Monday, April 07, 2014

My quick Political analysis

Its the Big Boss month again! I mean its Indian elections that many of us still treat as a reality show. But this time it is different. There is no wave because a leader was assassinated. There is no wave because our democratic lifestyle was challenged. There is no wave because someone promised us a temple. This time its about feeling the pinch on matters that mattered the most. Its about frustrations that we could have done so much better but did not. It is about Billions that were siphoned off out right in front of our eyes. It is about being a leader with a vision or act like a CEO of a political corporation.
Again there are many leaders in the foray, some new and some old trusted, tested, rejected and accepted. One thing for sure with no psychological wave, electorates this time have clear opportunity to think straight and clear. Following is my assessment of leaders and parties and what pisses me the most about.
  • Bhartiya Janta Party
    • At any cost they should not have released dreaded terrorists like Masood Azhar. People lives in danger blah blah yes but they had ample opportunity to not let the situation slip off their hands before it became political gut impossible to handle if not its capacity.
    • Gujarat riot still haunts. Revenge in any context is not a good word to use. Protecting the lives of innocents is the utmost responsibility of a government and you lose a moral right to continue if you fail to do so. 
  • Congress
    •  Why did you screw it up so bad?
    • Rahul with no Gandhi surname has zero credentials. His sincerity does not justify the mess Congress created in last 10 years. 
    • They had a wonderful opportunity in MMS - An educated economy master, a Sikh, and a secular leader. His blind eye to what was happening and Gandhi family feet lickers belittled this Man to a point that he is now being ridiculed not just by opposition but by his own party members. Calling Rahul his replacement is the biggest slap on his face. He forgot he was a Prime Minister of India. He should have learned from Narsimha Rao on how to be a non-Gandhi leader in a Gandhi party.
    • I will be surprised if Congress or UPA ends up in a position to form the next government. Not this time at least.
  • Aam Aadmi Party
    • They should have not quit Delhi. Jan Lokpal in manifesto, no moral right to continue blah blah alright but no they had an opportunity in Delhi and they screwed it up. Either they should not have formed the government or if they did should not have quit it in haste. 
    • People are still looking for a level of administrative and political maturity from its leaders and they are being disappointed. Leaders who seem ineffective in managing their own domestic issues and losing effectiveness to connect with a bigger mass of people can how be trusted to run our foreign policies? 
    • They have not spelled any policy vision other than anti corruption and anti dynastic politics. They should know in India people have accepted good dynastic politicians in the past as long as they see them as delivering. Crusade against dynastic politics is not enough. It is better to have learned it from the family than to come on stage speechless and vision less.
    • Your win in Delhi was your biggest undoing. We know what you stand for. We knew it by last September. Repeating it again and again while your ineffectiveness in leadership is getting exposed every day is only annoying people.
    • They still have some good and passionate leaders so they better get their act together. It will be very easy for them to call it a quit saying oh we came together for blah blah and blame it on Kejriwal's leadership. This is a time to get serious.
  • Third front
    • Seen as a front with ego centric leaders and opportunists and political dalals for the lack of any better words. 
    • Has some real good leaders who know the ground realities and pulse but are wasted by a lack of national vision. 
    • They should have been doing what Aam Aadmi Party did. It is shame that a nascent AAP has given a better and more credible third front than the parties that called themselves the same for years. They lack sincerity.
    • Ideally they should suffer the biggest loss. Third front has failed the people of India more than ineffective governments. 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

New Eienstein E = MC2

[E]go = [M]eanness * [C]omplexity * [C]onsternation

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

दिल का मलाल

कुछ गुंडों और दलालों का भला  करने से अगर डेमोक्रेसी चलती हो तो पूरे जनता का भला करने कि क्या ज़रुरत है? बोल के शांत होने वाले तो पिछले ६५ सालों से हिंदुस्तान में जन्मते रहे हैं, metaphorically ना राज बदला है न राजा, हाँ नाराज़गी हमेशा रही है। जात, धर्म, भाषा, क्षेत्रीयता ऐसे बहुत से मसले हैं जिसमे रोज़ की अज़ियतों को दिल से निकाला जा सके। तो? आपस में लड़ते रहिये। अगर हमारे पूर्वज सैकड़ों सालों कि ग़ुलामी बर्दाश्त कर चुके हैं तो ६५ सालों कि आज़ादी ने हमारे दिमाग़ को ख़राब कर रक्खा है। हिंदुस्तान में अगर सबसे अहम् कोई चीज़ है तो वो है हमारी रिवायतें। उन्ही रिवायतों को क़ायम करते हुए जाईये और उन्ही भ्रष्ट नेताओं को वोट दीजिये जिनसे कम से कम ये तो मालूम है कि कुछ नहीं बदलेगा। गुलाब का शरबत पीने से दो मिनट कि थकन  चाहे  दूर होती हो ज़िन्दगी गुलाबी नहीं होती।

हाँ वोटिंग कार्ड बनवाना न भूलें।

Monday, March 03, 2014

Kumar Vishwas ke sher par mera addon

कुमार विश्वास ने एक शेर ट्वीट किया: 
बहुत भले हैं मगर मुश्किलों में रहते हैं,
हमारे ख्वाब भी बिल्कुल हमारे जैसे हैं। 

मैंने दो लाइन्स और add कर दी हैं:
बदल सकते तो बदल लेते अपने ख्वाब किसी और से,
क्या करें उस ख्वाब को सच्चाई बना बैठे हैं ।

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cars and India

Twenty years ago if you had seen Cars on the Indian roads and compared it with some of the western countries you would have easily thought India be a third world country. Substandard cars, funny looking yesteryear models plying the polluted and overcrowded roads. You would imagine a poor country just a brush with relatively new found economic freedom with no money to import foreign cars or a market for its big middle class. What they would not know is its rich past history.

