In India, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. However, in other countries of the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated in an entirely different time of the year. However, whatever may be the date of the celebration, the spirit is the same everywhere. Everywhere in the world, mothers are respected for their extreme devotion towards their children.
And on Mother’s Day, children pay their humblest tribute to their mothers and also thank them for giving them birth and providing them with the best of care and upbringing.
The extent of the celebration varies greatly. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one’s mother not to mark Mother’s Day. In others, it is a little-known festival. Motherhood is termed as the greatest gift of God to mankind and the creation will ever be indebted to its ‘mother’. The word ‘motherhood’ symbolises love and kindness, patience, sacrifice, tenderness and many other human behavioural expressions in human nature. It can be rightly said that these words could never have been in the English dictionary without ‘motherhood’.
The disparity between rich and poor, which is increasing day by day, needs to be curtailed to the extent possible. There must be an upper limit on salaries paid in the private sector. It is ridiculous that our top cricketers earning heavily through commercial advertisements get an annual salary of up to Rs 7 crores apart from match-money, award-money, and lifetime heavy pension.
Upper salary-limit in private sector can be fixed as twice the maximum salary fixed for bureaucrats. If private organisations wish to pay extra, then all such incentives over and above fixed maximum salary may attract Goods and service Tax GST in a slab of 18 per cent like for others in service-sector.
Upper salary-limit and service-conditions including post-retirement benefits fixed by the Pay Commission should be applicable also for persons holding top-most posts in legislature and judiciary like President, Vice President, state-Governors, judges and Chief Justices of Supreme Court and High Courts with the only exception of government-accommodation and secretarial staff for former-President of India but only in New Delhi.
There is no logic of continuing with a pension to Parliamentarians and judges when the system has since been abolished for retired government-servants. It is highly unjustified that Supreme Court judges have gifted themselves with life-time domestic-help at public-expense not only for themselves but also for their spouses.
Beware of New Vehicle thieves
New vehicles on the road are prone to be stolen by miscreants. People got for the purchase on an auspicious day and the vehicle thieves are on the run to make hay when the sun shines. It is time to take all the precautions measures before bringing your vehicle put on the road. Let us take precaution and try to avoid stealing of vehicles. One can use the following: Anti-theft Alarm, Steering Wheel Lock, Steering Column Lock, Break Lock, Tire Lock, Smart Key, and the Starter, Ignition, fuel disabler. Don’t purchase a stolen vehicle. Use common sense. Any second-hand vehicle offered for the cost which is much less than the existing market price must be a stolen one and you may end up losing your money if the police recover the stolen vehicle from for it is a stolen one. Prevention is better than cure. So take all the precautions before parking your vehicles.
Dr. Rathin Roy’s ‘middle-income trap’ prediction
India’s celebrated top economist Dr. Rathin Roy has sounded an alarm by predicting a middle-income trap for the Indian economy and this could have serious repercussions for our nation in the coming decade. Early signs of whatever Dr. Roy has predicted are clearly visible as the consumption story is on the downtrend which can be seen from the corporate results which auto majors and other consumer durable goods companies have posted. Rising inflation, falling income, and unemployment would trigger whatever the economist has predicted. This would result in crime rates and violence incidents going up which could have a cascading effect on the development of our country.
PM Modi is lucky to have men like Dr. Rathin Roy in his Economic Advisory Council and it is now up to the Prime Minister to sit with Dr. Roy and not just analyse his prediction but work out a solution that would lessen the economic damage which it might have on the long term for India. A stitch in time saves nine and PM Modi should take Dr. Roy’s prediction seriously so that the ‘Doomsday’ scenario can be altered in the coming years.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)