गुरुवार, 22 सितंबर 2022

Socialibity and Privacy

I find that some people have incoherent feelings about sociability and privacy. A great reward of being prosperous is that one can afford privacy. But, the same people who can afford and enjoy privacy also lament the loss of sociability. This may be for two reasons: one,  they have only chanced to get their riches, have not created or inherited that, and/or they are not prosperous enough to pay for sociability. 

Earlier, not unlike the present, those who could lord the society had both private indulgences and fun with cronies. But, sociability was essentially about having and not having. Those have-nots had social life only and needed it badly for security and relief and the haves could buy both, but it had ever been problematic for the people in the middle. They too lacked privacy but could afford sociability. Nonetheless, the sociability strained the households as such and was burdensome for the women folks. Now, the nuclear families living in independent houses or flats, have come to value privacy and cleanliness, and at the same time as mutual help gets rarer and hiring help costlier, middle-class families find it very difficult to be sociable. The living rooms are deserted in most households. 

The moral of the story is that you cannot have cake and eat it too. If you can raise your income, you can have regular supplies of cakes. If not, enjoy your privacy and be friendly to whomever you interact with.

Niraj Kumar Jha 

सोमवार, 19 सितंबर 2022


The general political discourse on the need for jobs for the burgeoning youth population treats the shortfall of jobs as an isolated matter as if the government can generate jobs by its sheer willpower. The fact is that it is the economy or the market that creates the job. And the key to unlocking the expansion of the economy and its capacity lies in the hands of the ordinary citizens; they need to be capital friendly in their approach and articulations. Only they can drive the dispensations across the land to ease doing businesses further and make the national economy internationally competitive. There is no other way. The non-market approach of collective good failed miserably everywhere. The history of the twentieth century imparts this critical lesson with all the details of the brutalises the experiments unleashed.

Niraj Kumar Jha

शुक्रवार, 16 सितंबर 2022

Dharma Defined

What is Dharma?

Dharma, to begin with, is the mindful viewing of being.

Niraj Kumar Jha

Religionism as Intellectualism

Religionism overweighed postcolonial intellectualism and drove them to the absurd extreme to deploy secularism to cater to the religions. And, as such, academia and professional intellectuals in the main remained hostile to the spirit, forms, and practices of dharma, i.e, the mindful viewing of being. In place of knowing and practising dharma, they paid obeisance to creeds and dogmas. They mistook doctrines as principles, indoctrination as education, diktats as laws, and as such diminished life in a way that such vital contradistinctions as between sanity and insanity turned indistinguishable. Their constructions, mental and material, collapsed within decades under their own weight of incongruities, and now we sit on the heaps of debris everywhere. They are still well-ensconced and mock the people in distress. They continue to play their loud orchestra in order to drown the voices of logic and rationality.

Niraj Kumar Jha

मंगलवार, 13 सितंबर 2022

The fact of life

The fact of life, as it appears to me, is that most people's goals are to be slaves and fools, strangely enough, for the sake of peace of mind and happiness. Freedom of being and thinking entails bearing responsibilities and, thus, is painful. Higher values necessitate greater efforts and can not be achieved without the substantialization of citizens' personas.

Niraj Kumar Jha

सोमवार, 12 सितंबर 2022


Any expression, no matter how it appears, simplistic, insane, or even sickening, is not dismissable at once. First, that may be just opposite to how it appears, complex, sane, and redemptive; or maybe a cry of sufferance resulting from social failures. 

Niraj Kumar Jha 

Facts and Values

Facts are about forms, and values are about reforms. For good and workable values we need to know facts well to be followed by proper articulations and systematic action plans. Our public discourse gets emotive and we tend to ignore facts and thus keep maintaining and generating a great mass of confounding values. 

For clarification's sake: we also live and practise values but that is one of the dimensions of values, the facts of life which guide our lives. 

Niraj Kumar Jha