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Lot being discussed about the long pending economic reforms related to FDI in the mainstream media and in the circles of politics.The government which blames everything other than itself for the mess which the country is in has finally woke up with T-20 haste in approving the reforms mainly related and restricted to FDI.

Its been projected as though FDI would solve every problem. The atmosphere in favour of it is so intense that any different perspective may get you labelled as “Regressive”. Is FDI the magic wand which will solve all the problems of economy? Will allowing FDI in retail and insurance will live upto the hype and expectation ? In this post with my limited knowledge I will try to seek answers to those questions coz I strongly believe any policy should be put to scrutiny. So even FDI cannot get a free pass.

With more than a billion population, with highest percentage of young population the main strength of our country’s economy shouldhave been manufacturing. But for whatever reasons its not the case. This may not affect the growth rate in the near term but in long term sustaining the growth will be near impossible. Of all the emerging markets since 1950 only two nations, South Korea and Taiwan have succeeded in maintaining the growth rate over 5% for nearly 5 decades!!!!! This is the kind of sustainability I am talking about. The main pillar of their economy is not services but manufacturing, innovation and technology. On the other hand India is at the verge of falling below 5% growth within a decade. Such a sad state of affairs!!!!!!

The UPA led by congress tried to attribute the slip of growth rate to everything except its comprehensive failure. The PM blamed on coalation dharma to oppostion parties to Eurozone crisis to struggling US economy… what not!!! With general elections nearing now the government pushes FDI reforms to gain electoral advantage. But the reality is something different. Ruchir sharma in his book “Breakout Nations” points out that what prevails in India is neither socialism nor capitalism but “Crony Capitalism” – The unholy nexus between cronies and the government for the advantage of the former.

If we closely observe the FDI has been cleared for sectors like retail, aviation and now insurance which are all service industries. Service industries by their basic definitions are meant to serve “something else”. If that “something else” is itself in bad state then service industries are also bound to fail. These reforms are similar to a house owner emphasizing a lot on the interiors of his house when the foundation itself is weak. Our manufacturing output is falling quarter by quarter , the power generation is falling day by day thanks to coalgate, there is either drought or floods situation in many parts of the country which is affecting agricultural production, there is rampant corruption from head of the government to Taluk offices but the government tries to make us buy their theory of FDI being the magic wand.

Definitely FDI helps in reducing the fiscal deficit of our country. But the problem is what comes can go as well. So there is no guarantee that deficit will not raise again. Then how do we sustain, how do we become self reliant. To become self reliant we must ensure that we “generate” wealth along with the flow of funds through FDI. Wealth can be generated by setting up more enterprises, increasing our farming productivity, investment in basic infrastructure like roads, railways, ports and mainly electricity (a state with 16hrs daily blackout cannot be productive), irrigation projects etc etc. The government should act as facilitator. The policies should be encouraging for businessmen and it should be hassle free for entrepreneurs which encourages them to start new ventures which creates more jobs and generates wealth. Instead of getting the basics right if we give more importance for “cosmetic changes” then it wont do any good in long term.

But to improve basic infrastructure the govt also has to raise funds and I accept that FDI is one means to it. The funds which the govt gets as a result of introduction of FDI should be totally used to correct the fundamentals of economy. The money, If it again gets channeled to the pockets of cronies and politicians then there is no use. So I would like to end by stating that FDI should be used as a “tool” to improve our fundamentals and get basics right than merely seeing it as the final solution.

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ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಯದೆ ನಿಂತಿರುವೆ ನಾ ಅಸಹಾಯಕತೆಯಲಿ ||
 
                                                                      –ಡ್ರೀಮ್ ಕೋಟೆ 

The people of karnataka gave a clear mandate to Yeddi and Co to cleanse the mud that his predecessors have thrown and give a clean govt. Not to throw more of his own. Yeddi’s personal priorites, his family interference, party’s spineless central leadership (leadership really????), Reddy’s dissidence, irresponsible Opposition…all have contributed to the present choas. Karnataka politics once known for its decency has reached a situation where we have to search for those attributes. This aritcle is directed against those arguments which constantly talk abt media’s biased approach towards Bjp and its affiliates. I am not pro or anti to any party…neither i am secularist nor a fundamentalist… My mind is not influenced by any “ism”s….I just talk my mind…

The most repetitive argument I have come across nowadays is “I am not supporting yeddi ..he shud be punished but what i am against is the biased approach of the media towards him”. The moment you add a “but” in the sentence the former part of the sentence loses its significance and the latter assumes it.It shows that you are more concerned for the latter not the former. I cant understand why dont you take the statement of Digvijay in the same spirit when he says “We are investigating the mumbai blasts “but” we are not ruling out the possibility of hindu fundamentalist’s hands in it”.Why are you biased now????whats the difference between you and Digvijay then?

