December 21, 2008

life is not about.. chasing a ”Maya Mrig”, golden deer of corporate ladder.

myself these days…

March 6, 2008

#There are some people who will feel happy to put me in cage and hang me over pacific ocean.

#I have ended some ‘relations’ I know it’s cruel , callous and insensitive in a way , but I need to end what’s not working out , atleast for me. I know I am being bad by cutting off from it . Makes me a not-so-nice guy .I think romantic love is an illusion created by exaggerated hormone play which serves the movie industry and misleads the impressionable youth .

software engineer and driver…

August 21, 2007

Recently, I had this discussion around the issue of qualification for a software developer. Indian IT services companies often issue recruitment ads asking for first class engineers from the best colleges in India. Notably the IITs. That was how some of the companies started. Then they climbed down, going to the best non IIT colleges. Then they climbed down and now almost any engineer with a first class can make it through to most companies.

There are many other companies who ask for best in class graduates. Some companies prefer NIIT graduates – who are not engineers, though many of them are engineers too.

Really, what is the level of qualification required to be a software developer? This is a funny question if you ask me, since it is like asking what qualification do you require to be a driver. To be a driver, you need no qualification. If you are an MA or a M Ed, well, good luck to you but that has no bearing on whether you get a driving licence or not. As long you can drive a vehicle well and convince the RTO inspector that you can, you get a licence and you can drive.

To be a coder, is exactly like that. In India many people (and companies) make us believe that you need a science background to learn coding. It is like asking for mechanical engineers when what you really want are drivers.

I have some of my friends as young as 8th standard who have waded knee deep into coding. I know of some who have created small tools and other patches even before they cleared their class Xth exams. I know of accountancy grads who are experts in coding/hacking. One of the guys who studied with me had created his own game – and he was not even a graduate – his dad has passed him a defunct PC which he had made good use of. Qualification – well nothing. Except that they loved doing what they did.

Google Jam is a step in the right direction. I wish service companies in India too tried and picked up geeks this way rather than a traditional formal-tie interview process. These are the geeks who will create more code juice and innovate – they may not follow coding standards though and geeks oten come with their own idiosyncracies – which service industries hate. But Google and Microsoft? They love ’em.

The highly qualified educated coder who gets into the IT service industry today wants to “get out of coding” even as he sets foot in the industry – with the result that the industry is filled with (generally) low technical skills. The industry also “rewards” good coders with management positions with the result that they lose their technical skills and that is often seen as the only way to grow in the firm. (That last part is changing though the hiring is still done the old way.)

One point here is that good educational qualifications (ranging from any graduation to post graduation or an MBA) help in assessing whether a potential employee can create documentation, processes – but thats not the same as coding. What IT service companies do need is a mixture of low to medium end coding skills at the entry level followed by good communication, presentation and documentation skills at the next levels. Honestly, you need neither first class engineers nor first class graduates at the entry level in an IT service company. You do need a high level of presentation skills, negotiation skills, strategic thinking at a managerial level and beyond.

Coming back, coding is a fair bit about self interest, which is about the geek – someone who lives, talks and breathes code – and nobody can teach you to do that (not for code, not for music, not for blogging). This is for those whom computers (or central excise or dance) is a passion.

The other part is around technical training, which is for the NIITs and their ilk to milk. The engineering colleges should really get out of creating newer engineering streams for Information Technology (IT – this thing sells like crazy) and focus on creating engineers not coders.

Make no mistake, the uber technical chaps are highly regarded, paid as much as (if not far better -look at any core tech companies payscales) than uber domain guys and there will always be a continuous demand for technology professionals at all levels. And, once again, it does not matter what qualification you have as long as you have a licence to drive (or code).

taken from:

The Myth of the New India

May 4, 2007

INDIA is a roaring capitalist success story.” So says the latest issue of Foreign Affairs; and last week many leading business executives and politicians in India celebrated as Lakshmi Mittal, the fifth richest man in the world, finally succeeded in his hostile takeover of the Luxembourgian steel company Arcelor. India’s leading business newspaper, The Economic Times, summed up the general euphoria over the event in its regular feature, “The Global Indian Takeover”: “For India, it is a harbinger of things to come — economic superstardom.”

