Is there any need???

Whenever a blast takes place or flood hits a city. Under the dire conditions politicians go and meet the affected people in hospital. But the question is, is there any need of this????

 

A politicians just visits affected people for the sake of visiting. He means nothing for them. If he meant anything, he (politician(s)) would have acted such that these people will be benefited. But this is not the case.

 

A politician visits hospital will all his 50-60 ministers and extends few words. That’s all. He knows nothing in the treatment. But he occupies all the space there and makes the process of treatment miserable. The doctor is under constant pressure of treating patients, the relatives of patients search for his beloveds but finds it difficult to find with all these ministers surrounding. So why is the need of politicians being there.

 

It is ok that people say from both the sides. If a politician doesn’t go and meet these people then he will be called insensitive. And if he goes he will be questioned is there any need. But truly speaking, there is no need. We always say, or rather doctor always says don’t trouble the patient with all surrounding him/her. And politicians don’t add value by going there. So I think there is no need for all this show business. And politicians should not go. Instead a politician should act in the direction of something that will help stop these things. But this is far from happening as everybody (politician) tries to bake his/her bread on such issues.

 

Prasad Kulkarni

Pune.

Terrorism peeking its head again…. and politicians sitting quietly…

Delhi once again hit by bomb blast. The previous attack was just 14 days before. After the attack on 13th, Police and Government showed they are now alert, but the next blast within striking distance of Qutub Minar and within 14 days of last blast showed that Police, Government and all politicians  are still sleeping and partying.

 

Why government is so lethargic about acting on such serious issues???? This will be the most nagging question in every common man’s mind. Today every citizen of Republic India is under continuous threat. Any time a freaky terrorist will come and will decide onto when WE can LIVE and when WE will DIE. This is so insane. Why government is not acting onto it???

 

The convicts of 1993 bomb blast are still to be punished. Our Law and Order is so good, that any one from 5th standard can also trigger something that will be out of hands of system. The convicts of previous terrorism are yet to punish and new cases come and this process continues under Perpetuity law. This must change. And common man is hinting towards this change. As was shown in the movie The Wednesday, a common man can change all things but the system again is incapable of handling anything.

 

If a common man kills any terrorist, he must be punished as he has taken law and order in hand. But if a terrorist kills hundreds of people, he will not be convicted. Even if convicted or punished he has access to upper court and finally he asks for President’s help. If the law and order is for common man, why the same thing is not applicable for terrorists? There should be an order of shoot at site or if caught hanging is the only option. Unless and until terrorists are not made victims of terror, they will not listen to us.

 

Every time, Indian Prime Minister and every politician says this is bad what is happening. And again carry out their personal activities. Everytime, a blast takes place and Prime Minister urges and says “We will take strong action against terrorism”. But nothing happens. The same politician again utters the same thing till he gets votes and after getting elected he forgets all things.

 

The system of Republic India is so corrupted and so incapable that these things will go on continuously as it is. And a common man needs to habituate himself according to all these things and will have to get accustomed to terror and live with it. There seems no possible solution with current system. The situation is hinting towards a change and system must change.

 

Prasad Kulkarni

Pune.

Entertainment industry is thinking…

Yes…. Finally entertainment business is thinking with their own mind. And not into copying business from Hollywood.

After seeing “The Wednesday”, “C kompany” and “Welcome to Sajjanpur”, I was very satisfied to learn that finally Bollywood is bringing forward some sensitive issues.

Talking about “The Wednesday”. Very excellent movie. Touching onto a very sensitive issue in India. The movie portrays the role of “Stupid, Common man” in very effective form. How a common man will interrupt in the system if something is not done about terrorism. The movie successfully handles the subject. The movie says that religion here is not important but terrorism is.

Similar efforts have carried out through “C Kompany”. How resolving people’s problem can be done through DADAGIRI way or with the help of Underworld. By underworld I mean sounding like underworld and acting like Real world. There are various facets of this issue and the path but I think if the correct and lawful way is followed then the path will lead to glory.

