Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Flush Out Pessimism.. India is changing for good!

Source: http://kiranasis.blogspot.in/2014/10/flush-out-pessimism-india-is-changing.html
Article by Kiran Kumar.



I still see a lot of pessimism about the new projects of Government of India.
I want to write in more detail here.

Wake up Indians and NRIs.. Lots of self made leaders have come up. Nirmala Sitharaman arm twisted even the powerful American lobby at WTO meet by demanding that trade facilitation has to be simultaneous with other demands of India. Even Sonia Gandhi's trusted big name Anand Sharma had compromised last time, which this first time minister has set right. Uma Bharti is on the ground trying to clean up Ganga which is a project as tough as climbing Mount Everest on one leg. The Jan Dhan Yojna is pushed by younger team so successfully, that over 7 crore new bank accounts are opened in India in just 2 months. This speed of financial inclusiveness has never happened in India's history! C'mon.. we are talking about 7,00,00,000+ bank accounts in 8 weeks, with automatic life insurance coverage and debit card, in a country where it takes 3 visits for even KYC document for existing bank account in a city bank!



India's inflation is at 5 year low. Mumbai saw a more than 3 Rupees Diesel price cut for the first time in a long time (last time was 2 rupees cut in 2009 Jan!). Indian markets are euphoric and performing better than most world markets. Naxals are surrendering in record numbers. I read recently that there has been a 20 fold increase in maoist terrorists leaving the path of terrorism in the heart of India, and joining mainstream. I saw pictures of CRPF jawans actually carrying surrendered naxals over their shoulders, giving them a mainstream society welcome. The Nehruvian central planning commission which was the white elephant slowing Indian economy is being dismantled. IMF just issued a statement that India will be a $2 Trillion economy this year itself! And might overtake Italy, Brazil and Russian GDPs before Modi's first term ends..

Never before a 1 lakh crore fund for entrepreneurs was setup by the government. I attended a seminar on how young Indians can get into manufacturing entrepreneurship. I was shocked at the energy level.. They are talking about so many start up ideas, while 3 years back 60% was just about IT industry start ups. Smart City is another topic that every MP and MLA is trying to encash on for his or her popularity.

In 1999 when the cyclone hit Odisha, 10,000 Indians died within 48 hours. The land fall speed of that cyclone was nearly 250KM ph.
Just last week, Hudhud cyclone hit not far from there, at Visakhapatnam, AP. The preparation and coordination of both AP state govt and central govt was so good, that in spite of 175+ KM land fall of the cyclone, only 24 people died within the first 48 hours. Yes 24 is also bad, but look at the progress ISRO, meteorological scientists and overall disaster relief of India has come through in the past 15 years. From 10,000 deaths to 0.24% of that 15 years later, is no mean achievement. I don't care if NDA1, UPA1, UPA2 or NDA2 takes credit. But all I say is that, there is no need to feel pessimistic about India any more.


In 2003, when Vajpayee announced Chandrayaan and pushed the scientists, it was of tall order. Not only India has exceeded Chandrayaan expectation since then, it also created all sorts of records in Mangalyaan cost. You would have heard about the euphoria at Madison Square Garden on this.. The heart burn was so big that NY Times even resorted to a racist cartoon which it had to later pull out with apology. In European papers, jasmine flower clad Indian women in saree were prominently displayed as the new face of space scientists! This particular Modi style "dono mutthi band karke" pose was in dozens of country's news papers, bringing India a new recognition.



And regarding working hours - talk to anyone visiting government offices in Dilli. Officers are there on time. Even ministers are considering it as a punishment to work under Modi now as they have to be in office till late night. All the 4 PM booking for happy hours at trendy establishments are slowing from babus. And every project, and every detail is instantly put online so transparency is at it's best level that I have seen.

Regarding the pet project of Modi, the Swacch Bharat (Clean India), I am getting 3 to 5 Swacch Bharat pictures from youngsters across India who have taken it as a challenge to clean up India. I have seen 100s of people who come from a foreign visit to India, and they start about bad mouthing the Indian "filth". Modi is the first man I have seen, who actually came back from a foreign trip, and the very next morning, had a broom in his hand cleaning up a police station's compound!!

I was so happy to see 16 and 17 year old students from a Bengaluru PU college, cleaning up a 500 year old temple pond in straight 7 hours, with no specialized tools or help. Modi's mantra of swacch Bharat has caught the imagination of India and things are going really well.



Here's another example from Rajahmundry, AP.



India is changing from bottom up as well as top down. And it's being led in most cases by young India - those in 15 to 35 age group. Their energy is mind blowing!

