The great Indian contradictions

The great Indian contradictions

India, Where every one wants his country to succeed, but no one wants their neighbor’s success. Here are a few other popular Indian contradictions..

 

Irony is when People kill their own girls in womb and seek out neighbor’s girls for ‘Kanya Puja’!!!

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You have to look both ways to cross a one-way road.

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Parents want their children to stand out in a crowd but expect them to do what the crowd is doing.

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The Hindus have to prove that they are secular, while the Muslims have to prove that they are patriotic.

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Everyone’s in a hurry, but no one reaches on time.

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In India YOU do not cast your vote, you vote YOUR caste.

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Where  education loan has higher interest rate than car loan.

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You can’t be a peon in any organization without 8th pass but you can be Chief Minister / Prime-minister / President of our country without any education, even with a proven criminal track-record. .

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Students with 45% get in elite institutions thru quota system and those with 90% get out because of merit.

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We live in a system where people who post on social media gets imprisoned while the rapists and murderers roam freely.

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Do You find any great indian contradiction? Share it with us.

5 good signs for Indian Economy

5 good signs for Indian Economy

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It looks like the worse is over for Indian economy. One can see the days of surging economy in near future. Economics and elections are taking the markets to a new level. Experts are commenting that it might not be a short term boom and may last for long post elections. There are five good signs that is bringing optimism in Indian markets:

Sensex breaching new highs:

A few minutes back, Sensex touched a lifetime high of 22,000 before settling at 21,919.79 on Friday with a rise of 405.92 points or 1.89 per cent. Nifty also achieved a new closing high of 6,526.65 the same day. 149 stocks touched their 52-week high on the BSE. It’s like a Euphoria at Dalal Street. Market is going berserk. Stocks are reaching their all-time high levels. A sustained mark of 24,000 can be a reality soon.

Appreciating Rupee:

After dipping to 69.225 vs Dollar, Rupee can be seen surging again where it reached its 3 month high level of 61.07. With higher net imports in our country, surge in the value of Rupee is a good sign for the industry. Though it led to 5% decline in IT shares, yet, overall industry went booming.

Return of FIIs:

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have pumped money back into the Indian markets. Last 15 sessions alone witnessed investments worth $1 billion in India. Sentiments towards Indian markets is improving. There is a much greater faith in the way the Indian economy is being run now as compared to many other emerging markets.

Lowering CAD:

Though our GDP growth rate is estimated at a lacklustre 4.7%, still a growth turnaround seems to be a good possibility now. Curb on gold imports and higher interest rates which has kept inflation in check have finally paid out. Pro-active measures by RBI led to a CAD of 2.3% of GDP for April-December period.

Chances of a Stable Government:

Though people’s sentiment say that the chances are bleak, opinion polls indicate that NDA is likely to get more than 200 seats in the Lok Sabha elections with UPA coming out as a distant dreamer getting only 140 seats. Analysts are predicting that a NDA-led government would turn out to be a heaven for the markets and the results are already visible at the stock market. It is possible that

India will no longer be a country of ‘Policy Paralysis’ if any party gets a clear majority.

Engineers : A prize-catch or the worst-dump of the society

Engineers : A prize-catch or the worst-dump of the society

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Engineers – Life in India

What created Engineering?

Engineering was created by mere delusions of mind. The boy soon after his birth in India is married with the goal to be an Engineer and thus it becomes his destiny and prolonged identity. His parents teach him Mathematics and no Literature, Physics and no Biology. His diversions are focused to perks after engineering. And then he firmly believes that upon the completion of his engineering, he will be handed over a ‘Kingfisher model meets Arundhati Roy’ kind of bride along with his degree. Forget about the girl part. He thinks he can en-cash his degree to earn millions. But such delusions are what keep the economy going. No delusion means no engineering. No engineering means no engineers. No engineers mean no investment bankers, no authors, no social workers, no ad makers, no janitors etc. Get the point?

10 statements defining Engineering students

1.       2 Mbps Internet connection is utmost necessary than 2 liters of water per day for survival.

2.       Seeing sunrise is a sin. Even if the sun gods defer by an hour or two still one won’t wake up.

3.       Bunking classes, proxy, running out of the classroom when the teacher is teaching… C’est la vie!

4.       No effect of crap grades. They occur with such regularity; you can do nothing but ignore them.

5.       One night stands. I wish i could say it means the way it is meant to mean. It is in relation to exams, blokes.

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6.       Deodorants and face wash- I do not want to piss you off by providing the exact data of the interval between their successive baths. These people really save water.  

