Sunday, September 23, 2012

Balance - A Joke I recd.

Balance is the Story as God Told the Archangel. I couldn't stop myself from Posting it on my blog as it really represents the Balance of things God has created. Hats off to the mind behind this set of thoughts....
*Once upon a time in the kingdom of Heaven , God was missing for six days.
Eventually, Michael the archangel found him, resting on the seventh day.
He inquired of God. "Where have you been?"*****
God took a deep sigh of satisfaction and proudly pointed downwards through
the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made!" Archangel Michael looked
puzzled and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've
put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great
place of balance."
"Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused.
God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example,
northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth while
southern Europe is going to be poor. Over there I've placed a continent of
white people and over there is a continent of black people,"*****
God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely
hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice." *****
*The Archangel , impressed by God's work, then pointed to a triangular
land mass and said, "What's that one?" "AAAAH," said God. "That's India,
the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful beaches, mountains,
streams, hills, waterfalls and vineyards. *****
* *****
*The people from India are going to be very beautiful, handsome,
modest, intelligent and humorous and they are going to be found traveling
the world holding good jobs.....*****
* *****
*They will be extremely sociable, hardworking and high-achieving, and
they will be known throughout the world as diplomats and carriers of
peace, play cricket and win world test matches.*****
* *****
*Even their Knowledge and wisdom will be appreciated and exported to far
places." Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then proclaimed,
"What about balance, God? You said there would be balance!"
God replied wisely, **"Wait until you see the clowns that will run their government!!!."*****

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Real India - What Does that mean?

I have been reading various responses, opinions and counter opinions on the recent developments around the FDI, Coal Block Scam, Diesel Price Hike, Cap on Cooking Gas Cylinders etc.  I also have been following up the developments around the same in the Political circles.  It was pretty interesting that the Opposition didn't let the Parliamentary Proceedings take place for most part of the Mansoon Session as they wanted the Prime Minister to make a statement in Parliament.  Whenever the Prime Minister was at the verge of making the statement, they would halt the proceedings and the day's session would be called off.  

Now today when the Prime minister addressed the nation over the recent Developments on FDI in Multi-brand Retail, Diesel Price hike and Cap on Cooking Gas Cylinders, I happened to read the Status Update on one of the FB Pages - The Real India, I would call it as one of the most impractical status as it read - "प्रधानमंत्री जी ने अपने अनुभव के आधार पर कहा कि,पैसा पेड़ो पर नही उगता.सही बात है प्रधानमंत्री जी,पैसा तो आजकल कोयले की खदानों में उगता है" (Prime Minister on the base of his experience said that money doesn't grow on tree, Very rightly said Mr Prime Minister, Money these days actually grows in the Coal Mines)

My Straight questions to the people behind the Particular page are - 
  1. Do we have to be Sarcastic in every aspect of the Government's Action?  
  2. If you are representing "The Real India" please tell me if THE REAL INDIA can afford a Loss of 12500 Crore in a day?  
  3. Doesn't a Day's Productivity throws back nation's progress?? 
  4. Now that the Finance Minister has reduced the Excise on LPG Cylinders to be 0 and the Congress Governments in respective States have added 3 additional Cylinders per house hold to make it 9 per year, what is there for the Other Political parties to do? Shouldn't they be following the suit or it would be disgraceful for them to do so as they lost the upper hand?
  5. Would the respective State Government go in for enforcing the Austerity Measures to ensure that the state's expenditure would go down so that they can save from the Budget and thus adjust the Budgeted taxes on the LPG as well as Diesel to provide the respite to the Common Man they tried to represent when they observed the Bandh?

Now, please also read this carefully as I am in no way supporting Government for the Coal Block Scam.  As is the country is already reeling under the burden of Scams and pretty interesting that all the Scams came to limelight during the tenure of the current Government. But Obvious the current Govt, is responsible for the portions they have executed and they need to set it right and in order to ensure that the losses are recovered by bringing in the corrections.  Certainly that would happen only when there would be a good coordination between the allies and the Unhindered Process of the Parliamentary Proceedings.  