This sounds persuasive as long as you don’t know that Mr. Mittal, who lives in Britain, announced his first investment in India only last year. He is as much an Indian success story as Sergey Brin, the Russian-born co-founder of Google, is proof of Russia’s imminent economic superstardom.

In recent weeks, India seemed an unlikely capitalist success story as communist parties decisively won elections to state legislatures, and the stock market, which had enjoyed record growth in the last two years, fell nearly 20 percent in two weeks, wiping out some $2.4 billion in investor wealth in just four days. This week India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, made it clear that only a small minority of Indians will enjoy “Western standards of living and high consumption.”

There is, however, no denying many Indians their conviction that the 21st century will be the Indian Century just as the 20th was American. The exuberant self-confidence of a tiny Indian elite now increasingly infects the news media and foreign policy establishment in the United States.

Encouraged by a powerful lobby of rich Indian-Americans who seek to expand their political influence within both their home and adopted countries, President Bush recently agreed to assist India’s nuclear program, even at the risk of undermining his efforts to check the nuclear ambitions of Iran. As if on cue, special reports and covers hailing the rise of India in Time, Foreign Affairs and The Economist have appeared in the last month.

It was not so long ago that India appeared in the American press as a poor, backward and often violent nation, saddled with an inefficient bureaucracy and, though officially nonaligned, friendly to the Soviet Union. Suddenly the country seems to be not only a “roaring capitalist success story” but also, according to Foreign Affairs, an “emerging strategic partner of the United States.” To what extent is this wishful thinking rather than an accurate estimate of India’s strengths?

Looking for new friends and partners in a rapidly changing world, the Bush administration clearly hopes that India, a fellow democracy, will be a reliable counterweight against China as well as Iran. But trade and cooperation between India and China is growing; and, though grateful for American generosity on the nuclear issue, India is too dependent on Iran for oil (it is also exploring developing a gas pipeline to Iran) to wholeheartedly support the United States in its efforts to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The world, more interdependent now than during the cold war, may no longer be divided up into strategic blocs and alliances.

Nevertheless, there are much better reasons to expect that India will in fact vindicate the twin American ideals of free markets and democracy that neither Latin America nor post-communist countries — nor, indeed, Iraq — have fulfilled.

Since the early 1990’s, when the Indian economy was liberalized, India has emerged as the world leader in information technology and business outsourcing, with an average growth of about 6 percent a year. Growing foreign investment and easy credit have fueled a consumer revolution in urban areas. With their Starbucks-style coffee bars, Blackberry-wielding young professionals, and shopping malls selling luxury brand names, large parts of Indian cities strive to resemble Manhattan.

Indian business tycoons are increasingly trying to control marquee names like Taittinger Champagne and the Carlyle Hotel in New York. “India Everywhere” was the slogan of the Indian business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this year.

But the increasingly common, business-centric view of India suppresses more facts than it reveals. Recent accounts of the alleged rise of India barely mention the fact that the country’s $728 per capita gross domestic product is just slightly higher than that of sub-Saharan Africa and that, as the 2005 United Nations Human Development Report puts it, even if it sustains its current high growth rates, India will not catch up with high-income countries until 2106.

Nor is India rising very fast on the report’s Human Development index, where it ranks 127, just two rungs above Myanmar and more than 70 below Cuba and Mexico. Despite a recent reduction in poverty levels, nearly 380 million Indians still live on less than a dollar a day.

