Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Engineering, Engineer's Day & Engineers!






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15th September, Engineer’s Day!

"An Engineer is not the one who has a degree or diploma of some engineering branch; he or she is the one who takes lead when see a problem around & applies his knowledge to solve it & gives his everything to make this world a better place & yet be ready to get blamed by the world that how he messed up the things & made them worst!!"...
Happy Engineer's Day to every such fool who is an Engineer by Heart & not by just Brain!!...

This is what I wrote on my college Whatsap group today morning! That way the Whatsap has made far bigger impact on my genre (who are in their 40-50 plus) than the younger ones! As Whatasp don’t need signing or opening account, the information or opinions you share isn’t public except on groups which you have willingly joined (mostly) & its way easier to operate than Insta or FB (in my opinion) & you can be very much in touch one on one also with anybody you want to be! And Whatsap has made many old friendships revived in good way as it’s directly linked with your cell phone numbers & our engineering batch also isn’t exception! Though most of the times you receive same post (read forward) from many groups & especially due to free internet data (thanks Geo) more & more people are hooked to Whatsapp & its forwarding game! Rather even on our engg college groups mostly its forwards & that too we all know what’s main subject of such forwards when its engineers! But it’s the Whatsap only which has made many people realize that there are so many Days to celebrate in a year & one of them is Engineer’s Day!

Well, I am frank that I too realized Engineer’s Day when I opened up my Whatsap today morning & loads of images of a man with Pagadi (a traditional head gear) with words of wisdom on it started popping up, sorry Dr Vishvesharayya, this is the only day on which most people see your snap or read your words of wisdom about engineering which actually are applicable for every profession!  And as usual next day all so called engineers & non-engineers deletes all such posts & media to free up the memory of cell phone & speaking of memory of the brain, well, most of us has deleted it long back! With due respect to my all engineer friends, who gets very upset or angry or even violent when rubbed them on their professional achievements or capacities, be honest with ourselves & ask, how many of us are doing the job of an engineer which Dr Vishvesharayya has referred to! And be honest, as some of you may be doing their bit but collectively  what we are seeing around, does that makes you proud? See around the buildings we build, right from planning (yes it’s not just architect’s job) which is done keeping in mind just sale factor & not the utility factor to seepage & leakage to collapsing of compound walls (yes, buildings too) & violating all sanctioning norms (many of engineers only are responsible for that), does all such buildings displays our engineering skills? Then the road conditions of our Smart City, we can’t make roads which stands to one rainy season & every year we have to read the news papers displaying failure of our engineering skills with photographs of water logging & pot holes, isn’t it? All the time our rain water storm drains chokes or just miss their job of collecting rain water & makes the surrounding flood. Then we succumb to non-engineers (read mostly elected members) & make entire stretch of open lands concertize , which kills bio-diversity of the city as well reduces water absorbing capacity of the earth & we still call ourselves engineers! We built structures in rivers & streams by changing their course, we dump our construction waste in natural water bodies & lakes, damaging bio-system & causing not just floods but wiping out entire eco-system & we are proud about being engineers! We cut trees to make roads, Metro, railways, canals & we never bother to plant new trees leave apart making them grow & we still call our creations engineering marvels! And those of us which are superior & has capacity of inventing something better, we flew out of country (H1B1) than to make this country better, by sharing or using our knowledge here & we call it Greater Good of the World or bigger opportunity to use our knowledge & still we celebrate Engineer’s Day from abroad with Sir Vishvesharayya’s photo! The list is endless of our glamour & glory filled stories as under the name of engineer we are nothing but just making our own personal foundation strong (read wealth)! And here millions of people who are not fortunate to get any education not just engineering looks after us , we the engineers, in the hope that these so called bright minds will make their life a shade better, I wonder, how many of us actually deserve to be called as an engineer!

