Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Lonely man with lathi

Moved enough to post this link:-

Lonely man with lathi
Abhinav Kumar
SSP, Haridwar

http://www.indianexpress.com/story/32942.html

with these explanatory excerpts:

"Earlier this week The Indian Express carried a lead story on the constables who were lynched by a mob agitating for the Gurjjar community’s right to be treated as a Scheduled Tribe.
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...Dungar Singh and Babu Lal were lynched by a mob that wanted nothing more than to be like them, in government service.

The mob was essentially arguing for the right to be poorly educated, for the right to be recruited for a job requiring low qualifications (the norm for constables is still 10th pass in most states and 12th in some), low pay (the Fifth Pay Commission classified a constable as semi-skilled labour for the purpose of pay fixation, hopefully the Sixth Pay Commission will not downgrade that), poor quality of training, and some of the most degrading and inhuman working conditions that can be humanly inflicted, in one of the most volatile and unpredictable societies in the world. "

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