And now talking about “Welcome to Sajjanpur”. This movie also elucidates on the democracy issues in India. Why the rights has been avoided for some people in our culture who are neither man, nor woman, how people stand in election with power and bloody background in their past and how a Letter writer becomes Novel writer. The movie effectively portrays all the issues with ease and very creative and rural touch. The movie also tells us how the things in politics affect a very small village also. In all a very good movie. Humanity and various facets of humanity are shown in effective manner.

At the end, what I want to tell through this article is, Bollywood is thinking with their own brains now. And trying to bring the sensitive issues in front and showing some possible solutions. Though the path may or may not be questionable. I my views the path should not be questionable. And industry in thinking to solve some issues through the medium of media. It’s good to do such things.

Congrats (bollywood) for such brilliant efforts.

Prasad Kulkarni
Pune

SMS lang destroying English language???

destryng = Destroying,

nite = Night

U = You.

 

A new dictionary is being built by SMS language.

Yes, the words stated above and their correct forms tells us the story. SMS these days has become very easy and cheap way of sharing thoughts, or conveying some message.

 

But….

 

This but is the main reason why I am writing this article. The main concern of SMS is the concern over how it has started destroying the original language. We always use such abbreviations while sending text messages. But when we are writing letter to some important person, or forget that, even when we are writing email or even Resume, we use these abbreviations. And that too unknowingly. This is the effect of using abbreviated or rather distorted words. And these are the words we pick from SMS dictionary.

 

We should think about this seriously. Supposing a hypothetical situation, you have got degree. And now you start sending resumes to company, or rather a covering letter with that Resume. And you use “I m a grad from XYZ college” instead of “I am a graduate from XYZ college“. The recruiter after reading your resume will throw it in trash bin and will not think of having a second look at it. And thus even being a capable, talented and most deserving candidate for the job will not get an offer letter.

And this, only because of SMS language habit.

 

I am not saying don’t use SMS language. Of course the abbreviations reduce the letter count in SMS and thus you can add up some extra message too with the same economy. But that should be limited to SMS only. You should make some deliberate efforts so that you don’t use the SMS grammar in other forms of letter writing or texting.

 

Using both the types effectively is a good thing. But often things happen unknowingly and the differentiating line between these two types is very blur. So be cautious.

 

 

Prasad Kulkarni

Pune.

Go DESI Way…

Yesterday, when I laid back on my bed, I was thinking what made financial biggies like Lehman and Merril Lynch  file for bankruptcy? Unknown till this time, or rather never thought this will ever happen. Lehman being one of the four major, big Investment Banks, failed to keep the proceedings. The important principle of perpetuity in the process of corporate world has seized to work in case of Lehman Brothers.

 

And on the other hand, Indian companies, though felt some shocks or tremors of US Economy, sustained  their existence. After going through Media and Newspaper I came to know that, RBI had tightened the screws well in advance, in 2005-06, by going for Securitization.  I also came to know what made the debacle happen in the case of Lehman and Lynch.

 

After going through this, I felt good being a citizen of India. Being close to those who were craving for MNCs and Foreign Jobs, I was also attracted to it at first. But after careful study and thinking, I thought India is having a huge potential. When I was due for deciding whether to opt for MS degree from Foreign University or PG from Indian University, I decided to opt for “DESI WAY”. Why not??? Doesn’t India provide good education? There are foreign universities who are trying to venture into India now, seeing the potential and knowledge base here. So why follow those who seek Us??? Why not to go “DESI WAY”??

 

Now after US economy slowdown and debacle of Lehman Brothers and lot of other companies in US failing to keep their existence, India will surely surge ahead of them. Though there are talks that due to debacle in US, recruitments world wide will see recession. I don’t think that will happen. MNCs are still a good option. It is not that every MNC will suffer or all MNCs will suffer. So not to panic about those things.

