Old V/s New… the argument continues…

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Yesterday while reading a post related to Old Bangalore V/s New Bangalore I found the author was very critical about the changes that’s happening to his beloved city. This brought to my mind the age old debate of old v/s new. I also had mentioned similar feelings about my hometown Kolkata changing but I am not complaining much about the changes. We often come across this dilema in the society when we try to argue for which is best. Many say “Old is Gold” but we also say that “Change is inevitable” thats how the nature is built. The earth today is not what it was millions of years ago. Old is history, grey hairs while new is future which is mystery. That’s why most of us are afraid of the new or change.

We are seeing similar debate being raged by ‘Times of India’ in their quest for ‘Young India’ slogan where they are constantly asking why should country whose majority of the population is young be ruled by some old hogs. Yes the question is quite right and we can say the country progressed a lot in the hands of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi(who was the youngest prime minister of India) but it did same under Smt. Indira Gandhi or Shri Atal Vihari Vajpayee ji or we keep getting example of Mr. Narendra Modi being a able admisnistrator of the most progressive state of the country, these are all old people.

The same debate was faced by the selectors of the Indian Cricket lately with regards to the falling form of the senior members of the team leading to the  subsequent retirement of a couple of them. Now the way the team is reaching the pinnacle of performance, can we say that all is due to the rush of young blood in the team. Well I think its the right mix of senior and newcomers thats doing the trick.

We do have hundreds of examples on this type of right mix of young and old. We cannot write-off either, Old has to make way for the new but how its happening is what matters. Like I said I am not complaining about the changes happening to Kolkata as it happening for good, its required but in Bangalore I am complaining. So to make the change a good one, the responsibilty solely rests upon the ones bringing the change.

Finally I would say “Old is Gold” at the same time “Change is Good”. What say people ? If you have read this entire post please do leave your opnion on this, let’s see what you feel ?

Jaago re to the Dance of Democracy

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Jaago re is campaign by an NGO and Tata Tea backed by a number of corporates and media companies. Its gr8 to see that corporates and media trying to create awareness about the fundamental right of citizens of a democratic country. The Lead India campaign by TOI also a superb initiative in this direction. All these reminds me of my late grandmother who at 86 inspite of being bed ridden wanted to be carried to the booth on election day so that she can vote…. who created awareness in her? My Granny is not an exception. I have seen thousands of senior citizens in West Bengal lining up to vote. Where do they get so much enthu ? I don’t know about others but I myself have been voting since I gained eligibility, in all elections right from the housing society to parliament. Did I need a corporate spending millions to teach me my duty ?  I think this has something to do with the environment maybe as I have been raised in a politically aware and charged up state this thing came naturally to me. As elections in my state are no less that a festival but when I see Bangalore nothing of that scale happens it surprises me…

The Gen Y here cares the least about the elections I guess…maybe thats why they need corporates shouting at the top of their voices asking everyone to go and vote, do their fundamental duty. I have also registered with the jaago re  site so that I can vote in my current place of residence but the red tape that I faced did budge me a bit…
so do I say jaago re… vote karo re.. because every vote counts 🙂

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