Wednesday, October 22, 2014


                                                                              OUR PSUs
India is a country which aspires  for a better   life for all its citizens through a truly democratic process although the path is slow and requires a concensus on a large number of issues which crop up on every issue. In a country with dictatorship or one party rule the rulers have a free hand in framing and executing the strategies for administration.The common people have no say in that.They have to eat what is given to them by the rulers without any choice on the menu.In most of such nations the rulers lead a luxurious life by virtually pocketing the valuable resources like oil and other mined items and also by running every business in the country as the monopoly of the ruling family members.Even though such countries are basically rich the people there die due to starvation.Those underprivileged have no right to protest for having a better life.The strange thing is that most of these militant administrators are held in high esteem and are described as ‘progressive forces’just because they abuse other  countries/ rulers  whom they hate.Even a slight dissent by any body will lead to his/her being imprisoned or even executed.
  In a democratic country like India the political parties and the leaders have to be much more aware of our needs and limitations.If proper strategies are not devised any progress achieved will benefit only a few in the society.The vast majority will be in the BPL category.The few lucky guys who manage to secure a job in a PSU want the whole income of the firm being shared among the employees as they feel that the firm made profits entirely due to their hard work.They do not allow the PSU to grow on its own using the internally generated resources.
When the PSU gets weakened due to lack of improvements/replacements of the aging items the firm starts sweating and is immersed in loss.They want the govt to come to the resque of the firm by giving continuous help.They simply forget the fact that they have been mainly responsible for the pathetic situation as they had never bothered about the proper upkeep of the assets entrusted to them by the society.THEY JUST WANTED TO MILK THE COW AND GET THE PROFIT BUT NEVER BOTHERED TO GIVE SOME FOODDER FOR THE ANIMAL.
The  outside political leaders who become office bearers of the trade unions try to make the PSU a source of income for their parties.They encourage the employees to make unrealistic demands and offer the help  to get the demands concede by the govt for which the employees have to gift several crores to the party funds.
If the union leaders were elected from among the employees themselves ,they would have been more realistic about the demands and would have persuaded the workers to put in their best to strengthen the PSU so that it helps to create jobs for more youths in the country.The people also would have reaped the benefits of such a vibrant/prospering/ firm.Many of the industrial units here have migrated to other parts of India mainly due to the belligerent trade unionism which the leaders will never admit.
We cannot go on like this for long.A stage will come soon when nothing can save the PSU and it has to face the inevitable extinction.Every body will then blame one another for the disastrous situation but  will never own up any role for themselves in the tragedy.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The rejuvenated Namoodiris of Kerala.

The rejuvenated Namboodiris of Kerala.
The Namboodiris of Kerala are perhaps the worst affected community  due to the promulgation of the Land Reforms act ,1957,that too by a CM of the same community.Many poor people have benefited by that legislation while the major beneficiaries have been the monopoly agriculturists who took large extents of land on lease and did the farming there employing the landless poor  and backward people.The LR rule gave possession rights to these rich farmers while the workers were not benefited.They got 4 or 5 cents of land housing their hut.The socalled Janmis or land lords ( addressed as ‘THIRUMENIS by the tenants then by outward respect and  today sarcastically) were virtually landless  overnight.But no revolution resulted by that as the landlords respected the law of the land.( It is another story that most of these land have been sold later by the tenants for real estate ventures and they started encroaching  thousands of acres of  forest land inside and outside Kerala.The later govts gave them titles and thus honoured the law breakers.)
The poverished community members turned to other jobs and trades .They realized the value of education and gave good education to their youngsters.Many of such elite people have reached great heights in several sectors.
As they had the worst experiences in life they mobilized their resources and stated the Namboodiri organizations all over Kerala.Due to their consistant efforts they bought land in several places and started several educational institutions of repute.Some of them are
1)SSv college  near Perumbavoor 2)SSV college Nagaroor,Kilimanur.3)VTB College,Srikrishnapuram,PKD 4)Bed college,Irinjalakuda 5)Sreevatsam Institute of Medical Sciences ,Naduvattam,Edappal6)Sreepathy Institute of Engg and Technology ,Kottanad,Shornur.(List not exhaustive )
Besides they have established themselves well in the banking sector by starting several NBFCs of sound health .
A community without any source of foreign money or other illegal activities have come up to the present state with their dedication and unity.Along with these material progress they have not given up their centuries old values .They have renovated many private temples in their possession and have kept them open for all communities.GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Role of MPs/MLAs in India

