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

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Terrorists with a Religion ?

If none of the religions – whether Hinduism / Islam / Christianity / Buddhism / Judaism / Jainism – or any other , preach violence , then what is the religion of the terrorists ?
Obviously , their religion is , Terrorism
Rama – Krishna – Mohammed – Jesus – Buddha , Moses , all taught us to,
? Love each other
? Live – and let live – in peace
? Never hurt another human being
Mahavir ( Jainism ) went so far as to say,
“ Never hurt any Being – not just human being – be it through Thought , Speech or Action “
Why are our religious leaders not counselling our political leaders – and public at large – about these basic tenets of all the religions ?

with regards

hemen parekh

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Raining Cards ?

Some 70 years ago , I had only one card – the Ration Card
I was using it to buy , either wheat or bread or war-disposal biscuits from a Shivaji Park ration shop in Mumbai
Now I have,
 Driving License Card
 Senior Citizen Card
 Voting Card
 Credit Card
 PAN Card
 Aadhar Card ( UID )
Apart from sundry cards issued by private / commercial companies and NGOs
As if this was not enough , Central Government of India wants me to carry one more card !
National Population Register ( NPR ) is all set to issue,
 Resident Identity Card ( RIC )
It will contain demographic and biometric details of the owner and will be issued to 820 million adult Indians at a cost of Rs 5,552 Crores
I believe only those holding RIC will be entitled to receive subsidized food-grains under the Food Security Act
How about a card to replace all the above-mentioned cards ?
With regards
hemen parekh

Thursday, 24 January 2013

MADE IN INDIA ?



When you have to fight a war, you don’t plan on losing
You want to guarantee a “ win “ , by deploying your best soldiers and your best equipment
That is why , Government of India does not hesitate to buy the best military hardware from :

Ø  Russia       ( Tanks )

Ø  Germany   ( Submarines )

Ø  America    ( Fighter planes )

Ø  Sweden    ( Field Artillary  )

Ø  Israel       ( Radars / Drones )

Ø  France     ( Machine Guns )  ……etc

This is despite the fact that we have our own war equipment manufacturing establishments such as :

Ø  Government owned 41 Ordnance Factories

Ø  Private sector manufacturers such as Mazgaon Dock / L&T / M&M /

TATA group / Cochin Shipyard etc

It is no different when it comes to fighting a war on illiteracy / educational deprivation / digital divide / poverty etc

We must fight – and win this war , in shortest possible time

Even if that means , HRD Ministry has to partially import those 5 million Aakash3  tablets from anywhere in the World, while providing a level-playing field to our indigeneous tablet manufacturers

They have lots of time to gear-up for supplying 220 million Aakash4 tablets

This is not 20/20 ODI or Lok-Sabha elections. It is a war

“ Made in India “ shenanigans have no place in a war !

With regards,

hemen  parekh


Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth







Monday, 21 January 2013

BSNL CANNOT HELP !


It must get rid of 100,000 employees – and fast

Here is why :

  • It has a work-force of 281,000 employees as on 31 Mar 2011

  • It had a profit of Rs 10,183 Crores in 2004-05

  • Profit turned into a loss of Rs 6,384 Crores in 2010-11

  • Its salary burden is 48 % of its revenue

  • By getting rid of 1 lakh employees , salary burden will come down to 10-15 % of revenue

  • The average age of employees is about 50 years

  • This aging work-force don’t have the skill-set to compete with Airtel / RIL / Vodaphone / Idea etc
  
All of this , notwithstanding Congress Jaipur Declaration , promising to create 10,000,000 ( 1 Crore ) jobs each year , starting 2015 ( provided people believe in such promises and vote UPA to power in 2014 ! )

In the meantime , to survive , BSNL is selling real estate worth Rs 8,000 Crores

Obviously to those who will contribute generously to Congress Party Funds , which , are currently around Rs 2,000 Crores

NB

Payments in cash welcome from Individuals and Corporate if in sums of less than Rs 20,000 / - not requiring verification !

