Thursday, December 29, 2005

My Life's ratings

The rating's pretty close I'll say. Thanks Jamuna!

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 6.9
Mind: 8.2
Body: 9.2
Spirit: 6.3
Friends/Family: 4.7
Love: 2.9
Finance: 5.2
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Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Petty politics of Cash doles

In the wee hours of this wet Sunday morning just a week after the stampede in a similar relief camp set up by the government at Vyasarpadi, Chennai claimed 6 lives A stampede at KK Nagar, Chennai has already claimed 42 lives.

Now more people have died in Chennai due to stampedes for getting flood relief than due to the floods itself!!!

Disasters and tragedies are merry times for the people in power. Everyone wants to be seen as doing something good for the people in need of help. Bigger the publicity for the event, bigger is the cash dole. Hours into the tragedy the Chief Minister announced a cash dole of Rs. 1,00,000 for the families of each of the victims

  • The government has announced a compensation of Rs. 50,000 only to each of the families of those who died in the bus accidents in which the buses were swept away in floods in Ramanathapuram and Thanjavur districts last month.
  • How is the life of someone who is killed with lesser media glare in anyway less worthy of similar compensation?
  • Who are these people to decide the value of a life?
  • What would the grieving families do with all this money?

In the first place the stampede itself was because the government was doling out Rs. 2,000 to the people. Instead of resorting to such bribery months before the elections the government could've taken precautionary measures to prevent such inundation of residential areas due to flooding.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Drain Brain

No it's not another term for a Moron. It's just that the arguments against Brain Drain are so flawed that I thought I could take the liberty to create another flaw!

According to the World Bank's report on `Global economic prospects' India has emerged as the top recipient of remittances globally with its workers abroad sending in a whopping $21.7 billion back home in 2004.

Some facts about India for the same Period
External Debt : $117.2 billion
Income from Exports: $69.18 billion
Income from our diaspora: $21.7 billion

Speaks volumes about all those people who toil hard in a foreign land to feed those back home. While all those unlucky people who lacked the opportunity to go abroad keep harping about how 'Indian' talent is driving 'Foreign' Economies these silent crusaders have been working hard to improve the quality of life of their kith and kin back home.

I personally know an IIT Gold Medalist who chose to stay back even though most of his batchmates left the country. After a decade of experience he was finding it difficult to land a job because he was considered 'Over-Qualified'!! After a year of being jobless in India he is now working at a MNC in Singapore where they pay him 20 times what he got here!!

I firmly believe there's no place like 'Home Sweet Home' But for those who're talented enough to create for themselves a respectable career abroad for which they're not considered 'Over-Qualified', they should go ahead and do just that.

If they want to do something back for their motherland It doesn't necessarily mean coming back here and becoming a Farmer, they can also stay put there and send in wealth that can make our INDIA a better place.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Hypocrisy #05 - The power hungry Sanyasin

Sanyasin is one who walks the path of Sanyasa which symbolizes the conception of the mystic life in Hinduism where a person is now integrated into the spiritual world after renouncing all material life.

Uma Bharti who calls herself a Sanyasin sulks, throws temper tantrums, walks out of meetings all because she was denied the Chief Minister's chair of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Her supporters resorted to violence and effigy burning after she staged a walk-out.

How can someone who has lust for power call herself a Sanyasin?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

When Democracy was Raped

UPDATED from the Original Post dated July 26, 2005

After months of haggling and obviously after money and promises of ministerial berths etc., were exchanged the LJP split and the Janata Dal United which is part of the NDA led by Nitish Kumar finally got the required number of MLAs to stake claim to form the government in Bihar. But the prime minister's office worked overtime that night rather into the next day morning and got the president to ink the order dissolving the Bihar Assembly.

Their reason was that intensive horse trading going on, didn't they realize it till the LJP split and any realistic chances of the RJD led UPA forming a government faded away? Though the Congress would've risked loosing the support of the Laloo lead RJD wouldn't the people of Bihar have got a respite after several years of mis-rule under Laloo and Rabri?

An election is an opportunity for the people to exercise their choice of who they perceive as most suitable to rule them. Everyone has a different opinion and because of the clutter of political parties We're having more and more hung assemblies and parliaments which finally end up in coalition governments. It is not unusual nowadays to see haggling between coalition partners who finally end up forming the government.

Is the Central government justified in dissolving the state assembly elected by a over a million people for their whim and fancy? Finally its the people of Bihar who have to pass the verdict through their votes in the coming assembly elections.

UPDATE 1 (07.10.05):
The Supreme Court ruled on October 7, 2005 that a government decision to dissolve the legislature in Bihar was unconstitutional, but it stopped short of overturning the move.

UPDATE 2 (01.12.05):
More important than the Supreme Court's decision the people of Bihar have passed their verdict. Laloo was routed in the elections to the legislative assembly and Nitish Kumar has stormed to powr in Bihar.

Politicians should learn that there's always a price to pay for ignoring the democratic will of the people.