Return to Innocence

If you,

* wish to see your kids go to a school that wouldn't spell the word 'English'.
* would have your farmers use prehistoric tools in their fields.
* intend to use abacus for your everyday math calculations.

then, do vote for this party.

I have never come across an election manifesto that vows to retard the country's growth this way! I read this article and it shocked me. Seriously, we could as well go back in time when we drew on cave walls to express ourselves or used pigeons for communication or rubbed stones to light up a fire! I thought we had evolved. Darwin claimed so! Probably not.


Do they understand the meaning of Globalization? I am not saying it's wrong to teach regional languages in school. It's perfectly all right as a course. But, denying the future generations the ability to make a mark in the global scenario! Who gives anyone that right? No English medium education. Dude, give us a break. How are we expected to communicate with our technologically advanced counterpart? Use sign language or draw stick figures maybe.

India's population of one billion plus, needs food. And mass production needs large fertile soils, healthy and pest resistant crops, good irrigation facilities. Forcing farmers to stop using machinery, which eases their work and reduces the time consumed otherwise, is ignorance. Creating employment opportunities should be inclusive of overall development. They are not mutually exclusive goals.

And, no use of computers. I personally can't even think of a witty retort to this point. They insist that getting rid of computers would create more employment. At what cost! Now, imagine the time they would take to process an application for the payment of a telephone connection, manually. We can conveniently say goodbye to efficiency. It's time to get an abacus. I wonder how it works. I could Google that up. But hey, wait. I don't have a computer.

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74 comments:

Ashish said...

Its simply a poorly done research or smartly done.

They either are ignorant or want too capture the votes of the ignorant illiterate common mass of India..

SP knows that they are not a national party so they only hope to do well in UP and try to tease Congress in center to ....

yeah use the abacus

Kadambari said...

Who do they think they'll convince this way?! Ashish, These days every section of the society wants to see their kid talk in English or learn to work on a computer. At least they try to make that happen. But, this is a disaster. This is like pushing them back.

Abacus might become the next hot 'gadget'.

cheth said...

You don't have to worry, politicians never do what they say or state in their manifestos. Same case with SP they just want some free publicity and they just wanted blogger like you and me to blog about them ;) no worries.

Btw abacus is a cool gadget I haven't tried it yet!

ah! yea just wanted to thank for dropping by my blog :)

Parv Kaushik said...

man knw wht he's been my chief minister for 3 years.. and tell u he's more pro-capitalist thn evn the americans... if he could he would die for corporates taking the name of muslims and farmers... a stark contrast is the IT Vision document released by advaniji and BJP... do read it if u havent and post a link here reading it you'll realise how focussed can indian politicians can be...

Sauron said...

Well, the stone age has its advantages, doesn't it? So what if I don't have a computer, and I don't speak/use English? Imagine the benefits! If I like a girl, I can simply club her with my stone club, put her over my shoulder, and take her to my cave, nahin? :|

Bloody hypocrites, and cheats, these guys are!!

pisku said...

No doubt that these are serious issues that need to be addressed. But this just shows how disconnected our polity is from what needs to be done!
When will this system throw us a leader this nation deserves!

rads said...

Gosh!!! I can't imagine a day without all these elecronic gadgets that make life easier. If Samajwadi wants to make my life difficult I'm not voting for them. But nyways what kind of a promise is that to take us back to the apes!!! people must be fools to vote for them after such dumb things, unless ofcourse they are paying for their votes.

Hashir Tufail said...

@Kadambari,
their's is a great plot - just to show that they are fighting on a different issue. Does not matter what they say - because in UP elections are decided upon caste politics. And yes, as far as IT is concerned - there exists a feeling among the uneducated sections in our country that the advent of computers has resulted in job loss - and SP is after all a populist party.

Vyazz said...

Ur kidding rite???.....I mean geez its unbelievable. Talk bout downgrading!! But then again its India....an thing's possible!!!

