TODAY -

Just Do It

By:- N. Arunkumar *



Can education really bring us peace in this world? Students learning in classrooms right now are being taught with this gracious objective in mind by the educators participating in the process of education for freedom from strife. We often hear people declaring that only education can lead us to peace and harmonious living on the planet. And, they further underline that there is no substitute for education in terms of ensuring a better life for not only the family but for the community, neighbourhood and society at large. I often wonder if these claims are true, honestly.

Has education ensured that people live in peace and contribute towards the betterment of the world in real terms? I am wont to say...no! I don't think that we have the necessary triumphs with us to guarantee that the education which we give our children today will certify them as peaceful citizens of the world, or even make them wonderful angels among mankind. Sure, a good education does offer more choices to adopt a way of life that will lead to a certain amount of success. Even then, it is true that our children are not taught the true meaning of success and how to cope with it. It is left to each individual to deal with in his or her own genetic manner.

Another aspect of our deficit in terms of education is the fact that we are not producing leaders from among our students today. Instead, we are producing office personnel even now, in spite of the fact that the British Raj has set on us. I have often seen youngsters loitering around in life with basic education that has essentially made them oddballs in society. They are reliant on the social order to provide for them in terms of quality jobs and rewarding occupation.

However, that is something which is not always easy to achieve, especially in a country and world where the population is swelling chillingly. To fill up a vacant government post, the applicants almost always outnumber the vacancies and eventually the most corrupt officer appears to dole out that post to the one who is able to secretly afford the going rate in the clandestine auction.

Just for example, look at the police forces today, all over the country. The police have a well established recruitment norm that is more or less foolproof and cannot be challenged. Yet, one look at the efficiency and decorum of the police force indicates that the really meritorious personnel are not there to provide dignity to their office. Every evening I can see the beat patrol going around some particular infamous areas of the Imphal, collecting their cut from illegal business enterprises.

Can anyone deny that they have not seen this happening right before their own eyes? No doubt, the police are doing a thankless job for us, given that their working conditions are generally too poor to inspire their complete devotion on the job. Nevertheless, that should not be an excuse to continue status quo without making an effort to plug the downslide and bring in some more dignity to their authority.

We are to believe that the best personnel were recruited to the force in order to provide social security to us, and yet that is far from the truth. Many officers are simply out of shape and look like Humpty Dumpty sitting on walls made of cardboard. How they will chase a thief and catch him is a riddle that is yet to be solved, I guess. Divine intervention is called for in such cases perhaps.

Look at Manipur in the context of the existing law and order condition today. We are witnessing so many meaningless killings and shoot outs in almost every Leikai, persistently. Every day, one or the other incident is sending people to the hospital with either fatal bullet injuries or just providential escapes with minor bullet injuries. How many times have the cops caught up with these perpetrators and brought them to book? How many cases have they solved and provided justice?

That is a woeful story by itself. The police are busy fighting insurgency so intensely; that they simply do not have the resources with them to go after these shooting sprees's going on in our backyards. There is simply no hope for us, in such a scenario. That almost unavoidably brings us back to the need for a progress on the parameters of education in order to strengthen our society and hold it from the rot that is setting in gradually but surely.

Education though, is not providing us with the personnel to lead from the front. Our youth at present, are looking for jobs to sustain their self respect productively. If they had been leaders and ready to take risks bravely, they would have been thinking of establishing their own companies or businesses to employ other people. We are sadly work oriented though not entrepreneurial in our outlook, and that is something which is due to an inherent flaw in our education system itself.

Leaders do not mean only restricted to politics, but encompasses a larger playing field with limitless scope. We need leadership qualities in every existing enterprise on the planet, and we can begin inculcating that by encouraging our youth to jump into the fray in any profession of their choice, with determination and burning ambition as the assets to see them through. It will call for sacrifices and tough choices along the way, but they have to be prepared to balance the positive and negative energies that will challenge their abilities to the core.

Also, we have to start developing a proper work culture among our youth from the grassroots. Today, most unfortunately we do not have that work culture in us like there is in many parts of the world. People are busy making their lives more secure and pleasant with tremendous energy and dedication. We must learn from them what is good and try to incorporate those good things in our ordinary life also, if we are to make a mark in our pursuit for happiness.

Multinational companies will pay you through the roof to avail your services, but remember the bottom line they give you is just this 'Just Do It'. Come rain or storm, your targets must be realized and you must be at their beck and call almost twenty four hours a day.

There is no excuse for any failure to achieve the goals set by the company employing you. The door through which they welcomed you is always wide open the other way too. Just a little silly mistake and that door will see the last of you instantly. It calls for a different kind of work culture to stay within those doors for a decent length of time. Produce or perish. No third choice here. Just Do It. When shall we accept this truth and begin taking stock of our lives? Let's begin today, believe me.

There is no tomorrow in the vagaries of life. Live each day as though it was your last, and things will almost certainly begin to fall into place. And as we do that, let us stop blaming others for our deficits and take responsibility for ourselves.

Just Do It! Seriously!