I heard in a recent seminar a very cautious words: India's greatest asset between 2015 and 2050 is its demographic dividend. If this is not managed well, or if anarchists and anti-India violent guys are allowed to brain wash them, it will turn into a demographic disaster. The choice is yours. Particularly the well informed, globe-trotting, rich Indians should be in the fore front of guiding young India to realize it's potential and reclaim the 25% share of world GDP that India had for 1700 out of the past 2000 years.

Flush out pessimism, irrespective of your political ideology. We are at the beginning of a very long and steep climb into prominence!

Picture credit: Hindu, NIE and Social media

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An appeal from RSS to donate to J&K Flood Victims Relief Fund

Rashtreeya Swayamsevak Sangh – Karnataka

#74, Keshava Krupa, Rangarao Road, Shankarpuram, Bengaluru – 560004
080-26610081 www.samvada.org, karnatakarss@gmail.com

An Appeal to the Society

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The ravaging floods that started on September 4, 2014 due to incessant rains has shaken the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Jhelum, Tapi and several other rivers are in spate. Thousands of villages in the districts of Rajouri, Pooch, Phulwama, Baramullah and others have been inundated. Roads, schools, Hospitals, shops and temples have been submerged. Agricultural lands and cattle have been washed away. More than 200 people have died in this calamity. Thousands have been rendered homeless and are seeking refuge due to this unfortunate catastrophe.
There has been a huge loss to public and private property. Swayamsevaks of RSS are already lending a helping hand in the relief measures. ‘Seva Bharati’ has started relief camps at several places and is cooperating with the government and army to provide succor to thousands of aggrieved souls. Our brethren of Jammu & Kashmir who were already reeling under the onslaught of the separatists and the terrorists, are now facing insurmountable odds due to this natural calamity. They require humanitarian relief and aid. Everyone in the society have to cooperate and contribute to rebuild their lives. We humbly request you to join hands with us and donate generously to mitigate this unforeseen disaster that has struck the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
We request you to draw Cheque/Demand Draft’s in the name of ‘RSS Sanchalita Santrasta Parihara Nidhi’ and send them to one of the following addresses:
  • “Keshav Krupa” RSS Office, #74, Rangarao Road, Shankarpuram, Bengaluru – 560004 Ph: 080-26610081
  • “Keshav Kunj” RSS Office, Lokamanya Tilak Road, Gokula Street, Hubballi Ph: 0836-2232972
FOR ONLINE TRANSFER:   “RSS Sanchaalita Santrasta Parihaara Nidhi” SB Account Number: 0789101009327, IFSC Code: CNRB0000789 Canara Bank, Kempegouda Nagar Branch, (Near Chamarajapet Uma Theater) Bangalore-560018
In anticipation of your generous contributions…
Ma. Venkataramu, Pranth Sanghachalak, Karnataka Dakshin
Dr. Khageshan Pattanashetty, Pranth Sanghachalak, Karnataka Uttara
In case you have donated online or sent a Cheque/DD, please inform about the same to 9448284625, 9448847866 or send an e-mail to karnatakarss@gmail.com.
For any assistance, if necessary call: Rajesh Padmar 09880621824
RSS Appeal JK Flood Sept-9-2014 (1)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rabindranath Tagore's views on being a "Christian Hindu"!!

Source: http://www.freedomfirst.in/discussion-board/discussion-board-details.aspx?ID=%2033

On being a “Christian Hindu”

01-Aug-2014



Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore
Goa’s Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza was not prepared to say sorry for describing himself as a "Christian Hindu". According to a report in the Free Press Journal of July 29, 2014 he is reported to have said:  "India is a Hindu country. India is Hindustan. All Indians in Hindustan are Hindus including me...I am a Christian Hindu...Hindu is my culture. Christianity is my religion. When I say Hindu, it means culture and not religion...”

Francis D’souza will be glad to know he is in good company, in fact distinguished company! When I read this, I was reminded of an article reprinted in Freedom First which was first published in its sister publication Quest in 1961 on the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.  In his article  Atma Parichaya - (Introducing Oneself) – (written in Bengali and translated by Buddhadeva Basu) Tagore said  something similar to what the  Goa’s deputy CM is quoted as  having said and for which he refused to say ’Sorry’ and thereby has incurred the wrath of a padre.

Gurudev Tagore said inter alia "...I was born into the Hindu society and have accepted the Brahmo sect; if I wish I can go over to another sect, but to another society I cannot belong... With the history of no other society would I have this sense of   identification?  We can transfer a fruit from one basket to another, but on a different branch we cannot grow.

