who was soon reverting to his mixed martial arts roots — clutching, the way she is smiling,t taking time off to celebrate, Satish said Verma simply shruggedpointed to the work aheadand continued reading In this age of Kejriwalour democracy is seen as beyond repair and the worst is expected of those in power From Vermawe learnt something else: change happens when good people work within the limits of institutional democracy As a judgehe pushed for judicial independence and individual rightsyet made other judges accountable At the NHRChe went after the Gujarat government for failing its constitutional role And as head of the Verma committeehe helped produce a report that was quickconsultative and thorough He taught us that our democracy can be saved by manning its ramparts with the virtuousnot by bypassing it altogether The writer is a PhD candidate at Princeton University and visiting scholar at Centre for Policy ResearchDelhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by LEHAR KALA | Published: June 1 2015 12:00 am In present time it’s not good enough if it’s not a perfect score Related News Last week my Facebook feed was full of delighted parents proudly displaying their kids’ CBSE Class 12 results The lowest score posted was 92 per cent which probably qualifies as the new normal It appears anything below 90 per cent is simply not worth talking about I guess I was lucky that 20 years ago when i scored a 76 in economics low even by the comparatively relaxed standards of the ’90s my mother was jumping for joy I think if you’ve managed to raise a kid who’s hardworking enough to ace pretty much every subject you’re entitled to brag Just this once The effort to get a 92 is huge and of course must be applauded But what happens to all the other parents and teenagers who are languishing at 70 or 80 per cent Surely they must be appreciated too because it’s a perfectly competent score even if not an exceptional one But we live in a neurotic world of skewed definitions where only absolute perfection equals success So there’s no escaping the anxiety every student has to contend with; the critical implied judgements from teachers and parents and the general culture surrounding us We’ve lost the ability to appreciate an honest decent effort It’s not good enough if it’s not a perfect score It’s a little outrageous that in this day and age the brouhaha around the board exams in India actually suggests very seriously that a single set of examinations could determine the future course of your life If only it was true many more of us would have attempted to ace them Kids are wired differently Can there really be just one chance for all teenagers to determine their capability No one result can be an accurate predictor of success If anything it’s a telling indication of a capacity for hard work arguably the most important trait for success in any field But the pressure to build that sterling resume begins earlier than ever and every parent eventually falls in line with what everyone else is doing Even if in principle you agree that the constant pressure to ace exams to meet ridiculous expectations is crazy Often parents are placed in an untenable position when the kids around you are doing four hours of tuition classes a day plus extra curriculars It becomes that much more impossible to let your child fall back Luckily for all those kids out there who aren’t managing to be in the top one per cent at the ripe old age of 17 the world is changing so fast there may be careers that come into being when they graduate (from their average colleges) that didn’t exist when they started There are so many more options that if you’re good at something you will eventually find your feet I recently saw a faux rockstar at a wedding He was dressed the part in a tight t-shirt and shiny jeans with an entourage of girls singing in a faux chorus His job was to be on stage act like he was singing live when he was actually lip syncing and make sure he got the party going The irony is a real live rock act wouldn’t be half as good Of course this rocker had a talent being a terrific dancer full of energy and the right amount of infectious enthusiasm to keep the crowds entertained Who would have thought you could make a very good living being a faux rockstar ten years ago Parents can try and steer their children in the right direction which very well might be the engineering degree We are however somewhat limited by our own career experiences For the next generation a specific college course won’t necessarily define their future as many more newer stranger and wholly viable careers crop up [email protected] For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: July 8 2017 10:07 am Ajith’s Vivegam second single to be out soon Related News Director Siva’s Vivegam starring Ajith is among the most-awaited films to release in the second half of this year down south The film’s recently released first single Surviva took the internet by storm and created its own record Buoyed by the huge response from the audience the filmmakers on Friday announced that the second song titled “Thalai Viduthalai” will be unveiled on July 10 at 6 PM The soon-to-be-released song is special because it’s written by director Siva himself “‘Thalai Viduthalai’ – The next single from #Vivegam releases on Monday 10th July at 6pm Our @directorsiva turns full-fledged lyricist (sic)” wrote composer Anirudh Ravichander After filming for more than seven months the shooting of Vivegam came to an end on Thursday The director thanked everyone for their support while announcing the news on his Twitter page “Sai sai withblessing of godsuccessfullyhappily completed #vivegam shoot thalafansmedia friendscinemaloversmy teamrespective families (sic)” he wrote The film marks the debut of Bollywood actor Vivek Anand Oberoi and Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara Haasan Both the actors were thrilled to be part of the film and thanked the director for giving them the opportunity “An incredible & an unforgettable experience working with “@directorsiva #Ajith Anna & the #Vivegam team The countdown begins #Thala fans, In Tests,more development took place during the 2007-2012 reign of SAD-BJP combine that during the previous Congress regime of 2002-2007. 