Namma Bengaluru – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Everything in the world is relative. This summer has been hotter than ever before, or so it seems to us. We often reflect on how Bengaluru famed for its wonderful climate could have become like this. Yet, see the faces of those who deplane at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and you will find most have broad smiles when they realize how much better Bengaluru is compared to wherever they came from. Same is the case at the City Railway Station. Namma Bengaluru may be bad in some aspects but it is far better than most cities in India in many other aspects. Continue reading

The New World I Live In

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Let’s face it, I am no chicken. At 64, I find myself scanning news to see what might interest Senior Citizens, obviously looking for schemes which benefit people like me. There have been generous schemes, especially in the Indian Railways which offer considerable benefit to travelling senior citizens. Women aged 58 and above get 50 % concession while men aged 60 and above get 40 % concession on the regular fares.  Continue reading

There’s More To India Than JNU!

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The TV channels and the print media of late have been full of Kanhaiya Kumar of JNU and all that happened in the campus starting with the Poetry Reading event for which permission was sought by Umar Khalid, who is now in jail. My only question to Kanhaiya Kumar and the other office bearers of the JNU Students Union is: even if you did not raise the anti national slogans yourself, what did you do to stop them? Surely, you were more popular on campus than those so-called “outsiders”. How come they hijacked the poetry reading contest? Here’s what the JNU authorities have had to say about the incident on February 9, 2016 that triggered everything that followed. Continue reading

The NDA Govt Has Done More Than Just Be “Intolerant”

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Many people in India, like me, are fed up with the barrage of media coverage in 2015 on the “intolerance” perceived by some. I can write reams about this subject but now it has become old and stale. Suffice it to say that those who didn’t protest for worse tragedies in the past ( read: Sikhs massacre of ’84, many communal riots under the Congress Govt, the forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits etc) thought it fit to return their awards and generally paint a terrible picture of India, which the country didn’t deserve. I believe much of the flak that followed was based on perceptions not backed by concrete data. Continue reading

Reflections on 2015, The Year Gone By

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In a few days, one more year would have gone by. 2015 will make way for 2016 and I hope the new year brings in peace and happiness for all of us. This made me reflect on the past year and I share these with you today. Firstly, let me cover the matter of my posting regularly in this blog. Largely due to ill-health for three months in the last part of the year, I did not post as frequently as I used to. I hope to do better in the new year.  Continue reading

Doing Business In India

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The good news is that things seemed to have improved in the Indian economy as India’s rankings in the Ease of Doing Business quotient has risen from 142 to 130 in 2015. This ranking was conducted by the Word Bank. Clearly the moves made by the Narendra Modi Government seem to have paid off as traditionally this has been an area for concern and a major bottle neck for foreign investment since long. Yes, there is much more that remains to be done but things are moving, one must say, in the right direction. Continue reading

India’s Defence Strategy. Did We Get Things Wrong?

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I must explain my unprecedented long absence from blogging. I was not well for more than the past month. It started with an attack of pharyngitis and laryngitis which later became a urinary bladder infection. The need for prostate surgery soon followed. I am resting and recuperating at home since I was discharged from the hospital on Sept 26, 2015. I have kept myself busy by catching up with my book reviews, which you will find in my website, “Prem Rao, Stories From A Story Teller,” and on my reading.  Continue reading

OROP or One Rank One Pension

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One of the issues that has caught the attention of the nation is that of One Rank One Pension (OROP). It was appalling to see the protesting veterans being shoved around by the Delhi Police a day before Independence Day. The reason stated was that Jantar Mantar had to be “sanitized” before the I Day celebrations as done every year. This made no sense to many who were affronted that those who secure our borders could even be thought of as security risks. I wasn’t. There can be infiltrators to a mass movement. Remember the “veteran” in Frederick Forsyth’s “The Day of the Jackal”? Continue reading

India: Still An Attractive Investment Destination

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The Modi Government has been in office for about 15 months and it’s time to take stock of what has happened to the Indian economy. Despite having an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha, the BJP has been pushed on the back foot because the opposition has better numbers in the Rajya Sabha. Several reform bills have got stuck in the legislative process. Sadly, it appears certain that the monsoon session of Parliament will go down the drain costing approximately Rs 260 crores to the tax payer. Continue reading

Akshay Patra

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One of the Non-Government Organisations (NGO) that I have been highly impressed with is Akshay Patra, which has its headquarters in Bengaluru ( earlier known as Bangalore) in India. Their byline, “Unlimited Food for Education” reflects what they do to serve society. This program seeks to realize the vision that “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” Continue reading

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