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Work and Workplace In The Time Of Covid-19.

Work and Workplace In The Time Of Covid-19.

By

Jitendra Kumar Sharma

Snippet

Dear Reader,

May I seek your indulgence to read my snippet before you read my blog ‘Work And Workplace In The Time Of COVID-19’. In this ‘pre-blog’, I will share a few Side Effects of COVID-19 on me personally.

As a writer, I have avoided growing a beard, though it saves time. Instead, I prefer going to the Barber’s Shop for a close shave. There I get to glance over old magazines and hear the latest village gossip into the bargain and return home brimming with ideas and a fresh, shining face.

On the first day of COVID-19 Lockdown I was about to dash to the Saloon when the old Idiot Box blared: “Stay At Home, It Is A Total Shutdown”, then panned a few long shots closing up to my Barber’s Shop firmly locked up and a freshly shaven policeman, indifferently gaping into the deserted street.

I was angry. I was desperate. Last time, I was at my barber’s I was going through Charles Lamb’s essay THE SUPERANNUATED MAN in an old magazine when he called me out for my turn. Mr. DeMelo’s booming voice snapped me from the mag abruptly ending my reverie that Lamb’s poignant and dreamy style had induced.

COVID-19 had dashed all my hopes to get back to Charles Lamb in the familiar, cozy, and very privileged setting. I could not go not only to the Barber’s Shop but anywhere else too- libraries, book-shops, friends’ homes, all access and avenues to reach and read Charles Lamb were closed. Desperation assailed me as I refused to compromise with the reality of the universal Lockdown. This absolutely arbitrary denial whetted my desire to own and study Charles Lamb’s complete works.

Forlorn, I turned to Keertiji, that is my Laptop. ‘Welcome’, she chimed and I smiled.

Eureka! My Laptop revealed a truth: I was no longer in the real world. COVID-19 had shoved me into a Virtual World and Charles Lamb’s works were only a click away

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Letters-Charles-Modern-Library/dp/B0006AMZSY/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=complete+works+of+Charles+Lamb&qid=1591105398&sr=8-1

Dear reader, have you read Lamb’s ‘THE SUPERANNUATED MAN’? This is also about going to work and staying at home; living for others and living for oneself; work versus leisure and host of questions the Common Man is facing in the time of COVID-19, questions we together shall be debating through my blogs.

But first this important

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links are affiliate links and at no cost to you. I’ll earn a small commission if you click and purchase a product or service using my link. It helps make my blog and all my writings free of cost to you.

Your clicks/purchases help me buy and read study material for writing readable and free blogs for you on my website http://www.agrawalmaharajamcluhan.com/

I recommend products and services from reputed organizations that I’ve personally known, used, or shall myself buy and are available on Amazon.com.

Reader, be of good cheer because COVID-19 has opened up unlimited avenues and vistas for us. It has pushed us into the Automation Age.

In the Automation Age, as my Guru Marshall McLuhan said: “Earning a Living” becomes “Learning a Living”. Jobs disappear, roles emerge; work decreases, leisure increases; drudgery dwindles, creativity quickens; competition is out, sharing is in; governments fail, citizens succeed; working for Others is past,working for One’s Self is future! https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Media-Extensions-Marshall-McLuhan/dp/1584230738/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1MBQE98H293HN&dchild=1&keywords=understanding+media+by+marshall+mcluhan&qid=1591771710&sprefix=Understanding+Media+by+%2Caps%2C410&sr=8-1

 

 

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Man respected Nature https://www.amazon.com/Sublime-Nature-Photographs-That-Inspire/dp/1426213018/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Nature+Sublime&qid=1591800462&sr=8-2

Need subjected Greed

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Pollution puledhttps://www.amazon.com/Health-People-Planet-Our-Responsibility-ebook/dp/B088LMSRQH/ref=sr_1_18?crid=JMBRL6J0FRQ0&dchild=1&keywords=pollution+books&qid=1591859551&sprefix=Pollution+books%2Caps%2C450&sr=8-18.

Therefore, be brave.

Leave Behind The Old Real World

And, dear reader,

Enter with me

The New Virtual World

In the COVID-19 Times.