         Role of MPs and MLAs in the developmental process
With the new Narendra Modi govt coming to power at the center,there has been a perceptible change in the outlook required in the  developmental activities being taken up in the various regions.Unless we keep a constant vigil on the planning and  proper execution of these projects there will be inordinate delay,misuse of funds,and also quality drain  by the time the envisaged work is over.
 At present the public feeling is that the responsibility of the legislators is over once they come out of the legislature hall.Once the session is over the members spend most of their time in inaugural ceremonies,attending marriages,funerals ,festivals etc in their constituencies.Recently every legislator is entitled for a llocation of a sizeable amount which they can give for any projects of their choice.When we consider the total funds allotted to an assembly/parliamentary constituency the amount may come to several hundred crores during the tenure of the house.
 The tragedy with our present system is that the legislators feel that their sole duty is to support/oppose the government  on all fronts.They are not really committed to their electorates but to their political outfits.In a true democracy like ours eternal vigilance by all is the key to success.The representatives of the people have to act as administrators also.For successfully discharging this duty the members should have a good knowledge or at least an aptitude to master this skill.They must ensure the timely execution of the various projects in their place in an effective manner.This does not mean that they should keep the concerned officials executing the work in the shadow and stealing the limelight.They can solve the problems coming in the way of timely completion of a work.This may be acquiring land,dispute regarding the size of the work,guaranteeing periodic check by higher officials,other local problems etc.If the MLAs/MPs pay due attention to most of these it will facilitate the timely commissioning of most projects.We have several instances where a project intended to be completed with 50 crores have run into several hundred crores due to ‘ProjectOver run’.
 Same is the case of maintenance of several statehighways or local roads.The legislators should find time to hear the grievances from the public and also prepare a list of the urgent  construction/repair works to be taken up on a priority basis.He can peruade the officials or ministers to include such items  in the SOS category.
  An  MLA/MP should be an easily accessible person for all his voters.They should also realize that only if they bring their complaints/suggestions to the elected people they can remedy the problem.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A lesson for youngsters

                                                       AYYO ACCHAA POKALLE
Yesterday there was the annual meet of an organization in Ernakuam.About 100 members including youngsters and kids attended it.A few VIP speakers were also invited. The 1st item was the presentation of accounts for the year passed by.A lady member pointed out some inadequacies and non inclusion of some funds collected and spent for some journeys.She got the reply that as the exact amount alone for the journey was collected and spent there is nothing wrong in not including the same in the annual accounts.
The next item in the  agenda was the election of the office bearers . The president declared that he will not continue in the post any longer.In spite of persuasions from several members he didn’t budge a bit.The secretary and other office bearers also pressed for a change in guard for the house.A few members then suggested some other names for the post .As the arguments got heated some members left the place.The meeting appeared to be noisy.All thesetimes one or two members were bent upon the old team to continue .
  The members who left the place fearing some unruly scenes returned after half an hour.To their surprise there was perfect harmony between the leaders in the group .The same old team was elected for the next year also.The youth who attended the function got several valuable lessons for their future use as how to handle such situations when their time comes

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Message of the Epics as I feel it.