Malnutrition affects half of all children in India, and there is little sign that they are being helped by the country’s market reforms, which have focused on creating private wealth rather than expanding access to health care and education. Despite the country’s growing economy, 2.5 million Indian children die annually, accounting for one out of every five child deaths worldwide; and facilities for primary education have collapsed in large parts of the country (the official literacy rate of 61 percent includes many who can barely write their names). In the countryside, where 70 percent of India’s population lives, the government has reported that about 100,000 farmers committed suicide between 1993 and 2003.

Feeding on the resentment of those left behind by the urban-oriented economic growth, communist insurgencies (unrelated to India’s parliamentary communist parties) have erupted in some of the most populous and poorest parts of north and central India. The Indian government no longer effectively controls many of the districts where communists battle landlords and police, imposing a harsh form of justice on a largely hapless rural population.

The potential for conflict — among castes as well as classes — also grows in urban areas, where India’s cruel social and economic disparities are as evident as its new prosperity. The main reason for this is that India’s economic growth has been largely jobless. Only 1.3 million out of a working population of 400 million are employed in the information technology and business processing industries that make up the so-called new economy.

No labor-intensive manufacturing boom of the kind that powered the economic growth of almost every developed and developing country in the world has yet occurred in India. Unlike China, India still imports more than it exports. This means that as 70 million more people enter the work force in the next five years, most of them without the skills required for the new economy, unemployment and inequality could provoke even more social instability than they have already.

For decades now, India’s underprivileged have used elections to register their protests against joblessness, inequality and corruption. In the 2004 general elections, they voted out a central government that claimed that India was “shining,” bewildering not only most foreign journalists but also those in India who had predicted an easy victory for the ruling coalition.

Among the politicians whom voters rejected was Chandrababu Naidu, the technocratic chief minister of one of India’s poorest states, whose forward-sounding policies, like providing Internet access to villages, prompted Time magazine to declare him “South Asian of The Year” and a “beacon of hope.”

But the anti-India insurgency in Kashmir, which has claimed some 80,000 lives in the last decade and a half, and the strength of violent communist militants across India, hint that regular elections may not be enough to contain the frustration and rage of millions of have-nots, or to shield them from the temptations of religious and ideological extremism.

Many serious problems confront India. They are unlikely to be solved as long as the wealthy, both inside and outside the country, choose to believe their own complacent myths.

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.

May 4, 2007

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”
– Bertrand Russel

problem of poverty in india

May 4, 2007

Why is Infosys buying so much land?

May 4, 2007

Why is Infosys buying so much land?

July 25, 2006

Ten thousand employees work in the twin buildings for Bell South in America. More than 5,000 work in a single office complex for AT&T. Then why does Infosys need thousands of acres of land? If Wipro and IBM can work out of rented offices in Bangalore, why can’t Infosys?’ writes an angry blogger about Infosys.

It is not just bloggers, many people in Bangalore say they fail to understand why the software giant is acquiring land not just in Bangalore, but all over India.
Infosys is today said to be the largest owner of land among IT companies in India, and not everyone is happy about this. Last year, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda took on Infosys, levelling charges of ‘land grabbing’, accusing the company of doing little for Bangalore’s growth as an IT hub.

So why does Infosys need so much land?

Officially, Infosys says the company believes in building its own facilities to enhance productivity and maintain a young, collegial culture for the organisation.
Infosys’ global headquarters and campus at the Electronics City, Bangalore, is the world’s single largest software development facility among IT services companies. The company has large campuses and facilities at various development centres in India.

These centres are equipped with the latest technology and solutions for enterprise networking, office productivity, collaborative software engineering, and distributed project management. They also include facilities for ongoing education, fitness, sports, and multi-cuisine cafeterias.
How many acres of land does Infosys own?

The company declined to reveal the figure, saying it is “in the silent period before the quarter results.”

But rough estimates — provided by sources at Bangalore-based builder Sobha Developers, the real development firm that is in charge of executing Infosys campuses — indicates that the company owns around 4,000 acres of land across India, where it has built, and is continuing to build, huge campuses.