Did I forget to tell you that I had a pretty good shave with Gillette Mach3 shaving kit, courtesy Amazon.com

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and

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Also got the mandatory

Mask

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before starting on my Blog

Work and Workplace In The Time Of Covid-19

PS: This blog is inspired by several publications that are currently providing free of cost information and guidance, to mention a few, The Atlantic Monthly, https://www.amazon.com/The-Atlantic/dp/B000IMVNQU/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1VY8ZWF6M151W&dchild=1&keywords=atlantic+magazine&qid=1591800964&sprefix=Atkantic%2Caps%2C418&sr=8-1 The Atlantic Kindle Edition

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The New Yorker Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/The-New-Yorker/dp/B00EZAIPXU/ref=pd_sbs_350_1/135-8307135-9811014?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00EZAIPXU&pd_rd_r=8607eccd-bb21-4318-a304-70ae6941448c&pd_rd_w=7R72K&pd_rd_wg=NamvY&pf_rd_p=665be1f4-8d3b-46dd-91b4-582d3cec8dd6&pf_rd_r=YC7RN0AD6285A6S1GJX0&psc=1&refRID=YC7RN0AD6285A6S1GJX0

https://www.amazon.com/Atlantic-Magazine-2020-Anxious-Child/dp/B087JFDLY2/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1VY8ZWF6M151W&dchild=1&keywords=atlantic+magazine&qid=1591801066&sprefix=Atkantic%2Caps%2C418&sr=8-3

The Economist – US Edition Kindle Edition

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Foreign Affairs Kindle Edition

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The Washington Post for Kindle (Ad-Free) Kindle Edition

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The New York Times

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The New Yorker https://www.amazon.com/New-York-Magazine/dp/B005UNSDKQ/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1J2GLBLUX8IR8&dchild=1&keywords=new+yorker+magazine+subscription&qid=1591847373&sprefix=New+Yorker%2Caps%2C405&sr=8-3

The Washington Post https://www.amazon.com/Washington-Post-Kindle-Ad-Free/dp/B000HC48T0/ref=sr_1_3?crid=ZBVN9W2WSCM2&dchild=1&keywords=washington+post+subscription+for+prime+members+digital+free&qid=1591846998&sprefix=Washington+%2Caps%2C478&sr=8-3

The Wall Street Journal Kindle Edition

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Project Syndicate

who are offering to readers free information on COVID-19 pandemic, generating ideas, and inviting response to questions of life and death in these uncertain times. The context of my blogs differs from theirs, so do my readers, I believe.

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Read free of cost author’s opinion pieces, short stories, write-ups, reviews, plays, academic essays, spiritual commentaries on his website: http://www.agrawalmaharajamcluhan.com/

Finally, here is my blog:

Work and Workplace In The Time Of Covid-19

The coronavirus has been ‘carousing’ through different parts of the world making the prevailing predicament more puzzling. Some aspects of it, however, are clear. The invisible parasite is going on a spree all over the globe. Most governments are relaxing the Lockdown and people are once again moving, meeting, gathering, and the virus is jumping between hosts depending on proximity, density, and mobility. The illusion of normality must force us to think: Shall the world be the same as we knew it before this invisible Thanatos invaded it.

The West is powerful yet hapless and confused before the insidious and invisible enemy that has knocked out work as the very basis of Modern State and Westernized Modern Societies.

The future is uncertain and the common man is expecting neither a swift return back to the normal nor a unified collective experience. The fear of a second wave vexes the people everywhere.

Uppermost in the people’s minds is the question: Shall we return to work? Will the workplace look the same as we left it? Is working for earning as meaningful as it was? Such questions are important to dwell upon and debate in the time of Corona. They are more important to The West, and hence to the world because The West leads the rest of the world’s politics and economy. This question is important to non-western countries and societies because they imitate and emulate the West.

The future scenario is splintered in larger countries like the USA and India because in both these countries local reality is being ignored by their powerful leaders. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are claiming victory over COVID-19 while the virus is freely claiming victims and poor people are the worst hit by Corona. Lifting of the Lockdown is, thus, further dividing the already fragmented States of America in the West and the States of the Indian Union in the East.

