दवाई की दूकान, डाक्टर, और एक बृद्ध : मेरी ग़लत या उनकी

दवाई की दूकान, डाक्टर, और एक बृद्ध : मेरी ग़लत या उनकी(यह कहानी एक महीने पहले की है, पर कुछ बातें अभी की)

कल मेरे साथ एक वाक़या हो गया जो मुझे मानसिक चिन्ता दे गया बहुत गहरा. मेरी भी कुछ ग़लती थी…आम्र पाली इडेन पार्क के ज़मीन स्तर पर की दवाई के दूकान से मैं फ़रवरी में अमरीका जाते वक़्त क़रीब बीस हज़ार रूपये की दवाई ले गया था, आठ महीने रहने का बिचार था वहाँ . पर पत्नी की बीमारी के कारण अचानक लौट आने और सारी दवाइयों को वहाँ के डाक्टरों द्वारा रोक देने के कारण बहुत दवाइयाँ बच गईं थी. दूकान के मालिक ने जाने के पहले टेलिफ़ोन पर लौटा लेने की सहमति भी दी थी. पहले सेक्टर ४१ में रहते हुये बहूत बार अन्य दूकानों ने लौटा लिया था. आने पर देखा दूकान सँभालनेवाला अरून कुमार झा बदल गया है. नया व्यक्ति न मेरी बात मानता है न मालिक का टेलिफ़ोन नम्बर बताता है. एक दिन मैं सभी दवाइयों को लिस्ट कर मालिक के नाम एक पत्र के साथ उसे दे आया और कहा कि मालिक के पास भेज दे और उन्हें अपना निर्णय लिख कर हमें बताने को कहे. काफ़ी दिन होने पर भी वह कुछ बताता न था. दवाइयाँ हज़ारों की हैं…. आज फिर उसने वही नकारात्मक उत्तर दिया. मुझे भी पिछले दिनों की यमुना की बीमारी की परेशानियों से शायद ग़ुस्सा आ गया……”यह तो सरासर चोरी है…..” मेरी आवाज़ तेज़ थी….अचानक एक नवयुवक डाक्टर निकला और उसने जो और जिस तरह कहा वह मुझे अन्तर तक हिला गया…..”आप जानते नहीं किसी को चोर कहना सुप्रीम कोर्ट के अनुसार दंडनीय अपराध है……पुलिस को फ़ोन करो……इन्हें बाहर निकाल दो……” मेरे पूछने पर कि क्या आप मालिक हो, कहा, “हाँ, मैं मालिक हूँ…..” वहाँ उपस्थित लोगों ने कुछ नहीं कहा. मुझे उस कर्मचारी पर तो कोई क्षोभ नहीं हुआ पर उस सुन्दर नौजवान डाक्टर पर, जो अपने को मालिक भी बताया (जो सरासर झूठ है जो बाद में पता चला)अत्यन्त क्षोभ हुआ. और अशक्त होने का पहली बार अहसास हुआ.. हर जगह यही देख रहा हूँ . बेचने के पहले कितना सब्ज़ बाग़ दिखाते हैं सभी……पर अगर कुछ सहायता चाहिये ग्राहक को वहाँ ऐसी ज़िल्लत झेलनी पड़ती है…… पुनश्च: वह डाक्टर आम्रपाली इडेन पार्क में ही भाड़े पर रहता है, उसकी पत्नी भी डाक्टर है और मेरे घर आ चुकी है यमुना को देखने….पर उस आने का मैंने दाम चुकाया था १५०० रूपये……आज डाक्टरों का ईमान का स्तर यही हो गया है….. 

मैं पूरे वाक़या को भूलना चाहता था, पर कल श्रीमती सिंह ने याद ताज़ा कर दिया घाव का और कुछ सोचने पर भी मैं मजबूर हो गया. उन्होंने बताया कि उनकी एक महिला मित्र ने महिला डाक्टर से जानना चाहा था और पूछा, ‘ क्या आप घर जाने पर १५०० रूपये लेती हो?’ ‘नहीं, मुझे तो शर्म्मा जी ने दे दिया. मेरा क्या दोष?’ आप क्या विश्वास कर सकते हैं? क्या करे यह बृद्ध? कहाँ जाये? किस किस से झगड़ा करे? पर ऐसे लोगों से सावधान ज़रूर रहना चाहिये यहाँ के अन्य लोगों को. दवाइयाँ भी मुझे वापस ले सांई मन्दिर के अस्पताल में देना है ख़ैरात . शायद किसी का कुछ भला हो…..

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काले धन के बिरूद्ध मुहिम- मेरे कुछ सामयिक बिचार 

10.11.2016

नक़ली और काली नोटों के मुहिम में सरकार का साथ हर ज़िम्मेदार और ईमानदार को देना देश हित है. साथ ही कुछ फ़ायदे के लिये काले धन के झाँसे में नहीं आने में हीं चालाकी है. कल का दो अनुभव है. हमने एक टैक्सी ली थी राजेश और अपने मित्र को दोपहर के खाने के लिये सेक्टर १६ ले जाने के लिये, और एक रात दस बजे उन्हें अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डे ले जाने के लिये. दोनों ड्राईवरों ने हज़ार के नोट ले लिये. हाँ, हमारे मित्र से पानेवाले ने पाँच सौ का नोट नहीं लिया. इसीतरह हमारी मेड ने जो पड़ोसी के यहाँ भी काम करती है उनके हज़ार और पां सौ के नोट पिछली तनख़्वाह के एवज़ में लेना अस्वीकार कर दिया था. सबेरे बता रही थी हमारे घर काम करते करते. समाचार देश के कोने कोने में फैल गया है और लोगों को क्या करना है मालूम है. हाँ , राजेश और जनार्दन के पास भी कुछ हज़ार रूपये थे, भारत आने पर ख़र्च करने के लिये….आशा है एअरपोर्ट पर बिदेसी मुद्रा मिल गई होगी….व्यवसायी वर्ग लगा है नोटों को किसी तरह क़ानूनी मान्यता दिलाने के लिये….पर अभीतक हार्ट फ़ेल की कोई ख़बर नहीं आती है….आश्चर्य है नीतिश कुमार ने इस क़दम का स्वागत किया है पर ममता ने बिरोध. चिदाम्बरम् हमेशा की तरह राहुल को सह दे रहे हैं….गाँव के ग़रीबों का बहाना बना. 

11.11.2016: 

मायावती के आँसू और सरकार के काले धन के बिरूद्ध अभियान का उनका बिरोध: मायावती और वे सभी जो सरकार के हज़ार और पाँच सौ के पुराने नोटों को ग़ैरक़ानूनी क़रार कर देने का बिरोध कर रहें हैं . ख़ुद अकूत कालेधन के मालिक हैं. पता नहीं कहाँ और कैसे उसे बचायेगें? मायावती को सरकार का यह क़दम दलित बिरोधी दिखता है. दलितों और अल्पसंख्यकों को सबसे ज्यादा परेशानी होगी मायावती जी के अनुसार. आश्चर्य तब होता है जब मायावती कहतीहैं, सरकार को सभी काले धन के बिरूद्ध लिये क़दमों की कमाई को दलितों की भलाई में लगा देना चाहिये. अपनी इस सलाह को सबसे पहले अपने से शुरू करना चाहिये उन्हें. मायावती जी के पास तो अथाह सम्पति है. आयकर विभाग में जमा किये सूचना के आधार पर भी. उनकी तो कोई वारिस नहीं, न होने की उम्मीद है अब. उनके भाई भी उनके बल पर अरबों के मालिक हैं. क्यों नहीं वे कम से कम अपने इस धन की एक वसियत कर दलितों के भलाई में लगा देने का ऐलान कर देतीं और कम से कम दलितों की असल महादेवी बन जातीं और इतिहास रच लेती? आज मायावती समझती ही नहीं की वे अब दलित नहीं हैं किसी तरह. या तो वे अपनी पढ़ाई के बल पर ब्राह्मण बन चुकी हैं या क्षत्रिय (महारानी)…

