When we are digging the treasures of development particularly in the field of education, we must always keep in mind how to use the knowledge and the experiences that we acquire for the development of our motherland (Maraland) as a whole. The unique nature of our land and people demands us to focus on the dual development of an individual as well as the society as a whole. For more insights read it all below:
(The Paper Presentation at Delhi MSO Jt. HQ Freshers' Social 2011)
By Dr. Joseph Dena
As we gathered here tonight, One thing and one thing haunts me; “THE PURPOSE.”
> The purpose of having fresher’s party.
> The purpose of being here in Delhi.
> The purpose of our education.
> The purpose of life, in General.
o It’s DEVELOPMENT
> Development in various dimensions of life –
1) Health dimension.
2) Educational dimension.
3) Economic dimension.
4) Vocational dimension.
5) Religious dimension.
6) Social dimension.
Of these, HEALTH, EDUCATION and ECONOMY occupy the Central position and are crucial to the attainment of other dimensions. Therefore, the UN, through its UNDP chose these three dimensions as the criteria for measuring Human Development Index (HDI).
Now, if we narrow down our discussion, Our PURPOSE as said earlier is Development in the fields of Education, Health and Economy. And these three dimensions are closely related or interlinked. If you fail in one, you will fail in all (Low HDI). If you do well in one, you pass all (High HDI). For example,
- If you are not Healthy (Health Dimension) > You will not be able to Study (Educational dimension) > You will not be able to earn Money (Economic dimension)
- If you are not economically Sound (Economic dimension) > You will not be able to pay for your Healthcare bills (Health dimension) > You’ll not be able to work or study (Educational dimension).
On the other Hand,
If you do well in your studies (Education) > you will get good employment (Economy) > Pay for premium Healthcare bills (Health)
Now, If we were Americans, the story would have ended here, for you’d have satisfied the criteria of development (In the fields of Health, Education and Economy) and live your life happily. For we all know that Americans are all independent and ‘Development’ basically means ‘Personal Development.’
However, ‘Development’, in our case is different. It means ‘Development of Society; Development as a whole’. For one developed Person has to carry at least 10 other persons or even many more on his shoulder. This is where Adam Smith comes in. So, when we are digging the treasures of development particularly in the field of education, we must always keep in mind how to use the knowledge and the experiences that we acquire for the development of our motherland (Maraland) as a whole.
So, luckily or unluckily, we are entrusted with a double task of development that we have to carry out; Personal Development as well as development of society as a whole.
Below are some of the simple examples to illustrate how Personal development is directly influenced by the development of society as a whole –
> You earn a good amount of money (Rs. 1,00000 PM)
> Your siblings & relative (Say, 10 persons) DON’T.
> Divide 100000 by 10 = Rs.10,000 per head
-----> Low HDI
> I am a Doctor.
> Maraland is poor.
> I simply cannot fathom the idea of charging a consultation fee of Rs.100 or even Rs.50 to the farmers whose condition I know very well.
> Even if I charge the standard fees, 95% will not be able to pay for CT scan, MRI, USG, X-Ray, Blood test, and good medicines.
> We have no option but to care and really care the Development of Maraland as a whole.
SO, FRIENDS, I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO REQUEST YOU TO GIVE A THOUGHT OR SOME TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF MARALAND.
You can do this by re-orienting your approach to the practical applicability of what you learn in schools, colleges and work experiences.
a) The Solar Lamp: Once our honourable Ex-MP, Shri Hiphei visits a small village, the KNP (Krizyhpa No Py) members asked him to give them a solar lamp. It was not much of a problem for the sitting MP to provide such an energy efficient and crucial thing to one of his constituent villagers. The only problem was that the KNP members didn’t know the word ‘Solar lamp’ and they tried to explain to him by saying, “A zota khaihpa, nohchho ta charge pa.” Shri Hiphei, in turn, replies, “Nama khopa liata vawsia tua ula, tawhta ei chapie ei”. They ended up not getting the much needed solar lamp till date.
My point is we must know exactly the ‘what and how’ of developing Maraland. We should not simply say, “We want job, better healthcare, and good Education”. We should say, “We need to do this to generate more job, we need to do this to increase the gross enrolment of students, we need to this to improve the Quality of Healthcare”.
To emphasise more on Tangible ideas, take ‘Pala Lake’ (Pala Tipo) for example. It could be a huge source of revenue for MADC. If they couldn’t develop it, let it be leased out to some private agencies, say, for a period of ten (10) years. The private agency will develop it, advertise it, and earn the profit from it during the said period. Beyond this, this revenue-generating asset of ours would be transferred in good-shape to us again. That’s just an idea.
b) NREGA: NREGA was and still is a great opportunity for the development of Village as well as town infrastructure. A large Man-power with good incentive has been provided by the Central government yet we failed to recognise the significance and potential of the same. For example, in our village, another Road running parallel to the main road was built. What a waste of time, energy and money. Here, I am not blaming anyone I am just trying to make a point of how things could be done in a better, useful, effective and more systemic ways.
c) Drain of Wealth: This theory, drain of Indian economy into Britain and other European countries was proposed by Dadabhai Naoroji and just do to give an example of the practical applicability of things that we learned, this drain of wealth theory could as well be put into test. We, the students studying in various places of India are actually draining our economic wealth of Maraland. We spent more than half of the total household income in the places of our study, outside of Maraland thereby facilitating a one way drain of wealth. Therefore, we should spend the minimum possible amount of our resources (money) outside Maraland. Again, this is to give an idea of how to re-orient our approach education (Particularly for Economics students).
The bottom line is if you want your personal development, you cannot ignore the development of others nearby you, relatives and fellow Maras.
Now, I would really like to make some reasonable conclusion to my presentation but I couldn’t find one. I think this is because there could be no conclusion. It must be an on-going process. It has to be a starting line of thought rather than a final line of solution in our minds while we are students. The real solutions to our problems will be quite different from the ones I am suggesting.
So, my introduction tonight (not my conclusion) is, “LET’S GIVE A THOUGHT OR SOME”
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Note:This is the paper presented by Dr. Joseph Dena at the Freshers’ Social 2011 of Mara Students’ Organisation (MSO) Joint-Headquarters: Delhi held at D Lounge, Kamla Nagar, Delhi-7 on 9 September 2011. Dr. Dena, a medical doctor and native of Chhaolo, Siaha District, Mizoram is currently working at Sushruta Trauma Centre, Metcalf Road, Delhi. Sushruta Trauma Centre is the only trauma centre in Delhi in Government Sector; which is dedicated for the management of acute trauma cases. Maraland.net thank him for allowing us to publish the paper at this website.