Saturday, April 28, 2012

46th Week@XIMB

46th Week@XIMB - 22nd April to 28th April, 2012

22nd April - Sunday is a day of relaxation and updating with new changes in the community of rural managers. The result of XIMB 2012-2014 batch is declared few days. Currently, I am hopeful for the wait-list movement till 40 as the intake capacity is only 60 this year.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on 16th March allocated Rs 25 crore to Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), for revamping the institute, in the General Budget for financial year 2012-13. I hope, they will capitalize on this grant and 'must' open their subsidiary in another part of the India. There is dire need to form a network of various schools of development and rural management. IRMA, XIMB and TISS are only big names in this playground. XISS, NIRD, XIDAS,IIRM and Azim Premji University need to collaborate together for forming a strong network of institutions.

23rd April - I took a day off from work and stayed in Lucknow only. No one is bothered either about me or my work there. Its just a paper work for them!

24th April - I reached Bhind today. 35 Km road distance between Etawah and Bhind was covered in 3.5 hours with sufficient intake of dust particles. The infrastructure development of rail and road is going on slowly around Bhind region in last 10 years. 65 years of the Independence and the rail connectivity is not established between these two districts. It simply tells story of the development of rural hinterland in an independent India.

No luck related to work today. RTO officer was absent and there was no response from Public relation office. Some of the data is obtained in Revenue department. There is no provision of transport from government to me. I have moved to new hotel due to the lack of proper accommodation facilities. Hotel Satkaar near District hospital is a nice and safe place to stay.

25th April - Health Department was covered today. The access part is easy but getting data is tough job. Most of the people around here are cooperative in the words, that's my only solace.I visited city market for a getting a brief idea of the rural market. There were shops of daily goods, jewelers and clothes. I was delighted to see few cyber cafes and computer shop. I am more convinced about cluster based activities be it production or retail shops. Cluster based activities not only initiate competition but helps in developing market.

26th April - Agriculture and Homeguard Department were on the target today. One department doesn't have photocopy machine and other doesn't have photocopy machine in the working condition. How can a government employee work efficiently without such facilities ?

27th April - I collected all the available data on the internet about Bhind district. Not much is available but a decent staff at NIC provided me with all their data. ADM was on in inspection in the district and few government employee were caught sleeping.

28th April - It was last working day of the week. I was still busy in collection of the data. The time duration and working speed can affect to the quality of final draft of the report. Phone number of Blood bank is not working and there is not even registration of marriage houses in this district. What to say more, this is the end !

Saturday, April 21, 2012

45th Week@XIMB

45th Week@XIMB - 15th April to 21st April, 2012

15th April - I am enjoying a day break in the circuit house.There is a old saying - Everybody enjoys proximity of the power. While nearly the whole city was in darkness, I am enjoying facilities of circuit house. The district has its share of news through local dacoits and army men. Many countless movies on dacoits lifted there plot from this region. It can be recent hit like Paan Singh Tomar or Sunil Dutt starring Mujhe Jeene Do. The district lies in the valleys of Chambal and the Sind, between the Kunwari and the Pahuj rivers. The ravine lands extend along both sides of the rivers and their tributaries. These ravines were the ideal shelters and bypass routes of dacoits.

The problem of Dacoits has its root in culture and economic structure of the society. Natives of the district are filled with strong emotions of revenge passing through generations. The value system is filled with the moral that "A life is a abuse for the one whose enemy is living". People of Bhind depends more on agriculture. The moral minor disputes and rivalry on the land holdings prepares the ground of revenge. As the education level is also low, people are not afraid of committing heinous crimes like murders become dacoits.

As per the records of 2006, there are 23,000 licensed fire weapons in the district. Nearby districts Shivpuri has 11,000 and Morena 15000 licensed guns. Due to much demand of guns for settling out disputes, the transference of illegal arms is too much. This also ease dacoits to avail those arms. Land disputes, conflicts on irrigation means and caste rivalry are major causes of murder and crime in this region. To escape from the law, outlaws find their way to the ravines. Near the banks of these rivers forest and ravines are situated. There are invisible difficult paths which provide favorable circumstances for and other criminals. Those who can not dare to go there and take their revenge, help the law flaunting fugitives and in return fetch their aid to solve their rivalries. People even earn living through assisting dacoits.

The socio - political scenario of the region is case-study to deeply look and ponder upon in India of the 21st century. Without looking into this violence and risk prone, we deny our self a full portrait of India.

16th April - I sat nearly 3 hours in the district meeting at DM. Nodal officer was finally appointed. I will start work from the tomorrow. The government machinery is slow in responses and yet lethargic in performing any non monetary work. I attended two marriages with a nodal officer for the cultural adjustment. I was also told about murder of the IPS in the neighboring district (Morena) last year. The native narrator was no way related to the incident, yet there was no sign of remorse or shame in the statements. One officer was killed on duty and the reaction of a common man here was surprising for me. The officer was becoming strict to maintain law and order in the district. Hence, he deserved such punishment. Such a cycle of perpetual violence can only led to further degradation of the society. A society fails when its citizen operate under dysfunctional government laws, which don't provide them even social or economic security necessary for survival. Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher Jean Piaget declared in 1934 that "only education is capable of saving our societies from possible collapse, whether violent, or gradual". The backwardness of Bhind can be much attributed to this lack of education and failure of rule of law.

17th April- I didn't go to the office due to ill-health. I spent the whole day in the room only. I am becoming habituated as slow and lazy with each passing day. Life is also difficult without internet. The connectivity factor is also barred by the lack of local mobile SIM. I had to vacate government guest house and stay in the private hotel. All other government facilities were either booked or far from city. There was more question of security than transport for nodal officers assisting me.

