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Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is Power

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Authored by PRATHEEK PRAVEEN KUMAR. Comments welcome at prytheek@yahoo.com.
Authored by PRATHEEK PRAVEEN KUMAR. Comments welcome at prytheek@yahoo.com.

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Published by: pratheekpk on Mar 10, 2011
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“Knowledge is power”:-so said Sir Francis Bacon, anEnglish author, courtier, &philosopher in hisMeditationes Sacrae which was written in1597. He certainly wouldknow. Actually he did not say it in those words. He said ‘scientia potentia est’ whichtranslates to the same thing in the end.A form of this proverb also appears in the Bible. Proverbs 24:5 says "A wise manhas great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength." So it is agreed. Theimportance of knowledge certainly has occupied the minds of the big and great since timeimmemorial. But, what does this translate to? It certainly should mean some thingmomentous if so many greats have said it is so many ways. It simply means that withknowledge or education one's potential or abilities in life will certainly increase. Havingand sharing knowledge is widely recognized as the basis for improving one's reputationand influence, thus power.This is some thing interesting. How, one might ask, can one be able to improveone’s life so much by just learning a few ordinary things with which one can survivewithout? However, things are just not like that. Knowledge of things can certainly helppeople in their lives. Examples can be seen all around us. Knowing things can givepeople a huge advantage above others and every small advantage can prove crucial to aperson in the cut throat competition that one faces in this world.This means a person has the resourcefulness to obtain and criticize useful andinformative information in order to become well informed citizens who can makeintelligent decisions based upon their understanding and awareness of everydaysituations. Does this make them powerful? Is a question that creeps into ones mind? Well,power is said to be the ability or capacity to act or perform effectively. Withoutknowledge, how can this ability to perform effectively, be possible?
Knowledge has become more and more important over the last few decades withthe Information Technology revolution. Information is nothing but a synonym forknowledge. Computers and information have become heavily interlinked with each other.This has become more and more apparent over the last few years and governments alsohave started to follow policies that reflect their awareness about the increasingimportance of knowledge.Governments have also recognized the importance of a proper education and itsimportance in imparting knowledge in various fields to children from a very early age.This is a very important and crucial development. India has the second highest schoolattendance among all countries in the primary school level which is frankly not all thatsurprising but what is surprising and surely depressing and detrimental is that India hasthe highest number of school dropouts. The possession of knowledge is certainly verygood and makes a person or country powerful and only with comprehensive education of its children or inoculating its children with knowledge will a country be able to becomepowerful.This is very important realization and conclusion. Governments must keep this inmind while deciding its policies. Armed with a powerful education and more importantlya large amount of knowledge a person can go far in this world. A proper education is apassport to a good life even for the poorest of the poor. The United States has often beenseen as a country of unlimited opportunity, a country where any one can rise to becomethe President. Any country can be called a land of unlimited opportunity as long as all itschildren get a proper education.Realizing this, the Indian government has tried to bring about free education forall by bringing out mid-day meal schemes. It also decided that by the end of 2010 itwould try to ensure that every child had got an education up to at least SSLC. Although,this will not happen according to several sources, this was a worthy initiative to be takenby the Indian Government. It shows just how important the Indian Government takes

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