Thursday, April 09, 2009

If I get to vote this year, my vote goes to

Sarath Babu ois contesting from my constituency. If I go to India, everyone knows whom I going to vote.

Below is the email that I received about Sarath Babu representing South Chennai.

We often feel that there should be a change in our politicians attittude. We wish some young well educated person to come into politics. And now our wishes may come true as E Sarath Babu, CEO Food King has decided to bring a change in politics by truly serving our society with his management skills.

Mr Sarath babu is an Outstanding Alumni of BITS Pilani and IIM Ahmedabad. He is a role model for youngsters. He is standing in the 2009 elections from South Chennai constituency. He is recipient of the "PEPSI MTV Youth Icon" Award this year and the earlier recipients were Mr. Anil Ambani, Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, Mr. Rahul Dravid and Mr. Dhoni.

He is standing as an independent candidate. His symbol will be communicated soon.

South Chennai constituency list has been attached.

I request you to extend your support for him. please spare a few minutes to go to the link below and know about your election candidate. Kindly forward this to as many friends of yours. The below is the list of places where he is standing for your support. Kindly vote for him if you or your friends and relatives come into the constituency.

To know more about him...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Rajah Chelliah Passes Away

Padma Vibhushan Rajah Chelliah passes away. Known for his contributions in the fiscal policy after post liberalisation era, Rajah Chelliah was not conferred with any of the government honourary medals until 2007 when Manmohan Singh proposed his name to the committee in recognition of his services. The committee decided for Padma Shri but later Manmohan Singh elevated to Padma Vibhushan owing to senior age of Rajah Chelliah, one step below Bharat Ratna.

Though not conferred with Bharat Ratna, Rajah Chelliah is indeed a Jewel of India for the contributions he had made in the field of Finance and Economics.

Please follow the below news link.

Manmohan Singh and my world of Sikh associations

In my world of Sikh associations, Sikh people are vivacious, down to earth, fun lovers and hard workers. They are successful businessmen, mediators in any quarrels on issues that do not perturb them and winning warriors on issues that they associate with. We can talk of warrior skills of Sikhs in Anglo Sikhs war or in the World Wars. History has given them their deserving place for their battlefront skills.

What intrigues me are as follows:

1. How come Manmohan Singh looks so calm and sober?
2. How did he go for Ph.D in economics ? I am not questioning the intellectual spirit. Sikhs are usually administrators or businessmen than being academicians.
3. Sikhs are sincere followers of their Guru. Does this make Manmohan being loyal to Sonia ?
4. IK Gujral, a punjabi, contested elections from Jallandhar in 1998 with the support of Akali Dal ( a Sikh Party) which was in NDA. Quoting from wiki,

The Akali Dal, though a part of BJP-led coalition, opted to support Gujral because during his Prime Ministerial tenure, Gujral declared that the central government will share the expenses on stamping out terrorism in Punjab during 1980s and early 1990s, along with the state government of Punjab. That eased the strain on economy of Punjab to a great extent and the Akali Dal decided to support Gujral. Gujral defeated Umrao Singh of the Congress Party by over 131,000 votes.

How can our Prime Minister take a back door from Rajya Sabha ? Should he not be elected by people though he is nominated by the party? Should he not stand in Sikh constituency and get elected ? Why should he get short cut route from Assam?

If Shiv Sena can support the below par President Prathiba Patil for her Marathi credentials and even support the corrupt Sharad Pawar for being PM, why not the Sikhs and Punjabi's support Manmohan Singh, to contest from Punjab?

5. The last, as I quoted in my previous blog, he could have done something more to assuage the Sikhs who were badly hit in 1984 riots.

Shoe Throw - Global Act and Indian Phenomenon

December 2008: Iraqi journalist Muntadher al-Zaidi threw his shoes at George Bush. He was sentenced to three years in jail for his crime.

February 2009: Protestor throws shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at Cambridge University

April 2009 : Jarnail Singh throws shoe at P.Chidambaram (Home Minister).

The issues that do not bother me for my todays objective reasoning are as follows:

1. Does P.Chidambaram deserve this act?
2. Is Jagdish Tytler culpabable for 1984 riots?
3. Is CBI, just a mere player to the interests of few and is not trustworthy?
5. Is Indira Gandhi's assassination right or wrong?
6. Should the entire Sikhs be punished for a mistake of few?
7. Is your loyalty factor for a leader blind your reasoning?

The issues that outrage me are as follows:

1. In 1984, the riots happened. Why on earth that CBI could not complete investigation till 2009? Were they awaiting for silver jubilee of 25 years?
2. Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.
3. Why should CBI let off Jagdish Tytler just before the elections ? Do Congress want to nominate Jagdish Tytler for his Delhi Constituency?
4. Varun is put in Jail under NSA for his acrimonious rhetoric. I object his rhetoric. But what did these secular people do for Jagdish Tytler? Ministries and other portfolios in the Union government. Well, people could call the same with Narendra Modi or any other politician. Yes, few are fortunate and few are not.
5. The last and the utmost irritating thing, Manmohan Singh, a Sikh could let go off this shame under his leadership.

Universal Truth about politicians - Courtesy Adam Smith

Adam Smith in Chapter 2 of his book Wealth of Nations, writes

"Man sometimes uses the same arts with his brethren, and when he has no other means of engaging them to act according to his inclinations, endeavours by every servile and fawning attention to obtain their good will.
Man has almost constant occasion for the help of his brethren, and it is in vain for him to expect it from their benevolence only. He will be more likely to prevail if he can interest their self-love in his favour, and show them that it is for their own advantage to do for him what he requires of them. Whoever offers to another a bargain of any kind, proposes to do this. Give me that which I want, and you shall have this which you want, is the meaning of every such offer; and it is in this manner that we obtain from one another the far greater part of those good offices which we stand in need of."

Isn't this true about the politicians ? He does the above act very well during the time of elections.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Federer's loss

Miami ATP tournament, Federer could not control the wind and his emotions. In the rare display of emotions on the center court, Federer broke his racquet by hitting on the ground when he could not volley a simple ball hit by Djokovic to his backhand. There were continuous spate of errors and eventually conceding the match to Djokovic in the semifinals of the tournament. Inclusing this this defeat, Federer has lost one match to Nadal, two matches to Murray and one match to Djokovic. In 2009, he has lost to 1, 3 and 4 ATP rank players.

The long lasting question still haunts. Does Federer need a coach ? Yes, he needs to bolster his confidence and plan for strategies against top ranked players. He just needs some amount of counselling and planning to improve his game.

While I was thinking of John McEnroe on Friday, it was interesting to find McEnroe himself offered his services for Federer. Did you guys remember the speech of Nadal when he trounced Federer in his den, the grass courts of Wimbledon? Thanks John, for playing some volleys with me before the Finals. He has tipped Nadal to trounce Federer then and now he has offered to trounce Nadal by helping Federer.

Whatever it is, if Federer is coached by McEnroe or anyone, it will be interesting to witness another magnum opus in tennis ?