If we have chosen a Government then we need to let them carry out their function of Governance. Certainly we need to oppose them for anything where they go wrong or where they commit a fault. But that does not mean that we try to bring the entire nation to halt. There is a better way to oppose Government's move and Parliamentary Process has provided for an option on that side.  We should not resort to get on the streets and cause loss to the Nation.

I have a general appeal to all the readers -
"If you are really that passionate about the country, then please come forward and press for Austerity Measures in the Respective States you think are doing good."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bharat Bandh - What is the Motive?

Opposition and other "like minded" or should I say similar other Fickle Minded Political Leadership is either calling for or is supporting the Mass Strike at the National Level in India.  The Bharat Bandh has been called for by the Fickle heads against the Reformative and Financially Balancing measures by the Government.  They are against the Hike in the Diesel Prices as well as FDI or Foreign Direct Investment in the Multi-brand retail segment. And yeah against the Yearly Cap on the use of Cooking Gas at the currently subsidised rates.

I can well understand on the Cap of 6 cylinders per Family per year.  That is something not a right move. Government should block it at say one Cylinder Per month at subsidised rates. As is as i remember, they have a current cap of minimum 21 days or so to book a cylinder. A Cylinder a month is well understood from that perspective and can be justified too. Not the 6 cylinder cap. I do not align with that thought process.

However, when I look at the demand to roll back the Diesel Prices as well as roll back the decision of FDI, I do not align with the Fickle headed politicians.  This is something I would call as Insane.  

Talking of the hike in Diesel Prices, they need to understand that the Oil Companies can't keep on adding losses to their kitty on subsidized rates. At the same time they also need to understand that the Government has to take these measures to ensure that the Forecasted negative ranking should not become a reality for the nation as that may withdraw the flow of financials to the country.  If these politicians are so much concerned, then they should rather force in for Austerity Measures to ensure that the expenses of government are lowered and from there the Subsidy kitty may be funded .  But no, they would not go in for the Austerity Measures as that would hit their Comfort & Privilege levels.  A roll back of hike in diesel price would certainly be a Negative marking for the current government and it would lose faith of the citizens from the perspective of being "Really a Puppet Government".

Now coming to FDI in Retail market, then it should be well understood that FDI has been allowed ONLY in the Multi-brand store segment and that would mean more focused approach on investment and thus increasing the Job availability.  FDI in Retail would certainly help generate the Employment and thus decreasing the rate of unemployment.  These Fickle Heads need to understand that each large store would generate at least 5o to 60 direct jobs and would indirectly increase the job prospects in the Logistics as well as Supply Chain Management segment.  This would also provide better prices to the Farmers for their produce for there would be more buyers in the market.  Increase in Competition would also increase a sort of price wars or Promotional war and provide consumers with more choices to go with.

Calling a Bandh for the measures discussed above is nothing more than trying to showcase one's strength. it is indirect show of power and support for the Political Parties that are supporting it.  This is nothing but a power play by these parties who seems to be preparing for an early election rather than the schedule of 2014.  But if these parties are so much concerned then they should NOT waste nation's Productive resources by calling a Bandh.  A Days' Bandh directly or indirectly adds to the Losses Due to -
  • non productivity and broken business where the business owner's loss can be identified in the Opportunity as well as profit dip 
  • a protest turning violent results in damage to property and public / private assets.  This is nothing but the political drama that needs to be avoided
  • hit to the GDP rate due to losses as discussed above
The Bandh for a day pushes the development efforts by few months or may be by few years. It is the need of hour for the Indian Citizens and Rsidents to understand that support to this bandh will actually be a mistake or say a blunder. 

