Austerity and Indian politics…

Today’s Indian Express says Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar has said that austerity by a politician should be a voluntary gesture. Well, I as a citizen of India want to question this statement made by honorary Lok Sabha Speaker.

 

-> Does flying with economy class brings down your prestige and social status?

-> Does travelling by an ambassador or any government assigned vehicle harms your status?

-> Does paying electricity and phone bills harm your status?

 

I guess every politician will answer yes to these questions, as they are not habituated to live big and work less. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are held so as to solve the problems faced by the country and state. But the picture there is pretty different. At first place MPs don’t attend the parliamentary sessions, and use the highly costly and worldly pleasures offered at these places. If you don’t want to work there, don’t become a MP. MPs fight in the parliament like they are in a school. Are you paid to do this? Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha expenditure is done through the revenue generated from people. So MPs should note this thing and don’t pretend to be spending their own money on this.

 

Another issue is, what’s the harm in flying economy class? According to Lok Sabha speaker this issue should be left to the politicians. I bet no politician will fly economy class if left on his/her own. The ticket expenditure on every politician is through public revenue and taxes. So why waste in such a foolish way?

 

New MPs like Azaruddin and Shatrugna Sinha are demanding bigger and larger homes. What’s your status man? You are just a new born kid in the Lok and Rajya Sabha. Then why demand such foolish thing? Before becoming MP weren’t you living in the same place? So what’s wrong in living there after becoming MP? If a boy or girl of age 8 is demanding to be placed in class 10, can we do that? A person gets whatever he has got according to his abilities. So better leave demanding big things. At first do some good work and then demand.

 

MPs like Shashi Tharoor sorry Shashi (GYM)oor wants his own gym and privacy. If you want privacy build your own gym at the place you live and maintain your privacy. Aamir Khan also has his own gym, go his way. Why to live in seven star hotels and that too in Presidential suit? Who’s money you are spending there? I bet you are not spending your own money there. And if you are spending your own money, give Indian citizens the source of such huge money. Same applies for S.M. Krishna also.

 

Hon. Mayawati ji also built so many statues. Who’s money you are spending madam? Why nobody questions them? Banks and courts screw common man for not paying debt and spending more than what he got. Income Tax department raids common man’s home only, if seen some inconsistency in the income pattern. But then why not raid a politicians house and take action after that?

 

These things are really maddening. I don’t see a solution to it, until politicians follow the austerity suit. Freedom Fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Lal Bahadur Shastri and many more, had also lived an austere life.  Mahatma Gandhi left wearing full cloths because people were not having anything to wear. Lal Bahadur Shastri left eating rice because common public was not getting rice to it. Why did these people have done this? Because they followed austerity and that’s why they live thousands of years in the minds of public and in History. Today’s politician’s life is very miserable, because they have done this to themselves. These politicians will only be on the paper of history books but won’t be in anybody’s mind. Once they step down from the throne they won’t be counted also. Mind it.

No to Chinese workers in Indian Power sector…

Yes, India’s Home Minister P. Chidambaram has stated that India is home for skilled and semi-skilled worker. So India doesn’t need Chinese workers coming to India in Power Sector. Home Minister has asked companies to recruit Indian workers instead of Chinese workers.

 

On the other hand, Chinese Government is furious over India’s decision of not providing visas to Chinese workers. Some years back Indian Power Sector opened up for foreign players. India allowed foreign companies to bid for Indian Power Sector. The result was introduction of two Chinese companies “Shanghai Power” and “DongFang Electronics” bidding for Indian Power sector. Chinese Government has stated that Chinese workers are skilled to handle Chinese boilers and turbines so let them work.

 

But P. Chidambaram has taken a strong stand of not allowing them visas to work in India. It’s good to see that Indian politicians taking strong stands but it will be interesting to see how long they will be able to withstand this decision. But I don’t understand one thing. Reliance power also asked Shanghai Powers to serve power sector in India, but they strictly said that they will employ Indian workers only. So why can’t Indian Government state such thing while signing the pact only?

People and their driving sense…

Ahead of Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi is buzzing with various infrastructure developments (only Delhi Government knows how many of those infrastructure development programs are meant for infrastructure development and how many for internal corruption and wallet filling). The development seems to be much sluggish than a tortoise walking on the beaches. Constructions have only started but the end seems no where. May be the development will end either on the date of commencement of Commonwealth Games or after the games get over. Similarly the traffic regulation and people’s driving sense seems to have gone for a vacation on some other planet (may be on Moon as Chandrayan and other space shuttles have discovered water on the Moon).