Thats where I am worried. Instead of focusing on the real issues which needs immediate priority you are focusing on something else. A clear case of misplaced priorities.Lets assume for a moment that media is unbiased and they do not give “more” priority to yeddi’s scam which is “small” compared to other congressmen’s. Whats going to change??? Apart from giving a emotional satisfaction that this party is not the only corrupt what change its going to bring in? does it change the Millions of people’s lives which are affected by these scams and corruptions? No…… just pure pleasure that I am not alone…

When Nityananda’s scandal came to light he recieved the highest coverage with channels running the show for several months. He was targetted for months together and people supported that campaign.. reason…the preachings of nityananda did not match with his doings…same thing applies to Bjp too…Before they speak they start with phrases like “country first”, “bharatmata”, “janmabhoomi”, “bhagavadgeetha” and all highly regarded principles.. when you talk lot of ideals thousands of eyes will be watching each and every step and they will always be scrutinizing to find some or the other weakness which can be projected to defy you and your principles. This is natural tendency. On the other hand congressmen never talk about such high ideals at all..infact their PM does not even talk…all of them been outsourced to its mouthpiece Digvijay…People will be more pissed off when they see a saint doing the crime than a seasoned criminal doing the same.Who is trying to be saint here??? Bjp or Congress???

One of the main repurcussion of media’s biased approach is the formation of public opinion against that person and the subsequent electroral mandate against him. If that is the case Vajepaayi shud not have lost the elections when “india was shining”, Modi should not have won for another term “post Godhra” and S M krishna would not have lost when “Bengaluru was on its way to become Singapore”. The public opinion is not formed on the basis of media reports.They are formed on the basis of comman man’s problems and sufferings and what is the feel good factor he is having. BJP came to power in karnataka not beacuse media just ‘showed’ kumaraswamy as the “vachanabrashta” but ‘he was one’ and people sensed it.

Some supporters of BJP are so deeply immersed in accusations against media that they fail to recognize one character who was targeted the most brutally by the same biased media and went on to any levels to supress him but he did not just manage to survive it , rather came out triumphant against them , Mr. Narendra Modi. Initially he confronted any barkings against him but soon realized that a counter barking against barking does no good and chose to remain silent and mind his work(Example: when he walked out of Karan Thapar’s devil advocate due to karan’s incessant mentioning of post godhra riots). The man who was so vulnerable to media’s allegation and accusation today stands in a position where the same media thinks twice before commenting on him. They might not be praising all his development work but neither they are denouncing!!!!coz he has not given any chance for them!!!!!Absolute no chance!!!!!!! But believe me yeddi gave plenty of them!!!!!!!!

Media is absolutely biased no doubt in that. We need to understand the fact that they are business organisations. They care only about profitablity (like any other profession)not on the accountability of the facts they show.They choose..to show what they want. Having said that, perhaps this is not the time we focus our energy and critisims on how media works but to focus it on the culprits. Everyone agrees that yeddi has done wrong things..everyone agrees that he shud be punished….everyone agrees that the image of Karnataka and its politics are ruined…everyone agrees that there is solid evidences to back all these allegations….Then why are you shifting against the media… If the other congressmen are involved in corruption then launch a separate protest. Dont combine that with Yeddi’s case because it gives a feeling that you support yeddi and his corruptions. The media will interpret the same way and again you have to raise voice against its bias and this loops forever.

On the lighter side (To all those are up against media)

No matter how much you create noise the media is not going to change the way it is functioning. Accept it…So the options in-front of you are…

1. Fund the same media and make them your agents – This is not possible because in money power you cant match congress inspite of these reddy and yeddi scams. They are no.1 in that.

2. Provide them the best ad deals which they cant refuse (God Father style) – again not possible!!!!

3. Set up your own channels and newspapers make them the leading dailys – Forget it!!!!!

So When you cant make any of them either keep quiet or force the leaders to mend their ways. Because, it looks so funny seeing you fighting media and their corrupt and dishonest practices on behalf of the most corrupted men.

2G, CWG, Adarsh,Denotifications and the list goes endless… I was fed up like most indians but didnt do anything except cursing those involved strongly in all bad words from all languages I know. But I knew that nothing is going to change just because I cursed them. But I didnt know what else can be done apart from cursing them and putting status messages on FB abt them. Most of the indians did the same. Nobody knew what they can do about it. Directionless!!!!!!!!!!

