Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tiger Conservation & Enchroachment

Tiger the National Animal of India and a declared endangered specie lives almost on the fringes of existence in the mainland India.  Poaching is something that had been haunting the existence of this Royal Specie for quite sometime.  But the nuances of Encroachment and conversion of the Forests to Agricultural Land have really created another level of threat to the Tiger Conservation.  

The issue over Poaching can still be addressed with strict vigilance, but the problem of encroachment is something that results in shrinking habitat for the Tigers.  The Law Enforcement Agencies, the Forest Rangers and the Wild Life Conservators here face the biggest problem from the Politicians and their Vote Bank Agenda.  The Political Shield that the Encroachment Mafia gets due to the Vote Bank Politics has today created the problem of co-existence for the Civil Society & the Wild Life.  

If we look at the Government Initiatives on the Land Notifications for the Tiger / Wild life Sanctuaries,  the area as notified is calculated as per the expected tiger population and the area as required for each Tiger as per the "Territory Demarcation for each Tiger.  Yes, it indeed needs to be noticed and acknowledged that Tigers DO NOT share their territories and each Tiger has its own Marked Territory, which if is trespassed by another Tiger, the Ruling Tiger challenges the offending Tiger and a fierce fight breaks out for the winner to reign in the territory. So now, if the Human;s encroach the Tiger Territory, it indeed is a challenge to the Tiger owning that territory and thus it is a high possibility that the Tiger would attack the Human Population.    

Another issue as associated with the encroachment into Forest is the danger to the diversified Wild-Life due to space crunch. This diversified Wild-Life serves as the fodder for the Tigers, so the crunch of Food for Tigers would aggravate the situation with increased attacks by them on the Human Population.  They indeed need food somehow.  They would not understand the difference between a Deer, a Bison or a Human Being.  And if a Tiger becomes Man Eater once, it would remain a man-eater for life, so either it has to be captured and moved to some Zoo or the Human beings would end up killing and skinning that Tiger.  End result, one more Tiger less in the count!!!

What is required for the Forest Officers, Wildlife Rangers and the Government Officials here is to ensure that the encroaches are actively discouraged by spreading awareness among the humans.  A country-wide campaign needs to be launched to ensure that the existence of the Wildlife and humans needs to be balanced in a fashion that both can co-exist.  After all, we don't want Tigers only in zoo or say only in the History Books.  The Royal Beauty of the Forests must remain where its base is and where its Beauty & Grace is best Suited. 

A Tiger behind the Bars of the Zoo looks not more than a Prisoner and the King of Forests needs to be treated like a King only, nothing less.

Friday, December 9, 2011

UID Scheme and the Melodrama

UID Scheme, the pet project of the Prime Minister is in trouble again.  First news was not as shocking as the Second one. As per the first news, the Standing Committee on Finance rejected the National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010. The second News was much more disturbing where the concerns of Mr. P. Chidambaram were highlighted. Incidentally the Union Home Minister of India is not happy with the way the bio-metric data is being collected by the UID teams.

UID Scheme with a base cost of INR 17000 crore has already been in the process and has already issued approximately 6,000,000 cards and is adding more numbers by the day.  It is really a disheartening development for both the nation as well as the UID team.

Incidentally the concerns raised by the Standing Committee as well as the Home Minister are pretty similar in nature and revolve around the way bio-metric data is being collected and handled by the UID teams.  Additionally for us the citizens of India, it is another example of initiating the Scheme without adequate approvals from the Law enactment body of the country (The Parliament).  It is yet another area where the lack of Inter-department Communication is highlighted with Census of India also collecting the same set of Information as the UID Scheme.  Another area that highlights the Wastage of Funds collected by levying taxes on the hard earned money of the citizens.

I am not sure when will the government learn from its mistakes and start collaborating between various departments / ministries to ensure that the flow of information is transparent to the ublic.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FW: Some Thought Provoking Post on Facebook

From Facebook  -

ये भगत सिहं किस गद्दार का नाम था ? ? ? 

क्या किया उसने ? ??

भरी जवानी में देश के लिये फ़ासी चढ़ गया ? ?

तो हम क्या करें ? ? ?

ये उधम सिहं कौन मूर्ख था ? ?

जरनल डायर को उसी के देश लंदन जा कर मार कर आया ? ? ?

तो हम क्या करें ? ? ?

ये खुदी राम बोस कौन था ? ?

ये बाबू गेणू कौन था ? ? ?

ये नाना साहब पेशवा कौन था ? ? ?

ये झांसी की रानी कौन थी ? ?

ये महाराजा रंजीत सिहं कौन था ? ? ?

ये मंगल पांडे कौन था ? ?

ये सुभाष चंद्र बोस कौन थ ? ? ?

ये लाला लाजपत राय कौन था ? ??

ये माहाराणा प्रताप कौन थ ? ? ?

ये विपिन चंद्र पाल कौन था ? ??

बाल गंगाधर तिलक कौन था ????

ये वीर सावरकर कौन था ? ???

ये चंद्र शेखर आजाद कौन था ? ?

हम तो इनमे से किसी को नहीं जानते ।
हम तो सिर्फ़ नेहरु- गांधी खानदान को ही जानते है उन्ही के नाम से सारा देश चलेगा ? ?

The ...fol...lowing are some of the Government Schemes and
Projects that have been named after the Nehru-Gandhi family.