CM-Chap said...

Hey blog hopped here... Good to know fellow Ayn Rand reader :)

Kadambari said...

Hey Cheth, Thanks. And yea, you're right. Some publicity gimmick. See, what attention they instantly got!

Oh really! This is such double standards then. I would look that up Parv.

Yup Sumit! That would be a smart idea to win a girl over. Lol. What all games these guys play.

Pisku, Seriously! There's got to some understanding of what leads to development. Ignorance is bliss!

Kadambari said...

True, Rads! I can't imagine how they come up with such bright ideas! Even apes tried to simplify things and evolved!

Creating employment opportunities that develop the nation, should be their aim, Hashir. But yea, like you say, the reality is far from what you and I are living in.

Vyazz! That's exactly how I reacted. I was like, Seriously! :D

CM-Chap, I find her books very liberating! :)

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Jarlin said...

Well said...I believe this is an attempt for publicity.

Keep writing...

Kadambari said...

Yea, Jarlin. No sane government will let such a disaster happen.

Tangerine said...

Is the SP really planning to purposely lose the election?

shows how little they pay attention to their manifesto or the country!

Pushkaraj said...

Relax folks,
I don't see the SP coming to power, by any stretch of imagination. So what's the next lesser evil scenario? That they will be a part of coalition govt. with a sizable share of MPs. Even in that case, rest assured, they won't get to do even one thing that they are saying.
No political party has gotten around to 'fulfilling their promises' after the elections - all the more so in today's times of coalition politics. Not too far back, BJP was at the helm with help of allies. They fought the elections talking incessantly about Ram Mandir. In five years of ruling the country, they never even touched the topic!
So SP is only digging their own grave by publishing such manifestos. Other than entertainment value, they have little to offer.

Atul said...

keep writing............

Aquarius said...

OMG!!! this is completely nuts...I am speechless. Really weird Manifesto. Mainly to capture the vote bank I think. But I believe all these antics do affect India's standing in the global arena. Other countries never take us seriously when our politicians are such buffoons

Kadambari said...

God only knows their intentions Tang. May we be saved!

Pushkaraj, Yea. You're right about that. All they have in mind is to act like fools so they get noticed.

Sure, Atul!

And yea, no wonder India always seems to be the land of elephants and snake charmers for outsiders. Like you say Aquarius, these guys portray us in such a bad light.

Bhargav Saikia said...

This is probably the most illogical and backward agenda I've ever come across. It's sad that when India is at the brink of becoming the next economic and technology superpower, politicians like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh support such "shameless" manifesto. We really don't need such leaders for our country. The younger generation MUST vote this year, so that India can prosper in the hands of educated and forward-thinking leaders.

Kadambari said...

Well said, Bhargav. Intelligent voting would hopefully make a difference and drive us forward as a nation.

Varun said...

Sorry but i wasn't really aware of this before reading ur blog but, this isn't something ludacris is happening right? I mean, considering the Madras to Chennai change, the thackeray's wish to get rid of non-maratis outa Maharashtra.. despite all this, we still are one proud nation!...proud of all the progress the recession struck nations have scrambled to register. I think, whatever these people have in their election manifestos, there's no stopping us anymore now!

Kadambari said...

True, Varun. Pointless, nonsense stuff keeps happening all the time. We somehow get past all this mediocrity and achieve big. Some consolation.
:)

Sujoy Bhattacharjee said...

Are we still following what these pea-brained idiots have to say?
Sad that on the one hand we have celebrities urging you and me to cast our votes and on the other we have this total lack of choices about the party to choose. Guess it is a game of choosing the lesser evil now.

Kokonad said...