“Is Infosys a real estate company or an IT firm? I fail to understand why they are greedy for land,” says agitated social activist K Krishna Raghav, who supported an agitation by farmers who protested against the Karnataka government’s decision to give land to Infosys reportedly at a throwaway price in Bellandur, a village on the outskirts of Bangalore.
“Why does Infosys need lots of land? Why do they need a golf course at their campus when people do not have living space in Bangalore?” asks Raghav.

Two years ago, Infosys came under attack from villagers in Bellandur who alleged that the IT major was buying wetland at rates much lower than prevailing market rates.
According to the villagers, the price of land in the Bellandur area ranged from Rs 40 lakh (Rs 4 million) to Rs 1.5 crore (Rs 15 million) in 2003. But the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board agreed to sell 100 acres to Infosys at a uniform rate of Rs 9 lakh (Rs 900,000) per acre.

In Bangalore, Infosys owns around 1,000 acres of land. The company employs nearly 25,000 people in itsBangalore development centres.

“Does Infosys need to provide more than 1,500 square feet of office space per employee?” asks Reghu Kumar, a Janata Dal-Secular politician in Bellandur. “They have built a golf course on their campus while people do not have any place to sleep in the city,” said Kumar, whose party, the JD-S, rules Karnataka in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The second largest Infosys campus, after Bangalore, will be in Hyderabad. The company is building a huge campus in the city spread over 550 acres of land. Infosys already has a campus over 50 acres in Hyderabad. Early this year, the Andhra Pradesh government sold 550 acres of land to Infosys at Rs 12 lakh (Rs 1.2 million) per acre: a low price in booming Hyderabad.
Infosys officials say the company is acquiring so much land because it is strapped for space. The company these days is building an additional space of 31,76,400 square feet at various development centres across India.

So where, in India, is Infosys building space?

Bangalore: The Electronic City is the company’s global headquarters. It is the world’s single largest software development facility among IT services companies.

Two software development blocks of 426,000 sq ft with 4,130 seats and a Multimedia Centre of 26,000 sq ft with 110 seats have already been completed at the Bangalore centre.
In addition, a software development block of 196,000 sq ft with 2,500 seats, a food court of 61,000 sq ft, an employee care centre of 264,000 sq ft and a multi-level car park of 310,000 sq ft are under construction. The existing capacity at the Infosys Bangalore campus comprises 20,84,836 sq ft with 14,465 seats.

Pune: Last year, two software development blocks of 250,000 sq ft, with 2,400 seats, were completed in Pune. A food court of 50,000 sq ft and two software development blocks of 374,000 sq ft with 3,000 seats, are under construction.
Together, the Infosys campuses in Pune have a built-up area of 848,647 sq ft. with 5,931 seats.

Bhubaneswar: A software development block of 95,000 sq ft, with 800 seats, and an employee care centre of 100,000 sq ft, have already been completed. Currently, a software development block of 139,000 sq ft, with 1,300 seats, is under construction.
The campus has a built-up area of 384,000 sq ft with 2,000 seats.

Chennai: An employee care centre of 75,000 sq ft has been completed. Currently, the campus has a built-up area of 496,317 sq ft with 2,976 seats. For the second campus in Chennai, work is under construction for two software development blocks of 250,000 sq ft, with 2,400 seats and a food court of 50,000 sq ft.

Hyderabad: A software development block of 154,000 sq ft of 1,100 seats has been completed. Civil works are in progress for the Enterprise Solutions University, including employee care facilities, of 300,000 sq ft. Currently, the campus has a built-up area of 616,000 sq ft with 3,965 seats.

Mysore: The 441,000 sq ft Global Education Centre, capable of training 4,500 professionals at a time, an employee care centre of 110,000 sq ft, 2,350 residential rooms of 110,000 sq ft and a food court of 36,000 sq ft, have been completed.