Well, it hurts, reading above words, isn’t it? But sorry this is fact & it won’t change even if you don’t read it or laugh at it! Indeed there are some good engineers left & they are doing their bit here in this very country & we can see their creations in the form of Koyana Dam or Sea Link Bridge or Konkan Railway Track but in a country of our size & population a list of few structures won’t be sufficient where naked truth is three fourth of the country-men don’t have potable water to drink or majority people don’t have a proper home to reside! Things like electricity to drainage line to schools to medical facilities are a distant dream for many!  We need every one who calls himself or herself as an engineer to give hundred percent towards the job at hand & job at doesn’t mean just do what has been told to you & get you fee or salary but job at hand is understand what you role is by being an engineer! It doesn’t mean just to follow orders & do your job by the formulas or process you have read in the book. Being a good engineer means you look out for the problems around & without waiting for the order from someone up, address the problem & solve it & go out looking for next problem. A better engineer is the one who not just solves the problem but guides others for not making them face the same problem again! And the best engineer is the one who anticipates the problem in advance & stops it before the problem comes in existence! Now tell me frds, you fall in which above category of engineers?

And fault is not of the present engineers, fault is our generation engineer’s, as we were blessed to have teachers which were engineers at heart first & then they were teachers! They have understood engineering far better than many & yet they preferred to remain teachers than using their engineering knowledge for upgrading their own life style! Unfortunately most of us are too busy in making only our selves live as a better (read prospered) engineer than making other engineers understand what we have been taught! And I don’t mean that leave our respective jobs & take on teaching; we can teach other young engineers from our projects, from our working methods, from forming systems of production as all these are like open school of engineering for many associated with it! But of-late if we see around then what we find is the senior engineers themselves are busy in making money which is prime criteria of success here & in that process we forget the engineering itself!

Sad part is even after so many years of his death yet we have just one figure at whom we can look with respect as an engineer, yes I am referring to Sir Vishvesharayya as look around & see how many such faces comes to your mind when its Engineer’s Day! Indeed we have now our age Vishvesharryya, in names like Dr Kailasavadivoo Wasan of ISRO, whose dedication to the job at hand is such that he cried when Vikram couldn’t land on the moon in final stages! Frds, it’s those tears for the duty or job is what makes you a real engineer & not just the degree or the post! On this background may it be a private job or govt, how many such examples we have who dedicates everything for the job or project they are working on as an engineer? I think somewhere we are forgetting the very meaning or concept of being an engineer or the branch of knowledge i.e. engineering!

Engineering is not just science or some formulas but it’s an attitude towards life which teaches you to analyze everything logically & then only accept; its application of knowledge to solve the problems & make things better & not just knowledge gathering! An engineer is the one who adopts this attitude of life & live by it always & not just for the sake of some fat salary job! An engineer applies his knowledge dedicatedly for the job at hand at the same time keep his mind (read brain) open to absorb new knowledge which will make his ability to deal with the problems in better way! And then look at the lot we have today which calls themselves an engineer, right from wrong attitude to lack of discipline to having ego of that degree which refrains you from learning something new even from the fitter or welder or mason on the site, everything is there but engineering!

High time for educational institutes (read so called engg colleges) to the on field engineers who themselves are like living engineering class, everyone must introspect on this day, are we doing honor to the degree we have been proudly flashing around? Or else this day will just remain on whatsap forwards, which even Sir Vishvesharyya will regret for becoming ambassador of the profession, we call engineering!

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Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

An Orphan Named Real Estate!








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“Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett

“Rule No.1: Never lose money. Rule No.2: Never forget rule No.1.” – Warren Buffett.