"Do I than claim that I remain a Hindu even if I become a Christian? Certainly I do, and to me this is quite beyond dispute. No matter what the orthodox Hindus may say about it, Kali Charan Banerjee was a Hindu Christian, and so was Jnanendra Mohan Tagore before him and Krishna Mohan Banerjee as well. These men were Hindu by nation and Christian in faith. Christianity was their complexion, but in substance they were nothing but Hindus. There are thousands of Bengali Muslims whom Hindus perpetually label as non-Hindus, and yet the truth about them is that they are Hindu Muslims. It isn’t difficult to conceive of a Hindu family where, lovingly cherished by the same parents, live three brothers, of whom one is a Christian, another, a Muslim and the third a Vaishnava. Rather is this family which would represent what is true and beautiful in the Hindu idea....

"The words "Hindu” and "Muslim” do not have a similar connotation. Islam is a particular religious creed. But Hinduism is not. "Hindu” is a term for the consummation of the Indian nation... From long ago has it come down to us , passing  through centuries and the same sunlit horizons, carrying along with it the same rivers and forests and mountains, and saturated with that sequence of attacks and responses which constitute the history of our mundane and spiritual lives. In that word is contained all that we are in our bodies and our souls. From this deep flowing stream no one is cast aside simply by virtue of his having become a Christian – neither a Kali Charan Banerjee nor a Jnanendra Mohan Tagore.

"The nation is larger than the creed and goes much deeper too; changing one’s beliefs involves no change in one’s nationality. The nation to which I belonged when I believed in the mythological story of creation is still mine, although I believe in the modern and scientific version of that story. And this is true despite the fact that my great-grandfather would no doubt have boxed my ears if he had learned  that I no longer conceived the universe as an egg (Brahmanda, the Sanskrit word for ‘universe’ literally means "the egg of Brahma”) as an extraordinary kind.

 "It will be argued that a Muslim is a Muslim for all that, whether in China or Persia. Not that I know much about the Chinese Muslim, but I dare say that he is in many ways quite different from his Indian counterpart, although there is a certain agreement in religion. I will add that even in the matter of faith the Chinese and Indian will agree on but broad principles; on details they will be at variance. Yet this same Chinese Muslim will have numerous points in common with the Confucians and Buddhists of his nation...”

And so goes on Tagore with his Atma Parichaya, which I found an absolute learning experience. Having read Tagore I could understand what the Goa CM was trying to convey. If you wish to read the full article reprinted in two parts, please visit www.freedomfirst.in, select archives and click Nos. 530 and 531  to read " Introducing Oneself (Arma-Parichaya)” by Rabindranath Tagore. The text excerpted above is from FF No. 531.

S. V. RAJU

Friday, August 08, 2014

The 5:2 way of eating

This article was posted in http://blogs.mentor.com/ by Colin Walls.
Link to original post: http://blogs.mentor.com/colinwalls/blog/2014/08/07/the-52-way-of-eating/?rssid=The%20Colin%20Walls%20Blog