13.11.2016

कृपया इसे पढ़ें , लोगों को सुनायें, यथा सम्भव अधिक से अधिक शेयर करें और गाँव देहात , शहर गली गली में इस पर चर्चा करें ) हमें, हर नागरिक को समझना चाहिये ब्लैक मनि है क्या, जिससे वे सरकार की मनसा को बड़े नोटों को बन्द करने के निर्णय के पीछे के कारण को समझ पायें. ब्लैक मनि वह कमाई आमदनी है जिस पर हम टैक्स नहीं देते. हम लालची हो जाते हैं थोड़े रूपये टैक्स का चुराने के लिये और ज्यादा रूपया को अपने बेकार ख़र्च के लिये रखने के लिये. अगर सभी ऐसा करने लगे तो देश कैसे चलेगा, हम नहीं सोचते. देश को चलाने का, हमारी आय को स्थायी करने और लगातार बढ़ते रहने के लिये प्रबन्ध करने के लिये सरकार को बहुत धन की आवश्यकता होती ह जो उसे विभिन्न टैक्सों से मिलता है. यह काला धन उस धंधें में ज्यादा है जहाँ आमदनी का हिसाब नहीं रहता है साफ़ साफ़ जैसे उन डाक्टरों, वकीलों, एजेंटों, चार्टरड एकाउनटेटों की कमाई में, जो नगद पैसा लेते हैं अपनी फ़ीस के बदले. जो कार्ड या डिजीटल ढंगों से पैसा लेते है वे नहीं पड़ते काले धनवालों की सूची में. पैसा बैंक में जमा करते समय अपना PAN या आधार कार्ड नहीं लिखते. टैक्स न देनेवाले वे लोग उस नगद को सोना, ज़मीन, मकान, बिदेसी मुद्रा, या ऐयासी की चीज़ें आदि ख़रीद कर सम्पति बनाते हैं या कुछ चली आ रही सामाजिक कुरीतियाँ पर ख़र्च करते हैं जैसे बच्चियों की शादी या धार्मिक गुरुओं या मन्दिर का चढावा. राजनेता करोड़ों और अरबों में नक़द जमा करते हैं और अपनी और परिवार की ऐयासी से ज्यादा बचा धन नक़दी बोरों में बन्द कर सुरक्षित जगह पर विश्वसनीय लोगों के पास रखते हैं और चुनाव पर ख़र्च करते हैं. आज भारत संसार में नाम कर रहा हर क्षेत्र में, पर यहाँ एक बडा समुदाय बहुत ग़रीब है. उनको भी काम देने के लिये सरकार को पूँजी की ज़रूरत है, वह तभी आयेगी जब सरकार को हर ब्यक्ति या कम्पनी की कमाई पर निर्धारित टैक्स प्राप्त हो. दुनिया के सभी उन्नत या उन्नत बनते देशों में किसी बस्तु ख़रीदने या सेवा लेने के लिये नक़द पैसे देने का रिवाज ख़त्म होता जा रहा है, जब हम एकदम पिछड़े हैं. हम सभी को पैसा देने और लेने में डिजीटल तरीक़े को अपनाना ज़रूरी है. एक सौ करोड़ से ज्यादा मोबाइल फ़ोन को रखने के कारण अधिकांश नागरिक और परिवार यह आसानी से कर सकते हैं…,,…ख़ुशी की बात है इन चार-पाँच दिनों में बहूत किराना, फल और सब्जी की दुकानों पर कार्ड से पेमेंट लिया जाने लगा है. हमारे घर काम करनेवाली चेक से अपना महीना लेने के लिये तैयार है……यह बदलाव शुभ संकेत है…..हर ब्यक्ति को जन-धन या अन्य एकाउन्ट में अपनी कमाई का सब पैसा जमा करने की यथासम्भव कोशिश करनी चाहिये….रू.पे या किसी कार्ड से पैसा चुकता करना चाहिये और अपने फ़ोन पर इसकी तुरन्त सूचना की ब्यवस्था होनी चाहिये ..हर जवान शिक्षित सदस्यों को घर के बुज़ुर्गों को भी सीखाना चाहिये……,आश्चर्य तब होता है जब पढ़े लिखे, काफ़ी समझदार बड़े बड़े ओहदे पर काम किये लोग भी डिजीटल सेवा के तरीक़ों की जानकारी नहीं रखते न सीखना चाहते हैं..यह मेरा नोयडा के लोगों से बात कर मालूम हुआ है.,,..कुछ नेताओं के बहकावे में आ सरकार के इस क़दम का बिरोध नहीं करें…..देशहित कुछ असुविधा को सहे और अन्य नासमझ लोगों की यथासम्भव सहायता करें . …..एक बात और नीतीश और दक्षिण भारत के सभी राजनेताओं ने इसका समर्थन किया, पर मायावती, मुलायम ने बिरोध,,पर अखिलेश नहीं. ममता ने क्यों बिरोध किया समझ नहीं आता, पर अब श्रद्धा काँड में ममता के शामिल होने की ख़बर सच लगने लगी है. पर खडगपुर IIT के अरबिन्द का बिरोध दुख देता है..,,,,,राजनीति में जाते ही बुद्धि भ्रष्ट हो जाती है… ,,,

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My Samvada with Noida’s Newsletter ‘Samvada’

My Samvada with Noida’s Newsletter ‘Samvada’I sent few notes to the editor, ‘Samvada’:

On 2.11.2016

October issue of Samvada had some entries of hope and I wish to share my views on some. Under- construction Community Centre can certainly be a landmark if properly used. I wish while the ground floor must serve for organising community functions including marriages, on the first floor the senior citizens of the block who held very important positions in private and public sectors must impress upon Noida Authority to set up a very good library best in NCR with books, magazines, computers and other facilities with a pride place in the lives of residents, particularly school going children and retired residents. The collection must be varied and attractive enough for inculcating the reading habit in younger generation that is essential for any career they pursue later on. For senior citizens, the library will be good place to have some good time there in a day. Noida must create through the library an ambience of knowledge society. Unfortunately, Noida lacks that badly as on today. Unfortunately, even this new building will not have even ramp for ground floor for those requiring wheelchairs or lift for reaching first floor against the provision of Accessible India(Sugamya Bharat).

It was good to read the story of Mahajan family. ‘Samvada’ must come out with more and similar stories about the outstanding citizens living among us.

I shall like to focus on an another issue of importance I.e. a provision for a play ground for kids living in F-Block on the vacant plot on the side of the community centre. We as responsible residents must take up with Noida Authority. Because of small plot sizes of all high rising residential units, none have any good enough play ground for kids for enjoying rightly the evenings or on holidays for practising games like football, cricket, after school hours. The plot adjacent to the new community centre of F-Block can be and should be converted as Children Play Ground. I wish Samvada can raise this pertinent issue.

15.10.2016
Urgent Need for Differently-abled or very Senior Citizens with certain disabilities in our urban constructions: 

For years now, Yamuna, my wife is having difficulty in walking and using stairs. Whenever we are in US, Yamuna uses a wheel chair that makes her quality of life there better, as she can go anywhere so easily. Rajesh or Anand- both have got one. Yamuna’s knee joints have further deteriorated and require surgery. However, she is not ready for surgery. Her problem has further accentuated now after surgery in August. Doctors have advised her not to use stairs.. When we returned this time in August from US, surprisingly we got a wheel chair delivered one day. It was from Anand. As Yamuna is getting recovered from her recent surgery, I feel like taking her to our own small little park in the complex, the Meghdootam Park or Meghdootam Senior Citizens Forum’s monthly meetings or someone’s apartment for a socialising using the wheelchair. Unfortunately, even Amrapali Eden Park’s builder had provided only stairs at all entrances to the four towers of the complex and a wheelchair just can’t be used. I am sure other residential complexes are also having the similar difficulties. In Amrapali Eden Park, some one would have perhaps pointed out the lack of it at later date to the builder. As Sugamya Bharat Mission launched in 2015 by Modi expects all public buildings, perhaps to meet the mandatory requirements, Amrapali built some ramps with granite top and very steep gradient without following any design norms that make it dangerous and unusable. The other day we had to go Dr. Lal Path Lab in the market complex of Sector 50 for some tests. It has the same problem-a very steep ramp. The ramps must not be with a slope more than 1 in 10 or at the most 1 in 8. It must be about 1- 1Metres wide with safe railings of about 0.9 metre in height on both sides. As it appears the Noida Authority doesn’t expect the differently-abled persons and senior citizens to visit the markets and the public places such as parks or even public toilets. Is it not highly insensitive way to look at this lot of citizens substantial in population? I discussed the problems with Mr. Mathur, Mr. Kala, Mr. Mahendra Singh of Meghdootam Senior Citizens Forum and many during our morning meets at ‘hill top’ in Meghdootam Park. We are preparing a comprehensive memorandum to be signed by the senior citizens and then presented to Noida Authority. I hope the provisions of disabled friendly features will be made compulsory in all new construction projects of Noida and every places in the country. Some of the features can also integrated in the already built buildings with some easy innovative modifications, if the need is appreciated well by those who matter for getting such work done. Will the compassionate residents and seniors take up this urgent issue in their own communities with the right authorities to decide, design modifications and get it implemented to improve the quality of living for differently-abled or senior citizens? All this can be changed with a little compassionate approaches from the builders and development authorities, be it municipalities, corporations, or some with different names. I hope it happens.)

