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Need for an Indian cash-for-clunkers

In Economics, Observations, Deductions and Feelings on August 6, 2009 at 03:43
Cal strike due to Old Car Ban

(AP Photograph)

Earlier today I read a few articles on the hugely popular cash-for-clunkers schemes in Europe and US (mostly on Economist, WSJ and Huntington Post), and started thinking about its relevance for India.

With the government and courts strongly pushing for phasing out of old vehicles, why doesn’t the government work out an incentive scheme to back its stick up with a carrot.

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Our politicians’ professions

In Education, Management & Leadership, Nation, Observations, Deductions and Feelings, Politics on May 28, 2009 at 02:39

Read this article in Economist a few weeks back about the professions of politicians around the world. India, a graph showed, had around 25% lawyers in the ministerial pool (cabinet ministers and ministers-of-state) in the last government.

Now, from last Saturday’s TO, here’s the breakup of qualifications for the first 19 Cabinet ministers sworn in:

Politicians ProfessionMore than half of them with qualifications in Law! I’m sure this would be diluted a bit after we incude the additional 59 inductees being sworn in tomorrow. However, even then it seems too skewed a ratio.

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Please do not ask for armpit cleaning and nail cuts

In Arbit, Observations, Deductions and Feelings on February 1, 2009 at 15:24

I could never understand that if my haircut never goes over Rs. 50 why’s her cheapest one also some Rs. 400!

And then I saw this sign at my hair cutters’:

Please do not ask for armpit cleaning and nail cuts

You see my barbers prefer their own hygiene & dignity to a few extra bucks. So, no smelly armpits for them nor any dirty long nails to be cut. What would people ask for next? Clean my feet and shave hair around the you-know-what?!

No sir, these gentlemen have their dignity intact and so do we, their loyal customers. And at no cost to us – a nail-cutter you see costs a fraction of the saving I make on just one haircut and when I do have my old razors to shave armpits why should I bother them with a display of my paunchy midriff et al?

Thanks guys, for making it affordable for us humble males.

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Just my words

In Nation, Observations, Deductions and Feelings, People on January 16, 2009 at 02:25

Can’t help deriding the fools who want ‘military action’ against our northwestern neighbour. To quote a favourite movie character:

This war will be fought not on the frontier or on some distant battlefield, but amongst us…among our homes…our children will learn of it with their own eyes…and the innocent will die with the rest of us.

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