Archive for April, 2011

India Tumbling

April 30, 2011

India  Tumbling

India missed the Industrial Revolution, has a population of over a billion which the land’s resources can hardly sustain. More than 700 million people are poor and live in the villages with little or no infrastructure. The cities have an out-dated infrastructure and the poor governance represents the Quality of the masses.

Natural Resources

Most of India’s natural resources (precious gems, craft) have been depleted during the foreign rule in the past centuries. Whatever is left (land, water, forest) is fast degrading under the burden of her huge population. All countries have enough Natural Resources except for India  (Even China & Africa!). To summarize, India  has a less geographical area, high population and very little natural resources.

No Innovation

With a subservient attitude and a massive population of over a billion to support, India  has lost all its past flavour (Have you read the Upanishads yet?) for original thought & discoveries. It is completely dependent  on the global economy – Mostly a back office for America. It has very little faith in future development of talent and innovation. The ghost of the Dark Ages  seem to be still continuing in India.

Consequences

With a fast rising population, depleting natural resources & absence of any innovation, following things are inevitable in the future of our country:

1. Society will Crumble by 2025
2. Emergency or Lawlessness by 2030
3. Mass graves due to scrambling of natural resources by 2035
4. Dark Age – From 2040 to 3000

Saying all this, is there any hope for India to emerge out of the mess and take its people away from the Dark Age ahead? Good question?

Caution: This might be all theory

Lavasa – II

April 29, 2011

Lavasa II 

I made a trip again to Lavasa recently, my second trip. The idea of the trip was to explore what was happening around Lavasa, the environment, its workers and perhaps an idea about the village people in and around it. Here is my study:

1. The Workers Condition: It is sort of new version of Chile Guatemala Copper Mine ( Che: The motorcycle Diaries ). A cottage which consist of 100’s of rooms together. There are perhaps 4-5 people living in a single room. This cottage is situated a km away from the main city Lavasa. Most of the Workers out there are from outside Maharashtra.

2. There were many villages out there. Most of them being driven away either deeper into the mountains or into the surrounding towns. I wonder if any village or villager fought against taking their home and environment. For me personally, i would be disgusted at myself, if I give up on my home and environment without a fight. Off course we must not forget the government influence and the enormous influence which businessman bring to the table.

3. Do you think there would be any good quality construction? It would be for first mountain? What after that? It seems it plans to have – Contour Trenching, which would retain the richness of the mountain? My personal experience of working in Indian industry and environment is, the quality standards dip by 50% in the next iteration and then subsequently drools down to 90% reduction in quality level of the initial construction.

4. Eventually all the mountains around the Lavasa city would also be eaten up if we don’t stop now. Perhaps the entire Sahyadri Range. (Incidentally I also stay on a mountain range in Mumbai, which was perhaps cut hundreds of years ago)

Overall the trip brought about a feeling of man’s recklessness over nature. Something which we must work and rectify, unless we (the human race) plan to become extinct. Atleast the Indian human race.

Caution: This might be all theory

Russia – A Short Summary

April 27, 2011

Russia – A Short Summary

This blog is the second in series about Russia . The first one was an overview (Russia: Turmoil, Glory & The Journey Beyond). This blog looks more at the future of talent development in Russia . Here are some of the findings:

Russia has a Large Geographical Area, Large Natural Resources and Low Population (Less number of Poor People). It based their entire economy on Science in 19th Century. A Socialist Based Science Economy.

It participated in both the World Wars: World War I & II. Both times it emerged successful. Partly due to its science based economy and the harsh conditions prevalent in the country making it impossible for any aggressor to invade. Russian Revolution followed the World War I, where it led to the destruction of the Tsar Regime and led to the creation of Soviet Union.

It fought  a Cold War with America lasting more than 3 decades. A missile race, space competition and politic & military intervention in countries around the World eventually led to the defeat and disintegration of USSR.

The talent development in Russia  has been snubbed due to the socialist based economy where individual freedom is less as compared to America. Although there is some talent in government backed activities (Space, Sports, Arms), where the artist has a bit flexibility to exercise. The question then is, How can talent spruce in a socialist economy? In areas like Art, Science & Technology, Consumer Innovation, Financial and other industries.

Caution: This might be all theory

Slavery & Struggle

April 26, 2011

Slavery & Struggle

This blog is all about the epic old debate of Slavery, Struggle and Freedom. Here are some of the highlights of the debate:

The current situation in many countries is a few people control a whole lot of other people (Slaves) through many means: Dictatorship, Socialism or Capitalism. e.g. Africa, Pakistan, China. In any Slavery or lack of freedom, the condition has been bought by a gene which was present in the earliest times (our great great ancestors) which led to submission and multiplication to dictatorship, Queens and other forms of Government.