Two software development blocks of 420,000 sq ft, with 4,200 seats, 258 residential rooms of 141,900 sq ft, a food court of 39,000 sq ft and a multiplex building of 56,000 sq ft are under completion. Currently, the campus has a built-up area of 2,206,630 sq ft with 1,734 seats and can train and house 4,500 employees.

Mangalore: Infosys is buying 25 acres of land in Mangalore for expanding. Plans to invest Rs 300 crore (Rs 3 billion) in the Mangalore centre, which has topped in customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction among other Infosys centres.

The Mangalore centre, which celebrated its 10th anniversary, recently has grown from 20 employees in 1995 to more than 1,600 employees currently, servicing over 42 clients across the
United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Chandigarh: Work is in progress for a software development block of 330,000 sq ft with 3,100 seats, a food court, a health club and employee care centre of 1,74,500 sq ft.

Thiruvananthapuram: Interiors have been completed in the leased space of 22,000 sq ft, with 220 seats. Infosys has acquired 50 acres of land to build its own facility in Thiruvananthapuram.

india semiconductor-fab industry

April 23, 2007

India may be getting excited about domestic semiconductor manufacturing, but there are two analyst reports—from J P Morgan and Gartner—in the last one week which state that the country should not go ahead with chip manufacturing since it’s not economically feasible without a large subsidy from the government. The subsidy that is actually on offer (expected to be 22-25 per cent of project cost) falls short of industry expectations. China, for instance, gave newly-built semiconductor players a 100 per cent tax break for the first five years, and then a 50 per cent discount for the next five years. To get into the business of making chips, India needs to compete with China, Ireland, Israel and Malaysia in this regard.

Why, then, is SemIndia gung-ho about the $3 billion (Rs 13,200 crore) Fab City project? The answer, as has long been argued, is that setting up a semiconductor plant will create a semiconductor “eco-system”, which in turn will help Indian companies move up the global value chain. India’s consumption of electronic equipment is expected to touch $363 billion by 2015, up from $28.2 billion in 2005, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 per cent. Of this, the market for the semiconductor industry is expected to be around $36.3 billion.

But why should any company come to India for manufacturing chips when Taiwan can execute the same work at a fraction of the price? Besides, foundry revenue has slowed the world over due to price competition from new entrants like China. The growth of the “fab-less” industry (comprising companies that do not manufacture silicon wafers, and concentrate instead on the design and development of semiconductor chips) too has slowed. Taiwan captures 65 per cent of worldwide foundry revenue. One daunting point is that the gestation period for a chip-manufacturing plant is around one and a half years, by which time the technology involved could change, something that could leave a new entrant stranded.

Rather, India’s current play with integrated chip (IC) assembly (labelled AMTP to denote assembly, mark, test and package) makes more sense. This requires much lower investment—in the range of $250-400 million. India can also become a powerhouse in chip design. It already has a large and growing pool of experienced IC design engineers, and hundreds of expat engineers are returning to India every year (as happened with Taiwan in the 1980s). India also scores over China in this regard with more engineers, a greater English-speaking workforce and better protection laws for intellectual property. It already has around 125 companies doing design. In 2005, J P Morgan reveals, multinationals like Texas Instrument, Intel, Cypress, Infineon and STMicroelectronics comprised around 70 per cent of the semiconductor design industry in India. The industry’s turnover was $3.2 billion in 2005, with an engineering workforce of around 75,000. Those numbers are expected to reach $43 billion and 780,000 engineers by 2015. This would therefore seem to be the bigger apple to shoot for.