7.       Use their creativity in charting and managing to attend the minimum no. of classes needed for a pass grade.

8.       Their efficiency is inversely proportional to the number of days left to the deadline.

9.       Engineers can share everything from books to boxers. They are adept at adapting to unadoptable situations.

10.   Engineering students have been known to suffer from epileptic fits and seizures if they are unable to find the torrents for the latest episodes of American sitcoms and Movies. The only backlog an engineer actually dreads is a backlog in sitcoms. Again, an engineer’s method of watching sitcoms is entirely opposite to the conventional ‘one episode-per week-for several years’ approach that lesser mortals follow.

No aspect of human life has been left untouched by engineers. From call centers to novels, from Wheeler’s to Wall Street, from Pixar to Actors, from technicians to terrorists, you will find engineers all around you. The boogeyman under your kid’s bed-he’s a computer engineer who failed to make it to IBM. Engineers diversify and multiply faster than any bacteria or virus known to man. This is what an Engineer is. A prize-catch or the worst-dump of the society.

China’s String of Pearls

China’s String of Pearls

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In China, pearls symbolize ‘genius in obscurity’ and that is the cornerstone for ‘String of Pearls’ as touted by a US researcher – an intelligent strategy by China to box up India in South Asia. This strategy is designed to bolster China’s energy security, negate US influence in the region, and empower overseas bonding ties with diverse countries such as Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It is a network of naval bases encircling India from the sea and cramping its maritime aspirations.

China’s Malacca dilemma

China’s excessive dependence on the Strait of Malacca led to building of roads and railways into Central Asia for importing Hydrocarbons from the Middle East. This is evident from the construction of parts of the Karakoram highway in southwestern China and northern Pakistan. The action has been condemned strongly by India’s incumbent officers. Though a little late but India has finally felt the power of the Dragon, “New Delhi must accept the reality of the Chinese presence in many sectors previously considered as India’s exclusive domain” admitted Salman Khurshid, Indian Ministry of foreign affairs.

Chinese Investments aren’t just constellation of trade linkages. They are visibly geared towards improvising maritime transport infrastructure but bears great resemblance to a noose woven to encircle and constrict our nation within its own backyard

The ‘Pearls’

The firming up of ties with the south Asian countries has led to joint port construction or enlargement of deals such as with Pakistan at Gwadar, where Chinese companies have poured at least $15 billion (for GWADAR to become new DUBAI). It seems that they have faith in Pakistan’s military ability to look out for their interests. Another bead needed by China is  Hambantoota in Sri Lanka. Here it benefits from non military facilities in a ‘friendly’ country for the transits of its imports and exports. Other pearls are Bangladesh at Chittagong with which it aims to replace Singapore port and Myanmar at Sittwe.

Prophecy

Naval analyst Zhang Ming recently proclaimed that the Islands of Andaman and Nicobar could be used as a metal chain to block Chinese access to the Strait of Malacca. Sustaining and reinforcing Indian maritime diplomacy in the Indian Ocean region could be another step to tackle the Janus-Faced strategic pearls.

19th century strategic thinker Mahan had prophesized that the future of world in 21st century would be decided on the waters of the Indian Ocean. India’s expansion of its maritime power and its inroads in the Indian Ocean region now deserve introspection.

Number of analysts have also drawn attention to the similarities of nationalism, between the rise of Modern China and rise of Wilhelmine Germany in the late 19th century as it is augmenting rapidly into a global system. The Chinese Military is a powerful political player like Germany. Chinese regime is trying to hold on to political power even as it unleashes forces in society that make its control increasingly shaky, so let us see when the World War III commences!!!

A Bumpy Ride for FDI

A Bumpy Ride for FDI

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Indian politics and media in the latter half of 2012 put FDI in retail on center stage. The reasons were quite vivid. In a show of audacity, the United Progressive Alliance government has decided to further open up the retail trade sector to foreign investment. Foreign investors will be permitted to enter the hitherto prohibited multi-brand retail segment and hold equity of up to 51 per cent in the units established. Other sectors to open up FDI in India are Aviation, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance and Pension.