Hemen  Parekh

Saturday, 19 January 2013

GOOD NEWS : BAD NEWS


DNA ( 18th Jan 2013 ) reports ,

·     Good News / Food Securuty Bill

·     National Food Security Bill is likely to be placed before Parliament in forthcoming budget session, under which,

·      800 million poor people ( 67 % 0f Indian population ) will each get ,5 Kg of rice or wheat or millet , every month for Rs 5 / 2 / 1 per kg


·     Hopefully , this will save those 1.6 Million children ( under age 5 ), currently starving to death every year. Better late than never !

·     May be we should hold National Elections every alternate year !

·     Bad News  /  Decline in Education Standards

·     Annual Status of Education Report ( 2012 ) found following decline in education standards :
      -------------------------------------------------------------
Students Tested…………Test……………% age of students who failed test in
     2010……………2011…………….2012


Class 3…………………… Read Textbooks
Of Class  1 ………….54.4 ………….59.7……………..61.3


Class 5…………………… Read Textbooks
Of Class  2…………….46.3……………51.8……………53.2


Class 5………………… Solve Division
Problems…………………  58.6…………….67.2………….77.4


As it is , India has the dubious distinction of having the largest illiterate population in the World – with or without Right To Education Act

Soon, we will also boast the largest “ Unemployed “ work-force in the World !

Hemen  Parekh

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Guru-Speak

O , Mothers of Men
Mark my words :
Ignore your perishable body
Save your immortal soul
Blame your attitude
And change your outlook,
A rapist ceases to be a rapist
The moment you cry, Brother Dear
And fall at his feet.
Don’t venture out of home
And if you must , never alone,
Repeat after me :
“ I have no use for mobile,
Nor for a pair of jeans,
I will never wear a skirt
And go to hell for wearing shorts,
I will never give birth to a girl,
Or fall in love “
Chant my children
Chant a thousand times :
“ Guru is my Asha
And he is my Ram “
hemen parekh

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

But Democracy is a good thing !


The Girl is dead
India’s darling daughter is dead
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing.

The womanhood is raped
Poor are starving to death
Farmers are committing suicide
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing

Every day , 3279 children die of malnutrition
Even as millions of tons of grain
 Rot under sun and rain
Thousands die of tobacco smoke
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing

Hundreds die in floods
Few thousands die crossing railway tracks
A million children die working for 18 hours
In dark / dungeon slave factories
Living on a slice of bread and glass of dirty water
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing

Where else but in a democracy
Do people have a right
To vote / select their own Masters
Who , for the next five years, will

Ø  Silence them

Ø  Torture them

Ø  Maim them

Ø  Loot them

Ø  Rape them

Ø  Murder them

Cry, Beloved Motherland
And don’t stop crying
Till your tears sweep these tyrants into the Arabian Sea !

With utmost contempt

hemen  parekh

Jobs  for  All  =  Peace  on  Earth


A TRIBUTE



Dear Friend

Here is my tribute to the Delhi rape victim

Express your anguish , add your own verse ( and your name ) , at the end and forward to your “ Contact Group “ ( available in Outlook / GMail / Yahoo Mail etc )

Then request them to do likewise

Let , a million version of this tribute echo in the hearts on all Indians
  

But  Democracy  is  a  good  thing !

The Girl is dead
India’s darling daughter is dead
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing.

Every year
21,000 mothers , daughters , sisters get raped,
Countless others burnt to dowry-death;
Poor starve or, shelter less
Freeze on footpath;
On each rainless day
A hundred farmers commit suicide
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing

Each year , 1,600,000 children die of malnutrition
Even as millions of tons of grain
Rot under sun and rain
Thousands die of tobacco smoke
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing

Hundreds die in floods
Few thousands die crossing railway tracks
A million children die working for 18 hours
In dark / dungeon slave factories
Living on a slice of bread and glass of dirty water
But democracy is alive
And democracy is a good thing

Where else but in a democracy
Do people have a right
To vote / select their own Masters
Who , for the next five years, will

Ø  Silence them

Ø  Torture them

Ø  Maim them

Ø  Loot them

Ø  Rape them

Ø  Murder them

Cry, Beloved Motherland

And don’t stop crying

Till your tears sweep these tyrants into the Arabian Sea !


Hemen Parekh