                                                        Message of the Epics
When we read the epics like Mahabhaaratham,Bhaagavatham or Raamaayanam,we see contradictory characters appear  in different contexts.Some of them are uniformly noble characters,some are eternal evils while a 3rd set have diverse qualities.The reader should be sensible enough to judge the right and wrong  from this basket.A wise person will be able to assess the worthwhile qualities that help him/her to lead a healthy life.The perverted ones will be fascinated by the crooked  characters  who have initial successes, but finally meet with a tragic end.God teaches us that it is the wisdom to choose the right course which shape our lives.There are devilish ones who challenged the Lord himself .The Lord let them reach their legitimate point.This churning makes Hinduism a unique one.The Lord says no one including Himself cannot escape from the reward for one’s actions during our life.
                    The water in a well remains pure only when it is agitated well and frequently.If the water remains stagnant for a few months it becomes filthy and people who enter that well may even die of the poisonous gases emanating from that.Stirred water remains the best always.Questioning and clarifications ociety’s healthy growth.Only thing is that both actions should be done gracefully.
                                        In the Semetic religions one has to strictly follow the directions given by the Almighty.There is no place for one’s intelligence or reasoning mentality.The whole system being stagnant the malignants that accumulate over a period never flow out and the entire system keeps it’s status quo and never improves the reasoning ability of it’s members.While Hindus can live happily in democracies where there are dissenting voices always,the others have to be in an autocracy.That is what happened in the West Asian countries.In case of any dissenting voice they will be beheaded as Saddaam Hussain did with his own family members.
But nothing to worry over others.We are lucky in having been in a culture which  is more than 5000 years old.When the other sects also grow older the inevitable changes will take place and they will be like the Hindus of today ,while we would have crossed many more stages.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Prime Minister's laison offices in State capitalsThe decision of the Prime minister to open the PM’s laison offices at all state capitals is a welcome move with far reaching advantages. India is a very big nation with a large number of states and union territories.Naturally the states will have regular demand for new projects,follow up of earlier proposals,other special representation etc.The present practice is for taking frequent flights to Delhi by the CM alone,groups of ministers,all party delegations etc wasting crores of money intended for developmental activities.Also much of the time/energy of these busy people are wasted on such journeys.The already busy Delhi becomes more crowded adding to the miseries of the people there. When the PM’s laison office is opened in a state capital any proposal for old or new projects can be given to this office which will have all modern technological installations/telecom/video conferencing facilities etc.In case of urgent need even the PM can be contacted from there and the decisions will come in the flash of a second. There will be no dispute whether the papers are really sent or not as all these are backed up with file saving facilities The present practice to send a delegation of a crowd of ministers and MLAs by flight even to invite the PM or other union ministers for a function in the state. It will be in the fairness of things in a democracy if the ministers do not spend valuable time for inauguration of even petty functions all over the state/country adding to the financial strain.Let these functions be held without wastefull festivals.Only major projects alone should be opened my ministers.( They can send video messages for the functions to satisfy the organizers or local people. Hope and wish the esteemed PM will give attention to some of these small items which when put together will save hundreds of crores of the valuable resources of India.We may even be able to build a small dam in a major Indian river.

Believers and nonbelievers in India.

The main threat for the Hindus who dominate the population only in India is that followers of other semetic faiths never consider Hindus as 'BELIEVERS',even though the Hindus take pride in that they are followers of a great and ancient culture that is several thousand years old.The Semetic groups feel that it is their Sacred duty to convert all NONBELIEVERS in to the God's chosen sects.As Both Christians and Muslims claim the same origin they don't label each other as non believers .The only dispute is which of the 2 streams is the genuine faith ?The poor Hindus who spend much of their time for prayers,Satsangas and reading/ hearing of the epics are considered as outcasts in their own land. Hindus never consider other faiths as atheisms.
When all religions are given equal respects India will become a truly SECULAR nation.The God of one religion should not be the devil for another faith.

Orphanages in Kerala and human trafficking

Kerala Police and Palakkad district officials rescued almost 600 children being transported into the state from Bihar and Jharkhand on the pretext of sending them to orphanages. Officials, however, fear this to be a clear case of child trafficking.

On May 24, the authorities rescued 456 children, who were being transported from Bihar and Jharkhand. On May 25, 123 boys were rescued from another train at Palakkad railway station.

The authorities rescued the children following tips from Railway Police.

Eight people among the 43 who were escorting the children who were rescued on May 24 have been arrested. Of the 43 adults, 10 were women who had 10 infants with them, 8 boys and 2 girls.

The children, between the ages of 6 and 14, were packed in 3 unreserved compartments of the Patna-Ernakulam Express.

All that the children know is that they have been sent from home to an unknown place in Kerala to a so-called shelter home which would give them food and education. But is that what lies in store for them? The children were accompanied by 43 adults, who claimed to be their caretakers.

Palakkad district collector K. Ramachandran said, "Based on a tip-off, we found that 456 children were being transported to Kerala. We rescued the children who were being brought from Bihar and Jharkhand. Many of the kids are between the age of 6 to 14. They speak Hindi and they were told that they are going to be given food and education."