The traffic all over India is unregulated. Traffic Polices are only for a show off and for jacking money from people. But they don’t seem to regulate the traffic. They don’t even try for regulation. People also follow the similar notes. Vehicles are provided with Upper and Dipper beams so as to facilitate people in night driving. These facilities are provided for use only. But people don’t use the dipper beam and ply with upper beams only, even though that upper beam obstructs the vision of the person coming from the other side.

Similar incidence happened with me (though it happens on a regular intervals with me) recently. A person was driving a jeep and on a narrow road we came head to head. He was focussing upper beam only. So I flashed upper and dipper consecutively so as to suggest him that lower your beam as I am not able to see anything. But he refused to lower the beam. What I could have possibly done other than cursing that man. I tried to tell him to ply the vehicle on dipper and use upper when necessary, but in vain.

Delhi Government has announced a new program wherein they will educate the Delhites on proper driving rules and practices. But I doubt how useful that will be. But there is no harm in trying things out. Delhi Government and P. Chidambaram (Home Minister of India) stressed out that Germany and China have done the same thing before hosting such big events. The education program in Germany and China were successful because people there think for their nation and feel dejected if someone from outside blames their country. But that’s not the same with Indians. We Indians have lost pride in our country. And that’s the reason we are facing issues like corruption, ill-politics etc. (the list will go on and on).

Sweet and sour…

The day, 14th September 2009 was a sweet and sour day for me. Sweet for India winning the Compaq Cup against Sri Lanka. And sour for Roger Federer losing to Del Potro in US Open 2009.

 

India earlier in the day (in Sri Lanka) scored a throbbing 319 runs and stamped their name on Compaq Cup 2009. But then Sri Lanka showed some extravagant cricket and tried to come back in the game but failed to do so in the end. Sachin Tendulkar once again showed his class by scoring 138 of 133 balls and once again proved why he is called Master Blaster. Almost 20 years in cricket and the same, exactly the same enthusiasm he showed on his first international cricket match. Harbhajan Singh broke the important partnerships in the game and earned himself a stylish man of the game award. Sachin got himself getting the Man of Series for 14th time and man of the match for 59th time, mind you all this is also a World Record. Seeing India win again was very delightful.

 

But on the other hand, after some time there was men’s final of US Open 2009. It was very bad to see Roger Federer loosing after being so much close to winning it yet again. It was “So close yet so far” game for Federer. Federer could have won the match in fourth set itself but Del Potro showed some real class and outperformed the World No. 1. But I am happy for Federer for one thing that he did not fall easily as Rafael Nadal. Nadal was beaten in straight sets 2-6, 2-6, 2-6 to Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-final match. Federer showed his class in the match. Though the man, Del Potro was trying to out-perform Federer every single time, Federer showed why he is World No. 1. But then luck was not with him, or rather Del Potro’s hard work outweighed Federer’s luck. But if one gives 100% to whatever he does then loosing or winning doesn’t matter much. When I was watching the game between Nadal and Del Potro I was a bit scared. I was thinking whether Federer will be able to contain this man, as a power player like Nadal was not able to. But Federer showed that Potro is not unbeatable.

 

Congrats to Indian Cricket team, Juan Martin Del Potro for winning their respective matches and hard luck for Federer. You tried everything Federer, but the day was not yours. All the best to Federer and I am sure you will be able to beat Del Potro in your next meeting and will take your revenge of defeat here on Flushing Meadows.

Kaveri Jet Engine – ready for take off…

Indeed its a moment of pride for India. Instead of taking pride in Formula One where nothing is Indian, plume in first jet engine made completely in India by Indians. The dream has finally come true for India and Dr. Mohana Rao after almost 20 years.

Dr. Mohana Rao saw a dream of creating a jet engine way back in 1989 when he was working as Junior Technician at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore. He worked hard since then to build a jet engine for Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

The Kaveri engine will be transported to a testing facility outside Moscow, Gromov Flight Research Institute. At this testing location an IL-76 aircraft will be there which will behold Kaveri as one of the four engines and will be tested for its in air capabilities. Meanwhile the capacities of the engine on ground have been tested. The engine is travelling all the way to Russia as India is not having the testing facilities. (You can imagine how costly the affair of transporting this engine to Russia can be)

ENG_Kaveri_Prototype_lg

(This is Kaveri Jet Engine manufactured in and by India)

But for DRDO this end to the story is a bitter one as this program was very much criticised. As this engine was supposed to be designed for Tejas and was to be of weight 1100 kg but finally came out to be 1265 kg. Similarly Tejas also grew in weight. This is the reason why the made for each other machines could not meet with each other. This is the main reason the DRDO is under criticism.