Well, do I needed to introduce this name as it’s the only name came to my mind when the subject was  “What’s wrong with real estate”! As my writing mentor Mr. Mukund Sangoram, who is a respected name in journalism called me to invite for a conclave about the issues (read problems) real estate industry is facing & the invite call went on for quite some time where he patiently listened to my frustration & I wasn’t frustrated for no sale or reduced margins or less demand for flats or any such thing but for the condition of real estate industry which has become like an orphan. Actually I have different word than orphan as heading but will share it ahead & controlled my urge to use it as title of sharing for gentleman reasons! The first & foremost question is does the government wants or say considers this real estate thing as industry? Because going by the policies or whatever you call them about real estate then I really wonder what has this business become over the years! It’s one of the most basic commodities actually as nobody buys a home for fun or just like window shopping fling which we are so used of in Malls or on Net Shopping but most people buy it for their use. Agreed for decades it’s been also considered as investment but then that’s again was not fault of the real estate or the builders but of the “Mai Baap” Govt only which allowed this business to turn in to a money making (read investment) machine by the policies! And now the very same govt is turning the real estate business in a mess & we are busy in finding areas of problems! I blasted out my list of issues to Mukund Sir & promised to be there on conclave but somehow due to some unforeseen issue I couldn’t make it next day to conclave, yet I listed out six main factors which I felt needed to be voiced, which I will be sharing here! Before that a brief back ground as suddenly why everybody is so concerned about real estate is something we need to ask first, because till just few years back, all seems like a never ending sweet dream with real estate, isn’t it? So what has happened that now everyone right from media to bankers to investors & yes even the flat buyers as well needless to say builders too are running like its Dooms Day for real estate ahead! Actually real estate never has seen the days which it is seeing now & for so long time as in every industry there was recession & there is recession, open news paper & you will see sales of automobile sector all time low & even the garment industry is facing same heat & so is white goods or electronic gadgets but then why real estate seems to be more panicked? Answer is real estate (of late) has not been making its product for the consumer i.e. end user but the investors & till the time the baton (read as flat) is getting passed from hand to hand to the end user, all was going fine. But suddenly if in 4 x 4 relay race the last lap runner doesn’t turn up the way remaining three will get baffled along with the organizers of the race, the same thing has happened in real estate. Here the last lap runner is the flat buyer who is not going to hand his baton to anybody but complete the race with it & now he is vanished! So the earlier three members which we can consider as builder, investors & all associated segments which includes suppliers, contractors, professionals like architects even media (big revenue comes from real estate ads) are confused how to complete the race & so are the organizers i.e. many departments of the Govt!  This is the case with real estate as all segments are now stuck or confused what to do & that’s why suddenly everybody is sympathetic with real estate but the organizers, which they too will eventually for their own reasons!

On this background when it’s asked by media in presence of Hon minister of housing, that what the problems for real estate are, it’s like a patient is being asked by some expert doctor about his illness! Here we go…first the list of issues, actually there are infinite yet tried to zip file it!...

1.There must one single govt dept for real estate for all proceedings & policies. 2. Time bound making of development plans making as well implementation of the same. 3.No changes in policies once finalized & in case you change the policies then it won’t be applicable for committed i.e. sanctioned developments. 4. Govt must be responsible to provide supporting infrastructure for the development charges it takes from the builders. 5. Finance dept also to take real estate in confidence for making policies like GST. 6. Govt must remove every illegal structure (building) in time bound program & no illegal buildings will be regularized. Let's see how these factors as not being handled properly real estate has become a miserable thing!

1. To start with first acknowledge real estate as an industry, is the demand of all real estate association since long at which every govt has turned a blind eye & deaf ear, only god knows why!  Nothing great will happen with the scene around yet recognition will be there mainly for nationalized banks which as of now look down at real estate (read builders) the way a guy looks at a dirty beggar at signal from his AC Mercedes! The finance rates for real estate are whooping 15% & above & with all other things such as processing fees & stamp duty on mortgage deals etc adds on! Also in most cases nearly 50% collateral is a must for any real estate loan, god knows which builder can afford such terms for loan! As well once acknowledged as industry there will be one govt dept to control is which as of now are more than ten & number is rising! Right from the "Thaliawa" i.e. UD i.e. Urban Development to Revenue to local bodies like PMC/PCMC to Town Planning, no one knows who actually runs real estate. And outcome is policies & more policies as agreed real estate is local business but then why can’t be there just one department which will deal with entire sanction process as well guide lines for the process & follow it! And then we have MSEDCL i.e. electric supply & Fire Dept & Water Dept & Irrigation Dept i.e. Blue Line-Red Line (flood lines) for NOCs’ & yes there is “Subka Bapp” is Environment Dept which supersede all, till now! Now if you are unfortunate to be a builder in city with Defense air ports then there is aviation authority also! These all depts’ makes their own policies & run them at their whim to which real estate has to succumb! This all affects the actual work time in just getting clearances & then every dept has its own egos to handle, that’s different story! So we must have only one dept which will decide fate i.e. everything related to real estate than above entire list!

