Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pride, Politics,Progress & selfie

In complete darkness , you see the stars. Its is the presence of darkness that is critical. Such was the political vacuum in India that it accentuated Narendra Modi's role. Undoubetdly his presence has brought in one person who has little to take for himself. The same however cannot be said for the party he belongs which will always be torn due to conflicting interests.

Modi's style has brought in the first phase of what he thinks people are lacking, pride in the nation, respect in the world and a peek into the goodness we all have. Selfies with world leaders adds to his and the nation's presence, selfies with young kids endear him to people but selfies hardly solve anything. A 10 second job in individual and collective vanity. To make matters worse such is the band of his followers who do not think deep and must be in defence of whatever he does. Selfies, photo ups add little to changing real India, it only makes people feel good and rather puts them in a place where they cannot really question the PM, he has gone to their emotional system and hence logic counts little.

Great work has been done in Yemen, Nepal in army operations in Manipur and in launching initiatives for financial inclusion but we must not be blinded. Swatch Bharat Abhiyan is a great tool for people who hardly contribute, but for people who really contribute the idea looks just good for media. Celebrities will not clean up anything they will pose and feel, thats a great success but deep in villages its water for toilets that matters.It is the presence of dustbins, the presence of toilets in urban areas that will ensure people do not relieve in public.

#Selfiewithdaughter is another example, a 10 sec effort is a great move but does not attack where most needed, the idea that women and men all are equal, must have equal opportunities in education, health and decison making. Research on female nutrition suggests that women eat last hence the least as little is left in poor families. Hence #rotiwithdaughter seems a more deeper change move. There is a serious lack of depth and no one in the media seems to really question that, all are self absorbed to be on the right side of power.  What else explains Lalit modi taking his word on social media rather than mainstream media, his doubts that people would air the wrong side.

Modi has added to India's optimism, he is the best person we have but he is just setting the stage, the actual play is yet to get live, these are just fillers but the content of development for the poor is yet to roll out. His focus on Yoga suggests it is a long term game for him not a T20 match.

I am sure he will do well, but only when his party allows and his followers understand they are people in India apart from him who are as partiotic as he is if not more.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bihar- dreams and despairs

Its been a while since I wrote on this blog, partly because I became a Victim of everyday work. There are lot of things I wanted to share much from my travels then from books. Visited Bihar many times , always left saddened

1. Looks life an African capital to me, alive from those movies. No traffic lights, no coherence, no pride in human identity.

2. People I meet are generally unhappy they did not get a govt job. Sad to see this metric define human happiness levels.

3.Sad about Bihar since I expect a lot from here, every second person I meet is sharp, has knowledge but does not use it at all, that's a big worry , sad lives, something is super wrong .

4. All said í done corruption and mai baap culture rules, no one has learnt anything and may not learn too.

5. Bihar is the most promising and most dissapointing place in India. Young stupid people waste lives to be mercenaries of uneducated politicians in the govt service. Those in service have sold all good morals long back and do nothing for ppl.

6. Bihar ppl are an afraid lot, for god knows what,  smart ppl being afraid of unsmart ppl is doom as it is Bihar.

Ps: on board a 6 hr late train in Patna, hope time meant something.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Delhi elections: whom to vote whom to not

1. AAP Vote because

1. Clean money
2. Need to be promoted to ensure check on Bjp after congress is too powerless
3. Has selfless volunteers, they brought young to politics
4. Made their stand clear and joined politics
5.Made mistake but admitted
6. Its the tadka in politics the spice of Indian politics
7. Will help them grow which is good for Indian politics

Do not vote for AAP because

1. They need to do dharna, with central govt of Bjp there is no way things will be easily granted to them
Not a smooth ride for them due to allignment issues with centre.

Vote for Bjp because

1. Allignment with centre govt
2. Modi govt policies maybe fastracked

Do not vote for Bjp

1. Where are funds coming from
2. There will be a tussle for leadership, cannot escape this.
3. Weaker opposition in india overall .no party will question their wrong,AAP will have a long way, may loose relevance

Vote wisely , but do vote, your choice makes delhi and democracy stronger !!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Scalable entrepreneurship development in Indian Colleges

Spoke on scalable model for developing entrepreneurs in colleges at an American Center event in ISB Mohali

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Entrepreneurship education in Indian colleges:RTI reply

Recently I had written to the Ministry of Higher education by RTI to understand the efforts for entrepreneurship education in Indian colleges.

I had asked the following queries

1. What are the different schemes of for entrepreneurship promotion in higher education institutions with the cost outlays
2. How many students in colleges took the benefit of entrepreneurship schemes
3. Latest impact report of these schemes
4 How many colleges along with their type that teach entrepreneurship.
5.How many faculty members have been given some sort of entrepreneurship training.
6. List of entrepreneurship in-charges by college name

Ministry of HRD forwarded the query to UGC who said that they have no information on any of the above

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Youth in Indian politics, what stops them, what encourages them

The invisible, vulnerable group: Child Beggars

This is a daily situation. Your car/bike is at a signal. Suddenly there is someone on the window/touching you if on a bike. You turn and see a young kid, or a mother with a child asking for money.
What do you do? Look away, try to ignore them. lose you temper, shout at them, become a little irritable. Why?
Because you really don’t know what to do, and it bugs you. Should you give them money and perpetuate the act of begging or should you just ignore them, which is what you do anyway, and keep feeling a little guilty for not having helped them. If you give them money, it encourages them to continue begging as a profession.
On the other hand, if you don’t give them money, you feel a twinge of remorse, because giving money is the only real thing I can do for them. And yet, is there anything I can do?
The law forbids begging, we should start asking authorities of what they are doing. Start by not giving any money and tweeting, facebooking, emailing( indiawithoutbeggars@gmail.com) a photo and the location. We will take it to the authorities and demand rehabilitation of these beggars.Slowly we can change the status quo.
 Don’t encourage begging, dont give money”
Read more about it at www.indiawithoutbeggars.org

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why is mainstream media silent on this

Social media has been abuzz with allegations of corruption between NDTV and the finance minister. Here are few links.


Its high time mainstream media takes this up.

Friday, January 24, 2014

कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती / हरिवंशराय बच्चन 

Hear it on https://m.soundcloud.com/anupamkher/04-lehron

लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती

असफलता एक चुनौती है, स्वीकार करो
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ मत भागो तुम
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती
कोशिश करने वालों की हार नहीं होती