Now Tejas houses engine from American GE, GE 404-IN which is able to provide it the desired power. This can be an end to Tejas saga but what about Kaveri? Well, Kaveri is now thinking of rejuvenating. Rejuvenating will not be an exact word, but kind of thinking to get more powerful and aesthetic. For that it will require foreign expertise and technology and for that Kaveri or rather GTRE is thinking of joining hands with French aero engine major “Snecma”. Russia’s NPO Saturn was also in the race but India choose Snecma than Saturn.

This is really a success story for India and keeping criticism away from ears and in mind DRDO should walk along the development road.

Nervous breakdown in US Open 2009…

Yes, the question is can we really call it a nervous breakdown. I will say it is in a way a nervous breakdown. It was really funny to see 7th seeded player sulk with such a vigour.

Yes, I am talking about Russian Vera Zvonareva. In yesterday’s match she was really sulking hard when the match was in third and final set. Zvonareva won the first set and then kept on loosing. But even though you are in a bad shape at the game you should not sulk so much on the court. That doesn’t show the sportsman’s spirit. And so much of anger from 7th seeded is really not expected. Zvonareva was really kicking her knee, spanking her knee with racket, tearing off her bandage etc etc. Commentators rightly named this thing as “Self Abuse”.

 

Zvonareva has been in the International Tennis scene since September 2000 but the maturity she should be having was not visible. A player should accept the defeat too with dignity and calmness. Anyways, the stats for the game between Vera Zvonareva and Flavia Pennetta are as follows:

vera-zvonareva

pennetta

Rank: 07 Rank: 10
Vera Zvonareva Flavia Pennetta
6 3
6 7
0 6

 

 

 

But Flavia Pennetta deserved her win over Zvonareva as she seemed more composed and maintained cool attitude all along the game.

To Vijay Mallya with Urge…

Dear Mr. Vijay Mallya,Vijay_Mallya

I recently overheard your fight with MS Gill, Sports Minister  of India about bringing Formula One (F1) to India. You both had heated arguments on introduction of this sports to India.

 

I agree, as an Indian I too felt great about the success Force India got in Belgian Grand Prix. But to be frank there is only your money and Indian Tri-colour which is Indian in recent victory. What else was Indian in there? The driver Giancarlo Fisichella is Italian, the company with which Force India is having tie-up, Mercedes Benz is German and with all the technicians from don’t know what backgrounds aren’t even distantly Indian. So what was Indian in it to celebrate so joyously?

 

Giancarlo Fisichella

Force India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I heard you want to bring Formula One in India as sports, well is it feasible and practical? Is F1 a fit and healthy sports for India? Though almost around half of the people from India may have been watching F1, but bringing F1 to their doorsteps is pretty difficult and uncalled for, for following reasons:

a) It requires almost hundreds of billion dollars to complete a single rotation of the track.

b) It requires custom made roads or tracks which also cost hundreds of billion dollars. How can you think of building such tracks when almost all of India is running on potholes and patched roads. For the cost of building one such track almost all of Indian roads can get well dressed.

c) India don’t have that ability, expertise and technology that is required for Formula One. Adding to that Indian attitude is also not at par for Formula One.

d) Instead of investing so much on one single sport, try and invest in providing good facilities to boxing, swimming, rifle shooting. There are other sports too (other than Cricket) which need financial boost. Give that boost and let them win gold medals for India.

You are a businessman and will always look for that special something for yourself. You will always look for profit in every bit of work you do or think. I don’t know what and how much profit you have earned by bringing Tipu Sultan’s rocket launcher and Mahatma Gandhi’s South African house to India. Surely you may have got the lot of goodwill from people of India or rather the world. Also Indian people’s goodwill will always be with you as you provide them with liquor. But surely Indian people won’t want Formula One to come to India with them not getting what they need.

 

If you really want to bring something to India, bring:

1) prosperity,

2) enough food, shelter and clothing,

3) employment,

4) corruption free India,

5) development,

but NO FORMULA ONE.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

Day of great upsets at US Open 2009…

Well! Well! Well!

Did you ever imagine that almost all the top seeds will get ousted in 3rd round only? Well, if not then your guess or rather imagination turned false just yesterday. Almost all the top seeded players excepting some have been kicked out of the US Open 2009. There were more upsets this day but three of them arrested my attention. The detail of those upsets (upsets for top seeds) and a breakthrough for the players who just turned pro is given below.