2. And no wonder that with so many depts’ no development plan or land use policy ever gets executed in time by any of the dept! As if PMC is going take a development plant then it has to be approved by town planning & then UD. And on this DP, right from irrigation dept to environment dept to forest dept or even defense dept, can raise objection or put their NOC above this if they disagrees to the DP!  And then if PMC sanctions the plan then irrigation or defense can cancel or disapprove it; this happens only in India! And as so many depts are involved right from making to executing the DP, delay is the only outcome! Result is the roads, play grounds, gardens, rivers, water bodies, schools, hospitals & many such reservations remains on DP only & in actual gets converted in to slums which some day (there again another dept i.e. SRA) may become another concrete slum with generating TDR! Need is there has to be a time bound execution of all the reservations shown in DP & again for that one dept is a must!

3. The main problem real estate is facing right now due to messing up of so many depts’ is nobody is sure which land (read) project is clear as today you get sanction from one dept & you start the work, you accept money from the flat buyers & tomorrow some other dept slaps a “Stop Work” notice on your project for violating their norms! And when you go to the dept which has sanctioned your plans they shrug their shoulders & ask you only to sort it out! And with due respect sad part is, media & judicially also blames the builder (read real estate) for violating the norms which he even don’t know in most cases! For e.g. at present in Pune there are many buildings which has been duly sanctioned by local body but now can proceed because of aviation noc which came in picture later, what fault of the builder in this! Same is true with cases where you bought a piece of land adjoining to river with residential zone & now irrigation dept says it’s in the flood line so no construction can be done here, what’s builders fault in it? Millions rupees are at stake & even the law doesn’t stand by your side but gets victimized with media trial or says its builders responsibility to check all such things, well if the govt’s one dept doesn’t know or follows some law, how the builder will know it in first place, but who cares! I don’t say build in river bed or don’t care about defense facilities but whatever you want to do, make one time policies & inform it to all in clear way, is it that hard to do? And if as a govt, you can’t do your policies in proper time, why the builder should suffer for your foolishness! In nut shell, no retrospective effect to stop the construction work once sanctioned by any of the govt dept, has to be the first policy of the real estate!

4. And with all sanctions, nocs’, permissions etc in place yet all these govt depts’ make themselves full proof by making the developers sign many undertakings & affidavits which says govt (read concerned dept) is not responsible for anything! Means, PMC is not responsible to make drainage lines for your project though it has sanctioned the plans with all premiums, PMRDA wont maintain the roads but it will accept development charges for plan sanction of the projects in area with poor road conditions, MSEDCL won’t build transformer room or lay HT lines but the developer will do everything & hand over the same to the MSECL,  about telephone lines & BSNL, the lesser we say is better  & lastly the registration dept will charge stamp duty but won’t take responsibility of legality or illegality of the document or the transaction, just great! & the list goes on & on! Point is, if the govt wants revenue from real estate & accepts money for the development then the govt only must provide every infrastructure for what it is charging the builder!

5. At present the major concern for the real estate is cash flow as with the policies from finance dept neither banks are giving finance or at non-affordable interest rates nor there is booking in ongoing construction work! Reason for later is there is zero GST on ready possession homes which is like final blow for the dying business! I really wonder what kind of logic has been applied for no GST on ready homes as then who will bear the GST burden which has been paid by the builder on every single item by which the home is build? And it’s not small, average it comes to nearly 12% of construction cost, so if the govt thinks home is essential commodity then cancel GST on any home, in making or ready possession, what difference it make but ending up only builders making losses! Same is applying income tax on unsold stock, a thing which is adding interest burden on builder govt is charging tax on it, how can you charge income tax on unsold inventory!, can you do this to Bajaj & Telco for their unsold vehicles? Fact is, finance dept give a damn to real estate issues & never really has involved the wise real estate people (there are such) in making any policy, which is a must or else there won’t be builders left in the business, to pay GST or any tax!