(((Central Government Schemes))))

1. Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, Ministry of Power

2. Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission (RGNDWM)

3. Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme

4. Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana

5. Indira Awas Yojana, Ministry of Rural Areas and Environment

6. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme

7. Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, Ministry of Urban

8. Jawaharlal Nehru Rojgar Yojna

9. Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Kalyan Yojna

10. Indira Gandhi Canal Project, Funded by World Bank

11. Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana,

12. Indira Vikas Patra

(((State Government Schemes)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Package

2. Rajiv Gandhi Social Security Scheme for poor people

3. Rajiv Ratna Awas Yojna

4. Rajiv Gandhi Prathamik Shiksha Mission , Raigarh

5. Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Madhya Pradesh

6. Rajiv Gandhi Mission on Food Security , Madhya Pradesh

7. Rajiv Gandhi Mission on Community Health, Madhya Pradesh

8. Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited (a Govt Company)

9. Rajiv Gandhi Tourism Development Mission, Rajasthan

10. Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Programme, Assam

11. Rajiv Gandhi Swavlamban Rojgar Yojana, Govt. of NCT of Delhi

12. Rajiv Gandhi Mobile Aids Counseling and Testing Services

13. Rajiv Gandhi Vidyarthi Suraksha Yojana, Maharashtra

14. Rajiv Gandhi Mission for Water Shed Management, M.P.

15. Rajiv Gandhi Food Security Mission for Tribal Areas, MP

16. Rajiv Gandhi Home for Handicapped, Pondicherry

17. Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme, Pondicherry

18. Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas, Punjab

19. Rajiv Gandhi Artisans Health and Life Insurance Scheme, Tamil Nadu

20. Rajiv Gandhi Zopadpatti and Nivara Prakalpa, Mumbai

21. Rajiv Arogya Sri programme , Gujrat State Govt. Scheme

22. Rajiv Gandhi Abhyudaya Yojana, AP

23. Rajiv Gandhi Computer Saksharta Mission, Jabalpur

24. Rajiv Gandhi Bridges and Roads Infrastructure Development Haryana

25. Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Niwara Prakalp, Maharashtra Govt.

26. Indira Gandhi Utkrishtha Chhattervritti Yojna Himachal Pradesh

27. Indira Gandhi Women Protection Scheme, Maharashtra Govt.

28. Indira Gandhi Prathisthan, Housing and Urban Planning, UP Govt

29. Indira Kranthi Patham Scheme, Andhra Pradesh

30. Indira Gandhi Nahar Pariyojana, State Govt. Scheme

31. Indira Gandhi Vruddha Bhumiheen Shetmajoor Anudan Yojana, Maharashtra

32. Indira Gandhi Nahar Project (IGNP), Jaisalmer, Govt. of Rajasthan

33. Indira Gandhi Niradhar Yojna, Govt. of Maharashtra

34. Indira Gandhi kuppam, State Govt. Welfare Scheme for Tsunami

35. Indira Gandhi Drinking Water Scheme-2006, Haryana Govt.

36. Indira Gandhi Niradhar Old, Landless, Destitute women Maharashtra Govt.

37. Indira Gandhi Women Protection Scheme , Maharashtra Govt.

38. Indira Gaon Ganga Yojana, Chattisgarh

39. Indira Sahara Yojana , Chattisgarh

40. Indira Soochna Shakti Yojana, Chattisgarh

41. Indira Gandhi Balika Suraksha Yojana , HP

42. Indira Gandhi Garibi Hatao Yojana (DPIP), MP

43. Indira Gandhi super thermal power project , Haryana Govt.

44. Indira Gandhi Water Project, Haryana Govt.

45. Indira Gandhi Sagar Project, Bhandara District Gosikhurd Maharashtra

46. Indira Jeevitha Bima Pathakam, AP Govt

47. Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Vivah Shagun Yojana, Haryana Govt.

48. Indira Mahila Yojana Scheme, Meghalaya Govt

49. Indira Gandhi Calf Rearing Scheme, Chhattisgarh Govt.

50. Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Vivah Shagun Yojana, Haryana Govt.

51. Indira Gandhi Calf Rearing Scheme, The government of Andhra

52. Indira Gandhi Landless Agriculture Labour scheme, Maharashtra Govt.

(((Sports/ Tournaments/ Trophies)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup Kabaddi Tournament

2. Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Run

3. Rajiv Gandhi Federation Cup boxing championship

4. Rajiv Gandhi International tournament (football)

5. NSCI – Rajiv Gandhi road races, New Delhi

6. Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race, Kerala

7. Rajiv Gandhi International Artistic Gymnastic Tournament

8. Rajiv Gandhi Kabbadi Meet

9. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Roller Skating Championship

10. Rajiv Gandhi memorial marathon race, New Delhi

11. Rajiv Gandhi International Judo Championship, Chandigarh

12. Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Trophy for the Best College, Calicut

13. Rajiv Gandhi Rural Cricket Tournament, by Rahul Gandhi in Amethi

14. Rajiv Gandhi Gold Cup (U-21), football

15. Rajiv Gandhi Trophy (football)

16. Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Sportspersons

17. All Indira Rajiv Gandhi Basketball (Girls) Tournament, Delhi

18. All India Rajiv Gandhi Wrestling Gold Cup, organized by Delhi State

19. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Jhopadpatti Football Tournament, Rajura

20. Rajiv Gandhi International Invitation Gold Cup Football, Jamshedpur

21. Rajiv Gandhi Mini Olympics, Mumbai

22. Rajiv Gandhi Beachball Kabaddi Federation

23. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trophy Prerana Foundation

24. International Indira Gandhi Gold Cup Tournament

25. Indira Gandhi International Hockey Tournament

26. Indira Gandhi Boat Race

27. Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup Football Tournament.

28. Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament.


1. Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Delhi

2. Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi

3. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

4. Rajiv Gandhi Sports Stadium, Bawana

5. Rajiv Gandhi National Football Academy, Haryana

6. Rajiv Gandhi AC Stadium, Vishakhapatnam

7. Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Pondicherry

8. Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Nahariagun, Itanagar

9. Rajiv Gandhi Badminton Indoor Stadium, Cochin

10. Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra,Ern akulam

11. Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex , Singhu

12. Rajib Gandhi Memorial Sports Complex, Guwahati

13. Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

14. Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Cochin

15. Indira Gandhi Stadium, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

16. Indira Gandhi Stadium, Una, Himachal Pradesh

17. Indira Priyadarshini Stadium, Vishakhapatnam

18. Indira Gandhi Stadium, Deogarh, Rajasthan

19. Gandhi Stadium, Bolangir, Orissa

(((Airports/ Ports)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, New Hyderabad, A.P.

2. Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal, Cochin

3. Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

4. Indira Gandhi Dock, Mumbai

5. Jawaharlal Nehru Nava Sheva Port Trust, Mumbai

((((Universities/ Education Institutes)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shilong

2. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Aeronautics, Ranchi, Jharkhand

3. Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal, M.P.

4. Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Kharagpur, Kolkata

5. Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Secundrabad

6. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab

7. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Tamil Nadu

8. Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad, A.P

9. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam, Kerala

10. Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering Research&Technology, Maharashtra

11. Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering, Airoli, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

12. Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

13. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Chola Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka

14. Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya , Gandhi Nagar, Bhopal, M.P.

15. Rajiv Gandhi D.e.d. College, Latur, Maharashtra

16. Rajiv Gandhi College, Shahpura, Bhopal

17. Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Institute, New Delhi

18. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Raebareli, U.P.

19. Rajiv Gandhi Homeopathic Medical College, Bhopal, M.P.

20. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Post Graduate Studies, East Godavari District, A.P.

21. Rajiv Gandhi College of Education, Thumkur, Karnataka

22. Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary&Animal Sciences, Tamil Nadu

23. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of IT and Biotechnology, Bhartiya Vidhyapeeth

24. Rajiv Gandhi High School, Mumbai, Maharashtra

25. Rajiv Gandhi Group of Institutions, Satna, M.P.

26. Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

27. Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, R.T.M., Nagpur University

28. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapu ram, Kerala

29. Rajiv Gandhi Mahavidyalaya, Madhya Pradesh

30. Rajiv Gandhi Post Graduate College, Allahabad, U.P.

31. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka

32. Rajiv Gandhi Govt. PG Ayurvedic College, Poprola, Himachal Pradesh

33. Rajiv Gandhi College, Satna, M.P.

34. Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology, Thiruvananthapu ram, Kerala

35. Rajiv Gandhi Madhyamic Vidyalaya, Maharashtra

36. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan

37. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurshi p

38. Rajiv Gandhi Industrial Training Centre, Gandhinagar

39. Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Andhra Pradesh

40. Rajiv Gandhi Institute Of Distance Education, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

41. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture , Tamil Nadu

42. Rajiv Gandhi University (Arunachal University), A.P.

43. Rajiv Gandhi Sports Medicine Centre (RGSMC), Kerela

44. Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Mauritus

45. Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda, Goa

46. Rajiv Gandhi Vidyalaya, Mulund, Mumbai

47. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Polytechnic, Bangalore, Karnataka

48. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Circle Telecom Training Centre (India), Chennai

49. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Pharmacy, Kasagod, Kerala

50. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College Of Aeronautics, Jaipur

51. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial First Grade College, Shimoga

52. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Education, Jammu&Kashmir

53. Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, Barkacha, Varanasi

54. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Teacher’s Training College, Jharkhand

55. Rajiv Gandhi Degree College, Rajahmundry, A.P.

56. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi

57. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development&Research, Mumbai, Maharashtra

58. Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun

59. Indira Gandhi RashtriyaUran Akademi, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh

60. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai

61. Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Orissa

62. Indira Gandhi B.Ed. College, Mangalore

63. Smt. Indira Gandhi College of Education, Nanded, Maharashtra

64. Indira Gandhi Balika Niketan B.ED. College, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

65. Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya , Raipur, Madhya Pradesh

66. Smt. Indira Gandhi College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

67. Smt. Indira Gandhi Colelge, Tiruchirappalli

68. Indira Gandhi Engineering College, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

69. Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kashmere Gate, Delhi

70. Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, Sarang, Dist. Dhenkanal, Orissa

71. Indira Gandhi Institute of Aeronautics, Pune, Maharashtra

72. Indira Gandhi Integral Education Centre, New Delhi

73. Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education&Sports Sciences, Delhi

74. Indira Gandhi High School, Himachal

75. Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya , Chhattisgarh

76. Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla

77. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, Andhra Pradesh

78. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarakashi

79. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Business Management, Vikram University

80. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

81. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

82. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kukatpally, AP

83. Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

84. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

85. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Social Studies, affiliated(Pune , Maharashtra)

86. Jawaharlal Nehru College of Aeronautics&Applied Sciences, Coimbatore

87. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Tech, Katraj, Dhankwdi, Pune, Maharashtra

88. Kamal Kishore Kadam’s Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering CollegeMaharash tra

89. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Education&Technological Research, Nanded, Maharashra

90. Jawaharlal Nehru College, Aligarh

91. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad

92. Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya , Jabalpur

93. Jawaharlal Nehru B.Ed. College, Kota, Rajasthan

94. Jawaharlal Nehru P.G. College, Bhopal

95. Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College, Sundernagar, H.P.

