Most of us spend long periods of time looking at computer screens or at the many gadgets that have become an integral part of our lives, like the indispensable all-purpose cell phone. Doctors report that increasingly people are being afflicted with computer vision syndrome and other such issues with our eyes. The computer vision syndrome is a condition which comes out of focusing our eyes on a computer display for long periods of time. Continue reading
Usually I don’t blog about politics but I am making an exception today as for the last month or so, the AAP ( Aam Aadmi Party) has been the centre of attraction in India after their most praise worthy performance in the Assembly elections in Delhi. As the name suggests the Aam Aadmi Party (as I understand it) seeks to represent the common man and largely came out of the phenomenal anti-corruption movement that caught India’s imagination under the leadership of Anna Hazare.
Some members of the erstwhile “Team Anna” went into active politics like Arvind Kejriwal and they formed the AAP. I must mention here that during the agitation led by Anna Hazare, I admired Kejriwal for his ability to connect with people and bring greater vigour to the movement. Shouldn’t I then be rejoicing that the AAP has formed a Government in prestigious Delhi? Here are the reasons for my disappointment:
1. I expected new standards of political conduct from AAP when they said they would do things differently. It was shocking to see them form the Government in Delhi when they accepted the outside support from the party they abused the most as being corrupt, the Congress party. I don’t think their explanation that the people of Delhi asked them to form a Government is a good one. On the contrary, it sets a dangerous precedent because in real life important decisions cannot be taken only because a large number of people support it by sending SMS. What was the alternative? If they were as principled as they claimed to be, and I expected them to be, they should have opted for a re-election. I believe they may actually have got more than 28 seats if they had adopted this course. Anyway, they didn’t and what followed disappointed me even more.
2. Their political decision as regards water and electricity smack of short-term expediency. To say they exempted a section of people from paying bills because they had not done so at their behest is most dangerous as a trend.
3. I am disappointed that their whole anti-corruption plank stands exposed as till date they have not taken steps to initiate any action against those like former Chief Minister Shiela Dixit who was roundly abused by them day in and day out. At one time Kejriwal said he had 300 + pages of proof of her corruption, now they are asking the BJP to provide evidence. Their website Pol Khol also no longer has mention of Shiela Dixit’s corruption.
4. Lakhs of people are said to have joined the AAP. Here’s where it becomes essential for them to have made a framework of their national policies on a variety of important issues such as defence, economics, internal security , health, education etc. They have been in power for less than a month, but they became a party formally over a year ago. This gap had led to controversies with Prashant Bhushan’s stand on nuclear power and referendum in Jammu & Kashmir.
5. While more eminent people like Meera Sanyal, Capt. Gopinath and Mallika Sarabhai have joined the party, this raises the question of who is an aam aadmi? These are very well off, to put it mildly and hardly qualify for being the typical aam aadmi in a literal sense. If you go by the earlier understanding that the aam aadmi was someone who was not the big bad, corrupt morally weak politician, this no longer holds true as they have joined a political party and have become politicians themselves. It is now emerging to be a left of centre party.
6. Controversies regarding U turns in decision-making , be it about Kejriwal’s accommodation or about Janata Durbars are not exactly adding to my confidence of the maturity of its leaders. I believe they tend to oversimplify things. Kejriwal said there was not much difference between the number of rooms in his current apartment and the new one he planned to take up. He forgot to take location into account, there being a world of difference between his current location in Ghaziabad and the apartment in question in a posh area of Delhi.
The next few months will be very crucial for the AAP. They have made it clear that the Congress is not a factor in the General Elections in 2014. How they will perform is anybody’s guess. They may shine, they may fall but as of today, these are some reasons why they haven’t got me on board the AAP band wagon.
The best part of writing is that you try to express your thoughts and feelings through the medium of words. As experts in communication have pointed out since long, what you write does not necessarily come across to the reader in the way you meant it to. Rather, it ‘s the reader who decides how she will interpret what you have written. A hallmark of excellent writing is when the writer can get the reader to be in sync, as it were, with his thoughts and feelings even if he writes about a character in a novel. Continue reading
Today, November 14 is World Diabetes Day and it is fitting, I thought, to share what you can do to prevent yourself or your near and dear ones from falling prey to this disease. Nearly 50 million people in India are said to suffer from diabetes says this website, started to prevent the spread of diabetes in India. What is of more concern is that a disease which earlier was restricted largely to the middle-aged and older people is now increasingly afflicting people aged 35 and below. Continue reading
Let’s face it. It’s not only here to stay but social media has swamped our lives, at home just as much as at work. Irrespective of your age or position in the organization, you find yourself pulled into the web of social media. If not to be with the times, or simply to know what is going on, even older people who looked down on Facebook or Twitter as passing fads have had to re-think.
Each US $ which cost us INR 45 in 2011, goes for over INR 67 today. The Indian Growth Story which everyone loved is being questioned in debates every day. Is the ruling Government becoming more social by the day, at the cost of economic growth, with General Elections coming up in 6-7 months time? Is it no longer as industry friendly as it seemed to be? The cost of land acquisition in India is likely to go up significantly causing anxiety to industry says a report with the news laws to come. The Food Security Bill, however laudable its objective is coming in at a very inappropriate time, with the Indian economy limping along at 4.6 % or so.
I had the pleasure of reading a very interesting book published earlier this month. It’s called, “Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic” and is by Bill Jensen, CEO of the Jensen Group, a firm that specializes in “simplifying work complexities.” Some of you may have seen my writing blog, “Writing To Be Read.” You may like to see my review of the book. I would urge you to read Jensen’s latest book, if you want to survive and thrive in today’s disruptive world.
I continue to read extensively on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, subjects which have always held my interest. Two articles from “Entrepreneur” caught my attention in the recent past. “The Biggest Trends in Business of 2013″ is a very comprehensive account put out in December 2012 of trends taking place in the US in 2013 which could affect you as an entrepreneur.