So, how did this state (Slavery) come into existence? Was it submission little by little, which accumulated to absolute Dictatorship or slavery? Who should fight to abolish slavery? Should the slaves themselves? Or someone from outside? (Do you remember Che liberating Cuba and his failure in Congo, Africa)

Now if you free the multiple slaves without struggle, would they cancel out on the gene (remove the intrinsic quality in them) which brought about the submission. Would they fall back into slavery at a later point of time (although in a different way – Although India got liberated from the British Rule, it is yet to be free from the rampant corruption and bureaucracy that has cracked and rusted its ranks )? Would they progress at all? Or would they keep on multiplying without freedom and progress?

Studying all these conditions, it is best to remove deep-seated traditions and values which hinders the making of civilization and progress rather than having a superficial struggle against a particular person or country. Traditions like Sati, Race & Caste & Class Inequality, Patriarchal hierarchy need to be abolished to establish peace and freedom in the masses.

Example
Ramanujan came up from a very ordinary Indian background to publish some of the greatest maths theorems. Similarly, there is a plausibility or a theory, that if you free more masses and give them healthy food and conditions, there would be more of Ramanujan (Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru). Is this true? Or was Ramanujan a freak (chance) case?

Reference
Charles Darwin (Survival of the Fittest)
Spartacus
Gladiator

Caution: This might be all theory

Please Forgive Me

April 26, 2011

Please Forgive Me

The wait
long

The body
has given
up

The mind
creaks n
pains

Only the
hope lingers
on

For us
to meet
once again

The hurdles
many

Before I
can

Cross the
chasm

And reach
you

Please
forgive
me

My Love

If I have
sinned

Or I seem
to falter

But I
shall never

Give up
hope

And find
my way

Back to
you

My Love

Caution: This might be all theory

Capitalism & Socialism

April 25, 2011

Capitalism & Socialism

This blog is to understand Capitalism, Socialism and the myth surrounding it.

Introduction

Socialism is for the good of everyone. The wealth is held by the State and wages distributed equally among the masses.

Capitalism is solely dependent on talent and expertise of an individual. The State has very little to play while the market (customers & suppliers) dictate how money is distributed among the people.

Comparison

Here is why Capitalism is a form of Socialism (In fact it is more fair and rewarding) :

1. Instead of a few emperors or Tsars holding a lot of stake of the country, there are a whole lot of merchants, businessman, social activist holding a stake of the country.

2. In Capitalism, an individual has a chance to come out on the top depending on his talent. In Socialism everyone remains at the same level controlled by the people at the top (emperors) irrespective of their merits.

3. An individual at the lowest level in capitalism has same or more purchasing power than in Socialism. A relatively fair Capitalist country would easily put a Socialist country to shame in the areas of public infrastructure and fairness which the Socialist country would boast of.

4. Innovation is impossible in Socialism. Only Capitalism can bring about innovation and solve the problems of the masses without occupation dependent on land.

5. Let us take the example of America & Russia:

a. America & Russia are example of Capitalism & Socialism. Both began at the same time to industrialize and based their economy on Science (In the early 19th century).

b. America has taken most of its masses out of poverty (a middle class of 250+ million people) and has a social security for them too. While Russia (a middle class of 50+ million people) , there is a lot of poverty still rampant.

c. America has industries in all spheres of life: research, pharma, computers, cars, consumer goods and more. Russia has only heavy industries and is heavily dependent on consumer goods on other world countries.

d. In Russia, unlike America, the overall Quality would keep on degrading, except for where (Germans) were involved or where the country was at stake (Cold War).

Conclusion 

It is made to believe that Capitalism exploits and Socialism is more equal. But it is exactly the other way round. Capitalism is far more equal & fair than a Socialist Empire.

Caution: This might be all theory

Society – I

April 23, 2011

What is a Society?

Here we look at what is a Society and what do we require to form a Society? I thought the order of these points to be reverse in the sequence: Survival, Peace, Talent. However I realized if you look at history, this is a fallacy. To solve the problem of Survival, one needs peace. To solve the problem of survival & peace, one needs Talent. So the order of events which are necessary to form a Society is: Talent, Peace, Survival. Let us explore below why is it so?

Art, Talent, Craft

Art, Talent and Craft brings about Quality in the World. From inventions like Steam Engine, Nuclear Energy, Computers – all have been creation due to art and talent. Talent and Art brings about happiness and material wealth, beyond the resources created by us so far. It fires up the imagination, releases the mankind of his daily mundane chores and brings sparks of happiness to humankind (Peace and Survival).

Peace, No War

Humanity should have the sense to choose peace over war. Once talent is given a free rein, one can bring peace into the World over war. If talent is obstructed, it tends to bring destruction causing pain and loss. Peace also tends to increase the odds of survival of mankind.