PS: At Amrapali Eden Park, We just can’t use a wheel chair with stairs at all entrances that connect the different housing societies to Meghdootam Park. The photos show the condition of Amrapali. 1. From road you require to climb stairs, so is true for getting in and out of each tower. 2. You can’t get into the club house from any side nor you can go from one tower to the other using wheel chair. 3. You can’t get into the small in-house park or swimming pool, both at higher than floor level. 4. Getting into marketing plaza and its basement housing parlour can’t be assessed as you are to climb up or down the staircases. Entrance of towers A and B have killer ramps of their own design and specifications.I am sure the conditions will be similar everywhere. 

6.9.2016 
An Appeal to RWAs of F-Block, Sector 50, Noida

Even while in US for last six months, I had been thinking about what and how we can make our lives better here in Noida living in high-rising apartment complexes of sector 50 and/or even in other sectors of Noida in other urban centres. 

1. Every day while go out from the main gate of Amrapali and walk across the service road going along the nala, the odd and filthy advertisements painted on the its parapet wall, per turn and make me feel bad. It is the same case through out in Noida, be it the boundary walls or any bare space along the roads. It must not be of any pleasures to other residents too. We can do something make them pleasing to our eyes and thereby improve the overall ambience. We can certainly get our children and interested young talents amongst the residents of the communities living around as volunteers to get the walls in front of the entrance and exit gates or any such spaces painted with innovative ideas as being done in many public places such as railway stations, bridges, etc. Will some social leaders in us can think of this? With festival season and Swachhta Divas on October 2 coming pretty soon, it will certainly a great contribution to a very great national priority. 

2. Many of you in your visits to your kins in US would have certainly seen the practice of garage sales there by the households. All of us must be having many items of household use that we wish to get disposed. My second suggestion is to conduct a community garage sales twice a year to dispose off items lying in our homes that will benefit both sellers and buyers. We can organise such sales where there is some open space, such as in Amrapali Eden Park in market plaza or in badminton ground. With a little planning and arrangement of security, even outsiders may be invited. It can turn into an fun day for all with a prospect of commercial gain too.

3. Unfortunately, the reading habits in our children is diminishing. We will all agree that the reading of good books is the only way to achieve in our career what we wish when we are young. For elders too, it is a great past time. It is foundation stone of a knowledge society. The habit gets a boost with accessibility with a good Library and Reading room. The RWAs must tale a lead to have the facility, may be in the club room or in basement in every community. Many country judges its progress with the quality and proximity of a good library. I have seen such interest in Japan, US and Europe too. The residents themselves can build a library with their contributions and even the government provides assistance for this.

I wish the suggestions are taken in right spirit. I have a collection of large number of books, and I keep on buying them too regularly. Any one interested can contact me at my e-mail: irsharma@gmail.com for any clarification.)

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What India Makes- Pretty Laudable

What India Makes- Pretty Laudable: This is my informative reply to a question that many ask. Where does India stand in manufacturing? India’s ranking among the world’s 10 largest manufacturing countries has improved by three places to sixth position in 2015#. 

India has potential of becoming the hub for hi-tech manufacturing with global giants such as GE, Siemens, HTC, Toshiba, and Boeing having either already manufacturing plants and R&D centres in India or some of them in process of setting it up. GE India is on track to achieve the sourcing target of $4 billion from India. GE has set up a dedicated production line at its Padappai facility near Chennaities for high-voltage transmission equipment.

India as an attractive destination for local manufacturing is its huge market and its a billion plus aspirational consumers who are improving their purchasing power by day. 

In September 2016, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in electronic manufacturing has reached an all-time high of Rs 123,000 crore (US$ 18.36 billion) in 2016, from Rs 11,000 crore (US$ 1.65 billion) in 2014.   

India has been a significant manufacturing power already in many sectors:

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Larsen and Toubro Ltd are the domestic heavyweights in power equipment manufacturing sector. 

Alstom T&D, Siemens Ltd and ABB India Ltd cater to power transmission and distribution. ABB has multiple global feeder factories in Nasik and Vadodara in India, which meets both domestic and global demand. ABB India’s exports have been cloaking 21 per cent CAGR over the last four years.

Thermax Ltd, Crompton Greaves Ltd and Cummins India Ltd also have its presence in industrial sector.

JCB is the largest manufacturer of earth-moving or construction equipment in the country, followed by Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery, Komatsu India Pvt. Ltd and Caterpillar India. The market picked up to 36,798 in 2015. With the hope of the market bouncing back, JCB India commissioned a third manufacturing facility in Jaipur last year. 

Indian companies have been the major manufacturers of tractors with major domestic manufacturers such as Mahindra, TAFE, Eicher and Escorts that are already expanding into the manufacture of the whole lot of farm machinery such as power tillers and combine harvester. Local players like Tirth Agro Technology that makes Shaktiman brand of implements have cornered 85-90% of the market in the initial shift to mechanisation. John Deere, German company Lemken and Italian Maschio Gaspardo have set up manufacturing facilities in India for farm machinery other than tractors. 

India has become one of the most attractive destinations for investments in the manufacturing sector. I keep a track of media about the new manufacturing units getting setup in India. It is pretty impressive. Some of the major investments and developments in manufacturing sector in the recent past are:
@According to Foxconn’s head of India operations Josh Foulger, the world’s largest contract manufacturer has already started manufacturing in India in SriCity and will expand its India operations next year, backing its $600 million investments already made in the country. 

@Huawei, the China-based smartphone manufacturer with solutions provider Flextronics Technologies (India) Private Limited will manufacture its smartphones at its facility in Chennai and is expected to generate additional 1,500 jobs.

:LeEco, a Chinese technology company, has entered into a partnership with Compal Technologies and invested US$ 7 million to set up manufacturing facility at Greater Noida in order to start manufacturing Le2 smartphones in India.

:Zopo Mobile, a China-based smartphone manufacturer, plans to invest Rs 100 crore (US$ 15 million) to set up a manufacturing plant in Noida by the end of 2016, which will have a monthly production capacity of 100,000 units. 

:The Jiangxi-based component maker, Holitech Technology, a maker of LCD and touchscreen panels used in mobile phones, plans to invest $1billion in India by next year.http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/electronics/holitech-plans-to-invest-1-billion-in-india-by-2017/articleshow/55020489.cms

:Chinese smartphone companies Oppo and VivoBSE 2.01 % plan to invest a combined Rs 4,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh to build separate manufacturing complexes as part of their expansion plans in India. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/oppo-vivo-make-big-call-to-invest-rs-2000-crore-each-in-up/articleshow/55058577.cms

@Home-grown Intex Technologies is planning a large integrated manufacturing plant spread over 1 million sq ft at a 20-acre property at Greater Noida at a cost of R1,500 crore. The production of first phase will start this year itself consolidating all its manufacturing activities which is currently spread over its four facilities in Jammu and Kashmir, Baddi and Noida.

