Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Rajinikanth Keynote Address – Important Points

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

I am a big fan of Rajinikanth and hence have compiled the important points from his keynote address while announcing his political entry.

  1. Discipline and control are the key to win anything
  2. Focus on your efforts – do your duty – results will happen
  3. Time has come for change to happen – we have to change the system
  4. Time has come for Truthful, transparent, honest, caste-free, religion free politics (Spiritual Politics)
  5. God’s blessings along with people’s belief, love, respect and support – key to success
  6. Need soldiers who will make sure the benefits of the people reach them every time on time.
  7. Need soldiers who will not go and stand in front of MPs, MLAs, ministers for personal benefits
  8. Such soldiers should be available in every street in every village in every corner
  9. Do not talk politics, do not scold politicians, do not protest, do not make announcements – there are enough people to do that
  10. Think good, talk good, do good, good will happen.

I believe in the thought process and feel it will work – irrespective of who follows it.

The message is what matters – not who says it.

Shashi Tharoor @ Gartner Symposium in Goa

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

I got a chance to watch Dr.Shashi Tharoor speak for the first time at the Gartner IT Expo in Goa today. Was mesmerised by the speech.

While I have heard a lot about his oratorical skills, experiencing it first hand was amazing.

The topic of his speech was ‘Pursuing a Culture of Innovation and Quality’. Shashi Tharoor used simple examples to show how India has its own style of innovation, which like in any other scenario is driven out of a necessity, but the simplicity with which it is done is remarkable. One example he brought out was the missed call concept, which is a feature available in the telecom world, but was never intended to be used the way Indians had started using it (one ring to call back, two rings for urgent etc 🙂 ).

He also mentioned about the fact that innovations are happening all over the world, but reiterated the fact that innovations from India are not always the ‘Jugaad’ style but are also world class. The Mars Orbiter launch done successfully in the first attempt at 1/10th the cost of the same done by the US was another example that he brought out.

Shashi Tharoor ended his speech with words of encouragement to the leaders in IT industry in India to continue focusing on the path of innovation and excellence with continued focus on quality.

A few things that are remarkable in his speech are:

  1. Clean: While Shashi Tharoor is a politician and belongs to a certain party, he did not bring up the topic at any point in time during the speech. Similarly, while he was also signing his new book during the symposium, throughout his speech he stuck to the topic of the culture and innovation in India.
  2. Depth of knowledge: He had done his home work on the topic and spoke with clarity and depth on the topic
  3. Organised method of delivery: He had a bulleted list of points he wanted to address in the order of sequence and the meticulous planning behind it was obvious in the style and ease of delivery.

Overall, it was a remarkable speech and hence I made it a point to search for his famous Oxford speech and watched it for the first time – it is in line with the style of delivery I found during the session at the symposium.

Also got a chance to get his latest book which is now in my reading list. Will write about my views on it very soon.

If you get an opportunity to watch him speak, I highly recommend you do not miss it. It is worth every minute of it.


Will Reduction of GST Rates Help India?

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Within six months of launching the Goods and Services Tax (GST) programme in India, the Government has reviewed the rates of many of the items.

The biggest impact is the fact that the tax slab in the top bracket (28%) now has only 50 items. Earlier, it has 200+ items. This means that it is going to bring in a positive effect to the economy as goods and services will be more affordable.

Some of the items whose rates are reduced from 28% to 18% include:

  • Electrical related items such as wires, cables etc
  • Furnitures, plywoods etc
  • Eating out in restaurants
  • Beauty/make-up items, shampoos etc
  • Sanitary ware, marble, granite etc
  • Construction equipment machinery such as fork lifts, buldozers, excavators etc

A full list of all the changes announced yesterday is available here

This change is perceived by a few as changes brought to keep the business people in Gujarat happy, as Gujarat is going to elections very soon.

The other way to look at it is that GST now creates an opportunity for businesses to perform better and hence is a step in the right direction.

Clean India – Lets Start From Within

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Clean India Campaign should be to clean ourselves from the inside, not just the outside.

Lets start from within.

Lets Clean India From Within

Please see if you can promise the following:

  1. Promise I will never give or take bribe
  2. Promise I will always respect to women and will never be a party to rape, eve-teasing or abuse of women
  3. Promise I will never take dowry
  4. Promise I will never discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion or economic status
  5. Promise I will not break or bend the law according to my own needs.

On my part, I promise to follow them all without exceptions.

So, before you send me a request to be a part of ‘Clean India’ campaign in its current form, please promise you will clean yourself from within.

I would love to get invited by any one who can take the above promises so that we can clean India inside out.

Report Child Labour in India – Call 1098

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Many people have become blind to child labour in India just because of the way we have been brought up. We did not have the awareness that child labour is a key factor for a country’s lack of growth.

We happen to come across child labour in many forms

  • The boy assisting the guy who takes care of the laundry.
  • The girl who helps in taking care of little babies and kids.
  • The boy who helps in the mechanic shed.
  • The boy who brings tea/coffee in tea stalls.
  • The girl who washes the dishes and assists with cleaning the house.
  • And many more

It is just that due to lack of awareness we tend to ignore this injustice.