96. Jawaharlal Nehru PublicSchool, Kolar Road, Bhopal

97. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, A.P.

98. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Technology, Ibrahimpatti, Andhra Pradesh


1. Rajiv Gandhi Award for Outstanding Achievement

2. Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award

3. Rajiv Gandhi Shramik Awards, Delhi Labour Welfare Board

4. Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award

5. Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award

6. Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award

7. Rajiv Gandhi National Award Scheme for Original Book Writing on Gyan Vigyan

8. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

9. Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award

10. Rajiv Gandhi Environment Award for Clean Technology, Govt. of India

11. RajivGandhi Travelling Scholarship

12. Rajiv Gandhi(UK) Foundation Scholarship

13. Rajiv Gandhi Film Awards (Mumbai)

14. Rajiv Gandhi Khelratna Puraskar

15. Rajiv Gandhi Parisara Prashasti, Karnataka

16. RajivGandhi Vocational Excellence Awards

17. Rajiv Gandhi Excellence award

18. Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

19. Indira Gandhi Prize for National Integration

20. Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award

21. Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards, Ministry of Environment and Forests

22. Indira Gandhi Memorial National Award forBest Environmental&Ecological

23. Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar

24. Indira Gandhi NSS Award

25. Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration

26. Indira Gandhi Official Language Award Scheme

27. Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film

28. Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Awards for The Town Official Language

29. Indira Gandhi Prize” for Peace, Disarmament and Development

30. Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularization of Science

31. Implementation

32. Indira Gandhi Shiromani Award

33. Indira Gandhi NSS Award/National Youth

34. Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Pushar award – search n correct

35. Indira Gandhi N.S.S Awards

36. Indira Gandhi award for social service, MP Govt.

37. Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme

38. Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award Scheme

39. Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Shield Scheme

40. Indira Gandhi Vision of Wildlife Conservation Zoo

41. Jawaharlal Nehru award for International peace

42. Soviet Land Nehru Award, a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 given to Shyam Benegal in Dec 89, in recognition of the above film.

43. Jawaharlal Nehru Balkalyan awards of Rs.10,000 each to 10 couples by Govt. of Maharashtra (ToI-28-4-89).

44. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, New Delhi, for Academic Achievement

45. Jawaharlal Nehru birth centenary research award for energy

46. Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding

47. Nehru Bal Samiti Bravery Awards

48. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medal

49. Jawaharlal Nehru Prize” from 1998-99, to be given to organizations (preferably NGOs) for Popularization of Science.

50. Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Competition

51. Jawarharlal Nehru Student Award for research project of evolution of DNA

((((Scholarship / Fellowship))))

1. Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Students with Disabilities

2. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for SC/ST Candidates, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

3. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for ST Candidates

4. Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, IGNOU

5. Rajiv Gandhi Science Talent Research Fellows

6. Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, Ministry of Tribal Affairs

7. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme

8. Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship sponsored

9. Rajiv Gandhi science talent research fellowship

10. Rajiv Gandhi HUDCO Fellowships in the Habitat Sector

11. Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowships check

12. Fullbright scholarship now renamed Fullbright- Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship

13. Cambridge Nehru Scholarships, for research at Cambridge Univ, London

14. Scheme of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships for Post-graduate Studies

15. Nehru Centenary (British) Fellowships/ Awards

(((National Parks/ Sanctuaries/ Museums)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi (Nagarhole) Wildlife Sanctury, Karnataka

2. Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctury, Andhra Pradesh

3. Indira Gandhi National Park, Tamil Nadu

4. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park , New Delhi

5. Indira Gandhi National Park, Anamalai Hills on Western Ghats

6. Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Vishakhapatnam

7. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS)

8. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Pollachi

9. Rajiv Gandhi Health Museum

10. The Rajiv Gandhi Museum of Natural History

11. Indira Gandhi Memorial museum, New Delhi

12. Jawaharlal Nehru museum in Aurangabad, Maharashtra opened by state govt.

13. Jawaharlal Nehru memorial Gallery, London

14. Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium, Worli, Mumbai.

15. Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Exhibition for Children

((((Hospitals/ Medical Institutions)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science, Bangalore, Karnataka

2. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute&Research Centre, Delhi

3. Rajiv Gandhi Home for Handicapped, Pondicherry

4. Shri Rajiv Gandhi college of Dental Science&Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka

5. Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio Technology, Thiruvanthapura m, Kerala

6. Rajiv Gandhi College of Nursing, Bangalore, Karnataka

7. Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Raichur

8. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases, Bangalore, Karnataka

9. Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical College, Jodhpur

10. Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane, Mumbai

11. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Pharmacy, Karnataka

12. Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, Goa

13. Rajiv Gandhi Mission on Community Health, Madhya Pradesh

14. Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Delhi

15. Rajiv Gandhi Homoeaopathic Medical College, Chinar Park, Bhopal, M.P

16. North Eastern Indira Gandhi of Health&Medical Sciences, Meghalaya

17. Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla

18. Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bangalore

19. Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sheikhpura, Patna

20. The Indira Gandhi Paediatric Hospital, Afghanistan

21. Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health Hospital, Bangalore

22. Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Heath, Bangalore

23. Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla

24. Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Science, Kerala

25. Indira Gandhi Memorial Ayurvedic Medical College&Hospital, Bhubaneshwar

26. Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur

27. Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital And Research Centre, Kolkata

28. Indira Gandhi Hospital, Shimla

29. Indira Gandhi Women and Children Hospital , Bhopla

30. Indira Gandhi Gas Relief hospital, Bhopal

31. Kamla Nehru Hospital, Shimla

32. Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya

33. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education

34. Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Bhopal

35. Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Raipur.

36. Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College&Hospital, New Delhi

37. Nehru, Science Centre, Worli, Mumbai

38. Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital&Research Centre, Bhopal

39. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Homoeopathic Medical, Maharashtra

(((Institutions / Chairs / Festivals)))

1. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. (RGNIYD)

2. Rajiv Gandhi National Ground Water Training&Research Inst, Haryana

3. Rajiv Gandhi Food Security Mission in Tribal Areas

4. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development

5. Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission, Chhattisgarh

6. Rajiv Gandhi Chair Endowment established in 1998

7. Rajiv Gandhi Project – A pilot to provide Education thru Massive Satellite Connectivity up grassroot Level

8. Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Limited (Government of Karnataka Enterprise)

9. Rajiv Gandhi Information and Technology Commission

10. Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Peace and Disarmament

11. Rajiv Gandhi Music Festival

12. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture

13. Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas

14. Rajijiv Gandhi Education Foundation, Kerala

15. Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Convention

16. The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Educational and Charitable Society, Kasagod,Kerala

17. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial trophy ekankika spardha,Kari Road

18. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath, New Delhi

19. Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj&Gramin Vikas Sansthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan

20. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam

21. Indira Gandhi Institute for Development and Research , Mumbai

22. Indira Gandhi Institute of Cardiology (IGIC), Patna

23. Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi

24. Indira Gandhi National Foundation, Thiruvananthapu ram, Kerala

25. Indira Gandhi Mahila Sahakari Soot Girani Ltd, Maharashtra

26. Indira Gandhi Conservation Monitoring Centre , Ministry of Envir&Forest

27. Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child

28. Jawahar Shetkari Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Ltd.

29. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan

30. Jawaharlal Nehru Centenary celebrations

31. Postal stamps of different denominations and one Rupee coins in memory of Jawaharlal Nehru.

32. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust (U.K.) Scholarships

33. Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House Nhava Sheva, Maharashtra

34. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for. Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

35. Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Moscow

36. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyog Kendra for Juveniles, Pune, Maharastra

37. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru college of agriculture and research, Pondicherry

((Roads/ Buildings/places)))

1. Rajiv Chowk, Delhi

2. Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung, New Delhi

3. Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, New Delhi

4. Rajiv Gandhi Park, Kalkaji, Delhi

5. Indira Chowk, New Delhi

6. Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi

7. Nehru Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

8. Nehru Nagar, New Delhi

9. Nehru Place, New Delhi

10. Nehru Park, New Delhi Nehru House, BSZ Marg, New Delhi

11. Jawaharlal Nehru Government House New Delhi

12. Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, Gurgaon, Haryana

13. Rajiv Gandhi Chowk, Andheri, Mumbai

14. Indira Gandhi Road, Mumbai

15. Indira Gandhi Nagar, Wadala, Mumbai

16. Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Mulund, Mumbai

17. Nehru Nagar, Kurla, Mumbai

18. Jawaharlal Nehru gardens at Thane, Mumbai

19. Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Hall, Chennai

20. Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamilnadu

21. Rajiv Gandhi Salai (Old Mahabalipuram road named after Rajiv Gandhi)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cabinet Minister Slapped - Lessons to be Learnt

Just read the news that Union Cabinet Minister was slapped at NDMC center in Delhi by the Same youth who had slapped Sukhram.  This certainly gives rise to the question - "What has happened to the society that it has taken over by hooliganism and shed the cover of tolerance?"

Well, is that the real question that needs to be asked by us sitting in the comfort zone of our Air Conditioned Offices, Cars, Pubs or House?  I would rather say NO.  What we need to also look at is the discomfort of those from the Middle and Lower classes.  How much they have to suffer with the Price Rise, Inflation, Corruption, Red Tapism in Bureaucratic Set-up and so on?

Till what point should the society by large be patient and tolerant?  Why should the average wage earner pay half of the Salary to feed the corrupt set of Public Servants and Politicians?

It just makes me wonder that we sit comfortably in our Comfort Zone because we actually don't get the pinch of the inflation as we have that comfort / buffer amount to meet our ends.  Imagine an average person who has to make ends meet in limited amount to take home.  Just try to get your equations in place for the following amounts -

  1. You pay direct income tax, 
  2. Sales Tax is paid by you
  3. Excise Tax also goes from your pocket
  4. You pay for Insurance and there also you pay regulatory tax
  5. Education Surcharge also is paid by you
  6. VAT also gets added to the taxes you pay

So now when we look at the sort of taxes that we pay, 50% of our earning go back to Government Coffers as various Taxes and then the Salaries of these Public Servants and Politicians are paid from the same Coffers.  Yes we pay their Salary from our hard earned money.  And what we get in return? lets look at the various areas of in-apt governance by our Politicians and Babus -