The 5:2 way of eating

I do not do diets in the sense of weight loss programs. We all have a “diet” – the combination of foods that we eat – and I have always advocated as much variation as possible. Although I do eat things that are less good for me, I am conscious of what constitutes a healthy diet. I like to avoid food with additives, which can be challenging, as I wrote about a while back. When I was younger, I might have been described as “skinny”, but time has taken its toll and, although I am far from being fat, I could do with rearranging my weight a little.
I recently encountered the 5:2 diet …
The 5:2 diet – or Way of Eating [WOE is the amusing acronym] as its advocates prefer – is not simply a way to lose weight. It is a change in the approach and attitude to food and eating, which has a variety of benefits, where weight loss is just one possibility.
The approach to food – in the Western world at least – has changed drastically in recent years. We moved from a 3 meals a day regime to one where, although that structure might still be considered “normal”, the meals are supplemented by continuous snacking in the course of the day. Many people get as much as half their daily intake of calories from food intake that would not be considered a meal. The result is that the average calorie intake across the population is rising, with the obvious results. Although the idea of 3 square meals and nothing in between may seem traditional, it is really a new idea; humans have only been eating this way for a few hundred – perhaps a couple of thousand – years, since agriculture first started to be practiced.
Our bodies have not had time to evolve to accommodate this change. Evolution is a very slow process. Our species spent millions of years evolving to accommodate a very different approach to food. Early man was a hunter/gatherer. The result was food alternated between being plentiful [when a woolly mammoth had just been hunted] for short periods, interspersed with longer periods of being in short supply. This is commonly called “feast and famine”. It is not surprising that much research shows that our bodies are good at accommodating periods of very low food intake [fasts]. In fact, instead of just being tolerated, such fasting can even be shown to be directly beneficial. It is almost like exercising your digestive system [and all the other systems that lead on from it] is like exercising your muscles; the more you do it, the stronger you get.
Many people, and even religious groups, regard fasting as a good idea or a requirement. Unfortunately, such practices are often extreme. Most of us are not keen on the idea of eating nothing for a day/week/month. Even the idea of consuming nothing in the hours of daylight is very hard to follow. So, how can one get the benefits of fasting without such suffering? The answer is intermittent fasting, which where 5:2 comes in.
I am experimenting with the 5:2 WOE because it makes a lot of sense to me and the science behind it sounds reasonable. As I said before, I do not really want/need to lose much weight. However, I would like to reduce my waist size a little, as this is the parameter which seems to be related to a number of health conditions [type 2 diabetes being a good example]. The idea is that, for 5 days a week, you eat whatever you want. For the other days, you can still have any kind of food that you want, but your total calorie intake should not exceed 600/500 calories [for men/women respectively]. Also it is recommended that you go for a 16 hour period without any significant calorie intake; this is not so hard, as a lot of that time you will be asleep.
Most people who adopt 5:2 report weight loss after a few weeks. They also report feeling better overall. It is common to have a target weight and, when one has reached that, it can normally be sustained by only fasting on one day each week.
So, how does this really work? As far as I can tell, the weight loss that many people experience cannot be fully explained by the reduced calories for two days. I have already observed in myself a greater awareness of what I eat on the other days. I do not feel restricted on those days, but I can imagine that the enhanced awareness might cause me to avoid certain things. Although I have not yet experienced it, many followers of 5:2 report that their appetite for large portions is cut back, while their enjoyment of food is undiminished. I think that this must be the real factor in weight control.
I do find the fast days challenging, but not that hard – there is always the knowledge that the next day is “normal”. And I enjoy the normality of the other days. Yes, this cookie is 300 calories. And?
I am doing 5:2 for a month [August] to see how I feel. I already know that I can manage the low calorie intake without fainting or anything. I do not even find myself exceptionally hungry the following day. At the end of the month, I will review and tentatively plan to go on for the rest of the year. If I do lose weight, I may move to one fast day per week, but that will require at least 3Kg to go. I will also take breaks for vacation etc., but give it my best shot overall.
There! I wrote it down, so now I am committed. I will report back.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tweet to do banking - it is going to be real fun!!

Today I visited the website of "Kotak Jifi". I visited this site as part of a contest on IndiBlogger and writing this post for the same contest.
I have visited many other banking sites in the past. But, Kotak Jifi looks very cool and the website loaded in a very quick time. This is very important for net savvy young India. People don't want to wait for a long time for their site to load. So, Kotak Jifi site gets full score on this one.
The landing page is very simple and intuitive. It is not clobbered with too many unneeded details. And I didn't have to search to find the link to login and signup.
The biggest attraction is, "No Minimum Balance"! Today most of the banks ask us for minimum balance and some of them have 5 digit figure as minimum balance. That is a big deterrent for anybody who wants to open account in that bank. So, "No Minimum Balance" will be a big attraction and is very cool. Thanks to Kotak Jifi, every Indian can can have a bank account.
Another thing that attracted me was, "Bank with Kotak using Twitter". I can just tweet and get my balance; I can tweet and my check book will come home!! Wow, this is going to be lot of fun. Everybody will love it!
Third point of attraction was "Kotak MoneyWatch". This feature is very much needed. In this fast paced life, we don't have time to do all the calculations, write graphs. So, "Kotak MoneyWatch" will come in handy and will give us a good picture of our finance. It has all financial instruments under one roof and I can access it on my mobile also!
Security is one big issue nowadays. Kotak Jifi promises highest possible security. Kotak Mahindra Bank has a good track record in this aspect and we can trust Kotak Jifi also.
One more cool thing that I observed is, Platinum Debit Card. The picture of the debit card is printed on the site and that is very attractive. People love to have colorful cards in their pockets and want to flaunt it infront of their friends. Now with Kotak Jifi Platinum Debit Card, this desire will be easily fulfilled.
I think, with these kind of great features, banking will be fun and "The long queues:" are done with and we don't need to goto bank to do banking. With Kotak Jifi, we can do baking using my laptop or even my mobile app!!

Great going Kotak Jifi, keep up the good work.