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 March 2011

MARIE ANTOINETTE REVISITED

23 March 2011

MARIE  ANTOINETTE  REVISITED


Upon being told that people are starving for want of bread, Marie Antoinette is supposed to have remarked,

“If people don’t have bread, why don’t they eat cake? “

While framing National Food Security Bill, Government of India seems to echo the same sentiment !

 The Center for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) , based in Delhi, has come up with following figures :

  • No of households in India  ………………………240  million

  • No of undernourished people  …………………230  million

  • Food grains required for 1 year ………………115 million tons

  • Subsidy amount needed ……………………….$ 370 billion

  • Subsidy amount budgeted ……………………$ 121 billion

  • Subsidy amount short ……………………………$ 249 billion


Isn’t that a strange coincidence that , as per Comptroller and Auditor General ( CAG ) , India’s coal-mafia has usurped the same amount ( approx $ 260 billion ) , year after year, when 2,348 children have been dying from mal-nutrition every single day ?


With regards


HEMEN  PAREKH

Monday, 14 March 2011

Where will the jobless go ?





According to a United Nation’s estimate, of the 800,000 persons illegally crossing international boarders annually, 70 % are women.

Possible reason ?

Of the 1.4 billion people living on less than $ 1 a day, 70 per cent are women and girls


May be for them, serving a jail-term for illegal immigration, in a foreign country is far better then starving in their own country !

Unemployment is creating pockets of extreme poverty around the world, with millions going to sleep without food.

How long before an unstoppable tsunami of jobless sweep over the boarders of affluent nations ?

Is there anyone who still believes that such inequity can be sustained forever ?

With regards

hemen  parekh


Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth


EQUAL WORK: UNEQUAL PAY


Times of India [ 14 March, 2011 ] cites Global Gender Gap Report 2010 by World Economic Forum, to report as follows :

·      There is no country on earth where women get equal pay as men for equal work

·      India ranks # 128 on gender parity, with USA ranking at#6

·      In USA, women earn only 77 cents per dollar earned by men

·      In India, where an estimated 60 % of all agricultural operations are handled exclusively by women, their hourly wages range from 50 % to 70 % of male wage rates

·      In corporate India, the average annual income of a woman is $ 1,185, as against $ 3,698 for a man [ in 60 of the 100 best employers ]

·      To avoid paying “ Statutory Minimum Wages “, Government of India employs thousands of women on “ honorarium “in its own welfare schemes

So much for the Gender Equality in 21st Century !

Hemen  Parekh