@Manufacturing capacity of mobile phones and refrigerators from the Samsung plant at Noida will be doubled – mobile phones in particular will rise to 12 million a month from 6 million a month – in the three-year time frame. The Noida plant employs around 4,000 people. Samsung India will invest Rs 1,970 crore for doubling capacity at its Noida, Uttar Pradesh manufacturing facility by 2019-end, from where it plans to export mobile phones and white goods. 

@Panasonic Corporation plans to set up a new manufacturing plant for refrigerators in India with an investment of Rs 250 crore (US$ 37 million), and also invest around Rs 20 crore (US$ 3 million) on an assembly unit for lithium ion batteries at its existing facility in Jhajjar in the next 8-10 months.

Defence is another sector where there is a lot of activity.

@Tata Power has partnered with US-based Javelin Joint Venture, which is a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin, for its Strategic Engineering Division (SED), in order to create a strategy to co-develop and produce the Javelin missile system and integrate platform mounts to meet Indian requirements.

@Boeing Company, an American plane maker, and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), a fully owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, have entered into a joint venture to set up a new facility in Hyderabad to manufacture Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselages.

:Airbus has procured more than US$ 500 million worth of supplies from India in 2015, registering a growth of 15 per cent annually and has targeted a cumulative procurement of more than US$ 2 billion over a period of five years up to 2020.

@Bengaluru-based defence electronics maker, Alpha Design Technologies that manufactures a variety of electronic devices for armed force in two its plants in Begaluru, has recently bagged a major export order from Israel’s Elbit Systems valued at $6 million for the supply of 600 units of VHF communication devices for armoured vehicles. It has a plan to set up two new greenfield manufacturing plants in Bengaluru to cater to the future orders from armed forces and export markets. It currently exports to Israel, the US and Germany

@The Brazilian Perto S. A., a Digicon Group company, a high technology and IT company and the world’s leading manufacturer of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) and Cash Dispenser Machines (CDMs), inaugurated its first plant in India, in the Mahindra World City in Jaipur. The manufacturing facility in Rajasthan required an initial investment worth $3.1 crore, that may exceed $6.5 crore.

@Italy-based Bonfiglioli, which makes gearboxes, gear motors and inverters for the industrial automation and renewable energy sectors, is planning to expand capacity in India with an investment of about Rs 85 crore. The company has manufacturing facilities near Chennai — one in Thirumudivakkam and another one in Mannur, near Sriperumbudur. 

@Canadian Bombardier Transportation India has manufacturing centres for metro coaches in Savli and Maneja, near Vadodara, Gujarat and has localised closed to 70 percent of the items.  

@The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC), a Chinese government company, will set up its manufacturing unit in the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) to build and supply coaches for Nagpur Metro. CRRC will make investment to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore to set up the manufacturing unit in MIHAN, which will generate employment opportunities for 5,000 people.

@Leading screen technology company Harkness Screens has a factory in Bengaluru.The facility in Bengaluru has capacity to manufacture 1,500 screens a year.The original investment decision was based on purely supplying the Indian cinema market. However, it now supplies screens around the world from the India’s Bengaluru factory to Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Thailand, among others.

@Cisco has recently announced that it will manufacture “a diverse product portfolio in India to support the government’s Make in India initiative.” The facility is most likely to come up in Pune.

@French major Schneider Electric is one of the very large industrial players in India with 28 factories, which are exporting more than 50% of their production, with 20,000 direct employment and 1500 in R&D and will invest additional Rs 750 crore in next year. 

@Canada’s Magna International Incorporated has started production at two facilities in Gujarat’s Sanand, which will supply auto parts to Ford Motor Co in India and will employ around 600 people at both units.

@Marquardt, the German company that makes premium automotive switches will be setting up a greenfield plant at Chakan, Pune, India and will expand the local R&D centre.

@Havells India Limited, one of the top Indian consumer electrical equipment producer, plans to set up a new manufacturing unit near Bengaluru by making an investment of Rs 1,059 crore (US$ 156.99 million), which would be its twelfth plant in India and its first outside north India.

@Endurance Technologies is the largest aluminium die casting manufacturer in India and one of the leading automotive component manufacturers in aluminium die casting (including alloy wheels), suspension, transmission and brake systems. It operates 18 plants in India and 7 plants in Europe. 

@Belgium-based wheelchair maker, Vermeiren, is launching its manufacturing facility in the integrated business city called Sri City, located near Chennai with its first phase of facility completed with an investment of around Rs 40 crore to manufacture 30,000 wheel chairs— and will offer its products to both India and overseas from the country.

@ GE healthcare have around 50 products globally that it has engineered and designed and developed in India. Those are selling well in India, (and) selling quite well globally as well. 

@Tristone Flowtech Group, the Germany-based flow technology systems specialist, has set up a new facility in Pune, which will manufacture surge tank as 

well as engine cooling and aircharge hose for the Indian market. The company plans to start the production at the plant in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Automobile manufacturing that really arrived with Suzuki has today the manufacturing plants of almost all globally known players in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, two-wheelers beside the domestic ones such as Tata Motors, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Hero MotoCorp and Bajaj Auto.
@Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India plans to invest around Rs 600 crore (US$ 88.94 million) to add a new line at its Narsapura facility at Karnataka, and launch at least 10-15 products during FY 2016-17 in the country.
@Force Motors, a utility and commercial vehicles manufacturer, inaugurated its Rs 100 crore (US$ 14.82 million) manufacturing facility in Pune, which will supply engines and axles to the Germany-based automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

@Isuzu Motors, the Japan-based utility vehicle manufacturer, has inaugurated its greenfield manufacturing unit in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, which was set up for Rs 3,000 crore (US$ 444.72 million), with an annual production capacity of 50,000 units and is estimated to generate around 2,000-3,000 jobs.

Japanese are setting up manufacturing units in big way.
Toto, a manufacturer of sanitary ware, teamed up with trading house Mitsui to begin full-scale production at a state-of-the-art factory in Gujarat, which opened in August 2014.

Nidec, a maker of electric motors, announced last June that it would build its first plant in India, for ¥10bn (US$93m), in the Neemrana Industrial Area in Rajasthan—where Daikin has a factory. Nidec has plan to build around five factories in India. 

Yokohama Rubber completed a new plant in the country in February last year. 

India has all potential and possibility to become a manufacturing hub. But it is to move faster, and must improve much more than what it achieved in one year on the global index of ‘ease of doing business’ in India.

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एक मज़ेदार सप्ताह, अनायास अनपेक्षित प्रसन्नता 

