Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ready to be Ridiculed



From time to time , children do ask , what appear to adults , “ stupid questions “



Because they are not afraid of “ being ridiculed “ for giving voice to their “ un-encumbered imagination “



But adults suffer from a “ Shame Syndrome “ !



I do too !



But , for a change , I want to ask :



There are close to 4 lakh houses ( assume : flats of 500 sq ft each , @ Rs 10,000 per sq ft ? ) , lying unsold in Mumbai Metropolitan Region ( MMR ) and Greater Mumbai



Each flat with a sale price of Rs 5 cr  ?  A total unsold inventory of  Rs 20 lakh*crore  ?



Each flat capable of accommodating 10 work – stations ( a table + internet connected computer @ 50 sq ft per work station )



So , 4 lakh flats could accommodate , 40 lakh persons , in each shift of 7 hours



And 120 lakh persons in 3 shifts !



If engaged in “ Export of Intellectual Property “ ( BPO / KPO / LPO / Any PO that the rest of the World needs to be carried out remotely by our low cost graduates ) , then it would become possible to :



·         Put those unsold 4 lakh flats to a productive use


·         Increase “ Asset Utilization “ of property worth Rs 20 lakh*crore lying idle



·         Provide gainful employment to 120 lakh youth



·         Export “ services “ valued at $ 528 Billion / year


     ( Read :   Brain Inc  2.0  ) 







Of course , you don’t ask a child :



“ Is this possible ? “



But at 84 + , I am expected to provide some hints ( if not pucca solutions )



These are :


·         Encourage owners of these 4 lakh flats to turn their flats into “ Knowledge Factories “ ( exempted from “ Factory Act “ / “ Shop & Establishment Act “ / “ Minimum Wages Act “ / “ PF Act “ / various Labour Laws…  etc  )


·         These “ Knowledge Factories “ to be governed by “ Human Enterprise Act “ ( to be drafted / legislated )


·         Owners need not pay any taxes such as “ Property Tax  / GST / Income Tax etc “


·         No questions to be asked as to the source of funds with which the flat was bought


        
·         Owners to “ Register “ as a Start Up as laid down in :




Does this ( suggestion ) sound crazy ?


If yes , then it has a very high probability of SUCCESS  !


Here is a tiny sample of persons whose CRAZY ideas got ridiculed at first :



Mahatma Gandhi


·         Invention of non-violent Satyagraha , instead of an armed revolt against British




Henry  Ford

·         Invention of a Motor Car , instead of an improved Horse Carriage




Thomas  Edison

·         Invention of a Light Bulb , instead of a bigger / better wax Candle




For India to find jobs for 12 million persons each year ( - and clear a backlog of 200 million unemployed ), we need an “ INVENTION “ , not mere “ INTERVENTION



I am ready to be ridiculed



But before you do so , just visit the slums of Dharavi in Mumbai and convince yourself with the ingenuity of the poor ( - who are rich in their imagination )




23  Aug  2017







Tuesday, 22 August 2017

What you imagine , can happen !



Hindustan Times ( 22 Aug ) carries news with following headlines :




“  8 cows in Rajasthan to be surrogate mothers “



Almost 2 years ago , I imagined this in my following blog :




Thursday, 26 November 2015

SURROGATE COW FARMS ?



Speaking at a Start-Up event at San Jose ( California ) on 27th Sept, PM Shri Modi said :


"  When each of the 500 odd towns produce 10 Start-Ups and each of our 600,000 villages produce six small businesses , on a regular basis , we will create an enormous economic momentum and generate a large number of jobs in our country

I want to see the idea and spirit of Start Ups light up the economies and the fortunes of people in rural India  "


Entirely doable . Consider the following suggestion :


*  Chinese biotechnology firm BoyaLife and South Korea's Sooam Biotech , are constructing in China, World's largest animal cloning factory

*  Production will start next year , with an initial capacity for one lakh cattle embryos a year , growing to one million per year

*  Dog , racehorse and COW embryos  will be produced


Obviously , BoyaLife will need to " rent out " cow-wombs , to grow / nurture these embryos

And that is THE OPPORTUNITY , to be seized by our rural Start-Ups  !

By setting up , " Surrogate Cow Farms " of 10 cows each


Then renting out these cow-wombs to BoyaLife , for $ 1,000 per surrogacy ( In city of Anand - Gujarat , human wombs can be rented out for $ 15,000 )

One million cow-wombs will earn these rural Start Ups , $ 1,000 million / year  !

At 10 cows per Start Ups , 100,000 Start Ups will be born  !

Raising our EXPORT earnings by $ 1,000 million  !

And nothing should stop these rural Start Ups from importing embryos of Dogs and Racehorses , and then re-exporting fully grown pets to Europe / America  !


I only hope , some MORAL POLICEMEN do not start a controversy by shouting :


"  How can we allow our holy Indian cows , to bear the unholy Chinese cattle embryos in their wombs , when we just banned our surrogate human mothers to carry the embryos of Foreign citizens  ? "


Of course , it is another story that these very same " moralists " have no love lost for the prostitutes who are forced to " rent out " their very human bodies , in order to survive  !


One last request to the concerned Ministers / Secretaries in NDA government :

Please , include these " Surrogate Cow Farms " in your definition of Start Ups in your proposed 

" Start Up Policy Document "

It is another matter that , each and every jobless individual ( not earning a salary from some other individual or organization ) , and struggling to become self-employed , qualifies as a Start Up



22  Aug  2017


Monday, 21 August 2017

Poll Reforms : Time for a Consensus



A Parliamentary Panel headed by Shri Anand Sharma , has come out with a questionnaire , requesting Election Commission and all the Political Parties , their views on many issues surrounding Electoral Reforms



Here is what Indian Express reported on this on 21 Aug 2017 :








Over the past 3 years , I have sent a few suggestions in this regard to the Election Commission as well as to Central Government Ministers and Secretaries / Niti Aayog / some State Chief Ministers / major Political Parties / MPs / MLAs etc


Here is a partial list :


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·         One  Nation ,  One  Vote  ?  

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·         A  Blue  Print  for  VotesApp  ?  

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·         #EVMBahana  

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·         One  Poll :  One  Time   

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·         Advantage  Incumbent  ?  

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·         The  Greatest  Reform   

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·         One  day  polling  is  possible   

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·         Honey  !  I shrunk  the  EVM  !  

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·         Perennial  Poll  Promises  


·         ROMP :  a  Panecia  ?


·         How to shame MPs / MLA s ?  


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But the question is :


Which Political Party is ready to let go its Strangle-Hold on the system and transfer the power to the Citizens ?  Which politician wants to sign his / her “ own death warrant “ ?


Long time back , Karl Marx is supposed to have said :

Religion is the opium of the masses  !



If he was alive today , he would have said :


For suffering / starving citizens , Voting is the illusion of power that the political parties wish to perpetuate !



22  Aug  2017