  1. Inefficient Medical Support - Most of the Doctors in Public / Government Hospitals run their own practice and have their own nursing homes
  2. Improper Infrastructure - We have more Vehicle Breakers on the Roads in form of Potholes than smooth roads
  3. Corrupt Government Officials - They get paid from the money we pay in Taxes and then they want us to pay them from our pocket once again to pass our files and have our work done
  4. Inefficient and Inadequate Education - What does our Education System produce?  largest number of unemployed youth in the world? Yes it is what it is, the Fact is our Graduates and Post Graduate Work Force needs 6 to 10 mths of trainings before they can be productive for the organization and when organizations look for ensuring that they stay till the break-even is achieved, they say it is against the labor laws :)).  Moreover, our education system must ensure free Secondary Education for the amount of Education Cess we pay, but the Education System itself if full of Corruption, you have to pay admission fee and then some Donation for your kid to get admitted to the school for good education.  Irony of the Fate!!!
Now when we look at the various facts around us, do we think that the Government is looking at easing the pressure off our pockets?  I do not get that feel and For that matter the patience and tolerance limit just would certainly lower with time and that would result in many more such incidents.

I guess its high time for the Government to Learn from these incidences and come out to support the Society.  They need to Realize that they have been elected to serve the people of the country and NOT rule them.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why oh why?

I often wonder when a mosquito bites us why do I think of a repellent, why a coil or HIT why dont I have the courage to question my municipality?

Why do I buy water in a bottle? Why do I purify water at my home? Does the water bill say that the tap water is only for washing clothes or having a bath? Why dont I get drinking water in my tap?

Why should I pay? a toll tax on every single black, nice looking road? Why a basic road, is not my right?

Why do I buy? an inverter or dream of a generator? Why dont I get current in my wires 24x7?

Why do we call? the private schools as public schools.. I always thought schools run by the government should be called public schools!!

Why- the cricketer? who sold the ethics of game sits in parliament or comes as an expert on sports channels?

Why someone? who is known? for beating his wife and had charges of holding drugs is a celebrity to judge dance shows and all of us watch and clap too?

Why is it that the? so called high profile tainted journalists still run public and talk shows and we all watch it...

Why dont I know? the fine on jumping a red signal or for not wearing a helmet? but am very well aware of the power of 100 rupees, the cost of integrity of most of the traffic guys across the country...

Why is a girl raped? in a roaming car in the capital of the country and all that the government says is, that girls should be careful...

Why does the trial? and judgment? of social activists take a few weeks but of Raja, Raju, Reddy needs careful exhaustive time consuming deliberations!!

Why even after killing hundreds? of people on road the blue line buses still ply on roads? Do you know any city apart from the capital of your country where the city buses crush people on a daily basis?

Why didn't we? protest on the roads when someone built elephants of stones for thousands of crores rupees in U.P., where people still dig pits to sleep or die of hunger?

Why a tainted, corrupt minister? is called to IIM and the Academy for IAS and is applauded? unstopped on his desi style?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Gliding Through the Rough Waters

It often happens with us that at times when the communication is the most important, we find ourselves in a fix. This fix could be because of various issues ranging from lack of thoughts, lack of feelings, hurt sentiments, ego issues and few other similar cases. The funniest part of all this is Specifically the ego that is the reason of our hurt and pain, but we do not acknowledge that and we do not want to budge.  This often leads us to situations where we find ourselves in secluded environment and where when we look around our own so called friend circle seems to be diminishing at a faster rate.  

Here the most important thing is to find the space for oneself in a fashion to gather ownself and identify the reason, acknowledge it and ensure that the solution to the impasse in oneself is thought of within ourselves.  We need to ensure that at such junctures in our life we keep our calm and ensure that we do not go with outburst on those who are not responsible for our issues that are driving us to the situation where we are at the verge of breaking.  

It is very important for us to maintain our composure in such situations as we often forget that our statements might hurt even the closest of our family / friends. Sometimes, if the situation at other end is also the same, there is a pretty strong chance of getting back the flakes and the relations might get into turmoil.  And when the relations get into rough waters, most of the delicate knots just open up to break the tie.  The breakage hurts more and results in us losing the confidence in ourselves to be able to trust anyone around.  

It is hence important for us to give due care to ensure that the weak and delicate ties are taken care of specifically during such tough times when we are ourselves losing the hope and trust in our own life. Who knows these weak ties might have the strength to help us glide through the toughest moments of our own lives.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Old Melodies - They Are Evergreen - II

Continuing from the previous post Old Melodies - They Are Evergreen

As I said in the previous post that the Lyrics were more situation based and were composed with some really melodious music from the Likes of -

1.     Shri Madan Mohan
2.     Khayyam Saheb
3.     Shri R D Burman
4.     Shri R C Boral
5.     Shri Pankaj Mullik
6.     Shri Anil Biswas
7.     Naushas Saheb
8.     Shri OP Nayyar
9.     Roshan
I mean the list would continue till mid 70s and post that the western influence crept in and though the musicals continued but the impact just could be the same.. Few more Good Music still came in from the aspects and touch of the Folk Music.  For Instance - 

From the Movie Hero and Sung by Reshma - 

बिछड़े अभी तो हम बस कल परसों
जिऊंगी मैं कैसे, इस हाल में बरसों
मौत ना आई तेरी याद क्यों आई
हाय लंबी जुदाई
चार दिनों का प्यार हो रब्बा
बड़ी लंबी जुदाई, लंबी जुदाई
होठों पे आये मेरी जान दुहाई 
हाय लंबी जुदाई
चार दिनों का प्यार हो रब्बा
बड़ी लंबी जुदाई, लंबी जुदाई