Then came the news of Egyptian,Tunisian and Arab world revolutions. They showed that if the people of the country come together and fight then they can bring change. Whether the change will be good or bad I am not concerned but definitely change can be brought. But everything needs a trigger . In case of arab world it was the suicide of a Tunisian which triggered the massive unrest and in case of India it was Anna’s fast. I am not comparing or expecting that kind of outburst in India but at least somthing has started. But anna’s fasting event gave the people like me a direction to do something in that regard within the realms of our ability and capacity. For the first time in my life I thought Facebook is of some worth.

Frankly speaking I did not know who was anna hazare before his fast unto death movement and I dont care too. And I assume most of the indians too did not know about him. The reason for the widespread support to Anna Hazare’s fast is not beacuse Anna is a great person or the Jan Lokpal Bill is the perfect and the only solution to end corruption rather because it provided a platform for all the indians to express the anger and mounting frustrations.

If we can take the taste of Police lathis for the sake of one cricket match ticket we can do much more useful things than that. Lets go to Freedom Park on Saturday and show our solidarity to the people doing fast unto death along with Anna. Lets come out of the stereotypical behaviour of thinking what will happen if I alone go there .Something we have done to beat the deaf eardrums of our shameless government. Lets beat it with more intensity.

Final Note:

Mr.Sibal said that a member from civil society cannot become the chairman of a committe which consists of ministers

Is it because it undermines the status, honour and respect of ministers??? If so then Mr.Sibal please cut the crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ತಿಳಿದರೆ ಬಾಳೊಂದು ಪುಸ್ತಕವೆಂದು
ನಾ ಓದದೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟ ಪುಟವೊಂದು ನೀನು
ಯಾವ ಪುಟವನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟರೂ ಆಗದು ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಪೂರ್ಣ
ಆದರೂ ಬಿಟ್ಟೆನೆತಕೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಯದು ಕಾರಣ.

ತಿಳಿದೂ ಬಿಟ್ಟೆನಾ , ತಿಳಿಯದೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟೆನಾ
ಎಂಬ ಗೊಂದಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿದೆ ಈ ಮನ
ತಿಳಿಯದೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರೆ ನನಗಿಂತ ದುರ್ದೈವಿಯಾರಿಲ್ಲ
ತಿಳಿದೂ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರೆ ನನಗಿಂತ ಮೂರ್ಖನಾರಿಲ್ಲ.

ಏಕೋ ಏನೋ ಇಂದು ಆ ಪುಸ್ತಕವನ್ನು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡೆ
ಆಗ ಸುಳಿಯಿತು ನಿನ್ನ ನೆನಪು ಮಿಂಚಿನಂತೆ
ತಕ್ಷಣ ತಿರುವಿದೆ ಆ ಕಡೆ ಬೇರೆಲ್ಲವನು ಮರೆತು
ಆದರಲ್ಲಿ ಉಳಿದಿತ್ತು ಕೇವಲ ಹರಿದ ಹಾಳೆಯ ಗುರುತು.

–ಡ್ರೀಮ್ ಕೋಟೆ

It has been a long time since I updated my blog. the reasons were many ranging form not getting free time to not knowing what to write. but few days back when i received a message from my friend notifying the change in his contact number from Airtel to TATA’s Docomo, a strange thought process developed in my mind regarding  the Docomo plan “pay per second“.

At first even I was fascinated by the idea. But i felt sorry for TATA coz they seem  to lose huge revenue by providing services at such cheap rates. but one day when I was traveling to my place in BMTC, again this question started to trouble in my mind. so i took a piece of paper and started to write some random minutes and seconds and tried to figure  out what individual plans going to cost. To my surprise I got Docomo rates higher than normal 50 paise/min plan. So I thought to make it more structured and planned and make it free from human emotions in generating those random numbers.

Today i am really free with virtually nothing to do . so i thought let me write simple C program and make it more comprehensive. below is the simple C code. (for people who don’t know anything about programming write down some random numbers and figure yourselves out)

// rates.c :

#include <time.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include<conio.h>

#define NO_OF_TEST_CASES 900
#define MAX_MINUTES 10

struct callrates
{
int minutes[NO_OF_TEST_CASES];
int seconds[NO_OF_TEST_CASES];
float totalrate;
} Docomo,normal_50;

int main()
{

int count = NO_OF_TEST_CASES,min,sec,i;

srand((unsigned int)time((time_t *)NULL));

for(i=0;i<count;i++)
{

min = rand()%MAX_MINUTES;
sec = rand()%60;

printf(“%d\t\t%d\n”,min,sec);

Docomo.minutes[i] = min;
Docomo.seconds[i] = sec;

normal_50.minutes[i] = min;
normal_50.seconds[i] =sec;

Docomo.totalrate += (float)(Docomo.minutes[i]*60 + Docomo.seconds[i])/100; // convert to paisa and then to rupees

normal_50.totalrate += (float)((normal_50.minutes[i]*50)+50)/100;        // convert to paisa and then to rupees

}

printf(“Docomo\t%f\nnormal_50\t%f”,Docomo.totalrate,normal_50.totalrate);

getch();

return 0;
}

( For Programming Geeks : Before commenting on the style of programming or code refinement or making it more optimal please know that I am not a great programmer so please don’t see the above code from that perspective . but if you find any logical errors in calculations or better algo for generating random nos etc commenting on that is highly appreciated.)