 

But the thing I will be doing is “GO DESI WAY”. I will definitely opt for any Indian Company. Because these are the set ups, which will strive through anything. I see the Mantra hereafter should be “GO DESI WAY”. Why not we all come together and make India bigger than US. If we all opt for Indian companies, we will surely surpass US in coming years.

 

So when are you going “DESI WAY”???

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

ITM B School

India in need of Structural Reforms…

Recently I came across some articles from the magazine Business and Economy. I was forced to think on the issue whether India needs Structural Reforms or not? Like categorised in the magazine I am on the side who support the Structural Reforms. 

 

Some of the facts mentioned in the articles were as follows:

1) 50% Indians don’t have access to banking.

So why should Indian Government think of letting foreign banks open their branches in India? That problem can be solved by making Indian banks reach to those public rather than asking somebody else to do that. Otherwise as suggested by IIPM Think Tank, let Indian Post start a new arm into Banking sector so that automatically almost all the citizens will get access to the banking. By asking Indian Post venture into Banking sector almost about 130,000 banks will be open.

 

2) Indian Railways is run by 1.4 million i.e. 14 lakh employees. The network of Indian Railways span over about 63,000 kms, around 18,000 railways run daily to nearly 8,000 stations. So this makes Indian Railways with more manpower than Indian Army. So structural reforms in Indian Railways will bring catalystic revolution in Indian Economy.

But currently the situation is bad. An live example of this is: A Kolkata-Delhi flight takes 1 hr 45 mins while the same distance travelled by fastest train takes about 17-18 hrs. On the contrary, A Barcelona-Madrid flight journey takes about 1 hr 15 mins and same by train counts about 2 hrs 40 mins. So we can better understand where we stand in the global standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We should learn something from France, China. We can see how technologically advanced they are. Corporatisation and Structural reforms are must for Indian Railways to prosper.

 

There are various other factors like Poverty, Unemployment where we can work for Structural Reforms. The Education sector today is most corrupted sector. There are so many malpractices in Education Sector. But nobody takes pain to solve such issues. Politicians are busy in extracting money and filling their bags, media is also running on the same path by not following main issues and making government take serious steps towards reforms. Just today I read some news about Politicians grabbing the money which was meant for Bihar Relief Fund. Such a pathetic is the situation in India. All everybody cares about is “Me and Myself”. “I don’t care about others” is the attitude everybody possesses.

 

There are various other issues in India, about which if I start to talk then time and space both will not be sufficient. Other factors are upto you people to decide and discuss. But this is thinking time for India. And I think India should opt for Structural Reforms keeping individual interestes.

 

Prasad Kulkarni

ITM B-School,

Navi Mumbai.

Welcome to Soccer at DY Patil

 

IPL T-20 Fame

IPL T-20 Fame

Just today read the news article in Times of India saying D Y Patil stadium at Nerul, Navi Mumbai will be hosting I-League matches in coming days. Yes, your mind is prompting you correct thing. D Y Patil is the stadium of IPL fame. It held matches of IPL T-20 in the recent past.

 

 

It is good to see that Indians are looking at other sports with the same sporting spirit as they used to look at Cricket. Why only cricket is getting all attention? Other sports are also good. They also need certain skills. Is it that Cricket only requires skills?? I guess no. 

 

But as I have already said in my article on CHANKYA NITI, we are habituated to follow West. Cricket is not our game. We got the legacy from England. But we have mastered it. On the other hand, Football, Hockey, Wrestling are our games. But we don’t seem to have mastered it. We are far away from mastering them. We are so into Cricket that we forget other sports. Forget about people forgeting the other sports because we (people) have the habit of forgeting things very quickly. But how can Indian Government, Media forget about other sports? They should not be.

 

There are currently no takers for other sports in India. Recently only when Abhinav Bindra, Vijendar Kumar and Sushil Kumar got medals for India, India has wake up to those sports.

