Glimpses from Life & times of BABA BAKHORAN DASS

1 Let it not be a BURDEN

(- Are we jointly and severally in “Suicide mode” – time to introspect honestly in the prospect of FARMERS’ SUICIDE)

Let it not be one among episode of the series of vidhwa vilap from an enigmatic, diabolical and vicious split personality – full of contradictions, a Megalomaniac and overall, a Devil incarnate


Post retirement,  Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) was in mode of “Bharat Ek Khoj” and travelled a lot in rural areas – right from his native to Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam. Sikkim, Gujarat, Rajsthan, Haryana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand to Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Main purpose of this travel was to have firsthand experience of impact of assessment of Financial Inclusion initiatives undertaken by banking system for the benefits of excluded people.

BBD feels that a larger number of readers of this article will not agree with his observations. BBD sincerely pray that they are correct and BBD is proved wrong. BBD still feels that SATYAMEV JAYATE. But the moot question is as to whether we are ready to face the truth or we have created a falsehood by befooling ourselves and remain blissfully ignorant like an Ostrich.

What worries BBD is complete lack of EDUCATION – proper and need based education. If Schools die, civilization will deteriorate. Unless, we jointly and severally recognise the need for critically examine the present situation, we will be unable to arrest the trend, either our GEN-NEXT will see these great institutions lost in oblivion or transforming into consultancy services leaving the space open for complete anarchy, and all efforts of Financial Inclusion will lead to DISASTER.

Let us introspect. Thanks to present polity, economics and other factors of the society, Govt. run Schools are facing low attendance due to standard and available infrastructures and allied factors. Our respected Guru ji perform all jobs like survey/election duties/politics (unionism especially) etc. etc. on cost of their basic duties. Teachers lost motivation and most of them become disgruntled – ultimately good number of them joined active politics of its own cl(r)ass. The whole situation led to growth of a self-centered attitude and gave birth to absenteeism and unions with restrictive practices thinking of their own welfare first and foremost without giving much thought to the functioning of Schools or the quality of education. Our policy makers did all sorts of experiments particularly during 1950s and subsequent years. There was rampant and mindless growth in physical numbers of schools without infrastructure. Salary of teachers which was meagre and “… if you pay peanuts – you will get only monkeys…’’ was the result got changed. Thanks to various experiments like Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyaan and such mindless pumping of money – financial balance sheets of our Guru ji changed – but nobody gave any thought over quality and standard. Apparent lack of understanding of what good education demands and flawed policies resulted in drop outs and culminating into present situation of closing down the temple of learning.

A good School is where knowledge is cherished, and where intellect is cherished, intellect is developed; and where there is sensitivity towards the child and where there are adequate resources. Maximisation of profit prompts the promoters of Schools in private sector to lay more emphasis on competition rather than conceptual learning. Private Schools by and large force the students to learn by rote and this undermines the basic value of understanding. Factual learning demands conceptual clarity, difficult and time taking.

The most alarming aspect of present day schooling is that parents and schools have joined inadvertently in such a way that nobody want to take responsibility for the moral growth and behaviour of the child. If a child has any moral and behavioural problems, these schools will call the parents to solve the problem. For academic weakness these schools advise private tuitions – thus they abdicate the responsibility of an educator.

We, the people as society seem to be far from realising that civilizations depend on good education and good basic schools are the prime requirement. BBD apprehends, we may have lands but not the man to cultivate, good gracious buildings creating generation with no culture/character and self destructive creatures. These creature will be neither healthy physically nor mentally. We are willingly committing a crime against our own GEN-NEXT.

Readers may find amusing that BBD has become cynic and is mixing so many things and has once again exhibited his basic character of an enigmatic, diabolical and vicious split personality – full of contradictions, a Megalomaniac and overall, a Devil incarnate. They are free to infer, but kindly do a favour – read it, examine it and correct BBD, if he is wrong!

Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) has got a gut feeling that Late Gajendra Singh Rajawat of Rajasthan has had paid the price of his GOD gifted wonderful personality and was a victim a perfect photo-shoot. His death at Jantar Mantar New Delhi showed us yet again the eagerness of all political parties to score brownie points, unmindful of the fact that our economic policies have failed to ensure a better life for our annadata. All parties are behaving as if this causality exemplified the present situation the present situation of the farmers in the country. Irrespective of the party in the government in various states, lakhs of farmers have ended their lives to escape the challenges staring their face ONLY because they opted for farming as their profession. BBD feels that if at all any humanity is left among the polity of this country, sensitivity of the public administration, and factual rule of the law, the entire episode of Late Gajendra Singh Rajawat be thoroughly investigated from all angles to arrive at logical conclusion under fast tract system to restore faith in our system. An amicable solution to the menace of loss of human life of the people (statistically most of them are illiterate and distressed).

Baba Bakhoran Dass (BBD) was going through a judgment dated 14.12.2010 by the Hon’ble Supreme court of India in an appeal arising out of SLP (Crl.) No. 2614 of 2009 and somewhere he read “….From the beginning of human history government has been recognized as the overall holder and regulatory of power, maintaining order by limiting all other expressions of power and thereby turning permitted powers into rights. In that concept lay the rudiments of the principles of government. In every age men have sought to clarify the application of these principles to the changing times. In every age the abuse of power by governments has led to disasters and uprisings, oppressions and vainglorious wars, and sometimes to experiments in the control of power, seeking to make it responsible, or more responsible, subject in some manner to the will of the people, of the majority or those who represented them.”

The concluding paragraph of the said judgment pinpoints the role of the then Hon’ble Chief Minister and had condemned him inno uncertain terms. Such serious judicial condemnation did not cast any shadow on the career of the then Hon’ble Chief Minister. He merrily continued in the Union cabinet. None – he himself, his party or the Hon’ble then Prime Minister suffered any moral pang.

This is pathetic to observe how our politicians are accountable to farmers. Will the sudden demise of Late Gajendra Singh Rajawat in the heart of National capital and infront of a serving young CHIEF MINISTER (with such huge mandate) bring accountability in the political system

How unfortunate, when a human being in the heart of National Capital in front of History Creator Hon’ble Chief Minister, surrounded by thousands hands – kills himself , and we call MERA BHARAT Mahaan!

Now, late Shri Gajendra Singh Rajawat, as BBD understands is going to be given a status of martyr. A statute of the departed soul will be installed in Delhi (as per some media report). To BBD, it will be insult to the farming community by glorifying such act and may be triggering effect for further causalities.

Due to reasons which BBD cannot share through social media the inferences perceived by him during his visits – However wish to suggest on following lines:

  • Make sincere efforts and incentivize SHG concept of NABARD
  • Let the people be educated properly on moral values with factual family budget.
  • Soil and water management must be a part of education system in all streams.
  • Let the polity STOP giving FREE WATER/ELECTRICITY, and don’t glorify such act of suicide by making the victim as martyrs.
  • Analyze the data of National Crime Records Bureau on suicides and don’t hide your face like an ostrich. Face it in the best national interest.
  • Revisit the recommendations of Ojha Commitee (Cotton growers of Andhra Pradesh), and examine as to why SAA was so mercilessly killed. If feasible redraft the same under changed scenario and implement.
  • Understand abuse of chemicals in Agriculture.
  • Have courage to find reasons as to why institutional credit to farm sector has increased so astronomically while available land had decreased and so the farm production (not in any acceptable ratio).
  • Have courage to find link between indebtness  and consumption of alcohol.
  • Have courage to examine the growth of loans against Jewels (particularly Farm Loans against Jewels) any impact on Kissan Credit Card business growth.
  • Have courage to examine as to whether there may be reason for availing Debt swap through institutional channel, even after more than decades of lending made so cheap and so liberal.
  • Have test check on end-utilisation of outflow of KCC limits.
  • Restore transfer of technology, and agricultural extension education programmes – (make efforts as to who is doing and how effective they are)!
  • Examine the efforts and results of Israel for implementation.
  • Enough of SF/MF/AL culture of protectionism. Make them in groups to work in cooperation to avoid fragmentation of holding.

Author: mahesh3006

A retired development banker with strong bias towards rural development through microcredit

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