2013). Being brave in adversity is not easy, download Indian Express App More Top NewsThiruvananthapuram: ‘Beef Fests’ were held in various parts of Kerala on Saturday,to protest the Centre’sdecision of banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter even as chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he would approach the prime minister in this matter Activists of the ruling CPM-led LDF opposition Congress-headed UDF and their youth wings all took out marches and organised these fests across the state where beef is widelyconsumed File image of a protest over the beef ban AFP The central government has banned the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter a move that is expected to hit export and trade of meat and leather Demonstrations were held outside the secretariat in the state capital where the protestors cooked and distributed beef on the road side "We will eat beef to show our protest against the central government We want to tell this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi" DYFI national president Mohammed Riyaz who led the protest said In Kollam district a group of Congress workers cooked beef in front of the DCC office to register its opposition to the Centre’s decision District unit chief of Congress Bindu Krishna told reporters that "beef delicacy will be packed and sent to head post office for delivery to Modiji" Chief minister Vijayan said he would be sending a letter to the prime minister this evening In Kochi tourism and Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran participated in a "beef fest" where bread and beef curry was served even as Youth Congress activists took out a protest march in the city In Thodupuzha in Idukki district protesters took out a march with the head of a buffalo The Union Environment Ministry has notified the stringent’Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules 2017′ under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan had said on the new rules are very "specific" and aim to regulate animal markets and sale of cattle Reacting to the Centre’s decision senior Congress leader and former Union minister AK Antony said the notification should be "torn to bits" and "dumped in a dustbin" The UDF will observe ‘black day’ on Monday against the ban opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala said at Thrissur Front workers will wear black badges and take out protest marches he said By K Yatish Rajawat Two things Suresh Prabhu did not dwell upon in his speech and these two are the biggest challenges for the Railways going forward These were the revenue projections for 2016-17 and revenues achieved in the current year 2015-16 After all budget is about projections of revenues and expenditure based on the past year’s performance Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Image courtesy PIB The reason he did not dwell on these two things is because this has been a challenging year for railways The revenue target set for ’15-16 was at Rs 180000 crore what will be achieved is close to Rs 168000 crore with a more than a month and aquarter to still go The reason for this drop in achievement is a worry for not only the Railways but its business model Initial number for the first half of ’15-16 showed a growth of just 2 percent in freight the reason attributed was drop in bulk commodity shipment particularly foodgrains But commodity shipment also includes iron ore and coal a decline in which shows an overall slowdown in the economy The growth in freight includes a rise in freight rates so in terms of the volume the growth is even lesser Now the second part of the projection which Suresh Prabhu did not dwell upon is the targeted revenues for 2016-17 pegged at Rs 184000 crore a 10 percent increaseover the previous year Prabhu is hitting for the covers here and being really brave by setting such a high target Hoping for a good monsoon and need for replenishment in the overflowing godowns to drive the freight for foodgrains Secondly he is hoping for a major revival in demand for coal and iron ore freight Thirdly he is hoping that Railways will be able to change its business model on freight and attract automobile white goods shipment etc Or maybe all three This is being brave against all the odds Remember the target for the operating ratio for 2015-16 was 885 percent and what has been achieved is closer to 90 percent This is also due to some budgetary savings of Rs 8720 crore However it is difficult to explain if its accounting play or real savings Getting his revenues and expenditure right is the first step towards ensuring sustainability of Railways and this was the goal Prabhu had set when he announced his last budget This target seems to have been lost in the current speech of the railway minister Now that what he did not dwell on is clear let us look at what he did talk about He spent an inordinate amount of time for passenger amenities which was clearly a demand from the citizens This was a major demand from citizens and it shows in a survey here Addressing the needs of the citizens is a low capex and high impact initiative Therefore he has announced a list of initiatives here and I won’t dwell on it here it has been captured well by the super active internet team at The Hindu newspaper Under Prabhu railways has become more customer-centric on the passenger side but more needs to be done on the freight side There is a lot which has to be done on the freight side and I have written about it here and here Now some of these ideas have been incorporated by Prabhu in his working in the Railways But a very simple idea of making freight as simple as booking a passenger ticket will ensure that the backend automatically become more customer centric When an individual is allowed to book freight on the IRCTC site and his packet can be collected and delivered door to door you know that Railways has turned around This is logistics muddle that should be the top most priority for the sustainability of Railways Currently freight is treated as a second citizens in terms of customer service The freight docks are dirty the procedure manual and paperwork intensive the entry and exit for lorries and vehicles cumbersome There is no last mile service or connectivity Railways offers or has? 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