It is 15th August today, India’s Independence Day. This is the day to celebrate freedom. The freedom won by very many great souls who fought with every possible means from Parliament Bomb to Khadi and from Making Salt to Indian National Army, to make it sure that when someone like me was born, he would breath in free air. Sitting in my chair, I am pondering over the 60 years of free India as well as my own self, trying to find my role in this country.

Every time laying idle on my bed, driving on city roads, commuting in a local bus/train, walking in a public park and enjoying freedom in all those activities, I used to ask myself what I had done for my country. “What was my contribution?” But never ever there was an answer. Nobody asked me this question ever before but suddenly my conscious sprang up questions. “At my work place, I have to justify my presence every day to get paid, but why I am not answerable to my country. My job pays me money, but motherland has given me life and means to live it. Then why this apathy towards my own country?” These were some questions to which I could not find answer.

Every year celebrating Independence Day, congratulating each other through SMSes, being at home for whole day enjoying monsoon rains, I had that guilt in some corner of my heart asking me “What have you done for your Motherland? Do you really deserve this freedom?”

I tried to pacify myself whenever my conscious cursed me of being a non-performer for my country while I was “exceeding expectations” in my organization’s appraisal cycle. I tried to tell myself that it was not my fault that there were so many things pending in India for past 60 years, but I couldn’t convince. I also told myself that the India I saw was what India was destined to be and I couldn’t do much in changing the destiny of a billion people but I failed yet again. I tried hard to convey that “Bharat vs. India” was nothing but merely a fuss created by Media. I admit that I failed in that effort also. My conscious crushed all my false beliefs and explanations that I gave to shrug-off my responsibilities towards my motherland.

Then I gave up. I admitted to myself that yes I was wrong. I was wrong in every aspect. But what could I do, was my question to my conscious. “It is the failure of top leadership which is letting India down and not a person as small as me”, I argued to myself. So, I should not be blamed for anything. But am I Small? When I argue with my boss for my ever unsatisfactory appraisal, I portray a picture of myself which is just better than Einstein. Then why suddenly, I become a small guy when it comes to fulfill the responsibilities for my country.

None will find a hypocrite as big as I am. I want a smooth road to drive my expensive car but don’t want to keep it clean and in good shape. I boast of my freedom to use (many times burn too) public property but I run from pillar to post to avoid taxes which actually build taxes. I have given so many lectures to my friends and siblings saying how the system does not work properly, without thinking how the system shall work properly and what do we need to do to ensure the functioning. I cry for poor living below poverty line under inhuman conditions but I have an underpaid maid at my place doing daily chores. I go out and give lectures against Child labour at various informal sessions but the gentleman who comes to wash my car is less than 12 years old.

We all know that Freedom comes with a lot of comforts. I am free to do anything in India and I am proud of being free citizen of such a great county. But freedom also brings some responsibilities. Why was I running away from them? I have no answer. May be I was too immature to realize my responsibilities at that time. But better late than never.

Today, my heart beats for my country. And I will not let it go down now. If we have bad political leaders who have let us down, we have great icons like NRN, APJ Abdul Kalam, AHP and Sachin Tendulkar who have honestly done wonders for our country. We can follow their examples and excel in our life while we stay within the limits of ethics, values and true spirit. If I can adopt the Spirit of Wipro, I can create, adopt and help others adopt, Spirit of India. If I can be a true Indian, I would be contributing to my country in a big way because as per my definition of an Indian, he/she will be successful in not only achieving his/her professional and personal goals but also contribute in healthy growth of his/her countrymen. The quest is on to encourage everyone around me to shun every other identity and become a True Indian. I need not worry about the bottlenecks in the system because no blockage is big enough to discourage me on my path to pay back to my country. If I can gather some True Indians along with me, we can flood open any bottleneck. I am not afraid of being isolated in my run upto realizing my dream of being a true Indian because Shaheed Bhagat Singh never was afraid of anything like this.
We have precedence when the adversities have been faced bravely by the warriors and they have won laurels for doing that. Manmohan Singh might not have thought he was writing history while he humbly read out his strategies 16 years ago. None had expected that nerves of Indira Gandhi were made of steel, strong enough to lead a nation to defeat enemies while fighting so many adversaries. None expects me to be able to do anything. They never will. It’s me who has to do my country proud of its citizens and I will start by myself. I will become a True Indian.

Listening attentively to the National Anthem being played on a TV channel, I can’t resist my hand going on to Salute the Indian Tricolour and say proudly, Jai Hind!