Hi Kadambari - first of all, great post! I was thinking of writing about it myself when I read it - but I was so irritated that I watched an episode of The Simpsons instead. Helps me de-stress.
The unfortunate part about the intellectual India is that the intellect really does not participate in the voting process. People who are educated, think about the society and the country have given up trying to do anything for the country. They realize that all their efforts will be futile, and their voices will be lost in the screeching noise of corruption and personal gain by the politicians.
Now, 80% of the nation knows that this whim of Samajwadi party - about computers and the English language - is mind bogglingly delirious, to say the least. It is so stupid I cannot even imagine someone has come up with it. What voting population are they trying to seduce? It's more like "Join us, oh Bharatvasi, let's build this giant well of ignorance around us."
But, like Sujoy in the above comment and several others have pointed out - what choice do the citizens have? You either get to vote for a demented party or a dumb party. The obvious choice becomes - not to vote at all! "Why waste one's time on a society that does not give anything back to you?"

Kokonad said...

I must add I love your "related posts" widget! :) It's really nice!

Kadambari said...

Sujoy & Kokonad
Yup! So, we go and find the lesser evil! We hopefully bring in to power someone who seems less retarded. But thanks to this lame multi - party system, we get stuck up with random & unpredictable coalitions! Again, as bad.

P.S. Kokonad, Same here. I got so bugged reading the news article that I called up a friend and rambled on for sometime. Lol! And thanks. I was told that this widget makes people stay on the page for longer!
:)

Choco said...

Wow... These politicians can say anything for a few more votes. They seem to have sold their soul & conscience to the devil!

Kadambari said...

Yea, Choco. Anything under the Sun. With absolutely no sense behind it.

AJai said...

You know the scary thing is I went through this opinion poll recently, and it looks like the SP is actually going to do well in the upcoming elections. Hooray!

Kadambari said...

Awesome! Then we can say goodbye to blogs too, Ajai. I'll start publishing my posts on paper and fly the copies as paper planes. :)

बालसुब्रमण्यम said...

नहीं मैं थोड़ा भिन्न विचार रखता हूं। यह आत्मसम्मान की बात है कि हम अपनी भाषाओं का प्रयोग करें। मैं मुलायम जी की हिम्मत की दाद देता हूं कि वे खुलकर अंग्रेजी का विरोध कर रहे हैं।

अंग्रेजी इस देश के लिए अहितकारी है। इससे लाखों लोग बेरोजगार बने हुए हैं हालांकि वे अच्छे पढ़े-लिखे हैं, क्योंकि सरकार, व्यवसाय, आदि में नौकरी देने के लिए अंग्रेजी की मांग होती है, हालांकि उसकी कोई आवश्यकता नहीं है।

चीन, जापान, रूस, जर्मनी ने अंग्रेजी के बिना ही तरक्की की है। हम भी जरूर कर सकते हैं।

और रही बात अंग्रेजी न आने से ब्लोगिंग न कर पाने की चिंता। आज भारत में अंग्रेजी से भी ज्यादा हिंदी के ब्लोग हैं, और रोज नए हिंदी ब्लोग बनते जा रहे हैं। मेरा भी एक हिंदी ब्लोग है, जयहिंदी, जरूर पधारें।

इडीब्लोगर में ही लगभग 500 हिंदी ब्लोग हैं।

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Hi KD,

Yeah i read this in newspaper the other day and i was literally shocked over it...One can make out how maturedly this poeple think of, when asked to generate the jobs and all that...

thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your valuable comments... :)

keep blogging..:)

cheers

Kadambari said...

Dear Mr. Balasubramaniam,
Thank you for your opinion. I would reply to you in English 'coz I don't know how to use the Hindi text online for blogs. I have never tried it.

I have mentioned this even in my post that there's no harm in learning and using regional languages. At the same time, having a basic knowledge of English would not be bad. A lot of our jobs in the service industry are thriving because of Indians' grasp of English. The IT industry, call centers etc. also provide employment to a substantial part of our population. Or we could probably have a way to include both regional as well the English language like we have right now. This makes us proficient overall. You're right about Japan and China. I agree.

