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The Dream team at 7 Race Course Road

20 May

If i could use one word to describe the results of this election : Beautiful !

It is so heart warming to see India giving a big thumbs to stability and reforms .

Now that Congress is all set to form the govt here is my take on what key cabinet positions should be like :

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Prime Minister : Dr Manmohan Singh

Principal Economic Adviser to the PM :  Montek Singh Alluwallia

Finance Minister : C. Rangarajan

Commerce Minister : Mr. Kamal Nath

Home Minister : P. Chindambaram

External Affairs Minister : Shashi Taroor

HRD :  Sam Pitroda ( Surprise !.. Surprise !)

Railway Minister : Laloo Prasad Yadav ( Yes, despite the fact that he partially dumped Congress. For the greater common good )

Communications & Telecom Minister : Dayanidhi Maran

Defense Minister : Mani Shankar Aiyar

Panchayath Raj Minister :  Rahul Gandhi

Aviation Minister : Praful Patel

Science and Technology Minister : Kapil Sibal

Rural Development Minister : Sachin Pilot

Micro and Small medium Industry Minister :  Jaipal Reddy

Tourism Minister : Jyothiradithya Scindia

Power Minister : Pranab Mukerjee

Agriculture Minister : Suresh kalmadi

Petroleum Minister : Murali Deora

Law and Justice Minister : Bhradwaj

This is a list of young and experienced group of ministers which i believe can be part of the Cabinet Ministry for the next government .

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Fiscal Policy : Are we planning to go into a recession?

26 Feb

I want you guys  to read the article Wrong Doctor, wrong treatment from the editorial of the Business Line and give it a serious thought. 

But i must caution that if you are not a keen follower of economic policies happening in India and across the world then you will not be able to grasp the real concept behind what the author is trying to convey in the article. Written in clear and simple words the author of the article is wondering if tthe Govt going dangerously wrong in itr fiscal and monetary policy. 

I personally think there is a element of  merit in the arguments put forth in the article. 

Are we trying to spend the money which we dont have ? Is it not similar to what happened in America in between 1993 and 2007 , the effect of which is now seen as the economic recession now. So, are we getting the wrong economics right in the wrong propotions? 

Are we spending more than what we should be spending ? Are we taking the fiscal problem in a lighter sense ? 

I dont care what economist you believe in . I personally go for Keynesian . Always have. But you may be a Friedman fan for all I care.

But today’s economic situation is so differenent in its scale and scope that I am willing to let go of Keynesian theories and embrace which will work and sound logic from an development prespective. 

I implore you guys to read the article . 

Please drop in your queries, doubts, ideas, thoughts so we can have a sensible discussion this and take it forward.

Also read my post on Is India still in recession to understand what is happeining to our economy.

IPL disgust – Capitalist Morons – why i will never watch IPL matches

6 Feb

I feel revolted when i see cricket  players being “auctioned” and bought for IPL matches.

How is it that the people who are involved in bidding and buying players have the heart to dish out crores of money to buy players when common people across the country…nay world ( because even foreign players are involved) are loosing jobs or tightening their wallet due to economic slow down ?

In December we witnessed one of the most dastardly terrorist attack the world has ever seen. Hundreds died, still you have hundreds  in hospitals recovering from their injuries , some are still in trauma caused due to the tragedy .

And yet, here we have a group of extremely wealthy corporate assholes paying huge chunks of money to play 20 overs cricket match.  Basically you are just blowing away crores of money in matter of hours.

What i don’t understand is how can Vijay Mallya pay Rs. 7cr on one side for just one English player when  his KingFisher airline is making huge losses and owe the government 100cr on airline fuel charges?

Get this straight ! That 100 crore is not any body’s but our money . Suffice to say he owes people like you and me and the rest of India  Rs100 cr and plus. It our  money –  what we pay to the country in the form tax, guys!

But he is not at fault . The fault is completely ours. We are not proactive. And that includes me as well!

If I was proactive I would have asked him , ” dude!  who the fuck gave you the right to buy another “human being” , when you don’t have the decency to pay back what you owe the government ?  or at least invest that money in improving the efficiency of your company so that you don’t have cut jobs tomorrow ”

I so wanted to ask Mrs Ambani , ” Just because you eat, sleep, drink, swim money , how is that you have the heart to be so bloody ostentatious during such difficult times ?  You live in Mumbai, don’t you ?  what have you done for the injured or the family of the martyrs of the terrorist attack ? ”

To Ms Preity Zinta –  ” That’s right! you have become too old to act as a heroine. Accept that fact. You don’t have producers lined up outside your door to sign up movies. Tough luck! but that is how it is . Use money wisely .. Just because your bf is coming from a wealth family , doesn’t mean that you…. you get the drift , don’t you ? ”

To Ms Shetty –  ” You suck ! how long are you gonna flaunt you Big Boss win ? How long are you gonna live under the assumption that people in India really give a hoot about you ? ”

In the olden days wealthy merchants used to buy slaves and prostitutes from the market . Slaves for hard labour and prostitutes for the obvious reasons. Irrespective of the economic situation around them , they continued to eat, sleep, become fat and have a gal time with women.