6. And last but not least, the cancer of real estate i.e. illegal constructions! I can show you neighboring buildings with sale rate difference of 305 to 40% only because one is legal with all due sanctions & another is illegal without any sanction! In this country law is for the person who follows it, is the bitter fact! And then the very govt which has all above depts’ & made hundreds of Laws & Acts (read RERA, MOFA) to control real estate, files affidavits in the court to regularize (read legalize) illegal constructions! Here, if you go for sanction then you have to go through a grind of all the process of getting clearances for many depts’ & still with all sanctions in place, any of above dept can stop your work but if you don’t go to any dept for sanctioning of your building then no dept can give you a stop work as they don’t care about your building as its illegal & one day eventually when you have sold all the flats with flat holders have taken possession, all the govt depts’ comes together & make your building legal, that’s what I call a Happy Ending!

Indeed for many things builders too have been responsible for the situation the business is in & one of the main reasons is greed but then the builders have paid for their greed, are they not! And what about govts’ role in making real estate die, as the govt also has earned a lot through real estate business or industry whatever you call it, what difference it’s going to make any way! And now we are searching the reasons of real estate business’s downfall; it’s like asking people around, how you are looking, when the mirror is right in-front of you! And on top of it when anything goes wrong in the city, may it be floods or traffic jams or pollution or reduction of green cover, for media & ngos’, builders are the best targets to hit!

Frankly going with all such attitude of the system (read govt & the society) the heading came to my mind was, “Real Estate Named Bastard” but I controlled my frustration & made it “Real Estate Named Orphan”, as orphan means a child without parents but a bastard means no one knows the parents of the child & so is real estate!






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Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Freedom to Act!




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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”… Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. However we the easterner criticize west(read USA) this country has given many people to the modern world which has enriched our culture not by just their thought but the courage they displayed while sharing their thoughts & Maya Angelou is one such! And on the very same scale of courage ours once rich country on this front now performs badly, is a fact. No wonder on such back ground when a Supreme Court Justice & who is very much in service shows courage to point out the flaws in our so called Freedom, it’s worth appreciation & before that I will say sharing! Of-late we have witnessed many high profile bureaucrats (read IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS cadre) writing down their views via biography about the society as well govt (read as rulers) in very dare devil way but only after their retirement or when they are sure now they won’t get any new post or responsibility as perk of their service which was mostly to some individual politically powerful figure or some political party! Keeping due respect to many respected officers which don’t follow this track yet even when they take on social media or from their speeches as guest speakers from public dais, of course post retirement, suddenly they realize lacunas in the system which we call as govt & criticize the same with full guns firing! It may be some Director General of Police who comments on Police Force improvements needed or some Secretary to State which shares his tips about improving revenue dept & curbing corruption or some Army General which lashes govt for ill treatment it gives to the defense men & many such but one thing is common & that’s is there is “Rtd. i.e. Retired” before all such names! Well, when I read about such criticism, the only question comes to my mind is, “boss, what were you doing when you were in power or say post & could have tried some change by yourself, which now you are suggesting”!

And then one more question remains & that is, how many of such Rtd. Bureaucrats or Rtd. Govt Servants really mean the so called improvement or betterment of the society which they preach from their public speeches or social media posts! Because most of the time such post retirement advises or comments about the betterment of society come from either frustration or some hidden motive for personal gain & common man is no more a fool not to understand such “Post Retirement Wisdom” of these people!