16.06.2016 सबेरे प्रात: भ्रमण से लौटा, कल के बारिस और तूफ़ान से गिरे फूलों के पौधों को बाँध कर सीधा किया. चाय के समय पुच्चु और सैन्नन भी साथ थे. फिर जैक एम्मा को स्कूल तक का साथ दे लौट आया. पुच्चु जी आफ़िस जाते भी मिले. फिर कुछ पढ़ने लिखने का काम किया. यमुना ब्रेक फ़ास्ट माँगी तो सीरियल दही के साथ निकाला. गरमी के कारण भीतर बैठ खाने लगा सोफ़ा पर, यमुना खाने के टेबल थीं. अचानक ऊपर से सीढ़ी उतरते राकेश को देखा तो स्वप्न सा लगा, फिर सम्भल आशीर्वाद दिया. राकेश कल रात ११ बजे ही आ गये थे. कल रात हमारे सो जाने के बाद पुच्चु सैन्नन जा उसे एअरपोर्ट से लाये थे. सबने मुझे बडी सावधानी से छकाया. और फिर हम चाय दिये, सैन्नन सीरियल का नाश्ता और राकेश से इधर उधर की बातें करते रहे.. कुछ देर बाद यमुना नहाने गईं, आईं पूजा पर बैठ गईं. कुछ देर बाद फिर कुछ सरगर्मी हुई, पूजास्थल के पास हँसी बौछार हो रही थी. केशव रमन खड़ा था, दादी को प्रणाम कर रहा था. केशव रमन भी आया है कल रात न सैन्नन बताई, न राकेश. आज के लड़के आश्चर्य चकित करने में हो गये हैं. पर हम ख़ुशी से फूले नहीं समा रहे थे. यही है प्रियजनों से मिलने का आनन्द. बहुत सालों के बाद इनसे मिला. बातचीत का सिलसिला ……..यमुना की राकेश , केशव से खाने पीने की मनुहारें……..जबतक यमुना की पूजा ख़त्म हुई, मैं दाल बना चुका था, नहाने के बाद चावल बना, और हम पूजा कर खाने पर बैठे.. केशव केवल दाल, दही खाया. राकेश अच्छी तरह खाया, मेरी बनाई सब्ज़ी एवं छोले की प्रशंसा करता रहा…..सैन्नन बताई ३.३० तक पुच्चु भी आ जायेगा……और तीसरे बार आश्चर्य तब हुआ जब पुच्चु आया और उसके साथ साथ राजेश …घर का पूरा माहौल ही बदल गया…..तीनों भाइयों को एक साथ ८ साल के बाद…….लौट आये थे उनके बचपन के दिन जब वे बड़े हो रहे थे …….हमारी खुसी का ठिकाना न था………सोचता था ऐसा मौक़ा शायद आये ही नहीं….पर कोई बहुत दूर सुन रहा था मेरी अतिमानवीय आकांक्षा को …..और यह सम्भव हो पाया. रात को पूर्व निर्धारित जगह ‘टावर’ रेस्टोरेंट में दक्षिण भारतीय खाना खाया गया…
17.6.2016 शुक्रवार सभी देर से उठे थे. यमुना के अनुसार राकेश क़रीब ३ बजे सबेरे तक अपने हैदराबाद स्थित भारतीय सहयोगियों के साथ मीटिंग करता रहा था. मैं सबेरे २ मील घूम आया, चाय बना पी लिया और बच्चों के लिये भी रख दिया. नाश्ते के बाद ग्रीन वे ट्रेल पर सभी पुरूष घूमने निकल गया. तीनों फ़ोटो लेते रहे इस मौक़े को यादगार बनाने के लिये. राजेश एवं केशव काफ़ी दौड़ भी लगाये. राकेश भी कभी कभी उनका साथ दिये…दोपहर का खाना चिपोतले में और शाम का चुई में…….

18.6.2016 शनिवार सबसे पहले राकेश नीचे आये. चाय के बाद उनके साथ एक मील घूम आया. राजेश जग गये थे और यमुना के साथ बरामदे में बैठे चाय पी रहे थे. जौरडन लेक जाना था जो मेरा केरी का प्रिय स्थान है. हर यात्रा में एक बार जाता रहा हूँ. हम सभी गये और भरपूर आनन्द उठाये….. बच्चे पानी में, पेड़ पर, खेल कर …………मैं तो घंटों बैठ लेक को देखते रह सकता हूँ ….बहूत अच्छा लगता है……..आज दो बजे के क़रीब राकेश, राजेश निकल गये कैलिफ़ोर्निया और अस्टिन के लिये, पुच्चु छोड़ आये….पुच्चु एवं सैन्न की मेज़बानी अनुकरणीय रही….तीनों का और उनके बच्चों का आपसी प्यार और सम्बन्ध मधुर बना रहे….इसे छोड़ और क्या अभिलाषा हो सकती है……

पूरा सप्ताह आनन्दमय रहा, अनायास बहुत अप्रत्याशित ख़ुशियाँ मिली, बहुत पुरानी यादें गुदगुदा गईं, और एक बात और उत्साहित कर गई- जो चाहता हूँ कठिन या सहज, वह हो जाता है मिल जाता. कैसे मालूम नहीं, पर शायद सर्वशक्तिमान की कृपा से होता हो. बहूत इच्छा थी कि तीनों बेटे कुछ दिन साथ रहते….आज की व्यक्तिगत व्यस्तता को देख यह सम्भव नहीं लगता था और मैं अपनी इच्छा आज थोपने में विश्वास नहीं करता…हाँ, समय देख ज़ाहिर ज़रूर कर देता हूँ….पर हो गया..

आज पितृ दिवस है फादर्स डे. आदर्श पिता को कठिन तपस्या करनी पड़ती है बच्चों को सफल बनाने के लिये.पता नहीं मैंने कितनी की, वह तो बच्चे बतायेंगे. पर आज भी प्रार्थना यही है कि हमारे बच्चे गौरवशाली पिता बनें और परम्परा चलती रहे, उनकी तपस्या और उस परम शक्ति की कृपा के कारण…….पर मेरे विचार में मातृदिवस ‘मदर्स डे’ को भारत में भी महत्वपूर्ण बना देना चाहिये……पिछले दिनों बहूत अच्छा रहा, राकेश, राजेश भी आनन्द के घर केरी में आ गये…. सोने में सुहागा की तरह केशव की उपस्थिति रही जो हमारी नई पीढ़ी सबसे बड़े सदस्य हैं….कुछ पुराने दिनों को याद करने का सुनहरा अवसर मिला….सब कुछ मिल गया….

पितृ दिवस- कुछ और विचार : अगर व्यक्ति किसी सर्व शक्तिमान में विश्वास रखता हो तो सहज भाव से इच्छित चीज़ें मिल जाती हैं. पिछले दिनों ऐसी ही दो वारदात मेरे साथ हुये: कुछ दिनों से इच्छा हो रही थी कि तीनों बेटे एक साथ कुछ दिन मेरे साथ रहें. इस इच्छा को मैंने किसी से व्यक्त नहीं किया था, पत्नी यमुना से भी नहीं. पर यह पिछले हफ़्ते सम्भव हो गया.राकेश, राजेश, यहाँ आ आनन्द के साथ तीन दिन रहे. हम आज की व्यस्त ज़िन्दगी इसे ईश्वरीय प्रदत्त सुख ही मानते हैं. इसी तरह कुछ दिनों से गणितज्ञ रामानुजन के बारे में जानने की इच्छा हो रही थी. उन पर बनी मुवी भी हालों में लग उठ गई थी. पर वह अंग्रेज़ी में थी. शायद ही अंग्रेज़ों की अंग्रेज़ी समझ आती. मैंने बहुत थोड़ी अंग्रेज़ी की फ़िल्में देखीं है. फादर्स डे पर आनन्द ने एक गिफ़्ट दिया. जब खुलवाने की प्रकिया पूरी हुई तो देखा वह रामानुजन पर लिखी उनकी जीवन गाथा है जिस पर फ़िल्म बनी है. सोचता हूँ किसी तमिल गणितज्ञ को यह किताब लिखनी चाहिये थी, और तमिल फ़िल्म के सबसे अच्छे निर्देशक को उस पर अन्तर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर की एक फ़िल्म निर्देशित करना चाहिये था, जिसे विश्व के हर भाषा में डब करने की माँग होती……,, मेरी सोच में आज के अन्य भारतीय गणितज्ञ मंजुल भार्गव और उनका संस्कृत ज्ञान रामानुजन की कहानी सठीक ठंग से भारतीयों और दुनिया को बताने में ज्यादा सक्षम रहती. सोचने का क्रम चलता रहता है……,मुझे देश सम्बन्धी सपनों से तो कोई रोक नहीं सकता…..

‘फादर्स डे’ या पितृ दिवस जो ‘मदर्स डे’ के बाद मनाया जाता है अमरीका में कुछ और लिखने को कहता रहा है पिछले दिनों. हमारे यहाँ भारत में तो क़रीब पन्द्रह दिन का शायद साल में दो वार पूरा पितृ पक्ष मनाया जाता है दसहरा या दुर्गा पूजा के प्रारम्भ होने के पहले. पूरे पक्ष में पूर्वजों को अर्घ्य दिया जाता है, बहुत वर्जनाओं के साथ जीवन यापन किया जाता है. यही समय है जब लोग गया आदि ख़ास तीर्थ स्थलों में जा वहाँ के पंडों को यथा साध्य दान दक्षिणा देते हैं और पितरों के प्रेत योनि से मोक्ष को सुनिश्चित कर देने का आश्वासन पाते हैं
मैं भी अपने पूर्वजों के लिये गया गया था और वह सब किया था जो चाचाजी बताये थे. पर मन उस समय भी यही कहा था कि मुझे भले ही प्रेत योनि में रहना पड़ें मेरे बेटे मेरे लिये श्रद्धा का यह रास्ता न अपनायें. मुझे मालूम नहीं क्यों, पर मुझे पंडितों के बताये किसी कर्म कांड और उनके द्वारा बताये ज़रूरतों में कभी कोई विश्वास नहीं रहा. अगर हर भारतीय या हिन्दू उस पक्ष को पूर्वजों को याद करते हुये समाज के अभी भी पिछड़े वर्ग में अच्छी शिक्षा के प्रसार के लिये या उनके स्वास्थ्य सुधार के लिये कुछ मदद कर सके तो देश के हित में अच्छा होगा. और बहुत सारे हिन्दू कर्म कांडों को बदलना चाहिये और पंडितों के लिये नहीं समाज के लिये कुछ करना चाहिये.