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India’s InflationWoes

February 23, 2007

Despite calculating Inflation thru all worng methods to show it minimum on paper, India’s EFFICIENT govt ‘managed’ to achieve inflation rates higher than 6% which is horribly bad for People. For economy, there is no need to discuss since everything about it is bad. So, after one month of rampant price rise, the leaders felt the heat. They were so sure that the flawed methods of calculating inflation will never let the true inflation rate come out in public. But now it has come so they want START the BLAME GAME. First the Finance Minister says there is lot of Liquidity in market. So he asks RBI, what can be done? RBI as usual does not have any wisdom and as usual, said, we’ll hike interest rates on home loans and personal loans and blah blah…How many times in past year they have increase home loan rates, even thye wont remember. Since they wont pay out from their pocket. It has become a fashion in Indian Financial system to TAX the Middle class. The Upper elite class is not taxed since they pay bribes to these ministers and there is not question of Taxing the poor.

Anyways so then they thought inflation wud be controlled. But no. It went up. So now what? They start thinking OF innovative ways. They cud not find one, coz there is none. The FM then told PM Manmohan Singh that I cant stop the hoarding of the articles which is a State subject. What a crap. The biggest Bottleneck between the ppl and food items is not the Hoarders. It is the Railways.

We have heard a lot of great stories abt Railways’ revival. Minister went to IIM with his CASE STUDY. Crap n only Crap is what we should call it. Generally all the vegetables were being ferried in trucks given the POOREST track record of Railways in this. But since the competion from trucks/Road transport grew, Railways lost market share. Then the real action came and Railways influenced the Road Transport Ministry to Cut the maximum limit which Trucks can load in one go. So the cost of ferrying in trucks went miles high and railways gained some market share back…But all at the cost of poor common man and middle class. So when u read the PR campaign by Lalu that he has done this done that, plz check how much up ur budget has gone up. Indian Media as I always say, SUCKS!!! Bastards of Top order are filling up Newspapers and Media channels who get gifts at home for glorifying the looters.

Another factor which has given Inflation a Northward Push is OUR OWN commodity Exchange. I dont want to question the wisdom of P Chidambaram and Manmohan Singh and Montek Singh Ahluwalia but I can close my eyes and predict the biggest reason for price rise as the Future Trading in commodities. Why the hell these Minsiters/Officials are playing with fire here. Do we really need a commodity exchange? We are just sufficient in terms of food. (the year crop fails we import)In Gold and all, we are biggest importers. Petroleum, is nowhere in India. Then why let the looters of Public play with what is essential for common man. Exchanges like this make sense in London and NY where they have huge reserves of everything for any contingency. We are just a new born baby in Emerging economies and we started the worst trading of its kind. The gamblers win crores and who pays? We, the common man.

But who will teach PC, MS or MSA? Bloody boasting abt the economy growth is the biggest farce of century. Even if nobody is running this country, it will grow at more than 8%. But the question is that what is that growth made up of? 6% inflation has to be subtracted from growth rate only then we realize what was the real rate. If this growth story is made to attract Foreign Investments, plz keep it away from the dogs of Indian media who get this chance to BREAK NEWS.

My message to top running (or not) this country is that please look at India as a developing nation, let all hell let loose to grow like China is doing. We can start these commodities trading when India has full godowns of wheat n rice for public. And Mr.La Loo, you can fool your poor villagers (coz u never let them go to school n never built one school) but not me n those who understood ur farce the very first day. Bloody improve ur image in front of Villagers by working and not in IIM-A coz we all know u are a BASTARD.