How to Use :
1. you just need to change NO_OF_TEST_CASES and MAX_MINUTES

How I chose NO_OF_TEST_CASES

Lets say i call 5 times a day.for one month its 5*30 = 150 and i keep this plan for around 6 months .so totally it will be 150*6 = 900 calls.

Choosing MAX_MINUTES

Lets say i speak for a maximum of 10 minutes . All my calls last within 10 minutes.

My Test Results (corrected to nearest integer…included only 5 cases for demonstration purpose)

DOCOMO: Rs. 2647
NORMAL: Rs.2431

DOCOMO: Rs.2746
NORMAL: Rs.2522

DOCOMO: Rs.2646
NORMAL: Rs.2434

DOCOMO: Rs.2727
NORMAL: Rs.2498

DOCOMO: Rs.2758
NORMAL: Rs.2525

GOT THE POINT?????????…

How we have been (at least me) fooled by the “pay per second” plan. I think this plan suits to only those who normally dont talk much over the phone. but the marketing was done so nicely that they made us to feel that we are under “gadi ka atyachaar”. When someone talks for around 10 mins then the next few seconds does not count at all. but we fail to recognize this and simply believe that this plan is the best. For those induviduals who speak a minimum of 10 minutes over phone like businessmen or the one having girlfriend/boyfriend this plan is suicidal.

You can try giving different values to the two macros according to your needs and find out which one suits you the best.

By looking at this I realized TATA is not making any loss by allowing us to pay per second and now why every operator seems to be liking this idea. After all nobody sells anything for a loss. Hats off to the guy who created this plan!!!!!!!!!

Disclaimer : I am not in favour of any operator or any plan. I was just letting a machine generate some random numbers and calculate the rates according to the paln. I assume the reader’s mind is evolved to the extent of making his own judgements without blind acceptance. If any reader claims he lost money  coz of this article anything related to this, the author doesnot take any responsibility in such cases.

Any constructive comments which may lead to a healthy discussion is highly appreciated !!!!!!!!!!!

ನೆನಪಿನಾಳದ ಗವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳಕಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತಿಹೆ
ಧರೆಗಿಳಿದು ಬಂದ ಸುರೆಯಂತೆ ನೀನು
ಹೃದಯದ ಪರಿಧಿಯೊಳು ಬಚ್ಚಿಟ್ಟ ಹೂವಾಗಿ
ಕಾಡುತಿಹೆ ನೀ ಎನ್ನ ಮನದ ದನಿಯಾಗಿ.

ತುಂಬಿದೆ ಬಾಳನ್ನು ನಿನ್ನ ಸವಿಯಾದ ನಗುವಿನಲಿ
ಬಳುಕುತಾ ಸಾಗಿದೆ ಝರಿಯಂತೆ ನೀ ಎನ್ನ ಮನದಲ್ಲಿ
ಮಳೆ ನಿಂತ ಮೇಲೆ ಕುಣಿದ ನವಿಲಂತೆ
ಗರಿಗೆದರಿ ಹಾಡಿತೀ ಮನ ನಿನ್ನ ಸನಿಹದಲಿ.

ಹರ್ಷದಿಂದ ಕುಣಿದಿದ್ದೆ ತಿಳಿದು,ನೀ ನನ್ನ ಬಾಳಿನ ಉದಯರಾಗ
ಆದರೇನು ತಿಳಿದಿತ್ತು ನೀ ಕೊನೆಯ ಚರಣದ ಸಂಧ್ಯಾರಾಗ
ಎಣಿಸಿದ್ದೆ ನೀ ಬೆಳಗುವೆ ಬಾಳನು ನಂದಾದೀಪದಂತೆ
ಆದರೆ ವಿಧಿಯೆಣಿಕೆಯಂತೆ ಬಂದು ತೆರಳಿದ್ದೆ ನೀ ಕೊಲ್ಮಿಂಚಿನಂತೆ.

–ಡ್ರೀಮ್ ಕೋಟೆ