This is just my personal opinion. I might be wrong but in the current scenario, completely doing away with English seems very strange. And I'd definitely visit your blog. Thanks again.

Thanks Mahesh!
:)

sawan said...

lol, i was wondering how their manifesto was printed!! on a typewriter?? :) and the layouts?? m sure they wudn have used computers for that, would they?? :P this is ridiculous!! do you know that akhilesh yadav [mulayam's son] is qualified engineer? and that he designed samajwadi party web page? http://www.samajwadipartyindia.com/english/lsmem/akhilesh.html/
mann, i was wondering if the ideology is only for other families and not his own :P nice post here kadambari. hopefully people would realise wut they are doing and vote them out.
u take care.

Kokonad said...

Thanks for that link, Sawan! And guess what - among the positions he held, one of them is "Committee on Provision of Computers for MPs"
:D

Kadambari said...

Lol! Provision of computers for MP's eh, Kokonad! Absolute double standards. And thanks for the link Sawan. That was an eye opener. :)

jyothi said...

too much tp talk eh.. dunt worry they wont be elected ... even if they do, they only follow the advice of the administrative ppl (Read IAS etc etc).. or even if that doesnt work out, worst case scenario, the neighbourhood will take care of it ( all the countries surrounding us) with incessant bombing and wat not.. and ofcos the naxals and all..

Anand said...

I stand by your side and shout out the same thing u hv written to any and everyone around. Agreed 100%.

Although, They hv taken their words back now. The chamelions. My vote most def. does NOT go to these @@#@#$$%#$#.

joshidaniel said...

they just keep on barking! nothing will happen :)

Kadambari said...

They have taken it back is it, Anand?! What games they play in front of the entire nation. Thanks for that support! I'd need that if I decide to run for PM someday. ;)

And yea, Daniel, nothing will happen, true. You and me will ramble over it and waste our energy. :)

Jomey dude! TP only. I know, no one in their right senses would let this happen. Like a friend on facebook had a status message, "If these guys are so jobless, they could take fb quizzes instead".

:D

k.ø.c.h.ü said...

lucky dat manifestos r just 'wishes' dat never get fulfilled :)

Kadambari said...

Hehe. Yea. That's one good thing about this. A relief!

sammythewizzy said...

Whoa! I completely missed this news.. (Was away from the blogosphere due to easter).. They surely can't be about the manifesto now, can they? It is definitely some gimmick to influence poor in UP, but I'm sure no one will fall for that.. The SP is royally shooting itself in the foot before the elections.. Stupidity exemplified!!!

TW said...

You know Gandhi (yeah, HIM only) made a stmt that the ideal social structure for India is the Village? Perhaps, these guys took him literally!

बालसुब्रमण्यम said...

जब चुनाव हो जाएं, तो आप सब एक बार फिर यहां आएं और हमें बताएं कि आप सबमें से कितनों ने वोट दिया।

बालसुब्रमण्यम said...

कादंबरी: कंप्यूटर पर हिंदी में टाइप करना आसान है। विंडोस एक्सपी में यह करें:-

Enabling your computer for Hindi typing(Windows XP)

1. Go to Start.
2. Select Control Panel.
3. Select Regional and Language Options.
4. Select the Language tab.
5. Select Install files for complex script and right to left languages (including Thai). For this step, the computer may ask for Windows XP installation CD. So keep it ready.
6. After the files have been installed, click on Details in the same Language tab of Regional and Language Options.
7. In Settings, click on the button Add.
8. Click on the Input Languages drop down menu and select Hindi from it.
9. Click OK.
10. Click Apply in the Settings page.

Now you have added Hindi support to your computer. If you look at the task bar of your computer, you will see an additional button called Language Bar. If you click on it, it will show all the languages that your computer currently supports. It should now also show Hindi.

To switch between English and Hindi mode, use the key combination Alt + Shift.

Kadambari said...

Samuel, I hear they have taken back their words. Thankfully.