OBC reservation some facts…

April 23, 2007

Professor P Radhakrishnan of the Madras Institute of Development Studies is a well-known social scientist. Some of the key areas of his research include affirmative action; agrarian problems; backward classes and reservations; backward class politics; caste system; untouchability; emancipation politics; globalisation and many others.
He tells’s Shobha Warrier how reservations in various forms came to be a part of Indian society and its ramifications in an exclusive interview.
When did reservations start in India?
It was actually started as a part of the patronage politics adopted by the British. As the administration of that time was monopolised by a particular group, there were demands from various groups, even with very little education, for representation.
Simultaneously, the British administration also looked into the representation of Muslims (it was known as representation then, not reservation) in public services and education. That was after the publication of the book Indian Mussalman by W W Hunter. So they were encouraging the Muslim community in some way or the other.
Complete coverage: The reservation issue
Any particular reason why the British administration stressed only on Muslims and not other communities? Divide and rule?
The Muslims were the rulers in India before the British came. They were also backward and not taking on English education. What is happening in north India was happening all over the country then.
This was one side. In south India, and also in Maharashtra, Brahmins monopolised the administration. In that context, the non-Brahmin movement started, and it was strong in the then Madras Presidency. The demand was for education and employment of non-Brahmins.
In 1926, the government introduced what was known as the Communal GO by which out of the government jobs available, Brahmins got some, Muslims got some and non-Brahmins got some. Unlike today, implementation was quite strict then. After five years, they even evaluated what returns each group got.
The death of meritocracy
It was Babasaheb Ambedkar who brought in the idea of reservations. He kept himself away from the Congress and worked on his own. In 1919, he appeared before the South Burroughs committee and made a series of remarks. He spoke of how divided Indian society was and what could happen if oppressed groups were left out.
So, he was the first leader who spoke in favour of reservations?
I would say, yes. When the Simon Commission came to India in 1928, it was boycotted by the Congress but the oppressed classes took it as an opportunity to present their case. They thought the Congress rule would be Brahmin rule, and it would be worse than British rule.
They made several demands such as, if India were to have a Constitution, there should be constitutional safeguards for the oppressed. And, that included reservations in public services. Ambedkar even specified the percentage.
Prime Minister, I have a question
At that time, why didn’t they think of economic factors as the criterion for backwardness?
There was a lot of debate on the issue as some leaders wanted to have an economic criterion for reservation. But 90 per cent of the Indians were poor at that time. So, the argument was that reservation for all is reservation for none. It will not become an exception. So, they decided to club social backwardness and economic backwardness.
The original idea was to continue this reservation for just ten years. They thought things would change in that period.
Reservation which was meant for just ten years has been going on for nearly 60 years.
Ambedkar said there is nothing called a good Constitution or a bad Constitution. The quality of the Constitution depends on the working of the Constitution. Earlier, the Constitution worked because of the quality of leaders in Parliament. Subsequently power went into weaker hands. Now, power is in very weak political hands. They don’t have the vision the framers of the Constitution had.
At Ground Zero of the quota protests
Another reason why everything went wrong was because the implementation did not go right. The system which existed during British rule is not there now. We have provisions in the Constitution but we don’t have the mechanism to implement the programmes.
When did the idea of including Other Backward Classes in the reservation list originate?
The first commission was appointed in 1953. But there was a last minute volte face by the chairman of the commission itself. He went against the recommendations of the commission. After considerable deliberation on the recommendations, then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru refused to implement them. The decision to implement the recommendations was then transferred to the states.
The government issued a notice to the state governments that they can do what they want but reservation should preferably be on economic criteria. South India, because of the long history of movements, became the first to implement the recommendations.
‘Education is the means of social mobility’
You said after Independence, economic criterion was not considered for reservation because 90 per cent of the population was poor. Today, more than 80 per cent of the population is included in the OBC category.
In Tamil Nadu, 87 to 88 per cent of the population come under the reservation bracket. Groups are included in the list arbitrarily by the politicians in power. In each group, there is a creamy layer and they grab the opportunities.
