Thursday, October 06, 2005
McKinsey makeover for Bharat
In its latest quarterly journal, McKinsey also identified three major steps to stimulate domestic demand, crucial for high growth -- to keep interest rates regionally competitive, introduction of VAT in all states and reducing burgeoning deficits of states.
Having picked the "low hanging fruits" since economic liberalisation started in 1991, the global consultant said it was time the government resolved to deregulate politically sensitive sectors like retailing, banking, the news media and defence.
Exposing the retailing sector to world-class scale, skills, technology and capital would not lead to greater unemployment as feared and instead it would lead to more jobs besides benefiting consumers from better quality, it said.
McKinsey said government was giving priority to attract investment in infrastructure to upgrade ports, telecommunications and highways, but several important areas like power, water and sewerage, railways, and airports remain troublesome partly because "intransigent" state governments often block progress. On labour reforms, it said that to increase exports of manufactured goods rapidly, the government must permit the free use of contract labour for all work and repeal a law forcing companies with more than 100 workers to obtain state approval before cutting jobs. On urban renewal, McKinsey said the centre has budgeted an initial one billion dollars to finance its national urban renewal mission, but states must also do their part. It suggested that states increase usage charges such as property taxes, water and sewerage fees, improve collection rates for fees and taxes, enhance efficiency of municipal corporations, and make better use of assets in and around cities. Pointing out at Mumbai where terrible flooding recently underscored the need for quick progress, the global consultant estimated that the state could immediately finance about 10 billion dollars in infrastructure improvements through measures such as reforming the property tax regime and improving collections from their current minimal levels. Public investments of this kind could attract an additional 40 billion dollars in private funding, it said adding these investments could greatly improve the quality of life for Mumbai’s population.
In the field of asset recovery, it said the government must continue to expedite the recovery of assets from bankrupt companies. To address the new market realities and to sustain the economy's long-term health, it should bolster recent measures that help lenders recover dishonoured checks and assets from indebted companies. In particular, the government should clarify the mandate of the asset reconstruction company of India, established recently by a consortium of banks, by giving the company a more active role in debt restructuring and recovery. Foreign institutions must also be allowed to invest in such ventures. Moreover, the government should encourage the sale of non performing loans by allowing foreign banks to purchase them and by making these transactions exempt from stamp duty, McKinsey said. The global consultant also called for enforcing measures to protect intellectual property. Observing that the evolution of knowledge sectors such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, and IT services has been phenomenal, it said the government should enforce IP protection measures effectively and expeditiously to sustain the country's cultural, scientific, and technological development.
To improve the protection of IP, India should also align its patent regime with global standards in order to prevent the sharing of proprietary information in areas such as data exclusivity and to improve the overall capacity and quality of the infrastructure and resources in the country's patent offices.
FYI: McKinsey's present CEO is Ian Davis, and previous CEO was Mr.Rajat Gupta, an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur, and IIM-A. Rajat is now an active member of the Overseas Friends of BJP.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
J P R Englees – Comedy
In Tamil Nadu, well Known Person, Mr.Jeppier, Chairman of Self finance Engg Colleges Association, who is always speaking in English. Sathyabama college Students have Collected & published the Book Jappier's Spoken English Njoy ...........with his..............English..............
Now, here are some classic English sentences from the great Mr. Jeppiar.
The stalwart talks to his students:
# At the ground:
All of you stand in a straight circle.
There is no wind in the balloon.
The girl with the mirror please comes her...(Means: girl with specs please come here).
# To a boy, angrily:
I talk, he talk, why you middle middle talk?
# While punishing students:
You, rotate the ground four times.
You, go and understand the tree.
You three of you stand together separately.
Why are you late - say YES or NO .....(?)
# Sir at his best:
Sir had once gone to a film with his wife. By chance, he happened to see one of our boys at the theatre, though the boy did no t see them. So the next day at school... (to that boy) - "Yesterday I saw you WITH MY WIFE at the Cinema Theatre"
# Sir at his best inside the Class room:
Open the doors of the window. Let the atmosphere come in.
Open the doors of the window. Let the Air Force come in.
Cut an apple into two halves - I will take the bigger half.
Shhh...Quiet, boys...the principal JUST PASSED AWAY in the corridor
You, meet me behind the class. (Meaning AFTER the class..)
This one is cool – "Both of u three get out of the class."
Close the doors of the windows please. I have winter in my nose today.
Take Copper Wire of any metal especially of Silver.
Take 5 cm wire of any length.
Last but not the least some Jeppiar experiences ...
Once Sir had come late to a college function, by the time he reached, the function had begun, so he went to the dais, and said, sorry I am late, because on the way my car hit 2 muttons (Meaning goats).
At Sathyabama college day 2002:
"This college strict u the worry no .... U get good marks, I the happy, tomorrow u get good job, jpr the happy, tomorrow u marry I the enjoy"
At St. Josephs fresh years day 2003:
"No ragging this college. Anybody rag we arrest the police"
More Evidence Debunking the Aryan Invasion Theory
LONDON, ENGLAND, September 30, 2005: This article appears in a section of the BBC website called "Religion and Ethics: Hinduism." It is an excellent article, especially for the section called "Dangers of the theory." It shows that as we have tried to present the proper evidence against the false nature of this theory, finally there is a positive move forward to realize that the theory was wrong from the start, composed for political purposes.