TW, Lol! Probably. Things are easily misunderstood here.

Mr. Balasubramaniam, Thanks for the information. I'll look that up.

Hemal said...

If some one knows more language to speak, read and write than one, that is always a welcome sign. For example, I know 6 Indian languages and I was only forced to take up Malayalam coz the school criculum. But I was happy with that. Though I was not good at English during that period I had learned it enough for the coming years and improving it.

I think it should be an option to learn the local language and not forced. What I feel is that people should be encouraged to learn the local language. One should not forget his or her mother tounge. No one is born with a English Spoon in their mouth. The first word the kids speak is always in their mother language.

arbitmind said...

This all is the result of non-inclusive growth. The fact that someone actually came up with this manifesto implies that there are takers for it.
If the benefits of globalization & a growing economy are not spread into the rural hinterland this will be the result. Over the last 18 years..post liberalization..it is the Urban middle class & urban & semi-urban centers that have reaped the maximum benefits. The rural areas stayed more or less in the same place. The gap kept on growing,...& now a section has started viewing globalization as a threat rather than as an opportunity.
Globalization is a boon...& to harness that boon..it is imperative that all sections can benefit from it.

Kadambari said...

I agree with that Hemal. It's always good to know languages. But yea, at the same time, we also need to keep up with the present trend. This is like the frog in a well story. The world is not limited to the small well. And we need a broad perspective if we want to keep up pace with the rest of the world.

That's a very keen point of view Shuvadeep. I get what you mean So, these folks are trying to capture that insecurity and make money. It's sad but there should be better ways to bring them up. This is lame. Very. It basically gives them a false hope and pushes them further behind.

Nautankey said...

It's better that the electorate does not use computer or get educated,if that happens then who will vote for mulayam and co :). Computers n education with a broader sense are a lose-lose situation for them personally.

Anonymous said...

Phew!!! That was a ton of comments...where do you guys find so much time to talk so much about nonsense?

dmanji said...

Look at the biggest ironies that is the kids of these party leaders are convent educated, tech-savy people.. who have done higher studies in some international university by paying a hefty sum...and call themselves global citizens like anybody else. The 'takers' for this manifesto are people who have no choice and people like us who have choice stay out of the election process and do not vote.... its gr8 to see so many people expressing their angst through blogs like this...i guess this is where change will start from ...awareness...keep writing on issues like this... I think this is the beauty of technology which is helping in building strong,independent opinions and I say 'Our' opinion matters...53 comments prove it don't u think...

Kadambari said...

Hey Nautankey.. (interesting name!)and dmanji..
All part of the two faced game.. They themselves don't adhere to all the crap that they claim for development. Just some publicity stunts!

And anonymous! Obviously we haven't been talking so much about the nonsense all the time! Sometimes when we get bored of the 'sensible talk', we do this. :)

Dope said...

Well, I believe you're going a little paranoid.
The fact that such parties exist shows nothing but the beauty of Indian polity.

Moreover, Indian voter has matured over the years, he can no longer be fooled with all these retarded things. People,even in the remotest of villages, want their children to talk and act like shehari babus.

All this retarded mumbo jumbo won't get any far.

Anonymous said...

:)) you do have quite a lot of time on your hands...and seems like I do too...now that I came back here again to check :)...the discussion definitely is interesting...though a lot of opinions are being given out here for the sake of it, i guess its a good thing that you guys actually read more than just blogs...
and dope...are you really that naive?

Kadambari said...

This is great Cyril! I expected more thrashings.. now that you were sleep deprived and hungry and not on dope.. when you posted this.

But yea.. I'm not paranoid but it did come as a surprise.. Given the fact that.. no one actually gives them any crap.. Still they come up with such 'intelligent' ideas.

obituarytointelligence said...

if working on the ground level with the people. and writing for the newspapers that you read makes me naive then I certainly am quite naive.

deluded said...

aah.

so after that can we climb back up the trees?

or better

go back into the sea?