How different is that from what is happening today at the IPL auctions ?

Here are my questions to you ?

Why are you watching these matches , just to increase TRP ratings and waste your time only to re fill the pockets of these morons ? Why not use that time to go out and play a match with your friends ? That way you excerise your body!

I am not saying that you should stop watching cricket , but hey ! there are other sports in the country too. There are other players looking out for support from you as well .

There are other players in the arena from other sports who are not asking for money but for appreciation. Who are not seeking brand ambassador tags but money for training and infrastructure.

Simple case in point – corporates chased Sania Mirza not only for her win in Wimbledon but she is considered “hot” and “sexy” . Vijinder Kaur looks like a “model” hence he get brand endorsements .

What about other players who won medals for our nation during the Olympics . Sure you said , ” I am proud of you guys”. After that ? Everybody forgets !

We should be ashamed of ourselves, no?

It is ironic that a boxer whos sport is of destructive nature endoring a insurance product ?

So, ask yourself this question – ” how skin deep and money minded am i ?”

And  another culprit is the media. Ndtv is so jobless that they dedicated a show just to bring in the bidders to talk /discuss about why they paid so much money and blah … blah .. Nonsense . What is there to discuss ? They came with money, they falunted their wealth , bid like it is done in a market and went home with a bunch of slaves. And yeah, they appeared on TV ..  The same goes for other tv channels  as well .

I have decided never to watch 20/20 matches. I feel used by the capitalist assholes . I am too intelligent, too smart and have too much diginty to fall for this bloody money making game.

Sure , money is important. Not advocating to stop wacthing cricket matches or stop cheering the cricket team .But there is a limit to everything !

I suggest you guys do the same ! It is only a suggestion , though

Understand one simple thing – end of the day everything is about how many ads were aired, the TRP raitings and money generated. It is not about the game !

Why

The Good Samaritan

3 Jan

That’s me !!!!

tell you why …

So here I was standing right out Hertiage Fresh and having soup when this couple drive in with their Zen car. They keep the engine on and get in to make purchase. I was like – Maybe they are going to make quick purchase and be a back in  jiffy.

But no! 5 min later they were still making their purchases and the car engine was still on. That is pollution … Big Time ! Not to mention waste of petrol .  When i finished my soup and couldn’t stand it anymore, I went in and spoke to the guy who drove the car .

” Excuse me , I couldn’t help notice but I see you have kept the car engine on … Maybe you should switch it off ” .

He dint bat eyelid ,smiled and without any fuss , said ” You are right.. Sorry about that . Kept it on because my mom is inside. But I will switch it off” .

And off he went and duly switched off the engine . Meanwhile, I got on my bike and started it when he came in asked , ” Hi , are you an environmentalist? studying environmental science?engineer?” ….

I told him – Heck no .. I am not even an environmental activist . But that doesn’t mean i cant point it out to you .. right? I hope I dint offend you in anyway.

” Not at all. Good job”, he smiled …

Boy, was i happy or what? My good deed for the day , lord.. ain’t that swell!

But the incident got me thinking. Big Insights..

  • He was not illiterate. And from the way he spoke , definitely not unaware about climate problems and  pollution either. But still he was caught in the act of wasting petrol. why did he do that ? How can we prevent people from wasting petrol and other energy resources in our own small yet significant way?
  • Why did he think that I had to be a environmental science student or a activist or an engineer to point it to him? Why is he waiting for such people to come and tell him straight when he himself  can be an environmental evangelist without  any tags? Just be  a concerned-well informed citizen. How difficult can that be. huh?

But you know what ?

I felt good about what I did. Made me feel responsible and made me feel powerful . As if – I have it in me to make the change – kind felling.

Not exactly the epitome of modesty. Am i ? 🙂

But think about it. How many times have you seen such incidents where your friend, relative or just about any stranger waste petrol or cause massive pollution and yet you let it pass without thinking twice about it?

Try to be proactive for a change. See the difference you make for yourself . The sense of empowerment, happiness, success which sweeps over you when you do a good Samaritan act.

So.. I was thinking . Now that i did something good . Did i earn a Bournville?