Another Song as Sung by Shri Manna Dey – 

चलत मुसाफिर मोह लिया रे पिंजरे वाली मुनिया
 अरे उर उर बैठी हलवैया दुकनिया
हलवा के सब रस ले लीना रे पिंजारे वाली मुनिया
चलत मुसाफिर मोह लिया रे पिंजरे वाली मुनिया
 अरे उर उर बैठी पनवरिया दुकनिया
पनवा के सब रस ले लीना रे पिंजरे वाली मुनिया

Another Song  from Movie Naya Daur and Sung By Mohd Rafi

नैन लड़ जई हैं तो मनवा माँ कसक होई बे करी
प्रेम का फटी हैं पटाखा तो धमक होई बे करी
नैन लड़ जई हैं 

Another Song  from Movie Naya Daur Due by Asha Bhonsale & Mohd Rafi

हो ओ उड़े जब जब जुल्फें तेरी - २
कंवारियों का दिल मचले -२ इंड मेरिये
ओ जब ऐसे चिकने चेहरे -२ 
तो कैसे ना नज़र फिसले -२ जींद मेरिये

Now the variations from the melody from the instruments is really lost and the more materialistic Synthesizers have taken over the adding that synthetic touch to the music and the Genre of Musicians has really be taken over by the Music Composers.....just something that sometimes really makes me feel sick of the repeated tone banks that the composers use these days....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Old Melodies - They are Evergreen

Though I hate the comparison, but when it comes to few things, I dunno but the mind itself starts with the comparison of Good, Bad and Ugly.  The various things that my mind compares almost as a involuntary reflex are - 

  1. Experiences - Good v/s Bad
  2. Songs and Music - Old v/s New
  3. Behavior - Pleasant v/s Unpleasant
  4. Expressions - Happy v/s Sad
This post however is not about the way or the reasons for which my mind gets into comparison mode, but about the logic on which my mind Compares Old v/s New Hindi Movie Songs.  Now the various attributes on which comparisons happen - 
  1. Lyrics - Old Songs had quite a lyrics that were certainly relevant to various situations.  Somehow that relevance to the situations of life is missing in the Lyrics in modern times and in the New Age Cinema.  
For Instance refer the following 

Song for the Broken Heart

हम बेवफा हर्गिज़ ना थे, पर हम वफ़ा कर ना सके 
हमको मिली उसकी सजा, हम जो खता कर ना सके
कसमे वादे प्यार वफ़ा, सब बातें हैं बातों का क्या
कोई किसी का नहीं है, झूठे नाते हैं नातों का क्या 

Song for the Betrayal -

मेरी भीगी भीगी सी पलकों में रह गए जैसे मेरे सपने बिखर के
जले मन तेरा भी, किसी के मिलन कि अनामिका तू भी तरसे

Song with a Message for Life Long Support

कोई जब तुम्हारा ह्रदय तोड़ दे, तडपता हुआ तुम्हें यूँ ही छोड़ दे
तब तुम मेरे पास आना प्रिये, मेरा दर खुला है खुला ही रहेगा तुम्हारे लिए 

Song as Caution -  

इस रंग बदलती दुनिया में इंसान की नियत ठीक नहीं
निकला न करो तुम सज धज के ईमान की नियत ठीक नहीं 

I mean I can go on like this for ever highlighting every situation and create a list of countless songs that are equally melodious.  One can't certainly compare them from the other songs in that era.  However, when I look at the songs in the modern Indian Cinema, they are more of the songs that represent totally different Genre of Songs and certainly what I find missing in them is the concept of situation based songs.  The songs & music now a days are more of the Revenue stream for the Recording company and the Producers.  They at most of the times are so out of the place from the story-line of the movies that they simply break the continuity.

Earlier on the songs and the music used to gel in the story of the movie and the continuity was hardly broken due to them.  But now, the story does not continue in the songs, rather the songs are more of a commercial break in the movie that one can simply fast forward without any hitch to miss anything important.

Though there ares few exceptions too to my views above, but for majority of the songs and the movies, the situational songs are a history or bookish talk now!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

P.S. - Forget that You Knew Me

Sometimes the relations can be very painful to each other.  Specifically in the case of long distance relations.  The physical distance starts creeping in the feelings and the thoughts and this starts building up of irritation within oneself.  It is hard to actually cope up with the situation and there starts the war or words between the two.  

Something similar happened in their life too.  It was his traveling job that hit their already troublesome relations. They were anyways not gong great because of his frustration of her not talking at her home about him,. Her frustration was his past and his demanding attitude or behavior.  She was young and virile and he was almost 8 yrs elder to her.  She was in dilemma whether to or whether not to, but always negated in front of him.  He got irritated with her constant negation and took off with his work and assignment to get away from her. She felt that void in her life and realized that she needs him next to him.  He on the contrary created a distance from her that would take for ever to bridge, he just closed himself in his cocoon and restricted expressing himself.

The things that were perceived to be heading to wrong way went worse with time and they started fighting on smallest issues.  And one such fateful day, she hit him hard under his belt with comments on his professionalism.  Her comment on his personal life and her comment on him as a person never had any impact on him as he knew those comments are making him know his weaknesses and work on them. But her comment on his professional life really hit him hard for his 15 years of knowledge, experience and recognition in the industry was all washed out with just one comment.  His pain grew muti-folds, all his pain ran out on his face and he just lost the last senses of his life.

