An Uncivilized Nation

Sunday, 12 May, 2002 newspapers showed gruesome pictures of a young motor cyclist burnt alive. Is Humanity being burnt alive?

The horrendous atrocities perpetrated on thousands of helpless, innocent victims in Gujarat during the past two months has revealed that primitive barbarism is still alive and widespread in our society, and can, at the slightest provocation, erupt anywhere.

Despite our numerous achievements as a Nation over the past 55 years, we have really failed to civilize large sections of our people. Two powerful forces, Religion and Education, have failed in this respect. Both seem to have been hijacked by petty vested interests.

It is still not too late. The noble mission of civilizing our people can still be achieved if educators and religious leaders fearlessly devote themselves to the pursuit of objective truth, without prejudiced stereotyping. If Education and Religion join hands, we can banish hatred and violence from our midst and build a strong, united, progressive country of which all of us can be more proud. Let us make our country a better place to live in.


The Perfect House Magazine

Change (May-June 2002) was a refresher to beat the summer heat.

‘Security as Farce?was so interesting and impressive, that I wrote to Ulhas Latkar, with whom I had co-ordinated earlier, that I was eager to buy a copy of the book from him and he promptly sent me a complimentary copy. This article reminded me of a bird who wants to free itself from the golden cage and enjoy freedom at the earliest opportunity available. I hope similar articles abstracted from biographies of great leaders and businessmen continue to be passed on to readers of Change. The current burning issue on Gujarat is well covered by Pesi D. Muncherji creating a lot of awareness, which is the basic concept of Change.

I.P. Singh appraised us of the current and future scenario of ‘Sophisticated Competition?and the need for transformation in each one of us to take our Company to greater heights, not to forget Humour as a stress reliever. N.P. Mani’s open and frank views took us back to the good old days of struggle, and how success can be achieved through sheer dedication and hard work. I suggest that the photographs of our Divisional Heads and others who are interviewed should be in colour.

Finally, as the Editor has requested readers to solve the query raised by a reader ‘‘Why Snail Mail?’’, here is my answer:

‘Snail Mail?started from March-April 2002 issue in which the Editor has re-appealed to readers to write to them and perhaps Snail Mail is named to tickle the readers to respond fast by making them conscious of the fact that there is normally snail speed in response and reflexes. Since Change is a medium of communication, it has three purposes, Expression, Understanding and Feedback. The circuit is not closed unless it receives response and feedback from its readers.

Nariman Bacha
Personnel Administration (Plant-11)