The children were apparently being taken to a shelter home, the Moiuddin Poya Haji Memorial Home in Kozhikode, north Kerala. V. Beeran, the manager of the shelter home, said, "For the last few years, we haven't been getting any children in our home. So we got these children so that we can take care of needy children. There is no exploitation here."

The police are yet to ascertain whether the children were being brought to the shelter home or were being brought to be trafficked. As of now, 156 children (88 boys and 68 girls) have been housed in the government shelter in Palakkad after the child welfare committee took down their statements.

Another 124 boys have been shifted to Pezhumkara government home and 175 kids, 161 girls and 14 infant boys, have been shifted to Providence home, a home for the destitute run by nuns in Malampuzha.

Father Jose, chairperson, Child Welfare committee, Palakkad, said, "We have requested that the police investigate the matter. We are in touch with the police in the states these children belong. We are trying to get the addresses so that we can help trace their homes."

Obviously, there is more than what meets the eye.

The 123 boys, who were intercepted at Palakkad railway station, have been housed in the government boys' home in Malappuram. These children also were carrying ID cards of an orphanage in Malappuram. Investigations are on to confirm the veracity of the orphanage.

The collector added, "We are trying to trace where the children were actually being taken."

He has issued orders that until the probe has not been completed, the children will be taken care of by the government.

Kerala Police has filed an FIR under the Juvenile Justice Act and begun investigations. The collector is now seeking Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's intervention in rehabilitating these children back to their homes.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Connecting the old gold and the new workmanship.

Connecting the old gold and the new workmanship.
Now that Mr NarendraModi is  put strongly on the saddles of power he can start his grand designs for the speedy and inclusive development of the whole subcontinent.He himself is bestowed with an immense treasure of imaginations where we can / and should /contribute our small suggestions .From my side I have 2 humble suggestions.
For the fast improvement in the area  of cultivable land and to increase the number of crops per year,there is urgent need for irrigation facilities.This can be done by making small checkdams in small rivers and promoting lift irrigation/well irrigation.As a long term strategy the major rivers canbe linked together ( a pet idea of the late VKRV Rao ).This will double the agri.production in a few years.
The govt should  start a  scheme  Balaram Anna Yojana ,( after the early puranic farmer,Balaram of Madhura.)aimed at cultivation of all cultivable vacant lands in the public or private ownership.This can be done by giving expert  farming advices to the owners or allowing farmers/cooperatives to lease out land with some governmental  assistance.By this we will become self sufficient in food items and can even export a sizable quantity of some agricultural produces.
In every state there should be 2 broad highways with availability of  around 150 metres of free space where no construction of buildings should be permitted. This will ease the widening of such roads in future years without the necessity for demolition of structures. One highway in the E-W direction and the other in the N-S direction. People from any part of a state can move to the other end within a few hours.In many developed nations there are no buildings near the highways.
                       MAARUTI SETHU YOJANA( For people  centered  projects )
Another badly required factor is the involvement of the masses in the developmental process .By achieving this we can bring about a sustainable change in the attitude of the people.They should feel that their role in the nation building does not stop at the moment  they click the choice button on the EVMs.But for achieving  this we want much more transparency in the planning,decision making and implementation of the projects.Much of these local works should be entrusted to the local bodies with a commitment to involve the public nominees also.There has to be mandatory social auditing for such projects.By constituting a voluntary body under the name ‘MAARUTI SETHU YOJANA ‘,the voluntary involvement of all the citizens can be assured in such small/regular work in a locality.( The name  reminds us of the collective efforts of the monkeys under the leadership of Hanuman  to help Lord Sriram in the making of the Sethu bridge to Lanka ) The govt only needs to take the initiative in promoting /popularizing / such a scheme.This has 2 advantages!) It helps to make available the human labour worth several thousand crores.All  parts of the nation can  mobilize the service of the locals in devoting  a few hours weekly/monthly for voluntary work in the neighbourhood.Secondly it gives a sense of involvement to the participating individuals/voluntary organizations.Many voluntary agencies can be persuaded to participate in such projects.Gradually this coming together of people for the common good of the society will  result in the fading out of the  communal/gender/regional/ imbalances and  communication gap.When members of all communities work together for the common good  it will remove the slight misgivings in their minds about others.True secularism will prevail in India.