18April - I am late in office and the clock is showing 11 hours. Yet, no worries ! The nodal officer is on the field visit, hence chances of gathering any data has became dim. This was my first opportunity to gain experience in a government machinery under the guidance of an private consultants. Yet, the office gave me chance to use internet. A luxury in the that part of India.

19th April - I visited office on time. Another officer with whom further project was linked was on the field visit. The hidden frustration with the pace of work was creeping my mind. The execution of target was going against weekly plan. The clueless and dysfunctional government machinery about disaster management

20April -A little bit of progress has been achieved today in the matter of work. While inquiring on past cases of either drought or flood due to rainfall , a lady in the revenue department joked that everything is under control in their records. I feel like character 'Mussadilal' of TV serial Office Office.3rd Saturday is holiday declared by the MP government. I took a bold initiative of covering 300 km in hectic travel schedule of 10 hours.

21st April- I am at home 00:30 hours. There is not much to write about Lucknow. I feel like returning to the civilization of Tahzeeb and Tameez.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

44th Week@XIMB

44th Week@XIMB - 8th April to 14th April, 2012

8th April- I was dehydrated and tired on reaching Bhopal. Yet, journey in Sleeper compartment help me to reconnect with lower middle class of India. A more acute and clear cut picture of India emerges in 35 hours of journey.

9th April- I reported with my college mates to New Narmada Bhavan for the first day of internship. A short and concise meeting was over with brief office work. SEEDS India, UNDP and MP government are the major stakeholders of the complete project. Two days of reading time is given ahead for learning about district. I am allotted Bhind District for next 6 weeks for the work. SEEDS consultancy is overlooking the project at state level.

10th April- All of XIMBians who were intern at SGGPA were accommodated in Administrative Academy. It was a luxurious arrangement. I learned a little about Bhind through district website. I roamed around Bhopal lake and visited science museum also. I was accompanied by Aditya and Ashish who were doing internship at MPWPCL.

11th April - A day utilized in studying and sleeping.I want to bring Buddha and Marx both together in this India. It is time to stop listening to what state say, and start focusing on what they do. Hence, signing off for today.

12th April - First Day of Meeting and brief summary of the disaster and its terminology. There were 31 interns with 30 officers together. I was the lucky-one for whom no has arrived from the respective district. The respective District commandment homegurad has been transferred few months ago.

13th April - This was 2nd day of the meeting and much more technical in the nature. Hazard, Vulnerability, Risk, Capacity (HVRC) Analysis and role of various department were discussed by the consultant. There was no officer/representative today also from Bhind district. This is a cause of worry as this can led to zero assistance in the working area. Most of us were forced to leave Bhopal to their nodal districts even next two days were holidays. There was no arrangement of stay and travel in the working area till this moment of time.

14 April - I traveled from Bhopal to Bhind and the whole day has passed in the journey. With much difficulty, accommodation was made available at circuit guest house.

Let me introduce the basic profile of Bhind district.Bhind is the Northernmost District of Madhya Pradesh,north east of Gwalior, situated at 26°34'50" latitude and 78°48'05" longitude. There are 6 Development blocks in the District namely Ater , Bhind Mehgaon, Gohad, Roan and Lahar. With 95% of the population practicing Hindu religion, there are Jain traders also. Castes of the upper strata like Brahmans and Rajputs dominate the social structure. The proportion of working women (2%) is much less, as compared to the State (19%) indicating a high degree of economic dependence of women on their men counterparts. As per 1991 Census, the district is having 39.06% literacy. 53% of the male population is literate and female literacy is 22%,that is apparently much lower than anational figures. Agriculture and Dairy are the main occupation of the people in the District. Hence, I can assume to be placed and will be working in a deeply feudal society.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sparsh: Development in a Trimester of rural management - 3...

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

43rd Week@XIMB

43rd Week@XIMB - 1st April to 7th April, 2012

1st April- REPP effect was conglomerating the senses. Various thoughts were springing in the mind. Like : Until Ordinary humans of the first world will become economically destitute, and will be reduced to the state of the third world, they will not rise in solidarity with all the dispossessed by colonilaism and neo imperialism.

2nd April- The last day of exam. Exam is over still two assignments are pending. The extent of stress is always relative to our current level of growth, hence satisfied with the performance.

3rd April- The assignments and packing had make the day hectic. Still, I am enjoying the marathon named MBA.

4th April- A nice day with final packing done for our summers. Seasons come and go. I’ve witnessed the beauty of XIMB campus in the rains, as well as enjoyed even a foggy night here. Although most of my schedule was occupied with classes and , I still found some time walking around the school in night to admire the hidden loveliness of the campus. But looking at what I’ve been through, I feel happy that I’m here. It has been amazing, and I’m looking forward to more exciting experiences.

I am now habitual of seeing my MBA friends around all time, and I miss them. Their smiles are simply everywhere, in the classrooms, the mess, XCafe, GR2 and even the elevator. Two and Half months to the new semester seems to be a long time to wait, but I know our eagerness to meet one another again will be much greater after a long break. Thank you my friends. You all make XIMB so special to me!!!

5th April- It took a special train journey of 30 hour to reach Bangalore. There is 5 day break before joining organization for summer internship.

6th April- Bangalore, you are special to me. MG road looks like New York to me. I said in my mind that its not that everyone should have the same but that each should have enough in the life.

7th April- A day in the train...

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