In the face of uncertainty, people are returning to their polarized groups. The rich and the poor, privileged, and deprived are fleeing to their respective ghettos in both these big democratic countries.

If the Covid-19 or its mutations re-surge forcing governments to shut down again, people shall defy because they’ll be distrustful. Floyd protests in the USA and worker’s long march along the hot, sun-struck highways in India are prognostic portents.

Both these nations face the risk of getting demoralized under bouts of shutdowns and re-openings that are bound to damage the prospect of economic recovery. The consequences of re-opening in May-June will not show up until August-September 2020 at the earliest. The longer the gap between actions and their consequences, the greater the likelihood of authorities making more mistakes.

No behavior pattern has so far emerged and COVID-19 remains as enigmatic as it was in its offing. Most countries that successfully controlled the coronavirus used masks but New Zealand did not use masks. Some had very firm and powerful leaders; Hong Kong did not. Vietnam’s “budget-friendly” fight against the coronavirus has set an example for its neighbor China that let the novel virus lose upon the world.

India’s central government has passed responsibility to the states who are free to lift the Lock-down the way they like. If a state reopens and sees no immediate increase in cases, it slaps its own back and the media amplify the hurrah without waiting for sufficient time. Doctors are getting tired, some dying, and have no time to watch for spreader events. Hurried researchers based on small samples are arriving at big conclusions. And the hapless citizen has to find its own ways and means to fend off the invisible, deadly COVID-19, heightening the social and economic differences as also class, group, and race divisions.

Every country big and small is eager to be the first to formulate a vaccine to prevail over the COVID-19 and the world market further confusing the pandemic scene.

The COVID-19 pandemic is not a cyclone like the recent one that hit Bangladesh and India. It has come but shall it go away like a cyclone? Millions are being bedeviled by this question.

There is no obvious moment when recovery should begin as happened in the case of the plagues of yore. Nor can the novel virus be compared to Albert Camus’ novel The Plague. The post-COVID-19 world shall face much more difficult and serious existentialist questions than Camu’s ‘ the Absurd’ and Sartre’s “The Other”.

For the employer and employee, worker and the workplace helter-skelter reopening is not a philosophical question, nor can philosophy offer much consolation to them. The white-collar and blue-collar workers are sailing in the same boat between the deep sea of economic uncertainty and the devil of a deadly virus.

In a patchwork like this, questions will be asked millions of times over, and many answers will be wrong.

Whether to continue with the Leisure of the home or walk to the dangerous workplace is the Kierkegaardian knot of either/or like it was for Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous Freedom Fighters Pablo who sweats and Tom who pisses in fear of death in the captivity of Spanish dictator Franco.

Employer and Employee, Work and Workplace, and all of us, dear reader, are in the indefinite captivity of COVID-19.

We cannot move yet we can certainly think, read and write like the freedom fighters in so many countries locked up in the dictators’ and imperialists’ jails who still beckon to us from the pages of history.

Read the author’s latest novels The Perfume Girl, The Prime Minister’s Robot Wife

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‘Work And Workplace In The Time Of COVID-19’

 

By

  • Jitendra Kumar Sharma

Snippet

Dear Reader,

             May I seek your indulgence to read my snippet before you read my blog ‘Work And Workplace In The Time Of COVID-19’. In this ‘pre-blog’, I will share a few Side Effects of COVID-19 on me personally. 

As a writer, I have avoided growing a beard, though it saves time. Instead, I prefer going to the Barber’s Shop for a close shave. There I get to glance over old magazines and hear the latest village gossip into the bargain and return home brimming with ideas and a fresh, shining face.

On the first day of COVID-19 Lockdown I was about to dash to the Saloon when the old Idiot Box blared: “Stay At Home, It Is A Total Shutdown”, then panned a few long shots closing up to my Barber’s Shop firmly locked up and a freshly shaven policeman, indifferently gaping into the deserted street.