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Books of That I read in US 2016 

History has always been my favourite subject and that only of India- ancient and medieval. I had brought Irfan Habib edited ‘Akbar and his India’ from India. The book talks of Akbar and religions such as Jain, Sikh in separate chapters, but does deal exclusively his effort to bring Hindus on his side. It was interesting to note about Bengali Saint Chitanya fight with a Quazi. 
A new Steve Jobs has been on horizon with his revolutionary technology intervention. His is Elon Musk with Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperboles coming out of his ideas of a new era in transportation. US is getting into a big manufacturing sector with electric cars, Giga factory, energy storage. I went through his biography ‘Elon Musk- Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by by Ashlee Vance. 

When Anand was in Cisco Bangalore, ‘Incarnations- India in 50 lives’ by Sunil Khilnani got launched in India. It was at that time not available in US. I requested him to bring it with him. When We came to live in Cary, I went through it. It is interesting but with very little factual information about the greats of India from Budhha to Dhirubhai Ambani. 

I picked up from Anand’s bookshelf another wonderful book ‘The Wright Brothers’ by David McCullough, have completed reading, and trying to understand how the hilarious innovation got materialised and gave shape to the wishes and dream that was as old as the human race. But the humane side of the family story touched me more. The main hero of the story are four persons- a highly religious father, two brothers(out of fours), and a loving sister: Milton Wright, Wilbur, Orville, Katherine. As the story goes, Bishop Milton Wright, a great believer in the educational toys, brought home one day a toy from France, a small helicopter. It was little more than a stick with twin propellers and twisted rubber bands, probably cost 50 cents. “Look, boys,” said the Bishop, something concealed in his hands. When he let go it flew to the ceiling. They called it the “bat”. And perhaps made Wilbur and Orville to work to resolve the secret of flying and come out with their Flyers, the first mechanical means for humans to fly in open sky safely and start of today’s aviation industry serving the world. To give an idea of the time period, Wilbur was born on April 16, 1867, and Orville four years later.

Anand on Fathers Day gifted me ‘The Man who knew Infinity-A life of the genius Ramanujan’ by Robert Kanigel. I have been reading this but perhaps, with Yamuna ailments that is making me to decide to return back home, I shall not be able to complete it. I don’t wish to take it with me. Rather I want to leave it back for Emma and Zach, who may read and get inspired. With the two books mentioned above, I can now convincingly confirm that the Indian system of judging a student and giving jobs and recognitions must get discarded. India must have lost many Ramanujam and many Rabindranath because they failed to get a Hardy or a Yeat.

Last book was the latest by Ruchir Sharma, ‘The Rise and Fall of Nations- Forces of change in the post-crisis world’. It was a wonderful feel to read: “In 2007, the year before the global financial crisis hit, the number of economies growing faster than 7 percent reached a post war peak at more than sixty, including China, India, and Russia. Currently, there are only nine economies growing that fast, and only one of them is reasonably large: India.” Ruchir puts India in ‘good’ category while puts China in ‘ugly’. The book also has a chapter each on ‘Good Billionaires, Bad Billionaires’- a new concept, ‘Factories First’, and ‘The Price of Onions’. A brief summary of Ruchir’s book appeared in media. It was as follows: 

Ruchir Sharma’s 10 rules from ‘The Rise and Fall of Nations

1. “Critical cause of the missing growth was, of all things, a shrinking supply of people in the active workforce.”

2. “The fortunes of a nation are likely to turn for the better when a new leader rises in the wake of a crisis.”

3. “It is the rise of an entrenched class of bad billionaires in traditionally corruption-prone and unproductive ind­ustries that is likely to choke off growth and to feed popular anger on which populist demagogues thrive.”

4. “In recent years, many countries have been raising the government share of the economy to bloated proportions…and enforcing insensible rules in an unp­redictable way that make it difficult for private companies to thrive.”

5. “to carve out a geographic sweet spot, a country needs to open its doors on three fronts: to trade with its neighbours, the wider world as well as its own provinces and second cities.”

6. “the best investment binges are those that go toward manufacturing, technology and infrastructure…the worst binges tend to be in the property sector.”

7. “watching the prices of stocks and houses is as important as tracking the price of onions.”

8. “when the current account is back in surplus, and the country is once again pulling in enough money from abroad to cover its foreign bills, it’s a sign of an impending turnaround.”

9. “rising debt levels can be a sign of healthy growth, so long as debt is not growing too much faster than the economy for too long.”

10. “the most-loved nations will rarely have the best economic prospects in the next five to ten years.”

And when we almost got ready to depart for India, Anand got the biography of another great man, ‘Einstein -His Life and Universe’ authored by Walter Isaacson as Rakesh during his stay here last week talked about this book. There was another biography in Anand’s bookshelf ‘Einstein- a life’ written by by Denis Brian. During my last visit in 2014, I had tried to go through but gave as it was pretty difficult to enjoy reading. In US, sometimes I get into the books made for the school students. I had read one on Einstein when in Austin in 2014. This year too Anand had bought a children book on Einstein ‘Who was Einstein’ by Jess Brallier for Emma. She has gone through it and remembers the content pretty well as she revealed the story of the brain of Einstein that was preserved for scientific study. I found the mention of the same in the last chapter of Isaacson’s book.
As a student Einstein never did well with rote learning. As a theorist, his success came not from the brute strength of his mental processing power but from his imagination and creativity. A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well it’s schools teach the multiplication and periodic tables, but from how well they stimulate imagination and creativity.

Einstein was passionate not only in scientific pursuits but also the personal ones as narrated by his biographer not only in his lifetime but also after he was not there…..At college Einstein fell madly in love with the only woman in his physics class, a Serbian named Mileva Maric. They had an illegitimate daughter, then married and had two sons. Mileva helped Einstein to check the math in his papers, but eventually their relationship disintegrated. Einstein offered a deal to Mileva. He would win the Nobel Prize some day, he said, if she gave him a divorce, he would give her the prize money. She thought for a week and accepted. It was seventeen year after the deal. He was awarded the prize and she collected as mutually agreed,

The pathologist at Princeton Hospital, Thomas Harvey using an electric saw …..removed his brain….. And decided, without asking permission, to embalm Einstein’s brain and keep it……Einstein’s grand daughter, Evelyn Einstein who had heard of rumours that made her suspect that possibly, just possibly, she might actually be Einstein’s own daughter. She had been born after Elsa’s death, when Einstein was spending time with a variety of women. Perhaps she had been the result of one of those liaisons, and he had arranged for to be adopted by Hans Albert……”

Even the great men are just human beings with all their greatness and weaknesses.

Another conclusion that I made this time after reading all the books: India can produce Einstein but not Wright brothers or Elon Musk, unless the mind sets of the society changes. Let all policy makers think on this issue.