The Aryan Invasion Theory http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/history/history5.shtml
One of the most controversial ideas about Hindu history is the Aryan invasion theory. This theory, originally devised by F. Max Muller in 1848, traces the history of Hinduism to the invasion of India's indigenous people by lighter skinned Aryans around 1500 BCE. The theory was reinforced by other research over the next 120 years, and became the accepted history of Hinduism, not only in the West but inIndia. There is now ample evidence to show that Muller, and those who followed him, were wrong. Why is the theory no longer accepted?
The Aryan invasion theory was based on archaeological, linguistic and ethnological evidence. Later research has either discredited this evidence, or provided new evidence that combined with the earlier evidence makes other explanations more likely. Modern historians of the area no longer believe that such invasions had such great influence on Indian history. It's now generally accepted thatIndian history shows a continuity of progress from the earliest times to today. The changes brought to India by other cultures are not denied by modern historians, but they are no longer thought to be a major ingredient in the development of Hinduism.
Dangers of the theory – The Aryan invasion theory denies the Indian origin of India's predominant culture, but gives the credit for Indian culture to invaders from elsewhere. It even teaches that some of the most revered books of Hindu scripture are not actually Indian, and it devalues India's culture by portraying it as less ancient than it actually is. The theory was not just wrong, it included unacceptably racist ideas:
a.. it suggested that Indian culture was not a culture in its ownright, but a synthesis of elements from other cultures
b.. it implied that Hinduism was not an authentically Indian religion but the result of cultural imperialism
c.. it suggested that Indian culture was static, and only changed under outside influences
d.. it suggested that the dark-skinned Dravidian people of the Southof India had got their faith from light-skinned Aryan invaders
e.. it implied that indigenous people were incapable of creatively developing their faith
f.. it suggested that indigenous peoples could only acquire new religious and cultural ideas from other races, by invasion or other processes
g.. it accepted that race was a biologically based concept (rather than, at least in part, a social construct) that provided a sensible way of ranking people in a hierarchy, which provided a partial basis for the caste system
h.. it provided a basis for racism in the Imperial context by suggesting that the people of Northern India were descended from invaders from Europe and so racially closer to the British Raj, and most importantly
i.. it gave a historical precedent to justify the role and status ofthe British Raj, who could argue that they were transforming India for the better in the same way that the Aryans had done thousands of years earlier
j.. it downgraded the intellectual status of India and its people bygiving a falsely late date to elements of Indian science and culture
WE INDIANS OFTEN CRY BRITISHERS OF DISTORTING OUR HISTORY, ATLEAST NOW, I HOPE THE BRITISHERS ARE DOING JUSTICE, MY HATS OFF TO THE BBC.
Dear Communists, and Members of the Dravidian Movement, are you listening??
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Why Christianity should be rejected
The Hindu response to Christian aggression should concentrate on consciousness-raising. Information should be widely disseminated on the two fundamental reasons why Christianity is totally unacceptable as an alternative to Hinduism.
The first is its historical record, with its destructive fanaticism as well as its opportunistic collaboration with whichever social force seemed most helpful to the Church's expansion. Contrary to current propaganda, Christianity has historically supported feudalism, absolute kingship, slavery and apartheid, all properly justified with passages from the Bible. St. Peter and St. Paul gave a clear message to the oppressed of the world: "Slaves, accept with due submission the authority of your masters, not only if they are good and friendly, but even if they are harsh." (1 Peter 2:18) And: "Slaves, be obedient to your earthly masters with devotion and simplicity, as if your obedience were directed to Christ Himself." (Ephesians 6:5)14 Liberation Theology, far from constituting a break with the Church's long-standing collaboration with the dominant powers, is merely the application of the same strategy to new circumstances: now that the masses constitute a decisive political force, now that social activism is a theme which ensures political and financial support from different quarters, the Church has decided to tap into this new source of power as well.
The other (and in my opinion the most important) fact about Christianity which ought to be the topic of an all-out education campaign, is the scientific certainty that its fundamental teachings are historically fraudulent, intellectually garbled, and psychologically morbid. Jesus was neither the son of a virgin mother nor the Only Begotten Son of God. Jesus's perception of himself as the Messiah and the Son of God was a psychopathological condition, supported by hallucinations (especially the voice he heard during his baptism, the visions of the devil during his fast, the vision of Elijah and Moses on Mount Tabor), and partly caused by his most ordinary but traumatic shame of having been conceived out of wedlock. Numerous manipulations (interpolation, omission, antedating, deliberate mistakes of translation and interpretation) of the textual basis of Christian doctrine by the evangelists and other Church Fathers have been discovered, analyzed and explained in their historical context by competent Bible scholars, most of them working at Christian institutes.15
Now some Hindus will object that there must also be a bright side. I am well aware that Christian history has produced some important contributions to human progress in culture, art, philosophy. I have a rather positive opinion of some of the Christian classics, such as Thomas Aquinas's philosophy, or the Church's social teachings (which are rather different from Liberation Theology), and I stand by my earlier suggestion that Hindu political ideologues would gain a lot from studying the works which inspired their natural European counterpart, the Christian Democrats.16 However, a closer analysis shows that the truly important elements in these contributions are ultimately of non-Christian origin.