I was angry. I was desperate. Last time, I was at my barber’s I was going through Charles Lamb’s essay THE SUPERANNUATED MAN in an old magazine when he called me out for my turn. Mr. DeMelo’s booming voice snapped me from the mag abruptly ending my reverie that Lamb’s poignant and dreamy style had induced.

COVID-19 had dashed all my hopes to get back to Charles Lamb in the familiar, cozy, and very privileged setting. I could not go not only to the Barber’s Shop but anywhere else too- libraries, book-shops, friends’ homes, all access and avenues to reach and read Charles Lamb were closed. Desperation assailed me as I refused to compromise with the reality of the universal Lockdown. This absolutely arbitrary denial whetted my desire to own and study Charles Lamb’s complete works. 

Forlorn, I turned to Keertiji, that is my Laptop. ‘Welcome’, she chimed and I smiled.

 

Eureka! My Laptop revealed a truth: I was no longer in the real world. COVID-19 had shoved me into a Virtual World and Charles Lamb’s works were only a click away 

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Letters-Charles-Modern-Library/dp/B0006AMZSY/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=complete+works+of+Charles+Lamb&qid=1591105398&sr=8-1

 

Dear reader, have you read Lamb’s ‘THE SUPERANNUATED MAN’? This is also about going to work and staying at home; living for others and living for oneself; work versus leisure and host of questions the Common Man is facing in the time of COVID-19, questions we together shall be debating through my blogs.

But first this important

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links are affiliate links and at no cost to you. I’ll earn a small commission if you click and purchase a product or service using my link. It helps make my blog and all my writings free of cost to you. 

Your clicks/purchases help me buy and read study material for writing readable and free blogs for you on my website http://www.agrawalmaharajamcluhan.com/

I recommend products and services from reputed organizations that I’ve personally known, used, or shall myself buy and are available on Amazon.com.

Reader, be of good cheer because COVID-19 has opened up unlimited avenues and vistas for us. It has pushed us into the Automation Age.

In the Automation Age, as my Guru Marshall McLuhan said: “Earning a Living” becomes “Learning a Living”. Jobs disappear, roles emerge; work  decreases, leisure increases; drudgery dwindles, creativity quickens, competition is out, sharing is in; governments fail, citizens succeed; working for Others is past, working for One’s Self is future!

https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Media-Extensions-Marshall-McLuhan/dp/1584230738/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1MBQE98H293HN&dchild=1&keywords=understanding+media+by+marshall+mcluhan&qid=1591771710&sprefix=Understanding+Media+by+%2Caps%2C410&sr=8-1

Virtual World, in some ways, is like the pristine Vedic World https://www.amazon.com/s?k=vedas+complete+in+english&crid=11Q4GA7M26ZZO&sprefix=Vedas%2Caps%2C416&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_5  

when Health was Wealth

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ayurveda+books&crid=1I2FDROD07JGS&sprefix=Ayurveda%2Caps%2C425&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_8

 Culture preceded Civilization

 https://www.amazon.com/Leisure-Basis-Culture-Josef-Pieper/dp/1586172565/ref=sr_1_1?crid=20ETR1KSVWI2A&dchild=1&keywords=leisure+the+basis+of+culture+by+josef+pieper&qid=1591772647&sprefix=Liesure++the+Basis+%2Caps%2C407&sr=8-1 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/yourstore/home?ref_=nav_cs_ys 

Man respected Nature 

https://www.amazon.com/Sublime-Nature-Photographs-That-Inspire/dp/1426213018/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Nature+Sublime&qid=1591800462&sr=8-2

Need subjected Greed

https://www.amazon.com/Greed-Versus-feat-Mossy-Explicit/dp/B0879LFYML/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Need+versus+Greed&qid=1591859257&sr=8-3 

Corruption quailed

https://www.amazon.com/Profiles-Corruption-Peter-Schweizer/dp/006289790X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=VI9ACKKALW28&dchild=1&keywords=corruption+books&qid=1591859423&sprefix=Corruption%2Caps%2C436&sr=8-1  

Pollution puled

https://www.amazon.com/Health-People-Planet-Our-Responsibility-ebook/dp/B088LMSRQH/ref=sr_1_18?crid=JMBRL6J0FRQ0&dchild=1&keywords=pollution+books&qid=1591859551&sprefix=Pollution+books%2Caps%2C450&sr=8-18.