Anonymous said...

" Moreover, Indian voter has matured over the years, he can no longer be fooled with all these retarded things" And you believe in this and also still wonder why we elect nincompoops and why you are not naive?

Kadambari said...

Deluded, Exactly. And we would communicate by pointing and grunting..(We might save the planet from all this global warming too!) :)

Between Cyril and 'Anonymous', well, there are only nincompoops to vote for. And the common man gets free rice/wheat (cash too) to vote for those. I wouldn't say anything about their levels of maturity but yea.. they also need to survive. They are not really given brilliant options to choose from. So, the cycle repeats itself.

Anonymous said...

the question rather is whether they( indian voter) are matured enough to understand a brilliant option if and when it comes along...anyway, thats the point of contention...i personally believe that democracy without a properly educated populace is the most dangerous thing you can have (i read bits of ur blog btw cyril and completely agree with u on this point)...i was just commenting on the assumption that indian voter has matured which would lead us to believe that such manifestos don't need to be explained to the otherwise unsuspecting 'indian voter'. i was just blog hopping on a lazy day and didnt mean to spoil the fun. u guys keep the opinions flowing...

Twisted Elegance.... said...

Do people really vote on the basis of manifestos? Do people really know what they are actually voting for? When officers of the EC go to villages and ask them this question, people are clueless about what Lok Sabha really is. No wonder these politicians use the ignorance of these people. What sells in India is freebies and these parties, including SP provide ample of those. Thank goodness Mulayam isn't running for PM :)
or will he after the polls?
God save India!

sachin kundu said...

The principle is simple. Keep them uneducated and rule them forever. Much simpler to hand out money than meet more tangible demands. I mean only a crazy politician would try to make them educated. Its a can of worms right. Indian poverty is a conspiracy. It cannot be removed because poverty serves the politics. Now there you have the truth.

Kadambari said...

Hey, that's no spoiler..anonymous! And you didn't ruin any of the fun here.. It got us talking more. Keep blog hopping! :)

And Sruthi, Ignorance is bliss and money buys vote banks. That's pretty much it. And, our polls are more unpredictable than our monsoons. Better to brace ourselves!

:)

Twisted Elegance.... said...

@Kadam
Plz either call me by my full name or sagar. This sruthi alone causes quite a confusion over my gender :)

I am a male and absolutely straight

Guha Rajan said...

This manifesto is not a new one, even if you go back to Rajiv Gandhi days (mid to late 80's) these manifesto had been issued by some of the political parties.

However, nothing had happened. With faster communication the world is becoming small and so its not going to be possible

Kadambari said...

Now, that's an analysis, Sachin. Stay foolish!

Alright! So, it's Sagar now! I'm sorry for that. :)

Yea, Guha. These folks probably just take out the old ones and rework it. Saves all the time and 'creativity'. Maybe that's why it's so outdated!
:)

Karthik said...

I think I am pretty late on this post, but then I was actually thinking it's not such a bad idea to implement their manifesto after all. Well, I am partly kidding of course, but hey if we are really into Globalization, we should actually be in schools having Chinese as their medium of instruction. :)

Now would also be a good time to get up on a podium and say 'See how our dependencies on the "West" has impacted us.' 'See how their shrinking economy is driving up prices here, creating unemployment'. 'Stop using computers. Stop using technology. Stop aping the west'

But then, all that apart, can I retain my computer please ? :)

Oh, and did they circulate handwritten manifestos ? That would have generated some employment.

Kadambari said...

Right said Karthik.. Chinese might probably be a more sensible option now given that 'The West' screwed it all up.. :)

Kaddu said...

Had heard about "Progressive nations" ... will be the first (or perhaps the only one!) to be called as a "regressive nation"! LOL!

Kadambari said...

Good one! Kaddu. Ours must be the only country campaigning for backwardness.

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