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Read: London Burnt, Paris Stood Still, Madrid Marched, and Delhi Yawns

I have written one article for Probinglens.com, which talks about numbness of Indian mass for social and political issues. Excerpt: The headline speaks of my frustration and anger over the over-placid Indian masses. We have learnt to lament the demise of TV Bahus, and get angry over the dismal defeat of the Dare Devils. We have learnt to live in blips, in Jameson’s “Perpetual Present”. We have learnt, and yet we have to master the art. In the week that ended on India’s Independence Day eve, the world saw the haughty flame bursting out of the Carpet Right building in Tottenham, and licking the London air with a fiery tongue, the dropping saliva of which spoke volumes about London burning. Read the complete article on...

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My Response to Life after capitalism on Aljazeera

I have posted the following in the reply to a discussion on Aljazeera.com about capitalism. I thought to share it with the readers who do not read Aljazeera. The article titled Life after capitalism was written by Robert Skidelsky. You can read Life after capitalism by clicking on the link. My Response: Indeed, there is a need for revolution, and as many people have said the revolution does not need to be violent one. I also do not want communism or Marxism to replace capitalism. They are too flawed, and too idealistic to be adopted as a working model. In my view, we should move towards more inclusive approach. I, as many others, will also term is “Inclusive capitalism” where the bottom 40% of the world poor is included in the system, which gives them opportunity to cement their social standing. The work, on this front, has already started. Look at the Micro credit system, which is helping many poor families in the hinterland of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and several other companies. Or you can look towards Brazil, where CEMEX has started its own form of micro-credit which helps people build their own houses, brick by brick. These systems do not have altruistic motive. It’s only the profit motive which is helping poor people join the mainline economy. The profit motive part could be a matter of argument, but I am happy with the result it produces. But before all this happen, I think the present banking system needs to be demolished, and so does supply side free trade. Instead of free trade, we should incorporate principles of fair trade with government intervention (or may be direct public intervention). When I say fair trade, I mean supply side free market should co-exist with demand side free market with no barrier on import or export of goods and services, which is selectively practiced by all rich countries. I think there are some pre-condition of existence of post-capitalist economic system, or of inclusive economy. Demolish the banking system in the present form. Aldo do away with IMF, World Bank, and other international finance organization. Set an artificial limit on the speculative capital present in any economy, putting a cap of 20% max of total yearly GDP. This will cut the share market and currency trading to size. It will result in no bubbles and no burst. A cap on richness should be set. Instead of allowing anyone or any family to amass as much wealth as it can with exploitation of natural and manmade resources and human beings, a cap on how much you can amass should be fixed. We may face small things like black money and...

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My Reply to Abusive Commenter on Nitish Kumar – A Monkey Business

My Reply to Abusive Commenter on Nitish Kumar – A Monkey Business

By writing post titled, It’s All Monkey Business for Nitish Kumar, I think I have agitated quite a few Nitish Kumar Supporters. I have received abusive comments on the post, which I duly marked spam. I would request you to read the following declaration before writing any more abusive comment: I have no business with Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav. I know what he has done for Bihar, and I also do not want him to be back in power as much as you do (or even more), but I know the decency to not be abusive in comments. The kinds of abuses you have thrown at me show the kind of people you are surrounded with, so we should better use some kind words to reflect our good upbringing. At least mine is good one. Does Nitish Camp has any decent person to start healthy discussion on the topic? By not being in favor of MR. Lalu Yadav does not make me a Nitish Pro. Nitish is no better, at least in terms of failed promises. I am not willing to buy into the “Bihar development and his being honest” propaganda spread by his own PR team (I hope those who wrote abuses know what PR firm does). I think, instead of being pro this and anti that, you need to think on the terms of development in the state and condition of people in the state. Go and find the data and do a comparative analysis of things that has changed, and how Mr. Kumar has used laws to cover up for his incompetence. We need a competent CM, not someone who cannot do anything. The image of Mr. Kumar that you have now is PR generated. Why don’t you exercise your mind and see what is right and what is not? Don’t fall for PR campaigns. It will do not any good to you or society. I definitely do not want RJD or Mr. Yadav, but it does not mean I am stuck for Mr. Kumar only. Be it Nitish Kumar if that is only option we have. But do not give up before exercising your...

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It’s All Monkey Business for Nitish Kumar

