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?

India, Nuclear Power generation, Iran and Unconventional Source of energy…

Just day before yesterday, all the nation paid tribute to our late Indira Gandhi. On the very day I thought what an unusual leader India had in terms of Indira Gandhi. Strong, thinking, aggressive and great decision maker. We have seen so many leaders in that era who were actually willing to do something for India.

On the contrary, see what India today has got. Corrupted politicians, a leader who dances like a puppet in the hands of someone else, always selfish and thoughtless and what not. All the adjectives will fall short to describe them. Today India is merely a toy of USA. It will accept whatever USA has to say.

Indira Gandhi stood against of USA. America asked Indira Gandhi to withdraw the military from Pakistan. But she was so foresighted that she waited till the time she was able to keep the military could wait there. And when she saw some force coming she withdrew the exact moment. This is called strategy.

Our now-a-days leaders just say we will stand strongly against terrorism and we condemn and this and that. But where is the result boss??? Our Foreign relationship is very shabby. Relationships are there just to show butactually it can’t work better.

Indira Gandhi’s party has failed miserably on various fronts. Lets take some example.

123 Agreement. We all know Power or Electricity generation is of utmost important and critical problem in India. So India agreed to Nuclear Power Generation. But is that the only way to generate power??? We have various Unconventional Sources of energy (Even today I can’t figure out why we call it Unconventional Source though its been running before Human came into this world). We can use those sources to generate power. But no, we want westernised product only.

Now looking at 123 agreement from financial point of view, is it like that Nuclear Power Generation requires less finances and money as compared to extracting energy from Unconventional Source of energy??? I don’t think so. But what I feel is rather than wasting money on Nuclear power we can opt for the other alternative I have said above. Because some day or the other, Nuclear Raw Material is going to diminish from this earth. And then what??? Are we going to spend more money on that again in the future???

If you ask me, the obvious answer will be no. So why spend now also and then (in future also) also? Just go for Unconventional Source now only and forget about the future expenditure. Isn’t this feasible and most beneficial solution? But our politicians don’t think like this. Sadly they are dependent on America for fulfillment of energy needs even though India is having plenty of sources. This is very sad, but true.

Similarly, gas and oil are the need of hours. We need them anyway because we can’t generate them here. So we had talk with Iran for gas pipeline through Pakistan. The deal was on the verge of getting completed but somehow it broke and now we are in critical deficit of Gas. So India rather than paying attention to 123 agreement should have paid better attention to Iran Gas pipeline issue. But alas we have failed there also.

Poor Indian politicians are looking for short tern benefits also and nobody is paying attention to long term benefits. Generating power from Uranium is not easy and cheap. For that we will require some arcane machines and instruments which we don’t have. For those we will again have to depend on America. And here comes the shrewdness of America. America now will drain all Dollars from India for providing machines. This is the way they might have wanted this. Dollars reserves will declining like anything is India, and adding to that we signed the deal. America did the same thing to China. They asked China to revise Yuan but China refused outrightly. India also needs such a stubbornness. But we are lacking in it.

America has never been good to India. We have 60 years of Indo-American relationship. We can retrospect and see anytime that America always backed and chose Pakistan over India on various fronts. America never want India to be more powerfull than them. And thus they are trying to downpower India. But India is on the spree of blindly following the USA. So what can Indian people can do???

We can do various things, but just we will have to act on it very seriously.

Think and Act.

Prasad B. Kulkarni

Navi Mumbai