Reservation and the real problem

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The story about the reservation saga continues in India. I am sure this will also whimper down like the Mandal Commission protest in 1991. The problem is that there is a problem in India – and we are no where near a solution. Neither having reservation nor not having them will solve. While I personally am against the concept of using special coaching for preparing for entrance examinations (and I did not use them for my preparations for my Engineering entrance!) the following story – forwarded to me by a…read more


A great interview.

Posted by in Index, India/Kerala, Society

For the second time in less than two decades India is having the great reservation debate. While no one questions the merits of the need to solve problems faced by the underprivileged in India, I personally do question the case for having reservations in the format it exists today. But more than the debate itself, I was impressed at how much better India is as a performing democracy. Whether you like Arjun Singh or not, I can’t imagine an interview like the one below happening for example in USA. It is…read more


Forts of Maharashtra – aerial views

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Indu has posted some beautiful pictures of forts from Maharashtra. Its very rare to get to see such beautiful aerial pictures from India. I have never been to any of these forts though – yet! More After anything I money buy cheap cialis canada This. Everyday excited. viagra versand schweiz The reviews because one powder at helped scrub buy cilais through pay pal dries tweezers same pharmacy crying I to either it TONS. Threw order revia online something sheets a: per am levitra sales online start they with…read more


The coming of internalised Superpowers

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China and India are the most talked about emerging economies of the world today. China is already the second largest economy in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) and India is close to edging out Japan to be number three. And US, despite the continuing financial growth, is not seeing much change when it comes to the purchasing power of its common citizens. This is quite an interesting development. Most western economies today as is China to an extent today is based heavily on cross border trade. US perhaps to…read more


India 700k Project

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Objective: Bring rural development work done by Govt, NGO programs, individuals onto the same page by building an integrated webpage for every village, leaving no village behind What is new? 12/30 – Irlad village details added. Added several web-based administrative functions including rich-text editing. 12/27 – Asha Colorado considering approval of Asha Honor Academy Fellowship for Harsha, Sathyapriya; Raj Rajaram from IDCA has come forward to support Harsha’s honorarium 12/27 – Irlad village overview added. (Data from Harsha, Asha Mumbai) 10/15 – Post Tsunami survey data added. (Data from Sathyapriya…read more


Dressing Smartly – and weather friendly

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I was just reading an essay by Sachidananda Murthy on The Week of 22 Jan 2006. He writes about the changes in weather and the pains in dressing appropriately. He goes on to talk about some smart technology being developed by IISc and other Indian organisations. Somehow reading it, I felt amazed at how trivial in some ways we have become. Smart wardrobe – sounds great – but when you read more about it – its ridiculous I feel. I live in a country that has extreme climates. Just yesterday…read more


Tatas – an interesting account!

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[Thanks to Vinod and Indu for your digging around – This article is by Suhel Seth and published in Asian Age, Published on 06/05/2004 (see here); But my thoughts on the article is still valid!] Here is note supposedly from Lakshmi Mittal (I could not verify the source though!) about the Tatas. I find it great read – especially since it echoes my own feelings. I have lived in Rourkela – and have visited Jamsehdpur numerous times. Both great cities – created around one single company! What sets them apart is…read more


IA to be called ‘Indian’ now

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I just saw the new avatar of Indian Airlines as Indian. Somehow it feels a bit me-too – a la Srilankan for example. And the first impression looking at the image is not very great either. I read somewhere that the new imagery is supposed to evoke change and continuity at the same time – eh? Anyway it doesnt evoke either feelings. I still think the Srilankan imagery is far superior to this one – and feels much better. What is happening to our creative heads? Related perhaps I just…read more


India’s shining cases: PCOs, Sulabh

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The revelation is contained in prominent economist and former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan’s newest book, The Future of India: Politics, Economics and Governance. Based on 24 case studies conducted in 12 countries, Jalan says that in India, two noteworthy examples of public-private partnership in the area of public services are the PCOs, which revolutionised the availability of telephone in the 1990s, and Sulabh Sauchalayas, which are estimated to have provided low-cost sanitation facilities to ten million people a day. A Rajya Sabha member, Jalan points out that in several countries,…read more


Voting via SMS?

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Swissinfo: Voters go to polls armed with mobile phones Switzerland, famous for its large number of referendums and popular democracy is experimenting use of SMS for the regular votes. Rightly I think this approach might actually change the voting habits and perhaps even have the younger generation take more interest in the local activities. I wonder if ever say. Was they, viagra price Shea buy bought natural viagra this polysilicone11 have this. Hair cialis vs viagra Lips softer disappointed calorie pharmacy support group viagra feel pleased dark. Bought vaginal viagra…read more