The intellectually most attractive elements in Christian doctrine are bits of Hellenistic philosophy co-opted by the Church Fathers, without any prophetic or revelatory origins, apart from elements of Judaic tradition which predated Jesus and were in no way augmented or surpassed by his supposed teachings. The way Christianity incorporated them is often a superficial cover-up of the contradictions between mutually exclusive teachings. Thus, the Platonic notion of an immortal soul, which is part of Church doctrine, makes the central Christian message of the "resurrection of the body" (which originated in a Jewish tradition ignoring the notion of an afterlife) superfluous. If death does not really exist, if it is merely a step from this type of life to another type, why bother about bodily resurrection? And if we partake of the Divine nature by sharing God's immortality, where is the need for a Saviour?
On the other hand, those contributions which set Christianity apart from the prevailing religious and intellectual atmosphere in the Greco-Roman world, are not always the most desirable. Thus, Christianity's emphasis on the individual's dependence on Scriptural or Church authority has suffocated millions of people in their spiritual development and directly caused the persecution and killing of numerous freethinkers. Its contorted and repressive attitude towards human sexuality is notoriously responsible for untold amounts of psychological suffering. Add the negative attitude towards worldly pursuits including science; the sentimental fixation on a single historical person with his idiosyncratic behaviour, extolled moreover to a divine status (Jews and Muslims have a point when they consider this the ultimate in "idolatry"); the concomitant depreciation of all other types of human character (artist, warrior, householder, humorist, renunciant) in favour of the pathetic antisocial type which Jesus represented; and the morbid love of martyrdom. Our list of Christianity's failures is not complete, but is sufficient to justify the evaluation on which millions of Christian-born people have come to agree: Christianity is not true.
Jesus was not God's Only Begotten Son, and he was not the Saviour of mankind from its Original Sin. Historically, he was just one of the numerous antisocial preachers going around in troubled Palestine in the period of Roman rule. He believed the End was near (definitely a failed prophecy, unless we redefine "near"), and had a rather high opinion of himself and of his role in the impending catastrophe. We can feel compassion for this thoroughly unhappy man with his miserably unsuccessful life, but we should not compensate him for his failure by elevating him to a super-human status; let alone worshipping him as Saviour and Son of God. Whatever the worth of values which Christians claim as theirs, nothing at all is gained by making people believe in a falsehood like the faith in Jesus Christ.
A Comparison Truth about post-Godhra and the anti-Sikh riots
The Godhra massacre of Ram bhaktas was so ghastly that it sparked off simultaneous riots in several places in Gujarat, yet the highly limited police force took action and 34 Hindu rioters had been shot dead and 56 were wounded by Gujarat Police in the first three days alone. On the 28th itself, 10 rioters were shot dead and 16 had been wounded. The stories carried by the English media that the police was asked to look the other way were obviously patently false. Actually, a total of 80 Hindus were shot dead and 207 had been wounded in police firing in the Gujarat riots. The police had fired over 10,500 rounds of which 5,450 had been fired in the first three days alone. In addition, in all, 15,000 tear gas shells had also been burst during the Gujarat riots. In 1984 carnage against Sikhs at Delhi, not a single rioter was killed in police firing. In fact, the police had conspicuously been absent on the streets for three full days. As established in the Nanavati Commission report, DTC buses had transported the attackers carrying petrol and other incendiary materials.
The maximum number of relief camps opened up during riots was 159. At a given point of time the figure varied as certain camps were closed down and certain new camps were opened up. As on 5.3.2002, out of the 98 refugee/relief camps opened, 85 were for Muslims while 13 were for Hindus. On the other hand, no attempt was made to open even a single refugee camp for the hounded Sikhs at any point of time anywhere. Actually, as per Nanavati Commission report, weapons of the Sikhs living in Sikh localities were withdrawn with the promise of protection by the police while the same localities were then attacked causing casualties among the Sikhs. In Gujarat, what happened were riots in which both Hindu and Muslim communities had attacked each other. What happened in Delhi and elsewhere in 1984 were not riots but a one-sided carnage aimed at eliminating the Sikhs as a community by the Congress loyalists. There was not a single casualty among the attackers. The media versions of anti-Sikh riots were identical in the English/Hindi and regional language sections of the Press throughout the country. On the other hand, there was a contrast of night and day in the versions of riots as projected by the national English media as against the sharply contrasting versions appearing in the local Gujarati papers of all hues. In the light of the above, every rational person can see for himself the mischief that is being played by the pseudo-secular UPA leaders and their cohorts in the media by repeatedly equating the anti-Sikh massacre with the Gujarat riots. It is time that this mischief is stopped. Notwithstanding the above, it will be in the fitness of things if the majesty of law is zealously upheld and every rioter, whether Hindu or Muslim, whether at Delhi and other places or at Godhra and other regions of Gujarat, get the punishment that the accused legally deserve.