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Why are Indian parents so obsessed with Sarkari Naukri?

About half a decade back, most of the jobs and organizations were owned by the government only and thus people used to rush towards government jobs.

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As compared to a private job, there is very less work pressure in the government sector. Wikimedia Commons
As compared to a private job, there is very less work pressure in the government sector. Wikimedia Commons
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NEW DELHI: The selection of career is one of the most crucial phases in anyone’s life and it certainly based on many factors. Unlike previous times, only getting good education won’t help you. The job selection process has drastically evolved to altogether a different level. In today’s world, you need greater professional skills rather than just college degrees.

Due to cut-throat competition in every sphere of life, the scope of getting a desirable job is extremely low. During an interview, people come from all walks of life and try to impress the interviewer with their talent and flair. But only those people make the cut who are determined by their goals.

For some, its obsession and for some, it’s like a compromise. In India, people guide their children till an age of 20-23 because they consider their kid as an amateur.

The benefits of a government job may include paid leaves, personal and family medical claims, life insurance. Wikimedia Commons
The benefits of a government job may include paid leaves, personal and family medical claims, life insurance. Wikimedia Commons

Our older generation hasn’t seen the privatization and hence they don’t vouch for the same. During old times, there were only a few professions which were supposed to be respectable in the society, like that of a doctor, engineer or a teacher.

About half a decade back, most of the jobs and organizations were owned by the government only and thus people used to rush towards government jobs and unfortunately, now it goes like a trend. A set notion about the government jobs was that it will provide a settled life and secure our lives for the future and as a result, very few rose above the regular norms of the society.

There are various factors which influence the very notion of a government job. Some of them are covered as under:

Job security

One of the main reasons to run after a government job is to attain job security and that’s what you get in here. There are very fewer chances of losing a government job and one can continue with their average performance also. As compared to a private job, there is very less work pressure in the government sector.

Also, a government employee can’t be fired all of a sudden from his job but this trend is quite common in the private sector.

Perks offered

The angle of various perks that’s been provided at the government offices can’t be overlooked. The benefits may include paid leaves, personal and family medical claims, life insurance and above all, one can avail the perks of government and non-government holidays as well. Therefore, one can take out some quality time to spend with family and friends. Also, in a government job, there is a fixed salary. The work performance can’t be compensated with your salary.

There is a huge disparity between government and private sector. Wikimedia Commons
There is a huge disparity between government and private sector. Wikimedia Commons

Grooms for daughters

It might sound weird, but the fact is that most of the Indian parents will prefer government employee rather than a person working in a private firm. As the parent vouch for job security more than anything else and government sector is the best pick to rely on.

Thus, a government employee always makes a cut above the private job.

Office Timings

Everyone knows about the hectic and long working hours in private sector which makes it really an arduous task to take out some time for own. The extension in working hours is no big deal in many scenarios. Sometimes it results in various stresses related medical disorders such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart-related disorders.

On the other hand, there are fixed timing in most of the government jobs and once you are done with your work, you can leave for the day.

Lure of Pension

A pension is again a very crucial factor that makes government job a better pick than private. For many people, it’s the only source of income after their retirement. So, till the time the person is alive, he is eligible to draw his pension and after his death, the wife or the husband can reap the benefit of the pension.

Although, the pension is not mandatory in some of the government jobs but still you can find this perk in many of the government offices.

 

The extension in working hours is no big deal in many scenarios. Wikimedia Commons
The extension in working hours is no big deal in many scenarios. Wikimedia Commons

Interestingly, almost every Indian gets related to the aspect of government job at some or the other point of their life. It doesn’t matter how much you earn in any of the private jobs, you will still be asked or suggested to get into the groove of the government job.  But unfortunately, the ratio of population and government jobs in India is inadequate.

Sometimes, apart from secure and steady future, one can always weigh their passion and interest. One of the focus key points in life is peace of mind. No one can walk on a steady career path until one craves for tenderness of job satisfaction. The old school thoughts are very hard to sideline, especially in a country like India where society and conventional belief holds a huge influence.

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Spiritual Ideas Sore At The World Hindu Congress

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new -- when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

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At its best, speeches at the recently concluded World Hindu Congress echoed the soaring spiritual ideals evoked by Swami Vivekananda in Chicago 125 years ago.

Even Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsangchanalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), focused essentially on the need for unity and patience among Hindus while fighting obstacles, of which, he said, there would be many. The burden of excavating implied accusations in Bhagwat’s speech fell to his critics.