Therefore, be brave.

Leave Behind The Old Real World

And, dear reader,

Enter with me 

The New Virtual World

In the COVID-19 Times. 

Did I forget to tell you that I had a pretty good shave with Gillette Mach3 shaving kit, courtesy Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/Gillette-Mach3-Razor-Blades-Refills/dp/B0725BK81G/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2MMBS8F99EDI1&dchild=1&keywords=men%27s+shaving+razors+gillette&qid=1590814088&sprefix=Men%27s+Shaving+Razors%2Caps%2C418&sr=8-5

  and 

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 Also got the mandatory

Mask

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 Work and Workplace In The Time Of Covid-19

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Work and Workplace In The Time Of Covid-19

The coronavirus has been carousing through different parts of the world making the prevailing predicament more puzzling. Some aspects of it, however, are clear. The invisible parasite is going on a spree all over the globe. Most governments are relaxing the Lockdown and people are once again moving, meeting, gathering, and the virus is jumping between hosts depending on proximity, density, and mobility. The illusion of normality must force us to think: Shall the world be the same as we knew it before this invisible Thanatos invaded it.

The West is powerful yet hapless and confused before the insidious and invisible enemy that has knocked out work as the very basis of Modern State and Westernized Modern Societies. 

The future is uncertain and the common man is expecting neither a swift return back to the normal nor a unified collective experience. The fear of a second wave vexes the people everywhere.

Uppermost in the people’s minds is the question: Shall we return to work? Will the workplace look the same as we left it? Is working for earning as meaningful as it was? Such questions are important to dwell upon and debate in the time of Corona. They are more important to The West, and hence to the world because The West leads the rest of the world’s politics and economy. This question is important to non-western countries and societies because they imitate and emulate the West. 

The future scenario is splintered in larger countries like the USA and India because in both these countries local reality is being ignored by their powerful leaders. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are claiming victory over COVID-19 while the virus is freely claiming victims and poor people are the worst hit by Corona. Lifting of the Lockdown is, thus, further dividing the already fragmented States of America in the West and the States of the Indian Union in the East. 

In the face of uncertainty, people are returning to their polarized groups. The rich and the poor, privileged, and deprived are fleeing to their respective ghettos in both these big democratic countries.

If the Covid-19 or its mutations resurge forcing governments to shut down again, people shall defy because they’ll be distrustful. Floyd protests in the USA and worker’s long march along the hot, sunstruck highways in India are prognostic portents.

Both these nations face the risk of getting demoralized under bouts of shutdowns and re-openings that are bound to damage the prospect of economic recovery. The consequences of re-opening in May-June will not show up until August-September 2020 at the earliest. The longer the gap between actions and their consequences, the greater the likelihood of authorities making more mistakes. 

No behavior pattern has so far emerged and COVID-19 remains as enigmatic as it was in its offing. Most countries that successfully controlled the coronavirus used masks but New Zealand did not use masks. Some had very firm and powerful leaders; Hong Kong did not. Vietnam’s “budget-friendly” fight against the coronavirus has set an example for its neighbor China that let the novel virus lose upon the world.

India’s central government has passed responsibility to the states who are free to lift the Lockdown the way they like. If a state reopens and sees no immediate increase in cases, it slaps its own back and the media amplify the hurrah without waiting for sufficient time. Doctors are getting tired, some dying, and have no time to watch for spreader events. Hurried researchers based on small samples are arriving at big conclusions. And the hapless citizen has to find its own ways and means to fend off the invisible, deadly COVID-19, heightening the social and economic differences as also class, group, and race divisions.

Every country big and small is eager to be the first to formulate a vaccine to prevail over the COVID-19 and the world market further confusing the pandemic scene. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is not a cyclone like the recent one that hit Bangladesh and India. It has come but shall it go away like a cyclone? Millions are being bedeviled by this question.