 

Pertaining to such a situation, we can say that D Y Patil has taken a good decision to host a football match. Atleast somebody is paying attention. 🙂

Indian Football League

Indian Football League

 

 

After asked about hosting Football match on Cricket ground, spokesperson of D Y Patil said, “If MCG in Australia being a cricket ground can host football matches, then why can’t WE??”

 

So this is a welcome call for other sports. And I hope this trend continues and we pay similar attention, if not more, to other sports also as compared to Cricket.

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

ITM B-Scool,

Navi Mumbai.

Chanakya Niti – Some quotes by Arya Chanakya

The man who evolved Economics

The man who evolved Economics

Arya Chanakya, the name is sufficient. No further need to describe as to who this person is, and what are his deeds. Unless you live on Mars, you won’t need the explanation.

 

But still, I am giving a short but sweet introduction of this great, epic personality. Chanakya was the Great Economist. His KUTILA Niti was well known to everybody. As you go on reading the quotes you will understand the depth of his thinking. And his source is nature. Everywhere he justifies his statement by giving some proofs from the Nature.

 

These days, we are following Management Gurus like Porter, Buffet etc. I am not questioning there credibility. But once you go through the Chanakya Niti, you will understand that Ancient India had all the wisdom the World needed most. India still has the wisdom, no doubt about that. But we are so much behind following the West that we forgot the Ancient India had everything for them. There is old saying (which Marathi and Hindi also contains) that “You have the necessary thing with you, but you still go on hunting for that.” Here are some quotes by the person himself:

 

1) A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.”

2) “Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”

3) “The biggest guru-mantra is: Never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.”

4) “There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.”

 

5) “Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.”

6) “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”

7) “The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.”

8) “Once you start a working on something, don’t be afraid of failure and don’t abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest.”

9) “The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”

10) “Whores don’t live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits.”

11) “God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.”

12) “A man is great by deeds, not by birth.”

13) “Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”

14) “Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.”

15) “Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person.”

16) “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.”

Father of Economics

Father of Economics

Oil Prices – which way they gonna go???

Right from the past 7-8 months, from Jan 2007 to be precise, the world is experiencing recession or slow down. This is mostly because of the credit crunch in US. At first, India or rather Asian countries were looking isolated from the crunch, but along the time, they also felt the heat and crunched down. 

 

But in this whole scenario, Oil prices were more hitting to Indian economy than anything else. As India is mostly banking on Oil Import for its energy needs, the variation in oil prices hit economy like anything. It jeopardises the whole condition. Thankfully, the condition was not that bad and India is recovering from the oil shock. Oil prices are receding slowly towards $100 mark from $147, the highest ever.

 

But….

 

The question remains here is what is the guarantee that oil prices are going to come down. There are two things, either it will go up again or it will come down.

 

Recently I read an article by Manas Chakravarty in Mint 08 Sept. 2008. He said as the world faced with recession in early 1990’s and in around 2001, oil prices came down by around 40%. And if now the prices come down by 44% again, then the level of oil prices will be around $80-90 per barrel. For this theory he got the support of current recession. And he further says, if the recession stays for even longer time, then oil prices will further recede.

 

But on the very next day, i.e. on 9 Sept. 2008, there was a news which said that countries like Venezuela, Libya and Iran are thinking over reducing the oil production henceforth. And Venezuela, Libya and Iran are doing this reduction in price so that oil prices don’t fall below $100.  And though OPEC Countries like Saudi Arabia are mute about this decision, they might be silently supporting the decision and will eventually end up in cutting down the production level “silently”. And if this happens, then the oil prices will not come down below $100 mark.

 

So finally, the question remains unanswered. In the coming future, where we can see oil prices going? Up or Down? And is this scenario pointing towards something else? Has the time come for the World to think over other source of energy other than OIL???

 

Prasad Kulkarni.

11:49 P.M.

ITM B School,

Kharghar, 

Navi Mumbai.