At the plenary session, the moderator requested speakers to address issues of conflict without naming the speakers or their organisations in the interest of harmony. Other speakers sought to unite the followers of all the great religions that took birth in India — Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Some of the speakers from Bhagwat to Swami Swaroopananda of the Chinmaya Mission, framed the issues before Hinduism in a moral paradigm. Ashwin Adhin, the Vice President of the Republic of Suriname, began his speech in chaste Hindi, later quoting cognitive scientist George Lakoff: “Facts matter immensely. But to be meaningful they have to be framed in terms of their moral importance.”

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The dissonances, between the spiritual and the mundane, were to emerge later on the fringes of the seminars which were part of the Congress. Many of the delegates appropriated to themselves the mantle of a culture besieged by proselytising faiths. There were speakers who urged Hindus to have more children to combat their ‘dwindling population’. Posters warned Hindus of the dangers from ‘love jihad’ (Muslim men ‘enticing’ Hindu women).

In one of the sessions on the media, filmmaker Amit Khanna noted that religion had always played a prominent part in Indian cinema, starting with the earliest mythologicals. “Raja Harishchandra”, the first silent film, he said, was made by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913. He sought to reassure the audience on the future of Hinduism. “Over 80 percent of Indians are Hindus,” he said adding: “Hinduism has survived many upheavals for thousands of years. Hinduism has never been endangered.”

Other speakers, lacking spiritual and academic pedigrees, drew on an arsenal of simulated anguish and simmering indignation.

The nuances of history pass lightly over the ferociously devout and it took little effort to pander to an aggravated sense of historical aggrievement.

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Swami Vivekananda used to stress upon the universal brotherhood and self-awakening. Wikimedia Commons

At one of the debates, the mere mention of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, elicited sniggers and boos. The speaker hinted at ‘Nehruvian socialism’ which had made the Indian economy a non-starter. He concluded with a coup de grace, to a standing ovation: “Nehru did not like anything Indian.”

The poet Rabindranath Tagore, who composed the Indian national anthem, had spoken of his vision of a country where the “clear stream of reason had not lost its way”. At some of the discussions, even the most indulgent observer would have been hard put to discern the stream of reason.

The image of a once great civilisation suppressed by a century of British rule and repeated plunder by invaders captured the imagination of many in the audience. Hanging above it all, like a disembodied spirit, was the so-called malfeasance of Nehru, the leader who had won the trust of Hindus only to betray them in the vilest manner.

These tortured souls would have been well advised to adopt a more holistic approach to Hinduism, and history, looking no further than Swami Vivekananda, who once said: “The singleness of attachment (Nishtha) to a loved object, without which no genuine love can grow, is very often also the cause of denunciation of everything else.”

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Historians have informed us that Nehru preferred his father’s intellect over his mother’s tradition but he was never contemptuous of religion. While he undoubtedly felt that organised religion had its flaws, he opined that it supplied a deeply felt inner need of human nature while also giving a set of values to human life.

In private conversations some delegates spoke of how their America-born children had helped persuade them to drop their pathological aversion to gays and lesbians. Despite their acute wariness of perceived cultural subjugation, the irony was obviously lost on them that Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code,(which criminalises gay sex) recently overturned by the Indian Supreme Court, is a hangover from the Victorian British era-embodied in the Buggery Act of 1533.

In the face of the upcoming elections in the US, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s decision to speak at the conference was a political risk. With a newly energised political Left, even the perception of being linked with “fascist” or sectarian forces could be political suicide in the critical November elections. Despite vociferous appeals to disassociate himself from the Congress, Krishnamoorthi chose to attend.

“I decided I had to be here because I wanted to reaffirm the highest and only form of Hinduism that I have ever known and been taught — namely one that welcomes all people, embraces all people, and accepts all people, regardless of their faith. I reject all other forms. In short, I reaffirm the teaching of Swami Vivekananda,” Krishnamoorthi said.

Given the almost pervasive abhorrence of anything remotely Nehruvian among a section of the delegates, it was a revelation to hear the opinion of Dattatrey Hosable, the joint general secretary and second-in-command in the RSS hierarchy. Speaking on the promise of a newly-resurgent India, Hosable said in an interview to Mayank Chhaya, a local journalist-author-filmmaker: “A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new — when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”

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The quote is from Nehru’s famous Tryst with Destiny speech delivered to the Indian Constituent Assembly on the midnight of August 14, 1947 — proof, if any is needed, that the force of Nehru’s ideas can transcend one’s disdain of him. (IANS)