There is no obvious moment when recovery should begin as happened in the case of the plagues of yore. Nor can the novel virus be compared to Albert Camus’ novel The Plague. The post-COVID-19 world shall face much more difficult and serious existentialist questions than Camu’s ‘ the Absurd’ and Sartre’s “The Other”.

 For the employer and employee, worker and the workplace helter-skelter reopening is not a philosophical question, nor can philosophy offer much consolation to them. The white-collar and blue-collar workers are sailing in the same boat between the deep sea of economic uncertainty and the devil of a deadly virus.

 In a patchwork like this, questions will be asked millions of times over, and many answers will be wrong.

Whether to continue with the Leisure of the home or walk to the dangerous workplace is the Kierkegaardian knot of either/or like it was for Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous Freedom Fighters Pablo who sweats and Tom who pisses in fear of death in the captivity of Spanish dictator Franco.

Employer and Employee, Work and Workplace, and all of us, dear reader, are in the indefinite captivity of COVID-19. 

We cannot move yet we can certainly think, read and write like the freedom fighters in so many countries locked up in the dictators’ and imperialists’ jails who still beckon to us from the pages of history.

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‘One nation, one election’. What is your opinion about it? By Jitendra Kumar Sharma

‘One nation, one election’ is not a new idea, though Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presenting it in a peculiarly nationalistic context. In the first two general elections in 1952 and 1957, polls were successfully held all over India at a time for both parliament and state assemblies. For practical democratic reasons, the practice had to be discontinued. Some state governments fell before completing their 5-year term and went under President’s rule and the polls had to be rescheduled subsequently.

PM Modi’s ‘one nation, one election’ proposal is being viewed with skepticism by most opposition parties, and certain sections of the Indian Intelligentsia, even though, as was expected, President Ram Nath Kovind endorsed it during his address to both Houses of Parliament. The CPM has gone too far and dubbed the plan ‘anti-democratic and anti-federal’ and ‘an attempt to replace the parliamentary system with the presidential one’. The Congress Party sees it as a ploy to divert people’s attention from key issues such as unemployment and farmer suicides. The timing and the tone of the Prime Minister’s proposal have served the purpose he had in mind while serving this proverbial old wine in a new bottle and as intended, it has produced partisan and divisive notes.

True, Elections in the world’s largest democracy are becoming increasingly humongous and time-consuming and their cost is rising astronomically. India, it is argued perhaps cogently, remains in the election mode more often than not and the country’s development gets impeded because of the repeated imposition of the model code of conduct and government machinery is ushered into the conduct of the election at the cost of major policy decisions and their implementation. Considerable savings in money and manpower are possible if the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections are carried out together.

Such was the practice in the 1950s and 1960s when Congress enjoyed almost One-party rule all over India. Then the dissolution of some Legislative Assemblies in 1968-69 and the Lok Sabha in late 1970 led to separate elections to Assemblies and Parliament.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh claims that ‘one nation, one election’ is the country’s agenda, not the government’s. He perhaps means that India as a nation will be more united if only one election every five-years is held but he appears to be confusing or equating Uniformity with Unity. In common perception, the BJP “is making a pitch for simultaneous polls with an ulterior motive and …the saffron party wants to cash in on its stupendous victory in the 2019 General Election to wrest control of a majority of the states and union territories”, says an editorial in The Tribune dated June 21, 2019.

The fact is the regional parties upstaged the BJP in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. In both these states, Lok Sabha and Assembly polls were conducted simultaneously in 2019. Elections are due in many states for Assemblies and opposition parties presume that they have a chance to overwhelm the BJP with regional dominance and influence the voter with their regional agenda.

The constitution will need to be amended but the amendment procedure is simple and amendments have been passed more than a hundred times and more for changing the constitution. In any case, the constitution does not clearly state whether we can or we cannot have the policy of ‘one nation, one election’. Article 83(2) says that the Lok Sabha shall be for 5 years unless dissolved earlier. Similarly, Article 172 says that tenure of State Assemblies shall be 5 years unless dissolved earlier. However, the state assemblies can be dissolved for specific reasons in accordance with Article 356 of the constitution and dissolving the assembly for simultaneous elections would be a violation of the constitution.

