Harsh Reality..!!

The Bible makes note of several supportive in-law relationships, namely Ruth and Naomi, Peter and his mother-in-law, and Jethro, who guided Moses! But how often we come across such relationships in real life? Society might call me the ‘Monster daughter-in-law’ as I am opposed to in-laws moving in with us or any such societal norms! Firstly I know this will create more repercussions to my post by mentioning that as a daughter-in-law she has no moral obligation to caring for  in-laws, her in-laws were not the one who raised her, they were not the one who helped her grow and they were not the one who instilled values of substance in her. Whatever she is today, be a professional who achieved heights, a musician who wooed masses through her talent or a homemaker who is the Queen of her own palace, is because of her parents not in-laws!
There could only be one reason for women to perform duties towards her in-laws and that would be her love for her husband, as he is the one she loved and married.
But is it just women, who needs to play this role of self-sacrifice? Why are men always spared from the dilemma and the whole idea of living with in-laws? A girl is always judged if she doesn’t agree to living with in-laws, she automatically becomes the ‘bad daughter-in-law’, ‘devilish wife’ and ‘worth-less sister-in-law’! 
Honestly, I would love to be there for my in-laws, take care of them when needed, love them, respect them and spend time with them but for this I need not live with them or if I did, it should be my choice not a societal norm!
Sharing the same roof between two couples and especially two women rarely works for the fact that there are not just generational gaps  but differences in the way of living and the competition of ruling the  house. If given a chance I would love to be living near to my in-laws where we are just a call away; next block, next building, even next door,  just not next room! But amen to this society you are the ‘good one’ if you reside in the same house and hate and disrespect in-laws rather than stand by your views and love them wholeheartedly!
I want to ask how many of you actually liked the idea of living under the same roof with in-laws? And to clarify I mean staying with them for ‘their’ good and not ‘yours’!

Evidence, How does it matter?

Evidence is an important part of everyday lives. From choosing fuel for our vehicle, why CNG is environment friendly, to something as big as a court case, everything has its basis on the evidence. From choosing between jobs and to ubiquitous religious belief. The outcome of many criminal law cases depends upon the strength and admissibility of evidence-including physical proof, scientific evidence and witness testimony, owing to enactment of Indian Evidence Act in 1872. Access to accurate and reliable information is central to the idea of a democratic society like India. The enactment of Right to information Act 2005 is a historic event in the annals of evidence-based democracy in India.

So how is evidence used for policy decisions in India? India, as a growing international leader, already values the importance of informed policy decisions. As per the estimates of  Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) report on “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals The Role of Financial Inclusion reports 2016”, recent government effort to open banks in rural areas helped cut rural poverty by 14 to 17 percentage points. Similarly digitization of India will allow digital payment services to collect money from far-flung friends and relatives when faced with economic pressure including demonization. The Indian National e-Governance Plan (NEGP) envisages Citizen Service Centers as providing a primary mode of service delivery channel for rural areas. These reforms are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-ending extreme poverty which explicitly mentions the importance of financial services. International and national research organizations need to focus on what different countries can learn from each other. The future of security, stability, and prosperity of all countries depend on it.

The importance of National Statistical Agencies is well-established owing to undertaking evaluation studies and large-scale population-based surveys. Data collected over long periods are available in the public domain, which is subsequently used by policy makers for policy development, program planning, monitoring and evaluation. Policy-decisions are also supported through technical advisory groups and expert committees within Government framework for example National technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI). Expert from various background present their expertise on subject matter and own research that guides policy decisions. Apart from this, many individual research organizations in India undertake individual studies that add to data resource. Policy level reforms are needed to strengthen the emphasis on generating policy-relevant information, translation of research into policy decisions, and implementation of policy through service delivery. For research to be tailor-made to policy questions, it is imperative to create platform for information flow between National and International researchers, institutions and policy makers. What approach produce seamless interaction? How best can this be achieved?

The twelfth five-year plan (2013-17) for higher education addresses three overarching challenges: excellence, equity and expansion in India advocating increased international research collaboration.

To help further these critical goals and exploring answers to the above question,  national and international development economist and policy specialists need to be brought together to identify actionable ways to move the evidence agenda forward by linking priority research questions with ongoing and future research activities.


Life Teasers…!

Sometimes life seems harsh, unreal, annoying or even difficult but what helps us grow is that one ray of light we call belief, love, confidence or our own hard work.

My posts are a reflection to everyday struggle, in varied phases of life from people to work to love to life in general!

Have a good read!