In the Nation that believes in "Work is Worship, people seriously needs to set their preferences right!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Diesel Price Hike

So the melodrama begun and some serious differences between the allies themselves sprang up.  Few statements as they read UPA is not made of just one Party
  1. We were not consulted before the Price hike
  2. I am shocked how the country is being sold
  3. Without Fuel Subsidy, how will poor families bear the burden
  4. Price of human being is declining when prices of everything else are going up
Now my question to the Politicians that they need to answer the next time they make a statement
  1. Do they understand how much Tax burden does this subsidy amount to for the Tax Payers?
  2. Do they understand how much does this Subsidy bite out from the Govt budget and adds to the Deficit?
  3. Do they understand how much this Rs 5 a liter would actually translate per head or per family?
  4. Do they understand what is the statistics of Per Capita Diesel Consumption?
Just because they have to Polticize some issue and take the case to general public to make them think about the one who cares for them, these politicians just make any statement.  

My Next set of questions that the politicians need to answer are - 
  1. If Govt rolls back the price hike, would these same set of politicians cut down their official expenses and their undue foreign trips (for personal gain) to help support the govt to raise Subsidy kitty?
  2. Would these set of politicians ensure that the govt. officials in their respective states also adhere to the minimum expenses guideline to add to the subsidy kitty?
  3. What would these politicians do if they were in the power?
What I feel and believe in is - It is easy to sit outside and dissect any decision taken and implemented by the government.  What is important here is to ensure is to understand the perspective and situations where the government was forced to take such harsh decisions.  

In my opinion, Politicians need to be rationale and need to be more focused towards development of the nation than trying to oppose the Decisions of the Government. They at the same time also need to avoid any statement given for they ended up taking things personal and hurt their own ego....

Crazy & Funny Thoughts

I was just wondering around the controversial proverbs that are prevalent and are much talked about time and again.....Just weaved few of them to entice few crazy thoughts - 

  1. They say "Good things come in Small Packets" then why do they say "Size Does Matter"?
  2. They say "Old is Gold" but then they also say "What is Old goes Unsold"
  3. They say "When the going gets Tough, Tough gets going" and then they say "Don't act Tough when the things are going Tough"
  4. They say "Good Things come to those who wait" and then they say "Wait ain't worth a Dime today"
  5. They say "Wise Men Think Alike" and they also say "Fools Seldom Differ"
  6. They say "God made great Women to exist in every corner of the World" but then they say "God made the World round"
  7. They say "Pen is Mightier than a Sword" but then they also say "Actions Speak Louder than Words"
  8. They say "There is nothing like a free lunch" but then they also say "Best things in life come free"
  9. They say "Birds of same feather fly together" but then they also say "Same Poles Repel & Opposite attract each other"
  10. They say "You are never too old to learn" but then they say "You can't teach old dog a new trick"

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Coal-gate raw in Parliament

The mother or father of all the scams, the coal block scam has rattled the nation.  The Indian Parliament has been seen adjourned sessions due to this. The Political parties are opposing the central governments' move. But what does a common man get out of it? Nothing and moreover the stalled / adjourned session of parliament is wasting national time and money.  

Though like other Bloggers there is lot to write for me on this topic, but the thought that's crashing in my mind is - सरकार ने कोयले की दलाली में हाथ काले कर ही लिए!!! 

And its not just the government that is facing the bleeding thorn, the opposition party BJP is also in the fray with some Coal blocks as awarded were identified to be awarded to the relatives of BJP leaders.  Even the Left Parties are not spared as they are also identified to have allotted Coal blocks without auctions.

Another thought that hits my mind - सारे के सारे अपनी उंगलियां घी में और सर कढ़ाई में डाले बैठे हैं|

All the Political parties are actually equally responsible and are involved in the overall Scam, but just because the CAG report implicates the sitting government, everyone is pointing finger at them.  Now this is what is called as Politics of Fair Advantage to sit in the opposition...

लेकिन जब सरकार आपकी पार्टी की बनेगी तब आप क्या करेंगे? Just wondering what would the opposition parties do when they would succeed in their political ambition to be in the Ruling Side?  Did they forget that when BJP was sitting as the Ruling Party, we had witnessed the "Coffin-Gate".

Everyone just flexes muscles to earn the quick buck till they are in power...... Yeah the Power Corrupts and the Indian Political scenario today is such that we would need to use the candle light in broad day light to find a NON-Corrupt Politician.....