The episode resulted in a drastic move by him writing a long final message to her stating his inability to help her situation, showing his gratitude to her for being around and being his support.  Though if anyone would have known their story they would have known how much both of them banked on each other.

His pain and agony was visible in his last message to her and her pain could be well gauged with the silence from her side because the his message ended with - "P.S. Forget that You Knew Me".

It was as painful for him to write that as it would have been for her to read and accept it. But I guess they both would understand it the most than anyone of us who reads or who would know their case.  I guess not every story ends on a Happy Note, specifically when the girl is not ready to acknowledge her love for the guy and the guy is dying to hear those three Magical Words.....

Monday, October 24, 2011

FW: Why India Works

The Title Must be - WHY INDIA ROCKS, but posting it in its Originality
- Hide quoted text -

I trust you have the objectivity to realise that when things 'really' work, there is seldom if ever, any government hand.

The article which came out many years ago was a bit spoilt in this instance by the THOUGHT at the end. Pure BS, specially the first sentence. 
Unfortunately, whilst most think such sentiments profound, in actuality they have refrained from thinking in their lives.

WHY INDIA WORKS - written by internationally acclaimed film director Shekhar Kapoor.

A small fading sign saying 
“Cellphoon reapars” barely visible through the street vendors crowding the Juhu Market in Mumbai.
On my way to buy a new Blackberry, my innate sense of adventure made me stop my car and investigate.  A shop not more than 6 feet by 6 feet.  Grimy and un-cleaned.
“Can you fix a Blackberry?”
Of course, show me.
“How old are you?”
Sixteen”.  Bullshit.  He was no more than 10.
Not handing my precious Blackberry to a 10 year old in unwashed and torn T shirt and pajamas!
At least if I buy a new one, they would extract the data for me.  Something I have been meaning to do for a year now.
What’s wrong with it?”
“Well, the roller track ball does not respond.  It’s kind of stuck and I cannot operate it”
He grabs it from my hand and looks at it
“You should wash your hands.  Many customers have same problem.  Roller ball gets greasy and dirty, then no working”.
Look who was telling me to wash my hands.  He probably has not bathed for 10 days, I leaned out to snatch my useless Blackberry back…
“You come back in one hour and I fix it”.
I am not leaving all my precious data in this unwashed kid’s hands for an hour.  No way.
“Who will fix it?”
“Big brother”.
“How big is ‘big brother?’?”
“Big …. Umm  ...thirty”.
Then suddenly big brother walks in.  30???  He is no more than 19.
“What problem?”
He says grabbing the phone from my greasy hand into his greasier hand.  Obviously not trained in etiquette by an up market retail store manager.
“Normal Blackberry problem.  I replace with original part now.  You must wash your hand before you use this”.
What is this about me washing my hands suddenly?
19 year old big brother rummages through a dubious drawer full of junk and fishes out a spare roller ball packed in cheap cellophane wrapper. Original part?  I doubt it.  But by now I am in the lap of the real India and there is no escape as he fishes out a couple of screwdrivers and sets about opening my Blackberry.
“How long will this take?”
”Six minutes”.
This I have to see.  After spending the whole morning trying to find a Blackberry service center and getting vague answers about sending the phone in for an assessment that might take a week,  I settle down next to his grubby cramped work space.  At least I am going to be able to watch all my stored data vanish into virtual space.  People crowd around to see what’s happening.  I am not breathing easy anyway.  I tell myself this is an adventure and literally have to stop myself grabbing my precious Blackberry back and making a quick escape.  
But in exactly six minutes this kid handed my Blackberry back.  He had changed the part and cleaned and serviced the whole phone.  Taken it apart, and put it together.  
As I turned the phone on there was a horrific 2 minutes where the phone would not come on.  I looked at him with such hostility that he stepped back.
“You have more than thousand phone numbers?”
“Backed up?”
“Must back up. I do it for you.  Never open phone before backing up”.
“You tell me that now?”
But then the phone came on and my data was still there.  Everyone watching laughed and clapped. This was becoming a show.  A six minute show.  I asked him how much.
“500 rupees”.
He ventured uncertainly.  People around watched in glee expecting a negotiation.
That’s $10 dollars as against the Rs 30,000 ($600) I was about to spend on a new Blackberry or a couple of weeks without my phone.  I looked suitably shocked at his ‘high price’ but calmly paid him. Much to the disappointment of the expectant crowd
“Do you have an i-Phone?  Even the new ‘4D one”?
“No, why”?
“I break the code for you and load any ‘app’ or film (movies) you want.  I give you 10 film on your memory stick on this one, and change every week for small fee”.
I went home having discovered the true entrepreneurship that lies at what we call the ‘bottom of the pyramid’.  Some may call it piracy, which of course it is, but what can you say about two uneducated and untrained brothers aged 10 and 19 that set up a ‘hole in the wall’ shop and can fix any technology that the greatest technologists in the world can throw at them.  I smiled at the future of our country. If only we could learn to harness this potential.
“Please wash your hands before use” were his last words to me.  Now I am feeling seriously unclean. 

God works in mysterious ways to feed the illiterate,  in the streets of India .  Imagine, what if these poor kids had some education....I feel nothing but great 
admiration for these kids !!!