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Wandering Mind While in Cary

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Age a Number: (At Eighty: Finally, I met the old man I see everyday early morning going out somewhere and coming back in the evening in a company uniform from the front verandah of our house where we usually keep sitting (photo from our veranda). Friday about 7.15am, I was on my my morning walk. He was coming from the other side on the walking track in our community, Harmony. I hesitated first first but then asked, ‘Sorry, If you don’t mind, I have a query about you. Can I ask?’ He nodded. I put my question, ‘Where do you go so early?’ ‘I am going for work. I work with Walmart.’ I fired my next question, ‘What is your age, Sir?’ ‘Eighty’ He answered and walked past me hurriedly. He is to walk two miles or so and similar distance he walks back in the evening. He is short in height, but pretty smart. He must be living with his offsprings or in his own house. I couldn’t find any more details about him, but I got a great respect for such hard working senior. …..,And then few days ago, I caught him again on the front side road while waiting for Anand for my evening walk. He was returning from his work and had some banana in plastic bag. To my queries, he told me ‘Myself Jagdish, born and brought up in Bombay, came in 2008 to US, and live with the family of my son down the Alliance Circle. My son टcame in US in 1989.’ We must keep ourselves active till last and if required, work too even with low remuneration? How does it matter, if it is just good enough to keep me busy? I can only adore such spirit.)

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A Waiting Opportunity: (Bank of America Merrill Lynch has highlighted an opportunity for businesses and economic growth: the explosion of the global middle class.”In a world starved for growth, we believe that the answer lies in uplifting the 4.5 billion people at the base of the economic pyramid.” Can the younger Indian entrepreneurs, particularly the most enthusiastic ones going for start-ups keep this in mind? It must look into the manufacturing possibilities at the bottom of pyramids too. Can some workers groups in every village be skilled to manufacture items that the bottom billions will consume and market it through e-commerce platforms? http://www.businessinsider.com/market-could-be-biggest-in-history-of-commerce-2016-6 

BAML advisory reminds me of Late American Indian management thinker CK Prahalad who had pioneered the subject of ‘bottom billion’ well in 2002 in an article, ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ in Strategy+Business followed by a book http://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~brewer/ict4b/Fortune-BoP.pdf)

Educating India-We must give back: (Every time I come across the name of Former President, the Missile Man Abdul Kalam, a question comes in mind. Why other intellectuals and Giants of their own fields don’t emulate at least one of the traits of Kalam- the deep, almost missionary interest in talking to the students and workers of various educational and research institutes? Think of the impact on the students when persons such as Ratan Tata, Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani, Ramadoorai, Vishal Sikka, or for that matter Manmohan Singh, Amartya Sen or Jagdish Bhagwati talking to the, on contemporary subjects such as Entrepreneurship and innovation, developmental economy, poverty elimination, possibility of manufacturing in rural India, business enterprises for bottom billion. I remember my own talk in IIT, Kharagpur on ‘Re-engineering of engineering courses’ or in IIT- BHU on ‘Latest in Automobile Manufacturing’. India can find hundreds and thousands of such experts to cover almost all top 1000-1500 educational institutes. It can bring all academics in line with the contemporary developments and the future requirements in their fields and help in creating India as one of significant Knowledge Hubs of the world. Interactions between academics and practising professionals must only be for summer jobs, training and placements but must be a continuous one. I always appeal all the established and successful technocrats that I meet in India or here in US to keep in touch with their own schools and colleges that they attended and talk with its teachers and students whenever they can visit there without any trouble. This may be their biggest contribution almost at no cost. India must looking out for them.) http://www.businessinsider.in/Less-than-8-ofIndian-engineers-are-employable-Report/articleshow/52747075.cms 

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Modi’s Contribution to Yoga: Why should there be politics with Yoga in India just because Modi is trying to make it a part of every human being as a preventive measure to keep the quality of life at the best? Lakhs of people across India and abroad observed by stretching themselves in various postures to mark the second International Yoga Day on June21? Why did the politicians of ruling political parties of Bihar, one of birthplaces of Yoga, not participate in it? Embrace yoga like you have taken to mobile phones, as “it gives us health assurance at zero budget”, said Modi in Chandigarh. Let the best of India enlighten the world for making it a better place to live. 

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23.06.2016

Bihar and IIT: Every season when the final list of successful students come out for the admission in IITs, the media gets agog with many success stories. One can find the story of Anand Kumar’s Super 30 of Patna in all print and digital media. Additional Director General of Police Abhyanand has his many -30s: Rahmani 30 and Triveni 30 in Patna, Ang 30 at Bhagalpur, Nalanda 30 at Biharsharif and Magadh 30 at Gaya: The students get free food and lodging during their nine-month coaching stint. A village near Gaya has approximately 109 IITians and is popularly known as the “Village of IITian. Similar stories from all around India appear in media. With very miserable condition of education at grassroots level in rural Bihar, these stories don’t excite me much. I start smelling some amount of marketing in them. But still I have two wishes: First, the government of state or centre must bear the total expenditure of those from financially weak families without following the caste based reservation schemes. Second, the students getting this assistance must sign an ‘agreement of promise’ to help getting at least one similarly poor student when they start earning sufficiently as a social responsibility. And this must be monitored by an agency, may be the institute itself.

24.06.2016

A new entrepreneurial idea: Even most of the bigger villages are not having a well defined market area or complex. Even though some shops are there, they operate through their ancestral houses in different part of the village. Some entrepreneur collaborating with some rich interested person of the village can think of investing in setting up a well located simply constructed market complex with 4-5 shops (as many as viable) and other infrastructure such as some open place for locally produced perishables. Even a poor woman can come sell her vegetables or fruits grown in her court yard. It can also have an open area where service providers e.g skilled persons- key makers, lock repairer, electrician or mobile phone repairer can be located. Can some give a thought on this idea that can engage some left out ones in the villages engagement? 

28.06.2016 

P.V. Narasimha Rao-My Tribute

Rao + Manmohan- Sonia (<5)= Economy Revived

Manmohan +Sonia(10)= Policy Paralysis

P.V. Narasimha Rao has been called: ‘modern India’s Chanakya’, ‘Half Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India’, ‘a bad number two, but a very good number one, very ineffectual as foreign minister, superb prime minister, certainly among the best of the choices available’, ‘erudite, patient, ambiguous, shrewd’, “when in doubt, pout”. 

Rao could speak 9 Indian languages (Telegu, Hindi, Oriya, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil and Urdu) and 8 foreign languages ( English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Greek, Latin and Persian).

Sonia, a reluctant dowager, wished to rule from behind but always denied that in public. “Rao had simultaneously played both lion and mouse with Sonia.”  

Alas, Because of Sonia, Rao couldn’t get a memorial in Delhi. But Rao certainly deserves ‘Bharat Ratna’.

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Between Government and Private jobs: Look at some of the observations on pay rise of government employees: 1. The bureaucrats typically get paid much less compared to the private sector. 2. The legion of peons, drivers, secretaries and teachers get paid 3-4 times as much; and with little pressure on performance, deliver very little. A government school teacher, before the pay panel award, with no experience gets paid R52,000 as compared to a mere R19,000 (at the top end) in the private sector; a fresh government nurse gets 3.4 times her private sector counterpart, a driver 1.8-2 times. 4. As an MBBS, doctor gets much more a pay in a government hospital if you’re an MBBS but as the skill levels rise—to an MD or an MS—private jobs pay much more. And Jaitley has promised to increased further the salary of lower grades. Government appears to be totally helpless to remove these discrepancies with a fear of trade unions and opposition hounding on it. I tweeted PM seeking his attention to the need of eliminating all the lower ranks e.g clerks, orderly, etc. by re-educating/skilling them and stopping entries after superannuation of the persons of these ranks.