If this was India of early 20th century a scene on your left would have been quite common. India was a country of big and small 100s and thousands of princely states with Princes and Kings with huge disposable income. India was a British slave with more or less free princely states. What did they spend on? Rolls Royces. Cars were their passion and not just any cars the costliest of them all. All custom made for them looking different from anybody's else. A car to reflect their own personality, their own reflection - A status symbol. India of that time did not have many Millionaires but the number of its Ultra Rich were by large far more than any other country's. India's super rich were richer than most. India was not a poor nation. Only the money was not available to all. India was still a rich car market.
There was a parallel world then shaking the foundation of these riches and their masters - British.  But thanks to them India got access to cars meant for upper middle class - The mass produced cars of Fords and Chevrolet. By then Cars were made faster if not rugged than Elephants and our own political leaders loved to use them. There was no dearth of such cars - Indian businessmen, lawyers, politicians owned them. Our front line leaders came from this class of people. Educated, exposed to western world and its culture with a vision of their own for their own country free from the clutches of a western power.
Due to British presence in India and willing buyers of its upper middle class same cars were available in India that were available any place else. Same Fords that were sold in Chicago were also available in London and the same in Bombay. If you found Gandhi walking with a help of a long stick, pictures like on your right were not too rare either. If anything else other than perseverance of Indian people helped achieve India its independence then it must have been the mass produced cars. If Rolls Royce represented the oppressor, cheap Fords represented the leaders fighting them. India was still a big market for cars. Only the common Man was still not using it.
Then came India's independence. Fortunately WWII gave enough impetus to mechanized growth that cars and trucks and jeeps were not for a few but became a necessity. Collaborations, Assemblers, Franchises in auto industry increased. Enough of used Jeeps of WWII saw a new market in India. Indian defense and its new administration needed a mode of transportation. A transportation that was relatively cheap and rugged enough to enable them to reach far and undeveloped places. They also needed better city cars rugged but sleek enough for the new leaders of Independent India.
Then came a car that solved India's transportation problem and became so iconic with a cult following that barely anything major changed in its base design in the last 50/60 years - Hindustan Motor's Ambassador - An Indianized British Morris Oxford. This was a blessing and a curse to what was India's next three decades of no development in its car market. The car was good enough for streets of Mumbai to political broadening roads of Delhi to dirt roads of villages. If its manufacturer ever put any thoughts in its design then it was its rear seats and its suspension. Though today's car beat this car left and right but still envy its rear seats and legendary leg space it offers. While this was an Indian car almost monopolizing the Indian car market the market was still open for manufactures like General Motors before being shut in '70s. By then enough of celebrities had owned the then popular Chevy Impalas and you could see many Austins and Buicks in the rusting garages of Doctors, Administrators and Movie Celebrities.
Though these western cars were never cheap to own and Ambassadors seen as the Office car the car market remained unfulfilled for middle class that eagerly was waiting for affordable four wheels. And then came a car that remained likely the only challenger of Ambassador and made sure its hegemony in public sector was not extended to private buyers of the working class people.The Italian Fiat collaborated Premier Padminis put a smile on many families faces as they started to park these cars on the road sides of where they lived. Cars that they loved to drive themselves and did not need a cap wearing driver to be hired. Then came a decade that split the car market of India into two suppliers - Be it privately owned or Taxis either they were Ambassadors or Premiers. Though they were inefficient cars by today's standards but their big inner space and pig-iron body made sure they had enough space for the family and relatively safer. These cars extended their reach to middle class. But still they were seen not for everybody. They sure made your neighbor envy but the market of people who had more money than to buy scooters but not enough to go for Fiats just swelled. India saw consistent increase in its purchasing power and better city lives. It needed more, more than what they had with in the constraints of a closed economy.

Before Indian economy was re-opened in early 90's that allowed reentry of foreign brands and by then matured Indian manufacturers to compete with them came a car so iconic and game changer that changed how India traveled. It did not just challenge monopolistic Ambys and Premiers it destroyed them and reduced their market to small eroding segment of Taxis. A cheap, faster, light weight, easier to drive and the only car with non-English Indian name Maruti - A car for everyone. What happened in the next decade was an astonishing growth. The middle class got its Rolls Royce. 

** Thanks to Google and sites like Team-BHP for image downloads. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Stand up comedy




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

लखनऊ पर इक शेर मुलाहिज़ा फरमाइये

नज़र से हट गयी तो क्या? नज़रिया अब भी अवधी है।
अलामत हो कहीं की भी, हिकायत अब भी अवधी है ।
सुनो ओ लखनऊ को जानने वालों,
वहाँ रह के तो देखो तो, इनायत अब भी अवधी है ।