worst of Tsunami. The reason Japan became super power has everything to do with these TEN values.
A wake up call for we all Indians dreaming of India becoming a superpower.....It is time to think !!!.

10 things to learn from Japan

Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No sensationalizing. Only calm reportage.

When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly

Imagine now ...

what would have happened in India under the same circumstances and how our politicians, business community would have staged the show. 

1- First, we would have seen hoarding of all essential eatables.

2- Then , prices of essential commodities would have sky rocketed

3- We would experience scarcity of almost every commodity. Even water.(which today also is scarce)

4- We would live without power for days or months.

5- PM would have come on national TV to explain why scarcity, high prices, loot is on and how government is hopelessly helpless etc.etc.

6- Agri Minister Sharad Pawar would have said, I can't do anything to supply enough food and control prices. I am really not responsible.( busy with World cup)

7- Home Minister Chidambaram would have given press conference and said, I can't do much about the looting going on as our police force is over worked and have no required facilities to deal with such a national calamity. (I am doing my best)

8- Municipal Commissioner would have placed the blame on the citizens by saying, it is the people who are responsible for such a flooding of water, drains and gutters. Sheela Dixit would have said, when Tsunami was coming what was our civil society doing? ( Is it really our responsibility ?)

9- PM, FM, HM would have said Soniyaji has asked us to do something to save aam aadmi and so we have now created "Force 10" to counter next Tsunami.

10- The Indian media would go into 24 X7 drive to increase TRP by showing all Tsunami related scams and how media is active in reporting how people died, stories of loved ones lost, followed by all the aimless debates. 

In short... the message in the national media would have been,  government is helpless and can't do much about this total devastation, scarcity of food, water, and the loot going on.

Again the new era of new Scams would begin with financial aids. Millions of Rupees given as financial aid by many financial institutes would be pocketed by politicians, bureaucrats , elected members, administrators, and by many who would get contracts to re-build the country.

The poor people would stay for years in shelters, camps and shacks. They would not get a single penny. All  politicians would come to meet homeless people who have lost everything in life, the loved ones, belongings, roof over head and life time savings.

There will be  special photo shoots for the media. Some politicians will be offering these homeless,  blankets, sarees, food packets. The Vote Bank politics will start raising it's ugly head. 

Dear citizens...It is a wake up call for all Indians.  

26th July 2005, Mumbai was under water because of heavy showers and our administration was not prepared for such a natural calamity. Today, it is still not prepared.

26 Nov, when ten terrorists attacked Mumbai, and many were taken as hostages, our government was not prepared to deal with 10 terrorists who took hundreds of lives of innocent people. RR Patil was the then Home Minister of state and still is. Shivraj Patil was Home Minister at the center who changed his safari suit three times for press meets when innocent people were being killed by Ajmel Kasab and his gang.( what kind of shameless leaders do we choose?) 

What kind of a society are we? Do we have conscience? 

We elect people who loot us. We elect people who cheat on us. We elect people who can not provide us security but enjoy "Z" security for themselves? 

Our so called clean PM who is leading this nation doesn't know what is happening under his nose. CWG, 2G, CVC, Adarsh, Hasan Ali, Defence scams. Scams after scams are exposed by the active media and not by our intelligence agencies.  

What is our Home Ministry doing? Why is it not proactive?  

It is time, we people who elect these politicians to govern our country should demand that these elected members be legally, constitutionally made accountable and answerable to people. 

Today, they are not. And that is why they enjoy the powers knowing fully well once elected, you can't sack them.  
We need to change our political system which will work for people, and empower people to take punishable action against those who are dishonest in public life.

Or the loot will go on and criminals will rule. Our Democracy will have no meaning.

Ajay Angre 
Author,  Writer, Publisher