The other day, Avtar Henry, Minister Food Supply Punjab was on TV (DD Punjabi) talking about the purchase of wheat from markets. The host was, I must admit,
too good. Command over language, content, ideas and questioning style, everything were good. Our minister sahib, who owns a fleet of more that 100 buses in
Avtar Transport service was the same promising politician who claims to have done this done that. He said that FCI and other agenices which buy from the
market are honest. I could never expect a joke bigger than this. Ohh God, please make him see the way the paddy crop is purchased from Mandis every year. The
sheller owner and farmer both are on the verge of suicide becoz of these thieves of FCI, PUNSUP, Punjab Agro etc. Every point of interface between Farmer or
sheller owner with these govt officials (read CHOR) is a pain point for the former. Even the labour and gatekeeper take their share in the blackmailing that
the govt is providing them every opportunity to do safely.Anyways coming back to programme, the other two guys who came for discussion were a farmer and a fermer leader. Both of them said that Govt should do this
for us an do that for us. I dont understant when u do ur farming, and earn profit (which they wud never admit) wud they share it with govt in the form of
taxes? When farm income is not taxed, then why pay subsidy to them? Let the farmers sell the crop in open market. when govt can purchase wheat from Australia
at more than Rs.1100 per quintal then who the hell forces farmer to sell it at Rs.651 in mandis. It's nexus between Arhtiyas, Market committee and FCI
officials to make the farmer sell it to private players. Farmers are not confident enuff and also not very educated. SO they sell it at whatever they get but
it is Flour mills and other hoarders who are benefitted.So whay ask for involvement of FCI and govt? Let them buzz off and sell it to the one who pays you the max. Govt can increase MSP to the level of cost i has
to incurr on getting wheat from abroad. It would definitely increase the rice for once but the farmers (70% of population) would get the equal benefit. Elite
class can easily pay for this increase of may be Rs.2 per kg in wheat flour. But in return get the Farm income added into the mainstream. Make all farmers
file I.T returns. Help them in this and provide employment to young guys who can count on finger tips in this sphere.Anyways the reform in food and supply are much awaited. Mr.Henry declared from there only that Central govt gave Rs.50 bonus over wheat crop this year. VEry
little very late. He gave his cell number, courtesy the anchor of the programme.

Sunil Bharti Mittal may have made big bucks out of the mobile telephony revolution in India, but the man says it was a saga of struggle, fight and the "mother of all battles." When he began his entrepreneurial venture in 1985, he was "ignored" and "laughed at" thereafter, before the "fight" erupted in the telecom sector leading to what he calls "mother of all battles" from which he came out "fairly successful," he said. Sharing his thoughts with students and faculty of Indian Institute Management, Bangalore, at a convocation function, the Chairman and Group Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises said: "I am a new age entrepreneur. I believe I represent the changing face of India." "When I came out of college in 1976, I was told by all my friends and people generally older and guiding me in my hometown in Ludhiana that the pole-positions…the grand-stand positions have already been taken up by those who mattered." There were large business houses, and the public sector had a huge grip, he recalled. For a young, struggling entrepreneur with very little capital, who has just come out of college, the space was indeed very limited, he said. "But somehow the heart was not willing to accept. And one had to push on and push forward with every little opportunity that one got in one's life." Mittal said the period — 1976 to 1985 — was a period of great struggle, of great pain but one of great learning. "Learning that I could not take from B-school because I went straight to business after university… I picked up on the streets. I learnt my lessons on the streets and at every opportunity, tried to assimilate, gather, absorb some of the practices that were required to create an enterprise." He said he saw his first battle with "big boys" in 1985-86 when he first launched India's first push-button telephones. "My romance with telecom started in 1985." "Mahatma Gandhi once said: 'at first, they ignore you'; these were the times when I was being ignored." "It's important that at this stage you be ignored. Because spotlight at an early time of your lifecycle does not give you any extra advantage but certainly puts you at a great disadvantage." "Gandhiji said: 'then they laugh at you.' In 1992, Mittal said he applied for mobile licence — India's first attempt to provide mobile telephone services. "I felt we had the passion to deliver India's first mobile phone services. Many thought otherwise. We threw our hat in the ring." He said 1993, 1994 and 1995 saw some major litigations around this area. Our first licence was awarded in 1995. "Bharti got a licence to provide mobile telephony in Delhi. People were still laughing. Because this was supposed to be a business with very deep pockets." It was only later that he realised that this business needed "large monies". Those were difficult times, Mittal said. "When it came to providing mobile services in the rest of the country… it saw the awakening of all those who missed in round one." "Everybody who missed out in the first round… large industrial houses to many others came and jumped in round two. Bidding that happened in that round edged out almost all entrepreneurial initiatives. The bid went at Rs 85,000 crore and this was in 1996." "Most of the bids were picked up by people who had less knowledge about this business," Mittal said, adding, Bharti then expanded slowly picking up the circles of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Chennai followed by Punjab and Kolkata, among others. "Then the juggernaut (Bharti) started rolling," he said. "Then they fight you. Then the big fight erupted in the telecom arena. They had ignored us, they had laughed at us and the fight had begun. And we were willing to fight this battle out because it was truly the mother of all battles." Mittal said the company believed that "if the business is about people and customers and not about money and technology, it thought it can win the war." "After three years of fight, we came out fairly successful out of this. As Gandhiji said, those who try hard with lot of passion, eventually win."