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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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In Observations, Deductions and Feelings, Sports on December 25, 2007 at 18:44

Watching Jullundhar Lions take on Maratha Warriors. One thing is clear, PHL or no PHL, an overwhelming majority of (Indian) players have yet to adapt the basics of new hockey – long passes from rear, short touch n pass game.

At the slightest chance, everyone starts dribbling the ball. And at every successful dodge, instead of passing on the ball, they dribble the ball with further gusto to take on the next challeng. More so, this behaviour is more evident in the Jullundhar team than in the Maratha – directly propotional to talent is it?

Even worse is the track record with long passes from rear. For atleast 5 minutes of play, all that was happening on the pitch was long passes from 16 yard line going directly striking the board on other side. And both sides indulged in this exchange atleast 3 times each before better sense prevailed!

I’d love to follow this game, packaged well in this attractive format. But give me some better hockey (and better, preferably English, commentary)

Happy Independence Day!

In Nation, Quotes on August 15, 2007 at 01:11

2 Poems:


Where The Mind is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.



Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one