On all such background recently I came across two news which didn’t make much of headlines in newspapers, one was about Supreme Court Justice Mr. Chandrachud speaking on the occasion of Freedom about Art & Our Attitude, & one was about an IAS officer Gopinathan resigning from the service with a public note about how he is fade up with the system (read as govt) for “Lack of Freedom” & he thinks he can’t do anything even as an IAS officer so better to resign! Though Gopinathan did get much footage on social media but Mr. Chandachud’s speech wasn’t that discussed, may be people are real afraid of Supreme Courts might so even to make any positive comment also they avoid! In past also there has been incidences of people from services resigning over their distrust in the system they only have chose to work with, Shah Faesal is one such hyped name, a topper in IAS from Kashmir cadre  who resigned in the start of year 2019 over the killings in Kashmir valley & finally joined politics! Well, its individuals choice how to improve system i.e. by being part of the system or keeping out of the system, till you have a goal of making this society a better place, the way doesn’t matters is what I think! But all such cases do indicates that how difficult it is to be at some high post in govt & yet retain our own freedom of expressing our views or emotions! Oh yes, there was two more news, one Nidhi Chaudhari (again IAS) got transferred for a twit she posted regarding Mahatama Gandhi & I have read that twit, it was an eye opener for masses actually! Another IAS officer got transferred as he was wearing glares while greeting Hon Prime Minister at air-port, well avoiding eye contact, must be the reason that Top Bosses got offended!

And with all such legacy for Babu's, when you are a Supreme Court Judge then things become too hard. because the chair which gives you maximum power it has got thorns too & these thorns are ruthless, they doesn’t know intentions of the person sitting that chair, one wrong move & your skin gets pierced, is a bitter fact! Yet one thing is true, with all such scenario around if at all there is some belief about the system (read as govt) has left in the mind of common man then its only because of some personalities who has courage to take pains by body piercing which the thorns of the chair they are holding gives & one such name is Supreme Court Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud!  Needless to say with the legacy of a father who was a Supreme Court Chief Justice, one should not be amazed when the son follows fearless track of the father yet in this world we have stopped believing in even miracles especially when they are for good cause! But it’s because people like Chandrachud’s who even being part of the system named govt doesn’t allow their mind get buckled under the pressure due the things like media, popularity, publicity or ruler’s  moods & keep doing their duty towards the society! Time & again Mr. Chandrachud has shown his wits & will to make this society a better place from his numerous judgments; but then those words are written from “The Chair” which has protection from everything. It’s very difficult to show courage (not foolishness)  when you speak from public dais about Freedom in a country which yet hasn’t understood what that word really mean, yet Mr. Chandrachud does his duty towards the society which is to make the society know its duty’s & responsibilities which comes along freedom! This is why it’s very special i.e. such words of wisdom & said with the authority, is what we need & even after that if we ignore them then,  well, we deserve to be what we are!Occasion was a public speech regarding Freedom & Art & Mr. Chandrachud made his point to keep Art free of anything rather use Art to become a better world together! We need more Chandrachuds’ in high places as its such men who has courage & a wise brain to handle that courage for proper use & yes patience also to change the system instead leaving it, these men are our hope, rather only hope! After listening to that I felt like writing to him which eventually I did & sharing my words here…I think we all need to take courage from Mr. Chandrachud as well wisdom also & display it whatever role we are playing in our profession, then only we deserve such words!

Dear Dhananjay Sir,

“Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings”… Solomon Ibn Gabirol

Solomon ibn Gabirol was an 11th-century Andalusian poet and Jewish philosopher with a Neo-Platonic bent. He published over a hundred poems, as well as works of biblical exegesis, philosophy, ethics and satire.  Sorry to address you by first name & without a tag of “Hon Justice” but very frankly whatever I have heard about you, from our common good friend, I think you are more a human than a SC Justice & that’s why dared to be casual, forgive me for that! At the same time I understand about sharing of your email id’s as I am big fan of Cartoon & Super Hero movies & Spider Man’s quote, “With great powers comes along great responsibilities” is my favorite & when its position like yours I will add it as, “With great Powers comes along great Responsibilities & with great Responsibilities comes great Sacrifices”!And sure at your position you must be knowing it what “Sacrifice” means, as service to the nation is not just taking a bullet in chest on border but not being allowed to live a normal life because of the duty you have accepted, is also a great service, which in a way is sacrifice only & I understand it as well respect it!

