Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Telangana: Demand for forgiving agricultural loans… again!!!

Politics often defy common logic. After all politicians care more about buying hearts (or votes) than earning it. On last Monday, close to 30 legislators were suspended from Telangana assembly for their continuing protests to get a firm commitment from Telangana government for one time loan settlement for farmers. By the way, they announced a state wide bandh on Oct 10.

I know farmers are facing a lot of challenges and many of them are committing suicides because of economic hardships. But is writing off the farm loan every time is the right way to solve things? Most often, along with farm loans many other loans also get disappeared from the books. For capital crisis in agriculture we need to find a solution, not to apply some quick fixes.

I am sure that, if government and our agricultural research centres are not helping Indian farmers to compete with high productivity of Chinese, European and American farmers; if there is not enough cold storage to store their  perishable farm products; if we are not building good distribution networks; if the farmers are not able to bring modern farming methodologies to their field; if they are completely depends on monsoon; if poor farmers have no access to banking channels and depends on loan sharks for capital, our problems are not going to disappear.

Writing off loans is not a solution; it’s a new problem on its own.


Dadri Lynching: Modem UP or Medieval UP?

We often claims that, we are living in a modern society; we demand permanent seat in UN because we are the second most populous nation in the world and are upholding democratic values; we often criticise China for not being a democracy; we criticise Pakistan for its state sponsorship of terrorism; we claims that education will take us from stone age to modern world; our political parties set candidates on seats based on which caste they belongs to; the list is long. But what we really are?

When I look at the incident of public lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq at Dadri in UP; I can't hold myself from asking this basic question. Who we really are? I can't believe that people are ready to kill a person because he allegedly consumed cow meat. What more, in so called modern India, these rumours are enough to create a communal riot and subsequent death of so many individuals.

Where was this anger when so many innocent girls were raped privately and publically in the streets of UP and Bihar (for that matter in many other states as well)? Where is this social anger when system drinks all public welfare funds? Where this anger when public services are way below the standards? Where is this anger when your dear ones don’t get bed when you reach hospital? Where is this anger when your kid is not able to receive education because there is no school, teacher etc?

First think about these questions before killing someone based on some rumours. Is human life so cheap?


Great news from Atlanta – TTP is going to change the rules of trade

While Europe was busy about migrants; West Asia was busy about IS and India was busy in Bihar elections (and associated drama), history was in making in Atlanta. The historic deal of TTP (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) came to its formal shape in this busy town. Of course it has to be ratified by participating nations.

You may be wondering how this deal is going to make history? I would rather say, this is not only going to make history but will also change the economic future of Pacific Rim nations. Let’s look at some facts related to this deal.

TTP countries (Brunei, Chile, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Vietnam) produces 40% of global economic output. This deal is going to affect farmers, manufactures, drug makers, auto companies etc. in one way or other. US President Barak Obama, who invested a lot of time and energy for this cooperation says, “This partnership levels the playing field for our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers by eliminating more than 18,000 taxes that various countries put on our products”

Interesting fact is China is not part of this deal. After all US don’t want to get China on its way, while getting back on the foot in terms of economic recovery. This deal already have powerful opponents.  However, I am for it. Once implemented this deal is definitely going to change the face of trade among participant nations.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Shot From The Street

Light piercing the darkness
All of us are coming to this world with an expiry date.
Wish all the footpaths in Bangalore are like this; wish if there were no potholes in other footpaths as well.

Super Cop On The Road

Super cop on the road; along with stray dogs wandering cows are now becoming the new normal in Bangalore roads.