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    How far does the government's influence reach

    Monarchy was toxic according to the senate of Roman Republic. In ancient India it is always said, Raja governs with Rajneeti in his kingdom but jungles are always governed by Prakruti. Meaning, law is enforced only in civilisation. Government, though we don't think of it that way, plays the role of the king. It enforces and makes law. It provides prosperity, protection and integrity to its people. But who the government considers people, is highly biased. India has roughly 20-30% of its total area inhabited by forests. Roughly 30% of India is covered by mountains to our amusement. Roughly 16% is desert in India.
    How far does laws made by government reach? Theoritically all of India. But is that true? Mountain tribes of North East live by their own law. Rajastani and Gujarati nomads follow their own law. Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh and Orissa have their forest tribes which follow their own life and law.
    Nothing has changed since antiquity. Horse riding nomads, desert wanderers, forest and mountain tribes etc.., were considered barbarians. Today, we give them reservations and invite them into society. But did we ever accept them? They are seen as exotic people. Law reaches people the most soundly who are in cities. Just like in ancient times. And cities prosper at the cost of "uncivilised". What we do is merely relocation of people, from their habitat to cities. We require these inhabitable regions as borders, these people as shields, to protect our fruitful cities. Wouldn't it be nice if welfare and law wasn't directly tied to civilisation?
  • #699631
    True. I always that only a section of the people are only getting the advantages from the government. In many villages, SC/ST persons never know what are the benefits they have under the reserved category. That is in the village a cobbler's son is becoming a cobbler only. When we ask him why he has not sent his son to school he says he doesn't have money. He doesn't know that the government will be giving all the money for his studies.
    But from the same caste person who availed the facilities will be seeing that his next generation and the next generation also gets the benefits that are being offered by the government. This is what exactly happening in India.
    Many ST people never know that they have special privileges to make their life different. The government will never try to see that these benefits offered by them will reach the needy.

    always confident

  • #699648
    The author has raised this important thread that the orders of the government does not reach the target people though they are kept in dark for the reasons better known to the elected representative. Those tribes who are used to do tobacco are allowed only to follow that job. The tribes who know the art of making toys are allowed to the same. Their welfare their level of living never increased and when you read the constitutions the provisions made for the hilly tribes and other nomads are huge the benefit would not reach them because they are illiterate and does not know the rights. Once the leader was asked about the plight of Chenchu tribes, he said that their lives should not be developed because they would become intelligent and that would cause problem for our vote bank. That is the fate of the tribal and poor.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #699650
    There is no reachable part of the country would be mountains and forests. Due to unavailability transport till now, such people are living in isolated atmosphere and they are beyond the reach of the governments. For example, the remote place where standing off of India and China is remarkable as now the place is in a horrendous situation. Otherwise, no one thinks or recognize about that place. Like that, there are many people in remote areas who turmoils severely with accord to their profession without the help of the governments. They simply made the products with the available sources and they sell in small towns near to them and live happily. For their small village, an elder judges them whether it is good or bad.
    I believe in a positive attitude. I like those who criticize me.

  • #699654
    The author should visit any village during an election time or visit a ration shop or petrol pump in some remote areas some time. He can understand how our democratic system of governance by a combination of elected representatives and State and Central Government officials and NGOs make things happen.
    India is fast changing. Electricity and Internet has reached even remote areas. Government disseminates needed awareness by various methods including posters, newspaper advertisement, social media spreading, TV and Radio broadcast etc. The field level Anganwadi workers, Asha workers and various other such functionaries reach every corner and carry on the government messages and give awareness and help governments in taking survey, implementing various schemes, and get feedback and monitoring. The ward level elected representatives also function as two way flow mechanism of governance and feedback and response.
    Political party workers also do a lot,eventhough it is common to blame them.
    We have polling booths at remote places just for a few voters. Courts take suo moto cases
    or acceppt PILs to remedy some major and glaring wrongs done to poor and vulnerable people.

    So the India today is not the India we are all told stereotyped by vested media and interests. Still all may not be perfect, and there may be need to improve, but where and who don't need that?

  • #699695
    Every country has a law that is made for the smooth running of the Kingdom, country or tribes. During ancient times when we had kingship, even then they had law and order. When we got freedom and became a democratic country, we have our constitution that was designed to upkeep the smooth running of the country and for the welfare of its people.

    Now, when we talk about, how far does laws made by government reach? Can we really say that during monarchy or kingship, everyone was happy and treated the same or had discrimination? Did some caste had the upper hand while others were ill-treated in the name of religion, colour or creed? It was there and still continued and the only change we have is from kingdom to country, from kings to government.

    Now when the post highlights that India has roughly 20-30% of its total area inhabited by forests. Roughly 30% of India is covered by mountains and 16% is desert, what has that to do with the Law made for its people. Whenever a law or amendment is made to the law, it is on the whole lot or country and not for a certain group or people unless specified or were made for their upliftment.

    We have reservations on caste bases, for ladies, for handicapped, etc and many use it for their gain and some still do not know. Even after 72 years of independence, we have people below the poverty line, still following their old customs and traditions. We know Rajasthani and Gujarati nomads follow their own law. Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh and Orissa have their forest tribes which follow their own life and law. But do you think, it is easy to interfere in their customs and traditions, won't it be flashed with some other point of view for the so-called Sevak-sangs who don't even know its own foundation. It is easy to divide people in the name of religion which is the trump-card of every politician or religious leaders and they triumph with the same old saga and we won't be able to change the mind of people unless they take a step forward to change and understand.

    “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." — Morrie Schwartz

  • #699715
    Today also there are some interior and remote places where the satire presented by the author holds good. But India has developed much and many such places are already in the main stream. Thanks to the aggressive Govt policies for education and infrastructure facilities in the remote places that people feel connected to the main land mentally as well as physically. One point is definitely there that the most vehement ways the Govt plans to reach these remotely dwelling people, it does not reach them as the implementation is slowed down due to inefficient governance at lower levels especially in remote areas.
    Knowledge is power.

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