I came across analysis of your speech in Loksatta & would have been more happy if could have my hands (read as ears) to that speech but sometimes even the trailer of movie is enough to make you know what lays in next three hours ,well few are exceptions indeed but sure not yours! First of all let me congratulate you for speaking or taking up the subject, “Freedom & Art” which in itself is like Joel Garner’s bouncer for Gundappa Vishwanth type heighted batsman, which most of our countrymen are, when the ball if Freedom & its meaning & on top of it when its related to Art, lesser we say is better! It’s unfortunate for a country which gave “64 Kala aani 8 Vidya” i.e. 64 types of Arts & 8 types of Skills may be the right word, now has lost the Art of conserving all of 72 fields, in combine & yet considers it-self a free country! And when a Justice or Judge for common man of SC which is supposedly there to protect or decode or say establish the very Constitution of this so called free country comments on such subject then it’s not just a speech but commentary of society’s present which held our future actually!
In a country where the ignorance (read as fear) about the judicial system is such that right from childhood we have been taught (not in school) that “Shahanyane Courtachi Payari Chadhu Naye” i.e. “a wise man should never go to the court, for any reason”, which in itself is loss of trust or belief in judicial system in away! In such country, you a sitting SC judge, commenting on subject of Freedom & Art, is an eye opener for many other fellow men which enjoys the perks of the position they hold but forgets (or prefers to forget) to take some clear stand on any so called controversial subject. But then one needs self-conscience to take clear stand on any subject & self-conscience comes by virtue of character, morals, values one has & I don’t think we can find many men with above qualifications! And then of-late all we witness is men taking some stand for some reason which surely is not generated from self-conscience & the moment that reason changes, so as changes the stand by these men making common man lose belief further more in the system we know as Government or Justice or Freedom in nut shell!
Sad part is even the artists have not been free from this taking stand for some reason which is not moral or self esteem generated & then the poetry or scripts of the dramas of even the movies which are face of the society starts singing the tune which rulers wants to & no political party or regime of any individual isn’t exception to this Law of Art rather no more it’s an Art but becomes a Circus, which is what happening around! And that’s why once again not some Sanjay or some other name speaking about this harsh facts from public dais but you speaking makes the difference as in Marathi again there is splendid fraze, “Sonaranech Kaan Tochawe Lagtat”, sorry cant translate this one & it’s not needed also as you too are a Marathi person! And I don’t blame our rulers (read politicians) as they are nothing but our reflection only, after all are we not a country, “of the people, by the people & for the people”! It’s high time someone (read as many) should show the society our real face as under the mask so called patriotism we all are extreme selfish & divided on many fronts not one, such as Caste, Religion, Gender, State, Language, Politics & Wealth! We have forgot that Art is learnt to free our self from all above & many such barriers which are self created but we made Art also one of the barriers, to divide ourselves! And here is where you pointing out the mistake which we as a society doing makes difference as all this, a guy is telling whose shoulders (read as brain) has responsibility to decode our Constitution, means to make us understand, how we should behave as a Free Society!
Dhananjay da, this very State has witnessed not so long back, a Judge named Ramshastri Prabhune who had guts to slap back his King saying, “If you can’t give justice to the crown on your head, retire & come with me to Kashi”, wow, that’s how one builds a character! And if every generation needs some good King (read as ruler) then every generation needs a Ramshastri also to teach that King respecting the crown & his duty towards that crown! I wish my generation is lucky with people like you in place & when I read such speeches from that place, I feel still there is some hope & all is not lost for this country! Thanks a ton for giving my genre that hope as that’s what makes us keep going, isn’t it?

All good wishes & thanks for reading all this & forgive me if I have crossed the line in the sentimental mood of sharing but then that’s all because of your speech narration, so you know who is main culprit, LoL! Thanks a lot for being kind enough to read my words, which I hope will reach to you…

Sanjay Deshpande

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