Here is an amazing video that was created to promote this awareness.

If you do not support child labour and want to see a better India, do the following the next time you see a child employed as a labourer:

  • Take a stand and raise your voice objecting to this act. (Will you keep quiet if it was your relative who was doing the same job?)
  • Report the issue to the authorities. The number to call to report child labour is 1098 (Or you can also call 2652 0601)

Together, lets build a more efficient India 🙂

Raping everyday?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

What is wrong with us Indian men? Why do we get in the news every day for raping?

Is it because Indian men have become more desperate or is it that it has always been this way and just that the news is coming out in the open more often now-a-days than before?


I do see the hue and cry about ‘death penalty’ for rapists. Are we trying to fix the effect and forgetting to fix the source? (Now stop getting sentimental and say ‘if it happens to your daughter you will know’).

We all agree the system in India is broken. While it is broken, what is the point in trying to convince ourselves that death penalty is sufficient?

Scare tactics have always worked to allow people to find ways to work around it. Eg. Driving at speed limits. Especially in India, with sufficient corruption and muscle power around, scare tactics can only go to an extent.

How have the other democratic countries handled this issue? (Forget the ones where they cut parts of your body depending on which part committed the crime!)

Why cant we learn from it? Why cant we make an attempt to work actively for a solution.

Is it using technology, working closely with the police force, introducing a offender database that is shared all over the country? I dont know.

We dont have all the answers, but we the men of this country should take it as a personal challenge and work towards eradicating this evil collectively. This will be the best gift we give the women of this country.

Indian Nurses Safe – Thank you, Indian Government

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

It was a moment of relief when we learnt the news that the flight with the 46 Indian nurses have taken off safely from Erbil airport in Iraq and they are going straight to Kochi in Kerala.

The Indian Government have used their political connections and handled the situation well. Imagine the difficulty in negotiating between two groups that are at war with each other, and then making sure we sneak in one of our planes into their airport and take off with the people who are stranded. It is quite easier to do a rescue operation using force like the way the US does most of the time (if they want to), but it is extremely difficult to do so without using force. Kudos to the team that made it happen.


Positive events like these are rare in India and we should appreciate the fact that some people went out of their way to make sure this is done right. (I know in many parts of the world, but in India it is rare).

No matter what the differences are between political parties, we should make use of such good events to congratulate the ones in the Government who made it happen.

Thank you, Indian Government, for making this happen.

Jallikattu The Bull Taming Game – Banned in India

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Jallikattu is a game involving bulls and humans, very popular in the state of Tamil Nadu. This game involves letting the bull run towards a group of participants, who will try to tame it. The person who tames the bull is declared the winner. Every year, Jallikattu has resulted in quite a few deaths and also lots of injuries not only to the humans, but also to the animals. In fact, there are even laws around it such as only four participants should tame a bull at any given time, etc.

Jallikattu banned by Supreme Court all over India

Jallikattu banned by Supreme Court all over India


The Supreme Court of India have declared a ban on Jallikattu as it is considered to involve torture of the animals, as they are kept in an agitated mood to make sure they cannot be easily captured by the participants. This move is considered to be a big victory for animal rights groups who have been fighting for this for quite a while now.


Public Fury Over Treatment to Indian Diplomat in the US

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

It is quite interesting to see the amount of publicity created after the Deputy Consul General from India was arrested on charges of underpaying a nanny.



It appears revenge/payback seems to be the top most priority in all our minds.

My dear Indian friends, please spend a minute and think about the treatment we give to all those going to any police station in India.

My dear US friends, please spend a minute and think about the numerous illegal immigrants we have used for our convenience in our life.

A noble man once said:

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.

I thought it was time to read a few quotes relevant to this time – as I am guessing this is what this other noble man would have said if he lived today:

  • “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
  • “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
  • “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”
  • “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
  • “I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

If you have read this far, it is also time to read a few quotes from ‘The Art Of War’ by Sun Tzu. A few quotes from that might also help:

  • “If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.”
  • “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”
  • “That general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.”
  • “Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. Violent language and driving forward as if to the attack are signs that he will retreat.”

Isnt it wiser to pause for sometime, understand the full picture, plan the right next steps of action and then react?

Amma Canteen at Alandur – Pleasant Experience

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Amma Canteen is an innovative initiative started by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This is supposed to be a place where we get breakfast, lunch as well as dinner items for a very affordable cost.

Had breakfast at Amma Canteen at Alandur in Chennai and it was an excellent experience. For the lowest price point anywhere in India (I might even say anywhere in the world), the cleanliness, taste and quantity can match any other food establishment. In fact, it is much cleaner and better than many other so called ‘restaurants’ in the city. My total cost of breakfast was Rs.5, which is less than 10 cents (US).

I wish such innovative idea can be replicated in the schools run by the Governments so that the standard of education in the Government schools go up.

Hats off to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and her team for such an innovative idea.