So, it is because of this 69 per cent reservation that in the south Indian states there were no protests against the Mandal Commission report as happened in the north?
There were only pro-reservation agitations in the south.
The middle class deserves what it is getting
Do Dalits in India feel cheated today because it is not they but the creamy layer of OBCs who are getting all the benefits of reservations?
Yes, that is a very important issue now. Nehru was indifferent to the reservations to OBCs. He was also against caste-based reservations while Ambedkar was for it; but Ambedkar also wanted to discontinue it after ten years.
‘Middle class only bothers about itself’
The fact is, Dalits have not benefited much from reservations particularly because politicians are using the OBC category as a vote bank. Dalits are also a vote bank but they are small compared to the OBCs.
The recommendations made by the Mandal Commission are such that they dilute whatever facilities were given to Dalits. There is a long way for the Dalits to catch up with the advanced groups but politicians are not bothered.
There is a system in place for their well being but despite that, nothing much has been done.
Are Brahmins the Dalits of today?
You have to look at reservation at various levels; for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on the one side and OBCs on the other. In the case of OBCs, many groups are advanced. They don’t need reservations. Because of them, the benefits do not reach the really needy. And, there is no calculation by the government on the population of the OBCs and how much should be allotted to them.
Instead of OBCs, they should take only the MBCs (Most Backward Classes) and address their social problems.
Are politicians manipulating the entire issue of reservations and dividing the country and the student community?
Students do feel that politicians are trying to divide them. Today’s politicians use reservations for garnering votes. So, there is a lot of anger in the student community.
As far as reservations are concerned, the government should have made an assessment of reservations in the last six decades. Then, if necessary, they should have come up with a better alternative.
Quota: A cure worse than the disease
Where will this lead to?
Now, the issue is in safe hands because the Supreme Court has intervened. It is something similar to what happened during Mandal. It is a pleasure to read the judgments. You see a lot of collective wisdom in their work.
My feeling is that there will be a parallel exercise on education also. Now, we have that exercise only on job reservations.
‘Nobody wants to hear us’
The youth of today are restless and full of resentment. Is it not dangerous?
‘What more do the upper castes want?’
It is not dangerous. It is good. In a democracy, protests have to come out in some form or the other. I am impressed with the way they have organised the protests. It is all high-tech in tune with the globalised world.
A lot of rage, a little Rang De
In France, the student community protested against the labour laws and won. In Athens, students are protesting but here in India, the protesting students were silenced. Is it right?
It is not right to silence students but the Supreme Court has intervened and they were given an assurance. I would not approve of the government silencing the students but the Supreme Court did it after giving them an assurance. The court did it in the public interest because the government was not suffering, the patients were. I don’t think that amounts to silencing the students.
France is a developed country and this incident shows we are still a developing democracy. Yes, the question is, how can the State suppress students who are agitating for certain legitimate demands? But the students in India did not yield to the pressures of the State but listened to the wisdom of the judiciary. That is a very important issue. They seem to have a lot of faith in the judiciary.
A few months ago, you wrote an article, ‘The great education muddle, state failure and judicial jigsaw’. Why did you call it the great education muddle?
I wrote that in the context of Union Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh’s move to bring about the amendment. It is a great education muddle because there was a great opportunity for the government to reform the education system using directives of the Supreme Court.
No educational system in a large country like India can survive and improve without public-private partnership.
What will happen if the government extends reservations to private educational institutions? They will go before the Supreme Court and get the legislation stayed. If the Supreme Court does not stay the legislation, they will pull down shutters, saying enough is enough.
Students are bound to lose both ways, so also the State. It is in that context that I called the situation the great education muddle.

Golden gate properties yahoo group

April 14, 2007

This messageboard has been created to serve as a forum for discussion of various issues with respect to the construction and maintainence of apartments and facilities in Golden Blossom Apartments of Golden Gate Properties at Close to the abode of Sri Satya Sai Baba(near ITPL,Whitefield), Bangalore.


This Group will help all the prospective residents of Golden Gate Blossom apartments to come close and be a close knit family. The main aim of this group being to exchange ideas on making our apartments a great place to live.