Also, since India is a federal country with a strong central government, ‘one nation, one election’ appears contrary to the spirit of federalism if not a violation of the federal structure.

As to saving of money, Modi’s avowals are doubtful. His own rallies are exorbitantly expensive and remain unaccounted. He must reform his own BJP party before he argues for saving the government money on elections. Money spent or overspent on keeping the elective democracy alive is fully justified and India has borne and can in future bear the financial burden of holding elections.
It is hoped that PM Modi will not make it a big issue and instead let the people and political parties mull over the revival of ‘One Nation, One Election’ practice slowly and gradually arrive at a consensus. It is not an urgent matter and needs general acceptance.
Should India not hold referendums on such issues?

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What Is This Japan’s Contrarian Yet Successful Model? By Jitendra Kumar Sharma

What Is This Japan’s Contrarian Yet Successful Model?

By Jitendra Kumar Sharma

Japan’s population is decreasing and its economy slowing yet its human welfare GDP per capita is superior to advanced and advancing economies of the world. Available figures show, from 1991 onwards, average growth is about  0.9%  compared to 4.5% of earlier two decades ago. Inflation in Japan is just about ZERO! Government debt has risen from 50% of GDP to 236% of GDP.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is popular as ever and in a recent internal party election he has won a renewed vote of confidence. His efforts at increasing inflation to 2% remain fruitless. Japan’s fertility rate is 1.4 and and immigration is nil. Will it not reduce Japan’s workforce and make the care of its aging population a challenge? For the time being, such challenges are being met by enlarging the fiscal deficit, currently at 4% of GDP.

Japan is not assailed by any doubts about its slow economy and declining birth rate. In fact, it seems to remain unaffected by western theories of economic growth because, surprisingly, Japanese are currently living at the world’s highest living standards. On the contrary, US per capita growth over an entire generation has been faster but it is marred by monumental income inequality. American Labor’s real wages throughout this period of 25 years has been stagnant.

Socially, Japan is a happier society today. Crime rates are fiercely increasing in he erstwhile docile societies like India but in Japan the crime rate is almost lowest in the world. Tourism-wise, Japan is indeed upbeat; foreign visitors were six millions in 2000-05 and now in 2015-18  nearly 20 million.

Japan’s model is a despair of the Economists who are pessimistic about its demographic unsustainability because Japan’s population is decreasing apace at 1.4 rate. Japan is countering the problem of aging of its workers by reviewing the working age as 65. Abe is raising working potential of workers to 70 and above and ratio of workers to retirees at 2.1 today is expected to be  1.8 in 2050, which is not so alarming. Abe government is taking good care of the health of the Japanese nation as well as Japanese economy.

Japan’s technological excellence is another assurance for its continuing prosperity. Robots and machines are assisting older people to remain economically active beyond the present retirement age and produce goods and services involving fewer human hands. Japan is a McLuhanic paradise where automation and robots are not destroying jobs, but changing them into roles.Automation is  also creating  more leisure for the Japanese  citizens.

Prime Minister Modi ought to read the best-selling book The 100-Year Life to overcome his phobia of the aged and aging seniors. Modi may also benefit from exploring possibilities of automation. Instead of making false promises and wasting his time  on the improbability of creating millions of jobs for a rapidly increasing population,he ought to opt for rapid automation.

The real challenge today is not creation of wealth but  its redistribution.

Japan government cocks a snook at doomsayers who are ringing alarm bells about its  236% of GDP debt and, the International Monetary Fund, the sanctuary such pessimistic economic philosophers has made an official re-calculation to announce that it is really152% .

236% or 152%., Prime Minister Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could not care less.

In fact, Bank of Japan has government bonds worth 90% of GDP. It gives to the government all the money it gets as dividends as interest. This way, debt level  remains within the range of 60% percent of GDP. This is a most effective remedy and bulwark against all high or low fiscal deficits.

Japan appears to be lucky and beyond the pale of western economists who spread panic and confusion in advancing countries like India as Indians have become nincompoop followers of all that comes from America and Europe; they are agog at World Bank and IMF praise, and are happily leaping into the western economic maze like a spider who gets caught in its own web.

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