Two sides of the coin

Facing the threat of having its credit rating downgraded to junk, the Indian government has been running out of time to show it is serious about fixing an economy that has been hard-hit by a global economic crisis and political gridlock at home. Finally, despite all the opposition and without having the consensus of alliance, UPA opened up the gates for the foreign companies in a desperate attempt to save the sinking economy. This move is nothing short of a declaration that UPA would proceed with implementing its agenda of economic reform, irrespective of whether there is majority support for, let alone a consensus on, that agenda.

The claims that FDI will bring in loads of employment and solidify the looming economy are contrary to the fact that the immediate and direct effect of FDI would be a significant loss of employment in the small and unorganised retail trade which would be displaced by the big retail firms. Prices paid to and returns earned by small suppliers, especially in agriculture, would be depressed because a few oligopolistic buyers dominate the retail trade. Moreover, once the retail trade is concentrated in a few firms, retail margins would rise, with implications for prices paid by the consumer, especially in years when domestic supply falls short.

Even if the postulations made by the UPA government turn out to be true, as vivid from the fact that India’s foreign direct investment inflows grew by over 65% year-on-year to $1.94 billion in October, according to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), yet the scenario won’t turn around overnight.

Hurdles in the way

The decision of implementing the FDI has been left to the states and most of the states have already rejected the concept as whole. Due to such strong opposition, most of the organizations have decided to wait till the clouds of mystification disperse and the scenario becomes clear for investment.  Even after the state’s blessings, which is unlikely to happen in most of the cases, large retailers would need to acquire large swathes of land in prime areas, which is a monumental task. Secondly, companies like Walmart are able to reap supply-chain efficiencies in the U.S. because of a strong infrastructure. The same thing can’t be said of India. Thirdly, taking into account that Indian consumer is a very complex persona, organized retail seems to be a small fish that would neither threaten the livelihoods of “kirana” shops, as portrayed by the Opposition, nor restore the financial health of the nation, as hoped by the government.

The road for FDI turned out to be quite a rough one in India. Whether it was inside the parliament or outside it, the issue turned out to be a centre stage for all the controversies. The step to let FDI in multi-brand retail didn’t go down well with Opposition parties and erstwhile UPA ally Trinamool Congress, which decided to withdraw support from the government over the issue and others, including hike in diesel prices. The issue stalled proceedings of Parliament till the government agreed to a voting on allowing of FDI in multi-brand retail that it managed to win, thanks to the abstention of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

Just when the government thought it was done with the issue, Wal-Mart’s disclosure in the US that it spent close to $ 25 million since 2008 on its various lobbying activities, including on issues related to “Enhanced market access for Investment in India”, created furor again. The company, however, stressed that it did not pay bribes to anyone in India. It was IKEA that made news continuously in the single-brand segment. The Scandinavian retailer wanted the government to relax the clause for mandatory sourcing of 30 per cent from MSMEs. After months of dialogue, the government relented and relaxed it for single brand segment which seems to be a favor done to IKEA.

On one side exist the exaggerated claims made by the government that FDI will be beneficial for the economy as well as common man and on the other side stands the small retailer who is genuinely worried about his livelihood supported by the opposition. Now that the foreign retailer have been granted a foothold in the market, only time will tell if the arrival will kill the neighborhood kirana stores or they will co-exist.

Damned if you do, Doomed if you don’t

Damned if you do, Doomed if you don’t

Capital Punishment

9th February 2013 witnessed hanging of Afzal Guru, prime accuse of the attack on Indian Parliament that took place on 13th December 2011 causing a loss of many lives. The ‘said to be’ main conspirator in the Parliament attack case was executed and buried in Tihar jail in secrecy making it second such event within 3 months. Protests by the various sections of the society, curfew in Kashmir, celebrations by the right wing marked a final closure to the case. It has disturbed some and settled others. The situation of the government can be simply described as: Damned if you do, Doomed if you don’t

Marking of another Separatist Movement?

The graveyard of the Tihar Jail where Afzal has been buried houses the body of Maqbool Bhat in the very vicinity. Bhat, executed in 1984, was accused of conducting Pakistan’s military operations in India, recruiting cadre to launch a secessionist movement and robbing a bank intended to raise funds. Though the death of Bhat was ignored by the state, from 1987, as the secessionist movement in Jammu and Kashmir started gaining momentum, Bhat’s political heirs finally began getting a hearing. The anniversary of his execution has been among the biggest events on Kashmir’s secessionist political calendar, commemorative protest marches and strikes. Hence, it’s not very hard to believe that Afzal will also become a rallying point for the separatist movement, drawing a new generation of young people to join the cause.