Survival. Food for everyone

The test of civilization is mutual co-operation and sacrifice – Jawaharlal Nehru. Only if Talent & Peace are given a chance, one would ensure everyone survives in the World.  It would also allow Food, Clothes & Home for Everyone to live and flourish. This will help establishing mutual co-operation & sacrifice and hence establishment of a civilization.

We shall explore the questions below in the next blog of Society:

1. Is there a Society in the World?
2. Has there been a Society ever in the World?
3. If yes, how close has it come to becoming an ideal Society?

Caution: This might be all theory

Away From You

April 23, 2011

Away From You

When I was
away

Away from
you

All I would
do

Think of all
the special
moments

We shared
together

And jump in
joy

Then i would
feel

Like fallin in a
chasm

And look out for
you

Miss you

Tumble along
till

I hit a
bottom

And wonder
what have
i done

To be
away

Away from
you

Would try reachin
out to
you

Try to feel
you

Wonder about
all we could
do

The fun we can
have

And live
life
together

Forever

Caution: This might be all theory

The Wealth of Nations – Redefined

April 22, 2011

The Wealth of Nations

In this blog, we study the wealth of nations prior to 15th century and now. The notion of wealth is changing rapidly by the day as man attempts to further his civilization with innovation. Currently science & technology (Computers, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology) are at the helm of innovation.

The Earlier Wealth of Nations

The Wealth of Nations as defined by “Adam Smith” in his book “The Wealth of Nations” was all about natural resources. Natural Resources like vegetables, fruits, oil, water, land, metals were traded with other for prosperity of the community. Countries and kings like Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great even waged war with each other to gain more of these natural resources.

Theoretical foundations for philosophy and life were laid down in the early Indian, Chinese and Greek civilizations. Eminent personalities like BuddhaConfucius,  Socrates and Plato were discovering the meaning of life and the building blocks for happiness, conduct and functioning of a Society.

The definition of Wealth Now

As the world population crosses over 7 billion and with limited natural resources in the World, countries are looking out for science and technology to innovate themselves out of poverty and enrich themselves. England brought about the Industrial Revolution, Germany the Nuclear Revolution and America the Computer Revolution. All of these revolutions have significantly increased the material wealth of the West which the East is catching up to in the 21st century.

The detailed meaning of life, the universe were laid down by the European philosophers and scientist post 15th century. Voltaire, Immanuel Kant went deep into the mind and in the universe to nail the evolution of mankind, Society and the meaning of everything.

Countries of the Future

With the west expounding on its material wealth and east playing catching up, the interesting question arises “Which would be the countries to lay the foundations for the future of mankind and civilization ?”. Germany among the other European countries like England & France would expand on perfection, art and philosophy. While the West (specifically America) would continue to test the boundaries of Science, Technology and Ethics at least for the next 5 centuries.

What about the Others?

Is there no hope for the East or Islamic countries? Where has all the glory of the earlier Indian and Chinese civilizations gone? Can these countries outgrow their dependence on natural resources and jump into the game of innovation? Innovation of philosophy, science, art and embrace quality over quantity? The short answer is no. These nations would continue to follow the West in these fields and would exchange their natural resources & markets for their advancement. It would take another 10 centuries for us to lose our past dependence on Quantity and embrace Quality.

In short, either the East blindly follows and ramps up on the ways of the West or wait another 10 centuries for a revolution. A revolution which would perhaps bring advancement in its civilization and society.

Caution: This might be all theory

The Story of Che

April 13, 2011

The Story of Che

I have read much about Che in his books and seen his story in documentaries. On all my past research on Che and on my experience in life, I have tried building up a story about Che which is perhaps unknown or hidden from the World. Off-course, these are all my assumptions and has no bearing on reality.

Che On Youtube

Che grew up in a Communist, Socialist Environment and read a lot of theory on the same. He travelled across South America. Got exposed to Socialist Reality reimposing his beliefs in it. Also travelled to some dark spots of Capitalism in Chile where workers were exploited for materialistic wealth in America. He saw the horrific situation & got transformed into a revolutionary trying to fight off Capitalism and America.

Initially found friends in Russia & China. He went on to win the war against America in Cuba. However implementation of Communism & Socialism was impossible, as he was second in command to Castro. Any revolution to complete takes about 25-50 years and perhaps Castro was only interested in power.

Che had to move on to another fight where he could be in command. He moved on to Africa to fight for their freedom. Africans were un-supportive. At the crucial hour, he also got back-stabbed by his friends. There was no refuge with friends turning their back, the Africans unfriendly & turning informers, and America desperate to knock him off.

Che had no refuge and the greed in the Society killed him. All the characters her played their part. If there were different people in their place (for instance Castro), they would have done the same. Hence this a blog & question for the whole Society to think about and not aimed at any particular individual.

Caution: This might be all theory