 

The first of such match which attracted my attention was between Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova. Melanie really deserved the win she earned with great fight. For such a girl (yes, she is girl born in 1991) who turned pro in 2008 upsetting Maria Sharapova who ruled Women Tennis for so long is really an achievement. When Oudin won the match finally some tears gathered in my eyes too. I too felt good for her and expected if such a new kid on the floor can upset Sharapova and that too in such deep in the tournament in round 3 why can’t Sania who has been on this stage for some years now beat someone and enter in quarters or semis? The stats of the match between Sharapova and Oudin are as follows:

Melanie Oudin

        Maria Sharapova

Rank: 70 Rank: 29
Melanie Oudin Maria Sharapova
3 6
6 4
7 5

 

 

Second match which was attention seeking was between two American’s, Andy Roddick and John Isner. John Isner was a bit offensive sometimes in expressing his anger or expression and on the other side of the court Roddick was calm as he has always been. But John Isner deserved the victory after such a hard work and a five setter. Maintaining the anxiety of a 5 setter and then of tie breaker was too much for a person who turner pro in 2007. But he played well and used his height (6 ft 9 inches) to much extent in serving the great serves. The stats of the match are as follows:

 

John Isner

Andy Roddick

Rank: 55 Rank: 5
John Isner Andy Roddick
7 (7) 6 (3)
6 3
3 6
5 7
7 (7) 6 (5)

 

 

And the third eye-catcher of the day was Dinara Safina getting ousted by Petra Kvitova. The number 1 seed Dinara Safina was beaten by 72nd seed Petra Kvitova. It was quite easy win for Kvitova as compared to the win if Safina would have been energetic. Safina seemed struggling to reach the ball and bit lethargic too. She seemed stiff as compared to her early days of US Open 2009 and she had to pay the price. The Czech Republic girl (Yea, same, she is a girl even if she doesn’t seem to be, born in 1990) who turned pro in 2006 seemed more energetic that Safina though not so intellectual in her play. Kvitova should give some credit to Safina for winning the match against her. Even then the match was eye catching because it was number 1 seed getting ousted and result matters. What’s ultimate thing is Kvitova ousted number 1 Safina. The stats are as follows:

 

Petra Kvitova

Dinara Safina

Rank: 72 Rank: 1
Petra Kvitova Dinara Safina
6 4
2 6
7 (7) 6 (5)

 

 

 

I have specifically written these games in an order in which they appealed to me. The best and enthralling game was of John Isner and Melanie Oudin. I felt bad for Safina because she didn’t seem to be in her best shape. But dear oh dear, the day was rocking at US Open 2009.

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.

Indian Relative(s)…

Relatives!

In India if you ask anyone what these relatives are, you will get some grim faces in front of your eyes. Well all over the world there are relatives. Whether that is in US or UK or other part of the World. But those relatives will not be so intimidating or irritating as compared to Indian counterparts. Well you will ask me why Indian relatives are so? I mean you will be thinking why I am calling Indian relatives so irritating? But don’t worry, I am explaining the issue a bit.

 

In US and UK relatives (so called) because in US, UK and Other World excluding Asian countries there are no relatives as such. Because relatives in rest of the world they don’t poke their noses in your personal matters. But that is not so with Indian Relatives. Indian relatives will try as much to poke their noses in your matters as they can. And will make your life miserable. Now consider following examples and you will get a clear idea of what I am saying.

 

Consider a guy who has got selected in a MNC after he passed his MBA degree. But the order for joining is not coming since some months now, almost 4 months. Considering the market situation he knows that there are no finance profiles available and there are other factors also for not going for some other job for the time being. The guy is well versed with the conditions and that’s why he is sitting idle since 3 months. Now 3 months of idleness is not much if you ask me. But these relatives will irritate you by asking you when is the joining (almost) daily.

                                       Now the other part of asking such questions is giving you some dose about what to do and what not to do. But that’s the thing I am talking about. They will not just make you drink their doses but will irritate you in some other ways too. They will at first ask you to join some other job for time being. Now if you go for the job and the offer you had already gets out of your hand, they will say,“why the hell did you leave the job which was so better than this job?”. On the other hand if you don’t go for the job they will say,“why the hell are you not trying for something else? For how much time you are going to sit idle?” as if the guy’s age gonna bar.

 

This relative is so shitty business in India. That’s why I follow a simple rule by Swami Vivekananda that “If you know by your inner mind and being true to your own that what you are doing is right and will bring some good to you, then hell with what others think about your doings. You follow your own inner voice.” The benefit of following your own inner voice is that you alone are responsible for what consequences you face. And nobody can say anything or you can not blame anybody else. And a drawback in following other’s advice is, if you loose something you can’t blame those people for they will say who asked you to follow our advice. So you better listen to your own inner voices.

 

Relatives are called relatives because their opinions are “relative” to the situations and generally exactly opposite to what you do or think. And I guess all people in India will agree to what I am saying.

 

 

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Aurangabad.