Curfew, yet again

The event has turned out to be yet another nightmare for the people of Kashmir. With questions being raised over the fair trial of Afzal, the whole valley has been put under curfew following the unease created by his execution. Apart from blocking the highways for public use, authorities have also snapped the internet and mobile services in the valley and restrictions have been imposed on media so that the turmoil can be controlled. Anger outbursts of Kashmiris with Anti-India slogans and violence at many places have disrupted the normal life in the state.

Time to Celebrate?

Just after the execution took place, supporters of Bajrang Dal and VHP were found celebrating on the streets, distributing sweets and bursting firecrackers to mark the victory of the nation over the terrorism. They were witnessed fighting with the Kashmiri students who were protesting against the way Afzal was hanged. But has the war against terrorism ended? Have we knocked down the masterminds behind these terrorist activities? Aren’t we making a mistake again by crushing the puppets when the real devil is still out there, roaming free and wild? Moreover, with our own nation boiling, is it actually a right time to celebrate?

Political Gains Indeed

With the hanging of Afzal Guru, UPA hopes to finally shed its soft image. The decision of the execution comes right before the Parliament session forcing BJP to change its track and putting it on the back foot. It will also help UPA in making some development in the saffron terror cases. Moreover, it has become difficult for the BJP to target Sushil Kumar Shinde over his Hindu terrorist remarks as he had taken an active role in the decision of execution of Guru and has cleared the stand of the UPA-led government against any type of terrorism in the country. It will also help UPA counter Modi, who was seeking a muscular action against terrorism.

Vengeance or Justice?

Execution of Guru triggers the debate of capital punishment once again. There were no protests seen in the country when Kasab was hanged. Being a Pakistan’s nationalist, involved in the firing himself didn’t have the support of Indian public but in case of Guru, who surrendered himself after the parliament attack and whose family is still awaiting his body, the question of validation of death penalty rises again. It also goes opposite to the growing global consensus against death punishment. It seems like there is no other principle strengthening the laws of capital punishment in India except vengeance.

India needs a better Leveler!

India needs a better Leveler!

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Jaipur Literature Festival: Two prominent personalities, one editor of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal and another one listed on the  Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll of the Foreign Policy magazine, Ashis Nandy made headlines after a panel meeting called the Republic of Ideas.At the discussion, Mr.Tejpal elaborated on the topic of corruption, how rich people get away with sophisticated ways of corruption and how people on the other side of tracks (a phrase he used for lower castes)  get caught because of their immature ways. He went on to call corruption a leveler, bridging the gaps made by caste. Mr. Nandy picked up from here and claimed that about 70 percent of the downtrodden people (he explicitly mentioned the SC, ST and OBC) are the major contributors to corruption.

There are massive demonstrations in the country since this discussion. Media is increasingly paying attention to the part where Ashis called lower caste most corrupt. Most of the leaders have condemned this statement and politicians are exploiting it for their vote banks. There are debates on the freedom of speech, cultural terrorism, intolerance of society. Focus is on the part where a specific part of the society was blamed for corruption, but after the official statements are out it is evident that the entire conversation was a shocker

We had been aware of various forms of corruption before, but this distinction made on the basis of caste is not only new but simply uncalled for. In the 21st century, intellectuals like him should work on removing caste biases and distinctions, but he simply made things worse by his statement. Does our country need a leveler like corruption? India ranks 94th out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).  Do we need ways like his speech for making the influence of corruption even wider in the country. Since revelation of 2g scam, there have been massive protests against corruption, making it evident that Indians are ready to drop corruption as a way of life. But Mr. Nandy was so interested in revealing his new finding that he could not hold it and sit back, despite knowing the fact that its vulgar!

India is making attempts to get rid of this bias. There are laws, there are reservations in jobs and higher education and yes there are volunteers working for their upliftment. Caste system has plagued our society for thousands of years, it will take more than 60 years(of independence) to get rid of it and yes the country definitely has progressed. Association of corruption with caste is not a confidence booster for the country at this stage. Mr. Nandy and Mr. Tejpal, I wish you had discussed education as a leveler in the festival.