It’s All Monkey Business for Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar, has wonderfully dealt with a minister who put “Scam charges” on his own department and CM’s secretariat. He has sacked his Excise minister Jamshed Ashraf for speaking truth. This is how our great CM is trying to revive a failed state: by firing anyone who speaks against his government and its bureaucrats. If Nitish Kumar was not involved in the scam- yes I wrote SCAM and his involvement in it- then Mr. CM should have sent the matter for higher investigation (probably CBI),  but instead he asked chief secretary of state (another bureaucrat) to investigate the charges Mr. Ashraf put against Bureaucrats in Nitish’s office. How innocent is the CM! It’s time for us to think afresh of all the development gaga he is making for Bihar. This whole “Bihar developing” sounds more like NDA’s “India shining” — a Public relation campaign— and by the way Bihar has the same government who shouted “India shining” before 2004. How good will you rank a government that has only helped in constructing state’s road in 5 years (1,825 days)? That too is not complete! Facts about Bihar If you have lost your driving license or mobile phone, you will have to pay Rs. 600 to Bihar police to make them register your FIR. If you have been beaten or attempted to set you on fire alive by your in-laws or even escaped from certain death then you will have to pay Rs. 10,000 to make Bihar Police register your FIR. There is no way in which you can make police do anything without paying any money. If you know someone in power than at least you will have to pay for Police’s chai paani and cigarette. (Rs. 100 at least). No electricity in any city for more than 8-10 hours a day (except perhaps Patna) despite tall claims of building this grid system, and producing that much electricity there. Teacher to student ratio is dangerously low. Government is treating employment as opium for Bihari masses not as something they should get, hence offering them petty jobs to keep them busy by paying just Rs. 5,000 at max. I am being very generous when I said so. By design government is pushing Biharis towards poverty line. Nitish Kumar is all words and no action CM. He failed even to bring one company, forget about industry to Bihar. There are quite a few sugar mills, paper mills, and other old establishment in the state which is not operational. Mr. Kumar never bothered to take notice of any of them. It is not unknown to anyone that Bihar has a rich cultural...

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Obama: A World Leader in the Making?

Obama: A World Leader in the Making?

A couple of months back, I wrote this sample article for one of my clients. As this was just a sample for which neither the payment was made nor the copyright was sought. Hence, the decision to publish it on my blog or not rested with me. Today, while browsing through my folders, I happen to see this article, and I thought to publish the article here. I believe, this will be an interesting read for my readers. Martin Luther king Jr. had a dream and Barak Obama has realized it. He said he can and America supported him, and so did the rest of the world. He swore as 44th president of the United States, and everyone watched him glued to the television. It was a proud moment, and we held our head high and fixed our gaze at the top-most invisible point in the horizon. It has been hundred days since and the time for a reality check has come. How do you perceive Barak Obama? Is he a leader of American people who voted for him; is he a world leader with American interest in mind, or is he a true leader of men and women of all class, creed, race, and ethnicity? How you answer this question will decide how you will evaluate the work done by Obama in his first hundred days in the oval office. Through his debates and speeches, he pitched himself as a true leader of men and women, regardless of their birth, and location, so through this article I will analyze his works in this light only. As a true world leader, Obama has fallen short of his promises on many occasions. If his announcement of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison within one year has set the stage for him to become a true world leader then his myopic South-East Asian policy has given one of the biggest dents in his world-leader image. Neither of the two got wide acceptance, but the former was seen by supporters as a step towards bringing fairness in trail and as a step that recognizes the prisoners’ human rights. His declaration of deploying more troops in Afghanistan by 2011 raised many eyebrows, and his strategy towards handling crisis in Pakistan is seen as half-hearted measure to crush international terrorism. This Af-Pak policy is neither going to curb the extremists’ intention to take over Pakistan, nor this policy will succeed in breaking the backbone of Taliban and Al-Qaeda. While drafting the Af-Pak policy his administration’s officials forgot to take into account the recent Talibanisation of Western Pakistan. They also misread the survey reports that conveyed the support Osama Bin Laden...

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Mr. Advani: Watch your Mouth

Mr. Advani: Watch your Mouth

Old man has done it again, and this time too without being aware of what he is doing. From jai Shri Ram to Jai Shri Musharraf (Pervez Musharraf), Advani has proved to be a butt of political jokes and the most recent in the series is his senseless rattling to make voting compulsory for every Indian. This statement has proved once again that this old man either has no substance between his ears or he does not know how to use it. You should not worry sir; this is not your fault. How can you put the thing (read mind) in use if you are not trained to do so? This is not your fault, this is the fault of the alliances that you have. Blame it on RSS, the people there should have told you the alternative use of mind. Contrary to your belief sir, this tool is not meant only to please RSS. By the way, how do you propose to execute this grand plan of yours? You must not have known the complexity of the statement you are making, or else probably you would have refrained from voicing it. Again this is not your fault, not all minds are created equal. Sir, yours is not capable of holding complex thoughts, why don’t you just stick to Hinduism? I am sure you must be led to believe that all those who do not come out from home to vote are BJP voters. Instead of thinking like Hindu democratic dictator have you thought why people don’t come to vote? Well, unlike what your feeble mind makes you believe, not everyone is lazy and indifferent. There are people who want to vote but do not do so because you and your oppositions have failed to produce even one right candidate. This group is not in favour of electing criminals, RSS goons, Raj Thakreys of the world, and your beloved Narenda Modi. By the way what is your policy sir? C’mon I am not asking about Hindutva! I hope you understand the term “policy,” don’t you? If you still want to bring this dramatic change, I have couple of suggestion for you, and I dare you to follow them. The first in the list is to bring a constitutional change that will forbid any criminal from filing candidacy. The second in the list is to form an agency or body that will audit every politician’s performance and will provide them rating based on the works they accomplished vis-à-vis promises they made during election. This audit should also include the difference between the politicians’ pre-election wealth and the wealth accumulated at the end of the tenure....

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