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Indian Politics – Finally the pussycat roars!!

After more than three years of dithering and hiding behind the saree of “Madam”, our honorable prime minister finally proved why he is noted as the worlds best economist…while disapproving the popular claim as India’s worst Prime Minister.

Policies which were in lock jam for the last 2 years were finally passed much to the chagrin of dissenters like Mamta Benarjee and other BJP so called leaders.

With direct foreign investment being allowed, India has opened a Pandora’s box for the world and I feel that while it is definitely going to give a much needed boost to India’s economy, It will also play a small hand in giving direction to world investors, who are hungry for growth markets in an otherwise floundering world financial system. Having brands like Walmart entering in, might in the short run be detrimental to the unorganised home business sector. However, one must argue that to grow in the long run, some sacrifices are a must, and if organising these units into larger ones, gives end users economies of scale as well as quality products, then it can only benefit everyone in the long run. Very cleverly the law has been very clear in laying emphasis on the fact that while large international brands can open shops in India, 30% of its sourcing needs to be done within the country itself. This will again provide more employment opportunities and industrial and agricultural growth.

When the entire country grows, the people grow with it as there is a plethora of jobs and new businesses. Competition from these companies will force a large number of the local complacent companies to pull up their socks.

Another brilliant arrow from the PM’s archery is the increase in diesel and LPG rates. I have never been able to understand how we can keep subsidizing LPG to 50% and pay from the government treasury. The increase though a big jump has been long overdue. It is not going to impact the general user for more than Rs. 1200 a YEAR, but will be a huge relief for our stretched budgets. Anyways, a large percentage of the LPG cylinders are booked by commercial establishments, and there is no reason why this should be subsidized.

While Petrol has been increasing multiple times a year for many years, disel prices have been almost constant. This disparity had to stop at some point. A lot of the disel is consumed by the rich luxury car owners and transport industries, who can very well afford to pay for the same.

Giving connectional rates for necessary goods is needed, but it cannot be at the cost of the tax payers money. There are barely 3% (I being in this percentage) who pay taxes in India. Why is it that these 3% people who pay the tax, need to bare the burden of 97% of the population. It is about time everyone moved and took onus of their own lives, instead of demanding rights without doing their duties.

Politicians who oppose these laws are extremely digressive, self centered and corrupt. Their aim is to keep India poor by keeping its people poor.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resolve to go down fighting is what the Sikhs of this country are known for. It will take a lot of courage to stand up against the monkeys in the circus, but my sincere prayer is that there are no roll backs.

Now if we could take some calls on our education system and infrastructure, India would be heaven. But I guess I am asking for too much at this point…Lets take one step at a time…As long as they are giant steps

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2012 in India, lifestyle, Politics

 

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Pushkar – Much more than a place of worship

When my daughter suggested a trip to Rajasthan, we scoured the match for a place which not only had we not visited, but was fun as well. A religious journey was not really our agenda at all, though we did want to visit the acclaimed Ajmer Sharif.

We zeroed in on Pushkar for its sheer proximity to Jaipur and Ajmer Sharif. Someone had recommended a new spa resort which was on it’s outskirts, and a weekend getting ourselves pampered sounded just about right.

We had not really expected much from Pushkar apart from a relaxing weekend, and were pleasantly surprised. The weather was outstanding. After the oppressive heat of Bombay (even though it was the so called monsoons) the cool weather with a slight drizzle which greeted us in Pushkar was sheer bliss. The hotel was again beyond expectations. If anyone is looking at a visit, the Ananta Spa Resort is luxury personified… and a real value for money.

At the spa we got an education on the historical and religious anecdotes of the location. The stories were as varied as interesting, but it was enough to pique our interest to take a trip down to the “sarovar”

Pushkar Sarovar

The Sarovar at Pushkar, Rajasthan

The story goes as this: Lord Brahma did not have a place of worship in the world he helped create. As is known in Indian Mythology, Brahma is regarded as the creator of the universe. Therefore he dropped a lotus from heaven, and the pond – Sarovar flowed from the spot. People from all walks of life come here to take a dip, and pray for the souls of their ancestors.

Rows of sacred ghats front a mystically magnetic lake, where hundreds of milky-coloured temples and weather-touched domes sit beneath a shifting, pale grey sky.

Ghats around Lake Pushkar

Ghats around Lake Pushkar

What intrigued me about the picture I took of the ghats was not so much the almost symmetrical temples with columns upon columns of steps reaching down to the waters from all sides. What captivated was the bright yellow spattering of messages on all the temple walls which stood out in the otherwise monsoon ridden grey and misty aura.

With a weekend well spent, we have promised ourselves many more of these trips. We hope to taken in at least two new places each year. Lets keep our fingers crossed on that thought.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in lifestyle, Travel

 
 
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