* N. Arunkumar contributes regularly to e-pao.net . The writer can be contacted at hareedesiree(at)hotmail(dot)com
This article was webcasted at e-pao.net on 02nd May 2010.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.


LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Nangna Helli Nungshiba #2 :: eRang
  • Pung Chollom : Gallery
  • Wakhal Seireng :: Book Review
  • Imphal Jamboree by Global Shapers
  • Importance of regular health check-ups
  • Meetei demand for ST is Constitutional.. #2
  • Weapon Display organized at Moreh
  • Ex-Servicemen Rally organized
  • AR helps Orphanage & Old Age Home
  • Search of comprehensive culture & identity
  • List of MLA (Jan 2018) #1 : Gallery
  • Manipur Gas Today :: Android App
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #3: Gallery
  • GNRC media fellowship announced
  • The Meiteis- Festival & celebration maniacs
  • How to make bridal mehndi long lasting
  • Governor's attention drawn to RIMS
  • Scientist develops prototype of electric car
  • Stereotypes about NE make people living..
  • Light Show at Loktak Lake #5 : Gallery
  • Candlelight vigil for Pravish : Gallery
  • Imbroglio of ethnic identity of Ranglong
  • Foundation For Excellence scholarship
  • Time Table - Class XII Exam 2018
  • Mail spoofing- Trickery by deception
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Trial by fire
  • Call for solution before election
  • Villagers along Myanmar border get pass
  • Meetei Chanu 2017 #3 : Gallery
  • Tonreimung, Willubuibou: eMing
  • Art and Artist, A Creative Space
  • NEROCA FC Vs Indian Arrows #2 : Gallery
  • Ode to Thy Mellow Light :: Poem
  • Xmas with Meitei eche at Phaijol
  • Time Table - Class XI Exam 2018
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • IMC , now another hurdle to traffic mgmt
  • Setting aside two days for the people
  • Maring: Kummui Chaa-um : Gallery
  • Miss Manipur 2017 #5 : Gallery
  • Statehood Day Women's Polo Tournament
  • Time Table - HSLC Exam 2018
  • Bananas: Beauty's best friend
  • DPC for Follower at Manipur Police
  • Job Openings at JCRE Skill Solutions
  • The lost treasure
  • Nagas' Interests : Stand of NPF MSU
  • Nagaland polls on schedule: HM
  • Mukna Kangjei Tournament #2: Gallery
  • Keisham Manihar : Natyabhusan(Leela)
  • World Tourism Day #3: Gallery
  • Responsibility of protecting the environment
  • Phishing vs Vishing: The Verbal Challenge
  • BNHS Bi-monthly Program for Jan-Feb
  • Managing weight for preventing diabetes
  • Making democracy peoples' participatory
  • Progressing from media to SC
  • Manipur to set up modern food lab
  • Gaan Ngai @ Kakhulong Khun: Gallery
  • A trip to Moreh #2 : Gallery
  • How long catchy slogans keep hopes alive
  • Recycling of hospital waste-water
  • I am sometime or somewhere : Poem
  • Angami Zapu Phizo's Surreal 2017 AD
  • Film "Legacy Of King Narak" awarded
  • Of PM and our CM
  • Patronising the killing machines ?
  • Deferment of polls unlikely: Ravi
  • PM may visit Manipur in March
  • Emoinu Khoiramba @Koubru #2: Gallery
  • NEROCA FC Vs East Bengal #2: Gallery
  • Transform Colleges into Innovation Centres
  • New Delhi: World Book Fair 2018 :: Review
  • Cry Of A Dying River...12 :: Poem
  • Workshop on National Pension for NE
  • Law enforcers action - Well & good
  • Final pact yet to see light of day
  • Cold wave hits Manipur
  • Take out the cymbals, Manoharsai to stay
  • Indo-Naga Peace Process :: Articles
  • MaiOn - Scenes #2 :: eRang
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #2: Gallery
  • Miss Manipur 2017 #4 : Gallery
  • Is Global Warming Natural or Anthropogenic
  • Prof Gangmumei Kamei: Legendary hero
  • Common Education System rally organized
  • DAMMS launched 2018 calendar
  • Chorus for 'Solution Not Election'
  • NEROCA FC Vs Indian Arrows #1 : Gallery
  • Gaan Ngai @Moirangkhom : Gallery
  • I was born healthy, I wanna die healthy
  • Practice peace & change the life
  • TSA Moreh Block installed
  • Cycle Rally: common education system
  • Ethics, medical profession & soaring fees
  • Press Club observes foundation day
  • Meet on film equipment
  • Meetei Chanu 2017 #2 : Gallery
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Meira rally for Pravish : Gallery
  • Accelerate momentum to endTB for SDGs
  • The call that can't be turned down
  • Live@MDU: New act with same old vibes