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Focus on Two Main Priorities: Somehow, I strongly feel that the Education and Healthcare ministries must come directly under the watch of the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers. Dismal conditions of education and health, particularly in rural India demands this change to get the necessary focus. By assigning these two functions of utmost importance for every family to junior ministers, it hardly gets the necessary attention, thrust and accountability. With the PM directly involved with it, the situation may change. Let us look first at education: “ASER 2014 found that 25 per cent in Class VIII could not read texts meant for the Class II level; the number of children in rural schools in Class II who could not even recognise the alphabet is up from 13.4 per cent in 2010 to 32.5 per cent in 2014. Reading levels for children in government schools show a sharp decline from 2010 to 2012. Half of all children in Class V have not yet learned basic skills that they should have acquired in Class II. And close to 50 per cent of children will finish eight years of schooling without having learnt the basic skills of arithmetic.” Years after years, the quality of education is deteriorating, as it is not only the salaries of teachers and infrastructure (in last few years there is plenty of improvement) that were needed. The government intention and contribution in improvement of education are in doubt. Everything is in real mess. And now the health: “2. 1.2 million children under the age of five died of totally preventable diseases in 2015. India’s key health indicator — Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) was 38 in 2014, lagging behind Bangladesh (IMR of 31) and Nepal (IMR of 29). One quote will be good enough to show the negligence,”Mothers are not dying because we do not know how to save them, but because the society has not decided that their lives are worth saving.” And in last 70 years, hardly few panchayats of rural India has got a basic small dispensary even. At least I have not heard of any in many panchayats of Bihar that I know. With PM and CMs in charge of health, this may change in three years if they wish with the resources with them.

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Doubtful Intentions of India Inc: I wonder why India’s companies on an investment strike today. Even with huge domestic telecom and electronics market that can sustain investment in manufacturing in this area, the big investors such as Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Mittal wish to remain only in service related to this sector giving all advantages to the Chinese and Taiwanese. Why did Birlas and others went out of manufacturing preferring to stick with financial companies? Why are greenfield manufacturing companies not getting setup but for few MSMEs? Why do entrepreneurs such as Kishor Biyani prefer trading business of Malaysian furniture and selling them through Home Town and Home Centre? Is the business a rocket science or is there shortage of excellently skilled carpenters? It is all the lust of easy money that is their DNA. India will always be laggard if manufacturing sector does not grow in big way to meet the thirst of huge middle class of India. And this must attract those with business acumen. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/news/the-loan-market-says-it-all-indias-companies-are-on-an-investment-strike/articleshow/53072915.cms Interestingly, a report of 2011, also have the same headline-‘Is India Inc set to go on Investment strike? Will the country take a note of it?

http://www.firstpost.com/business/is-india-inc-set-to-go-on-investment-strike-152251.html

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Smriti Irani in new role: I have seen many enjoying the transfer of Smriti Irani from HRD ministry as a righteous act of Modi blaming her for all the chaos and conflict in universities of Hyderabad, Jadavpur or more notoriously reported JNU. However, I consider her very innovative in her approach to improve the education in country in India. She has been pleasantly different in her approach to root out the basic ills. Her Swachh India approach through school was praiseworthy. Her push for getting the best professors for India was another welcome move. I wish the new education minister will continue to push her ideas. Her transfer to textiles is pretty challenging, as she is push its exports to a respectable height. I wish in next three years she could attain a textile exports of 100 billion dollars. I wish her the best. She was one of the best in the last cabinet.

PS: An efficient minister can prove his worth even in less important ministry. I am sure with her aggressive targets, she does in textile too. However, textile is not a less important ministry with the data below-

•$ 100 Billion is the size, by revenue, that the textile and apparel industry in India is projected to reach by 2016-17, from $67 Billion in 2013-14

•45 Million people are employed directly in the textile industry, making it the largest employer after agriculture

•35 million is the number of additional jobs the new the new textile policy aims to create

•$36 billion is the amount textile and garment exports earn every year, which is equal to 14% of India’s export earnings

•$300 billion is the value the new textile policy aims to clock in exports by 2024-25

•2% of GDP is accounted for by the textile industry, making it crucial to the economy

•10% is the industry’s contribution to overall manufacturing production in the country

•100 is the number of countries to which India exports its textiles and garment. The United States and the European Union account for two-thirds of India’s textiles exports

•Rs. 6,000 crore is the special package cleared by cabinet for the textile ministry, just days before the reshuffle.

Is it not a very important ministry?

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Opportunities for Start-ups in Farming : Rich and educated in agriculture sciences and engineering or just experienced ones in farming techniques in Bihar with business acumen can become new entrepreneurs in farming sector in hundreds. Here is a report of new approaches to improve productivity of farming and potentials for further innovations that can bring prosperity in Rural Region

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/how-startup-em3-agri-services-is-tackling-farmers-distress-the-uber-way/articleshow/53133968.cms

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Encouraging Reading Habit: Emma and Zach have just finished grade 1 and 3 respectively from Turner Creek Road Elementary School and next week they will move to grade 2 and 4. On one evening few days ago, Emma came to me to show her medal. It was for her proficiency in reading. She has been excellent in reading in her grade 3 class. Emma recorded 1360 minutes per quarter in reading. When I asked Shannon to know how many books she would have gone through in the year. “May be about 200 or more”, was her reply. I was surprised as well as excited about the performance. While Shannon bought herself larger percentage of the books-both fiction and non-fiction, Emma brought books from her school library too. Teachers do ask some question about the content of the book to verify if she has picked up the story or content well. Zach has also read similar number of books. I have a personal experience of that. Zach has been bringing books from his school library, sit with me, read it, and then got my signature on a form given by his teacher to have reading record. At all places I visited in US, I found kids and teens really in love of reading as many books as possible. US system does not have text books of languages as in India. I wonder why can’t our state school systems, teachers, parents in India make reading popular in kids? India must drop the system of textbooks prescribed by board and ask questions from it almost making rote necessary. Instead they must insist and ensure on reading books of various grade levels, both fictions and non-fictions taking the parents in the loop. Will it not make a great thing if in every sub-community of one village, a student reads a book for 15-20 minutes to their parents and they just listen to it as they watch and listen TV serials and news? Can’t they do even this much and learn many things not known to them, in turn? Can’t our writers and authors of vernacular and English write good books for students of K-12 building knowledge of all kind in an interesting manner and helping in improving the vocabulary gradually? This has been our ancient Indian tradition too. Teachers must be accountable and answerable too. Why is that the teens of India fail to pass the basic learning parameter of reading of any agency? Why a class V teen can’t read the book of class II? Why can’t the schooling of K-12, almost thirteen years through rural government schools, can’t make a student proficient in reading, speaking and writing of a language-be it English or his chosen vernacular? 


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An US Graduation Celebration: Sunday, July 3, 2016 we had an opportunity to attend a graduation reception of Akanksha at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, NC courtesy an invitation of Ajay Ray. It was a unique and first such experience for me in US. The huge number of invited young generation families of NRI American Indians appeared to be bubbling with its aspirations. As I understand, Akanksha has completed her grade 12 and will enter the famous Duke University for her graduate course in International Policy. The reception had everything- good food and drinks plus very nice entertainment from kids with their dances. But the most loved among those were the speeches about Akanksha from her friends and other close acquaintances and to my surprise many of them wished to see her as the Secretary of State one day. I see in her all the possibilities to reach anywhere high up and sincerely wish her to be in the highest position some day soon in American hierarchy. Many other boys and girls present there, as I came to know, were also getting into other top US universities such as Harvard, Stanford. I got also impressed with so huge a presence of people from Bihar that I had never experienced in last 10-12 years that I am visiting US, though I felt bad that I could talk with only one such Bihar couple from Pittsburg. As one must appreciate why I think so. With all my grandchildren here in US, naturally I was dreaming about their future too all along.But one thing is sure that Ajay and his wife Priyanka have a huge helping social circle. But perhaps the happiest two must be the parents of Ajay who attended the function of their granddaughter. We wish them and their kids a great future……..Graduation at different levels of schooling is pretty popular, and it starts at preschool stage itself….But the one after grade12 is the most significant, as its performance decides the course of professional career as in India too. However, it is hardly celebrated in the manner it is done in US as much as I know even today with almost every family with someone or the other in US.


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A Bihari at Las Vegas: July 13, Wednesday evening Anand returned after his 4-days/3nights official sojourn of Las Vegas. We really missed him, but perhaps Yamuna, his mother missed him the most. Practically all these days she almost remained sick from various troubles. This may be a natural phenomenon of the nearness and attachment of relation. During tea and walk thereafter, Anand shared his experiences of Las Vegas. The story of an unknown but extrovert Bihari young man working for Cisco San Jose office who met Anand and spent some time before his panel discussion, was really interesting. He was from Barauni and educated at BIT, Sindri and ,in turn, the stranger could also find out the whereabouts of Anand.

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