  • 1st Centre of Excellence- Electronics Skill
  • LED Lights installed by Loktak Station
  • NE tragedy: Policy failures & influx
  • Angaoba - Scenes #3 :: eRang
  • 51st Mr Manipur Contest 2017 #3 : Gallery
  • Result: Manipur Sangai Intl Digital salon
  • Use Swachhata App to Make Imphal No. 1
  • Career @ events and celebration
  • Night nourishing
  • Indo-Nepal Friendship: 25 yrs of Don Bosco
  • Understanding the indices of life
  • Poppy cultivation & drug cartels
  • Emoinu Khoiramba @Koubru #1: Gallery
  • Day 10: Closing of Sangai Fest #4 : Gallery
  • The creation of the universe, matter...
  • Mumbai: The city of dreams
  • Let this new year kill your new fears
  • Asian Waterbird Census: Count waterbirds
  • Looking for a better inclusive alternative
  • Coaching & commercialisation of education
  • New Year picnic @ Singda Dam : Gallery
  • Miss Manipur 2017 #3 : Gallery
  • Despite Stolen Dreams :: Book Rvw
  • Handloom Training @Hojai : Gallery
  • The Perfect timing
  • IGAR (south) meets Chief Minister
  • Communique from Neiphiu Rio on NDPP
  • Discussion on 'Rohingyas' at Delhi
  • In the process of making change- Manipur
  • Looking ahead from vantage point 2017
  • 'Naga problem is an International issue'
  • Manipur tops insurgency fatalities in NE
  • NEROCA FC Vs East Bengal #1: Gallery
  • World Tourism Day #2: Gallery
  • Immediate Manipur
  • Easter Peace :: Poem
  • You are what you eat
  • Goals for Girls: Leadership Summit @Delhi
  • Imoinu Erat Thouni #1: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Front Page Photo #6: Gallery
  • LUCIFER-X released debut EP
  • ..on the ocean of despondence :: Poem
  • Happy new year to State lovers
  • New year, new me: Re-designing self
  • Quiz Competition & Career Awareness
  • Calendar for the Year 2018 :: e-pao Tools
  • Gaan Ngai : Zeliangrong festival :: Flash
  • 51st Mr Manipur Contest 2017 #2 : Gallery
  • Crowd @ Flower Festival @Mao #4: Gallery
  • Gaan-Ngai Festival of Zelianglong
  • Goodbye 2017, welcome 2018
  • Cry of a dying river- 11 :: Poem
  • Free Heart OPD & Echocardiogram
  • Peoples' mandate: what next?
  • Understanding Manipur and its history
  • Kwatha (Indo-Myanmar Border) #2: Gallery
  • Thang Ta @Parlimentary : Gallery
  • A Hymn for Goddess Emoinu
  • Bamboo for poverty alleviations
  • A costly peace deal
  • The song of the speech-impaired : Poem
  • Opportunity for NE Youth @Delhi/NCR
  • Chief Of Army Staff visits Manipur
  • Waiting for another begining
  • NE: Little change albeit promises galore
  • Flower Festival @ Mao #3 : Gallery
  • Miss Manipur 2017 #2 : Gallery
  • Why the Ngamu Fish ?
  • Unsung heroes
  • Wishing a goa in Manipur!
  • Handloom Weaver at Nagaon, Assam
  • Reminder on role of media & political party
  • Hospital death: Deliver justice if delivery ..
  • Restricted Holidays 2018 : Govt of Manipur
  • Lourembam Bedabati : Sangeetbhusan
  • Culturals @ Mera Houchongba #3 : Gallery
  • Handloom Training @Assam : Gallery
  • Purgatory :: Poem
  • Survival of Manipur..in the hands of Meiteis
  • A glimpse of happiness
  • Blessing of Christmas
  • India, ASEAN & dismal infrastructure in NE
  • Meetei Chanu 2017 #1 : Gallery
  • Ras Leela @Parliment committee: Gallery
  • List of RIST popular talks during 2014-2017
  • Career at Insurance #2
  • Rape & murder of Shila Nengneikim Haokip
  • Manipuri troupe @Serendipity Arts Fest, Goa
  • Handloom Weaver at Hojai, Assam
  • 'Good Governance Day' & Manipur
  • 51st Mr Manipur Contest 2017 #1 : Gallery
  • Christmas eve @ CCpur #2 : Gallery
  • Fireflies: Documentary selected in Athens
  • Public Holidays 2018 : Govt of Manipur
  • Christmas eve @ CCpur #1 : Gallery
  • Pui Thangamliu #2 :: eRang
  • Christmas Carol @ Lamphel : Gallery
  • 4th Intl Sankritan Day #2 : Gallery
  • Royal Crematorium at Bangkok #2 : Gallery
  • Christmas Carol at Namdulong : Gallery
  • K Padmakumar's Play 'Sambal' : Gallery
  • Ng. Brajachand: Veteran Scientist of Manipur
  • General Holidays 2018 : Govt of Manipur
  • Three ladies and a polo tournament
  • 3rd Flower Festival @ Mao #2 : Gallery
  • Lafoi Shamda puthorkpa #1 : Gallery
  • Sagolshem Tijendra :: Sangeetbhusan
  • Nupilal Ningsing Lamjen : Gallery
  • cYK_rb TwaI :: Seireng
  • Manipur Sangai Festival 2016 #7 : Ooba
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download it
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS